424-392 The moon fills (1)

 The day started with a heavy knocking sound.

 When I woke up, Toya was just getting out of bed and opening the door.

"What the hell, I--
I'm in labor! Please come quickly!

 Yasue's husband, Chester, interrupted Toya as she opened the door and came into the room, grabbing her by the chest.

 His clothes were a mess and his hair was shaggy.
 His eyes were bloodshot, and he looked quite mad.

"Oh, oh, I get it. I'll be right there.

 As soon as Toya nodded as if pressured, Chester turned on his heel and ran out of the room and down the stairs.

. ...... like a storm.
It was frantic.

 I didn't even have time to get out of the covers.
 It was still dark when I looked outside.

 We were renting three rooms. I don't know if they knew about it, but I'm glad I didn't go to Haruka's room.

 I don't think Haruka and her friends would have opened the door in the first place, but I wouldn't have wanted to be visited by an unfriendly man at this hour.

Anyway, shall we go tell Haruka and the others?
Sure. I'm sure they'll be ready.

 I went to the next room and knocked lightly on the door, which was answered immediately.

I heard you. Wait a minute while I get ready.

 If they're making that much noise, they can hear us.
 I hope there won't be any complaints from the other guests in the room. .......

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

 I visited Haruka and her friends' room again. ...... They let me in, but they didn't seem to be in a hurry.

 You will find a lot of things that you can do to make your life easier.

"Hey, Haruka, are you sure you don't want to hurry? Chester, I've come to call you at this hour.

You'll be fine. Even if you go into labor, it'll be a long time before the baby's born. Usually.

 You stay home until the contractions start, and if they get too bad, you head to the hospital.
 If you are having a normal birth, you should have enough time to do that.

 Depending on the results of the preliminary checkup, some women may be admitted to the hospital for a while, so it may not be the case for everyone, but if anything, it seems to be the exception.

"Yes, Haruka. If your aunt told you to call her, it might be the final stage, you know? Nao-kun, did she say anything else? For example, did she say anything about her water breaking?

No, nothing. Just, "Please come quickly.

Then I guess there's no need to rush. If it's just the onset of labor, it could take a day or more.

A day ......, that doesn't seem to make sense even if you hurry a little.

 I'm not sure what to do.

 We left the inn without eating breakfast, and Toya carried the still half-asleep Mitya on her back as we hurried to Yasue's place.

    I'm sure you'll agree with me.

 A few hours after Chester came running into our inn.

 It was just me, Toya, and Chester in the temporarily closed dining room.

 Haruka and Natsuki, who can use healing magic, are there to help, Yuki is there to help, and Mary and Mitya, who don't seem to be of much use directly, are there to help with the birth.

 In the modern world, husbands are supposed to be present, but in this world, it's unlikely.
 Thus, their only job is to be with us and worry about it.

Are you okay? ......

"I don't know. But it's a lot safer than a normal birth. You've got Haruka and Natsuki. Calm down a little.

I know, I know. I know, but I'm restless!

 He sits down and shakes his head, stands up and walks around the dining room, sits down again, and stands up again.

 I know you're worried, but if you have to watch this for hours on end, you're going to get sick of it.

"......, I'm going to the guild.

 My presence here is of no use.
 That's half a lie, I'm just tired of keeping up with Chester, who is very upset.

 If this is going to continue for a while, maybe even a day, I'll have to change my mind.

Oh, well, me too.

 Maybe it was the same for Toya, who stood up after me.

"Oh, please don't leave me alone!

 Chester immediately clung to me.

 If it had been a pretty girl, I might have been happy, but when it's a man who's already grown up, it's just annoying.

 Toya looks a little uncomfortable, but he's not so cruel as to forcefully pull her away, and he tries to look at me as if he's in trouble.

 But I'm not going to give her that chance.
 It's too much trouble.

I'll take care of the rest.
"Oh, Nao, don't run away!

 I can't hear anything.
 That's what I'm going to do, and I'm going to close the door of the cafeteria.

    The adventurer's guild I visited.

 The adventurer's guild I visited was deserted.
 The time was halfway between morning and noon.
 This is the time when most people are at work, and it's too early for drinking and moping.

 The only people who visit the guild at this time are adventurers who have stayed overnight to work, and it is the least crowded time of the day, except for late at night.

 Naturally, I was conspicuous, and Ketra immediately approached me.

"Hey, Nao. Thank you for your hard work in defeating the Petossi the other day.

"No, no. --Did you adopt that name?

That's what Cyrus reported. Also, it's more convenient to have a specific name for it, since it's hard to tell if it's a big monster eel.

"It's true that describing it as 'big' is not quite right.

"Yes. Now the townspeople can go to the river without worry.

Are there a lot of people visiting? The Petras River?

No, except for adventurers and the farmers who manage the sanitary sewer.

 The Petosi was unusually large, but the Petras River was originally inhabited by monster eels.

 Perhaps because of this, there are fewer fish in the Petras River than in the Noria River, and even ordinary monster eels are quite dangerous to ordinary people.

 If one were to fish or fish for a living in such a place, one's life would never be enough.
 Even a normal-sized monster eel is bigger than a python, which may give you an idea of its threat level.

 Incidentally, it is said that python does not attack people very often, but monster eels usually do, and since the water is completely their field, the danger is quite high.

 No one in their right mind would want to go near one.

That's why it won't affect us immediately, but if we can't manage the sanso, it will affect our agriculture. It seems that Silas couldn't handle it alone.

Ah, the enemy was a little incompatible with the Great Sword.

 You can use other methods to deal with them, such as preparing oil and setting it on fire, or using a spear, like we did with Elder Trent, but only if you know your opponent and are prepared.

 If Silas had been alone, he would have had no choice but to retreat from the scene.

Did you manage to sell all of Petosy's body? There was quite a lot of it.
Yes. No problem. A few restaurants bought it.

 The size is a bit insane, but it's no less a monster eel.

 The slimy surface had been seared and the huge size of the fish made it easier to fillet, and it sold for a little more than the usual price of a monster eel.

If there are any left, can we take Nao and the others' things as well?

If there are any left over, I can take Nao's stuff? If there's any left over, we'll probably have to sell it.

 The food made with Petosi, sold at a lower price than usual, was quite popular, and the stock was being steadily consumed.

 However, there was still a large amount left over due to the quantity.

 We haven't decided how long we will stay in this town after Yasue's birth, but it is almost certain that there will be a large amount left.

 In that case, it would be better to sell them.

 Magic bags have their limits, and now that we're traveling, we can't leave them at home like we used to.

 In some cases, we could sell it to the guild and then leave town.

I'd like that.
Yes, I'd like that too.