Ken yo, kaku katariki – 16

16 – Butterfly Knight (Iria Orlando)

Who is this guy?
The first thing I felt was anxiety.

After trading a few blows with the red bear, the white wolves switched their target to me.
The approaching footsteps of death. ‘The time has come then.’ It was the moment that I prepared for my end.

I was not sure what happened.
However, the red bear’s head was suddenly flying in the air.

And without making a sound, a presence suddenly appeared next to me.

“Um, are you alright?”

Even his words didn’t register in my head at the time.

A man.
He seems to be about the same age as me. Dark hair and eyes. Not the most common appearance in the empire.
And he is wielding a katana, which is an eastern weapon.
But how could he have cut off the red bear’s head with such a thin blade? And so quickly?

“Ha, ah, uh, yes.”

As I was so confused, I was not able to give a proper reply.
He looked at me, and casually said, ‘Uh, I’ll take care of the wolves then.’ And then he carelessly walked towards the white wolves.

However, I could hardly remain composed after seeing what he did next.

This time, I really didn’t understand it at all.
His movements had not looked that fast, and yet…
Before I knew it, he was standing in front of the white wolves.
A flash as he swung down. And the white wolf’s head went flying.

The way he swung. It was like a painting. Just naturally, as he is, like it was obvious.

…What is he?
Is he human? Surely not a Hunter. If there was a Hunter like this, I would have at least heard rumors.

In just a few seconds, he annihilated all the wolves, and looked back and walked in my direction.

A chill ran down my spine.
What if he were to point that blade at me next?
I would not be able to stop him. And my head would go flying.

The sudden thought made me touch my neck.

…This isn’t___.

“…Are you a Hunter?”

And so after I said it, I regretted how obviously suspicious I had sounded.

Are you stupid?
He just saved you. Don’t be rude.
Still, when he tilted his head to the side and asked, ‘Hunter?’ I couldn’t help but feel afraid again…

And yet… My reaction seemed to make him frantic, which made me chuckle.

Really, he started to look like an ordinary, if not simple-mannered, person.
From being cautious to accepting death. What am I even doing? I laughed at myself.

…Now that I think back on it, it was unforgivably rude.

“Come in.”

“Yes, father.”

I opened the door to my father’s study and went in. And there was the familiar scene.
He, in his chair, staring out of the window at the garden.
‘Ah, so he is back,’ was the thought that came, along with a feeling of comfort.

“Greg is on his way here. He’s bringing the young man who saved you.”

“I see.”

The person who saved me. He called himself Yukito.
He had been so strong. I had not been able to take my eyes off of him.

“…You still will not change your mind?”

“Yes. I want to become a knight.”

A knight. There was no such occupation. It was an old word.
Being a knight was about conviction.
To use your sword to protect the people.

Even in that moment, where I thought I was going to die, my resolution had not changed.
It was what I thought that I should be. So even when facing death, I wanted to be true to myself.
For that, I must become stronger. Stronger than anyone.

My father let out a deep, deep sigh and then nodded.

“As your father, I am still against it. And so is your mother. However, I don’t think we should use force to make you obey us either.”

“…I’m sorry, father.”

“If you’re going to apologize, you should have more consideration for your parents’ feelings to begin with…”

He shook his head with exasperation.
Yes, I was not being a good daughter. There were plenty of other, safer paths. I was willfully going to put myself in danger.

“I suppose as your parents, this is about as much as we can do.”

“Father. Then…”

“Aye. You will get your way. …Do your best. I don’t want to see Aria cry anymore.”

Thank you, father.
I’m sorry, mother.
But I made my decision to walk this road.

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