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I turned around when I heard a voice I knew.
The teddy bear that had been hosting the event throughout the auction was standing there.
“…… Are you The Master of The Magic Tower?”
“Oh my. How did you know?”
The teddy bear, no. Rizello brazenly trembled.
“This isn’t the first time you’ve surprised me at Miss Melody’s house with dolls, is it?”
“Indeed, that was me. Hahaha. Right now, my real body is in the frozen northern land. I have to communicate with the Northern Magic Tower.”
“Oh right. I see.”
I learned about the personal circumstances of the Master of the magic tower, which I did not want to hear much about.
The teddy bear giggled as it showed that he was not interested.
“I have to deliver the goods. To be honest, I was a little happy. It was as if the item had been reunited with its true owner.”
“The true owner?”
“Because you’re the one who found the Holy Magic Stone.”
I shook my head at the nonsense.
“It was the people of Rycalion Village who discovered it, not me.”
“You do realise that if it weren’t for you, every single one of the villagers who were hiding in the cave would have died and been buried along with the Holy Magic Stone, right?”
“That is something that you are not aware of. By the way, why did you put the holy magic stone up for auction?”
I asked with a hard face.
“The Master knows best that it is not something that can be put into the hands of ordinary people.”
“The thing is a flop.”
The teddy bear shrugged.
“Currently, we are concentrating our efforts on refining the Holy Magic Stone. That’s the reason why I communicate with the Northern Magic Tower. In any case, the work of refining the mana is not an easy one because the amount of mana contained in the holy magic stone is so substantial. There are quite a few failures in the process. It’s the same thing as the one that the buyer purchased for 140,000 gold.”
The head of the teddy bear was cocked to the side.
“Ah, to be precise, the customer’s husband was delighted. Hmm. To be honest, I wondered if the relationship between the two of you was really only made out of love, but after seeing what happened today, my doubts went away. At least, it seems that your husband is quite sincere with you.”
As expected, it was Rizello’s remark that even love can be replaced with money.
With 140,000 gold, Rizello seemed to have believed Ian’s love for me without question. I just shrugged my shoulders because it was an illusion that didn’t need to be corrected.
“That’s right. He cares about me a lot. Anyway, could you hand me the item? My husband is anxiously waiting for me.”
I broke into a cold sweat, thinking of Ian waiting for me.
It was all the more so because the purpose of my coming here today was not just to receive the Holy Magic Stone.
“You seem impatient about something? All right! Of course, I have to give it to you.”
The teddy bear nodded vigorously and pointed somewhere.
Then, something like a golden tray flew in from the other side and landed on the table in front of me.
“This is what you ordered.”
Like a veteran waiter, the teddy bear opened the dome over the snuggly tray.
The jewel, which seemed to hold a rainbow together, reappeared.
“This is really… pretty.”
“Right? Although it was a flop, I liked the way it looked. And finally… This is a well-kept secret, yet in fact, this jewel serves one additional peculiar purpose.
I looked up at the teddy bear with suspicious eyes.
Rizello discreetly lowered his voice.
“Although it has been refined, this holy magic stone still contains much more magic power than normal magic stones. Not enough to harm the human body. Anyway, the gem itself has too much magical power, so there are subtle side effects.”
“As for the side effects…?”
The teddy bear replied by scratching his head.
“It is a side effect of being buried in the magical power of the Holy Magic Stone, and the presence of the person holding it disappears. Even though you had a normal conversation, your existence was forgotten after a few hours.”
“Are there any side effects like that?”
I looked down at the Holy Magic Stone with surprised eyes. The teddy bear nodded.
“Yes. I thought it would be nice to make it better and sell it to a place like an assassination guild, but I couldn’t artificially create more side effects like that. That thing is a one-in-a-million failure.”
The teddy bear shrugged.
“Well, it’s not a side effect that’s particularly useful to the customer. After all, you can just use it for decoration.”
Let me see.
I quietly looked into the Holy Magic Stone.
If what Rizello said was true, this thing could have been very useful to me.
‘Ian’s protection will only last half a year.’
After six months, I had to protect myself without being protected by anyone. The most threatening was, of course, Nine.
‘If the side effects are real, it could be a great way to keep from being tracked.’
Perhaps it was someone else’s 140,000 gold that I had obtained an incredible jewel that I hadn’t even thought of.
Then, at six o’clock, the bell rang. I was startled by the sound and came to my senses.
‘Now is not the right time.’
There was only one reason why I tried to meet Rizello while going through this hardship.
“Master. Actually, there is something I want to ask for the master’s opinion about.”
“Yes? How may I help you?”
The teddy bear tilted its head.
“This is an honour. What’s going on?”
After taking a short, deep breath, I first told him what the potion was made of.
It was a risky choice. I didn’t want people to find out that I was cursed.
However, it was my decision that I had to take this risk since I hadn’t been able to make a medicine potion.
“The spiritualization flower of Mount Boyer and the Kakulta essence. Orbyi fruit……”
When Rizello heard the name of the item, his eyes got bigger.
“It’s a very strange combination. What about the exact recipe?”
I gave Rizelo all the recipes I knew for the potion.
The bear’s black eyes sparkled with life.
“That’s an interesting recipe.”
Rizello tilted his head with his pensive face.
“That is really interesting. It’s also pretty new… hmm. The idea is ingenious. Bold but not over the top.”
Rizello muttered, having fallen into a world of his own. Not knowing that he was another person who produced the recipe, he praised himself hard.
After a while, he stared at me.
“Who are they? The one who came up with this recipe.”
“Tell me who they are. I have to know. I think the story will go very well with me.”
I’m sure he’ll work on it. He was always like that.
I broke into a cold sweat and calmed Rizello down.
“That, I heard it from a lady I met by chance during her travels… We didn’t give each other our information. I don’t know anything about her either.”
“What is her description? How old is she?”
“Not at all! I don’t remember. I’m sorry. Maybe she made me remember something. She was very hesitant to say who she was!”
“Is that so? but. Maybe it was. Because geniuses are usually eccentric.”
Rizello, who suddenly cursed himself for being eccentric, murmured to himself.
“Tsk. The world is too wide. I never thought there would be another genius like me.”
Rizello’s unstoppable self-praise made me glaze over.
At that moment, Rizello suddenly raised his head and looked straight at me.
“So. Why do you need a potion that can give you a time-limited curse?”
My heart flinched in surprise.
Rizello knew the exact purpose of the recipe. He didn’t even know that maybe he was right. Because he is the maker of the drug.
I looked at Rizzelo with calm eyes, pretending not to shrink at all.
“I can’t tell you. All I’m curious about is why the antiseptics are not manufactured normally.”
“It’s a secret… Hmm.”
Rizello tilted his head again. It seemed to be his habit when lost in thought.
“Well. I see. I can answer your questions in no time.”
“Yes. Even if you manufacture it normally, you’re worried that the liquid doesn’t turn golden at the last stage, right?”
“That’s right! That’s right!”
I nodded enthusiastically, as if I had met a brave shaman.
It was to the extent that he looked like a god at this moment as if he had looked into it and grasped the situation so accurately.
“The reason is simple. The ingredients are wrong.”
I muttered in confusion.
No way. The ingredients I prepared were perfect. They were materials that were no different from when the female protagonist succeeded in manufacturing them in the original work.
“Yes. Wrong. You used a different set of spirits from the flower of nature.”
“What do you mean, a different spiritual flower?”
I’ve never heard of such a thing.
The spirit flower of Mount Boyer was a famous medicine because it had the spirit of the spirit in it.
Boyer Mountain is a famous place where spirits live, but it is a difficult mountain to climb even in normal times because it is covered in fog. I’ve also heard that spirit flowers usually only grow at the edge of cliffs, which makes it hard to get them.
Because of this, it is a very expensive material, but I have never heard of it being split into different types.
“Mount Boyer is a holy mountain where spirits live. Everyone knows that, but it’s not true that the same spirits always live.
“What do you mean by……?”
“Each season has a different spirit. For example, in summer like now, the spirits of summer sleep will disappear. Therefore, the types of energy they emit are also different.”
I muttered in confusion.
I had never heard of such a difference.
If, as Rizello said, different spirits are active in each season, then the spiritization will also change depending on the season.
“The recipe you brought… Considering the ingredients of other ingredients, I think we need a spirit containing the spirit of Caderousse.”
“It is a spirit that appears in the fall.”
There were descriptions that passed through my head at those words.
In the original work, the time when the female lead was at the peak of the autumn when the leaves were turning colours.
“I can’t believe there was such a difference.”
I murmured blankly.
It felt like a fog was clearing up in my head.
“By the way, customer.”
While I was lost in thought for a while, Rizello called me.
“That curse, maybe.”
I raised my head at the insidious voice as if whispering a secret.
The teddy bear’s black eyes stared at me.
“Did your husband put a curse on you?”