Chapter 145.3 : Each of Their Situation
After being dumbfounded for a moment, Miharu replied back with a naturally flowing theatrical tone. Their gaze intersected, and it was unclear which side started it, but both of them smiled at each other.
「Though our meeting wasn’t in the most desirable of circumstances, I’m glad I was able to meet you, Miharu-san.」
After a period of silence, Lilyana told her that with a delighted smile.
「Yeah, I feel the same way, Lilyana-sama.」
Miharu agreed to her with a slightly embarrassed face. She didn’t feel nervous even though Lilyana was royalty, rather, she felt like they were on the same wavelength. It was as if they had been friends for years. That was why she was glad that Lilyana felt the same way as her. Was what she thought.
Lilyana stared at Miharu as if wondering what to tell her――、
「Thank you very much. ………. Well then, Miharu-san. May I ask one question? 」
She started speaking with an awkward voice.
「Yes, what could it be? 」
「I want to borrow your dictionary for a few days…………….. Will you allow it? 」
「My……….. Dictionary? 」
Miharu tilted her head and raised the small Japanese language dictionary in her hand. It was placed in her school bag and sent along with her when she was summoned to this world.
「Yes. Though the current me might have yet to understand what is written in there, My curiosity was sparked when I heard it’s written in Kanji, so I wanted to know what kind of letters it has. I think I would learn better if I studied something that interested me. 」
「I see… well, memorizing out of curiosity does increase learning speed. …………… I don’t mind. Shall we make that your homework then? Please look for letters or words that spark your curiosity in the dictionary and I’m going to explain to you the meaning of those words or letters during our next lesson.」
After nodding by herself, Miharu decided to lend her dictionary to Lilyana.
「Thank you very much. I’ll do my best in my study. ……. For Miharu-san’s sake too.」
Lilyana was wearing a slightly enigmatic smile when she told her thanks to Miharu, but the words she said at the end of her sentence didn’t reach Miharu’s ears.
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In another place – Sumeragi Satsuki was silently swinging her training spear in one corner of the training ground, her expression listless.
The reason was the news she had received from the king of the Galwark kingdom, Francois. They couldn’t use magic ships for a while due to the appearance of a dragon.
In the present situation, the neighbouring kingdoms, including the Galwark kingdom, prohibited air travel and the end of that prohibition, as things stood, wouldn’t happen in the near future.
Even though she made a request to Francois for a negotiation with their allied kingdom, Saint Stella a while back, those talks had yet to advance any further.
（I heard that there were many victims in that incident. Is the princess………. Safe? Even though she’s such a frail girl……………）
In fact, whenever she recalled her conversation with Flora, she felt an indescribable feeling in her heart. The various feelings gradually came together in the form of her grip on the spear.
（In the first place, what is a hero to them? A hero’s job is to defeat the likes of dragons right?）
Though she insisted that the heroes were the existences needed for this situation, she should have expected the reply she got to be negative and come with seemingly plausible explanations.
（It might be their way of telling me that we’re like a portable shrine. ………… Geez, why the hell did that damned dragon appear at such a time?）
The hero is the symbol of the god’s authority. And for the kingdom, whose power depends on god’s authority, losing a hero, which they had gained after such a long struggle, might mean trouble.
Therefore they were not so easily granted permission to go out, much less to say, hunt a monster.
Surely, even Satsuki was troubled by the sudden appearance of dangerous monsters and this was the only thing she found unbearable. Though it would be a lie to say she was not scared facing a dragon, doing nothing while she had the ability to do something didn’t sit well with her upbringing.
「AH, GEEZ! 」
Satsuki swung down her spear with all her power as if to vent her frustration. After swinging her spear for a while, she heaved a sigh. And then――,
「Where are you right now, Haruto-kun?」
She muttered her true feelings with an anxious voice.