415-Waiting for 383 Months (4)

 The weapon Silas uses is a two-handed sword.

 It is the same type as Mary's, but perhaps because of the difference in their physiques, the two give completely different impressions.

 While Mary's weapon seems to be swinging her around, Cyrus is standing tall and swinging it lightly, and after swinging it out, he pulls it back easily. He swung it with ease, and even pulled it back with ease.

 It is a simulated weapon, so it is probably lighter than a real weapon, but even so, a large weapon like a two-handed sword has a certain weight to it, as if there are weights inside.

 It is not an easy thing to handle.
 Several clashes of swords.
 Toya is a little inferior to me in size, but he doesn't seem to be losing any of his strength.

 I thought it would be good for Toya, who has the most physical strength among us, to experience being defeated once in a while, but even Silas seems to have difficulty.

 Marks would probably be able to easily beat Toya, but he's the branch chief. He can't just say, "Let's sweat it out.

 And so they cut each other dozens of times.
 Without a single blow to each other's body, they face each other again.

Strong. Silas, what's your rank?

"Well, I'm rank six like you, but I'm here as the branch chief's bodyguard, so I'm kind of a favor to him. If it weren't for that, I'd be a five at most.

"Is that so? I think you're pretty strong. ......?

 If you're not sure what to do, you can always ask him.

It's not important if I'm the only one who's strong. You guys, the whole party is rank six, right? You've got to have a network of contacts to gather members with that kind of skill, the coordination to maintain it, charisma, planning and negotiation skills. There are a lot of things, but they're all included in the judgment.

"I see. ......

 I knew that simply being strong was not enough to get a higher rank, but I guess they judge you more comprehensively than I thought.

I'm sure you're not the only one.

"It's not like you'll be stripped of your rank. It's just a value that basically represents the trust you have in the adventurer's guild. If you're not in a party, you'll probably get fewer requests from the guild.

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

 Looking at the first Natsuki and the others, and then Mary and the others, they are probably being judged based on both the party's performance and their individual actions.

 If one's rank rises simply by being in the party, then things like parasitism can happen.

 Conversely, if you don't have good party members, you won't be able to raise your rank like Cyrus, but I guess that's part of your ability.

"Well. This is a great opportunity to train with a worthy opponent. It's a waste of time. Let's do more! Nao, you're next!

Hey, .......

 That's Cyrus. Ketola frowned at him, he was as hot as he looked.
 But a mock battle with a strong opponent is definitely a good experience.
 You'll be able to find a lot more information on this topic on the web.

    I've known Freddy for a few days now.

 It had been a few days since I'd met Freddy.

 Since then, Freddy and Silas have been showing up at the training grounds every day, spending all their time training with us.

 It was a very sweaty encounter, but the training with them was quite meaningful, and we were getting some results.

 I, Toya, and Silas are about evenly matched, so there is no obvious change, but Mary and Mitya have already been able to pick up a win against Freddy.

 Freddy was quite shocked to get a black star against a young girl, but he recovered easily when Silas told him, "You've improved enough," so I guess it's not a big problem.

 And today, Cyrus had invited us all to a bar after training.

"'Gosh, gosh, gosh. Phew! It's always good to drink after a hard day's work! One more!
Gulp. More meat, please.
Gulp. I'm tired again today. ......

 Silas finishes his mug in one gulp, Toya takes a sip and asks for more food, and Freddy leans back against the table after half a drink and catches his breath.

 It's a three-way street.

 Silas chose this bar where we were, but he said that he chose a wholesome bar because Mary and the others were also there.

 But even so, the girls, who have never had the chance to be in a place like this, were a bit confused.

 They were quietly tipping their cups of juice, unlike Toya who was immediately reaching for the food.

 We don't often come to bars either, but the first one we stayed at, "The Bear of Slumber," was filled with drunks every night, so we were not confused.

 I never joined them, but I did eat there.
 By the way, Toya and I are drinking juice.
 It's a little more expensive than ale, but it's on Silas.
 I'm not going to hold back.
 For me, I'd rather drink water than ale.

"Mary, Mitya, don't be shy, if there's anything you want to order, feel free to ask. It's on Silas.

"Yeah, ......, but it's not very good.

 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it.

I'm sure it's not that good, this juice.
I'm sure it's not that good, this juice." "Hahaha ......, because what you usually drink is too good.

 Mary also let out a slightly dry laugh at Mitya's honest words.

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

 Even in the original world, it is a high quality juice that cannot be drunk casually.

 But the kind of juice you can drink in a tavern like this is watered down--or, to put it bluntly, water with a fruit flavor.

 It's a good substitute for water, but it's not very tasty.

"Hey, Nao, I need to cool it down.
"Yeah, sure. Can I drink it if I chill it?
Oh, Nao. Then I'll have one too.

 Chilling Mary and the others' juices, including mine, will make the not-so-tasty juice a little better.

 Mitya smiled too.
 And then there's the food. ...... Yeah, it's not that good either.

 We'll eat lightly and go back to Yasue's restaurant.
 For now, I'll order some roasted nuts with salt, which are almost always good.
 Incidentally, we usually eat at Yasue's restaurant.

 It's partly because they serve food that even we find tasty, but it's also because Chester has told us that all of our meals are free as a reward for helping Haruka and the others with the cafeteria and helping with the birth.

 It's not a lot of money for us now, and we could pay it, but Haruka suggested that we should just take her word for it, so we've been eating without reservation.

 This is because it is not easy to get someone who can use healing magic to attend a birth, and even if you could, you would need to pay quite a bit.

 This is why people who can use healing magic are so valuable, and it seems that rather than Haruka and the others taking on the job for free or at a discount, it would be more convenient for both parties to have "free food and drink" where there is the fact that they paid a fee, but the amount is hard to tell.

 Well, the reason we came all the way to this town was because we were dealing with Yasue, and also because we wanted to gain experience in childbirth for the future.

 If I were to accept a poorly paid job and then be told, "Come to us too! It would be too much of a hassle for me, and I don't have the time to take it on.