The next day, when I went back to the forest, there was a crowd gathered in front of my handmade tent.
「Hey, I’m sure this is basilisk skin. 」
「Is it a shedding skin? 」
「Look! There’s a basilisk’s head inside the tent! 」
My tent seems strange.
They’re in the way, and I want to return to my home.
「Nyaa— （Get out of my house. ）」
「Eh? What is it a cat doing here? 」
It’s useless. They can’t understand what I’m saying.
I don’t have enough words’ repertoire to write something to them, so we can’t communicate.
You know what, sooner or later they’ll go.
I decided to go back to town.
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When I entered the town, a black cat approached me.
It’s so cute though. I want to keep it.
「Mrreow—（Oi, are you new here? ）」
「Meow—（Eh? Were you talking to me? ）」
This is the first time I’m talking to another cat because usually whenever the alley cats saw me, they ran away.
「Nya（If you are a cat in this town; you usually attend a gathering in East Square.
It doesn’t have to be every day, but you can show up occasionally.
If you don’t know where that is, I could take you there right now. ）」
There are so many cats there.
I have no choice but to continue.
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There a plaza at the eastern end of the town.
Over more than ten cats have gathered.
「Nya（Hey, newcomer. I’m the boss around here. ）」
「Nyaa—（Nice to meet you. ）」
An old cat greets me while looking at the gathered cats.
Everyone is lying around relaxing.
Once in a while, the townspeople wandering down the street and feed them.
They eat in descending order according to their hierarchy rank.
「Nya（Come on, eat! ）」
「Nyaa—（It’s okay, I don’t need it. I have enough food for myself. ）」
「Nya?（Where? Do you have it? ）」
I showed them by taking out the basilisk meat from my Four-dimensional Space.
「Nya!（The newcomer could use magic! ）」
「Nya（I’ve heard something like this… If a cat lives until 20 years old or more they could become a Nekomata, they can use magic. ）」
「Nya!（Perhaps, Nekomata-sama… ）」
My surrounding gets noisy, and they were enjoying the basilisk meat.
Wow, this tastes great.
「Nya（It’s seems like a worthy boss has just appeared. ）」
All of them are showing their belly. Are they submitting to me?
Don’t worry; let me take care of you.
It’s so soft and fluffy.
「Gharrr!（Stop it! ）」
This made me angry.
Afterwards, I disbanded the gathering and went back to my tent in the forest.
The basilisk skin that I used for tent and basilisk head that had been placed inside were stolen.