A week after starting to exercise, it began to show on my face that I was slimming up and I gained enough stamina to start running .
I also made good progress in magic by succeeding in changing the property of mana to fire and water . My total mana is also increasing at a good rate . It seems that unlike his parents, Kururi had talent in magic .
I wake up early and then run around the territory . I felt admiration towards the population, seeing them working from the morning .
I managed to get the them to remember my face within this one week period . After all, I had spent all my time at home up until now .
Even if I break out into a run now, it’s not painful . Rather, my tension raises and I end up wanting to run more and more .
As I thought, Kururi’s bodily potential is high . The efforts I put in give equivalent results . The more I move, the lighter my body seems to become .
Although I don’t want to overdo it . Overexertion should be avoided in the growth period .
I finish up at a decent spot and head to the usual library .
By the way, in the changing of the property of mana, I got stuck on lightning . Water and fire were simple, but I had quite a bit of trouble invoking lightning .
“Moran-jii, It just won’t go well . ”
“Hohoho, Repetition is important in everything . If you continue, you’ll become able to do it . ”
As expected, that old man’s words have a different weight .
Well, in in the end, I wasn’t able to invoke it today .
After supper, I gave my body a look-over in the mirror .
Uun, It’s not just the face, but the body is also showing a positive change . This is a good trend .
After continuing the practice of magic and exercise for around a month, my body was beyond recognition .
My body is slim and taught, and the face is of an attractive young boy .
I also mastered the basics of property change in magic and my total mana is getting to be a bit of a crazy level .
My body is light . It feels like I’d go flying if I were to jump . I can perform headstands and somersaults as I please . Nobody could call me the plump and calming Kururi anymore .
Let’s head to that old man Donga at once .
I led out a horse and mounted it .
At the same time the horse began to run, I fell through the air .
I thought too well of my abilities . For horse riding to be this hard . I fell into a misapprehension that I would be able to do anything just because I lost some weight .
“Kururi-sama! Are you alright!?” The attendant in charge of the horses came running .
“I want you to teach me horse riding”
“U, Understood . ”
The attendant helped me up, though I was covered in dirt .
The most essential thing in horse riding is leg strength . If you don’t hold your thighs tightly against the horse’s stomach you will fall .
On the first day, I fell down when dismounting the horse . My legs were so fatigued to the point that I couldn’t manage to stand up by myself .
“Everyone’s like that at first,” the attendant kindly comforted me . He’s a nice guy .
However, a mere horse was nothing in front of the potential of Kururi .
In no matter of time, a week passed, and I became able to ride a horse .
It was at a level that I would say,“I’ll go take a quick run,” with a triumphant air .
Now I can finally go to that old man Donga’s place .
“Excuse me . ” I stood at the entrance to Donga’s Weapon Shop and raised my voice .
As expected, he didn’t come out, so I entered on my own .
“What!? How noisy!
N? The feudal lord’s idiot son?”
“Y-yes, I am the Kururi that came three months before . ”
“Hoo, You’ve lost weight . I didn’t recognize you . ”
“I have come to learn blacksmithing . ”
“Ah, there was something like that . Well, Come in . If I can’t use you, I’ll kick you out . ”
“I’ll be in your care . ”
In contrast to old man Donga’s appearance and choice of words, he taught me with care .
Since Donga knew I could use magic, he left the tending of fire to me .
After entering the smithy and continuing odd-jobs for a months time, I finally got to learn about smithing .
“It’s been one month since you got here . You’ve gotten used to the environment, try striking some iron . ”
“Understood,” I answered while wiping the soot of my face with a towel .
“Striking iron is for removing the impurities from that iron and raise the purity .
In addition, you strike iron to creating balance and to mix different types of metal .
Well, anyway, there’s a lot to striking iron . There’s nothing better for improvement that to just keep striking iron . ”
“Understood . ”
As old man Donga said to, I struck iron every day .
From odd-jobs, to when I realized it, serving customers, stocking became my job, so I ended up to be almost living in the smithy .
I properly informed my parents, but, “I’m always worried about what the kid is doing every day . ”
That lifestyle continued for one year and, “You’ve got the feeling of completely becoming a man of the smithy . ” I received such an expression of approval from my master, Donga .
In contrast to my thin body, my hands became very rough .
I took on countless burn scars, blisters, and other such wounds .
Ah, A year is quite something .
On a certain day, I was called out by master .
“Did you make this sword?”
What master was holding was a sword I had made last night .
“Yeah, I did though?”
Master was lost for words .
“The purity is high, the balance is almost perfectly equal . When I reached this level I was in my late thirties . ”
Master continued to mumble .
While it was certainly quite a good work, recently I’ve been able to consistently reach that level . Master had just not realized that .
“This is great . Kururi, I have nothing left I can teach you . From here on is a battle against yourself . The world will belong to the one who seeks to improve theirself . ”
“Your skills have already reached near to the level of a master . You won’t be able to improve from the teachings of others . From here on is a level where you have to face against yourself . ”
“Haa-, Um- It’s fine to say that I would be able to support myself at this level, right?”
“Aa, For a test, let’s put this sword out in the store . I’m sure it’ll immediately sell . ”
I did it . I’ve gotten myself a profession, haven’t I?!
“There’s nothing else I can teach you, but continue to strike metal every day . If you rest, your skill will drop . ”
“Understood . Thank you very much, master!”
“What a frightful talent . What a waste for you to be born as the feudal lord’s son . ”
No, that’s something to be taken as lucky normally .
For the first time in awhile, I returned home, and had a personal smithy built .
“Kururi-chan has come back home,” the whole house filled with a clamor . My parents were particularly happy and had the smithy built more magnificent that needed .
After that, my lifestyle will become that of making laps between the smithy and the library, I guess .
If I’m making swords, I might as well try my hand at learning to use one . Yeah, let’s ask my parents later . They’ll surely be opposed, though .