Since Elemia wanted to talk, I made some time for her at dusk.
For the silver-haired bishoujo, I decided to held the talk on the rooftop.
We could climb easily thanks to our physical ability.
Elemia stood alone on the rooftop, her hair glittering from the twilight sun.
「Pipe… Did you bring it?」
Elemia told me that she wanted a pipe for her birthday gift.
Before we started our talk, Elemia taught me how to play the pipe.
Even though the way of playing it is similar to harmonica, it sound like combination of a flute and a recorder.
Elemia taught me a simple song to help me learn.
She praised me for being good.
Before sunset, Elemia-sensei’s lecture on pipe blowing was over.
We ended up with silence on the roof.
「……etto, shall we start talking?」
Hearing her words, I responded.
「Before that, I have something to tell you…」
I waited for Elemia to give a nod.
「ーI had asked Alfred-tousan to adopt you.
You are an important companion, that’s why I want you to be part of my family」
Elemia shook herself in disbelief and covered her mouth with her hands.
She tried to speak but she only muttered nervously.
Then she finally took a deep breath and said.
「uuu……Oroch- Edgar, you are way too aggresive」
「……Is it… no good……?」
Looking at her condition, I thought that Elemia could be a member of family and my head suddenly went cold.
「Ano nee… As expected, I should speak my part first… Actually, I can’t accept Edgar’s invitation… for now…」
I really wanted to hit my head to a nearest wall. (TL: finding some English equivalent for it)
……I, maybe Elemia hated me……?
Elemia noticed my complexion and said quickly.
「U-uun!! It’s not like I hate you!
It’s just…… something to do with my own feeling」
「I was brainwashed by 〈Yatagarasu〉 and killed people」
「It’s better to say “I got tricked”, right? Edgar, you had been saying this to everyone. If you didn’t, everyone will feel horrible about what they did」
「I’m not doing it to make you feel better.
It’s the truth. The one who tricked you is bad」
「Un, that is true, but I think that I couldn’t be forgiven even though I was deceived. Isn’t that weird? I think it’s convenient for 〈Yatagarasu〉 to play with our “remorse”, to think about how easily they control our remorse. Therefore, I will always stay as victim of 〈Yatagarasu〉. No, in fact that I want to deny it so much… but right now, I don’t think I can be in a relationship with you without giving you anything back. I am very happy that Edgar wants me to be a part of your family, but for now, I can’t forgive myself yet」
Elemia stared at an empty space with a gentle smile.
I couldn’t stand it anymore, so I stripped down and kissed her lips.
「That’s why I will return to the Darkwood Forest.
I’m going back into the depths Darkwood Forest, back to darkness where no monsters dares to approach, training to be a shrine maiden.
I have to do that… I can’t stand next to you and being helped all the time」
Her eyes showed determination and resolve.
「But, aren’t both of your parents gone?
Do you have anyone to live with in the forest?」
「I don’t think so… I was a shrine maiden when I was kidnapped, I will go back to whatever remains.
I guess I should travel around continent to look for the next shrine maiden candidate as well.
I can’t explain in detail, but a shrine maiden is important for dark elves」
「Are you going to work after all that?」
「There can be only 1 person in the depths anyway.
Facing the darkness, recite, eating darkness if hungry, and sharpen my spirit.
……I was afraid of it.
So I ran away from the tribe and kidnapped by Gazaine. I guess to everyone, I escaped because I couldn’t stand the training.
Running away from my duty and escaping my own sin, I won’t be able to forgive myself.
That’s why, I will face the darkness this time. I need to face it and prove myself. I’m not my previous weak self anymore」
I slid my penis inside her. She squirmed a bit but YOU SICK FUCK STOP STEALING MY TRANSLATIONS
The training sounds harsher than I imagined.
It’s not easy to tell her that she was mentally unstable, but I could understand her determination.
Elemia wanted to start over and fixed her mistakes.
She wanted to get out of the wrong and walk towards what she think is right.
I couldn’t help but thinking that she was in the “Wrong place”, letting Elemia live in seclusion. For Elemia’s sake, should I smile and send her off? What should I do?
But still, I was not convinced.
Thinking about it, I noticed.
Elemia’s face. Her expression.
She said that she was fine. But in reality, she was on verge of crying. It was a face trying hard to keep the pain inside.
That’s right. This girl was still a child.
Girls that age wanted to be pampered and loved by their parents.
Can a child on that age be able to live alone in a forest?
I don’t think so.
No, even if they could, I couldn’t let her do it.
If she insist on doing going alone, I will pursue her myself.
This child is too pure. And that purity stabbed my heart like a sharpened blade.
That’s why Elemia, who grew up without being treated by adults, didn’t know how to control her feeling.
She couldn’t be openly defiant, nor was she able to trick herself and those around her by coming up with an excuse to protect herself.
Throw away the shrine maiden, throw away the belief.
She was a girl who grew up for the sake of killing.
ーDon’t let her go.
「I think what you are saying is right
but only on one aspect.
Since adults forcibly force children at their own convenience, I think that Elemia would have escaped to defend yourself. Especially since it’s a painful practice that a small child would want to run away. But, no one can stand being alone.
Don’t listen to what those dirty adult who chased you down said.
I don’t know about the dark elves in the Darkwood Forest, but executives of 〈Yatagarasu〉 tried incorporating the children’s guilt for their own merit.
If you are in pain, then escape. You don’t have to do anything amazing, because we humans deserve to be happy」
「But… right now… I can’t forgive myself… I don’t have the right to stand next to you」
「You don’t need a right to stand next to anyone.
Return to train, facing your sin, they’re indeed amazing. But Elemia is Elemia. You don’t have to train or face your sin.
Serious, quick thinker, chasing down targets with extreme persistence, that’s the Elemia that I like.
It has nothing to do with your training or sin」
「On the other hand, how about Elemia train here and come back home later?
If you can be stronger here, isn’t it the same thing?
If you want to stand next to me, you can do it now. Maybe you will feel a bit inferior, but everyone always feel weak when compared to someone else, right?
If we spend time together, you will find out that you can do everything. It’s impossible if you go so far away」
「That… That might be true but-」
「Wasn’t the goal is going alone and doing harsh training then coming back to us?
If you want to stay together, then we can stay together.
Iya, let’s stay together.
There are many things that we can only do together.
There are many things that you can learn back in the depths of Darkwood Forest, but if you compare what you get by training alone and living together with us, I think what you get by living with us is way more precious. Isn’t that right?」
「Something we get… by living together…?」
「I’m not someone who can say great thing, but right now you are trying to punish yourself. Not being able to stand next to me is an excuse」
「It-it’s not an excuse!!」
Elemia raised her voice.
Maybe I was a bit too rough.
But I think it’s necessary.
Elemia was scared about starting a new life and she doubt that she could forgive herself. Living back in the Darkwood Forest, even though it was painful and hard, experiencing bad things.
Elemia was trying to choose the hard path and didn’t care even if she suffers.
Even so, can Elemia be happy?
「I always said that Elemia is innocent. It’s the 〈Yatagarasu〉 executives who were at fault」
「It feels hard to be deceived like that. They had become a deep part of your heart and taking advantage of your mind.
I’m sure Elemia couldn’t forgive yourself.
But, they are using your feeling. I’m sorry for the evil god, using guilt to remove the feeling of sin.
Therefore, since you can’t forgive yourself, you can’t escape their clutch.
You should do the opposite, Elemia should forgive yourself.
Elemia, you must stay by my side.
I wanted to be with Elemia.
Let Dad and Mom give you a chance to forgive yourself」
「I am…… want to be on your side…」
Tears overflow from her eyes.
「That’s right… I… Should forgive myself…
No… I will forgive myself……」
Elemia laughed while crying.
「Fufu… It’s strange.
It’s just like you said, even if I trained in the forest, I still won’t be qualified to stand next to you, Edgar.
I was trying to compensate my sins by making it hard for myself」
「Even though I said it so many times, Elemia is innocent.
The bad ones are the 〈Yatagarasu〉who brainwash children into assassins」
That… Even so,
the person we killed won’t come back. We need to reflect on it so it won’t happened again. There is no excuse」
「As long as it don’t weigh you down, I think it’s fine.
But from now on, we are here. There’s no need to hold your feelings alone」
That lecture was not like me.
My heart beat like crazy. Let’s change the topic.
「Thank god, thank god.
I have something I always want to do with Elemia」
「Something you always want to do?」
「Un. Skill farming!」(TL: The raw said “Skill raising”. Anyway, did he just asked a 7 years old girl to a grind-fest for a date?)
「Elemia has 【Fatigue Transference】, but it has no effect on me」
「uun. I don’t know why but it looks like it」
I revealed 【No Fatigue】 to Elemia.
「Not getting tired and not getting sleepy? I-it’s a way better skill than my 【Fatigue Transference】!!!」
「I think it’s depended on how you use it. Elemia’s 【Fatigue Transference】 can tire your enemies, but my 【No Fatigue】 has no such effect」
「But 【Fatigue Transference】 doesn’t activate unless there’s someone that it can spread on. I can get tired if I am alone. And I can’t stay asleep because I don’t get tired easily.
And last, 【Fatigue Transference】 doesn’t discriminate friend or foe. So if you stay with me, fatigue will spread to our allies…」
That was the reason Elemia kept people away.
「Anyway, if you stay with me, Elemia won’t get tired and I won’t get tired right?
That’s why Elemia can repeat simple work with me and quickly raise our skill」
「E-en, if it’s a continuous simple work then…」
Elemia muttered and her face got pale.
By the way, I had verified that my 【No Fatigue】 and Elemia’s 【Fatigue Transference】 will interfere each other back in the crow’s nest.
An ability to “not get tired” and “transfer fatigue”.
It’s a relationship like spear-shield contradiction, but what happens if these 2 collide?
There are 3 possible outcome.
1. 【Fatigue Transference】 doesn’t work on the owner of 【No Fatigue】 (The fatigue didn’t transfer in the first place)
2. 【No Fatigue】 got tired because of【Fatigue Transference】 (They don’t cancel each other)
3. The fatigue transfers to the owner of 【No Fatigue】 but the effect is canceled (The fatigue transfers but then disappears)
Case 1: Elemia tires. Case 2: I tire. Case 3: Both of us not tire.
And the conclusion is Case 3 is right. I confirmed it in a simulated fight back at the crow’s nest.
It’s the best result for both of us.
In other words, as long as Elemia is close with me, she won’t get tired.
After my passionate speech, Elemia’s face looked irritated.
She pointed at me and spoke.
「……nee, Edgar. You were talking about “You don’t need qualification to stand next to me” and so…… As expected, you were only after my skill」
「N-n-no! It’s ridiculous!! Thi- ummm… etto… actually…」
Elemia laughed looking at my desperate attempt to make excuses.
「I know Edgar wouldn’t go after me because of my skill」 (TL:
English is hard. can someone paraphrase it for me? Thank you Dragox and truepurple)
A delicate way of stabbing someone with words, I had a cold sweat.
「Was it half-skill and half-me? I hope my ratio is bigger than half」
「Only half of you is unthinkable!
Even without 【Fatigue Transference】, Elemia is Elemia…」
「Jaa, I don’t need to do skill raising with you?」
「uu…… iya, that is, I want Elemia to help raising the skills to increase our overall strength…… so I really wish for Elemia’s cooperation……」
I panicked and she laughed even more.
「Fufu. I’m kidding I’m kidding. Personally, I also want to be stronger」
「O-okay… that’s good…」
I let out a sigh and Elemia was smiling while watching me.
I asked for her consent to use 【Appraisal】 on her.
Elemia (《Shrine Maiden of Darkwood Forest》)
《Blessing of Darkwood Forest》(Medium compensation to the acquisition of Skills (including magic) related to sensing presence and concealment )
Her skill level were rising as a whole due to the training back in 〈Yatagarasu〉 and the battle with the fire drake, but her level had not because we didn’t defeat the drakes.
Even among the boy’s group, Miguel, Beck, and Donna who has a solid battle style, Elemia’s status was really irregular.
The reason was other than having excellent aptitude for reconnaissance, Elemia was good at battle involving magic rather than simple close combat.
But the most important.
「Does 《Shrine Maiden of Darkwood Forest》 is considered magic related title?」
「Magic related title?」
I explained the maximum MP extension method which can only be used when having titles related to magic.
The question is whether the 《Shrine Maiden of Darkwood Forest》 falls under the magic related title.
If you ran out of MP and faint, you will go into an irregular growth sleep, so in my case, I will sleep for 10 minutes instead of 3 hours.
I couldn’t ask her to sleep now, so I must ask Elemia to use up her MP before going to bed tonight.
「Do you know your aptitude?」
「Un, I went to a temple once to look at it」
According to it, Elemia’s aptitude was as follows.
S: Reconnaissance, Dark, Mind, Soul, Mana Perception (TL: 精神 as Mind and 霊魂 as Soul. Tell me if you have another suggestion)
A: Close Combat (Dagger, Knife), Throwing, Perception, Light
B: Fire, Sword, Bow, Mana Manipulation
C: Earth, Water, Wind, Spear
By the way, I haven’t heard anything about lightning attribute since it’s rare.
As with other people’s aptitude diagnosis, it seemed that the priests ended up failed to determine the level of minor and rare aptitudes.
If I have the opportunity, I’d like to experience aptitude diagnosis for minor aptitudes. Specifically, I’d like to grasp the usefulness of 【Lightning Magic】 and it’s suitability for guns.
「What’s the soul skill?」
「Necromancy, to summon a demon or something similar. Some dark elves from Darkwood Forest can use them」
「Your magic is good, but the aptitude for 4 standard attribute is not good」
「As a shrine maiden, we had been assimilated into darkness and trained to blend.
No, it’s because of our aptitude that we were chosen as shrine maidens」
「I want to make the best use of you magical aptitude, is there any passive way to use it?
How about trying 【Lightning Magic】?」
「Is it the same as 【Light Magic】 or is it something harder?」
「It’s between A and B, maybe B+?
For now let’s extend 【Lightning Magic】 and learn 【Thunder Magic】.
I think paralyzing thunder matches Elemia’s battle style. If you remember 【Steel Thread Techniques】, you can also use it on the steel.
And eventually 【Dark Magic】 and mind, I guess we can try explore the soul magic.
…I’m looking forward it」
Putting me aside, I couldn’t bear to grin at her future, Elemia who has the potential to forcefully level her skills.
「…fufu. un, I’m looking forward it」
With the sky changing from orange to deep blue, Elemia was smiling with a soft smile.
TL: So many good news this month
- Shield Bro anime is in production
- Fairy Tail has ended
- I got donations
- Fairy Tail has ended
- Spiderman movie came out
- My trap worked
- And the most important, Fairy Tail has ended
I’m so happy that fairy tail has ended that I need to say it 3 times. He stretch it for too long and it’s about the fucking time.
I’m looking forward Hiro Mashima’s next work about character with winter character (just a speculation)
- Haru – Rave – Spring
- Natsu – Fairy Tail – Summer
- Aki – Monster Soul – Autumn
AU: I was worried wether to let Elemia go but Edgar said 「Don’t go!」 so it went this way.
next story, friday (5/1 6:00).