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Chapter 17 – The Pressure of Their Gazes Is Unbearable
Even after hearing my words, the refugees’ representatives did not open their mouths for a while, staring at me intently. I wondered if they were trying to figure out my true intentions. Still, it’s not strange. For these people, I’m just a person they hate.
But you know, I’m a human. As a matter of course, no matter how much I want to return the favor to Sylphy, there’s no way I can continue to lend my support to someone who sees me as an enemy. It would be difficult to maintain motivation based on the debt I owe to Sylphy.
That’s why I have to make sure that they accept me to some extent. The only grudge I have against them is that I was surrounded and almost tortured to death on the first day. In fact, I wasn’t injured at all, and if they want me to let it slide, I can let it slide without any problem.
Besides, motivation is not the only problem. There are going to be times when I have to entrust my back to them in future battles. It would be fatal if I couldn’t trust them with my back in times of need, and there was no way I could let them use a powerful weapon like a crossbow against me. There’s no way I would ever let a bolt with the power to shoot through Gizma’s shell go into my back.
“…Okay, I’ll believe you for now. If Her Highness believes in you, then I shall too. But if you betray her, be prepared for that. Even if the only thing I have left is my head, I will stab you in the heart with this horn.”
I nodded, and Danan followed with a stern look.
“Let’s introduce ourselves again. I’m Danan, a Merinard Kingdom Imperial Guard. I was the vice commander of the knights.”
Danan then made a fist with his right hand and made a gesture as if he was tapping his chest. Perhaps it was a kind of salute of the Merinard knights. Danan is a big, muscular man. Two thick, sharp, buffalo-like horns sprouted from between his flaming red hair.
He is currently dressed only in shabby clothes, but it would have been intimidating if this giant had been wearing metal armor. A halberd would have been a good weapon for him.
“I’m next. My name is Melty. In the Merinard Kingdom, I worked as one of the internal affairs officials. Pleased to meet you.”
The one who bowed her head slightly was a woman with sheep-like horns growing out of her head. She looked like a lady at a blooming age, with a somewhat intellectual atmosphere. Her face is probably one of the most beautiful, but she looked a little plain. Her hairstyle and clothes seemed to be a bit unrefined. She seems to be the type of person who would not be popular outwardly but would have secret admirers among her colleagues.
Her breasts are a good match for Sylphy’s. Oh, snap. I only looked at her for a moment, but she stared at me with very cold eyes. They say women are sensitive to this kind of gaze, right? I’m sorry. But it’s just the nature of men, so please forgive me.
“Then, I’m next. Isla. I was a member of the Merinard Kingdom court mages.”
A small girl who called herself Isla said so briefly and lowered her head. She’s wearing a triangular hat to cover her face, or perhaps her eyes.
I couldn’t really tell her hair color because she was wearing a hat so tightly, but she was a very distinctive woman. She was a so-called one-eyed girl. Her single large eye occupied about half of her face. I could hardly see it, though. She seemed to have some kind of complex about her appearance. Her gestures were so cute that I was tempted to take a peek, but I decided to hold back for now.
“I’m Qubi. I don’t have as big a title as the other three, but I’m confident in my abilities. My strength is… well, like a normal beastman. I think I’m pretty good with my senses.”
The last person to introduce himself was a fox-faced beastman. Rather, his face is completely fox-like. He is a beastman with a high degree of furry.
His physique is slender and looks unreliable, but he seems to be very agile. He looks a little different from the so-called skinny macho. I guess it would be better to say that he looks sharpened. I have a vague feeling that we might be compatible.
“Okay, now that the introductions are done, let’s move on. As I said earlier, our fate is in the hands of Kosuke.”
“He can make a lot of things in large quantities, is that right? What exactly is he capable of?”
“I think it would be faster to see it in action. Let’s go to the field.”
Answering Melty’s question, Sylphy quickly got up from her chair and began to walk briskly. The executives looked at each other; then they looked at me.
“I guess Sylphy’s right, too. I’d prefer it if you could actually see it and judge for yourself.”
“What are you doing? Come on, let’s go!”
Sylphy shouted from a short distance away. The executives and I looked at each other and sat up. Oh, Isla was the only one who didn’t look at me. What a shame.
“Is this the right place?”
“Hmm, yeah. I think it’s good.”
There were hardly any people at the construction site. Everyone must have gone to the kitchen. I’m getting a little hungry, too. Well, I guess I should be more focused on the construction site right now.
“Your Highness, what does the ability to create things have to do with construction sites?”
“Well, you’ll see.”
Sylphy smiles with her usual grin. Yeah, I bet she imagines the look of surprise on Danan and the others’ faces now. I’m starting to get to know Sylphy a little better myself.
“Hey, can I break it down a bit?”
“I don’t care. Just do what you think is best.”
“Aye aye, ma’am.”
Now that I had Sylphy’s approval, I took the pickaxe out of my inventory.
What I’m trying to do is to clear the area where the wall is halfway built. Basically, the building blocks I can place are in the shape of a 1m x 1m x 1m cube. If I want to build a solid wall without holes, I’d better put the blocks on a solid flat surface.
“Actually, I should dig down about a meter to lay the foundation.”
I wielded the pickaxe, destroying the wall in the process. Oh, the dried bricks will be added to the item list after the destruction. I might be able to use it later.
“The wall is disappearing just from waving the pickaxe…?”
“I can’t see any flow of magic.”
“I don’t know, but it’s amazing!”
When the groundwork is finished, it is time to install the brick blocks. It looks like it’s 2 meters thick and 2.5 meters high, but the top part is a bit complicated. First of all, I need to build a wall 2m thick and 2m high.
I made as many brick blocks as I could while I was building the cabin yesterday, so I should be fine.
“Hoy, hoy, hoy, hoy, hoy!”
I rhythmically piled up the brick blocks to make the wall. As long as there are enough bricks, building a straight wall is a simple task. I finished building a 30-meter long, 2-meter thick, and 2-meter high wall in less than five minutes.
“There are still more building materials, but if you just want to check my abilities, this would be enough, right?”
“Yes, it is. But it’s not high enough.”
“Yeah, the top one has to be a half block in height, and it’s not flat, right? That’s why I decided to do it all at once, after seeing how the rest of the building was built.”
“Well, that makes sense. You can’t convince people just by looking at it. Just touch it and see for yourself.”
At Sylphy’s suggestion, the executives approached the brick wall I had built and began to touch and stroke it.
“Princess, is it okay if I kick it?”
“The brick wall was designed to withstand Gizma’s attack. If it is broken just by a kick, it will be a big problem. You should really kick it around with the intention of destroying it.”
Qubi began to kick the brick wall with enthusiasm. Perhaps inspired by that, Danan also began to push hard and give a sort of sumo wrestler’s push. While Melty did not do anything as if she was satisfied with the situation, Isla was staring at the wall with her big eyes.
“In this short period of time, he can build a wall that would take two weeks to build, even with all hands on deck? Certainly, it seems that he has the power just as Your Highness said.”
“But there is no way it can be built without any cost. It doesn’t make sense.”
Melty nodded with crossed arms as if she was impressed, but in contrast to Melty, Isla shook her head and turned her gaze to me. Her eyes were so big that they seemed to be sucking me in as she stared at me.
“What kind of trick did you use? There was no flow of magic at all. It’s as if there was a wall there from the start. That’s against the laws of the world. If it’s not a trick, then it’s either a miracle of God or a trick of the devil.”
I don’t even know what the principle of this ability is. I sincerely agree with her that it’s like a fake ability. It completely ignores the world’s laws, like the law of conservation of mass and all that.
The big eyes come one step closer to me.
“I understand that.”
“Tell me more.”
The big eyes come even closer. I felt like a crow being stared at by a crow repellent. In other words, the feeling of intimidation is beyond compare. I turned my head to the side. She’s just a shy girl until recently, but she’s closing the distance between us now.
“Kuku… tell her as much as you can. Isla will not move a muscle until she is convinced. I’ll go and test the durability of the wall.”
Isla has already approached me to the limit and is almost looking up at me from below. Her small hands are gripping my chest. It seems that she has no intention of letting me go.
“All right, all right, just calm down. Why don’t we sit down and talk about it?”
I took out a log before it was processed into the wood and placed it on the ground as a chair. I’ll put one for Melty as well.
“First things first…”
And I began to explain to Isla about my crafting abilities.
“Unreasonable, irrational. In the first place, the input and output are too different. And it doesn’t make any sense that it comes with a container made of a material I don’t understand.”
When she saw that a wooden canteen containing a liter of water produced a plastic bottle containing 1.5 liters of drinking water, Isla complained, and I nodded deeply in agreement.
“Do you cheat it in your inventory?”
“No, I didn’t. I really made it on this bonfire.”
“In the first place, the idea of making safe drinking water out of raw water in a wooden canteen over a bonfire is ridiculous. If you’re boiling it once, you need a pot or something. If you put the water in a wooden canteen and throw it into the fire, the wood will burn, and the contents will leak.”
“Yeah, that’s right. But it just happens.”
“It’s beyond absurd. Besides, that inventory is insane. There is no way you can stop the time of what is in there. If I wanted to do the same thing with magic, I would need to have enough magic power to wipe out half the territory of the Merinard Kingdom.”
“That’s fine, Isla. There’s not a single thing wrong with an increase. Just by passing through him, raw water will become drinkable water that can be preserved, and it will increase by fifty percent. It’s wonderful.”
Melty was in a very good mood in response to Isla’s dissatisfaction. The absurdity of the crafting ability seems to be a welcome relief to her, as she struggles to make ends meet with the few supplies she has to feed the refugees. Her eyes were glittering. She’s scary.
“Can you make food with this crafting ability?”
“Ah, yeah, I haven’t really tried it, though.”
“Let’s try it. We should try it right away. If it’s increased by fifty percent like the water, it will be a great benefit. Come on, let’s go try it now.”
“It might give us a chance to unravel the absurdity.”
The two of them take both my arms and start trying to drag me somewhere.
“Help! Help! Master, help! They will kidnap me!”
“Hahaha, they’re getting along pretty well.”
“Oh, he’s pretty popular. I’m so jealous.”
Sylphy and Qubi looked at me with smiles on their faces. The dialogue is a bit stilted, you fox. Danan is ignoring me and observing the wall. I have been abandoned! Sylphy, you’re a liar!
“The more tools you have, the more you can do, right? So let’s put all the cooking and food processing tools into your inventory.”
“From what I hear, the simpler the item, the closer it is to the raw material, the more efficient it is. If we let this guy grind grain, the resulting grain flour could be fifty percent more efficient than normal.”
“That’s great. I’ll definitely have him try that.”
After this, the results came out just as Isla had predicted, and I was detained for about an hour and made into a millstone grinding machine. Without lunch, of course. I’m so hungry…