Intermission: Innate Fear
“Liz? Are you awake?”
The setting sun shone faintly on Liz’s face. She opened her eyes slightly in a daze.
“How are you feeling?”
“If you can talk, so you’re okay.”
“Comfort me a bit more …… Theo-kun is bad-hearted…… Ouch, my head hurts ……”
Liz doesn’t look too well yet, so she must be feeling unwell too.
“How are the memories? Do you remember what happened?”
“It’a so humilating…. that kind of thing… I didn’t mean show you that…..”
Liz scratched her head in embarrassment. It looked as if the memory was clear.
“Keith and the others have also been here for a visit. And in this basket is the fruit from the visit that Roka left just now.”
“I have to thank you tomorrow. I guess everyone is just stunned.”
“Everyone is worried about you. I was also shocked when I first saw you.”
“I’m sorry – …… I’ve spoiled a rare date of love and affection. Why don’t we come back another day?”
“I have no memory of doing that.”
“Originally, I planned to take advantage of Theo-kun in suspension, take you to the street and bring in unseen place to do all kinds of things! But the schedule went awry.”
“Roka and Shaula almost doing the same, but Liz is really naughty, what if I attack you?”
“I’m rather waiting for that! Why don’t you attack me when I’m asleep? If you want, I’ll pretend to be asleep right now so you can attack me. Here you go.”
Liz just lies across the bed like that, rolls up the bedding decisively and asserts herself.
The fair thighs exposed from under the short skirt of …… are harmful to the eyes.
I used a knife to peel off the fruit skin and cut it into easy-to-eat-pieces, then stuffed it into Liz’s mouth.
“Oh!? Wait…. umbbbbb.”
“Looks like there’s nothing to worry about if you’re so wisecracking. I’d like to talk to you a little. It’s important.”
“I’m not very good at that sort of thing. Well, I wouldn’t mind to converse with you to thank you for taking care of me.”
“Liz, when did you start having white winged phobia?”
“…… You got it, that one.”
“Keith and Julian told me about it. The teachers in the infirmary didn’t seem to know much though.”
“Of course it is. After all, there are very few people who suffer from it. However, they know quite well. They are really smart. As expected of special students!”
Liz, answering less cheerfully, straightened up and sat down on the bed.
“This is innate. I don’t know why, but really I don’t like birds with ‘white’ wings.”
“I think white birds are pretty common, have you been all right so far?”
“Ah, yeah…. It’s okay if I look from distance away…. I was really caught off guard today, so I just went blank..”
Innate? It turns out that she has not experienced a fear of the white bird herself.
So what’s going on?
“Do any of Liz’s relatives or friends have the same symptoms as the people or elves?”
“Hmm, how many? There are more of them in Tsefte Aria than in the Empire. My mother was one of them.”
“It’s rude to say, but how old is your mother? I’m a little concerned because of the longevity of the race of elves”.
“She is a granny in her 500 years old. She’s young on the outside, though. Ah, it’s still a secret, so please don’t tell anyone about this, okay.”
A 500 years old elf?
I remember the life span of the average Elf being 200 years
Having said that, it seems that her mother’s age could be said to be almost the same age as the events that are thought to have taken place in that book and the events that gave rise to the fairy tale.
“Liz, can I talk to your mother directly if I may?”
Lizzie spurted grandly as she drank the boiled water poured into her teacup.
“Chok…chokh… you can’t!! Absolutely not!”
“No why!! What do you want to plan with my mother?”
“I was thinking we could talk about it if she was nearby.”
“Unfortunately, she’s in Tsefte Aria. Than what happened to that, Theo! Why do you care about an almost 500-year-old woman when there are such young and attractive elf in front of you!
Rena is about the same age, so I don’t think it’s a big deal, but it’s not practical to meet her.
Is this the limit of what I can ask from Liz?
One last thing.
“Your mother was born in Tsefte Aria, wasn’t she?”
“Have you ever heard of [what came to the empire] “?
“Hmmmmm, I think I remember hearing that it had been here before ……”
“The alliance between the Empire and the elves was formed a hundred years ago, wasn’t it? Was it before that?”
“Well, I don’t know the details but I think it was after that. Before the alliance, the only elves who came to the Empire were curious people. I don’t think that conservative old woman was one of them.”
I remembered what Rena had also said. It used to be that humans and elves didn’t get on very well. I guess it was just the curious or the needy.
Although Liz’s testimony itself was more or less unreliable, but the harvest is good enough.
Her mother had not been in the Empire before the alliance was made. All that is needed is to know this.
That is to say, this.
That angel or something very much like it, after appearing in the Empire’s Eastern Territory, headed for the distant kingdom of Tsefte Aria.
“Well, then, I’m about to call a doctor in the medical office, so you can have a good rest.”
“Ah, wait, Theo-kun ……!
I left the room just like that.