Chapter 2-13 : Let’s Go To The Town Ⅰ

 

After giving the money to Andre-san and his party members, I wanted to start making the refrigerator right away, but unfortunately, I had to prepare the frame to be used as the body of the refrigerator before I could make the other parts.

I went to Geberg-san’s house and ordered the frame the other day, but after I explained the details of what kind of thing I needed, he thought for a moment and said that it would take a while.

I thought that he was still busy repairing the villagers’ houses that were destroyed during the bears’ attack, but he said that in order to make the frame I wanted, he had to prepare high quality wood, and it would take some time.

The stock of high quality wood in this village was low because the demand for it was low too.

When I said, “It’s okay to use poor quality wood, I will do something with alchemy”, Geberg-san yelled at me. He said, “Still, I won’t forgive myself as a craftsman if I make such an important item out of poor quality wood!”

Well, he has pride as a craftsman, and I respect that.

「ーーTherefore, I will go out tomorrow.」(Sarasa)

「I don’t know what you mean by “therefore” and I don’t know who you are talking with, but where are you going?」(Lorea)

「South Strugg!」(Sarasa)

When I pointed in the direction of South Strugg Town, Iris-san and Kate-san looked at each other and turned to me.

「Store Owner-dono, are you going alone?」(Iris)

「No matter how strong you are, you’re still a girl. Walking through the road alone as a girl is dangerous, also, you won’t be able to sleep peacefully at night.」(Kate)

The two, who didn’t know that I once went to that town alone on foot, were looking at me with worried expressions.

I’m just going to South Strugg. There’s nothing to worry about.

「Fufu. Thank you for worrying about me, but don’t worry. I’m not going to spend the night outside.」(Sarasa)

「…Ah, come to think of it, the last time you went to South Strugg, you came back in two days, right?」(Lorea)

「Yup. I stayed overnight in Leonora-san’s store. I remember we talked a lot about my master before going to sleep.」(Sarasa)

I was grateful to Leonora-san for letting me stay at her place for free.

I didn’t have to waste my money and my time to look for an inn.

「But… It’s hard to reach that town in a day even if you ride a fast horse, right? You will have to at least camp outside for a night. Store Owner-dono, how did youー」(Iris)

「ーBy running. I don’t have a horse after all.」(Sarasa)

「…Huh?」(Iris)

「Iris, it’s Store Owner-san we’re talking about. I’m not surprised anymore…」(Kate)

「Yeah, you’re right. As expected from Store Owner-dono! You’re amazing!」(Iris)

「Ahaha! I’m still nothing compared to my master though. It took me two days and one night last time, but this time I’m aiming for a day trip!」(Sarasa)

「Ehh!? So you’re planning to reach South Strugg in half a day by foot!? Is it even possible?」(Iris)

「Iris, it’s Store Owner-san we’re taー」(Kate)

「ーI know, but…!」(Iris)

「Don’t worry. I felt stronger ever since the battle against the Hellfire Grizzlies. I feel like I’m going to make it this time!」(Sarasa)

….. I hope I will…

No, no. I shouldn’t be pessimistic.

If I go early in the morning and go straight to South Strugg without taking a detour, I think I can make it!

Also, I shouldn’t waste my time in a cafe and buy groceries in the marketplace like last time.

Un! You can make it, Sarasa!

「Umm… If that’s the case we will only be a hindrance if we go along…」(Iris)

「Even if Store Owner-san was just a normal person who couldn’t run stupidly fast, all we could do for her would just to be on the lookout when we camped outside.」(Kate)

「What do you mean by that!? Hahh… Anyway, I appreciate your kindness, but I’ll be fine by myself. By the way, if there are things you want to buy in South Strugg, I can buy them for you if you want. 」(Sarasa)

「No, we’re good. We already have a place to sleep and food to eat thanks to you. We don’t need anything else.」(Iris)

「We can’t afford to waste our money on unnecessary things.」(Kate)

「Umm… I don’t think you need to be that strict with yourself… I’ll be going tomorrow morning. If you change your mind, please tell me before I go.」(Sarasa)

「No, we won’t change our minds. Please don’t mind us. You can go anytime you want.」(Iris)

「Are you sure? …Alright then.」(Sarasa)

 

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The next morning, I left the village and started running to South Strugg at a faster pace than last time.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been using body strengthening a lot since I came to the village or because I have exceeded my limits when fighting the Hellfire Grizzlies until I had to stay in bed for several days, but I feel like I’m getting better at using my magical power.

Because of that, I can now run while using body strengthening magic longer than last time.

I passed the places where I rested last time, and ended up running all the way to South Strugg.

「Fuuuhh….. I did it… I reached South Strugg without resting on the way! Looks like I really became stronger! Fufufu~」(Sarasa)

It would be perfect if my body grew along with my strength, but unfortunately, my body didn’t change one bit.

Hahh… I want to be taller at least… And have a bigger chest…

I don’t like being considered a child because of my height.

「But… I still have hope! Un. Not having an ideal body is not the end of the world!….. Woops, there’s no time to space out. I should hurry!」(Sarasa)

My first destination is the timber wholesaler in this town.

If we don’t have high quality wood in our village, we just have to buy it in another place!

Thus, I go here to buy wood on Geberg-san’s behalf.

When I got to the timber store, the man who seemed to be the owner looked at me suspiciously, but after I gave him the letter with Geberg-san’s signature and my alchemy license, he immediately started preparing my order nervously as if I was a feudal lord or something.

I didn’t think he should be that nervous though. Look, I’m just a cute girl. I don’t bite.

After he finished preparing the materials I ordered, I told him to transport them to the village.

I wanted to carry the materials by myself if possible because it would be faster, but unfortunately, even with the backpack artifact that Master gave me, I didn’t think I could carry them.

After all, there are some thick logs and boards that are too large to go through the mouth of my backpack.

After my business at the timber store was done, I left and went to my second destination.

Yes, my next destination is Leonora-san’s store!

 

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