“Good job.” [Serge]
“You too.” [Ryouma]
After accompanying Dinome-san in his boasting about his grandchild, Serge-san and I walked around town.
Thanks to Serge-san skillfully changing the topic, the sun was still high up when we left.
“Still, he was really taken by you. Spectacular performance, Ryouma-sama.” [Serge]
“Oh, no. All I really did was to avoid making the situation any worse. It was your ability that got us out of trouble.” [Ryouma]
What is with this villainous-sounding exchange?
“By the way, what are you going to do with that?” [Serge]
“What indeed…” [Ryouma]
Within my hand was a small box that contained a gear. Dinome-san calls it ‘the early work of a future famous magic tools artisan’… I wonder if it’ll ever have value.
“So how talented is his grandchild?” [Ryouma]
“Hmm… From time to time, there are cases when a young child imitates his parents and ends up learning a spell. It’s rare, so it could certainly be a sign of talent, but whether that talent will continue to bloom in the future is another story…” [Serge]
“Dinome-dono is a lot mellower now, but in the past, he was a really difficult person. Although it was only really because of how much responsibility he felt for his work. He was also really strict on his disciples. So, even if he might be a little biased over his grandchild, if he thinks the child has potential, then that’s one more thing to look forward to.” [Serge]
I hope those expectations don’t bear too heavily on Dinome-san’s grandchild, though.
“By the way, I’ve been meaning to ask this since a while ago, but where are your guards? Isn’t it dangerous for you to be walking around? This town’s public order is pretty bad.” [Ryouma]
The president of a company should have at least one bodyguard with him, but I don’t see even a single one with him.
It doesn’t seem like they’re just hiding either.
“I’ve stayed at this town countless times already. There’s no real threat until the sun sets. And with the fair opening soon, security in town is tighter than usual. It should be fine as long as it’s a place with many people. If I do find myself victim to a pickpocket or a thief, well, that’s just because I wasn’t paying enough attention.
Besides, some of the people I need to greet don’t like it when I bring people over. And… It’s not like I’m completely defenseless.” [Serge]
As he said that, he knocked against the buckle of his belt. At first glance, the belt seemed no different than your usual belt, but…
“Is that a magic tool?” [Ryouma]
“That it is. One of my collections. When fed mana, it can erect a defensive magic barrier. And this bracelet of mine is a magic tool that can conjure a smoke screen. Given these two magic tools, I can hide myself and gather people’s attention. People will think there’s a fire, so they’re bound to gathere. I may not be able to fight, but when it comes to protecting myself, I am more than prepared.” [Serge]
I see. My worries were unneeded.
“What will you be doing now, Ryouma-sama?” [Serge]
“I need to find a place to spend the night. I’m here already, after all, so I figured I might as well look around first tomorrow before going back.” [Ryouma]
“In that case, allow me to introduce you to the inn I’m staying at. It’s inexpensive and right in front of the main road, providing easy access to the stagecoaches.” [Serge]
Thanks to Serge-san’s assistance, I was able to find an inn quickly.
Serge-san still had people to greet, so we parted ways and I went to the inn.
But before parting we promised to have supper and go through the fair together.
30 minutes later.
I managed to find an inn, but now I have nothing to do.
Nothing was in need of urgent attention, the magic tools fair was tomorrow, supper wasn’t until Serge-san returned, and the slimes have all been fed already; hence, there was nothing to do.
It would be a pain if I went out and happened into Serge-san again, so…
You know, at times like this, I really can’t help but realize just how useful phones were. I wish we had a magic tool like that.
Hmm… Magic tool. Speaking of which, since there’s nothing else to do, why don’t I try my hand at making one?
That spinning gear that I got before is still in my Item Box and I do have some iron in my Dimension Home. If I use my alchemy with it, I should be able to change it into various things. I don’t know if I can make something with just those, but if possible I’d like to make something that I can use in my day-to-day life.
When I started thinking of a magic tool that fulfilled those conditions, it suddenly occurred to me.
“…Huh? There’s actually quite a lot, aren’t there?” [Ryouma]
Electric fan, ventilation fan, electric drill, a lawn mower that uses a rotating blade…
Rotating shafts can be found in wheels and carriages, which fall under my knowledge in woodwork , so I think I can just reuse those. The next question would be whether I can gather the necessary parts or not, and then… I wonder if I can somehow incorporate gears into it? The gears just rotate using mana, so they might actually be quite simple to make.
Hmm. I’ll think about it as I make it.
Like that I went to work.
“Ryouma-sama, are you here?” [Serge]
Oh no! I lost track of time again!
Serge-san’s back already.
“Welcome back, Serge-san. Supper, right? I’ll be right there in a jiffy. Just give me a sec. I’ll just clean my room real quick.” [Ryouma]
I didn’t want to keep him waiting, so I just threw all my stuff in my Item Box.
“Sorry to keep you waiting.” [Ryouma]
“Let us be off then.” [Serge]
The place Serge-san brought me too was a Japanese-bar-like store frequented by muscular men. Most of the customers seemed to be laborers considering how strong bodied they were. Serge-san was the one choosing the place, so I thought for sure he’d take me to a luxurious store, so I was really surprised to see a low-class store. But then again… He might be just trying to be considerate.
 – Probably related to his Woodworking Skill too.