We continued running through the forest.
My tiredness had already reached its peak, and I fell at the slightest bump.
“Wait～, don’t leave me～”
Isabella-san stops at Soara-san’s command.
Approaching me, Soara-san, who is riding on Isabella’s back, looks at me with a dumbfounded expression.
“Are you sure you’re a demon? You lack stamina.”
“I don’t want to hear that from you, Soara-san.”
“Well, let’s take a little break, we’re out of danger now.”
Soara-san slid off Isabella-san’s back and put her feet on the ground.
I’m really tired～
Are we going in the right direction～?
I turned over and went from being on my stomach to lying on my back.
After escaping, we made it this far without being able to rest satisfactorily.
It was the first time in my life that I had to escape from an army of demons, as well as fight ferocious beasts, and escape from a prison with hardly any food or water. And still the misfortunes continued to add up.
I want to cry. I don’t care if anyone sees me anymore.
I’m so looking forward to meeting all the girls and getting my fill of good food.
Please, God, help me. Help me get back home.
“Don’t worry, God will make your wish come true.”
“Sorry, but the god I prayed to is not an evil god.”
“Are you saying I’m the follower of an evil god!?”
Soara-san pinched my cheek.
That hurts. Stop doing that.
No sane priest would do something like this.
“I won’t forgive you for this.”
“Take it as a love whip. I’m a priestess, so I’m punishing you in the name of God.”
“You clearly think anything with the word ‘love’ in it is acceptable.”
“No! That’s not how it works!”
I recognize Soara-San less and less.
When I first met her, she seemed like such a nice and kind person.
But the reality is that she is a very violent and horrible priestess.
A priestess shouldn’t behave this way. But strangely, I don’t hate her for that.
“Let’s keep going to Isabella’s hometown. We’ll be safe there for the time being, right?”
“Yes. It’s the land where the ancient demon king rules. Once inside, Rudra will never be able to find you, but my family is rather poor, so we won’t be able to afford to keep you both…”
“We’ll talk about it later. For now we have to get out of here alive.”
Hmmmm~, they leave me out of their conversations.
Are they forgetting that I am a noble of the demon race?
I puffed out my cheeks to show my dissent.
“Break time’s over. Let’s continue.”
“I can’t keep running～”
“Then we’ll leave you behind.”
I stood up and chased after Isabella-San and Soara-San.
A few months later.
Gatsun, gatsun, gatsun
I drive my pickaxe into the dimly lit hole.
I wipe the sweat from my face with my arm and let out a sigh.
“Why do we have to dig again?”
“No time for questions. Keep digging. I don’t want people who would rather talk than work.”
I don’t dare say anything when I see my partner’s eyes shine so brightly.
We are in a town called Yellowhawks, in Ursprina.
There are several mines in this place, and mostly rare stones are dug up.
Sometimes relics are found, but they don’t seem to attract much attention, and I often see them discarded as scrap on the corner of the mine road.
“It’s time to take a break.”
“Thank you, Isabella-San.”
Isabella-San appears with a bottle of water and a basket.
I was thirsty, so I took the water bottle and soothed my aching throat.
“Soara-Sama, come rest and have some water.”
“Not yet. Something is about to appear. God has ordered me to dig.”
Soara-San tapped the pickaxe against the wall relentlessly.
She has great persistence, but at the same time a fierce and greedy hunger for wealth.
She had a creepy grin on her face. And with a pickaxe in her hands, she looked even scarier.
“There it is!”
Something shot out of the rock wall.
It was a rectangular box.
The surface was light brown and grainy like wood, but when touched, it was cold like metal, and when you hit it, it made a hard sound that was distinctly different from wood.
“It’s another relic… Here Pione, I’ll give it to you.”
“Are you sure? It could be worth a fortune.”
“I’m not interested in relics. A relic is a horrible object that drowns out the majesty of God, and I, as a priestess, can’t be distracted by something like that.”
“And yet you still let yourself get distracted by money.”
Soara-San pinched my cheek.
“I’ve been thinking this for a while now, but your cheeks are nice and soft.”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
It hurts… This is really painful.
By the way, Isabella-San, why are you looking at me with such envy?
“Mmmm~, today’s sandwiches are really delicious!”
“Isabella, you try one too.”
“Thank you. I’ll have one then.”
We lined up for lunch near the entrance to the mine road, where the carts were lined up.
Other gem hunters are also eating, and there are many people spread out on blankets around us in a friendly atmosphere.
We are now working the same way we did in the Demon King’s prison. But now we live a much safer and fuller life than before.
Yellowhawks is Isabella’s hometown. When we first came to town, we didn’t have much money, so we lived at Isabella’s parents’ house, trying to make ends meet.
It was Soara-San’s suggestion that we become gem hunters.
She said we had to make a living too, then she found us the job we have now, threatened us to dig till we drop, and here we are.
In short, Soara-San’s decisions were all correct.
But for some reason I’m still not fully convinced.
“How can I open this?”
“Are you still struggling with that? There must be something useless in there anyway.”
“You don’t know that. Maybe there’s something really nice in there. Hey, Isabella-San, have you found any rare relics in here?”
“I’ve heard that things like that used to happen many years ago, but like Soara-Sama said, it’s best not to get your hopes up.”
Hmm～ I won’t mistrust my intuition.
Even if there’s something really weird in here, I won’t let them see it.
But how do I open it?
“There’s someone in the city with the [Great Thief skill]. Shall we ask him to help us? He has a Special Key that can open any lock.”
Following Isabella-San’s recommendation, we decided to go to see the man.
An old dwarf with a toothpick in his mouth fiddled with the hole in the box.
We watched him intently.
“How about it?”
“Wait a minute, it’s almost open.”
After a click, we heard the box open.
“I was worried about opening it because the lock was full of dirt, but I seem to have succeeded. Here, check inside.”
I grabbed the box and slowly opened the lid.
Soara-san and Isabella-san also peeked inside, as if curious about what was inside.
In the box was a small bottle of pink liquid.
“What is this? It has a liquid inside.”
“Isabella-san, use the evaluation scroll.”
Isabella-San examined the bottle with the scroll.
Soara-San and I waited for the results.
“It says; Ancient Elixir of-… No, wait, this can’t be true.”
“What’s wrong!? Is it something great?!”
“Tell me! Quick! God help us all!”
“Don’t grab on to me! I’ll tell you!”
Isabella-San takes a deep breath and then tells us what the elixir is.
“This is a love potion. It is said to be the best of all secret medicines, created by an ancient alchemist, and will last until death.”
“”A love potion?!””
At that moment Toru crossed my mind.
If I use that potion, I can make Toru fall in love with me. He’ll hug me every day, hold my hand, we’ll sleep together, and he’ll bring me breakfast in bed.”
“Give me that!”
“I was the one who dug it up.”
“But you gave it to me.”
Soara-San and I started fighting over the jar.
I’ll make Toru fall in love with me with this, and I’ll love him so much too.
I want to have breakfast with him every day.
As we struggled, our hands slipped and the small bottle fell to the ground.
The bottle shattered and the love potion inside was seeped into the ground.
All that was left were fragments of the container and a stain.
“Nooooooooo! My love potion!”
“No, it wasn’t. It was my love potion.”
“Soara-Sama, are you okay? Did you want to brainwash someone with that?”
“Not exactly, it’s frowned upon for others to do that, but I have God’s permission, so it’s no problem.”
“That’s a lie!”
“Haaa… You two…”
Isabella-San let out a big sigh.
“Yes, we’re home… I’m very tired.”
“Well, today wasn’t that productive, we only got 10 million.”
“We’ll take care of your luggage.”
When we got back to the mansion, the butler greeted us.
He bowed his head and picked up our luggage.
As we walked down the long hallway, I passed several maids.
This is our mansion in Yellowhawks’ aristocratic district.
Soara-San and I went straight to the shower, then Isabella-San helped us put on our dresses.
We sat at the dining room table and a sumptuous meal was prepared for us.
Our gem hunting had made us millionaires.