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“Thank you, Rokoko. You caught the core pretty damn well.”
As a final touch, I casually extended my hand to pat Rokoko’s head. I wanted to praise her for capturing the Giant Treant’s core with her skills.
“Huh…?! Noel, no…!”
However, she was strongly repulsed.
“I’m sorry, Rokoko. Did I treat you like a child? Or maybe I was just too familiar after all?”
“N-No, it’s not… That’s not it. It’s just… Because Rokoko… smells bed… I’m dirty, so, if you touch me, even Noel will—”
Despite my self-reflection, Rokoko muttered dejectedly with her head down. Though what she said shocked me enough to prompt my next action.
“Rokoko, you don’t smell bad! You’re not dirty! So don’t belittle yourself like that,” I hugged her smaller body in an impulsive and tight embrace.
It wasn’t a lie. Not to me.
Even if a hundred people said her darker tone of skin smelled bad, or that she was filthy, I wouldn’t ever acknowledge it. That’s what I believe a party destined to share their fate should be—That’s how I envision partners to be.
Besides, the reason she ended up like this—
“But really, thank you, Rokoko. I never thought we’d be able to obtain a Giant Trent’s core in its complete form. This can fetch a real good price on the market. So, let’s splurge and have a feast together tonight! It can also serve as a celebration for the creation of our new party!” I mustered the warmest smile I could.
“Hahaha! You’re drooling, Rokoko.”
As her blue moon eyes shimmered at the mention of the word ‘feast,’ I kindly wiped her mouth with a handkerchief I had stashed in a pocket.
“Bwah! It hurts, it hurts…! You, you…! How dare you treat us, no, me like this…! Don’t think you’ll get away with this for free!”
Ah, right. These guys are the ones to blame for all her pain. They treated a young girl like some sort of stray mutt, subjecting her to abuse.
What reached my ears was a voice filled with so much resentment it almost dripped to the floor, like leachate from the depths of the earth.
Unable to stand due to one of his legs being shattered by me, Buffon slithered his greasy fat body on the ground like a diseased snake.
“Ah, you’re still here. Oh, but don’t kid yourself. You’re the one who won’t get away scot-free. After all, we saved you from the Giant Treant along with Rokoko, even if it was just an accident on our part.”
“So, I’ll be collecting my reward in kind.”
Completely ignoring the writhing sack of sebum that glared at me, panting like some pig from the ground, I finally started ‘collecting’ what was due.
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