Volume 6 - CH 3.9

That is why I never saw them being sent away due to some kind of mistake that they might have committed, but that was probably only because every time when I was buying slaves from Alan-san’s shop, they were all pretty well-educated ones who were able to understand the words spoken in Brahim, so there was never any situation like this one that I have just witnessed.

That is why I cannot really understand why Miria was sent away, when she essentially did nothing wrong. If it were up to me, I would never have punished my slave for doing something like that, because in my eyes not understanding Brahim and not following the orders given in Brahim because of it are not the reasons to subject the slave to heavy punishment. If I were to do something like that, that would only result in the slave following my orders and other people not out of trust or respect, but out of fear of getting punished again.

Yeah…. I think it can be safe to say that this Slave Merchant and I are nothing alike.

Apparently, according to him, a slave is not supposed to be so close to their master that they act on their own discretion, and any order that the master gives to the slave has to be issued in clear words and followed down to every last word with absolute obedience. However….

I wonder if I should start issuing more clear orders to Roxanne and Sherry instead of vague suggestions as well? Would that serve to improve my standing as their master? Or would it just achieve the opposite effect of them not respecting me as much as they did before because I stopped being so friendly with them? Anyway, I have to make sure to thank Roxanne for doing it in my stead later.

Whenever I visit the Slave Shops I am always reminded of how lacking I am when it comes to the knowledge of the laws and common sense of this world, and every time, it is leaving a more and more of a bitter taste in my mouth.

「My humblest apologies, dear customer. She should not have stood up so needlessly.」

「It is all right. I do not think she did anything wrong anyway.」

「Then please, have a look at the rest of the slaves here now.」

I follow the slave merchant and check the rest of the slaves out, but unfortunately, none of them managed to appeal to me. I just could not find a single outstanding thing about them, even though I was trying to do so with all my might, and I kept going back to that one thought at the back of my mind….. a thought that Miria was the cutest one of all the female slaves that I have seen here so far. And by saying that, I do not mean 「the cutest one in this particular room.

No, when I say that, I mean 「the cutest one in this entire goddamn building」…… well, if I really were to choose, then I would have to say that the second female slave in the previous room, the beautiful one who did not even glance my way and acted as if she was waiting for a rich customer to snag her away was arguably the most beautiful one as far as pure looks were concerned…. But ultimately the rest is just a matter tastes and personal opinion.

「Roxanne, can you speak this Bana language?」

「Yes, I can. Bana was actually one of the languages that were spoken beside Brahim in the place where I was growing up.」

「And what about you, Sherry? Can you speak that language as well?」

「No, unfortunately I cannot.」

So Roxanne can speak Bana, most likely because she is a member of one of the Beastkin tribes, the Wolfkin. This is a good news in and out of itself, but I have towonder….. is it even going to be possible for a Wolfkin to live peacefully under one roof with a Catkin (I assume that is how the entire race of the people with cat-features is called id those with the traits of a wolf are called Wolfkin)? I mean, wolves are essentially wild dogs that have not been domesticated, and I think we all know the exact meaning of the saying「Like Cats and Dogs」, right?

If I have seen them correctly, the ears on Miria’s head were triangular in shape, and that was exactly the shape of the ears that the cat-eared amber merchant and his female clerk had. And since those two were the members of the Catkin race, then that has to mean that Miria is a member of the Catkin race as well! Okay Mr. Shop Owner, time for you to make yourself useful by answering my question.

「That girl who stood up the last is from a Catkin tribe, right?」

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「X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X.」

When I voiced my question, Roxanne said something to Miria, who said something back to her in return. I do not know what they were talking about because I do not understand a word from the Bana language, but whatever it was, it must have been pretty peculiar, because, because it left Roxanne with quite a perplexed and somewhat confused expression on her face.

「Well, what did she say?」

I asked, urging Roxanne to give me an answer.

「Yes, uhm, she said…. She said…..」

「She said what?」

「She said that she….. that she wants to eat fish.」

「Eat….. fish?」

「X X X X X X X? X X X X X X X X X X X?」

When I simply repeated what Roxanne told me, she asked Miria other questions, most likely because she wanted to affirm whether what she heard her say or not was one hundred percent correct.

In my honest opinion, as long as her needs and preferences will not differ too much from our own, then we should have no problem with adopting a Catgirl into my Party, especially if we are talking about such a cute one as Miria. And since she said that she wants to eat fish…. Then I guess the members of the Catkin tribe must enjoy that type of food in particular? I have to admit that it sounds a little cliched (or racist, depending on how you look at it), but if that is simply how the members of the catkin Tribe are, then there is nothing that can do about is, same like with us Japanese people loving our rice and miso soup. That is simply how we are, and nobody is questioning whether it is right or wrong, so I should not be doing that in this case as well.

「Can you ask her for me if she really loves fish that much?」

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「 X X X! X X X X X X X X X X X! X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X!」

「She says that fish is her absolutely most favorite food in the entire world, and if we allow her to eat it, she would be willing to join master’s Party.」

「Becoming a Party Member in exchange for the ability to eat fish, huh? I have to admit that it does not sound all that bad at all.」

Does she really like fish that much? Because I am beginning to wonder if that love of eating fish is really a trait that can be attributed to the entire Catkin tribe or just to Miria herself? If it is the latter, then I have to say that I really do admire her dedication in the pursuit of the food that she loves the most in the world. We Humans are also said to be enthusiasts of eating tasty food, so I can definitely say that I understand where she is coming from with it, because if I can help it, I also want to eat tasty dishes as frequently as possible, but Miria’s dedication to her cause of eating fish is so great that she even acquired herself a Diver Job. This is my very first time even seeing such a Job.