The Banished Villainess' Husband - 16
I was able to get Kurou-san to renovate my home fully.
Personally, I’d like to have a private room.
Because no matter how big it is, sleeping in the same room with Lana… it’s terrible for my heart.
I mean I met Lana… while the encounter itself was four years ago, I don’t think I’d want to sleep in the same room with a guy who has been around for three months or so.
When I mentioned the private room in that sense, he said 「I’ll build a second-floor 」 with an extra gold coin.
… You’re not going to budge on that, are you?
Ah well, I’ve had a nice barn and chicken coop built for me, so I trust his skills.
There is no cow, but there is one chick in the shack that I traded for scrunchies.
That’s cute in its own way.
Oh, Grice-san can now engrave the dryer’s blueprints into the dragonstone core.
Next, the refrigerator.
I’m also practising for the small refrigerator.
I also made a stove.
Regulus was very surprised to see that, and I guess I’m going to teach those blueprints to Grice-san.
For a price, of course.
Regarding the dryer, I helped with the mass production.
And Lana also sold the soap recipe to Regulus.
With that money, I will buy two medium-sized dragonstones and attempt to build the oven and washing machine that Lana mentioned.
And then Regulus and Lana suggested, 「Let’s turn the temporary lodging into a workshop for Eufranc! 」. They brought in some reinforcements, bookshelves, and safes to make it easier for me to work. Scary.
Well, in work shed, Grice-san and I are continuing to carve the dragonstone core today… I’m tired of it.
We were called outside.
I made eye contact with Grice-san and walked out.
「Hey, we are done with the field maintenance. 」
「Thank you. 」
「Also, I finished cleaning the house. Check it out. The furniture’s already moved in. 」
「Thanks… and Lana? 」
I was pointed at the house.
Hmm, I nodded and suddenly from inside the house I can hear a cry of 「I’m done——! 」.
It’s her, alright.
For the past month, she’s has been saying a mysterious declaration, 「I’m going to bake good bread! 」 and she’s been trying to bake 『Bread that isn’t breadfruit 』 using the oven ever since.
Although it seemed to be difficult to just use the knowledge from the book, so she was experimenting with various things like the fermentation time and so on.
She’s been so into it lately, it worries me to no end.
When I told her she didn’t have to work so hard, she said 「No! I promised I would make Franc real delicious bread to eat! 」. She’s trying to fulfil her promise to eat 『Real bread』 that I’m not sure when she did.
She was too sweet and I thanked Lana’s parents from the bottom of my heart for bringing her into the world.
「I got it! It’s done! 」
「You did it! It must be something amazing! 」
I’m sure it’s amazing.
The two of us outside look at Lana and Regulus as they walk out of the house with a dubious look on our faces.
Who knows what it is, but I’m very excited.
「The field is done! 」
「Oh! Now all you have to do is sow the seed! You’ve got to manage it, though! 」
「Thank you, Kurou-san!」
Kurou-san rubs his nose.
He’s really good at it.
… I know how nice it is to be praised by Lana, but… heck, it’s somewhat vexing.
「The patch of grass is so neat…! Hmm, what kind of veggies shall I grow~! I will plant potato, carrot and onion! 」
「Are you sure? 」
She seems quite taken with the idea already.
Unlike in 『Arsegios』, the crops will grow in a few days regardless of the season in 『Sergigios』.
They said it’s because this country’s guardian dragon is 『Green Dragon』.
The greenery is easier to grow and the crops are less likely to lose their freshness than in other countries.
「Lana’s a better cook than I am, so if there’s a vegetable you want to cook, I’ll let you choose the seeds. 」
「Thanks! Oh! More importantly, the bread was baked! It’s my dream bread. Time to finally deliver on my promise! 」
「Oh, yeah, the one you mentioned. 」
She’s been working on that for a month now.
I was offered a square, thin bread with a big smile on her face.
Lana says, 「It’s plain bread! 」. … What is plain bread?
「What do you think?! 」
「I haven’t eaten it yet. 」
You are too impatient.
I know you are really happy…
…What is this, this is really different from the 『Bread』 I’ve been eating.
After tasting the failed ones, it wasn’t that bad… but they were moist and still fluffy…!
Who knew wheat was so sweet?
「Oh, what the fuck! 」
「It’s yummy! I’ve never eaten anything this good before… Is this bread? Is it? 」
Kurou-san and Grice-san, who had tasted the bread before me, praised the bread that Lana had made.
Ugh, I’m late.
Lana gives me a little look of concern, so I nod my head.
「Is there sugar in this? 」
「Fufufu, there isn’t. 」
「…Well, there’s a little something in there. 」
This is really amazing.
「…Wow, it’s sweet, fluffy and delicious… 」
「I know, right?! …but this is all thanks to the oven that Fran built for me! 」
「So I owe half of this bread to Fran! I’ve learned to bake good bread! Thanks, Franc! 」
…I feel like I wanna die.
This is scary, she’s dangerous…
I swear to God… she’s going to kill me.
I’m not gonna die.
「Oh no, I’m going to show you that every time. 」
「Eh! Don’t say something like that! I just want Fran to understand the brilliance of his invention! 」
「Well, I don’t think he is aware of that yet, but I understand what you’re saying, Elana-chan~ 」
「Buuut! This bread! This is awesome! You could sell this stuff! Elana-chan, are you going to sell the recipe?! How about you sell it to me for 10 Gold coins?! 」
「It’s sold! Now you can bake good bread to death in the town, too! 」
Hmm, in the past month, Lana’s attitude toward Regulus has been completely changed, she no longer treats him with her ladylike manner.
A muscular man and a lady, their appearance looks different but they get along like a house on fire.
No, I think it’s good that Lana has a friend.
Even if it’s a macho merchant.
Recently we’ve been cooking together.
And I agree with Lana on this one.
If the food is this good, I hope it spreads more widely.
「But you’d need move ovens, wouldn’t you? 」
These two people came back to their senses with Grice-san’s remark.
The oven is made of iron…
In this 『Green Dragon』’s country, iron is a valuable and expensive material.
The equipment Lana asked me to make for her… the container was specially ordered by Regulus and modified to open horizontally at Lana’s suggestion.
They are using a medium-sized dragon stone, and it won’t be accessible to the general public.
「Hmm, then I guess we’ll just have to open a store in town…? 」
「Why not just bake it in a stone oven? Didn’t you ask me to build an oven because you want something easier to use? 」
「That’s it! 」
「Franc is a genius!! 」
I’m glad that we found the solution…
「Once you decided to open a shop, we can find the place… but, I want another menu! Is there anything you want to add, Elana-chan?! 」
「Hum… maybe croissant or butter roll? But then I would also want coffee! 」
There is another jumble of words I don’t know.
Regulus also has a bunch of question marks on his head.
「That’s all good, but what happened with the house interior? Do you mind if I check it out? 」
「Now that you mention it, I haven’t seen the upstairs yet! Kurou-san, can I take a look?! 」
「Hou! Of course, I’m confident in my works! 」
We looked at each other and laughed.
What was that, is he trying to raise our expectations?
「Let’s go! 」
She took my hand and led me into the house.
The first floor’s floor and the ceiling have been beautifully renovated, and the oven, refrigerator and stove are lined up on the right as you enter.
The bathroom and toilet room have been enlarged.
There are chairs and a table in the center.
They added about six more chairs for the guests.
The stairs are on the left.
By the stairs is a used but still useful bookshelf that Regulus got for me.
There were several books on dragonstone, one on farming, and a few books on animal husbandry that Waz recommended to me.
No doubt there will be more books that will help us to be more self-sufficient in the future.
And in front of the stairs is a large chest.
So far, it contains their shared miscellaneous items.
And now we are finally heading upstairs.
I heard Kurou-san’s voice from behind and turned around.
This is great.
The hallway is spacious.
As soon as we climbed up, there was a window, and a cabinet decorated with flowers underneath it.
Beside the cabinet is a door.
When I opened the door, I found Lana’s room.
Lana’s personal belongings and bed were in place.
「It’s my room! 」
「I did the furniture arrangement, but let me know if you want to rearrange it. 」
「No! It’s perfect, just the way I like it. Thank you, Kurou-san. 」
Tsk, he looks so happy.
Just along the stairs is a T-shaped hallway.
This is another window.
And there is a cabinet here as well.
I guess this is my room.
I opened the door, which was still on the side of the stairs, and oh… a bed, a small table and chairs.
A bookshelf, a chest and a dresser… I have most of what I want.
「You can rearrange it yourself. 」
Discrimination as usual!
That’s fine, though.
And I’m with Lana on this one.
At the moment, there is nothing that looks inconvenient.
「There’s another room in the back! 」
「The room at the back… is a nursery. 」
「We also have two rooms for the children. I know you’re still floundering right now… at some point, you’ll have to use it, won’t you? Get along well. 」
「「…Ah… t-thanks… 」」
This old man… I can’t even look at her in the eye!
「Though, now that our house is bigger, I think I need a vacuum cleaner. 」
「…Vacuum cleaner. 」
Another word I don’t know…
「Yup, like a Roomba! 」
The strange words from Lana steadily grow.
「Ah, I know you are thinking something rude right now. 」
「Eh, no, I don’t know if it’s rude or not, but I did notice an increase in Lana’s strange language. 」
「I-it’s not a strange language! I was so excited about baking that I forgot about it! Oh, um, I had to tell Fran something… 」
Do we have to talk about it?
Um… which remind me, she’s been saying something like that for a month?
「Heey, Miss! Redheaded rascal! Regulus wants to see you! 」
「O-okaay, I’m coming! I’ll talk to you tonight. Will you listen to me? 」
When I nodded, implying that I’d be willing to listen to the story, Lana looked relieved.
Just what she wanted to tell me?
I wonder what it is.
Does she still want to go back to 『Arsegigios』?
Do you want to go back to Alfred?
But would she put that on hold for a month if she did?
Talking of holding up, I had something that was on hold for me as well…
All right, we’ll settle this tonight.
I keep remembering what the old man said.
His comments about the 『Children rooms 』 make me worry…