Chapter 004: Training 1 – Talent in martial arts
“Today my muscles hurt as well huh.”
As soon as I woke up the joints in my body all screamed in pain.
“As I thought this happens when I get carried away.”
For this entire week I had been tormented by muscle aches every time I got up in the morning.
However, I myself was cause of this.
My muscles did not ache the next day after I finished my first day of training. I judged that my current body’s physical ability was higher compared to my previous life’s body when I was younger and got carried away.
“While training under Instructor Broad certainly is tough, since I do not feel any muscle ache could you further increase the training?”
I made such a foolish proposal.
“Hou? For a healer say that, I didn’t think that you would have such fortitude.”
Until today I could never forget the eyes of Instructor Broad then.
Those sharp sparking eyes like that of a hunter spotting his prey.
At that moment I wondered why did I let it get to my head. I regretted it and began to have a very unpleasant cold feeling run up my spine.
“Do not rest, do not think about the pace, just run as fast as you can.”
From that day onwards I was forced to run at full force to the ends of the training field.
“How do you expect to defeat monsters with such frail punches. Lower your posture and rotate your hips. Do not stop attacking with just a single blow. You can’t expect monsters to be so weak. Do you wish to die? Huh no response? Does that mean you want to die?
The abnormally intimidating aura was gradually pressed towards me.
The terror from the slowly approaching Instructor Broad was extraordinary.
My body became heavy like lead from the horror. I forcibly punched with my hardened fists and somehow managed to kick with my leg that I tensed like a rod.
I continued to forcibly attack as I could already imagine dying if I did not do so.
However, inevitably damages were being accumulated on both hands and feet due to forcibly using them when deprived of stamina.
But still training did not end.
“End? Do you want to die? Understood. Then here I come. Kid, don’t close your eyes. Hurry up and defend or dodge if you can.”
I had difficulty moving due to the accumulated damage. Instructor Broad who knew this starts attacking me in slow motion. He attacked me to try to determine my limit.
Switching from attacking to defending, I somehow blocked the attack but fainted in agony from the pain that was beyond my imagination.
“That’s what you get for defending without thinking. Each attack has a meaning behind it, if you respond wrongly towards it then you will experience that pain. Observe, think and learn it for dear life!”
In between training sessions I healed the wounds of other adventurers who visited us.
Under Instructor Broad’s supervision, I chanted 「Heal」 on the adventurers. This period served as my break time.
For me who had been strictly prohibited from using 「Heal」 on myself, my current schedule was eight hours or more of stamina building and 「Taijutsu」 training from 07:00 in the morning until 07:00 at night with break times squeezed in between.
For that reason I was really thankful for the break times.
At any rate, this was an environment I created on my own.
There was no reason to feel sorry for myself as I drove myself into this corner.
The only thing I looked forward to was the three meals. The meals were very delicious even when compared with that from my previous life.
The cuisine that dog beastman Grulga prepared was different every time. He possess quite a repertoire of dishes.
Meat dishes ranging from freshly made beef steak to hamburger, stewed dishes like beef stew or pot-au-feu, something similar to yakiudon and other boiled dishes were made. An abundance of spices were used for each and every dish.
Yes. As if to conceal something various spices were used.
In addition there were no raw vegetables but nutritious steamed vegetable salads were always present during breakfast.
Well with regards to the portion size, I’ll repeat it just like how it was said to me in a matter of fact manner.
“It is within the nature of an adventurer to eat. Don’t leave anything behind.”
Just like the customs from some culture, it was not tolerated to leave food behind. If only it was just this …
“Here. Drink this as well.”
This was the other problem. I always had to drink that Object X after each meal.
I wished that they spared me from just this.
In that manner, that past week I somehow desperately devoured the training without trying to escape.
No, to be exact I would have been caught if I tried to run away.
I believed that I was currently monitored not only by Instructor Broad and Grulga-san but also by the adventurers.
I had no idea why but every time I thought of escaping somebody would call out to me.
“Oh healer, 「Heal」please.”
I do not dare to ignore the tough-looking adventurers who called out to me.
Furthermore that was not the only escape prevention measure.
“I’ve always been in your care.”
Adventurers and guild staffs would say so while they gave me presents like clothes or accessories. Because of that my personal belongings gradually accumulated in the sleeping chambers of the Adventurer’s Guild.
Due to that it became harder and harder to leave the Adventurer’s Guild.
“Well I might just have been putting too much thought into it.”
I murmured as I recalled the past one week. I headed towards the dining hall as usual after completing my 「Heal」, 「Meditation」, 「Magic Power Manipulation」and 「Magic Power Control」training.
“Oh kid. You are early today.”
Instructor Broad was already there when I arrived at the dining hall.
“Good morning. Instructor Broad you are early as well. Oh Grulga-san. Breakfast please.”
“Understood. I’ll increase your portions slightly from today onward.”
Grulga-san disappeared into the kitchen after saying something ominous.
Instructor Broad slowly opened his mouth when it was just the two of us.
“Kid I will say this clearly at this stage. You have no god-given talent in martial arts.”
Instructor Broad’s serious eyes caught my attention.
“Yes. I vaguely noticed that already.”
I nodded while snorting. I understood that from the body aches I had this one week.
I couldn’t see through the attacks and couldn’t even grasp the meaning of those words. That was why I knew that I had no talent in martial arts.
“But kid you have the talent of a hard worker.”
Instructor Broad closed his eyes and murmured while nodding.
“Eh? Tha … thank you very much.”
I scratched my cheek while feeling a little embarrassed.
“As long as you put in the effort and do not give up. If we continue like this you should be able to at least defend yourself.”
He told me as he opened his eyes again and stared at me.
“I’ll be in your care until then.”
“Alright. Once you are done with your meal, we will start earnestly building up your physical strength and add in weapon usage from today onward.
Along with those words, I felt the shining at the back of the instructor’s eyes just like before.”
I thought to myself at this moment.[I might die.]
I seriously thought so.
At this moment, Grulga-san came over carrying the dishes. However, the volume of food increased by 1.2 times and for some reason Object X increased by 1.5 times as compared to yesterday. I was depressed from the start.
“Hurry up, eat and drink up so that we can start training.”
I had no choice but to hastily eat my meal but when I drank Object X all the food threatened to come back out.
But feeling the intimidation from Grulga-san, I somehow managed to head towards the training ground. Does everybody in this guild have such astoundingly intimidating aura? I thought to myself as I walked towards my training.
“Okay from today onwards for an hour after meals we will learn this 「Throwing」skill.”
After being told so upon entering the training field, a stone similar to ones lying along the ground was passed to me.
“Erm, 「Throwing」skill as in I will throw this stone?”
“That’s it. First we will start with a stone, then move on to daggers and finally short spears.”
The training stone was rounded, quite light and easy to hold.
“Are there any points I should keep in mind?”
“At first concentrate on hitting the target. Once you get used to that, think about the distance and power before we continue to daggers and short spears. This skill is meant for a healer like you to restrain an approaching enemy. Keep in mind that this is not intended to defeat the opponent.”
So it’s for such a thing. Convinced, I nodded while giving my reply.
Thus began the days I travelled back and forth between the sleeping chambers, dining hall and training field.
As a result, I gradually began to be recognized by the adventurers as the Adventurer Guild’s healer. After a month it reached until the stage where I was mistaken for an Adventurer Guild’s staff.
“Good. For the time being I’ve worked hard for a month. With this I can pay for this year’s healer donation.”
The next day after completing training for one month. While I was having breakfast together with Instructor Broad he passed me 12 silver coins.
“Eh? This money is?”
“Well you continued to cast 「Heal」 on so many adventurers daily. This is a reward from the Adventurer’s Guild.”
“But wasn’t that included in the request fee?”
I want to accept their good intentions but sometimes it’s just a superficial intention. Therefore it’s better to ask first. (TL: 本音and建前. In Japanese culture本音means real intentions while建前means superficial or stated intentions where they don’t really mean it they just say it/do it to be polite.)
“Accept it. But kid you are still a fledgling in 「Taijutsu」. So training continues today as well.”
Instructor Broad grinned. I have a slightly bad premonition but I decided to accept it.
“Understood. Then after breakfast I’ll go to the Healer’s Guild for a bit.”
I went to the Healer’s Guild with the silver coins I just received to pay for the tax donation.
The town of Meratoni that I had not visited after such a long time had not changed at all.
“Nothing has changed huh. Eh, but I’ve only arrived at this world for a little over a month so it should be more of a problem if something changed? I wonder when would I be able to afford the time to look around the town?”
While murmuring to myself, I entered the Healer’s Guild.
“Welcome to St Schull’s church, Healer’s Guild, Meratoni branch.”
As soon as I entered, a female voice called out to me.
I headed towards the counter after greeting her. It seems like both Krull-san and Monica-san are not around.
“Excuse me. I would like to make the payment for the tax donation.”
I told the lady behind the counter.
“Thank you very much. If you wish to do so, could you please take out your Healer’s Guild card?”
I handed over my card.
“Healer rank G Luciel-sama. The tax donation is 1 silver coin for 1 month.”
“Do you mind if I pay the remaining 11 silver coins for the rest of the year in advance?”
“Yes. However for the remaining year, or 11 months to be exact, in the case where you get promoted you will need to pay for the tax donation separately. Are you okay with that?”
“Yes. It would not be so easy to promote anyway.”
Ah speaking of that. Was it told to me Holy magic can only be promoted by training in it? Did I receive a detailed explanation regarding that? … Well for the time being I’ll continue with my current life so I can ask about it next time.
“Here is your card.”
She said to me politely.
As I was on my way back to the Adventurer’s Guild, I thought to myself that the Healer’s Guild feels just like a government office from my previous life. When I just came here, I couldn’t afford the time to feel that way but now I could appreciate it.
There’s 360 days and 12 months in a year. 1 week consists of Light, Fire, Water, Wind, Earth, Darkness 6 days in total with 5 weeks in a month resulting in 30 days a month. Magical watches similar to watches on earth are sold as well.
Even though I don’t really have time to spare now as well but at least it is better compared to then. I hurried on to the Adventurer’s Guild.
Instructor Broad was waiting for me for some reason when I entered the Adventurer’s Guild.
“Eh? Were you intentionally waiting for me?”
The rabbit beastwoman Nanaera-san, human race receptionist Mirina-san and similarly human race receptionist Melneru-san giggled at the back after hearing my question.
“It … It’s just a coincidence. Well let’s go train.”
For some reason the morning training was a little harder than before.
After lunch, Instructor Broad retrieved a spell book from his cloth bag. A list of lower tier Holy magic was written on the cover. He then placed it on the table.
“Now that you have properly returned to the Adventurer’s Guild, you should try to be useful.”
“Am I an infant? Haa~ this is?”
“Only a healer who knows 「Heal」and 「Cure」for poison affliction can be considered as a fledgling. Kid you can only use 「Heal」right? Study this spell book well.”
He turned away and faced another direction. A tsundere? Grulga-san was laughing but I knew my afternoon training would be a lot more difficult if I did so as well, so I responded.
“This is nice. Thank you very much. I will work hard from now on.”
Instructor Broad replied.
“Kukuku. If that’s the case then drink this and go train.”
Grulga-san placed the Object X on the table and immediately disappeared into the kitchen due to the intense odor.
“Hurry up and drink it.”
“Instructor Broad, isn’t it great that you don’t have to drink this.”
I said with a bit of sarcasm.
“It’s because I do not need it. I will go on ahead.”
Instructor Broad said so and went towards the training field.
I sighed and endured drinking the object X before chasing after Instructor Broad.