358 the first man

 After spending a little more than half a day making the knife, which is a symbol of our family, I'll start making the delivery.
 I won't be able to make much with the time I have left today, but the sooner I reach the quantity I can deliver, the closer my vacation will be.

 Vacation. I'll probably be spending some time with someone on my upcoming vacation.
 They seem to be talking while I'm preparing dinner, so they're probably deciding on the order and contents, but I'm afraid I haven't heard how much they've decided.

 I hammered down on the sheet metal that would eventually become a knife, half afraid and half looking forward to it, but careful not to accidentally put too much magic power into it out of excitement.

 Then, the day of delivery came around. For the next two weeks or so, time passed as usual, without any particular comment.
 I took a day off in between, and even took a whole afternoon off to hunt and retrieve a deer, but nothing was said there. Everyone just went about their business.
 The delivery went on as usual. For some time now, Camilo has been telling me what's going on in the world (there's no way to get current, real-time information in the "installation"), but I've never heard him say

I haven't heard of anything in particular happening.
With the Empire?
Yeah. Yeah, it's not public knowledge, but I heard that the search for Helen was terminated recently. The Kingdom has confirmed that a few of them have returned to the Empire.
"I see.

 Hearing this, not only me but the whole family was relieved. Including Anne. I had heard that it would be resolved, but I was very happy that the matter that had been the biggest concern in our family was now officially resolved.

There's really nothing else. Well, there are a few skirmishes that have been going on, but it's peaceful.
Like the demon world?
It's quiet now. There are some encounters between patrols, but ......
But it hasn't led to any major battles, has it?
I guess so. I've heard rumors that there's a demon tribe that's extremely powerful, but I've also heard that they'll just cut you loose and leave you alone.

 Nilda, I think. I struck her with a custom-made Japanese sword. I'll ask Helen later how good she is.

I haven't heard of any demons, so it looks like nothing's going to happen for a while.
So should we cut back on the weapons and make something else?
No, we've expanded our sales channels to the Empire and we're selling to the Republic, so we can continue as before.
I see.
Of course, I'd appreciate it if you could make some more. Of course, I'd appreciate it if you'd make some more, but there are plenty of ways to sell your products.
I'll do my best.

 Camilo laughed, and I laughed back. So the day's delivery was over, and I gave the boy a tip and a pat on the head as I headed back through the streets and woods to my house.
 The family helped each other carry in the luggage, lightly cleaned Krull and Lucy (they would be properly cleaned tomorrow when we fetch water), and each of us cleaned our own dirt, and then we had free time.
 Normally, we would disperse and do whatever we wanted to do, but today, Deanna wanted to talk to us, so we all gathered in the living room.

 When I finished cleaning up quickly and headed for the living room, Helen and Samija, who must have also made quick work of it, were there first, while the others were still waiting.

As you may have heard before, we had a bit of a run-in with the demons near the demon world.

 While waiting for the others, I asked Helen about it.

"Hmm? Oh. It was during a patrol mission, I think. We had a few.
"One of them came to my house. He asked me to fire my weapon, so I did. I heard he said something about you.
Oh, I may or may not remember that. ......
Was there a strong one?
Yeah, yeah. I have an idea. ...... Oh, that one.

 I nodded. Helen saw this and sighed.

I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.
Is that how it works?
That's the way it is. That's how I was saved.

 Helen laughs. Then, everyone else came into the living room from the other side of the room.
 Once everyone was seated and Lique and Liddy had prepared a cup of herbal tea, Deanna said, "Okay, let's get started.

"Well, then, let's get started.
You said you wanted to talk to me.

 Deanna nodded at my words.

"You said before that you wanted to spend the holidays alone with me.
Yeah, I remember.
We've decided on the order of the day, so I thought I'd tell Eizo about it.

 I thought it was a bit ostentatious for that, but I didn't say anything. I knew it was important to them.

 And the first one Deanna told me about was...