Chapter 30: Journey
“Whats wrong Alistair”
“She-,” I adjusted Leis head as she slept, “sometimes calls out Niini and Otousyama, but shes never called out for her mum before.”
“Come to think of it, thats true. Otousyan, Niini and Hannah, huh.”
“Hannahs the dead kid. She was wearing a maid uniform.”
“Oh, that was really sad.”
In Frontier, Hollows took the lives of those who were careless. Children and young women are told that they cant go outside at night. It was the same in Lentforce, even though it was located in the barrier and was guarded during night. People who worked at night were the exception.
People werent allowed to go out at night in Lentforce because it was barely in the barrier. Not many people knew this, but the barrier would sometimes weaken, and the position would move. People in the middle of Kingdom probably didnt notice this either.
So the people in Lentforce didnt place too much trust in the barrier. Women and children wouldnt even dream of going out at night. Did Lei and Hannah not know this Or did they know this and were left in a helpless situation
“Lei said shes happy.”
“Yeah. You can tell just by looking at her. Even though something terrible happened to her, she still believes in adults and acts as if its obvious to follow what she says.”
“She even made us train our magic.”
“Shes a weird kid.”
“But, she probably doesnt have a mum......”
I gently stroked Leis wind-tangled hair.
I was finally in a place Ive never been before, so I wanted to see the towns too instead of staying in the prairie all the time. But Bart and his crew were very famous hunters even though they were young, and they would probably meet their fellow hunters in town.
“Theyve got a kid with them.”
“Shes got violet eyes.”
It was possible that those rumours would spread.
“Were not going to hide you in Trentforce, but we dont want to get involved in any trouble. So just play in the prairie.”
Thus, I always stayed in the prairie. They usually took turns to go into town; group one was Kyaro and Clyde, and group two was Mill, Bart and Alistair. But when Alistair went to town, he would bring back small sweets and unusual food, so it was fascinating.
“Hey, why are you buying weli nuts Why do you know that Lei likes them”
“They dont sell this much at Kingdom,” Alistair answered Kyaro who was complaining. He was annoyed that I liked the weli nut that Alistair had bought. Kyaro and Clyde looked like they were thinking of unusual food to buy me, but they could only come up with sweets. Alistair had warned them not to buy too many sweets, so they just bought common things like cheese and dried meat.
Of course, it made me happy compared to bread and water.
“I want to buy something that would make Lei be more likeAmazing orWow!~,” Kyaro scratched his head. On the other hand, Alistair only had his mother and himself, so he was used to going out shopping and doing housework since he was little. He also came to Frontier from Kingdom, so he remembered what food would be weird and delicious, so he bought them. Weli nuts, which were like sweet chestnuts, were also one of those food.
“Half of Walsall Mountains is located in Kingdom, so why dont they have weli nuts”
“The person at the shop said that they cant be grown if youre not by the sea.”
Kyaro looked disappointed.
“Lei wiwsh cheeshe.”
“Oh, Leis worrying about me. Yup. Ill buy it for you again.”
But cheese and dried meat have a lot of salt, so dont buy too much.
Then, they sold the small magic stones in town and bought cheap empty magic stones. Like that, everyone would practice filling the magic stones after lunch. Apparently, it was interesting, and it was great since they could sell the full magic stones. Of course, I practiced too.
Everyone improved really fast once they realised that it was the same as sensing Hollows during hunts. Improving didnt mean that they stopped channelling their magic until it was almost gone. Like Mill had done the other day, one or two people would always leave some of their magic and stand on lookout. The rest, including myself, used all our magic and took naps.
Maybe itll be better for brother to practice spreading his magic out of his body instead of just rotating inside, I thought as I remembered the magic circulation practice at home.
Even so, when I watched everyone hunt Hollows at night, I realised that it was impossible. No way would someone spread their magic out if they didnt need to. WHIRR, when the Hollows appeared, something disgusting vibrated through my body. Nevertheless, they improved their abilities while remaining vigilant and tried to sense the Hollows as quickly as possible even if it felt gross because their life depended on it.
That was what a hunter in Frontier was.
The truth is I dont know how much magic it took to shorten ones life. But the young men were reckless, and they would channel their magic until it was almost depleted, so I ended up learning how to discern the subtle magic changes to stop them. I slapped the magic stones out of all of their hands many times while cautioning them, “No!”
Unexpectedly, I found out that their magic power had increased every time they had almost depleted it and recovered. However, it seemed like I was the only one to notice this.
They all concluded,
“I feel like my magic power has increased.”
“No way it has. Youre just making it thin and using it effectively like Lei said.”
“I guess so.”
So, I thought that it wasnt necessary to tell them.
It was supposed to take us three weeks to get to Lentforce, but we ended up taking a month. The beginnings of spring changed into spring, and I, who had become a little tan, was finally able to step into a town with people.