272-244 Cleverly (3)

 When we returned to the inn, it seemed we were the last ones to leave.

 In the room, each of us was relaxing freely, lying on the bed or sitting on a chair, while Mary and Mitya were eating some kind of apricot candy.

Welcome home.

 The first person to call out to us was Haruka, who was sitting on the bed.
 The first person to call out to us was Haruka, who was sitting on the bed, with a book in her lap, as if she was bored.

I'm back. Am I a little late?
No, we're not that different.
Okay. Well, let's see, ......, did you see anything interesting?
There was a big bird!

 The one who answered my question immediately was Mitya.

 I was holding a candy apricot in my hand. If you believe Mitya's words, you'll be able to see the bird.

 If you believe Mitya, the size of an ostrich, but that's just a child's opinion.

 I looked at Haruka, who was with me, and she also nodded.

It's bigger than Mitya, and with its wings spread out, it's bigger than my hands.

It's also ...... huge, isn't it? More than a giant eagle?

The eagle is said to be over two meters tall with its wings spread. I've never seen one up close, but I'm pretty sure its body size is smaller than a Mietia, and the bird Haruka saw might be even bigger.

 I heard that if you go to Hokkaido, you can observe a giant eagle.

 Even eagles, which are not as big as a giant eagle, are quite powerful when seen up close, so a bird the size of a giant eagle flying nearby might be quite scary.

The bird is said to be called a 'kuusodori. It is said to be able to carry a cargo the size of a small cardboard box. By the way, it's a cute bird without the sharpness of a bird of prey. ...... Except for its size.

"Wow. It's like a carrier pigeon.

They're smarter than pigeons, though, and they can get back and forth between two designated points.

Oh, so they don't just go back to the nest. That's great.

 A carrier pigeon needs to be carried in a basket one way.

By the way, I hear sometimes people drop their bags and have accidents.
Watch out! Can't you tie a knot or something?

 Most of the transport routes are uninhabited, so it is unlikely to have an accident where you hit someone by bad luck, but there are occasional accidents where packages are lost and rare accidents where buildings are destroyed.

 I thought that I should tie the luggage to my feet, but I heard that it would be difficult to take off.

 Once it takes off, it grabs the cargo and flies away.

I don't think it's possible to fly on it.
"I don't think even Mitya can do that. I'm sure a baby could grab it and fly.
Can't you just ride a giant bird around the world? It's a fantasy.

 I'd love to be able to fly while being buried in fluffy feathers.
 Yuki and the others chuckled at my hope.

I'm sure you've heard of them, but I'm not sure if you've heard of them. But flying dragons do exist. We don't have much to do with them, though.

It's a level that no ordinary nobleman can have. You have to be a member of the national army or one of the country's great nobility.

 You can say that it is natural, but even a horse needs a lot of food, and the amount of food that a creature that flies with a human on board would eat would be quite large.

 Even so, since flying dragons are classified as demons, it is said that the amount of food they eat is small considering their size, but it is meaningless since there is no place to keep them.

"Oh, so there's no chance for us to fly? I've always wanted to fly.

"Hmm, can you manage to fly with wind magic? I can't land, though.


 You can't land, though.

 I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do that," he said.

You can also use the "Walk on Air" spell, but that's not quite the same as flying, is it? It's just a little walk.

 According to the grimoire, this is a spell that can be used to cross a small valley or a pit, not a spell that allows you to walk around freely in the sky.

 It's not impossible, but you'll need a lot of magic power to go upward. It's unrealistic.

 By the way, there is no one among us who can use it properly yet.

 You fall at the first step.

Aside from the airborne bird, the ...... lunch was delicious.
Yeah, me too! I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's worth it.

 I'm not sure what to make of it.

The food at the stalls was delicious. The food at the stall was delicious, and there was a wide variety.
He bought us candy!

 We didn't see any stalls, but in the direction that Haruka and her friends went, there were many stalls lined up in the square there.

 We didn't see any stalls, but in the direction we went, there were many stalls lining the square.
 This already seems to indicate the prosperity of this town.

On my side, there were many ingredients for medicines. I bought a lot of stuff that I can't get in Laffan.

"Oh, I agree. I'm an alchemist. I'm thinking of buying it after consulting with Haruka.

I found some mithril. I couldn't get my hands on any, though.

"Oh, mithril.

They said if I didn't buy it now, it would be gone, and they'd lend me money if I needed it, but...

But I stopped them. It was only the tip of my finger to begin with.

 Basically, there is no such thing as a weapon made of pure mithril (in terms of price), but apparently mithril as small as the tip of a finger is too small to make a short sword.

But the amount of mithril is too small to make a shortsword. "If you think about it, at least 10% should be mixed in. I almost fell for that sales pitch.

No, you should've known before you were stopped!

 It's a good thing I'm not the only one.
 You can't afford to spend all your money on a whorehouse.
 I'm not going to talk about it in front of Haruka and the others out of warrior's compassion.

In general, this town is definitely rich, right?

Yes. The competitive society ...... is similar to capitalism in a way. That's why the food is good, the products are plentiful, and it's prosperous.

The problem is that there is no safety net.

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 You can find a lot of people who are looking for the best way to get the most out of their life.

If you talk to people in the slums, you'll get the complete opposite impression. ......

It's easy for able-bodied people to live," he said. It's hard to say whether the lack of help for the weak is inaction on the part of the government, in this world. It's impossible for the king to do anything about it.

 In this world, the king can't do anything about it, because the territory is definitely growing, and he can't confiscate the territory because it's not being governed properly.

It would also be difficult for the surrounding territories to accept it. It's bad to say, but the good people will stay in Baron Diaz's territory, and the bad people will flow out to the surrounding areas.

It's not easy to accept.

 It's like the refugee problem on Earth.
 If a large number of unproductive people enter the territory, the current residents will be affected.

 If you still accept them, then you have to ask yourself what kind of a politician you are.

"What do you usually do with such 'surplus' people?

In terms of the history of the earth, we 'consume' them in wars, we send them out to explore recklessly, and so on. ...... From our point of view, we don't like war, but from the point of view of the people in the slums, maybe war is still better. We can eat, and if we are active, we may have a better future.

 It's a shame, but that's the way it is in reality.

    I'm not sure what to say.

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 This is because the inn doesn't provide lunch, but it's not so bad now that I've learned that the town's restaurants are better than I expected.

 On the other hand, this inn is reserved for the nobility, and the food served there is also expected to be good.

 I don't think they'll serve us, the guards, the same food as Ilias-sama, but I also don't think they'll serve us bad food either.

 We came back to the room and talked for a while about what we had seen and heard.
 There was a knock on the door of the room and the food was brought in.

 The inn does not have a dining room, probably to avoid trouble among guests, and all meals are served in the room.

 This is a very good system, because we don't have to worry about it at all.

 There is also a table for everyone to sit at, although it is a little small, so that you can have a proper meal.

 On the table were white bread, soup, and wine to drink.

"The main course is ...... fish, right?
"The fish ...... traumatized me .......

 Yuki and Natsuki's expressions tightened.
 Here at Crevilly, we are located downstream from Saalstad.
 I'm not sure what to make of that.

But it smells good, doesn't it? It doesn't smell like mud. It's more like a ...... kind of sweet ......?

 Unlike Toya, my nose can't detect the sweet smell, but it doesn't look bad.
 It's not bad looking.
 It was a round fish about 20 centimeters long.

 It's not like deep frying, but it's not battered like frying or tempura. ...... The closest you can get is tatsutaage.

I'm sure you'll agree. If you can't, there's food in the magic bag.

Yeah, right. Yes. If you're thinking about lunch, I'm sure ......".

 We all took our seats and ate.
 Let's try the fish.

 As I cut through the crispy skin of the fish with my knife, I could smell the strange sweet and savory aroma.

 It's hard for me to describe it with my limited vocabulary, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's a little like cinnamon.

This one looks a little like ...... hibachi.
"...... what's that?

 Like me, Natsuki was the first to touch the fish, and the first thing that came out of her mouth was a name she had never heard before.

It's an Okinawan spice. It's not a major spice, but it has a nice aroma, doesn't it? It tastes like ......!

 Natsuki was at a loss for words when she took a piece of fish in her mouth.

It's spicy!

 The one who raised her voice was Mitya.

 Mitya panicked and tried to grab a cup from the table, but Haruka, who was sitting next to him, quickly took the cup of wine away from his hand and handed him a glass of water instead.

 Mitya drank the water immediately, but still stuck out his tongue and exhaled, as if he was still in pain.

 And I had a mouthful of it at about the same time,......, and it was definitely a little spicy.
 I didn't expect it to be spicy from the smell, so I was even more surprised.
 It's not hot like chili pepper, but hot like sansho. It tingles.

It's a little unfamiliar, but it's not bad, is it?

Yeah. It's edible. ...... Or maybe it's delicious? It's spicy, but... You can eat it. If you can't, I can get you something else.

Yeah, I'll try that. ......

Is Mary okay?

It's a little painful, but she's ...... managing.

 Mary is drinking the water that Haruka has prepared and eating the fish and bread together.

 She is being eaten, but considering that Mary is still a child, the spiciness might be a little too much for her.

The taste isn't bad, but it's a bit mismatched with the smell.
"I agree. My brain is confused. Well, Hibachi? Is that hot, too?
No, it's called island pepper, but it's not that spicy.
I don't know if it's the same spice that causes the smell and the pungency, though.
That's true. You can even throw cinnamon in with the chili.

 You can even throw cinnamon in with the chili.

It sounds like a disgusting dish, that's for sure.

Cinnamon itself is not sweet, but the image of cinnamon is that of a sweet snack.

If it didn't smell like hibachi, but more like prickly pear, it would be more palatable.

"Oh, sansho's good on fish, isn't it? I use it for eel.

 If they sell sansho in this town, I'd like to buy some.
 It takes eel kabayaki to a whole new level.

I wonder if it's cooked in flour and fried. It's not like butter, it's baked in a different kind of oil with oil on it.

"It's not as tough as meuniere. It's not as tough as meuniere, and it's easier to eat because it's not filleted.

 Once I knew that the fish was all right, the rest of the meal proceeded easily.
 The soup was rather light in flavor.

 The soup was rather light in flavor, and after the oily fish, it was refreshing to drink.

 The wine was a bit astringent, and I didn't think it was very good, but I drank all of it (except for the Mitya and Mary).

 There wasn't much alcohol in the wine, and no one got drunk, but Haruka, who had drunk all the wine, including Mitya's, seemed to be a little cheerful, with the tips of her long ears turning a little red, so she might have actually been drunk.