even sure if I’m actually walking straight.

“I wonder if I’ll have to sleep in a tree, if I don’t find anything by dark–?”

However, contrary to my expectations, the forest boundary appeared after some while.

In front of me, were a number of poorly-maintained houses.
I had successfully arrived at a human settlement.

“But what should I do now…”

I made a full circle around the settlement I had arrived at.

It was a small village with less than 10 houses in all.
The houses were crude and looked like they would collapse soon, plus there weren’t even any fences.
It took less than an hour to do a full circle, so you could tell it was really small-scale.

I also felt that a poor village like this had little information to offer.

It may be better to go past this village to another one.
Fortunately, there was a road while I was headed in its direction, so if I followed it in the opposite direction, I would surely reach another village.

“Are you the new pioneer?”
“Eh?”

As I was thinking with my arms crossed, I heard a female voice from behind.
Looking back, a girl of the same age stands with her fiery red hair and bright red eyes which seemed to possess a strong will.

“Are you alone? Well whatever, there’s a lot to do so get in quick!”
“Eh? No, I-“
“What! You’re not going to say that you can’t work today because you’re really tired, are you?”

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“No, that’s not–“
“Then, go inside the village and get ready!”
“……Understood”

Apparently, she misunderstood me for the new pioneer.
I tried correcting her multiple times, but she didn’t seem to listen.

Well, I guess I’ll help out until she calms down.
For better or for worse, I have nothing to do now.

If I help her to an extent, she might even lend me a roof to stay under.

I follow her while hiding my intentions.

***

After following her in silence, the girl leads me to a large vacant plot.
Weeds were growing wildly, and it didn’t seem well maintained.

“This is your land.
You’re allowed to use it freely, so pay taxes properly.”
“Huh?”

This is a vacant plot, right?
Moreover a vacant plot outside the village.

There isn’t even a hut, let alone a house.
What should I do here?

“Umm, what should I-“
“Aria~! Could you come here~!”

When I tried to question the red-haired girl who had guided me so far, I hear a loud voice coming from the village.
Based on the voice, it sounds like a girl.

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“Coming~! You! Work properly till I come back.”
“Oii!”

Without hearing my protest, the red-haired girl runs towards the village.

“…What should I even do here.”

I’m at a loss seeing the vacant plot called “my land”.

“Should I just run away?”

That kid seemed annoying.
But I need to at least know where I am.

Even if I wait for her, she seemed to want to keep me in this village, so waiting here would just be a pain.

“I guess it’s fine.
I can always leave a village like this when I want to, and if it becomes too annoying, I’ll just sprint away.”

It’s not like they took my picture.
I can leave when I want.
Worst case, if they make wanted posters of me, they sure won’t be able to chase me after I skip one or two countries.

The frontier village too had many wanted fugitives from other countries, and now I’m also the same.
If that Count finds me, he will definitely harass me.

Though I think this place is far away enough that he won’t be able to do so.

“…In any case, I don’t feel like sleeping in a vacant plot, so let’s make a small hut.”

I take out an axe from [Storage] and head to the nearby forest to get the materials for my house.

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A redhead named Aria… not the first time I’m hearing that ^_^

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