307 one's way home

 On the way home from Camilo's, a leisurely but vigilant time passed in the back of the truck. The clouds that had brought rain yesterday had completely cleared, and the sun was shining brightly, blessing the people everywhere.

 On the streets of the city, people from all walks of life were coming and going, as if they were releasing the frustration of not being able to go outside for a while.
 If I could, I would have enjoyed this time without any worries, but now I had no choice. The guards we had seen on our way in were still standing at the entrance to the city, perhaps not yet ready to be replaced, and we walked past them, bidding them farewell.

 We turned onto the street and increased our speed. Krull's pace was the same as usual. He's as fast as a horse, maybe a little faster. My cart has a simple mechanism, but it has my special suspension, so it can go faster than the other carts.
 However, to the people around me, it will look like it is faster because it is driven by Krull ......, or a running dragon. It is a kind of camouflage.
 By the way, Camilo once said that mass production of this suspension is coming soon, but how far is it now? I'll ask him about it when I come back next time.

 The dragon car moves through the three colors of blue, green and brown. If it's going to attack us today, this will be our last chance. We'll be on the lookout.
 Looking around, Helen said to me.

"I've been wondering about this for a while.
Why don't we go into the forest right after we get out of town? Why don't we go into the forest right after we get out of town, just out of sight?

 In a situation like this, the less time you spend on the street, the less likely you are to be targeted. If that's the case, I'm in and out of the forest! If that's the case, it would be more advantageous to go into the forest and disappear as soon as you can without making a show of being in and out of the forest.
 It is hard to deny that there is no need to take a long, conspicuous route. But....

The time it takes to arrive at home is much different.

 Even though the road is not paved with asphalt as in the previous world, it is a well-maintained road. Without any exaggeration at all, it is much faster than going through the forest, which is completely untouched by human hands, while trying to find a place where a cart can pass.
 As a result, there is a considerable difference in time. If you want to do something other than work in the afternoon, the longer the better.
 In this case, I left someone at home, and it would be advantageous to confirm their safety as soon as possible. That's why we are hurrying down the street. Besides, it's more "normal" to go this way, and if there are people watching, they are less likely to notice anything unusual.

 Aside from the asphalt paving, that's the kind of explanation I would give Helen.

"I see.
I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what's going on. Is ...... too easy?
No, it's fine. I'm not sure what the other side is taking the time to do, but the fact that they're taking their time means that things aren't in trouble yet. If they were serious, they'd have done something by the time we got out of the woods. I'm still on my toes, though.

 Helen continued, keeping her head still and watching her surroundings with only her eyes - which seemed to be searching for signs, but I'm sure they were also searching for signs.

I'm sure you'll be able to find your way home safely.

 As I said this and Helen nodded, the grass near the street rustled and the cart became tense.