172 A girl and a grave

 I am now by a tomb that is being built in the village.

 Here are the graves of Athos, Roma, and Auntie. It is not far from the square so that everyone who has gone to the sky will not be lonely.

 I can't talk to her anymore, I can't have her smile at me.
 The more I think about it, the more sad and lonely I feel. --But I'll keep looking forward. I'll keep in mind the people I love who are no longer here, and I'll do my best to make sure they're safe.

 People often come to the graves. I'll do my best to keep in mind the people I love who are no longer here. --Gaius comes here often too. I think Gaius is thinking about Mr. Athos.

 It's sad to lose someone. But we're still alive. Being alive means that one day death will come.
 There's no such thing as a creature that doesn't die. --Even if you think it will last forever, death will come. ...... I want to live to the fullest until that day. I think our goal of creating a place where everyone can laugh is steadily coming true. This village has not been attacked or threatened by people so far.

 ...... Although there are some uncertainties, we are certainly getting closer to our goal little by little. What more can we do to make our goals come true? I guess I don't like to fight, but there are times when you have to fight.

 The Winged Ones, the Illume... I don't know how I'm going to do it. But I hope that things will go well while discussing with Ran and the others.

 There's still a lot I don't know about my powers as a divine child. I've gotten much better at using wind magic. Fresne even praised me for my good condition. I'd like to be able to use more than just wind magic. I also think that it would be more fun if I could control fire like Sifo.
 However, magic is a very powerful force, and I would like to avoid directing that force at others. I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it. ...... But for example, if someone were to harm my loved ones, I might have to direct it at them.
 ...... I want to do as much as I can because I don't want to lose anyone. That's why I might have to turn my magic on people to protect them if I'm ever in a situation like that. I don't know if I would be able to move properly in such a situation.

 I don't know if I would be able to move in such a situation. Right now, I happen to be able to avoid antagonizing people, but ...... I'm sure I'll have to prepare for that someday. I swear in front of the grave that I will do my best. ......
 As I stared at the grave, I saw Gaius was close by.

"Lelunda was here too?
It's been two years since your father died. ......
...... Yeah.

 Two years since Mr. Athos died.

 A short time after my eighth birthday, Athos passed away. By the handiwork of someone just like me. If I hadn't caught up, Gaius might have died too. When I think about it, I'm really glad I caught up with Gaius then.

 I think we've changed a lot in the past two years.
 We met elves, we conquered demons. I made a pact with a genie.
 Then I got to a new place.
 I met my people. I realized I was a godson.
 Gaius was able to turn into a wolf under my influence.
 I met Mr. Ilm and the winged men.
 We've had many encounters.
 Mr. Athos, who is probably watching over us in the sky, might be surprised by our changes.

We've changed a lot. We've changed a lot. ...... I think Gaius and I have become a little stronger since we made that vow. Our dream of creating a place where we could all laugh together is still alive. ...... I'm very happy now, but... Sometimes I get anxious. I wonder if I'll ever be like Athos when he died. And ...... if they attack me again.

 I feel happy in this village. I feel happy in this village. I want to have a singing contest, and I want to have another contest like that in the future. I'm looking forward to every day and I'm excited.

 But at the same time, I am worried.

 I don't have the power to protect everyone yet. This place is very peaceful, but it's not yet a place where I can protect everyone. It's not a place where everyone feels safe. It could easily fall apart if someone attacked.

 I have power as a divine child, but even with that power, what if a helpless person attacked? When I come to the grave, I feel even more anxious.

"...... Yeah. I'm worried too. I don't think people from the Migga Kingdom would come here, but ...... if people from the Migga Kingdom found out about this place, they might try to reduce us all to slaves.
"...... Yes.
It's not just the Migga Kingdom, but maybe other entities will try to get their hands on Lelanda, for example, so they could attack us.
"...... Yes.

 This place is still unknown to the others. The fact that we are building a village here in the forest is not widely known. That's why we've been able to keep the peace. What if people find out about this place?

But ...... we've decided that we're going to work hard to get the power to do something about it when it happens. I'm worried too that they'll attack us again, but that's why we've been increasing our capabilities. So we will fight back if that happens.
"...... I see. I'm a little afraid to fight back.
Last time, I couldn't do anything. Lerunda protected me. So now I'm going to have to be able to move. Lerunda protected me, so now I'm going to protect Lerunda. If Lerunda doesn't want to fight back, then it's just me and the others.
"Thank you, ....... But if that happens, I'll do my best, even though I'm scared.

 I was happy to hear Gaius' words, but if it came to that, I would do my best even though I was scared. Because I think of you as my friends. I don't want them to have to bear the brunt of my fears.
 Gaius nodded in agreement.

 ---The girl and the tomb
 (The girl, a child of the gods, converses with the boy, a beastman, in front of the tomb)