Chapter 2-19 : New Products Ⅴ (part 2)

 

「It’s an artifact to make fertilizer, but don’t you think it’s quite useful for hunters too?」(Sarasa)

After listening to my explanation, Gretz-san nodded.

「I see. With that artifact, my parents can easily dispose of unnecessary animal parts, and they can even earn money from selling the fertilizer made out of that. Yeah, that sounds great. I used to help my parents dispose of animal organs when I was a child, and I couldn’t stand it. That’s one of many reasons why I don’t want to be a hunter…」(Gretz)

「Ahh… I can understand how you feel.」(Sarasa)

Severed animal heads, internal organs, and blood are traumatic things for a child to see.

Some people might be okay with those kinds of things, but there were also people who couldn’t get used to them at all.

Gretz-san was probably the latter. He couldn’t get used to blood and stuff and chose to be a merchant.

「The artifact… Harvester, was it? How much does it cost?」(Gretz)

「It depends on the size and efficiency. The one that can process a large amount of garbage at once by using only a small amount of magical power is quite expensive. It costs at least 120,000 reas.」(Sarasa)

「I see…That’s unexpectedly pricey…」(Gretz)

「Well, it’s an artifact after all. But I don’t think it’s too expensive for a successful merchant like you.」(Sarasa)

「Ahaha… It’s not that I can’t buy it right now, but if I do that, I’m afraid I won’t have enough money to purchase goods. I’ll do my best to earn money, so Sarasa-san, do you mind if I pay you later when it’s done?」(Gretz)

「Okay, I don’t mind. I need to collect the necessary materials so it will take some time.」(Sarasa)

Actually, I’ve been planning to make a Harvester before I suggested it to Gretz-san, so I’ve already had some of the materials needed.

However, what I intended to make was a small Harvester that was only enough to handle kitchen waste. It was too small for disposing of animal parts, so I wasn’t lying that I needed to collect more materials.

「Even someone like Gretz onii-chan is going to be a devoted son by giving a gift to his parents… Should I do the same and give something to my mom and dad too…?」(Lorea)

「I might look like this but I’m twice as old as you, okay? It would be weird if I haven’t given anything to my parents, right?」(Gretz)

Gretz-san heard Lorea-chan’s mutter and made a somewhat offended expression.

「Yeah, but aren’t you forgetting that you’re known as “the prodigal son” here?」(Lorea)

「Gaahh! Someone, please get rid of that nickname! I hope the villagers’ evaluation of me will change after I give my parents a Harvester…」(Gretz)

When Jasper-san starts selling fertilizer to the villagers, perhaps the villagers will know that Gretz-san gave him a Harvester as a gift.

I don’t know if the villagers’ evaluation of him will change, but since Gretz-san has been doing his best lately, perhaps it will.

「Talking about being a devoted child, Lorea-chan, you have been filial enough to your parents, so I don’t think you need to worry about giving them something.」(Sarasa)

「But… By the way, Sarasa-san, have you ever given your parents a giーー Ah… I-I’m sorry…」(Lorea)

Lorea-chan suddenly apologized to me and lowered her head.

Perhaps she just remembered that I no longer have parents.

「Don’t worry about it. I can no longer give anything to my parents, but now I regularly give some of my money to the orphanage that took care of me.」(Sarasa)

「I see…」(Lorea)

By the way, after the discussion with Leonora-san about the amount of money I should give to the orphanage, I sent Master a letter asking her to adjust the amount of money to be sent to the orphanage.

The amount of money I can make is still small, but I think it will be better if I let Master, who is very experienced in managing a business, decide the amount of money to be sent to the orphanage.

「Oh, right. Actually, there’s a perfect artifact for Daruna-san.」(Sarasa)

「For my dad? What is it?」(Lorea)

「The artifact is called “Korokoro”.」(Sarasa)

「…Koro… what…?」(Lorea)

「Like I said, it’s Ko… Korokoro…」(Sarasa)

With a slightly blushed face, I answered Lorea-chan who asked me with a straight face.

*/Korokoro means roll over and over again. It also means a sticky roller, or a lint remover.

「Korokoro, huh…?」(Lorea)

「It sounds stupid, but it’s the official name for the artifact, you know! Anyway, if you attach that artifact to an axle of a carriage, the carriage will become lighter and move more smoothly.」(Sarasa)

Specifically, it halved the weight of the luggage in a carriage.

If you need two horses to pull your carriage, you will only need one if you use this artifact. Moreover, the travel time will be greatly shortened because your carriage will run more smoothly.

In the royal capital, it was a fairly popular artifact for those who use carriages to work.

The down side of this artifact is that you need to maintain it regularly according to the distance traveled, or else it will break eventually.

After I finished explaining, Lorea-chan nodded.

「Since my dad usually only uses his carriage to go to South Strugg, I don’t think he will have any trouble maintaining the… Korokoro, was it…? It really has a strange name…」(Lorea)

「Haha. I know, right? But actually, there are many artifacts with strange names.」(Sarasa)

Basically, the ones who named the artifacts are the alchemists who invented them.

Some of them simply named their invented artifacts based on their functionality, like Anti Odors and Magic Stoves. You can easily tell what kind of artifacts they are from their names.

Flexible Gloves are similar, but the name “Flexible Gloves” only explains that the gloves are flexible. It doesn’t explain that those gloves are also resistant to pointy and sharp objects.

If I were the alchemist who invented Flexible Gloves, I would name them “Blade Resistant Flexible Gloves”. It was longer but it explained all the features the gloves had.

However, some alchemists gave their invented artifacts strange names.

Some of them named their artifacts with names they thought sounded cool, and some of them chose names based on how they felt when they used their artifacts.

Korokoro is the latter because you use it by attaching it to an axle of a carriage that will roll as the carriage runs.

However, I’m not sure about Harvester. I mean, Harvesters are artifacts to make fertilizer, right? But their name sounds like they are some kind of tool to harvest crops or something. It doesn’t make any sense.

Therefore, some people called them “the fertilizer making machine, Harvesters” so that anyone can tell what kind of artifacts they are.

「A Korokoro is cheaper than a Harvester, but I think it’s still difficult for you to buy one.」(Sarasa)

「I see… Looks like I have to work harder and save more money then. I want to make my dad’s job easier.」(Lorea)

I could just offer a Korokoro directly to Daruna-san since he definitely has enough money to buy one, but Lorea-chan seems to want to give this artifact to him as a gift, so I think I should wait for Lorea-chan to save enough money.

「Lorea-chan, how about we have a race to see who will give their parents a gift first? It will be interesting!」(Gretz)

When Gretz-san challenged Lorea-chan with an excited face, Lorea-chan replied to him with cold eyes.

「Gretz onii-chan, are you not ashamed to challenge a girl who is twice as young as you?」(Lorea)

「Gu,haa!!!」(Gretz)

Lorea-chan was mean toward Gretz-san as always, but she had a point.

Gretz-san is an adult, but he is so childish…

「Well, I don’t mind competing against you. Let’s do our best then!」(Lorea)

「Lorea-chan… Yes, let’s do our best!」(Gretz)

Hmm… I don’t know which one is older anymore …

 

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