Chapter 2-9 : Ice Fang Bats Ⅰ (part 1)
「ーーso, Lorea-chan, do you have any good ideas?」(Sarasa)
「Umm, I think the one you’re making right now is good enough.」(Lorea)
「This water pump artifact?」(Sarasa)
When I was making an artifact that automatically pumps water from the well to the kitchen and the bathroom, I asked Lorea-chan if she had any good ideas about what kind of artifact that I could sell to the villagers.
「Well this water pump is convenient, but there are only a few houses with wells in this village, right? I can’t sell many.」(Sarasa)
「Ahh… I forgot about that.」(Lorea)
「Moreover, this artifact requires magical power to use it.」(Sarasa)
I don’t know how many people can use magical power in this village, but I know that Lorea-chan, Iris-san, and Kate-san can use their magical power a little, so they’ll be able to use this water pump.
There are some people who have almost no magical power, so normally this kind of artifact is not installed in public wells.
「If I insert magic stones in it, perhaps people with no magical power would be able to use it, but… the price will be really expensive for sure…」(Sarasa)
「Umm… If you can’t do it, you can just ask people with magical powers to fetch water for you, right? Normally, you don’t live in a house by yourself after all. If there’s a family member who has magical power, they can fetch water for their family.」(Lorea)
「Ohh… You’re right.」(Sarasa)
Lorea-chan’s way of thinking seems to be different from mine.
Even though this artifact requires magical power, it doesn’t need much, unlike magic stoves.
You won’t get tired just because you use your magical power to fetch water.
The problem is, if there are people who live alone and have no magical power. They won’t be able to use this artifact.
But, I don’t think it will be a problem in this village.
People in this village are like family.
You can just ask your neighbor to fetch water, and they will happily do it for you.
「But, wait a minute… If there was a house with two siblings in which only one of them has magical power, that person would be the one who always fetches water for their family, right? Wouldn’t they hate me for making them their family’s slave?」(Sarasa)
When I said something silly like that, Lorea-chan put her palm on her forehead.
「Hahh… Sarasa-san, you’re thinking too much. Those siblings can just go together, and the one who doesn’t have magical power can just help their sibling to carry the water to their home, right?」(Lorea)
「Haha… You’re right.」(Sarasa)
I have no such experience because I don’t have siblings.
When I was in the orphanage, there was an adult who always fetched water for us, so the children didn’t have to do that.
Speaking of the orphanage, I wonder if Master has delivered the money to them…
By the way, I asked Master to send 10% of the money that I got from selling materials to the orphanage.
Of course I will give them more once I’m able to make more money.
The children I know mostly have left the orphanage and live on their own, but there’s still the director who had been taking care of me since I was little, and it’s my responsibility to support them.
「If the villagers want a public well to be installed in this village, perhaps I can sell a water pump artifact to the village mayor. But before that, I have to talk with him.」(Sarasa)
It’s the village mayor’s job to pay for the costs of the development of this village.
But, he just distributed a lot of money to the villagers, right? Will he be able to pay for it?
Even though he is a village mayor, he doesn’t have much money since this is not a prosperous village.
「Ah, I can go ask him for you later if you want.」(Lorea)
「Eh? You will do it for me?」(Sarasa)
「Of course. I’m the clerk of your store. Besides, I’m used to talking with the village mayor. You can count on me.」(Lorea)
「Really? I’ll leave it to you then!」(Sarasa)
After I finished making the water pump artifact, I installed it in the well and connected it to the kitchen and the bathroom with water pipes.
After confirming that the water pump worked properly, I started making another artifact, and this will be the last artifact for my kitchen.
Yes, it’s the refrigerator and the freezer!
Although I said it would be the last, they are two different artifacts.
However, the only difference between the two is the cooling system.
The freezer is colder than the refrigerator. Other than that, they are the same thing.
Ah, also, the freezer is smaller than the refrigerator, so it’s easier to make.
「The size will be… Lorea-chan, what do you think? How big do you want the refrigerator to be?」(Sarasa)
「Eh…? I’m not sure since I’ve never used it…」(Lorea)
「Umm, let me change the question. How much food do you want to store?」(Sarasa)
In a sense, the bigger it is, the more the food you can store.
If you want to store a boar, a normal-sized refrigerator will be enough, but if you want to store a bear, you need it as big as a small room.
If it’s big I can also store some alchemy materiaーー No, no. That’s not good.
There are a lot of alchemy materials that can’t be stored together with food…
「Sarasa-san, since space in the kitchen is limited, won’t it be better if you make it according to where you will place it?」(Lorea)
「Oh! Lorea-chan, you’re a genius! As expected of someone with a housewife perspective!」(Sarasa)
「H, Housewife…? I’m not a housewife, but since this kitchen is the place where I cook food for you, I need to think about it carefully, right?」(Lorea)
「Un, un! I’m glad that you think so much about that!」(Sarasa)
Ever since the magic stove and magic oven were installed, Lorea-chan made our meals every day.
Her cooking skills are not as good as Diral-san’s, but at least she’s better than me, so I have nothing to complain about.
Iris-san and Kate-san also really like Lorea-chan’s cooking. They have no complaints.
Besides, they don’t have to go to the dining hall anymore to eat.