elt that Gail-san's character had been damaged.5

Was this what Douglas-san was telling me to be ready for?

Afterwards, after a few light breaks, by the time the sun set, we seemed to have progressed about a third of the path, and we decided to camp at a slightly open place in the forest.

Most of the way I clung shamefully to Gail-san while dreaming half-asleep.

Incidentally, every time we took a break, the three arvis came close, bent their legs to lie down beside me and rested there, giving me signals to stroke them with their eyes.2

Then I quietly followed, leaning on a part of the arvis' stomachs, and they made a happy face when they were stroked.

When seeing the arvis in such a state, the three men were surprised again.

 

When we arrived at the camping spot, the three of them very skilfully set up a tent-like thing.

I started a fire and decided to make a simple dinner with the ingredients I brought.

It seemed that Gail-san and the others would procure the ingredients from the current area after tomorrow, but for the first day at least, I had already prepared a few dishes and ingredients before leaving the house.

Most of the things I carried on my backpack were seasonings, ingredients and cookware.

First, I prepared the rice balls that I made at home before the departure.

The ingredients were pieces of something similar to shigureni beef and salmon sprinkled with a good deal of salt and grilled.

To be honest, I was not confident that the amount would satisfy the three of them, but they would have to endure it.

Fortunately, there was nori (although its colour was light brown, but after tasting it, it was definitely nori), so I wrapped the whole rice balls tightly with it so that the surface would not dry out.

I also prepared two varieties of tamagoyaki that are delicious even when they are cold, salty ones made with dashi and sweet ones with plenty of sugar.

Therefore, here I would just prepare the soup, and though I thought about various things, at the end I could not prepare most of them, and since I wanted to increase the satisfaction with the soup, I chose a hearty pork soup.

I arranged the ingredients for pork soup before the departure, so I poured a pork-like daikon, sweet potatoes, carrots, satoimo, gobō, lots of mushrooms (all of them being something similar to the actual ones…) into the pot on the fire, and stir-fried the ingredients together with oil.

When it was cooked to a certain degree, I added water and stewed it.

I threw in the appropriate seasoning and lastly I melted the miso, so the pork soup was complete.

When I turned my eyes to the three with the food in my hands, they were already prepared for battle with sparks flying from their eyes…

“I am sorry to have kept you waiting, and I apologize for not being able to prepare as much as usual, but please have it.” [Chika]

“Chika, what is this light brown round thing?” [Gail]

“That is a rice ball.
I put cooked rice garnished with some ingredients inside and clutched it with the hands, then wrapped it all.” [Chika]

“Is this yellow one an egg? It seems different from an omelette.” [Doug]

“Yes, it is called tamagoyaki.
The way to make it is the same as an omelette, but there are two types: sweet ones and the ones seasoned with a dashi.
If you like it, please let me know, I will use it as a future reference.” [Chika]

“This soup looks delicious with so many ingredients!” [Glen]

“Ah Glen-san, the main seasoning of that soup is a slightly unusual fish reed, so if it does not suit your taste do not overdo it please.” [Chika]

“Hmm, it seems delicious from the smell, so I think it's okay.” [Glen]

I put my hands together while muttering “Itadakimasu”, and reached my hand out to a rice ball.

In the meantime, even when I thought they did not have to in such a hurry…
the three of them still ate the food like there was no tomorrow.

Considering time was running out, I had thickened the onigiris' saltiness and seasoned the ingredients fairly strong by eye, but they were just fine.

 

These should suit their tastes.

“The thing that seems like minced meat inside this rice ball has a stronger flavour than the sukiyaki from last time and goes well with rice…
Is this another kind of fish? The saltiness is exquisite, and this also goes well with rice, Chika, it's really delicious.” [Gail]

“The tamagoyaki is also delicious, unlike an omelette, it's kinda simple, but in general it's delicious.
I don't know which one is my favourite.” [Doug]

“Branch manager, Assistant Gail! You have to try this soup! It's kind of amazing.” [Glen]

At Glen-san's request, the two started eating the pork soup.

The next moment, in what I believed it was just the blink of an eye, they started to eat all at once, and just like that their bowls became empty.

“Chika, I'm sorry, but can I have another helping?” [Gail]

“Chika, another bowl, please.” [Doug]

They presented the bowls almost at the same time and I hurried to serve them seconds.

Next to that, Glen-san also seemed to hurry to eat pork soup as if he were to lose.

Like that…
The sight I recently saw every day unfolded in front of my eyes again.

Beasts who, without saying a word, finished the dishes in front of them one after another…

As for me, I would have liked to eat slowly while having a little more conversation, but I did not think could hope for that for the moment.

At last, around the time when the dishes were mostly finished, the two went back to speaking.

“This pork soup is wonderful, Chika, and although the miso soup is also delicious, I'm grateful for the strong flavour soaked in this soup and that it was full of ingredients.” [Gail]

“Until now, I thought that it was difficult to eat and fill my stomach with vegetables, but eating Chika's dishes has changed that perception, so I'm gonna get vegetables too.” [Doug]

“Ugh…
You two ate everything again and I wasn't able to eat as much…” [Glen]

“Oh, Glen-san, if you would like, would you eat mine? I'm already full.” [Chika]

“Eh? Chika-kun, is it okay?” [Glen]

“Yes, I generally eat little by nature.” [Chika]

When I said that, I handed my bowl to Glen-san, and my two partners turned a murderous look at him.
Still, I wondered if they were self-aware about overeating, but I did not say anything beyond that.2

“Mmm, delicious! Can you teach Mintz about this too?” [Glen]

“Yes! Gladly.” [Chika]

After finishing the meal and tidying up, Gail-san and Douglas-san decided to go out to patrol the surroundings and get water.

Actually, Glen-san suggested to go by himself, but it seemed that weak demon beasts will not approach if the smell of powerful beastmen like the two of them is scattered around.

“Glen, we entrust Chika to you.” [Doug]

“Chika, you were tired today, right? You can go to sleep before us, okay?” [Gail]

After saying that, they sandwiched Glen-san between them and grabbed each of his shoulders tightly, whispering something close to his ears from both sides.

“Ye-yes!” [Glen]

Glen-san did the salute I had seen before.

“Be careful, please.” [Chika]

I saw them off waving a hand lightly and they disappeared into the forest.

I went back to the tent with Glen-san, and we both prepared to sleep.

I felt a bit cold with just a thin blanket and my body was trembling.

“Huh? Chika-kun, do you happen to be cold?” [Glen]

“Ah, just a little, it is getting colder around here.” [Chika]

Since we entered the forest, I felt like it had been getting colder and colder.

“I'm sorry, just this blanket is enough for us, but it is a bit tough on you, isn't it, Chika-kun?” [Glen]

Glen-san thought for a bit, and he seemed to come up with something as he slapped his clenched fist against his palm.

Then, he started to slowly take off what he was wearing, and in the blink of an eye he took his underwear off and became naked.13

As I guessed, Glen-san's body was not as muscular as my partners', but still, it had firm, lean muscles and was very beautiful.

No, no, I was not thinking about that, and as I stared blankly at that scene, Glen-san smiled with a friendly fierce face as his sharp canines peeked out from his mouth.

At the next moment, Glen-san's body shined for an instant, then it transformed, and when the light dimmed down, a very large wolf with silvery fur that covered its body appeared.

(*) This a Dakko-chan doll xD

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