Chapter Thirteen: Medicine
The sun fell below the horizon, and it was night . Raphtalia’s stomach started to rumble again, and so we left the room to get dinner at a restaurant .
The potatoes we had earlier were like a pre-dinner snack .
Raphtalia had never been to the restaurant, so she didn’t know what to order . My wallet was finally filling up, and we would spend the next few nights out in the field . I thought it was reasonable to give her a good meal .
“Give us two Delia sets, and some Naporata . ”
The waitress took our menus and went back to the kitchen .
“Let’s eat . ”
Raphtalia ate in silence but held my hand the whole time .
She must have been around ten years old . She looked hungry enough to eat my portion as well, so I ordered some more .
“We’ll be out in the fields tomorrow, so eat your fill tonight . ”
I wanted to tell her to eat or nod her head, but not to do both . She seemed to really enjoy the food though, so I didn’t say anything .
As we sat there, I realized that she had some other issue I needed to work on . I decided to take care of it when we got back to the room .
“Your hair is out of control . Let’s take care of that . ”
“… Okay . ”
She looked anxious . I put my hand on her head .
“It’ll be fine . I won’t give you a weird hairstyle or anything like that . ”
Really, leaving it like it was would be the worst thing to do .
I ran my fingers through her hair to get an idea of what needed to come off, then I took her knife and started cutting . I cut off hair that was too long, so that it fell around her shoulders, and that was it .
“There we go . That should do it . ”
The style seemed a lot more normal than how it was before .
Raphtalia spun around the room, smiling and giggling . She seemed happy .
I was cleaning up the pile of hair when my shield started to react .
… I hadn’t realized that .
I let the shield absorb the hair and tried to keep Raphtalia from noticing .
Then I opened the weapon book . It said that my shield’s level wasn’t high enough .
Damn, she was right behind me .
“Go to bed!”
She seemed, oddly, more upfront and honest than she had been yesterday .
She might start yelling in the night, so I decided to try and finish up my compounding as soon as I could .
You’ve made a nourishing beverage!
Nourishing Beverage: quality: poor to fair: effective for fatigue: quickly nourishes the person who drinks it
You’ve made medicine!
Medicine: quality: fair to normal: helps cure sickness . Not effective on serious sicknesses
Hmm… It seemed like I could make a variety of things from the grasses in the fields and mountains . And the apothecary was buying them from me at a good price . Still, they used a lot of resources . It was hard to know if I was coming out ahead .
In the end, I made six nourishing drinks, and a sizable portion of medicine .
But it was hard to make anything of a high quality, and so I don’t think I could make compounding into regular work . But hey, I was the Shield Hero, not the neighborhood pharmacist .
… I might as well let the shield absorb them .
Calorie Shield: conditions met
Energy Shield: conditions met
Potential Energy Shield: conditions met
Calorie Shield: ability locked:
equip bonus: stamina up (small)
Energy Shield: ability locked:
equip bonus: SP increase (small)
Potential Energy Shield: ability locked:
equip bonus: stamina use down (small)
It seemed like all the abilities were status abilities .
What was this stamina it was talking about? My strength?
I better look it up .
I’d better find out more about different herbs . I was getting a lot of abilities that I could use, but I wished there were more battle abilities .
Apparently the herbs I already had were not enough to unlock the abilities .
I stretched and decided to turn in for the night . I turned around and locked eyes with Raphtalia . She was asleep, though . Apparently, she was right about to start crying .
I clamped my hand down over her screams, and she calmed down a little . I held her against my chest and ran my fingers through her hair .
And that was it . She was much easier to calm down than she had been . I made to let her go, but she started to cry again . I guess there was no getting around it . We slept together that night .
… Cold . It was cold .
I could feel the sun on my face, and I opened my eyes . Raphtalia should have been sleeping with me, but I saw her across the room, curled into a ball in the corner .
“I’m sorry I’m sorry, I’m sorry I’m sorry!”
She was apologizing so furiously something had to be wrong . I arched my eyebrows and soon found out why I was so cold .
Yes… She had peed the bed .
I guess she thought I would be mad .
I didn’t know if it was normal for a ten-year-old to pee the bed, but I couldn’t get mad at her if she was staring at me with terrified eyes like that .
I walked over to her . I reached out my hand, but she curled away from it .
“Oh come on…”
I set my hand on her shaking shoulder .
“It doesn’t matter if you peed the bed . Let’s just hurry up and get this stuff washed and changed . ”
We’d need some equipment .
Raphtalia was looking at me in confusion .
“Aren’t you mad?”
“What’s the point in getting mad at a repentant person? If you feel bad, I won’t be mad . ”
The sheets were dirty . I wondered how much the innkeeper would want for the trouble . Regardless, I’d take the blanket for myself .
I went and explained the situation to the innkeeper, paid for the sheets, and then ran to the weapon shop to procure some new equipment .
The water from the well was very cold . I ran the sheets over the washboard and packed them away . On our way out to the fields, I found a tree branch to hang them on .
Raphtalia kept walking beside me like she was the worst thing in the world . It was getting on my nerves .
“I told you not to worry about it!”
“… Okay . ”
… She was an honest kid . But if she lost her motivation, it would be a problem for me too .
Her stomach was grumbling again .
Her face flushed red from embarrassment .
“Want to get some breakfast?”
“Um… sure . ”
She took hold of my sleeve and walked next to me .
“Okay, well, here’s your punishment . You have to drink this medicine . ”
I handed her the bottle .
I guess she had some kind of disease and would need to have the medicine regularly .
She sniffed at it and crinkled her nose in disgust . But by thinking it was punishment, she drank it down with some effort .
“Ugh… It’s so bitter . ”
“You can handle it . ”
She finished the bottle and looked, for a moment, like she might throw up .
By the way, I was able to sell the medicine we’d made for a good price . It wasn’t very high quality, but apparently supply had been running low .