A carriage leaves Asualev and drives through the Principality of Laozadi.
I ask Lucy, who is sitting by the window in the not-so-small carriage, and who is attached to me perfectly, literally perfectly.
“Are you cold?”
Lucy gave a small shake of her head.
The side tail of the lapis lazuli color, tied as it was in those days, moves with a small pitter-patter.
Apparently, she’s not cold.
It is. No matter how far north we are, the climate is still no different from Asualev, rather, it’s slightly warmer.
Lucy looks up at me with her hollow twin eyes.
It’s as if she’s saying “why you’re asking”.
“Nothing, I just thought you could sit a little more comfortably.”
I’ll tell Lucy that in a slightly distant way.
Since we have procured a spacious carriage, I don’t think we should bother to sit so packed.
“Do you hate it…?”
Then Lucy looks at me like she is very lonely.
“No, no. I don’t mean that….”
Yeah, I don’t hate it.
It just that….
No matter where you look at it, we’re snuggled together. As things stand right now, Lucy is resting her body against my left arm as if she is hugging me.
This means that the soft part of Lucy, which is not small, is asserting itself on my left arm.
It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I’m embarrassed and I want you to leave for now.
But to be direct about it makes Lucy depressed.
“Why are you being so mean to me?” and even cry at worst.
Seeing Lucy’s sad face like that is not what I want.
Then, what should I do?
Oh, that’s it! The sudden sight that jumped into my view give me an idea.
Alright, I got this!
“Ah, ah. It’s so hot. I’m sure there’s a big volcano near here…”
Yes, the Principality of Laozadi is home to one of the largest volcanoes in the world, Lonau.
Of course I can see the mountain from here, and it’s not erupting, so it’s not too hot for me, but I thought I could use this as an excuse.
“I know you hate it…. sorry, Rag.”
However, contrary to my thoughts, Lucy’s face became even more depressed and she slowly walked away from me.
No, no. No, no, no, no. No, it’s not, it’s not!
“Ah, ah. It’s suddenly getting cold. It’s so cold here, especially around my left arm. It’s so cold that I feel like I’m going to freeze.”
“Is that so? Well, then.”
And a soft touch back on my left arm.
“Isn’t it cold in here?”
A big smile on her face. The only thing I could say to Lucy was, “Yes,” as she asked with great joy.
For now, let’s keep my awareness focused on something other than our left arm. Sink into vexation.
In the first place, why are Lucy and I riding in a horse-drawn carriage within the Laozadi Principality?
My next destination is Deirne, the land where Hero final rest.
However, Deirne is located in the northwest of the Lisbet Kingdom, and if you head there in the shortest distance from Asualev, which is located in the east of Lisbet. It is inevitably necessary to cross within the Lisbet Kingdom.
It’s very dangerous for me to do so without thinking, as my face and name are probably broken because of Nina and Fourlock.
So, although it would take a little longer, I chose to take the long way around.
Heading north from Asualev and through the Principality of Laozady, he arrives in the Kingdom of Insted, just east of old Yuresh.
And if you go further north, north of the old Yuresh, to the westernmost point of the Kingdom of North Lamed, which covers the entire northern part of this continent, and then go south, you can directly reach the land of the old Deirne.
I decided that it would be the safest way to go, so I headed for Jorgen to make the necessary arrangements for my departure.
Jorgen has that creepy guildmaster.
If you ask him, he’ll make it right.
“Speaking of which, where’s Earlv?”
I’ve decided on the general direction, but one thing that concerns me is Earlv.
We parted ways on our way to Landward, and now that we’re back, there’s no sign that he’s still here.
If she is done with her errands, I want her to lend me her hands to help me towards Deirne.
“Nina is not here now.”
Scarlett answers my question shortly.
So I guess that means it’s not done yet.
I guessed that from Scarlett’s mood and decided to give up as unavoidable.
“What is it, Lucy?”
“I’m coming with you.”
I dismiss Lucy’s words as fast as I can.
“It’s a dangerous journey. I can’t take Lucy with me.”
Even though our final destination is Dearne, we are now in the Lisbet Kingdom territory.
We don’t know when we’re going to face the enemy, and it would be very bad for them to know that Lucy is still alive.
In contrast, if she stays in the mansion here, Lucy’s safety will not be in danger.
There is also Scarlett here, so I can rest assured.
How can I take a friend who I’ve come so far to see again alive all the way to a place where he might die?
“I …. I…”
“I want to be with Rag!!”
Lucy shouts this in a tearful voice.
Hearing Lucy’s voice this loud for the first time makes me flinch a little.
“I’ve come so far to talk to you, ……. And I don’t want to …… say goodbye.”
And then, with a whimper, she said.
It was a weak and thin voice, but it reached my ears.
Of course I don’t want this either.
But, you know, …….
“You take her with you. Ragnus.”
Then Scarlett said this with a big smile on her face and her chest heaving.
“Lucy is strong, you know. And skilled, too.”
Come to think of it, what skills does Lucy have that I don’t?”
“I don’t have any skills. I’m …….”
Lucy replies, shaking her head.
Oh right, she spent her life as a horse before she turned 10, so she didn’t learn the skill.
“Then use your skill crystal to learn it now.” (Scarlett)
Now that she has a skill crystal in her left eye, it’s easy to learn.
“I think you’ll be surprised.”
Scarlett looks at me with a smirk on her face as she says that.
That face, it’s kind of annoying.
While I was thinking this, Lucy seemed to have made up her mind and reached for her left eye.
Suddenly, her left eye is surrounded by light.
The color of the light was …… golden.
Eventually, the light contracted and was absorbed into her.
“What it written, Lucy?”
“I’ll check it out now.”
Lucy opens her status panel to check her skills.
“Um, …… my skill is …….”
Then she tells me the name of that skill.
“What, seriously, ……!”
Beside me in surprise, Scarlett was smirking at me.