ED: DeathDrayanD (Now with better proper English and punctuation!) Italics are dialogue thoughts.
Chapter 43: First friend
“… Fuuu ……” (Arge)
Shaken by the back of Neguseo, I let out a big yawn towards the sky.
I took in fresh air while yawning. I feel a little cold.
“I want clothes.” (Arge)
It was unavoidable to say.
I’d like to buy it somewhere as soon as possible, but… it is impossible until I cross the border.
Do I have to put up with a blanket to endure it?
I must cross these mountains in order to reach the Republic from the Kingdom.
Speaking of Neguseo, we started really early today.
It seems that it would be faster if he runs, but I stopped him because it makes me feel uncomfortable.
“Well then, I will sleep a little more.” (Arge)
“Arge, didn’t you just wake up?” (Neguseou)
“Well, what’s wrong with that?” (Arge)
“… No, nothing.” (Neguseou)
Speaking as if he had a tired throat, Neguseou continued walking.
It seems that his mind is elsewhere, or his way of walking has become wild.
…Did I say something weird?
I have doubts, but if Neguseou says nothing, I do not have to ask him for details. It is troublesome.
“Please tell me if you are hungry, tired, or thirsty.” (Arge) (DeathDrayanD ED: Changed ‘if you want water’ to ‘thirsty’ to fit the sentence structure)
I abandoned the doubts in my mind and closed my eyes to sleep. As soon as the scenery was blocked, drowsiness came. But then I felt something when I tried to sleep.
“Neguseou, can you stop for a while? Because I think that this smell is probably that girl.” (Arge)
“Oh, it looks like she is getting closer.” (Neguseou)
Because we also share our smell, it was easy to reach a mutual understanding.
Neguseou stops galloping. (ED DeathDrayanD: Changed ‘stops his feet’ to ‘stops galloping’ sad it sounds better)
Faint fox smell and sweet scent peculiar to girls.
It definitely belongs to Kuzuha-chan.
It seems that her bad smell from yesterday is gone.
She may have taken a bath.
The stimulus for smell becomes stronger and stronger, so obviously, she is headed for us.
When turning my eyes, the color of a fox was floating in the meadow.
Calling out to me with a loud voice, Kuzuha-chan ran even faster.
She has not dressed shabbily anymore.
Her Kimono is a red flower drawn in the same way as her mother was wearing, it was clearly better clothing than before.
The number of tails increased from two to three.
Did she level up?
She waved her triplet tail and came up to me, her breath still light.
She is carrying a backpack as big as her body right now.
Won’t she get tired if she runs in full strength in such a condition?
“Oh, yes… what?” (Arge)
“Why didn’t you wait for me!?” (Kuzuha)
I could not understand the meaning of the words she just told me and it stuck in my head. … wait? What?
For me who did not understand the translation, Kuzuha-chan was getting angrier. She put the bag she carried on the ground and looked at me with a strong gaze.
“Hey, Arge-san, I said ‘I am leaving’ and I still left my mother’s body there, right?”
“Yeah, you are right.” (Arge)
“If so, don’t you normally think that I will come back? Why didn’t you wait for me? After mourning for my mother properly, I had to chase you in a hurry until now.” (Kuzuha)
“No, I also thought that you would come back, but my role has ended. I received an apology from the mistaken attack and returned my gratitude for the meal. So I think I can already go.” (Arge)
“… You, you have no friends?” (Kuzuha)
I was told with terrible eyes. It’s true, none of the people I knew was my friend. I never thought that I wanted a friend. I just received what I was given, as given.
“Yes, I do not have any.” (Arge)
“Here, after all … No, I can not say too much about my friend. But I have been taught properly by my mother! A way of going out with friends! The preparation is perfect!” (Kuzuha)
… That is not an air friend, right?
I thought, but I did not say it out. Because Kuzuha-chan is too proud if I say anything… No, I thought it was bad to say anything right now.
Kuzuha-chan shook her big baggage and walked to where I was, and stroke Neguseo’s body. Then she looks up at me and said:
“That’s why I’m counting on you from now on.” (Kuzuha)
“……? What do you mean?” (Arge)
“I would like to thank so I will follow Arge-san.” (Kuzuha)
“… Why is that, Kuzuha-chan, you don’t even know where I am going?” (Arge)
I did not understand the meaning, I did not understand her intention. After returning the favor at that time, it should have ended our relationship, but still, I cannot understand what she is saying to me now. While I was still in doubt, Kuzuha-chan smiled happily for some reason, looking at me. Her face somewhat resembled her mother.
“Wherever you are, I will go there. And it is you, who told me that I can live however I like. Isn’t what you said to mean ‘I am free to follow you’ ?” (Kuzuha)
“… I only said that you can live as you like.” (Arge)
It was the words I told her, I can’t refuse as it is. Because I do not like to hurt other people’s freedom, my freedom will be harmed. I do not want to do that much, I can’t even take care of myself right now and I have to look after another girl. I only work when I return my gratitude to someone. Fortunately, we have plenty of food and water, and that big luggage is available for Kuzuha-chan too. It does not seem to be a problem even if I take her along.
“As a friend of mine, I’m counting on you, Arge-san!” (Kuzuha)
“Uhm, thank you.” (Arge)
Although I do not understand it well, I have been approved as a friend, and it is troublesome to refuse. The number of accompanying people increased without paying attention, But what I should do has not changed.
Leave the kingdom and find a person to feed me for life. Only this.
“Let’s go then, Neguseou.” (Arge)
“I understand.” (Neguseou)
“Oh, please wait! Arge’s clothes before that!” (Kuzuha)
“Have you brought clothes with you?” (Arge)
“No, I will make it now, so please come down… Come on!” (Kuzuha)
Kuzuha-chan beckoned me to come.
… I could sew.
I could sew clothes that were torn, but it is amazing to make clothes from scratch. Somehow it seems to be rough, but I appreciated it if I could have my clothes on, so I obediently came off Neguseou.
“… I’m just around here, please call out when you are done again.” (Neguseou)
“I think it will take about a day, is it okay?” (Kuzuha)
“No problems, young lady.” (Arge)
It seems that he does really care about my body, and Neguseou goes away. I did not mind if he saw my body, but as he himself is concerned it would be bad to be detained. Let’s leave him alone.
“Well then, um, do you need to measure?” (Arge)
“Yes … I will be careful to make fitting clothes … Ha~aa … Arge-san, your skin is white!” (Kuzuha)
“Is that so? Maybe it’s because I’m a vampire?” (Arge)
“…Then, are you okay with the sun? My mother told me, a long time ago vampire is a race with dark attribute magic power, and when they get hit by the sunlight that is the sacred attribute, they will receive considerable pain …” (Kuzuha)
“Because I have both sunlight resistance and holy attribute tolerance at a high level, it is okay. Well, should we back to work?” (Arge)
“Yes, please stay just like that, I will measure and make clothes right now.” (Kuzuha)
“Is that so?” (Arge)
I did not know the reason, but Kuzuha-chan was shaking her ears and tails in a good mood. I wonder why.
I wonder why she is so happy, becoming a friend with me won’t really benefit anything.
… Friend, is it?
A word that I had never thought of before.
The first conscious existence.
I rolled the word that I did not realize yet in my head and took off my blanket.
The wind that blew was a bit cold to raw skin, but it was also comfortable.
I closed my eyes and I left the rest to Kuzuha-chan.
There were lots of doubts, but you always feel that when you close your eyes.
Ah. I want to finish early and take a nap.
Author Note: (not Translator Note) This is the completion of Kuzuha’s story.
Thank you very much.
Cherish what has not even bud. See you next time.
And we are done with this arc.