Chapter 3-18 : Unexpected Visitors Ⅰ (part 1)

 

「By the way, Store Owner-dono, how’s Kate and Lorea’s magic practice so far? Are they doing good? I’ve never seen them using magic since they started practicing.」(Iris)

Iris-san asked me while we’re putting plates on the dining table in the kitchen, preparing for breakfast.

She wanted to practice magic too at first, but then she changed her mind, saying that she wanted to focus on forging her swordsmanship.

「Well, you can’t see the result right away. Practicing magic is not easy. It needs time and effort. Otherwise, this world would be filled with magicians.」(Sarasa)

「Hmm, you have a point.」(Iris)

While we were talking, Lorea-chan and Kate-san came into the kitchen and nodded right away as if they heard our conversation.

「She’s right. The practice is so hard. Right, Lorea-chan?」(Kate)

「Yeah. I still can’t feel magical power…」(Lorea)

「It’s difficult, especially at the beginning, but the longer you practice, the more you can feel it.」(Sarasa)

While having breakfast together, we were talking about magic.

The first step you have to do to be able to use magic is to feel your magical power. Perhaps this is the most difficult step when you start practicing magic because you have to feel or sense something you have never sensed in your life.

However, since I installed a magical stone in this house (ch. 1-5), magical power will always flow within this house, so I think Kate-san and Lorea-chan can grasp how to feel it soon.

「Once you can feel magical power, the next step is to manipulate it, and lastly, perform spells. So I think it will take a while before you can actually use magic.」(Sarasa)

「So it’s gonna take some time until Kate can use magic in battle, huh?」(Iris)

「Iris, I’m not learning offensive magic, you know? It’s more difficult to learn… Isn’t it, Store Owner-san?」(Kate)

「Well, not really. It depends on many factors, but if you have the talent you can learn offensive spells more easily than other spells.」(Sarasa)

For alchemists, the most important thing is how well you manipulate magical power, but for magicians who use offensive spells, the amount of magical power is more important.

You can get better at manipulating magical power as long as you practice, but in terms of the amount of magical power you have, it greatly depends on the nature of your body and your talent.

If you are good at manipulating magical power, you can use powerful offensive spells with only a little amount of magical power, but of course, the spells can be even more powerful if you have a lot of magical power.

Even if you are not good at manipulating magical power, you still can use powerful spells as long as you have a lot of magical power, and such people mostly choose to become magicians rather than alchemists.

「I don’t think there is a problem with the amount of magical power you have, so as long as you both do your best at practice, you will be able to use magic eventually. Well, if you want to use offensive magic, you have to practice harder though.」(Sarasa)

「I see… Offensive magic is indeed useful in battles, but… I’m not sure if I want to learn it…」(Kate)

Unlike Kate-san who was thinking about it, Lorea-chan shook her head without hesitation.

「No, I don’t think I want to learn offensive magic because I don’t think there will be a reason for me to use it. Besides, I’m kinda clumsy, so I might destroy my surroundings if I’m not careful. My priority of using magic is to help the villagers, so first, I’m going to focus on learning earth spells that can help people cultivate fields.」(Lorea)

「Un. I think that suits you better. But I don’t think you’re clumsy though.」(Sarasa)

「Is that so?」(Lorea)

「Of course. You are good at cooking and can work really well as the shopkeeper.」(Sarasa)

「Ehehe. I’m happy you think so.」(Lorea)

ーーClang, clangーー!

When we were chatting while enjoying our breakfast, suddenly, the sound of the doorbell was heard from the entrance.

I made that doorbell a while ago to let me know if someone enters the store when I worked in the workshop, but I haven’t heard that sound in a long time since Lorea-chan started working as the storekeeper.

「I wonder who it is. We are not even open yet.」(Sarasa)

「Probably a new Collector who doesn’t know when we are open?」(Lorea)

「It could be…」(Sarasa)

The villagers and the Collectors who are staying in this village know when my store is open and when it’s close, so don’t think it’s them.

Perhaps Lorea-chan is right. It’s a new Collector or someone from outside the village.

「Store Owner-dono, it’s probably an injured person who needs emergency treatment.」(Iris)

「Aa! You may be right!」(Sarasa)

If a village doesn’t have a doctor, an alchemist who opens a store there will act as one.

I, who totally forgot about that, got up from my chair in a hurry, but then Kate-san grabbed my hand.

「Store Owner-san, wait. If they needed emergency treatment, they would have panickedly shouted, “Help! Please help!” or something.」(Kate)

「Ah, you’re right… Anyway, I need to go check.」(Sarasa)

「I’ll go with you. There may be something I can help with.」(Lorea)

「Alright, let’s go.」(Sarasa)

Even if it’s not an injured person, there’s no doubt that they have business with me.

Lorea-chan and I then headed to the store area.

Clang, clangー!

「Yesー I’m comingー」(Sarasa)

When I heard the bell again, I shouted and walked faster.

I opened the front door and saw a man who seemed to have passed middle age and a young-looking black elf woman.

They’re definitely not from this village and they don’t look like Collectors either.

Merchants sometimes come to this village, but it’s pretty rare. Besides, they don’t look like merchants either.

「Umm… Can I help you…?」(Sarasa)

When I asked while wondering who they were, the men stepped forward and bowed to me once.

「I’m sorry for disturbing you in the morning like this. Is this Sarasa-dono’s store?」(man)

“Dono”? He sounds like Iris-san…

「Yes it is, and I’m Sarasa, the owner of this store.」(Sarasa)

「Ah, so… you are Sarasa-dono…?」(man)

For some reason, they both were surprised.

They looked at each other, and then stared at me.

「Yes, I am… Umm…」(Sarasa)

I don’t have a plan to meet anyone today, right?

When I was wondering, Iris-san and Kate-san came. It looks like they are curious and decided to follow me, and as soon as they saw the two strangers by the entrance, they shouted at the same time.

「Fa, Father!?」(Iris)

「Mama!?!?」(Kate)

「「………..Eh?」」(Sarasa & Lorea)

 

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