The next day.
“Boss, there’s a customer for you.” [Carm]
“A customer?” [Ryouma]
When I dropped by the store, I was immediately informed that a customer was waiting for me.
“Miya-sama has something to talk about regarding your experiment.” [Carm]
In that case, bring her to the reception office, I told him.
“Ryouma! I’ve been waiting, nyaa!” [Miya]
“Good morning. Sorry for making you wait.” [Ryouma]
“Nah, it’s my fault since I just showed up without an appointment, but I just really had to get more of this odor-absorbing liquid.” [Miya]
“I take it that means it was effective?” [Ryouma]
After hearing her out it would appear that the effect lasted from yesterday afternoon until evening the next day. So, about a day at most.
“Was it effective in the morning?” [Ryouma]
“Nyaa doubt it! This liquid of yours is amazing, nyaa. It got rid of the stench coming from the landfill so well that I could actually take a deep breath and be refreshed for once. Although when a neighbor came to throw trash, he looked at me like I was some weirdo or something, nyaa.” [Miya]
When you think about it, breathing in air fresh from the landfill and making a satisfied face would have surely looked odd, to say the least.
“But when he approached the landfill, he quickly realized that there was no smell, and he was able to understand why I was acting like I did. Since even that guy could tell the difference, there’s no doubt that Ryouma’s liquid is super effective, nyaa!” [Miya]
“I see… But one day is just too short.” [Ryouma]
“Nyaa? You can tell, nyaa?” [Miya]
“More or less.” [Ryouma]
As soon as I started this experiment, I found out that there’s a limit to how much the odor-absorbing liquid can absorb. For example, if I were to use Identify on this sack of odor-absorbing liquid…
A sack filled with the deodorant slime’s odor-absorbing liquid.
Due to the odor-absorbing liquid having already absorbed as much odor it can, it no longer has any effect.
That’s what it says.
Just as it says, this odor-absorbing liquid has already absorbed as much as it can and can no longer absorb any more odor. Unfortunately, I found out that its capacity to absorb odor that is relatively small. Even if it is able to last longer than the cleaner slime’s version of the odor-absorbing liquid, also known as the deodorizing liquid, it can at most last up to a week. But I doubt it can actually take effect that long.
“But in that experiment I was using the scavenger slime’s Stench, so it wasn’t representative of a normal household’s environment, which is why I had to ask you for your help.” [Ryouma]
“I see, nyaa~ So, don’t you have anything that lasts longer, nyaa?” [Miya]
“Then how about trying the Odor Component Extraction Liquid next?” [Ryouma]
Given th same amount of stench from the scavenger slime, the Odor-Absorbing Liquid could only last for a few minutes, whereas the Odor Component Extraction Liquid could last for almost an hour. The downside is that it has a smaller area of effect.
So, it lasts longer, but it’s area of effect is also smaller. That’s how the Odor Component Extraction Liquid works.
“Got it, nyaa. I can just leave it in the same place as before, right, nyaa?” [Miya]
“Leave it to me, nyaa. I also want this experiment to be concluded as soon as possible, nyaa! It’s for my sake too, nyaa!” [Miya]
As she said that, Miya-san took the sack of Odor Component Extraction Liquid and went home.
“Conclude, huh…” [Ryouma]
Actually, I can already see the conclusion. It’s right before my eyes, after all.
I turned to the deodorant slime that was puking out Odor Component Extraction Liquid while its body shook.
As one might infer by this point in time, the deodorant slime is capable of combining the Odor Component Extraction Liquid with the Odor-Absorbing Liquid inside its body. And just like the cleaner slime it can puke out that combined liquid. Unlike the cleaner slime’s liquid, however, the deodorant slime’s liquid can be diluted and combined with other liquids.
So, why don’t I do just that and mix it up?
If we were to combine the Odor-Absorbing Liquid that has a much greater area of effect with the Odor Component Extraction Liquid that has a greater capacity to absorb more odor, then it might just be possible to overcome each liquid’s individual weakness. It might be possible to use other ingredients as well.
But regardless what product we end up making, we won’t be able to sell immediately. As for why, that’s because the deodorant slimes are still too few in numbers. Hmm?
The deodorant slime seems to be trying to absorb the sack filled with used Odor-Absorbing Liquid. It looks like it wants to eat it.
…Could it be? Is the Odor-Absorbing Liquid actually a trap for the deodorant slimes to acquire their food?
Time slowly passed as I pondered on the deodorant slime.
Tl Note: This is an extra release. It’s part of the same queue as the extra release last week. Queue still isn’t visible on the site, but I’ll fix it within the week. Also, ePUB and PDFs updated. Credits to a kind reader.