◇Hero Abel POV◇
It has been 2 days since Makoto-san and Helemerck-sama left to Laberintos.
The progress of my training doesn’t look bright.
I pray and pray, but I don’t hear the voice of the Sun Goddess-sama.
Right now I am swinging a wooden sword to pass time.
“Alright! I did it!” (Momo)
Momo-chan, who was close by, had succeeded in using short distance teleport.
“That’s impressive, Momo-chan. To think you would manage to obtain a new spell in such a short span of time.” (Abel)
“No, I still have a long way to go. I have to chant in order to activate it, so I can’t use it in actual combat. Master Makoto-sama told me that all magic that isn’t chantless is trash.” (Momo)
“Isn’t Makoto-san a bit too harsh?” (Abel)
I gave a bitter smile.
I think Momo-chan is pretty impressive for her age. Makoto-san is giving a high objective to her.
“Next is the Calm Skill and Stealth Skill. Also, I am a vampire, so I should be able to use Transform to turn into mist and a bat, so I have to learn that…” (Momo)
“That’s quite the peculiar training.” (Abel)
Is it okay to not learn attack spells?
Even though she has a powerful Skill like Sage.
“Master Makoto-sama told me to first obtain the Skills that will allow me to run away from strong opponents when I meet them.” (Momo)
“Even though he is that strong?” (Abel)
That’s such a conservative tactic.
“Right? But there’s no mistake in the teachings of Master Makoto-sama!” (Momo)
Momo-chan seems to have complete trust in Makoto-san’s words.
I envy that.
“You could have given me instructions too, Makoto-san…” (Abel)
Right before Makoto-san departed, I asked him what I should do.
What came back in response was ‘I leave it to you. There’s nothing I can tell you to do’.
Does he trust me?
But I want to rely on Makoto-san.
“Even though I would also listen to anything Makoto-san tells me to do…” (Abel)
When I muttered this absentmindedly, I suddenly felt a gaze.
“…Why are you in female form?” (Momo)
It looks like I had turned into my form of Anna at some point in time.
“You turned into your woman form when thinking about Master Makoto-sama… Anna-san, so you really…” (Momo)
“U-Uhm, Momo-chan?” (Anna)
“Do you love Master Makoto-sama, Anna-san?” (Momo)
I accidentally dropped my wooden sword at the question of Momo-chan.
“I knew it…” (Momo)
“T-That’s not it, Momo-chan!” (Anna)
I hurriedly flailed my hands, but Momo-chan was staring straight at me.
It was at the time when I was thinking about what to say…
A giant white dragon flew into the temple.
The White Dragon-sama.
Makoto-san and the White Dragon-sama have returned.
When I directed my gaze there in order to welcome them, I noticed…I don’t see Makoto-san anywhere.
“White Dragon Master, welcome back.” (Momo)
“White Dragon-sama, is Makoto-san not with you?” (Anna)
“Hero-kun, come with me! The Spirit User-kun has been attacked by Demon Lord Cain!”
The White Dragon-sama said this in a flustered tone.
My and Momo-chan’s face stiffen at the same time.
The White Dragon-sama and I hurriedly head to where Makoto-san is.
“Is it okay to leave Momo-chan behind?” (Anna)
She asked to come along as well with teary eyes, but the White Dragon-sama didn’t allow it.
“It can’t be helped. We are dealing with a Demon Lord here. More importantly, do you think you can use the attack that worked on Demon Lord Cain?” (Mel)
I found it hard to speak.
I haven’t succeeded in doing that technique again since then.
It was sword magic that I managed to use by coincidence.
Will my swordsmanship work on Demon Lord Cain if I were to confront him once more?
“You are the only one who has managed to land an effective hit on him! We are speeding up!” (Mel)
I tightly held the handle of my new magic sword.
Makoto-san…please be okay.
—A few moments after.
“We are here! This should be the place.” (Mel)
After the White Dragon-sama said those tense words, I looked around.
But there’s only traces of the ground being destroyed here and there with magic, I don’t see Demon Lord Cain or Makoto-san.
Could it be that Makoto-san has already…
“Look there, Hero-kun.” (Mel)
“…It is smoke.” (Abel)
I could see smoke rising from the place she pointed at.
There’s someone there.
“Let’s go.” (Abel)
“Be careful.” (Mel)
The White Dragon-sama and I walk with stealthy steps, and approach the location where the smoke is rising.
“This smell is…” (Mel)
The White Dragon-sama furrowed her brows.
I could see someone.
That back figure is…Makoto-san!
What a relief, he is okay.
“Oi, Spirit User-kun. What are you doing?” (Mel)
The White Dragon-sama says with a displeased tone.
She was angry for some reason.
I looked at the state of Makoto-san, and noticed the reason for that.
“Aah, Mel-san, Abel-san, I have been waiting. Wanna eat?” (Makoto)
At that place, there’s Makoto-san who was looking back while roasting filleted fish.
My strength was drained from that, and I ended up sitting in place.
“Master~, you are okay?! Are you injured?!” (Momo)
“I am back, Momo.” (Makoto)
Momo-chan hugged Makoto-san in tears, and he comforted her.
“What about the Demon Lord?! I heard that you were attacked by Demon Lord Cain!” (Momo)
“Aah, I fought him off with Dia.” (Makoto)
“W-Wow! As expected of Master!” (Momo)
Momo-chan hopped in place.
I see, so Makoto-san fought Demon Lord Cain and didn’t get any injuries at all.
…What was the point of me rushing there all agitated?
“Don’t push yourself too much, Spirit User-kun. I am tired, so I will go rest.” (Mel)
“Thanks, Mel-san.” (Makoto)
The White Dragon-sama, who had rushed to and fro, said this in a tired tone and headed to the bedroom.
“Then, let’s check the results of your training, Momo.” (Makoto)
“Fufufu, watch this, Master. I can now use Teleport if it is chanted!” (Momo)
“Ooh! Nice, Momo! With this, the number of strategies we can use in the Demon Lord battle will increase!” (Makoto)
“Praise me more! And hug me more!” (Momo)
“Here here.” (Makoto)
Makoto-san and Momo-chan were bonding.
Even though I was tired from riding the back of the White Dragon-sama for half a day.
Let’s sleep for a bit.
I also take a rest in the bedroom where the White Dragon-sama is at.
When I woke up, it was dark.
I could see the White Dragon-sama and Momo-chan sleeping at the beds of the bedroom.
I couldn’t see Makoto-sama.
I went out of the Temple and searched for Makoto-san.
(…There he is.)
Several thousands of butterflies made of water magic were flying around.
Is he training without resting?
Even though he fought against a Demon Lord not that long ago?
“Abel-san, you are up?” (Makoto)
Even though it should be a blindspot for Makoto-san, he was the one who spoke to me first.
“I woke up just now. Also, please call me Anna when in this form.” (Anna)
I am currently in my heaven winged folk form.
I have recently been in this form more often.
I sat by the side of Makoto-san.
“Thank you for coming today, Anna-san.” (Makoto)
“I didn’t do anything, Makoto-san.” (Anna)
By the time I arrived, Demon Lord Cain was not there anymore.
And I was relieved by that fact.
Even though he is the killer of my master, the Fire Hero…
“Ah, right. Anna-san, there’s something I have to tell you.” (Makoto)
“Y-Yes? What is it?” (Anna)
My back straightened wondering what he was going to say.
Makoto-san said he is going to train in a dungeon called the Deep Sea Temple 7 days later.
“Uhm…can’t you do that here in the Sun Temple?” (Anna)
“There’s not much water here. I can train better in a place with a lot of water.” (Makoto)
Makoto-san said this as if nothing.
He is going all the way to a dungeon to train?
Moreover, it is a place that’s called one of the Last Dungeons, you know?
“Having half a year of open time was unexpected, but I wanted to go to the Deep Sea Temple once, so this is a good opportunity.” (Makoto)
Makoto-san was talking with excited eyes as if he were having fun.
Aah…Makoto-san is going to go somewhere far again.
He really doesn’t stay in place.
I always end up waiting.
“Uhm…Makoto-san, can I consult with you about something?” (Anna)
By the time I noticed, I had grabbed the clothes of Makoto-san and spoke with a tone as if clinging to him.