‘kay? I’ll get grilled if a certain someone finds out about this.]
The little girl asked Noru anxiously, and Noru replied confidently that the Potion is delicious.
The Potions in this world are green and bitter like vegetable juice.
I drank 1 before once, it tasted so bad that my tongue was paralyzed for a while.
It was word for word “That which is good for you usually tastes bad.”.
In comparison the Gacha Potions are great for being effective and still taste good.
[Heehー, so who’s going to grill who?]
[Well of course I’ll get grilled by Okura――Eh?]
She was about to give out Potions like candy, so I decided to interject.
Noru reacted to my voice that came from behind her normally before stopping halfway, realizing that the children weren’t the ones talking to her, you could almost hear the creaking of her neck as she slowly turned to look behind her.
[Pyaaaa!? Wha, why are you here!?]
[I came to have a look ‘cause I’ve been hearing rumors about you, Noru.
…..I see that you have been drinking Potions like water.]
[Th, this is, well… Forgive me!]
Noru jumped off the bench with a scream.
The children were also surprised at her reaction.
When I questioned her about the Potions, Noru lowered her head and apologized without making excuses, probably because there were the children to consider.
Hーmm, I wasn’t trying to sound angry… Since she apologized honestly, I don’t need to be too hard on her.
[Nah, that’s fine.
Rather than that, you should let me know if you run out.]
[O, Okura-dono… Such generosity!]
[Just don’t overdo it with the drinking.]
[Uuu… I understand.]
I gave out those Potions with the intent to be used in battle, Noru would be in trouble if she didn’t have any on hand when she needed them.
We have a huge surplus of Potions from rolling the Gacha either way, I can let her drink some of it.
I would obviously be angrier if she was doing this with the rarer Hi Potions.
It would still be bad if she drank through our stock, so I gave her a warning.
[Nii-chan, do you know this weird big sis?]
[Yeah, I do.
What were you two doing with this weird big sis? Did she do anything strange to you?]
[Un, we got to pat Mofutto.]
The children who have been silent until now, began speaking to me.
The boy has short blonde hair, he gives off the typical naugthy kid vibes.
The girl on the other hand, with her blonde hair, appears to be the more timid kind.
When I asked whether Noru had done anything weird to them, the girl replied to me by showing me Mofutto who was on her lap.
They sure are courageous kids to approach Noru with her suspicious appearance, but it’s mostly thanks to Mofutto.
[O, Okura-dono please don’t call me weird big sis too!]
[You should just up and take off that eye mask of yours when you’re in your casual clothes.]
[I do not want to! Oh, Estel’s with you.
It’s unusual for the 2 of you to come out together like this.]
Estel suggests Noru should just remove her eye mask, as it makes her look very suspicious, but the latter shook her head furiously and refused with all her might.
I can attest that there’s a cute girl under that mask… But I’ll leave it at that, ‘cause I’ve had a somewhat similar experience earlier.
[Hey hey, nii-chan.
Is the weird big sis really an adventurer?]
[Nn? Yes, she is.
She might be weird, but she is an adventurer just like me.]
[Heeh, so she wasn’t lying.]
The boy asked me a strange question, about whether Noru is really an adventurer or not.
She’s not in her usual armor, so she doesn’t literally look like an adventurer… but why did he go out of his way to ask me that?
[Karm you were you still doubting me!]
[That’s ‘cause big sis, you keep losing to us when we play games together.
Shouldn’t you be stronger if you are an adventurer.]
[Ah, well…about that…]
Hーmm? So the kid was doubting Noru because she kept losing to the kids in the games they played together?
Judging from how she’s reacting, she’s probably letting the kids win.
Fumu, it’s not like she can just say “I’m letting you win” in their faces, so I’ll lend her a hand here.
[Big sis there is actually really strong in a fight.
Like, she can knock me out with just a single punch.]
[Wow, really!? Big sis, so you’re a musclehead.]
[Okura-dono, would you please stop telling them unneeded stuff!]
Oh, I guess she didn’t like how my compliment sounded?
Fact is, Noru is more than capable of knocking me out with a single punch, more so since I’m not wearing my armor right now.
She’s the only one among the girls who has upgraded stats after all.
[It’s relieving that everything seems to be okay.
Noru, don’t stay out too long, since there’s rumors of you floating about in town, okay?]
[My appearance is still leagues better than Okura-dono’s usual appearance… You are the last person I’d want to hear from regarding matters about appearance, Okura-dono…]
[Maybe Onii-san’s lack of fashion sense is rubbing off on Noru.]
I warned Noru just in case, but she seemed to be dissatisfied about it.
It’s not like I wanted to put Noru on the spot there… At least I wear my casual clothes like any other normal person, it’s just that my full battle outfit looks suspicious.
It didn’t appear like she’s causing any problems, so Estel and I left Noru behind and went to an observatory-like building near the outskirts of town.
It wasn’t the best time to go window shopping as it is evening, we ended up here after searching for a place with a nice view of town.
[I’m sorry Estel.
I said we’d go where you wanted to go, but we didn’t really go to many places.]
[Fufu, it’s alright.
And I told you from the start didn’t I? I don’t mind as long as I’m with Onii-san.]
[U, oh… if you say so…]
Due to our encounters with Shisuha and Noru, I ended up not being able to show Estel around as much as I wanted to.
We only got to spend leisure time in the clothing and general stores.
Even so, she gives me that same line she said before we went out with a smile.
It only makes me want to let her enjoy the outing even more if she’s going to say that.
[We haven’t been able to simply enjoy the scenery of this world slowly like this, up until now.]
[Onii-san you mean to say your time was hurriedly spent on hunting before I was summoned?]
[Yeah, ‘cause I really wanted to roll the Gacha.
I also needed money to start up.]
I rested my elbows on the wall and looked at the town, I haven’t taken my time to look at the town like this before.
This observatory is not so high that one can see the entire town, but you can see a good portion of the town from here.
The buildings have various types of roofs, like triangular or flat, and various colors such as red and green.
I can see the square where we met Noru a while ago too, there’s still quite a number of people strolling around.
Looking back, I’ve only ever hunted monsters and know nothing about the town.
I might actually be more familiar with hunting grounds than the town.
Now that Noru and Shisuha have gotten cozy with the townsfolk, should I really continue staying ignorant as I have?
Estel talking about things before she was summoned made me remember, I was hesitant about summoning Estel for some reason.
When I think about it now I feel pretty stupid for hesitating, I even feel regretful now…..
[We might have more days to relax like this, if the manastone collection plan works.]
[Hーmm, I wonder about that.
We still need to raise our levels to be able to conquer more Labyrinths.]
If the manastone plan is successful, we will be able to get manastones while doing less.
With the way things always go, I don’t foresee it going smoothly…..
But if we can divert our attention away from collecting manastones, we will be able to focus on leveling up instead.
Additionally we can now use our Dimension Room when we go exploring Labyrinths.
With it, we have become able to hunt in Labyrinths for more than just a few days.
It would be nice if we can find some place like the Goblin Labyrinth to hunt and or level up.
[Aight, the other girls should also be heading back by now, let’s go back too.]
[Ah, just a sec… I wonder if this is enough?]
[Hmm? What’s up?]
The sun was about to set, so I told Estel we should head home and was about to leave the observatory.
But she wanted me to wait for a bit.
[Here, Onii-san have a look at this.]
Estel moved in front of me, then opened her clenched hands.
In her hands, was the Magic Gemstone attached to the necklace which she bought at the general store…..
[Uoooh!? That’s amazing! Hats off to you Estel.]
The Magic Gemstone Estel was holding on to, transformed into a rainbow colored jewel that shone brilliantly.
The color of the stone changed depending on the angle of light being reflected off it.
Who could have known that that transparent colorless gemstone could turn into such a jewel… I don’t know how it would turn out if some other spellcaster tried doing this, but I certainly thought Estel was amazing.
[Estel’s magic power sure is beautiful.
The purchase was well worth it, if it becomes that beautiful.
It really suits Estel.]
[Fufu, thank you.
But I didn’t buy this for myself.]
[Eh? Then who did you buy it for?]
I thought she bought the gemstone because she wanted to make a gemstone of her own, turns out I was off the mark.
Hーmm? Is she going to give it to Noru or Shisuha or Luna then?
We just summoned Luna, so it wouldn’t be strange to give the necklace to her as a gift.
[I bought it because I wanted to give it to Onii-san.]
[Eh, for me?]
[Yes, I have been receiving many things from Onii-san, but I haven’t given anything to you have I? So I’m thinking of giving this to you as a gift.]
Estel says with a smile, as she picks up the necklace and shows me the jewel.
I was surprised to hear her say that.
I haven’t received anything from her, that’s true.
I have given Estel and the girls a plethora of things, but they were all things rolled from the Gacha with manastones that we earned together.
I don’t consider those to be gifts per se.
It’s nice to receive something personally as a thank you, but it feels complicated.
I’m starting to think about giving her money for the necklace.
[Are you sure?]
[Yes, that’s what I bought it for.]
[Th, then let me at least pay for it…]
[Really now! Then there would be no point in me spending my own money to buy it! This is the kind of time where you shut up and accept the gift, alright?]
When I talked about paying her, her smile turned into a frown instantly and she blew a fuse.
That was unneeded consideration from me.
Woe is me, I really can’t handle these types of situations properly…
[Onii-san, Imma put it on for you so can you crouch down a little?]
I was going to honestly accept the necklace, Estel then says she wants to put the necklace on for me and asks me to crouch down.
Since she looks younger than me, it’s a bit embarrassing to have her put the necklace on me like this.
[Nn, it looks good on you, Onii-san.]
[…Err right, thanks.]
[Fufufu, I’m glad you like it.
Think of that necklace as part of me, and always keep it with you.]
I’m actually very happy to have received the necklace.
It’s strange, but it feels just about the same as when I get the top prize in a Gacha and start dancing.
However, I only gave her a word of thanks compared to my usual antics… Because this is somehow more embarrassing.
My face was really hot.
I’m not the only one who’s happy, Estel satisfyingly tells me to keep the necklace with me at all times, as she looks at me who now wears the necklace.
…Hmm? How should I put this… I should be happy right now, but I can’t help but feel strangely anxious after hearing what Estel said.
[Let’s head back then.
Noru and the others must be waiting in hunger.]
[Y, yeah, let’s go.]
Estel was all smiles as she spoke of going home, perhaps because she has achieved what she wanted to do.
Why do I feel so uneasy… I really want to know.
Seeing her smile makes it all feel so trivial, as those thoughts start fading away.
I then walked back home together with Estel.
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