Chapter 18: Working in the guild
“So you want Chika to work in the guild?”
“Yeah, if Chika wants that, we want to make it happen.”
I asked Gale-san and Douglas-san to bring me to the guild and to discuss the specifics about the work I wanted to do, and they asked me to consult with Mintz-san.
“With Chika-kun's magic power it's possible to work as a healer with a few tricks, and as I heard from yesterday's story, I think that even if you do poorly at that, you still have more knowledge about illness and injuries than we do.
So there shouldn't be a problem in the Health Department, but…”
“Is there any other problem?”
Mintz-san tries to say something and then sighs loudly.
“The problem is Chika-kun's appearance and race.
I think as long as you work it's impossible to keep wearing the hood and not show your face at all.
This is an adventurer's guild, right? I'm worried that if you are not good enough not only adventurers, but even the staff might be able to think bad things.”
“Oh, then it's okay.
After this, I'll introduce Chika to the staff and tell them that he's our 'mate' (*).
That way, there won't be any idiot who meddles with him in the staff.
You should know what kind of actions we will take if something happens to Chika.”
But what are you going to do with the adventurers?”
“Anyone who shows any disturbing movement against Chika will be taken care of.”2
I feel like Gale-san has made an outrageous statement just now.
But his expression is serious.
Mintz-san turns a stunned look at Gale-san and Douglas-san.
“Of course, you wouldn't be able to complain about anything if they were to put their hands on our Chika.
Well, unlike Gale, I'm kind, so I'd stop myself before they die.
Then you can hang them in front of the guild to show off.''2
Douglas-san's atmosphere is no joke.
How did this happen?
“No, no, no, no.
Why are you two so disturbing or extreme? Even if he's recognized as your spouse, that's too much! Okay, I'll tell Paris and Glen to keep an eye on them, so you two don't do that unless it's a last resort please…”
I'm sorry for the inconvenience.”
“No, Chika-kun isn't to blame at all…
But the problem is these two overprotective and ferocious beasts.
I understand Chika-kun is important, but don't be so short-tempered!”
When Mintz-san told them so they both nodded gruffly.
“I'm sorry for bothering you and giving trouble.
I will try to protect myself with my own power as much as possible, but I'm certainly weak, so I don't know how much I will be able to do…”
“Absolutely not! Chika, don't you think you can do something with your own power even if you make a mistake? If something happens, immediately call out for help or shout out to the people around you.”
Douglas-san stares at me with an expression that seemed to speak to a young child.
“We need to prepare a crime prevention magic tool for Chika as soon as possible.
Magic to detect Chika's whereabouts and magic of protection, or I'll have a custom-made magic spell that will make me and Doug know if something happens to Chika.
I'll ask in Maldo's store later.”3
“Well, you don't have to go that far…
Isn't magic equipment expensive?”
“You don't have to worry about that, because Chika's safety is of utmost importance.”
“Well, Chika-kun, it's okay to be spoiled.
These two may be like this, but they have a high salary.”
No matter how high their salary is, I'm still sorry to make them spend such money.5
“Is it okay? Chika, this is to make us feel safe.
If Chika doesn't agree with this, we can't really allow you to work outside.
We'd have to keep you locked in the house.''
Gail-san nodded in agreement beside Douglas-san.
I will return the money for the magic tools when I save enough money, so I will depend on you for now.”
“That's why we're partners, so you don't have to worry so much.
I don't like Chika's seriousness, we'll be lonely if you don't let us spoil you more.”
I can't help but feel that it's very difficult for me.
I wonder if there's ever been a person with such a spoiled life as mine.6
As a single mother, my mother was more of a helping person to me than a person who spoiled me.
“I'm-I'm sorry, I haven't had anyone else to spoiling me before, so I don't know what I should do.”
“You don't have to apologize, it's fine.
It's okay if you just keep in mind that we're doing it because we want to do it.”
When my two companions stared at me with a serious look, I turned red again.
It's fine to be hot/passionate, but can I ask you to do that at home? So, it's okay for Chika to work with me in the Health Department, right? Paris is also in the Health Department, so it's perfect for bodyguards as well.''2
“Oh, can I request that of you?”
Then, Chika-kun, I'll introduce you to the work contents and staff of the Health Department later.”
Before we go to the Health Department, I'm going to introduce you to the staff of the guild, is that okay?”
I'm getting all thrilled and excited about meeting new people in my new workplace.
After that, they took me and introduced me to various departments of the guild.
I didn't have to hide in the guild, so I took out the hood, and at first people looked at me as if they were looking at something quite unusual.
However, when Douglas-san and Gail-san announced that I was their 'mate', the staff's expression changed instantly.
“If something happens to Chica, you guys know what will happen next, right?”
Douglas-san says with a cold voice completely different from usual, and Gail-san is beside him staring at the staff with an expressionless gaze.
Then, the staff of every department shook their heads up and down fearing that they could get their heads cut off.
I also introduced myself and said, “I have memory loss (I decided to go with than setting with those who didn't know my circumstances) so I may cause some inconvenience, but please take care of me.” the answer came back as if it were from a full-fledged member of the army.
I went around all the departments and finally came to the Health Department, which would be my workplace.
The atmosphere of a clean, disinfected laboratory full of the smell of herbs makes me a little nostalgic.
Mintz-san and another young man with an intellectual atmosphere wearing a white robe were waiting there.
He had a very calm and gentle air, and his features were set like those of an idol popular with young children.
His back has feathers that look like a mixture of brown and white.
“Nice to meet you, you're Chika, right? I'm Paris, from the owl tribe, a member of the Health Department.
Now it's just me and Mintz, but since it's a place in need of manpower I'm grateful to have you.”1
He held out his hand with a gentle expression, and I too held my hand out in a hurry and greeted him.
“Yes, I'm Chikayuki.
I may cause trouble because I have memory loss, but I'll do my best, so please take care of me.”
“Oh, Chika-kun, it's all right to tell Paris about your situation.
He's also my partner, so I'm also going to have him serve as Chika-kun's bodyguard.”
“Oh, Mintz-san's partner!?”
“Yes, I've heard a lot of you from Mintz, so you can be reassured.
It's been difficult until now, so if you have any problems, you can rely on me.”
When I looked up at Mintz-san thinking that he was the exact opposite of Glen-san, whom I met the other day, he smiled.
“Then, I entrust Chika to you.”
“If anything happens, report it to us as soon as possible.”
“Please leave it to us and we will take good care of your important 'mate'.”
“Chika, don't push yourself too hard.”
“If something happens, I'll rely on them right away.”
Gail-san and Douglas-san left the room regretfully looking back over and over again.
“Hey, Chika-kun, you're really loved.
I've never seen assistant Gale like that before.”
“Well, it's true, especially Gayle, since other staff members were also surprised…
Then, Chika-kun! I'm going to explain the work of the Health Department, is it okay?”
Since it's called the Health Department, it's probably a department in charge of the treatment of injuries and illnesses, but there are too many differences between the levels of medical technology in this world and my common sense.
I must listen carefully here and tighten my feelings.
“There are two basic tasks.
The first is the treatment of the sick and injured.
They are mainly adventurers belonging to the guild, but there are also cases where ordinary citizens come.
If it is light, it will be cured using healing technique, but it is necessary to consult with the patient about that.
I also prescribe drugs.
The second is compounding drugs.
We are conducting research on new drugs by combining herbs with different medicinal properties.”
A mixture of medicines?
Although I have some knowledge of Chinese medicine when it comes to herbal medicine, when it comes to developing medicines from new herbs in this world, my knowledge is completely out of expertise.
In the first place, the plants in this world are completely different from those in my original world.
Without that knowledge, it is impossible for me to develop drugs.
“What's the matter?”
“The flora and fauna of this world are completely different from what I know, and I don't know the kinds of herbs here.
Even when I was a doctor in my original world, there were specialists in the development of medicines.
Furthermore, my main task was to use them appropriately for patients.
So whether I can be useful in drug development….”
“Oh, that's okay.
There are a few other people who have specialized knowledge in drug development.
I would like Chika-kun to use his knowledge to examine and treat patients.
As far as I heard the other day, it seems that you have more knowledge about wound treatment than we do, and above all, there are very few people who have proper healing techniques.
Here it's only me and Paris.''
“That's right, and you might be of some help!”
If it is a medical examination, then I have some confidence.
My specialty was surgery, but I've seen other departments for nearly 20 years, and I was always learning the latest information on various diseases.
I am confident that I will be able to make a certain degree of diagnosis unless it is a special disease or unusual case.
It's unsettling that we can't do physiological tests, so I have no choice but to rely on my experience and intuition.
“Paris, I'll guide Chika-kun to the examination room and the treatment room, so I'll leave the rest to you.”
“Yes, then, Chika-kun, see you later.”
I was sent off by Paris-san and guided to the room next to the laboratory.
It was a cosy room of about six tatami mats, with white walls, desks, chairs, and beds where patients could lie down, and it was quite close to the examination room I knew well.
“This is the examination room.
First of all, if it is easy to give them treatment or medicine, then the patient is examined here.
If it is difficult to treat here, then it's used the back room.”
Mintz-san takes me to the back room while saying so.
There were two beds lined up in the centre, and various medicinal plants and tools were lined up.
“If you have to deal with a wound which is too deep or severe pain, then use this room.
However, there are many people who die because they can't get the treatment done in time or because they bleed too much…”
When I heard it, I realized that there was probably no concept of blood transfusion.
I think ahead with curiosity what would happen if a field which specialized in the healing process that causes blood to form in the body were to appear.
“I think Chika-kun will be working mainly in this room.
Chika-kun? Are you okay?”
“I'm sorry, I was thinking a little.”
“Okay, if you have any questions, ask me anything.
Then what should we do today? Fortunately, there are no patients yet.”
“I would appreciate it if you could tell me how to use healing techniques.”
“Oh yes, that's fine.
But since Chika-kun is already able to use magic power it shouldn't be that hard.”
We return to the examination room and sit on a chair facing each other.
Mintz-san quickly made a cup of tea, and while drinking it, he gave me a lecture on healing techniques.
(*) 番 has also been translated as 'ban', but since that doesn't mean much to me I think 'mate' or 'soulmate', as someone mentioned, is more accurate
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