Mile Chapter 118: Resolution
Information was gathered at the guild. Because there was no interesting requests at the moment, 「Red oath」decided to head back.
There was even information posted saying that 「From now on, the Ancient Dragons may start investigating in various places」which was the biggest uproar.
The girls finished their lunch outside and wandered around the Capital for a while. Afterwards, they went back to the inn in the evening.
If they don’t have dinner at the inn, Reni and her parents will be disappointed. Besides, they were also needed to make hot water for the bath.
And after Mile refilled the hot water supply, she became sleepy and went to bed earlier than usual.
We also have Pauline who is good at water magic and Rena who is good at fire magic. So we don’t need to worry about hot water for the bath.
「It’s time to wake up」 (Nano)
At midnight, the Nano-machines buzzed Mile’s tympanic membrane, which was transmitted to Mile’s brain as a voice signal to wake her up
(Uhm… what, it’s still dark … Ah … that’s right, thank you Nano-chan) (Mile)
「You’re welcome」 (Nano)
Mile had asked Nano-machines to wake her up like an alarm clock. Because nobody else can hear the Nano-machines’ voice, she won’t get found out.
Mile gently came down from the bed cautiously, after applying sound proofing magic to herself, she left the room.
Pauline, who lived a life without danger, slept soundly so she won’t wake up.
However, Rena who lived as a hunter for a long time, may wake up with a little noise.
And while the sound proofing magic is still effective, Mile quietly takes out something from the item box what she kept from hidden from everyone and gently puts on the floor.
Spoon, water bottle, blanket, small pot, fork …
Mile keeps a big pot and a tent as there’s no-one aside from Mile that can carry them. Of course, she holds more of the party’s gold coins as well for that reason.
And Mile pulls out the party’s money that she kept in the item box. She puts about 80% of the gold coins on the floor and mutters quietly.
「Thank you for everything.
Everyone … please stay healthy」 (Mile)
And Mile quietly left the room.
Mile was thinking and thinking all the time since returning from the excavation site.
[ Should I do nothing and pursue happiness as an normal girl? Or would I involve myself in this matter? And this matter may have an impact on the human world as well.
However, the Ancient Dragon is a long-lived race. Their life span must be either several hundreds or thousands of years.
Besides, even that 「God」which has a different sense of time compared with humans had also said 「The progress of civilization has stagnated for a long time」
So that must be what happened at least a few thousand years, tens of thousands years or even hundreds of thousands of years ago.
I wanted ordinary happiness.
But, when I think carefully, what I think of as「ordinary」, is that the same definition of「ordinary」for those in this world?
Like reading books at night, playing games, eating delicious things, living a clean and safe life and occasionally going on a trip. It was more like the life of the aristocrat in this world. It’s not an ordinary person’s happiness.
Should I continue living like a Homeless hunter?
Knowing the world may collapse under your feet, am I ok not doing anything?
And, it’s not like all of us will stay together forever.
Apart from Rena, others have their families.
Maevis is aiming to become a knight.
Someday Pauline will go back to her parents’s house and become a bride.
Rena will not be alone for the rest of her life.
Anyway, someday we will separate.
Even if that 「someday」is now, there’s nothing strange.
Now, the party already has enough money and equipment to take care of their needs for the rest of their life.
During this period, everyone can recruit new members and have 2 swordsmen as vanguard,
or 1 swordsman and 1 fighter as vanguard,
or even replace themselves with the new members if they want to retire.
Anyway, the C rank party 「Red oath」will survive without a problem.
As for me, while traveling in a relaxed manner, I will earn money for old age, and investigate relics as well. All this without worrying about anyone or anything.
If I’m going solo, I can go at my own pace and can do quests to kill time with no worries.
A journey with no destination with no defined end.
And of course, I don’t plan to involve my friends in it.
I had left the house alone,
went to a school and made friends there, however I ran away from there alone.
I became a hunter, but now, I am again leaving my 3 new friends.
It was just that.
Mile has settled the decision to leave ] (Mile’s inner thought)
(T.N: Kiska in japanese “キスカ” is read as “Kisuka”, read the same as キスか？”Kisu ka” that means 『is that a Kiss?』)
No, Mile didn’t think about anything.
She gently descended the stairs and tried to go through the dining room.
There’s a fragrance of black tea that tickled Mile’s nose.
Her mind stopped unexpectedly, a voice called out from the dark.
「You are late」 (Rena)
Mile was agape when hearing that voice.
Even in the darkness, Mile can still see well.
And reflecting in her eyes was Rena sitting down at the table seat with a teacup in hand.
「Well, Rena! Why, why …」 (Mile)
Rena replies to Mile.
「It was too easy to understand, you were thinking about something.
After returning the weapon to the hunters, you had a face like「Time for a farewell」 Yare Yare (My… my…), you cannot become a fraudster, then 」 (Rena)
Of course, Mile had never thought about become a fraudster.
「But, in bed …」 (Mile)
「A rounded blanket, I left the room while you were still sleeping soundly.
I knew you were up to something when you declared you were going to sleep earlier than usual. Which meant you want to wake up early tonight」 (Rena)
「U~u …」 (Mile)
「Well, let’s go!」 (Rena)
Rena stands up with everything ready.
Apparently, she was waiting for Mile to leave together as it is.
Mile can’t keep talking in the inn for a long time at midnight. Someone may wake up.
Mile nodded silently and headed for the door together with Rena.
But when they open the door and go outside,
「Princesses, would you mind if a single knight joined you?」 (Maevis)
Maevis was holding a rose and leaning against the wall while she said that.
(Hi yoeeeee~e ~~!!) (Mile)
It is too painful!
Deep inside, Mile wanted to scream.
「Well, let’s go!」 (Rena)
「Wait a moment, please!」 (Mile)
Mile stops Rena who is about to depart in a hurry.
「What’s the matter?」 (Rena)
「Uhm… I think we should postpone the departure one more day」 (Mile)
Rena responded back to Mile’s suggestion.
「How come?」 (Rena)
「Well, if you are all leaving together with me like this,
There’s no point leaving at midnight.
I would like to say goodbye to everyone in the inn and the guild properly …
In addition …」 (Mile)
「in addition?」 (Rena)
「I left most of the equipment and gold coins in the room …」 (Mile)
「Go back!」 (Rena)
And when they got back to the room, a half – crying Pauline was sitting on the floor.
「Ah……」 (Mile + Rena + Maevis)
And the three girls continued to receive Pauline’s angry fists in silence.
(T.N: Something like this, I guess)