I nodded my head in agreement to Ortho and the others who were puzzled.
But facts are facts.
I have to accept it.
“So, I’ll build a small house for Xara and Flamilia.
Can we build it next door?”
“A new house for the two of them…!”
“Damn, why didn’t I go to King’s Landing instead of Xara back then…!”
I can hear the lamentations of the men.
For the time being, let’s leave them alone.
I think so, and talk to Pluriel, who seems the calmest.
“So, what’s the dungeon like?”
“Eh? Oh, the dungeon.
There aren’t many magical beasts in the dungeon around.
The area around the entrance is near a steep cliff, and it’s in a very dangerous part of the forest.”
“I think it’s pretty deep.
The entrance is cavernous and large enough for two people to enter at the same time.
I went inside once to see if it was a cave or a dungeon, but it was definitely a dungeon because of the stairs, the pillars at the entrance of the first level, and the magical crystals glowing on the walls and ceiling inside.”
I cross my arms and groan at such an explanation.
“That’s a lot of work.
Is it far from the village?”
“It takes about an hour by carriage and a couple of hours after entering the forest.”
“Far! That’s a lot of work.”
When I answered in surprise, Pluriel laughed and nodded.
“All dungeons are similar.
Around dungeons, strong monsters and beasts tend to appear, so settlements are naturally formed in remote areas.”
It’s true, they wouldn’t go out of their way to build a village in a dangerous place.
But I guess it would be okay to build a village near the dungeon later.
As I was thinking this, Pluriel opened her mouth as if she had guessed something.
“Most dungeons are surrounded by a rugged natural environment, as well as large magical beasts.
So, even though we have been able to build small bases, we have not been able to build full-fledged settlements.
Until now, that is.”
Pluriel looks at us expectantly, saying with a hint of implication.
“What is it?”
“What are you trying to say?”
“Van-sama can do it, right?”
He said it.
He’s the kind of guy who shouldn’t say something even if I’m thinking it.
“No, you see, the forest is dangerous.
I can’t take my barista with me.”
I tried to turn her down softly, but Pluriel rather took a step forward and pulled a face at me.
“We’ll protect you.
We’ve been to the dungeon many times already, so there’s no danger.”
For some reason, he’s really enthusiastic.
But I have no intention of backing down.
I want to stay indoors.
“Well, I’ll have you carry me to the entrance of the dungeon, plus a nap and dessert.
I’ll bring Till and Khamsin as well as Arte, since Dee and Espada are in detention because they have to build the town.
I think we’ll need a full complement of guards.”
He adds more conditions, flexing his fingers.
How’s this forest-licking statement.
If I weren’t an eight-year-old, I’d be poked in the eye and my eyeballs would pop out.
Ah, it’s terrifying.
However, the face of Pluriel was filled with the color of a margin.
Then, I will make preparations.
I’ll make sure we can leave tomorrow, right?”
I asked back, unintentionally and plainly.
But Pluriel had already gone to talk to Ortho and the others about what they just said.
I, alone, raised a question mark in such a dumb voice.
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