Chapter 33: The First Step into the Forest


It has been five days since Dolly and Tamamo arrived.
Today is the day to plant seeds in the forest area.
Lately, I have been only focused on clearing out the undead nests every day, and my mood has been a little rough, so this will be a good change of pace.


“Dolly, is there anything to watch out for when planting seeds?”


“As long as you space out the trees, it should be fine.
If you show Tamamo the seeds, she should be able to indicate where to plant them.”


“I see.
I’m counting on you, Tamamo.”




A strong response.
She seems promising.


“Alright, Bell, Rain, Turu.
You heard me.
Showing the seeds to Tamamo and planting them in the designated spot is our task for today.
Let’s do our best.”


“We’ll do our best!”


“Kyu kyu!”


“… Let´s do our best!”


Everyone is full of energy.
By the way, the Great Spirits are just here to watch.
They seem to want the children to do it themselves.
I feel like I am part of the children, but I let it pass because I am in a good mood.
There’s no need for unnecessary anger on a day when we handle the greenery.


Let’s get started then.
First, I take out the seed package and spread it out in front of Tamamo.
She is checking the seeds and examining the space.
Is she thinking about where to plant what?


Bell, Rain, and Turu are also looking at the seeds from behind Tamamo, nodding their heads thoughtfully.
I wonder if they really understand.
I only know that there are seeds of various sizes.




“Oh, is it okay now?”


Tamamo nods, so I decide to give it a try.
I take a seed in my hand and show it to Tamamo.
She quickly moves and starts tapping the ground with her front paw, indicating where to plant it.

…I saw something unusual.
Bell, Rain, Turu, and Tamamo usually fly when they move around, so this might be the first time I’ve seen them move on the ground.


No, wait, did Turu walk when he was digging the soil? I can’t remember because I wasn’t paying attention.
How was it? It’s bothering me a little.




“Oh, sorry, Tamamo.
I’ll plant it there.”


I was lost in thought and Tamamo urged me on.
I made the shovel smaller and dug a hole, put in the seed, and lightly covered it with soil.


“This is how it should be done, more or less.
Can everyone do it?”


I asked, but it seems easy, so there shouldn’t be a problem.
The only issue is that there are a lot of seeds, so it might take some time.


“We can do it!”


“Kyu kyu!”


“…We can do it!”


Let’s get started.”


Bell and the others quickly grabbed the seeds and rushed to Tamamo.
She’s the one who has it the hardest, doesn´t she?


“Hey, you guys.
There’s only one Tamamo, so take turns.
We have time, so let’s take it easy.”


When I said that, they obediently decided on a turn order and were guided by Tamamo.
They’re good kids.


As I watched, everyone planted the seeds skillfully.
Bell used the wind to cut the soil, put the seed in, and then put the soil back.
Rain pressed a whirlpool of water against the ground, scraping away the soil to make a hole.
It looks like a drill.
Turu, as expected of a earth spirit, seemed to create a hole in the soil on its own, put the seed in, and then the soil seemed to return on its own.


I can’t just sit and watch, I need to plant seeds too.
Speaking of which, in Japan, they used to grow the seeds in a different place and then transplant them to the ground…but that might not be possible here.


Come to think of it, I feel like there’s not much difference between this place and any other place.
It’s probably only possible in Japan because the facilities are well-equipped.
I have no choice but to rely on the spirits.

Ugh, my back is stiff.
My body should have become stronger with level ups, but it seems like I still need more levels.
Even though we took breaks in between, the work we started in the morning took us well past noon.


Bell and the others seemed to enjoy the work from start to finish.
Speaking of which, I wonder how much stamina the spirits have? At least, they should be able to do half a day of gardening without any problems, right?


“Phew, we’re done!”


As I released my stiffened lower back and declared the end with a sense of relief, Tamamo flew over to me and began chirping something.
“What is it? Rain is over there in the direction Tamamo is pointing,” I asked.


“She’s asking for water,” Bell explained.


“Oh, I see.
Thanks, Bell.
Rain, please listen to Tamamo and sprinkle some water,” I instructed.


“Kyu!” Rain acknowledged before shooting a water ball from the spring.
A fox directing a dolphin – it’s quite a rare sight.


“Yuta, good job.
It looked quite tough,” Slyphy said.


“Yeah, it was.
If Sylphy and the others had helped me, we could have finished much earlier,” I replied.


“Haha, well, if you want to move a great spirit without a contract, you’ll have to convince us more,” Slyphy chuckled.


Well, that’s true, but it’s embarrassing to demand something confidently that you can do yourself.


“I’ll try to think of a way that won’t be embarrassing,” I said.


“I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
By the way, the vegetables in the field have grown a little.
Are you going to test it later?” Slyphy asked.


“Yes, but before that, I want to confirm it again.
Hey, Dolly, I’m thinking of having Tamamo use her magic on the vegetables in the field.
Is it okay?” I asked.


“Yes, I think it’s fine.
However, as I mentioned before, we should avoid rapidly growing them and taking away the soil’s nutrients.
We should do it little by little every day,” Dolly replied.


Although I want them to grow quickly, it would be tough if the soil died.


“Tamamo and Turu know that too, so it’ll be okay.
We don’t want to anger Nomos either if we do something weird,” I said.


Don’t worry.
If you do anything stupid in this situation, I won’t be angry – I’ll just abandon you,” Nomos said.


That’s even harsher.
He seems to be working behind the scenes to take care of the soil, so I can’t betray him.


“I don’t want to be abandoned, so I’ll ask Tamamo more carefully,” I said.


“If you let Turu know, there won’t be any problem,” Nomos replied.


I see.
If the earth spirit and the forest spirit decide, it should be fine for both sides.


“Okay, I’ll ask Turu then,” I said.


“Yuta, we’re done,” Bell called out.


It seemed like they had finished sprinkling the water.
Next was the field.


“Bell, thank you for letting me know,” I said as I picked up Bell and headed towards Rain and the others.
Bell seemed to remember where she planted her seeds and told me the details.
I have no idea where I planted what.


“Thank you, everyone.
We still have one more job in the field.
Is that okay?” I asked.


They cheerfully replied okay, so we headed towards the field.


“I want Tamamo to use her magic on the field, but if we grow them too quickly, it might harm the soil.
Can you consult with Turu and have her use her magic?” I asked.


“Kyu,” Rain replied.


“…We’ll discuss it,” Turu replied.


After murmuring to each other for a bit, they looked over here.


“If it’s decided, you can start,” I said.


At my words, Tamamo stood in front of the vegetables and chirped.
The vegetables faintly shone, and a third leaf sprouted from the center of the two leaves.


That’s amazing, Tamamo.
With this, we’re one step closer to having vegetables on our table.
Thank you,” I said.




As the little creature responded energetically, I patted her head.
Bell, Rain, and Turu also gathered around, so I petted them all.
Lately, I feel happiest when petting children, dolphins, and fox cubs.


If this keeps up, I might end up feeling like a father even though I don’t have a wife.
Although I came to this different world, I want at least a few beautiful wives, not necessarily a harem (T/N: How is a few wives not a harem?!), but would I be able to control this paternal instinct until then?


I can see a future where I start saying things like, “Their happiness is my happiness,” but I need to strengthen my heart and research if polygamy is possible in this world.
It’s too early for me to wither away.
I need to have ambition.




Oops, I had stopped petting it.
Rain was looking at me with eyes that seemed to say, “Is it over?” Of course, I continued.


After petting Bell and the others, I finished dinner and called for Nomos to talk about something important.


“What’s this important talk about? Did something happen?” asked Yuta.


“Oh, I wanted to hear about the nighttime customs in this world.” (T/N: Night time activities like strip clubs or what is allowed)


“What? You’re suddenly asking about something serious.
Are you okay? There’s no church in the Death Land, so we can’t even get treatment.”


Come to think of it, the church monopolizes healing magic, right? Even if they didn’t, there’s no one in the Death Land, so treatment is impossible.


“No, I’m dead serious.
Lately, I’ve been feeling like a father, and if I don’t ignite some sort of male desire, things could get dangerous.”


“What? That’s bizarre.
And are you really going to ask about brothels from the Earth Spirit?”


“Well, who else can I ask besides you? Do you think it would be okay if I asked Sylphy, Dyne, or Dolly?”


“Well, yeah, I suppose, but I only know rumors.
Is that fine with you?”


“Well, in that case, just knowing what kind of shops exist would be good enough.”


Of course, I didn’t think the Earth Spirit would be familiar with brothels.


“What I’ve heard is that brothels are popular in the capital and the town where adventurers gather.
Apparently, there are many high-end establishments in the capital.
The town where adventurers gather has a lot of people with money to spare, and there’s even a district with a concentration of brothels.”


Adventurers do exist, and it seems there are even areas that resemble red-light districts… This is a tough decision.
Nomos doesn’t seem to know the specifics of the brothels, should I ask about the species? No, I’ll leave that as a fun surprise for when I visit town.
But there’s one thing I need to know.


“Hey, Nomos.
Are succubus present in this world?”


“Hmm? There should be a species called succubus among the demons.”


Even if I don’t know if I’ll encounter one, if succubus are present in this world, meeting one could become a goal.


“What’s the relationship like between humans and demons?”


“The relationship is normal.
They fight where they have conflict, and they get along where they don’t.
That’s all there is to it.”


So there’s no hostility between humans and demons.
Well, if there was, there would be war everywhere.
With some effort, I might even be able to meet a succubus.


“Thanks, Nomos.
You’ve really got me motivated.”


But don’t get too carried away.”


I won’t get carried away now.
With this motivation in my heart, I’ll live my life to the fullest.
Thank you, Nomos.

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