ow I have nothing left to do but sleep! I thought, but I actually have something to do.

I hand over the sweets we brought back, and after resting for a bit, it’s time for mock battles.
I need to know how strong Sera is.

Hikari wants to participate too, and Mia, Yuri, and Loux will be watching.
But did they really need to bring a whole tea set with them?

The result, is that Sera’s fighting style is splendid.
She attacks with both power and speed, and fights without any real form.

She puts emphasis on attack, and defends either by crossing the wooden swords or dodging.
Mostly by using her speed to dodge.

I fight while being careful about her movements, but in the end, she overwhelms me with raw power.
I haven’t lost like that in a while.

Hikari on the other hand uses her speed to anticipate every move and push back Sera.

“That’s a splendid fighting style, but how did you come to fight like that?”

“Monsters don’t have fighting styles or anything.
If they attack they get the advantage, so I got used to beating them first, I guess.”

Ooh, she actually just answered me directly.

That makes sense.
The way she fights doesn’t feel like it’s suited to fight people.
It’s good that she attacks with no wasted movements, but it’s bad that her attacks are too direct, and she doesn’t use feints or anything.
There are many different kinds of monsters, but I feel like very few put thought into strategy when they attack, the way people do.
At least that’s the case for the monsters I’ve fought.

Well, humanoid monsters like orcs tend to put a bit of thought into their attacks.

After the mock battles are over, I cast purification magic.
This is just a stop-gap measure, because we might as well use the bath too, since we’re in the mansion.
That’s kind of a luxury too.

Sera resists that idea at first, but Hikari, Yuri, and Mia drag her to the bath.

“I heard she was a slave, but she seems like a nice, honest girl.”

“She is less prickly towards other girls.
And I feel as though she is confused about her sense of distance.”

“Fufu, nicely spotted.”

“…We are going to be living together, so I have to keep an eye on those things.”

“Why do you talk that way to me? You know you can speak to me the same way you speak to my daughters?”

Is he making fun of me or something? In a way, he’s the most elusive person in this house.

After we eat, I have nothing in particular to do.

I’m leaving Sera’s education mostly to Loux.
With Hikari, I’m worried about all sorts of things, with Mia I’m worried about common knowledge, Yuri might not have a strong enough voice, but Loux will most likely be fine.

The others attend Loux’s lecture too.
I feel like I could need it too, but it’s way too late for that…

Now that I’m alone, I get to work on a few things.
First, the fifth generation I’ve been working on.
The rapid-fire has been improved, but I’m mostly working on durability.
But making it more durable also makes it heavier and bulkier, so it doesn’t go very well.
In the end, I mix in other ore instead.

Next, bullets.
I use Effect Attachment to make not just regular bullets, but bullets with attributes, magic, and all sorts of things.
The problem is that I won’t know what they’re like until I fire them, so I’m going to have to go outside the city and give it a shot.

I’m also working on a silencer.
Leila was pretty surprised by the sound of the gunshots, especially since we were in a cave and it echoed.

And finally, the number one item I’m trying to make today.

I take out twenty orc magic stones and synthesize them with Alchemy.
I got a lot of them as a transportation fee.

I start infusing it with magic energy, and one, then two mana potions become empty.
I would recover if I rested, but I want to keep going.

After checking to see if my MP is full, I attach a barrier effect to the magic stone.

I can’t control it.
It feels like magic energy is being sucked out of me, and I can’t even cut off the flow for some reason.
I don’t take my eyes off the magic stone, and just wait and trust that it will work.

Just as I’m thinking that I’m about to run out of MP, my vision is covered by the bright shine of the magic stone.
After shining for a bit longer, it finally settles, and I hold in my hand the magic stone that changed from red to blue.

“W-what was that?”

That voice surprises me, and when I turn around I see Mia.

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