The next day.
In the end, I couldn’t go to the church in Kereban. There’s another one at our destination, Gimuru, so I think I’ll just visit that one. Until then I’ll pray to the stone idols I sculpted yesterday.
And so, we continued on our leisurely trip, or so that’s what I thought would happen, but…
“It’s a bit cold, huh…” [Elize]
“Well, it is raining.” [Reinbach]
“Even though rain is so rare in this season.” [Elia]
“Our luck sure is bad, huh, Elia.” [Reinhart]
A few hours after we left town, rain suddenly started pouring. The carriage had difficulty traversing the muddied road, so there was a lot of shaking for the passengers. We also moved a lot slower than before.
My luck has turned for the better since coming to this world, and it’s been awhile since I’ve had such bad luck. But then again, considering how I’m inside a carriage while it pours, I guess my luck can still be considered good. Or at least that’s what I was thinking when suddenly the carriage stopped and one of the escorts approached us.
“My lord, it seems there’s been a landslide. We’ve confirmed that the road up ahead has been blocked.” [Escort]
“What did you say? Is that true?” [Reinhart]
“Yes, the road is completely blocked. A big stone and tree has fallen, so we won’t be able to pass for a while.” [Escort]
“Can’t we go around it?” [Reinhart]
“It would be a long way around if we tried. Moreover, while we’ve yet to confirm this, we believe there’s a fairly large group of bandits should we try and go around.
According to a person with the Weather Forecast skill, the rain should be stopping in a few hours.
I recommend making camp and waiting out the rain. After that we can remove the blockage and be on our way. I believe this should allow us to reach our goal the fastest.
My lord, please decide.” [Escort]
“A long trip would be harsh on Elia, and I’d like to avoid a dangerous road… Let’s go with your suggestion.” [Reinbach]
“Thank you very much. We’ll get to work as soon as possible.” [Escort]
After that the carriage started moving again. Apparently, there’s a tree we could use to take shelter from the rain just up ahead. Personally, I find it a bad idea to stay near a tree when it’s pouring so heavily, but then again I haven’t heard any thunder, so I guess it’s fine?
Just to be safe, I should stay at least 2 meters away from the tree. That should at least make it safer for me in case lightning strikes.
5 minutes later, the carriage stopped, and Arone-san entered the carriage hurriedly.
“We’re preparing the camp as fast as we can, please wait a moment.” [Arone]
Arone said with a smile, but I was more concerned about the escorts working behind her while completely drenched.
As a former employee of a sweatshop back in Earth, I know full well that helping another person when he’s slacking off or trying to help someone despite knowing nothing is a recipe for disaster, but I still want to help.
If I recall correctly, there should be a barrier magic spell to ward off the rain. I haven’t used it in a while, so I’ve forgotten already, but that should allow me to help them without getting in their way.
“Mind if I, use barrier magic?” [Ryouma]
“Why all of the sudden?’ [Reinhart]
Not good, that was too sudden. If I say that out of the blue without any explanation, there’s no they would understand.
“The people outside, are wet… I can use, a barrier to, ward off the rain. That should, make their work easier.” [Ryouma]
“I see, that would help out a lot. Thank you.” [Reinhart]
After getting permission, I took out a coat made from pelt and wore it. The outer part of its cloth has been dried like a resin with the sticky slime’s sticky liquid, allowing it to repel the rain. My days hunting have gotten a lot easier ever since I made this thing.
I quickly wore it, approached a crowded place, and just as quickly casted the barrier magic.
Cover them and protect them from the rain ‘Rain Shelter’
As I chanted the spell, a dome-shaped barrier protected the people from the rain.
Neither barrier nor mana could be seen by the human eye, so for a moment, the workers were shocked, but Camil-san was quick to pick up, and he waved his hands to thank me.
The other people thanked me too, but I just waved my hand in return and quickly went to my next target.
I couldn’t cover everyone with one barrier, so I still needed to cast the spell in four more places. I went to the next closest one first. Incidentally, I’m also going to put a barrier up around the horses and the carriage, so I went back to the carriage.
“Good work, Ryouma-san.” [Elialia]
“Thank you… ‘Wave'” [Ryouma]
I took off my raincoat while replying to the Ojousama and Sebasu-san, then I expelled the water off my outfit with a basic water spell to avoid dirtying the carriage.
When I got back to my seat, there was a warm cup of tea and a new set of clothes prepared. The conversation naturally shifted to my raincoat.
“That rain gear of yours… I don’t believe I’ve seen it before. Did you make it yourself, Ryouma-kun?” [Elialia]
“I noticed it was very effective at repelling water. Was there a beast in the Forest of Gana that could repel water so well?” [Elialia]
“I just treated it with the sticky slime’s sticky liquid… and dried it. Water can’t get through it, so it can repel the rain.” [Ryouma]
“The sticky slime’s sticky liquid has such an effect?” [Elialia]
Huh? She didn’t know that?
“You didn’t know about it?” [Ryouma]
“All I know is that it can be used as an adhesive.” [Elialia]
Really? For some reason, Reinbach-sama and the madam’s eyes are sparkling. Is this a new discovery too!? Just how little were slimes researched?
“Can I try that rain gear of yours a little?” [Reinbach]
“If you just, want to test it…” [Ryouma]
I took out several sheets of cloth from my Item Box.
“These cloths have already been treated. They’re thin and water can’t pass through them… They’re also worn out, but after the cleaner slimes treated them, they’re no longer dirty.” [Ryouma]
These were originally from bandits or the loincloths used by goblins, so please excuse them being all worn out.
When I handed out the cloths, it wasn’t just Reinbach-sama and the madam who took them, but Reinhart-sama and Sebasu-san also joined in.
They wrapped the cloths around their hands, and then they extended their hands outside the window to touch the rain flowing along the barrier.
“Ohh! It really can repel water!” [Reinbach]
“I’m not getting wet at all.” [Elize]
“it still feels a little cold, but that shouldn’t be any problem so long as a pelt is added inside Ryouma-sama’s rain gear.” [Sebasu]
“Ryouma-kun, why don’t you work with us and announce this rain gear of yours as a new product…” [Reinhart]
“Excuse me… Did you need me for something?” [Arone]
While the four adults were busy testing the water repelling abilities of my sticky slime’s sticky liquid treated cloth, Arone-san suddenly opened the door to the carriage.
Apparently, the helpers normally sat at the back, and extending one’s hand out the window was the sign used to indicate when their help was needed.
“Oh, there’s nothing actually. Ryouma was just showing us his newly developed rain gear.” [Reinhart]
“Is that so? In that case, I shall excuse myself then.” [Arone]
When Arone-san was about to close the door, it occurred to me that her clothes were wet.
She must’ve been working somewhere outside of the barrier too.
I called out to her in a panic and took out a treated curtain made from one of the cloths I looted off the bandits.
“Wait… Arone-san.” [Ryouma]
“Yes, how may I help you?” [Arone]
“This, can repel, water.” [Ryouma]
“I can borrow this?” [Arone]
“You’ll get cold if you get wet… so please wear it.” [Ryouma]
“Thank you. I’ll be borrowing this then.”
Arone-san thanked me with a smile and left, leaving the rest of us to discuss the wonders of the water-repelling cloth.