Chapter 4-14 : Hidden Village (part 2)
「This little girl is a… Dragon Slayer…? Ah, p-pardon me.」(Popo)
Calling Mylia “little girl”, the village chief lowered his head.
「No, no! It’s alright!」(Mylia)
（Uhh… I hope he doesn’t suddenly die from a heart attack…）
「Not only do you hold the title of baron but you also hold the title of Dragon Slayer… What an amazing lady…」(Popo)
「Right~? I’m proud to be her older sister! By the way, I’m sorry for not telling you earlier but I’m a baronet.」(Chloe)
「I see. So you sisters are nobles.」(Popo)
「Her Majesty, Queen Kushana, has ordered us to develop this territory including this area. We didn’t know that there was a village here, but I’m glad that we found it. Now we can make a plan to develop this place.」(Chloe)
「Develop this village, huh…? Hmm…」(Popo)
The village chief moved his gaze to the side and squinted for some reason.
Seeing his somewhat worried face, Mylia and Chloe looked at each other.
「Sir, before we talk about griffons, can you tell us about this village?」(Chloe)
「Umm, I honestly don’t want to tell anyone but I can’t just say no in front of the new feudal lord… Alright, I will tell you.」(Popo)
The village chief scratched his head which was almost bald, straightened up his posture, and started talking.
「You probably have guessed it, but we didn’t live in the middle of the forest like this at first. We once lived in a village next to the town of Hamanulle. However, we decided to run away from Baron Hansen and hide in this forest twenty years ago because we couldn’t stand the heavy taxes we had to pay.」(Popo)
「I see… But this forest was in monster territory, right? Were you people not afraid of being attacked by monsters?」(Chloe)
「Of course we were afraid. However, we still decided to hide in this forest and build a village here. Fortunately, there was a strong magician among us back then. He protected us from monsters while we were building the village. He also fought against the griffons who tried to drive us out of this forest. In the end, he won and became friends with them.」(Popo)
Hearing what the village chief said, Chloe and Mylia looked at each other.
The village chief’s story reminded them of what happened between Chloe and the Griffon earlier.
「Since then, we began to coexist with the griffons. We started beekeeping and producing honey for us to feed to the griffons. In exchange, the griffons will protect us from monsters. Since we started feeding them honey, the griffons made the area near this village into their territory.」(Popo)
（Hee~ So the griffons protect the village for honey. That’s kinda cute.）
Mylia glanced at a window of the mansion and saw the griffon peering at them from the outside.
The Griffon was yawning like a dog as Mylia glanced at it.
Meanwhile, Chloe was thinking for a moment and then smiled. She was happy because the village chief’s story proved that coexistence with griffons was possible.
「That’s fascinating… Could you please tell me more?」(Chloe)
Chloe looked at the village chief with a serious expression.
Seeing a beautiful young girl like Chloe willing to hear more of his story, the village chief couldn’t help but smile.
He then continued telling stories about the village and the relationship between the villagers and the griffons.
After talking for a while, the village chief said something that surprised Mylia and Chloe. It was about Baron Hansen.
「I said that we ran away from Baron Hansen because we couldn’t stand the taxes, but that wasn’t the only reason… Actually, the main reason why we decided to hide in this forest was because Baron Hansen… that lustful man… sometimes took women away from our village… Our ancestors were beautiful people. Everyone had a pretty face, especially the women, and it passed down to us. The women born in our village are all beautiful. When we still lived in the old village near Hamanulle, Baron Hansen occasionally came to take some women and make them his concubines… We couldn’t stand it and decided to run away…」(Popo)
As the person who almost ended up marrying that lustful man, Chloe understood very well the feelings of the people in this village, especially the girls.
「That pervert is beyond help…」(Mylia)
Mylia stuck out her lower lip, making a disgusted face.
（When I become the feudal lord of the Atwood Territory, that man will be my neighbor lord… Ugh… If possible, I don’t want to meet him and I don’t want him to meet Chloe onee-chan either…）
While thinking so, Mylia glanced at the window, looking at the people who were watching from the outside.
（The village chief is right. These people really have good facial features. Still, I doubt there’s a girl who can beat Onee-chan’s beauty.）
「That person must have been very frustrated when he found out that you people had ran away.」(Chloe)
「He must be. We actually love to speak, and because of that, most of us worked as merchants when we still lived in the old village. We usually did our business in Hamanulle. Baron Hansen made a lot of money from us back then, so yeah, he must have been very frustrated that we were gone.」(Popo)
「Ah, so you people were merchants. I can see why. You are good at talking after all.」(Chloe)
When Chloe said that while smiling, the village chief waved his hands. He looked somewhat embarrassed.
「No, no. I’m nothing compared to you. You are good at talking and convincing people too. I bet you are in the Commerce Department in school.」(Popo)
「Fufu. You’re right. By the way, thank you for telling me about this village.」(Chloe)
「You’re welcome. Now, as promised, I will tell you more about the griffons. As I mentioned before, they areー」(Popo)
「ーChief! Village Chiefー!」(man)
When the village chief was about to talk, a man was calling him from the outside.
「Lady Chloe, please excuse me for a moment.」(Popo)
The village chief left the table and opened the door.
「Chief, the griffons are gathering! They’re coming altogether!」(man)
When the village chief looked at the sky, he saw about twenty griffons flying toward his house.
They then landed in the village square in front of the village chief’s house.
「C, Chief… what is happening…?」(man)
「I don’t know…」(Popo)
Hearing the noise from outside, Mylia and Chloe looked at each other and nodded. They then decided to go outside to see what was happening.
「Whoaa… So many griffons…」(Mylia)
「I wonder why they are gathering here…」(Chloe)
As soon as Mylia and Chloe came out of the house, the griffons turned their gazes at Chloe for a moment. They then bowed their heads and kneeled on the ground.
The village chief and the villagers were stunned and confused at the same time seeing so many Griffons kneeling before a girl.
「Onee-chan… I think I know why they are gathering here…」(Mylia)
「D, Don’t tell me…」(Chloe)
「They came to see their new boss… You…」(Mylia)