What the Morning Sun Illuminates
Chiharu wasn’t great when it came to getting up in the morning. And so she always used an alarm clock that sounded like a bird chirping.
Yesterday, after they had talked around the fire, they returned to the airship in order to sleep. The sofa in the airship could turn into a bed if you put down the armrests. And there were sheets and blankets underneath.
“It’s very rare to have to sleep inside of the airship, but I often rested here while we were still constructing it.”
Aeris said as if lost in his memories. At first, Edwy and Aaron had insisted that they would sleep outside. But it wasn’t as if there were any enemies for them to fear, and so it was settled that they would only leave when Maki and Chiharu had to get changed. After all, Aeris said he would sleep inside as if it was the most natural thing. So it would be strange if Edwy and Aaron were the only ones to sleep outside. Aaron then whispered to Edwy.
“Edwy, I’m quite sure that you will regret it if you don’t sleep on this ship.”
“Fine! I’ll sleep here.”
Edwy said with a red face. And so it was decided.
Chiharu was so excited and kept talking about how she would wake up to a beach that was blindingly bright as the sun reflected on the white sand, or how she would wake up to the sounds of the sea that she would hear all night.
However, something was now covering the windows from outside, and they were so loud that she couldn’t hear the sounds of the waves. The sounds of flapping and even splashing. In the first place, the window had been open during the night, but now they were closed and the curtains were drawn. Edwy and Aaron stood by the entrance with tired faces. It seemed like they were there in case someone tried to get in.
“Good morning, Maki and Chiharu.”
Said Edwy and Aaron.
Edwy nodded with a chuckle.
“The birdfolk arrived early this morning. Thankfully, you two didn’t wake up. However, when we went outside, we saw that there were also merfolk, for some reason.”
Maki and Chiharu were not surprised.
“Not only that, but they say that they are here to ‘sightsee.’”
“Sightseeing? Like Sauro talked about at the mirror lake?”
It had not even been two days since they had left Sauro and Saikania. Two days.
“They’re here. Those white ones.”
Aaron said with vacant eyes.
Maki and Chiharu looked at each other. From Lowland to Midland. And then probably the beastlands. A strange light is seen by the shore of the elf lands and there is a report about an airship. Then they come here.
“How much energy do they have…”
“It’s amazing that the birdfolk don’t rule the Sun World.”
They muttered. Aaron replied.
“You can’t rule anything if you just play all day.”
As there was no point in complaining, they got dressed and then went outside.
Sauro and Saikania came immediately. Aeris hadn’t been on the ship, but they found him on the beach, talking to the merfolk.
“I thought you had business to attend to. Didn’t you go back to the beastlands?”
Maki asked Sauro.
“So why are you here now?”
“I know that! I’m asking you why you are here!”
“Because we finished our business.”
“Brother. I think you have to explain it a little better than that.”
“Yes, Saikania. That’s right.”
Maki raised her head at this surprisingly decent observation from Saikania.
Sauro thought for a moment and then explained.
“First, we went to Midland and made a report to Arthur. And then I went back to the beastlands and talked to Mira and we had a meeting with the other birdfolk. And just like we suggested, the plan to send lots of birdfolk inland was immediately accepted, and we gathered all the volunteers during that day. I rested that day and saw the volunteers off. And then it was just as I was feeling bored that evening, when word of you leaving Lowland reached us. I was considering going to the elf lands to meet you, but then there was a report about a bonfire being seen on this island. So I came to sightsee.”
“Do you think you just need to say ‘sightsee’ to make everything okay?”
Sauro looked away.
“Maki-chan, that’s not what’s important.”
Chiharu said to calm her down. To be honest, she could hardly believe this stuff about the meeting being held and gathering volunteers and sending them all off on the same day. However, that wasn’t important.
“What do you mean by inland volunteers?”
Sauro glanced at Chiharu and then to the sky.
“Up until now, there were conflicts because we had no interest in them and never spoke with them. And so now, it’s time for them to know who we birdfolk are. In other words, we have to go and play there regularly.”
“Brother, you always say what you really mean towards the end.”