There is a great distance between Einark and the royal capital.
If we had to walk, it would certainly take three days.
But we don't want to take this trip too fast.
My goal is to take it easy and explore the places I visit.
It's a journey to find something to fill the hole in my heart.
Kaede was dancing next to the iron fan while freezing a band of orcs.
In a matter of seconds, they became ugly ice statues in the meadow.
"You're soft and fluffy."
I am resting in the shade of a tree with Panda as a pillow.
When Panda's soft fur touches your face, it makes you terribly drowsy.
It's not that Panda likes to be around Kaede, it's that Kaede doesn't want Panda to stay away from her. It makes sense if you think about it that way.
By the way, Rosuke, the creature I awoke from the second egg, is resting on my right hand. When you make a contract with such a beast, It can engrave itself on your body like a seal, and it materializes the moment you call it.
I am still in awe of this animal.
"Master, I have eliminated all the monsters."
"Sorry for leaving you all the work."
"Don't worry, it's my duty as a slave."
Her big white tail wagged as she looked at me with a happy expression.
"What is it?"
"Well, I was wondering if you could let me prepare lunch today."
Sure, that sounds interesting.
If I can let Kaede cook, it will be much easier for me. I'll let her take care of it. The chores would be easier for both of us if we take turns.
I just hope I can make it.
"Don't worry about anything, Urara-San was teaching me. I will prepare my master a delicious meal."
Apparently my face reflected my insecurity. Because of that, Kaede responded quickly so that I would trust her.
All right, I'm going to trust her. She's going to make lunch.
"The first thing to prepare is a devil bullfrog. Remove the guts, skin and put it in the pot. After adding various seasonings and skull-mau-mau herb leaves, when it turns green, we throw a fresh mandrake into the pot and then wait for it to turn purple."
Kaede was talking to herself when she started cooking. I guess it's a normal thing. Many people do it from time to time.
The problem is that the atmosphere emanating from the cooking reflects "danger".
I'm not sure purple food is good.
But just the smell alone is good enough to whet the appetite.
"Here you go, master."
In the bowl that was handed to me was a thick liquid tinged with purple.
In addition, a frog leg protrudes from the interior.
It looks terribly unappetizing. However, the smell alone is good.
Kaede watches with her hands folded in front of her chest.
He's waiting for me to say, "This is delicious."
It's not fair. Even if I don't actually think so, I can only say one thing when she stares at me with those big eyes.
I put it in my mouth.
"Wait, don't jump on me! I'm eating!"
"Master, master, master!!!"
While I had an excited Kaede rubbing her body next to mine, I bewilderedly continued to eat my food.
It is a very strange dish.
Despite its terrible appearance, It tastes very delicious.
Eating it is a real pleasure. I wonder if we can get to do this again.
I placed the bowl on the floor and caressed Kaede's head as she was hugging me.
Her ears drooped with a great sigh.
She was so loving to Marianne and the others at Einark, it's clear she has been trying so hard lately.
I hope you have enjoyed having a bed of your own and experiencing privacy these past few days.
"I will do more and more for you, Master!"
"I'm flattered, but don't push yourself."
"Master, master, master, master, master!"
"Are you listening to me?"
She buried her face in my belly and rolled around in the grass.
Her large fluffy tail swayed back and forth.
Kaede's tail... I need to touch it....
It won't be a problem if I do... Right? After all, I am her master.
It feels different than Panda's fur. This will probably become a habit.
Kaede's sounds made me shudder.
This is not good, I think I've overdone it.
Her beautiful white hair makes my eyes water.
Her silky hair flowed over her shoulders, and I could feel the strong sensuality of her neck.
I managed to suppress the urge to reach out my hands.
Instinct and reason had already started to fight in my head. Instinct stands before reason in the form of a huge red dragon.
And reason goes to fight it with a stick and a wooden shield.
There was no way to win this battle.
After one fierce battle after another, reason finally hits instinct in the face.
The dragon collapses to the ground... This battle is barely won.
"I wish I could eat more."
A cheerful Kaede gets up from the floor and goes for more food.
It was very close. Reason somehow prevailed, but nothing assures me that it will win next time.
That's how pretty Kaede is... And she fits me like a glove. However, I still hesitate as to whether I should touch her.
Lisa's shadow is in my head.
And besides, my intentions were not to use a master-slave contract to have a relationship.
It is not known to what extent the contract affects the mind.
Maybe it doesn't at all, or maybe it does. The quickest way to find out is to ask a slaver, but I don't dare do that.
I'm not going to do anything until I can confirm that at least her feelings are genuine.
No. Until I can organize my mind.
A voice called out to me and I turned my eyes to the distance.
I'm not sure if it was the smell of food that attracted them, but another group of orcs was approaching.
I wonder if there are several orc nests around here.
How annoying, having to deal with them.
I'll let one of the pets take care of them.
"Rosuke, defeat them!"
The seal on my right hand glowed, and Rosuke flew away.
The two-meter long silver creature flew through the air with the speed of the wind, expelling blades from its body in all directions.
The cries of the orcs echoed in the distance.
Rosuke had attacked the group of orcs at a terrifying speed, in the blink of an eye he had taken care of them.
Is that strength normal or is it the result of being strengthened by my blood, magic, works, etc.?
The "Master Tamer" title has a special ability to strengthen the monsters used by the tamer, and I don't think this situation is an exception.
And in case you were wondering, it seems that the beasts of the family are also classified as demons.
Within minutes, the orcs were annihilated.
On the third day, we continued walking towards the royal capital.
As we walked, we began to pass adventurers and vendors along the way, and we could see what looked like a cluster of buildings in the distance.
"That's the royal capital, isn't it? It's huge."
"Armand is a very large country, and the population in the royal capital in turn is also inordinately large. The amount of goods, people and money that travel all over the country come here."
An outer wall of solid stone surrounds the city.
I've been here a few times, but it's very large and I've only been able to visit some of the smaller parts.
There are many sights to see, and countless stores serving delicious food and selling rare items.
There are also many famous adventurers here, and there is no better place to make a name for yourself in this country than here.
But in my case, I don't want to be famous, so I don't care.
"By the way, Master, to whom should you give that letter?"
"I think it's a guy named Jonathan Rockbell. He runs a shipping business and is quite famous here in the capital."
"He's a rich merchant, but why to that person?"
I'm not going to answer that question because I don't know.
The Count had a kind and gentlemanly character, and with how knowledgeable he is, this Jonathan is probably not a bad person either.
But the image of a wealthy merchant is not very good.
They are steeped with dirty money, and have a blatantly big attitude and turn up their noses at us adventurers.
I've heard that they do a lot of nasty things behind closed doors.
I hope he isn't one of those people.
I heard someone shouting somewhere.
When I looked ahead, I saw a carriage coming at full speed from the city towards us.
A ceratops, a subspecies of dragon with a large, 10-foot body, pulled the chariot.
It's a quiet and boring monster, but when they're hyped up, no one can stop them.
Maybe something made it angry and it started to run, I placed myself in front of the road where the Ceratops was heading.
"Kaede, stay where you are."
With the beast's giant body placed in front of me, I extended my left hand forward, and touched the tip of its nose with my finger.
The sound of the impact ripples through the air and the Ceratops' hind legs rise at the sudden braking.
In a similar fashion, the carriage behind it rose from the ground, and it was as if it had stopped at the same time as the animal.
The animal's hind legs dropped down, and so did the carriage.
The person controlling the animal fell out of his seat and landed on his butt on the ground.
I stroked the Ceratops' nose to calm it down. When I looked around, I saw many people with their mouths open.