To Namila Village
I thought about what we would do next as we walked down the hallway.
First, we had to get rid of the Nova. This was to prevent anyone else from being summoned to this world.
The Estarosta Karma had told us that the Nova was located at the Hill of Mist. This was incredibly valuable information.
However, there were a number of problems regarding the method of getting rid of it. Perhaps we could just destroy it by force, but this thing was affected by the dragon vein and other worlds. Who knew what could happen.
We weren’t exactly the right people to deal with that kind of thing. And so I wasn’t sure what we should do.
“Asagi. We should hurry. Three hours is not as long as you might think.”
“Right. And we don’t know what could happen on the way.”
Daniela’s voice brought me back to the present. Surely we wouldn’t be attacked on the way? We had killed everyone. There was no one left. Still, it would be best to leave as quickly as possible.
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We went out of the hatch and left the destroyed facility behind us and continued through Estarosta. The roads were wrecked, the buildings collapsed, and the tower was in a pitiful condition. On top of that, there were goblin corpses all over the place.
“So, this is the end of a once-great city. It’s kind of sad.”
“It became a nest for monsters. Sooner or later, it would have led to fighting.”
That was true.
Still, I couldn’t help but take in the sights. I was careful not to trip over anything as we walked over the remains of a house and turned a corner. That’s when the corpse of the monster came into view. Knowing that this creature was also some kind of goblin made me shudder. The technology that the ancient elves had could also be terrifying. I suppose it all depended on how you used it…
“It really is dead, right…?”
“Aye. It is fine.”
Daniela had taken out her appraisal glasses from her hollow bracelet. She took her time inspecting the thing.
“Does it have a name?”
“No. It just says ‘Unknown.’ Perhaps it is a new species. Though, I do hope it is the only one of its kind.”
The thought of it breeding was horrifying.
“Still, you did a great job blowing its head off. What a devilish mind you have.”
“Watching Adlus made me think about the possibilities of water magic.”
He was able to control it so freely. And so it really made me wonder. You should be able to do anything. Besides, I had Jack of all Trades, Master of None.
“Hmm. Do you think we should take some materials with us?”
“Well, it was still originally a goblin… I do not think it is worth the trouble.”
I still had other things to put back into the hollow bag anyway. Alright, we should just hurry on back. I miss the sun so much.
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“Woah…it’s so bright…”
Being bathed in light like this brought me back to that time that we left the kobold mines. Though, we had stayed down there for nearly two weeks, and so it had been really harsh on my eyes. It wasn’t nearly as bad this time.
In just a short while, we would not be able to enter the hollow in the tree again. I would have to tell the others about it. It would be a disaster if someone accidentally went back in. Of course, when leaving, I used Presence Detection to make sure there weren’t any surviving monsters or Adventurers who had been left behind. Well, there really was no need to worry about that. Manager had detection magic as well.
“Let’s go then…”
I called to Daniela, who had been staring up at the Nise Yggdra tree. I looked dazedly at Daniela’s back as we walked, the snow crunching under our feet. And suddenly, I started to think about the time we first met.
I had been going through a lot back then.
She was the woman with platinum blonde hair who covered her face with a mask. I remember being quite surprised by it. And I soon learned of her ravenous appetite. We had dinner together in the park, and then we were attacked by Adventurers. I remember panicking when that happened, though it did bring us closer. Of course, that didn’t mean I was grateful to them in any way.
Months had now passed. I suppose once this snow melted and it got warmer again, it would mean that we’d gone through all the seasons. A full year since I came here. It would be our first anniversary.
There was one thing that I had been thinking about. Ever since I killed that wind dragon that had appeared near the imperial capital. The old man who butchered it had given me some fangs and scales. I had wanted to make a pair of necklaces that we could wear.
In fact, the necklaces themselves were already made. I had asked a young jeweler who ran a street stall to make them. And they turned out pretty well.
But there was never a good time to give it to her. The Imperial Sword Tournament started, and then there was the incident in Reserentrible. And that led to the goblin stampede. Of course, there were moments of rest in between all of that, but I wasn’t such an extrovert that I could just go up to her and say, ‘here, take this’ out of the blue.
“Still… No matter how many times I have experienced it, this season is so cold.”
“We had a cold season in my world too. But it’s pretty bad here as well.”
I looked at her profile as her white breath dissipated in the wind. Her cheeks were a little flushed. They looked warm.
“What? Is there something on my face?”
Daniela said this without turning to me, so I didn’t have time to avert my eyes.
“Uh, it’s nothing. I just thought you looked pretty.”
“Fool. Save it for when we are back in the city.”
She said as her cheeks reddened even further and she lunged at me with her shoulder. She always brought the pain when she was embarrassed.