Chapter 1-13 : Coming From Afar Ⅰ (part 1)
Even though I said she could eat as much as she wanted, Lorea-chan is a girl, so she couldn’t eat that much.
Therefore, I ended up only having to pay three times more than my usual lunch cost.
I thought I would be paying more than that.
By the way, we met with Geberg-san who happened to come to eat at the dining hall.
I told him that I needed two beds, a table, and a bulletin board.
After having lunch, Lorea-chan and I returned to my store to make mattresses.
「Lorea-chan, can I leave the making of the bed cover to you?」(Sarasa)
「Yes, leave it to me! This will be my second time, so I think I can do it a little better now.」(Lorea)
「You made it pretty good last time, so you should be good this time too. However, stuffing the cotton into the cover will be a little tricky, so I’ll help you with it later. But first, let’s make the curtains!」(Sarasa)
As I taught her how to make a curtain, we sewed the cloth together.
Honestly, using an environment adjusting cloth to make curtains is such a waste, but I’m too lazy to dye cloth.
Besides… they don’t sell anyway…
We proceeded with the work leisurely while chatting and having tea.
Sometimes Collectors came to my store as we worked, so I had to leave Lorea-chan alone from time to time, but before we realized it, we had worked until the sun went down.
「Lorea-chan, it’s getting dark, shouldn’t you go home now?」(Sarasa)
「Uhh… I want to complete it before going home, though…」(Lorea)
The work is more than half done, but I don’t think we can finish it soon.
「Umm. Lorea-chan, you can stay here if you want. I will serve you dinner.」(Sarasa)
「Really!? I’ll go tell my dad, then!」(Lorea)
Lorea-chan got up and immediately ran to her home.
「…..Looks like she really wants to stay here…」(Sarasa)
Well, staying at a friend’s house is an exciting experience after all.
I’ve never experienced it, though…
I want to give her a delicious meal for dinner, but…
The only things I can serve are fruits and cheese I bought at South Strugg.
Also, I don’t have a stove yet!
I can create hot water with magic, but it’s only enough to make tea.
Guess I’ll buy dinner at Diral-san’s dining hall as usual, then.
After waiting for Lorea-chan to come back, I went to buy meals for both of us, and then returned.
In addition to our meals, I took out cheese, fruits and sweets from my bag, and then we were having dinner together in my room.
Originally, I should have made dinner myself here, but that’s not a problem as long as Lorea-chan is happy!
And one more thing that makes her happy is… the bathtub!
Normally, villagers who don’t have a well also don’t have a bathtub in their house.
So taking a bath in a bathtub was a rare opportunity for Lorea-chan.
By the way, I actually only used it once every few days because it was kind of troublesome to prepare since I haven’t installed an artifact for the bath yet.
After that, we went back to work, sewing while chatting leisurely.
We managed to finish the curtains and the mattress before going to sleep.
However, there’s one problem.
Even though we have finished the mattress, I only have one bed.
「Well then, I’ll sleep on the floor, so Lorea-chan, you can sleep on my bed.」(Sarasa)
「Eehhh… Sarasa-san, how about we sleep together on the bed?」(Lorea)
「S, Sleep together?」(Sarasa)
It’s a little cramped but since Lorea-chan looks so happy, I can deal with it.
「Good night, Lorea-chan.」(Sarasa)
「Good night, Sarasa-san!」(Lorea)
The next morning.
Lorea-chan said, “I slept really well! This environment adjusting cloth is amazing!”
Even though we slept really close to each other, the temperature was perfect thanks to the environment adjusting cloth.
It’s really convenient after all!
After getting up, Lorea-chan immediately went home to help her parents with their store.
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A few days later, Geberg-san came with the bulletin board, beds, and table I ordered.
As always, he made them perfectly match the atmosphere of my store.
Great workmanship! That’s Geberg-san for you!
There’s only one poster on the bulletin board right now.
The poster I made to warn Collectors about the bad alchemy store in South Strugg.
Because Geberg-san made it quite large, there was still plenty of empty space on the bulletin board.
When I was looking at the bulletin board, the door opened, and one of my regulars came in.
「Sarasa-chan, thank you for the other day.」(Andre)
「Hm? Ah, about the Anger Bear?」(Sarasa)
「Yeah. Thanks to you, we got a lot of money. Ah, here’s the empty potion bottles.」(Andre)
As he said that, Andre-san took out the empty bottles from his bag and lined them on the counter.
They were all ‘basic potion’ bottles, the potion that was only effective for minor cuts.
Since Collectors are rarely seriously injured, the most popular potions are of this type.
「Yes, you’re welcome. Actually, I also got a lot of money because the quality was very good!」(Sarasa)
「Oh, really? I’m glad to hear that.」(Andre)
「So, do you want to buy the same potions today?」(Sarasa)
「Yeah, the basic ones as usual. You know? Before you opened a store here, I always endured the pain of cuts and scratches because potions were expensive. Thanks to you selling them cheaply, I can now use them carefreely!」(Andre)
「Haha, I see. I’m glad that my potions helped you.」(Sarasa)
Before I started selling potions, it seems that the Collectors in this village usually left wounds like small cuts and scratches to heal on their own.
They would only use potions if the wounds prevented them from moving.
「If you Collectors’ work progresses really well, it will benefit me too, so it’s a WIN-WIN!」(Sarasa)
「Hahaha! You’re right…. Hm? What is that?」(Andre)
After a while of talking, Andre-san finally noticed the bulletin board on the store wall.