At the ojousama and the other’s room, Arone-san poured me a cup of tea as usual while I reported to the duke’s family.
“Have you talked to the guild?” [Elize]
“Yes, and I’ve also employed three new monster tamers today.” [Ryouma]
“You’ve hired some already? Aren’t you going too fast?” [Reinhart]
“Maybe, but I found some good people, and besides, the guild master of the merchant guild gave her approval.” [Ryouma]
“Oh? Then I suppose that’s fine.” [Reinbach]
“Moreover, they’re all people who have been demoted and researched slimes. They seem really fired up, saying stuff like ‘with this we can finally show those guys up!’” [Ryouma]
“I see…” [Reinhart]
“They might be more reliable than people who make excuses to keep up their appearance.” [Elize]
After talking about the store, Reinhart-san also told me about the grell frog outbreak. They intend to form to try their hand at taming the rimel bird the day after tomorrow.
The next day.
I dropped by the store early in the morning and told them about my plans tomorrow to free up my schedule. When I did, Caulkin-san  told me what to watch out for regarding the rimel bird.
“Thank you. You sure are well informed.” [Ryouma]
“Ha ha ha. That’s because I’ve been trying to tame one every year. Although I’ve never succeeded, I did gain a lot of knowledge.” [Caulkin]
“Are you going this year too?” [Ryouma]
“I was planning to go until yesterday, but since I have a job at this store already, there’s no reason for me to go after the rimel bird anymore.” [Caulkin]
Caulkin had a cheerful face as he said that.
It makes me happy to hear him say that about my store.
I left the store in a good mood as I dropped by Serge-san’s store.
“Welcome, Ryouma-sama.” [Ryouma]
“Good morning, Serge-san. I’ve come to deliver the water proof cloths.” [Ryouma]
“Thank you very much. These are for the other day, yes? Also, it seems you’ve advertised for me too, as 5 customers dropped by yesterday.” [Serge]
“How are the sales?” [Ryouma]
“They’ve been selling quite well, even past the 5 customers you referred to me. They’re especially popular among adventurers. When they found out about them, they even bought some for their friends.” [Serge]
“Oh, come to think of it, I walked every day in that outfit when cleaning the latrine pits. I stood out a lot in those days, so that’s probably why they’re so popular among the adventurers.” [Ryouma]
“That’s probably it. From the way things are going, the demand is likely to rise faster than expected.” [Serge]
“I brought 70 cloths today, but I can still amp up the production. I’ll try expanding the workshop to increase the production.” [Ryouma]
“Thank you, but please don’t push yourself.” [Serge]
Ah, looks like Serge-san has also heard about how I work too much.
“Don’t worry. My store doesn’t really need me anymore, and most of the time spent producing the waterproof cloths is just waiting for them to finish drying.” [Ryouma]
“That’s good then…” [Serge]
Serge-san seemed to look at me suspiciously as he said that. After that he checked the water proof cloths that I brought and paid for them. After receiving the payment and the next batch of untreated cloths, I left for the abandoned mine.
After arriving at the abandoned mine.
I asked the sticky slimes to start treating the cloths, then I took 2 earth slimes with me along with the scavenger slimes and went to a different tunnel to create a new workplace.
I got the two earth slimes to make a hole via ‘Create Block’, while the scavenger slimes carried the blocks and I reinforced the walls. Like that we quickly built the new workshop. With more racks at hand, I was able to produce more waterproof cloths.
As a result, I managed to create twice as many cloths as before, totaling to 140 cloths. The sticky slimes look like they can still work more, so we should probably be able to stop around 150 cloths. It’s not good to work the slimes too hard, after all.
“Alright, go ahead and do what you want for now.” [Ryouma]
The slimes worked a lot today, so I decided to exempt them from today’s training.
I built a bowl with earth magic and filled it water via water magic.
…Oh, the slimes have gathered around the bowl. They’re drinking, they’re… Huh?
When I looked at the gathered slimes, it suddenly occurred to me.
Could the slimes other than the earth and dark slimes absorb mana?
…Let’s try it out.
I released neutral mana.
…The earth slime and the dark slime absorbed it a little slower than usual, but it seems the other slimes could absorb mana too.
When I changed the attribute, I found out that the sticky slimes preferred neutral mana, the poison slimes preferred poison mana, and the metal and iron slimes preferred earth mana. The earth slime and the dark slime are a given.
But what was surprising was the bloody slim, who preferred neutral and water, the acid slime, who preferred poison adn water, the cleaner slime, who preferred water and light, and the scavenger slime, who preferred earth and darkness… They actually equally preferred two elements.
It seems there are slimes that like multiple things too..
The heal slime prefers neutral, water, and light. It actually prefers three different types of mana, but what it really likes is a healing spell. Why is the heal slime the only one who prefers an actual spell over mana? Well, I can consider it as training for my healing magic, so whatever…
While I was thinking that, the heal slime suddenly became eligible for a split. Does mana also serve as nourishment to these slimes? I should investigate this more carefully later…
For the mean time, I let the heal slimes split and formed a contract with them. The heal slimes now numbered four.
After that I made some preparations to tame a rimel bird. I took my guitar from my Item Box and started practicing.
“…That’s it.” [Ryouma]
My playing isn’t too bad for someone playing as a hobby. Of course, it’s not that good.
Anyway, it would be great if this is enough to tame one, but eh… Whatever happens will happen. If it’s no good, then I’ll just look for another bird-type monster.
I killed some time until the cloths finished drying, then I went back to town, I dropped by Serge-san’s store again.
“Well done.” [Serge]
It seems this much was enough to fill their stock for now. It takes time to turn these cloths into product, so for the time being, they won’t be needing any more water proof cloths. It seems Serge-san is really trying not to make me work too much. But, really… It’s actually the slimes who make these things, you know?
I should turn the remaining cloths into waterproof cloths too.
After leaving Serge-san’s store, I looked up at the sky and thought to myself.
“…There’s still some time, but there’s no work left to be done…” [Ryouma]
There’s nothing to do even if I go home now, and it’s too late to be going back to the mine to train, so… Let’s drop by the church then.
 Corkin changed to Caulkin for continuity’s sake since I’d previously translated it as Caulkins.
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