Visiting Draco Again (4)
Thinking about it very, very carefully from Cid’s point of view of [Meat is male], wanting to do this marriage is a very normal thing, right?
Still though, the whole thing about Meat being a girl would get out. Like… really.
“Alright, so it’s not something I could just decide of my own accord. I’ll have to talk to Yudence-sama as well.”
“Of course. This is mostly just me wanting to announce my intentions and talk it out with you. Although I am serious about it, you can refuse. I’ve only showed you the contract to show that I am prepared, that’s all.”
Yeah, it’s a hard pass for now. At least let me talk to Maidence about it. And seriously please don’t get me mixed up with all that sex change stuff.
“Oh, right, Village Chief. Could I have a moment?”
“Hm? What’s up, Setsuna?”
“Could I ask where and when that drug was obtained?”
Ah, so it’s about the drug made by the Chaos God, huh. She’s probably wondering as her grandchild.
“Could you please tell me how you obtained that drug?”
“Mm. I bought it from a travelling alchemist three days ago.”
“… That alchemist didn’t have black hair and red eyes by any chance, did she?”
“She did, actually. Though her actually being a girl could be bad information given she had this drug on her.”
Setsuna’s expression changed.
No way, it really was Leona? —Wait, three days ago? Huh? What? She’s that close?
“Oh, she also had a black slime with her.”
“… Did you catch the name of the black slime?”
“She was calling it Rin. It seemed to be eating something white despite being a black slime. It appeared to hate salt though, even though it was also white?”
Hearing Cid’s explanation, Setsuna’s eye twitched.
… Rin and Leona joined up? Uwaah, crazy! Scary!
I have to prepare in case they come back. There’s no way I can sleep when what’s basically our dungeon’s natural enemy is so close. It’s too scary!
“Where is that alchemist now?”
“In Pavuera, I think? She’s not in this village anymore, at least.”
Wait. She was here? Not just Setsuna, but even I am wanting to swear out loud.
What I felt was something like a knife at my throat. Not held by Cid, but by Leona.
Alright, I’ve decided. I’ll be refusing this marriage thing. There’s no way I could spend effort on that when there’s a Leona Alert going on.
“Things have changed. Would you mind me speaking frankly, Cid-dono? This marriage is impossible.”
“… Are you sure?”
“Don’t look at me like that, I’m sure.”
When I asserted myself clearly, Cid could only let out a sigh.
“Alright. If you’re that firm about it, I’ll give up… But now I have no need for this drug. Could you please take it from me as a way to sever my lingering regret about it? As a friend.”
“… If it will help you, alright.”
I decided to accept it so that Cid wouldn’t try thinking too much into the matter.
“Oh, how much for it? The drug, that is.”
“No, just take it. It’s to sever my lingering regret, after all. Honestly, you having it for free helps me a bit.”
Unable to refuse him and his incredibly refreshed smile, I received the [TS] magic drug that was also a clue about Leona.
Since there wasn’t really much for me to do after that, I returned to Golen.
Once there, I was questioned by Wozuma and had to report everything to him….
“And after all that, I had a chat with Cid and had to—”
“Village Chief. Didn’t I tell you to not do any extra work?”
I-I didn’t! I just went to my (diplomatic) friend’s house and drank.
Wozuma started looking like he was getting a headache, but when I told him about refusing the marriage, he arched his eyebrow and held his hand to his mouth.
“And then you received this magic drug, Village Chief?”
“Yeah. It’s dangerous in various ways, so I’ll be keeping it close.”
“So that’s how’re you’re going to play it… well, that should be fine? At the very least, that evening out the balance should have pleased them.”
“Huh? Pleased? Even though I rejected the marriage?”
Hearing me and seeing me looked confused, Wozuma’s eyes opened a bit wide.
“Oh, curious. I’ll have to change my evaluation of the young prodigy.”
“What do you mean?”
“He’s a person who was able to act so naturally that not even you noticed, Village Chief.”
Acted naturally…? Huh? Is he saying that the whole marriage with Meat was supposed to be some kind of act? I really don’t get it.
“He might have already talked with Yudence-sama about it.”
“Although I am not an expert in the matter, I believe this magic drug should be worth around five hundred gold coins. You should confirm that with a magic apothecary somewhere, though.”
I can’t keep up here… what? Five hundred gold? The heck? Expensive!
Come to think of it, wasn’t a similar magic drug that lasted forever going for sale in Corky for a thousand? I figure it was hiked up for a profit to be made by the shop, so the five hundred gold value sounds about right…
“… Was me accepting it a bad thing?”
“Well, there was no problem with you accepting it. According to what you said, it was necessary. I suppose we can take it as a tribute to you.”
“That so? Alright then.”
I don’t get it, but moving on! I’m definitely not planning on using it, but things might get a bit weird if Cid plans on bringing up the marriage thing again… Huh? No, wasn’t he just acting? Gah! This is confusing.
Either way, I have to prepare the dungeon to defend against Leona… Gah, there’s no way we can win if Leona and Rin both come at us. Has the orichalcum golem still not respawned…?
“… Still, it’s a bit expensive to just accept for nothing. Shouldn’t we do something in exchange?”
“Please don’t, them being able to do that will have helped them a lot. They’ll have understood at least a little about you by now, Village Chief, so I doubt they will attempt to so shoddily meddle with you in the future.”
“O-Okay? If you say so.”
I guess I can just casually hand it back later on then?
Thinking that, I quietly stored the five hundred gold-valued sex-change drug in my [Storage]…. Maybe I could pawn it off to Wataru?