I took the towel and wiped off the remaining tears in my eyes.


“Thank you.”


“How did you find out about Meira?”


Naturally, Rickbelt-san has his own doubts.

How could I find out, despite being an inexperienced adventurer?

How should I answer?

I don’t want to lie to them.

They believed me.

Maybe it’s alright if I just tell them the important point.


“I’m a tamer.
And the…I’m taming a slightly peculiar slime.
This slime told me about it.”


I explained it with such weird wordings because I was so nervous.

Will it be okay?


“Huh, so you’re a tamer? And a slime told you…”


Rattlua-san looked surprised.

As I thought, my explanation was hard to believe.

But there are various kinds of slimes, and I heard that there are still a lot of mystery about them.


“It’s a fact that quite a lot of rare slimes exist.
It must be a type that nobody knows about.
We still don’t know much about slimes after all.”


I’m a little relieved hearing Saizerg-san’s words.

If they say they don’t know much about slimes, I can fool them even if people catch a glimpse of Sora.

I might have a little more leeway in my future journey.


“The slime you tamed told you that Meira is the traitor?”


Borolda-san asked curiously.

I shook my head.


“That’s not it.
My slime is named Sora, it always gives some response when I talk to it.
But when I talked about Meira-san, Sora didn’t respond.
I was curious and recited other names to check for its response.
I concluded that Meira-san was the one because the response was different.”


“I see, you judge by its reaction…your slime can recognize people, huh? It’s pretty rare.”


“Recognize people?”


“Yeah, common slimes can recognize their tamers, but they don’t seem to be able to recognize other people.”


I didn’t know.

I did ever think Sora can recognize people because its response was different when I talked about Captain Argud and Vice Captain Verivela.

Was it just my imagination? Nah, it responded differently according to who I was talking about.

Sora always have identical response when I talked about the same person.

It can recognize people after all.

Only Sora is able to do this kind of thing?


Borolda-san was thinking hard about something until his forehead wrinkled.

Saizerg-san was also looking troubled.

Is there any problem?

I guess I shouldn’t have talked about Sora, after all?


“Ivy, is it possible that Meira had ever seen your slime?”


I got scared a little hearing Saizerg-san’s harsh voice.


“I don’t think so.”


“I see.
Is there any other people who knows about it?”


“…I don’t think so.”


“If that’s the case, never show your slime to other people until this problem is solved.
Absolutely never.”


Saizerg-san’s serious gaze was scary.

I nodded silently, but I wonder why?

I don’t intend to show it off, though.


“If they catch a wind of it, your value will increase.
They will come at you by all means with your increased value.


My value will increase?

My value will increase because I tamed a rare slime?

That’s it?

My whole body was petrified hearing Borolda-san’s words.

I felt something warm in my balled hands.

Rattlua-san wrapped his hands gently upon my balled hands.


“It’s all right.
We’re here.”




Rickbelt-san brewed a fresh cup of tea to help me calm down a little.

I drank it slowly and calmed down.

My body also relaxed.

It’s alright.

I have Sora, and the people who protect me.

So it’s alright.


“We came back here once yesterday, you know.
A bit before evening.”


Rattlua-san’s cheerful voice brightened the atmosphere a little.


“Huh, is that so?”


“Yeah, I panicked because you weren’t here.
I thought you were kidnapped.”


“Ah, sorry for that.
I just wanted to make sure.
During our journey, I didn’t feel uncomfortable, I thought perhaps it was just my imagination.
So I thought if I’m alone I might find out about something.”


“Oh, so that’s the case? We…”


I was a little puzzled hearing Borolda-san’s panicked tone.




“See, I told you Ivy is rather shrewd for her age!”


Ah~ in other words, you weren’t just recklessly playing around, right?”


I was surprised by Borolda-san’s words.

I didn’t expect them to see me like that…but well, I was doing things alone although I was being targeted.


“I’m sorry for acting recklessly.”


Borolda-san listened to my apology and….


“Are you really 8 years old?”


I was asked like that.

I’m eight, but is there any problem?


But certainly today is the start of August, then…


“I turned nine.”


“…That’s not what I mean, though.
Huh, 9? A few days ago you were 8, right?”


“Since yesterday.
I heard that I was born on end of July.
So perhaps I turned nine.”


“You said it so lightly….
Well, congratulations!”


Rattlua-san wished me a happy birthday with a bitter smile on his face.

I feel like it has been a long time since I heard those words.

The last time I heard it was on my 5th birthday.

In these past few years, I only realized that it was my birthday when it was over.


“I’m so happy.
Thank you.”


I was soothed by Rattlua-san’s words.

I was actually a little surprised by this.

Only by this single word, my heart felt so warm.

For some reason, Rattlua-san who saw my surprised face, patted my head gently.

He is really kind.


“When the problem is solved, let’s have a huge birthday party.”


“Eh, there’s no need, really.”


“I insist.
Oh right, Borolda and Saizerg’s treat because they didn’t trust you.”


“Nah, they apologized.
And I am also in the wrong since I acted recklessly.”


I was flustered hearing Rattlua-san’s words.

I’m very happy, but it isn’t nice to force them.


“There’s no problem.
Thanks to your action, seems like we will be able to solve the problem.”


My actions?


“Did I do anything?”


Saizerg-san hit Borolda-san silently.

Borolda-san held his head.

I wonder what happened.


“My god.
Please choose your words wisely.”


“I chose my words though.”


“Your choice was awful.”


Saizerg-san had no mercy on Borolda-san.

I felt that Borolda-san was respected during the subjugation.

But seeing this, somehow that’s not the case?

Must be because at that time he was the leader of the subjugation.




“This isn’t it, not your act.
How should I phrase it… you felt it yesterday on the road, right?”


He must be talking about the discomfort yesterday.

I nodded quietly.

Borolda-san looked a little sad.


“At that time, Meira was on the other side of the street.”


“I see, so Meira-san was…”


“The problem is the person who was together with Meira at that time.
Well, thanks to that, we are able to determine who the traitor is.”


The people who was together with her?

Was it that person, the one with sticky glance.

If it was just Meira-san, I should only felt discomfort.


“What’s the matter?”


“Eh…um, I didn’t only feel discomfort yesterday, I also felt someone was watching me closely.”


Those 4 people gasped after hearing my words.

And they looked at each other.

I wonder if I said something weird.


“What is the problem?”


“Do you have any other skill besides Tamer, such as mind reading?”


“Mind reading? No, I don’t have.”



What do they mean with mind reading?

I’ve never heard of it.


“I see, then perhaps that was your intuition.”


I’m not sure.

But my skills are Tamer, and one more unknown skill.

I’m pretty sure that one isn’t mind reading.

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