“Clarissa-san, what’s the Evil Eye?” [Ryouma]
“You’ve never heard of it? There’s a renowned adventurer’s anecdote regarding it, there are fairy tails too… Ah, I suppose it might be called something else depending on the region and race. An elf like Dr. Mafral would know it as Spirit Eye.” [Clarissa]
“I’m sorry, but I don’t know much about fairy tales and legends.” [Ryouma]
“Oh, really?” [Clarissa]
“That’s a surprise seeing how much you know about medicine.” [Hector]
“You always give off the image of knowing anything complicated, not just medicine, but surprisingly you actually don’t know about a common fairy tail!” [Tint]
“Ha ha ha…” [Ryouma]
I got my knowledge from the gods, after all.
It’s been such a huge help. Especially, recently.
“In that case, if I were to give a simple explanation, the possessor of the Evil Eye can see a different world from normal people. However the price for using it or failing to manage it can be a severe headache or the consciousness of the possessor being swallowed whole.” [Clarissa]
“I see.” [Ryouma]
I guess it does sound kind of similar to my situation.
“But if you can use the Evil Eye properly, it will give you great power. The headache sounds cruel though.” [Isabel]
“That’s not all! There are plenty of cases where the head is smashed with a dull weapon or the brain being fried too!” [Tint]
“It’s said that most people born with the Evil Eye choose to commit suicide.” [Hector]
“What a ghastly story.” [Ryouma]
“Yes, that’s why I said it just sounds similar. After all, if it were really the same thing, I doubt we’d be able to talk like this.” [Clarissa]
That’s true. The four residents and I laughed.
“Now then, it’s almost time. Let’s do our best today as well!” [Mafral]
“Yes!” [Everyone Else]
When Dr. Mafral said that, everyone cheered, and we all went to our respective posts.
As for me, I went to the Medicine Room.
“Shall we go?” [Ryouma]
“Let’s go.” [Hector]
Accompanying me was one of the residents, Hector-san.
This gloomy guy knows a lot about medicine and poison. In other words, he’s an antidote specialist.
He’s the one usually in charge of the medicine used to treat the patients at this hospital as well as the prescriptions.
Working under him is one way for me to gain experience and study.
By the way, he’s also the researcher type.
Because of that he’s the person I talk to the most among the residents. I also get along with him best.
“Ah, by the way, Ryouma-kun. About that storage room for medicine we were talking about earlier.” [Hector]
He’s talking about something we spoke about during the briefing earlier.
Apparently, Hector-san and the others also think that the winter will become worse this year, so they’re worried about the effects on the patients.
Because of that they want to store as much medicinal herbs as possible.
“List down what you need and I’ll do my best to procure them. Ah, by the way, I got back those herbs we gave to those kids yesterday.” [Ryouma]
“Those kids? Ah, you mean those kids whose house you rebuilt.” [Hector]
The amount of medicine needed at a hospital is on a whole ‘nother league compared to what an individual would need.
After all, in order to concoct a large amount of medicine, you need a lot of ingredients and manpower.
On top of that, medicinal ingredients vary in quality too.
Some can be handled even by amateurs as long as simple instructions are given.
So to help provide a side job to the kids of the Children’s Home, I asked them if they would be willing to help us make some simple medicine, and they were more than happy to agree.
They did say they wanted to do some safe jobs that they could do even as kids to earn money, so I’m sure they thought helping out was a good opportunity.
“Can they be used immediately?” [Hector]
“I just gave the herbs a cursory glance last night, but I didn’t see anything wrong with them. I’ll take it out now.” [Ryouma]
“Please take it all out. I want to examine it.” [Hector]
I opened my Item Box and took out all of the processed herbs.
“…These look fine. They processed them properly.” [Hector]
“The difficulty of a job and doing it properly are two different things, after all. They strike me as the sort of kids to take their job seriously, so I’m thinking of continuing to get their help.” [Ryouma]
Hector-san inspected the box of processed herbs one after another. He would open them, look inside, and then smile. Looks like he acknowledges the kids’ work.
“…Shall we start?” [Ryouma]
There are plenty of times when the topic would suddenly change or when we’ll both go quiet.
For the mean time, we sorted out the processed herbs, and then we went to work.
We didn’t say a word while working.
Any mistake in handling or the dosage would turn medicine into poison, after all.
So we both focused on our respective work, and kept the talk to a minimum.
Like that I carefully concocted the medicine the hospital needed. Before long, I was completely immersed in my work…
“Yes, what is it?” [Ryouma]
“Let’s take a break.”
In Hector-san’s hands were two cups of steaming hot beverage.
“Huh? Ah! It’s been three hours already” [Ryouma]
Apparently, he waited for me to reach a point in my work where I can take a break and prepared a drink.
“I noticed the time just awhile ago… Usually, I’m the one being called. Honestly, it’s surprising to see that there’s someone who gets immersed in his work even more than me. By the way, are you okay with this drink?” [Hector]
“This is?” [Ryouma]