“Well, thank you so much.”
“I am glad I could be of use to the beloved child. Maki.”
“Come to the merfolk island again. Promise me.”
“Now, Chiharu, you may faint.”
“Hurry! I will cover you in a cloth!”
Chiharu let the strength go out of her and pretended to faint as she fell to the ground.
“This young one has fainted from shock! You must help him!”
“(You’re a terrible actor, Amia.)”
“(So are you, Maki. Besides, they’ll just think merfolk are like that.)”
Edwy and Kaider ran to them first. Aeris followed them from behind.
“Oh, not, not Chiha-, ohh.”
“I am sorry.”
“I will carry him.”
Edwy quickly remonstrated Aeris while Kaider reached out to Chiharu.
“No, I’ll carry him.”
“I saw him collapse.”
“Maki, are you sure?”
Edwy asked with a puzzled expression. Maki nodded.
“Everyone, thank you for helping my younger brother!”
Maki thanked all of the soldiers with a loud voice.
“What a terrible thing to happen.”
“I’m glad he’s okay.”
The soldiers said. And then Nyran carried Chiharu to the mayor’s mansion.
“So, you’re Amia, aren’t you?”
“And you’re the prince of Midland. You’ve grown.”
He had met Edwy and Arthur a long time ago.
“Do you think we could talk?”
“I have no business here now. I will be leaving.”
“Just let me ask you one thing. Is something happening that it was so important for you to protect them by traveling all the way here?”
“Why are the beloved children sent to the human territories instead of the other three? Think about it. Even within caverns underground, the monsters are excited. Excited with joy.”
“What do you mean?”
“This is as far as we can protect them. It is up to you now.”
Amia glanced back at Edwy once before returning to the lake without another word. Kaider looked confused as he asked,
“Edwy. What is going on? Who is the beloved child? Why were those two boys targeted?”
“I do not know. But…”
“But something is different.”
No matter how much Maki and Chiharu may want to hide it, it was not likely that they would be able to anymore.
“I will tell you what I know. But let’s clean up here first.”