He was so natural about it that I ended up accepting the pamphlet. I wonder if he prepared this right from the start.
I thanked him then entered the carriage. I sat myself between Fei-san and Ox-san.
When I’d completely seated myself, the driver immediately rode away almost as if he had merely been waiting for me.
I saw Orest seeing us off with a smile through the passing scenery from the windows.
“Fuu…” [Reinhart, Pioro, Serge]
When the carriage had completely left the lot, the three adults seated in front of me all heaved a sigh.
“Thank you very much for accompanying me today.” [Ryouma]
“I was free for the day. It was the least I could do.” [Reinhart]
“And we couldn’t have let you go alone anyway.” [Pioro]
“As for why, I’m sure you understand now, right, Ryouma-sama?” [Serge]
Yeah. Everyone coming along was really a big help.
If I’d gone to see that person alone without knowing anything, I would have probably ended up dancing on his palms. I mean more than I ended up dancing this time around anyway.
“Just like you said, Serge-san. He’s not a bad person, but he’s certainly not someone you can let your guard down against.” [Ryouma]
Reinhart-san said the same thing, but he’s really meticulous when it comes to balancing his distance with people.
Even when I find myself caught up in his pace, I never feel any sort of discomfort.
In my case, everything concluded without things escalating to the point where I had to raise my voice and yell at him.
Whenever we talked, he would lead the conversation along and confuse me, and by the time we’re done, I just don’t care anymore.
I’m sure he adjusts his personality accordingly and does the same thing to everyone.
He’s a really exhausting person to be with. Because of that I can more or less understand everyone’s feelings, but still… He’s not someone I can hate.
Besides, I’m sure he’ll probably just enjoy himself all the same if someone were to hate him.
“It is him that we’re talking about, so yeah, that would probably be the case. Still, you sure understand him well despite this being your first meeting.” [Reinhart]
“If I were alone, then I probably wouldn’t have had such an easy time dealing with him, but you guys were with me and acted as a wall for me. Because of that I was able to calmly talk to him… By talking to him I was able to find something about me that’s similar to him… If only a little.” [Ryouma]
“Something similar? You and Orest? But you’re not really similar. No.” Reinhart]
“I’m not talking about our personality. I guess what I’m referring to is how we think in regards to our object of interest.” [Ryouma]
When I find a new slime, I make them approach various things to see what they’re good at and what they’re bad at. If needed, I would even give them poison. And even if the slime ended up biting my hand because of that, I don’t think I would get mad. If anything I’ll just become even more curious and wonder ‘How did the slime manage to bite my hand?’ ‘What kind of abilities can it demonstrate?’
Although, to be honest, I’m not really that interested when it comes to people, so I can’t really understand using the same mindset to approach people.
“Basically, what I’m saying is that it feels as if he doesn’t seem to think about whether he’s acting close or not.” [Ryouma]
“So that’s what you mean…” [Serge]
“So that’s what it is…” [Pioro]
When I said that, everyone was able to understand what I was trying to get at. Fei-san too, who was sitting beside me, although he wasn’t saying anything. Ox-san didn’t know about my love for slimes, so he couldn’t understand…
Oh, well, that was rude of me, wasn’t it? Even though I didn’t know Ox-san all that well, I just went and started a conversation about something he knew absolutely nothing about.
“Sorry for ignoring you.” [Ryouma]
“Don’t mind me.” [Ox]
I’m glad he’s so understanding, but… We have introduced ourselves already, so maybe I should talk to him about the future.
I’ll be staying at the duke’s family for the next three days, so during that time, I want him to talk to Fei-san and get a good explanation of matters regarding the store, especially regarding security related stuff. Moreover, if possible, I would also like to get his help for the wedding hall. If he can swing that heavy sword of his with one hand so easily, then I’m sure he’ll be a great boon to us in our work.
“And one more thing. If you’re okay with it, I would like you to help me with my experiments in medicine.” [Ryouma]
“Medicine?” [Ox Lord]
At that, I told him about the scenario I was given. The one where I learned about the concoction and theory of medicine from my grandma and am actually quite skilled at it.
I told him that the medicine I want to test is the Mana Recovery Medicine. Not the instant effect type sold of in stores, but a different type of mana recovery medicine that gradually restores mana over time.
Ox-san learned how to use his sword with magic because he didn’t want to give up his sword even after losing his left hand. Unfortunately, because he is a member of the beast tribe, he doesn’t have that much mana. I think it would be a waste to leave his skill to rot on its own like this..
He doesn’t have a lot of mana, so he can’t fight for a long time.
And when he runs out of mana, his conditions gets so bad that even his movements start to lose their luster.
As his condition deteriorates, he’ll eventually find himself unable to attack anymore. It’s basically self-destruction.