Chapter 2-10 : Ice Fang Bats Ⅱ (part 2)
「The price of the Ice Fang Bat materials also depends on their freezing ability and their strength. Simply put, the materials from Ice Fang Bats under five years old are cheaper than the ones from older Ice Fang Bats.」(Sarasa)
「I see… so there’s the possibility that the materials that that Collector sold were from young Ice Fang Bats?」(Andre)
「That’s possible, but… I’m not sure. If that Collector sold his materials to Leonora-san’s store at that time, then that might be the case, but if he sold them to the bad alchemy store, then most likely…..」(Sarasa)
「…Hmm… In the end, it’s just an assumption, huh?」(Andre)
Even though Andre-san still looked unconvinced, he exhaled and crossed his arms to calm himself down.
「Store Owner-san, is there a way to tell their age? If there isn’t, there’s no choice but to hunt them randomly, which is inefficient…」(Kate)
「Of course there is. You can tell their ages by….. Umm, maybe it’s better if I tell you while hunting them. Let’s go to the cave.」(Sarasa)
「Eh? Are you going too?」(Kate)
I think it will be faster if I explain how to distinguish and hunt the Ice Fang Bats if I go with them.
Fortunately, I can leave the store to Lorea-chan.
Ahh, I’m glad that I hired her. I can now go out anytime I want.
「Andre-san, can you guide us to the cave? I can’t pay much but I can tell you how to distinguish their age.」(Sarasa)
「Well, that will be useful for us. If that’s your request, I won’t say no, but I think it’s a little dangerous for y….. Ah, I’m sorry. Sometimes I forget how strong you are after looking at your appearance.」(Andre)
「Umm… Do I look like a person who can’t fight at all?」(Sarasa)
「I, I see…」(Sarasa)
I’ve started training my body lately though…
I bent my arm and touched my soft muscle.
Andre-san and the others were just looking at me with smiles on their faces.
I haven’t had any problems with Collectors so far, but maybe I should start walking with my sword around the village in case new Collectors come to this village so that they won’t look down on me.
「By the way, is there anything in particular that we need to bring?」(Gil)
When I started thinking about stupid things again, Gil-san asked me a question.
「Umm, I think it’s better if we bring umbrellas, but…」(Sarasa)
「Yup. You see, there are a lot of bats hanging on the ceiling of the cave, so… ‘a lot of things’ will fall on you.」(Sarasa)
After I said that, Iris-san and Kate-san frowned at once. Perhaps they were imagining ‘disgusting things’ falling on their heads.
Ice Fang Bats are nocturnal monsters, so we hunt them during the day.
And while they are sleeping, they are usually dropping their… well, you know.
「But, We don’t have an umbrella…」(Iris)
「We usually just cover our bodies with our thin cloaks when it rains.」(Kate)
Iris-san and Kate-san looked troubled.
I looked at Andre-san. He also made the same expression.
「Umbrellas are kinda expensive after all. There’s no way we have them.」(Andre)
「People who normally have them are merchants living in towns, aristocrats, and rich people, right?」(Gil)
「Is that so? Well, I don’t have one either.」(Sarasa)
「Then, why did you suggest us to bring an umbrella…?」(Andre)
「Ahaha… But don’t worry, I can use【Air Wall】instead.」(Sarasa)
「Will you cover us too?」(Andre)
Well, I can’t just leave Andre-san and the others covered in ‘a lot of things’, right?
Moreover,【Air Wall】is the spell that protects the caster from things like arrows by blowing them away, so if I’m the only one who is protected by the【Air Wall】, all the disgusting stuff that comes at me will get scattered to the other members.
And that would be terribly disgusting…
「I will come along this time, but if you want to continue hunting the Ice Fang Bats from now on, you better prepare an umbrella or a thick cloak if you don’t want to get dirty.」(Sarasa)
「You’re right. Even though I’m used to getting dirty, I don’t wanna be covered in shit…」(Andre)
Aa, he said it!
I’ve been censoring it with “a lot of things” and “disgusting stuff”, but he said it in the end!
「Oh, right! I just remember I have an old umbrella that I found in a town! I think we can use it!」(Gil)
「Ahh, that umbrella, huh? It’s torn here and there, but it should be good enough.」(Andre)
「No! Please use the one in good condition! If you use that torn umbrella, I won’t let you get inside my store!」(Sarasa)
Because Collectors work in the forest, it’s normal if they get dirty, but I can’t let Collectors who are covered in disgusting stuff enter my store.
「Okay, I understand… But if we have one, we must wash it every time we finish hunting the Ice Fang Bats, right?…. I think it’s too much trouble. Is there any other good method?」(Andre)
「Umm… maybe we should go to the cave first. We can think about it after we see the cave.」(Sarasa)
「You’re right. We will be depending on your wind magic for today then.」(Andre)
「Un. Alright, let’s get going. Lorea-chan, I’ll leave the store to you. If there are customers you can’t handle, tell them to come back later.」(Sarasa)
「Understood. Sarasa-san, everyone, please be careful.」(Lorea)