Volume 1 Extra Chapter – Sati’s story
As a child I was normal. My eyes could see normally and I wasn’t any different than the other children. A certain season I started falling over a lot. My eyes rapidly got worse. A touring priest-sama had them looked at, but there was nothing that could be done. Fortunately, I was still able to see to some degree and because of that my ears and nose were very effective, thus anyhow I managed to keep on living. I’d bump and knock things down or tripping over, though. I was capable of physical labor. However, I was only allowed to do simple work. I was always useless.
One day, I was sold off as a slave. That year the crop failed. They didn’t have room to support someone as useless as me. Father and mother, big brother and sister were pleased to have been paid to get rid of a burden. My little sister who was really emotionally attached to me cried reluctant to part with me. When I think that she won’t starve thanks to the money from selling me, I endured it.
After I was sold off, my life wasn’t so bad. I wasn’t being hit and my brother and sister that bullied me weren’t there. In the mornings and evenings, although it wasn’t enough, I had a meal without fail and also could take baths periodically. However, nobody bought me. Even here I was being useless. In that same period, a big sis that arrived at the slave trader’s taught me a lot of things. Things like how to behave after I was sold and the way to please men. I was taught how to wash their bodies when taking a bath together. She praised me for being skillful. Yet, I remained unsold the whole time. No one would buy me. Because the price of beastmen was cheap there were a lot of people that showed interest. However, when they were told I had bad eyesight they said they didn’t want me.
Finally that day came. I could only see his appearance faintly but judging from the voice it appears to be a young man. This person would surely say he doesn’t want me once he hears I have bad eyesight. They’re talking about the mines again. I wonder if I’ll be sent to the mines soon. Dying in a dark hole is something I’d hate. A brothel won’t be pleasant either.
I was called. Rare things do happen. However, if I don’t do my best.
“Errr, I’ll do my best, so please purchase me. Master.”
I wonder if I was able to say it exactly like that big sis taught me?
“Say, can I try healing magic?”
This person is a healer! Perhaps my eyes could be healed.
“My name is, Sati.”
“Well then Sati, since I’ll be using healing magic on you, stay still, ok?”
My heart is beating fast. If my eyes were healed. Would this person become my master?
— It didn’t work. As expected, my eyes won’t be healed and nobody will buy me. I’ll be sent off to the mines.
But a miracle happened.
“I’ll buy her…”
Buy? Did he say buy just now? Really? I can’t believe it.
But except for me, the other slaves ended up being taken out from the room. Only I and that person remained.
“Are you alright?”
Such a kind voice. I received healing magic too. I’m sure I wouldn’t be hit by this person.
“Yes, please treat me well. Master. I’ll do anything, so please order me.”
“I’m Yamano Masaru. Please call me Masaru.”
I bring my head closer to look at Masaru-sama’s face. This is my master… I must make sure he doesn’t hate me. I must try not to be a failure. Otherwise, I might end up being returned like that big sis. I have to do my utmost effort to serve him.
I fell. In spite of planning not to be a failure, this happened right away. Masaru-sama might be disgusted.
“I’m always falling over. I’m okay.”
It doesn’t hurt if it’s this much. It’s nothing. Even so I immediately ended up falling again. I want to cry. Masaru-sama used healing magic on me then grabbed my hand. He’s very kind.
“Is Masaru-sama a healer?”
“I’m a wizard.”
Wonderful. Not only healing magic, but he’s able to use other magic too. He bought clothes for me. I bumped into something at the clothing store again. Surely, he’s disgusted. If I’m not more reliable he’ll end up hating me.
“Is there any work for me? I’ll do anything.”
I received a lunch box. It smells good. But what should I do? Although I was told to remain seated here, it’s absurd for a slave to be together on the same dining table with the master.
“It’s fine. Eat it here.”
Masaru-sama is very kind. The lunch box was very tasty. Really really delicious.
When I was picking the leftover bits in the lunch box I received another one. Masaru-sama is very kind. The lunch box is very tasty. I also got a grilled wild rabbit meat skewer. It’s delicious.
“I’ll give medical treatment to your eyes now.”
Previously it was a failure, but is he going to do it once more? Could I possibly be healed?
“Now you can open your eyes.”
I had my eyes closed, I open my eyes. Nothing in particular…? Suddenly my vision worked. I could clearly see Masaru-sama’s face!
“My eyes, are they healed?”
“That’s right. They’re healed.”
Is it. Is it going to be alright? I won’t end up sent off to the mines? Stay here forever? Besides Masaru-sama… While I was crying again I received another skewer. It’s delicious.
“What did you ever wish to do if your eyes were healed?”
If my eyes were healed? I have never thought about it. But. If they were healed I wanted to try cooking. I ended up crying again. Masaru-sama is being troubled. I’m sorry.
“Let’s change your clothes first. Look, didn’t we buy some at a clothing store while returning?”
I was in my slave clothes all this time. He averted his eyes when I let him see me naked. Could a meagre body like mine not please a man? Even though big sis told me it could be okay.
“It’s wrong for a girl to be undressing in front of people.”
But there’s only Masaru-sama here. It’s not like I’m being seen by anyone except for Masaru-sama. Or could it be he dislikes seeing me naked?…
“They don’t undress except for like going to take a bath or in front of the person they like!”
It’s alright because I love Masaru-sama. Even so, I was stopped when I undressed. As expected, he doesn’t want to see me, does he?
“Hey, for now it’s cooking, isn’t it?
That’s right! We were going to cook! Let’s have him look at me naked later. It’s not like he doesn’t want to see me naked anyways. I drew the water and lighted the fired. Boiled it and poured the tea. Also did the washing. I didn’t fail, not even once. Isn’t this something amazing? It’s all thanks to Masaru-sama.
“Well then, Sati. Shall we go shopping?”
Being called by Masaru-sama’s voice I was exhilarated. Is this what they call happiness? I’m not sure. However, from now on I’m sure everything will turn out well. I had that presentiment.