313-284 First anniversary (2)

 After going over the schedule with the invitees, the "first anniversary party" was decided to be held in about two weeks.

 I don't know if people usually do that, but I had a lot of people ask me, "Are you having an anniversary party? Just for the first anniversary? But it was decided that everyone would attend.

 Well, let's just say that it's been one year since I became an adventurer.
 That's all there is to it.
 But from our point of view, it's different.

 This is also a commemoration of the fact that we came to another world and survived for a year without losing anyone.

 We avoided danger as much as possible, and in fact, due to Haruka's cautious nature, we felt little danger, but still, not all.

 Considering this, the fact that she survived for a year and became accustomed to this world is well worth celebrating.

 Of course, I hadn't explained that to Tommy, so he was the only one who deeply agreed with me.

 During the two weeks leading up to the party, we didn't go into any dungeons, and were basically free to go as we pleased.

 However, while the women were cooking, baking, and working on the rice mill at Tommy's place, we men had nothing better to do.

 "What are we going to do? After discussing it with Toya, we decided to take Mary and the others into the forest.

 It was almost time for magic mushrooms, and we could make some money by hunting down some task boars.

 If we were lucky enough to secure some mushrooms, we could give them to Haruka and the others as souvenirs.

 Last year, I sold most of them because money was more important, but magic mushrooms can be used as materials for [alchemy] and [pharmacy]. There's no harm in keeping them.

 A week or so passed while I was taking it easy like that.

 It was one day when Mary and the others were out at the orphanage and we were at home.
 As I was sitting idle in the living room, a suspicious figure approached me.

"Sir, sir, may I have a word?
"No, what's with that tone?

 Or... There was another person who called out to me in a suspicious way.

"Well, I'm in a bit of trouble.

 I had a bad feeling about this, but I couldn't just ignore her.

"...... What?
I told you that I was going to pair you up with Haruka and give you an Adjust, didn't I?
Oh, yeah. You're going to ...... do that for me, aren't you?

 I had no choice but to ask her back, and it was very relevant to me.
 I didn't buy it to fit, so if I don't get it done, I won't be able to give it to her.
 It's not cool to ask Haruka to do it.

No, I'd love to, but... I'd love to, but I can't get the materials. ......

 Since my promise, Yuki had been searching for the materials in the town of Raffan in her spare time.

 However, the town of Raffan is not that big to begin with.
 It seems that materials used for alchemy are not widely available there, and so far he has been unsuccessful.
 Come to think of it, there have been many times when I couldn't find alchemical materials.
 I had to buy them in Kerg and so on.

Now that I think about it, I should have bought them in Crevilly. I'm sure they had it there. --It's too late now.

I guess I should've talked to them about it. ......

 But I didn't have time to think about that at the time, so it's really too late now.
 --To tell you the truth, I was so excited to get together with Haruka!
 I'm not going to say it out loud, though!

Is it hard to get that material?
It's not for sale. It's not for sale, but it's not impossible to get.
That's not very crisp. What's the short version, ......?
Let's go get it!

 Yuki smiled and gave me a thumbs up.

    I'm going to go pick some.

 I'm going to go pick some.
 Yuki said it casually, but in reality, it's not that simple.

 I can't just sneak out of the house, I have to come up with a good reason.

 And she had to come up with a good reason so that Haruka wouldn't find out.

 But, but--

"Oh, you're going out? Be careful.

 It was easy.

 --Well, if you think about it, for the past week, Toya and I and Mary and the others have been going out in the woods as usual.

 Even if the lineup changes a little, if we go out normally, people won't suspect us, right?
 For your information, this time there were two of us, me and Yuki.
 ...... This is the first time we've been together in this group, isn't it?
 I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one.

 I'm not sure what to make of this.

 No, of course, I don't have any guilty feelings at all.

 By the way, as for the rest of the team...

 It seems that the work that Tommy asked him to do is not going well, so Toya is going to help him with that, while Mary and Mitya are going to work with the children of the orphanage to maintain the garden.

 In addition to maintaining the party site, they will also be working on the half-neglected vegetable garden ......, or is it a full-fledged vegetable garden since it is quite large? They are also going to work on it.

 They're planning to plant autumn and winter vegetables that can be harvested in the coming season.
 Oh, and we'll pay the orphanage kids who come to help us a decent amount of money.
 Unlike the last time when we cut the grass, this is not a formal request for work, so it's not much.

 Even if it's not a formal request, it's easy to get together when Mitya says, "All you can eat meat at the party! It's easy to get people together.

 Meat is strong! I guess that's why.

Our destination is the northern mountain range, right?

Yes. So far we've only been to the foot of the mountains, but we're going deeper. Where do we get the materials?

 The canyon located deep in the mountains north of Laffan is the destination for this trip, and the place where Yuki has been gathering the materials she has been investigating.

 It is said that the levulite ore that is collected there is essential in order to add the effect of "Adjust".

 You don't need a lot of it, but since it's not for sale, you'll have to go get it.

I was told there was no danger. ......
As far as demons are concerned, yes. I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

 The two of us.
 I'm not sure what to make of that.

 ...... No, it's more than a half if it's just long-range attacks, but when it comes to close combat, it's a bit weaker.

 I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

And if we're in danger, we can use teleportation to escape. If it's really dangerous, we can escape with it.

"Well, yeah.

 The magic of teleportation allows you to transport yourself.
 If you set up a transfer point, you can travel kilometers.

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

So, let's do our best. Oh!
"Oh, oh?

 I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who's a bit of a jerk.

    This is the first time I've ever seen it.

 The North Woods.

 In the beginning, I was afraid to enter the forest, but as I went back and forth to get to the dungeon, it had become a place I was familiar with, if not my own garden, then at least the garden of someone I knew.

 The demons that appeared straight to the north were scarp apes, bind vipers, and the like.

 The Scarp Ape, which had been troublesome in numbers at the beginning, could be dealt with sufficiently by using [Search Enemy] to reduce their numbers before they surrounded us. The two of us here are capable of long-range attacks, so .

This is the first place you've been from around here.
Yeah, it's a bit of a hike.

 It's not hard, but the ground is definitely sloping, and the vegetation seems to have changed a bit.

 There is no path that looks like a path, and the visibility is poor due to the crowded trees.

"Hey, Yuki. "Hey Yuki, the word 'distress' just popped into my head. ......"

 "Don't underestimate the power of low mountains."
 "When you go into the mountains, you should be prepared, and you should report it, just in case."
 I remembered now that I had heard such stories.

 Now we're like the unknowns who climbed Mt. Fuji in flip-flops and were rescued by helicopter. ...... Or maybe it's not that bad.

 We've prepared enough to bivouac, and we've told Haruka and the others where we're going.

 I'm not sure if it's the best climbing gear, but the various adventure gear has saved our lives so far.

 The only thing I'm worried about is that if we lose our way, there won't be a rescue helicopter flying over us.