Chapter 47 – I inspected the hot spring!!
Mappa passed the cave and started to walk towards the other side of the island, where the World Tree was.
Once we passed the cave, we entered a district where I could see steam rising into the air.
Just as I thought, the hot spring they had been building near the World Tree was now complete.
When we got closer, I saw that there was a sort of pool that was covered with stone. And inside it, was hot water.
It was then that Ril hopped out of my pocket while carrying the egg that I had found.
Apparently, she was curious about the hot spring.
Rienna had been watching nearby, and she quickly noticed our presence.
“Ah, Little Ril. And Lord Heal! We’ve been waiting for you!”
Baris, who had been talking to another goblin, now followed Rienna as she approached us.
“Sorry to keep you two waiting. So, I see that it’s finished.”
Rienna nodded cheerfully.
“Oh, yes! And we thought it would be proper for you to be the first person to use it.”
“Me? Uh, I appreciated the thought, but…”
As I hesitated, Baris replied.
“We just finished filling it up with hot water. There’s no need to be modest. Please go inside.”
While it was still midday, I was covered in sweat.
So I did feel grateful at the prospect of being able to be refreshed.
Not only that, but this place had the best view, with the World Tree and a vast sea right in front of you.
Being able to bathe while surrounded in this scenery was bound to give you the most amazing feeling.
But then again, it also meant that you had no privacy.
Could I really get naked in a place like… Huh?
I froze as I saw that Rienna was about to undress.
And I quickly shouted, ‘Wait!’
“Lord Heal. Is something the matter?”
“Uh, you tell me… Are…you coming in too?”
“Hardly. I just thought that I would help you get cleaned before going in!”
As far as I could see, that was no different at all…
No, I was thankful for the sentiment, but it didn’t change the fact that I wouldn’t be able to endure it.
And so for my own sake, I answered her,
“…Thank you, Rienna. I’m happy that you want to help, but I’m fine.”
“Huh? Are you going in without washing yourself first, Lord Heal?”
“N-no. I’ll wash up first. It’s just that… I can do that by myself.”
I said in as cool a voice as I could muster.
Rienna looked just a little disappointed, and I honestly felt the same… But no, as the lord of this island, the last thing people needed to see was lewd expressions on my face.
The monsters may have been accustomed to mixed baths under the sky, but I was human.
And I couldn’t help but think of Rienna in a certain way.
Just then, Baris opened his mouth.
“I see… Perhaps I should wash your back instead then?”
This was a most surprising suggestion, and I was a little stunned.
But Baris didn’t look like he was joking.
Uh, I didn’t see how that was preferable…
Of course, I knew Baris meant it as an innocent gesture.
“Yes. I thought perhaps it is custom to have men wash your back in your country.”
I see… As both Baris and Rienna were high born, they didn’t seem to understand the concept of taking a bath by yourself.
But I suppose it was much the same in human society.