Pione was a woman.
It's obvious when I see her naked as she hugs me.
Digestive juices continue to fall from the Slime.
I went into some bushes with Pione.
Kaede followed us and gave Pione a cloth to cover herself.
"So you were a woman."
"I'm sorry I lied to you."
"We'll talk about it later."
I came out of the bushes and looked for the slime.
While avoiding the falling digestive juices, I drew my sword and took a leap to get closer to him.
I cut its body in half with a vertical slice.
The water begins to flow back from the source to the river.
"Um, I didn't mean to offend you."
We were standing near the fountain asking Pione for an explanation.
"In my family, it was not accepted that I was a girl, so my father had no choice but to raise me as a man. I didn't want the family to fall apart, so I tried hard to pretend to be one..."
"What, you really believe me!?"
"Is there a reason not to?"
If what Pione says is true, we can only accept it
After all, nothing troublesome resulted from her concealing her true identity.
But I won't deny that I was very surprised.
What surprised me was the fact that both Kaede and Frau had noticed.
They had both told me that her feminine appearance was very obvious.
Perhaps the demons in the city also knew this and kept silent.
But I could not notice her feminine appearance....
Suddenly Pione clung to my leg.
"Please! Don't tell anyone about this! I'll do anything!"
My body had been shaken.
Those words could make any man's heart tingle.
I can't help but wonder what kind of things I could ask her for.
"I will also do whatever my master asks me to do."
Kaede gently tugged at the hem of my shirt while blushing.
Hearing that was so embarrassing that my face turned red and I had to look away.
"Fray would also do anything for you. I am a faithful slave to my Lord. If possible, I would also like you to stroke my head and praise me every time I do something for you."
Frau, who was on top of Panda, says such words without any sign of embarrassment.
In Frau's case, I think she wants me to praise her for what she did before.
As I patted her head, she said, "I'm so incredibly happy about this! I love it!" and pushes her head against my hand.
"So, since we're here, is there anything you want me to do?"
As she looked at me with teary eyes, Pione's face was blushing.
My mouth was full of meat.
Then I tore off a piece of bread, dipped it in the soup and ate it up.
I was gorging myself on so much food that I had to drink water to get it down.
"I was so silly, I never thought you'd ask me to stay for dinner."
"Hmm? Did you want me to do something to you?"
"Waaaah! That's embarrassing! Stop it!"
Pione's face reddens.
But saying "anything" was definitely a slap in the face.
I'm not sure to what extent my request would be acceptable. But I figured it'd be best not to be too blatant in this type of situation, so I decided to play it safe.
But I had no intention of doing anything wrong either.
First, I have no merit in revealing Pione's identity.
So I just asked to stay at her house for dinner so she would have peace of mind.
...Well, that also includes sleeping over at her house.
"Sorry for all this. Even though you've paid me for the work I did, I'm abusing your t
hospitality by staying at your house."
"It's okay, I honestly thought $3 million was cheap compared to the work you did."
I don't know what the market price is here, so it's hard to answer.
I'm sure that on the human side, a request like that would be around 100 million. But it's just a rumor, so I'm not sure.
"If you want, you can stay as many nights as you want."
Pione touches her cheeks with both hands and smiles.
"I'm flattered, but we have to leave tomorrow."
She immediately became depressed.
The atmosphere was so overtly dark that it made us feel like we were doing something wrong.
We also want to take it easy, but we have a situation where we can't just do as we please.
"Hah~, I thought you might be friends... Eh?"
Letting out a sigh, Pionne opens her eyes as she views her stats.
"My level is 43! Why?"
Oh shit, my experience points went to her.
Now how am I going to fool her?
"It must have been a gift from the forest gods."
"No! Toru and his friends must have caused this sudden increase!"
Ugh, I couldn't fool her.
Or maybe Alusha and Luna were too innocent.
"My level is 43... Hehe."
She keeps looking at her stats window with a gleeful look on her face.
It's a little creepy.
"Thank you for your help."
"It was a pleasure."
The next day, we stood in front of Pione's mansion saying goodbye.
Pione was dressed as a man, and on her face was a beautiful smile.
I may never see her again.
She is a demon, and I am a human, we're natural enemies.
"I wish you the best in your life."
"Thank you, Kaede-San."
"You're going to be a great Lord, I'll be rooting for you!"
"Thank you, Frau-Chan."
The three of us said goodbye to her.
Now it is time to leave.
"Hey, wait up!"
We were stopped before leaving for our new destination.
Pione returns to the mansion and comes out a few minutes later with her backpack and sword.
She then runs to the back and brings out two horses.
"I'm coming with you."
Why do you want to join us?
Then what was the point of this farewell?
"Don't worry. I'll leave all my duties to someone else, and I'm not going to leave the mansion for that long. You guys need someone to guide you to the capital, right?"
"What do you want?"
You are blatantly averting your eyes.
At least look at me when you lie to me.
"You're probably thinking that if you continue with us, you can keep raising your level."
"No, it's nothing like that."
"You were asking me a lot of questions about where I was going last night and what kind of relationship I have with my master."
"Okay! I confess!"
She covered her ears and shook her head.
Then she nodded and began to explain.
"I want to be a great lord like my father, but that requires power. You must know that, since you are a demon, and those without power are cast aside and abandoned. So this is my last chance to be able to do something."
"But skills are something you don't just improve by leveling up."
"I know. That's why I've been practicing with my sword all my life. All I need now is to level up so I can be even better. Please, Toru."
She wraps both her hands around my right hand and looks up with tearful eyes.
No, I am vulnerable to those eyes.
Don't look like an abandoned puppy, it's my weakness.
I turned to look at Kaede and Frau.
"If you agree to take her with us, Master, I will too."
"It's okay, it's not like she'll be with us forever."
Neither of them objected.
It is said that the city we are going to can be reached in a day on horseback.
And if we take it easy, it can even be two days.
If it is for two days, it is unlikely that she will notice our disguise.
And I don't want to waste a lot of money scrolling through every city on the map.
I guess it's good to have a guide.
"Only as far as the capital."
"Yes! Thank you, Toru!"
Pione got on one horse and I got on another.
I then motioned for Kaede to ride behind me.
"I'll look after my master's sword..."
"That's not fair. I'm going to increase my size, Frau also wants to."
"Don't do it, Frau-San, three people would be too much weight for the horse."
"Not at all, that is if Kaede rides with Pione and Frau rides behind Lord-..."
"Too late! Master, let 's go!"
Kaede got on the horse and wrapped her arms around my waist tightly.
"Fufu, Master's back is so big."
Kaede's voice sounded rather happy.
It's good to hear something like this from time to time.
I looked to the side and saw Pione scowling at me.