201-183 Kerg mayhem (aftermath)

What the...? He's alive! Haruka, heal him!

 Toya pulled his outstretched hand away, looked back at Haruka and shouted.
 But Haruka didn't move immediately and asked Toya.

"Toya, what are you going to do with them after you've healed them?


"Judging from the situation, they either have no parents or have been abandoned. Even if we heal their wounds, it's doubtful they'll survive, and if the burns are that bad, they'll never recover.

"Mmm. ......

 It's already been a week or so since the Kerug mayhem had died down.

 If he had a guardian, he wouldn't have collapsed here, and it's unlikely that his injuries would have remained intact.

There is no need for you to be responsible for them, and it might make some sense to just heal the burns. ......

 I'm sure you're not the only one who has a problem with this. I'm not sure.

 In fact, there is nothing to do with these children and us, if you just heal your injuries and say goodbye, there is no problem. ...... It is a bit vexing.

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I'm not sure what to make of that. I'm not sure what to make of this, but I think it's a good idea.

"Ugh. ......

 I'm sure you're not the only one who's had this problem.

I don't understand! I don't care what it is, just fix me up! I'll take the responsibility!

 I'm sure you'll be able to figure it out.

"Yes, yes. I'm going to take responsibility!

Then I'll use Resist Disease, Cure Treatment, and finally Purify.

 Natsuki, who was watching, also cast a few spells.

 I'm not sure if that's enough magic, but it's not enough to make the kids feel better, and they don't seem to be moving.

 Toya picked up the larger child, but as Haruka had said at the beginning, the burns themselves had healed, but the scars were still on his skin.

 I picked up the other one, but his complexion was not so good either.

 I could feel his pulse, but he was unconscious and unresponsive.

"Shall we take them back to the inn for now? Toya.

Yeah, I guess so. Let's just get him better. Nao, can you take care of the kid over there?

Yes, sir.

 They put aside their plans for the future and decided to bring the child home.

 In Japan, taking a child home without permission would be a serious matter.

 Even in this world, it is a problem if the child has parents, but in the case of an orphan, it is quite delicate.

 However, at least in this situation, it would be considered as helping others.

 We followed Toya's footsteps and started walking.

It's a little surprising, though. I would have thought Haruka or Natsuki would have tried to help right away.

"What? I don't see my name here.

 When I mentioned my doubts about Haruka's lack of immediate action when asked by Toya, an unexpected objection came in.

 When I questioned why Haruka didn't move immediately when Toya asked her to, I got an unexpected objection.

"Oh, yeah. Yuki too. But, you see, Yuki doesn't have any healing magic.

"Is that so? Are you thinking that I'm not as kind as Haruka and the others?

No, no. I never thought about it. No.

I hope so.

 I shake my head, Yuki looks at me with a slight scowl, but nods.
 Haruka smiles a little at us and opens her mouth.

If we were in Japan, we would have helped her right away - no, in Japan, we would have called an ambulance. I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

 I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what's going on.

I'm sorry. I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure you'll be able to figure it out.

"Well, yes.

 In Laffan, you don't see street children, and there are some decent orphanages, but they are run by the temple.

 There is no state system to protect the children.

"It's fine to help these children, but...

"In the future, if we go to other cities, there may be places that are unsafe and full of orphans. What are we going to do then? You can't help all those poor children.

We can't help everyone with their injuries and illnesses, even if we wanted to.

We'll go bankrupt. Our money and magic power are limited.

 Time and magic are limited, and it's not only orphans who get sick or injured.
 Old people, adults, poor people...

 It is impossible to help everyone, and it would not be 'fair'.
 If we are talking about 'fairness,' then it would be 'fair' to not help anyone.

Well, I don't really care about that. I don't think it really matters, because you can save a child even if you save it because it's cute. I don't think you need to think about 'it's not fair that I can't help you if you're not cute'.

Life is a race for survival. It's the same to have the ability to make money and to have the ability to get help. Because you're pretty, because you're affable, because you're capable. In the extreme case, it's because you're lucky. It sounds harsh.

 Yuki nodded her head in agreement with Haruka.
 It's not fair because you're pretty, it's not fair because you're lucky.
 It's true, it's no use saying that.

"Originally, life was about survival of the fittest. That's how we evolved. If you think about it, modern humans may be a little distorted.

 In the case of animals, the fastest and healthiest individuals survive.
 In the case of bacteria, those that have acquired drug resistance survive.
 In the case of insects, those that are resistant to pesticides survive.

 The ones that survive in this way leave offspring and acquire characteristics and resistance as a species.

 But what about modern humans?

 Diseases and disorders. Congenital and genetic traits. Individuals that would otherwise be eliminated are socially and technologically overcome to survive.

 Regardless of the merits or demerits, this is what modern society is doing.

 This may be one form of evolution, but from a simple biological point of view, it may be called degeneration, and from the opposite point of view, it may be said to be preserving diversity.

In other words, if we lose our social nature, we will become extinct?

I think so. It's pretty simple. Multi-drug resistant bacteria are emerging and pathogens will continue to evolve, right? The moment technology can't keep up, or socialization is lost, humans who stop evolving without survival of the fittest will be defeated by pathogens and go extinct. It's not impossible, is it?

It's not funny. We don't get resistance and we leave behind genes that are not good for survival. Even if that's what kills us, is it still human? Is that the limit of our species because that's how we evolved? The end of evolution?

 This may be the difference between humans and other animals, but I don't know if it's the right thing to do in the long run.

 Genetic manipulation may be the solution, but it may be difficult while there is religion.

"So, these kids got a way to survive by being 'beastmen'?

No, even if they were human, I'm sure they would have healed their injuries.


 After what you said to Toya?

But we can take him to the prison or leave him at the orphanage or something. Something like that. There's no reason to help her.

Well, ...... you're right.

 If you want to help the same child, even if it is an emergency such as treating an injury, you would want to help the child you met at the orphanage in Laffan rather than the orphan you happened to see.

 Acquaintances and strangers. A person who chooses a stranger is rather untrustworthy as a human being.

Well, if Toya wants to help, I'll help her.

"Right. I don't see any reason to oppose it.

As for me, it depends on what kind of kids they are. If they're bad, I might kick them out.

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 I'm not sure about .......

 I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but it's a good idea.

That depends on Toya's decision.

 He didn't participate in our conversation, but hurried on to the inn.
 I stared at her back.

    I brought back two kids.

 At first the lady of the inn looked at us with a quizzical expression as we brought back two children, but when we told her that they had fallen by the wayside, she gave us a pained look and immediately changed our room for two to a room for four.

 The woman had experienced the mayhem of this town firsthand, so she must have understood the situation right away.

 She immediately brought the children into the room and put them on the bed, but they still didn't seem to wake up.

 Toya stared at them for a while, and then opened his mouth as if he had made up his mind.

"Hey, these two. Can I let them live with us?
By "let them live with us," you mean take care of them until they become independent?
Yeah. Well, it might give you some trouble, too. ......
Yeah, that's good, isn't it? If Toya is responsible for it.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're doing.

"...... is good? I thought Haruka didn't like hypocrisy.

I'm sure you'll agree. Why?

"Well, you see. You know, you were critical of me raising money to get a transplant overseas.

Oh, that's because I just don't like that. For example, if you want to donate money for activities to make it easier to get a transplant in Japan, I think it's okay to donate. But getting a transplant overseas means taking away opportunities for people in that country, and in some countries, there are worse stories, right?

 And when I say "some countries," I mean...

You mean like using organs from death row?

Yeah. And it's not just the death penalty, it's also the death penalty for non-criminals.

 I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but I think it's a good idea.

 Furthermore, if you say, "He died of disease in the camp. But we won't return the body," which is black in any way.

 Overseas transplants, which may support such acts, are quite dangerous.

Of course, from a parent's point of view, their child is the most important, and I think it's fine that they want to help even if they have to pay a lot of money, but relying on donations from others to do so is...

I understand that. For example, if you get cancer and you say, 'I want to have the latest medical care, so please donate,' people will say, 'I lost my parents to cancer, too. I lost my parents to cancer too. If it's a transplant, why are you raising money? And...

"Yes, yes. If you want to create a fund for cancer treatment research, or for drug development for the treatment of intractable diseases, I think you can collect donations. But to say, "I want to help only my own children," is a bit ....... Of course, that's just my opinion.

But I would like to help them if I could.

 I'm not sure if I can help you, but I would.

I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that. You've got the parental skills to do that kind of promotion, and you've got the contacts to advertise it on a large scale. In a way, it's also a valuable asset that can be exchanged for money.

Haruka, you are so cynical. What do you think, Nao?

I think it's simpler than that. I'm more simple. Don't complain about it after the accident. If you're sick or in an accident, you can't just ask for help without paying for it.

 I was still in high school, so my parents were in charge of my illness, but I did have insurance for bicycle accidents. I was still in high school and my parents were responsible for my illness, but I had insurance for bicycle accidents.

 If you want help in case of emergency, you should bear the cost in normal times, and if you don't want to bear the cost, you should take care of it yourself.

 If you are sick, you don't need to buy insurance as long as you can manage with your own funds, and if that means you die without the latest treatment, that's your fate too.

 If you don't like it, just buy insurance.
 In a sense, insurance is a way to help each other without the instability of donations.
 It's a little strange to say, "I won't help you, but you should help me.

"Where's Toya?

Me? I'm willing to help my family, you guys, even if it costs me my life savings. What do I care if you don't? --No, more accurately, I'd help anyone I could and wanted to help without it affecting my life. Like these kids. If I had come to this world, I would have abandoned them. Selfish, I know.

"I see. I guess we all think a little differently, don't we?

Well, we've known each other for a long time, but we're still different people.

 Even so, we've been together for quite a long time without having any differences, so I don't think the five of us have that big of a difference in values.

But you don't have a problem with Nao and the others helping these two, do you?

I agree with Haruka. I agree with Haruka, as long as Toya takes responsibility.

We can afford to take care of our children until they reach adulthood.

 We can afford to take care of our children until they come of age.

 Fortunately, the world is not like Japan, where it costs tens of millions of yen to educate one child.

 The financial burden will not be so great.

 The other thing is the time and effort required for education.

 If you need help, you can ask Ishka, who runs the orphanage, for advice.

"You did it, Toya. You've done it, Toya. The Hikaru Genji Project is finally underway!

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're going to do with your time.

"......... Oh? I'm sure you'll be able to understand.
I'm not sure if you've noticed.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

"No, because we're in such a state?

 No, because they're in such a state. Their clothes are tattered, and the burns are so bad, it's not like they're gender neutral.

Nao, have you noticed?
"...... of course.

 I didn't notice.

 Or, more accurately, I didn't care about it.
 I didn't exactly notice, but I was a little older, and my hair was shorter.

 She kind of looked at me like, "Really? I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but I think it's a good idea.

But if you're a girl, you'll want to heal this burn mark. Haruka, Natsuki, can't you do something about it?

 But Haruka has a difficult expression on her face, despite Toya's best wishes.

It's not the Light Cure that does it, but the Cure that does it. ......

If you can heal it, would it be with Regenerate? Or maybe you can get rid of it by cutting it down to the dermis and then healing it with Cure. ......

"Ouch, ouch! It hurts just to hear it! Regenerate, please do something!

 I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not.

 Just thinking about it makes me sick, too.

 Even if the pain can be managed with anesthesia, I'm afraid to do it, or at least I can't do it.

"Well, I'll try. I hate to say it, but it's good for practice.
Yes, it is. It's usually hard to tell the effect of magic.

 It has no effect on a healthy person.

 But the fact that it is classified as a level 10 light magic is not a surprise, and because of the magic power consumption, it is difficult to practice using it over and over again.

 Therefore, it was decided to take the time to heal him little by little, while also practicing.