“Just call Harold. He will come if you tell him that Asagi is calling.”
“Uh, ah…f-fine. However, you will wait here!”
He returned to himself with a jolt before opening a small window to the side of the gate and relaying what I had just said. It only took several minutes for the gate to open and for Harold, the captain of the western district guard, to come out.
“Asagi!! What happened!?”
“Ahh, Harold. Thank god. There was a wyvern in the forest…”
“I heard the story. I was just preparing our men to leave. But come inside now, then we can talk…”
So Harold said, as he lent me his shoulder. And just like that, I was taken through the gate. We went into the guardhouse and I was shown to a small sleeping room. I was allowed to lie on one of the beds, however, I was very confident that I would fall asleep the moment I did that, so I rejected Harold’s offer and sat up.
“There was a report about the other wyvern being sighted. And so some adventurers set out to challenge it…”
“Yes. I went in just as their shield-bearer had been dealt a heavy wound. And once the adventurers fled, I fought it alone.”
“And what happened to the wyvern…?”
Harold looked at me intently.
“I just killed it.”
I made a forced triumphant smile, even though I probably just looked tired.
“…! So you…! Really…!”
He was practically shaking with uncontainable excitement as he looked at me. Seeing him, I couldn’t help but laugh. He immediately followed, and our boisterous laughter echoed in what should have been a quiet sleeping room.
“Ahhh… My stomach hurts for more than one reason…!”
“Damn it, you really do push yourself too hard!”
“But, it’s not like I had a choice. It wouldn’t let me go. It had a look that said ‘I will kill you at any cost.’”
“But even so, it is hardly normal to go and kill it! However, I do like that about you.”
“Hehe… Thank you very much. By the way, what happened to the adventurers?”
I had forgotten to ask about them. I hoped that Rex and Danny were okay.
“Yes, they are being treated at the infirmary in the central guardhouse. The wounds on the shield-bearer were especially deep. But Spiris has very gifted medical magicians. He will not die.”
“That’s a relief. Really…”
It made me feel better about risking my neck to help them. Standing my ground there had given them enough time to escape. I was glad.
“Well then, I will retrieve this wyvern with the men I have gathered. It would be a waste for it to decompose into the soil!”
“Ah, of course. Oh, it would be of great help if you could also inform my partner, Daniela, that I’m here.”
“Yes, that is easily done! And now, you should get treated in our infirmary and get some sleep!”
I guess that settled matters. Harold had helped me once again. We walked together to the infirmary and the magician there used magic to heal the wound on my right thigh. It was the first time that magic had been used to heal me. It felt kind of strange. As someone used to western medicine, it was like getting stitches that left no mark.
Now that I was all healed up, I lay down on the infirmary bed. Ahh, what an awful day. A real adventure. I played back the events of the day in my head as I lay there. I got down from the tree, killed some grass wolves, sensed something big, it was a wyvern…
“I’m happy that I was able to help them…”
My consciousness began to fade. I would rest a little. I couldn’t think of anything once I closed my eyes. And just like that, my mind journeyed off to the world of dreams.