Chapter 14 – Uninvited Guests

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Author: Ash Original Source: Syosetu Word Count: 3882 characters
Translator: Musubii English Source: Re:Library Word Count: 1561 words

 A few days have passed since I helped the girl in the forest. I was outside hunting for food today. Of course, I was also with Norn and Bell. It was only a few days until November, so it wouldn’t be strange if it started snowing soon.

 Soon, I would no longer be able to go out looking for supplies and food, it seems like hunting and gathering were about to reach their limits. I think my food stockpile might make it in time, or at least I hope it will. Even so, it’s great that I’m able to keep the food supplies fresh. All thanks to the almighty Storage.

 But winter… Winter. I guess I have no choice but to withdraw for the winter. It will be difficult with nothing entertaining to do. Entertainment… my daily routine? No, no, definitely not. As expected, doing that throughout the entire winter would be impossible! Stay strong me! I’m not some monkey! I am just your average, healthy person! Super healthy!

 That aside, I think that girl said it took about half a day to get from the village to here. It seems I went deeper into the forest than I thought. Apparently, the village was built inside of the forest, and it seems you would need to travel for about another half a day to get out of the forest.

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 If this means I might run into more people from now, it could become troublesome. Should I move my base? Perhaps further upstream? But if it’s along the river, I still might run into people even with the greater distance.

 I finished hunting a bear today with various thoughts lingering in my mind. I was quite pleased with the big catch. Furthermore, I also found numerous rare herbs. There were some types of herbs that could only be found during the winter, so it might be possible to collect them when winter arrives.

 I headed back home in a good mood and humming a slight tune due to the better than expected harvest, but there were unexpected guests when I arrived. The girl from the other day and two adults. A male and female. Are they her parents? They’re kind of young. Siblings? I hurriedly pulled on my hood.

“Ah, it’s big sis witch!”

 I said I’m not a witch! She sure has bad hearing!

“……Hey, is that little thing?”

“Yep, that’s right! Big sis witch!”

 Like I said….
 Yikes, the siblings have really suspicious looks on their faces. I’m not a witch. I’m just a normal girl. I am normal. And I’m not little!

“Are you a witch.”

“……I’m not a witch. I already told her that.”

“Is that right? But she said she got medicine from a witch.”

“I gave her the medicine, but I’m not a witch.”

“……Is that so.”

“Yes.”

 The male was talking to me. He was much taller than me. He looked around 16 to 17 years old. In this world, one would be considered an adult at the age of 15, so he would be an adult. He would be able to drink. How enviable.

 The female next to him was staring at me. She looked about the same age as the male. Naturally, she’s also taller than me. But it’s fine, I’m still growing. My breast have already grown this big after all!

“You live in a place like this?”

“Well, yes.”

“You live alone?”

“Yes.”

“What is with this place…..no to begin with, what is a house like this doing in a place like this?”

“Um, you’ve been asking quite a lot of questions, do I have to answer them all?”

“Oh, no, that is…..you don’t have to.”

「……」

 Somehow it ended up as an interrogation, he seems to be a bit interested in me. But it was still irritating. It’s my freedom to live wherever I want. I was willing to pay taxes if I was told to. But that’s only to the territory lords or whoever holds the rights for such things. As such, there wasn’t any need to comply with all his interrogative behavior right now. Everyone has their own reasons. Initially, since the little girl was here I was planning on inviting them inside, but I’ve changed my mind. I feel bad for the child, but for now just talking outside would have to suffice. I placed a hand on my chest, feeling glad that I had locked the door before leaving. From how things look, they might have tried going in without permission.

“Neil! What’s with your attitude! Did you forget about why we came here?”

“Oh, my bad. But it’s just that she’s living alone in a place like this.”

“Everyone has their own reasons! Hurry up and apologize!”

“Oh, uh……that, sorry.”

“……It’s alright.”

 Good, at least the female has some common sense. But still, why are they here? I have a feeling this might be troublesome…..I want to escape.

“Uh, well, I’m Neil..and I’m her, Coco’s older brother.”

“Coco?”

“Huh? I’m talking about Coco. Didn’t you help her? She was attacked by goblins.”

“……Ah, yes.”

 So she’s called Coco. Right, I forgot to ask for her name last time.

“So that child, her name is Coco.”

“You didn’t know? She told me you let her stay overnight.”

“I forgot to ask for her name.”

“O-Oh, okay.”

 Uwah, he had a very complicated expression his face. But even if you look at me like that, I can’t help that I forgot. I haven’t talked to anyone for nearly a year. I pulled my hood further down as I thought about that.

“Uh, anyways…..we came today because, well, we wanted to say thanks. The medicine you gave us cured my mother of her illness. It was very effective. Everyone had already given up. That’s why, uh, for saving her. Thanks.”

“Is that so……that’s great then.”

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 So it was effective. That’s good. It was possible that it might have been another disease similar to the flu. This was a different world. So it wouldn’t be strange if it was a disease that didn’t exist on Earth.

 But looks like it worked, so that really was good news.

“So, uh, that…….medicine! That medicine, that is, do you have anymore of it? There are several others in the village who are seriously sick so…….could you, uh, save them too, please!”

 Uwah, I knew it would be something troublesome!

“Um, please! Koitsu, the other people too, but Koitsu’s boyfriend is also sick. Ah, I am Koitsu’s older sister, Collie! Nice to meet you! Koitsu’s boyfriend, that child is also sick……that’s why, please! Can you share some of that medicine with us?”1

“That is, unfortunately, I don’t have anymore of that medicine left. It takes a lot of work to make that medicine……so, your lover, right? Even if I were to prepare one, I wouldn’t be able to make it immediately. Also, even if I did prepare medicine for that person, I would be troubled if she were to tell other people about it later on.”

 Right, it would be difficult to help. The three of them had come carrying nothing but some light baggage. So in order words, they wanted it for free. Even if I was Japanese in my previous life, I wasn’t that kind-hearted. I’m just a hypocrite. A person who only works when he feels like it.

 To begin with, that medicine costs 100MP to make. I could only make one each day. And for today, I only had about half of my MP left after hunting and gathering. So even if I were to agree to help, they would have to wait until tomorrow. In that case, where were they planning to sleep? What about food? Were they planning on relying on me? I didn’t have any obligation to do any of that. Therefore, I refuse. It’s impossible. I would like to refrain. As such, I didn’t tell them how long it would take to make the medicine.

 Furthermore, I didn’t have a good impression of him. I had made the medicine for the girl called Coco and not for him. So there’s no reason to make it for him.

“Don’t say that! Please!”

 I shook my head.

“There’s the issue with time, but I also don’t have enough materials. It’s impossible to give it to you immediately today, or tomorrow either.”

“What do you need for the materials!? If you have it, can you make it!?”

 I thought he would give up, but it seems he hasn’t given up yet. It’s gradually becoming more and more troublesome. I couldn’t go inside my house unless I unlock it. But they would try to come inside if I unlock it. I wish they would just leave already.

“What’s with you! I’m already asking you like this already!”

 Neil tried to grab me. Ah, but if he did that.

“Grrr!”

 Norn came forth from behind me and threatened Neil. Thank you, Norn.

“U-Uh…….”

“Like I said earlier, I can’t do anything about it no matter how much you plead with me. Please return home.”

 The three people finally left after being threatened by Norn. Coco was looking sadly over at me, but I couldn’t do anything about it.

 Today, I went to bed early without doing my daily routine.2



References

  1. Wow, she sure is all over the place~
  2. Silva: You should honestly just move away after that ordeal, just keep your entire house in the Storage and move away! ASAP!

24 thoughts on “Chapter 14 – Uninvited Guests”

  1. give them your hand and they will grab the whole arm. just because there is a precedence doesn’t mean you are also applicable, entitled people.

  2. Thank you for the chapter!
    Ano…
    How long will it be until she moved from that area?
    ’cause I smell more problem coming up sooner than I thought…
    ….
    Is this daily routine… The same with one that I thought? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  3. Yes, asking a random hermit that walks around with wolves to help you out of the pure goodness of their heart sure is gonna go well.

    1. Bah. I think she’s inflexible, unempathetic and a person of weak morals.

      It’s obvious nobody is going to give up when their loved ones are going to die and they have a cure right in front of them. So you can forgive a bit of persistence and desperation and roll with the punches. You know they’re not going to cheap out on a bit of food or some other supplies if you ask for it.

      First off, there are things they have that she can’t easily make. Or they can secure those things for her by trading on her behalf. She also can make exotic goods that can also be traded for things she doesn’t have. At the very least, she can save her mana on a day-to-day basis. Freeing her up for more taxing projects or maintaining higher combat readiness.

      Secondly, helping them will make them more defensive about keeping their “witch” a well-kept secret. They’re not stupid. They know the next time a plague happens that staying on her good side will be beneficial.

      1. To be honest, I wouldn’t help them either if they were so rude from the get-go. Desperate as they might, raising their voice and asking for something, technically for free, without even considering offering something in return, is not how you ask for help.

        1. I can’t agree. You’re talking about literal lives at stake.

          I’m not expecting her to risk her own survival, but she can still help them and profit materially by it.

          That she does not do this shows either a lack of imagination or empathy.

      2. Sure, the MC can ask them to give her something in return for her help, but if they knew she could mass produce a medicine, which is technically an overtechnology in this world, all the villagers will eventually flood to her home, and you think its possible to keep her existence a secret by then?

        As you have stated, everyone is desperate. They wouldn’t even think of the consequences it might bring to the MC and only think about their own benefit.

        And just how much do you think her medicine would worth in this world? It’s enough to buy an entire mansion I daresay.

        1. She’s not even attempting to find an arrangement which is desirable. It’s called negotiation. If she tries and fails, I can say that she at least tried. You’re saying she should give up on principle just because she found them a bit rude. Also, it’s 100 mana per day. That’s manageable if she levels up and is sheltered during the period she is using it. Then force the villagers to triage the medicine to the worst cases.

          The reality is that it would be more or less the same no matter where she goes. Especially if the story follows the usual trend of her becoming the biggest fish in her pond. It’s not exactly a problem I’d kick down the road. And it’s also a problem that I tend to have with the more uninspired isekai protagonists — they lack valor or fortitude.

          I would say Erica Aurelia (“Duke’s Daughter Who is Liable to Die and the Seven Nobles”) and Leon (“The World of Otome Games is Tough For Mobs”) are two isekai characters that I actually think can legitimately described as heroic. Even if the latter of them has a very mercenary attitude for a “knight.” Though when it comes down to it, when he feels disgusted or in danger he acts. So whether he is willing to admit it or not, he applies himself based on a feeling of higher principle.

          Erica, unlike other noble villainess archetypes of the genre, legitimately feels like a character who would go down in history as a well-remembered champion. She’s seems constitutionally incapable of sitting still and letting others take the lead. To the point that people expect her to be knee-deep in trouble at all times. She’s always in the thickest of the fighting.

          The average isekai/otome protag are so stupid powerful or living such easy lives that I wouldn’t call them heroes except in the most minimal Greek sense — they’re exceptional individuals, but that’s all.

          If a character responds to challenges and obvious problems by avoiding it, I can’t help but think of them as anything but weak or cowardly.

          You’ve heard the phrase, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Or “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

          Well kind of. It’s that great power comes with great consequences. That’s what power is by definition. When you have the most, you are more responsible than others for your actions. If you are thoughtless with power it is more dangerous. And what seems like corruption is really just a child playing with fire they were never meant to hold. The truth is that power reveals your character. Like owning trillions of dollars, it is not a process that leaves you unchanged as a person.

          This, in a nutshell, is also why the morality of the state differs so much from the morality of the individual, and why it is such a terrible thing.

          Most isekai is written for the perspective of the young man who is greedy for ever more of everything — wealth, women, prestige and power. They’re very rarely stories about what you do when you have those things.

          And they never ask, “Well okay, but what now?”

        1. I concur, if they come begging with a more polite manners, instead of sounding like highway buglers, then feel free to bash the MC for being uncompassionate. I can’t even bring myself to pity them because of their manners.

  4. Wow those people were rude. I get they’re desperate but seriously… how can you come to a hermits house and expect them to take care of you and give you free medicine for no reason?

    1. Oh, you don’t know how many times I’ve repeated that when I read through the chapters xD
      It surprises me that she never thought of moving away after encountering all these unpleasant event.

  5. are their brain got damaged by flu or something?
    asking effective medicine for free, are they never learned “trading” or “barter”…?
    are they cave people?
    if i’m on MC shoes, i would smack their head with baseball bat…

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