Chapter 60: It’s Here!
I began subjugating every day, so my life changed from an easy-going one into a busy one.
At any rate, I had a lot of things to do.
Even so, was my company really that black 1) if this is better than when I was in Japan?
I don’t want to think of myself as a workaholic.
We left for subjugations in the morning, so I prepared the potions for the Knights every night after dinner at the castle.
I felt completely like a witch since I was brewing potions in a cauldron in a dark room under candle light.
Corinna-san found me once and was shocked, “You’re still working at this time?”
The only things I do after I finish the potions was take a bath and then sleep.
Then, I woke up early in the mornings, got ready and headed out to the medicinal field before we had to leave for subjugation.
Yes, I went there to observe the flower pots that I had casted the 【Saint】technique on.
The flowerpots I saw that day were different from usual.
The smooth soil was bulging a little.
“How does it look?” I turned back to look at the person who had called out to me and saw Corinna-san.
“Look at this! It’s sprouting!”
“What did you say?!”
Corinna-san came here every day because she was curious about the plants.
I was so happy that it was sprouting, that I replied while turning back and Corinna-san also looked at the flowerpot in excitement.
We said in confirmation as we faced each other; we hadn’t planned this beforehand, so it made us laugh.
Then, we shouted in joy because we couldn’t control the outburst of emotion we were having.
I wanted to continue watching the medicinal herbs, but unfortunately, it was time for me to head out for subjugation.
I don’t know if the herbs would grow up well, even if it has sprouted.
I would have to come here to look at it again before it grows fully, and I would have to discuss this with Corinn-san after I return from subjugation. Then, Corinna-san left.
I probably wasn’t imagining the fact that Corinna-san looked as if she would start skipping at any moment.
“You seem to be in a good mood. Did something good happen?” Captain-san said during our lunch break.
I can’t speak for others (Corinna-san).
Even I was humming and about to sing.
“The seeds that I sowed have sprouted.”
“Are they medicinal herbs?”
“Yes. They’re hard to grow, so I’m happy they sprouted.”
I told him the reason and he laughed in understanding.
It was probably better to talk about in it more details, but there were things that Feudal Lord-sama and Corinna-san didn’t know yet, so I only went over it briefly.
“Were those medicinal herbs grown at the research institute as well?”
“Mm, they probably weren’t.”
“Then, will the research institute get new medicinal herbs?”
The research institute cultivated many herbs, but they didn’t cultivate the herbs that I was growing right now.
Because blessing was needed for cultivation.
Nonetheless, I couldn’t tell him the cultivation conditions, so I answered vaguely and he said something completely unexpected.
Cultivating it at the research institute, huh……
Right, if I bless the fields at the research institute then the cultivation conditions would be met.
I’m still in the middle of my experiment, but if it goes well then I should check with Corinna-san to see if I could cultivate it at the research institute.
“I’m not really sure if it would grow properly or not……”
“You can ask Johan for help.”
“He’s good at cultivating plants.”
I remembered when he said that; Director could use earth magic.
Earth magic had several convenient spells for raising medicinal herbs. Director used his magic freely and cultivated herbs that were said difficult to cultivate at the research institute.
Even if the herb that sprouted this morning didn’t grow well, it might be able to grow well with Director’s help.
No matter the result, I should talk to Corinna-san about whether I could continue the experiment at the research institute or not.
I decided on a plan in my head and break was done.
Huh? Already? I thought, but it can’t be helped.
The subjugations started close to the fief capital and eventually got further and further away.
The demons got stronger the further away we were and it became difficult to take breaks.
Because of that, it became inevitable that our breaks became shorter.
We could still prepare lunch on site, but it might become difficult later.
I thought absentmindedly, cleaned up and headed out.
The sprout? Nope.
A demon had appeared.
Captain-san whispered next to me when he saw the signal of a knight in the vanguard.
The knights were alert while walking, but they became tenser as soon as a demon appeared.
I also observed the demon so that I could provide support at any time.
The demon that appeared resembled nepenthes rafflesiana 2).
It had tentacles unlike the real thing and it moved around in a winding motion.
It might be dreadful to get caught in its tentacles, but the knights smoothly dodged them and commenced their attack.
And, it was defeated easily thanks to their skilful teamwork.
I was relieved because no one was injured this time.
The results of their daily training was demonstrated perfectly.
“Good work. It was easy, wasn’t it?”
“It was fine. But, the demons are getting stronger, so we can’t be unprepared.” Captain-san nodded and replied with a serious expression on his face.
The knights had the advantage at the moment, but I don’t know when the scales would tip towards the demons.
There was a saying that went like this, “Unpreparedness is one’s greatest enemy,” so it was probably better to stay focused.
In fact, they were gradually taking longer to defeat the demons.
“I feel like the demons are showing up more.”
“Yeah. It might be at the back.”
I nodded at Captain-san who was keeping an eye on the direction we were moving in.
Captain-san didn’t clearly say ‘what’ was there, but we were probably expecting the same thing.
At the West forest, we experienced encountering stronger demons the further we went in with the demons spawning more often.
Seems like there’ll be one here, the black swamp that is.
I don’t know if it’s because I’m expecting it, or I’ve seen it before, or because I know how to deal with it, but I’m not as nervous as I was at the West Forest.
Our surroundings confirm this.
More demons appeared and I was on my guard so that I wouldn’t get injured, but I wasn’t anxious.
Even if there was a swamp, I could annihilate it with the 【Saint】technique.
I did wonder about what I should do if I failed, but I’ve already pushed that to the back of my mind.
If there was another problem, then it would be the demons around the swamp.
We predicted that a lot of demons would appear around it since they gushed out from the swamp.
This was what had happened at the West Forest.
With how many demons spawn from the swamp, I guess it could be compared to the so-called Monster Houses in dungeons.
But this was in a forest, so it might be better than the enclosed Monster House, but it was still extremely dangerous to take on that many demons at once.
The demons attacked one after another and even Head Magician-sama, who is a battle fanatic, had trouble dealing with them.
But one of the reasons why he had trouble might be because he couldn’t use A.O.E magic inside of the forest.
Since I have a feeling that I heard him complain or something at that time, “Argh, dammit! I just want to burn them all!”
It was soon after that that we could see that things were worse than we imagined.