What I Felt In The End
I followed them quietly for a few minutes. The men and the girl had now reached a dead end.
So it wasn’t a shortcut… Not that I was surprised.
“Oh… But there is no path here.”
The bigger man ordered. The smaller guy then took out what appeared to be a rock from his pocket. As I watched, he started to send magic energy into it.
“So that’s how you use chained ore…”
Energy that took the form of chains came out and bound the girl.
“Good. Now, let’s get out of here.”
It was certainly abduction. They were as bad as I had initially assumed. There was no need to hold back now.
I activated Legs of the God Wolf and jumped out from the shadows. Without losing speed, I shot forward and slammed a fist into the man who was about to pick up the girl.
His feet came off the ground as he flew into the air and crashed into the wall behind him, head first.
Then he fell limply to the ground, leaving a smear of blood.
The other man looked at me in surprise, just as my knee connected with his stomach. He started to fall to the ground, the perfect height for my foot to meet his head. Like the first guy, he went flying into the wall.
I crushed the still glowing chain ore under my boot. The magic that had been binding the girl now faded away. She slowly got up and looked at me with a mix of fear and suspicion.
“Who are you…?”
“An Adventurer who happened to be passing by. People like these two exist. It would be better if you didn’t come out here alone.”
“Yes…I’m sorry… I got separated from my mother…”
So that’s why she had looked so worried. I now felt bad for not helping her as soon as I had noticed.
“Well then, we should go to where there are more people.”
She was still suspicious. Well, that was the smart way to be.
“I know that you’re afraid. I understand why. So I’ll tell you where to go. Just follow this path here and it will take you to the main street. Once you are there, turn left and it’ll take you to the noble district. That’s where you’re from, right?”
“Yes, that’s right.”
“Right. Then you should go. I’ll keep an eye on you from afar.”
I didn’t have to lead her there by the hand.
“Well, off you go.”
She called after me just as I was about to move away.
“Would you tell me your name…?”
“Why… So I can thank you…”
“Oh, don’t worry about that.”
“Look, just turn that way and walk straight.”
I turned her around 180 degrees and pushed her back. And at the same time, I activated Legs of the God Wolf and Presence Block.
She turned around, but I was nowhere to be seen.
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After that, I followed her on the roofs to see where she would go. Once she was out in the main street, she began to run. Up ahead of her, there was a woman who was surrounded by soldiers. When she saw the girl running towards her, the woman left the soldiers and rushed to the girl. She was clearly her mother. She was also clearly a noblewoman. Her clothes looked incredibly expensive.
And then I decided to return to the inn. I had fulfilled my purpose. Ahh. Thankfully, I didn’t have to go all the way to the noble district, and I had time. Might as well get a bite to eat before returning…
It had been a while since I last helped someone, so I felt a little elated as I ran on the rooftops until I reached the market district. Yes. the various delicious smells were alluring. What should I eat today…? I’d been eating a lot of meat recently, so maybe I could try some fish…
Daniela was shopping and eating. I didn’t know how many times I had seen her walking around with two skewers of meat in her hands.
“Ah, Asagi. Want one?”
Now this was rare. Her sharing food. On top of that, she had given me the one that she hadn’t already taken a bite out of. How sweet.
I didn’t feel like fish once I had accepted it, and so I bit into it without hesitation. The spices packed quite a punch as the flavor spread wildly in my mouth. And the juices… I had to lean forward so it didn’t spill on my clothes. I looked like an idiot. But it was good. Yes, meat was the best after all.
“What did you do today?”
“Hmm? I helped someone.”
“Oh? Tell me about it.”
We came out into a mostly empty park. Daniela sat down by a bench near some monument thing in the center. Then we talked about what had happened.
I was bored, and went on a walk and got lost. Being lost was actually quite fun, until I found someone else who was lost. And then I ended up helping that lost child from men who were trying to abduct her. And then I had sent her back to her mother.