「 Shinomiya-kun, are you using your knife today? 」
「 Knife? Do you mean my survival knife? 」
We have a variety of knives.
From stone knives, bronze, and my survival knife.
The survival knife was the one I brought from Japan.
As expected, its level is higher compared to the stone and bronze tools.
And because of that, everyone can use it when necessary.
「 Yes, that, Shinomiya-kun’s survival knife 」
「 I won’t. Do you need it? 」
Meiko shook her head.
「 It’s just that I’m currently sharpening the razor. I thought of sharpening Shinomiya-kun’s knife while at it 」
Is that so?
「 Thanks, that’ll help. My knife is in my bag, take it 」
「 Okay 」
We need to maintain the tools by ourselves in this world.
Even a cheap razor blade someone brought here is a top-quality item here.
We sharpen it every time it loses its sharpness.
「 Shinomiya-kun… 」
Meiko stares at me as if she’s licking my body.
「 You don’t have a lot of extra hair, do you? 」
「 I think so too. I’m just glad that my body is on that level 」
I have this constitution where I only have minimum hair on my body.
My head, nose, and pubic hair.
Areas like my armpits, chin, chest, and arms are smooth and shiny.
This constitution of mine gathers jealousy, especially from women.
Girls take their appearance seriously even in this world, so they must remove any unwanted hair.
They shave and pluck secretly where men can’t see.
「 I’ll go gather more chickens. I want at least 20 more 」
Eggs are a divine ingredient for us right now.
Hen’s egg is God.
That’s why I want to eat at least two per day.
Currently, we can only eat a single one a day if we all distribute them.
「 I’ll go with you 」
Hinako offered to accompany me.
「 Thanks 」
I agreed immediately.
「 Can Amane and I go too? 」
Sofia and Amane too.
Naturally, I replied okay.
Hinako’s pouting her lips for some reason, puffing her cheeks too.
Seeing that, Meiko laughed.
「 I think four of us will be enough 」
Then, the four of us went to capture chickens.
「 「 「 「 Cock-a-doodle-doo! 」 」 」 」
「 「 「 「 Cock-a-doodle-doo! 」 」 」 」
Capturing white legs were a piece of cake again
Although, since we captured 20 birds this time, it’s noisier than before.
Last time, we captured ten birds, so using simple math, it’s twice as loud.
「 This brings the total number of birds to thirty if we include the ones at the hideout. I don’t know if all of the hens will lay eggs, but if 80% of them does, then we’ll be fine 」
「 If we have a problem, then we can just come back and capture more! 」 Hinako says.
I nodded, replying “Exactly.”
「 It seems to me that civilization has come a long way since we started husbandry and agriculture 」
「 Indeed. Ojou-sama 」
Sofia said. Amane shows exaggerated approval.
I smile wryly in this situation despite agreeing with them.
「 Yoshi Okada’s working hard on the blueprints and it should be complete soon. It’s our first one so we don’t know what will happen, but if it goes well, we might build a house next. If that happens, we can advance the civilization even further 」
Yoshiokada Tomonori. 17.
He’s a fourth-class amateur radio Technician and has memorized the Morse code.
I thought that he’s aiming to be a professional in that field but his dream was to become a designer.
He’s holed up in the hideout today, working on making blueprints for the house.
Honestly, we don’t need a blueprint to build a house.
After all, I don’t expect it to be that large.
It’s more of a storage room than a house.
Even so, starting his blueprints will make him focus on the future.
In the future, we’re going to work on shipbuilding.
Waves tend to get rougher as we move further from the island.
It’s like they’re telling us not to leave.
We will need a big boat enough to survive the rough seas to get to the other side of the island.
If we’re to build a large ship, then we have to rely on blueprints.
That’s why we’re training Yoshiokada’s planning skills right now.
「 Actually, I also have an ace up my sleeve too 」
「 An ace up your sleeve? 」
Amane got curious.
「 Is there something Onee-chan and you have been working on a secret? 」
「 That’s right 」
「 Wow, I’m curious! Onee-chan doesn’t tell me what it is! 」
「 Ufufu, I’m sure that you’ll be surprised once you see it done 」
「 I’m looking forward to it! 」
That exchange gave me an idea.
An ace up on one’s sleeve. That…
Still, I’ll pretend that I don’t know what that is.
I continued walking quietly.
「 If we continue like this, I think we can come back to Japan a few years later! 」
Hinako says jokingly.
I denied it laughingly.
「 Our science is still far from it. I already gave out most of my knowledge. The only other thing we can do is make steel or something similar. Civilization beyond that point will require science. Well, it’s going to be hard. 」
Our civilization is nearly 80% of the way through.
From now on, we’ll move in the direction of expansion, not progress.
We’ll develop agriculture and husbandry to further strengthen our livelihoods.
Also, if we’re considering the survival of our kind…
「 Hmm? 」
Amane’s the first to notice.
「 I hear some different sounds 」
I reacted as well.
I heard an unfamiliar sound.
Not animals, nor the sound of grass and trees swaying in the wind.
It’s a much more devastating sound.
It’s like a tree is falling down.
「 It’s that 」
Amane’s the one to point out the source.
The tree she’s pointing at has one thick branch falling off.
I wasn’t wrong when I thought that it’s some kind of tree falling.
「 Let’s check it. Amane, I’ll hold your basket 」
「 Okay 」
I carry the basket Amane was carrying.
She went to the tree quickly.
And when we got right next to the tree, we were surprised.
「 What do we do, Shinomiya Hokage? 」
「 Even if you ask me that… 」
It was a person.
A woman wearing glasses that looks like the bottom of a milk bottle.