Chapter 1 – The Collapsed Alchemist

「Haa!」

Inside of a deep forest.

The lone young girl fires herself up with a shout as she swung down her sword, her crimson hair flowing down to her waist.

Her face carried a gallantly beautiful expression as her sword easily sliced through the throat of a goblin, ending its life.

「Good work, Laffy. Are you hurt?」

「Just a few scratches, there’s no problem.」

Calling to Laffy was a Lone boy. Unlike Laffy who was armed, he didn’t carry a weapon of any sort.

Instead, he had a large satchel hanging from his shoulder.

「It would be dangerous to leave it untreated. It will get much worse if bacteria manages to enter the wound.」said the boy, taking a small bottle from his satchel before swiftly pulling out the cork and pouring the contents on Laffy’s wounds.

And then, in an instant Laffy’s wounds healed.

「W, wait! I said it didn’t matter」

「So? It’s just an elixir is it not?」

To the boy asking what the issue was, Laffy was left dumbfounded.

An elixir was supposed to be the most effective potion at healing wounds. Trying to obtain such a thing would require paying a considerable sum of money.

「I’m grateful for your concern, but please refrain from using such an expensive item on minor abrasions!」

The boy, in receiving very proper words from Laffy had a smile form on his face.

「It’s fine. Something like an elixir, I’ll just make it again.」

「That isn’t the issue here…」

Laffie pressed on her temples and took a deep breath.

Only the most amazing alchemists could make an elixir. And even then, none of them could make an elixir so easily.

It’s at the level where they would only be able to make a single vial after several years.

And yet in front of Laffy’s eyes was an alchemist happily treating an elixir as if it were at the level of an energy drink.

Even to Laffy, who was an S rank adventurer, it was weird.

Someone, please teach this alchemist the meaning of self-restraint!

With the cries of her heart reaching no one, Laffy thought back to her meeting with this alchemist.

***

Inside the store of a famous merchant in the kingdom, a lone girl characterized by her flaming crimson hair was raising her voice.

「I beg you, I’ll give you as much money as you want! So…!」

「Even if you say that… right now we only have a single elixir. Even then, an individual from the royal family has already purchased it, so it’s already too late.」

「But at this rate, my sister’s life…」

「…That’s tough, young lass. But I have my business as well, so forgive me.」

Whatever the case may be, there were no elixirs available right now. Facing this fact, the S rank adventurer Laffy fell into despair.

The reason Laffy was asking for an elixir was so she could save her sister’s life, who was bedridden by a mysterious life-threatening illness. No matter which famous doctor she showed her sister to, they did not know how to save her. There was nothing other than all-purpose medicine left to rely on.

But I already know that it’s impossible to obtain such medicine.

What kind of face would she show that younger sister of hers, who was getting weaker by the day? Was there really no way to save her?

Such thoughts swirled around her head as she left the store, her feet carrying her back to the home at which her sister was waiting.

「…Even though I’m her older sister I’m totally useless. I have to get it together and find a way to help her.」

In order to drive away the negative thoughts, she took a deep breath. She came to a stop and looked up towards the clear sunny sky.

「Alright!」

Having recovered her spirit, Laffy tried to move forward once again but stopped at the sudden sight of a collapsed figure in an ally.

「Huh?」

Laffy unintentionally let out a strange voice at the sight of a collapsed person before her eyes. He was a boy who appeared to be about 18 years of age, with rare black hair and was holding a large satchel. He also didn’t appear to have any noticeable trauma on his body.

She quickly looked over the surrounding, but since she was away from the main street there was nary a soul around.

「You, are you alright…?」

Unable to ignore him, Laffy timidly poked the boy’s shoulder. Upon doing so, a loud growling noise reverberated from his stomach.

「So, hungry…」Muttered the boy in a voice that sounded to be on the cusp of death. Laffy was stiff for a few seconds, but after thinking a bit, extended her hand towards the boy.

「I have some bread for you if you want some?」

「Really!?」

The boy shot up and drew closer to Laffy with his eyes sparkling to the max. To that energy, Laffy let out involuntarily laughed.

「Yeah, I just finished my shopping.」

「Thank you, I’m very lucky to meet such a kind person as yourself in this city」

Just how hungry was he? After receiving the bread from Laffy, he ate the whole thing in the blink of an eye. Laffy was taken aback at seeing such a manner of eating.

「Oh yeah by the way, what’s your name?」

Laffy came to her senses at the boy’s question.

「I’m Laffy. An adventurer.」

「Is that so. Laffy huh? I’m Leyce, an alchemist. For now, I just make various things, so if you want anything just let me know. As thanks for the bread.」

「An alchemist, huh…」

An alchemist is someone who make things like potions, or accessories with magic effects. They also make elixirs.

「Then, I would like an elixir…… though, I already know it’s impossible.」

With no expectations whatsoever, she said those words as a joke. Laffy understood very well herself the scarce nature of elixirs.

There’s no way an ordinary alchemist would just be carrying one around.

Laffy made a bitter smile at her completely unreasonable request and opened her mouth to correct her words.

「Oh, good thing」

「……Huh?」

At the unexpected response, Laffy unintentionally stared at Leyce. The person himself paying no mind to his words was fishing around inside his satchel. Then, after a bit of searching, his hand came out holding a small bottle with a blue liquid poured inside of it.

「Here, an elixir.」

「Wh, wai, wait a minute… that’s an elixir!?」

「Yeah」

「Yeah wait…… where did you get such an expensive thing!?」

「I made it.」

「You made it!?」

The alchemist in front of her could only be seen as the same age as her, if not slightly below. The fact that such a young alchemist had made an elixir was simply unbelievable.

However, both the colour of the liquid in the bottle, as well as the feeling of the magic power coming from it were both exactly the same as the elixir she had seen earlier. It was probably the real deal.

If I have this, then I might still be able to save my sister.

「Leyce, I’ll pay you however much you want! That elixir, could you please give it to me!?」

This might be the last chance she would get to save her sister. At that thought, money was no longer a worry.

「No, it’s as thanks so I don’t need any money.」

Saying so, Leyce made a cheerful laugh.

「No, even with that it’s still…!」

To repay bread with an elixir would be completely unbalanced. Leyce did not seem to care for some reason, but if he wouldn’t accept Laffy’s money, then perhaps he was hoping for a different form of compensation for it.

「Well then… how about showing me around the city?」

「Is it okay with that?」

「Well, It’s my first time in this kingdom after all.」

Really showing him around the city was a cheap price to pay, but it would be weird for Laffy to say anything else at this point.

「…… I understand. If you are fine with it Leyce.」

「Well then, I’ll be counting on you.」

At this point and time, to Laffy, Leyce was still seen as an excellent alchemist. But the time for her evaluation to change to 『Abnormal』 alchemist was not too far off.


 

2019/01/30: Edited the chapter to use fewer phrases and words that sound really stupid. Also took out the weird span tags that WordPress likes to throw in there, so that chapter should be a little more condensed.

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12 thoughts on “Chapter 1 – The Collapsed Alchemist

  1. Eh, an S rank got scratched while fighting a goblin? I’m used to S rank adventurers being superhuman battle machines, someone who still takes even a tiny bit of damage from some goblins should be C rank max, right?

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