A summer breeze flew into Totokanta, you could even taste it in the air. It was a sunny day in June, and the city’s environment was very warm. Enhancing the cities particular green scenery.
The courtyard of the Everlasting residence was in a mess after the last battle. Orphen spent three days fixing the area, but even after that there was still a lot to do.
Two horses made a neighing sound, showing their anxiety. Two chestnut colored horses were tied to a carriage, which Orphen was given charge of.
“Are you ready?”
“Yeah, no problem.”
Orphen was in a daze as he heard their voices, and he immediately turned his head the other way. Standing in front of the west entrance of the Everlasting estate, Tishtiny and Mariabelle were waiting to see him off. He didn’t know why, but Cleo wasn’t there.
Orphen just watched the two horses.
“Most of the work is already done, anyway, I’m all done here.”
“So, those two guys escaped with the sword?”
Tishtiny’s smile soon turned into a frown. She cocked her eyebrow which showed her beautiful eyebrows and dignified wrinkles.
“Those guys are probably trying to find a place where they can sell the sword. They sure could make a pretty penny out of it.”
Orphen sighed, and scratched his head.
“Um……where is Cleo? I thought she would be here.”
Tishtiny and Mariabelle looked to the side, both of their mouths opened slightly. Tishtiny didn’t even finish her sentence, her shoulder trembled a little.
Tishtiny watched Orphen’s reaction.
He spoke with a wry smile.
“……You’re a very good woman, Tishtiny. However, I thought you were wiser.”
“Is that so?”
Tishtiny struck a pose, sticking her hands on her hips.
“Whoops, that was a slip of the tongue. You are a wise mother, really.”
“That girl will please you.”
“As long as she follows my orders. Though, if I encounter a situation I can’t deal with, I’ll send her back.”
Orphen finished, he moved his gaze from Tishtiny over to Mariabelle. Looking at them side by side, he could tell that they were mother and daughter. He always thought that Mariaballe was the kind of girl who didn’t talk much, but this didn’t seem to be the case. Mariabelle took a deep breath, with her cheery-colored lips she spoke.
“I really think, our marriage is a good idea.”
Orphen was surprised by this, and hesitated for a moment. Her slender arms wrapped around his neck, and she gently kissed him on the cheek. Feeling her touch, he recalled a memory.
“She’s went through a lot, she’s head over heels for you……”
How could this happen, Orphen felt somewhat dizzy. He smiled back at her.
Leaving the city, Orphen rode the carriage which was moving at a briskly pace. Orphen then thought about Vulcan, he knew he would go after the sword. And that means heading to the Tower of Fang, in the north of the continent.
He then came to stairway road, a few days ago Azalie passed here in a carriage. Orphen started to think, he then slowed down the horses with the reins, so he could enjoy the relaxing breeze.
“This is Vulcan’s sword.”
Staring down at the ground, he saw Azalie panting.
“That idiot doesn’t even know how to use a sword, he usually beat’s it off his brother’s head. You know what? His head is probably harder than steel. But anyway, because of this the sword was almost destroyed. Though, Azalie, at least it could still break your ribs.”
“You could have killed me.”
Her face was covered with sweat, Orphen flung back Vulcan’s sword.
“You were killed once by a sword, I don’t want you dying by one again.”
“So, what are you going to do with me?”
Orphen picked up the sword of Baltanders and thought for a moment, thinking about what he would do next.
“You can choose your own destiny.”
Orphen said, as he handed the sword over to Azalie.
“This sword was able to change you into that monster, it can probably be used to change you back into your old self. Or, you can continue using Childman’s identity. No matter what you choose, I will fulfill your desire. But——”
Orphen took a more serious tone.
“As long as you still feel guilty, no matter what path you take, don’t appear in front of me again. No matter what the reason, because you killed Childman.”
Azalie breathed hard for a while, then fell silent. He thought she was unconscious because of the pain, but she spoke.
“Are you going to show yourself, I’m getting a little bored riding alone.”
Sitting in the front of the carriage Orphen spoke, but didn’t turn around. Although the carriage wasn’t that big, it was capable of holding a couple of people. Then the curtains suddenly opened.
“How long have you known?”
Cleo’s head poked out of the curtains, with a surprised look on her face.
Orphen said feebly.
“Tishtiny already gave me a hint.”
“So, am I allowed to come along?”
Orphen turned around and looked her straight in the girls eyes. It lasted a moment, but then he smiled, and she smiled too. Cleo took that as a yes, she was ecstatic.
“You haven’t come out from behind the curtains, what are you hiding?”
“I’m not hiding anything.”
She looked behind herself, and Orphen noticed this.
“Wait, who else is back there?”
Suddenly another face appeared out from behind the curtains.
“Hello, I was wondering if you could teach me magic. That, and you didn’t even say goodbye.”
“I know, but how did you get into this carriage?”
“What, didn’t I tell you?”
Cleo said in surprise.
“Well, me and Majic went to the same school. Even though we were in different years, our classroom was the same. He mentioned the name Orphen and I was astounded that he knew you.”
Orphen muttered a desperate cry, but Majic interrupted him.
“I talked with my father after you disappeared for a couple of days. I told him I wanted you to teach me magic, but he told me to forget about it. But I insisted——”
“Okay, I understand. Damn, that Bagup——”
Orphen had no choice but to vent his anger on the reins, forcing the horses to move faster. He then looked up at the sky, it was a picturesque summer day. Feeling the wind on his face, he thought to himself about how he wouldn’t be alone on his next journey.