Chapter 28: Claymore
“Coughs ଵ˛̼ଵ Please make yourself at home…” Kailar’s heart struck violently. He knew he could not panic, if he did, Attolis would let out an ear frightening scream. He didn’t wish for it to get to that part else it’d alert Gawain. The tainted crime of seeing a womanly body would not go away for think he’d come to molest an unprotected woman.
In the face of an upheaval storm brewing, he managed to turn around with great difficulty. His heart thumped wildly. He’s glad he’s yet to reach the age of puberty else the lower part of his body would have formed a tent.
How utterly disgraceful would that be!
Heading back to the campfire, Kailar silently grabbed a fish. He chewed and bit off the meat whimsically, eyes lost in a trance.
“What’s the matter, Kai?” Gawain looked at his cousin’s muddled face when he looked at the food he was eating.
“Ah… (⋟﹏⋞) It’s nothing.” Kailar dared not to look at Gawain and quickly lowered his head down.
It was only when Kailar devoured his first fish did Attolis make an appearance.
Attolis wrapped herself like a cocoon and walked over with a particularly stiff expression and somewhat terrifying to the touch. It was like a dark aura embodied her being.
Gawain: (O∆O) WTF
Gawain quickly lowered his head and turned his back around. He did not wish to know what had occurred between the two nor what what happened between them. It looked terrifying. He’d rather go back to face the giant ape than to be stuck in this place.
“…..” Kailar was even more afraid to speak up. He only continued eating with his head bowed down.
At the same time, Attolis did not know what to say. Did you see? Do you know? Did you find out that I’m a woman?
The three ate their lunch quickly, the atmosphere dreary.
Thereafter, they set off.
Only then did Kailar and Attolis discover an embarrassing thing.
In the process of escaping from the clutches of the giant ape, Kailar bravely grabbed Attolis and placed her on the back of his unicorn. Now her half devil beast horse was missing and they’ve no choice but to ride the unicorn together back to back. The ride was stiffly awkward, neither daring to make a move. On one hand, Kailar was afraid of moving that’d stimulate Attolis’ ire, and the other was simply terrified to the core, afraid this boy had figured out her true gender.
Sitting in the middle of a large tree, Merlin roared a bellowing laugh to the point of rolling around while holding her belly.
“Ahhahaahaha!! Oh, oh, oh… my poor stomach… hahahahaha!! It hurts!!Ahahaa!! It hurts!!Oh my… I can’t… Ahhhhahah!”
As there was no one around, Merlin dropped all semblance of her dignity and image. She rolled about and snorted, her body twitching from laughter.
“No, I know that little was girl was too precocious but she surely is something… hhahahah!! And that little monster… hahahahaahah!! He actually made that kind of face!”
Merlin: ଵ˛̼ଵ (⋟﹏⋞)（ｉДｉ）
“Ahahaahaaha!! How interesting!! How amusing!!!”
While Merlin laughed to death, the tree children slowly made their way out the outer parts of Nottingham Forest and came to a hill.
All this could be credited to Kailar’s magic otherwise it’d be a miracle if they managed to make their way out of the forest alive. Attempting to get out by their own was only but a fleeting dream.
“After we cut through the small town in front of us then along the coast, we’ll be able to reach Rye within a day.” After an afternoon of riding, Kailar’s composure slowly returned to normal. He stood on the hilltop and pointed towards a certain direction. “We’re making good progress. We might be even faster than them.”
“Them” who Kailar referred to was naturally Leyton and his knight in which were called Knight Squads. The name given to them sounded rather strange. It did not require a certain amount of people to be considered a squad and instead indicating an independent group. In other words, Leyton being the commander had only ten knights under him was already considered a squad.
“Let us rest the night when we pass by the town. Tomorrow we’ll catch up to them.” Kailar instructed.
Gawain and Attolis nodded before making their journey.
“Gawain, if I remember correctly, this your family’s territory, right?” Entering the town, Kailar examined the view. It was prosperous indeed and he’d mouthed words of praises towards his cousin.
“Haha… I don’t remember very much. Anyways, I don’t care much for this kind of things.”
“That’s no good. You’ll be inheriting Birmingham in the future.”
“Ah, that’s whatever. My goal is to become the greatest knight in the world!”
Gawain’s childish response stunned Kailar. Yes, they were all children. Gawain’s a year older than them while Attolis was a year younger than Kailar. It would be difficult for others to conceive the idea of three little children crossing the notorious Nottingham Forest to simply catch a glimpse of the ongoing war against the Gauls.
“I see.” Kailar shook his head and smiled bitterly. It was pity Gawain’s future would forever be chasing Lancelot’s shadow in the near future.
After arriving in front of the tavern, the little unicorn merrily trotted off to the market whereas Gawain led the half devil beast horse to the stables while Kailar and Attolis stepped foot inside the tavern.
“Room for three.” Kailar said.
“Wait, sir…” Before the owner of the tavern could finish, Kailar dropped a silver coin and prepared to head upstairs, but before the he could, the tavern owner blocked him. “No… young master, don’t go up.”
“Why is that so?”
“They’re upstairs… the c-cl… upstairs… big swords… ” The tavern owner stuttered, fear written in his eyes.
Though Kailar was unsure what the manager was attempting to say, he simply brushed it off and waved his hand. “It’s fine. We’re only here for the night.”
Gawain quickly returned from the stables. Upon seeing his two friends, he quicklys walked towards them and went upstairs.
The tavern owner nervously tapped his foot yet he dared not stop those three children who were of noble backgrounds.
“There seems to be something wrong.” Said Kailar The inn was empty and quiet. “Such a luxurious inn should lack no customers. Well, no matter. We’ll sleep for the night and make our way the next morning.”
“Mnn.” The two knight apprentice nodded.
Kailar opened the door to their room. Inside were three neatly arragned beds and a tulip flower laying softly still on the bedside table. It was a comfortable atmosphere.
“Let’s take a break. I’ll go look for something to eat.” Said Kailar. After their journey here from the forest, they’d yet to eat since early in the afternoon. By now they were famished.
“We’ll leave it to you.”
The three weren’t in a master-subordinate relationship but more like a casual friend. Regarding Attolis, she’d followed the strict laws of knightly etiquette when serving someone but after the awkward encounter, the two developed a rather stiff relationship. It was even more less like a casual friend.
Kailar walked downstairs and happened to pass by a womanly figure.
He raised his brows. The other party’s silver hair was not much different from his and he found her silver eyes endearingly striking. Her ears were pointed like the elves from the legends. She wore a cloak and armor veiling the covers of her face which caused others to grow curious of her identity.
He moved his gaze and saw a large sword behind her back.
“Kid, hurry up and go.” The silver-haired woman took a short glance at Kailar.
“Yes, little child, this place will be destroyed soon. It’s best you hurry up and scram.” A blonde woman donning the same clothing as the silver-haired woman threw a bag of silver coins on the counter.
“You are the big swords?” Kailar pondered.
The silver-haired woman suddenly stopped, her voice emotionally weak. “Yes, we are Claymore…”