y walk faster, but they’re keeping their pace slower out of consideration for Mia.

Five minutes later, we encounter four wolves.
It’s mostly Sera who takes care of them, and by that I mean that I don’t get the chance to do anything.
She waits for the first one to attack, and then counters it.
We, and even the wolves, are taken aback by her skill for a moment.
She takes advantage of that opening to cut the necks of all the other wolves in one go.

The wolves are now hanging from a tree, having their blood drained.

Mia is squatting near a tree, and when I talk to her, her response sounds weak.

Maybe this wasn’t a good idea.
It might have been better to accept a picking quest instead.

I tell Sera I’m going to look for medicinal herbs.
If I can’t find them within one hour, we can go back.

I use Map to look for an open area with no trees.
I’m excluding places with dense concentration of trees because they block the sun.
I go around a few places, and I pick a lot of medicinal herbs.
There are so many, that it makes me think not a lot of people come to this forest to pick them.
I’m glad I get to pick at will.

By the time I come back, they’re taking the monsters apart.
Mia is being taught by the other two.

It looks dangerous.
Just looking at her makes me nervous.
I-is she all right? Her hand movements look strange.

I get near, and silently watch her work.
Her ability to concentrate is great.
She finishes peeling the skin, and moves on to taking meat from each part.
The meat isn’t that hard, but it feels like she’s really putting her strength into it, probably because she’s not used to doing this.
There are big beads of sweat forming on her brow.

After about thirty minutes of this, it’s done.

“Good job.
What did you think of taking apart monsters?”

Mia looks surprised when I talk to her.

“It’s not easy.
All adventurers do this, right?”

“If they pay a fee, they can have the guild do it for them.
I guess that’s why new adventurers who don’t have a lot of money do it themselves.
But doing a bad job brings down the prince you can get for the monsters, so I guess people do what’s best for them.”

“I see.
Can I do it again sometime?”

We’ll deliver three and keep one.
We can never have too much meat.”

Hikari nods deeply.

“We might as well have it for lunch.”

Everything is already set to start cooking.
The vegetables are already cut too, so now all that’s left to do is boil everything in a pot.

As for the soup, I can ferment soybeans with magic to make something that tastes like miso, so I throw that in.
The taste is getting pretty close to regular miso soup, but I still haven’t seen rice in this world.
There’s noodles, so should I try to make miso ramen? But then I have to make the miso taste stronger or its taste is going to get overpowered by the noodles.

“It’s good…”

I’m sure part of it is because it’s the meat from a monster she worked hard to take apart, but Mia looks like she’s really enjoying it.
The fact that those words leaked out on their own says everything.

At first she looked pale when she saw those corpses, but now she can face them and take them apart.
I just hope she’s not just pushing herself and just acting like everything is all right.

I should probably keep that in mind and pay close attention to her for a while.


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