Vol. 3 Chapter 4 – Part 3(Side Story)

One day, while waiting for the duel with Girard, set to be held 3 days later.

“Falnido is more lively than a country of humans, huh?”

“If I were to say it in a few words, it’s because the customs and cultures are quite different from tribe to tribe.”

Shin, who said so, spoke without any particular reason, but was dutifully answered by Cuore.

Four days had already passed since Shin came to Girard’s place in Elden.

It’s not good to stay in the library all the time, said Schnee and Tiera; which was the reason they were sightseeing in the town. Cuore who heard them, immediately announced she would become his guide, which is how they reached their current state.

Only Cuore walked next to Shin, except for Yuzuha who was sleeping on top of Shin’s head. Tiera was doing a completely different action of siding herself alongside Schnee.

Tiera, who was taken away by Schnee, had a gloomy face, or it was probably just his imagination. Shin deceived himself, she’ll feel better when she comes back.

“Though I only took you to the recommended places until now, is there anywhere Shin-dono would like to go?”

The capital of Falnido was decided on as the city where the king resides. Therefore, the current capital was here at Elden. He had heard the explanation from Schnee, but naturally it was not on a scale that could be called a village. It would be difficult to finish going around it in one day.

“Places I want to go, huh?”

Since Cuore already guided him to some extent, it didn’t occur to him right away.

“So?”

While thinking about where he wanted to go, what entered Shin’s line of sight was the signboard of a certain shop. Shin who saw it, for some reason, picked Yuzuha up from on top of his head and brought it before his face.

“Kuu?”

Yuzuha, who was suddenly being held, barked like it wanted to say: “What is it?”

“That reminds me, I have a feeling that Yuzuha’s fur is going from a bad situation to a worse one.”

One of Rokuten’s members, Cashmere, had taught him a lot of things about taking care of monsters. Was this because hugging a monster that had a good coat fur let one thoroughly enjoy its fluffiness? The present Shin understood the disorder of its fur to some degree. Of course, there was no such skill in the game. But when he stared at it closely, he was certain that the coat hair was deteriorating after all.

“For the moment, may I stop at that shop?”

“That one? Ah, I see. I understand.”

Cuore, who saw the shop, somewhat knew what Shin thought, and agreed immediately.

When they passed through the door and entered, a Dog-type woman came over.

“Welcome. What are you looking for today?”

After the woman shifted her attention from Cuore, who was standing next to Shin and Yuzuha, whom he carried, she shifted her pleasant eyes toward Shin.

Shin felt like he was being somewhat misunderstood.

“I need a brush for brushing, but I also want you to show me some combs….”

“Certainly. Here please.”

In the place which that woman guided them, there were big and small brushes displayed. Ignoring the employee who was speaking slowly, Shin looked at the brushes.

Apparently, there were materials that were prefered by different races, although they looked the same, they varied from materials to prices.

Dog, Wolf, Fox, and so on seemed to have similar preferences, as they were sold together.

“Amazing. Do you have something like personalized brushes here?”

“For a particular person, they can get the material by themselves.”

It was not rare, as Cuore had one, too. As Shin felt admiration for the beasts’ obsession to brush, suddenly he remembered these kinds of things. It was by the greatest tamer; the article that had been carefully made by Cashmere. It was something that seemed comfortable when Girard was brushed in the game era.

“I don’t have much time to explore, so I should care for Yuzuha every once in a while.”

“Kuu!”

He purchased some items to improve the coat of hair, and they exited the shop.

 

When they returned to the residence, Shin sat on the veranda outside of the room, and took out the brush, ‘Gloomy Star’, from his Item Box. It had a dark appearance, like a common brush. But the handle was made from the World Tree’s trunk, and the bristles of the brush were made from the materials removed from a level 800 gigantic monster with a large mass of hair, called Tyrant Bristle.

By the way, here is the description: <From here on, you are the Brushing Master, may the best coat be with you>, was one sentence that appeared. With brushing alone, cat, dog, horse and so forth, the favorability of the monster for each model increased. It was certainly a super brush.

Originally, there were various kinds of brushes; this brush was for hair loss, the furballs were collected and broken down by the magic item; it was also a magic tool.

“Keep still.”

Shin said, and he put the brush on Yuzuha’s back. First, it was gentle, as the brush loosened up the hairs.

“Kuu~…”

While being careful not to put in too much power, the entwined hair was unraveled. Did this gentle repeated brushing feel good? Yuzuha let out a bark, like it was losing strength.

“………”

Cuore was staring enviously at Yuzuha. Though she should be free, since the town tour was finished, when she heard that Shin was going to brush Yuzuha, she asked him to show her by all means. Shin too had no reason to decline, though it might be boring, so her being there was approved.

With her admiration for Shin continuing to accumulate from Girard’s stories, his courteousness and skillful brushing of Yuzuha was seen, so Cuore unconsciously thought about these kinds of things.

――Is it no good if I request it of him?

――No, it’s rude to him…he’s a High Human, yeah.

――But, still…

For a beast, having the opposite sex do the brushing and grooming had a special meaning.

It was an expression of one’s intention towards their lover, or someone close like a family member. A woman requesting it from a man, although it wasn’t necessarily a confession, the fact of it being special didn’t change.

While her tail and ears were twitching, Cuore was inwardly troubled about what to do, and the figure of someone she knew approached from the other side of the veranda.

“Hmm? Shin? Didn’t you go sightseeing in the town?”

“I have to take care of my partner occasionally, hence the brushing.”

“I see. Fumu…It’s been a long time. Can I request it too?”

“Sure, it’s almost over, so please wait a little. Come to think of it, this brush was made by Cashmere for Girard’s sake.”

They exchanged such a conversation, as Girard sat next to Shin. Yuzuha’s brushing ended after a few minutes, and the brushing of Girard, who transformed into a beast, began this time.

“………”

Cuore was speechless at seeing such a scene. The current Girard who hadn’t let anyone, except his deceased wife, brush him was well known to Cuore.

However now, Girard was lying down and had his eyes closed before her; while Shin carefully moved the brush using one hand. That appearance, which looked like a large dog that entrusted its body on the knee of its master, was captured by Cuore’s eyes.

Though Wolf Types hate to be treated like a dog, it couldn’t be helped but to think so. Cuore felt the reliable bond between the two people.

(For Girard-sama to make such a face, I’m seeing it for the first time.)

The expression was hard to understand when Girard was in beast form, but Cuore, who was a similar Wolf Type, understood well that Girard was relaxing and loosening his whole body.

Unlike Yuzuha, Girard had a large physique, but eventually it ended in less than 30 minutes.

“I feel refreshed after such a long time.”

“I’m glad you feel that way!”

“Now then, on this occasion, how about you do it to Cuore as well?”

“Eh!?”

It was a dream come true for Cuore, but at the unexpected development, she shouted out unintentionally.

“I’m fine with it, but is it okay to do it? Apart from the monster Yuzuha, and the man, Girard, Cuore is a woman. To do that to the opposite sex, there tends to be a lot of strange meanings that could arise though.”

Shin turned toward Girard with a suspicious face. Even without the knowledge, he thought there was some meaning to the act.

“That will not be a problem. To let my master take care of my descendant, there’s no motive. Cuore also seems to anticipate it.”

“Wha!? G-Girard-sama!?”

Cuore’s face reddened from Girard’s remark. But no words of denial came out from her mouth.

While she tried to say something in a hurry, eventually she finally looked downward embarrassed, answering “Yes” in a faintly audible voice.

“Well then, I’ll do it as carefully as possible, it’s my first time brushing a woman. If the power is too much for you, I want you to say so without any reservations.”

“Understood. Please treat me favourably.”

Cuore transformed into a beast, and put her body weight on Shin the same way as Girard did. Immediately she felt the brush touch the back of her head. Slowly and carefully, the entwined hairs were pulled apart without causing any pain; it was a skilled hand movement.

“…!! …Umn…nn”

Was it because of the superior tool, or because of Shin’s technique? Choppy voices leaked out from Cuore’s mouth, as she felt the comfort that she didn’t experience in everyday brushing. With each stroke of the brush, she felt calmness. Before several minutes had passed, Cuore was in a dreamy state of dreaminess.

“Kukuu, she somehow looks pleased.”

“Kuu. Shin is skilled.”

Girard and Yuzuha understood. Understood in that territory, but Cuore didn’t notice. Within that comfort, just like receiving a first rate massage, her cheeks loosened.

“Alright, it’s done.”

“*Woof*…Thank you very m…What did I just say!?”

Girard laughed.

“In the presence of others, make sure to not let your mind wander.”

“Ugh…I think I let my guard down a little, anyway it’s different!”

The feeling of being embarrassed rose, when she said things that she only spoke about in her own room. However, when her head and neck were being gently stroked by Shin, she was able to regain her composure a little. If she looked at the front, Girard being patted the same way was relaxing. Before anyone noticed, Yuzuha was already sleeping on top of Girard. At that appearance, Cuore had a soft smile.

 

Tiera and Schnee came back after a while, Shin at that time, was like a master that was surrounded by his pet dogs; wry smiles on their faces.

That was just a few days before Girard died.

It was like the good old days they spent before, a peaceful time.

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Comments (86)

  • Waxona
    November 12, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    Thanks for the chapter. =)

  • GonZ
    November 12, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    Thank you for the chapter Nell 🙂

    • GonZ
      November 12, 2015 at 1:39 AM

      uguu.. meatbun want to brush them too..

  • Alpaca Waffle
    November 12, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    Happy to know that you are someone who has also had their life taken over by Fallout 4 xD

    • Kenshi Masaki
      November 12, 2015 at 1:16 AM

      What is fallout 4?

      • Alpaca Waffle
        November 12, 2015 at 1:19 AM

        A game that has taken over many peoples lives

        • Vincent Zhao
          November 12, 2015 at 1:30 AM

          I am very much saddened by the fact that apparently nobody remembers that SC2: LOTV also came out yesterday.

          • Petter Nordal
            November 12, 2015 at 5:45 AM

            I finished it! AND! I don’t own Fallout 4. Or any Fallout… 😀

          • Vincent Zhao
            November 12, 2015 at 6:32 AM

            Just finished the epilogue. 16 hours well spent. Now just need to wait for my friends to find some free time so I can start playing Archon mode.

          • Banarok
            November 12, 2015 at 5:58 AM

            knew it and really want to play it but if i have to put it up against fallout it loses out, slightly, love the campaign in SC2, and with void resolving everything i’m happy. still i can’t play blizzard games atm due to the fact the internet i’m currenly using got blizzards ports blocked (and pretty much any mmo) so i will have to wait until i move.

          • Eden Hack
            November 24, 2015 at 3:26 AM

            Bethesda trumps blizzard in game quality IMO, not to say the SC story is amazing but… Bethesda is just so much better at game development on so many levels.

        • Ryve16
          November 12, 2015 at 2:17 AM

          It cant be helped…after all, those settlements won’t make themselves

    • Egil
      November 12, 2015 at 3:26 AM

      Everyone is playing Fallout and I’m just here waiting for Xenoblade Chronicles X to release…

    • Eden Hack
      November 24, 2015 at 3:25 AM

      I have 131 hours in it…. life is gone.

  • Kenshi Masaki
    November 12, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    Uuugh… The pain… Why do you have to pour salt into the wound author…

    • Opala82
      November 12, 2015 at 4:32 AM

      I know right. The side story would be just as good even without mentioning that Girard dies. Its like happy moments and then at the end no fuck you I DEMAND TEARS!!

    • 『Kumagawa Misogi』
      November 12, 2015 at 11:23 AM

      Author be like Lol you thought its only salt. . Look again

      • xtremeloldude
        November 12, 2015 at 1:13 PM

        “…i mixed some jalapeño powder in there!”

    • NinjapowerMS
      November 16, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      Sadistic author.
      *Cries*

    • NinjapowerMS
      November 16, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      Sadistic author.
      *Cries*

  • Justin Li
    November 12, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    At least Girard had some time with Shin before his passing and had him acknowledge his descendents in a good way. Can’t wait to see what the next volume has in store and who his next not ally he will meet next.

  • moneng85
    November 12, 2015 at 1:24 AM

    Damn it nelswrt, do you want to make me cry?
    Arigatou for the chapter

  • Bladedknight
    November 12, 2015 at 1:24 AM

    Ugh… The feeling is made worse by the fact that what has been done has already been done. This is like the phantasmal dream of the “home” that warriors on the battlefield yearn for, but know that it is just as fleeting as the thread that their life hangs on to.

  • Adams Trinh
    November 12, 2015 at 1:30 AM

    Thank you very much for the chapter Nell! 🙂 Looking forward to volume 4! ^_^

  • Darryl Buenaventura
    November 12, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    Uggh.. why this after killing Girard….

  • Bone Balderas Hernandez
    November 12, 2015 at 1:36 AM

    pum!!!! comentario en español aparece!
    muchas gracias por el capitulo, esperando mas, saludos!

  • YUNCCHI
    November 12, 2015 at 1:36 AM

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Victor
    November 12, 2015 at 1:57 AM

    T-T thanks for the chapter T—————–T

  • DMR
    November 12, 2015 at 2:01 AM

    Thanks for the chapter XD

  • Solomon
    November 12, 2015 at 2:09 AM

    AW man i feel bad now. i super did not care about Girard before. but seeing him as shins loyal dog (in the more literal sense) made this into a painful fantasy version of old yeller.

  • ChildLink
    November 12, 2015 at 2:26 AM
  • Sternav
    November 12, 2015 at 2:30 AM

    Dang.. And I thought the tears wont fall..

    Thanks for the update!! <3

  • Allen Walker
    November 12, 2015 at 2:58 AM

    The feels, strong with them you are.

  • wewe
    November 12, 2015 at 3:57 AM

    And thus, the scene was immortalized into a pic titled, ‘the last brush…groom…ing…’ I give up. I sux at making titles.

    • jax gonzales
      November 18, 2015 at 6:25 AM

      take out brush just call it “The Last Grooming…”

  • Mozart Ryan
    November 12, 2015 at 3:58 AM

    Erm,, that is..
    i really disappointed..
    anyway, thanks for the chapter. ~

  • DTox
    November 12, 2015 at 4:16 AM

    This scene reminds me of Sora and Shiro stroking the nekomimi girls in NGNL
    Thanks for the Chapter 🙂

  • Doland
    November 12, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    Even nell playing FO4, while i’m here crying because my pc not strong enough to run it.

    Suffering is real.

    • Albedo My Waifu~
      November 13, 2015 at 4:09 AM

      Forget FO4, my laptop broke from playing League of Legends. 🙁

      • minotur
        November 13, 2015 at 4:15 AM

        o.o really? it broke? i mean my pc only runs League at 17 frames and 200+ ping but it never broke.

        • Albedo My Waifu~
          November 13, 2015 at 4:21 AM

          Due to overheat… some plastic stuff on casing broke… and some buttons dont work from button smashing. 😛

          • Doland
            November 13, 2015 at 11:44 AM

            Holy fuck, my condolences for your laptop.

            (☉_☉)

      • Lann
        November 13, 2015 at 11:59 AM

        Holy! That was horrible..

    • rexzshadow
      November 13, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      I tried playing FO4 after having less than 4hour of sleep and got hella motion sick from it and now I’m like scared to play it again lol

      • Fluffy Wolf
        November 17, 2015 at 4:17 PM

        Look up on how to change the FOV (need to edit a text file for it) and set it to 100 or 110 or something, will help reduce or remove your motion sickness.

    • rexzshadow
      November 13, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      I tried playing FO4 after having less than 4hour of sleep and got hella motion sick from it and now I’m like scared to play it again lol

  • ☙ Øver|ørd ❧
    November 12, 2015 at 5:38 AM

    I’ve waited for the Cuore chapter. *^* I hope she’ll travel with them!

  • Shojiro
    November 12, 2015 at 5:41 AM

    This author really likes rubbing our noses in dispair and sadness, doesn’t he?

  • Neo Musashi
    November 12, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    fuck u author why u must give salt to the wound.. why ???!!!!!

  • Lann
    November 12, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    Sh*t my manly tears are coming back (TT^TT)

    • Mumen Rider
      November 12, 2015 at 7:44 AM

      Put your hand in your pocket..
      I don’t want to see any casualties happen to nearby wall around you

      • Lann
        November 13, 2015 at 12:01 PM

        Too late.. (TT^TT)>

        • Mumen Rider
          November 13, 2015 at 7:47 PM

          Rest
          In
          Pieces

        • Mumen Rider
          November 13, 2015 at 7:47 PM

          Rest
          In
          Pieces

  • Lungu27
    November 12, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Nice chapter , thanks ;

  • Ratatoskr
    November 12, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    It was a warriors death. And his last desire. Dying with a smile on the face isn’t such a bad way to go. Respect.

  • Brandon Heat
    November 12, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Eh…What is this water flowing from my face…

  • library rocker
    November 12, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • kirindas
    November 12, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • GM_Rusaku
    November 12, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    ┏━━━━━━━━━━━━┓
    ┃ Thanks! Nepu!! ┃
    ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━┛
     ヽ(´・ω・)ノ
       |  /
       UU

  • farahtrifarahfatin
    November 12, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    The pain is increasing..rip girard!

  • takit
    November 12, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    ONIONS EVERYWHERE!

  • _MaLinTooTs
    November 12, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    FUCK YOU TOO AUTHOR!! Q^Q Y U DO DIS.

    YOU SHOULD MAKE THE NEXT VOLUME A HAPPY ONE OR ELSE WE RIOT!!

  • The idiot that got kicked
    November 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    This is good, a nice change of pace.

  • Horacio Rocha
    November 12, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Where are the illustrastions!!!! that ecene whit Yuzuha, Girard, and Cuore in wolfie from must be made into illustration !!! oh well i guess i must use my brain to imagine it…… thank you a lot for the fastes releases and nice side chapter just hope they stop to pour salt in the wounds already >_< http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–I15DfqRD–/17c0lpomf3e7hgif.gif

    • Amaelzaekil
      November 12, 2015 at 11:58 AM

      Just you know why~

    • asher phoenix
      November 13, 2015 at 11:30 PM

      watching that over and over again i just couldnt keep myself from laughing……. thats just great. you made my day!!

      • theman
        November 18, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        angry panda refusing IRS coz u know it is chineese..!!

  • Crimson Angel
    November 12, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Why must I feel things? I don’t want to feel things. Don’t make me feel things….

  • Dolg Nishi
    November 12, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    awwww what a sweet side story this is cuore has 2 work harder on her poker face skill though 🙂

  • PyroJack
    November 12, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    omg the pain
    Why put salt on our wounds?

  • KneelToMeHuman
    November 12, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    I hope she travels with them after this… :’-)

    • Albedo My Waifu~
      November 13, 2015 at 4:11 AM

      Of course…. she is already part of dumb MC hareem.

      • Eden Hack
        November 24, 2015 at 3:24 AM

        I wouldn’t say Shin is dumb, he just doesn’t fully know if its right for him to respond to the feelings he sees. A dumb MC wouldn’t be as articulate about his questions relating to the actions that could be perceived as love to the other women. Remember he is still thinking about going home, and this use to be a game to him; he isn’t fully sure if it’s right or wrong to have one of those relationships.

  • Varler
    November 12, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    I was happy about this cute story until that line: That was just a few days before Girard died.
    Then it hit me… T.T

  • Andrew Nguyen
    November 12, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Does anyone know if there are more volumes after 5?

    • IamMe
      November 15, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Over 11 volumes.. if I remember right.

      • Andrew Nguyen
        November 16, 2015 at 5:24 AM

        You think Shin will be able to translate all of those volumes?

      • Andrew Nguyen
        November 16, 2015 at 5:24 AM

        You think Shin will be able to translate all of those volumes?

  • Ryan Pratama Putra
    November 13, 2015 at 2:02 AM

    Aw….the feels…*sob*
    Tissue, where’s tissue??

  • Albedo My Waifu~
    November 13, 2015 at 4:13 AM

    “this brush was for hair loss”

    WTF, where can i buy this????!!!

  • John Hazatoth
    November 14, 2015 at 1:38 AM

    Damn you onion murdering ninjas….

  • kuciang
    November 14, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    It was by the greatest tamer; the article that had been carefully made by Cashmere
    A bit odd, maybe :
    It was from the greatest tamer; the brush/tool that had been carefully made by Cashmere

  • Max Ries
    November 14, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    when will the next chapter or part be released? I just read the whole thing so i need to know. The story is just too good.

  • windvally
    November 20, 2015 at 4:44 AM

    So is there a volume 4 book? Or are we moving onto the web novel?

  • Christopher Brent-Chase
    November 21, 2015 at 4:49 AM

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