This chapter concludes Arco 3
I drop a fishing line into the sea while whistling.
It’s another sunny day, the ship is anchored and laundry is drying on deck.
On the shimmering surface of the sea, fish jumped in the distance.
The two animals guarding the fishery were Rosuke and Sharkboy.
Rosuke circled his body on the railing and looked out to sea, while Sharkboy, who was in a bathtub, looked at the fishing rod.
Panda was with Kaede, who was drying clothes.
Apparently he finds the sheets flapping in the wind interesting.
“How’s the fishing going?”
“Hm, maybe the bait isn’t the right one. I still haven’t gotten a bite.”
“But the detector says there’s a school of fish right below us.”
“Is the bait the wrong one?”
Frau returned from the control room and informed us of the situation below the ship.
I pick up the hook and set a small shrimp.
Then I threw it back into the sea.
I started fishing as a way to pass the time, but when I couldn’t catch any fish, I felt I had to do everything I could to catch one.
The captain and crew of the boat, of course, and even the research team had caught more than three fish each.
I can’t accept that I’m the only one who hasn’t caught a single fish.
“I don’t care if it’s one the size of my hand, I want to catch one.”
“Master, how’s the fishing going?”
Kaede, in her apron, smiled, scratching her hair by her ear.
At the same time a dry sheet was in her other hand.
“Not good… How’s it going for you?”
“I finally finished drying everything I had washed. It all smells really nice now.”
She unfolded the sheet and wrapped it around to cover me and her.
It certainly smells good.
The sun, the sea breeze and Kaede’s soft scent.
“Hey, Frau too! Frau too!”
The fairy tightly curls her body between mine and Kaede’s.
Frau smiles and says, “It really smells like the warmth of the sun!”
“Master! The fishing rod!”
I pulled it up immediately, and a red fish was caught on the hook.
It had a size of about forty centimeters, so it was big enough to eat.
The captain approaches us.
“You’ve caught a big fish, Toru-Sama.”
“Is it a good fish, what’s so special about it?”
“Indeed it is. It is so good that it is served at Lastoria celebrations, and can be eaten as boiled or grilled sashimi.”
Isn’t sashimi prepared raw, though?
While we’re here, I guess we could try it with this fish.
We will consult the cook immediately.
“Master, what will you do with the eggs?”
“Oh, I forgot.”
Kaede reminds me of the beast eggs we found on the boat.
It may be time to incubate them.
They could be underwater types like SharkBoy.
There is no way to get water on land fast enough.
“I’m excited about what will be born.”
“If possible, Frau would be glad to have a new bed.”
“What, can’t I wish for a new bed?”
“Hmm, Frau is always looking for the best bed. You’re just a waypoint – hey, don’t bite my hair!”
Frau and Panda start fighting again.
I ignored them as always, and started pouring magic power into the egg.
The appearance of the egg I found this time was very similar to Rosuke’s.
It had bumps on the surface and bright blue spots.
“How’s it going, Master?”
Kaede, who was standing next to me, was wagging her tail vigorously, as if she was having fun.
After about granting the egg 30% of my magic, the magical power absorption stopped.
Compared to the previous eggs, this one has absorbed the least.
Could it be that it was left on the ship because it was a useless summoned beast?
But I think it is a mistake to think that just because an egg absorbs a large amount of energy it has to have superior abilities.
It must have as much power as Rosuke and Sharkboy.
The egg had begun to leak after I bled on it.
It then opened, emitting a kind of vapor.
“I don’t think it will come out….”
A few seconds later, a bird-like creature emerged from inside.
Her body glowed metallic blue, with no eyes and a tiara-like ornament on her head.
The overall silhouette was stocky and round.
It looks like a small bird the size of a hawk.
The bird bounced up and over to me.
She rubbed her body against my leg and pampered me.
“Is this a new partner? It’s cute, but is it useful?”
“Give me the details, Kaede.”
“It seems to be able to search for enemies from the sky. It can transmit images to other animals, and it can also transmit voices and record images.”
“So it’s like a command center.”
Basically, my familiars can’t work together without me.
And with this bird, I seem to be able to maintain a certain degree of cohesion even if I’m not there.
But what is the point of transmitting voices and recording images?
*Give me the details, Kaede.*
*It seems to be able to search for enemies from the sky. It can transmit images to other animals, and can also transmit voices and record images.*
Suddenly, the bird repeated the same lines Kaede and I just said.
Well, I understood the meaning of voice transmission.
I assume that image recording is a similar capability.
“From now on, your name will be; Chupi.”
“It’s cute! You’re beautiful, Chupi!”
“That’s a lie, right? Are you really happy with such a horrible name…?”
Frau complains, but Chupi seems happy, so it’s okay.
Now, let’s quickly wake up the next animal.
The other egg was a smooth, translucent egg with a white tinge.
The magic power I poured into it was about 40%.
I spilled some blood and finalized the contract.
What came out of the egg was a gelatinous, transparent creature like an umbrella.
It rose gently and emitted a faint light.
It looks a lot like the jellyfish I saw in the ocean.
Or rather, it looks exactly like one.
“According to the assessment, it is a beast that serves as a light source. It is said that they can illuminate their surroundings with a strong light, both on land and in the water.”
“Yes, and it serves as an umbrella in case it rains.”
I guess there are all kinds of beasts.
However, drifting jellyfish are nice to see.
Like a large transparent umbrella with countless tentacles hanging down.
They seem to have a laid-back personality, or perhaps they just drift along without showing any interest in me, their master.
“Thou shalt be called; ‘Kuratan’.”
Kuratan let out a squeak.
I’m impressed that it can at least squeak.
That and he seems to be able to listen to commands.
Kuratan extended his tentacles towards Panda, pulled him close and then rubbed his body.
It seems that Kuratan likes Panda.
It also seems to be unexpectedly strong, as Panda cannot escape the tentacles, but is at their mercy.
“They’re like a couple of kids.”
Frau also immediately climbed on Kuratan to check out the feeling.
It certainly looks like it feels good to stick with him on a hot day.
Kuratan does not mind being ridden by Frau, and did not show any kind of rejection.
The three animals appear to be having a conversation.
Kuratan releases Panda and starts floating again.
It seems that Chupi immediately showed her leadership.
She must have told him to let Panda go.
Suddenly, a sound echoed through the ship.
“Toru-Sama, please come to the deck immediately.”
What I heard was the captain’s voice.
I had Chupi and Kuratan return to the seal and we headed for the control room.
“She appears to be a castaway.”
A woman with hardly any clothes on was lying on the deck.
She had semi-long pink hair and an eye-catching appearance.
She appeared to be unconscious, soaked all over and trembling slightly.
Judging by her appearance, I can guess that she is someone of high status.
A daughter of a noble family, perhaps.
“Let’s get her to the infirmary for now, we need a blanket.”
Wrapping the woman in a blanket, I carried her deeper into the ship.