It is an obvious fact that children flying in the night sky will draw attention
For lunch, they did not use fire, but instead, ate premade food in the main square of the village they stopped by. The party arrived in Lapondo in the evening and set up camp around the mayor’s mansion.
Maki and Chiharu had work to do now. As Maki was a little taller, she was made to run around and do errands, while Chiharu peeled vegetables nonstop. Aside from ordering her to peel vegetables, no one paid her any attention. The vegetables were then dumped into the soup pot and it began to bubble with a delicious smell.
When the sun set and the soup was ready, several large grills were prepared in the garden and a fire was made. The head cook stood in front of the grills and started to cook the meat. Soldiers and Adventurers lined up by these grills while holding their soup and bread. When the meat was ready, the cook would give each man a few large slices of meat. It wasn’t until after everyone had finished having their second helpings that the cooks were allowed to eat.
“Don’t worry, I saved some meat for you two.”
A small pot of soup had been set aside for them and a single grill was used to cook their meat. By the time they were able to eat, Maki and Chiharu were starving after working so hard for the first time in a while.
The meat sizzled while the cook seasoned it simply with a little salt and pepper. They sat down on the ground and stabbed the meat with a fork and brought it to their mouths. What part of meat they would get was mostly up to luck, but on this day, Maki and Chiharu were very lucky. It was red, dense meat that had been grown in the mountains. With one bite, it was a tug of war with your fork. When they chewed it off and ground it between their teeth, the meat’s juices flowed into their mouths. It was delicious.
“Here, eat as much as you can before it’s all gone.”
Paulo added more meat to their plates.
“Here, you want a drink too?”
“It might be a waste to give it to children.”
“I’ll have some!”
“I’ll have some!”
A young person had come them with some ale. It was Jean. He was carrying ale in a barrel.
“Well, you know, ale is like a water substitute.”
No, it wasn’t. Still, Maki and Chiharu had finished soaking up all their meat juices with their bread, and so they were very prepared to end their meal with a drink with the others.
“It’s so good.”
They felt very satisfied.
“Now, one last bit of work to do!”
They had to work with some of the soldiers whose turn it was and wash the dishes before going to bed. They slept in inns when they could, but when there weren’t enough rooms, they slept in tents. Instead of pitching a huge tent, everyone had small, single-person tents that they slept in. As Maki and Chiharu were learning how to set their tents up, the bird people came.
“Hey, you’re not going to fly then?”
“Sauro. It’s too late.”
“But the night sky is so beautiful. You can see the lights in the town.”
It was the job of the cooks to go shopping early in the morning. And then they would continue to travel. There really was no time to go around flying.
“Do you ever get in trouble for flying around here?”
“No one gets angry at us.”
“Well, people might get angry if it is us.”
The other cooks were now looking at the bird people with interest.
“Oh, uh. What is it?”
“I want to borrow these children for a bit.”
“I’m going to take them to the sky.”
“It is fine. I know them, and they are used to it.”
“Kenneth, Ryan. Is that true?”
“Yes, it is.”