“Well then, what do we need to do?”
Saria and I, introduced ourselves to our examiner, Altria-san and head to town soon after.
The town is as vibrant as always, unlike the guild, giving off a refreshing feeling.
“Ahh, as for the request you can take, you’ll start off with ‘odd job’ type requests.”
“‘Odd job’ type? Such as?”
“Ahh, right, this time round Yakou sent in 3 requests.”
Examinations usually requires one task to complete right? Maybe because my thoughts were seen through, Altria-san replied with a wry smile.
“Ma…, Gassur might be thinking of clearing all the ‘Odd job’ requests in one go.”
Gassur you bastard …! Gassur’s ability as a Guildmaster isn’t exceptional, but why is he so nit-picky in such areas? Or is it only this one time?
“And so, the request content this time will be …. For the time being, it’s [helping the orphanage], [Demolishing an abandoned building] & [Walk the dog].”
“It really is just odd jobs huh……”
Walking the dog… one can just do it themselves. If you don’t want to don’t rear one…They are all exactly as they sound ‘Odd jobs’. What’s with [Demolishing an abandoned building]? Is it alright to classify it as an ‘Odd job’?
“Ehmm…? What’s up?”
“It’s about [Demolishing an abandoned building], what is it to be done? By dismantling a building, wouldn’t it be safer to have a professional do it?”
“Ahh, it should be alright. Even if it says demolition, all you need to do is just destroy it.”
“Quite the oddity huh.”
Quite random. Way to go alternate world. Normally, you’d have to go through various stages just to carry out a demolition job. The heck? Isn’t there an irregular who destroys stuff in the guild? Wouldn’t it be easier to assign it to him?
“Well then, I’ve explained the requests. Where are you heading off to?”
“Hmmm? The orphanage.”
Looks like helping out at the orphanage will be first. With this, we’re clear with which request we’ll be doing first.
“Erm…why are you standing so far away?”
For some reason Altria-san is keeping some distance between us. It’s not like I want her to stand extremely close to us, but… how do I put it? It feels like she’s avoiding us. After heading into town, I realised that the town folks were keeping their distance whenever they see Altria. In the end, with questions left unanswered, we arrived at the orphanage.
“This is the orphanage.”
“Hee, is this… the church?”
The place that Altria pointed out is the church that we saw when we were walking around town at the time when we arrived at Terviel. Even so, what I initially thought to be the church was actually the orphanage? Altria-san politely explained as to clear up my queries.
“It certainly is a church but at the same time it functions as an orphanage.”
“I see… by the way what is the religion of this church like?”
Coming from a different world, I lack general knowledge, so I try to gather as much intel as possible from these situations.
“Ah didn’t you know? This is a church of the Belle Feuille religion”
“Belle Feuille …”
Who cares, changing it from ‘be’ to ’mi’ would make it Millefeuille, damn tasty.
“So what are the teachings of Belle Feuille?”
“You don’t even know that…! Simply put, not only humans, monsters are also classified as living beings. Then, [Miracle descends on those with love. Love is the foundation of peace]… it is that kind of teaching, love that doesn’t bother others is the 1st step to peace.”
“So does it mean believing in a god?”
“No, s(he) was a real person.”
In truth, god doesn’t meddle with the affairs of this world, so I guess having a target of belief should be okay too. Not only that, miracle descends on those with love. There’s also the incident with Zeanos, nothing is definite, but still this sort of teaching may bring about salvation. More like, this transcendent way of thinking doesn’t seem to originate from humans. Oh well, the phrase ‘love & peace’ exists on earth as well, so in a way this world and earth may be quite similar. Whilst thinking so, Saria then said with sparkling eyes.
“Love huh…Seiichi I love you”
“O, o!? …and I, you.”
Too out of the blue…!
Though, even back when Saria was a gorilla, and even now as a bishoujo with pure intentions, she is honest with her feelings. That part of her can never be imitated by humans. It can be said that it’s Saria’s virtue having lived in the wild.
“Ah, stop being lovey dovey, I feel embarrassed just watching.”
Having that said by Altria, I felt embarrassed in front of other people. However, it is quite fortunate that only Altria is around us. Feeling embarrassed, Altria looked away with flushed cheeks.
“Ma, I’ll never have luck with love for the rest of my life”
“Nothing, let’s go.”
Altria left us behind and went into the church.
“Hmmm…did we do something to offend her…”
“No clue, but I think it’s alright.”
“Sorry. We’re only looking for 1 person.”
An elderly sister told me so, after relaying the circumstance upon entering the church. But… that means we can’t receive the job request together.
“Usually, there’s a young sister that works here, but at the moment she’s out on an errand. She’ll be back by tomorrow, so now we’re short on manpower. And, we only wanted to hire 1 person for the day, so we only have the wage for 1 person only.”
So the ones who arrived are me & Saria. This is something that newbies like us can’t handle, so we asked Altria.
“Eh, what do we do in this case?”
“Eh? What to do… just accept the job”
“I know that, if it’s only for one person, if the other guy doesn’t go on another request he’ll have nothing to do. Then while I go and do the other request, there’s only Altria, the sole examiner.”
“Ahh, about that, for the person who accepts this quest, there’s no need for an examiner.”
“This request doesn’t pose any danger, the attitude while on the job can be known if you just ask the requester, so the examiner for this request is just a figurehead.”
“Is that so…?”
This person said it in a clean cut refreshing way. On the contrary, it feels settling if it’s this dry.
“So, which one of you will accept this request?”
Altria asked while I was deep in thought. And so while turning the conversation to Saria, Saria looked like she’s having fun.
“Seiichi, I wanna do this.”
“Eh? But is it alright?”
Though she looks human, Saria’s a demon. Can she take care of kids? While I felt a bit of anxiety, Altria muffled her laughter and said.
“Kukuku, look at yourself. No matter who looks at it, the one whose most suited for this request is Saria.”
“…Yeah you’re right.”
A man in a robe taking care of kids…it’s unreasonable, it suspicious like a criminal. In contrast, Saria is a cute girl compared to me, the job totally fits her.
“Got it, Saria give it your best!”
Saria nodded cheerfully, the elderly sister then said.
“It’s been decided to have the cute girl, huh?”
“In place of us, for this short period please take care of her.”
“Oh how polite. I’m the orphanage’s director, Clair Huster. Calling me Clair is fine.”
This sister is the director? It doesn’t look that way. That’s to say she feels more like a commoner rather than someone important.
“Ok Saria, do your best here, we’ll pick you up after Seiichi’s exam.”
Altria and I left the Church.
“So… where to next?”
“Hmm, let’s do ‘Building Demolition’ it’ll be troublesome if it is left until later.”
True, we can walk the dog anytime. It’s their own dog, it’d be best if they can do it themselves… though I think they have reason why they can’t. Altria & I moved through the city while I was having such thoughts. The whole time Altria kept her distance without getting close to me. The district Altria and I were walking in, there are lots of ‘construction in progress’ buildings, with people who seem like carpenters walking about, each going about setting up a house. Without interacting with each other as we walk down the street, the kid from before came running towards us. Without noticing us, the kid as if playing tag was running about. Then, the kid bumped into Altria and fell to the ground in front of her.
The kid started crying soon after. He scraped his knee and it looked like it hurt a lot. As I was closing in to help the kid up, Altria gave the kid a hug.
“Aww, don’t cry. You’re a boy right?”
“U…” (boy crying)
“Ahh that right it hurts… wait a bit, I’ll relieve you of the pain.”
As Altria says so, she took out a vial containing a greenish concoction from her item box. The people of the alternate world can commonly use item box. The fact that I don’t find the usage of item box unnatural in any way got me thinking. Oh well, having the suspicious element go away is a good thing. Altria soaked a handkerchief with the concoction and gently cleaned the boy’s knee.
“Bear with it. I’ll heal it.”
And so, after cleaning the bruised knee with the handkerchief, the bruise disappeared cleanly.
“Here you go, it’s alright now.”
“Wa! Thank you sis!”
Probably, whatever’s in the flask earlier was a healing potion or something of the sort. Recovery potions work without being ingested? Even so, it’s good that the kid’s injury is healed. I was about to take out a high class recovery potion from my item box. Nonetheless, Altria-san despite her tone, she’s good at taking care of others. My questions were answered dutifully as well. I thought while watching the interaction between Altria and the kid.
“Ah, this is dangerous!”
Such a screams reached our ears. Wondering what’s going on, I looked around the area, near Altria and the kid, wood materials collapsed. I come to a sobering realisation!
“Altria – san…!”
It was the moment when I was about to take a step forward after immediately releasing the power in me.
Altria said as such. The kid was stunned unable to take in the situation. And so, Altria handled the issue faster than I can react.
Altria without exerting much effort, received the collapsed wood block and gently set it on the ground without a scratch. Those sudden movements were extremely elegant, to be precise, it felt like the incident was foreseen beforehand.
“…It’s alright now, hurry along now.”
Altria’s words brought the kid’s sanity back, and he hurriedly left in a panicked state.
“Sorry about that, are you alright?”
“Ng… Don’t worry about it.”
The carpenter guy who dropped the wood block, apologized to Altria apologetically.
“Come on, let’s go. We can’t have Saria waiting can we.”
“Eh? Ah, yes.”
While feeling puzzled about the somewhat lonely Altria, I headed towards the abandoned building mentioned in the request. Keeping silent the whole while, we reached the abandoned building. Upon reaching the abandoned building, I asked Altria.
“Is is …this place?”
In front of us was a building exposed to wind and storm, it looked like it was about to collapse. If it was in a beautiful state, it’d be a nice place to live as it was a pretty big house.
“How did it end up like this?”
“It’s the result of relatives who didn’t want to bother taking care of the place after the owner died.”
As a Japanese with a thrifty spirit, I couldn’t believe it. From the size of the house, it belongs to nobles right? It would definitely be a good home if properly taken care of. Even so, there’s a limit to neglecting. Exactly how many years has it been since the owner died?
“So, is it enough to completely destroy this house?”
“Oh yeah, now here’s the instructions.”
“Ok, I’m off to destroy it.”
In response to my words, Altria said as if she’s out of breath. However, without noticing her reaction, I moved closer to the abandoned mansion.
I’ve noticed as I got closer, it really is a big house. Even now it looks as if it’s about to crumble, but not up to the point that it’ll collapse at the touch of a finger. If I go full power, it’ll be easy to destroy it. As I reached that conclusion at my own convenience, I released my disguised power. The status visible to others should remain unchanged, even the atmosphere around me should remain unchanged, Altria should be unable to detect my monstrous strength.
“What in the world…”
To elude Altria’s words, I gently punched the support pillars of the abandoned mansion. In that instant, the pillars that I’ve punched shattered, the shockwave due to the pressure of the punch also knocked down the walls nearby. Uhm, I’ve gotta give it to my ‘monster’ occupation. I didn’t expect the walls to be blown away as well. Even so, the walls were blown away just from a light punch.
I can somewhat imagine the startled Atria standing behind me. Well… the sudden punch which instantly evaporated pillar and walls. It’d be like your eyes are lying to you. As I thought as such, Altria came back to her senses and suddenly started screaming.
“Hey, you fucking idiot!”
At that time, I still didn’t comprehend why Altria was yelling. The reason is because the request was firmly carried out but I was yelled at as a result. However, I came to a realization to what had happened afterwards. The pillars that I’ve blown away, walls that I’ve shattered, the mansion that was somehow able to avoid collapsing up till now started crumbling. The sudden situation sent me into a daze and I was unable to move my body. If I were to look closely, I confirmed it as if in slow motion, the remnants of the roof and ceilings are falling towards me. Oh boy, I’ve completely forgotten about it. Because it crumbles easily, extra careful steps are required when demolishing it. As I thought that, I forgot that I need to step away to avoid the collapse of the ruin. As a result, the ruined mansion started crumbling towards me.
“Hey you stupid ass!”
I, Altria Guremu, started yelling at the person I’ve only just met today at the sight of the rubble before me. Even so, I was yelling in vain as large amounts of rubble started falling down ruthlessly. Due to the tremendously loud noise and heavy dust, visibility instantly decreased.
As I yelled such curses, I rushed amidst the rubble. I bit my lips at the sight of my timid self. Yet again, because of me someone is unfortunate. Even when I’ve sworn not to hurt others.
“Please be safe…!”
Even though we’ve just met today, I was hoping that nothing will happen by getting involved with me. and yet…. yet ……!
Driven by the intense remorse in my heart, even under such poor visible condition, I avoided the rubbles nearby. However, as I desperately tried to avoid the rubbles, a ridiculously light toned voice was heard.
“(coughing) Got some sand in my mouth. ”
That voice, without a doubt is the voice of Seiichi, the guy whom I’ve just met today. Seiichi, undoubtedly should have been buried under the rubble just now right? As such thoughts swirled in my head, the heavy dusts which caused poor visibility started to clear up.
“Got me worried back there, didn’t expect the rubble to fall towards me.”
And so, as the dust cleared up, with sands and soot covered all over his robe, there stood Seiichi.
“E? Ya… … Wa?”
I involuntarily stopped shifting the rubbles aside. I couldn’t believe the sight set before my eyes. Up till now all the guys who’ve gotten close to me, have all met with misfortune.
When we arrived at the orphanage, I thought it was strange that nothing had happened thus far. As we arrived at this ruin, I started thinking that I will undoubtedly bring others misfortune. Well that’s what I thought. It was easy to destroy the tattered mansion but not without risks. Therefore, it is necessary to destroy it carefully. Even so, no matter how careful we are, it is impossible to avoid all the dangers. That’s why, when we arrived at this ruin, that was the reason I started thinking that I bring misfortune to others. Even so those who are close to me will somehow get hurt somewhere. Of course, if they have bodily injury, they will also incur a mental trauma. Even so, Seiichi whose standing before me remained unscathed, he could also afford to needlessly worry about the dusts covering his robe. That’s why I couldn’t understand the sight before my eyes. It was a situation where you’d normally come out with a serious injury, Seiichi on the other hand came out without a scratch. As I stood there in a daze, I came to a realization as I watched Seiichi. Just around the vicinity of Seiichi, it was as if the rubbles avoided Seiichi as they crumbled. Did a miracle happen? To the ‘me ‘ who has always been unfortunate up until now, it was a moment where I’ve experienced something like a blessing in disguise.
“It’s not a situation to be strangely impressed about!”
This time a miracle may have taken place, it’s good that Seiichi was unhurt, but it’d be troublesome if he took actions at his own liberty. And so, I closed in on Seiichi and started yelling.
“Fucking bastard, don’t act before I give out instructions!”
It was unclear what his expression are hidden under the hood, but Seiichi was probably didn’t understand why he’s being yelled at.
“Listen!? You’re taking the test to become an adventurer, danger is always lurking around the corner! Truth be told, I don’t know if you understand this. Do I have to make myself clear on this! (angry) ”
“Acting before I gave out instructions, if something happened it’d be too late.”
“Listen! If you wanna be an adventurer, know this! The most important thing to an adventurer isn’t godly strength / enormous amounts of magic / unparalleled skill / superb mind. It’s the ability to perceive dangers.”
“No matter who, if his ability is lacking just a bit, he’d die. Looking at this abandoned mansion, you thought it was easy to demolish didn’t you?”
“The result is what you’ve experienced just now. Even if called a coward, those who are careful are the ones who are amazing… it’d be pointless if you died.”
“That being said, I’m also partly at fault.”
“Anyways, be careful next time. you’ve still got Saria with you. Your existence is more important than you think. One who cannot protect himself cannot be expected to protect what they hold dear. I don’t think you can be ‘careful’ this instant, I will help you out in the meantime.”
“…Yes, thank you very much. Erm…. I’m really sorry for this time.”
As if taking to heart what I’ve just said, Seiichi lowered his head. I really hate my constitution which involuntarily brings misfortune to others without it being my intention. As I finished saying so, I took a light breath, sighed and said…
“…Erm…it’s good that you’re unhurt”
As it felt embarrassing coming from me, I inadvertently diverted my gaze from Seiichi.
I, Hiragi Seiichi, at this very moment carved what Altria said into my heart. It’s true that my actions were wrong. Trying to solve everything by brute force without thinking of the consequences, the result is this. I shouldn’t have been too overconfident with my power. I’ve probably subconsciously took on a bad habit. It’s the same as skills, even if your status is amazing, it’s meaningless if we are dragged around by the nose by those statuses. Arbitrarily thinking that errand type requests are easy, I came to learn how immature I was. But, thanks to this incident, I will take extra care with the actions I take herein. It could be said that thanks to this event I gained a lot, but I was happy that Altria seemed to be thinking more seriously of me and had shouted at me. Though we only got acquainted today and there may be some circumstances that Saria and I don’t understand. After my parents died…… the serious scolding…. well what should I say?…… it was embarrassing. This person is actually pretty good-natured. Why do you look so… lonely? I can’t help but be irritated when you distance yourself from us without any reason. …………If possible I would like to help. While thinking of such a thing, I was able to dismantle the ruins that became the request for the time being, if this request is actually complete then next is walking the dogs.
“Oh, even if……. even if the request is completed is it a good thing?”
“Well, even if I say dismantle, it’s really just breaking it apart, once broken it’s basically complete.”
…Really? Though that reminds me who is the person that requested this work? Though the reason these ruins were being destroyed was because I took the request…… but why was I the only one who took the request?”
“Ah it was a request from the country, though no one does it because it’s just a troublesome chore to do.”
“What? it’s a request from the country? Is that ok for them to do?”
“It’s all good, and because it wasn’t urgently requested or a direct order from the royal family when saying it clearly these were just abandoned by the master of the place.”
It really is ok. Am I ok with that? While I was secretly holding onto such thoughts, Altria added.
“It’s ok because the guild is an organization that is not subject to interference from the state.”
“There is no interference………… from the state…….?”
“Yes. even though we can receive requests that are important to the country they sometimes get put off cause the guild is kind of like an independent country.”
“Therefore if there is ever a fight between the nations we do not take part at all even if we are asked. So request as such are generally not given to adventurers but to mercenaries.”
Mercenaries……. though it may be rude but it sounds cool and strong too.
“Though I get a reward on the spot because the requester is a sister who helps at the……orphanage she hands the reward to me and then when we get back to the guild ill hand it to you.”
“Ah I see.”
“Well then let’s go do the last request—- walking the dogs.”
“You make is sound so dull when you say it that way.”
I still don’t know what kind of experience is waiting for me at the request though I paled a little when I heard earlier what the request was. After the exchange was finished we moved to the location of the last request. This time the conversation with Atria was very different from the conversation we had when heading towards the ruins. I was easily guided through the town of Terveil. I think Altria is a really great invigilator. Still even if I finish all these requests the collection system and the subjugation system remain…. We kept moving until before long we stopped in front of a mansion.
“We are here.”
I cry out unintentionally. While thinking we stopped suddenly in front of a gorgeous house. Is this the place where the request is!? Altria explained it easily to the surprised me.
“Around here is called [the Upper district] a lot of nobles live here. The one who made the request is Mrs. Adriana who lives in the house here, and because her husband is an earl so do not mess up.”
“I’llll do my best”
Seeing my slightly broken speech Altria smiled wryly.
“You don’t need to be so tense because she is actually a very gentle person”
I somehow managed to reply and then set foot into the luxurious grounds in the with Altria. There was an abnormally long brick wall with a gorgeous black gate. when we passed under the black gate a garden with all kinds of colourful flowers appeared before my eyes. There is a fountain in the garden and I wondered if a magic tool or something was used. I didn’t stop looking at it even though I was speechless from such a sight. I looked around restlessly because I thought it might be impolite somehow but i couldn’t help it because it was just so wonderful. After having walked a long distance from the gate we arrived at a solid wooden door. While I was hesitating Altria pressed a button next to the door. Ding-Dong. ……….Yes? Oh? a chime? buzzer? No why does…. have…. does another world have the same thing? I unconsciously stared at the button Altria had pushed. Yeah……… that just broke my worldview. Is this also a magic tool? Isn’t it convenient, yeah it must be very convenient. Well that is a means to easily call someone I guess I’ll have to use it now…. no! Don’t think too deeply! It was assumed that I understood I would wait for a while after pushing the chime, and the solid wood door opened.
“Who are you?”
The one inside was a beautiful blonde middle-aged lady with just a few wrinkles, she was a considerably beautiful woman. She was wearing an elegant light blue dress though it was not very ornamented.
“We came to fulfil the request you put in with the guild.”
Then without any tension Altria announced and I was so nervous…… no words came out. In response to Altria’s words the blond middle-aged woman smiled.
“Ok! Well I have been waiting! Please come in and I wonder may I ask…. Can you do it right now?”
“Yes it’s alright.”
“Good! After the butler who was in charge of walking the dogs was injured and I would like to go myself but I’m actually very busy so you guys saved me!”
She is indeed a noble, there is a servant just for walking the dogs? Our statuses are very different!
“So, where are the dogs we will be taking a walk with?”
“Here she will show you where they are.”
After having said so a blond woman appeared in the front door.
”Oh? Who is the person covered in the hood?”
“Yes, sorry but the one who accepted your request was not me but this man…..ehhhh! Take off the hood! It’s impolite?!”
No it’s certainly rude and though I understand that………!! But even if it’ll be troublesome because if I take it off here… While such thinking was raging in my head the middle-aged woman smiles.
“It’s ok, as long as there is a reason you hid your face in such a hood it should not be demanded to take it off.”
“My name is Adriana. What is your name?”
“Well I…. my name is Seiichi.”
“Seiichi…… that is a good name from the way it sounds are you a person from the country of the east?”
Country of the east……. what?
I tilted my neck at the words which she suddenly said wondering about but I decided to not think about it too deeply.
“Well it’s probably ok, would you like to go see the dogs Seiichi?”
“Well then I will ask you to walk Milk.”
The dog’s name is Milk…? A lovely name for a small pure white dog? However, wouldn’t you keep such a dog in the house or is there a house just for the dog. Well even if it was like that it wouldn’t matter, but………. Adriana is seriously a good person. I didn’t have to take of my hood and was really saved. Thanks to Adriana’s personality I was saved and was now following a guide and arrived in front a cage soon
“We have arrived.”
We’ve arrived? Where is Milk-chan? Even though I looked around there doesn’t seem to be a dog which seemed to fit the name Milk-chan. Instead there was a large cage that gave off a terrible presence. Adriana approached the cage despite me being confused
“Come here Milk-chan.”
…………….This isn’t funny……………. though a terrible roaring voice is heard……………….
It must be in my head!! I must be mishearing! Breaking out in a sweat I watched as Adriana opened the door to the cage.
“Now, come out Milk-chan.”
While shooting out a terrific howl coming out of the cage——
———— With pure white hair a huge white dog about 5M in length.
“Ummm…… I’m to walk this?”
“Yes of course.”
“I’m to walk this?”
“What is up with this reality!”
I was hit in the head by Altria. No wouldn’t it be strange? ……………. Milk-chan isn’t a name for a dog that has that kind of name! I’m not even sure that still counts as a dog?! If anything it’s similar to the Aqua Wolf I fought in the 【Forest of endless love and sorrow】!?
“Everyone is afraid when they first see this child but there is no reason to be afraid. This child is very quiet so you can be at ease it’s very safe.”
“…. By the way what was the reason the person in charge of walks was injured?”
“Oh that was because he got bitten by Milk-chan.”
“You can rest assure. rattle rattle rattle(Chains on Milk-chan)”
Where is the quiet!? What is safe!? It’s Milk-chan that injured the last person who walked it!
“It’s strange though………. for crime prevention Milk-chan is perfect…”
“It would be certainly safe!”
Safety and that are a little bit different! If a thing like this was in the garden and a thief walked in of course he would run! I’m scared!
“Well let’s leave out the small details…. well anyways work hard on your walk!”
“Impossible Impossible Impossible Impossible Impossible!”
It’s impossible by all means! It’s been glaring at me since a little while ago! Milk-chan!? There’s almost no difference from a fight and a walk!? Will it even walk side by side with someone? Thanks to my status, I am definitely safe…. but if you are talking about my flesh and my mentality, it’s not! To me who is desperately shaking my head Altria reports.
“Walking in the city will definitely be bad, so why not walk it in the garden a bit.”
It seems I don’t have any veto power…. I’m also a human I think……. but that’s not very convincing. However, I realised that I wouldn’t be able to escape from this request no matter what, spit out a sigh while feeling tired.
“That’s the spirit!”
Altria seemed happy as well and laughed. I was completely charmed by the unstifled-like laughter and that genuine smile she showed at the orphanage. Did she notice me looking at her like that? Altria-san coughed once and her cheeks turned red.
”An, anyway! this is the chore systems last request so. ….. Do it well?”
Well it seems good to even be able to have seen that smile. While thinking of such a thing, my walk with Milk-chan began.