Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear - Chapter 383
Bear-san Explores Targui
The day after Tirumina-san and Shuri learned about the bear gate. Today, using the bear gate, I went to the island of Targui with Fina. Shuri is also with us.
Shuri is looking around after exiting the bear house.
For the time being, I checked the surroundings with my detection skill, but there was no reaction from any monster. I then summoned Swaying Bear and Hugging Bear.
[Yuna-oneechan. Isn’t this the moving island?] Shuri
[That’s right.] Yuna
[Is it okay with all the monsters around?] Shuri
She’s a little worried and kept clinging to Hugging Bear.
[It’s okay because there are no more monsters. And if there is something dangerous, Swaying Bear and Hugging Bear will tell us.] Yuna
Swaying Bear and Hugging Bear let out a cry like saying <leave it to me>. Shuri’s anxiousness disappeared and she now looks more relieved.
[Then, can we pick flowers and fruits?] Shuri
Now that she mentioned it, she did say that she wants to pick fruits back then and bring them as souvenirs, but she couldn’t pick them because we were in a hurry trying to escape the island.
[Alright, let’s bring back some fruits for Tirumina-san later.] Yuna
I want to bring some bananas home. I want to make a banana parfait and eat it.
[Yuna-oneesan, what do you want to do now that we’re here on this island?] Fina
[I’m thinking of exploring it a little. The last time I came here, I couldn’t find anything because of various reasons. While I think it’s okay now, I will still assign Swaying Bear and Hugging Bear for guard duties.] Yuna
We arrived at the stone monolith where the book of Kryna-Hark is. I poured magical power into the stone monument. Then stone monolith shined and the book of Kryna-Hark appeared just like before.
[Do you want to read that book?] Fina
[I couldn’t read it thoroughly the last time, but I might need to do that. So today, I’m thinking of going to the other side where I have yet to explore.] Yuna
So if I have any questions, I’ll look them up in a book. When playing the game, I feel like I’m someone who feels uneasy when not reading manuals whenever it’s available. The same can be said here as well. I don’t hate reading books and after playing a game, I have a habit of reading the guides/walkthroughs if there is something I don’t understand. Besides, games these days have tutorials included, so there’s no need for book manuals.
And so, after getting the book, we started walking in the opposite direction of what we walked last time.
The area around Targui’s head (the stone monolith where Kryna-Hark’s book was) is a high cliff. And when you go to the back (opposite the head), the elevation lowers. The first time we entered the island was below that cliff, where the shore is quite low.
[How far are we from the town of Mereera?] Fina
Fina opens her mouth while looking at the sea.
I look at the sea, but the horizon is wide and I can’t see a single island. All you can hear is the sound of the waves. I want to answer Fina’s question, but I don’t have the answer for her. Even if I use the bear map, the map is black and only our current location is colored. The map cannot be zoomed out, so I cannot see the entire map. Therefore, it is unknown where Targui is currently heading to. I can imagine the position of the sun from the direction of travel to some extent, but I don’t know the exact position.
It may have drifted somewhere, or it may have changed its direction along the way. That’s why only Targui knows where we are.
Moreover, once you know the world map, you won’t need to explore anymore. And so, one of the fun about traveling will be gone.
In the game, it feels like a new land/area has been unlocked. Thinking about it like that, traveling becomes fun. One day I want Targui to pass by near an unfamiliar land.
[The wind feels good.] Fina
Fina and Shuri’s hair and skirt are fluttering in the wind. I look at myself. In my costume, my skirt and hair don’t sway. I wonder what it is like to be a normal girl. But just because I’m not wearing a skirt doesn’t mean I’m not a girl, however, when I compare myself to Fina’s appearance, our difference in girl-power-levels are miles apart.
For the time being, I’ll take off my bear hood to feel the wind. Certainly, a pleasant breeze is blowing through my hair. But the moment I took my bear hood off, the sun started scorching me. So I immediately put on my bear hood back.
[Are you both okay? Isn’t it hot?] Yuna
[I’m okay.] Fina
[I’m fine.] Shuri
Apparently, Fina and Shuri are being raised properly, unlike me, who lived in an air-conditioned room. Sunshine is a big hurdle for a hikikomori. I can’t live here without my bear equipment on.
But I wish I had hats for Fina and Shuri to wear.
[Also, it’s dangerous if both of you go too far towards the sea.] Yuna
At my words, they left the cliffside. Swaying Bear and Hugging Bear are on their side, so they’re not in danger, but let’s be careful either way.
We enjoyed the sea and started walking towards the rear end of Targui. The scenery that is not so different from the other side continues. One side is the sea and the other is the forest. There is a small mountain in the center and the second hole of Targui.
[Yuna-oneechan, there is a path.] Shuri
As Shuri said, there’s a path leading into the forest. But today, my goal is to go around the island of Targui, so I won’t make a detour. I’ll just take out a piece of paper and make a light note of it.
[Yuna-oneesan, what’s that?] Fina
As we go downhill, Fina points to the front. Up ahead, to where she’s pointing to, there is a similar stone monolith where Kryna-Hark’s book can be found.
Certainly, it should be around here?
I turned the pages of Kryna-Hark’s book.
Yeah, that’s right. It was written that this is the place where one can escape in case of emergency. This stone monolith also seems to have been left unattended for a long time and was really dirty, so I cleaned it with water magic.
Etto, what’s written in it?
«Emergency escape place.»
I knew it, this is the place that was written in the book.
«How to escape from this island, the vortex may weaken periodically. At that time, touch the stone monolith and say release. A ship will appear.»
What does it mean a ship will appear?
[Can I touch it, Yuna-oneechan?] Shuri
Shri seems eager to touch the stone monolith. However, I will decline her request and not act arbitrarily.
[Hmm, I don’t know what will happen, so I’ll do it. You two, stay close to Swaying Bear and Hugging Bear.] Yuna
[Uu, I wanted to try it.] Shuri
[Yuna-oneesan, please be careful.] Fina
Fina held Shuri’s hand and moved close to Swaying Bear and Hugging Bear. After confirming that, I touched the stone monolith and chanted <release>. At that moment, a ship appeared on the beach.
[It’s a ship~] Shuri
What appeared was a medium-sized ship that could easily accommodate about 20 people. At the same time as the ship appeared, a rope appeared on the stone monument, and the ship was fixed in place. It seems that you can steer the ship after removing the rope.
Apparently, it was an emergency escape ship.
[The ship is swaying a lot.] Shuri
As Shuri said, the ship was violently swaying with waves and whirlpools. It is fixed with a rope, but the ship will break if it’s left as it is.
If I can take it out, I should also be able to put it away. I touched the rope tied to the stone monument and thought about the ship returning to the monolith. Then the ship disappeared.
[The ship has disappeared.] Shuri
[It looks like it went back inside the stone monolith.] Yuna
[Maybe it’s the same as an item bag?] Fina
I checked it in Kryna-Hark’s book.
As expected, it’s the same as an item bag. By unlocking it, anyone can summon the ship. We were supposed to get on this ship and escape during an emergency.
Kryna-Hark is like a saint. To think he would set-up these things even after he wasn’t here anymore. The same can be said with this book, he left notes about Targui. But then, about the sakura tree, to place a stone monolith nearby just to take note under the sakura tree. I knew it, he’s doing more dangerous stuff than just writing a book.
There was another stone monolith nearby, but I don’t know if it was already used or the ship wasn’t built yet, but nothing came out when I tried it.
Then, we went around the island and completed the handwritten map. It was a meaningful day as I was able to discover various interesting places and fruits.
Of course, I collected said various fruits. It’s a treasure island after all. I have already decided to make this island my own personal grocery store.
The next day, when I came to the store, the children were making bread with bright faces.
[Did you get your clothes?] Yuna
[Yeah, thank you, Yuna-oneechan.]
After we came back from the sea, the children were working with tired faces as if they were saying <it’s hot>. Moreover, the temperature was always high because the kitchen has stone ovens. I said, <You can take off your bear hoodie so you can work while feeling refreshed>.
[If I don’t wear Bear-san’s clothes, it wouldn’t feel like I’m working in Bear-san’s rest shop.]
[I want to work in Bear-san’s clothes.]
That was the reply that I got.
[I’m also telling you to wear something comfortable because I don’t want to stumble.] Morin
Morin-san was also worried.
I remembered the cloak worn by Jade and the others I met back in the desert. It’s a good idea to make something similar to that cloak with a cooling function. So I asked Sherry for spare bear hoodies and installed water magic stones in them to relieve the heat. It seems that it was completed.
[They look relaxed, aren’t they?] Karin
Karin-san is watching the children working with refreshed faces.
[If so, does Karin-san also want to wear a bear hoodie?] Yuna
[Not a chance!] Karin
You don’t have to refuse that much.
Morin-san has been making bread for many years, so she said she’s already resistant to heat, but should I equip the kitchen with a cooling system?
I used the ice magic stones and wind magic stones and created an air-conditioner-like-thing.
[Morin-san, please use this when it gets really hot.] Yuna
By the way, Karin-san also asked me to put one in the store, but I rejected it because the customers will stay longer than they have to.
[In that case, Karin-san should just wear a bear hoodie.] Yuna
I offered her once again.
[Uu, only during summer…] Karin
She started worrying about the future.
Can I start with this?