I decided to release this work while reducing my stock of chapters.
I think the update will be delayed for a while once all the stocked up chapters are released.
Hearing the unfamiliar voice, I frowned.
I’m still sleepy.
I was shaken a lot which makes me want to click my tongue.
(Just now, shouldn’t I be in class…?)
Then, is this the Instructor trying to wake me up?
(…no, I should be sleeping in my room… huh? Then, who’s there!?)
No one else should be in my room.
As soon as I woke up and opened my eyes, a face that was very close occupied my view… that surprised me.
──when I tried to push it away, I couldn’t reach that face that should be at a close distance.
(What’s with this squishy hand…) (T/N: Haha, MC calls it punipuni hand, which means squishy, springy, or bouncy.)
It’s obviously a child’s hand.
It’s not the hand that I’m used to seeing.
And even though that alone was surprising enough that I blanked out, the words of that guy, who woke me up, was neither Japanese nor English.
And…his animal ears were moving with a pikopiko…
──Just, where on earth should I start with?
I want to talk to you, but unfortunately, I can’t understand a word.
(Where is this? Why am I in such a place?)
Was I kidnapped while sleeping?
…no, no, you won’t get much money if you kidnap me.
I got up and looked around, but a meadow spread out before me with something like a spring on my right side.
…where on earth is this place?
And, who is this animal ears man who seemed to be saying something?
“…why am I here…?”
The man in front of me looked surprised at the words that came out of my mouth.
He probably realized that I couldn’t understand his language.
Rather than the man who started thinking about something, I want to understand my current situation more.
I approached the spring.
When I looked at the surface of the water, the spring was so clear that you could see the bottom.
When I looked at the figure on the water surface, it went beyond my imagination in a sense that I laughed.
I’m reflected on the water surface with a cramped smile.
(I really shrunk.)
What’s there was my appearance in the past.
Was it about 2 or 3 years old?
In an unknown world where unknown words were exchanged…I’m just a powerless kid…
I don’t know why this is happening, but it’s clear that I’m powerless and cannot live alone.
…since that’s the case, the person I should rely on had naturally been decided.
Unlike before, I looked directly at the man who was making a difficult face while pondering about something.
His whole figure could be seen since he’s far away.
(…there’s also a tail…)
From how it shook up and down many times, is he frustrated?
If he thought that finding me was annoying, I might be left behind.
If I were left in such an empty place, I would die soon.
I don’t even know where the towns or villages are.
In the first place, a child who can’t understand the language was just a hassle.
If there’s human trafficking, I would be a good prey.
(I hope this guy could be trusted.)
The knight…or rather, the swordsman-like man carried a sword and wore partial armor on his shoulders and upper chest.
Under the tanned brown skin, I could see his muscles.
The reddish-brown hair was somewhat curled and the length was just to the shoulder.
His amber eyes seemed to have long vertical pupils.
(A cat…? No, a tiger?)
I think it’s an animal from the cat family.
But the ears and tail were black.
Even though his hair was reddish-brown.
Also, he’s quite handsome.
Is he in his late twenties?
I was staring really hard…and the man noticed that he was being watched. He then smiled and said something.
He took out something that looked like a bag and offered it.
I don’t know what to do if I’m presented with something I don’t know.
The man, who seemed to realize that I was confused, demonstrated what I had to do.
He removed what looked like a lid, put his mouth on the spout, and made an audible gulping sound.
Did he ask if I was thirsty?
The bag, which appeared to be something that holds water, was presented to me again.
When I received it and put my mouth on it, the man gave a broad smile for some reason.
The water flowing through my throat was cold. Perhaps stimulated by this, I realized that I was thirsty, so I didn’t hesitate to continue drinking.
Did I drink about half the water in the bag?
My thirst subsided and I finally let go.
“*****? *******, ******?”
I know I’m being asked something, but I can’t understand what I’m being asked.
When I tilted my head, he made a bitter smile then picked up the bag and closed the lid.
Was I told to give it to him so that he could close it with the lid?
…but, I feel like I should have been asked something entirely different.
It’s hard to communicate because of the language.
When the man put on the lid, he then pointed in a certain direction.
“? Is there something over there?”
Even if I look in that direction, I can only see grass spreading as far as I can see.
Or is there something beyond this meadow?
When I tried to get up── I realized my current situation.
I’m not wearing anything.
Even though having a child’s body can’t be helped, but to think that I’d become helpless to such an extent…I feel so incompetent.
…or rather, I was drinking water while naked.
How absent-minded am I that I haven’t noticed that until now?
This time, a cloth was presented.
Was it something like a hand towel?
When I reached out to borrow it, for some reason, it was wrapped around my body.
The man then made a happy smile.
But like this, I can’t spread my legs.
I thought I’d start over and unraveled it.
He was saying something, but I want more ease of movement.
I tried to tie the ends at the shoulders while adjusting the length.
The reason I can’t tie it was probably because I now have a child’s body.
I looked at the man while pulling on both ends. He seemed to understand and tied it tightly.
I had it wrapped around my waist, and a simple dress that was easy to move in was completed.
If the wind blew, my important parts would be seen, but now that I’m a kid, let’s overlook it.
I was patted on the head.
Was it with the meaning of “great job”?
It can’t be helped that I’ll be treated as a child with this appearance…
Why am I being held up?
The man, who walked while holding me, stopped in front of an animal that seemed to be meant for riding.
It’s a creature that looked like a wolf and a horse added together and divided by two, and made quite large.
I’m scared because it’s too big.
I was licked on the cheek. I became even more scared because I thought I might be bitten just now.
…actually, I’m scared of dogs.
When I was a kid, I was chased by a dog. From then on, I don’t like dogs.
I like cats though.
I clung to the man involuntarily.
I found that my head was being patted. When I looked up, the man had warm eyes…
(…it’s so big, of course, everyone would be scared!)
I’m seeing it for the first time, okay?
When I puffed my cheeks…he laughed.
I punched his shoulder, but my hand hurt.
…that reminded me that this guy was wearing armor.
As I breathed into my reddened hand, the man rubbed some grass.
It stung a lot.
Even if I dislike it and resist, I couldn’t beat such a muscular man with the body of a child.
When my hands started smelling like chemicals, I knew it was a medicinal herb that was applied.
…but, was it necessary to rub herbs even though it just turned red due to a bruise?
Isn’t cooling it good enough?
There’s even a spring nearby.
…can that water be used as drinking water?
The man also drank water from that container only and didn’t replenish what I drank.
As expected, maybe it’s better to not eat and drink something from around here.