When Viscount Ascham’s House’s eldest daughter, Adele von Ascham, became 10 years old, she remembered everything with an intense headache.
Her previous self, Kurihara Misato, 18 years old Japanese, lost her life when trying to help a young girl, and then she met God…
A somewhat capable person burdened by the many expectations of the surrounding people, Misato, who couldn’t live as she wanted, pleaded to God.
“In the next life, please make my abilities average!”
Yet, somehow the story is wrong!
The girl with 3 names, being careful to not accidentally become a S-rank hunter, lives normally.
I mean, I’m just an average, common girl. No, seriously.
I Said Make My Abilities Average! 249
Murrain Kingdom 1
“Where is ‘Crimson Vow’!”
(Here we go again…)
And then the familiar conversation repeated itself.
“Wh-what… But I went all the way to the Vanorak Kingdom to the west, where I lost track of them. Then I found out that they had turned around and returned to the Brandel Kingdom and got mixed up in the invasion uproar, and then I heard they would be coming here next, and I’ve finally arrived… When will they return?”
And then the familiar conversation repeated itself.
“But why can’t you tell me! You’re so stingy!”
Doctor Kulereia had completely forgotten about how moved she was by Reni’s maturity the last time, and how she herself had acted maturely. Because now she was acting like a spoiled child.
It showed how mentally tired she was.
And then the familiar conversation repeated itself.
Eventually, Doctor Kulereia was forced to go to the hunter’s guild yet again.
“Well, I had heard the rumors, but I didn’t think it would be so good…”
The merchant was in a very good mood to be able to enjoy a dinner that was almost impossibly fancy for a merchant caravan that was on the move.
Of course, the drivers and other escorts were eating the same thing. Even in the army, the commanders and common soldiers ate the same food on the battlefield. It was something that really helped strengthen their camaraderie.
Food during such travels was usually preserved food, like stale bread, dried meat and vegetables that had to be soaked in water. So how could such a fancy meal be served here?
“No, no. It was only because we were allowed to leave our duty as escorts for a moment and go out hunting. It is because of that, that we are all able to eat something other than preserved food…”
Yes, like Mile said, it was only because the merchant who was their employer, had given them permission to leave that they were able to do a little hunting and gathering. With detection magic.
And so Mile had been able to bring back a deer, mountain vegetables, fruits, and even some freshwater fish in a short amount of time. In Japan, that would be something like trout or char.
Mile and Maevis cut and skinned them, Mile and Pauline cooked them, and Rena watched. It had taken a while to make this meal, but it was very popular with the rest of the merchant caravan.
After all, it was a dynamic, hunter-style way of cooking, but they had taken their time with it, including some Japanese touches in the process. And they had used a lot of spices and also used normal cooking tools and utensils. It wasn’t leaves as plates and twigs as forks.
The merchant said that he would pay extra for this service, but they refused this offer as always.
It might have been different if they had used food that Mile already had, but it was food they had got while they were still employed as guards, so they could not ask for extra. And even Pauline agreed with this. Apparently, being stingy with money was not related to this occasion.
It was always like this, so the merchant likely knew. Still, he had to at least make the offer of paying an additional fee. This also came from a policy they had as merchants, that ‘work outside of the contract would have a separate fee.’
As you could tell from what the merchant just said, it had become quite well known among them, that traveling with the ‘Crimson Vow’ as your escort was a good way to eat well while on the move. And so Mile and the others had been accepted as soon as they applied for this job.
Furthermore, people also knew about Mile’s storage magic, and so they had her keep a small amount of expensive or fragile items.
The current caravan was not the usual hodgepodge of parties, but a medium-sized caravan that was made up of twenty-six carriages owned by a single merchant.
Of course, this merchant was not the sole owner, and he was just in charge of transporting the goods. There were a number of people who worked under him, the drivers, and sixteen guards that included ‘Crimson Vow.’
They were a caravan that had left the royal capital, so there were no hunters who did not know ‘Crimson Vow.’ So not only were there no instances of them mocking or attacking them, but they actually tried to talk with them constantly, which was a little annoying. Rena and Pauline were sure to give the more aggressive ones a look of distaste, and were therefore spared. While the good-natured Maevis and the talkative Mile, were always talked to.
But it wasn’t anything argumentative, as they were very friendly, but Maevis was still at a loss of what to do. Mile, on the other hand, was very happy.
Rena saw this with some exasperation.
(Well, it’s fine if they are having fun…)
There would not be many monsters or bandits who would attack a caravan of this size. …As long as you hired the right number of guards. And sixteen guards was enough.
A few days later, the caravan arrived safely in the Murrain Kingdom without having been attacked even once.
“Oh, Royal Capital. I have returned!”
“…Mile, it is your first time here, isn’t it?”
Maevis said after Mile had made the predictable statement.
“Not just this city, but this country too. How about you…”
“I mean, isn’t that what you always say?”
Rena said with an exasperated expression.
“In any case, we will be staying here for a while. First, we’ll need to go to the local guild and see if there is anything interesting on the information board.”
Yes, it was important to check that before going to an inn. While the chances were low, in the event that there was an interesting quest there, they may have to accept it immediately and depart right after. You should go to the guild as soon as you arrive in a town. It was common sense as a hunter.
As always, entering a guild house for the first time caused all of the local hunters to focus their attention on you and size you up. And then their gazes would quickly return and…no, they did not return.
They were not malicious stares. It was like they were seeing something that was unusual. There was a little surprise and hesitation in their looks.
Rena and the others felt very uncomfortable now, but they could not get angry either, and so they all moved to the board.
There was nothing noteworthy on the information board.
Apparently, there had been word that the matter of the Albarn Empire invading the Brandel Kingdom was nearly settled. There was a notice with an importance rating of E that read: ‘As the Albarn Empire is in a chaotic state, those who are headed for it should make sure to learn the details. It is recommended that those who are traveling to the west go through the Brandel Kingdom.’
And on the quest board too, there was nothing that was any different from what they had just left behind in the Tyre Kingdom.
“…It’s mostly the same. Crossing a single border is not enough to affect the distribution of monsters… Should we keep moving?”
“Hmm, that’s true. That might be better.”
“Time is short for a maiden after all. It would be unforgivable to waste it!”
Rena and the others were saying, when an elderly man who appeared to be the guild master came over to them. It seemed like someone had called him.
“Oh, if it isn’t the real, actual ‘Crimson Vow’!”
Voices rose all at once. The voices of Crimson Vow.
“How do you know us when we have never met before?”
“You said ‘real’, does that mean that there are imposters?”
Rena and Pauline asked.
Thinking back, they realized that it had seemed like people recognized them, judging by their reactions.
“Ah, no. The reason that I know your faces is because I was watching, you know, during the graduation test. I always try to watch if I happen to be free during the tests. I go when I have business at a neighboring country’s guild.”
“But then, why does everyone else act as if they recognize us?”
“Ahh, about that…could you follow me? I want you to see the library on the second floor.”
They thought it was strange, but if the guild master had decided that ‘it will be faster to show you instead of explaining it,’ then maybe he was right. And so Rena and the others quietly followed after him.
When the four of them entered the room, everything became clear in an instant.
The thing that was displayed there was something that they knew very well.
“‘Crimson Vow’ figures. One small gold coin for a set of 4!!”
“‘Crimson Vow’ figures. One small gold coin for a set of 4!!”
“‘Crimson Vow’ figures. One small gold coin for a set of 4!!”
“‘Crimson Vow’ figures. One small gold coin for a set of 4!!”
“I showed this to the others and told them of that fight many times…”
Becoming famous was part of the job for new hunters. If he had helped them there, then normally, they should be thankful. Especially since this was a guild master from another country. They should bow and show their gratitude.
So why were they so angry at him?
The guild master had assumed that the group of pretty girls would thank him, and so he could do nothing but stand there dumbly.
I Said Make My Abilities Average! 248
‘Crimson Vow’, to the East
‘Is ‘Crimson Vow’ here?”
“Who are you?”
“Those of the ‘Crimson Vow.’”
“No, I am asking who you are.”
There was no one employed at the inn who would easily give up information about female guests to a strange man who had appeared out of nowhere. Of course, this included Reni.
“…I am the guild master of the local hunter’s guild. Now, the ‘Crimson Vow’…”
“Do you have any proof that you are the guild master? I cannot give a strange man some information about young women so light-heartedly…”
Yes, perhaps all of the hunters knew his face, but it was not as if a young girl who helped at the inn would also recognize him.
The guild master frowned at this, but what she was saying did make sense to him. There was no way that all of the children of the town knew him, and given their profession, what she was saying was correct. If anything, he thought that the other young hunters and guild workers could learn something from her.
“You, go on.”
The guild master said, and the man who was standing behind him stepped forward.
“I am the sub-master of the hunter’s guild. This man is indeed the guild master of the hunters guild in the Tyre Kingdom. I guarantee it.”
The guild master looked at her as if the matter was settled. But Reni replied with a smile.
“And where is the proof that this man is the sub-master?”
Of course. Why would the sub-master’s face be recognized, when most people didn’t even recognize the guild master?
“The-then, we’ll have a hunter who is staying here vouch for us…”
“So, who will you call? Of course, you cannot say ‘anyone’ because I will not be releasing the names of any of our customers. And even if you can prove that you are from the guild, I cannot tell you the locations or plans of female guests that you happened to have met through your occupation. Do you really think I could tell that to someone unrelated to them without their permission?”
This too was correct.
They could not exactly shout at a ten-year-old girl and make her give them the information.
That would ruin the reputation of the guild. On top of that, she was very clearly in the right. As long as those concerned had not requested it, no one in the inn would leak any information about them. And if this was how this young girl was going to behave, there was no way that they could ask her parents.
However, they did find out that ‘Crimson Vow’ was absent. Judging by what the girl was saying, she would relay messages for people. As she had not done so yet, that meant that the ‘Crimson Vow’ was absent.
“…Can we leave a message with you?”
“Spoken words can lead to mistakes. If it is important, you better leave it as a written note.”
“We will do that. Let us borrow these chairs.”
So saying, the men sat down at one of the dining tables and began to write a letter.
They were allowed to borrow the writing tools for free but were charged for the paper. Paper was not free. Paper was not as expensive as parchment, but it was not cheap either.
“Alright then, please give this letter to them when they return.”
“Yes, understood. I will give this to ‘Crimson Vow’ if they return to this inn.”
…She did not add, that she did not know how many months that may take.
And so the guild master left.
If they were taking a break after a long expedition, then they were not likely to return to work any time soon.
And when the time did come, they would probably take a job that allowed them to stay close by, instead of going out on an expedition, as it had been a while since they were last in the capital. Thinking this, the guild master had not checked, when in fact, ‘Crimson Vow’ had visited the guild a number of times as they wandered in the capital and that they had taken a job as an escort.
The girl who was at reception did not know what the guild master was thinking, and although they were a famous party, she did not feel like she had to make a report to the guild master every time a C rank party took a job. And the result was…
“Why don’t ‘Crimson Vow’ come!”
The guild master appeared at the inn once again on the evening of the following day. He seemed to be alone this time.
“Don’t ask me… I am quite busy with the meals right now…”
Reni gave him a troubled expression, and the other guests looked at him with puzzlement.
The guild master seemed to be in a terrible mood, and he continued without any regard for the looks he was getting.
“Did you really hand them that letter!? If that’s the reason they haven’t come…”
“But I didn’t hand it to them.”
For a moment, it was as if he could not comprehend what she had said. He looked dumbly at her. However, the meaning of the words quickly came to him, and his face went red.
“You what! You said that you would give it to them!”
“Ah, yes. But that was only if ‘Crimson Vow’ came to this inn, was it not? And so I have yet to give it to them.”
“Is there a problem?”
“WHHHHAT? So, they…”
“Yes, they have not returned yet.”
The guild master became frantic.
“Whe-when will they return!?”
“I do not know. And even if I did, I would not leak such private information about our guests. If you tried torturing me, I would bite my tongue off before talking!”
Reni’s defiance against the frightening guild master who loomed over her, caused the spectators to shout. Furthermore, the master seemed to have heard his daughter’s worrying proclamation, and he came running out of the kitchen. There was a butcher’s knife firmly gripped in one of his hands.
This was bad.
The guild master was not so stupid as to be blind to the fact that he was in a terrible position.
He had not meant any malice, but he was now being seen as a villain. And in front of hunters, travelers and merchants, no less. …This was very bad. So very bad.
He said and scrambled out of the building.
After the guild master had left, the excited guests began to order food and drinks in a flurry. They were thrilled to have seen the usually proud guild master look dejected in the face of a brave young girl, who wanted nothing but to protect her guests.
“Reni, come over here! I’ll buy you some food for being such an admirable child!”
“No, come over here! I’ll get you the most expensive juice!”
It was the one that she was never allowed to have. She was torn.
“Over here. Come and sit on my lap…gaah!”
Someone had been punched by a female guest and went flying into the air.
“You can leave the counter for now. Go and enjoy their treats for a while.”
Her mother had come out now, and she encouraged her to go. And then she whispered into her ear.
“Order as many expensive things as you can. We will make that much more money.”
That was Reni’s mother…
“Hey, have ‘Crimson Vow’ accepted any requests?”
The guild master had returned to the guild and was now shouting at the employees. The guild worker frantically looked through the documents.
“Yes, they accepted a request to guard a merchant caravan to the Murrain Kingdom. They have already departed.”
“They what… Damn, then it was all for nothing! That little girl, she should have told me that from the beginning!”
Guarding a merchant caravan to the Murrain Kingdom was a common job here. He only needed to wait. They would accept a request from a merchant caravan that’s headed for Tyre and quickly return. He had embarrassed himself for nothing.
And he could have avoided it all if he had checked here before going to the inn. He had assumed that they were still ‘resting’ and had not bothered to confirm it. He had brought it all on himself, and so he could not complain.
He looked like he had eaten something very bitter, as he went up to his room on the second floor.
And like that, the day that the guild master and king would know the truth was pushed further back.
“Where is ‘Crimson Vow’!”
Several days later, a certain girl came to the inn.
(Here we go again…)
By now, Reni had become rather annoyed by all of this.
Chapter 247 One Week Part 2
“Eh, you guys will be going out again?”
Reni said, opening her eyes wide when they told her that they won’t be staying longer than a week.
However, she is the daughter of an inn owner. She has been there all her life so no matter how close she gets with the guests, she is used to them leaving.
“I-I-I-I, s-s-see. W-well, the well is also done so taking a bath wouldn’t be a problem either a-a-and, you guys will be coming back soon again, anyway so……”
But, even though she was used to it, it doesn’t make her okay with it.
She could make up her mind the last time they left as she knew they would be leaving soon. Which is also why she was able to stay calm in front of them.
But this time, it was a surprise attack because she had thought they could spend some time together as the girls would be staying for a while. Moreover, no matter how stable of a person Reni was, she was still only 10 years old.
“Yep, this is Mavis and Pauline’s motherland and their families are also here and our obligation of working inside the country still has 4 years remaining, after all. So even if we go outside the country time to time, we will probably be coming back here as this is our activity base…… We also registered as hunter from here so that won’t let us move away from the capital.
This time–it isn’t like we are going away soon after we came back but rather, it’s that we are still in the middle of our training trip. If we come back this quick from our training trip, the other hunters will laugh at us…”
They can be exempted from the obligation period if they pay money. And now, Crimson Vow can easily pay that amount of money. It’s one thing when they don’t have any other choice but for now, they plan on completing their obligation period normally. It would go against everyone’s policy to pay back gratitude or duty with money.
Besides, there was one person among them strongly opposing it saying ‘At any rate, we don’t have any reason nor any plan to move our activity base to other countries in the next 5 years. That would be wasting money, misusing money, I am completely against it!!’.
Moreover, if they paid money to get rid of the obligation period, there is a chance the officials might think that they are planning to move their base and it would turn into something bothersome. To avoid all that, maintaining the present conditions was the best choice.
Reni felt somewhat relieved hearing Mile’s explanation.
It is certainly true that the hunters who have gone to training trips till now have returned after half a year at the earliest and after a few years if late. And of course, there were a lot of people who didn’t even come back. Are they still continuing their trip? Did they settle down somewhere? Or did they……
No, it wouldn’t be weird at all if they had found a partner and are now living in their partner’s hometown. That’s probably it. There are a ton of reasons for them to not come back here besides that too, like if they accomplished something great and are now of a high rank somewhere, or if they saved a village and married the mayor’s daughter. That’s probably it.
Thinking that, Reni clinged onto the possibility which even she didn’t actually believe to be true. The reality would be too harsh for a 10 year old girl if she doesn’t think like that.
“Then, when you come back, you will stay here again, right?!”
“Hmm, I wonder……”
Naturally, she was expecting Mile to reply with a ‘of course!’ and so she was left frozen in place.
“Ah, no, it’s not that we’re not satisfied here, you know? It’s just that we might rent a ‘home’ here……”
Most of the hunters who come stay for a while and go out again mostly live in the inns while they are in the capital. Even if they rented a room or a house, if they just camp outside or stay at an inn because the amount of days they will be staying is low, then that would be a waste of money.
………That is if they are ‘single and have a rough financial condition’.
The married couples obviously rent a house. And the single hunters who do not have a problem with money also do it.
If they have a house, they can leave some of their luggage there when they are going out again and they won’t need to take a room at an inn everytime and there also wouldn’t be the worry of not finding a place when they return late at night. And so, it was normal for lone hunters to rent a room and hunters in a party to rent a house and call it their ‘home’.
“….Are you guys earning a lot?”
“Well, so so……”
“Kuu, is it the storage magic……”
As expected of Reni–although Mile tried to appropriately gloss it over, she saw right through it. She had always carried around souvenirs or their spoils of hunt, so Reni knew that the capacity was really high. And when you’re as wise as Reni, you could easily imagine how that makes you overwhelmingly superior.
“B-but then, the attracting customer effect will…”
That’s what Reni says but in reality, they weren’t having a hard time, at all. After the Crimson Vow went out on their trip, other girl parties came saying that staying here will bode well for them as ‘the Crimson Vow stayed here’. And so that’s how more girl parties have started using this inn.
And inevitably, their reputation as a place where ‘female customers can stay without any worries’ grew, which made women, who aren’t even hunters, stay there. And as a side effect of ‘having a lot of women customers and female parties’, male customers also increased. In short, it went exactly as Reni planned at first.
……… Although it might seem that the facts that ‘female customers can stay without any worries’ and ‘male customers coming in for female customers’ contradict each other, the male customers who come seriously just want to socialize with the female customers and they don’t take violent or compulsive attitude which would make the female customers displeased. Moreover, if there’s someone who does something like that, there’s that.
The ideal chance.
There’s no way the other male customers would let go of a chance to promote themselves in front of the female customers.
The men would come in a group with bloody eyes to be a knight in shining armor for the women. This was almost always the case when something like that happened.
If you were to tease a woman, before you realize, you will be surrounded by 10 or so happy men with a glare…… that is surely scary. And because of this, in this inn, the men were all very gentlemen-like.
The members of Crimson Vow had realized that on the first day after they returned.
“….Hmmm, as I thought, maybe we should make a home immediately…”
Reina also joined in with Mile to tease Reni with a somewhat displeased expression. Being completely treated as a child, Reni was flustered.
“T-that can’t be…… But sisters, you are still new, aren’t you? Getting a home is being too hasty…”
“That’s exactly right!”
Reinforcements came from an unexpected direction.
“You should only think about getting something luxurious like a home after saving up 80,000 gold coins!”
“R-right! That’s right!!”
Gaining an ally, Reni gathered strength.
…… But still, if one needs to save up 80,000 gold coins to make a home, there probably won’t be any hunters with a home.
“Well, no use talking about things that far off. When that time comes, we will just need to act and think accordingly with the situation. We don’t know how the situation will change, after all.”
This time Mile agreed with Reina. She probably realized and felt bad that her words made Reni that flustered.
“Besides, even if we do make a home, we will always be friends with Reni…”
Saying that, Reni sunk back into the kitchen with her cheeks all red.
Seeing that, Mile thought to herself,
While doing this and that, the days went by and the Crimson Vow’s short vacation ended. With that, they went on to accept a quest. A quest to escort a merchant party to the Murrain kingdom, which lies east of Tyre kingdom.
Although Tyre kingdom had maintained a friendly and normal political relationship with Mile’s—Adele’s motherland, Blundell kingdom, which lies to the west of Tyre, they had a very intimate relation with Murrain kingdom which was on the east side.
These two countries were like relatives to each other–marrying off one country’s beloved princess to the another country’s prince, sending over food supplies even if it meant decreasing own citizen’s food to help the other’s during the time of drought, sending many soldiers to the other country if they are about to go to war to send the message ‘if you are going to attack my friendly nation, we will immediately join’.
And so, naturally, coming and going of goods for trading was also very frequent which made bandits aiming for these more frequent, as well. And even if one goes to the other country by taking on an escort quest, there are also many escort quests over there too, so they can also come back here by earning more without wasting a bit. This makes this route very popular for parties which are good against humans and are unstable in earning by subjugating monsters or hunting.
That’s right, a perfect quest for a C rank party which just gained a bit of confidence, a quest which doesn’t look unnatural at all for them to take. As such, the receptionist lady, who handled the offer accepting, didn’t have any doubt either.
“We already have the license for a round trip outside the country and we just stopped by here as it fell on the way so there’s no need to say something again, is there?”
“No, of course not. It would be bad to make the guild master go through unnecessary work, after all.”
Mavis just had a wry smile on her face as she saw Reina and Pauline saying that with a bright smile.
“Is it really okay…… Well, even if it’s good or bad, I will quietly depart either way…”
On the day of departure.
“I made some pudding and pie for your between meal snacks. Please take it with you…”
While they were saying goodbye to the people of the inn, Reni came out with two packages.
“….This, you made it, Reni?”
Even though she says pudding, it is different from Japan’s pudding. Even at the current state of Earth, the other countries’ christmas pudding lasts quite a long time. And for pies, mince-pies also last quite long……… Although, it doesn’t really matter for Crimson Vow as they have Mile’s item box.
“Thank you! Well then, we’ll be back!”
And so, Mile and the others headed towards the meeting place with the merchant party.
At that moment, in Mile’s head, a different thought was floating about–not one of departure.
(Pudding and… pie…)
And thinking that, a certain phrase left Mile’s mouth without her knowing.
“‘Kissed the girls and made them cry’”
And, hearing that, Reina and the others were startled.
“Eh? Ah, no, this is just a line from a poem……”
“Mile, you… as I thought, to young girls……”
“N-nonono, you’re wrong! That’s not how it is!”
“Like I said, that’s not it! That’s a groundless charge! It’s wet clothing!!”
(TL note: The word Mile used there, 濡れ衣, can be both ‘groundless charge’, unfounded suspicion’ or ‘wet clothing’)
And like this, today as well, the Crimson Vow was operating normally………
Chapter 246 One Week Part 1
TL Note: The Red Oath will be Crimson Vow from now on.
“Then, we are staying here one week–that’s fine with everyone?”
That’s right, because they had mostly finished their work, they went to Blundell kingdom and that’s why they stopped by for a while here again as it fell on their route. They were going eastbound this time, as it would be boring to head west again.
When Reina told everyone that, Mile was really eager to go east, so the matter was settled that they would be going east. At that moment, Mile was even getting hyped up, saying stuff like ‘advancing east plan, the east project!’.
“We will be staying in the capital for 6 days from tomorrow. We will depart on the 7th day morning after accepting an escort quest by the merchant party. If there are no perfect quests like that available, we might have to leave a bit early or late. Any objections?”
As the 4 of them didn’t have any particular situation or thing they had to do, it didn’t matter to them… or rather, they weren’t really fixated on anything so they didn’t have a dispute.
“Well then, from tomorrow till the day we depart, we won’t be having any work as a party! Everyone, finish up your personal tasks and rest up.”
And like that, they had gone to sleep at the nostalgic inn.
It seemed like this one week without any plans is very long but it was actually quite short.
Pauline didn’t have enough time to go and visit her mother and brother at her home. It takes about 8 days for a round trip there even with a carriage and finding such a carriage going that way right that moment was also hard so she had no way of doing that within a week.
It was the same for Mavis and she was also worrying that if she went back home alone now, they would try to set her up for marriage again and would obstruct her from coming back.
And Reina, who had lost both her family and circle of friends, didn’t have a hometown to return to as she didn’t know where her parents were from and she didn’t even have any friends to meet.
As such, the 3 of them mostly spent the time idling about in the inn, meeting the few acquaintances they knew in the capital such as some shop owners, classmates of the hunter training school, and giving advice to their underclassmen. At night, Mavis and Pauline were also writing letters to their families.
Of course, they also went out as a group this week. It was not as if they had to work separately or anything.
There was no one who thought their activities to be suspicious.
Being a hunter isn’t necessarily a job which requires incessant working. Severe quests are very exhausting and there are also times when they are wounded or sick. Taking on a quest without being in top condition would be a fool’s act as not only would it expose themselves to danger, it would also be putting the party in harm’s way. As such, it was natural for hunters to interpose breaks in between jobs, sometimes even long ones.
Moreover, one week of vacation is far too less for a party which just came back from a long expedition. The Crimson Vow worked too much to begin with. Even though they earned manifold of what other parties earned.
………And, about Mile.
“It has been a while~!”
“Ohh, Satodeil-sensei, so you have returned from your trip! You really saved us by sending the manuscripts even while you were on your data collecting trip. You’re our biggest earner, after all!”
“Ah, no, that’s…”
This is the Olfis publication office, the publisher who is monopolizing that popular author Miami Satodelle-sensei’s book. The president of the company’s name is Melsaks and he is a skilled, young person, still in his mid thirties.
“Well, will you be settling down in the capital now and concentrate on your writing?”
“No, I was actually thinking of departing again, six days from now…”
He let out a surprised shriek involuntarily but soon regained his calm. He was used to it. He was used to the authors’ eccentric behavior, drafting, travelling journal, and even horseback riding……
(TL note: this is a pun using different words with same pronunciation–
Sakka no kikou ni mo, kikou ni mo, kikou ni mo, kikou ni mo, soshite kikou ni mo)
“What should I do about the manuscript?”
“As always, deliver to the guild’s mail-post.”
“What about the royalty on the book?”
“Same rate as always. I have deposited all the amount up to now into the business guild’s account. Please check.”
“Fufufu, Olfis business, it seems like you’re very wicked yourself…”
“Satodeil-sama as well!”
Melsaks was a precious person, who could get on with Mile’s–no, Satodeil-sensei’s ‘story make-believe’… Although that was kinda obvious as he has read all of Satodeil-sensei’s works.
Mile was happy having a person who understood.
And then, after going around the familiar dining hall, orphanage and the deserted house where the children of the slum live, Mile distributed food as a souvenir and made herself invisible with light magic to enter the academy.
It was one of the two academies here in Tyre kingdom just like the two academies in Mile’s motherland Blundell, Eardley academy and Eckland academy.
It was the same as Eckland academy, which Mile–Adele went to, the academy for lower ranked nobles or wealthy commoners.
Mariett, from whom she took a solo quest before, goes to this academy, which has full boarding system, as a private tutor. Being curious as to what’s going on with her, Mile thought she would check up once.
“I wonder if she’s doing well…”
“…..I shouldn’t have seen it………”
A few hours later, still hidden, Mile exited the August academy all depressed.
‘Overdoing’ something is not good.
Mile had realized that.
“How are the girls doing?”
“Yes, it seems like they are taking a break after coming from their round trip. They haven’t been accepting any quests, just checking on the guild’s info board. Other than that, they have been visiting their acquaintances and the library and idling around the inn, it seems.”
“Haha. Well, humans do need those times, as well.”
At the king’s office, the king and count Christopher were having a delightful conversation.
“And how is the groom selection for miss Mavis going?”
“Yes, we are looking for count heirs and 2nd or 3rd son of the marquis’. We plan to make them meet indirectly as soon as we find someone good.”
“Hmm, don’t force it, do it naturally. People like that believe in fate and romance so they might oppose being forced.”
Ignoring the person herself, the king and count Christopher were trying to decide her partner by themselves.
“Right, how about we invite them to the royal palace once? We will make Mavis and her partner sit together with an appropriate reason and so when they meet again later, it will be easier for them to start talking like ‘a-about that time…’, right? Besides, I want to meet them once, as well.
Don’t you think if they meet me, their affinity towards my country will increase a lot compared to other countries?”
“I see… Those girls have helped in exposing a criminal landlord before, so inviting them with that pretext won’t be unnatural. At that time, let me attend the meeting too, please.”
“Hmm. You’re a great upperclassman to the hunters and the ‘admirable hunter who became a noble, a living legend, the swordmaster count Christopher’, so I am sure it will be effective.
Ah, let’s make the kids join in, as well! There are two of them aged 12-13 years in the Crimson Vow, right? The prince and the princess are also of the same age so they might feel more loyalty towards the royal family if they get along!”
“Ohh, that’s an excellent idea! Then I will find a proper candidate immediately and send them the invite after a few days.”
And like this, the king and count Christopher were enjoying making plans.
It is more fun planning and doing things to make two people meet than seeing them actually meet. And so, those two were having the most fun at the moment.
Unrelated to the actual success……
I Said Make My Abilities Average
Chapter 245 Return
“Oh, capital! I have returned!”
Hearing Mile shout that just as they entered the capital, Reina and the others decided to ignore her, assuming that she was probably talking to herself again.
And the first place they headed for was the inn. They can go to the other places whenever they wish but if they don’t secure a room at the inn first, it might get booked later on. Besides, they thought they should show their faces there, at the inn.
“We have returned~!”
“Welcome bac…… e-ehhh, sisters?!”
Lenny came jumping out of the reception counter.
“S-so you were okay… I am glad…”
It isn’t that unusual for a hunter to die anytime. And so, many times, Lenny had seen the customers of the inn go to a trip for training and never come back.
And so, Lenny welcomed all 4 of them once again, with a smile.
And so, after securing the rooms, the 4 of them headed to the capital’s hunter guild next. Well, this much was obvious.
“We have returned!”
As Mavis said that the moment they entered the guild, the reception lady and the guild members reflexively half-rose to their feet and shouted,
“””””’The Storage Girls’ Squad’…!””””””
“””””’The Crimson Vow’…!”””””
Seems like they have gotten some weird names without knowing.
But it was true that the biggest characteristic of The Crimson Vow was Mile’s storage magic. All the members were also skilled in fighting but as far as the other people of the guild know, none of them were of A or S rank. As such, everyone’s evaluation of them was something like ‘a C rank hunter party with the strength of a B rank hunter party’ and so their strength wasn’t something that uncommon. They thought the group wouldn’t be able to win with Mythril’s Roar if they fought head to head.
…… At least that’s what the people, who didn’t know about the old dragons’ fight, Mile’s true strength, Mavis’ doping and Pauline’s hot magic, thought.
Of course, when you consider the fact that they are still young and cute girls, it would be different. The fact that these young girls possess that much strength and not some old guy, makes their growth potential unreadable. They would keep getting stronger from now on as they keep piling up experience.
Even then, the reason why they were given so much attention by everyone related to the hunter guild in the capital was because of the storage magic (which is actually the item box).
That miraculous capacity which increases the profit earned from hunting, collecting and transporting by a dozen times.
As such, before they knew it, the weird nicknames spread.
“T-that’s, Mile’s other name, right? I-it has nothing to do with me, right?”
“What is with that?!”
Mile snapped at Mavis as she wanted that to be just Mile’s other name, and not the party’s as she didn’t want to be addressed by that.
“Ohh, good job coming back!”
While Pauline was trying to console Mile, the guild master came down from the 2nd floor.
“You guys returned quicker than I thought. Either way, I am glad you’re okay. You will be working inside the country for a while now, right? No, actually you don’t need to say it. I understand if you want to go travel here and there while you’re young. If you return safe and sound then a long trip can’t be helped sometimes. After all, that’s what hunters are.”
He said some pretty understanding stuff there, compared to the times before they went out. Reina and Pauline looked at him like something was fishy but Mavis and Mile were genuinely happy thinking that he understood their desires. Thinking that if it’s like this, they can depart without any problem for the next expedition.
“Well, during the time you’re still here, you could do some training and gather funds and accumulate some promotion points.”
Saying that, the guild master went back to his room on the second floor in a good mood.
And so, the 4 of them got to thinking.
That the guild master probably didn’t know that The Crimson Vow had accumulated over a 1000 gold coins, neither did he know that they had also accumulated enough points to be promoted to B rank.
Well, their contributions in the other country will be delivered to the guild’s mail but as the mail comes once a month and also considering the time for the transport, the mail with all their contributions will reach the guild at least a few weeks from now and at most a month.
And so, after greeting the people at the guild and the members, they retired to the inn.
“….Did the Crimson Vow leave?”
“Ah, yes, soon after you went to the 2nd floor, master…”
“Alright, I will be back. I will be going to Count Christopher’s residence and then to the royal palace, so I might be out a while.”
Saying that to the female members of the guild who were making black tea, the guild master prepared to head out. With an unusual, grinning face.
“The guild master seemed to be in an awfully good mood, huh? Besides, he talked as if we would be staying in the city for quite a while too…”
“Now that you mention it, he did say stuff like that. We simply went by because it fell on our route. There’s no way our training trip would be over this quick.
Well, we could stay here for a week or so.”
While listening to Mile and Reina’s conversation, Pauline gave a somewhat evil grin as if she knew something about the guild master’s attitude. And Mavis who ended up seeing that, reflexively backed away……
“Ohh, The Crimson Vow’s members have returned? Hmm, seems like they understand that my country is the best and most easy to live in.”
“That was faster than I had thought. As I thought, was it difficult doing work at an unfamiliar country as a group of 4 girls?”
Thinking that The Crimson Vow thought his country to be the easiest to live in and returned quick, the king was greatly delighted. And the other person was the master swordsman, Count Christopher, who is a noble from a hunter family and had gone to long trips outside the country when he was young.
“Still, I am glad that they returned safely without being held in other countries. Their expedition fever must have cooled down by now so we should make something to tie them to this country in the meanwhile…”
Said the king with a smile. Count Christopher also smiled and the guild master’s expression loosened, as well.
With this, if the training school which is currently being led by Count Christopher undergoes some large scale reorganization and reviews the promotion standards, the hunter guild–no, all hunters’ future look bright.
Moreover, maybe because of the influence of those girls, more and more girls are aiming to be hunters, so it can also be expected that skilled newcomers who give up being a hunter because of marriage will also decrease. If they marry another hunter, they can go hunting together as a couple and the woman won’t say stuff like ‘do a more safe and riskless job!’.
As all their dreams and expectations were turning into reality, the king’s office had filled with the 3 men’s happy laughter.
I Said Make My Abilities Average
Chapter 244 The Road of Return
“For now, let’s complete a quest after going to the guild. Mile, bring out a general quest medicinal herb or ingredient from your storage. We will pay with that.”
Reina said to everyone the moment they crossed the border and went from Mile’s motherland, Blundell, to Mavis and the others’ motherland, Tyre.
“What are you being surprised for? In exchange for letting us into the training school for free, there’s a minimum amount of years we need to be active in this country. And so, for now we will complete an easy quest to get the track record of ‘we have returned to this country’ and start the ‘being inside the country’ counter, as fast as possible.”
As expected of Reina. Of course, the others also knew about the minimum amount of years they need to be active inside the country but they hadn’t thought that far.
“Besides, if we take a subjugation quest and submit the part of the monsters we hunted outside the country, that would be fraud, right? And so we need to do a quest for medicinal plant, ingredients or edible meat.”
“I-is it that Ms. Reina is actually smart?”
“Are you making fun of me!?!”
“Mile, you need to phrase it properly!”
It is true, Mile was in the wrong this time. And so she panickedly apologized.
And then, at the closest city with a hunters guild, they submitted 5 horned rabbits from Mile’s storage and successfully started the ‘in the country’ counter.
….Incidentally, because they had taken an escort quest when leaving the country and that request continued even after they entered Tyre, it meant that they were also doing ‘work inside the country’. They were even planning to inflate the number of days worked by confusing the quest completion date.
It’s being cheap but you know what they say, many a little makes a mickle. It is only natural for them, as hunters, to want to get rid of the unnecessary bindings and be free.
Well, it isn’t something to worry about much since this country is Mavis and Pauline’s motherland and they both have their loving family here so at the very least, as long as these two are here, they will want to work in this country.
And now that they did some activities inside the country, they could head for the capital freely.
They also did some hunting and collecting but didn’t stop by any guild nearby as they would get a higher price at the capital. And as they were planning to keep moving forward quick, they didn’t accept any subjugation quests. After all, subjugation quests are meaningless unless they are ones which specify that the ‘subjugation will be effective even when done anywhere in the country’.
They could easily fool the quest as anything stored in Mile’s item box, or as they call it– the storage — is maintained at top quality, but that doesn’t sit well with the 4 of them, including Pauline.
Speaking of Pauline, she was in a bad mood these few days. Or rather, her behaviour seemed weird.
It’s because she had to distribute most of the money she earned when she fought against the empire’s soldiers to the count’s territory and Ascham’s territory.
“3000… 3000 gold coins……”
She had also been unconsciously saying stuff like that.
“Geez! Pauline, you also agreed to it, didn’t you? That it would look bad for us if we took that money all for ourselves. A 1000 gold coins is more than enough, isn’t it?!”
1000 gold coins. It’s like a billion yen to a Japanese person. It was way more than enough. And officially it was like this–’we distributed all the money we earned’.
After all, no one would find out.
Even then, it seemed to be an overwhelming sorrow to Pauline.
“You should give up already, Pauline. We can’t go retrieving the money we already distributed, after all. Thanks to Mile’s special storage magic which can stop anything from degrading once inside, we are earning a lot more compared to other hunters already so we will make that much money again in no time. Let’s earn by a legitimate way.”
“B-but…… with that money, I could have gotten a step closer to my aspiration……”
Hearing that, Reina frowned.
“….’my aspiration’? Not ‘ours’?”
The two of them unconsciously let out such a voice. Mavis, with a vacant expression and Pauline with a ‘oh shoot’ kind of expression.
Falling silent, Pauline averted her gaze.
And beside her, Mile also looked dumbfounded with her hand touching her mouth. It wasn’t her usual ‘forced helpless girl pose’, she truly looked helpless.
“Ms. M-m-m-ma-mavis, th-that’s just a very normal ordinary storage magic, I just used water magic and……”
Looking all flustered, Mile desperately tried to gloss it over, seeing that, Reina looked exasperated, as well.
“Mile, you… you are still continuing with that setting? We found that out long ago.
After all, you say it’s not damaged because of your water magic but the meat you bring out from your storage isn’t even frozen or cold, is it? The taste of vegetables also don’t decrease and the medicinal herbs are in top condition. There’s no way anyone would believe you when you say ‘I was cooling it with water magic’ after seeing all that.”
“From the time we hunted the boulder lizard, was it?”
“I also found out that time.”
Following Reina, Pauline and Mavis also agreed.
“So like from the very staaaaartttttt!?!”
Mile, who had believed that she successfully deceived them for this long was now dolefully hanging her head down.
“Wh-what exactly was all my effort so far for……”
(….but, with this, there’s really nothing left for me to hide. Nothing except the reincarnation and about the magic’s true nature……)
Mile felt like something was not going good.
However, inversely, she was also feeling somewhat happy.
(Well, I guess it’s fine……)
She decided not to worry about the small stuff.
And, it was also Mile who didn’t worry about the quite big stuff, as well.
(So we will be working at the capital of Tyre kingdom for a while, eh? And after that… I wonder if we will go to the opposite side, to the east. Speaking of the east, about the kidnapping of Faril…)
That’s right, the country towards the east. That was, according to them, the origin of the suspicious religion and that mysterious legend.
It’s not like she would hurry there but she was interested in what might happen with the nanomachines.
…Or rather, considering how the nanomachines which don’t really show much concern about individual human lives, panicked, it might mean that the problem is universal. And in fact, there were sentences like ‘this world will fall to ruin and rebuild and this will continue’ and ‘the cause of civilization’s destruction’. That is the reason Mile decided to go out on the journey and it might have something to do with the mystery of those old dragons.
Mile pondered. And then…
“‘While Mile was still Adele, at the east of Tyre kingdom, the suspicious religion was spreading……’… a religion looking for money, is it?! Or is it the swastika party searching for diamond bells?!”
And in response to Mile’s solitary retorts, the other 3 just stared at her indifferently.