Chapter 38 – Birthday
The next day.
I had my parents celebrate my birthday at my parents’ house.
But I only heard a few words, though not quite satisfactorily, of 「Congratulation (Omedetou)」 from my parents, and there were no cake and birthday presents for me too. [i]
It’s considerably different from my elder brother (The eldest brother), Juno’s birthday who have 『excellent result』 in true magic aptitude.
At Juno’s age, mother baked apple pie while father presented a new magic wand for his birthday.
The birthday presents and gourmet for my birthday was nothing.
I think there are difference between the eldest son (heir) and second son.
If the noble distinguished himself clearly from the children of the time, then the succession problem will not be raise in the future; this is because it is a story that happen quite often.
At the same time, it is the difference of unnecessary children and talented children
In comparison with Juno with his considerably true magic talent, I don’t have any of it at all.
Honestly, the birthday celebration between the child who was given up and the child who have high expectation is different, isn’t it.
Still, my birthday not just distinguished my elder brother, Juno, but more pathetic than the birthday of my younger brother and my younger sister.
Or perhaps I should say it my birthday became pathetic/perfunctory year by year.
It seems my birthday will be forgotten eventually.
My parents only remembered my birthday even if it’s better this year.
But then followed by a word of celebration from mother,
「Ash, you haven’t mastered reasonable magic foundation of true magic because you are already 11 years old.
As it is, there is no other way because you won’t be able to keep up (with your brothers and sisters).
I don’t expect much from you who have no talent.
However, at least give some result even if it’s only a little.」
Said mother with half-disgust and half abandon considerable scolding.
Seeing that, my siblings, especially the elder brother Juno, expresses detestable smirk and sneered.
Well…although I’ve been keeping a secret for my family; far from having magic foundation of true magic, I bear potential in spirit magic in comparison to advanced level magic.
No, it’s possible that it’s even more than the advanced magic.
Regarding that kind of me, the gaze mixed with mother’s resignation and the siblings’ ridicule did not became very spirited.
In soccer for example, if an ordinary skillful professional excel in soccer would be made fun of on the matter of being unskillful in baseball; I don’t feel very worried since I have soccer. [ii]
Or it may be the feeling such as being able to be extremely skillfully in mathematic but hopeless in English as one merely is thought as a student who couldn’t keep up in school.
The human heart have flexibility/scope if there is a special skill or something that holds only confidence.
In relation to that special skill (spirit magic), there is necessity to conceal it around as far as this country.
However, I have the “Power” but I don’t have the ability to know the surrounding area.
That reality have kept the scope in my heart.
Even to elder/eldest brother Juno’s thoughtless words, 『Why can’t you use this only amount of magic yet when you are becoming 11 years old. It’s better if you died once and born again.』I didn’t give a ****.
Although I don’t give a damn, I usually made the water spirits retaliate on their own convenience.
My elder brother’s trachea, who is rinsing his mouth with salt water, had water (salt water) enter it and choke so grandly that mucus came out.
My elder brother Juno’s face looked blue and fall into respiratory difficulty for a while.
I think that’s a little overdone. (TL: it’s over kill.)
At noon, I went to my prairie house temporarily.
Despite Ash looking forward to something, his slaves might have celebrated my birthday in grand manner.
However――the slaves did nothing as always.
…………I told my slaves about this day which is my birthday in a casual manner.
Despite this, it was completely forgotten.
While it may be true that I can force them to imitate a birthday party, I didn’t do that.
I feel it’s rather pathetic to command my slave to celebrate my birthday on my own accord.
――nothing is ok.
Even if the slaves didn’t celebrate my birthday, it’s nothing bad.
Because I congratulate myself by myself.
I was informed the meaning that I shouldn’t return until evening, so I left my prairie house.
I flew toward the fortress town Kare as it is.
I received the magic castle that I reserved as a job of giving my gifts for myself.
However, my present is not from my family, and there are no presents from my slaves who are expected of secretly…or are there?
My birthday presents are the things that are prepared for myself.
Only my parents congratulated my birthday.
It didn’t exceed the considerably pathetic manner of congratulation.
…………a mysterious liquid from my eye………….
I arrived at the fortress town, Kare.
At first, I visited the Meruru☆material shop.
I sold the raw material removed from the three low-rank drake that was “put down” yesterday.
Everything amounted to 90 pieces of large gold coins.
Raraa coveted the raw material that she extracted for magic research, it would be 30 large gold coins per body.
Speaking of 30 large gold coins, that amount is enough to let one family live comfortably for at least 10 years.
As expected, despite being a low rank, it is a dragon.
In this connection, Meruru-baasan memorized my birthday and gave words of congratulation.[iii]
She would turn over the title deed of the store as a birthday present with a condition of becoming the son-in-law and succeed the raw material store.
But I declined that.
There is relationship with me, and for me to aid the old grandmother who is not my relative in the future and the likes――I secretly thought.
After I exited the raw material store, I approach the house/hall of fortune telling.
The fortune telling half a year ago was on my mind as I occasionally went to the same fortune-teller.
The blindness of fortune-teller who I became familiar with,
「A very shocking event will occur today――is what come out for fortune-telling. 」
And so forth is what the fortune-teller said.
「Please pay attention to surprise attack.」
Was the advice that I received from the fortune-teller.
The fortune-teller does not know what kind of tangible surprise attack it is either.
Receiving surprise attacks of the likes of monsters, I would be as surprise as the fortune-teller’s result――maybe…
Or robbers might attack in surprise from undercover.
I need to be careful, especially today.
After that, I went toward the refuge of thief guild in the slum quarters.
I already memorized the place, so I arrived in 10 minutes by flight.
Today, I visited several cockatrice farms and sold the old cockatrice eggs that I collected.
It became 125 large gold coins.
It is 125 large gold coins for 32 eggs.
「I feel regretful but I want to purchase price to decrease by 20% by next month.」
It seems I was begged by Greed, the black marketeer.
The sales network seems to spread not just this country, but to the neighboring countries.
But even these days, this place remained functional(continuously) in this state for a while when the quantity supplied exceed demands and it seems the situation can’t be help to lower the selling price.[iv]
The cockatrice eggs from the start are high-grade food ingredient; the humans who are able to taste them are restricted to royalty and great nobles or wealthy merchant.
I don’t know if whether or not the small to medium nobles include the Hawkwood family, my family house, are able to eat it in the festival of the founding of their nation which happens once a year.
It’s so expensive that a few of those eggs along with its taste and nutrition are valuable so there is scarcity value to it.
If a many number of these flows though the market, the scarcity value falls by just that much too.
And then the number of social class (quantity demand) that wants to pay for cockatrice eggs as close as 10 large gold coins are exceeding.
I sold several eggs that I brought every day, but it can’t be help that the selling price would fall no matter what.
Hence, I can’t make the selling price amount to not lower, but I can make a profit even if the sale price was lowered.
As explained from Greed.
Naturally, I knew about the market principle of this extent, so before long, they wanted to cut the prices of purchase amount which I prepared for.
But being prepared to accept a reduction in prices――
「How much of the quantity supplied do you need now if you can purchase with the same amount (TL: of money?)?」
「Is that so…………I can potentially buy up to 20 eggs per day for the time being with the same amount up to the present. I have confidence to handle the decreasing selling price if I bought that amount. 」
「If that’s the case, I want to restrict the supply from now on by 20 eggs per day. Is there no problem with this? 」
If it scarcity value seems to continue decreasing and the supply continue to exceed demand, the situation must restrict the quantity supply. I felt very good about it in long term point of view.
「Ah! I don’t mind. However, you seem to have a deem understanding of the market economy.」
Greed look fondly of me and told me in admiration.
「then, after this, Greed will prepare to sell 20 eggs per day.」
「However, Ash. Are the eggs obtained about 30 eggs per day? What am I going to do with the 10 eggs remaining? 」
「It would be wasteful if it rot, so I will eat it properly.」
「The eggs of chickens were laid in quantity of dozens of eggs while the cockatrice eggs were played about 10 eggs everyday?」[v]
「…………in my place, there are 100 slaves in the period of rapid growth. I’ll make them eat it every day.」
「Are you going to feed the slaves with it!? ha-ha, what a bold story. The slaves at Ash’s place are really a lucky group. 」
For the usual cool Greed to rarely raise his voice and laugh.
As in having heard a thrilling story.
Maa, certainly it’s not a normal story.
The eggs of cockatrice which only limited to royalties and nobles, only the limited humans can often taste the high-grade ingredient.
Making the slaves eat it every day is probably a really surprising story.
Maa, for example, the eggs would rot and if that’s the case, I would have to throw it away. So I have to feed the slaves together (TL edit: as much as I can before they rot).
Because it’s a method that makes them grow tough bodies since I gave them nourishment, the slaves (children) of the slave farm in the future will sell for a high price.
It makes little difference of giving them good food as livestock, it will raise quality and sell highly in the future.
[i] TL note: “両親から一言「おめでとう」と一応は言われただけで、ケーキも誕生日プレゼントもなにもなかったが。” The original translation: “the brief comment more or less says ‘congratulation’ from my parents, and the cakes and birthday presents were empty/nothing too.
[ii] TL note: I think Ash is making a metaphor of his skills. If the expert soccer player (spirit magic) was made fun of on the matter of being unskillful in baseball player (true magic). I don’t feel worried since I have soccer (spirit magic). *I might be wrong but this is what I can get from clustered sentence. *
[iii] TL: Baasan – “婆さん”. Do I need to say more? It’s an informal way of saying grandmother *insert name*.
[iv] TL note: Macro/micro economics 101, when the quantity supply exceed demands, prices decreases in order to get rid of the supply. If greed bought these eggs and material at cheap prices in large quantity, the supply and demand graph will show a shift in the supply to the right, thus allow for large quantity sold but at the cost of decreasing price.
[v] TL comment: this sentence confuses me, is it comparing the eggs laid by chicken and cockatrice or what, I don’t know. Sorry for the inadequate translation.