“T-Then, why is my brother like this…”

The confused boy looked at his limp brother and sought an answer from Emma.

Even when the four of them surrounded the man and confirmed his hurting wounds, he didn’t move at all.

Emma isn’t an expert and couldn’t say it for sure, but… about that story before the man got hurt…

“Maybe… he is starving?”

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The man’s leg was thin, and the skin was dry and rough.
He’s definitely malnourished.

You don’t have any energy if you’re hungry.
Emma knows that too.

In his current condition, he might be dehydrated from the bleeding.

“When was the last time this man ate?”

The boy started to think after William questioned him.

“Uhh… The food distribution was yesterday… but Big Brother has always been the last one to eat, so because there’s not enough food for everyone yesterday, he hasn’t eaten.
…the food distribution a week before didn’t give the usual goodie bag with biscuits, so…”

It seemed he hadn’t eaten any proper food for a week at worst.

“Rather than his wounds, that’s the real problem!”

William reflexively shouted.

“Ah, when Brother finds nuts or something edible, he will give it to other children.
Even with the distributed food, he won’t eat it all himself but will share it with others.”

That amount of intake was definitely not enough for an adult man.

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He has done well surviving until now.

The siblings had thought of the slums as a more brutal place.
To think there’s a man who liked to take care of others there… There are some things you can’t come to understand just from their appearance, the siblings realized.

“Anyway, the most important thing for now…”

They were thinking about it together while discussing the amount they had in their wallet.

They’re worried about his dehydration, so first…

“Water… salt, and… sugar?”

“Salt and sugar are expensive!”

The boy interjected.

“It’s okay, we don’t need that much…  Maybe buy one copper coin amount(?) of each, and what’s left will be used for a food that’s easy to digest… something like porridge… I mean, like oatmeal? If we boil it together with milk, I guess it will be softer?”

The siblings didn’t know the price in the royal capital, but in Palace, 100 grams of salt was 1 copper coin, and 50 grams of sugar was 1 copper coin.

“Let’s just go first!” George, who snatched the wallet from William, ran off with the boy to buy the things.

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