The Spearmaster and the Black Cat

Chapter 24: Master-less Land x Forest of Magic Fog x Assassin ※

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Waeeeh- ku, my ear, iteee, I suffer a cut on my cheek and arm. My earlobe was cut and there is a small trail of blood down my cheek, but the wound immediately closes.

It is sharp, but I can still dodge it-

“How?”

With tears in her eyes Yui appeals to me.

“No, maa, I would say that was really close. -You should be happy.”

“Ku, wha-what is it with you!”

“Mou, dont swing those around so much anymore.”

Seeming to have been upset by my words, the point of Yuis sharp swords are shaking. The sword attack goes wide and she completely over swings.

She keeps swinging her swords around.

Then, the dirt footing suddenly collapses.

“Ah-”

One of Yuis feet lose contact with the earth and steps into the sky. She quickly loses her balance.

She falls over the edge of the cliff.

-Shit, I strengthen my body with fighting moji and move

I jump over the edge of the cliff to help Yui. Yui hits a rocky protrusion and her body spins around once. Blood dances.

“Yui-”

I was able to catch Yuis stretched out hand and am falling upside down.

I cant be concerned about whether this is a trick.

I tighten my grip around Yuis hand while falling through the air I spin around and hug Yuis body.

The cliff bottom approaches.

Not letting Yuis body hit, I turn my back to face the rocky ground for impact.

My back smashes into the rock ground.

“Uga!”

Too painful, a shock runs through the middle line of my back.

I am having trouble breathing. Apart from that- I am thrown into the air, and I continue falling, rolling down while smashing into rocks. (TL: I forgive you for the last chapter, Shuya.)

I reach the ground after smashing into rocks several times.

Meanwhile, I do not separate from Yuis wrist and body.

However, I lose consciousness and Yui falls without me being able to completely protect her.

I am injured and my leather clothes are torn, but I am already recovering.

I am not in pain anymore. The jacket Shisho gave me is a little ripped.

Other than that, I am worried about Yui.

“Oi!”

I hurry and call out, I pick up Yuis body from the ground.

I look over Yuis body dressed in the black cloak.

Her cheeks are bruised, the left shoulder of the cloak is torn away and the chain mail and black clothes worn underneath are also split.

There is a wound that looks like it came from big beast on her left shoulder. It still has blood coming out of it. A sharp rock the penetrated through the chain mail is stuck in her side.

The wound in her stomach is dangerous too, but the problem with be the lower part of her body.

The injuries on both of her legs are bad. They are bent in the wrong direction.

A bone is jutting out of one of her feet.

She is seriously injured.

Her head I was holding on to and protecting doesnt seem to be injured.

I check her back. The bottle of recovery potion I took from a thief I killed is broken.

Shit, n, oh, there is a little of the liquid at the bottom of the bottle.

I can have her drink this, however, Yui is unconscious. (TL: No, wait, I know what youre thinking. Dont you dare.)

Ma, first Ill put an ear to her mouth a confirm that she is breathing.

Dangerous. She isnt breathing.

She may not swallow it properly even if I soak it in her mouth.

I think it may have an effect if I just put on her face, but it isnt a technical thing.

I decide to use the potion on the most severe wound fist.

When I pull out the rock stuck in her side blood pours out, and I pour a little bit of the potion there.

As soon as I use the potion the wound starts to look somewhat healthier, the wound empties a little.

I should sew it up, but I have nothing to do that.

There is no helping it so I wrap it with leather.

Other than that, since I cant tell if she is breathing, she will need artificial respiration.

Lifting the back of Yuis head, I secure her respiratory track.

However, if the wound to her chest is bad, will this only worsen it?

She also has wounds on her abdomen, and for a moment, I hesitate. Then, I lift up her torn chain mail and look at her chest, but the damage from internal bleeding cant be seen, eei, I will do it.

I take her small lips send in air.

Because I am worried about a possible injury, I push down on her chest repeatedly like with a baby and continue.

Just after that-

“Cohohoho, goho, haa haa.”

Oooh, Yui is breathing again.

Good. I saved her. It was good that I learned EMT back when I was a student. (TL: Im glad he has an explanation for knowing this. I know this because my Dad was an EMT and always points out what they do wrong on TV, but a lot of people dont know.) A vague memory…anyway, she has resumed breathing.

Was the potion effective? Maybe.

“…ko, koko, Dad? Na…you.”

“Ah, its me.”

“U…”

I am not paying attention to Yui anymore, once I noticed, she had already passed out.

“Oi!”

I put an ear to Yuis lips to make sure she is breathing.

She is breathing properly.

However, her forehead is too hot.

Is it because the wound on her shoulder and the one to her stomach? Or is it a cold? Which reminds me, she didnt look well earlier. Even if I show her to a doctor at the bottom of this foggy valley…I do not understand the geography of this area well enough. In this world I should look for a magic user, someone with a healing potion, or someone who can use recovery magic, rather than a doctor.

Because the potion from the thief healed the stomach wound this is the last bit.

I look around.

Oh, I discover that the area is a scree slope.

Over the is Yuis unique sword.

The sword blade glitters, shining white.

Since the black sheath with demon like design fell off the cliff with Yui I put the swords in the sheath and gather the two swords.

Then, I find several appropriately sized tree branches.

These seem usable.

I cut a tree branch and use it set Yuis broken foot. I tie up her foot with leather cord wound around the waste.

First of all, I call the popobumu with a whistle.

Carry Yuis body, while whistling, I walk.

After a few minutes,

“Pubupubo”

I hear a snort. Fast. The popobumu seems to have found its way around from the cliff top.

However, Yui is light.

She ran after me with a body like this?

“Nya nya!”

It is the sound of Rollo.

When I return to the area Rollo cries at me, worried.

“Rollo, Im okay, but this child is seriously injured. I am putting her on the popobumu.”

“Nya?”

I handle Yui as gently as possible while I lift her onto the popobumu.

And, I check the baggage on the back of the saddle.

N?, there is only the mana recovery ririumu portion Shisho gave me a small earthenware bottle wrapped in a blanket.

The bag smells of the spice of the ingredients and salt. This bag is only clothes.

There is no recovery potion.

This is because I was experimenting on the thieve and sucking his blood.

I should not have used it then; I should have kept more…

Damn it. Yuis forehead is hot when I touch it.

Rollo licks Yuis cheeks as if to nurse her.

First of all, should I try giving her the mana recovery potion Shisho gave me.

It may be able to restore her a little.

Yui is still in an exhausted state.

Mouth to mouth transfer, I give it to her little by little. (TL: I told you not to!)

There is nothing ero about it.

I appeal so to Rollo, but Rollos red eyes stare at me reproachfully.

While acting foolishly, we who placed Yui on the popobumu advance through the mist.

Even then, the fog around here is too thick…

We are lost. I aimlessly advance through the fog.

I can feel the presence of monsters all around us.

I advance through the fog while using pheromone touch and presence detection to avoid monsters whenever possible.

The area becomes dark in the evening.

Dangerous. There is nothing convenient like an inn.

There are still as many magic essence reactions on presence detection.

What is this forest, it is full of monsters.

Then I hear a howling voice call out.

Is it possible to avoid this time?

I do not want to fight because Yui is seriously injured…

Then, I discover the ruins of a small stone chapel. There is a small goddess statue inside, the neck is broken off and it also has no arms.

Creepy.

I pray to the nameless goddess for Yuis safety.

So that Yuis injuries may be healed.

Namu. For some reason I try Buddhism-style. (TL: Namu is in Buddhist prayer.

N, wait, I remember a certain skill.

If Yui finally become dangerous, should I use my?

Hm. If I make her drink blood and turn her into a Yui will be saved. No, that is no good. No matter how pretty a woman is doing it by force is no good.

If you want to do it, you should ask for confirmation.

I will stop thinking about.

While I think about such reprehensible things I pick something up with presence detection.

The magic essence is human sized. I can smell it with pheromone touch too. (TL: Are you a dog?)

This reaction is not a monster.

-It is the smell of a man.

To the side of the chapel, out of the thickets of the forest, all of a sudden a person appears.

Wearing a black robe like a magic user, and a black hood.

“Nn? That is…what?”

I can hear the robed mans voice change in surprise.

Their appearance is strange, first of all they are a person. Lucky.

“Ooh, sorry. Have you seen my companion, Yui? If possible, could you please use recovery magic or a potion? She fell from a cliff and suffered an injury to her stomach and her foot is broken. She also has a fever.”

The hooded man who hear my appeals sees the figure of Yui lying wearily on the popobumu.

The man who sees Yuis state is bald, their head shaved. A strange red and white mark stands out on the figures forehead.

What is on his forehead?

I can see that it has something to do with magic…

Mana is released from his forehead.

He looks thin and middle-aged, with visible smile lines.

Even though he is a man, there is a yellow earing attached to one ear.

“Surely there is a wound to her stomach, her foot is broken, and her arm is injured too…but she has no fever. It will be good. My home is nearby so I will guide you.”

The mark on his forehead rises from the skin.

“…Ooh, thank you.”

Though the mark on his forehead surprised me I do not show it on my face and act obedient.

“Nya, nya.”

“N?”

“Oh, you own a black cat.”

“Yeah. Then, lets go.”

The robed man doesnt mind Rollo anymore and begins to walk into the fog.

He seems to be guiding me.

We seem to be moving uphill.

Oh? Just before the slope, a pale blue light begins to shine, and a small stone pagoda appears.

This looks like electricity.

What? Magic? There is a magic essence reaction. There is small stone stuck in the front of the stone pagoda, the pale light is coming from it.

When I stare at the artificial light the man showing us the house looks at me and prompts me “Saa, Hurry up…”

I hastily follow the man uphill.

Up the slope is a is prominent stucco house.

A hut is connected to it and the whole thing is big.

“A house in such a place…”

“Its a small house. Now, please carry your lover-san over, then you can store your bags in the warehouse”

The robed man says this and then goes into the hut.

“Tadaima. Theta. Im back.”

When the man calls out a name a beautiful woman emerges from the entrance of the hut to meet him.

“Nya?”

Rollo is staring at the womans face, looking puzzled.

The woman called Theta has shiny raven-black hair.

A beautiful purple is displayed in her hair next to her ear.

She is beautiful, and her face is really place-n? What?

I look at the woman with magic observing eye.

Then I see a lump of dense magic essence sitting inside her chest.

I have never seen this before.

And, even when I use pheromone touch, the woman has no smell.

There is no smell of blood. Odd.

There is no sense of blood vessels? Why is this?

This woman, is she not human?…This is surprising.

I have to be careful…but, I will put on my poker face.

I suppress my surprised expression back to a normal one.

But, this is unusual…

I stare at the pale-faced Theta. (TL: There is something about eating her 食い I think it means he is staring at her intensely but I cant think of an appropriate way to fit it into the sentence and I am impatient to keep ready.)

“This is my wife. I am sorry for my bluntness. Theta. Please go inside and bring out a bottle of recovery medicine.”

Wife!? You serious?

My poor heart, I keep being surprised.

I frantically control my feelings and do not let them show on my face.

As soon as I look, my eyebrows are twitching unintentionally.

The husband who is the master of the house gives an order and the pale-faced woman nods silently.

Theta goes into the hut without blinking her eyes. After her husband sees that he goes into the warehouse, and moves bags from the bed.

I carefully take Yui down from the popobumu”s back and carry her into the warehouse.

“Please lay her here. Then, Ill go check on Theta. Ill bring the medicine.”

Following his instructions, I lay Yui down on the bed.

He seems to be fetching the medicine

I must thank danna. (TL: Danna means master of the house or husband, Im not sure why the author chose to use it here, although Shuya may be chastising himself for think the guys wife way beautiful and is now reminding himself of that over and over.)

“Danna-san. Thank you.”

“No, no, its my pleasure.”

When the shaved danna-san has an awkward smile, he leaves.

-I look around the barn.

There are only a few farming implements, most of it looks like tools related to magic. There are faded magic formations, medicinal herbs, and discarded phials…

To start with, why is there a bed in this shed?

As I am contemplating, Danna-san returns with a vial in his hand.

“Have her drink this potion.”

Opening several kinds of earthen bottles, I start by applying them directly to Yuis foot and stomach.

Then I give the medicine to her lips. (TL: This is an emergency, nothing ero ero here.)

On the back of the Danna-san who gave me to medicine, there is an insignia of arm holding balance scales and a wand on the messy black robes.

Is the mark a symbol of an organization? (TL: I want him to ask, but I dont want the guy to attack.)

Danna-san looks back and begins to talk with a serious look.

“With this she should already be okay. After she sleeps and gets up she should be recovered to some extent. However, the wound in the stomach is blocked, because time has passes and the bones in several places were broken, I think full recovery will take some time.”

Good. She is saved.

“Is that so. Thank you.”

I can relax for now.

The Danna in the black robes looks at me curiously.

“Still, why are is traveler-san here? Here is an area deep in the mountains, this is a place people do not drop by very often. Besides, isnt this area called the 【Magic Fog Forest】 where fog is produced? Why are you out here?”

So this really is the mag fog.

Besides I am suspicious if I am in a place like this…

However, considering you “wife” from before, you are pretty suspicious as well…

Since I cannot be honest about what happened, I will make up a story.

“Eh, I heard about the magic fog and knew, but at any rate, Yui and I are in the middle of a trip from far away, so we are unfamiliar with the area. Once I had noticed we were already surrounded by the thick fog. Yui dismounted her horse and was walking care, when the ground suddenly collapsed…she fell down the cliff along with her bags. Quickly try to get help I moving through the fog, and then you appeared…”

Even though this is an emergency to story is not that great, but…

Does the Danna understand by motive? He nods in silence.

The danas eyes are still serious…he is also still watching me.

He is storing mana in his eyes. He seems to be looking over Yui and me with magic observing eye.

After looking over us the corners of the Dannas mouth crack into a weird smile and begins talking.

“…Is that so? Youve been through some hardships. You may stay here until your love recovers.”

“Ooh, thank you.”

“No, no, dont mention it, you can rest using this bed too. The shed is normally a mess, so please pardon it.”

The nearby bed looks dirty, but it looks usable.

“No no, this is more than enough. Honestly, I am thankful for the bed. I will accept your offer.”

“Well then, Ill call you to the hut when it is time for dinner.”

“Yes. Thank you.”

The Dannas manner is friendly; I return a careful bow. After the Danna goes back to the nearby hut, I lay down on the bed next to Yui.

Rollo comes over and we curl up together.

Confident the medicine will help Yui, I sleep comfortably.

While looks at her cute sleeping face, I begin to sleep lightly.

-Several hours later, Yui woke up.

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