Chapter 2-2 : Pelts And Meat Ⅰ (part 2)

 

「But first of all, I need to repair the kitchen wall. It will be a little difficult because there’s a seal in the wall… Oh right, before that, I must process the pelts. Ahh, it’ll be a very busy week.」(Sarasa)

「The pelts?」(Lorea)

「Un. The villagers can do something about the meat, but they have difficulty handling the pelts, so I decided to help them by buying them. I think the person who brings the pelts will come soonー」(Sarasa)

「Sarasa-chanー」

When I was explaining the situation to Lorea-chan, someone called me from outside.

I opened the door and saw Andre-san carrying a leather bag.

「Sarasa-chan, congratulations on your recovery! I brought you the pelts.」(Andre)

「Thank you, Andre-san.」(Sarasa)

「To be honest, it’s kind of embarrassing for me to visit a sick girl in her house, so I’m glad that you have recovered.」(Andre)

「Oya? Andre-san, I never knew you have that kind of side. Honestly speaking, it doesn’t fit your appearance.」(Sarasa)

「Oh, Sarasa-chan, please. Even though I look like this, I can be thoughtful sometimes.」(Andre)

Saying that, Andre-san grinned at me.

「Is that so? If only you brought me a get-well present, your level of thoughtfulness might have increased by one level.」(Sarasa)

「Ahahaha! I’m sorry, but no one sells a good get-well present in this village. It would be awkward if I brought you Diral’s bread as a get-well present, right?」(Andre)

「Haha, you’re right. Diral-san’s bread is delicious, though.」(Sarasa)

It’s hard to obtain perfect flowers and nutritious food as a get-well present in this village.

If I say I want nutritious food as my get-well present, I feel like he will bring me Hellfire Grizzly meat.

「So, that’s the Hellfire Grizzly pelts, right?」(Sarasa)

「Yeah.」(Andre)

Saying that, Andre-san put the leather bag on the ground.

At the same time, the strong smell of animals and blood leaked out from the leather bag.

Even Lorea-can who was standing behind me frowned at the smell.

「Uhh… It’s pretty smelly…」(Sarasa)

「Sorry about that. Some of them were processed by sloppy workers.」(Andre)

「I see. Don’t worry. As an alchemist, processing them will be my job.」(Sarasa)

「It’s tough being an alchemist, huh?」(Andre)

「Well, dealing with stinky materials is like our daily routine. It’s not that bad once you get used to it.」(Sarasa)

Aside from minerals, there are animal and plant materials, and most of them have a really strong smell.

Some of them even have a really bad smell that can make you lose consciousness.
In that case, you have to wear a special mask.

Compared to that, the pelts Andre-san brought are not a big deal.

Well, they’re still smelly, though.

「But really. Without Sarasa-chan, we wouldn’t have survived. That huge swarm was unexpected.」(Andre)

「No need to thank me. I already got a lot of thanks from the villagers.」(Sarasa)

「Hahaha! I can see that. You’re this village’s hero after all. Everyone was talking about you.」(Andre)

「….Eh? Seriously?」(Sarasa)

「Ou! People who watched you fighting the bears on the battlefield were like, “She’s small but she’s really strong!”, “She defeated a bear that was five times taller than her with a single blow!”.」(Andre)

「They’re exaggerating…」(Sarasa)

I just put my hand on my forehead and sighed while Andre-san grinned at me.

「It’s been four days since the bears attacked, so people have become a lot more calm, but everyone is still talking about you. Well, the bears were so big, so Sarasa-chan who could defeat such big bears was like the most powerful person in this village from the villagers’ perspective.」(Andre)

「…..Now I’m starting to feel glad I was bedridden these past three days…」(Sarasa)

For me, who’s not so good at socializing with people, going out at a time like that would be like venturing into Hell.

Fortunately, because I was sick, I don’t have to feel bad for not going outside.
And luckily, no one came to visit me in my house.

Honestly, I’m happy that they are grateful to me, but it’s tough to be thanked too many times.

「By the way, when will you open the store? We don’t feel safe going into the forest without your potions.」(Andre)

「If you only want to buy potions, I can sell you some now.」(Sarasa)

「Really? That’ll be nice!」(Andre)

「Lorea-chan, can I leave it to you?」(Sarasa)

「Understood! Well then, Andre-san, please come in.」(Lorea)

「Ou, thank you.」(Andre)

After seeing off Lorea-chan and Andre-san entering the store, I took the leather bag and went to my workshop from the back of my house.

I took out the pelts from the leather bag and checked their condition.

After that, I put them on the corner of my workshop for the time being, and headed to the store space.

When I got there, Andre-san had just finished the transaction.

「Thank you for the purchase.」(Lorea)

「You’re welcome. I’ll tell the others that Sarasa-chan’s store is back in business.」(Andre)

「Thank you, Andre-san. That’ll be great.」(Sarasa)

「Ou. Well then, see you later.」(Andre)

「「Thank you for your patronage! Have a nice day!」」

Lorea-chan and I bowed to Andre-san who was leaving the store.

 

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