Chapter 7:

Vol. 1 Ch. 7 Dreams stuck in time

Quina


Chapter 7Bookmark here

DreamsBookmark here

I woke at at 7:00am because something warm was wrapping around my body.Bookmark here

"Ummm Onee-chan?"Bookmark here

"Did I wake you up? Sorry about that!"Bookmark here

It was Onee-chan, she was hugging me while I was lying down on the bench.Bookmark here

She was wearing her uniform, which is a black blazer over a white polo with a red necktie. The lower part is a red skirt with black stripes.Bookmark here

"Onee-chan, you're gonna fall..."Bookmark here

"Heehee, no I'm not... let's stay like this for 5 more minutes."Bookmark here

"Sensei banned you from doing this, right?"Bookmark here

"She said 'No Sleeping with Center-chan', we aren't asleep now are we?"Bookmark here

"Well, that is true..."Bookmark here

This is dangerous though, the reason is that it's dangerous is that if ever she does this again and I am wounded, I will flinch and she will definitely notice.Bookmark here

"Onee-chan... you'll be late if you do this."Bookmark here

"It doesn't matter, it's only 5 minutes."Bookmark here

"Okay, from now on I ban you from doing this again."Bookmark here

"What?! Why Center-chan?!"Bookmark here

"I'm worried about you Onee-chan... I don't want you to be late because of me..."Bookmark here

Well, the reason is so that you won't find out that I'm wounded.Bookmark here

"Heehee, you're so cute Center-chan, next time I would wake up earlier and do this so I won't be late."Bookmark here

"But if you do that... I would lack sleep and I won't grow up fast."Bookmark here

"If that's the case, then I'll come earlier! I don't want you to grow up!"Bookmark here

"Onee-chan... I want to grow up you know? I don't want to stay a kid for the rest of my life."Bookmark here

"Buu, what's the problem with that? If you grow up, you won't be little anymore."Bookmark here

"No matter what I am Onee-chan... you will always be my Onee-chan."Bookmark here

"Kyaaa! You're too sweet Center-chan! Okay then... as your reward, I will only do this every other day!"Bookmark here

"Onee-chan."Bookmark here

"Buuu, Fine! But I'll hug you every night when you come in the store, okay?"Bookmark here

"Okay then."Bookmark here

Well... at least I won't be caught off-guard and I can prepare myself from flinching when my wounds get squeezed.Bookmark here

Onee-chan let me go after 5 minutes.Bookmark here

"Well, off I go to school!"Bookmark here

"Bye, Onee-chan..."Bookmark here

"Before I go... Good Morning Center-chan! Have a nice day!"Bookmark here

She walked to school happily.Bookmark here

Onee-chan really is a very cheerful person.Bookmark here

Since I am awake, I went to the pharmacy and read the potion books.Bookmark here

During this time, only me, Xeline, and Sensei are present. So it's very peaceful. By the way... when I say peaceful...Bookmark here

*Baaaaaangggg!*Bookmark here

"Ahhh! My eyes!!! This will provide as a great escaping tool when facing off enemies! One of my greatest creations!"Bookmark here

Yes, this is peaceful.Bookmark here

Every time I read I hear weird things happen every 20 minutes or so. And the source is that crazy girl. I got so used to it that I already call it peaceful.Bookmark here

Oh, there's one more thing... It's...3...2....1.... now!Bookmark here

*Thud**Thud**Thud**Thud* Open*Bookmark here

Someone came in my room and you probably know who it is.Bookmark here

The crazy girl who just went in is currently getting materials.Bookmark here

"Hey, what are you looking at?"Bookmark here

"I'm making a commentary in my mind about how much of a little brat you are."Bookmark here

"Making a commentary alone? I guess you call me crazy but it seem that you only say that to make yourself feel better."Bookmark here

"I guess you just don't have the imagination to do things like this huh? I guess brats that pretend to be smart are always like this."Bookmark here

This happens... We always argue... Bookmark here

....and sometimes this happen.Bookmark here

"—Bring it on!"Bookmark here

"Prepare to lose!"Bookmark here

Our Question and answer duel commences and I don't make progress on reading books and she doesn't make progress in making potions.Bookmark here

When 10:30am comes.Bookmark here

"You two, you come to the library at this time right? you better end it in a draw and save it for next time."Bookmark here

"I guess you escaped this time."Bookmark here

"I purposely said wrong answers to play with a stupid monkey."Bookmark here

"You two better stop it."Bookmark here

""Haiiiii.""Bookmark here

Sensei will stop us from fighting then I would go to the library.Bookmark here

Xeline needs to prepare going to school first because she goes straight to school after being in the library.Bookmark here

Of course I don't wait for her so I just go ahead of time.Bookmark here

I went to the Library to read books.Bookmark here

I picked up a book from a shelf.Bookmark here

I went back to the counter and sat beside the Berserker.Bookmark here

The book I got was 'Knights and the benifits of being one.'Bookmark here

The reason I got this is because of what Aura-nee said yesterday, about the 'Golden Knights'.Bookmark here

I opened the book and started to read.Bookmark here

[Knights are people who receive the 'Knight's blessing'. They call it that but it is the same as the adventurer's blessing, only that they are able to become stronger against an adventurer is considered a criminal or traitor. There are three colors of knight, the gray knight, silver knight, and golden knight.Bookmark here

A gray knight is considered as a town guard or a town police. They are given the authority to stop adventurers from going out of control, apprehend criminals, or defend the town against monsters. A person can only become a gray knight after going through harsh training and disciplinary education for 5 years after turning 15. People who train as Apprentice knight while still being a minor doesn't need to go through the 5 years and can be gray knights effectively.Bookmark here

A silver knight is a gray knight that have achieved level 40. They have the same authorities as the gray knight but they have the power to command the gray knights. They are also in charge of monitoring Golden knights.Bookmark here

A golden knight is an adventurer that is appointed by the Palace of the Royal family. A golden knight is required to be an adventurer to be at least level 80. They have the same authority as a silver knight. A golden knight has the authority to command silver knights, but silver knights also monitor them and report their deeds to the knights guild and the palace. The reason for this is because they didn't receive proper knight training and are simply high level adventurers.Bookmark here

There is only be a total of 12 Golden knights, the reason being that the bonus blessing they receive can only be taken by 12 people. Golden Knights have a lot of responsibilities. Eight are needed to be present in the capital and the other 4 going out on missions or taking a break if allowed to.Bookmark here

Each gate, North, South, East, West, are guarded by one Golden Knight each. The other 4 golden knights are on standby, and will also take shifts during this time.]Bookmark here

"Those 12 must be the strongest right? or, maybe there are also some others who doesn't like it but just want to be a free adventurer."Bookmark here

If it was me, I don't want that troublesome position.Bookmark here

I notice Xeline come in and she was in her uniform.Bookmark here

It was the same as Onee-chan, Black blazer, white polo, Red Necktie, Red skirt with stripes.Bookmark here

Since she's not in her usual one piece when I see her like this, she looks different.Bookmark here

She's kind of cute.Bookmark here

Wait, what the hell am I thinking? That crazy brat? Cute? No way!Bookmark here

"What's wrong with you?"Bookmark here

"Shut up, Babaa."Bookmark here

I lost consciousness.Bookmark here

This just reminds me that I need to be more careful in calling her Babaa, I thought I would be able to dodge the attack but it looks like I can't stop a berserkers rage.Bookmark here

I woke up and I was still in the library.Bookmark here

"You didn't even send me to the clinic?!"Bookmark here

"Hmpf!"Bookmark here

Looking at the time, it was already 12:10pm.Bookmark here

Xeline was gone, probably went to school and ate lunch there.Bookmark here

Is she properly making friends there?Bookmark here

Wait, why should I care?Bookmark here

I went to the exit and before going out.Bookmark here

".... Bye babaa!"Bookmark here

I ran for my life and made sure she didn't chase me.Bookmark here

I ate lunch on my bench then headed to the woodworker shop to practice playing Piano.Bookmark here

Pine just watched me play the piano like always.Bookmark here

He would just mess with me for a little when I go in, then get serious when I'm playing.Bookmark here

On my way out.Bookmark here

*Thud* *Thud* *Thud*Bookmark here

"[Goodbye!!!]"Bookmark here

"Yeah."Bookmark here

She nodded and went back upstairs.Bookmark here

"Is this an everyday thing?"Bookmark here

"Yes, she probably won't meet you that much so she just wants to at least see your face once."Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"I don't know, maybe--"Bookmark here

I realized that that guy was about to mess with me again so I ran out.Bookmark here

I went to the Training Area and practiced my archery.Bookmark here

After an hour, Varii entered the Area.Bookmark here

"Hey, Cool Girl, Aura-nee said that I should help you with your training."Bookmark here

"If it's okay with you, then I'll be in your care, Cool kid."Bookmark here

"But still.... I'm not even an adventurer, can I really match Aura-nee in detecting? I mean... I don't have the blessing."Bookmark here

"I think it would be fine."Bookmark here

We went to the Sneaking area.Bookmark here

I went to the center and wore my blindfold.Bookmark here

"I'm set, Cool girl!"Bookmark here

I didn't move and concentrated on feeling the surroundings.Bookmark here

Soft vibrations, small wind changes, sounds, and presence.Bookmark here

I felt a presence on my left side and I reached out to it.Bookmark here

"?!"Bookmark here

"Oh, looks like I got you."Bookmark here

"So you could do it after all? Let's try again."Bookmark here

We did it for 2 hours and we finally finished.Bookmark here

Cool Girl was leaning on the wall and breathing heavilyBookmark here

"Haaa...Haaa... You're too good... you're better than Senpai, I didn't even get cross even once."Bookmark here

"Maybe I'm just lucky."Bookmark here

"You... are you really not an adventurer?"Bookmark here

I wasn't also expecting catching her every time.Bookmark here

Maybe I got used to detecting enemies in the field. Every night I sneak and detect enemies around the area to make sure that when I 1v1 a Mini Bear, no one can interrupt. And while in battle, I also don't let my guard down on detecting the surroundings. If another monster joins, I'll surely die.Bookmark here

"You can go back to archery training now..."Bookmark here

"Are you sure?"Bookmark here

"Yeah... I only need 2 hours of practice, I'll head out and hunt monster later on a further field."Bookmark here

We went out and I started archery, she sat behind me on a bench and rest.Bookmark here

"You still have strength to practice?"Bookmark here

"I didn't move that much... you're only tired because sneaking is much more tiring than detecting."Bookmark here

"Yeah you're right"Bookmark here

I shot an arrow and hit the 500 meter target.Bookmark here

I almost missed again but this time, it is closer to the bulls-eye.Bookmark here

"I've been wondering... why are people staring at me when I practice?"Bookmark here

I noticed this before but people are watching me when I practice.Bookmark here

"Of course they would watch, a little kid which is a non-adventurer practices archery at 500 meter range? You don't see that everyday."Bookmark here

"Why? Is that really amazing the others shoot at 1500 meters and hit the bulseye right? I just shoot at the 500 meter and don't hit the bullseye."Bookmark here

"Hitting the 500 meter range may be easy when you become an archer adventurer because of the blessing, but without the blessing, it's almost impossible when you're a beginner."Bookmark here

"Is that so?"Bookmark here

That Moi guy must be a great teacher if I can do that already, he just showed it to me once. If only that guy wasn't an idiot I would've looked up to him.Bookmark here

"It's time for me to go back, Senpai will come any moment, we will hunt later."Bookmark here

"Okay, take care Cool girl."Bookmark here

"Thanks, cool Kid."Bookmark here

I resumed my archery training until 6:00pm.Bookmark here

"Hello Center-chan."Bookmark here

"Hello Onee-chan."Bookmark here

"You remember the deal, right?"Bookmark here

"....yes."Bookmark here

"Hehee... Hmmmp!"Bookmark here

Onee- hugged me tightly.Bookmark here

"Onee-chan what about the potions?"Bookmark here

"Just two minutes!"Bookmark here

The door opened.Bookmark here

"What's happening here?"Bookmark here

It was Sensei.Bookmark here

"It's my deal with Center-chan! He has to be hugged every time he enters!"Bookmark here

"Okay, I ban that too."Bookmark here

"What?! why mama!"Bookmark here

"Don't corrupt the little boys mind."Bookmark here

"This has no hidden intentions mama! I just want to do this because he's so cute!"Bookmark here

"Why will my mind be corrupted?"Bookmark here

"It's nothing Nameless-kun, just a figure of speech."Bookmark here

"Is that so..."Bookmark here

I won't ask any more because I have a feeling I will just receive dry answers from her.Bookmark here

"That's enough Roxelle, let's start making potions."Bookmark here

"Eh? Mama will create potions today?"Bookmark here

"Yes, Nameless-kun, you can study at the back for today."Bookmark here

"Okay then..."Bookmark here

"Mama! You just want to separate us!"Bookmark here

"Yes, you better control yourself more Roxelle, from today on your banned from hugging him."Bookmark here

"Hmpf!"Bookmark here

I'm pretty sure banning Onee-chan will not stop her.Bookmark here

I went to the back and started reading.Bookmark here

*Thud* *Thud* *Thud* *Thud*Bookmark here

Someone went in and it was the crazy girl.Bookmark here

"It's rare to see you here at this time of the day."Bookmark here

"Yes, for some reason Sensei doesn't want me and Onee-chan to be together today."Bookmark here

Xeline collected materials.Bookmark here

When she collect materials, she puts them inside a box and carries them upstairs after she finished collecting.Bookmark here

"Pretty sure mom doesn't want to let Onee-chan catch it?"Bookmark here

I'm pretty sure she expects that my answer here will be 'To catch what?' and she will answer 'your stupidity'.Bookmark here

I expected this to happen. I'm pretty sure this will become a fight again.Bookmark here

It's better not to talk to her to increase our productivity...Bookmark here

No, that almost means like accepting defeat, I will never do that!Bookmark here

"What a kid, always picking up a fight. Don't you know that picking a losing fight is just stupid?"Bookmark here

"I don't know why you think that I'm picking a fight, but I know the reason... When I said 'Onee-chan will catch it' you thought 'Catch my stupidity?' so you thought I was picking a fight. Well its already expected that an idiot is insecure about that."Bookmark here

"You talk too much, did you really have to explain it? You're the one who's insecure about the things you say."Bookmark here

"I explained it because you're stupid little mind might have not thought of it, but I guess because you're stupid, you won't even understand that."Bookmark here

I went in beside Xeline, she was squatting because she was currently gathering materials.Bookmark here

"You always say stupid, stupid... don't you have the capacity to use new words?"Bookmark here

"Why? Are you getting near me? Can't you think of intimidating words that you would use your body to intimidate as well?"Bookmark here

"Why? Are you getting intimidated? I just stood here to look down on someone who has already stopped thinking and just repeats the same words over and over again, not admitting her defeat."Bookmark here

Xeline stood up and faced me.Bookmark here

"Look down? Do you have to do that to make yourself feel superior? Talk about being too insecure."Bookmark here

"You're repeating words again, Is that all you know? Well... It's expected for an immature brat who doesn't see that this is obviously my win."Bookmark here

"Are you talking about yourself? It seems to me that you're the one who repeats the same things over and over again."Bookmark here

While arguing our face drew closer and closer with eyes opened wide and while gritting our teeth. I can see her canines again.Bookmark here

"If you don't want to admit defeat, then I will just have to win!"Bookmark here

"Then bring it on!"Bookmark here

"Kyaaa! Center-chan and Xeline-chan are so bold!"Bookmark here

Both of us looked at the door.Bookmark here

Sensei and Onee-chan are standing there.Bookmark here

Me and Xeline looked at each other and nodded, this means that our truce is in effect.Bookmark here

"What are you talking about, Onee-chan?"Bookmark here

"You two look like you're going to kiss!"Bookmark here

"Ummm... Yes! We we're going to kiss!"Bookmark here

"Eh? ..Eh?..Eh..?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, she's right! you caught us in the act Onee-chan."Bookmark here

Xeline and I nodded at each other then started to draw our face nearer in order to kiss.Bookmark here

"Wha? Wha? Wha? Wha?"Bookmark here

For some reason, Onee-chan is bright red and panicking.Bookmark here

"Stop!!!!!"Bookmark here

Sensei grabbed our heads then moved them away from each other.Bookmark here

"What do you think you're doing!"Bookmark here

"Eh? We're going to kiss."Bookmark here

"What's wrong mother?"Bookmark here

"What are you talking about?! Do you know what kissing means?"Bookmark here

""What?""Bookmark here

"It means that you both love each other."Bookmark here

""Wha?!""Bookmark here

Both of us were surprised with disgusted faces.Bookmark here

"I will allow you if you love each other, but you're both still kids!"Bookmark here

"W-W-What are you talking about?! I don't love this girl!"Bookmark here

"I-I-I wasn't just aware of what it means! I would never love this boy!"Bookmark here

"Kyaa! You two are such tsunderes!"Bookmark here

It seems like Onee-chan is back to normal, but her face is a little flushed.Bookmark here

"Haaa....Haaa...We almost died!"Bookmark here

"Haaa... Yeah, I guess we both still has lots to learn."Bookmark here

Both Xeline and me were out of breath because our lives were in danger for a moment there.Bookmark here

We really get along for some reason when it comes to life and death situations.Bookmark here

"I guess now that you both know, you better avoid doing it. Don't ever do it with anyone you don't love, are my instructions clear?"Bookmark here

""Yes ma'am!""Bookmark here

If sensei wasn't here, I would've done something I will regret for the rest of my life.Bookmark here

I looked at the time and it's 7:00pm.Bookmark here

"I guess it's time for me to go."Bookmark here

"Bye Center-chan!"Bookmark here

"Bye Nameless-kun!"Bookmark here

Xeline and I looked at each other seriously.Bookmark here

After a few seconds we nodded.Bookmark here

That nod was a salute for each other for surviving a life and death situation.Bookmark here

It's like.....Bookmark here

'It looks like we survived for another day soldier.'Bookmark here

'Yes, it's good that we live for another day.'Bookmark here

For some reason, both of us have this weird relationship.Bookmark here

"Kyaaa! What is that quiet language you two?!"Bookmark here

"Bye everyone!"Bookmark here

"Oi!!!!!!"Bookmark here

Xeline reached out her hand to me as if saying 'Don't leave me in this situation!'Bookmark here

"Kyaa!"Bookmark here

Onee-chan seeing this became exited and squealed.Bookmark here

I ran out the battlefield and left my ally in the war zone.Bookmark here

After going out the door I turned around and stood up tall and did a salute.Bookmark here

"You will always be remembered, soldier."Bookmark here

I went back to the bench and ate.Bookmark here

After eating I went to the Training Area.Bookmark here

And as expected, Aura-nee was there.Bookmark here

She was wearing her undershirt and pants.Bookmark here

I saw her normal attire which was greaves, gauntlets, and long dress plate mail were on the bench, it looks like she removed them knowing I will come here.Bookmark here

"Well then, let's start!"Bookmark here

"Yes!"Bookmark here

She gave the sword I used yesterday and we started sparring.Bookmark here

We sparred for an hour.Bookmark here

After an hour, I felt something was wrong with me.Bookmark here

"What's wrong Clairvoyant kid?"Bookmark here

"I don't know... something seems wrong with me."Bookmark here

"Should we stop?"Bookmark here

"No, let's continue... I don't feel anything bad with my body, it just feels like there is something amiss."Bookmark here

"Then, let's continue and you try to find out."Bookmark here

We continued sparring.Bookmark here

While sparring I found out why I can't concentrate.Bookmark here

"Aura-nee, I think I know what's wrong with me."Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"For some reason, my concentration is distracted by something."Bookmark here

"What is it?"Bookmark here

"While sparring, my focus turns to your chest."Bookmark here

What Aura-nee looked like was like yesterday. She was sweaty and her white undershirt is see through, and I can see her underwear and for some reason, I can't help but stare at her breasts.Bookmark here

Aura looked at herself.Bookmark here

"Wha?!"Bookmark here

She shouted with her monotone voice, her face was still emotionless but it looked a little red.Bookmark here

She covered her chest with both of her arms.Bookmark here

"Clarvoyant kid, I never thought you're that kind of person."Bookmark here

"Eh? What do you mean?"Bookmark here

"........"Bookmark here

I wonder what she meant by that?Bookmark here

"....do you want me to wear my shirt?"Bookmark here

"Yes, if you would... I think that will be better so that I can concentrate."Bookmark here

Aura went to the bench and wore the shirt that she placed there before.Bookmark here

After wearing it she came back in front of me.Bookmark here

"... I guess you're a growing boy... It couldn't be helped."Bookmark here

"What do you mean?"Bookmark here

"Nothing... lets continue!"Bookmark here

"Yes!"Bookmark here

We continued sparring.Bookmark here

I will say this as early as now, but in the near future, when I recall this event... I hate myself for making her wear her shirt. This is one of the most regretful moments of my life.Bookmark here

At 10:30 we finished our sparring.Bookmark here

"I guess this is enough."Bookmark here

"Thanks again for today Aura-nee."Bookmark here

"That's fine, anyway, be sure to grow up to be a proper gentleman."Bookmark here

"Eh? Proper gentleman?"Bookmark here

"It's nothing... I just don't want you to grow up to be a degenerate."Bookmark here

"....thanks?"Bookmark here

"You'll know what I'm talking about when you mature, bye Clairvoyant kid."Bookmark here

"Bye, Aura-nee."Bookmark here

After Aura left, I practice archery for an hour then left the training Area.Bookmark here

I did my everyday routine at the lake then went back to the bench to sleep.Bookmark here

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A month has passed and the urgent quests was completed.Bookmark here

During this past month, I practiced playing the piano, helped Varii with sneaking and detecting, Sparred with Aura, and practiced Archery.Bookmark here

I am currently at the music room at the woodworking shop.Bookmark here

"So you guys would leave later with the adventurers?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, we did say that we come here rarely... Safu-chan needs to play in the capital."Bookmark here

"So is that why Urusafu is here?"Bookmark here

Safu was in the room sitting on a chair near the entrance of the room. Normally, she would just practice in her room and only come out to say goodbye when I am about to leave.Bookmark here

"[Yes, I came to see how you progress.]"Bookmark here

"Safu-chan said that she wants to be with you on the last day, she said that she will miss you and think about you all night and pretend that her pillow is you."Bookmark here

"[I didn't say that!]"Bookmark here

"Sorry, I don't really care that much about you."Bookmark here

"[Wha?!]"Bookmark here

Safu looked like she was about to cry.Bookmark here

"You say that, but every day you wait for Safu-chan to go down to say goodbye before you leave the shop. You insist that you won't leave unless she said goodbye."Bookmark here

Safu looked down while hugging her pad and her face was red.Bookmark here

"You bastard! I didn't say that!"Bookmark here

This guy still messes around with people. And I honestly didn't say those things.Bookmark here

"Okay, then Safu-chan... you see him about to leave every time right? You never missed one day, and it was always when he is beside the door, looking back. This means that he's expecting you to go down right?"Bookmark here

Safu became redder.Bookmark here

"You bastard! That wasn't it!"Bookmark here

"Deny it or not, Safu-chan herself saw it with her very own eyes. What she saw was enough evidence to know what you're thinking."Bookmark here

This bastard is annoying as hell!Bookmark here

Safu wrote on her pad again.Bookmark here

"[Thank you for thinking about me... Nameless...]"Bookmark here

"I wasn't thinking about you! You know how your brother is, don't react!"Bookmark here

Safu made a chuckle while using her hand to hide her mouth with her mouth.Bookmark here

"Okay, now let's show Safu-chan how you improved, tsundere-san."Bookmark here

"Gah! I don't care anymore."Bookmark here

I opened the lid of the piano and started playing.Bookmark here

The song I was practicing everyday was the same song that I first played when I came here.Bookmark here

I was now able to play it properly.Bookmark here

I was able to fix my pace and my consistency.Bookmark here

I also got used to the chords that I don't look at the paper anymore.Bookmark here

I practiced everyday for a month just to improve these things.Bookmark here

I finished playing the piano.Bookmark here

"I still—"Bookmark here

"Stop, before you say anything... can you say something Safu-chan."Bookmark here

"[It was great! You improved a lot! I never would've thought that you just started a month ago!]"Bookmark here

"No... you don't have to lie, I know that I still sucked."Bookmark here

"[There you go again, you're so gloomy and negative!]"Bookmark here

"I assure you, I'm not the type of person who looks down on myself, I know why I sucked, it was not just because of self pity and embarrassment. I'm not seeking consolation, I'm just saying the truth."Bookmark here

"If that's the case, explain why you suck Glare-kun."Bookmark here

I looked at them and started speaking very fast.Bookmark here

"Playing properly isn't the same as being good with it. There are other factors as well. Like how lively you play it and the emotions you use in playing it. A piece may be affected by how you are feeling, it can be conveyed to your audience and you don't even notice it. You might think you're playing perfectly, but you are not. The strength of your fingers are affected unconsciously by your emotions."Bookmark here

"Being intense makes you play it faster without you noticing it. Being cheerful sometimes makes you play wildly. Being too calm might slow down the pacing."Bookmark here

"Also, when you notice you changed your pace, it is hard to control it again because you were doing it unconsciously, when you become conscious, it becomes like breathing manually and trying to imitate how to breathe automatically."Bookmark here

"And also—"Bookmark here

"Well, what do you say Safu-chan."Bookmark here

When Pine spoke I noticed that I was in a trance.Bookmark here

Why was I explaining everything that I didn't perfect?Bookmark here

I couldn't think of any other reason but the reason that I was disappointed with myself.Bookmark here

I looked at Safu.Bookmark here

Safu was smiling at me with a bright smile with slightly closed eyelids.Bookmark here

Her smile was so wide that it seems like it reached up to her ears.Bookmark here

"What's with that face Urusafu?"Bookmark here

Safu wrote at her pad while smiling.Bookmark here

"[I'm just so happy that you are so serious about this. You said before that you don't like music and it is useless. I really got hurt when you said that. But now, you're so serious about it that you are so disappointed with yourself for not playing like you wanted it to be played.]Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

Safu smiled at me and turned to another page and wrote again.Bookmark here

[I'm so happy that you will be the person that will achieve my parents dreams.... And]Bookmark here

[I'm happy that you will be the one beside me in the future...]"Bookmark here

"........"Bookmark here

"So, how will you reply Glare-kun?"Bookmark here

"I don't know what to reply to that though? It just looks like she wanted to say those things to me."Bookmark here

"Oh come on... you said that you need emotions to play the piano right? This will be a first step."Bookmark here

"What does emotions have to do about it?"Bookmark here

"Hmmm... Okay, Safu-chan can I have that."Bookmark here

Pine took the ballpen and the pad from Safu.Bookmark here

"Here, read it again and write what you feel. This will help you play the piano better."Bookmark here

He handed me Safu's pad and pen.Bookmark here

"........."Bookmark here

I read what she wrote.Bookmark here

What should I reply to this? wait... why would I reply to this? This isn't even a question. But why did I even think that I have to reply?Bookmark here

I looked at both of them and they looked at me with expectations.Bookmark here

So I just have to write something that she would want to hear. Right?Bookmark here

No... that's just me thinking logically... just like Pine said, I need this to improve playing.Bookmark here

So I just need to write what I feel huh?Bookmark here

But what do I feel?Bookmark here

What do I have to say...Bookmark here

......Bookmark here

I wrote on the pad paper, just below her words.Bookmark here

[Wait for me... I'll make your dreams come true -Nameless. ]Bookmark here

I gave it back to Pine.Bookmark here

Pine looked at it and grinned maliciously.Bookmark here

Pine handed it over to Safu.Bookmark here

Safu looked at it for a few seconds.Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

She hugged the pad with both hands and looked down.Bookmark here

Her face was beet red and she was shaking.Bookmark here

Her hair covered her face but I could see that she was smiling.Bookmark here

Can something like that really make a person happy? It's just some words written in ink...Bookmark here

But for some reason seeing her like this makes me happy.Bookmark here

Why do I feel this way? I don't understand... All I'm seeing is Safu being happy...Bookmark here

I don't know what to think...Bookmark here

Safu wrote on her pad again while in that condition.Bookmark here

[I'll be waiting...]Bookmark here

For some reason that reply made me smile...Bookmark here

There's this warm feeling that I feel...Bookmark here

Both Pine and me smiled at Safu until she calmed down.Bookmark here

"Safu-chan, has your heart calmed down?"Bookmark here

Safu became red again and faced down.Bookmark here

"It looks like you're okay now... Now for the next person."Bookmark here

"Next person?"Bookmark here

Pine walked towards the door and opened it.Bookmark here

"Hey Jii-chan! What can you say about his playing?!"(Jii-chan=grandfather)Bookmark here

*Thud*Bookmark here

When he opened the door, the grumpy old man was there and he fell to the ground back first.Bookmark here

"What are you doing here old man?"Bookmark here

"You didn't notice? he was listening all this time."Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"He wanted to hear the sound of the piano obviously."Bookmark here

"Heeeeeeh?"Bookmark here

"He also wants to see his daughter's dreams come true." Bookmark here

Looking at this man now, he obviously has dwarf blood.Bookmark here

Does this mean, that their mother also had dwarf blood?Bookmark here

But Pine looks tall, so that must mean their mother inherited only a small amount of dwarf blood. Is their mother an elf?Bookmark here

"heeeeeeeee???? Old man? Is this trueeee?"Bookmark here

I grinned at the old man.Bookmark here

"What the hell is this kid on about?"Bookmark here

"Heeee???? You want to make your daughters dream come true right????"Bookmark here

"Tch!"Bookmark here

The old man clicked his tongue.Bookmark here

"If you want me to achieve your daughters dream, you need to teach me woodworking."Bookmark here

"Pssssss, why should I?!"Bookmark here

"What? If you don't want to teach me, then just work for me."Bookmark here

"Like I said, I don't need to do anything for you!"Bookmark here

"Oh really???"Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

I touched the piano.Bookmark here

"I heard that you were the one who made this piano."Bookmark here

"So, what are you trying to say?"Bookmark here

"How can I make this instrument famous if no one will be able to make it?"Bookmark here

"?!"Bookmark here

The old man looked like he realized something.Bookmark here

"You see what I'm talking about? You need to teach me woodworking or else you have to work for me. Do you think you will have enough time in your life to be able to make many pianos?"Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

He needs to teach someone how to make a piano in order to make it famous. If he doesn't, this will be the only piano in the world and that will certainly not make it famous like the other instruments.Bookmark here

"So now, you have no choice but to teach me! You want to make your daughter's dream come true right?!"Bookmark here

"Tch, this meddling kid!"Bookmark here

The grumpy old man turned around and was about to leave the room when suddenly.Bookmark here

*Thump*Bookmark here

Safu hugged him and looked at him with pleading eyes.Bookmark here

Okay, that's the final blow... go paternal instincts!Bookmark here

"Uhhh...."Bookmark here

"What now old man? I know you also want to... you just have to teach me you know?"Bookmark here

"Fine! I'll teach ya you meddling kid!"Bookmark here

"Hahahaha! I'm in your care!"Bookmark here

"Tch!" *slam*Bookmark here

After accepting defeat the old man slammed the door and went back to the shop.Bookmark here

"Now all the preparations are complete, all you have to do now is practice right?"Bookmark here

"Yes, but I'll do that tomorrow."Bookmark here

"Oh? You won't practice anymore today?"Bookmark here

"Yes, I have something more important to do."Bookmark here

"Is that so..."Bookmark here

I grabbed the piano sheets on the piano.Bookmark here

"Oi, Urusafu!"Bookmark here

"?!"Bookmark here

"Play all the songs in here, I need to memorize your songs so that I can easily pair up with you."Bookmark here

Safu smiled at me and nodded.Bookmark here

"Well, I guess it's time for me to take my leave."Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"I'm not needed here anymore, I'll go to the old man... because both of us now can do nothing but wait."Bookmark here

"But that old man will teach me how to build the piano you know? He will not just do nothing and wait."Bookmark here

"You might think like that, but that old man finished his job after making this piano with his daughter. He's just passing it to the next generation."Bookmark here

"I don't know why you think like that, but do what you want."Bookmark here

"The truth is, I'll just fix our baggage for the trip."Bookmark here

"Yeah, I expected that." Bookmark here

"Bwahaha! Well, then! This is goodbye! Next time we meet, it will be at the capital."Bookmark here

"Yeah, I hope I never see your face again."Bookmark here

"Bwahahaha!"Bookmark here

Pine walked out of the room.Bookmark here

-No one's point of view-Bookmark here

Pine and the woodworker sat beside each other on the woodworking part of the shop. The wood worker is currently reviewing the piano's blueprint.Bookmark here

"Jii-chan, what do you think?"Bookmark here

"About what?"Bookmark here

"Will he ever achieve mom's dream?"Bookmark here

"Hmpf! The way he is now, he is just all talk!"Bookmark here

"But you also have hopes for him right? Mom's dream was frozen in time, now, the clock seems to start ticking again."Bookmark here

".................."Bookmark here

"I don't know about you, but this has given me high hopes..."Bookmark here

"..............."Bookmark here

"Well, goodbye Jii-chan, we'll make sure we come back sometime later. But right now, we can't. I want to support Safu-chan in her dreams as well."Bookmark here

"Watch over her properly."Bookmark here

"Sure."Bookmark here

"And take care of yourself as well."Bookmark here

"Hahaha! Jii-chan is being weird! I knew you were just a tsundere!"Bookmark here

"Shut up!"Bookmark here

"Well, bye Jii-chan."Bookmark here

"Yeah, yeah."Bookmark here

Pine left to fix their things.Bookmark here

"Shedua... finally... you're dreams..."Bookmark here

The woodworker cried tears while looking at the blueprint that his daughter and himself made together.Bookmark here

-Back to Nameless-Bookmark here

"Well then, it's just the two of us left... you better get your violin... this going to be a long day."Bookmark here

Safu nodded and went up the stairs then went down again.Bookmark here

She had her violin with her.Bookmark here

"...go...."Bookmark here

She started playing her violin.Bookmark here

Just like before, I listened to her playing the violin.Bookmark here

The first time I didn't appreciate her playing, but this time I'm able to say that this person really is good.Bookmark here

She had talent, almost the same as Xeline's talent with her potions.Bookmark here

I don't even realize that I am already swayed with her music as she is playing.Bookmark here

Sometimes, I forget to remember that I'm listening to her in order to memorize how she plays and just appreciate her playing.Bookmark here

She played for 6 hours straight and I didn't notice that it's already 7pm.Bookmark here

Someone knocked at the door after she finished playing a piece.Bookmark here

It was the annoying guy that said that we will meet again after a long time.Bookmark here

"Safu-chan, it's time to go... you better prepare, I left your clothes in your room."Bookmark here

"And I just said that I don't want to see your face again..."Bookmark here

"Bwahaha!"Bookmark here

Safu went up the stairs to her room.Bookmark here

He said the next time I see him it would be at the capital, well... This was expected but for some reason, it was annoying because it really was expected. He made it so obvious that this was just him being annoying that even if it was his lamest attempt to annoy us it was somehow annoying.Bookmark here

This guy has talent too... Talent in being annoying.Bookmark here

*Slam* *Slam* *Slam*Bookmark here

I heard someone stomping on the floor from above.Bookmark here

"Hahaha, I better give her her clothes."Bookmark here

"Yeah, you never fail to impress."Bookmark here

Safu probably didn't find her clothes upstairs.Bookmark here

I went to the front door and waited for them.Bookmark here

They came down the stairs with bags fit for travelers.Bookmark here

They also wore clothes fit for traveling.Bookmark here

They are both looking at me while I am waiting at the door.Bookmark here

"So, this is the sight you wait for everyday huh Safu-chan? Glare-kun waiting at the door."Bookmark here

Safu's face became red and went near the door.Bookmark here

I opened the door for her and she went out.Bookmark here

"Thanks Glare-kun."Bookmark here

When Pine was going out, I slammed the door on him.Bookmark here

"Ouch! Hey!.... Ouch!... Ouch!... Ouch!"Bookmark here

I slammed the door repeatedly at him.Bookmark here

I wanted to get back for messing with me this whole one month.Bookmark here

After I was satisfied I stopped slamming the door and he rushed out.Bookmark here

I also went out closed the door.Bookmark here

"Glare-kun, you show no mercy..."Bookmark here

Pine looked like he was beaten up by a lot of people.Bookmark here

I accompanied them heading to the northern part of the town.Bookmark here

Along the way Pine whispered something annoying.Bookmark here

"You still haven't found out why I was asking you that question?"Bookmark here

"What question?"Bookmark here

"Do you really want to play the piano?"Bookmark here

".........."Bookmark here

"Haha! ignoring me huh! It seems I have succeeded in annoying you!"Bookmark here

He was reluctant to make me play it because he hates it right? Was I wrong?Bookmark here

I don't care anymore because this guy is just annoying.Bookmark here

We reached the northern part of the town.Bookmark here

There is a caravan just outside the gate with many adventurers.Bookmark here

"Clairvoyant kid? You came to see us off?"Bookmark here

Aura-nee approached me with her two party members.Bookmark here

These three people helped me in improving my skills these last three months. Well... the Moi guy just helped me for a day, but it was helpful.Bookmark here

"Oi, Moi guy... I'll return your bow next time."Bookmark here

"You don't have to return it Moi puny student! you just have to spread Moi greatness."Bookmark here

"No... I'll definitely return it, with interest... I don't want to tell people I am acquainted to you."Bookmark here

"Glare-kun... this guy is annoying."Bookmark here

"Oh? You finally find someone more annoying than you?"Bookmark here

"Yes... I think I finally found my rival."Bookmark here

"Oh? Who is this guy? No one is Moi rival because Moi am Unparalleled!"Bookmark here

"Yep... Definitely annoying... Moi name is Pine! Moi am the greatest here!"Bookmark here

"Moi don't need to tell you Moi name! Moi sure you already know it! Since moi am the most famous adventurer."Bookmark here

Yep... and they were annoying together.Bookmark here

Aura-nee and Varii went near me.Bookmark here

"Sorry for this... I never intended to make your trip more annoying than it is."Bookmark here

"Don't worry about it... I would just walk if needed."Bookmark here

"Cool kid.. who is this?"Bookmark here

"Hmmm? Oh... this is Urusaifu."Bookmark here

""Uusaifu?""Bookmark here

Safu shook her head violently and looked at me while being pissed off.Bookmark here

"... wait, why don't you have your pad?"Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

Urusafu looked down with a red face.Bookmark here

"Let Moi answer for you Glare-kun... Safu-chan wants to preserve the feeling she had when you both wrote to be together in the future... She doesn't want to turn the page until she is satisfied."Bookmark here

Safu's face turned more redder than it was before.Bookmark here

"Future? Clairvoyant kid? Is this your girl?"Bookmark here

"Wow... you're so young and you already have a girl... so cool."Bookmark here

"My girl?"Bookmark here

"Yes... you and safu-chan said that you will be together in the future right? Then that means she's your girl."Bookmark here

"Well... if that's it, I guess you could say she is my girl..."Bookmark here

Safu looked at me surprised with her face red and looked like she wanted to say something.Bookmark here

"Hmmm? What's wrong?"Bookmark here

"Bwahahaha!"Bookmark here

"Oi... I don't know what you did, but for some reason I think that you just did something annoying again."Bookmark here

It is probably Pine being annoying again.Bookmark here

"Could it be that Cool kid doesn't know what 'his girl' means, or a girlfriend is?"Bookmark here

"Hmmm? What is that?"Bookmark here

"Varii... I guess it's too early for him to feel those things."Bookmark here

"What are you two adventurers saying? Glare-kun already knows some things!"Bookmark here

"I don't know what you're going to do, but I know it's going to be annoying."Bookmark here

"Glare-kun? Do you know love?!"Bookmark here

"Of course I do, it's something that is required to marry a person of the opposite sex, right? It's the feeling that you care about the person enough that you would die for them."Bookmark here

Or, so the books says.Bookmark here

"I don't think you get it clairvoyant kid, that felt like it came from a book..."Bookmark here

"Well.... it did."Bookmark here

"Okay, I'll teach you Glare-kun, when you looked at Safu-chan's reaction that you said that you would be beside her in achieving her dream, what did you feel?"Bookmark here

"Did Clairvoyant kid say that?"Bookmark here

"Wow, such cool lines, Cool kid."Bookmark here

"Yeah he did! Here is proof!"Bookmark here

Pine took out Safu's pad and showed it to Aura and Varii.Bookmark here

'[I'm happy that you will be the one beside me in the future...]Bookmark here

[Wait for me... I'll make your dreams come true... -Nameless.]'Bookmark here

After seeing this, Aura and Varii's face became red... Why?Bookmark here

Safu continuously hit Pine with her weak fists after showing this to them and her face was red, no it was red all along..Bookmark here

"Wow... Clairvoyant kid... You're so romantic."Bookmark here

".... I would have fallen for you if only we were of the same age... Cool Kid."Bookmark here

"Tha-tha-that-ah-ah Oi! Pine! You bastard!"Bookmark here

"Hahaha! When you saw her reaction to this, what did you feel?"Bookmark here

"Huh?! Why should I answer you! I don't want anything to do with you! go back to the capital, I don't want to see your annoying face again!"Bookmark here

"You just want to escape! Come on Glare-kun! Explain it! No one will get hurt!"Bookmark here

""We kind of want to hear too.""Bookmark here

"You two as well?! and where is that Moi guy when you need him!"Bookmark here

He was talking to other adventurers being annoying as usual spreading his annoyingness.Bookmark here

"""Come on... Just explain what you felt!"""Bookmark here

"Urusafu! Help me here! Eh? Why are you not doing anything!"Bookmark here

Safu was just there standing as if she was waiting for something to happen.Bookmark here

"We will leave in 5 minutes! All people please return to your carriages immediately!"Bookmark here

Yess!!!!Bookmark here

"Hey, go your carriage now! You'll be left behind!"Bookmark here

"No, if you don't answer... I will stay here and annoy you even more."Bookmark here

"What?!"Bookmark here

"You know me already, I would do anything to annoy people, you just have to explain it!"Bookmark here

"Okay! I don't care about what your planning anymore, I'll explain what I felt then you go home!"Bookmark here

"Then go!"Bookmark here

"......What did I feel back then?"Bookmark here

"This will help."Bookmark here

Pine placed Safu in front of me.Bookmark here

And I stared at her.Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

I remembered what I felt when I saw her.Bookmark here

"For some reason... I felt good... My heartrate increased and my face became hot... Like feeling embarrassed or something like that?"Bookmark here

After I said that Safu turned bright red up to her ears and she was holding her cheeks with her palms while shaking.Bookmark here

While she was doing this, she looked like she had a smile that she was doing her best to hold back.Bookmark here

Both Aura and Varii's face were slightly red too.Bookmark here

"Cool kid.. that is..."Bookmark here

"Don't Varii... Let him find out for himself in the future."Bookmark here

"Good for you huh, Safu-chan?"Bookmark here

Safu looks like she didn't hear anything anyone said and was just shaking happily.Bookmark here

"You guys there! We will leave in a minute! Hurry up!"Bookmark here

"Oh, let's go Varii! Bye Clairvoyant kid! Till we meet again!"Bookmark here

"Bye Cool Kid!"Bookmark here

"Moi puny student, don't forget to spread my greatness!"Bookmark here

"You're Moi puny student as well glare-kun, See ya! Let's go Safu-chan!"Bookmark here

Pine grabbed Safu's hand and ran to a carriage.Bookmark here

Safu looked backed while running and waved her hand towards me as if saying goodbye.Bookmark here

I smiled at her and waved back as well.Bookmark here

"Bye, Sassafras."Bookmark here

After hearing me, she smiled at me brightly while blushing before riding the Carriage.Bookmark here

I looked at the caravan until it went out of sight.Bookmark here

"Thanks to all of you."Bookmark here

I will probably see Aura-nee and her party again from time to time. Bookmark here

But the next time I would see Pine and Sassafras would be the time we would make their parents dreams come true. It will probably be the time I become an adventurer and go to Anima.Bookmark here

I went to the bench, ate, went to the lake and did my daily routine, then went back to sleep.Bookmark here

As I was sleeping I was thinking about something.Bookmark here

"Parents huh? I don't have them, but for some reason... it feels like it's a hassle to have them."Bookmark here

I don't know the feeling of having them... but based on what they said on how I got here, they didn't see anyone put me here. Nobody noticed but there was already a baby boy in this bench covered in this gray jacket when they looked. It was like I just appeared out of thin air... There's no use thinking about it, what's important is that I'm here alive.Bookmark here

"Now that those adventurers are gone, I can do hunting again... I can use the bow now. I can use the sword as well but I better practice my arm strength first, doing 1v1 face off against a monster will easily get me killed."Bookmark here

I have a lot of things to do tomorrow so I won't hunt tonight.Bookmark here

While thinking of the things I would do tomorrow like the blacksmith and woodworking I feel asleep.Bookmark here

Bookmark here

I woke up in the middle of the night. I won't hunt today so I went to the Library to read. The berserker is still there reading with her usual eye bags under her thick glasses.Bookmark here

"Hmmm... the piano is also not here in this book."Bookmark here

"Did you say piano?"Bookmark here

"What? You know about it as well?"Bookmark here

"Yes, I heard it once when I was a kid, someone was playing it when I entered the woodworking shop."Bookmark here

"When you were a kid? So I guess it was in ancient times..."Bookmark here

*Slam!*Bookmark here

"Ouch! Hey!"Bookmark here

"Hmpf!"Bookmark here

It didn't knock me out... maybe this was the result of training with Aura for one month.Bookmark here

"What were you doing in that shop? I never would've imagined you would be interested in playing the piano."Bookmark here

"Why wouldn't I? It had a lot of benefits."Bookmark here

I can use it when I turn into an adventurer and also play for nobles and such to get more money.Bookmark here

"I liked to hear it more, but it's sad that it didn't become famous."Bookmark here

"Come to think about it, why didn't it became famous?"Bookmark here

"The reason was that since it was so big, it was hard to carry it around. Since most musicians play for buffing adventurers, they thought that the piano was useless so it didn't appeal to them."Bookmark here

"Wha...Whaaat?!!"Bookmark here

"Huh? What's wrong?"Bookmark here

So that was the reason behind pines words! I only played an instrument because I thought it will be useful when I become an adventurer. Damn! What the hell! I did it all for nothing!Bookmark here

....but did I really did it all for nothing?....Bookmark here

....Anyway, there is no backing down now... I already said that my payment was achieving their parents dream, so not much has changed.Bookmark here

"No, it's nothing..."Bookmark here

"Is that so?"Bookmark here

I looked up the ceiling thinking that my schedule will change today because Aura and her party are out now.Bookmark here

"....so those adventurers are now gone huh..."Bookmark here

While looking at the ceiling I noticed Berserker looking at me with a serious face.Bookmark here

"Eh? What's wrong?"Bookmark here

"No.. It's nothing."Bookmark here

"Pedophile."Bookmark here

"Why?! That again?!"Bookmark here

I teased her the until I got sleepy again then went back to the bench and slept.Bookmark here

Minor Edit (2/28/17 7:30pm): I edited the last part from 'The next day, I went to the library' to 'I woke up in the middle of the night.' I made a mistake, sorry for the people who read it before. This is for the next chapter, I made a mistake in writing it and decided to edit the previous chapter. Gomen-nasai!Bookmark here


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