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There was still some time before the evening treatment time, but Kaoru and Alicia went back to the treatment center.
They sat down in chairs and talked.
“Are you going to investigate the disease you mentioned earlier?” (Alicia)
“Oh, for now, nobody has any symptoms in the village. I think it’s better to make a preventive medicine.”
“I see. Kaoru-sama, you said that this disease only affects demihumans, but why doesn’t it affect humans?”
Alicia has asked about her doubts.
It is a little difficult to answer this.
Because there are still some things, I do not understand.
“Hmm, if you want me to explain it to you, that’s fine. But I think you have to have a basic understanding of some things to understand it.”
“When you try to answer one question, new questions arise. You have to have knowledge. But it takes a lot of time to teach medicine and biology from scratch.”
“Well, does it take so much time?” (Alicia)
“First of all, let’s talk about why some people don’t get the disease and others do. I’ll explain it in terms of immunity, biochemistry, stress levels, genetics, and body structure. At this point, you do understand it right, Alicia?”
“And even with all that, there are still some things I can’t explain.”
“You have been quite learned and you still do not understand?!” (Alicia)
“I don’t know what I know and what I don’t understand. Well, there are things I cannot explain in the future. If it mutates, things that were harmless until now can infect people.”
“Kaoru-sama, that sounds amazing.” (Alicia)
“I can talk like this because I learned it. If I didn’t know, I wouldn’t have said anything.”
Alicia looked at me with a twinkle in her eye.
If you study hard, you can acquire as much knowledge as you want.
However, it is important to be able to understand and use it properly.
It is important to be able to propose solutions and take preventive measures.
If a disease occurs, you need to have the skills to cure it completely.
It is meaningless to have a wealth of knowledge.
It is only information if you cannot apply it in practice.
“I also want to study the medicine that Kaoru-sama is talking about.” (Alicia)
“What is with the doubtful stare?” (Alicia)
“Ah, yes. Well, you know. I mean, that is everything more than the basics, right?”
“Yes, I will do my best. I’m confident in my memorization skills.” (Alicia)
With a big smile on her face, I could not say no, but it meant that she would have to study everything from elementary school to medical school.
I do not even know how much of the basics I can teach, and this situation seems troublesome.
In my heart, I wondered if she would give up halfway.
It is not surprising that I think this way since it is different from recovery magic.
“Alicia, it will take a considerable number of years.”
“Eh? Is it a year? Is it three or four years?” (Alicia)
“No, I made a mistake. It is more than a decade.”
“… Eh?” (Alicia)
Alicia’s eyes glazed and her mouth dropped open.
She froze like a statue.
I confronted her with reality. It is not the kind of knowledge she can easily use.
I thought it would be better than lying and getting shocked later.
“It’s okay. Kaoru-sama, it is just a degraded version of mother’s skills, but we both have [Memory Library]…” (Alicia)
“It has the ability to make my knowledge of things I have memorized or books I have read merge into the skill. I can memorize details that I cannot easily remember.” (Alicia)
“It is a useful skill.”
“Unlike my mother, there are limits to mine.” (Alicia)
“Yes. I have to read and listen to the books and lectures to acquire them. However, only when I use the skill will the knowledge be stored.” (Alicia)
“I see. So you have to continuously use it?”
“Yes. Simply put, the MP runs out and it stops working.” (Alicia)
“Sarah doesn’t have that limitation? …… Quite the terrible ability?”
“You can’t argue with her about what she said or didn’t say. She remembers everything…” (Alicia)
I could understand Sarah’s fearsomeness.
I am not going to say anything silly from now on.
Not even to Alicia.
“We’ve got time, and your MP will grow quickly as your level goes up.”
“Yes. It’s a good idea to start with what I can do first.” (Alicia)
Alicia regained her energy when she said that.
She smiled as usual.
However, I thought that it might be possible now.
Perfect memory was a wonderful ability.
There is a limit to the capacity of human memory.
It is impossible to remember everything.
Well, it is impossible to remember every single detail.
However, Alicia’s [Memory Library] makes it possible.
I was thinking that we could have a little more fun.
Just as I was thinking about this, it was time for the evening treatment.
Alicia and I were currently doing rounds in the labyrinth. Soon we have to go and treat explorers.
“Here is a thank you.”
With that said, I pressed a glass of juice to Alicia’s cheeks as she was lying on her desk.
It is cold and has condensation, and Alicia’s tight expression softens while saying “Kyu”.
It is made from a fruit that resembles a grape.
The name seems to be “Esca”.
It is 100% fruit juice squeezed from esca.
I squeezed it the day before and chilled it in the ice storage magic tool.
The ice storage magic tool is simply a refrigerator.
The material is made of wood boards and iron.
It was about 50 cm (1 ft 7.7in) high.
A magic stone inscribed with ice magic is installed inside.
If you put some magical power into this magic stone, it will release cold air and cool the things inside.
Esca was much sweeter than ordinary grapes.
The sugar content of ordinary grapes is like 13-14, but this esca is over 20. [T/N: The numbers are probably in “Brix” the unit for measuring sweetness grapes can range from 8-20. It is measured using a Brix refractometer. Google-sensei has better sources.]
There was also the effect of small recovery from fatigue and small MP recovery.
Alicia drinks esca slowly.
“It’s sweet. It’s very sweet, Kaoru-sama.” (Alicia)
Alicia said with a relaxed expression.
She was slumped on the desk and refused to move.
It was the first day of her doing treatment, so she must have been extremely nervous.
I also took a sip of esca and tasted it.
The sweetness was strong, but it was not a cloying sweetness. It was a refreshing sweetness.
I think it was something delicious to drink.
It was now dark and we are in the living space.
There was a lamp in the room with a small magical stone in it, and if we poured MP into it, it releases light.
The area does not brighten like fluorescent lights.
It was only slightly brighter.
It was bright enough to recognize faces and read letters.
I sat on a chair and put the lamp on the table, right in the middle.
Alicia also sat down.
“Kaoru-sama, this disease. Is it a fatal disease?” (Alicia)
“Well, if you say it’s only your own immunity without any medicine, the fatality rate is about 5 to 60%.”
“Eh!? If you get infected, you’ll die.” (Alicia)
“I’m talking about without doing anything. There is recovery magic, right? Even if you use it, it is only 40% at best. I can’t say for sure because I haven’t experienced it myself.”
“Demihumans have lived long now, haven’t they?” (Alicia)
“What I’m saying is just a hypothesis. Demihumans have a completely different basic physical endurance than humans. What I am saying is based on a human.”
“It’s going to be a big problem if it’s transferred to humans.” (Alicia)
“Actually, there have been many cases of such mutated diseases that have caused serious problems.”
“Oh, you do? What? But I’ve never heard of such a thing?” (Alicia)
“But you have.”
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