Chapter 18 – The Smiling Fox and Male Gender Part 1
At a brisk pace,
The beautiful girl in Japanese-like clothes started walking without showing any sign of fear or anything in the situation, with heaps of bodies lying on ground.
The girl who introduced herself as one of the representative of『Malras Association』, walked towards the ruined building in which I threw the leader man, she took a peek inside from the window, and put her hand inside,
Along with an encouraging yell, she pulled out the man with one hand, while holding him by collar as if he were a cat or some pet.
The girl threw the man on the ground roughly without paying attention to us who were shocked at her unexpected physical strength, she crouched besides him and started slapping the man’s face repeatedly.
“Hey, wake up already. If you don’t wake up till I count 10, then have fun with your eternal rest.”
“Nh, Gu……W……What……!!? O, O, Okami-san!?”
Okami-san, you say.
This person gives of the feeling of Japan at many points. Let it be her Kansai Dialect or clothes, just what is wrong with this word, fricking made up of mixture of Japan and Europe.
Incidentally, the man who had regained his consciousness started trembling from fear the moment 『Okami-san』entered his vision.
The smile of that fox-eared okami-san was so good that a person will go head over heels for her. However, it was quite a strange picture to see the man being frightened by it, it seemed like he would die.
She surely said a dangerous sentence as if normal, just now.
“So well then, you seem like quite beaten up, not like I care about it though. I won’t let you say that you don’t know the reason I am here for?”
“Ah, no, e, err, it’s, it’s different, Okami-san! I, I didn’t do this! Err, the secretary, no I mean, subordinates did it on their own accord……”
“You’re the secretary, Argh, I don’t want to hear your excuses? I had been seeing everything from the time, that green-haired girl was speaking caustic words like wanting to be boiled or skinned.”
From that time!?
I didn’t sense her at all. I, should have even more sharpened senses than usual in my combat stance……seriously, just what is this person!?
The secretary, man, twinkled his eyes while his face paled having lost all the blood, in this situation, having his misdeeds found out by this『Okami-san』
However, in this situation,
The man who is most likely an big-shot in『Malras Association』was getting blamed by an even more big-shot, 『Okami-san』a.k.a Noel.
Does that mean『Malras Association』was not at all related in this case?
Is it because some elated people rampaged, that a top-brass came out to investigate it?
Right now, the man who was the『main culprit』, stood in between a dilemma.
“Geez, just from where did you get the nerve to use our association’s name in this way? You don’t need to come from tomorrow? And I have called the guards, so silently go with them. ……Ah, you can’t even move.”
“O, Okami-san! Please wait, it’s different, I didn’t, please spare me……Gaa!”
“You’re annoying. Go sleep”
Okami-san, hit the base of the throat of man who was wailing in an unsightly manner, with a chop and took his consciousness.
Her actions were small, but it seemed like the attack had a lot of power in it.
The man spat out foam from his mouth and stopped moving.
The Okami-san, stood back up while sighing and faced us.
Instinctively we both took combat posture but neither rebuking us nor making an unpleasant face, she just moved towards us while grinning.
“Well the. You are Elk Caucus right?”
“Y-Yeah that’s right……?”
“I see. In that case……I need to properly apologize to you.”
Suddenly, she splendidly bowed her head towards Elk while bending at exact 90 degree angle.
“Elk-han, I’m sorry that our people created problems for you. I’m really sorry. I will prepare and complete the formal procedures later, but please forgive me for now with this much.”
“Eh!? Ah, No, Err, Umm, I don’t reall……”
Elk started. She was surprised seeing the unexpected actions.
Even I was also surprised. If someone suddenly apologizes properly, anyone would be.
After all, the feelings of really asking for forgiveness was being transmitted from her bowing figure. Her attitude from before took a 180 degree turn and was now serious.
Of course, there was a chance that this all was an act……it it was, then I felt that nobody in the world, could be trusted ever again.
“U, Umm, I don’t really mind it……is something I won’t say, but now that I have gotten an apology and my debt has been cleared, It’s alright now.”
I don’t think that anyone would blame Elk for replying in panic.
“Is that so. Then I will take up your words.”
Saying that, she pulled up her head up and once again faced us.
“Well then I have apologized you and gotten mercy, but it’s not good to not explain the things to you. I want to explain about why I have come here, do you have time?”
According to Okami-san,
This was a scandal created by this man, misusing his power. He was also the secretary of the head director of『Malras Association』.
And he gave illegal loans at first and then to repay the loans with severe interest he asked the borrower to help in kidnapping people, to increase his own profits.
The upper echelons like Okami-san, moved at once to deal with this case because they had already gotten enough evidence due to internal inspection they had done.
The slave dealers and kidnappers who were related in the black market trading routes along with this man- I didn’t knew his names till the end. Not like I cared- were in middle of being arrested by the guards.
Meanwhile, Okami-san headed to this place because the main culprit was here, but en route, she found me heading here too.
It was after I had cleaned up the people patrolling near the inn and was following Elk.
And the place I was headed to was same, so she thought what if and her guess hit the mark. She watched the scene play from when Elk showed her determination to the people.
After that, she remained on the sidelines.
She only came out after I cut right in, fought along with Elk and annihilated everyone.
She seemed to have thought of helping us if it became dangerous, but seeing us safely kicking their asses, she decided to be on the sidelines. She’s quite wicked.
And so, thanks to our hard work of kicking their asses, this case has been solved without any help from the person who should have done it, Okami-san.
“In truth, I needed to complete many procedures regarding the debt money of Elk-han. But, thanks to this guy doing most of work, now only little tweaks are needed.”
Okami-san said as such while looking at the promissory note with the『Invalid Stamp』pressed on it.
In other words, the stamp had worked its wonders by cancelling the contract. Now Elk didn’t even need to repay the principal amount too.
Okami-san too was accepting the matter. All is well if it ends well.
Incidentally, this, criminal group, would be bearing the responsibility to repay the money for the damages they have caused.
“But still, I need to complete the left paperworks, can you come to the association on some another day?”
“Yeah, I will……Umm, there’s one thing, I am concerned about?”
Elk timidly raised her head up.
She opens her mouth even more timidly, as though she were afraid to hear the answer.
“Err……I think there are other people who had also helped the kidnappers due to being deceived……what will you do about them?”
I see. This matter seriously is one thing you would want to hear, but also not hear.
The people who did the work, were without a doubt『Victim』, but they were without a doubt『Perpetrator』too. They just couldn’t be left, without getting punishment.
Of course, Elk wouldn’t had run no matter the conclusion, she had made her decision, but……it was not like she was not anxious.
Okami-san looked Elk, shivering, and made an expression that said she understood her.
“As for that, the victims all were different, right? There were some who did it unwillingly and some did it in high spirits. Of course, the latter will be given severe punishment, but even if the former did it unwillingly, the crime is a crime, we can’t just release that person.”
“I see……understood, would it be good that I show my face at guards headquarters, instead of the association?”
Elk’s face cramped for a second, but she recovered in a bit, and declared that she would surrender at the Guards Headquarters-something like police?- instead of going to the association.
She had made her decision from the start, so she was able to even speak this.
But, Okami-san interrupted her, by saying『That is right, but?』in between
“In your case, it is a little complicated.”
“That’s right. I had heard from the guy who was managing the kidnappers after beating him up, Elk-han you have helped them only 1 time, right ? And that too ended up as failure? Because of that, there is no stolen loot which can be used as evidence, it will be difficult for making a case for prosecution.”
“That’s why, even if you surrender, they won’t hear you, they already have many cases to deal with which『have』evidences. Well, you can give the testimony, though it will bring blame on you”
Okami-san stopped speaking at『But, of course』and glanced at me,
“If the『Victim』themselves give the testimony, then it will be different?”
“I don’t know what you talking about”(Minato)
“Looks like it?”(Noel)
At that moment, a method of proving Elk to be innocent, was made.
“Well, even if Minato-han gave the testimony, there is no evidence to relate it to, furthermore, he even flipped tables over them at their own game. At most, you would get a lecture and have to pay a fine. Even so, if you want to give the testimony, then please come during the time of completing the paperwork.”
“……Will do. I want to complete all things I have to do.”
“Yes. Fufu, you’re quite a honest and serious person, you don’t see them now.”
“You’re thinking too much of me. I’m just a cheapskate, who can’t even do self-management.”
Okami-san laughed as if she was happy, while Elk was showing an expression as if she were exhausted. Within the wastelands, laugh and sigh resounded.
Later on, we will be introduced to Okami-san’s association, complete the paperwork and go to the guards for giving testimony. -Elk seemed like she was 100% going to say that she helped the kidnappers, but the probability of ignoring her rant is high- Anyhow, like that, we talked about what to do.
She said, the faster the better it would be, so she would send a cart/wagon to『Bermuda』tomorrow.
At the moment, I thought that it was getting late for dinner, and we should return,
“Ah, please wait, Minato-han. I also have business with you too.”
“Eh, With me? Err, is it related to this case?”
“No, no, it’s a little personal thing? Ah, but, I can’t ask it here……can you tomorrow along with Elk-han?”
“? Well, I don’t mind” [ET: Minato spoke this in Kansai Dialect]
“Minato you’re getting infected by that”
Oops, she’s right. Strange Phenomenon. It’s not like I am a person from Kansai area.
Anyhow, with that our conversation with Okami-san a.k.a Noel-san met its end.
Noel-san left just like the way she came, she looked towards us once again while going and grinned.
Well, then let’s go eat dinner.
Who is that, Okami-san? It feels like I have seen her somewhere before too……?
No, I just left the home yesterday, but still she gives of a feeling like she’s not a stranger……? How should I say, it feels similar to something.
I haven’t seen her, but it doesn’t feel like I have met her for first time today……it’s quite strange to say it myself, but Just WHAT THE HELL IS THAT FEELING!?
A few hours later,
After returning to inn, I part with Elk, and return to my room.
It was the time adventurers started assemble for drinking, so I quickly, returned to my room and didn’t leave. If I did, it will be really troublesome.
After that, I ate the brought food, and relaxed comfortably.
Most probably Elk would also be feeling like so. Today many things happened.
Normally, adventurers always check their『Equipment』after returning to inn.
They repair the damaged protective armaments, torn clothes, dulled weapon, and prepare for next adventure.
I went in dungeon today and yesterday, furthermore I fought quite flashily today, the state of my equipments is,
Clothes: Not even a speck of dust.
Scarf: Same as above.
Black Belt: Same as above.
Gauntlets and Shin Guards: Not even a scratch.
There wasn’t any need for repairs. At the very least, not with fights like yesterday or today.
No, I did knew it, but just like it was in letter, this is great equipment.
Yeah, well, it is good for no trouble?
What was this talk about, it was all about, the second half of the Japanese Dictionary like letter which I read while leaving my『Home』.
The letter, had a little more continuation about these equipments.
First, the black clothes(have 2 of them).
At a glance they were normal clothes, but they were not normal clothes.
This is incredibly tough. Even if it was cut by blade, thrown in fire, it won’t even get a single scratch. Frankly, it was more reliable than a armor of steel. It was light too.
In addition to that, it even had resistance towards magic.
Due to that, even if my body was on fire from the use of『Magic Arts』it won’t burn, furthermore I won’t need to wash them if the dirt will get burned by the flames.
……Seriously, from what is this thing made from?
Next, jet-black scarf. The toughness, magic resistance, or ‘cleaning’ magic was the same as clothes.
In addition to that, this scarf can transform.
In the first place this scarf, was an『Overcoat』. The one I wore at first.
There was no need for it neither the weather was bad, and so, I had changed it into a stylish『Scarf』.
Furthermore, it could be transformed into mantle or picnic sheet, and many various things, or so it was written in the letter. I have yet to try it.
And, the gauntlets and shin guards.
They were made from『Joker Metal』, not sure, but these were made from not-so-normal metal, anyhow they were strong. Tough and sturdy.
And, the『Magic Endurance』and『Magical Conductivity』were also quite high.
This wouldn’t break even after taking enemies attacks, or even if my magical power were too much powerful. For using『Magic Arts』, this equipment was the best.
Most probably, mom didn’t gave me a normal beginner adventurer’s equipments for this reason. A normal steel, wouldn’t be able to endure the burden caused by my magical power.
And at last, was the mom’s hand-made black belt. This was the most awesome of all.
Just like clothes, it too had special ability, the awesome thing about the black belt, was, it too had 『Storage Ability』like the『Hyperspace Backpack』.
Of course, it couldn’t store many items like the backpack, but instead of it, it had a convenient thing that backpack lacked.
I can take out and store the item just by imagining it.
That’s why, I had stored Knife for tearing raw materials, pocket changes, things like that, on the time of taking them out, I only need to imagine. Ultra Convenient.
And, there was 1 more awesome thing about this belt.
I came store and take out things into/from it even if I’m wearing the equipment.
As to what it exactly is……Ah, let me demonstrate.
I, after checking the gauntlets and shin guards, wore them on my leg and hands.
And, imagined for it to be『Stored』inside the black belt.
In an instant,
The gauntlets and shin guards got『Stored』inside……the black belt.
And, once again, this time imagined『Come out』
In an instant, the gauntlets and shin guards come out in『Equipped』state.
In other words, wearing the clothes and equipments from before『Storing』will completely remove the equipping of them after taking them out, an ultra useful tool.
Depending on the use, this is a super hero belt……it tickled my child heart.
Well, that’s how it was,
Due to the not-normal equipments, it doesn’t seem like the need for maintenance will come any time soon.
Because I had free time, this time , I open up 1 of the farewell gift from mom,『Necromicon』.
In this many magical rites, knowledge related to them and many other things were written down it, an complicated magical book. Moreover, this in itself is an magic item.
This book which was thought to reach many hundred pages, would make people get cold feet before reading through its thickness and complicated words. But, I don’t think there would be any harm in learning the knowledge written, so I try to read little by little. I skipped over the the things I didn’t understand, and only read the things I could understand.
I spent some time like that, and the night came.
I already got bored of Necromicon. Though I have only read 20 pages yet.
That being the case, I entered the bath just a while ago.
It had been divided in men and women baths, during the working hours anyone can enter.
The time bar is crowded, the bath is not crowded, this information from Tanya-chan really did help me. I left the bath after relaxing for some minutes, as it was in a chartered state. No, it’s was not like I took the bath in hurry, I always take bath for short time. Since the previous life.
……Now then, I seriously have nothing else to do.
I don’t want to read Necromicon today at all, and don’t even have something else to kill time.
Can’t be helped, I should sleep.
I have felt to stay up the whole night, but in this world without electricity, I can’t do anything in the night too. Yeah, I ‘ve got nothing to do.
After drying up the little wet hair with the magic of『Fire』and『Water』, I entered the bed.
And, after blowing out the candle light, I finally……
……Not good, I really can’t sleep.
I opened my closed eyes. My eyelids were no in the least heavy. I didn’t want to sleep.
I intuitively knew it. I couldn’t sleep like that. I won’t be able to sleep.
There was no light within the dark room with the candlelight out, the only little light is the moonlight coming in from the gaps of curtain.
But, with my nocturnal animal like eyes, I can look easily with just that much.
It did had the feeling of『Darkness』, but walking without bumping into things and tables and all, is a piece of cake.
……but, it ain’t damn relevant.
I know the reason I can’t sleep. I know it completely.
I just……don’t want to accept it, I don’t want to deal with it.
That’s why I tried to divert my attention from it……by dinner, equipment checking, bath, Necromicon, but it was all useless. As expected, men are just like that.
It would be problematic to not sleep till morning, and it’s not like I am not interested.
……Can’t be helped then.
“……Let’s go to『Red-light district』……”
Time goes back to several hours.
After coming from the fighting with those people, I was captivated by the『change』of city while en route to inn with Elk.
They were not in morning, but at that this time, I saw many women walking here and there with charming atmosphere and alluring perfume scent drifting from them.
The women wearing those outfits felt like『Of course it’s that』. I didn’t need to ask Elk, their attire alone told me.
The next moment, maybe because I had a REALLY relaxed face, Elk’s elbow came attacking the side of my stomach with full force as if to say ”Don’t make a foolish face”. Thanks to that, I regained my consciousness.
But, even after becoming aware of it, there seemed to be my male part that couldn’t be saved, even after that, the moment they entered my vision, I kept looking at them.
At that time, it felt like Elk who was walking besides was getting in a bad mood. Her trademark(?), the disgusted eyes were slightly awkward at that time.
No, well……It must’ve been an ugly sight in her eyes for a man to chase after women of『That sort of occupation』with eyes, even while being with a girl. I’m sorry
And, just a little later,
I arrived at the inn, it was during the time I was returning to my room from reception.
The time I reached 2nd floor, I met with the husband of innkeeper-Father of Tanya-chan-, and in truth this sort of conversation started.
『Hey, Minato-kun, was it? I’ve heard about your great deeds』
『No, that……Hahaha, it’s nothing great. Ah, it would help me if you will not spread that rumour in public』
『Haha, that is difficult. To accompany with these kind of topics, is kind of an duty for me as an owner of bar and inn. Well, I’ll try to not spread it myself.』
『Ahh-, I see. I didn’t want to become someone famous……*sigh* It’s depressing』
『Oh, you’re quite a strange one. The adventurers, mostly want to become famous.』
『Is that so?』
『Well of course. If you become famous, you can increase trust and degree of attention from guild, quest requester and even fellow adventurers. In that case, there would more work, and even some specifically nominated requests. Many famous teams would recruit you and you would get benefits at various shops. It will also become an connection to many places, those are weapons for emergencies, right? At the time of large-scale of exploration of savage-land areas, it becomes easier to find sponsors too.』
『Y-You’re quite informed……』
『Yeah, I was an adventurer myself before. But I was not cut out for it, so at the time of taking this inn from father, I completely left that job.』
『Ah, Is that so? I didn’t knew it』
『It was around that time I met with my wife. Fufu, at that time my life was best. It felt like I was quite famous just by being an adventurer, I even went to red-light district.』
『Hahaha…………Hm? 『Red-light district』?』
『Hm? Yeah, it’s near from here, it’s also known as sex district. Adventurer occupation is a one in which many things pile up, for better or for worse. Male in particular. In big cities like ours where adventurers gather, there is always one or two…………you interested?』
Immediately, the owner, made a map to red-light district and handed it to be forcibly.
After being forcibly given, maybe because my male gender was being sad, that I couldn’t throw it.
I had some stimulating memories from just before it, and it was already night, so the desires fixed their roots deep in my heart tonight.
Humans are strange creatures, till the time they don’t think about it nothing occurs, but once they become aware of it, it then couldn’t be stopped.
This kind of things has sprouted, I think……for the first time after that day mom assaulted me.
Probably, after that, we both recognised ourselves as real『Parent & Child』though not blood-related, which controlled everything.
Since then, mom entered her『Child raising mode』, her sexual desires towards me vanished and there wasn’t a second time『of that』anymore.
I still thought mom as an attracting woman, but there wasn’t any time I saw her with eyes filled with『That sort of emotions』.
That’s why, I didn’t do that deed after the night I was assaulted by mom.
Though, we still had breakfast, bath, and sleep together, the physical contact was the same as before.
That me, left the western-style house, found freedom-filled lifestyle, but still that sort of desire never exploded.
Weapon shop, Item shop, Guild and Dungeon, with the thrill of this 120% Fantasy world, I didn’t think about that kind of things till now.
……Though I did not think,
Due to previous conversation and experience, that sort of sensation……the obvious sensation of an boy in puberty both in this life and previous life, was rapidly revived.
My mind was filled with, on the level that I couldn’t even sleep.
I deeply think that there should be bounds, but when it still couldn’t be helped.
In that case, naturally there is a need to cancel it by doing something,
Besides there are perfect places……just like the owner was saying, they really are present in big cities where adventurer gather.
The pleasure giving place called as……『Red-Light District』……
That’s how it was,
Purse, get. Or rather『Stored』it into the black belt.
I didn’t knew the price, but with a gold coin it must work wonders.
I took the map drawn by the owner of inn= Father of Tanya-chan.
Due to my sense of values from previous life, it felt like I was about to do something not good, but it was only a normal thing to do in this word, I persuaded myself saying that 10~20 times.
That’s right, it’s only a part of education of life. It’s not a thing to be guilty……well I can’t say it, but right now it can’t be helped.
All right, preparations OK
And, when I opened the door for leaving the room,
“……Where are you going?”
I met with Elk wearing a bathrobe (like pajama) and standing in front of my room.