Drawn Mochi Volume 4 Chapter 23.2: Dragon’s Bed*7

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 …Oh. I have a bad feeling.



“So, it seems that one territory under the direct control of the Royal Family, located a short distance from the Royal Capital, has been destroyed.” (Fay)


“Woah…” (Tougo)



 Oh, yeah. So, a royal domain has withered. …That’s what happened.



“The place, by the way, has been dammed up and left alone for more than half a month, and no dragons have appeared yet.” (Fay)


“I see…” (Tougo)



 Somehow, I feel a little sorry for the place. There are probably creatures and people living in that area.



“Thanks to you, there are more fairies in Mr. Saphir’s garden and in the forest.” (Fay)


“More!?” (Tougo)



 Oh, I see! Living creatures can move! Thank goodness! …The forest will be livelier, won’t it?



 At any rate, I have a pretty good idea of what happened while I was sleeping.


 The Ryuu came out and confused the Royal Family, Fay’s father helped us a little, and the Royal Family misunderstood and let one of their lands die.



“I guess that means the Royal Family’s close territory will lose a lot of tax revenue next year. …Well, it’s none of our business!” (Fay)


“Yep.” (Tougo)



 I feel a little sorry for that, but the other side tried to do something terrible to Redgarde territory without a single thought, so I’ll just accept it as something that can’t be helped.



 Then I decided to take Fay to the forest.


 Fay had been busy recently because of the Royal Family’s misunderstanding, so I wanted to take his mind off of it.



“…That crystal cave is very beautiful, but the dragon gets angry with me when I try to go near the islet. …You see, while you were sleeping, I sometimes went to look at it, but when I tried to enter the island where you were sleeping, the dragon would threaten me…” (Fay)


“Eh?” (Tougo)



  I remember when I woke up, Laocles came over on the alicorn, and he was looking at the Ryuu there for a bit. Was he waiting for the Ryuu’s permission? I see.



“What should I do? I’ve been sleeping in a place like that for a month…” (Tougo)


“…No, I think the dragon probably didn’t want anyone to come near because you were sleeping, right?” (Fay)



 I doubt that. But that cave is a sleeping place for dragons, so maybe I shouldn’t go in there too often either…



 So, a little nervous, I came to the Ryuu’s bed.


 The Ryuu was loosely curled up on the crystal island, but when I approached it, it twitched, stretched out, and came toward me.



“Um, sorry to bother you…” (Tougo)



 The dragon tilted its head with a quizzical look on its face and purred. …then my body floated away.



“Woah!” (Tougo)



 It’s the Ryuu’s divine power. I was unable to resist and floated away… flying into the Ryuu’s back, and then pushed into place.



“……hey!” (Tougo)



 The Ryuu whirled and then too Fay into their mouth.



“Woah!?” (Fay)



 The Ryuu took us across to the crystal island in the middle of the lake. There, Fay was dropped, and I was floated down.



“…I knew this dragon would be fond of you.” (Fay)


“I miss them, or rather…umm, I feel indebted to them…” (Tougo)



 Somehow, even for me, I’m a bit afraid of the Ryuu. For some reason, I can’t approach them casually like I can with the Houou or Pipe Fox. After all, Ryuus are gods in some ways.


 …However, as soon as I said that the dragon looked at me with watery eyes and tapped my stomach lightly with its tail.


 Right away. It’s full. I won’t say what is.



“…Uh, woah!” (Tougo)



 I-I want to let out. I won’t say what, but I really want to let it out! This is the opposite of what they did before!



“Oh, um, please, please remove it.” (Tougo)



 When I say that, Ryuu looks a little sullen. So skillful!



“No. Wait, this is really bad. Remove it…” (Tougo)



 But I’m at my limit. But I can’t divulge what…


 …As I was bracing myself, the Ryuu seemed to have no choice but to tap my stomach again with its tail. I thought it would come out from the shock of being hit, but before it did, it disappeared again. …I wonder what happened…


 I was troubled, but the Ryuu loosely wrapped itself around me, and then licked my face a little.


 I was so surprised, but the Ryuu just let go, flew away, and started sleeping on the tree.


 …This Ryuu is quite petty and mean!



“You… you have been missed.” (Fay)


“How!?” (Tougo)



 Fay says, grinning wide, but I’m not as casual with this Ryuu…



 Putting aside the rambunctious dragon, we had a little chat on the crystal islet.



“It’s all settled down here, isn’t it?” (Fay)


“Eh?” (Tougo)


“Look, suddenly there are a lot of magic stones here and the magic power has increased, right? The magic power is a little bit messy because of that. But maybe it’s because we passed through wood and water once. It’s calmed down, it feels like it’s circulating properly…” (Fay)



 Fay looks up at the tree. I looked up at the tree as well.


 …The crystal I drew and materialized was absorbed by the tree I drew and materialize, and the fruit that the tree bore fell into the water, and the magic dissolved into the water… The Ryuu is raining it over the land. Yeah. It’s a beautiful cycle except for when it began. After that, I think it would be better if I sometimes draw crystals and materialize them…



 When I was thinking about that, I suddenly became curious. It was a definite feeling of strangeness.



“By the way, I was wondering, magic power circulates, right?” (Tougo)


“Yes, it does. The magic power soaked into the land is used by living creatures, and the magic power used by living creatures goes out into the atmosphere or returns to the land when the living creatures die and decay, and then it goes around again.” (Fay)



 I knew it.


 …When I was researching spirit veins… I thought to myself.



“…I’m sure I’m ignoring all of that and just creating magic stones and stuff.” (Tougo)



 Aren’t I doing a lot of difficult things?



 …Fay also froze for a while.


 But… After that, he started gently patting my head. What is it?



“…Yes. You’re different. Don’t think too much about it! Got it!” (Fay)


“No, I don’t think that’s the case…” (Tougo)


“But it’s not like you’re sucking in the magic of this forest to produce the magic stone, is it?” (Fay)



 There is no such sensation. I don’t feel like I’m absorbing magical power from around me, and the forest barrier is safe. There appears to be no effect.



“…Well, that’s okay. Tougo is able to do this because Tougo is Tougo. Maybe you are bringing magic power from somewhere, we just don’t know. Don’t think too much about it. The fact is it’s already done.” (Fay)



 Hmmm… but isn’t this ignoring the law of conservation of mass and the law of conservation of energy in my world? Is that alright?



“Is it possible that this world is something that you drew and created?” (Fay)


“I doubt it. I’m not a god.” (Tougo)


“Haha. Just kidding. Well, it’s fine, isn’t it? Just because it’s convenient for you isn’t a bad thing, right?” (Fay)


“Hmm…” (Tougo)



  Well, I can’t help thinking about it, so I’ll just let it be like this. No, but…


 No, but the law of conservation of energy… Hmm…



 I decided not to think about the law of conservation of energy, the law of conservation of mass, or the law of conservation of magic. Yeah. I think, maybe, just because magic power circulates, doesn’t mean that the absolute amount is fixed. Otherwise, I think it would be hard to explain other things…


 Well, putting that aside, I was completing the requests for paintings that had piled up while I was sleeping, and was also painting other than that, and I was getting back to the life I had before I materialized the Ryuu… Meanwhile, one piece of good news came to me.



“Hey! Tougo!” (Fay)



 When Fay flew in, he had a big smile on his face. I could tell at that point that something good had happened.



“What is it?” (Tougo)


“You’ll be surprised! Because…!” (Fay)



 Then Fay took a deep breath and announced it.



“The Saphir family has a baby!” (Fay)



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