Chapter 151 . 2 : Sudden Change
「In that case, just don’t tell the local lord . 」
Donner muttered so .
「No, that’s not a choice either . Seeing that Flora-sama’s condition keeps deteriorating, if her condition doesn’t improve during her stay in this village or if it turns out that her illness is an endemic……… . . 」
Scratching his head, Will talked about the reasons for why there was no other choice than to rely on the local lord .
「Humph, in short, you’re just scared . Your sudden change of attitude is simply because you don’t want to be the only one who is responsible for this matter . 」
「HaaA?？ I’m not scared!」
Furrowing his eyebrows, Will said so in response to Donner’s mocking remark .
「In that case, you should tell Flora-sama . Tell her that you’re going to report to the local lord if her condition doesn’t get better in a few days . In addition, you should ask her if there’s something that troubles her . 」
「I’ve told you that it’s better to not probe too deeply regarding her situation . I’ve no problem with asking those questions . The problem is if things get more complicated due to my questions, what would you do if you were in my position ? 」
Will retorted, almost shouting at Donner . But, Donner refused to back down .
「That’s why I said that you’re getting scared . I mean you basically never told us about this matter up till now . 」
Donner replied without holding back as if to sneer at Will’s wimpy nature .
「………… YOU BASTARD, ARE YOU TRYING TO PICK A FIGHT WITH ME? 」
Will’s face stiffened due to anger . The other men just listened to the situation in silence as they thought about the reason for their quarrel .
「Humph, the one who pushed us away first was you right . 」
「Because things would get messy if you guys suddenly intruded!」
「And you only talked about it when it was convenient for you . 」
Donner said so as he glared at Will .
「You bastard………… quite a chatterbox when it comes to Flora-sama’s condition aren’t you? Well then, if you were in my position, what would you do to protect Flora-sama? 」
Maybe because he was already at the end of the rope, Will asked such a question in a fit of anger .
「Humph, I can do more than you, at least I won’t turn into a coward like you!」
「YOU BASTARD! 」
Will was about to punch Donner in hearing his blunt answer . ―,
「Oi, cut it out already! 」
Naturally the other men stopped Will .
「LET GO OF ME! 」
Will tried to shake off the others in order to punch Donner, but――,
He couldn’t help but be pushed away by their strength . Even if he were to challenge Donner in a contest of strength, Will had no chance of winning against Donner who had a stronger physique than him .
「Humph, aside from your loose lips, you’re powerless against me . You won’t be able to protect Flora-sama . In the first place, the one who guided Flora-sama to the village chief’s house was me!」
Saying so, Donner looked down on Will with a triumphant face .
「Then, show me how you’re going to protect her! I don’t think you can do anything for her! You can say that since you don’t know about Flora-sama’s current condition! I already have no choice other than relying on our local lord! 」
Even if Flora won’t agree to that idea―― And thus, Will ranted on and on about what he was feeling lately while glaring at Donner with a menacing gaze .
「…………………… . . Humph!」
Frowning, Donner stared back at Will . Donner was making a scary face, though Will couldn’t read his mind, he felt that it was something unpleasant towards himself . Then, a while later, he suddenly turned around and left them .
「Ah, oi . Donner, where do you think you’re going! 」
When the other young men asked him――,
「…………… . . The break time is over . 」
Turning around lightly, Donner muttered those words and left . The other young men, including Will were left behind as they watched Donner’s retreating back embarrassed .
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After that, Donner who had pretended to go back to work took a detour from the agricultural field towards the house at the center of the village .
On the way, when he passed by another villager who was already at the prime of his life――,
「Are, if it isn’t Donner… What’s the matter? 」
The other person called out to himas his house wasn’t located in the middle of the village, it was slightly separated from the rest of the houses in the village . And since work was about to begin, there might be no reason for him to be in the middle of the village during this time .
「……… . . My farming tools were in a slightly bad shape . 」
Donner averted his gaze, feeling guilty about lying to another person as he showed the hoe in his hand .
「Ha~h . I see . Then return immediately after you fix it . 」
The man said so without thinking too much about it . Despite the lack of courtesy, Donner didn’t mind it so much as the one who had said those words was a villager from the same village as himself .
「……… . Yeah . 」
Heaving a sigh, after nodding at the man, he went away as it is . ――,
「Come to think of it, HEY DONNER! 」
The man called Donner as if he suddenly recalled something .
「…………… . What’s the matter 」
Donner shuddered, and as soon as he turned around――,
「Please be careful since you’re going to scare the young women . 」
The man said so while laughing heartily .
Frowning, Donner clicked his tongue and left in silence . The man went towards the field, still laughing at Donner .
（Everybody just keeps making fun of me!）
Donner stepped on the ground, feeling angry . He felt that everyone in the village was looking down on him . The girls didn’t approach him as they thought of him as weird and spoke ill of him behind his back . Such a persecution complex started emerging from within, overflowing endlessly .
（Look . Even someone like me……… . will go to save you . I won’t leave you to that wussy Will . I will show you how to do it, Will!）
He turned around . Or to be exact, he wanted to turn around . He couldn’t accept the fact that Will was the only one allowed to see Flora . Despite only having his glib tongue with his status as the village chief’s son, he received a lot of attention from the other girls . He came later and yet had become the only one close to Flora . Even though the one who had talked to Flora first was him―― .
And so on, while thinking about such things, Donner arrived at the house of the village chief . ―、
（He should be in the middle of morning patrol right now . I must finish this right away before he realizes the strange situation . ）
And so, he secretly approached the village chief’s house . Each member of the village chief’s family, including the village chief himself were assigned to their own jobs . However, even though the village chief, as the one who held the official position, was supposed to stay at home, he mostly spent his time outside it . Donner knew that right now, he wasn’t at home and had yet to return since leaving that morning .
Then again, as Flora was staying in his house right now, he might have left someone in the house, so he observed the situation inside the house from a slight opening at the front door .
（Yup, no one is inside . Let’s enter now . ）
After confirming that no one was inside the house, Donner went inside immediately . The house was very quiet .
（She should be on the second floor . ）
He had a grasp of the village chief’s house as he had visited it many times before . Thus, Donner went towards the second floor with ease .
After he reached the second floor and the sole guest room there, he stood in front of it for a while before he knocked on it . He sharpened his hearing to make sure he did not miss any sound from inside and then――,