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Chapter 24: Horse horse time
(うま うま タイム: Uma uma taimu , “uma” mean horse, taimu is how japanese pronoun time)
“I know where the horses are gathering! I will show you!” (Oswald)
That said, Oswald-kun makes the face of the smiling cow.
It was a smart smile like a mascot character of a butcher shop.
And Oswald-kun extended his hand to me and said
“Please get on!” (Oswald)
It is just like a gentleman.
He might be more of a gentleman than other men.
At least, he is more a gentleman than a person who suddenly tried to marry me.
When I sit down on the palm of his hand, he raised his hand to his shoulder, and I move to sit on his shoulder.
Without even saying it, mu wish to ride has come true. It’s a little fun.
“I will walk slowly, please tell me if the shaking is bad!” (Oswald)
“No, it’s comfortable” (Arge)
“Okay !!” (Oswald)
From other points of view, doesn’t this look like a demon has taken away a girl?
Fortunately there’s no else in the surrounding so I just ignore it.
Just think of this as part of an apology as well.
“Well, I’m glad you are not a poacher Arge nee-san,
but now, even if you came to poach, I absolutely won’t stop you!” (Oswald)
“Do poachers come often?” (Arge)
“This forest is far from human settlement, the country does not come here to develop this forest, but in this forest there are a lot of precious medicinal herbs that are growing.
Humans want to protect this forest so they made a rule “if you don’t grow it, you have no right to collect it”, only a small number of people have permission to come here.
But people who break the rule, like poachers, will come because they will get a lot of profit” (Oswald)
If it is a business that requires permission, depending on where you submit the permission, whether it is a country or an association, by doing business, you have to pay a “mediation fee” or “membership fee”.
But if it is poached, all the profits will belong to the poachers. It also takes time and labor for cultivation.
There is danger and it is illegal, but there are people who jump if there is a lot of money involved.
“The rest are demon like us” (Oswald)
“Demon like Oswald-kun?” (Arge)
“There is a rich man who love to eat demon, … The flesh of the demon … Well that is not illegitimate … but when you look from our point of view, it is either poaching or an enemy.” (Oswald)
… Certainly Oswald-kun, you look delicious with a chewy response.
I considered such a thing for a moment but I kept it silent.
“Well, we are demons so basically like pests from humans point of view, because we are different from Demi!” (Oswald)
“Demi-Humans, like Wood Elves, High Elves, Dark Elves, Dwarves, Devils, Vampires, Beastmen …
They are somewhat close to human beings but there are some demi-humans who are hostile to humans, and there are some who aren’t” (Oswald)
“Hmmm … is that so?” (Arge)
“For example Elves are not hostile to humans, but they are breaking up with other races and live in hidden villages, and I heard there are those who are actively involved with people descending from the villages.” (Oswald)
“Oswald-kun, you certainly know a lot” (Arge)
“Well, migrant birds will tell me everything
But Arge nee-san, you don’t know that much, aren’t you?” (Oswald)
“No, I do not know at all as I’m only half a month old” (Arge))
“Really!? As expected, Arge nee-san is amazing!
You are only half month old and you have such strength and magic!” (Oswald)
Oswald-kun is talkative. After that we have talked quite a lot.
Like how he was born…he told me various things.
I heard that vampires and dwarfs are also hostile to humans but some are not.
Felnote-san says “Because you stand out, please keep your identity hidden” probably was such a meaning.
Since there are vampires that are hostile, if my identity is known, there will be a commotion. That’s the meaning.
… Oh well, I was talking about this world.
It’s bad for Oswald-kun who is seriously teaching me, but it’s in trouble even if you talk about world affairs too much.
Because I am not interested and it is hard to understand even if it is done at once, as his talk gradually became longer, I decided to become a “yes man”
I can remember the content that I heard once, so when I need it again, I just need to check it in my memory. (TN: give me that ability, I remember the whole textbook and text will be a breezy)
Then, when I was going through the forest, I passed some other Minotaur like Oswald-kun as well.
Look like Oswald-kun is stronger than the rest of the Minotaur, so I guess he is truly a guardian of the forest.
I also saw something like a tiny green dwarf-like and small walking dog.
“The green one is a goblin, and the doglike one is a Kobold. Yo, Gobuzo, Kobotchi, are you guys doing well ?” (Oswald)
He explained what I had thought. Both are like demons often seen in fantasy novels.
…Yes Yes. It is good to say so, it is information disclosure. Just what you need when you need it.
Oswald-kun talked to me variously while walking about the passing demons and animals.
It seems that he is similar to a friendly person who usually patrol in the town and is familiar with everyone.
But his face is a cow and he has an axe.
“Well, that’s why I got the title as guardian of the forest from my grandfather’s generation” (Oswald)
“So it was like that, but you were too late to notice me” (Arge)
“Usually, poachers who came to the forest in the evening use lights and even when they rest they still use fire and light …
Arge nee-san has no movement and no light, so discovery was delayed,
I can only listen to the report in the morning and come running” (Oswald)
“Ah … I was asleep”
I was sleeping in the dark, wearing a robe, buried in the grass.
Indeed, it may not be strange even if you do not notice until morning.
As a result, I was fine because I slept well enough, I wonder if I had done bad things to Oswald-kun.
“By the way, those who cannot fight, like goblins and others, are trying to use trap like naruko.” (Oswald)
“Ha, is that so?” (Arge)
Naruko is a mechanism that has wooden boards threaded through a string or rope and is tied around trees so that sounds are made with something touches the hidden strings along the ground.
Instead of saying a trap, it is more correct to say that it is a simple alarm device using natural objects, but from how Oswald-kun say, it is wonderfully worn by various others.
“Because it is hard for us to live if we don’t work hard, mostly just for the night…I guess we’ll arrive soon.” (Oswald)
As Oswald brought his hand to his shoulder, he moved me from his shoulder to his hand and slowly let me down.
When I got off to the ground, I felt a wet smell.
Because I have vampire strengthened smell and smell enhance skill level 1, I know it was a smell of water.
I start walking toward the direction of the smell. After we crossed some more trees, we were able to see the source of the smell.
A pool…no it’s large enough that I can describe it as a lake.
The lake which shines by reflecting sunlight through the forest is very fantastic.
Horses and wild boar, squirrels and birds, monkeys around the lake.
Not only those animals but also many monsters, each enjoying the grace of nature.
Animals and demons. They’re all drinking water from the lake.
“For a long time, this lake is the main source of water for our forest, it had been here even before my grandfather’s generation,
and well, …you’re looking for horses, right, Arge nee-san, this place is where they gathered the most!” (Oswald)
“… If there is such a place, can you wash your body properly?” (Arge)
“I am sorry! I will be careful from today!” (Oswald)
“That’s right, please.” (Arge)
As I speak to Oswald-kun who bent his waist and lowered his head, I’m approaching the lakeside.
Animals and demons merely glance at me, they do not try to escape or threaten me.
“Everyone is not surprised.” (Arge)
“Because I brought you here, So they are thinking it’s okay.” (Oswald)
I see. It seems that his influence is strong with the title of “guardian of the forest”
I understood that they are not wary of me, so I can carefully watch the horses drinking water and eating grass.
My body right now is of a little girl. I can’t ride a horse that is too big, so I will look for a horse that fit me.
It is troublesome to ride it if it is big.
The numbers is small, but there were also horses with horns.
Perhaps it is a unicorn, but every horse is quite big and it would not likely be easy to ride.
I walked around the lakeside, and eventually my eyes met with one particular horse.
It is a medium size, pure black horse with blue mane.
The silhouette is slim but rather than reliable, I get the impression that he is a strong horse.
His eyes are clearly deeper color than other horses and I feel he is an intelligent one.
He has black eyes that sucked you in when you are staring.
… This one might be good.
Especially, I prefer his mane. It feel like fluffy bed.
I set the language translation limit to max so I can talk with animal now, first thing is a greeting.
“This is my first time meeting you, my name is Argento vampear.” (Arge)
“… I have no name, I’m just a horse.” (Horse)
Oh, a good voice.
The vocal range is low. From his tone, I can feel the strength of his intention.
I guess it is an adult man’s tone. If he is a human being, I can imagine he is quietly inclining a glass of sake at a bar. Although he is a horse.
“Um…Would you please carry me around on your back?” (Arge)
“Huh, … a young miss like you?” (Horse)
“Yes, I want you to take me outside this country.” (Arge)
“It will be good, but there are conditions” (Horse)
“What is it?” (Arge)
As expected I do not think he allow me to simply get on.
Because he is a horse, he would not be interested in money … then I will pay with carrots.
If he is asking for something else from me, I will respond as much as possible.
Because he is not a parasitic target, I must repay him properly.
Anonymous horse looked at me with his small and glossy eyes and said.
“I do not want to listen to anyone who is slower than me. If you want me, you must catch me first, missy” (Horse)