The Day That Something Returned
“Just as we expected. It was unbearable for a young lady.”
Grudo said kindly. No, I can bear it just fine? Maki raised her chin.
“Maki, you are the first Saintess ever who has not fainted.”
“I’m quite active, so small injuries are nothing to me. But Chiharu is always careful and always dependable. I think this was just too much for her for once. AH.”
The gem fell from Maki’s head as well.
“What are we supposed to do with this?”
“These are much better in quality than the magical stones found in the dungeon. Though, most Saintesses hated the idea of selling something that came out of their bodies, so we will not force you. But it would definitely help.”
Maki’s eyes sparkled.
Maki shook Chiharu, who was for some reason leaning against Aeris on the sofa.
“We can sell these things!”
“Maki, stop acting so violently.”
Aeris scolded her. What was up this guy? Did he think he was in charge of her? Whatever. I’m the one who is going to be reprimanded about not waking her sooner if I tell her later.
Chiharu’s eyes fluttered open.
“I thought I heard something about selling.”
“These. We can sell them.”
Chiharu looked at the gem in Maki’s hand and scowled. Still, she inspected it and asked:
The king was so surprised that he had become speechless.
“Ah, maybe he doesn’t understand. Uh, so, money, sell, how much?”
“Chihaaaru, I do understand you. I am just, just a little surprised.”
The king scratched at his eyebrows.
“Just one of those stones can fuel a train for a whole month. With this size, it would be nearly 1,000,000 gil, I would say.”
“And how much is 1,000,000 gil?”
“You use yen in your country I believe? Chancellor!”
The Chancellor moved one step forward.
“With a place to stay, a family of four should be able to live off of 200,000 gil a month.”
“I see. So it is not too different from yen then.”
Chiharu nodded satisfactorily.
“That’s good. We will be able to live off of that.”
“What a relief. Chiharu.”
“Wait, wait. What are you two talking about?”
The king said frantically. Chiharu and Maki looked at him with confusion.
“Well, we need to make money to pay living expenses.”
“And I want to sightsee too.”
The king sighed and massaged his temples. Grudo had been laughing in the back for a while now.
“Please listen carefully. You two are Saintesses summoned by God. You take risks in order to purify the world. All of the Sun World is indebted to you. You are to be praised by all.”
“Is that right.”
“Well, uh, yes. Nevermind. The point is, you do not have to worry about lodging.”
“Oh, we get a house! Yes!”
The king asked Maki and Chiharu to stand up and brought them toward the window.
“There, that villa over there. Can you see?”
“Woah, the white walls are so cute.”
“Is that an orchard and a field? There is even a garden.”
“That is the Saintess Villa. It is where you two shall stay.”