Fake Holy Sword Story ～I Was Taken Along When I Sold My Childhood Friend～ - 131
Chapter 131 The Start
Magali opened her eyes while being surprised.
It may have been a good sleep. There are marks of drool on her mouth and she wipes it off roughly.
Looking up at the sky, there was no blue sky that she was watching before going to sleep and there were many shining stars in the black sky. It’s a very beautiful scene, but Magali right now doesn’t have time to enjoy it.
「A-Alistar! It’s already this late, you know!?」
「Hmm…? Fuwahh… It’s a good time…」
Alistar, who was being shaken violently, opened his eyes depressingly. Unlike Magali, he didn’t panic and he stretched out his stiff spine as if he were relaxing.
Magali was amazed at that situation, but immediately talked to him.
「What are you talking about?! I had to help the work so I can get the vegetables…. What should I do… I don’t have anything to eat …」
Yes, Magali is not working for free. No, that may be okay for her considering her gentle personality, but if she doesn’t get the crops as a repayment, she won’t be able to survive.
To her words, it was Alistar who amazed this time.
「… Did you not stocking up?」
「… It’s about storing food to prepare for something that might happen.」
「I didn’t, you know? Because I can only get food for that day. If I endure it, I might fall.」
Alistar, who was amazed, stiffened for a while and then sighed.
「… You were working so much, but you only get the minimum necessary…」
Magali tilted her head and didn’t understand anything.
It may be unavoidable that she does not understand because she is a pure innocent child, but above all, he’s disappointed with the adults who worked her hard unjustly. Originally, he didn’t have the feeling of disappointment though.
Well, the adults in the village probably didn’t mean to work her hard. They don’t have much surplus and Magali didn’t say anything…… so they only gave the minimum necessary.
Still, they only gave such a little girl food to eat just for a day amount.
「It can’t be helped. I was thinking about going to collect it soon, come with me. C’mon, let’s go.」
「E-eh…? Where are we going?」
Magali surprised to Alistar who suddenly stood up.
To such her, he told his purpose without any hesitation.
「It’s obvious. We’re going to extort some food.」
Together with the sound of the door being knocked lightly, a child-like high-pitched voice can be heard.
The sun has already set, who is it that came this late?
Although he should never open the door, the village man decided to go outside because it was a child’s voice.
「… Oh, Alistar? Coming at this late night, what’s wrong?」
Standing in front of the door was a child, Alistar, who lives in this village.
Although he is in a complicated family situation like Magali, he is also well-ordered and has a lovely personality that he is accepted by the adults in the village that might be more than Magali.
That’s why he didn’t chase him away, he asked the reason.
「I’m sorry, I want you to help me a bit…」
「Help? What happened?」
The man is stiffened a bit.
If it’s for Alistar, he will help as much as possible. But he’ll be troubled if Alistar asked too much.
When he thought so and listened carefully so that he wouldn’t miss a word…
「You see… my friend Magali was collapsed…」
「Ehh!? Is she okay!?」
He was surprised and unconsciously leaned forward.
Magali, a child who is as affectionate as Alistar. Hearing that she was collapsed, he couldn’t keep his calm. She had many times helped him in the farm work, she even helped him today.
「Yeah, she’s wake up now, but…」
「Magali, she said she was hungry and then collapsed. I think she was tired after doing a lot of work.」
He understands of what’s happening.
It’s no that he forced Magali to keep working. But, it’s true that she’s a hard worker that willingly helped his work and he was taking advantage of that.
She worked so hard today that was more than that of a child. He didn’t mind it until now because she was fine, but it’s not strange for her to be collapsed.
「I want to give Magali foods until she’s full, but I don’t have any food…」
「I-is that so…」
The man sweats a lot.
When he was thinking about how much food to give, Alistar made the last push and stared at him with narrow cold eyes.
「… After all, uncle also can’t afford it, huh? I will go to others and ask it. 『Magali worked too hard and collapsed.』」
「Wait a minute!」
The man hurriedly stopped Alistar who said so sadly and tried to turn his back.
Who knows what will happen if other people know that Magali was collapsed after being worked hard. Even if the facts are different, they will definitely think so when they hear this story.
The man turns his back on Alistar and collects food so that he won’t be banished from the village.
「Here, take it.」
Then, he handed a basket that fully packed with food to Alistar who was honestly waiting in front of his house. He might fall into a difficult situation if he gives that much.
「Eh… is it okay receiving this much?」
「Yeah, of course. It’s as thanks to Magali for helping me all the time.」
The man nodded to the surprised Alistar.
Yes, as thanks. Also, it includes another reason. To bribe him.
「So, don’t say it to the others…」
「Alright! If we have this much, I don’t have to ask other people! Thank you, uncle!」
Alistar, who understood about it, said such things in a loud voice on purpose. To the words that he won’t say it to other people, the man clearly feels relieved,
「Y-yeah! Say my thanks to Magali.」
Alistar, who was seen off by the man and smiled, turned his back and walked.
Then, when he enters a blind spot where the man can’t see him…
「…See? It was easy.」
To Magali who was waiting there, he smiled wickedly that even a demon lord will draw back.
「A-amazing. There’s this much…. B-but, lying is…」
Although she looked at the food in front of her with sparkling eyes, she felt that the method is not a straightforward method, so she felt that was somewhat wrong.
「It’s okay. Actually, it’s okay for you to get that much. I think you should show your desire a bit more.」
「As much as Alistar is no good though!」
「You don’t say…」
However, such things will be eased by talking to Alistar.
In addition, she reached to 『I won’t say it’s this much, but isn’t my labor has more value?』 such thoughts. It may have been the first step in creating the future 『that』 Magali.
「Still, thank you! With this, today … no, I can eat for a week!」
Magali said so with a smile.
Of course, it was a statement after she thought of sharing it with Alistar. If she hogs it for herself, she probably has for two weeks.
However, Alistar tilts his head and shows that he can’t understand.
「Hm? What are you saying?」
「We’re going to extort it to the other guys with the same way. Let’s go.」
「E-ehh!? Didn’t you say that you won’t say it!?」
Magali is dumbfounded to Alistar who tried to go to other villagers in high spirits.
「I won’t say that you worked hard and collapsed because of that uncle. If I say the same thing, they will just think that it was them that made you worked hard. ……Although I think that those who made such a child worked hard is no good.」
Rather, just how much Magali had helped the villagers.
There are others with the same thing, that itself is a problem.
「Okay, let’s go Magali. Let’s gather food without trouble.」
Magali’s arm was dragged by Alistar.
In conclusion, they were able to stockpile for several months amount and Magali is no longer needed to help for a while.
This was the first time that Magali’s heart had a thrilling pleasure of living with ease. This may be the start of her corruption.