Chapter 7:

CHAPTER 6: THE LEGEND OF THE IRON PRINCESS, AS TOLD BY RURO OF THE WOLF

The Human Saint is Bored, so I was Summoned to Another World Vol. 3


The Holy Congress continued as planned.Bookmark here

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Lily’s disappearance caused a stir to everyone in the Holy Palatial Gardens. The maids were shocked to find that their reliable ‘big sister’ was gone, and even the paladins were unsettled by that fact. It’s not a secret that Lily’s reputation and attitude towards the Paladin Corps were the key factor in the harmonious relationships of the Saint’s loyal servants.Bookmark here

Not only Grandma Franceska, now it’s Lily. I just hope that Maddie is tough to take this all in…Bookmark here

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However, no matter how hard the Saint tried to put up a strong front to other people, I could tell that she’s worried sick about her friend. It’s not rocket science to see that she’s utterly shaken by the head maid’s disappearance, having relied on her for such a long time. And of course, I couldn’t replace her. I mean, Lily’s shoes were way too big for someone like me to fill in.Bookmark here

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In the ‘days’ that followed, Her Holiness had asked her envoys from the other countries to report in on Lily’s whereabouts. She also tasked the Marquise of Monfort and her Paladin Corps to search for the head maid. All of their efforts had yet to yield excellent results.Bookmark here

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In the meantime, I tasked myself with taking care of Maddie, with the help of the other maids. I knew I won’t be able to replace the head maid, but I guess I had to suffice for now. I’m the one responsible for this fiasco, anyway.Bookmark here

There had been a significant improvement in Maddie’s behavior after that fight with Lily. She would wake up on her own, do her usual routine on her own, come to the congress venue earlier than others on her own, and would impart her decisions with resolute determination…on her own.Bookmark here

You can say that she changed drastically ever since that happened.Bookmark here

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I guess she has no other option but to step up her game, finally.Bookmark here

Yep, it’s been a while since the fight between Maddie and Lily, and the latter’s disappearance.Bookmark here

Maddie was utterly devastated, and Sir Simon offered to help her find her friend. However, she declined the aid of the kings and other leaders to search for Lily, insisting that she’s the one who drove her friend out, so she’d take responsibility for it.Bookmark here

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Honestly, though, I couldn’t keep on watching those two ended their friendship that way. And if you looked at the circumstances, I also had a part in this disaster…Bookmark here

If only I wasn’t summoned…Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

A book suddenly flew in my direction and almost hit my head. I was surprised by that since we’re at the Holy Congress’ venue, not in the library. But what happened was real.Bookmark here

My eyes fell on Maddie right away.Bookmark here

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And yes, she’s looking in my direction, with a sharp glare in her eyes. Don’t blame yourself, was what she’s trying to get across to me.Bookmark here

Haa…so there we had it. I guess I needed to reconcile those two, at least, as payment for what I’ve done. The problem was, how?Bookmark here

“You know what? The moment I took my eyes off you guys, these happen.”Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

I was surprised to see Her Fluffy Holiness, Ruro of the Wolf, sitting on the empty chair beside me, “What’s up, Master?” she asked, smiling radiantly. You see, after we left the Rubinforth estate, Her Fluffy Holiness suddenly told us she’d be going somewhere she didn’t specify. After saying her goodbyes to Maddie, she left in a hurry; but the things that she bought back in Fen were left with us, so we knew she’d come back.Bookmark here

“Where have you been, Your Fluffy Holiness?”Bookmark here

Hmm…just to and from around the world, checking on some things that need attention.” she replied, “Anyway, I just heard from Maddie that her maid suddenly disappeared after a fight. What the heck happened, Master?”Bookmark here

“Just…some things…”Bookmark here

“Alright, I get it!” Her Fluffy Holiness smiled mischievously, “They fought over you.”Bookmark here

Ack! I forgot she could read minds as well!Bookmark here

“Come on, isn’t it what all the guys want? Girls fighting over them, and they get to choose whom they think serves their interest best, or they’d prefer to hold both.” I could feel the sarcasm, mixed with silent anger, in Her Fluffy Holiness’ words, “Ahh…boys are boys, no matter what race they come from.”Bookmark here

Nah, don’t compare me to the normies. They only act following their balls’ will and then question later.” I defended myself, “At least, I didn’t intend for that to happen. I even thought that Lily was angry at me because I took her friend away from her.”Bookmark here

“Well you’re telling the truth.” Ruro shrugged, “However, I’m quite amazed that you didn’t think of the Nerfes princess that way. I mean, you’ve been able to help these guys with your wisdom from before, and yet, you’re an amateur with a maiden’s heart.”Bookmark here

“You overestimate me. I’ve been living alone for the past 25 years of my life. Of course, I don’t have a single idea on how to deal with such problems. Never in my life did I imagine being loved—romantically, just like that. You could say I even gave up on the idea of getting married.”Bookmark here

Ugh…such a pathetic life.”Bookmark here

“Hey, at least, it’s got benefits…well, in my world’s perspective.”Bookmark here

“Your world is a big weird one.”Bookmark here

“Like you’re one to talk.” I countered, “Ah, anyway, so there you have it. I’m an amateur with love matters; I didn’t have a single girlfriend in all my life!”Bookmark here

“Girl…what?Bookmark here

“That’s what we call our female lovers back in where I came from. If it’s a male, our term is ‘boyfriend’.”Bookmark here

Ooh…interesting.” Her Fluffy Holiness clapped her hands as if she understood my explanation, “Anyway, now that you’ve said it, I guess it’s time for your cute wise wolf partner to show her skills!”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“Don’t you get it? I’ve been alive ever since the time of that handsome gigolo, Jimmy Nee Rubinforth, and of course, my knowledge in love knows no bounds!”Bookmark here

Err…I hope it’d be useful, though. You kicked the ass of Maddie’s ancestor when you tried to seduce him, remember?”Bookmark here

“That, and this, are two different things.” Her Fluffy Holiness blushed terribly, embarrassed at that stupid memory.Bookmark here

“Alright, so what does my ‘cute, wise wolf partner’ think I should do to fix the problem of the Human Saint and her maid?”Bookmark here

“Well, talk to the Nerfes princess, of course. But first things first, find her.”Bookmark here

“Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, my head already thought of that. Anything else?”Bookmark here

“I’m out of ideas. Thank you.”Bookmark here

I felt worried about the worshippers of this saintly pug.Bookmark here

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First things first, I tried to have a more fruitful talk with Her Fluffy Holiness.Bookmark here

You see, the Human Saint was busy with attending to the matters of the Holy Congress, or should I say, Maddie’s trying to keep herself occupied so that she won’t be able to remember what happened. For now, it’s fine for her. However, if Maddie continued to overwork herself, I’d intervene again.Bookmark here

Yes, for short, I can’t approach her in the meantime.Bookmark here

And so, as the one who’s alive long enough to be a living encyclopedia, I asked Her Fluffy Holiness about some things that were bugging me concerning the head maid.Bookmark here

“What? You’re focusing on the Nerfes princess when your fiancée is out there and can’t attend to you?” Ruro shook her head in disgust, “Ugh, boys will be boys…”Bookmark here

“Well, if you can just stop spouting nonsense for a while, Your Fluffy Holiness, then I might explain why I’m doing this.”Bookmark here

“It’s a joke.”Bookmark here

“Yes, a joke with a meaning to it.”Bookmark here

“…” Her Fluffy Holiness could not reply. It seemed like I drove the point home.Bookmark here

“Alright, here’s my question. Have you ever been familiar with the name, Nicholas von Leese?”Bookmark here

“The Nerfes princess’ father, yes. Why?”Bookmark here

“Well, I just read a letter addressed to Lily from that guy.”Bookmark here

“And you put effort into knowing that girl’s secrets so you can seduce her. Haaa…boys will be boys…”Bookmark here

I feel my blood boiling, but well, this person in front of me was a saint, so I had to control my temper, “I’m telling you, that’s not it. You see, I’m puzzled why the head maid’s father is telling his daughter to stay away from their lands. Got any leads about it?”Bookmark here

Hmm…it must be because of the ‘Iron Princess’ thing.”Bookmark here

Huh? Iron Princess?”Bookmark here

“Yep. You see, Master, before the Nerfes princess became the head maid, she goes by another alias—the ‘Iron Princess of Nerfes’.”Bookmark here

Ooh…tell me about it.”Bookmark here

“You’re a history nerd, aren’t you, Master?” Her Fluffy Holiness smirked, “Well, alright, I’ll oblige. You see, Princess Lilyhaven Tamriel von Leese is the legendary Nerfes military hero known as the ‘Iron Princess of Nerfes’. She’s reputed to be a powerful warrior, able to wield the great sword of her family with relative ease, and is said to be equal to a thousand men in battle. The Nerfes princess single-handedly led her kingdom’s army to victory in the last war against the Emperor of Chersea.”Bookmark here

“Wow…I didn’t know that Lily had such a background.”Bookmark here

“Indeed. She may look unassuming, but the Nerfes princess isn’t some pushover. You may say that she took after her brother.”Bookmark here

“Arthur Mahan?”,Bookmark here

“Exactly. The brother is a famous Nerfes swordsman and knight, and he taught his little sister well. You could see it this way: the Empire fears the Nerfes prince enough to send people to kill him, but they dread the princess more, so they try to leave her alone…lest their attempts to eliminate her backfires and they earn her anger.”Bookmark here

To be honest, I found it hard to believe that Lily was capable of such feats. However, I knew I shouldn’t judge people based on their outward looks, and well, knowing that this was Chersea, I should always expect the unexpected.Bookmark here

“So, if Lily’s a great asset to Nerfes, why is her father driving her away?”Bookmark here

Hmm…I know little about the details, but after the Nerfes prince died, the princess’ fortunes changed. You see, she is considered an outsider. The Royal von Leese family of Nerfes had this tradition that they consider twins to be a good omen—that is if the children were of both genders. However, it is a different matter when they’re twins, and it’s of opposite sexes. That’s why, the Nerfes princess was involved in the military—she was always being sent to the front lines hoping she’ll get killed, or maimed.”Bookmark here

I couldn’t find anything to say to that at the moment. Knowing how dedicated and reliable Lily was, it must’ve been her pride and joy to work as a maid under her close friend Maddie. In this place, she must’ve felt that she was needed here, as she knew the feeling of being a spare tire.Bookmark here

“For all I know, the last time that the Nerfes princess went into battle was with Maddie, and against that Bloody Witch of something; I don’t know or remember well. And she was banished after that.” Her Fluffy Holiness added further.Bookmark here

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Wow…I just could not comprehend the injustice done to Lily. I mean, here she was, offering her entire life to the safety of her kingdom, and the best way they repaid her sacrifices was by banishing her. Based on what Her Fluffy Holiness said, maybe the real purpose she was sent to help Maddie was so that she could be killed by that certain witch…Bookmark here

Damn, that’s pretty heavy. What kind of family is that?Bookmark here

Fortunately, Maddie accepted her as a sister. There were many cases of nobles being betrayed by their peers during their most critical time, and after reading Chersea’s history, this world was not an exception.Bookmark here

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So that’s why Lily’s fiercely devoted to Her Holiness! And that would also answer my questions about why she’s so dedicated at her job that she didn’t want me to help her, that she even gets angry if I tried to take the responsibilities from the other maids…Bookmark here

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And uh, that I just appeared out of nowhere and got more influence to Maddie would come as an insult to her, who gave her entire life for her friend’s well-being…Bookmark here

Fuck, what did I just do?Bookmark here

“Don’t think about it too much, Master.” I felt Ruro tap on my shoulder, “What’s been done is done, and we can’t do anything about it. The best course of action is to move forward and make amends.”Bookmark here

Well, Her Fluffy Holiness was right. I shouldn’t wallow in despair for too long; I had to take immediate action.Bookmark here

“You know what? I think I know what I need to do now.” I told Ruro.Bookmark here

“What—” Her Fluffy Holiness’ eyes brightened for a short while, but quickly darkened when she read what I had in mind, “Master, I don’t think you should do that. Maddie needs you now, more than ever.”Bookmark here

“Well, it’s the only way.” I shrugged off her warning, “In the first place, I don’t think I can replace Lily in Maddie’s heart. And getting in between their friendship is the very last thing that I had in my mind.”Bookmark here

“Even so, going away isn’t the answer.”Bookmark here

“Going away? Who said that?”Bookmark here

“I read your mind?”Bookmark here

Ah yeah, well indeed, I plan to go, but not the way you think…”Bookmark here

“Of course. You plan to search for the Nerfes princess, and when you find her, that’s when you’d decide to leave. Do you think I can’t see much deeper in your thoughts, Master?”Bookmark here

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“If you’re going off, at least bring me along so that you won’t escape.”Bookmark here

“No, that’s unnecessary—”Bookmark here

“Who’s leaving?”Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

Ugh…I hate where this talk was going…Bookmark here

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Who’s leaving?”Bookmark here

We both froze when we heard the Saint’s voice echoed inside the separate room (it’s where the envoys would take a rest) where we’re talking. Turning around, Maddie was standing behind us, complete with the maids who were assisting her.Bookmark here

“N-Nothing!”Bookmark here

“You suck at lying, Kuro!” I heard Her Fluffy Holiness whispered.Bookmark here

Ah don’t worry, I already know what you had in mind, Kuro.” Maddie gave a long sigh, “It’s alright, you’re also worried about Lily as well.”Bookmark here

“Maddie…”Bookmark here

“But well…” Her Holiness flashed a bittersweet smile, and she bowed before me, all to our utter surprise, “I’m sorry for making you feel that way, Kuro. All because of my selfish whims. All because I can’t even stand by what I believe in.”Bookmark here

Err…Your Holiness, can you please raise your head?”Bookmark here

“Come on, Maddie, it’s not your fault.”Bookmark here

But the human Saint never looked unto us. She continued to humble herself.Bookmark here

“Madelaine…” I gently pat her shoulders, at which she slowly regained her dignity, “It’s okay. What happened between me, you, and Lily isn’t anyone’s fault. Plus, no matter how you—or even others—look at yourself, you’re still someone young. You should even do more things that a common young lady does, like fall in love, flirt in love, and enjoy being in love!”Bookmark here

“That’s right, girl!” Her Fluffy Holiness quickly backed me up, “Look at me, I just go around and do things just as I please. But it doesn’t mean that I neglect to do my duty. Point is, we’re all mortals—even if we have the power of the gods, and mortals need a break the more duties they have.”Bookmark here

Maddie was silent all the time we’re talking. However, she didn’t let go of my hand; I could feel that she didn’t want to let me go the more we spoke to her.Bookmark here

“So okay, if you understand, don’t wallow in self-pity.” I told her, “Instead, like I always tell my students, take heart and change the things that need to be changed.”Bookmark here

Maddie nodded, and smiled weakly, “I’m sorry…”Bookmark here

“I’m telling you, stop apologizing!” I laughed softly.Bookmark here

“Sorry—oh…” With the mood significantly improving, the Saint must’ve felt relieved, and she chuckled as well, “Just as you say, Kuro! However, if possible, I’d like to see you again, even after Lily comes back.”Bookmark here

I couldn’t say anything back to her. Maddie knew what I had in mind, and yet she’s giving me her support.Bookmark here

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Man, it sure feels bad that I thought of leaving her, even when she’s depending on me.Bookmark here

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Uh, is there something else you need, Maddie?” I asked Her Holiness, who was squirming uncomfortably as if she wanted to tell me something.Bookmark here

“K-Kuro?”Bookmark here

“Hm?”Bookmark here

Maddie was stammering; she was also clumsily flailing her arms around, as if to dispel her nervousness, “W-Well, i-if it’s alright…c-can you…uh…Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“…s…”Bookmark here

“S…?”Bookmark here

“…sleep with m-m-m-m-me?” her face was red as she whispered that.Bookmark here

“Ha?” My heart almost jumped out of my chest the moment I heard that. Or is it playing games in my head? Ruro was swooning and smiling her heart out while watching us get embarrassed and awkward.Bookmark here

“N-N-N-N-No!” Maddie was panicking; I could see steam come out of her head, “I m-mean, c-can you c-come inside my r-room, and uh, well, watch me fall asleep?” She added, “Well! Y-you’regoingawayt-tofindLilyandIwon’tbeseeingyousoon…D-Don’t worry; Ruro’s c-coming with us!”Bookmark here

“…” I’m left speechless. Not only that Her Holiness had a great potential to be a rapper; she was also capable of such bold requests.Bookmark here

Good lord, my heart…Bookmark here

“How leeeeeeewwwwwwwwwd!” Her Fluffy Holiness teased us mercilessly.Bookmark here

“Sorry!” The Saint quickly turned around and ran towards her room.Bookmark here

Ruro laughed and kept on slapping and pushing my back as if egging me to go after her. Seriously though, I didn’t know what I should do. Well, it’s a fairly innocent request, but who knew what might happen if we’re both at the ‘heat of the moment’.Bookmark here

I’m a healthy 25-year-old guy!Bookmark here

“Don’t worry Master, you’ll just watch over Maddie until she sleeps!” Her Fluffy Holiness winked, “I’ll be there to stop you if something weird happens!”Bookmark here

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***Meanwhile, somewhere in the borders of the Holy Palatial Gardens to the east…***Bookmark here

It’s been several ‘sleeps’ since Lily left the palace and her work as a maid behind, after that ugly episode with her friend.Bookmark here

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And her journey had brought her to the eastern borders. Lily had thought of this while she was packing her clothes and equipment; this place was where she was least known, so she decided to take this route. However, the eastern border was the farthest point from the walled enclave and was the most difficult to traverse, so it was no surprise that she was utterly tired when she reached it by walking.Bookmark here

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Make no mistake though; Lily never intended to go far from Her Holiness, whom she still considered as her friend. But the current situation back at the Holy Palatial Gardens had made her unable to continue her work and devotion to Maddie.Bookmark here

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The eastern pass to the border of the neighboring kingdom of Colveente had a river wide enough to serve as a buffer for the armies of the Confederacy of the East in the past. Bridges were built here in the last war, but Lily had to avoid the major roads because the Paladin Corps were patrolling there. She knew the Saint had organized a search for her.Bookmark here

And for now, to be honest, she wished not to see her friend for a while.Bookmark here

“Haa…”Bookmark here

Lily took a long sigh and put down her bag and other equipment she brought with her. As she expected to ford the river as soon as the opportunity came, she had to take a rest. After all, crossing that body of water in her heavy armor and complimentary equipment would surely take a great toll on her energy and could make a supposedly simple task even more dangerous.Bookmark here

As she sat by a nearby tree in a relatively hidden part of the border forest, Lily couldn’t help but think back on her life at the Holy Palatial Gardens…Bookmark here

…of how, despite the shame and stigma brought about by her exile, she was invited and gladly accepted by her friend Maddie, who was already the Saint by then…Bookmark here

…of how the maids and the soldiers working for Maddie quickly gave their trust to her, after she showed she was capable of a lot of things, brought about by her life of constantly in danger…Bookmark here

…of how she could find her happiness, that was, to know her purpose—serving her friend, the Great Saint of Chersea…Bookmark here

Lily could only smile in a bittersweet way as she reminisced about those old times. She forgot her past life in Nerfes, and yes, those seasons back at the Holy Palatial Gardens were her best.Bookmark here

Even when that man, Kuro, came.Bookmark here

Lily could only shake her head in dismay. Not to Maddie, and not because of Kuro; she was annoyed at herself. She was supposed to be her friend’s support and the first one that should be happy when she got engaged to a reliable man like Kuro…Bookmark here

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There was a faint, yet deep, pain in her chest. Lily’s feelings had been heavy ever since she left the Rubinforth estate, and even more when she ran away from the Holy Palatial Gardens.Bookmark here

Isn’t it that Kuro only wished to be of help to us? He has been kind to Maddie and me, even though we did something bad to him, taking him away from his home and bringing him here. Why did I even get jealous of him?Bookmark here

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And Maddie, for all her sacrifices for us, deserved the love of such a man. Why did I even get jealous? I mean, I also like him. But Maddie is the person who loved him more than I do…I should be happy, right?Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

Lily was surprised to feel something drop from her face. It was then that she realized tears were falling from her eyes. The heavy feeling intensified further, even as she tried her best to shake off her dark thoughts.Bookmark here

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Lily wiped her eyes. However, a flurry of memories came rushing back at her like a tidal wave seeking to overwhelm her mind…Bookmark here

…those angry, desperate yells of those soldiers whom she was about to kill in the wars she was involved with…Bookmark here

…those fearful faces of the people whom she was supposed to protect as a princess, but failed to…Bookmark here

…and those cold, merciless eyes of her father looking down on her as if she’s a plague that had to be avoided…Bookmark here

Lily wanted to shout, or at least do something extreme to make those thoughts disappear. But the more she struggled, the more those dark memories inched their way into her mind and heart. It didn’t take long for her to stop fighting and just let the depression and sadness consume her spirit.Bookmark here

No one would help her, anyway. So, let it come…Bookmark here

This will be an appropriate punishment for me. I’m not even worthy of an honorable death.Bookmark here

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I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have let my feelings get the better of me…I should’ve acted like a proper friend and supported Maddie. And now, because of this, I’m back to being alone.Bookmark here

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Upon making sure that Her Holiness was already asleep, Ruro and I tucked her in her bed and excused ourselves from Maddie’s room. And when we’re all alone ourselves, Her Fluffy Holiness then told me…Bookmark here

“I know you won’t stay put much longer.” she said as if she already knew what I had in mind, “We all know that Maddie’s just putting up a brave front, but she’s going to be worried once you go as well.”Bookmark here

“Well, of course, I knew that,” I replied.Bookmark here

“Then don’t go.” Her Fluffy Holiness curtly countered.Bookmark here

“You know I can’t,” I answered. “Lily knows Maddie more than I; they’ve been together for years—I mean, seasons. They even treat each other like sisters, so if anyone needs to leave, I think it should’ve been me, and not her.”Bookmark here

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Her Fluffy Holiness remained unconvinced, but at least she was quiet this time.Bookmark here

“I can’t bear to watch my fiancée and my best friend suffer. You see, you can always find another man to love you, but you won’t be able to replace a good friend who stays by your side.”Bookmark here

Ruro of the Wolf had a weird expression on her face, which says that she’s still uncooperative, “You say words like that, Master, but where would you go once you set on your search? This land is as vast as the sky, and yet, unlike up there, down here there were a lot of hiding places.”Bookmark here

“Well, Your Fluffy Holiness?”Bookmark here

“Yes?”Bookmark here

“East or west?”Bookmark here

“Ha?” Ruro could only stare at me, dumbfounded.Bookmark here

“I’m asking, if you’re Lily, where do you think is the best place to go? East or west?”Bookmark here

“Wait, why in those directions? Are you sure she went either way?”Bookmark here

“Well, you see, now that I think about it, she can’t go north, where the kingdom of Nerfes lies. She was forbidden to come there, and even though the limit is only at the lands of her family, Lily would never risk returning to a land where she doesn’t feel welcomed.”Bookmark here

Hmm…you have a point, but are you sure she won’t go south?”Bookmark here

“Never. Isn’t it the Empire’s territory? The last time that I knew, she dared to stand up against the emperor and his son back when they were insulting Maddie. I’m sure they would seek revenge for such humiliation, and Lily knows it would be suicide to go in there alone.”Bookmark here

Her Fluffy Holiness pondered about my explanations, and nodded understandingly, “Well, if you put it that way, that would certainly leave the Nerfes princess the directions east and west.”Bookmark here

“So, what do you think?”Bookmark here

“I’m not the Nerfes princess, Master.” Ruro countered, “However, if you ask me about her past, I’d say that in the west, she had slain countless Amaranthene soldiers and knights in the past. So probably, the safest place for her is to be in the east, where the Confederation of the East lies.”Bookmark here

“Alright, I’m heading east then.”Bookmark here

“But!”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“Are you sure about that?” Her Fluffy Holiness asked, “Going east is the most dangerous route to take. I mean, you’re not trained to be a warrior, right?”Bookmark here

“Well, do I have any other choice?”Bookmark here

“Why don’t you ask Maddie for an armed escort? Or at least, wait until a group of paladins would be available to accompany you?”Bookmark here

“Not possible!”Bookmark here

“Why?”Bookmark here

“One, I hate to impose on her, now that I caused this problem. Two, all the paladins were busy searching as well. And likewise, we can’t wait any further; an additional hand is better in these situations. And third, didn’t Lily purposefully run away? Do you think she would show herself once she sees our group coming from afar?”Bookmark here

Ruro fell silent once again. However, after a few moments, she took out something long from her chest (how’d she do that?) and gave it to me.Bookmark here

“What—”Bookmark here

“You forgot that ever since you got killed in the tourney.” she said, half-laughing, “So, I took the liberty of safekeeping it, just in case the need for it arises.”Bookmark here

I removed the cloth that was wrapped on the item, and the matchlock gun I used in the tourney came into my full view. Well, don’t ask how Her Fluffy Holiness could fit that on her chest…I’m as speechless as you.Bookmark here

“You remember how to use it, right?” she asked.Bookmark here

“Of course. A weapon like this also exists in my world.”Bookmark here

“Your world is scary. I bet there are a lot of demons there as well…”Bookmark here

Haha…it sure is.” I could only laugh.Bookmark here

I could only agree with her words. Not necessarily real demons, but on Earth, we got humans who acted so villainous they could qualify as demon lords themselves.Bookmark here

“Well then.” Ruro then turned her back on me, “I saw nothing. Whatever you intend to do, go. I cast an invisible spell on you so that you can pass the guards without them noticing you. Don’t worry about your fiancée; she’s good with me.”Bookmark here

“Thanks, Your Fluffy Holiness!” I quickly prepared myself. I hadn’t got that many things to bring with me, saved only for some clothes, and a pouch of gunpowder and few musket balls, which I still had with me. My ammunition got exhausted, I’ll just have to rely on my gun’s bayonet.Bookmark here

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But yeah, I hope it didn’t come to that. After all, I’m an educator. I’m supposed to murder ‘ignorance’ and kill ‘stupidity’; I had no training or experience in fighting and killing people.Bookmark here

Well, that tourney is another thing, of course.Bookmark here

Anyway, for food and some ‘emergencies’, I thought my pocket money would suffice for that as I passed some towns and cities along the way.Bookmark here

I suddenly felt a tap on my shoulder, as well as heard Ruro’s voice, “Hey!”Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

“Master, I know that you’re in a hurry, but if you need help with anything, you could ask it from me right now.” Her Fluffy Holiness offered.Bookmark here

Hmm…I guess I’m all set, Your Fluffy Holiness. Thanks for the offer though.”Bookmark here

“Okay…Return safely! Do you hear?”Bookmark here

I only gave Her Fluffy Holiness a smile and a wave from my hand. Even I am not sure of the dangers I would face, so I couldn’t give her assurances. But, even if she didn’t wish for it, I would try to come back in one piece.Bookmark here

Besides, I’ll only be searching for a friend. I’m not going to war, or anything similar; what would be the harm in that?Bookmark here

And so, my very own—Kuro’s—adventure began! However, on my first step towards my journey…Bookmark here

“Wait…”Bookmark here

“Something you forgot already, Master?”Bookmark here

“No, but well, …I think I need a little help about something…”Bookmark here

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