I took out my guitar from my Item Box. When I did, the ojousama immediately looked at it curiously.
“Ryouma-san. Is that an instrument? Are you also going to try and tame one?” [Elia]
“I’m not as good as you, but I’d like to try my hand at taming a rimel bird.” [Ryouma]
“Good luck!” [Elia]
“Good luck, Ryouma-kun.” [Reinhart]
“We’ll be looking forward to it.” [Hyuzu]
After being encouraged by everyone, I started getting ready.
Just like the ojousama, I started with a deep breath.
I haven’t formally learned the guitar, but when a neighbor of mine moved elsewhere, he left me a guitar and a textbook.
I killed time reading that book and practicing on the guitar, and somehow, I managed to memorize the chords. So, I can play a little.
Of course, it’s a far cry from the ojousama’s playing, but I’ll do my best.
The piece I played was a popular tune from the TV in my previous life. I never bought the sheets for it, but I managed to learn it by hearing. That being said, it’s probably quite different from the original.
But that doesn’t really matter.
I don’t think I’m particularly good, but I don’t think I’m that bad either, so I should just play with a good mood.
The rimel birds started swaying to the tune.
Oh, they like it? That’s interesting.
When I finished a tune, the rimel birds stopped swaying and went silent for a few seconds.
The result was… A performance like chirping!!
I was shocked to see 6 gather by my feet, but what shocked me even more was seeing that advanced variant from before among that 6.
Weren’t you wary of me?
“Ryouma-san, form a contract with them!” [Elia]
Oh, right. Looks like I also ended up dazing off.
I hurriedly formed a contract with them one after another.
“Fuu… Success.” [Ryouma]
As I said that, everyone clapped for me.
“Congratulations, Ryouma-san!” [Elia]
“It’s great to see the both of you succeed.” [Reinhart]
“Congratulations, Ryouma-sama.” [Sebasu]
“You did it!” [Camil]
“Forming a contract with rimel birds is really difficult, but you two went and formed several contracts on your first try! The two of you are amazing!” [Elize]
At the madam’s words, everyone turned to my rimel birds. The advanced variant I’d contracted and the prettiest of Elia’s birds seemed to get along very well as they flew in the air and sprung about on the ground.
That rimel bird sure is beautiful. My 6 rimel bids are also beautiful, but I feel as if that rimel bird’s color is a bit more dazzling and brighter than the others.
“…Ojousama, how about calling the rimel bird next to Ryouma-sama’s advanced variant and using Monster Identify on it?” [Sebasu]
Sebasu-san seemed quite curious about it. The ojousama was confused, but she called her bird over anyway and used Monster Identify on it.
When she summoned her bird, my advanced bird also came with it and perched itself atop my head.
Why did you have to pick my head to park your feet on? Well… You’re light, so whatever, I guess.
While I was wondering what was up with the bird perched atop my head, the ojousama suddenly let out a shocked voice.
“What happened?” [Ryouma]
“This bird is also an advanced variant!” [Elia]
What!? Weren’t advanced variants only seen like once in 10 years!?
“Really!? It looks different from mine, though…” [Ryouma]
“Yes, it’s not a nightmare, but a phantom rimel bird. It excels at light magic instead of dark magic.” [Elia]
“There’s something like that too?” [Ryouma]
I was shocked, but in my case, I just thought it was a little strange. It was much worse for Sebasu-san and the others, as they were so shocked they’d gone speechless. When they had regained their sanity, they started tossing Elia into the air and showered her with praises.
After they’d calmed down and finding out why they were so excited, apparently, the phantom rimel bird was an even rarer advanced variant than the nightmare rimel bird.
Seriously!? I mean sure its lustre and color is different, but I can’t believer two such rare specimens could be found in one flock.
Everyone was a lot more surprised than I was.
After this, we had to enter the marsh and catch some grell frogs as part of the ojousama’s training, but everyone’s attention was gathered onto the rimel birds.
In fact, it seems they’d completely forgotten that they came here to train.
The grell frogs weren’t particularly hard to catch so long as you didn’t mind the smell of the marsh. It almost felt like they were losing on purpose as we caught way too many of them. There was also only us in the marsh, so that made things a lot easier. If there were a lot of people like earlier, catching grell frogs wouldn’t be so simple.
Anyway, we finished catching grell frogs, then used the cleaner slimes to wash ourselves after leaving the marsh. After that we went back to town.
Is that really enough for training? Didn’t they come here to get the ojousama used to getting dirty? Well, her slime will also turn into a cleaner slime, so I guess it’s fine?
…Well, no one’s stopping us, so I guess it doesn’t really matter.
We took a short break before going home.
The madam, the ojousama, and I were all surrounded by our birds, while Reinhart-san watched with envy from the side. Apparently, he had poor compatibility with bird-type monsters, but I don’t think he’d scare them just by approaching.
Reinbach-sama told Sebasu-san to prepare a feast for today, so Sebasu-san had already gone back via Warp to inform Arone-san and the others. It seems today’s results has everyone restless.
When we got back to the inn, a wonderful meal with sufficient spices and expensive liquor was waiting for us. Like that the feast began. Of course, the leading actors were none other than the ojousama and I. Reinhart-san and the others continually praised us while we ate.
The ojousama quickly ate her fill and became caught up in the conversations, but my parsimonious spirit was just too strong, as I couldn’t help but eat too much of the good food in front of me. In the end, I ended up drinking too much.
I mean, it’s a waste to just leave them, right?
Still, it has been a while since I ate and drank so much… It’s also not like my previous life. Although I drank there too while surrounded by people, I never had this much fun. Even though the food in my previous life should be more delicious, it seems as if today’s cooking actually tastes better. The wine too.
…Oh, come to think of it, Tekun mentioned I never managed to enjoy liquor back in my previous life. I wonder if this is what he meant by that? It probably is. Today, I feel like praying to Tekun.
After the feast ended, I got some of the leftover wine as offering and went back to my room. After recalling that I’d left the idols I made before a t the store, I created a new one and prayed to it.
This is my second party since coming to this world. I was able to enjoy myself in a different way from my previous life. Thank you. It’s something we just bought, but please accept this luxurious wine as an offering.
…Something like this? I bowed my head to the idol, then I went to sleep.
I feel like I can get a good night’s rest tonight.
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