Ex Strongest, Accompanying the Witch
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“What on earth are you doing?” (Felicia)
Soma, who was asked by the question, realized that it was unexpectedly difficult to answer. The reason was…
“Hmm… it is something like walking with the purpose of rehabilitation, and exploring to understand the surrounding terrain and danger. If you ask me which is the main thing I am doing, it will be difficult to answer. In terms of proportion, all of them are about the same…” (Soma)
“Aah, I know that already. It’s fine. That’s not what I want to say in the first place. I clearly remember that I ask you to wait patiently until I return, right?” (Felicia)
She certainly said it, and he was listening to it. But…
“You aren’t going to say you didn’t nod to it, right?” (Felicia)
“Hmm… why do you know that I’m going to say that? Haa, could it be that you… my mind…!?” (Soma)
“I can’t read your mind. But, somehow, I just understand what kind of person you are.” (Felicia)
Soma shrugged his shoulders to the girl who said so while letting out a sigh. It seemed that mutual understanding between both was progressing smoothly.
“In terms of mutual understanding, I feel like you don’t really understand well about me.” (Felicia)
“Hmm? Is that so? I am trying to understand you as it is…” (Soma)
“…On what basis are you saying that?” (Felicia)
He was told so while being glared, but for the time being, this was a matter of the basis. As expected, Soma didn’t say such things unreasonably.
“How should I put it? We wouldn’t meet here unless I understood it.” (Soma)
“…? What do you mean?” (Felicia)
“According to what I heard before you left, didn’t you plan to come to this place today?” (Soma)
“That’s true, but… aah.” (Felicia)
It seemed that she finally thought about it. Yes, the girl, who wasn’t supposed to be here, was still here because she was looking for something asked by Soma.
However, when she was asked, Soma didn’t received a good reply. He was told in cold manner that she would look for something.
However, as expected by Soma, it was obvious to search for the thing.
“Uh… Did you have a feeling that I was going to ask you what were you doing here?” (Felicia)
“I can understand that a bit, but I haven’t completely understood everything. In fact, I was impressed that you came here.” (Soma)
“Aah, you really say that…” (Felicia)
She watched him further, but Soma merely shrugged his shoulders. Although this composition continued as it was for a while, a long sigh leaked from the girl’s mouth as if she had given up.
“…By the way, if that was predictable, I feel that you didn’t have to come here on purpose.” (Felicia)
“Hmm? Why is that?” (Soma)
“I said that I was looking for something earlier, but that is what you asked for, right? If I could predict where was the thing I was looking for, wouldn’t it be good enough to leave everything to me?” (Felicia)
“No. I was only asking you, so it’s fine if I do it myself, right? If I look for it myself, I should be able to find it. By the time I meet you if I don’t find anything, it’s still good enough if you have found it.” (Soma)
As Soma mentioned earlier, this was also for rehabilitating and grasping the surroundings. At any rate, it wasn’t a futile endeavor.
“Hmmm… I suddenly think about this. Do you know the external features of that thing?” (Felicia)
“No, I don’t know at all.” (Soma)
“So, how are you going to find it?” (Felicia)
“I will understand once I find it. I mean with that kind of feeling.” (Soma)
“That’s certainly up to your imagination, isn’t it? Goodness.” (Felicia)
After letting out another sigh along with those words, something like a basket was handed over to him. Soma leaned his head without understanding the meaning.
“Hmm? What is…?” (Soma)
“Aren’t you going to hold this basket? I worked hard to find this, so take it.” (Felicia)
“I see. I got it.” (Soma)
“You really hold it… Understood. Well then, let me tell you a little bit about this area.” (Felicia)
“Hmm, is that alright?” (Soma)
Honestly, that would be helpful, but no matter how he looked at it, that seemed not in her original plan. As for the basket he held, that thing held similar value to what he was looking for.
“No problem. We aren’t really going there. We will just walk around and I will explain. Besides, no matter what I say, you are right. To be honest, I have a lot of time.” (Felicia)
“Hmm… if that’s the case, I’ll depend on you then.” (Soma)
As she nodded, she turned around and walked at once. Soma also starts walking. While looking at the white hair swaying at the end of the gaze, Soma suddenly remembered when he first met the girl in front of him.
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Soma met the girl, Felicia, for the first time about a week ago. Nonetheless, Soma didn’t remember much about it.
Rather than having no memory, it should be said that he couldn’t afford to remember. At that time, Soma was in the process of bearing pain that constantly attacked.
Yup, it was muscle pain.
It was something obvious but, it was quite absurd to use the thing that should be said to be the culmination of the current Soma.
Anyhow, he suffered for one whole day. Although the pain wasn’t completely disappeared, he might already get used to it. On the next day, a certain leeway was born.
However, he knew that someone helped him, even though he couldn’t afford to check the surroundings. That was why he thought that he should thanked her first.
“–Soma-san? What’s wrong?” (Felicia)
When Soma suddenly noticed, Felicia, who supposed to be walking ahead, was coming to the side. It seemed that he was focusing on the thoughts too much.
“…No, I’m sorry. I was thinking a little bit.” (Soma)
“…Is that so?” (Felicia)
The pure white hair shook as she leaned her head when she said that… she was slightly smiling. Soma was used to it now, but he still clearly remembered the shock when he saw her for the first time.
It was because in this world, there should be no human whose hair was white.
“So, what are you doing? Aah, no, that reminds me. You were explaining the surrounding, right?” (Soma)
“No. Actually, I was planning to do that, but I discovered something unexpectedly early.” (Felicia)
“Ooh? Where is it?” (Soma)
“Over there. The color of the flower is blue, so I think you will understand immediately.” (Felicia)
When he looked at the direction where Felicia was pointing, he certainly understood immediately. There were a lot of flowers growing around, but there was only one flower that was blue in color.
However, although that flower was unique, there was really many flowers here. Soma might knew this place from the beginning, but he probably overlooked it.
No. Actually, Soma tried to search this area by himself, but he had no memory of seeing such a flower.
“Hmm… to find it easily, you are indeed a Witch.” (Soma)
The moment Soma said those words, he felt that Felicia’s body was slightly stiff. He let out a small sigh to that scene. instead of not minding it, Soma said that it was something desirable when she introduced herself for the first time, but it seemed that Felicia was still concern about it. Well, it might not be unreasonable.
Witch. It wasn’t a metaphor. It was a mere fact. Since she introduced herself in that way, it wasn’t a mistake. And of course, Soma knew what a Witch was.
It was a person who had unthinkable white hair. It was a kind who used magic called Curse, and they were the true bearer of miracles. They were the owner of this place called the Witch Forest. (TLN: 呪術 = Curse)
Perhaps, it should be said in this way.
It was the existence of the world… No, they were hated by the world, and they were the enemy for the world.
The reason wasn’t similar to those Demons, but it was an existence that harm the world which had been acknowledged by the world itself. That Witch… the name of the girl was Felicia L. Waldstein.
- Some parts are left vague as it is. I’m pretty sure you understand that the author will answer your questions in later chapters.
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