342 The other family member

I once served in a demon defeating mission, and that's how I met the owner of this store.
You served?
Yes. I was repairing broken weapons and armor.
I see.

 I wonder if Anne is interested in logistics at all. It seems that wars that require large scale supplies have not been fought here for a long time, so she may not be aware of it.

He may not be aware of it. "He may not talk much, but he's good. If you like our food, you'll like our food.

 Anne interrupted me in the middle of the conversation. She seemed to be fidgeting a little. When I wondered what she was going to say, she opened her mouth as if she had made up her mind.

"The people in your house are your family, aren't they?
...... Yes, they are.
So am I?

 Then he looked at me with a little furrowed brow and an upward glance. I'm not sure.
 She is clearly being kept as a hostage in our house. In that sense, it's not exactly family.
 But in that sense, Deanna, Liddy, and Helen are all the same. Deanna is only staying with me, Liddy because her home is in the forest near the capital, and Helen is hiding until things cool down.
 But I'm treating them like family. And it would be a burden to us and to Anne to continue to be strangers for an indefinite period of time.

 After a moment of silence in which I thought about this, I answered.

"I guess so.
"I see.

 Anne said, relieved. I didn't hear Anne say in a whisper, "Good," as the owner's daughter came in with the food and ale.

And that's if you're family.

 While we were enjoying the delicious food, Anne said in a slightly tense tone, as if she was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the alcohol. I saw signs of this when we drank at home, but it seems that she is not a good drinker.

I think it's better if we talk too formal.
"I see.

 I completely agree with this opinion. Aside from Rikke, who is my disciple, and Liddy, who is usually just polite, the rest of the family talks to me in a casual manner, and I use the so-called "tame" language with all of them.

So let's just be normal from now on. See you around.

 I talk to Anne as I would to any other family. This curry-like stew is delicious.
 I don't know if it's the alcohol or not, but Anne's face turns red when she hears my words.

I don't know if it's the alcohol or not, but she blushed and said, "Yeah, I get it.

 I don't know if she was under the influence of alcohol, but her face turned red and she said, "Yes, I understand.

As for me, I'm just an ordinary blacksmith, as you can see.
You want me to help you with that?
I guess so. ....... You don't like hard work?
No, not at all.
Well, you'll have to do some things for me. We're all pretty strong, except for one, but hammering is a lot of hard work.
One of them is Liddy the Elf?

 Liddy is as strong as anyone. At least enough to keep up with the hunt. I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it.
The words "insurmountable barrier" came to mind.

I'd like to see Liddy do something that requires a lot of brain power, but that kind of work rarely happens.
You're a blacksmith, aren't you?
Yeah. Yeah, I don't want to expand my business too much.

 The reason Liddy is here is to act as a magic consultant. But in this world, requests are rare. Riddy also said, "I didn't get many requests at my last place," so I guess it's not that common. At least, it's not enough to make a living.
 So she is helping me with the hard work rather than the brain work. It helps that she seems to like that work too.

When she gets used to it, I'll ask her to make something for us. If Anne is coming, there will be plenty of people.
"....... That's right. You'll have to learn the job first.
Well, just take it easy. If I don't get any orders, I'll only make enough for the merchant.

 My goal is to live a lazy life, making what I want, when I want. I'm still on the way to my goal, but I don't feel like working too hard at it.
 ...... Let's just say it's my imagination that I feel like I'm being worked a lot. Yeah.

A little fun.
I'm glad to hear that.

 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm going to do it.