Miniature Garden Chemister – Chapter 04

From the chirping of birds reaching my ears, I woke up.
However, because I just got up, my head wasn’t working well, still in a daze.

“Ah… I’m hungry.”

As I raised my upper body, I thought of how I went to sleep without touching anything with my lips. The sound from my belly felt as though it was answering the birdsongs.
I took a deep breath and got out of bed. When I looked out the window I saw little birds. When I said, “Hello,” the little birds answered, “Cheep!”
I headed straight for the kitchen and looked if there was anything to eat. But, not only were there no food, but also no kinds of seasonings. At this rate, I might die from starvation… Come to think of it, I think there was something I could exchange. I’ll have to lead a self-sufficient life, but it can’t be helped.

Come to think of it, there were vegetables growing in the fields outside…!”

While rubbing my growling stomach, I opened door loudly on purpose.
When I got outside, the morning sun was shining like it was surrounded by gems. I felt happy that I could live in such a clean forest, so my expression grew loose unconsciously.
Then when I arrived in front of the field, there were vegetables so magnificent that the sound “Delicious!” could almost be heard. Tomatoes, capsicums, cabbages, carrots, cucumbers and pumpkins, six in total. Since I don’t have any seasoning, I harvested three tomatoes and one cucumber, which are tasty on their own.
For now, since it can’t be helped, I’ll have to eat them and fill my stomach.

“Ah, it’s nice and sweet…!”

When I took a bite of a tomato on the spot, a sweet flavour spread in my mouth. I can confidently say that it’s tastier than any tomato I had. Also, the cucumber had a nice crunchy chewing texture.
But if it’s this delicious on its own… it will get better if I cook it!
I ate the vegetables on the spot in a daze, and when I had the 4th tomato I got full. I was planning on having them inside, but they were so tasty that I finished them all on the spot.

“For now, I had a good meal…! Next are the points!”

I ran to the house with my now-13-year-old body. Though, the field is right in front of the house so it takes only a few seconds.
I became younger, but there’s nothing inconvenient, but rather my body’s lighter so I feel lucky? I think. I think rather beginning from the age of 21 starting from 13 will be better for memorising abilities too.
When I entered the house, my eyes rested on the exchange diary I put on the small bedside table. Come to think of it, it’s an exchange diary so there should be an answer from the god. I wonder at which timing it comes…?

When I opened the diary, there was a reply from him. He works quickly.

– – – – – – –

Looks like you like the other world you’re experiencing for the first time. I’m happy.
Seems like it was worthwhile for me to put in some effort.

Now then, for Hina who’s struggling a tad bit more than I expected, here’s some advice. It’s about how to use ‘Angel’s Voice (Sanctuary)’.
This is a cheat ability for Hina whose affinity is for chemistery.
Actually, the effect applies to most things. Don’t be fooled by the description?

Example 1:
Chant, “Angel’s Voice (Sanctuary),” in front of a plant.
The growth rate will be greatly increased.

Example 2:
Regarding compounding potions.
Put the ingredients in a pot and chant, “Angel’s Voice (Sanctuary).”
Then, you can collect the potions.
Ah, don’t forget to place bottles nearby! This is important.

Now, Hina, have you got them all.
For a while, it’s best to make potions to earn points.
Then you’ll easily be able to get enough points for the bath today.

Today’s tip is about this much?
Fufu, Hina, your sleeping face was cute.

– – – – – – –

“Eh, sleeping face……?”

Is this what it means for one’s eyes to turn into dots?[1]
I don’t really how my name Hinami turned into Hina before I knew it. Rather, it’s an honour that I can be called that by a god.
I, was I peeked at? Ah, but he did say that he would observe me when he has free time……

I decided to stop worrying and gently put the exchange diary down.
My cheeks turning red and hot must be my imagination.

More importantly, as per his tip, I should get points by making potions.
First, I’ll try making a ‘health restorative (high potion)’ which look like the most basic ones. The ingredients were health grass, water and a bottle, I think… but I’m not sure what health grass is…? Since it might be written on the book, I took out the manual from the bookshelf.
When I flipped through the pages, there were a few pages near the end with pictures.

“Ah, this one’s it… health grass!”

There was a picture of the health grass along with a simple description. To summarise, it seems that about 10 HP is restored from eating a health grass. By making it into a potion the effect is improved.
For the appearance. It looks like mugwort at a glance. A soft green plant with toothed leaves from a stalk.
Thanks to the god’s advice, the potion can be created easily… There’s water, and as for the bottles… they can be exchanged with points. Then, I can create one with some health grass.

I pondered a little and thought of something.
Maybe it’s in the garden… or the forest!?
If that’s decided, then it’s ‘Let’s go!’. I went outside in a bouncy mood, deciding that I’ll look for health grasses in the garden first.

“Fuah! There… it’s there!”

I wonder if it’s hard to find? As I was thinking that, I found that most of the weed growing in one half of the garden were not weeds but health grasses.
So, there are plenty of health grasses. If it’s this, I think I can surely get a bath by today. Nice… I want to take a bath today, yes.

I crouched down in the garden and diligently picked health grasses. There were plants other than health grasses, but for now I decided to leave them and only get what I needed.
Picking was easy, but there was no container. This is inconvenient…

I picked enough to create a small pile, then I let out a sigh.
I think I picked about a third of the health grasses that were growing.
Afterwards, it’s time to try making potions. The ingredients health grasses, water and bottles. And also a pot…
I can use the pot in the kitchen… and I’ll have to get the bottles by exchanging potions.
First, I filled the pot from the kitchen full of health grasses. There was a little too much, but this is within a tolerable range. I took that inside and poured water into it and placed it on a table.
Next is opening the exchange diary and exchanging [Bottles: x100] with 3 points.

…Huh? I wonder how I do this.

“No, it does say [Current points: 3], so there should be enough points…”

But then, how to… exchange…?
Mumumu. I didn’t think I’d be stuck here. But I can’t progress without getting the bottles…

“I’d like to exchange 3 points for bottles…!”

For now, I tried talking to the exchange diary. There’s only me here, so it’s not embarrassing… not embarrassing at all.
Then, the exchange diary shone and there was thud by my feet.
When I looked downwards in panic, there was a large back. When I opened it, it was full of bottles. I did it, it’s a success!
The points I had are gone now, but if I can properly make 100 potions I’ll get 100 points. Yup, there’s no problem!

I dragged the large back up to the table. For these things, the body of a 13-year-old is uncomfortable. It’s worse in terms of physical strength compared to that of a 21-year-old.
Now then. On the table, there is a pot full of health grasses and water. Underneath the desk, there are 100 bottles. Now I can get enough points for a bath.
Since the compounding process is bothersome by no little bit, so I’m going to use the skill from the divine protection. I have to. What a relief!
Then, I’ll begin.

“Angel’s Voice (Sanctuary).”

My voice echoed indoors and light flowed out with me at the centre. The lights then gathered in front of me and played a tune. Then there was a pot with some health grasses left and a bag full of high potions.
Looks like it was successful, what a relief.
When I took out a bottle of high potion from the bag, there was liquid of a deep green shade. The bottle that did not even have a lid was gone and it changed into one with a lid. At the centre of the bottle, there was a heart symbol. It changed… no, evolved into a very cute bottle.

“Mumu… if there are still some health grasses left in the pot…”

If I gather some more health grasses again, I can make 100 high potions again.
I quickly headed outside and filled the pot full with health grasses.
Then I created another set of 100 high potions.

“Done now……”

After writing down the diary entry for today, I looked at the list for the point exchange.
While I had been making high potions, it had already become evening. By the way, I expressed my gratitude for the hint and wrote what happened today on the diary.
This was today’s result.

[Exchange Diary] = 3 points added. [High potions: low] 1 x 200 = 200 points added.

[Bottles: x100] 3 x 2 = 6 points used.

I got 203 points and spent 6 points so my current points are now 197 points. Now I can get a bath…! Not only that, I can even expand the house! Yay!
I chose what I’ll exchange, and spoke to the exchange diary.

“I’d like a bath, a basement, a farming kit, a vegetable seeds set, a herb seeds set and 200 bottles…!”

[Bath] = 30 points used, [Basement] = 10 points used, [Farming kit] = 10 points used, [Vegetable seeds set] = 10 points used, [Herb seeds set] = 10 points used, [Bottles: x100] 3 x 2 = 6 points used.

[Total: 76 points used.]

[Current points: 127]

I spent 76 overall. Now I have 127 points.
Okay, I still have some. Since I can’t handle it if I exchange everything at once, and it’ll be tough cleaning if I expand a lot. First, the bath. Also, I got a basement to store the potions.

Then, a rumbling sound came from somewhere.
W-What could it be. I felt anxious for a moment, but the sound subsided quickly and there was change in the house.
There was a stair leading down right next to the entrance, and where the toilet door was there now was a small corridor leading in. And to both sides of that corridor, there were doors. I quickly went to that corridor and opened a door. Nope, it was the toilet. Then the bath is in the door to the left!

“Wa, wa, wa—!!!”

I couldn’t help but let out voices of admiration.
Because there was a really cute bathroom in front of my eyes…!
There was a cute bathtub which was large enough for me to stretch my legs. The magic tool for the water was the same as the kitchen. However, there were two flowers here. A sky blue flower and a pink flower. Maybe they’re divided by cool water and warm water.
I immediately touched the pictured leaf to get warm water.

“Ah, it’s warm~~!”

Ah… this is healing me. Healing me.
I merely touched it, but it warmed my whole body.
The water rode my hand and spilled out the bathtub. There was a proper drain so the water disappeared properly. Unfortunately there was no shower, but there was a mushroom-shaped chair in a  container made out large leaves, so that was enough.
In addition, it was well-prepared… there were towels in the shelf next to the bathroom door. There was also a bar of soap so I enjoyed a nice bath with that.

God, thank you for today.
The bath felt really really good.

[1]Expression for shock or surprise.

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