Chapter 302 : Living In Different Environments

 

After taking the bandits into the cage, I made a chair and table using earth magic for Celine and prepared tea for her.

「Thank you, Mark. I’ll watch over these men. You guys can go back to sleep.」(Celine)

「Okay. You can wake me up if something bad happens. But… Please don’t splash water on my face like you did when you woke Garrett-san up.」(Mark)

「Fufu. You silly. I won’t do that to you. Have a nice sleep~」(Celine)

Celine sat on the chair, wrapped herself in a blanket, and waved her hand at us to see us off.

Nicola, Ester, and I then waved back at her and headed for the entrance to my container house.

Before we got to the door, I realized that Ester’s clothes were drenched in sweat.

「Say, Ester.」(Mark)

「Hm?」(Ester)

「I think you should go to the bath before sleeping. I will prepare a hot bath for you.」(Mark)

「Eh!? D, Do I smell that bad!?」(Ester)

Ester’s face instantly turned bright red. She then panickedly pinched her shirt and sniffed it.

「No, no! You don’t smell, but you’re sweating a lot. I just think that you will feel more comfortable sleeping after taking a bath.」(Mark)

「A, Ahh, I see. If that’s the case, I’ll take a bath then… Umm… Are you really sure I’m not smelly…?」(Ester)

「Ahaha. Don’t worry, you’re not smelly.」(Mark)

Ester let out a sigh of relief and smiled at me.

I smiled back at her and then I heard Nicola’s voice in my head.

『Ugh… Talking about sweat, I still can feel that disgusting man’s sweat on the back of my neck…』(Nicola)

『Then, why don’t you join Ester?』(Mark)

『Onii-chan, you’re a genius!』(Nicola)

「Ester-chan, can I take a bath with you? Please~…」(Nicola)

「Umm… Alright, I don’t mind. We have to go to sleep as soon as possible to prepare for tomorrow, so we better take a bath together to save time.」(Ester)

Normally, Ester would show some reluctance, but seeing Nicola who was in a state of low energy due to being taken hostage, she couldn’t refuse.

「Yaaayy~! Thank you, Ester-chan!」(Nicola)

『Wooohooo~!』(Nicola)

『Good for you.』(Mark)

She might be able to stay calm when Lumon took her hostage, but it doesn’t mean that she didn’t feel depressed at all.

I hope she will feel better after taking a bath with Ester.

Without waiting any longer, I recreated the stairs leading to the bath on the second floor that I destroyed earlier to prevent the bandits from climbing.

After we got to the bath, I prepared the hot water for the two and returned to the entrance.

I blocked the entrance with earth magic, so I was the only one who could open it.

By the way, I turned off the magic lamps inside the house before the bandits came to make them think that we were sleeping, so it was pitch black a few minutes ago, but it was bright when I got inside. Tio must have turned the lamps on.

「Welcome back, Mark.」(Tio)

Tio approached me when I took off my shoes by the entrance.

「Tio onee-chan, I’m baー Hmphh!?」(Mark)

Suddenly, Tio crouched down and hugged me tightly.

She was trembling. She must have been frightened all this time.

「I’m sorry, Tio onee-chan. I should have come back sooner. I’m sorry for leaving you alone.」(Mark)

「No, you shouldn’t apologize to me… You guys were fighting so hard, but I couldn’t do anything to help. I feel so powerless…」(Tio)

I can understand her feelings. But, she’s not someone who can fight, so it can’t be helped.

I wasn’t scared because I knew we were strong and would be able to handle the situation, but Tio didn’t know our capabilities, so she must had been worried about us.

Imagining her crouching under the table and desperately enduring the fear while wondering what happened to us outside made my chest ache a bit.

「I’m sorry, Mark. Would you let me hug you for just a little longer?」(Tio)

「I don’t mind. We’ve defeated all the bandits, so you can rest assured now. They are inside a cage I made with magic, and Celine is watching them. Nicola and Ester are taking a bath on the second floor. There’s nothing to be worried about.」(Mark)

While saying that I stroked Tio’s back to calm her down.

She then nodded and loosened her arms a little.

「I couldn’t do anything to help, but… Thank you, Mark…」(Tio)

After hugging me for about a minute or two, Tio stood up and put her hands on her waist.

「Thank you. I’m fine now. I feel a bit pathetic for being protected by children much younger than me though. Haha!」(Tio)

Tio smiled brightly at me. She seemed to have calmed down.

I think she’s gonna be fine.

「It’s alright. We might be young, but we are used to fighting. Besides, being afraid of bandits is normal.」(Mark)

「You guys didn’t seem to be scared of them though. By the way, I heard your conversation from here. I heard that Lumon was their leader and you defeated him. You’re amazing!」(Tio)

「Nah, I’m nothing compared to Celine and Ester. They defeated all his underlings.」(Mark)

「I see. I know that Celine can fight since she’s an adventurer, but I didn’t know that Ester-chan can fight too.」(Tio)

「She has been training for years to become an adventurer, you know?」(Mark)

「I see. How about you and Nicola-chan?」(Tio)

「Well, we have learned magic since we were little. By the way, this is the third time Nicola and I have been attacked by bandits, so you can say that we are already used to it.」(Mark)

「Uhh, I don’t think getting used to being attacked by bandits is a good thing… Anyway, you guys saved my life. How can I repay you?」(Tio)

「No, you don’t need to. I think Ester and Nicola won’t be back for a while, so I don’t think we should wait for them. Let’s just go to sleep now.」(Mark)

「Alright then. Fufu. If you were a little older, I might have repaid your kindness with a great night service~」(Tio)

Saying that, Tio smiled seductively at me and winked.

I didn’t know how I should react to that, so I just tilted my head, pretending to be a completely innocent little boy.

「Hmm…?」(Mark)

Seeing my confused face, Tio giggled.

「Fufu. It’s nothing. It’s still too early for you after all~」(Tio)

After saying that, she stroked my head and then went to her bed.

 

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