It was a large black longbow with a graceful arch. However, contrary to its appearance my hand, it did not feel as heavy as it looked.
Greed had called this form the magic bow.
“But, I don’t have any arrows, so should I buy them separately?”
“No need. This is a magic bow. Arrows will be created from magic. Try it and see, there is a target on the left of that tree. Aim at it from here.”
I wished he would have said that earlier. As I turned to the left, an arrow grazed my nose. If I had not moved my head away, the arrow would have pierced right through my face.
The only ones who would make such a pungent attack were the Hobgoblin Archers, nasty beings dubbed the faecal archers by the warriors of the Royal Capital.
Since they launched their attacks while keeping a certain distance, close combat weapons were an unsuitable match. Moreover, their attacks had a weakening effect on statuses. Hence, it was time for Greed’s power to appear in the form of “Black Bow”. Once again, I evaded the arrow covered in faeces by using the Goblin King’s corpse as a shield.
“In this darkness, I don’t know the Hobgoblin Archer’s exact location.”
“No problem. Once you know the approximate location, the magic arrow will track and hit the target. Even beginners need not worry. If you release the arrow properly, it will automatically hit.”
In that case, it should be possible for me even if I had never used a bow before. If I was not mistaken, the faecal arrows were coming from amongst the trees over there. Meaning there should be a Hobgoblin Archer behind them.
I drew the Black Bow over the Goblin King’s corpse. As I did so, a black arrow materialised and positioned itself against the taut bowstring. So this was the magical arrow that Greed had mentioned. Then, without a clear aim, I released the arrow.
The black arrow adjusted its trajectory accordingly, disappearing behind the tree where the Hobgoblin Archer seemed to be.
I heard the robotic voice in my head. It seemed like the Hobgoblin Archer had been defeated. At any rate, I would be using this Black Bow often. As long as I was able to shoot the arrow, it was guaranteed to hit its mark.
Certain monsters used magic in long-ranged attacks. With the black sword alone, I would be full of holes before I even reached them, so I was grateful to have a weapon like the Black Bow that was capable of attacking from a long distance.
Given that I was a solo hunter, I would not be able to survive if I could not do everything by myself. The more cards that I had, the better. I was glad to have obtained the
skill from the Hobgoblin Archer, and now I could walk in the dark like it was daytime. This way, I could make good progress at night. Well then, since I have fulfilled my purpose, I should return.
Then, an idea occurred to me as I looked at the Goblin King’s corpse and I sliced off his ears. The Goblin King was a rare monster, few in number within this forest. If I brought these to the Royal Capital’s Exchange Department, I could trade them for a substantial prize.
If I was the one carrying these, it might be problematic. However, if I gave it to someone else to exchange… For example, if I donated them to an orphanage, they would not trace it back to me.
There was a poor orphanage in the slums where I lived before I moved into the Heart Family. Yes, it was the orphanage where the little girl lived, the one who I had helped during the abduction previously. I could just put the Goblin King’s ears in a bag labelled “donation” and throw it in through a broken window. It would be a small gift from me who had suffered hunger before. I wanted the children to be able to fill their stomachs with this. That girl would surely be happy.
Now then, I had to do all of this before dawn came. I quietly left the Hobgob forest and proceeded through the Goblin Meadow, heading towards the Royal Capital Seyfert.
Morning had finally come. I had secretly returned home to the Heart Family mansion, and was now in bed. …I felt very sleepy. In the end, I had stayed up all night.
When I tried to throw the Goblin King’s ears into the orphanage, it seemed that the Sisters noticed me so it became problematic. I managed to trick them and escape, heading towards the VIP store in the Commercial District to check on the situation there.
It seemed like Rafael and his siblings had already left the store, and the window curtains were opened. I wondered what those Holy Knights had been discussing and felt worried, so I decided to keep watch again at the same time.
For that reason, I needed to sleep well. Roxy-sama gave me the day off today, so I should just go to sleep now. I was exhausted from hunting goblins due to my state of starvation, as well as several other things. When I closed my eyes, I fell into a deep sleep.
Knock, knock. Someone… was knocking on the door. Waking up from the noise, I was surprised to see who had entered the room. It was the first time that she came to my room.
“Sorry to bother you, how are you feeling?”
It was Roxy-sama. Looking at the clock, I saw that it was past noon. It seemed that I had slept for quite some time. Since she was wearing her white light armour, she was probably visiting me during her break between duties at the castle. To go so far for a servant… she was a kind person. I had slept well so the exhaustion was completely gone.
“Yes, I’m feeling fine.”
“That’s good. But overworking yourself is forbidden. I brought some fruit. Would you like some?”
This whole time, she had been holding a basket from which she took out a plate of grapes. The large purple fruits were ripe and plump.
“These grapes were harvested from the Heart Family’s territories. They were delivered to the mansion this morning.”
“These grapes are delicious. Is it grape-growing popular in Roxy-sama’s territories?”
I had heard from the other servants that the grapes were famous. However, seeing that Roxy-sama seemed like she wanted to be asked about it, I pretended not to know anything.
“It is, since wine-making is also very popular. The wine served during mealtimes at the mansion were produced from the territory. It’s very beautiful there. Oh right, I will be visiting the territory soon so let’s go together.”
“Is that alright?!”
Such delicious grapes were grown there so it was sure to be a wonderful territory. I definitely wanted to go. Besides, if I was being invited by my master, Roxy-sama, I could not help but go.
We sat on the bed for a while eating grapes together, when there was knocking on the door again. However, this time they did not come in and only a voice could be heard from the other side of the door.
“Roxy-sama, it’s about time for you to return to work.”
This voice belonged to the most outstanding of my fellow servants ─ my superior. She was also Roxy-sama’s secretary. Usually, she was a kind person, however, I was often scolded because she was quite strict with time management. Hearing her call, Roxy-sama hastily wiped her mouth with a handkerchief.
“Ah, I must go. Eat the rest of the grapes as you like, Fay. Then, I’m heading to work!”
Roxy-sama gave a small wave with her hand from her chest and left the room. She was busy with duties, having inherited the family from her father. I had heard this from my superior. Among the five noble families of the Royal Capital, the youngest household head was Roxy-sama. With her proficiency as a Holy Knight ─ her level was lower than all those around her, so it seemed like she had to work hard endlessly.
These were the hardships of the upper class society… For a commoner with no social power, the worlds that we lived in were too different. The only thing I could do was talk to Roxy-sama and distract her mind, even if only for a little while.
In order to release these miserable feelings, I decided to head to the bar that I had not visited in a long time. Having not shown my face for ages, the store master might be wondering if I had died from the gatekeeping job (due to the relentless bullying and harsh working hours from the Breric Family). I should at least report that I was alive.
Besides, today was my day off. Even though I might end up being told off Roxy-sama, I will drink alcohol to my heart’s content!