Chapter 41 – Girl and whereabouts part one
My birthday is over, and I’m now eight years old.
I never knew a birthday could be such a happy and warm day.
I’m feeling warm and happy.
Just hearing so many people wishing me a happy birthday is enough to fill my heart.
Fun, happiness, warmth.
I truly am happy here with everyone.
“Lerunda let’s play.”
That day, as usual, Gaius takes me by the hand, and we go meet Minomi, Kayu, and the boys.
We play games like tag.
I don’t have a lot of stamina, but I do my best.
Beast people and humans don’t have the same physical abilities, but now that I can use physical strengthening, I feel like I can barely keep up.
I played tag for the first time here in the village.
I used to see people playing before, but I wasn’t jealous or anything, it just felt like something that had nothing to do with me.
But now that I’m actually doing it, I’m surprised by how much fun it is.
As I continue to play like this, I start to feel that my stamina is increasing.
“It is, isn’t it Lerunda”
Responds Minomi with a smile.
I like Minomi’s calm, kind smile.
I’m learning how much fun it is to make friends and play with them.
They’re giving me a lot of firsts and a lot of happiness.
I even start to think if it’s really alright for me to have so much fun and be so happy.
“I love, everyone.”
“H-h-h-h-h-how can you say that like it’s no big deal.”
I just say that I love everyone here, and the four boys we are playing with all react that way, probably because they’re embarrassed.
I know they’re just hiding their embarrassment, and they don’t hate me or anything, so I smile even though they are screaming.
After playing a lot, I head to miss Lan’s place.
“Good to see you Lerunda.”
She says with a smile, and I get happy.
Miss Lan teaches me a lot of things I don’t know.
I’m probably the miko, so there’s a lot about miko that I have to learn, and I also have to learn more about beast people and humans.
“Miss, Lan… I’m happy.”
“That’s very good to hear.”
“…But, I think something, will happen.”
“ Yes, I’m sure something is going to happen soon.
Both the kingdom of Fairytrof that is next to this forest and the kingdom of Migha are springing to action, now that the miko has appeared.
Mister Athos is thinking about how we are going to deal with this, but I think it’s safe to say that the way we live is going to change a little.”
Mister Athos and the others are still discussing what must be done, now that they’ve heard the news that the cat beast people’s village has been attacked, but they haven’t reached a conclusion yet.
When they do, our lives are going to change at least a little.
“I know you’re anxious because you don’t know how things will change, but no matter what happens, you’ll always have me and the people of this village.
You may be the miko, but you’re still a child, and a child should be protected.”
“…If anything, happens, can I do, something”
“If you really are the miko, I think you can do anything if you put your mind to it, but getting carried away with emotion and taking action may be bad.
I’m sure you’ll regret it if you get emotional and it leads to trouble, so be careful not to be swallowed up by your emotions, as hard as it may be…”
I nod, and miss Lan starts talking about past miko.
“There are stories of a miko that was engulfed in hatred and destroyed a country.
Said country was responsible for her getting to that point in the first place, but she acted out of anger, and in the end committed suicide.
She probably was a kind girl like you, but she felt so much hatred towards that country, that her influence became a calamity.
I’m sure it was painful for her.
You’re a kind girl, so if you let yourself get carried away by your emotions and produce a similar influence, it would be painful for you too right”
A past miko.
Her hatred was so strong it caused a calamity.
If something was done to me that would make me feel hatred, and the country where those awful people came from was destroyed… If unrelated people were hurt too, it would be terrible.
Painful and sad…
I don’t think I’m kind or anything, but it would be painful and sad.
I agree, and miss Lan gently pats my head.
“But I hope nothing happens that overwhelms you with emotion like that…”
That day, we receive word that mister Athos, who went outside of the village, hasn’t returned.
—Girl and whereabouts part one
(The girl that is probably the miko hears some news.)