184 Girl and Picture Book 3

 Work on the picture book is progressing smoothly. However, I am not working on it myself. It's a picture book about me, so I'm just watching it being made, sometimes saying what I'm thinking, sometimes trying to keep Illume from going out of control, and so on.

 ...... Ran tried to draw an illustration for the book, but he couldn't get it right, so one of the elves decided to draw it. He was really good at drawing, and I was surprised to see that he made me look much prettier than I actually was.
 I was surprised to hear that he had been chosen to illustrate a picture book and that he was becoming a bit popular as word of his skill spread.

 Mr. Lan was enthusiastic about the quality of the picture book and expressed his opinion. He said he was happy to be able to create a picture book in this place like this. I guess it's because she has been working hard on the paper for a long time.
 Anyway, I wonder how the picture book will turn out. I'm also very excited.

"You'll be writing for ...... too, right?
I can't wait to see how it turns out.

 Right now, I'm walking around the village on the back of a Sifo. This village is still in its infancy, and many things have been added to it in the short time I've been here. I thought it was fun to see such changes.
 Ran keeps a record of all the things that have been added, where and when. I think he is very diligent.
 He said he was going to think about how to develop this village based on these records.

"Gurururu? (Aren't I here?)
"Gurururu! (It's not fair to Sipho.)

 The little gryphons, Lumiha and Yuyin, who are a little bigger than when we first met them, are jealous that Sifo is the only one in the storybook. The two little gryphons squealing near Sifo's feet were very cute.

Mr. Ran said he wanted to publish another one. "Mr. Lan said he wants to do it again, and I'm sure we all will.
"Round and round! Really?

 Both animals squealed happily at my words.

 I feel comfortable spending time with these contracted beasts. I wish I could do this forever. The more I spend time with them, the more I wish I could do this forever.

 The more I spend time with them, the more I wish I could do this forever. This book is meant to be a manipulation of information. That the book is made in part to worry about me and protect me. She also said the other day that it was to let me know that the demons I had contracted with were not dangerous.
 Sipho, the gryphons, Frené, and everyone else under contract with me are important to me, and I can't imagine anything happening to them. I don't think the people who live in this village now think that my family is in danger. But I don't know what kind of people there will be in the future. If the number of people who claim that my family is dangerous increases, there may be a movement to eliminate me and my family, which I don't want to think about.

 They want to publish a picture book to spread the word and make a good impression on us so that we don't have to do that. I'm a little bit excited to see what kind of picture books will be produced. It's an itchy feeling to have my work spread in the form of a picture book, but I'm curious to see what it will be like.
 I sometimes watch the process of making the book, but it's not the same as wondering what it will be like when it's finished.

I wonder if it's going to come out.
"Maybe. I think they will.

 Maybe the scene we're relaxing in now will be used as part of a picture book. ...... I'd like to avoid doing things that I'll feel embarrassed about later. I'd like to avoid doing things that I'll be ashamed of later.
 My life after I was thrown away. My life since I was thrown away. And now it's spreading to everyone in the form of picture books.

 --If I think about it, I could say that my life started there. I was breathing, but I didn't have a will of my own, I just listened to my parents and lived my life believing that my sister came first. After I was abandoned, I met everyone and became me. It may sound strange to say that I have come to have a will of my own, but that's how I really feel.

 That's why I thought, while relaxing on the seafoam, that the picture book about me that begins after I was abandoned might be a true depiction of my life.

"Guruguru? (What's going on?)
I thought you might enjoy the ...... picture book.
Guru! (If you publish another one, I'm in!)
"Yes, I'll have you write a pretty one.

 I couldn't help but laugh as I thought about how cute it would be if Lumiha or Yuin could write a picture book.

 Some time later, Mr. Ran came to report that the picture book was finished.

 ---The Girl and the Picture Book 3
 (The little girl was looking forward to the completion of the book while spending time with the contracted beasts. Then the news of its completion arrived.