Chapter 23 – A Certain Marriage (2)
“You shouldn’t…. You shouldn’t marry someone like me. You must protect this farm that your father and Mrs. Arcana have protected. The person you should choose for that… is not me.”
“I’m going to leave this village and go into a big merchant that will take me all over the world. I’m going to be a big businessman. If I do that, I may never come back to this village again.”
To Puddin, who is still trying to say something.
I threw words to stop her.
“You shouldn’t be the wife of such an irresponsible man. And I don’t intend to either.”
Puddin’s hand left mine.
Her body also left me.
From the hint of a voice. I knew that she would be crying.
And just like that.
Puddin left the bathhouse.
By the way.
My lower half was still vigorous.
I know I’d gone all cuckoo, but…
My lower half was still vigorous a while there, I regretted it immensely, alone.
“My son” was denying my decision with all his might.
Me, alone, leaving the communal bath.
Arcana, the mistress of a herb farm and now the innkeeper, stopped me.
“What happened with my daughter… Puddin?”
I thought he was going to get angry.
So I couldn’t say anything.
“The public bathhouse will be open soon. For now, come this way…”
Saying this, Arcana led me to a room in the inn.
“Tell me what happened…in detail.”
In a quiet room.
So terrific with the face of a mother with a child.
I gave up and told her everything.
I thought about it a lot as we talked.
I didn’t do anything wrong, did I?
I mean, I did get to see her daughter naked before marriage. But it wasn’t my fault in the first place.
No, no, no, but… I stepped on Puddin”s feelings. That’s bad enough, isn’t it?
Even after all this time.
I feel like it was the right thing to do to accept Puddin’ there and be prepared to become a herb farmer as it were.
Arcana, who heard the story, seemed to be at a loss for words and could say nothing else.
“Well, here’s what we’re going to do.”
She seemed to have come up with some good ideas.
A bare voice leaked out unintentionally.
“I have a first husband. I have no intention of forgetting him. But I have met someone I would like to marry again. In fact, I was prepared to remain single for the rest of my life, that’s why…”
“No… no, no, no. ……”
“So even if Mr. Albus marries me. Mr. Albus should not worry so much about me and go on his journey. I will spend the rest of my life here, protecting this herb farm and this inn that my first husband built and Mr. Albus that has allowed us to see the light of day again.”
“No, no, no, it means…”
“It’s okay. I just… it’s what I want.”
She already had the face of a woman, not a mother.
And with a strong force that would not say whether or not.
She pushed me down onto the futon that was laid out on the floor.
I guess I could have resisted. I could have resisted if I wanted to.
My sane was already on the verge of collapse after the Puddin’ incident.
Although I just barely managed to keep my sense there, I actually regretted it.
“I should had done it, if only I did it earlier.”
Such thoughts were swirling around in my head.
So I couldn’t do it anymore, not this time.
If I refused here, I would regret it again.
I am sorry.
I’m sorry for being such an indecisive person.
“Etto-? Mother?” (Puddin)
“Excuse me…. I caught a glimpse of you in the changing room before…, are you there?” (Puddin)
Arcana’s face was no longer that of a mother, but that of a woman.
It was Leohardt, a female advanced monster, stooping down in front of her prey, just before she pounces on it.
Looking at it carefully again… it’s so magnificent, isn’t it?
That’s what I thought.
With her technical battle techniques.
She savagely attacked me who was a novice in ground fighting.
I was devoured in an instant