Mile Chapter 115: Return Trip
「Well, we will report to the guild as we agreed. And we probably don’t need to report to the Lord because Dr. Kulereia already did it.
And the report to the guild is only just a formality because the guild master may also be present when the Doctor reports to the Lord …」 (Rena)
Everyone nodded to Rena as they walked.
In the previous meeting with Dr. Kulereia, the three Ancient Dragons joined in as well (Chelsie didn’t join in because she needed to check Low Breath’s condition). We have decided 「The content of what we will report to the lord」would be:
「The beastkins were conducting an investigation in the ruins by instruction of the Ancient Dragons.
They wanted to search for relics.
The beastkins were only helping the Ancient Dragons for a little reward, there was no other intentions aside from that such as invasion.
Those ruins were the remnants of a simple stone building, and there was a fancy painting on the wall.
And right now, the beastkins are already preparing to withdrawal.
Even if you head to that site now, there’s probably nobody left.
At first, Red Oath were discovered by the beastkins and the girls fought back to protect themselves.
And the Ancient Dragons suddenly appeared there, their fight with the beasts was interrupted.
The girls had resolved the misunderstanding through dialogue.
And the beastkins returned all the equipment of the investigation team」
… It wasn’t a lie.
However, the battle played out quite differently.
Even if the girls reported that Red Oath fought and won against dozens of beastkin and three Ancient Dragons, no-one would have believed it.
There was even a possibility that the girls would be treated as fraudsters and wouldn’t get paid the request fee.
And even if the one who reported it was Dr. Kulereia, The Doctor would also be called a liar and get no reward, and may even soil her reputation.
Besides, if the guild believed the report, it will be even more troublesome.
4 hunter girls who can win against dozens of beastkins and three Ancient Dragons.
This country as well as other countries won’t leave them alone anymore.
Fortunately, Chelsie didn’t see the fight after the crash.
And before the crash, she planned to do a little spying as she rode the Wyvern.
She saw the human girls being attacked by the Dragon, so both her and the Wyvern tried to assist the girls but she got hit and needed to leave the battlefield. Before she could recover, the battle had ended so soon, she didn’t see the battle at all.
So, if she was told that the misunderstanding has been solved after that, she couldn’t deny anything.
However, 「Red Oath」felt bad that they could not take Chelsie’s help, so they decided to return this favor someday.
Dr. Kulereia prioritized preventing the relations between the races from worsening rather than telling everything to the client. It was natural.
Also, Dr. Kulereia, whose age is several times that of how she looks (or several tens of times), knew some knowledge about hunters.
And of course she knew「Unless that hunter breaks the law and becomes criminal, It’s prohibited to investigate that hunter’s past and abilities. It is the lowest act.
Even if the person who investigated isn’t a hunter, but if other hunters knew about that, they will refuse that person’s requests in the future」
And the doctor was unwilling to become an enemy of the「Red Oath」
「…By the way, Mile can you tell us the answer to that Ancient Dragon’s question? About your identity」 (Rena)
But that rule wasn’t applied to party friends.
Unless the hunters in party know about their colleagues’s history and abilities, they won’t able to work together.
And Mile answered to Rena.
「It’s a secret technique of my family!」 (Mile)
「…………」 (Rena, Pauline, Maevis)
(This is bad, they suspected me!) (Mile)
Of course, did you really expect they will accept just like that. (Author note)
「Ah, that, in fact, there was a thing called 「Hysterical strength」…」 (Mile)
Mile explained various relationships between the human mind and the body.
The magic power, the body potential when the limiter of the mind was removed.
Even as Mile explained so, everyone still thought it as suspicious.
「You see, Rena has also experienced it! At the time, you killed the thieves!」(Mile)
「Ah…」 (Rena, Pauline, Maevis)
「And, Meavis’s 「True God speedsword」is also a state that make your body give out more than 100% of your physical abilities.
That is also some kind of 「the brutal power of the fire place」」(Mile)
「Ah!!」 (Rena, Pauline, Maevis)
Apparently, the girls seem to have believed a little.
「And 「the brutal power of the fire place」 isn’t something which can be done normally with your own intention.
But there’s another similar to it.
「stupid determination」 that 「Release more power than what we originally have」(『元々自分が持っていた力を解放する』)
It was 「Power that couldn’t have existed, which we originally didn’t have」 (『元々持ってはいなかった、あるはずのない力』)
Although the source of the power isn’t known, it often happens when you stand in front of the enemy to save your friend in a crisis.
Maybe we should call that power as 「friendship power」
Like, I want to protect my friend even if it cost me my life. I have to protect everyone by all means, my body is burning with passion and it becomes intense energy…」(Mile)
「Haa, okay, you don’t need to say anymore!」 (Rena)
Rena gave up pursuing Mile.
(…I did it!) (Mile)
Mile had a wicked smile like the god of the New World. (新世界の神のような)
…Without realizing the fact that 「She can win against three Ancient Dragons if she became serious and removed her limiter」is already out of common sense in the first place …
「… That’s why」 (Mile)
Hermolt town Hunter Guild, the second floor, guild master’s room.
Mile reported as usual and the guild master who heard it gave a big nod.
「Well, I already heard details from Dr. Kulereia.
Because your report’s content is the same with her, there is no problem at all.
And the Lord already gave out reward based on the doctor’s report」(G.M)
Then the Guild Master pulled out the cloth bag from the drawer and placed it on the table.
If we report that we have stopped the beastkins, the Ancient Dragon and we also protected the territory. This kind of reward will be out.
However, in the report that we agreed, the beastkins and the Ancient Dragons had no intention of invasion. We only had discussions and from just that, this amount of gold coins is already considerably 「generous」
「And there’s a message from our lord, 「This was to boost moral」.」
「This Lord seem to be great …」(Mile)
「No, in fact, he is a great man!」 (G.M)
Mile speaks her impresion.
The Guild master also add in.
「Even though there are a lot of negative perceptions of our Lord as a noble, he isn’t a bad guy」(G.M)
(No, that was enough to be a「bad guy」) (R.O)
Even so Red Oath still think that this guild master really doesn’t dislike the lord.
「Anyway, the Lord had given commoners some labor work.
Around 10 years ago, he also sent his soldiers to protect the commoners and their children from life-threatening situation.
The citizens are thankful」(G.M)
If it was really so then we don’t need to feel bad.
This reward was already good, and besides he even lent us Low Breath that was supposedly the secret weapon of his territory’s army.
Maybe he just tried to dispatch the wyvern and its rider as real battle training. Even so, the girls really appreciated that.
「I understood, I really appreciate that, please tell the lord so」 (Rena)
「Well, if you say that, I will be saved」 (G.M)
When hearing Rena’s reply, the Guild Master seems a bit relieved.
Since directly reporting to the Lord wasn’t necessary, the girls tried to find whether there is an escort request to the Capital on the first floor.
Fortunately there was a small merchant group waiting for escort hunters, the guild employee immediately invited the person in charge of the merchant group to talk with Red Oath.
And it seems like “that case” isn’t widespread (T.N: maybe Mile talking about the bandit group last time), apparently, there isn’t any bandit group that attack merchant like the last time. Otherwise, the girls will feel uneasy.
Anyway, we can ride a carriage instead of walking with this request, and we can also make money.
Since the merchant group was already waiting for departure, we departed early in the morning of the next day.
「It’s delicious! We hired a good escort, Lucky!」 (Merchant A)
「Yeah, absolutely!」 (Merchant B)
Mile’s dishes were very popular with merchants.
Because it’s common sense that when travelling, everyone will eat that cheap, light and bulky
portable meal like hard bread and dried meat.
And now they have vegetable soup cooked with wild boar meat that Mile hunted.
Of course, Mile doesn’t use item box items.
Because the girls hunted it just now, it is just「A thing we hunted while doing an escort mission」, so there’s no harm inviting the merchants to have a meal together.
Even so, the merchants said 「We are thankful, we will pay the additional fee」, as Pauline talked about adding it onto to the escort charge.
And there’s no need to save water, so they can use as much as they like. The merchants proclaimed that they have never had a comfortable travel like this.
There are 4 carriages in total, one merchant each. It is a co-op group of small merchants.
It was a small merchant group with totally 8 people if they count 「Red oath」
Some of the goods of the first carriage was transferred little by little to the other three, and 「Red Oath」 is all sitting inside the first carriage.
This time, they don’t do a ridiculous thing like placing one person in each carriage.
With such an arrangement, the response would be delayed.
Besides, if they are separated one by one, they can’t talk, and it’s boring.
The girls don’t want to be alone in the horse-drawn carriage until they reach the Capital.
The trip to the Capital was going smoothly.
Except the fact that the three girls are relaxing without noticing that Mile is sometimes thinking about something.