81. A Peaceful Journey…?
After Vincent left the city, I finally regained my calm.
“No, Ralph will.”
In the courtyard.
Douglas and Ralph were glaring at each other.
“Can you protect Eliane?”
“Don’t look down on a divine creature. Besides, doesn’t Eliane hate being hugged by you?”
“Kukuku, what are you saying? It seems that you have failed to understand. Eliane, why don’t you explain to him?”
“Hmm, I don’t hate it, but I also don’t like it.”
Douglas crossed his arms in dissatisfaction.
“What could you be dissatisfied with? Is me carrying you not comfortable enough? If so, I will hold you a little more gently.”
“T-that’s not the case!”
My heart beats like crazy when you hold me, and I don’t exactly enjoy that!
…I couldn’t say that because I knew Douglas wouldn’t comprehend.
“Should I ask for Ralph-chan’s to accompany me this time around? I want to introduce him to Philip and the others.”
“Hey, are you treating Ralph like a pet? Or more like, do you think Ralph is merely a dog?”
Ralph pursued the answer, but I didn’t give him one.
That was right.
I decided to visit Philip and the others that day.
The reason… was of course to cook.
Recently, I couldn’t make enough time to go visit them because of Vincent, and also because I was studying for the qualification.
It had been more or less 10 days since my last visit.
I wanted to see the spirits soon.
“If there’s any danger, there’s that ball I gave you.”
It’d be both dangerous and time consuming to go alone, so I thought of having Douglas or Ralph follow me.
It was also possible to bring both. However, going with a dragon and a divine creature might scare Philip and the others.
Besides, there was no saying Douglas and Ralph wouldn’t get into a fight.
Although it was closer to quarreling. I didn’t think they seriously hate each other. They were merely playing together.
I was a little uneasy about leaving Douglas though…
“Well, I’m a patient man. I will protect this city in your stead.”
Well, if he truly were to assume such role, I could rest assured.
“But, if anything is to happen, call me immediately. Don’t hesitate to use it.”
Alright, such was the rule.
Honestly, traveling with Douglas… required some mental preparation. However, with Ralph, I could relax.
“Then, Ralph-chan, why don’t we take our leave?”
“Leave it to me.”
I climbed on top of Ralph’s back.
For the first time in a while, I was riding Ralph. But, as I thought, fluffy was justice! It was very comfortable to the touch!
“Time to depart!”
Ralph cried out as he kicked off the ground and took off running.
Ralph ran like the wind.
We were steadily approaching the spirits’ forest.
His speed concerned me, I was worried I might be shaken off…
“Don’t worry. Don’t look down on Ralph’s ability. Ralph will never drop Eliane.”
“I’ll be in your care.”
After riding Ralph for a bit, I gradually got used to the speed.
I began to enjoy the scenery.
“Even so, this place sure is quiet.”
The green meadow seemed as if it would spread forever.
A piercing blue sky…
The wind was comfortable, as the road continued—
—I began to feel sleepy.
What a peaceful journey…
I saw a boy crouching near the side of the road.
“What’s that child doing?”
“He seems to be suffering…”
“I’m worried… Ralph-chan, could you slow down a little?”
“Umu, got it.”
Ralph stopped running and started walking slowly so as to not scare the boy.
Was he alright…
My arrival to the spirits’ village would be delayed, but it wasn’t as if I could just overlook that.
I got off from Ralph and talked to the boy.
He slowly raised his face—he looked like he was about to cry.
“B, big sister… my mom, was taken hostage…”
I didn’t know what was happening—
—it was at that moment.
A strong pain struck the back of my head, and I lost consciousness.
***T/N: O-our strongest saint of the century, fell for such a cheap trick…!!! *snickers under her breath*
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