Chapter 4: Outside the castle
I walk through the secret passageway.
“Then take the next right… And the next…”
I do as Garen instructed me in my previous life. Because it hasn’t been used much, the hidden passage smells a little musty. I unintentionally sneeze, and the sound echoes off the walls.
“I think it’s about time.”
I’m starting to see the light. I squinted at the light and kept walking. I keep walking until I reach a hilltop with a spectacular view.
I exclaim, even though it’s only the second time I’ve seen it. The view from here is always beautiful, no matter how many times I see it. The hilltop is brimming with beautiful flowers and fragrant scents. It was so beautiful that I couldn’t believe this was a war-torn country.
——I should have known better.
I completely covered my head with the cloth I had prepared earlier. I look suspicious from all sides, but I can’t help it. In this world, black hair does not exist.
Down the hill is the castle town…But I’m heading for the woods. My hair stands out too much in the castle town. I’m sure there are claire berries in the forest that can be used as dye. Then go down to the castle town.
The forest is dark and frightening. Claire berries grow in areas where light does not reach them. I have to keep going.
Kishii, Kishii, Kishii
A loud flapping sound alarms me.
… It was just the sound of flapping wings. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve spent a lot of time camping in the woods in the past. A single sound would not even startle me. And then I realized… Garen had always been there to protect me until the true Saint arrived. That’s why I felt so secure.
I almost feel faint and scold myself.
I’m sick of being a Saint and dying like a puppet. I intend to live my life for myself.
With a knife in my hand for protection, I walk deeper into the forest. Then a beast leaps out in front of me.
The wolf is staring at me, poised to strike.
I I hesitated. Even though Garen had taught me to use a sword in self-defense, I’d never actually pointed it at a living thing. Garen had done all the work for me.
The wolf takes a leap.
——It’s going to bite me.
I cowered and closed my eyes, but the shock never came.
I wondered about it, and when I opened my eyes, the wolf had been killed. A man stood next to the wolf. He most likely killed the wolf. He, like me, had his head covered with a cloth, and while I could tell he was a man by his build, his appearance was a mystery.
The man turned away from the wolf and removed the cloth that had been covering his head.
The man’s face was revealed after the cloth covering him was removed.
His hair was silver, and his eyes were rubies. Most importantly, the man has pointed ears.