Saturday, July 9, 2022 @

Chapter 17 I'll Do My Best

 After having lunch, Kabirumba and I go out of the town. Today's lunch is grilled skewers. It is said to be made from the meat of a big snake. It was a bit plain and a bit unsatisfying, but the price was cheap, so I guess that's all right.
 "Kabirumba, where would you prefer to go today?"
 "Well, let's go to the development village. That way, we are far from both the goblin village and the Giant Death Spider's house."
 "Well, that's a safe decision. I'm a little concerned about how much progress has been made in the investigation of the goblin village, though."
 Hopefully, the adventures will go into other place as it is. I don't want them to go around looking for the mage by saying "Who used the magic?". Though it is my fault that I didn't destroy the evidence first. But it was Kabirumba who said that there is no one around here.
 Maybe it's Kabirumba who's at fault?
 "Is something wrong, Leo-sama?"
 "No, nothing."
 I can't have my partner turning his back on me now. Let's just be patient. So, with a nonchalant look on my face, I start to collect materials. For the note, the Magic Bag++ I made the other day has a capacity of a small house. It may be a little insufficient, but it will not be a problem for a while.
 I go around collecting materials for healing potions and antidote potions as soon as I find them. It would have been nice if Kabirumba's search ability could have been useful in such a case, but he is not good at such things where there is a rapid transition of people.
 The typical case is "something that will disappear as soon as someone pulls it out" like in this case. Therefore, it is a waste of time to investigate and remember the location.
 However, even Kabirumba has its uses. This guy's mold and mycelium can be used in different ways.
 "Kabirumba, show me where the medicinal herbs and antivenoms grow. Is there any?"
 "Yes, but it's in the middle of nowhere."
 "It's all right, it's all right."
 It takes time to pull out the medicinal herbs that are growing sparsely. So, I'd like to reap them all at once. And there's no problem, since I've already got my magic bag.
 Now, I head in the direction that Kabirumba has indicated. It is true that it takes some time to reach the inner part of the forest, but at last I found the herbs.
 "Wow, this is quite a lot. With this much, I should have no trouble making healing potions for the time being."
 "That may be so, but please be sure to sell them in small quantities, Leo-sama. If you sell them in large quantities, the price will collapse and you will be scolded by other alchemists."
 "That's also true. I'll keep quiet for a while, since there is also the matter of the 'Curse-Breaking Charm'."
 If rumors spread that a lot of high quality alchemical items are being sold, they might notice that I was the one who made the "Curse-Breaking Charm". Since I was in disguise, the gatekeeper would not immediately recognize me if he passed by me, but he would hear my voice. In that case, I should have changed the tone of my voice at that time.
 "Really, I wasn't prepared properly, was I?"
 "What are you talking about now? Isn't Leo-sama always so clumsy?"
 "Shut up! I'm taking all of this seriously."
 Kabirumba is cold. Have I done something to offend this guy? No, think about it. Think about what I did for Kabirumba. Yes, I haven't done anything.
 "Kabirumba, what do you want to eat today? I'll treat you to anything you like."
 "Huh? I'm not picky eater. I can eat anything, and I don't have any preferences."
 "Then, is there anything you want?"
 "Do you think there's anything I can do with my mycelium?"
 Well, for Kabirumba, nakedness was the standard and the best state. This guy didn't need anything. In other words, there was nothing I could do. Immediately, I felt overwhelmingly helpless.
 "Leo-sama, What's the matter, all of a sudden? Do you have a favor to ask? I may be able to grant it, but I don't have the slightest idea..."
 "No, I'm not. I'm just wondering if there's anything I can do for Kabirumba. You know, you've been helping me a lot, right?"
 "Then, it would be good if you could keep away from causing any more problems."
 While saying this, Kabirumba smiled at me. That's impossible. It's not that I want to, it's that this world won't leave me alone. Being a popular guy is hard, well, just kidding.
 "I'll do my best."
 "Yes. That's all I want."
 Okay, from now on, I should consult Kabirumba about everything. Then Kabirumba will be my accomplice when something goes wrong. This way it will not be my fault alone.
 After collecting some medicinal herbs and antivenoms, I decided to collect other materials.
 The other day, when I visited the alchemy guild, I found not only healing potions and antidotes, but also potions for restoring magic, stamina, sleeping pills, diet pills, and night vision.
 In other words, there is a demand for these potions as well.
 "I guess I'll sell alchemical items other than healing potions and antidote potions for the time being."
 "That's right. If Leo-sama can meet the various demands, we will not have to worry about money anymore. It will give us a much greater sense of security."
 For the time being, I did not know what the demand was, so I gathered enough materials to make some of those alchemical items. In particular, diet pills and night vision potions were not in demand among the demons, so I did not know their prices. Anyway, I'll leave the selling price to Kabirumba... no, I'll ask this guy. So, no problem will occured.
 As we have gathered enough materials for the time being, we decide to return to the town.

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Edited Kanaa-senpai.
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