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Chapter 105 – Crash’s Magic Leveled Up?!
“First, we need to find somewhere a little less crowded. Mac, do you know someplace?” Crash asked me with a tilt of his head as we left the gate.
“I’ve only been going back and forth between the farm and the inn, so I don’t have a clue.”
“Ah, that’s right.”
When I replied that I hadn’t really been around town at all, Crash suddenly flashed me a smile.
“Let’s go to the farm and borrow some space from that farmer guy.”
“What the hell are you planning to do? I’m not going to help you break things or anything like that.”
“Of course not. I’m not that brutal.”
Laughing, I hurried after Crash, who was moving swiftly toward the farm.
Oh, if we were going back to Tre, I should stock up a little more at Monto-san’s. I wanted some of those fresh flowers that served as the base for the dried flowers I bought. I wondered if there were any flowers that could be used to make oil here. I really regretted not being able to shop in Sette.
While I was thinking about that, we arrived at our destination. When I rang the bell, a loud sound echoed through the farm.
“Oh, it’s Mac and you too, brother. What’s up? Shopping?”
Monto-san came out right away.
For now, I wanted to buy as much stuff as I could from Monto-san.
At some point, Crash said, “Hey? Is the price different? Nice!” so I could tell that Monto-san was being very flexible with me.
I wondered if it was really okay for him to be giving me a discount after all the help he’d given me. I’m so sorry.
My inventory was replenished, my wallet lightened, and I was satisfied.
Seeing me like that, Crash stepped forward.
“Um, could you please lend me a secluded spot to use? I’m going back to Tre with Mac, and I don’t want anyone to see us.”
When he saw Crash bowing his head as he asked this, Monto-san let out a deep sigh, said “Come on,” and invited us into his home.
“What are you planning to do, brother?”
“Well, I feel like my magic power has been boosted, so I thought I’d see if I could jump all the way up to Tre with Mac. I could jump just fine by myself, but I wanted to see how different the magic was between the two of us. But Mac is the only one I can ask to do it.”
“With a magical teleportation circle.”
Wow, Crash, your magical power increased that much? I was surprised when I heard that from beside me. I used almost half of my MP to jump from the aristocrat district to here. I mean, all the way up to the Tre? How much more MP did you get, Crash? I’m jealous.
“Isn’t that dangerous? What if you ran out of magic power halfway?”
“Then I wouldn’t be able to finish the jump, and I’d have to respecify the location.”
“I see. Well then, be careful on your way home.”
Perhaps convinced by Crash’s words, Monto-san’s eyes relaxed. Then he waved his hand.
Crash was about to start writing midair, but then he paused.
“If I succeed, can I come back here in four days? I have to come back to pick up Mac’s boyfriend, but I probably can’t jump with all three of us yet. Is it okay if I come here alone?”
It looked like he was serious about coming for Vidello-san. Good boy, Crash.
I would’ve liked to come too, but I was fairly sure the number of people would make a difference in the degree of MP consumption. That would be too much trouble. Maybe I should bring him a lot of S Rank MP Potions since he seemed to use a lot of MP.
“Come on over. You’re always welcome. I’m Monto by the way. Nice to meet you.”
“I’m Crash, and I’m the new owner of the Tre General Store.”
After the introductions, Crash took my hand.
“I don’t know if I’ll succeed. Let’s go back to Tre.”
He laughed, and then he drew a magic circle much faster than I could have ever managed.
The next thing I knew, we were inside the general store that he had been aiming for.
Wow, we’d made it.
I was really surprised, and Crash, who was standing next to me, gave me a smug look.
No, it was honestly amazing but the look on his face was so frustrating.
“How’s that? My magic’s pretty good, huh?”
“Amazing. It’s seriously too awesome. How did you increase your magic power? I want to increase mine too.”
“Hmmm, well I guess if you let your magic run wild, it will increase. That’s what happened to mine.”
Yes, you’ve come up with a frightening proposal, Crash-san. It was impossible. I couldn’t just let my magic run wild. I mean, I didn’t even know how to do that.
“I think I’ll just level up steadily…”
I wondered if there was a way to raise my level that would increase my MP. I’d have to look it up next time.
I did some shopping at Crash’s store as well, then decided to try my hand at the magic circle too.
The destination was my workshop, which I knew very well.
My fingers didn’t move very fast, but I was incredibly happy to see the letters I was drawing in the air light up.
“Bye, Crash. Thanks for taking me home.”
As I said that to Crash, who waved his hand, I drew the last letter. At that moment, I was struck by the same feeling I had felt earlier.
When I looked at my MP, I saw that it hadn’t decreased much, perhaps because of the proximity of Crash’s store to my workshop, or perhaps because I had jumped alone.
Maybe if I kept repeatedly teleporting to Crash’s store, my level would eventually go up. I hoped so. It sounded so convenient.
The first thing I did when I got back was go through the materials and other items that had been haphazardly packed and sort them by type and rarity.
I had been collecting various materials for a year and a half.
I put all of my excess materials in a storeroom, and it had become so jumbled up that it was hard to understand what was actually in there.
I shoved all the materials from my bag inventory into the storeroom too and organized them first.
What I realized after sorting through my inventory was that I didn’t have many monster materials.
Monster materials were mostly used for alchemy. It seemed that materials for alchemy and the ones for normal medicine were in completely different categories. I could put the materials for the medicine into the alchemy pot, but the materials for alchemy could only be used for alchemy no matter how hard I tried. Rather, it seemed like most alchemy materials looked like [ Mysterious Materials ] to everyone else.
“I started using the alchemist job because I thought it was fun to get strange materials from hunting monsters…”
So did this mean that I needed to go hunt monsters as a pharmacist to get anything started?
Or maybe I just needed to make a deal with someone else.
“What should I do? Should I get it myself or…?”
Ah, that reminded me, in the first town, trading between players was the mainstay of the town.
“If I were to write out a list of the materials I want and leave a tag saying I want to buy them, I wonder if there would be people willing to sell them to me. There might be. But I’ve never done any trading, so I don’t know the etiquette for such things.”
If that was the case, then I should get right to it.
I sent a chat to Yuuta.
[ Do you know how to do trading? ]
I figured if he was in the middle of a battle or something, I wouldn’t get a reply, so I started to continue organizing the storeroom.
Oh, I forgot to go to Sei’s library. I was too busy. I’d have to look around the next time I went there. I wanted to get some more recipes. Ahhh, I wanted to try alchemy!
I was getting tired from organizing the warehouse, and I stopped frequently to think about random things.
Then, a message arrived with a —ping—.
It was a chat from Yuuta.
[ Buy my stuff. I’m broke. I can’t buy the new equipment they’re selling in Nove. ]
The content was so direct that it blew me away.
I didn’t shop much, so I almost never ran out of money. Crash bought from me at a very high price too.
Laughing, I sent a reply.
[ It depends on what stuff but I need a lot of monster materials. I have money. Give me stuff. ]
[ I’ll give you lots of stuff. So give me money. ]
[ I’ll transfer the money to you through the guild. Take my money and send the stuff through the guild to Tre. Hurry up and get me my stuff. ]
[ Right away. ]
Thus, our negotiations were concluded.
I immediately left for the guild with a large sum of money in my hand. But the monsters Yuuta defeated… Oh, they might all be rare materials.
When you registered with a guild, you could also send items and money through them. If we pay them over here, they could give it to someone else at a different part of the guild. It was convenient, just like a bank.
I paid the guild office the amount of money that Yuuta had specified, asked them to confirm the number of days it would take to receive the goods, and headed straight to the gate. I’d go collect some materials by myself. It would be a good distraction.
When I walked through the gate, the gatekeeper who was always teasing me and Vidello-san was standing there. The moment he saw me, his face lit up. He walked up to me and said, “Mac, rejoice!”
This was exactly how our town’s gatekeepers were supposed to be. I was relieved by his friendliness.
“Long time no see. What’s up?”
I stopped and turned to the gatekeeper, who smiled broadly and held out his hands.
“Your husband will be home soon!”
Yes, I knew that. But thanks.
As if being influenced by the gatekeeper, I also started to smile.