302 preparation for wolves and smoke

 A long and short time passed in the rain. Everyone was soaked with rain, and I couldn't tell if they were crying or not, but it might have been better for Anne.
 I'm not sure if it's anger or sadness that I'm feeling inside. I don't think I can fight back directly, but I have to do what I can.
 Even if I'm just involved, my life and my family's life is threatened.
 I've buried the people we cut down in a shallow pit. "As the saying goes, "When you're dead, you're dead. I checked to see if they had anything that could identify them, but there was nothing, so I didn't bother to strip them of their bodies.

 Everyone went home without saying much. Krull and Lucy were happy to have a walk in the rain, but they didn't get too excited, as if they sensed our mood.

"Thank you, Mr. Eizo.
No, it would have been weird if I hadn't done it right.

 When I got home and was getting ready to boil water, Anne called out to me. It was more for my own sake than for hers, but I was a bad adult, so I didn't want to say that I didn't owe her anything.
 Each of us, including Anne, took the boiled water to our room (Anne was in the guest room) and wiped our bodies. The warmth of the water felt good on our bodies, which had been chilled by the rain.
 After I wiped myself down and refreshed myself, it was time to get ready for dinner. The women seemed to have gathered in the living room and were talking about this and that. Even though the day will come when we have to say goodbye, it's good to get to know each other.

 Dinner was the same as usual, but today we served alcohol. In addition to the number of people, I prepared three separate cups and poured some into them as well. Anne noticed and bowed her head, and I waved my hand.

 The next morning, when I went outside to fetch water, the rain had completely stopped and the blue sky, which hadn't been seen for a long time, came through the gaps between the trees, accentuating the leaves as a background.

Well, it looks like a typhoon has passed.

 I don't know if there are typhoons in this world, but there will be storms. We have to be prepared for it.
 But for now, we need to deal with the storms that aren't meteorological phenomena. Today is the first step.
 With Krull and Lucy in tow, I headed out to fetch water.

 After completing the morning's tasks, I prepared to head for the city. We loaded up as usual and set off, but unlike usual, it would be me, Rike, Diana, Helen, Krull and Lucy going to town.
 We decided to have Samija stay behind in case of emergency, since she knew the forest and was capable of fighting, and Liddy, although not familiar with the forest, had some knowledge of the forest itself and could use magic.
 Leaving Samija, who can detect enemies with both her sense of smell and her presence, would be quite a pain, but Helen and I would have to do our best.
 Needless to say, Anne is also staying behind. At any rate, we can't do anything until we have some idea of the situation.

"Well, you take care of the rest. If it comes to it, run away even if you have to set yourself on fire.
...... Okay.

 I wonder if Samija understood that "in case of emergency" included the case where Anne was a lioness. In the event you're not sure what you're looking for, you'll be able to find a lot more information on the web.