— Faeris —
Kaa-sama… it’s been long time.
I hope you are fine… but I’m different. Anyway, I’m doing fine.
To stand in front of Kaa-sama like this, was the last time the day that I left the village? It’s been more than five years since that day.
Many things have happened ever since I left the village.
They’re simple, but I would like to tell you.
First, I met Tou-sama.
In the beginning, he was somewhat cold, but he was just as Kaa-sama said. There were times where he is in ‘blaze’, but I am proud of Tou-sama who manages the country splendidly.
Tou-sama thought he was hated because he left Kaa-sama, but I properly solved the misunderstanding. When Tou-sama knew about Kaa-sama’s real feelings, he felt relieved and really regretful at the same time. That is because he loved Kaa-sama very much.
I have also received a message from that Tou-sama.
‘Thank you for relying on me.’ He still loves you… even now. I am probably a bit jealous.
After I went to Elysion, I was able to meet my Nee-sama.
Although she is a wonderful person who will become the next queen of Elysion, she is a splendid older sister who warmly watches over me and treats me dearly since I am her only little sister. I’m sure Kaa-sama would want to meet her, so we could have a tea party together.
Other than that, Senia and Melt-san, who are around her, were helping me a lot.
After that, I went to school, and I also made a friend.
Her name is Emilia. She is a silver wolf tribe girl. She is strong, gentle and her silver hair is very beautiful… she is, somehow, a very congenial child. She is an attendant of a certain person. Although she has a slightly strong passion towards her master… right now, she is my precious friend.
That Emilia has a naughty little brother, Reus. However, when I realized it, it feels really nostalgic because he is actually like a little brother. We look like a family… and that makes me really happy.
And… I also found the person that I like.
That person is Emilia’s and Reus’ master, Sirius-san… He is a really amazing person.
He is an amazing person who knows everything; he is a good cook and always takes care of us. I understood very well why he is the person that Emilia yearns for from the bottom of her heart. And I am also the same…
Just like when Kaa-sama told me that Tou-sama was your fateful destiny, I think Sirius-san is the person of my destiny.
I still can’t forget about the night when I was ‘kidnapped’, and I have warm feelings and feel excited every time I remember it.
Anyway, I also strangely yearn for Sirius-sama, and my eyes will naturally look at him. Kaa-sama… I wonder if you felt like this too?
Now, I have become just like Kaa-sama, I am traveling together with Sirius-san.
I was going to visit Kaa-sama’s, grave even though our destination was the Adlode Continent, so I stopped at this village.
Please don’t worry, since I am together with these friendly people. It is because I have also become much stronger, and everyone is strong.
“… Have you finished with your greetings, Reese?” (Emilia)
“Yes. Well then, please.” (Reese)
“Alright. I’ll be the first. Nice to meet you, my name is Emilia. As for me, Reese is my best friend…” (Emilia)
First of all, Emilia began with her introductions, but when she said I was her best friend… I felt embarrassed. It’s the way I am.
I was embarrassed while listening to Emilia’s greetings and when she was done, it was followed by Reus.
“Next is me. Uhmm, hello, I am Nee-chan’s little brother and my name is Reus. Reese-ane always takes care of me.” (Reus)
Just like Emilia, Reus was saying something that made me embarrassed. Unlike Emilia’s greetings, he told embarrassing stories like how he eats a lot, or something.
It’s not that I don’t understand him telling about what’s happened every day, but I will surely punish him after this. Emilia nodded, she doesn’t mind if I do it.
Not good, I shouldn’t forget about Hokuto. His appearance probably looks scary, but he is a very strong, cute and reliable wolf. I felt so comfortable whenever I touch him, Kaa-sama would surely want to feel him, too.
And the last one is my…
“Nice to meet you, Laura-san. I am called Sirius, and I am taking care of your daughter.” (Sirius)
…Eh? His words were ordinary, but the air around Sirius-san was slightly different. Whether or not he had made his decision, he was looking at Kaa-sama’s grave with an earnest expression.
“From now on, we are going to go around the world together with Reese. But, there is no need for you to worry. Please be assured, because I will always protect your daughter, Faeris.” (Sirius)
I realized that my face was blushing the moment I heard those words. What should I do… My face is really hot. Other than that, what are you going to do? Rather than talking about some stories, was that a… pro-… propo-… (-se)…
“Is Reese-ane alright? Her face is red, you know?” (Reus)
“That’s natural if Sirius-sama said that. That’s manly, Sirius-sama.” (Emilia)
Kaa-sama… they are my friends.
I am surrounded by my best friend and the person I like, it is fun and fulfilling.
That’s why, please don’t worry, and watch over us.
Someday, I will get married, and show you your grandchild… am I being slightly impatient?
Ehehe… yeah, forget it for now.
After that, the burning sensation on my face calmed down, but I was still full with happy feelings.
— Sirius —
After we finished visiting the grave of Reese’s mother, Laura-san, we immediately resumed the trip, after staying overnight in that village.
It was alright to stay for a few days, since it was Reese’s hometown, but Reese said she was sorry for delaying the trip because of her selfish reason. Although I was not in a hurry for the trip, there were various places that I have already thought of, so I decided to agree with her decision.
After traveling for few more days, we arrived at the port city that provided regular service to the Adlode Continent.
As I expected of a port city, it was overflowed with liveliness. After we finished checking-in the accommodations and left the carriage, we walked around the town, while the focus of attention was gathered at Hokuto. Incidentally, we already used to see wolfkin prostrating here and there.
While browsing through the stores, I came to see the harbor, where many ships were lined up, and Reus was looking here and there with an awkward face.
“Say Aniki, what are we going to do with the carriage? It can’t get on a small ship.” (Reus)
“Yeah. It has already become our house, so I can’t bring myself to leave it.” (Emilia)
“I’ve already thought about that, of course. Here, look at this.” (Sirius)
“Aah, that is Ane-sama’s…” (Reese)
What I took out was a referral letter. The insignia of Elysion was stamped on it, and if we show the letter, we would be given preferential treatment to ride on a ship. Previously, when I discussed this with Princess Lifell and Cardeas, they handled the matter very quickly.
“If we show this, we can ride a large ship that can even carry the carriage. It’s a favor from the royal family, so let’s make use of it without hesitation.” (Sirius)
“As expected of Lifell-ane. If I think about it, isn’t this the first time for us to board a ship?” (Reus)
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to it.” (Emilia)
When I first met Lior and Fea, it was because I was running across the sky. That seemed like a cheap trick, so this time, we are going to genuinely travel to the Adlode Continent on foot.
We strolled around the harbor awhile, and when we found a big ship embellished with the insignia of Elysion, I started a discussion while bringing out the referral letter.
The result was… we were easily granted permission. Rather, it seemed that they were waiting for us to come.
“Your characteristics coincide with what we have heard, there is no mistake that you are Sirius-sama. I’ve been waiting for you. Since this was a direct request from the King of Elysion, it is our responsibility to bring you to the Adlode Continent.” (??)
“Aah… Sorry about that.” (Reese)
Reese apologized to the captain with a small voice. There was no mistake that she felt sorry, because they seemed to be forced by her relative.
The departure was tomorrow morning. It seemed as if we can bring the carriage tomorrow at that time, and ride on the ship immediately.
“The ship will bring you guys, as well as one accompanied beast and one carriage. Do you know the size and weight of the carriage?” (Captain)
“Although it is made from iron, it is not too different from normal carriages. In the worst case scenario, the carriage can float, since there is a tool called a floating wheel, so it is alright to be pulled by the ship.” (Sirius)
“…What kind of carriage is that? Well, anyhow, it seems that there are no problems. Please come again tomorrow morning.” (Captain)
“Understood. Also, what have you heard about our features?” (Sirius)
“Although the cloak is the proof for anything, it was written in this letter that arrived earlier.” (Captain)
In the letter that the captain showed us, our features were certainly written, but… it was summarized like this:
‘A black-haired man with a big wolf and two silver wolfkins as his attendants.
And, a woman who has both the tolerance and kindness that’s suitable for a Saintess, with hair that’s bluer than the sea.’… That was what was written in it.
It was not wrong to call her a Saintess, but I want you to think about this a bit. Since the praise for Reese was written differently compared to the others, it was probably written by either Princess Lifell or Cardeas.
Whoever it was, it didn’t change the fact that Reese held her head under her arms. It went without saying that she wrote back and protested about the present situation in a letter, after we got back to the inn.
The next morning
After asking the Galgan Company’s branch to send the letter to Elysion, the ship that carried us and the carriage ventured forth into the sea.
While the weather was fine and comfortable sunlight was pouring down, I grasped the ship railing and was leisurely looking down on the sea while feeling the sea breeze.
“Uhyoo-! This is the best!” (Reus)
Reus was in high spirits, shouting loudly at the top of the large mast that stood in the center of the ship. Reus was making an imposing pose on an unstable spot, which had no safety rope attached to it, but there was no problem for Reus in terms of his sense of balance.
Hokuto was sunbathing at the corner of the deck. Since this ship provided regular services, there were other passengers and sailors looking interestingly at Hokuto, but no one approached him, maybe they were scared? His fur was messy because of the winds, I guess I’ll have to brush him later.
Reese stood next to me, she closed her eyes and seemed delighted while enjoying the breeze. Because of the winds, Reese’s fluttering blue hair was lovely. It made me a bit charmed. If I took a photo of this scene and sent it to her father and sister, I wonder if they will die in agony?
Reese, whose line-of-sight matched with mine while I was thinking about such silly things, clapped her hands as if she remembered something, and threw a question.
“Come to think of it, I heard from Tou-sama that people taking a ship for the first time will get seasickness. Why are we alright?” (Reese)
“You don’t feel uncomfortable at the moment, right? In the first place, seasickness is…” (Sirius)
To explain it simply, seasickness is a symptom that occurs when one’s sense of balance goes wrong due to the shaking of the ship. My disciples were even training their sense of balance, so the possibility of getting seasickness should be extremely small. Reese nodded many times while raising a voice of admiration, due to my explanation.
Nevertheless, she is a really enthusiastic child when it comes to diseases and treatments. She is an expert in treatment magic. If she keeps learning, she will probably be able to become a doctor known throughout the world. I am not sure what she wants to be, but if she discovers her goal, I will give her my full support.
“…I see, I will learn it. But Emilia seems to be different.” (Reese)
“Emilia, is it? She certainly does look strange.” (Sirius)
“Yeah. She didn’t seem to be feeling good after we got on the ship, and she is, somehow, absent minded or… look, over there.” (Reese)
Emilia was standing on the other side of the railings, opposite to us. Normally, she would stand by me, but today, she kept watching the sea vaguely, away from me.
There was sorrow ‘floating’ around her, so I left Reese and stood next to Emilia. Reese was doing a guts pose behind my back.
“Aah… Sirius-sama” (Emilia)
“What happened, Emilia? Are you alright?” (Sirius)
“Such a thing is… No, that’s right, isn’t it? In fact, I think I am feeling miserable.” (Emilia)
“Can you tell me the reason?” (Sirius)
Emilia nodded quietly and she began to talk sporadically, while looking at the horizon.
“Our target is the settlement of silver wolfkins that we lived in, right?” (Emilia)
“That’s right. I am planning to make graves for your parents, but I want to give my greetings, above all. Reese is a bit different but, your master is me… right?” (Sirius)
“For you to even want to do that for our sake, I am really happy with Sirius-sama’s feelings. But… although it is my hometown, although it was a place where I lived with my parents that I loved… I do not know where it is. I feel miserable…” (Emilia)
“It can’t be helped. Emilia hardly left the village, am I correct?” (Sirius)
“Yes. I understand that I am overthinking this and being selfish. However, we’re the ones who should lead you… so I am, somehow, feeling miserable. I’m sorry.” (Emilia)
For her to fret over this and become unusually sad, that was the reason she became unstable, since she was worried about being able to return to her destroyed hometown. Even if it’s not a big deal, she was probably worrying more than necessary.
As for her, it’s a mental trauma because of the tragedies that happened to her family in their hometown. It probably can’t be helped, since her parents were eaten before her, but this was not something I can say.
Emilia has to overcome this trauma herself.
I do not know what will happen to Emilia when the time comes, but… I guess it’s too early to worry. Let alone her hometown, we still haven’t reached the continent yet.
Anyway, let’s calm her down. When I stroked Emilia’s head like usual, her tail was wagging slightly. Since her tail was slightly wagging, she still was not in her usual condition.
“Even if you feel miserable or something else, you have to cherish yourself more. If you are depressed like this from now on, you will collapse before you return to your hometown. I will be bothered if that happens.” (Sirius)
“Bothered… is it? Fufu, I’d be unworthy as an attendant if I make my master worry. Erina-san would get angry.” (Emilia)
“That’s true. Hey, think more about pleasant things, and boost your mood. Do you want anything?” (Sirius)
“Really? If that’s so… please stroke me more.” (Emilia)
“That’s fine. But, do you not get tired of this? I stroke you almost every day, don’t I?” (Sirius)
“Nope. I can feel Sirius-sama’s kindness from this, and there is no way I can get tired of it.” (Emilia)
Since her tail was swinging like usual, it seemed like she finally regained her usual tone. When I looked at the back, Reese was nodding and smiling. She appeared to be satisfied.
After that, I fulfilled her requests for a while.
“Sirius-sama, may I borrow your shoulder?” (Emilia)
“There is no need for you to hesitate.” (Sirius)
“Sirius-sama, will you brush me later, please?” (Emilia)
“That is in my plan.” (Sirius)
“Sirius-sama, would you let me bite your shoulder?” (Emilia)
“…Stop it. I will bleed if you bite me now.” (Sirius)
“Yeah. I’ll give up.” (Emilia)
…That was dangerous.
For a moment, I thought of giving her permission, but I was glad that I refused her.
She gave up her request, and when I stroked Emilia’s head, who was leaning against my shoulder, Reus’ loud voice rang out.
“Aniki-! There are big fishes swimming on the other side! It’s amazing!” (Reus)
The mood suddenly disappeared, Emilia was in a slightly bad mood, but she immediately smiled and hugged my arm.
There was a sufficient possibility that she’ll be upset when she sees her wrecked hometown, but this is a trial that they must face, one day. I want her to overcome it, somehow.
If not, I…
Unlike the Melifest Continent, there are vast forests here and there on the Adlode Continent.
There were numerous beastkins in the continent’s population ratio, and a large variety of tribes were living there compared to the Melifest Continent. Roughly speaking, if the Melifest Continent had a majority of the human population, the Adlode Continent has more of the beastkin population.
Besides that, they had fewer large cities like Elysion compared to the Melifest Continent, so it can be said that there are numerous small villages and settlements on the Adlode Continent.
It was the early evening when we arrived at the only entrance to the Adlode Continent, Meziluna. (TLN: The name in raw is メジルナ)
Since it was already too late to gather information about the silver wolf tribe, we decided to take our time to rest, after showing the referral later from the ship’s captain at the inn. Since my disciples were not used to the ship, they fell asleep as soon as they got on the bed.
No… except for Emilia, I had to stroke her to make her sleep, and I could only sleep after finishing that difficult task.
The next day, we left the carriage at the inn and strolled around the town, while gathering information.
The day reached afternoon when we showed our faces at the adventurer’s guild and looked through the stalls that held rare ingredients and magic tools. And then, we entered a nearby dining room, ordered our meals and summarized the information we’ve gathered.
“This is delicious, but I think the taste is quite manipulated because of the spices.” (Reese)
“It is not the taste of the ingredients themselves, but it seems that the main flavor is from the spices. Unlike Sirius-sama’s dishes, the delicacy here is missing.” (Emilia)
“Well, it is different between cultures and continents. The spices and seasonings used are quite different. Perhaps, this is… shall we look it up later?” (Sirius)
“Ooo! Aniki, are you coming up with new dishes again?” (Reus)
“Maybe I am. Just wait awhile.” (Sirius)
I finished eating while being amazed at my disciples, who responded like children, and then, I decided to organize the information we’ve gathered, while drinking the fruit juices we ordered.
And the result of listening at the adventurer’s guild and gathering information in the town in half a day…
“There is almost no information about the silver wolf tribe at all…” (Reese)
“There are settlements in the forest in the east and the west… but it is merely ambiguous information.” (Sirius)
Although the population is definitely not small, because they live in the depths of the forest, there is almost no information at present.
Other than that, even though Hokuto was gathering attention whenever we walked in the town, there were also a lot of people paying attention to Emilia and Reus. Some of them seemed to be slave merchants, and some of them asked to negotiate with me.
“The Onii-san over there, are you really managing those silver wolfkins? Can you sell them to me with your asking price?” (Slave Merchant 1)
“They are wearing unusual collars. Besides, the breed is also good… so thirty for the girl, and twenty for the boy, how about that?” (Slave Merchant 2)
“Oi, you. I’m not sure what kind of noble are you, but those silver wolfkins are… buhhh!?” (Slave Merchant 3)
It looks like the chokers worn by Emilia and Reus were mistaken as some kind of collar, so apparently, they thought that the siblings were my slaves.
I clearly refused those who were polite, but for those who were rude, I casually beat them and drove them away. Even though they were my disciples and attendants, they were believed to be slaves. The siblings were surely feeling frustrated…
“Eh? If I am seen as Sirius-sama’s slave, I don’t really mind that.” (Emilia)
“If I can stay around Aniki, anything is good.” (Reus)
They acted like usual as always. We gathered information, while some irritating bunch focused their attention on Hokuto midway, so we couldn’t obtain any reliable information about the silver wolf tribe.
Nevertheless, there were a lot of stories in general that they were seen the western forest. Let’s gather information like this for just a bit longer and if there is nothing, we can head over there tomorrow.
“Is it our turn now?” (Emilia)
“Just as you said. Let’s search with your intuition and smell. It is likely that they will appear from the other side because they are of a similar tribe.” (Sirius)
“Leave it to me, Aniki.” (Reus)
Our plan from midday, after we left the dining room, was to go to the slums area of the town. The possibility of getting involved with a foolish bunch increases dramatically, but unexpected information can be obtained like this, and there were information shops lurking around.
Although I brought my disciples across the continent at such an age, I intended to let them learn new things, and that’s why I brought them here. Since there were unique rules in such places, you never get close if you don’t understand them, or if you want to go, never go alone.
“If you go ahead, you’ll see more some troublesome bunches. Do not get close, unless it is necessary.” (Sirius)
“Understood. By the way, Sirius-san, where did you get such experience? “ (Reese)
“…I have learned a lot. We can talk about that later. Anyway, don’t leave me… What’s wrong, Emilia?” (Sirius)
“Sirius-sama, the smell from over there is…” (Emilia)
“Nee-chan, too? Well, there is no mistake, then.” (Reus)
When I tried to step into the slums, Emilia and Reus didn’t move, while looking at a certain direction.
Since sanitation was not prepared for the slums, the unpleasant smell was spread around, but the siblings didn’t seem to be affected, since they were showing serious expressions. Since we were entirely guided by the siblings, we followed after them, while watching the surroundings.
We continued walking a while, and came to a building that was slightly away from the slums. Even if say so, the place we were at was accessible from a passage between two buildings. The siblings stopped and stared at one spot, where people would usually rarely pass through.
“…Is there anything here?” (Sirius)
“Yes. I’m sorry for doing this arbitrarily. However, I am attracted to this place.” (Emilia)
“Aniki, over there.” (Reus)
There was garbage scattered at the passage that people rarely pass by, and Reus was pointing at a lump of garbage. No, it seemed that there was a human leg that can be seen from inside the trash. That person appeared to be alive, because the leg moved a bit.
“That person has a similar smell to us. Perhaps… I think that person is a silver wolfkin like us.” (Emilia)
“Aniki, that person is…” (Reus)
“Aah, do whatever you want.” (Sirius)
“Thank you very much.” (Emilia)
When they saw me nod, the siblings approached that person. The person was a female silver wolfkin, who had the silver wolf’s ears and tail. Her age was in the late twenties, there was no evidence of being roughed up, but she was considerably debilitated due to the slavery collar that was attached. Maybe, she ran away from a slave merchant. She was barefooted and there was blood flowing from behind the foot.
There was a boy, about five years old, by her side, and from their similar faces and hairstyle, it seemed that they were definitely a mother and her son.
The mother and son from the silver wolf tribe were surprised to see us, who suddenly arrived, and the mother hugged her son to protect him, while being alert as tears fell.
“Who are you!?” (SW Mother) (TLN: I simplify the female as mother since it is too long to write silver wolfkin mother)(ED: I think that putting SW for Silver Wolf makes it easier)
“Excuse me, I’m sorry. We didn’t come to harm you, so please, you can be at ease.” (Emilia)
“Look, we don’t having any weapons, right?” (Reus)
“You guys… are similar to us?” (SW Mother)
“Yes, we are a silver wolfkin. Would you please explain the situation, so that we can help you?” (Emilia)
“Aah… I am grateful. I do not know who you are, but I have a favor to ask. Please, somehow, bring this child to a safe place…” (SW Mother)
The mother was relieved because Emilia and Reus were from the same tribe, but her face immediately became serious, and then she was trying to hand the child she held to her chest to Emilia…
“I don’t want it! I want to be together with Okaa-san!” (SW Child)
“No, you can’t! Even if you are alone, you should run away!” (SW Mother)
The child was desperately clinging to his mother because he didn’t want to be separated.
According to the situation, the mother herself realized that she couldn’t escape, because of the slavery collar was attached to her, and she was depending on Emilia, even if it meant that her child had to escape alone.
For her to depend on Emilia, even though they met for the first time, that must be the strength of the bond of being from the same tribe, which was the characteristic of the silver wolf tribe.
Emilia continued to look closely at the mother-and-son duo, who didn’t stop looking at each other.
“Nee-chan, anyway, for now…” (Reus)
“Yeah. Well, we are not only going to help the child, but we also want to help you. Can you please calm down and explain the situation?” (Emilia)
“We’re not in a situation where we can calm down. If we don’t hurry, those guys will…” (SW Mother)
When the mother raised her voice, I felt the presence of people approaching, so I invoked [Search]. As expected, I felt five reactions approaching here.
“Reus… which one do you want?” (Sirius)
“The more, the better. Since I’m feeling irritated.” (Reus)
“That way, then. I’m just saying this, but don’t kill them, you know?” (Sirius)
Reus went in the direction we just came from, while I went to the other side to protect Emilia, and the mother-and-son duo. Reus had three, while I had two at the same time.
“What are you guys? Don’t stand in the way, leave at once.” (??)
“I don’t know about that. You guys go back.” (Reus)
“What’s with this brat? No, isn’t this guy a silver wolfkin? If I look closely, there is also another one at the back, right? And she is a woman.” (??)
“That’s good. It’s perfect for the client’s requirements.” (??)
When I looked at the hands of those guys, there was a small tattoo carved on them. According to the information that I got when I was sneaking around last night, there was no doubt that the tattoo was representing the underground organization that was based in this town. It was too much trouble to be suddenly involved with the underground, but I was a bit concerned about few things.
The men were approaching while smirking. They stopped, drew their weapons, and I asked them a question.
“I have a question, are you guys members of [Daughtress]?” (Sirius) (TLN: The raw says 『ドートレス』, it is a Gundam reference. Thanks to Hendri!)
“Heh, you know, huh? That’s right, we’re members of the number one organization in this town. If you understand, give me that mother and son silver wolfkin. If not, you’ll be the enemy of the downtown, you know?” (??)
“The questions are not over, yet. No matter how I look at that mother and son, aren’t you kidnapping them? Is this the organization’s decision?” (Sirius)
“Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter. Before you see a painful experience…” (??)
“Sorry, that is important. I will force you to tell me.” (Sirius)
Honestly, this hooligan organization, assuming they are big and with backings, is not our enemy.
I slipped into the bosom of the guy who didn’t understand the difference in power, and hit his stomach hard enough that he didn’t faint. The remaining guy approached to rescue his friend, but Hokuto interrupted and easily threw him by hitting him with his forefoot.
When I was done, Reus’ side was also done. At the same time as the opening, Reus struck two men with his partner, [Silver Fang], and they were hurled and sank into a building. Reus kicked the wrist of the remaining man, who drew his sword, flipped the sword, punched his face, and it was finished.
Maybe because he was irritated by those men, I heard a sound of breaking bones, but there would be no problem because they were alive.
I ordered him to tie the fallen men, while I forcibly raised the face of the guy I had, who was still groaning, by grabbing his hair.
“The ones who felt pain were you guys. Now, let’s hear that one more time.” (Sirius)
“Gehoo… to do such thing… just…” (??)
“Just answer my question right away. Was this the organization’s decision or your decision to kidnap the silver wolfkin? Your life will end here if you don’t answer quickly, you know?” (Sirius)
“Gohoo… guhh… it was a request. It was a request that was directed towards us… asking for female silver wolfkin.” (??)
“…Understood. Go to sleep.” (Sirius)
This time, I gave a blow that ‘reaped’ his consciousness, and the man was completely silent. After securing the area, we turned our heads, and the mother-and-son duo made a tiny scream, but Emilia got in between us and calmed them down.
“It’s alright. That person is our master, and the other one is my little brother. As you can see, they have defeated those men, and since they will never harm you, please calm down and listen to what we say.” (Emilia)
“Y-yes… who on earth are you? Besides, your collar is…” (SW Mother)
“This is just an accessory. Besides, please look at me. Does my appearance look like someone who was treated with cruelty?” (Emilia)
“N-no. It doesn’t seem to be that way. And, you look very happy.” (SW Mother)
The mother regained herself when she looked at Emilia’s smile. She released the child she was embracing and stroked his head.
Yes, I am happy to serve that person. It seems you have calmed down. So first, let us remove that collar.” (Emilia)
“Emilia, I found it.” (Sirius)
“Thank you very much. This is…” (SW Mother)
I checked the bosom of the fallen man, and found the key to the collar. Then, I handed it to Emilia.
Emilia’s hand immediately took the key, and the collar fell to the ground with a dull sound. The mother tightly hugged her child while crying, and they confirmed each other’s safety.
Emilia looked at the mother-and-son duo as if she was seeing something dazzling.
“That was great, Sirius-san. As expected, it is no good if a mother is not together with her child.” (Reese)
“Aah… but it’s going to get more troublesome.” (Sirius)
While sighing, I looked down at the men who were tied by Reus’ hands.
When I heard their story, it seemed that they were directly requested to kidnap people from the silver wolf tribe. Therefore, there was a possibility that their organization was not involved. Rather, if their organization allowed it, they deserved to be called a foolish organization.
This town is not a big town, but if you are an organization that controls this town, you should understand the danger of putting your hands on the silver wolf tribe. Thus, these men are basically doing things on their own.
Since disposing them was troublesome, we planned to leave them around here, but it seemed that there was a possibility that those guys would tell funny stories when they returned to their base.
Although it seemed better to put up a face as repayment for these men, including the meaning of confirmation, it was better to listen to the story from the mother-and-son duo before that.
The mother and her son were hugging each other, but Reese noticed the mother’s foot. She went to Emilia’s side and asked the mother whether she could treat her.
“Uhmm… I am a human, but, if you don’t mind, can I treat your foot?” (Reese)
“This person is my friend, so you can trust her. Since I am also worried about your injuries, will you accept her treatment?” (Emilia)
“Y-yeah. It seems I can trust her because she is your friend. Then, can you please help us?” (SW Mother)
It was probably because she was persuaded by someone from the same tribe, the mother obediently received the treatment.
While looking at the spectacle of the water that was released by Reese’s magic covering her foot, I slowly approached them, so that they don’t become cautious.
“I am sorry to ask this during the treatment, but you were kidnapped, am I right? Will it be alright to ask you for the details?” (Sirius)
“Ah… yes. We…” (SW Mother)
According to the story of the mother, there was a settlement where the mother-and-son duo lived in the western forest, and they seemed to have been strolling through forest to find ingredients, such as fruits.
However, they couldn’t easily find them, and then, they encountered those men when they were a bit further away. The men targeted the child, and it seemed that they were caught because they were outnumbered.
Although the slavery collar was put on, she made a surprise attack when she was brought to this town and ran away, But, the mother, who was weakened by the collar, was exhausted when they reached this place.
“My child was safe because there was only one collar, but I couldn’t leave him…” (SW Mother)
And she wanted her child to escape even if he was by himself, that was why she asked for our help when we appeared.
We had no problem saving the mother-and-son duo. Although it was imprudent, it was thanks to Emilia and Reus that we got the clues to the silver wolf tribe’s settlement. It was a reward for working hard today, I guess.
As I learned the story from the victims, with this, it seems I will have to go to the organisation’s base without reservation.
“Thank you very much. We will escort you to the settlement tomorrow, so please rest at the inn.” (Sirius)
“Why are you helping us?” (SW Mother)
“Please listen to the details from Emilia. Emilia, Reese. Take care of them.” (Sirius)
“Understood. Sirius-sama, where are you going?” (Emilia)
“Do you mean that we can’t go?” (Reese)
“There’s still something left to cleanup. We have to take them somewhere to rest quickly, and Reus, guard these two to…” (Sirius)
When I thought about it, I came to the slum areas to study the underground society.
I really don’t want Emilia and Reese to be involved, but it would be better for Reus to have such experiences, so let’s not make him do the escorting duty.
“No, Reus will be with me. Hokuto, take care of the girls.” (Sirius)
“Is it alright for me to go with you, Aniki? Hehe, I got it.” (Reus)
If anything, I would be glad if you can understand about women. Hokuto, who got his orders, went before the mother-and-son duo, and barked, asking them to ride on his back.
“T-this person, could he be…!? I can’t do such a terrible thing! I-I can walk, so…” (SW Mother)
“I understand your feelings, but you are considerably tired, so it’s better not to push yourself.” (Emilia)
“Hiii!? U-understood, please let me get on!” (SW Mother)
…On the contrary, she didn’t feel relieve, but don’t think too much about it.
Since Emilia and the others already left to the other side, shall we get to business at once?
It seems that the mother-and-son duo were caught yesterday, and they were probably going to be delivered by tomorrow.
I wonder what kind of faces I will see.
“Well then, shall we head out, Reus?” (Sirius)
Reus was unusually happy, while carrying those men, and I started looking out for the base of [Daughtress].
“Lifell-sama, a letter from Reese-sama has arrived.” (Senia)
“Really!? Oh wow… he said words like a proposal. It seems you’re doing well. Besides… let me leave this for a bit.” (Lifell)
“Hime-sama, where are you going?” (Senia)
“Otou-san’s place. Otou-san, look at this!” (Lifell)
“What is it, Lifell? You didn’t even knock. What! From Reese!? Let me see… humph! If it’s me, I would give her more passionate words!” (Cardeas)
“That’s not it. No, that is important, but quickly look at the end.” (Lifell)
“Hmmm… what? We overdid it!? It was splendidly written, but… as expected, you’re not happy with being called ‘Saintess’?” (Cardeas)
“If ‘Saintess’ is no good… it should be ‘Angel’! Because that child is our angel!” (Lifell)
“That’s it!” (Cardeas)
“Reese-sama… she’s going to have a hard time.” (Senia)
“I can’t stop them. I’m sorry, Reese-sama.” (Melt)
The criminal was not one, but both of them.
One day, it suddenly came to me when I was brushing Hokuto.
Hokuto… can he swim?
And then, I made a demonstration for him, but…
A violent splash of water was made, Hokuto was swimming and he was entirely like a motorboat.
Although he wasn’t at the same speed as the real machine, the amount of water being splashed wasn’t lost at all.
“After all, it’s because he’s doing a dog paddle, huh?” (Sirius)
It was a cute appearance, if you close your eyes at the speed and the splashes of water.