Dealing with the Aftermath
After the Great Dragon Kathe flew off, Nia sat down weakly.
She must have been on edge this whole time.
On close inspection, her tail was clenched tightly between her legs.
I patted her on the head.
“You kept your cool very well. Good job.”
“Thank you. But I can’t even stand now.”
“You’re just relieved that the dragon is gone now. It can’t be helped.”
She had at least abstained from putting her tail between her legs until Kathe went away.
That was some nerve, considering she had encountered a Great Dragon on her first mission.
Shia hugged her tightly.
“Nia. You did wonderfully.”
“Oh, thank you, sister.”
“Yes-yes. You’re just like your older sister, Nia.”
As we all praised Nia, Grulf began to run in a circle around me.
His tail, which had been between his legs a moment ago, was now wagging vigorously.
He was suddenly very energetic now that Kathe was gone.
Grulf looked at me with pure expectation.
However, I felt a bit of a dilemma about whether or not I should praise him.
Grulf had been hiding in my shadow the whole time.
That wasn’t exactly something praise-worthy.
However, he hadn’t cried or run away either.
And perhaps that was as much as I should expect from a wolf pup.
“Grulf, you did well too. I’m glad that you didn’t run away.”
As I petted him, he puffed out his chest proudly. And then he wagged his tail even more.
As I petted Grulf for a while, Nia was finally able to stand on her feet again.
She slowly got up.
“Are you fine already?”
“Yes. I’m sorry that you had to see something so pathetic.”
“No, don’t worry about it.”
Nia said with a smile.
“As we just won a great victory, we must give a cry of triumph!”
“Cry of triumph?”
“Yes! It is a custom in our tribe to do it after a great victory.”
“Yes! It is a very important custom. Do you mind if we do it?”
“I don’t mind.”
And so Nia took in a deep breath. And then shouted very loudly.
I heard this shout before.
The beastkin wolves had shouted this after winning the battle against the Vampire High Lords.
So it was actually an important tradition for them.
After shouting to her heart’s content, Nia stopped to look at Shia.
“Sister? Why aren’t you shouting too?”
“Um, it’s just that…the timing is very difficult.”
Shia said as she fidgeted.
Now that I think of it, I only saw her doing it once.
It was after defeating the High Lord.
Maybe she felt embarrassed.
“Sister, let’s do it together.”
“We have to do it after defeating a powerful foe.”
“But it was Mister Locke who defeated the dragon…”
Shia said modestly.
“Shia. This is a victory for the whole party.”
“Is-is that so.”
“Alright sister, let’s do it together!”