Chapter 3-6 : The Results Of Collecting Honey Ⅳ

 

It only took four days for Iris-san and Kate-san to fully recover. It was surprisingly fast. It could be because they didn’t eat too much of that poisonous honey or thanks to their high physical strength. Either way, I’m glad that they have recovered.

「Mmm~! This is so good! Lorea, you really are good at cooking!」(Iris)

Because she hadn’t had a decent meal for a while, Iris-san started devouring the dishes lined up on the table as soon as she saw them.

「Hey, Iris! We should thank Store Owner-san and Lorea-chan before we eat! *munch munch* Mmm! So good!」(Kate)

「Look who’s talking! Anyway, I’ve showed you a lot of my pitiful side, but thank you, Store Owner-dono, Lorea.」(Iris)

「I also felt miserable, but thank you for taking care of us.」(Kate)

「You’re welcome. You two were sick, so don’t worry about it. Right, Lorea-chan?」(Sarasa)

「Yes. When I get sick, I always get spoiled by my mom.」(Lorea)

Lorea-chan replied to me with a nod and smiled at Iris-san and Kate-san.

「Lorea, you’re still very young, so I think it’s normal if you depend on your mom, but we’re adults. Moreover, we got sick because of our own actions… I wonder what would have happened to us if we lived in an inn…」(Iris)

「That would be disastrous for sure… I wonder if Andre-san and the others are okay.」(Kate)

「Don’t worry about them. Gray-san recovered immediately after he drank the expensive potion, and after that, he started taking care of Andre-san and Gil-san.」(Sarasa)

「I see. Gray-san is the most reliable person among those three, so I think they will be fine then.」(Kate)

I didn’t explain in detail, but they were actually in a dreadful situation when I went to deliver the potions.

Because they didn’t have a person to take care of them, I suggested that one of them should drink the expensive potion and take care of the other two, and after a while of a fierce battle between the three, it was decided that Gray-san would be the one to drink the expensive potion.

Andre-san and Gil-san ended up drinking the potion with horrible taste that I made, but I think they will recover soon.

「So, Iris-san, Kate-san, I hope you guys learn something from this. You shouldn’t eat raw alchemy materials without knowing what exactly they are. Indeed, some of them are edible, but some others can be life-threatening if you eat them. Please keep that in mind!」(Sarasa)

I raised my index finger and looked at them with a face as if saying, “Bad girl!”

The two then lowered their heads awkwardly.

「We will… We’re sorry. That honey looked delicious, so…」(Iris)

「We thought we could eat it since it was honey. We never thought that it would be poisonous…」(Kate)

「Ah, I can understand! After all, girls can’t resist the charm of sweet things in front of them!」(Lorea)

Lorea-chan nodded deeply multiple times at their words.

「Oh? Looks like there’s one more person who needs my lecture. Lorea-chan, listen, this is a serious problem. If there are Collectors who sell edible-looking materials, please don’t eat or lick them! Also, don’t forget to always clean your hands after handling materials. Got it?」(Sarasa)

「U, Understood. I’m sorry… hehe…」(Lorea)

I tightened my expression and warned her firmly.

Some alchemy materials are dangerous and I don’t want Lorea-chan to be harmed just because she handles them carelessly.

「Anyway, from now on, we will ask you first before we eat something we find in the forest no matter how delicious it looks.」(Iris)

「Yeah, I don’t want to suffer in pain while crouching without pants in a corner of the backyard again… That was truly a horrible experience…」(Kate)

「Good. Seems like you’ve learned your lesson.」(Sarasa)

Yup. Kate-san also experienced it too.

Because there’s only one toilet in this house, the two decided to stop fighting over the toilet and take turns using it.

I’m glad they made up, but… I’m also a bit sad that my beautiful backyard became a bit smelly…

「But, Kate-san, Iris-san, you sometimes take a dump in the forest, don’t you? Then doing it in the backyard shouldn’t be a problem, right?」(Lorea)

「Well, yeah… But doing it in the forest and in the backyard are two different things!」(Kate)

「Just imagine you’re taking a dump in the backyard for more than five hours! Aaahh, I’m glad that our backyard is surrounded by walls…」(Iris)

「I see…」(Lorea)

I bet Iris-san and Kate-san would be doomed if this house didn’t have walls in the backyard and were located in the middle of the village.

「I wish I could complete the Portable Toilet sooner, but..」(Sarasa)

「Eh!? You made a portable toilet? Is that an artifact?」(Iris)

「Yes. I started making it when you two got sick.」(Sarasa)

「I see. If only you could complete it in one day…」(Iris)

「I’m sorry but I don’t think that’s possible.」(Sarasa)

「Store Owner-san, why didn’t you make such a life-saving artifact way sooner?」(Kate)

「Well, I never thought we would need it until you got sick.」(Sarasa)

This artifact is one of the few artifacts in volume four of Encyclopedia of Alchemy that I need to make before I can proceed to volume five.

I was actually planning to make another artifact after I completed the Floating Tent the other day, but then I decided to make the Portable Toilet first when Iris-san and Kate-san got sick. However, I couldn’t make it quickly because I needed to prepare the materials since I used up the materials to make the Flying Tent. Besides, this is not an artifact that can be made in just a couple of days.

「Mumumu… Kate, should we buy a Portable Toilet just in case…?」(Iris)

「Hmm… I agree but Iris, I think we should decide after we see the item. Store Owner-san, can you show us the toilet later?」(Kate)

「Yeah, of course. I think I will display it next to the Floating Tent later.」(Sarasa)

「Ah, the tent in the front yard, right? That tent is so comfortable! I feel like I can sleep in it all day.」(Iris)

「I know, right? It’s quite popular.」(Sarasa)

Since I started displaying the tent in my front yard, there have been two people who ordered it.

Currently, Lorea-chan is working hard sewing the tents according to the orders.

「If we have that tent, we won’t have a problem when we have to spend the night outside! Kate, I think weーー」(Iris)

「ーーdon’t need it. We rarely camp out in the forest after all.」(Kate)

「A.. Ahh… Y, You’re right… Since we started living in this house, we’ve stopped camping unless necessary…」(Iris)

「I think doing your job without needing to camp is a good thing. The Great Sea of Trees is a dangerous place after all.」(Sarasa)

The huge forest at the foot of Mt. Gerva Loch is not called “The Great Sea of Trees” for nothing. If you’re unlucky, you will encounter dangerous monsters and get seriously injured like Iris-san a while ago. In the worst-case scenario, you can die if you’re not careful enough.

Therefore, I think Iris-san and Kate-san made a good decision to stop camping if not needed.

「By the way, are you two going to start working again tomorrow?」(Lorea)

When Lorea-chan asked, the two looked at each other with somewhat troubled faces for some reason.

「Well, it will be bad if we stop making money, but…」(Iris)

「We’re thinking of rehabilitating for a few days before we start working again just to be safe. Even though we’ve recovered, our strength has dropped.」(Kate)

「I see. Now that you mentioned it, you two look thinner than before.」(Lorea)

They had hardly eaten anything these past four days, so it was like a forced diet for them.

That’s why they’re now voraciously eating the meals Lorea-chan made for them. However, I doubt they will recover in just one night and be ready to work again tomorrow.

「Store Owner-dono, if you have time, would you like to help me with my training?」(Iris)

「I don’t mind. After all, I have to train my body as well. I can’t do it for too long though since I have to do my job.」(Sarasa)

I’ve been training whenever I have free time in order not to waste the expensive sword I received from Master.

Because I’m busy with my job most of the time, I sometimes skip my training, but I think training with Iris-san will be fun, so I may spare some time for her.

「Really? Thank you! Then can we start tomorrow morning?」(Iris)

「Alright. I can continue my progress making a new artifact at noon then.」(Sarasa)

「Ah, come to think of it, Sarasa-san, you’re now making another artifact, right? What artifact are you making this time?」(Lorea)

「I’m now making a Floating Board. The way you make it is similar to the Floating Tent, so honestly, it’s kinda boring for me.」(Sarasa)

「I see… What kind of artifact is that?」(Lorea)

「As the name suggests, it’s a board that floats in the air. Its purpose is to transport objects. However, it’s not that convenient because it uses a lot of magical power. For people who don’t have magical power, transporting a heavy object with it will be very costly because they need to prepare a lot of magical stones.」(Sarasa)

「So using a carriage is cheaper?」(Lorea)

「Yeah. That’s why it’s only useful when you need to carry a huge but light object.」(Sarasa)

「I see. But still, I’m curious.」(Lorea)

「Fufu. Alright, I will show you when it’s done.」(Sarasa)

 

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