Takarakuji De 40-oku Atattandakedo Isekai Ni Ijuu Suru - Chapter 88
Chapter 88: Trauma
「Then, let's continue where we left before. I want you to tell me about the medicine used in Isteria. I had heard from Valetta-san that medicine is quite expensive in this world......」(Kazura)
When Kazura first arrived in this world, Valetta mistook LipoD as this world's medicine that she said「I am fully aware that even if I sell myself, the money is still not enough to obtain one.」
He didn't know how much the market price if a farmer's daughter were to be sold in a slave shop, but the amount of money would be between 50 to 100 Ar.
Isaac, who was silently watching the conversation between Kazura and Havel until now, began to speak up to answer Kazura's question.
「Certainly there are many expensive medicines, but it depends on the kind. Salve, mouthwash, constipation medicine are relatively cheap and can even be obtained in the grocers. However, for medicine to treat illness, the medicinal plants itself are very rare so it is expensive and the Shaman Guild monopolize the recipe for the medicine. Even the medicinal herb cultivation that will become the source of the medicine is run by the Shaman Guild at the medicinal herb garden in the middle of Isteria.」(Isaac)
「Shaman? ...... Uum, you mean the people who apply curses or cure diseases with charms?」(Kazura)
When Kazura heard the word ’’Shaman’’, he remembered the television program back in Japan that featured a backwater tribe.
He also recalled that the shaman was also called as witch doctor or medicine man, but he only remembered the image of a person chanting some kind of mysterious incantation or burning a smoke.
He also felt that he saw the scene of them creating medicine by boiling herbs, but his memory was rather fuzzy.
「That's right. The role of Shaman is divination and healing diseases with prayers and medicines. Before the war, they will also perform divination using animal's entrails to forecast victory or defeat.」(Isaac)
「divination...... Is it reliable?」(Kazura)
「It's fifty-fifty, so it's not reliable.」(Isaac)
Kazura asked with a keen interest and Isaac answered him while smiling wryly.
「However, there are also cases where the divination results had been decided beforehand to raise the morale. I don't know how many people will believe it, but since there are no people who feel bad when they are informed that the result is good, at the very least, it has a good effects on the morale. Well, there are many soldiers that thought that if they have spare time, then rather than hearing a divination, it should be used for praying to Ormasior-sama instead.」(Isaac)
「Ah, is that so? I see......」(Kazura)
Kazura was curious about what kind of grandiose divination that was practiced, but as expected, a fortune telling might be correct and also might not be correct.
He also wanted to ask about Ormasior, but since it will be strange for a God to ask about another God, he refrained from doing so.
By the way, Kazura didn't know about this, but Ormasior is the name for the God of War.
A God of War who is believed to grant courage and strength to his believer.
It wasn't a powerful God who will grant victory just by believing, but he granted courage and strength. Though his divine protection tends to be complicated, on contrary, he was friendly, so he was widely loved even by people outside the military.
「Therefore, Shaman's main duty is to heal diseases. Since I will hand the report of the varieties of medicine and prayers later, I hope that you may confirm it.」(Isaac)
「I understand. I leave it in your hand.」(Kazura)
Since he was planning on tackling the sanitation and well digging problem first, the problem of whether or not he could get involved in medicine would be left for the next time.
If things didn't progress well then this could be after several months, so it best to collect information beforehand.
Afterward, Kazura and the others continued their friendly conversation around the campfire for awhile.
Night, the next day.
Kazura and the others had arrived at the plaza at Nelson estate that was still and silent.
Kazura carried his travel bag and alighted from the carriage and then Zirconia came from the estate to welcome him.
Zirconia's attire was the usual loose pink tunic.
The time was already 1 o'clock in the night.
Usually, Zirconia or Kazura would stop their work in the office at 11 or 12 o'clock, so she might have been waiting for Kazura's return.
Although, even when they returned to their room, they would bring their work with them and continue, or they often remain in the office and continued with the work as it is, so she might have been staying awake and working.
「Kazura-san, welcome back. The long journey must be tiring.」(Zirconia)
Zirconia spoke up her greeting towards Kazura who was stretching himself.
Behind Kazura, Havel was helping Marie to alight from the carriage.
When Marie had alighted, she ran towards the wagon to help Havel unloading the cargo.
Isaac and the servants were already at the wagon and began to carefully unload the cargo.
「I'm back. I've been able to return just as planned. Ah, so tired......」(Kazura)
「Fufu, you must have a tough time, right? Did your investigation turn out well?」(Zirconia)
「Yes, I have found everything that is needed. I also have procured various tools, this surely will be useful.」(Kazura)
When Kazura answered like this, Zirconia smiled delightedly.
「Well, that is gladdening. But, you must have been tired from travelling inside the carriage for a long time, right? Since the bath had been warmed, you could enter anytime.」
「Oh, I appreciated that. Has Zirconia-san already taken a bath yet?」(Kazura)
「Eh? No, I haven't yet.」(Zirconia)
「Then, when you have a bath, try to use this. It will remove your tiredness.」(Kazura)
Kazura took out a paper bag that contained bath salts from his travel bag and then handed over the paper bag to Zirconia.
Other than bath salts, the bag also contains shampoo, conditioner, and then the same soap that was used in Grisea Village.
Zirconia looked at the goods inside the paper bag with a puzzled expression.
Kazura took out the bath salt plastic case from the paper bag that Zirconia held.
The label that was written in large letters spelling out 『Shinsuu Shirahone Onsen's Essence』.
「This is what's called Onsen's Essence. You mix it with the water before entering the bath. It has a good scent and will warm your body to remove the fatigue. The amount to use is about......」(Kazura)
Zirconia nodded attentively at Kazura's explanation of how to use the goods.
When he finished explaining everything, Zirconia held the bag near her chest and smiled delightedly.
「To give me this much, thank you very much. I will use it at once tonight.」(Zirconia)
「You're welcome. I am glad if you are pleased with it...... Ah, that's right. After you came from the bath, can you come to my room? There is something else I want to give.」(Kazura)
Inside the paper bag, there were no beauty care products like the moisturizing gel.
Since Zirconia couldn't read Japanese at all, Kazura thought that he must explain while showing how to use it directly, so he didn't put these products inside the paper bag that he had given to her.
If she came to his room after bathing then it might also be the right time to explain how to use the beauty products.
Since Kazura had read the instruction paper with Valetta about how to use it back in Grisea Village, he should be able to pull it off one way or another.
Even so, until Zirconia came to his room, he thought that it might be better to do some review.
When she heard Kazura's request, Zirconia for some reason made a surprised expression and asked back.
Kazura didn't comprehend the meaning behind Zirconia's reaction and so he replied while tilting his head.
「I-I under...... stand......」(Zirconia)
Zirconia nodded with a slight stiffened expression while still holding the paper bag close to her chest. Even though that Kazura thought that it was strange, Kazura entered the estate to enter the bath.
After bathing, Kazura returned to his room and then connected the large refrigerator that had been transported to his room with the power generator and turned it on. After that, he quickly transferred the frozen food inside the cooler box to the large refrigerator.
Currently, he was sitting in the bed and reading the instruction paper of the beauty care products.
Atop the table in front of Kazura, there were a flask that contains the hot water he made in the kitchen, glass pot with herbs, and then the wooden box with the beauty care products.
The beauty products inside the wooden box had been taken out from its packaging box.
Kazura carefully reading the explanation for some time when the door was knocked.
「It's me, Zirconia.」(Zirconia)
The door opened after Kazura replied, and then Zirconia entered.
Zirconia wasn't wearing her usual tunic, but a beige shin-length one piece dress.
Perhaps, this was her sleeping clothes.
For some reason, her expression felt a bit gloomy, so something might have happened.
「Thank you for waiting......」(Zirconia)
「Ah, please have a sit. I am brewing a tea right now.」(Kazura)
Kazura called out to Zirconia who was standing still in the room's entrance and then stood up from the bed before heading towards the table and took the flask.
Zirconia nodded, and then for some reason, she didn't walk to the table but towards the bed and sat on it.
「(...... Why is she sitting on the bed?)」(Kazura)
A strange premonition arose at Kazura's mind towards Zirconia who had a very different air than she usually had.
However, he rethought it as just his imagination and then pour hot water into the glass pot while turning his back at Zirconia.
「What do you think about the bath salts that I have given to you? Your body feels warmer right?」(Kazura)
「Yes, my body feel a lot warmer and my tiredness is gone.」(Zirconia)
「I see, then that's good.」(Kazura)
「W-what about the shampoo?」(Kazura)
「Yes, my hair has never been silkier than right now and it's really easy to wash them. The soap too, has a nice scent.」(Zirconia)
The conversation didn't continue and silence descent into the room.
Only the tick tock sound from the needle of the analog clock placed at the small table beside the bed could be heard inside the room.
「Alright, the tea is ready. Since it's hot, be careful not to get...... burne-......」
Kazura spoke these words as he holds the cup with the herb tea and turned around.
Then, when he looked at Zirconia's expression who was sitting on the bed, he stopped moving.
Zirconia was huddling herself from extreme nervousness and looked at Kazura with an expression as if she was ready to cry.
「...... Ka-Kazura-san, I-I...... I'm......」(Zirconia)
Kazura spontaneously made a reply with a shrilled voice.
Zirconia was averting her eyes from Kazura and looked down at her own fists which were tightly grasping each other above her lap.
「I-I will do it properly, since this is...... my first time......」(Zirconia)
「Please go...... easy on...... me......」(Zirconia)
Zirconia was trembling while her tears started to fall, so Kazura hurriedly put the cup on the table and rushed over to her.
Zirconia unintentionally startled and quivered at Kazura who was rushing towards her.
Kazura kneeled at that place and then reached his hand out to touch Zirconias shoulder, but when he saw Zirconia's quivering appearance, he withdrew it.
「Why are you suddenly crying!? To begin with, I did not call you for that reason‼」(Kazura)
「Eh? But...... Eh?」(Zirconia)
Zirconia was still trembling and her eyes were still brimming with tears as she looked at Kazura who was kneeling in front of her.
「Ah...... I see, that's true, this is my fault......」(Kazura)
Kazura reminded of the conversation with Zirconia at the plaza and regretted his own thoughtless request.
Not only it was in the middle of the night, furthermore, he requested a woman to come to his room after bathing. Normally, it was an unthinkable request.
Since he recently had been working together with Zirconia from late night until dawn, his sense for such matter might have been numbed.
Zirconia's misunderstanding could also be thought as going too far, but considering the situation, the fault can be said to be on Kazura's side.
Since Zirconia was already frightened and began crying, there was no other option than to throw out an apology.
「I'm sorry to cause a misunderstanding. The reason why I called you to my room just now didn't have any meaning of asking you to accompany me in the night. It was just like I said, there is something that I want to give to you, only that.」(Kazura)
「Eh? Ah...... I-I se......e......」(Zirconia)
Once again, the awkward silence descended upon the room.
Whilst either of them didn't let out any words, time flowed like an eternity.
For the second time, only the tick tock sounds from the clock's needle resounded in the room.
There was only awkwardness.
The one who couldn't endure the silence first was Zirconia.
「M-my apology. There is no way that such request would be asked from someone like me. Even in the estate, there are a lot of beautiful girl...... To misunderstand, how foolish I am......」(Zirconia)
「Ah, no, I think that Zirconia-san is beautiful too. Your presence is also warm, like, or rather, healing!」(Kazura)
Once again, silence.
「...... etto...... will you do......it?」(Zirconia)
Just what kind of interpretation she had on Kazura's words, Zirconia once more said out an outrageous remark.
「N-no, since it's alright, you could return already, thank you.」(Kazura)
「I-Is that so......」(Zirconia)