The Happy Farm of the Fallen Noble Daughter ~A Slow Remote Wasteland Life Exploration with My Dearest~ – Chapter 86

Chapter 86: Winter Preparation and Grave Visits

Due to the possibility of pregnancy, Diana decided to temporarily stop working on the farm.

According to Leon, the early stages of pregnancy are crucial.

Diana only informed her sister and brother-in-law, as well as Duke and Duchess McGallen, about the possibility of her pregnancy.

During the winter, Klaus agreed to continue teaching knitting classes.

Her sister and brother-in-law were genuinely happy about her pregnancy and offered to help with anything once the baby was born. Diana finally felt relieved and began preparing for the long winter.

With winter approaching, hunting season arrived.

Daniel immediately brought numerous rifles slung over his shoulder to the inn.

“Finally, this season has come!”

At Daniel’s inn.

The men from the border region crossed their arms in front of them as they looked at the numerous shotguns thrown in the entrance hall.

“I’ve never touched a gun before.”

“Me neither.”

Hearing Leon and George’s words, Daniel spoke up.

“Then how have you been hunting until now?”

“We use traps. We only deal with what gets caught in them.”

“That doesn’t sound interesting at all.”

“Well, I’m not looking for excitement when it comes to eating meat…”

“I see… I understand.”

Klaus lifted the gun with practiced hands.

“A gun… It’s been a while.”

“Klaus-dono, I heard you were a soldier. Have you ever hunted?”

“Well, I’ve never shot a boar. But I’ve shot at humans.”

“…Isn’t that too dangerous for us?”

Carl and Gustav smiled with excitement, holding their rifles.

“Finally, this season has come!”

“Hehehe, Gustav-dono. Shall we make a bet? Who can shoot down more?”

“Um…”

Leon interrupted between the two.

“According to the village rules, you can’t bring back prey that weighs more than twice your own weight. So, it usually ends up being just one boar.”

Gustav grinned.

“In that case, I win this bet with my well-fed self.”

“…Isn’t the bet a bit strange?”

The group was seen off by the women as they entered the mountains owned by Leon.

“Daniel, don’t you have a wife?”

Asked by Klaus, Daniel snorted.

“Hmph… That’s a rude question. I just haven’t made up my mind yet.”

George said, 

“Duke McGallen, it’s not right to ask such things out of pity.”

“Hmm… George, you’re the most impolite one right now. Understand?”

Daniel retorted irritably, recalling Laura, who had become even more beautiful recently.

George and Leon separated from the hunting group to set up traps.

In these mountains, the most cautious thing to watch out for is not the boars but the guns of humans.

If it’s just about eating, it would be safer to catch and butcher a trapped boar. It was common for ordinary farmers to hunt in that way.

“By the way.”

George said suddenly.

“Our parents’ graves are in this mountain, aren’t they?”

Leon looked surprised as he gazed at his older brother’s face.

George said calmly.

“I’m gradually becoming able to read.”

Leon nodded.

“I’m thinking of marrying Laura next spring, after this winter is over.”

Leon blushed slightly.

“…Yeah, that sounds good.”

“So, I thought of reporting it at the grave once.”

Sensing a slight shadow in Leon’s expression, George cleared his throat.

“…Especially for you, there must be a lot on your mind. Because you don’t have memories of our mother.”

“… “

“You might not know the location. Since your bride has come, why not report it? I’ll guide you.”

Leon seemed to be deep in thought, but…

“…Yeah, let’s go and see.”

Surprisingly, he readily accepted his older brother’s offer.

The graves of their parents were located on a seemingly ordinary slope of the mountain.

Overgrown with ivy and buried under various dead branches, they managed to pull them out, discard them, and expose them.

They gazed at the graves together.

Suddenly, Leon spoke up.

“I think Diana is pregnant, probably.”

George looked up.

“…Is that so.”

“Yeah, she can’t keep anything down right now, so she’s trying to lie down as much as possible.”

“That means you’ll become a Otou-sama too…”

Leon took a deep breath.

“…I will. Suddenly, I will.”

“Well, I guess so.”

“I used to think that it was just a happy thing, but seeing Diana’s pale face every day, I realize it’s not just that… It might be something obvious.”

“…Yeah.”

“Giving birth is really tough until the end.”

“Even giving birth is tough.”

Leon looked at George with a puzzled expression. His older brother rubbed his eyes after a short pause. That’s when Leon realized.

His mother died giving birth to him.

“…Diana is a strong woman.”

George said, as if reminding himself.

“I believe she’ll be fine… But just in case, let’s say a prayer here.”

The cold tombstone of winter.

Leon gently traced it, recalling his wife’s warmth.

(Oh… No, I can’t)

Leon turned pale and collapsed on the spot. Then, he truly felt relieved that he didn’t come here alone.

“Leon.”

His older brother called his name.

“It’s still tough, huh? We’ve set the trap, let’s head back down.”

Gunshots began to echo all around. It seemed they were finally cornering the boar.

Supported by George, Leon descended through a different route from the others.

When they reached the middle of the mountain, Thomas had hung the boar upside down from a tree branch and was bleeding it out.

Fresh organs were still steaming on the ground.

The recently killed lives were there.

For some reason, Leon felt relieved by the unfamiliar scent of the beast’s blood and gazed at the hanging boar.

“Hey, there’s some skilled hunting going on this time, huh?”

Thomas said with shining eyes.

“There are still more boars. Look.”

Boars were rolling around in the grass.

“With this many, we can salt or smoke them all and easily get through the winter. No, maybe we have too many. We can sell the surplus. Diana probably has a good sales channel anyway, right?”

Leon and George looked at each other and laughed.

Dragging the boar, Klaus arrived.

“There are too many trees here, so it’s difficult to shoot for everyone. Let’s calculate it as one boar per person and divide them up.”

The former soldier was indeed experienced.

“They say pregnant women have a hard time in winter. With this much, both Sophia and Diana can rest assured.”

Upon hearing that, Thomas turned around, surprised, and looked at Leon’s face.

Leon smiled and answered, “Yes.”

・・・

『”ᴀᴡᴇʙsᴛᴏʀɪᴇs.ᴄᴏᴍ” – ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴀ ᴄᴀᴘᴛɪᴠᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴏғ ʟᴏᴠᴇ, ᴘᴀssɪᴏɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀᴅᴠeɴᴛᴜʀᴇ, ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ɪɴᴅᴜʟɢᴇ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴄᴏʟʟᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴛʀᴀɴsʟᴀᴛᴇᴅ ɴᴏᴠᴇʟs ᴡɪᴛʜ “ᴅᴀɪʟʏ ᴜᴘᴅᴀᴛᴇs” ᴀɴᴅ ᴇxᴄʟᴜsɪᴠᴇ ᴀᴄᴄᴇss ᴛᴏ “ᴀᴅᴠᴀɴᴄᴇᴅ ᴄʜᴀᴘᴛᴇʀs”.』

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