Chapter 144 – Housesitter

My name is Donovan.

I’m a dwarf but I’m different from the usual dwarf.

I am from the great race of elder dwarves.

Our difference with dwarves is…..I wonder.

I really don’t know.

Is it physical strength? Lifespan?

Or maybe alcohol tolerance.

Alcohol.

Right, alcohol.

As long as there is alcohol, we can be whatever we like.

Alcohol is everything.

Alcohol is life.

That’s the way the dwarves lives and that will be how I’ll live.

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Because of that, I don’t care if people laugh at me for going to the forest of death just because of the rumored delicious alcohol.

I’ll go there as I like.

I will not think of the risk.

If there is a place with delicious alcohol, I will be there.

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I reached the Big Tree Village like that and devote myself to brewing alcohol.

I am not a man who only drinks.

I can make them too.

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The village’s crops are very suitable for brewing alcohol.

No, I feel like they were nurtured to be the suitable raw material for alcohol.

I’m grateful for that.

And they also built an alcohol workshop.

I invented new kinds of alcohol and new methods of drinking them.

The elder dwarves scattered in various places have gathered here one after another too.

No one seems to resist the temptation of alcohol.

They all jumped into the forest of death.

But after getting over it, they will be welcomed by delicious alcohol.

None complains.

They even feel sorry for those who have yet to come.

Maa, it’s only a matter of a few drinking session before they come.

I have drunk more in my several years here at this village than I have drunk in my long life.

Seeing the mountain of barrels filled with delicious alcohol, I thought that it’s okay to die.

No, I should not die.

I still have to brew delicious alcohol and continue drinking.

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By the way, even though I’m like this, I am not corrupt and reliable.

When the village chief said that he’ll leave for a while, I promised in my heart that I will only brew 9 instead of 10 in order to protect the village in his absence.

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Though I vowed to do so, I was surprised that the village chief has returned to take a bath after 30 minutes.

And when he went out again, he returned again after another 30 minutes and said that he needs help with cooking.

I know what this is about.

There will be a banquet.

………

I can’t participate?

I’m currently the housesitter.

So I can’t.

……..

It seems like my forecast has come true. The village chief decided to have a banquet in the village.

As expected of the village chief.

It was a grand banquet.

Everyone’s skills are getting better as well.

I wonder if I can do something artistic too.

Let’s practice now.

However, I’m still housesitting. But didn’t I just housesit for an hour today?

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The next day is different.

The village chief has left again.

I have been waiting for him for two hours but he still hasn’t returned.

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Alright, I’m really housesitting this time.

There’s nothing much to do though.

Everyone is devoted to their respective jobs and no one is slacking off even if no one is watching.

Our guests, the vampire’s true ancestor and the angel girl, both accompanied the village chief.

The lamias who helped us with brewing alcohol has been relieved because winter is coming and they need to return to the southern dungeon.

Since it has become like this, I’ll devote myself to my work too….

To tell you the truth, the preparation for winter and the brewing preparation are almost complete too.

Should I try something to the preserved food and make something new?

No, that’s not something I can do without the village chief.

……….

Especially without his permission.

The village chief gives his permission to anything that is not considered serious.

I don’t need to do things secretly too.

If he’s here, he’ll even arrange it so that I can receive help from others.

Let’s wait.

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While I was troubled, some business matter that I personally should attend to arrived.

It’s the gatekeeper dragon.

At first, he’s a guy who rarely talks but he’s intimately associated, like he already belongs, to this village now.

Though he’s close with us, he’s still a guest.

This kind of thing will be taken care of me every day for now.

Fufufu.

Entertaining the gatekeeper dragon is something that only someone like me, who’s trusted by the village chief, can do.

「You have come, welcome.」

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There were two individuals who thought of the same thing.

They are the demon girl Frau and the mountain elf Ya.

These lasses.

「Can you not interfere with me?」

「This is a job for women.」

「That is right, this is something I’m very familiar with.」

While we were having an unsightly conflict, the gatekeeper dragon was entertained by Zabuton-dono.

Darn.

I never thought that Zabuton-dono will make her move. I was careless.

She’s an existence more formidable than these lasses before me.

She guides the gatekeeper dragon to the inn like usual and when did she instruct the oni maids? They are already preparing food before I noticed.

Even the elves and the beastgirls are already preparing for their respective performances.

Perfect.

Everything’s perfect.

Kuh….Zabuton-dono.

I can’t simply admit defeat….AAAHHHH!

The barrel of alcohol is my treasure!

I even secretly hid it from the village chief!

No, don’t take it out……

WAI-WAAIIITTT!

Don’t let the gatekeeper dragon drink it!

How about…

Zabuton-dono and I are friends, why don’t we share it?

I apologize for hiding it.

I’m really sorry.

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Though I can’t speak with Zabuton-dono.

I’m sure that we have built trust between us.

I’m sure she’ll notice if I send her my thoughts!

…….

It was useless!

Now that I think about it, I have never spent time together with Zabuton-dono!

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Si-since it has come to this….

「Let’s go, lasses.」

「Eh?」

「What are you doing?」

「Let us all entertain the gatekeeper dragon.」

Like us, Zabuton-dono was entrusted with this village too so it’s normal for her to entertain the gatekeeper dragon.

I must admit.

I can’t do the outstanding job she had just shown.

Therefore, let me join you drink my treasured alcohol!

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A man’s pride is worthless before alcohol.

That’s according to me, the elder dwarf Donovan.

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High elves and beastgirls POV

「It seems like Doraim-san is strangely tense…or is it my imagination?」

「It is probably because he’s being entertained by Zabuton-san.」

「Hahaha. Yeah right. Ah, I’ll wear the new dress made by Zabuton-san.」

「Sounds good. I also like her new work.」

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Doraim’s screaming heart(bashfulness in display)

「Village chief….where are you? Daughter….where are you? Help me.」

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Kuro’s pups(POV)

「The safety of the village is entrusted to our paws. Everyone, don’t let your guard down.」

「Ooouuuu!」


 

 

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