Late Riser Dash
I frantically jumped out of bed and nearly tore the curtains off their hooks as I opened them to reveal the blindingly bright sun. And to think that I had meant to get up before sunrise so that I could wash up and leisurely prepare…
“Daniela! Get up! We’re late!”
I shook her shoulders but she would not open her eyes. If anything, there was something gloomy about her.
We hadn’t slept as early as I had wanted to. But not for a lack of trying. I had been about to fall asleep before she rudely interrupted me.
“Daniela! Hurry up!”
“I am still tired…”
I tore away the blankets. This had always been the most effective of the wake-up attacks my mother used to inflict upon me. Once they were gone, you had no choice. Her eyes remained shut as she searched for the covers, but they were not within reach. I had won.
Daniela was completely naked.
“Uh, you don’t have much choice now.”
She had gotten quite angry when I had done this before. But so much had changed since then…
When I thought about it like that, the sight became deeply moving in a way.
Daniela moaned like some kind of zombie for a while, and so I started to pack, thinking that she’d get up eventually. But being the bastard that she was, she went straight back to sleep, blanket or no blanket. And so I opened the window in retaliation. While the sun was out, the wind was still cold. The temperature in the room dropped at once, and Daniela finally got up.
“…I did not think you would go so far…”
“I gave you ample warning. Now hurry up and pack.”
“Ahhh… My head hurts from a lack of sleep…”
“You reap what you sow, dumbass.”
Hey, I was tired too. But we had no choice…
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We were just barely able to check out on time.
“Sorry that we’re late.”
“No, no. Thank you for staying with us. We hope to see you again soon, Mister Asagi.”
Well, it would be hard to use a different inn since they remembered our names and everything. But at least it was a good place.
The sun was now high in the sky and the air had warmed up a little. However, the wind was still chilly and our faces felt very cold once we stepped out of the warm building. All the people who were walking outside had their collars up as protection from the cold.
We followed their sample, ensuring that our precious body heat would not escape. It would have been nice to have a scarf, but those would be hard to use when you were wearing these cape-like things.
“So…how about breakfast?”
“We’re still in a hurry, unless you forgot.”
“Haa… Very well. We will have to eat as we walk.”
The town next to Yukka was the swamp town of Arkaroid. And it was about one day on foot after leaving the west gate. After that, we would travel farther west to the trading city of Usk, which was also a day on foot.
“In other words, I could reach Usk in one day.”
“I use what I have. You should keep that in mind.”
“Alright then. If you insist, I will allow you to make things easy for me.”
Once we were out of the west gate, I picked up Daniela and enveloped my legs in platinum and green wind. To Daniela, I was just a very fast, safe, and convenient ride.