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Published at 9th of February 2017 09:02:45 AM

Chapter 7

v1c7 The Bracelet with a History


 

I proceeded with my plan of buying the things I wanted for myself using the money I had gotten from the sale . As I was looking around at the stores nearby, I was called over by a fruit store shopkeeper .

“How about it, these are really tasty . ”

An assortment of fruits I had never seen before was arranged neatly .
I was recommended some poisonous looking fruits that were so colorful that I wondered if it was even safe to eat . Losing to my curiosity, I made the purchase .

“I’ll have one then . ” -Ruri

“Here, have a ton of it!”

The old man from the shop started filling up a bag with fruits . I quickly interjected .

“Ah! Nuuu . Just one would be enough . I still have other places to go…” -Ruri

I was going to buy other things after this . I wasn’t sure if the money I had on me was enough to cover the expenses, so I was trying to spend frugally .

However, the old man gave a bright smile and passed me the bag of fruit .

“It’s on the house! A present from this old man . ”

“Oh, I couldn’t… ” -Ruri

“It’s fine, it’s fine . In exchange, could you show up this in town again?
Of course, It’d be even happier if you would come visit my store too . ”

Chelsea told me to accept it after seeing my puzzled face . I did just that while giving my thanks with a smile .

“I’ll gladly accept this then . Thank you very much . ” -Ruri

“Come again . ”

After parting with the energetic old man, I continued walking around with Chelsea . As I was poking my head here and there because of just how interesting things were, Chelsea told me to behave and not act like a child . But every time I looked into a store, I receive cheers and was welcomed into the store with open arms .

In the end, I received many things from the people there without paying a single cent .

“Is this because I have fairies on me?” -Ruri

“The land that fairies touch produces better crops and face no major natural disaster . If you visit the town, the fairies would come together, and the land will prosper .
It’s a small price to pay if that would make you come again . ” -Chelsea

“I see…” -Ruri

So the fairies in this world were treated like the things we called deities in my world .
But because you could actually see the fairy and feel the magic from them, they were treated with fear and respect .

I started to understand the existence called fairy in this world
And the danger I might face by being friendly to them .

(I just hope I won’t get mixed up into trouble . )

With that thought behind, I continued with the long-awaited shopping .

Firstly, new clothing!

As expected, the fashion sense in this world differs to the one in my original world . It is rare for girls to wear pants in this world, and one-piece dress were the standards .

That said, pants is a must for my life in the forest . Mainly because it’s easier to move in it .


It’s not like they don’t sell those, but instead of buying ones that looked pretty, I was thinking that could just make one by myself . But I wasn’t good at sewing, and tailor made pants would cost too much . I gave up on that thought and got the ready made ones .

After finishing up my shopping of shoes, clothing, seasoning and preserved food that would last for a while, I returned home by riding on the dragon transformed Chelsea .

The next day, I opened the portal to the dimensional space the time fairy was . I was sure she’d be happy if I pass her these toys I’ve bought for her .
However, I was treated with an unexpected sight .

It was the space that was supposed to be empty .
I did place my purchased items in this space, but there should be more spaces left thanks to the influence of my magic .

But clothing that I had no memory of getting, furniture that I didn’t buy, miscellaneous goods such as weapons and armor I had never seen before was present .

“What are all these?!?!” -Ruri

Probably attracted by my scream, the time fairy appeared out of nowhere .

『I’m so happy! You really came…』

The fairy started crying upon seeing me .

“I’m sorry to break this happy reunion, but what are these??” -Ruru

『I thought that you would want these, so I brought them over . 』

The fairy was probably expecting me to praise her, but I almost fainted at her words .

“Where exactly did you ‘brought’ them from?!” -Ruri

『Where you ask, from other people’s space of course! I can’t leave this dimension after all . 』

In another word, she stole them…
I was speechless .

“Return them now!” -Ruri

『Ehh… Whyyyy… I thought Ruri would be happy… 』

She probably wasn’t expecting me to say that as the shock made her eyes go teary again .
Seeing that, I soften my speech .

“I’m really happy with the gesture, but you shouldn’t steal from other . ” -Ruri

『In that case, you have nothing to worry about . I took these from spaces that were abandoned . 』

As I was about to inquire the meaning behind her words, I found myself standing on a staircase .

It was a long spiral staircase that was floating in a dark space .

Although the staircase was illuminating, I couldn’t see the end of the staircase because of how long and endless it seems to stretch .

“This is…?” -Ruri

『This is the time-space I administer . Normally, nobody would able to enter this space, but Ruri is the exception . See that door over there? 』

A door was floating in a distance with a huge ‘Ruri’s room’ written on it . A walking path bridging the distance between the staircase and the door was glowing similarly like the staircase .

『That door leads to Ruri’s room that we were just at . Only I am able to open the door to this side . 』

“Are you telling me that these other doors lead to other people’s space?” -Ruri


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『Yes . There are doors that are glowing, and doors that are dim, right?
Glowing means it’s under someone’s ownership .
The things I’ve brought to your room are from the dim ones that are currently orphaned . 』

So she says . But I still feel bad about the whole situation .

“Even if you said so, taking stuff without permission is a little…” -Ruri

『Ruri is such an honest person . My previous contractor actively told me to gather up things that was abandoned in this space and kept things that were useful for himself . 』

“Contractor?” -Ruri

『Yeah . To put in simple terms, A fairy makes a contract with people they like to provide magic power and additional support . Those people are called ‘contractor’ .
My previous contractor was also a person who was able to enter this space . Although he always acted pompously and was a huge pain in the ass, he was also a very kind person . 』

Within the words of the fairy that was happily reminiscing about the past, a hint of loneliness could be felt .
To her, that person probably has a special place in her heart .

『Well that’s something in the past . About the matter of ownership for these items, the space created by a person is only accessible by the same person . So if the person gave up ownership to the space {Died}, everything in the space will disappear after a certain period .
Considering that, wouldn’t it be better if Ruri was using it?』

“You’ll destroy them?” -Ruri

『Yes . Or else there would be an infinite amount of doors . 』

I was troubled . However, I can’t always depend on Chelsea . To survive in this world without any relative and protective fallback of my parents, It would be smart to receive any help I could get, and take those I can .

“Alright . I’ll only take those that seems useful . ” -Ruri

『Understood . Oh right, I still have the things from my previous contractor . I’ll take those over to your room later . 』

“Eh, It’s fine . Those hold sentimental values don’t they?” -Ruri

『It’s fine, It’s fine . That person told me that it’s alright to give everything to the next contractor . 』

‘Next contractor’ she said . Until today, I had heard nothing about that matter .
The fairy was grinning when she saw my confused face .

『I made a contract with you after you went home yesterday . 』

“…I had no idea…” -Ruri

『Well, It’s because I like Ruri!』

I gave up on saying anything else after seeing the fairy made a cute sorry gesture with her hand .
The next moment, we transferred to the space of the previous contractor .

High valued looking weapons and decorative items were stacked like a mountain and covered the place in its entirety . I was overwhelmed .

“…Is it really ok for me to accept all these?…” -Ruri

『Of course! I’ll link Ruri’s room to this space here later and transfer the stuff, but if you see anything that fancies you, feel free to take it . 』

Although I don’t know the values of the items in this world, I knew that even the simplest looking decorative item rolling about is worth a fortune .

I was starting to get a headache from all the sparkling and hurriedly looked around . A single bracelet caught my eye .

“Pretty…” -Ruri

Other than the bracelet, I took a knife, a bow, some arrows, and a few random things which I plan on giving to Chelsea as compensation with me back to the outside world .


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Unknownst to me at the time, I missed a few warnings that were given to me by the fairy during my headache filled treasure picking session .

“By the way, what’s your name? It’s hard to just call you ‘You’ or ‘Fairy that govern time’ . ”

“It’s Lydia” -Lydia

For a fairy, months and years passes in a blink of an eye .

A new contractor takes over the position of the previous contractor .

Amongst the contractors, only one gave her a name . That was something that happened so long ago that It would be hard to count the years .

But to finally have someone call her with the precious name she was given in the past, Lydia put on the best smile she had for a long time .

***

After saying goodbye to Lydia, I returned to the outside world and quickly headed towards Chelsea to give her some souvenir .

But for some reason, she started her usual lecture time after receiving the shock of her life seeing the things I’ve given her .

She mistakenly thought that I received those items from a fairy . It was only after I explained from the top that she understood the situation, and returned to her room with a headache .

I imagined that Chelsea would be happy about it, but not knowing what I’ve done wrong, I was feeling sad .

I returned to my room and laid on my bed . After making a heavy sigh, I took out the bracelet I had found earlier .

With detailed craftsmanship and beautiful gems around it, the bracelet was a work of art .

“It looks like there won’t be any problem in the future, but this in it is a problem too…”

After realizing that I’ve obtained a huge fortune in one swoop, I started worrying about my future . I would easily be the target of people who wants my fortune once they knew about it . I decided then to only tell Chelsea about this matter .

After that, I wore the bracelet and gave in to the sleeping spell cast by the warm sunshine .

By the time I had awakened, the sun was already setting .

I got up vigorously to start preparing for dinner, but something was feeling off .

(Hmm? This is weird…)

The mundane scene in front of me was somehow different from usual . But the furniture are at the same place as they were, so what’s different?

Confused by the uneasiness I felt, I attempted to get out of my bed . It was then I noticed my hands .

It was a white fluffy looking small furry hand .
When I turned my palm towards me, I was looking at an absolutely cute squishy cat paw .

After gathering my thought for a while, I screamed .

“Nya Nyaaaaa!!”

But no matter how I screamed, words wouldn’t form . I was further pushed in panic .
Chelsea who noticed the commotion came into my room .

“Why are you being so noisy, Ruri?
Help me with the dinner al . . rea . . dy…… …” -Chelsea

Instead of me, Chelsea only saw a white cat .

“Oya~ Where’d you come from, little cat? Did Ruri bring you here? Sometimes, that girl can be such a…”


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(A cat?! I’ve turned into a cat?!)

I started making a fuss in front of Chelsea .

“Nya, Nyao Nyao . (Chelsea, it’s me, Ruri!)”

I was trying my best to converse with Chelsea, but there was no way she would understand my meowing . Chelsea did totally misread the situation tho .

“Oh? Are you hungry?” -Chelsea

“N . Y . A . O! (THAT’S NOT IT)”

I was about to give up when the fairy spoke .

『This cat is Ruri . 』

『Ruri turned into a cat~』

『We can’t ride on her shoulders anymore because she became so small . 』

After hearing what the fairy had said, Chelsea stared at me and started a conversation to confirm the validity of that claim .

“… Are you… really Ruri?” -Chelsea

“Nyan Nyan”

Because words would not work, I nod my head vigorously .
But Chelsea wasn’t absolutely convinced .

“Ruri is supposed to be of the human race, right? From what Ruri told me, her world doesn’t have the demi-human race . Are you telling me she had the blood of the cat people?” -Chelsea

The fairy answered Chelsea’s question after seeing her posing in a thinking pose .

『It’s because of the bracelet Ruri had . 』

『A bracelet made from an ancient magic, that turns you into a cat~』

When I looked towards my front leg, there was undoubtly a bracelet on it .
The bracelet that was supposed to be at a size suitable for human to wear, shrunk to the perfect size to fit on my current cat sized arm .

Chelsea then tried to remove the bracelet from my arm . It came right off without any resistance .
The next thing I know, I was surrounded by the same light that Chelsea emitted during the dragon transformation phase and was back to my human form .

After confirming my hand to be that of a human, I touched my face and body to confirm that everything is back to normal . I felt relieved .

“Thank gooooooooooood! I suddenly turned into a cat and wasn’t able to speak at all . I thought that I wasn’t going to turn back into a human!” -Ruri

“Hah*sigh*… I never get bored with Ruri . ” -Chelsea

I took the bracelet off the hands of Chelsea and immediately went to ask Lydia about it . According to her, the bracelet wasn’t just a normal accessory . It is a magic tool made long ago that could transform a person of any races into a cat .

The creator was someone who adores everything that is ‘cat’ and spent his whole life to create this bracelet .

Nobody around him understood his obsession .

As for me, I would really like to have had the chance to talk to another person who understands the greatness of fluffiness . However, that guy was from the distance past . I really think we could have been the best of friends .

I was happy that I got my hand onto something good .
But I’ve learned my lesson, that is to listen what people have to say earnestly .

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