I’m honestly torn between caring and not caring about Latomi Village.

More importantly, I need to figure out a way so people see me as a boy.

I can fool them now because I look younger than my age…but I have to think about what to do in the future.

For the time being, I have to plan for later when I grow up…wait, I’m going to grow up, right?

I’m going to be alright, right?


That reminds me, when I just started living in the forest, I only ate tree fruits.

I learned to make and set up traps, but I couldn’t catch even field mice.

I had also eaten poisonous plant by mistake before, and touched tree fruits laden with poison.

…If you think about it calmly, I was living a pretty tough life.

At that time, I didn’t think about that because I didn’t have any time to think.

Phew, that was the past.

My priority for now is finding a way so people see me as a boy.

Perhaps Rattlua-san can teach me something if I ask him?


“Rattlua-san, what should I do so people don’t find out my real gender?”


“Uh, it’s quite hard, hmm.
The best way is to cover your face, but covering your face is prohibited in towns and villages.”


That’s the case.

My problem would be solved if only I could hide my face, however covering your face is prohibited by the country as to prevent criminals from slipping into towns and villages.


“Hm~ perhaps you can fool them a little by covering your mouth…but you might get reprimanded for that as well.
By the way, you speak quite politely, is there any meaning behind that?”


“Nope, I just imitated how the adventurers I often saw in Latomi village speak.”


“I see, perhaps that person is a 3rd son of a merchant family or beyond.
Merchant families teach their kids how to speak properly since they were kids.
But if that person is a 3rd son, probably he won’t inherit his family’s business, so I think a lot of them become adventurers.”


“Is that so?”


“That’s just what I heard.
And their way of speaking became more like boys.”


“Like boys…”


“Hmm, how difficult it is to change the way you speak.
It comes out just like that.”


“I suppose so.”


“Hmm… Ah…”


Rattlua-san had been looking at me while he was deep in thought.

Was it such a difficult question?

I always cut my hair pretty short, and also chose boys’ clothes.

I wonder what else I should do.


“I think it is impossible.”




“You’re pushing it even now.
You can fool them with your clothes and hairstyle because you look young.
It’s impossible to do this later when you grow up.
Your face is completely a girl’s face.
Perhaps it’s better to give up.”


I’m in trouble.

My journey still continue…is it better to not grow up?


“Perhaps it’s better to think about some other way to protect yourself.”


Other way?

…It’s impossible for me to become stronger.

I looked at my arms…I’ll say it myself, my arms are thin.

I have a little confidence about my escape skill, but that’s not enough.

Is there any other way?


“The best way is to join an adventurer group, but I’m not saying whichever’s alright.
By the way, are you registered as an adventurer?”


“No, I’m not.”


“I see, then you can’t make a group, huh.
Then…perhaps a slave?”


“…A slave?”


“You buy a slave.
Then have them protect you.”


“Um, because I have no money…”


“Oh~ then other way…we should ask Saizerg when he returns.
Since he knows a lot more than me.”


“I agree.
Sorry to trouble you.”


“Hmm~ but getting a slave may be a good way, you know.”


“A slave…”


“You can order them to keep your secret, and they should be quite powerful if they are formerly an adventurer.
But the problem is money, huh~ A former adventurer slave is expensive after all.
And besides that, cheap slaves are weak…”


A slave, huh… it’s impossible due to money problem.

I wonder if I should try training my body once again.

But I tried that for one year in Latomi Village’s forest, and it didn’t work out.

The fortune teller also told me it’s better to give up.

That reminds me, she strongly recommended me t put my effort into other things.

Now that you mention it, I was strongly encouraged to focus on other things.

I was that hopeless, huh.


“in order to make an adventurer’s group, should we just accept weak slaves?”


“What do you mean? Adventurer’s group?”


“Yeah, I guess not many people know about it.
If you have a slave, you can register them in the guild.
You only need to put your name as their master.”


“…do you need any skill to be a master?”


“Skill? Ah, the slaves will be doing the fighting, so the master doesn’t need any skill.”


So it’s like that.

Even slaves can be registered in the guild.


“We’re back.”


As I turned towards the area’s entrance, I saw Borolda-san and Rickbelt-san.

And I could see Saizerg-san and Cival-san behind them.


“Welcome back.”


“We’re home.”


Rickbelt-san was heading straight to my tent, but Borolda-san grabbed his clothes and stopped him.

I quietly return to my tent, put Sora inside my bag and sling it on my shoulder, then exited the tent.

Seems like Rickbelt-san was talking to Borolda-san, so he did not notice.

Saizerg-san and Rattlua-san saw my action and smiled wryly.


“Ivy, shall we cook dinner together?”


Rattlua-san showed me a large paper bag and beckoned to me.

I looked inside the paper bag, it was stuffed with a lot of food ingredients.

I should be able to make a lot of dishes with this.


“I bought a lot because they seem to be good for seasoning.”


Saizerg-san took out another paper bag.

There are more than 10 small bags inside.

All of them are various kinds of seasonings.

I’m happy.


“Thank you.
I’ll work hard to make our dinner.”


Saizerg-san called Cival-san and went inside the tent.

I’m worried of how they, while knowing the truth, would react.
But I couldn’t do anything even if I worry about it.

I will do my best doing what I can do.




Even so, the things they bought are all over the place.

It felt like they crammed everything they could get?

There were this and that kind of meat, also vegetables unsuitable to put in soup.

There were also some vegetables I didn’t recognize, I’ll try tasting them for now.

Nouga-san, Loucreek-san and Maarleek-san came here while I was cooking.

They seemed to be summoned here to have a talk in turn inside the tent.

I looked at them exiting the tent worriedly.

Cival-san and Loucreek-san looked troubled.

Nouga-san…looked so scary I turned away the moment I saw him.

Maarleek-san came out from the tent with a huge smile on his face.

…Huh? Smile?


“Ivy, I’m sorry I doubted you.
I’ll make sure you get justice.”


Perhaps he meant about how he didn’t believe what Rattlua-san said.

Nothing could be done about that.

When I looked at him, about to say that it was alright, I noticed that although he was smiling, but his eyes were not smiling at all.

I proceeded to sit down and nodded in understanding.

Maarleek-san was scary in a different sense from Nouga-san.


“…I’m so tired…”


Saizerg-san came out from the tent and stretched his back.


“Good work.
Dinner is almost done.”


“Whoa, as you would expect from Ivy.
It smells real nice.”


I put grilled meat and vegetables on plates.

Then soup and bread.

Also unknown white soft thing.


“Rattlua-san, what is this white thing?”


“Food to eat after we finished our dinner.
You’ll be surprised when you eat it later.”


What is it?

I’m curious.


“Anyway, good work today~ Nouga, Maarleek, calm down a little.
Dinner will be ruined by looking at your faces.”


Nouga-san sighed deeply, then raised a cup of alcohol.


“Good work.”



Somehow the two of them have calmed down.

I have no idea what will happen down the road, but for now I’m going to enjoy thisdinner with everyone.

So I can do my best from now on.

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