Posted on December 22, 2014 by Yoraikun
“And? Why do I have to dress like this?”
Hiiro wasn’t wearing his usual red robe . He was dressed in thick, white work clothes from head to toe, with a net covering his face . He was even wearing dense leather gloves .
This is that, isn’t it? The clothes beekeepers wear in order to collect honey .
“Hey, old man . Could the honey here be produced by bees?”
“Bees? I don’t know what you’re talking about, but the honey here is made by Honey Bees . ”
(TL: Hiiro is saying Bee in Japanese . Arnold says it in english)
Those are bees all the same, is what Hiiro wanted to shout out . But there was something he wanted to confirm before that .
“Old man, didn’t you say the honey was something the 『Bearnt』people produced?”
“Ah? Did I say something like that?”
“You definitely did . To forget what you said yourself, are you going senile, pervert?”
“It’s been a while since you said it you bastard! Who’s a pervert!?”
“Ga ha ha! The thing we make isn’t the honey . We make 《Honey Confectionaries》 . ”
Max, dressed in the same garb as Hiiro says this . He’s probably going as well .
“Hm? I think there was an MP restoring item called 《Honey Candy》 . Is that one of your products?”
“Yeah, that’s an item made by mixing in the flower 《White Iris》 . We breed those flowers selectively and control the flow of the product in the world . ”
“I see . And? Why do I have to dress like this?”
“Of course, because you’re going to go gather the honey, right?”
“Cut the crap, sexual deviant . ”
“Ah, he changed my name again! I really don’t like this change!”
“Anyways, I’m not going . ”
Saying that, Hiiro throws his gloves at the ground .
“Don’t worry . Right now, the Honey Bees shouldn’t be here . There’s no danger . C’mon . ”
“Say that from the start… Is what you thought I would say? This Old Man has the resolve to get stung repeatedly in order to retrieve delicious honey for me, his lord . ”
“Gununununu! Why would I get anything for you!? And when did you ever become my lord!?”
“’Twas a joke . ”
I know, but still I’m angry!
Watching the two quarrel, Max goes to Muir .
“Are those two always like that?”
Hiiro ditches the work clothes, and once again dons his red robe . He seems to have absolutely no intention of going . Seeing him, Arnold begins smiling .
“Oy, oy . Are you sure about that, Hiiro?”
“Of course, I could infiltrate the Honey Bee nest, take the honey and come back to let you eat it . It would probably be plenty tasty . ”
“…What are you trying to say?”
“But do you know when Honey Bee honey, 《Honey Syrup》 is tastiest?”
“That’s right after it’s taken out of its holding area . ”
Upon hearing those words, Hiiro’s index finger twitches for a moment .
“What’s more, look at this . ”
Saying that, he takes out a biscuit from a bag .
“This is a biscuit specially made by the 『Bearnt』 people . You’re supposed to douse it in 《Honey Syrup》 the second you obtain it . Ah~ the taste of it is heavenly . ”
“How unfortunate . It seems you’re not going, so you’ll have to make do with the lesser quality 《Honey Syrup》 afterwards . Meanwhile, we’ll be savoring the best quality of goods… wait, what?”
Hiiro disappeared before his very eyes . Arnold looks everywhere to find him . But what comes into his vision is a full equipped Honey Gathering Expert .
“I’ve said this time and again, but mention that first . Now then, let’s go already Little Girl Kidnapper . ”
“W-who’s a kidnapper you damn brat!”
Watching the two quarrel, Max goes to Muir .
“Are those two always like that?”
These two also follow closely behind Hiiro .
Hiiro, who had lost to his appetite, resolves himself to go through some trouble . His face is warped with the desire to eat the best quality food as he hurries towards the Honey Bee nest .
He was relieved that the place was supposed to be close by, but when he finally arrived, he stared at his destination in dismay .
In front of him was a big… very big bee hive . Its size was around that of a house .
“Oy, isn’t this a little too big?”
“Hahaha, actually, this is my first time gathering honey as well… This is a bit surprising . ”
Watching the two,Max lets out a hearty laugh .
“Isn’t this to be expected? Honey Bees are about as big as babies . How would they live without a nest this big?”
“I think the books said they were around 30 Tails long . ”
Hiiro searches through his memory and produces this information . By the way, this world’s measurement of Tail is about the equivalent of a centimeter . The only thing different is the name .
“Well then, should we go in?”
Max says this, and He leads Hiiro’s group to the other side of the hive . There, they find an area with something that looked like a handle sticking out .
Max places the large bag he had with him on the ground . He firmly grasps the handle, and pulls it with all of his might . As if it were a desk drawer, the section of the hive is slowly pulled out .
Immediately, the air fills with the sweet smell of honey . Enough to make Hiiro and his companions gulp unintentionally . After he pulled out around half of the drawer, Max stopped .
“Hey, look . ”
Where Max was pointing was a series of crevices inside of the hive . The formation looked like a Sudoku board with the walls representing the frame .
And inside of these crevices was a soft spongy substance . Max takes that out and wrings it out over a bottle he produced from his bag .
And viscous liquid slowly flows from it . Steadily, the honey settles into the bottom of the bottle .
“You guys should try it as well . ”
He steps aside and points Hiiro’s group to the spongy substance . Hiiro takes it in his hand .
(I see, so this is how they gather it)
Hiiro record the knowledge in his head as he begins to wring it out . But he quickly gets tired of it, and puts his hand on Arnold’s shoulder, saying he would leave it to him .
“Hey! You’ll get honey on my shoulder!”
It’s already on it anyways . Hiiro takes off his gloves, and takes a biscuit out of Arnold’s pocket .
“It’s fine, just do your job Old Man . ”
“I don’t want to hear that from you!”
After Arnold’s shouting stops, Max shrugs his shoulders .
Hiiro soaks the borrowed in plenty of honey . The honey itself is orange in color, and quite thick . It’s smell is enough to clearly convey its sweetness .
First, Hiiro puts the honey itself in his mouth .
“N…… . . ooh”
It’s an extreme concentrated sweetness . On top of that, it is a bit sour . It may be because it had been fermenting . This honey truly is top class .
Without losing any momentum, Hiiro shoves the biscuit in his mouth .
“… Yes . It’s quite tasty . ”
Without a doubt, it’s tasty . This is an item that would definitely be popular with women . But Hiiro was a holder of quite a sweet tooth, so he enjoys it equally . Before he noticed it, the biscuits were gone .
“Uooooooi! Did you eat all of them by yourself!?”
“Yes . ”
“Don’t yes me! This is the true surprise! I’ve once again confirmed that you’re an irreconcilable bastard!”
“No crying over spilt milk . What a petty man . ”
“How should I shut that mouth of yours?”
The force exerted on the sponge in his hand increases .
“Ga ha ha! If it’s biscuits, then I have plenty with me . Don’t worry . ”
“I see . Good work . ”
“You still plan on eating more!?”
“Don’t underestimate my power . ”
“My stomach… Is still calling out . ”
“I’m going to kill yooou!”
And after various things happened, they filled all of their jars with honey, and pushed the drawer back in . Finally, they shared a meal together .
“Oh! What a delicacy! As expected of 《Honey Syrup》!”
Arnold holds his hands together in praise .
“Quiet . Don’t be so rowdy in the middle of a meal . ”
“Nu…kku… damn… brat…”
Arnold had felt a little embarrassed for his sudden outburst, but hearing this from Hiiro pissed him off .
“Ga ha ha! Arnold is quite a spoiled man!”
Max laughs happily as he snacks on a biscuit .
Muir is wholeheartedly eating them… nibbling on them?
Seeing her, Arnold expression turns warm .
“Ha~ Why must she be so cute~?”
“You’re creepy . ”
“What the hell!”
“Then let me rephrase that . You’re disgusting . ”
“Don’t those mean the same?”
“Ga ha ha . ”
As the four happily (?) eat, a buzzing sound begins to sound out .
“It seems the lord is coming back . ”
A large group of bees clouds the sky . The size of each individual bee is incomparible to that of a normal one .
“Oy, oy . Isn’t this nest too small for that amount?”
“This isn’t the only one . There are six hives in total . ”
“I see, then it seems plausible . ”
A large Honey Bee starts flying straight at them . Hiiro and Arnold immediately take a stance, but…
“Ah, I left my sword behind”
Arnold is the same . Arnold stands in front of Muir, and Hiiro prepares to write a word . But Max slowly stands up and laughs .
“Once again, thanks for the splendid honey . ”
As if in response, the bee bobs up and down in the air .
“We’ll make another hive soon, so have fun until then . ”
Up . Down . Up . Down .
After that short interaction the bee returns to the flock .
In exchange for the 『Bearnt』 building them sturdy hives, the Honey Bees offer a portion of their honey . That’s the agreement between the two parties . It was a contract that existed longer than anyone could remember . The Bee that stopped by earlier was the Queen .
“Hey, wait a second . Then why am I wearing this?”
As Hiiro says this, the two besides Max nod .
“Well it’s not like there’s no meaning to it . ”
“What do you mean?”
“This area is swarming with many bugs . Especially after we take out honey…”
Suddenly a swarm of smaller bugs descends on the group .
(T-this feels disgusting)
The various bugs crawl all over their bodies . Muir has an expression hinting at the end of the world before she loses consciousness . Arnold, who is carrying her, and even Hiiro pray to god for the end of this ordeal .
“Now then . Since we’ve been eating for a while, the amount of bugs will be considerable . What should we do?”
“I see . ”
With all their strength, the four leave the area .