Chapter 41.5 : Minstrel
Maybe because he was scared of me, Daigan was retracting his words.
「Loves………… Beans? That strange, I though wolf loves meat?」
The little girl seems puzzled.
After placing the soup in front of us, the girl then sat in front of me.
「EH! ? 」
Why did she sit in front of me?
「Hey, you’re a minstrel right? Sing something for me! ! 」
The little girl was looking at me, her eyes filled with expectation. Which reminded me that I disguised myself as a minstrel.
「The song of the minstrel that came before was interesting. That’s why sing for me too, uncle! ! 」
It saddened me to be called as an uncle by her. But then, I might be an uncle from the perspective of the girl at her age.
The song of a minstrel was a song that was retelling a story about a legend which rearranged in the form of song. And that was usually taken from love story, heroic tale, or the tale of this world.
「Sorry…….. My musical instrument is broken in the middle of my journey you see. Thus I can’t sing for you.」
I’m looking at my broken harp.
It’s a lie. I can’t sing, even if my musical instrument wasn’t broken. I brought a broken musical instrument on purpose.
It was my intention from the very beginning to show my broken musical instrument if I’m asked to sing a song.
「E~h, bo~ring! ! Everyone is so busy and no one have a spare time to play with me…… Hey, you should be able to tell me some story right?」
I’m bewildered when this little girl saying so.
To be honest, I’m about to use sleeping magic on her but, I hesitate to use such magic to this little girl.
「U~hm, let see……….. Then, shall I tell you the tale of the Thunder Dragon that dwell in the sea of cloud………」
「Dragon of the sea of cloud? That sounds interesting, please tell me!! ! 」
The girl’s eyes were sparkling due to excitement.
I then told her about the story of the Thunder Dragon that I met before.
「E~h, no way. The Dragon gave you its power.」
The girl couldn’t believe it. It’s the truth though.
「But it was an interesting story! ! 」
Smiling as she said so.
HELL YEAH! ! I’m taking a guts pose in my mind.
Because the girl who seems afraid till a while ago seems to enjoy my story.
「Hey, tell me more story, uncle! ! 」
「Uhm, let see………」
When I was about to tell the next story.
Daigan was starting to act violently.
「What’s matter, Werewolf-san？ 」
The little girl is asking so to Daigan.
「This smell! ! IT CAME, THOSE OGRES HAVE CAME! ! 」
Daigan was screaming on the top of his lungs.
「Come to think of it, there’s this sweet smell in the air……….」
It was as the little girl just said. There’s sweet smell around the air.
「Kujig the ogre has come! ! 」
Werewolf has outstanding sense of smell. Maybe, the ogres had really come.
It’s completely slipped out of my mind since I was engrossed in talking with the little girl.
Standing up from my chair.
It seems that It’s time for me to make my move.
◆Sword Maiden, Shirone
「What’s with that castle? It’s approaching us.」
I’m looking at the castle that kept coming closer from the windows.
And thanks to the cloudless night, I can see it clearly under this bright light.
Under the moonlight, I saw something big coming closer.
「Is that, the confectionary castle? 」
I’m giving a nod in hearing Kyouka-san voice. We’ve an extremely sharp vision upon coming to this world. The castle was still far away from Algore and yet I could see that castle very clearly from my position.
「It should be the castle of that ogre called Kujig. According to the story, the wall is made of lebkuchen, the roof is somekind of patries, and the windows is made from transparent glass. Though I don’t know about the type of confectionary of this world, it seems something similar to our world exist.」
Kaya-san was doing the explanation.
By the way Lebkuchen is the kind of cake made by utilizing variety of nuts or orange peels with honey condiment on top of it.
「What is that? The ants are, carrying the castle? ! 」
It’s as Kyouka-san has said, I saw a lot of Myulmidons carrying the confectionary castle as like carrying portable shrine. [TL : Pyramid slave]
My longed marchen is destroyed by such spectacle. [TL : marchen = fairy tale]
The confectionary castle stopped right before Algore.
When it came this close, its contour became even clearer for me.
The spire is made from cream. The windows are made from various sweets. The wall is Lebkuchen-like baked sweet. The hanging lantern that shaped in various form such as human and animals made the confectionary castle even more bewitching under the moonlight.
Light was rising from one of its spire. The light then started distorting and projecting an image like a screen.
No doubt about it, it’s the video magic. The figure of a person is projected in that image.
I knew the name of the one who appeared in that image.
「That’s, Kuna-sama! ! 」
Regena shouted that woman name as soon as she saw her.
Yes, it’s as she said. The one who appeared in that image was the Silver Haired Woman who we met in Velos.
Why is that girl in the castle of those ogres?
Looking closely, there’s something that resembled those ogres in the background.
Though I don’t know the reason, it seems that she’s working together with those ogres.
「GET THE HELL OUT HERE! ! SHIRONE! ! GET OUT AND FIGHT KUNA! ! IF YOU’RE NOT COMING OUT! ! I’M GOING TO ORDER THESE ANTS TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY! ! 」
The girl in the projected image screamed loudly.
Looking closely, the myumidons were wriggling around the confectionary castle.
「It seems she’s calling you, Shirone-san.」
Saying so, Kyouka-san is looking at me.
「I guess she’s looking for me…….. Well I guess I have no choice if she goes as far as calling me.」
I drew my sword from its sheath that fastened on my waist.
Just right when I wanted to get the full story from Kuroki but I guess I can ask her directly too.
「It’s dangerous if you go there by yourself, Shirone-sama.」
Kaya-san is worrying about my safety.
「Uuhn, it’s alright. I’ll retreat if the situation goes beyond what I can handle. Rather than that, Kaya-san please help me to stop Kuroki if he came! ! 」
Saying so to Kaya-san, I then leapt from the windows. Unfolding my wings, I then flew toward the confectionary castle.
The myulmidons who can fly is obstructing my way.
「OUT OF MY WAY! ! 」
But I dispatched them with one slash of my sword.
「A FIGHT IS IT! ! BRING IT ON WITCH! ! 」