“No, this can’t be. Not this.”
“Why have they fallen?”
“I won’t accept this! I won’t!”
“I’m taking them back.”
“Where? Anywhere. Away from here. Where they can rest.”
“There is no such place.”
Aeris said as Kaider and Nyran became frantic.
“No Saintess has ever returned. Oh, Maki. Chiharu.”
Aeris knelt down by the fallen Saintesses.
“If I knew this was going to happen, I would have locked you up in the castle. So you would never suffer. You would be safe.”
Edwy stood next to Aeris and put a hand on his shoulder.
“Maki and Chiharu would not have been able to stay in a cage like a bird. They would have escaped.”
“And disguised themselves again.”
“Making us worry.”
“But as long as they were safe, that would have been fine.”
Edwy also knelt by Maki and Chiharu.
Kaider and Nyran as well. And the soldiers and Adventurers also knelt. They were praying for their souls. For the two Saintesses who gave their lives to stop the monsters.
“What is it, Sauro!”
Edwy held back his tears and glared at the birdman through swollen eyes.
“Shouldn’t you put Maki and Chiharu in bed?”
“Sauro. Let us pray first. Pray that their souls can rest in peace.”
“If you don’t hurry, they might catch a cold.”
“Humans are weak. They will catch a cold if they sleep on the ground.”
“But these two are…”
“They are in a deep sleep.”
On closer inspection, their backs were slowly moving up and down. Edwy put his hands over their mouths. It was warm.
“They’re alive! Maki and Chiharu are alive!”
The soldiers raised their faces. Kaider and Nyran jumped to their feet.
“I’ll carry them.”
“No, I will.”
“You two. This is no time for that. Someone, bring a stretcher!”
“I’ll do it.”
“You are probably very tired from being in the dungeons. The last thing we need is for you two to drop them. Now, we must go to the mayor’s house.”
And like that, Maki and Chiharu were carried back to the house they had tried so hard to escape.