7 Episode 7

"Phew, I ate it. Thank you, big brother.

"It was really delicious. Thank you for the food.

"...... Your brother is a god. ...... is a god who has come into this world.

 The three girls thanked me in front of the fire, patting their own bellies with happiness.

 But I'm satisfied, too.
 I couldn't be happier to see them so happy.

I'm sorry. Kids should smile like that.

You're a funny guy, aren't you? You look as happy as we are to have been fed. I'm sure you're not the only one.

 That's what the dark-haired girl says to me.

 By the way, perhaps because she was in a good mood, or perhaps because she let her guard down, she changed the way she called me from "you" and "you" to "bro" before she knew it.

No, I'll be twenty-three this year. You guys are like 13 or 14 or something, right?

"Oh, ......? ...... is a lie. You look like you're about seventeen. ......

Haha, I get that a lot. That's why I'm at least ten years older than you guys.

Oh, really? ......

 When I patted her head from the top of her black hair, she looked a little squirmy, but accepted it.

 I got the impression that she became much less cautious after I fed her.
 The power of feeding is great, after all.

 However, her hair was long and shaggy, as was the case with the other two, and she didn't look very hygienic.

 I'd like to give her a bath and a haircut, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

 I'd better introduce myself now.

My name is Brett. I'm Brett. As I said before, I'm a teacher at the Academy for the Brave, and I've been assigned to this village today. What's your name?

I'm Rio.
My name is Iris.
...... My name is Maifa. ...... The name of God is engraved in my heart.

 The three girls reveal their names verbatim.
 There is one girl who exaggerates her expression, but let's leave it at that.

 The boyish girl with dark hair and eyes is Rio.
 The blonde-haired, blue-eyed, slightly polite girl is Iris.
 The silver-haired, purple-eyed, elusive boxy girl is Maifa.

 I'll have to keep that in mind.
 It's very important for a teacher to remember a child's name.

 When a child is called by name, the child knows that the teacher is paying attention to him/her.
 Calling them by name is a way to make them feel special.

I get it. Rio, Iris, Maifa, nice to meet you.

"Yeah, nice to meet you too, Brett's brother. But, bro... Can I ask you something?

Yeah. I'll answer anything you want.

I don't know why you're being so nice to us. ......? I thought you said you were a teacher at the Academy of the Brave. I'm not sure what to make of that.

 ...... hmm?
 I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

I don't know. You're a brave man, aren't you, Rio?

"Oh, ......? You knew that, didn't you? Not only me, but also Iris and Maifa are brave. I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

 ...... Really?
 I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what you need to do.

 I'm not sure what to do with it.
 If you are born with the power of bravery, you will be called brave even if you are immature...

"No, I haven't heard that. I just found out about it.

Yeah, what's that? ....... Then why are we so ......? Why are you so interested in our bodies?

 Rio said, his cheeks flushed as he hugged himself and backed away from me.

 No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
 I don't know if it's because of my mother, but that's the first thing that comes to my mind.

No, no, no, no, no. I'm sure you're cute, but that's not the point. I just didn't like the idea of kids like you not being able to eat well.

 That's kind of... that's kind of how I live my life.

 I can't save all the unhappy children in the world, but I can at least do something about the unhappiness that appears in front of me if I can.

 I think that's humanity, and I think it's a natural feeling for an adult.

 Of course, I know that this is a beautiful thing, and I don't intend to demand or impose it on others.

 This is something I do for me, on my own.
 So, in other words...

"I guess I like kids, don't I?

 I added.

 Maybe I do.
 I don't like to see my kids unhappy, and I like to see them happy.

 And as I was thinking about that...
 Suddenly, my eyes met with a silver-haired boxy girl named Maifa.

 Maifa looked at me and smiled.

She smiled at me and said, "...... I like kids. ...... So your brother is a pedophile.

That's not what I meant! That's not what I meant!

 No! That's not what I meant!
 I'm not sure what you mean by children, but at this age, they start to notice colors in strange ways. .......

 But I was naive.
 I was too naive.

 Mayfa shook her head, grinned a little, looked straight at me and said, "You don't have to hide it.

"You don't have to hide ....... I know you've been staring at our bodies with those nasty eyes of yours for a while now. ...... ...... He seemed particularly interested in Iris's body.


 I'm sure you'll be able to understand why.
 You will find a lot of people who are looking for the best way to get the most out of their lives.

 I, on the other hand, was sweating profusely.

 I have no excuse.
 It's true that when I first met them, I observed their bodies very closely.

 Did Maifa sense my gaze at that time?
 Why did I do that to her?

 As I was getting impatient...

 She smiled again at both Rio and Iris and said.

I'm not sure what to say. ...... nihihi, you tricked me.

 I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that," said Rio and Iris. I'm not sure what to say. It's bad for your heart! It's heartbreaking!

 On the other hand, when the struggle had died down and both Rio and Iris had lost interest in the story, Meifa came to me.

 She came up to me and whispered in my ear.

I'll pretend that's not true. ...... It's a ...... secret between me and my brother.

 Then he smiled at me again.

"What do you want, ...... money?

I said, "...... your brother, you suddenly sound like a criminal. ...... Don't worry about it. I'm not sure what you're looking for, but I'm sure you'll be able to find it. ...... I like your brother, I just want to hang out with him. I don't care if your brother is a pedophile. ......

 I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that," she said, smiling once more.

 I'm not sure if that's true.

 I think I might really be a pedophile.
 It was a night that made me realize that.