Do I Really Have to Solve Every Problem in This World?!
The open plains graced by calm winds confused the group though needless to say they could only wander around looking for clues. Lea clung to Yuuta as Nello stooped down finding a jade orb, it glistened in the sunlight as if absorbing it for him to peer within.
He saw something...someone in fact to which the figure took notice and looked right back at him with cause for concern.
"Y-Yuuta! I think you need to see this!"
Nello quickly ran over and presented the orb in front of him. Hoping for him to see the figure inside but to his dismay there was nothing to take note of.
"What is it Nello?"
Nello looked at the orb, then sighing as he cast it aside in the grass then walking towards a tree stump. Puzzled, Lea turned to Yuuta as he picked up the discarded orb shortly after.
"Yuuta, what do we do now?"
"Well, that guy did say there are challenges to accomplish for this test. I just don't know what we're doing though, it's best we explore our surroundings for the time being."
Yuuta looked at the orb calmly, then caressed it in his hand. It was warm, too warm in fact to be just any inanimate object. Shaking his head he placed it in his breast pocket with Celeste.
"Right, we'd best get moving along since we don't know how long we're supposed to be here anyway."
"You're right, but we've never really gone hunting or looking for food on our own though."
Yuuta smirked in response to this as he tapped his visor as it soon generated his UI though while he had no signal the amount of offline data he had already downloaded was sufficient for his needs.
"In order to better provide for ourselves, we need to first find a high vantage point for us to scout the area. There may be a town or village nearby, we may even be able to find out where we are if we were sent somewhere in the outskirts of the city."
As they conversed about a survival plan, Nello meanwhile was a little disappointed in himself, thinking that he was a fool to think there was someone inside an orb of all things. However, he noticed something in the distance...and it wasn't friendly. Quickly running towards the others fear filled his mind as he soon lost focus on the orb but on the mysterious figure.
"Guys! We gotta go! Something's coming!"
"Nello? What's wro-"
Lea paled while Yuuta grimly looked at the approaching figure...it was a corpse, a moving corpse for that matter but its raspy voice chilled the surrounding area as the life was drained away with every step it took towards them. Yuuta knew he wouldn't be able to protect them from this, because he knew exactly what this fiend was...
"A Lich...of all things..."
"You two take cover in the forest, I'll distract it and come after you soon."
Lea immediately pouted in response to this and grabbed Yuuta's hand while Nello was lost in thought from the traumatizing figure in front of them.
"What?! We have to run away!"
"Yeah I think running is much preferred...."
The Lich wasn't slowing its pace, as rotting flesh coated the dying ground. Yuuta didn't have time to think, he had to act and fast!
"LEA GET DOWN!"
Yuuta gathered a ball of light in his hands as the Lich reached out to grab them as its fingers near his face Yuuta immediately thrust the orb into it.
'Spirits of Light, Heed your servant! Expel this heathen from your sight!'
"3 Rays of Light!"
The Lich groaned in response as the attack coursed through its body and it sudden lashed out at Yuuta striking his face with its putrid claws trying to take him with it.
Lea cried out to Yuuta as he slowly began to collapse, but a light glowed from both pockets as two figures appeared where one banished the Lich entirely where the other caught Yuuta as his face was darkened by the poisoned claw he began to cough blood. Shortly after, the figure embraced Yuuta as a soft green hue covered his body with his wounds healing.
"Yuuta, you really shouldn't be so reckless..."
"Now Celeste, that isn't a way to comfort the poor boy."
"I didn't ask for your opinion....sister"
Celeste, after purifying the deceased land turned towards the endearing figure caressing a slumbering Yuuta crossed her arms as if this scene was rather displeasing.
"I had a hunch that it was you, but here of all places?"
"It's true, it's been millennia since we've met Celeste."
"Um...Celeste-san....who is this?"
Lea, trembling with shock was even more surprised by the sheer difference between the two.
'Big Sister, Little Sister, but why do they refer to each other as the opposite?!'
The "Big" sister, stroking Yuuta's face happily turned to Lea as if knowing her thoughts where Celeste sighs then burying her face in her hand.
"Allow me to explain! My name is Shiyori, I'm Celeste's Younger Sister and Patron Maiden of The Winds sure I may look more mature but Celeste is indeed the older one between us and is actually the oldest if I recall."
Shiyori was puzzled about this, but simply nodded as she looked below at the young boy.
"So Celeste, how'd you find this one?"
"Don't tell me he just suddenly found you?"
Celeste walked up to Shiyori, grabbing her head and pulling it close to her face.
"Aiieeee! Celeste-chan what are you doing?! He's sleeping!"
"That's "Onee-sama" to you Shiyori, and don't you forget it!"
Releasing her hold on Shiyori, Celeste puffed her cheeks blushing red.
"He was only a child when his parents found me, they gave me over to him once they found out who I was. They kindly asked me to watch over him throughout his days, I wasn't interested but their sudden death soon after that request was alarming so I consented to the request."
Celeste looked to the rich blue sky...reflecting back to those mere moments in her long time existing...
"What's even worse, is that I know what happened to them..."