In any case, the result was that the island had an immense amount of food and materials now.
As for the orcs, there were about 140 of them, including those who were saved from the battleship.
That night, we had a feast that included fruits and Killer Bird meat.
We avoided serving the Leviathan, as it would likely bring back memories of the deaths of their friends…
However, the goblins, kobolds, and Cave Spiders had no such issue, and gladly gobbled down the Leviathan meat.
The slimes did not eat meat, but they joined in the feast by drinking water.
Perhaps because they had worked together on the Leviathan and on the rescue mission, but there were now a few who seemed to be getting along with each other, in spite of their race.
I stood by the entrance of the cave with Shiel and watched this scene.
I had been all alone when I first arrived on the island.
Well, in a way, I had been alone even when I lived at the royal palace.
…However, I now had so many comrades.
“There are so many people here now… To think that it used to be just us two.”
Shiel did not answer.
However, the way that it moved its body just a little bit made me think that it was nodding.
Every day, Shiel seemed to learn a new way to express itself.
Maybe we would be able to have a conversation eventually…
I looked back at the others.
Baris had gathered the children and was teaching them how to read.
Ashton and Haines had given Erevan a large fish, which he gave to Fule, so she could throw it.
As for Rienna, she was making something in the kitchen.
Kamyu? He was snoring behind me.
We still had problems to deal with. But things were so lively now.
As I basked in these sentiments, I heard something fall on the ground right next to me.
When I turned to look, I saw that the baby kobold was panting as it stood in front of a pickaxe.
Apparently, it had tried to pick it up, but dropped it immediately.
It was no wonder.
Just the handle was three times longer than the baby.
And it was also many times heavier.
However, the baby would not give up. And it tried to pick it up again.
And so I picked the baby up and let it grasp the pickaxe as I held it.
“What’s the matter? Are you curious about this?”
But it seemed to be more than curiosity. It was as if it had a specific motive.
It had been with me recently as I mined in the tunnels. So perhaps it was trying to copy me.
Maybe it would be a good rival one day…
Just then, Rienna appeared carrying a tray with steaming bowls.
It smelled nice… I believe it was leaves from the World Tree.
She said that she was sorry to keep me waiting, and sat down next to me.
Then she handed me and Shiel our tea.
“Hehe. Lord Heal, you seem very happy.”
“Oh, it’s just that this little guy. It suddenly has a strong interest in this pickaxe.”
I said as I patted the baby on the head.
I had put the pickaxe on the ground in order to drink the tea, but the baby started to reach for it again.
“Oh, you’re right. At this rate, it will not be long until its just as obsessed with mining as you are!”
“I hope so. …Oh, right. About a name, Ashton says he wants me to think of something. Do you have any ideas, Rienna?”
“Indeed… As it is a girl, a cute name would be good…”
I had not really thought about its gender. But Rienna often took care of it, so she must be right. This baby was a girl.
“I see. Since you spend so much time with her, I was thinking about something that starts with ‘Ri.’”
She asked with a hint of embarrassment.
“Would that bother you?”
“No! Not at all! In that case, we can take the rest from your name… How about Ril?”
“Ril…hmm. I guess that’s cute? …Ril. Okay, from today on, your name is Ril!”
I said, and Ril laughed happily.
Apparently, she liked it.
Rienna smiled as well.
“Hehe. I look forward to seeing her grow.”
How she would grow…
And at the same time, what would become of this once empty island.
In any case, it would surely be a bright future.
I had nothing to base this on, but I would work hard with everyone in order to make that happen.
And so as everyone feasted happily, I thought about what Sheorl would become.