Third Outer World Story Series: Pumpkin Sorcerer - Chapter 39
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
“Uh, this one is here, and that one is still in place, and the ice house shows traces of having been opened, but it’s closed properly, and the mokkan is…”
Pumpkin checked inside the house where the adventurers had entered to verify that no items were missing.
He then picked up the mokkan in which he had written the findings of his research after making sure that nothing was missing and that everything had, if anything, it had been cleaned up…
“Alright, I shall burn it.”
A miasma of some kind was beginning to emanate not only from the ink but also from the mokkan, so Pumpkin immediately made a fire and burned the mokkan away after reading through the contents of it briefly and memorizing some of its contents.
[Kue r chui o plkjhgfd sa zx!!?]
Some sort of bizarre screams can be heard escaping from the burning mokkan, but Pumpkin didn’t bother with it. If it was nothing more than a vindictive scream, there would be no reason to be afraid of it.
And incidentally, that degree of magic was susceptible to unconscious usage.
“Therefore… drive away the evil spirits…! Evil spirits☆disperse! Seiyaa!!”
He consequently directed as much of his white magic power as he could into the black magic power that emerged from the mokkan’s burning flames.
When the black magic power was hit by Pumpkin’s magic power, it instantly dissipated with a scream, and at the same time, the flames died out, leaving nothing but ashes behind.
“Phew. This is more like it.”
He muttered to himself as he looked at the ashes that were left behind.
Well, I never would have imagined that the mokkan, which was written in blood-based ink from animals, would turn out this way if left unattended… hahaha. Yeah. It would have been awful if I had neglected it any longer.
“How’s it going? Nothing went wrong, right?”
“Yup. As far as the adventurers were concerned, there were no problems. In fact, I found my house spotless.”
“Well, that’s good to hear.”
To be candid, the adventurers who came here were most likely adventurers from Kunukihappy. In addition, these adventurers could be A-rank adventurers under the direct supervision of the presumed Kozo.
After all, they were dealing with an unknown entity called Pumpkin, and there was no knowing what would follow if the situation was handled in the wrong way so sending someone who would make a rash move would be the worst of all possible moves.
Well, I am grateful for and respect Kozo ojii-san’s judgment. Thanks to him, I was able to be spared from strange friction.
“Even so, you took quite a while to get here, Mizuki.”
Pumpkin was suddenly curious about it, so he asked Mizuki why it had taken her so long to show up at his base.
Even though the difference between his flying speed and Mizuki’s mobility was obvious, it seemed to him that it was taking too long for Mizuki to reach his base when he was burning the mokkan.
“Of course, it will take me a while since there is no water around this base that is connected to Lake Accumulate. And I am a water spirit. A place without access to water is out of my field of expertise.”
“Ah, I get it.”
When he thought about it, that was true for Mizuki.
If so, that’s not surprising.
“Are you implying that I should draw water from Accumulated Lake for the future?”
“Yeah, that’s right. I would appreciate it if you would do that.”
Hmm. In that case…
In his mind, he pictured Lake Accumulate, his base, and the location of the nearest stream to his base.
“Then why don’t I train myself to dig?”
As Mizuki’s question mark popped up at his words, Pumpkin gave an explanation.
“In short, you want a watering-place nearby that’s connected to Lake Accumulate, don’t you?”
“You are right.”
“And the only way to prepare such a watering spot is to dig the ground, and digging the ground is fairly strenuous work, isn’t it?”
“And with such arduous task, it makes sense that I would need to strengthen myself using magic power on a very high level, which would entail employing magic power efficiently, raising its maximum value, training in the ability to be alert to my surroundings, as well as other things.”
“Do you understand?”
Pumpkin nodded contentedly at the look of understanding on Mizuki’s face.
The fact was, farming and public works were said to be similar to training to deal with weapons, but in this world, it would be appropriate also as training to maneuver magic power.
A wise territory lord would probably have some of his soldiers engage in public works as part of their training in their spare time.
And with that in mind…
“At least I now realize that Pumpkin is a training fool.”
Mizuki gave a blunt statement.
Well, I don’t deny that I’m a training fool, even though the amount of time I haven’t trained since I got… this body is probably shorter than the amount of time in my previous life.
“But since you’re willing to put in the effort for me, I’ll make sure you are properly compensated after its completion.”
“What do you mean specifically?”
“I’ll give you the privilege of allowing the water with the greatest amount of magic power to flow through the constructed channel.”
To put it another way, I can expect the water to taste luscious if it had a lot of magic in it, right?
Which also means I don’t have to go to Lake Accumulate every day to enjoy drinking that appetizing water, do I?
“I’ll dig it by all means! I shall dig it without a doubt!!”
“I-Is that so? Thanks then.”
Hence, when Pumpkin was dancing joyously, Mizuki subtly backed away from him, but Pumpkin didn’t mind. That was not important.
All that matters now is digging a channel!
That’s why I’ve added digging a channel to my schedule for tomorrow!
Now, shall I devote all my energy to digging!!
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