66-66 Morning of departure

 The morning of my departure for Mithra.
 I headed for the meeting place I had been told about.
 When I arrived at a deserted place on the outskirts of the capital, it was still dark, but I could already see a small figure standing there.

 That was ────

You're early, Leanne.
"Yes. I was so nervous I couldn't sleep, so I came a little early.

 She was dressed in the same comfortable outfit as usual, and looked the same.

It seems like it's been a long time since I've seen Leanne like this.
"Yes, it has. It's been a while since I've seen Leanne.
I see. ...... It's been that long.

 It must have been about two months ago when Lean came to see me with a couple of guys to measure the size of the clothes he was going to wear over there.
 We really haven't seen each other for a long time.
 Perhaps it was because I was having such a good time training with Gilbert that the time seemed to have flown by.

"Looks like Rollo's here too.

 When I looked in the direction Lean was looking, I saw a boy with a face I knew walking toward me.
 But I had a strange feeling about his appearance.
 Then, as he walked closer and closer, I realized what that strange feeling was.

......? Lolo ...... maybe you've grown a little taller?
...... Yeah. Just a little bit.
I haven't seen you in a couple of months, I think. ...... You've grown a lot.
Yeah. I've been fed.

 As we were saying our proper reunion greetings, I saw a woman wearing silver armor that shone dully in the dim light, her golden hair swaying as she walked towards me.
 She strode straight up to Leanne and gave her a small bow.

'Mr. Linneburg. The carriage is ready.
 As soon as it's loaded, they'll be on their way.

Thank you, Inez.

 Inez gave a brief report to Leanne and immediately turned to me.
 I was relieved to see that she was in a more friendly mood than before, and she smiled a little.

Inez smiled a little. I'd like to thank you again for your help with .......
I'm sure you'll be glad you did. I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results. I'm counting on you.
"Yes, ......, I'll be counting on you too.

 I still have some preparations to make, so if you'll excuse me. I'll see you later.
"Yeah, see you later.

 I was a little relieved as I watched Inez's back as she walked away.
 In fact, last night I was quite worried that I might have to go with that dragon, but it seems my fears were unfounded.

...... So you're not going with that dragon this time?
"...... Lara?
"............ Lara?

 I'm not sure what to make of this, but I'm sure it's a good idea.

...... "Lara" is the name of that dragon.
 I think it was Noor who gave it to me. ...... Don't you remember?
 She said, "It's hard to call a magical dragon, so let's give it a better name that's shorter and easier to call. She was really happy when I told her that name. ......

I'm sure I remember that name from .......

 We were talking about naming that dragon, and since Rollo seems to be taking care of it, why not name it something similar? This is the first time that I've ever seen such a thing.
 Well, if Honnin likes it, it's fine.

I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.
"...... No. I've heard that dragons don't have a clear gender distinction like humans, but ...... you should call them that. If you don't, you'll suddenly be in a bad mood.
"Well, ...... dragons have various preferences, too, ......?

 I'm sure you'll be able to understand what I'm talking about.

I'm not sure what to make of that.
 From a human point of view, I think it's a female.
 And, as you said, we could have chosen to ride with Lara, but ...... her huge body is a bit intimidating and too conspicuous. She's resting somewhere else right now.

"........................ I see.

 Was that really an option .......?
 Well, it's fast, and you don't have to worry about being attacked by demons if you fly over. It's a good way to get around, but ...... I'm not very good at heights myself.

 ...... Oh no, I think I'm going to faint again just thinking about it.
 I'm going to have to change the subject.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to do it.

 There's no one at this meeting place but us.

Yes, there are four of us, myself, Inez, Dr. Noll and Rollo.
 As before, Inez will take the reins of the carriage.
 Inez will take the reins of the carriage as before.
 Your brother and father thought it would be best to have a small group this time.

"...... I see. That may be true.

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 If you look, you will see a strange figure approaching you from far above.
 The figure, which looked like an old man, was hovering in the air and looked suspicious to me.
 It was flying straight towards me. ...... Should I throw some rocks around there and shoot it down?

Oh, there it is!
 Ho ho! We're just in time!

Dr. Oaken?

 That suspicious old man was the sorcerer's instructor.
 He landed softly on the ground and held out one of his two leather bags to Lean.

"Here you go, girl. A parting gift. Take it with you.

 The sorcerer instructor handed Lean a bag of some kind, and Lean looked at the contents and shouted in surprise.

"This is ────? You are sure you want to do this, Dr. Oaken?

"It's just a good luck charm.
 Take it with you.
 Well, it's best not to use it.

"Thank you, ....... I'll take it.

 Lean thanked him and tucked something into his chest.

"And Rollo. Here's one for you.
"...... for me?
Yes. That's what we're here for today, isn't it?
The ring ────? Could this be it?

 Rollo took the small ring offered to him by his instructor.

Yes, it's a ...... thing.
 You can take it with you. You know how to use ...... it, don't you?

"...... Yes.

Of course you know how to use it, but it's not something you want to be seen with. You can keep it in this bag until you need it.

"...... Yeah. Thank you, Mr. Oken.

 When Rollo thanked him, the instructor gave him a thumbs-up smile.
 Rollo placed the ring in the small leather bag he had received from the instructor and tied it around his waist.

"Dr. Oaken? What the hell is that?

"Well, I can't keep this a secret from my daughter at .......
 I'll let you know.
 But don't ever tell anyone else. ......? Never. ......?
 If they find out about ......, it's pretty bad.

 I'm not sure if you've heard of it or not, but I have.

"────! No way, is that really ...... possible?

"...... Hooray, of course.
 I'm a genius, after all. ......?
 Well, the original idea and order came from Rainbo.
 I'm not sure if I'm the only one in the world who can make such an absurd proposal come true in such a short time.
 I'm terrified of my own talent these days!

──── It seems to have taken you a long time, though.
 It was only about a week ago that you came to me half crying for help, saying that you would never make it before your departure if you continued like this.

"...... Dr. Thane?

 We turned to the new voice and saw the monk instructor standing there, smiling gently.
 There were a few other people there that I recognized as well.

"...... Thane ...... you know what?
 I'm sure you've heard of it.
 Can you at least let me play nice in front of my students for once ......?

"No, sir. Lying is not good.
 In the first place, shouldn't you have given it to him yesterday?
 When I heard about it, I thought I had done my best to help. ...... Why is it so last minute?

I've been trying to think of a better way to improve it.
 I've got a better idea of how to improve it, so I have to do it, right?
 That's my pride as an engineer of magic tools. .......
 In addition, it's more exciting to give them these things at the last minute, and that's also a smart consideration. ...... You know what I mean.

I don't know. I mean, haven't you forgotten how many times we've been in danger ...... because of your extra care?

 The monk instructor smiled and continued to ask questions, while the sorcerer instructor responded with tears in his eyes. The sorcerer's teacher is clearly outnumbered, or rather, angry.
 It's a good idea to take a look at the website and see if you can find anything you like. ...... Is the monk instructor that scary ......?

I'm not sure what to say. You made it in time after all, didn't you?
It's not that bad. It happens all the time.
...... Well, I guess that's why I'm saying it.

Dr. Dundargues, Dr. Sig. Did Dr. Karou also come to ......?

I'm just seeing you off. I don't have anything else to do.
Okay. Thank you.

 A warrior instructor, a swordsman instructor, and a bandit instructor seemed to have come to see me off.
 Then I noticed that there were more people besides the instructor.
 That must be Lean's brother.

"Lean, I need to talk to you about that ring.
 "Lean, I need to talk to you about that ring, including your 'schedule' once you get there.
 It's a little late to be leaving, but ...... come here for a minute.

"──── Yes, I understand.

 Leanne followed her brother, and the two of them seemed to be talking over some documents.
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 I'm not sure if he's been beaten up by the ...... monk instructor and is nowhere to be found over there.

"...... What do you want?

What do you want?" "What do you want? I came all this way to see you off.
 Oh yeah. ...... Noor. I've got nothing for you. Sorry if you're expecting me.

"No, it's okay. I'm not expecting anything.

...... What's so cute about you, ......?
 Well, you've got that.
 I can't give you anything more than that.

 The instructor narrowed his eyes and looked at the black sword I was holding.

I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.
 I've heard of the black sword being used for pile driving.
 It's not the kind of thing that should be treated so roughly, you know?
 ...... Well, it's basically up to the owner to decide how to use it, but...
 I'm sure you'll agree. That.

I'm sure you'll agree.

 It's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your money.
 Recently, I've been taking it to a public bathhouse in the capital, and after washing it thoroughly, I've been taking great care of it, even taking a bath with it.

"Well, that's fine.
 "Well, that's fine, but it's not something that can be damaged easily.

 While we were chatting, the big carriage for this trip arrived, and we were ready to leave.
 All we had to do was get in ...... and we were ready to go.

"......What the heck is that ......?

 Suddenly, I thought I heard an eerie crying sound coming from the sky in our direction. In the distant sky, I saw a faint shadow like a dot.

 It looked like a flock of birds, but it was much too big to be a bird. It looked like a flock of birds, but it was much larger than a ──── bird.

That's a flock of wyverns. It's not too far off from the time of year when they naturally occur, but ──── there are a lot of them.

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...... Hey, hey, hey, that herd is a little dangerous.
 They seem to have been berserked.
 If they make it to the city, we'll be in big trouble. ...... This is too elaborate a welcome for a fluke.

I thought it was pretty quiet up to this point, but ...... of all places, at this point in the day? ...... Is that a coincidence?

──── It's several times larger than usual.
 It's hard to believe that this is a natural occurrence. ...... Sorry, there seems to be a hole in my security net.

You have nothing to apologize for, Kalu.
 That's what she would do.
 I'm sure you're not the only one who's trying to make a sales pitch for "warding" after setting someone else's house on fire. I'm not sure what to make of that.
 ...... I still hate her.

 The herd of wyverns is getting closer by the minute.
 They're not as big as the Lara, but they're much bigger than they look from a distance.
 There are so many of them.
 The sky is covered with countless ominous shadows.

"The sword can't reach that high.
"...... Where's Mianne? Let's have her drop everything.
I'm at home. She's busy babysitting today. If I go get her now, she'll never make it.
...... So...
...... I don't have a choice. ...... I'll have to rely on Oaken.
"...... Really? ......!

 The old man laughed quietly as each of the instructors looked anxiously at the sorcerer instructor next to me. He put his face close to ──── my ear and whispered in a whisper.

"By the way, ──── 'Twelve'. I am now (・・・・・・).

 It was so sudden that I could not understand what was going on.
 I'm not sure what this old man is suddenly saying, ......?
 I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea. ...... I'm old, too. ...... I wonder if the shock of the approaching herd of flying dragons (wyverns) has caused me to suddenly become an old geezer.

I'm not sure what to say. I'm not sure what you're talking about.

"Hmm, don't be stupid, I know what ...... you're talking about.
 Do you mind? I'm sure you'll be able to find something that works for you.

 Just because you're improving a little bit faster doesn't mean you should ...... get carried away, okay?

 I'm not sure what's going on here.
 ...... I'm getting more and more confused.

I'm not sure what to say.
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 It's a good thing that you're not the only one who has a problem with this. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I think it's a good idea.
 I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one. ...... It's true, isn't it?
 ──── The proof is in the fact that if you put your mind to it, here.

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"──── Hoho, watch this. This is my fusion magic.

 The instructor raised his hands toward the sky, and twelve balls of light blended together as if they were popping in the sky.
 Suddenly, a black cloud appeared in the clear sky, and before you could see it, it had grown to a huge size and covered the entire sky with countless lightning bolts, coiling around it like a snake.
 Immediately after, a violent thunderstorm covered the area.

 ──── In an instant, the weather was changed.
 It was a horrible sight.

 The sorcerer instructor, struck by the heavy rain that fell like a waterfall, ──── raised his hands to the sky and swung them down toward the earth.


 ──── The whole area was dyed white.

 In an instant, in the blinding flash of light, I saw a streak of light like a great tree.
 I knew that a tremendous thunderbolt had struck the ground.
 At the same time, there was a roar and a shock.
 The earth shook and the sky trembled.

 The flock of wyverns caught up in the tremendous lightning strike disappeared.
 Some of the wyverns barely retained their shapes, but they were charred and falling to the ground.

──── Amazing.

 Leanne was speechless as she watched the scene.
 I was speechless as well.

"Hoho ......, it's as simple as this.

 Immediately after the huge thunderbolt pierced the swarm of wyverns, the black cloud dissipated in a flash.
 The morning sun had been peeking out for some time, and thanks to the heavy rain that had fallen earlier, a large rainbow had formed.

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