Blacksmith Volume 1 Chapter 18
I can’t wait to try out my new sword .
I wasn’t able to sleep yesterday, but I’m too excited right now to care about something like that .
You see, there’s a forest that hosts weak monsters about 80km west of the school grounds, and it just so happens that I was given permission to borrow the same chestnut-coloured horse I rode the other day today as well .
I wonder how much time had passed since I left .
The horse didn’t seem to mind the long run, in fact it seemed really happy that it was able to run as long as it wished .
I was told that the small monsters gather at the west side of the forest, and even then they don’t herd together in groups to protect themselves .
That said, I shouldn’t underestimate them . Even with their size, there are many monsters that can utilize poison and other dangerous elements for self defense . I was told that there weren’t any like that in the area I was heading to though, so I should be alright .
It’s the perfect place to test this guy out .
“Now… Let’s go!”
Clapping my legs against him, the horse understood what I wanted and accelerated to an even faster speed than before .
It was around noon when the forest finally entered my vision, but for some reason the horse had stopped .
I don’t remember telling him that though .
“Hey, come on . ”
With a light scolding, I clapped my legs against his stomach again .
That’s weird, just a few minutes ago he was behaving just fine .
When I got a good look at him, it didn’t seem like he was grumpy or anything .
On the contrary, he looks just fine .
Is something wrong?
As I wondered about such things, I turned towards the forest .
It was vague, but I could definitely see something moving in the thicket .
The ‘thing’ froze for a second, as if contemplating whether it had been seen or not before actually coming out .
“A ghoul, huh?”
It’s a corrupted-corpse type of demon .
Disregarding the fact that he was scared of it, for the horse to be able to sense monsters from this far away is amazing .
Even if it’s only one, if its a ghoul I should probably turn back .
According to Moran jii-san, he said that ghouls are a kind of monster that I should definitely run away from .
More famous than its individual strength, its poison is what people really need to be wary of . There isn’t any antidote for it, so you have no choice but to admit that to encounter one is extremely dangerous .
I know that I should’ve turned around the moment I saw it but… I really want to try out my sword…
I mean, I just have to, you know?
Fortunately its movements are very static and easy to read .
Looking closely at it, I realized it was dragging one foot slightly with each step, it must’ve been injured by something .
Oh I have to do this! My willpower holding me back was wavering .
There’s also the new spell I wanted I want to try .
This is a chance for me to use the magic I learned from Moran jii-san’s ‘3rdGrimoire’ .
The 3rd Grimoire covers magic focusing on ‘Nature change/control’ spells . That’s magic even more advanced than two external maintenance spells, magic that only senior magicians with certifications in magic are able to use .
Its theme seemed to revolve around the ‘purification of magic organisms’ .
(TN: Yo, can any of my TL’er readers help me with this line? It confused me… @[email protected]
I was able to learn spells that granted temporary life to inanimate objects .
Needless to say, to actually use it is incredibly difficult .
Despite my practice, I still haven’t been able to have a ‘complete success’ but it’s started to take shape at least .
Whether or not the spell will usable in combat will be judged by how well today’s results are .
While still on horseback, I poured my mana into the weeds around me .
“Those who are not visible to the naked eye, materialize . ”
My expelled mana was quickly absorbed by the weeds, and from the earth, a sound similar to a thousand ropes snapping resounded .
When everything had died down, from the soil that had swollen upwards,they appeared .
There were about a hundred creatures that resembled radishes with limbs, and had grass growing on their ‘heads’ .
For what one would have considered the front of their bodies was where their faces were .
The faces looked like they were dug into them, resembling old men .
Their bodies were eroded due to the holes used to create their faces, giving off an unbalanced impression .
I succeeded, but I failed .
Just to make this clear, I have no intentions to create a creatures like this . Ever .
‘Go away!’ I thought almost instantly .
They all just stood there for a bit, but they eventually noticed me and started bouncing up and down while crying out like animals .
“U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~”, “U~i~tsu~” .
That’s so creepy!!
As I reached out to the first one, they all gathered around the horse happily .
Wh-what’s up with these guys?
Being surrounded by mysterious creatures with the faces of old men, as they cheer weird noises is really annoying .
I jumped off the horse, and kicked the first one I saw in its ass .
The one that I had just kicked held its ass with its limb and turned around to look at me with its open, yet cut eyes .
At first it expressed a tremendous amount of surprise, before finally changing into a face full of deep sadness .
I’m so sorry!
It was just on impulse! I didn’t mean to be malicious!
“U~i?” “U~i?” “U~i?” “U~i?”
A few of them gathered around it, ‘What is it?’ ‘What happened?’ ‘Does it hurt?’ stuff like that seemed to be conveyed through their voices .
“U~i~tsu, u~i~tsu, u~i”
The victim was desperately explaining to the rest of them .
Whether he was telling the truth or not wasn’t known by me . I mean, how could I understand what they were saying?
I’m the perpetrator and I can only wait for the verdict, so could you shut up already?!
Anger started leaking from the creatures who heard the story .
It seems to have become comrades with the rest of them .
Every single one of the guys I summoned plunged towards me .
“U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!” “U~i!!”
Cut it out!! Its creepy!!
…and a little dangerous .
“S-sorry I kicked you . It was only on impulse, I didn’t mean to come off as malicious or anything, so please don’t get mad from a little kick, okay?”
“U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”,
Crap, it seems like I just poured oil on the fire .
“Sorry, please forgive me, it was my bad . ”
An “U~i??” sounded out with a nuance wondering if I was apologising .
“U~i . ”
Sorry, no matter how many times you say ‘U~i’ at me I’ll never understand what you’re saying .
Despite that, the one that I had kicked held out its limb towards me . Huh, I guess the meaning of my words were transmitted after all .
I reached out and took his limb with a firm shake .
“Yeah, let’s let bygones be bygones . ”
Once we let go, they all started jumping up in joy again .
“U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”, “U~i”!
I said that’s creepy!! So please stop!!
Almost instantly after I reconciled with them, I wanted to kick them again .
“Anyways, everyone! Listen to the instructions of your creator!”
They all settled down in unison, and gathered around to listen .
Ugh… that’s a bit scary .
…whatever, come at me!!
“Let’s see, uh…”
The ghoul has gotten considerably closer than to how it was before .
“Bind down that guy in front of us!!”
“” “” ” U~i!! “” “” “
They all got up at once, and started running faithfully according to my instructions .
They all jumped at the ghoul at once, the sheer brute force of numbers forced him down easily .
The ghoul hopelessly outmatched in numbers was bound in place .
“Nice . ”
I think I’ll call them the ‘U~i’ corps, even though I thought they were a failure, they’re surprisingly useful, so I guess I can call that a success .
I jumped back onto the horse and closed the distance towards the ghoul .
It must’ve noticed me approaching because it tried to spit something from its mouth .
I guess I should approach it from behind huh?
Jumping off the horse, I drew my new sword .
Once again, I couldn’t help but admire it .
Balance, durability, beauty, it is by far my best work in all aspects .
I bet even my old blacksmith-sensei couldn’t make a sword like this… maybe .
This sword is that amazing .
Voices of admiration leaked out .
It was my radish men .
“U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”, “U~i!!”
‘Do it already!’ is what they seemed to say, though the desperate expressions on their faces don’t really change . I guess I’ll do it, the troublesome ghoul is already tied down, so why not?
It might not leave a good feeling behind, but it would be better to finish this guy off quickly as they say .
Steadying my sword, I eyed the ghoul’s nape .
“U~i!” The radish man that was on the nape howled . Do you have to scream that every time?! I yelled in my mind .
Of course this might be a little cruel coming from a guy about to kill something but…
“See ya . ”
I swung the sword, and the ghoul’s neck was cut clean . There wasn’t even any feeling of resistance, from it .
The sword’s sharpness is really amazing .
Maybe the neck only went flying because it was this type of monster . The feeling I got as I swung was the same as cutting through pudding, so it is possible .
This individual ghoul was really stiff, but to be able to behead it with a single slash… I can only say ‘wow’ .
The U~i corps had released their restraint on the ghoul, and gathered the body of one of their friends . Ah, did it slice through them too? Oops…
Carrying it over, they all gathered around me again, the person who had just killed it .
Are they going to start this again?! Is what I thought, but to my surprise, they didn’t .
They were all silent to honour the dead .
He died a worthy death, full of loyalty .
So don’t cry! Send him off with a smile!
Because he died for my own selfish reasons, I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty .
Sheathing my sword, I jumped back on my horse .
After I return the U~i corps back to the ground, I’ll go back to school .
Suddenly I noticed some unexpected movement . As I looked down at the fallen ghoul, the body that had been beheaded was moving .
It was horrifying, I could feel my body breaking out in cold sweat .
Ghouls don’t die even after all this?!
It’d probably be best if I stayed a safe distance away .
Clapping my legs against the horse’s sides, I took some distance from the ghoul .
A hellfire born from my mana surged from the ground, encroaching the ghoul in flames .
Without any pain, without any time to struggle, the ghoul’s body collapsed as nothing but a pile of black carbon .
Turning the horse around, the U~i corps had gathered .
Unexpectedly, it seems they also evacuated the magic zone .
“Thanks for everything you guys . ”
The nuance seemed to say they were sad .
‘Are you going to return us to the earth already?’ is what they seemed to say .
Of course, there’s no way I would bring these guys back with me .
“Those who are not visible to the naked eye, return to the earth!”
The U~i corps banishing technique looks like them all diving into the soil .
All that remained of them in the end was just a group of weeds .
For a while, I just rode the horse absentmindedly .
It was already past noon .
…I can’t help but feel a little guilty .
It’s probably because I saw that sad face earlier .
I was thinking about such things on my ride home .
I swore to myself in my heart to fix that failure of mine .
This really is a lot of work though . Perhaps it’d be better to play around a little more in this world . instead .
The horse turned its head towards me, giving me a thoughtful look .
“Sorry, were you worried?”
Nevertheless it continued to stare .
There was a girl walking on the left side of the path .
From the silhouette, I could definitely tell who it was, and I urged the horse towards her .
“Kururi?! What are you doing here?”
Iris who was carrying something in hand was similarly surprised .
“That’s what I was going to say . ”
“Oh, well I was feeling a little homesick, but because I couldn’t eat rice like back home, I was hoping to collect some wild plants to cook in the cafeteria . ”
“So that’s why, I can’t say i’m surprised, I feel a little homesick too sometimes . ”
“Yeah, by the why is Kururi out here on a horse?”
“Its because I smelted a new sword last night and I wanted to test it out . ”
“Oh, are you going back already? Can you give me a ride back? My trip would sure be faster with a horse . ”
School is only a couple kilometers away, but I’d feel uneasy if I left her here alone .
“Sure you can . Best regards . ”
“Oh, it’s nothing, don’t worry about it . Anyways let’s ride!”
It was the first time I’ve ever ridden two-seater, but the only reason why I was able to ride so smoothly was because the horse is amazing .
As I thought, an honest horse is a good horse .
Even among the other horses, this guy’s pretty straightforward .
Looking at the sky, it was already sunset . Thinking about how this day was coming to an end, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad .
“Today I had a great meeting . ”
Iris started saying something while looking down .
“Really? Who’d you meet?”
“Who? Well, it’s a good person, but I don’t really know them that well yet . ”
“Funny, you don’t know them very well but you still think they’re a good person?”
“Yeah, if they really are the gentle person I think they are, it might be nice to settle down together one day . ”
I wonder who it is? I can only guess for now .
“If it’s somebody that you judged to be a good person, they probably are, but it’d still be better to take care . Just in case . ”
“Don’t worry, I’ll be careful . ” she said with a small laugh .
Looking at Iris silhouetted in the sunset made my heart skip a beat . Calm down me!
Since we were riding at a quick speed, the wind whipping against us was pretty strong .
It was strong, but it had an inexplicable warmth to it .
“Today I also had a good meeting . ”
“That’s great! So we both had good meetings today . ”
“Ah . ”
“Hmm… but how do I say this? You have a sort of lonely feel to you right now . ”
“Yup . ”
“Then you’re probably right . ”
“If you talk, it might be easier to organise your feelings you know?”
“It’s not enough to just talk about it, but I think it might help . ”
“Was it a fight?”
“I guess you could say that . ”
We were quiet after that for quite a while .
The only thing we could hear, was the footsteps of the horse galloping in rhythm .
“You have to make up if you fight . ”
“…yeah . ”
“…Hey Iris, did you know this isn’t even this horse’s quickest speed? I can make it go even faster, you want to try?”
“Let’s do it!”
“Then here I go!”
It seems Iris feels uplifted with the wind too .
Clapping my legs against the horse, I instructed him to run even faster .
Come on! Go the fastest that you can!
This feels great .
Iris is enjoying it too .
And the sunset is so beautiful .
This might be the perfect time to say it .