First regular chapter of the week~
Next will be a bonus chapter, then another regular… etc. Anyway: I’m back!
“Are you okay?”
Right when Ribbon-chan was about to calm down, Kawazu-san appeared.
“You’re really useless, Kawazu-san”
“That’s the first thing you say! I came as fast as I could through this unfamiliar forest!”
“……aren’t you still late. I even properly casted the magic.”
The forest still continued to guide us, but teleporting that distance isn’t that hard.
As I continued to stare at Kawazu-san for a few seconds, his sweat fell in drops.
Finally, he averted his gaze.
“……you don’t seem to be injured, isn’t that great?” (Kawazu)
“You probably took a detour! I got mixed up with a gigantic dog, and it was hard for me!”
By the way, that dog was scared away by the small movements. Once it saw an opportunity, it immediately ran back to the forest.
Doesn’t matter if there’s a tree or a rock, it ran straight back.
The dog pulverized everything on it’s way, and I wondered which one is the monster.
But after that encounter, it can’t be denied that the scary thing reduced the kid into almost inconsolable crying.
I kept on a kneeling position up until now, anticipating that Ribbon-chan should stop wailing right about now.
She didn’t completely stop crying but just continued on latching on my clothing.
Now that Kawazu-san had joined us, we can’t just keep on hanging out with a kid in a place like this.
I gently held Ribbon-chan’s hand, intending to bring her back to the village, but I was met with some resistance.
I thought it was a bit strange, so I glanced back at Ribbon-chan who still adamantly refused my tugs.
“Still….. herb…. don’t have”
Ribbon-chan said it so clearly despite being teary-eyed.
This child was still thinking about that herb.
Such admirable spirit.
“Do you know how that herb looks?”
After asking that, Ribbon-chan pulled out a crumpled paper from the pocket of her skirt and handed it to me.
It had a picture of something with leaves and flowers, along with a description of its characteristics.
“With leaves like this…. the old man said. And….. around this time….. the red flowers should bloom, he said”
“I see, but even if you say that I don’t know about looking for herbs”
I couldn’t see the plant after skimming the surroundings.
“It’s okay! I heard where the right place should be! So please! Help me big brothers!”
Ribbon-chan seems desperate.
“Hmm. What should we do?”
I’m uncomfortable knowing that the village people are very worried.
Firstly, it’s troublesome to find and help out….. and frankly, it’s hard for me when I don’t even have basic knowledge about hiking.
But then I paused.
Don’t I have a plant-based magic at my disposal? Why don’t we utilize that here as well.
It would be simple.
I cleared my throat and patted the head of a distressed Ribbon-chan.
If it can’t be found, it should come here instead.
Luckily, we have some time left before the thirty minutes is over.
“I got it. Let’s try something for a bit.”
I had no confidence in explaining with my mouth so for the meantime, I’ll just have to show Ribbon-chan.
As if on cue, Ribbon-chan’s crying ceased when she had her full attention on what I was about to do.
“Now it should be around here, one of each kind, gather!”
How fun, I feel it filling my mind.
We~ll I called it a summoning, but in the end I just forcefully gathered them here.
However, the consciousness within the plants seem to have an irresistible compelling force.
When I spoke the words, Ribbon-chan sucked a mouthful of air.
The dirt gave way for plant sprouts, and in an instant, there were colorful blooming flowers blanketing the ground.
The sturdy trees were tangled, and flower petals danced back and forth.
The pollens swirl; spores burst forth in the air – drifting and dazzling.
“Well come then!”
I directed my hand like a conductor.
Orchestrating the movement of the majestic flowers within the forest.
The view of the woods changed from one scene to the next, rendering the girl immobilized.
I could hear the pounding of my heart from the theatrical performance.
The forest ain’t half bad.
Ribbon-chan completely stopped crying.
But I might have gone over the top in changing the landscape, so I decided to tone it down a bit.
At the time, the place surrounding us already transformed into a shining flower garden.
“It’s really quite something” (Kawazu)
“…..Amazing! Big brother is amazing!”
Kawazu-san widened his eyes at the pleasing sight, and Ribbon-chan’s gaze had a cheerful countenance.
Ribbon-chan was especially excited.
“Well then a similar-looking grass….”
“There! There’s one swaying over there!”
Oh, it seems that it could also respond to my voice.
We found the thing we were looking for, but I never thought that I could even ask a plant to uproot a part of itself.
Ribbon-chan trotted from my side and allowed herself near the plant, she plucked it up and showed it to me with a beaming smile.
Let’s just say it’s very cute.