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“What a luxury…”
Lysette exclaimed as she immersed herself in the bathtub.
The bathhouse at the Kanatoko inn could accommodate about six people. The washing area and the bathtub were made of stone, and the heat of the water warmed the angular stones of the bathtub, making it comfortable to rest one’s back on them.
The convenience of having the entire bathtub to yourself.
The skylight allows you to see the stars. The luxury of a breathtaking view.
—Although the Purification Magic always gets me clean, there was something special about bathing in warm water.
She warmed up and emerged from the bath feeling both physically and mentally relaxed.
Leonhardt and Dee tended to their weapons at the rest area outside.
“That was a relaxing bath. Who will come next?”
“I’ll come after you.”
Dee takes Lysette’s place in the bathhouse.
Lysette approaches Leonhardt as he cleans his sword. She enjoyed observing him clean his weapons and armor. She saw how he carefully wiped away the dirt and applied first aid to the damaged areas.
“This sword is also deteriorating…”
Leonhardt muttered, his face tense as he examined the freshly cleaned sword.
“Why don’t you have Kanatoko-san look at it? I believe he has a forge here.”
“Right. I’ll talk to him about it.
“Leon’s sword and shield are excellent. They’ve been well cared for.
“Thank you. They were forged by a dwarven blacksmith.”
Leonhardt beams with pride.
Dwarfs are masters of fire and iron, and their dexterity has earned them this title. Dwarves create the majority of the legendary weapons and armor.
Lysette also considered having a Dwarf-made knife made for her one day.
“Do you notice anything about this starry sky, Lysette?”
Leonhardt draws back his sword and gazes out the window.
Lysette raises her head and follows Leonhardt’s gaze. The window in the quiet room is large and provides a good view of the outside world.
She can see countless stars from there.
“It’s a beautiful sky, isn’t it? Is something wrong?”
“It’s not a big deal. I discussed it with Dee, but the stars are in slightly different positions.”
“The position of the stars?”
Lysette raises her gaze to the night sky once more. However, it appears to be a starry sky. She recognizes some of the stars but can’t recall their exact positions, so it doesn’t feel particularly strange.
“Perhaps it’s another world’s or another time’s sky.”
“What an odd story…”
“There are so many things we don’t know about the dungeon. That is why so many people flock to it.”
“I completely understand how you feel.”
The longer you stay in the dungeon, the more enigmatic it becomes.
“But how did you find out? I’m not sure where the star’s position is.”
“Because I used to gaze at the night sky while traveling by ship.”
“Isn’t Leon a long way from home?”
Leonhardt turns, and their gazes lock.
“I’ve heard a lot about the sea. I’ve eaten seafood, but I’ve never been to the sea.”
After defeating the primordial giants, the goddess flooded the land with a sea of death. She sealed it shut to keep the giants from rising again.
Even the sea of death. Lysette is drawn to the mystery and power of life—the life that can still be found in the sea of death.
“What is the sea really like?”
“I believe Lysette will enjoy it. I can take you there if you want. I can take you on a sea voyage and show you how to see the stars as much as you want.”
The sea, a distant dream in Lysette’s mind, becomes a reality that will one day be within reach thanks to Leonhardt’s words. For a brief moment, she thought she heard the sound of an unknown tide.
“Thank you so much! I’m really looking forward to it!”
After everyone had bathed, they were summoned to the dining room after dinner had been prepared. There was a lot of food on the dining room table.
“Oh, wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many dishes.”
For the main course, there was roast rabbit, a vegetable rabbit quiche with eggs, a stew soup with lots of vegetables, fresh salads, and fresh, fluffy bread. There was also sake.
They join our hands to thank Kanatoko for the food, life, and creation, and then they begin to eat.
“It’s so tasty…!”
They are quickly drawn in by the bold yet delicate cooking and seasoning.
“Damn, that’s good! This sake is also very good!”
“Yes, everything is wonderful. I could eat as much of this meat as I wanted!”
“Haha! There’s plenty more where that came from. You are free to eat as much as you want!”
Dee falls asleep quickly when they return to our room after dinner.
Lysette sets up the barrier and sits on the bed just in case.
“That was delicious, wasn’t it?”
“It was, indeed.”
“I wish I could stay here forever.”
—When I think about the food, my heart skips a beat. Despite the monster ingredients, the lack of mess and the richness of flavor indicate the work of a professional. If I could, I’d stay here forever.
“It was definitely enjoyable. But I believe Lysette’s cooking is better; the one that has saved my life.”
Leonhardt takes a deep breath and shakes his head.
“I-It’s not just the food; I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to share adventures with you.”
“…W-What I’m trying to say is… Anyway, I’m always grateful to you—goodnight! “
“Yes, good night.”
Lysette, too, says good night and falls asleep on the bed, pulling the sheets and blankets over her.
Leonhardt’s words have made her chest fluffy. She is overjoyed that her cooking abilities are assisting her friends.