Chapter 48 – Girl and the vow with the boy part one
Our destination hasn’t been decided, say Sinorn, Oshashio, and Dongu while trying to keep everyone together in place of mister Athos.
We’re all moving somewhere we can feel safe.
The gryphons and Scifo can’t carry so many people, so we’re walking while they keep an eye out for any dangers around us.
Even just this is a huge help.
It would be very difficult to head south like this without them.
While we walk, I hear that the people that went out to search for mister Athos were almost caught by humans.
In the middle of all the confusion, I completely missed it.
They wanted to return to the village, but thought they could be leading the humans chasing them there, so they were trying to shake them off.
When the gryphons found them, they did something about the humans chasing them, finally allowing them to return.
We didn’t even know where to go, but apparently the south of the forest is untouched by humans, or at the very least, by the kingdoms of Fairytrof and Migha.
For now, we just have to get away.
I’ll do what I can.
I’ll do my best.
I want to protect the people that are important to me and not lose anyone else.
I don’t want any more sad things to happen.
What do I have to do What should I do
That’s all I can think about.
It’s getting dark.
It’s the second night since we left the village.
Last night, miss Lan held my hand and said goodnight, the little gryphons stayed by my side, and the adult gryphons and adult beast people took turns watching over everyone.
I said I wanted to help too, but they said children should sleep, and it’s enough that the gryphons that formed a contract with me are helping them watch over everyone.
I see Gaius going somewhere at night.
I start thinking that he’s running somewhere like when mister Athos disappeared, so I go after him.
I have to call out to Gaius, so I raise my voice.
He turns back and looks surprised.
We haven’t really talked since that day.
We were both shaken after mister Athos passed away, and after that we were all busy discarding the village and running away.
“Lerunda… I thought about it back then too but… You can yell like that now, uh”
“Yes… Because I think, I have to…”
I raised my voice because I had to look for Gaius, and it wasn’t the time to think about not being good at talking.
Gaius is sitting on the ground, and I sit next to him.
I notice Scifo peeking at us, but I don’t think Gaius notices him.
I think Scifo is making sure nothing bad happens.
The conversation stops for a bit.
“My father… Is dead.”
Mister Athos is dead, and we will never see him again.
Gaius’s face contorts with sadness.
“Why… Why did my father have to die like that… Because we’re beast people and not humans Is that why they can do something so horrible”
I keep thinking the same thing as Gaius.
I don’t understand why he had to die like that just because he wasn’t human.
I don’t know how they can do such horrible things.
Gaius is sad, and it shows on his face.
I reach over to him and hold him tight.
“You look, in pain.
When you’re sad, being hugged tight, makes it feel better.”
Gaius starts crying, while muffling his voice.
He’s sad because mister Athos isn’t here anymore, and the terrible way he died.
I start crying too, feeling sad and asking myself why something like this happened.
After we cry a lot, I hear ‘Lerunda, let go…’ and sit where I was, next to Gaius.
“…Gaius, I will, do what I can, a lot.”
“What you can”
“Yes… I’ll practice, so I can raise my voice, when something happens.
I thought, since everyone is so nice, it was alright, that I was bad at talking….
I’m bad at talking, but when something happens, I have to raise my voice and protect what I want to protect.
“That’s nice isn’t it But I think it will feel weird at first, hearing you speak but not in the way you always do.”
“Yes… And there are, more things, I can do.”
“…Why do you think that”
Maybe you’ll, hate me.
Can I say something, that I’m not sure, if it’s true”
I say, and nervously look over at Gaius.
He’s looking at me like he has no idea what I’m saying, but he says he won’t hate me, and that I should say what I have to say.
This makes me feel more at ease.
“…Remember when, mister Nirushi talked, about the miko”
“The one loved by god… That’s what my father said right They said mister Nirushi and the others were probably attacked by the kingdom of Migha because the miko appeared.”
I’m probably… The miko.”
Gaius is surprised, and I’m scared.
I look down and continue.
“The miko, they found, is my twin sister.
My sister was taken, but there have been, strange things, about me for a long time.”
“Like when, I was looking for you, and those people, couldn’t touch me.”
“Yes, now that you mention it.”
“When my mother, my father… And other people, in the village, tried to hit me, they couldn’t.”
Gaius doesn’t know about these strange phenomena surrounding me.
I didn’t feel like I had to say it, because I was so happy in the beast people’s village.
“People can’t, hit me, and that’s why, I could protect you.
Miss Lan says, it’s probably because, I’m the miko.”
I’m scared, and my voice is shaking.
What if Gaius hates me
“A lot of things, are happening, because of me, so I’m sorry.
I think I’m, the cause, of mister Athos’s death too…”
Miss Lan says it’s not my fault, but I can’t help but think it’s all because the miko appeared.
What does Gaius think about this
I’m scared, but a kind hand touches me.
I feel my head being pat, look up, and see Gaius.
“I’m just a kid, so I don’t know a lot about miko to be honest.
It probably all started because of the miko but… That power that you say probably comes from being the miko saved me.
If you didn’t run after me, those humans would’ve captured me for sure, and I might even be dead right now.”
“So I’m not going to hate you.”
I feel relieved after hearing that.
I was scared.
I thought he might hate me if he knew.
I like everyone here so much, and Gaius too.
“Miss Lan says, the miko is, special.
Maybe I’m not, the miko, but if I am, I think I can protect everyone, if I try really hard.
So I’m going to do my best, so I don’t lose anyone, ever again.”
The miko is special, and if I really am the miko, I think I can protect everyone if I do my best.
I don’t want to lose anyone else.
Gaius hears me, and responds with a serious expression.
He looks my way.
“…I don’t want something like this to happen again.”
“…I’ve been thinking a lot, after my father was killed.”
“I don’t want to let anything like this happen again.
I don’t care if it’s beast people or humans, I don’t want this to happen to people that are important to me ever again.”
“This is probably asking too much… But I want to create a place where people can live and smile, and not worry about being attacked by humans…”
Gaius says, mustering his strength.
—Girl and the vow with the boy part one
(The girl that is probably the miko reveals a secret to the beast boy, and he says what has been on his mind.)