Chapter 2: The Uncle and Hero no . 576
When it comes to winter, roasted sweet potatoes really are the best .
But given the dry weather, the house may catch on fire, so I can only give up .
However, success! Sweet potato cakes can be made at home . Given that this is a different world, different methods have to be used to create the paste-like sweets . Of course there was wheat flour used and a bit of honey for sweetness, though the unique taste came mainly from the sweet potatoes .
It was served with a small spoon to eat it .
There was already be a layer of snow outside, so the weather wasn’t very good for customers .
Incidentally, from the start, the one responsible for cleaning the house, Elan, had continued to discreetly glance to the side . Of course I had prepared her portion, but it was really fun to tease her .
The next time she peeked over, I met her eyes .
Elan’s face went red and her hands fiddled with the broom . Embarrassed, she was trying to avoid looking panicked .
“Your portion is in the cabinet, so when you are done cleaning, go eat . ”
She worked extremely hard to finish her work . Ah, she really was still a child .
Not long after…
“Sweet and delicious~”
Her two hands cupped her cheeks, her eyes shining brilliantly .
“That’s great . ”
I gently stroked her hair . Because there were no customers today, I let Elan take off her hat . Her hair was bright silver and reached her jaw . It was very fluffy and smooth to touch . While I stroked her hair like a cat’s head (ED: awkward like me), Elan instinctively leaned close to me .
“He-hey brother, do you remember this time of the year last year?”
Elan, with her eyes closed, gently nuzzled me (TL:Hehe) . I could feel the little horn on her forehead .
“Ah yeah, you were lying silently in front of my house; that really scared me too . ”
“I wonder if anything will happen this year~”
Elan happily kicked her legs .
“Just eating white rice is good enough . ”
“Elan, you have to work hard, no slacking off!”
Whenever I get mad, my speech tends to become more punctuated .
I sighed, and she waved her hand, brushing it off .
-Bang, bang, bang
Intermittent knocking sounded at the door .
There were still customers at this time? I motioned for Elan to put her hat back on .
Cautiously, I opened the door a crack .
Late at night, the ground was snowy, and the sky seemed to go on for miles .
A fifteen year old boy with an unkempt appearance, tattered clothes, frostbites full of pus, thin cheeks, and frail body, lay prostrate on the ground .
He lifted his head and looked at me with eyes like a wounded wolf .
He seemed helpless and fearful, but his face seemed to say that even death would not make him give up .
“Why don’t you come in,” I said .
I took him through the side door to the house . The house was divided into two parts: the home and the shop; the home side was significantly smaller, consisting of only a kitchen and a bathroom . A spread of blankets was usually the bed, located on floor of the shop .
I let him take a shower to wash up, gave him clean clothes, spread the bed, and had him sleep on my right side .
Elan usually slept on the left side . Of course, we used two sets of bedding . Even if we hadn’t, I wasn’t interested doing anything to little children .
“What is your name?” I asked, as I gave him medicine .
“Nord . Nord Bali Rio . ”
“OK . I am the owner of this weapon shop, and that is my little buddy, Elan . ”
Nord barely glanced at Elan and moved on .
To be honest, he was not truly interested in Elan; rather, his interests lay in the shop full of weapons .
He looked around as if he was trying to find the hidden treasure .
Nord didn’t seem to like talking . Well, that was fine . After all, silence was its own type of medicine as well . After a while, I used a bit of white bandage to wrap his wounds . I discovered that Nord is actually a very handsome child . If it weren’t for his emaciated body, he would be quite popular with the women .
After a while, Nord turned to me and said:
“I have no money to give you . ”
I shrugged .
“I didn’t save you for money . ”
His eyes flickered .
“You are like my father . He also used to own a weapon shop . ”
Even though I knew it was not a good story, I thought that it was still better to understand it .
“There was a huge fire . Everyone died; only I was able to escape . ”
Nord’s whole body tightened .
I gently patted him on the back .
“That damn demon race . ”
At hearing the harsh words, Elan was shocked and shrank back, clutching my legs .
“Was it demons who started the fire?”
Norld nodded . I almost thought that Elan had been discovered .
“Can I see the swords you make?”
“Go ahead, although the quality may not be up to your father’s . ”
In truth, I was being modest . Few people on the entire continent could match the quality of my forged weapons . However, even if I had the skills, I didn’t have the best materials .
“That black sword is better than what my dad makes . ”
He pointed to the sword in the left corner behind the counter .
Hey, kid . Do you even know what’s good?
I gently took down the sword that he had pointed towards .
Nord solemnly took it with both hands . He immediately ran his thumb along the edge and watched the fresh red blood well up . However, Nord acted like nothing happened .
“The advection is very good . My father has made similar swords, but his skill cannot compete with your’s . ”
He looked a little unhappy . This child probably considered his father’s casting level as the best in the world .
When he returned the sword, there was no trace of reluctance .
“I’m leaving tomorrow . ”
He didn’t meet my eyes, as if he didn’t know whether he was saying it to himself or me .
“You’re not staying any longer?”
Although I couldn’t say I wanted him to stay, if he was going somewhere, I couldn’t just not care . Almost as if he read my mind, he answered the unspoken question clearly .
“No, I want to bring down the demon lord . ”
“Really . ” I noncommittally replied .
I liked how he didn’t repeatedly pronounce his determination . Unlike him, some youths would be infuriated at my attitude and raise their voice against me before rushing out in fury .
His determination wasn’t only just talk .
The next day, we rose with the sunrise and the early birds .
“Are you leaving now?”
“Yes . ”
He paused for a moment then said, “I’m very sorry, but can you give these clothes to me?”
I nodded . Suddenly, he kneeled on the ground, setting his body down .
“Thank you very much . ”
I grunted, then turned and placed the black double-edged sword in front of him .
Nord gazed at it in disbelief, then looked at me, hesitating before finally saying,”I do not have money . ”
As I walked back towards the shop, Elan smiled cutely at me .
I pulled open the shop doors .
“I already said so; I don’t want your money . ”
Shall we call him Hero no . 576? No, most of the others were ordinary . This child is much more interesting . Then, is he just Nord? What about the next one then? Would he be Hero no . 576 or Hero no . 577? Ah, how troublesome .
I leaned against the doors, thinking of some irrelevant matters .