Drawn Mochi Volume 2 Chapter 21.2: Request and Lightning*9

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 I wonder if that’s why she looked a little lonely. The first time I saw him, I thought I should not poke my head into other people’s families.



“I’m worried about the circumstances of this house.” (Laocles)



 So, I was a little surprised by Laocles’ words because I was just thinking that I shouldn’t stick my head into other houses.


 …But after hearing his next words, I was convinced.



“They are being too hasty.” (Laocles)



 Yes. Yes, that’s right.


 Yes, they are very “too hasty”, I think.


 They stormed the Redgarde house like robbers. They don’t have to do that, I think. I wondered if there was another way to do it.



“And even now, there is very little surveillance. If I had to say, Carnelia Lily Dioren is the only surveillance they have. …I don’t think that’s surveillance.” (Laocles)


“Yes.” (Tougo)



 I don’t think Carnelia is monitoring us at all. If that was surveillance, I think she’s a pretty good actor. She could be an actress.



“…I think there’s something about the way they tried to kidnap you… Something about that is bugging me.” (Laocles)


“Yes. I wonder if there was something urgent about top happen.” (Tougo)



 Did you need the Red Dragon right away? What for?


 Well… I don’t know, even if I think about it. Maybe I don’t need to know. But I was sure that it bothered me a little.



 That day, I only finished watering the paper.


 Actually, I would have liked to finish the rough sketch first, but I hadn’t decided what I was going to paint yet. So, I decided to just finish preparing the paper first.



“The question is what to paint…” (Tougo)


“You are going to draw something other than the Red Dragon, right?” (Laocles)


“Yes.” (Tougo)



 Yes. I had already decided on something other than the Red Dragon. Yes. The Red Dragon belongs to Fay. I don’t think it would look good with Laocles, and it would look even worse with Mr. Santos.



“…what should I draw?” (Tougo)



 To begin with, I don’t really know what kind of creatures exist in this world.


 I know some creatures in my world that were considered “imaginary creatures”, but that’s it. That’s why I’m in trouble because I don’t have a clue what to draw.



“It would be best if I could see the real thing and draw it.” (Tougo)


“I guess you’ll have to draw something because we wouldn’t have the real thing.” (Laocles)



 Yes. I’m in trouble.


 It would be better if I could at least know “what kind of creatures exist”.



 It was a time when I was troubled.



“…Hey, someone is coming.” Laocles



 I moved when I hear Laocles whisper.


 I heard footsteps coming from the other side of the door. They were not the light footsteps of Carnelia. They were much heavier and approaching with big steps. I hid the watered drawing paper under the bed.


 Then, before the door opened, I moved to the middle of the room, where I sat down on the gym and waited.


 When the door opened, Mr. Santos, who was there, looked at me sitting on the floor and wondered,



“…what are you doing? What kind of ritual is that?” (Santos)


“It isn’t a ritual, I am just sitting.” (Tougo)



 I answered him matter-of-factly, because I wasn’t doing anything other than sitting, and he decided not to ask me any more questions. He didn’t say anything in particular. Thank goodness.



“Well, I don’t care what you do, but as per agreement… I’ll have you do the summoning. By the way, how long will it take you to do the summoning?” (Santos)



 Mr. Santos looked irritated as he said this. Perhaps he was impatient with the fact that our preparations were not progressing at all.



“Do you have something to do?” (Tougo)


“I am the one asking the question here. Answer me.” (Santos)



 I thought for a moment and answered, thinking that there must be something after all.



“Hmm… I’ll need about 3 more days.” (Tougo)



 Then… Mr. Santos looked obviously surprised.



“…when I first asked you… Is it really that fast?” (Santos)



 Oh, three days, so it’s that fast. I guess this was a bad idea.



“I am making preparations.” (Tougo)


“Is that so… No, that’s fine.” (Santos)



 I explained the reason properly, and Mr. Santos agreed.


 …Yes, we are making preparations. Like watering. So, I’m not lying.



“So, do you have anything to do?” (Tougo)


“That is……” (Santos)



 Now that you’ve answered his question, it’s his turn to answer it. I ask again.



“…there will be a party at the Royal Castle next month.” (Santos)



 I don’t understand.



“I am also invited there. Naturally, my evaluation there will influence to the reputation of the Dioren family.” (Santos)



 I see.



“…that’s why.” (Santos)


“I don’t understand.” (Tougo)



 I honestly told him that I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and he got angry with me. He even yelled at me.


 But I still feel that he is definitely hiding something from me.



 I had no choice but to finish the work on that day, because there was nothing I could do if the drawing paper was not dry.


 I tried to draw up some visions of what kind of creatures I wanted to bring out, but it just didn’t feel right at all.


 …In the meantime, it was time to eat, and we were called to the dining room where we were treated to a meal. The food in the homes of the nobility is always delicious.


 However… I was concerned that while Mr. Santos, the lord, and a beautiful woman who appeared to be Mr. Santos’ mother were at the dining table, Carnelia was not.



 That night.



“…if you don’t want to continue, go to bed.” (Laocles)


“Hmm… isn’t it too early?” (Tougo)



 Laocles was aghast at me as I sat down to write on a notepad.


I couldn’t decide what to draw at all. This is not good.


 I had to draw a creature that would be perfect for Laocles, but I couldn’t come up with anything.



“Hey.” (Laocles)


“No, just a little longer…” (Tougo)


“If you keep worrying, will it be resolved?” (Laocles)



 …I don’t think so.


 Yes. I don’t think I can see any sign of a solution if I keep worrying about it…



“Yeah, bed. I’m going to sleep…” (Laocles)



 I was about to be dragged to bed by Laocles, though I had a feeling that I should go to bed since I am not coming up with an idea. Yeah, let’s give up. I could never defeat him by force. So, I move and get into bed by myself before he takes me away.


 …I’m not sure if I’ll be able to fall asleep with the anxiety of “nothing is accomplished” even if I try to go to bed like this.



 And I lay down on the bed. I thought it might not be a good idea since it was a bed in the basement, but it was surprisingly fluffy and comfortable. I guess they must have brought it in just recently.


 I lay on the bed. In my head, bits and pieces of imaginary creatures are floating around, but they don’t take proper shape.


 What should I do? What should I really do if I don’t decide on this?


 These are creatures that can be summoned for Laocles. I want to produce a proper one.


 But at the same time, I have to make sure that it doesn’t violate the contract with the Dioren family.





 I can’t sleep at all while lying in bed. It was at that time.


 The sound of light footsteps approaching. I jumped up when I heard it.



“……hey.” (Laocles)



 Laocles looked stunned, but as far as I was concerned, it was the best thing that could have happened to me.


 I was so excited to have a visitor. If I couldn’t sleep anyway, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have someone to talk to.



“Good evening. May we talk for a while?” (Carnelia)



 Carnelia- who came secretly, opened the door with hesitation and peered at us.



“Come in!” (Tougo)



 So, I happily invited her in. I was still too early to go to bed, after all. It’s still a little early for bed, after all.



“Thankyou! …Umm, I knew I shouldn’t be visiting a guest at this hour, but I still wanted to show you something right away!” (Carnelia)



 Carnelia came over happily… And showed me what she was holding in her bosom.



“This is my treasure!” (Carnelia)



 There was a book. It was a thick, very old book. The title… And the cover was, as expected, unreadable to me.



“I’ll show it to you! If you look at this before you go to sleep, you can have wonderful dreams!” (Carnelia)



 But when Carnelia said that and opened the page, I knew what the book was about.



 The page is filled with pictures of various creatures, and next to the pictures, there is something written in small letters.


 …This is probably an illustrated book of the creatures of this world.




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