Maken no Daydreamer Chapter 18
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What’s wrong Minato ?
Alba* too……? (*Note : Sorry guys, raw qualities being fairly low, I thought it was Alpa at first)
I heard something after boosting my hearing with magic
I can hear voices which seem to be arguing…
Suula-san, have the carriage head to the voices please
It might be a caravan which met with an accident !
We kept following you even after going through deadly battles
Don’t be so stingy, you’re a damn wealthy merchant right !?
That’s not a reason, where the heck do you see a bodyguard who sets his hands on the merchandise !!
You guys, over there !
Are you the caravan who departed from Wolka…!?
Yo, you two, what a coincidence
We met yesterday, to think, we would meet again today, on top of that in such a place
Is he your acquaintance ?
If I remember correctly, you’re Zaly-san…?
You don’t need to add [san]* (*Note : it’s called an honorific, it’s less polite without honorifics but then it makes it friendlier)
Just drop the honorifics and call me Zaly
I’m an acquaintance, after all
I mean… that exchange barely lasted a few minutes
I’m not sure I can categorize him as an [Acquaintance]…
We gotta eat so we can put forth our strength to protect you guys, right !?
Protecting the merchandise is also the role of the bodyguards, ok !
Aahh, once we get back to the city, we will probably need to pay money as a penalty
To make matters worse it’s already questionable whether or not we’ll be able to accomplish the quest
Are you sure you didn’t choose the wrong partners ?
Ahahaha, you’re harsh…
First of all, let’s withdraw from this place
Tell the caravan’s carriage to follow us
Why are you in our carriage ?
Well, the number of people here is more convenient, I guess ?
Ah, by the way, the boyfriend over there
I forgot to ask yesterday but,
It’s you right ? The one who beat the [Naga] ?
You know, the adventurer who is black from top to bottom
You did notice ?
Well yeah I mean, with that appearance
I feel better now
Huh… That’s all ?
No excess of inquiry, huh
This guy, Zaly… is flashy but…
He doesn’t look at Elk or Suula-san with obscene eyes
His way of holding a certain distance between us gives off a pleasant feeling……
After riding the carriage for a while, it went dark so, today
We decided to camp in the forest
I can’t sleep so I’m going to walk for a bit
I didn’t bathe neither yesterday nor today, hah
I guess I’ll at least wash my face…
Washing my face made my eyes even heavier…
Well now that I’m here
Let’s catch some food that could be used for tomorrow’s breakfast
Alright ! This works well…
As far as I know
The only ones who are able to catch fish that way, are you and bears
Standing on the surface of the water without sinking , how do you do that ?
Well yeah, it is magic
Have you ever heard about surface tension ? For example, the method used by water striders
It’s something I developed during my training when I was a kid
Using water magic,
it’s a trick that creates surface tension under my feet
You know, Minato
Well that is If I train more but,
You think you could teach me that kind of magic ? (PR : I dropped the “Do” at the beginning on purpose to make it friendlier)
…I know how Elk feels
Until now, she has been seeing my absurd
and yet interesting original magic
I understand her feelings of wanting to try using it
If it’s about handy magic like the one I’m using now
I’ll be happy to teach you hereafter, ok ?
in my repertoire, I’ve
a lot of [taboo] magic, It’s not only about initiating other people,
even I am forbidden by my mother to use it
Even my specialty, [Elemental Blood], is too unique, I can’t divulge its existence carelessly
I won’t teach those kinds of magic to anybody, whoever they may be.
Of course, not even you, Elk
…By the way,
What did you come here for ?
I didn’t get to bathe so I came to wash my face
Oh, same as me then
Ah, that’s right
Might as well bathe in the river I guess
Hey Minato, can I ask you to stand guard ?
Ah… I’ll go over there ok…
I don’t really mind even if you stay there
You should be used to seeing me in my underwear right ?
Well yeah, that’s true…
After giving lessons to Elk
At times she would have bruises so when she had to apply ointment to her bruises she would be in her underwear
I am the one who has to apply the ointment to places she can’t reach with her hands, like her back
It was embarrassing at first so
I offered to give a tip to Tanya-chan and ask her to do it but…
Ohh… You would leave me, in front of that Devil’s incarnation
Defenseless, while I’m exposing my skin ?
Is what Elk said to me, so I gave in
It feels so good
If you’re going to stare at me so much, why don’t you join me ?
What’s that ?
I feel several presences in the nearby environs ……!
You were awake too… Oh right, you’re nocturnal by nature
Two presences left…!
They are both coming from downwind……
One of them has quite the weak presence…!
Looks like he is use to acting in secret…
It’s at a level where I barely sense it even with my intensified sense of smell and hearing
Looks like there are other visitors
Minato-dono and Elk-dono
Hum… If I had to say, it is as I expected but
You guys are not simple adventurers, you’re not companions either
It seems you have an intimate relationship
It doesn’t seem like [things] have gone to the extreme though…
It’s a healthy thing for younglings
I’m leaving first
Oh, you’re leaving Minato-dono
I don’t mind if you keep watching there
I don’t know if she is serious or not with that proposal…!
Well, Suula-san has been living in a society full of men
So she might actually think that…
I know, I know. I’m curious about what that presence is so I’m going to check it
Please take your time
Ah… He left the fish there, I’ll bring them later
Elk-dono, I’m coming in
Elk-dono, did you notice ?
It seems Minato-dono felt some kind of presence and
went to ascertain what they were
No, nothing at all
His senses are twice as sharp as a normal human and
His eyes seemed serious so it doesn’t look like a pretext to leave
Well then, I wonder what it was
If it’s not a demon…
I guess their objective was to peak at our bare skin
Those delinquents ?
Well that’s indeed a possibility but
Even my subordinates sometimes come to peep at me when I change clothes for example
Wh-… Is that ok !?
Of course not, but
It’s the nature of certain men
I don’t particularly want to blame them
Because they are fully aware that
if I notice them, they will be punished
Besides, if I don’t notice them
That just shows how good they’re at acting secretly right ?
At that time
They can at least look at my naked body as a reward for their devotion
If you live a long period with men
I wonder if you’ll get to put things in perspective like that…
The ideal physique for a woman
Even if they peep, I guess it’s understandable that men want to watch
If there really was someone and only Minato-dono was able to notice it
I can only say it’s an admirable skill
I totally had no idea
If it was one of my subordinate, in that case, I would be happy but…
I wouldn’t be the least bit happy though
I can’t see any suspicious silhouettes, huh…
Though… there’s a ever so slightly smell
Slight enough that it can’t be noticed by anyone but me
Well… I don’t feel any hostility and
It doesn’t seem like a good thing to keep going, I guess I’ll just go back
… I don’t know what was their objective but
I don’t like the idea of someone peeping at the bathing scene of my friend
That’s why, if their actions get any more suspicious than now……
I’ll send them back with my fists
He was always looking over here
Not only my presence, he even knew my position, which means he completely noticed me
I was quite confident at hide-and-seek though
Who is he ?
Oh well, let sleeping dogs lie, right
I’m used to danger but I’d be dumb to call for it
I’ll quietly withdraw here
I’m quite interested though…
It appears that those guys are unrelated anyway
We are progressing more smoothly than I expected
How so ? We’ve been enduring attacks since a while ago
Well, I think it’s going smoothly
If you think that we are going through the forest fully loaded with food
From the monsters’ point of view, even we are counted as [Food] after all
That’s why I was against transiting through this forest
Though, the merchant was in a hurry and steamrolled his way in…
(Outside box) We are employed tools after all
But well at this rate, we will get out of the forest in the course of the day
It seems like we might be able to be back at Wolka by tomorrow
Wasn’t the merchant going to Ristal…?
Due to the monsters’ attacks, some of the goods and bodyguards were left out so
In this case, it’s standard to replace them
Oh ? We’re going back to the city but
I heard that the caravan will head to Ristal once we get out of the forest
Is he sane ?
Besides replenishing the goods, going while being short on guards
I can’t believe it
I guess, he wants to reach Ristal as fast as possible…
I think it’s reckless though
I offered to escort him to Ristal
But he refused saying [I can’t bear to have the guards, who are protecting the peace and order of our country, participate in this kind of thing ]
That’s past the point of being a hard worker
Isn’t that weird ?
By the way, Zaly-dono
I only heard about an important cargo but
Do you know what this caravan is transporting ?
I’m sorry but I too, don’t know the details about this cargo
The guards are like those guys now
Once in a while, we ride on the cargo boxes
Most of them are provisions anyways
Then, there are those boxes which were carefully packed
There are only a few of them I believe
They were attached with cords, they put cushioning hemp sacks
Plus, they even covered it with odor-blocking fabric
It must be some pretty high quality goods
Fabric that blocks odors…
It might not only be food
Maybe raw monster material or even corpses…
I don’t wanna get involved in troublesome stuff, ok ?
No, I don’t think that’s it
Because there’s a sweet smell floating in the air
Minato, could it be that… through the odor-blocking fabric you…
Well, just a bit……
What’s going on !?
……Uwah, oh gosh……
That smell and color… isn’t that [Blood Maple] ?