Chapter 199 – The Smell of Timisoara
Seeing the passed out men again, Timi made a little sound.
Then she put them on the back of her neck and flew over to us.
「They passed out.」
「If an ancient dragon shouts, anyone would pass out.」
「They woke up for a second, but…」
「Well, because ancient dragons are huge, and scary.」
「Hmph. What a couple of losers.」
She thought it over, then said,
「Oh well, I guess I should take them to the village.」
「In the sky?」
「If they wake up, they’ll pass out again.」
「No problem there, right?」
『I don’t mind.』
Timi and Femm were both pissed at these fellows.
This “temporary ass” should learn to treat others better.
「Well, whatever. Flying would be faster.」
After saying that, when Timi lifted up to fly,
Shiggy made that strange sound again, and flew from Timi’s head to me.
「Sighisoara, what’s wrong?」
Shiggy tried to get into my pouch, and came back out holding her nose.
It seems that the “temporary ass” and his advisor had let loose some stuff that stunk.
「Shiggy, does something smell?」
「So bad you don’t want to be near me?」
「I see. I’m sorry I have to carry these fellows. But I still have to.」
Timi sounded a bit shocked when she talked to Shiggy.
Her face looked obviously affected by the smell.
I guess it’s hard to figure out what dragons are thinking.
Then Timi said,
「…then I guess I’ll leave these two here.」
「You’re not going to carry them?」
「…, no, they stink.」
Timi laid the two men down in the middle of the road.
Then she stepped back.
I thought it over a bit. Would the “temporary ass” and the other guy be okay?
They WERE finally over the river.
But now the were unconscious and not because of the shout, but because they both had seen the monstrous Timi.
If we let them be, though, they would wake back up.
「I wonder if they’ll be okay. You think any magic beasts with attack them?」
『No beast is going to come here for a few weeks, if not months.』
「Because of Timi’s shout?」
『And her smell.』
After hearing that, Timi looked flustered.
「I….I DON’T SMELL!」
「I said I know! Femm just means the presence of an ancient dragon.」
『No, I mean she smells.』
I tried to follow up so she wouldn’t be mad, but Femm stopped that from happening.
Because of that Timi was shocked.
「Hey, Femm, don’t say stuff like that.」
Femm didn’t mean anything by it. It was confused.
Femm had a very precise sense of smell, and it could smell out the presence of stronger beasts.
Everyone is a lump of smells, in a way.
That’s why I knew Femm didn’t mean anything by his comment.
「Alra! Smell me!」
「W…wait a second!」
Timi picked me up and brought me to her.
Not so much “brought me to her” as brought me up to her neck and squished me into it.
Timi’s scales had a strange feel to them. Slippery, and a bit warm.
「Here, Alra! Smell all you want!」
「Do I smell?」
「Yeah, it smells…pleasent.」
She looked a bit embarrassed, and put me back down.
Then she called Shiggy out from my pouch.
「See Shiggy, your auntie doesn’t stink!」
Shiggy flew out to where Timi was standing.
Timi was happy to see Shiggy do that.
So I said to the happy Timi,
「Hey, don’t you think it’s time to be a human again?」
「Because you’re going to scare everyone.」
「We also don’t have to cut trees for a while. So no need to fly.」
「Would that make you happy, Shiggy?」
Shiggy was happier with Timi in her dragon shape.
However, she was so huge that she’d scare the villagers.
「Well, I just think you’d fit better in human shape.」
「Ok, I guess I have to.」
Timi quickly changed back to human form.
She had her overalls and straw hat again.
Maybe she liked them.
「Ok, do you want to run back to the village?」
Femm grew to its bigger size.
Then Femm looked at me with a look like “get on.”
「Timi, Femm wait a second.」
Timi and Femm looked at me, confused.
「If we take this road at full speed, we’re going to pass those bridgebuilders, right?」
『Of course I will.』
「They’re going to be surprised by your speed.」
They thought about the matter seriously.
「So you agree?」
I was glad they listened to reason.
『Al, get on my back.』
『Time to go.』
「Shiggy, hang on to auntie, okay?」
Timi and Femm turned off the road. Then they both tore through the woods.
『They won’t see us in the forest!』
So the two blazed through the forest and unreal speed. So quickly it looked like they’d hit the trees that went by.
And Shiggy cried in happiness all the way back.