Freshmen Arc ⑰ -Preparation for Long-Term Vacation-
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It is a long-term vacation soon, so I am now organizing my luggage at Mother Kou-san's home. (TN: Kou-okaasan)
What shall I bring? If I can not go back for a while, I would like to bring this and that too. What a long vacation, it's about 3 months! Well I think a lot will be taken by travel time because I will return to the territory. I think that's why it's a super long break.
Still, when the long vacation is over, I'll already be a second grader? It's surprisingly fast.
I put up with a stalker, I put up with loneliness, and I put up with the Lady Katerina, it is over....
Especially, the stalking, I thought my student life was over!
Well, I guess this is the first year. Surely, I can get along well with Charlotte-chan and I feel better.
The long-awaited library did not have the knowledge I wanted, but it might have been good just to learn that.
That's how I felt about my school life, just putting up with it, then I looked over the room for a while, and I found some sugar left over from making ice cream.
Shall I bring some sugar? Going by carriage with Alan and Cain-sama, it might be good to make and bring some sweets.
Ah, that's right. Make a Ryo-chan's signature secret tool with sugar and saltpeter and bring it too!
No time like the present. I will start to make secret tools.
I mix sugar and ice magic stone powder on a small plate and place on a tripod. Then I place a candle under it and light it on fire. Then as the sugar in the plate melts and drips while turning it, curl it up.
Okay, this is probably the completion of the smokebomb! It should be! It's been a while!
I look at the finished light brown, small ball and I am satisfied with it.
Yes, but I have never used it, so I wonder if it can play its role as a smokebomb. I know only how to make smokebombs from reading books in my past life, but I don't know for sure because I haven't actually used them.
「Ryou-chan, what is that?」
Mother Kou-san, who was preparing medicine nearby, asked.
Here it comes! My new secret tool! Rookie expectations, a new face! (TN: "rookie" and "new face" are in English)
「It's a smokebomb! When it's lit, unbelievable amount of smoke comes out!」
「Smoke? What do you do with such a thing?」
I was surprised when asked what to do with it and Mother Kou-san was surprised by how I reacted like that.
Certainly, what I intend to do is make a smokebomb. Am I a ninja? Do I want to be sneaky?
Me, no, it was because it was fun. Smokebomb... because it was fun to make...!
In a word, I feel that my hobby is making secret tools. Even the coin shuriken was able to be used because I happened to come across to a demon by chance at the power sink, but it could not be used if it was not there.
Other than that, it was possible to stop Alan's runaway behavior thanks to the pepper bomb, and the improvement of secret tools should not be a bad thing!
Yes, yes, besides, if there is a smokebomb, even if attacked by the stalker again, it may be possible to bewilder them in the smoke!
From now on, it will be a long journey to return to the territory, and even when attacked by demons and wild beasts, it is good to have a variety of secret tools to protect yourself!
Oh yeah, expansion of the secret tools is never a waste! Probably!
「If there is a smokebomb, when danger comes, smoke can confuse it, and you can get away!」
Mother Kou-san made a sad face for my desperate excuse.
「Danger? Distress? Are you doing something dangerous recently in a school?」
No, that is not the case...
「...if you are prepared you don't have to worry, that kinda feeling. It's a long vacation soon, and it will be a long journey until we return to the territory. It will of course have escorts, but I think it would be better to have smokebombs!」
「So, fuuu~, well, it is always the case that Ryou-chan suddenly produces something, so Ryou-chan is as usual. So how much smoke does this smokebomb put out when it is lit?」
Even when living as bandits, Mother Kou-san knows that I made various things, so well, it was as usual, it seems that any doubts were closed off by saying that. Of course usual habits are fine.
Even so, honestly I do not know the effect of smokebomb well. Let's try using a little now. Even if there is a lot of smoke, I doubt it will be much larger volume than the smoke from an anti-mosquito coil.
It is also bothersome to go out now and find a vacant area or similar, and there will be smoke but no fire, so it should be fine and won't set fire to the room.
I should put it in the water as soon as I see how much smoke comes out.
「I don't know how much smoke comes out, so let's set fire now and try it!」
I say so and open a window for ventilation.
Then, I pinch the smoke ball with something like tweezers and light it, and from the smoke ball, a bright purple fire and then billowing smoke was...
I did not expect this level of smoke! The smoke comes whooshing out!
What's this? Unexpectedly immense smoke. Absolutely, do not do it indoors!
As I coughed goho~ goho~, I put the smokebomb in the water and extinguished it.
Mother Kou-san coughed goho~ goho~, and opened the door to ventilate.
S, sorry! Mother Kou-san!
I did not think so far!
The new face of the secret tools seems quite powerful.
...How many should I make.
「Ugh, Ryou-chan, goho~ I wanted warning first if there's so much smoke, goho~ goho~」
「I'm sorry, for me too, geffu~ geffu~, I didn't think that far.」
Mother Kou-san was a little angry. Tehe~pero. (TN: tehepero (テヘペロ): laughing embarrasedly and sticking out one's tongue)
But, certainly, how many more should I make!
When the doors and windows were fully opened, the smoke flowed out with the wind.
Even so, the smokebombs are quite powerful.
I took it to heart, and I started to work again to make some.
「Ah, I'm going to make something. I wonder when I'll use that kind of thing. I hope that there will be no such opportunity.」
「Hey, hey, I agree!」
Yeah I think so too! But I really want to use it a little. I don't want to use it but I want to use it. Is this enough to shake my maiden's heart? Being a young girl is difficult!
「Still, Ryo-chan is strange, huh, I wonder how you got the knowledge to make such things. I feel I understand that Tagosaku-san making such noise.」
Ah, I do not want to remember about Tagosaku-san. It is his presence that makes me the most uneasy about returning to Rubyfallen. I'm not good with that person.
「Mother Kou-san, please don't talk about Tagosaku-san... I don't want to remember.」
「Even if you say so, something must be done about him, he will be amazed by whatever.」
Yeah, I know. I will try to persuade again when I return to the territory. That I'm only human, I will try to persuade.
...We talked several times so far, but after all the talk did not go through and I gave up.
「I will try somehow at the next long vacation.」
I declared without force. I was honestly not confident.
We have a safe closing ceremony, and the first year of school life was over.
I looked through the library books I could see as a first grader, but I did not find what I wanted to know. So I want to somehow read books that are shown only to magicians.
That will be my second grader task.
I finished my first year of student life, and I think I decided on my goal for when I become a second grader, so I was at Mother Kou-san's house.
It is not necessary to sleep in the dormitory during a long vacation, and the closing ceremony is over, so I just stayed with Mother Kou-san.
「Tomorrow is an early morning, right?」
Mother Kou-san listens to me while taking care of green beans. I also answer while helping.
「Yes. Alan and the rest will come to pick me up. It looks like they're preparing a carriage and escort.」
「That so, certainly the difficult workload is on the Rainforest family.」
「Cain-sama told me not to bother because they were originally intended to be hired.」
「Cain-sama is... Alan-kun's older brother, right? That kid has quite amusing future prospects.」
Mother Kou-san seemed to be licking her lips. I wonder if it may be better not to call Cain-sama to my home anymore. I wonder if the finger that had not moved on Alan might make a move (on Cain-sama).
「Ah, that! Give them this as a visiting gift!」 (Temiyage (手土産) is a present brought by a visitor. It's sorta the opposite of a souvenir.)
That's why Mother Kou-san gave me a bag containing various things.
「This is a cosmetic oil with a lotion... It is a set of specially formulated cosmetic medicines by Mother Kou-san! Rainforest family Countess Irene-sama was managing and keeping up hard at work, so she will surely be delighted!」 (TN: I changed Airin (Alan and Cain's mother) to Irene, Eileen could also work, but Irene has more similar spelling to Airin.)
It's a set of cosmetics that Mother Kou-san and I made together. It has not been sold to the public yet, but it has a good reputation. There is also a real effect. Thanks to this, Mother Kou-san and my own hair and skin were shining tsuya~ tsuya~.
「By the way... Alek said, isn't there a lolicon man in Rainforest who wants to marry Ryou-chan, that is, are you going to be okay?」
Claude-san, huh... Speaking of which, I had made such a promise.
「Probably, it is fine... It was a promise from a few years ago, and at the time I was a maid bought with money, but now I'm more-or-less a count's daughter.」
I expect Claude-san is not still putting out his hand. Besides, it seems that he already bought three other girls, so that business is already settled.
「If so, it's fine, but... please be careful.」
Mother Kou-san smiles when I reply, but I actually don't feel spirited.
Mother Kou-san stopped her hand stemming the green beans and touched the back of her left hand with my right hand. It was a gesture that Mother Kou-san did well when I was uneasy.
「...Rainforest territory is where Ryou-chan was before meeting Alek.」
「That's right... Are you worried about something?」
「No, I'm fine! I will pick up Ryou-Chan at the Rainforest residence after I finish my work too!」
Mother Kou-san who said that was the same Mother Kou-san as always, and after that, we spent time with the usual chatty chat.
Speaking of it, since I met Mother Kou-san, we have been mainly together because I came to play regularly even with the school's dormitory life, this may be the first time we can't meet as long as this time.
Immediately the next day, Alan and the rest came to pick me up, and we are going to Rainforest, but I am already homesick.
(TN: I currently plan to release a new chapter for this series every Friday. Not sure if I'll stick with it long-term, but I'll at least finish the current arc.)