Third Outer World Story Series: Pumpkin Sorcerer - Chapter 97
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
When the kids had had enough of playing, it was Pumpkin’s obligation to gather them all together and put them to bed. This was followed by a round of questions about Uriko’s situation directed at the village’s adults.
Though what exactly was asked to the adults in the village was whether there had been any suspicious people coming in and out of the village.
“No. There have been no strangers here recently.”
“I guess so. Only adventurers who have business in the forest come here.”
“And even those adventurers are well-known individuals.”
There didn’t appear to be any strange visitors to the village.
However, one of the villagers clapped his hands as if he had just recalled something.
“The most suspicious one is… ah, that one. The merchant called Lowizc the other day was shady.”
“Oh, that one, huh? Wearing a strangely fluttery outfit, and wandering around the village saying things like, ‘Where’s the magical girl?’”
“When I called out to that guy, her voice went back to normal, so I just kept an eye out for her.”
And then, as if being lured by it, the words “suspicious” emerged continuously.
I am sorry. For those of you in Maunpir Village, let me tell you that the fellow is merely a pervert who likes magical girls too much, with an attitude of “YES! Magical girl! NO! Touch!”. She’s a harmless pervert.
I don’t want to be lumped into the same category as her, so I won’t mention it.
“Yeah. Is there anyone else other than her?”
“There’s no one else.”
“Right. And none of them had a solid background.”
“In the first place, that Lowicz merchant, she is quite well-known.”
Yeah. It seems that there were no other suspicious people in the village.
To begin with, Majik would either deal with the problem himself or get in touch with Pumpkin if someone posed a danger to the town.
In other words, he would have to check with Majik for confirmation.
“Was that informative?”
“Oh, yes. Thanks a lot. Well then, I’ll be going now.”
“Thanks for your help today.”
“Well, I guess we’re off, too.”
After that, Pumpkin took Uriko to Tangosack’s house and spoke with Tangosack and Kimiko as well, but neither of them had a clue as to what was going on.
So, while having a light meal, the conversation proceeded.
“Is it so serious to be able to perform magic on one’s own?”
“I would say it’s not particularly good if you learned to do it completely from scratch by yourself. Although I am in a similar situation, I didn’t learn it completely on my own.”
“Oh, really? I had always assumed that you are a great sorcerer who single-handedly creates new magic from outset, but I guess I was wrong.”
“To speak the truth, I believe that it is difficult to create magic completely from scratch, no matter how talented you are. The magic is mostly a sensory process, but there is a theoretical part as well.”
Pumpkin sipped on a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice while he responded to Kimiko.
Yeah. It tastes wonderful with a lot of magic power in it.
“Well, if that’s the case, why don’t we ask Uriko? We’re curious as well.
“Indeed. We are interested in the subject, too. I’m going to check on Touga, so let me know the result later.”
Uriko had just woken up, and the two of them had requested Pumpkin to ask her.
Incidentally, Touga was Pumpkin’s younger brother who was born about a year ago. It was not clear if it should be called… fortunately, but Touga seemed to be a normal child in terms of magic power, which made Pumpkin feel a little relieved inside.
If there are two people with magic power at the level of Uriko, things are going to get a lot worse…
“Uriko, come here.”
Uriko was positioned in a chair-like posture by Pumpkin after beckoning her to stop by for a conversation and arranging the vines differently around her.
Although she was adorable as a baby, her appearance was equally endearing when she was four years old. Pumpkin was really proud to have a sister like that, especially given that she already possessed the magic power of a world-class sorceress.
Ah yeah. Anyway, Lowicz, who was considered suspicious by all the villagers when she came to Maunpir Village, must have made Uriko uneasy, so I will have to reproach her later.
Oh, no, not now. I have to hear what Uriko has to say.
“Uriko, where did you learn to float rocks today?”
“You mean that thing?”
“Yeah. About that.”
While nursing Uriko, he asked about her telekinetic magic.
“You know. I learned it from my pretty onee-chan.”
“Yeah. The pretty onee-chan. She was wearing the most beautiful and fluttering dress I have ever seen, and her hair was like beautiful wheat, and she had a very pretty face, too. She looked like a queen.”
Uriko was trying her best to tell the story of the pretty sister to Pumpkin as concisely as possible with her poor vocabulary as a four-year-old while making smiling movements.
But he didn’t understand it subtly. From Uriko’s words, Pumpkin can only understand that she was a beautiful-looking woman.
She must have been noticed by residents of the village as well as Lowicz if she is so stunning… Why has no one spotted her?
“Where did you meet this older sister?”
“When she was napping! She had the prettiest, most beautiful, golden eyes!”
“And then, and then…”
Uriko is excitedly recounting the time she met the woman, but… ah yeah. It is now definite who taught Uriko the magic with the story of meeting the golden-eyed woman in a dream.
The person who taught Uriko magic. It was definitely…
Anyway, I will ask her next time I meet her. Yeah. I am left with no choice except to delicately distort the facts and assure Tangosack and the others that there isn’t an issue.
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