Oukoku e Tsuzuku Michi

Ofuro Ashitsubo

Chapter 17

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Chapter 17

I was thankful for the fact that I met Celia .

Because of Celia doing the food and was.h.i.+ng water preparations I could fully concentrate on healing my injury .

As a result of that, on the 10th day since I came to this place – the 6th day after I met Celia – my wound was almost completely closed .

“Celia . I can concentrate on healing my wound thanks to you”

“Since I can be useful to Aegir-sama then it’s natural . Rather than that, I’m sorry that I don’t know enough it’s troubling you”

Due to her living in the city she seems to have the knowledge pertaining to that, but because she lived as a slave she’s a bit lacking in common sense .

In the first day, since she can’t be walking around in bloodied clothes I told her to “buy some new clothes”, and gave her my clothes and some money, but since she thought she can’t be wearing her master’s clothes she went shopping stark naked, causing quite an uproar .

A rumor that I made a little girl my s.e.x slave started drifting about and I was kicked out of the inn .

The next inn was well equipped and had good rooms, so result-wise all went well .

“I thank you anyway . This is the last day we’ll be staying in this town, too . Have you got everything ready to depart?”

We’re finally departing for the Olga federation tomorrow .

Entering the Olga Federation, which unlike the comparatively stable winter climate of the Central Plains, is intensely cold, requires a bit of preparation .

“I have bought clothes and blankets for Aegir-sama . I’ll definitely show you I can carry them all”

She’s all fired about it .

“Well now, let’s go to the bar to get livened up”

“I’ll go with you”

This Hard-Boiled Pavilion consists of an inn in the second floor and a restaurant-c.u.m-bar on the first .

Because of Gordonia being a prosperous city, the variety and flavor of the drinks were good .

I had some hard distilled liquor, while Celia was sipping on some honeyed weak booze .

In contrast to her unchanging expression, she’s not good with her drinks .

When she had a taste of the same drink I had, she toppled over sideways and spat out, still with a firm expression .

I looked at the reddish-faced Celia while talking about dumb things with the barmaster .

“You sure got strange tastes, going to the federation this time of the year”

“That’s ’cause I want to see Olga Federation in winter”

“If you still wanna go anyway then you should go along the North Teljes . The coldness thereabouts is still tolerable . You can use a s.h.i.+p too, so you can go quickly”

I see, using a s.h.i.+p is one way .

But I wanted to see the Federation’s northern parts, too .

“Though I want to see the north too if I can”

The barmaster’s face turned serious .

“You gotta be outta your mind, going north in winter . There are large empty s.p.a.ces between towns and snowstorms happen a lot . Get rolled up in one of those and people or even animals get frozen alive like some ice sculpture”

It’s an icy h.e.l.l out there, he says .

The barmaster seems to be from the north of the Federation, he came to Gordonia when he was younger .

The Federation had a feudal system firmly in place so the peasantry couldn’t easily abandon their hometowns and move somewhere else .

So he had no choice but to cross the border and come to the Central Plains, built this inn all on his own and raised a family .

At first I felt respect for him but when I heard his wife was turning 17 this year it turned cold .

By the way, his name is ‘Andrei’, a moustached dandy giant of a man who’s turning 40 this year .

He married 3 years ago with ‘Natalie’ who came from the Federation like he did, it was love at first sight and he proposed on the spot .

Natalie is definitely a beauty but her height doesn’t even reach my chest, and her T&A is like a child .

Even if you put her side by side with the 13 year old Celia they’d be about the same height, and Celia would win in the T&A department .

She’s like this now so what was she like 3 years ago I wonder… .

“I’m not badmouthing you . You got little missy here so I’m saying you should go by the river where it’s safe . That, and”

Take this, he says while handing me two fluffy fur coats .

At first glance, they’re hooded longcoats long enough to reach my feet if I wore them, but they had a twofold structure and the inside was stuffed with feathers .

So obviously, they were heavy . The coats are hard to use in daily life but they’re indispensable for going to the Olga Federation in winter, and everyone in the north of the Federation must have one .

“These are the ones I once used . I won’t be going north anymore”

The barmaster had a distant look and took a gulp of his own drink .

I didn’t miss the fact that there were two coats .

His distant look had a little bit of grief in it .

He was good-looking like that, even for a man like me . One of the waitress women saw and watched red-faced in fascination .

But her feelings won’t reach him .

Because she had a captivating set of splendid b.r.e.a.s.t.s and plump body .

“If little missy here catches frostbite it’d be sad, you see, and of course I’m going to be charging you”

“Yeah, it looks like it’s going to be a hard trip, so thanks”

We drank for a while, and as the night grew late and the other customers left the barmaster said “I’m closing up for tonight . Go back once you’re done drinking”, and went inside .

Seems like Natalie wants a child sometime soon .

I’m sure the actual spot looked like a scene where a pitiful young girl was being raped by a bandit .

“Aegir-sama . We should go back soon, as well”

“Yeah, you’re right”, I said as I stood up from my seat . Just then a voice called from my side .

“Sorry for the late hour”

Two men, they were unarmed but they had a good appearance and no gaps in their movements .

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Celia put her hand around her waist and gripped her knife .

“So you’re saying I can join you whenever I like after my trip is over?”

If they let me in with such selfish talk then they’re all the more suspicious .

“If you wait until the time pa.s.sed then it’ll be meaningless . We’re setting up in the capital’s suburb so we’d like you to come join us as soon as you can”

The men stood up as if to say they had nothing more to say .

I took Celia along and went back towards our room .

Right then one of the men said to me .

“You’re an excellent warrior, so this is a good chance for you to rise to higher places!”

My objective is to get hold of my own country and to get Lucy .

Of course I need to gain some political, instead of physical, power somewhere .

Should I take this chance, I wonder .

“Is it still worrying you?”

Celia rolled on the bed and called to me .

We had separate beds but there’s little distance between us .

“I will follow you anywhere you want to go”

I pat Celia’s head and she bashfully curled herself .

“You want me to service you? I’m still not fully grown up yet but I’m still a woman, rather than nothing…”

She seems to notice that I wanted women .

She tried crawling onto my bed but I flicked her forehead, sending her back to her own .

No matter what I can’t get in that mood with Celia .

When I saw her change clothes, her body that only had nipples attached, without any curves, would not have any effect even if I embraced her .

I have to stop thinking about what the suspicious men said, too .

It’s not going to be funny if I worried about this and that and ended up as an ice statue in the Federation .

I’ll probably find my answer along the way .

I took my hand of Celia who started snoring somewhere along the way and closed my eyes .

The next day, we departed from the Hardboiled Pavilion .

The barmaster saw us off behind us .

“If you return alive and well come here again . Bring the little missy too . You gotta bring her before she’s all grown up ya hear!”

I’ll tell Celia not to leave my side if we ever come here again .

I put a fur coat on Schwarz who looked like he wants to say “even me?”, but happy that he’s with a woman again after so long .

Two people and a horse started walking toward north .

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