monster?
Even if it was repelled, what guarantee was there that it wouldn’t happen again?

This country lacks men as it is, due to the ongoing war.

I thought a miracle would occur if we managed to survive the winter, but that seems unlikely.
The town’s slum was better off than our developing village.

As I drop my shoulders, the lady receptionist starts talking to me.

“W-well, there is still some time until spring.
There might be more applicants when spring arrives.”
“…Yeah.”

To be honest, it is unlikely that an application will come in springtime.
In spring, there is a desperate need of hands to plant crops, and if you enter wild mountains you can easily forage food.

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It’s winter when people have food shortages.
The only time an application could come in was now.

It will soon begin to snow and I won’t be able to move between villages, nor be able to recruit.
Today was my last chance.

“Thank you very much.”
“…Aria-sama.
Please do your best without being discouraged.”
“…”

I bowed deeply to the woman in the office and left.

***

It took about two days to return to our developing village.
I put up a request for an escort, but no one took it.

On top of it being a one way trip, it might snow on their way back and they may become stranded with us.

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However, it was still disappointing to be told, “There couldn’t be more criminals in the frontier than this town, so you don’t really need escorts”.
I want to make the village bigger, and throw it all back at them someday.

“Well, that would be difficult in this state.”

As I walked while muttering such things, I saw the village.

“Huh?”

Someone is standing in front of the village.
I wondered if someone from the village came out to pick me up, but I feel that that’s not the case.
First of all, I know that there was no black-haired child.

(Maybe it’s a person who wants to move into our village)

People from large villages and towns are introduced properly by the government office.
People from small villages though, who couldn’t find food at their previous residence, seem to come directly without going through those formalities.
I unconsciously began racing towards his back.

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