Two years passed in a blink.
And now I am 15.
Today, I woke from the chirping of small birds again.
The day after I was attacked by the wolf in the forest, I didn’t set a single step outside my home… out of ‘God’s Miniature Garden’.
Also, I had not heard god’s voice since that day.
To hear gods’ voices it seems that the skill ‘Oracle’ is necessary. But this is a very rare skill… that there are only 3 people in this world that have this skill. Moreover using it well is hard, that the basic is hearing a god’s voice and conversing is rare.
It would be nice if I get the skill some day and talk with him…
It might be impossible now, but I’ll definitely get it!
I got up from bed and checked the exchange diary, a daily ritual for me now.
[Exchange diary] = 3 points added.
[Current points: 31,190]
[Vase: small] 1
[Vase: medium] 10
[Vase: large] 20
[Vegetable seeds set] 10
[Fruit seeds set] 10
[Herb seeds set] 10
[Wheat seeds] 50
[Rice seeds] 100
[Brick: x1] 5
[Bottles: x100] 3
[Bathroom – Extension] 5,000
[Room – Extension] 2,000
[Rooftop – Extension] 10,000
[Basement – Extension] 30,000
[Compounding room – Extension] 15,000
There aren’t much new things available for exchange. When I try new things or write what I want in the exchange diary, god adds new things.
By the way, god’s entry today was… about the salad dressings he was into recently… Peaceful and nice.
“Mn… Today, I’ll bake bread and have salad and fried eggs on top of that.”
As usual, I went out to the garden and got eggs from the three chickens.
Yes, the chickens that came that day laid eggs, and increased to 3.
That cry sounded like it was saying “Okay!” I said “Thank you,” to the chickens, harvested some vegetables and headed to the kitchen.
After I came to this world I made restoratives (potions) every day and gathered points for a living. Thanks to that, the house has been enhanced quite a bit now.
By the way, I found out something amazing about these restoratives (potions). Since the health restorative (high potion) I drank at the forest to heal my wounds tasted like tea, I tried other things too. The result: mana restoratives (mana potions) tasted like black tea and scarlet restoratives (garnet potions) tasted like cola. I couldn’t hide my surprise at that. But is it okay for something that is drank urgently like restoratives (potions) to be fizzy…?
To begin with the kitchen, an oven was added.
A brick oven like those for making pizza. Since the winters are cold there’s a lot of use to this. I thought it would make the summers hotter in contrast, but the house was cool as it seemed to release heat easily. i also exchanged more utensils and tableware with points, so now there’s quite a variety. There’s even a cute tea pot for guests, but there unfortunately are no guests.
In the basement used as storage space, I am storing harvested food and vegetables there.
Also, I extended it using points. After the first extension, ‘the extension that did not expand the room’ had the effect of, believe it or not, not letting goods spoil over time. It took 20,000 points, but I’m using it rather well. So the vegetables or eggs I harvest are always in a fresh state.
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When I finished making breakfast, I heard a loud scream from outside. The scream that seemed to pierce the morning air was a young girl’s… mixed with fear. I quickly came out of the house and started running to the source of the scream.
But… someone in this forest? That never happened in these 2 years.
When I came out to the garden, a little distance from the fenced area… there was a girl and a boy. The girl had a glistening pretty red curly hair, had a robe on with a cane in her hand. The boy had a short refreshing hair, and looked like swordsman… I think. He had a sword, armour and a cloak.
The things which were attacking the two were the ‘wolf’ monsters I saw before. I looked up later and found out that the wolf is called ‘hard wolf’. It’s a C rank monster. Just one isn’t that dangerous, but when some time is taken it calls its comrades, so it’s a dangerous monster. Thus, when getting quests to defeat them, few novice adventurers party up together quite often, or maybe not that often.
There currently are 3 hard wolves in total. The boy was in front of the girl, blocking and countering the attacks. For the girl, there were were stains on her white robe and around her thigh… it was dyed red. Looks like she’s hurt…
“Kiruto…! Shining fire, take my power as nourishment and manifest as light… ‘Scorching storm (Firestorm)’!”
After the girl chanted something and held her staff out, fire appeared from that and flew towards the hard wolves.
The shining red shade engulfed the hard wolves and destroyed them. Then in the place of the disappeared hard wolves, there were three fangs.
According to the book, ‘monsters’ of this world disappear without a trace when defeated. Afterwards, like drop items, the material of the monster are left as loot.
“Kiruto, you held well.”
“No, it was all thanks to ojou-sama’s magic.”
A party of a mage and a swordsman… I wonder?
Maybe from relief of defeating 3 hard wolves, the two collapsed on the spot. I can’t get to them unless I come out of my home, but it should be alright now. Moreover, it’s right nearby so if a monster does come out I can dash at full speed. Now, I am more worried about the girl’s injury.
“That injury… are you okay?”
“Ah! I’m sorry, I’m not anyone suspicious…?”
They got so surprised when I talked to them so I got agitated instead.
The age… about a year younger than me. By the way, not my mental age, but I mean my physical age… 15.
“No, but, my house… is right here.”
To the two who had question marks on their heads, I pointed towards my house. Then their expression into those of even greater surprise. Rather, the garden isn’t small so I though they would have noticed… Did they not realise because they were desperately defending against the hard wolves…? Yeah, that surely could happen!
“No way… there’s a house in this forest. Ow!”
“Ojou-sama…!! Dammit, I don’t have any more restoratives (potions)…”
“Ah, if it’s restoratives (potions) I have them at my house! Please come in.”
I had forgot about it because the girl was enduring silently. Her robes being dyed red.
I invited the two who said they ran out of potions to my home for healing. When I handed them the health restoratives (high potions) I had stored in the basement, they immediately sprayed them on themselves. When the girl said, “Thank you,” the boy quickly followed.
“It’s the first time I’m inviting someone to this house… I feel nervous.”
Since there were people in my home, I felt a little embarrassed.
The expanded living room had a round table where around 5, 6 people could sit. It was a calming space. I served them mana restoratives (mana potions) as tea along with snacks like donuts made by deep frying in olive oil, with sugar. In addition, there is a reason I served mana restoratives (mana potions) as tea. It tastes like black tea…!! I poured the contents into a tea pot and warmed it and added some sugar. Of course, I served them in the tea cups for guests which I wanted to use some time.
“Thank you for helping us. I am Cynthia Melditi. This is my escort, Kiruto.”
“Thank you sharing your restoratives (potions).”
“Don’t worry about it… Ah, I’m Hinami.”
While feeling surprised at how a girl younger than me could speak like that, I assumed that she would be a noble girl. Rather, from the point that she had an escort, it’s already a bingo.
“…This is, a mana restorative (mana potion)!? But the taste…!”
“Ah, yes. Mana restoratives (mana potions) are delicious.”
With her lips on the cup, Cynthia-san… Mn, she’s mature so I should add -san, I think? That Cynthia-san raised her voice in surprise. I wonder if it’s possible to know the drink instantly. She used magic so her mana has gone down, but it got restored… something like that? By the way, even if I have it, I can only taste black tea. Strange…!
“What are you talking about, ojou-sama… th-this is!!!”
“It’s delicious, right!?”
I wonder what’s wrong… I wonder if there’s a problem with the taste… I’m getting a little anxious.
Noticing my troubled expression, Cynthia-san said, “I’m sorry for surprising you,” and told me the reason why she was surprised.
“Normally, mana restoratives (mana potions) are disgusting…”
“…It seems you need to try some. Try drinking this. It’s a normal mana restorative (mana potion) sold in the stores in the city.”
I was going to take a sip and roll it around my tongue… or so I planned. I choked from the first sip. What’s this… something like barley tea and aojiru and milk mixed together? Well, I never drank that, but still…
“Indeed. Mana restoratives (mana potions) are bitter and disgusting. It’s a necessity for mages, but the taste is the word…”
“Keho… geho! ……I-I see.”
“Indeed. Normally, something rare like this isn’t served as tea…”
“And not only does this mana restorative (mana potion) taste good, but also is very effective… this restores a lot more than the one I had…! Where did you get something so amazing?”
I ended up coughing because it was so disgusting. I wonder if I was rude…
And, according to Cynthia-san, it seems that the mana restoratives (mana potion) I make are quite amazing. But I made them in a blink with a skill… I feel so guilty, I can’t tell them. Because they’re enjoying it a lot…!
“Mn… I can’t tell you how, but I made those restoratives (potions).”
“But… aren’t around you my age?”
The two let out sounds of surprise. Then, possibly not believing that I, someone the same age as her, made them, Cynthia-san had her eyes wide open.
“So you are a… chemister.”
“Ah, yes… for the time being……”
‘Chemister’. It’s a kind of job.
It refers to people who makes restoratives (potions) using herbs. In addition, their knowledge of herbs has to be vast. My knowledge isn’t that much, so I’m not sure if I can call myself a chemister though. Especially since it feels unfair as I make the restoratives (potions) using a skill. “That’s how it is. Ahaha…” was all I could say.
“If possible, can we take a few restoratives (potions)? We ran out of them, so I’m not sure if we can safely return to the city like this…”
“Ah…! Of course you can.”
“Ah, thank you…!”
Thanks to Kiruto-kun, the slightly tense atmosphere got soft.
I said, “I’ll go get them right away,” and headed to the basement. I placed health restoratives (high potions), scarlet restoratives (garnet potions) and mana restoratives (mana potions) in a bag. I didn’t know how many would be enough so I put ten of each. It’s bulging.
“Please take this.”
“Hinami-sama…! This much!?”
“There’s a lot so it’s alright.”
Seeing the bag full of restoratives (potions) Kiruto-san raised his voice in surprise. When Kiruto-san took the bag, Cynthia-san promptly thanked me. She’s smaller than me, but she’s very polite. But then the two of them looked troubled. When I had a question mark on my head because I didn’t know why, Cynthia-san explained.
“Thank you…! But we don’t have much on us right now… Can we only take 5 health restoratives (high potions) and 1 mana restorative (mana potion)?”
“Well… we were only planning to go out hunting for just a bit… a forest of the lost is quite scary, isn’t it?”
Forest of the lost? No, I mean, the potions! Rather, such a little girl worrying about money…! She could just let herself get spoiled. No, could it be that you can’t be spoiled much in this world unlike in Japan…
“No, I don’t need money.”
“We can’t have that!”
“Ehhh… how troubling. You really don’t have to worry. Moreover, it’s worse if something happens to you two because you didn’t take everything. Right?”
When I smiled and said, “Right?” again, Cynthia-san said, “Alright,” and received them. Mn-mn, that’s the way.
“But, I’ll definitely visit again to pay…!”
“Eh… okay, then you can that.”
Ehehe, I giggled. I’m honestly quite happy. Because I can meet people again with this…!
Influenced by me being like that, Cynthia-san and Kiruto-san also chuckled. Mn, around 10, I think? Smiling’s the best.
“Now, have some donuts and relax.”
“Ah… thank you.”
“Sorry, it’s our first meeting, yet you’re this kind…”
“It’s okay, it’s okay!”
I did not know yet that they would raise their voices while eating the donuts.
Japanese veggie drink. Tastes bitter.