The slime brought back the part of its body that it extended.
After vibrating a few times and seemingly making some adjustments of some sort, the siime stopped moving completely and then started releasing trace amounts of mana.
“…It’s not moving…” [Nikki]
Niki-kun couldn’t feel the mana, so I had to be the one to tell him that it was releasing mana.
“Huh. I can’t use magic, so it just looks like it’s sitting still to me… Hey, onii-chan, what’s its mana like?” [Nikki]
“Hmm… It’s a bit hard to put into words, but it’s like a wave. Small waves emit from the slime and become a flow, and then it goes back into the slime. It’s like it’s breathing the air it exhales.
It’s hard to catch the slimes evolving, so I don’t have a lot of experience watching them evolve, but the metal slimes also did this mana exhale-inhale thing, so it might be something necessary for the slimes.” [Ryouma]
“I see… Ah.
Gradually the color of the slime began to change. It wasn’t a big change, though. Its transparent body just became a little blue. A little tinge of the sky’s hue so to speak. Before long the slime stopped releasing and absorbing mana.
I used Identify and—
Skills Water Magic Lv2 Water Magic Resistance Lv8 Absorb Water Magic Lv1 Jump Lv1 Digest Lv3 Absorb Lv3 Split Lv1
“It safely evolved.” [Ryouma]
I had the slime produce water with magic, and the water slime was more than happy to gush out water.
“Wow! It’s really using magic! What else can it do?” [Nikki]
I had it cast the attack spell, Waterball, next, and Niki-kun clapped his hands out of joy. After having our fun with the slime’s magic, we ran through the forest to look for more slimes to use in the experiments later.
Today we managed to catch 15 slimes.
“Huh? What’s the matter?” [Ryouma]
“Isn’t it kinda noisy?” [Nikki]
We went back to the village, and just as Niki-kun said, something was amiss. Normally, the villagers would be going home around this time or be cooking supper, but instead, there were a lot of adults out in the road. The people nearby seemed to be talking about something.
“Let’s ask them. Obaa-chan!”
“Huh? Oh, Niki-kun and Ryouma-kun. Did you go to the forest again?” [Grandma]
“Yeah. We just got back now. Did something happen?” [Nikki]
“Actually, the feudal lord’s messenger came to the village just a while ago. Apparently he’ll be visiting tomorrow.” [Grandma]
“The feudal lord is!? What is it so suddenly?” [Nikki]
“The thing is—” [Grandma]
Suddenly, the grandma turned to me.
“He wants to meet you, Ryouma-kun.” [Grandma]
“Huh!? Me?” [Ryouma]
“Apparently. I don’t know the details, but Hoi-san should have been contacted already. Why don’t you try dropping by the headsman’s place? It was the village headman who spoke to the messenger knight, so he should be privy to the details.” [Grandma]
“Thank you very much. I’ll go.” [Ryouma]
I can’t think of any reason why the feudal lord here would want to call me.
I’ve heard of him before, but he shouldn’t know about me.
Just what could the reason be? Anyway, before going back and before it got dark, I dropped by the village headman’s place.
I thanked Niki-kun’s grandma and bid him goodbye, then immediately made my way to the house of the village headsman.
When I did I happened into the village headman in front of his door. Looks like he was just coming back from somewhere.
“Oh, Ryouma-kun. Good timing. I just came back from Hoi’s place.” [Village Headman]
“It’s about the fedual lord coming to the village tomorrow, right? I heard some of the rumors just now actually. Apparently, the feudal lord wants to meet me. But why?” [Ryouma]
“I’m sure it’s because of your help with the fishes. It seems the lord wants to visit the people helping out. It’s not just you. Little Kai and Little Kei were called too.” [Village Headman]
Oh, so that’s what it was.
“Thank goodness… I couldn’t think of any reason why I would be summoned all of the sudden, so I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d done something.” [Ryouma]
“Ha ha, don’t worry about it so much. The feudal lord here is friendly and gentle. I’m sure it will end quickly if you just talk to him normally.” [Village Headman]
“I see. Thank you very much.” [Ryouma]
Ah, come to think of it…
“Village Headman. I actually have a letter of introduction with me in case I meet with the feudal lord.” [Ryouma]
The letter of introduction is of course from the duke. In other words, from Reinhart-san. He told me to use it in case anything happened in Fatma Territory. I got it before going back to Gimuru from his residence. I didn’t have any plans of meeting the feudal lord, so I thought I wouldn’t have any opportunity to use it, but it’s good that I stored it in my Item Box.
“Hmm… In that case, I’ll take care of it before your audience with him.” [Village Headman]
“I understand. I’ll be in your care tomorrow then.” [Ryouma]
“Likewise. Please take care of the fishes tomorrow too. Well then, I bid you a warm sleep tonight.” [Village Headman]
After the village headman saw me off, I went back.