I'm an alchemist. I've dumped self-restraint into the trash - Chapter 25
- I'm an alchemist. I've dumped self-restraint into the trash
- Chapter 25 - The man who gained a fortune
“Yup, you’re fine now,” Raith said, informing Sylvia of the results of the medical examination. Just like he had promised, he had come to see how she was doing the day after she drank the potion.
The spots on her skin had disappeared completely, and her magical energy was circulating smoothly. Her Magic Crystallization Syndrome had been successfully and completely cured.
It was Raith’s first encounter with this disease as well, so he was relieved that it had gone well.
Sylvia’s eyes sparked as she jumped up and down, unable to hold in the excitement. Since she had suddenly become unable to move her body, she must have been thrilled to be able to move again. The sight of the girl, with her red eyes and her long white hair that swayed as she jumped, reminded him of an adorable bunny.
After that, Sylvia and Laffy showered Raith with words of appreciation. It was the only thing he was able to do, so he was honestly delighted to be thanked for it.
“Oh, come to think of it, I need to give this back to you,” Raith said just as he was thinking it was about time to go home. He reached into his bag and took out a purple, glowing crystal.
It was the magic crystal they had obtained from defeating the Skeleton in the forest. He had been carrying it in his bag so that it wouldn’t get in the way.
“No, I don’t need it, so you should keep it. After all, I need to repay you for all you’ve done for me.”
“Really? In that case, I’ll gratefully accept.”
Magic crystals were useful to alchemists. Moreover, a fist-sized crystal could be used for all sorts of things. Trembling with excitement in his mind, he put the magic crystal in his bag.
“That reminds me, it seems like that Skeleton is the monster they’ve been talking about at the Adventurer’s Guild. Apparently, it’s the same Skeleton that attacked those adventurers I saved that one time.”
“…Ahh, I see.”
“Well, actually, this got delivered to me. I found it today,” Laffy said, taking out a letter. When he looked closely, he saw that it was inscribed with what looked like a family crest. Raith ended up contemplating the crest, which looked familiar. “It says that they’d like to request that Sylvia and I help find and destroy a monster. The location is a forest near the capital. The forest you and I just visited.”
Raith guessed at what Laffy was trying to say.
“Ahh… In other words, people have been talking about a strong monster that appeared recently, so they want you to help hunt it, is that it?”
“That about sums it up. It seems that the discussions progressed while we went out to the forest.”
“By the way, who’s the sender?”
“I don’t know if you’ll know him, but… He’s the head of the House of Ledium, one of the four great noble families.”
Once Raith heard the name ‘House of Ledium’, he finally realized why he felt like he had seen that crest somewhere before.
“I don’t just know him, I’ve met that guy.”
It was the noble who had sent Raith a request back when he had suddenly received a large number of elixir-related designation requests. Raith had met him in person and given him an unmistakable refusal to his request for an elixir, so it had left an impression on him.
The family crest had been on the letter he’d received when they’d met, so he remembered it.
“…You’re kind of amazing.”
“I don’t really get it, but thanks.”
Being complimented wasn’t a bad feeling. Though he wasn’t sure if that compliment was meant in a good way.
“It’s good that we got a request, but Nee-san, you already defeated that Skeleton, right?”
“That’s right. There are probably still some Blood Wolves left, though.”
It was likely that there were still some Blood Wolves remaining in the forest, but there were no longer any monsters as strong as the Skeleton that Laffy had defeated. Therefore, it was bound to be comparatively easier to make the forest safe.
“Well, for now, I’ll report to the Adventurer’s Guild about the Skeleton. Since a request was sent out, I should be able to get a reward from it.”
“I’ll come with you. I was just thinking of going to the Guild, and you’ll probably need the magic crystal as proof that the Skeleton was killed.”
“I’m coming too!”
In the end, the three of them decided to go to the Adventurer’s Guild together. Sylvia had surely been eager to go outside.
There was nothing in particular to prepare, so they all left the house right away and headed to the Guild.
“Oh!” Amelia said, their eyes meeting as soon as they all entered the Guild. She looked relieved to see Sylvia healthy and on her feet.
The three went straight to Amelia.
“I’m glad you seem to be feeling better, Sylvia-san.”
“Yes, I am. Thank you very much for taking care of me, Amelia-san!”
“Of course, you can count on me anytime.”
Laffy and Sylvia had known Amelia for a long time, so they were almost like sisters. Laffy and Sylvia had become adventurers at around the same time that Amelia had become a receptionist, so they were very close.
“Are you here today for the designation request?”
“Yes, it’s a bit of a long story. About the monster we were requested to hunt, the forest we went to for collecting the ingredients to save Sylvia was the same one from the request… I happened to defeat the Skeleton.”
“Oh my… That’s quite the coincidence.”
“Here’s the magic crystal that dropped when the Skeleton was defeated,” Raith said, taking it out of his bag and handing it to Amelia.
“It’s rather large…”
“It was pretty strong. It probably would have been a tough opponent for anyone other than an S-rank adventurer.”
“And you defeated an opponent like that by yourself, Laffy-san. I’ve known that you’re amazing for a while now, but…”
They had been acquainted for a long time, so that was just how well they knew each other. Amelia had been fully aware of how amazing Laffy was for a long time now, so it would take quite a lot to surprise her at this point.
“Yup, it’s genuine. I’ll report this to the House of Ledium later, so… Considering the time it’ll take to confirm that it’s true, I think you’ll receive your reward in three days.”
“Oh, about the reward, please give all of it to Raith.”
“Uh?” Hearing his name used in an unexpected way, Raith ended up making an idiotic-looking face. “Wa- wait, that’s too much, isn’t it…?”
“No, I didn’t really do it because I wanted a reward. I thought it would be best to give this to you as thanks too.”
“Hmm, well, in that case…”
Raith wasn’t particularly convinced, but he was guessing that Laffy was dead set on it, so he reluctantly agreed.
“Please stop by in three days, then. The reward is two hundred gold, so it’ll weigh quite a bit, I think.”
Raith had been fully aware that Laffy was well off financially, but having such a large sum of money given to him so casually was a very complicated feeling. Raith honestly couldn’t even think of anything he could use it for.
Raith crossed his arms and hummed in deep thought, when suddenly, he felt someone tugging at his clothes. When he looked, he saw Sylvia’s red eyes.
“How about running a store?”
“A store, huh…”
“If it’s okay with you, I could help out to repay you for what you did for me,” Sylvia said, her eyes sparkling. She looked like if she had bunny ears, they would be twitching.
While Raith had been assisting Daisy, he had considered owning his own store many times.
“But suddenly talking about running a store…”
It was tough for an amateur to suddenly start managing a store. Since he’d heard about it from Daisy many times, owning his own store didn’t seem that easy.
Raith mulled it over for a while and then suddenly had an expression of realization, striking his palm with his fist.
“I know, I’ll start a factory.”