Fake Holy Sword Story ～I Was Taken Along When I Sold My Childhood Friend～ - 136
- Fake Holy Sword Story ～I Was Taken Along When I Sold My Childhood Friend～
- 136 - The Forgotten One
Chapter 136 The Forgotten One
「Silk-san! You have a visitor!」
「… A visitor?」
Silk, who was standing on a stage owned by the Royal Capital Theatre Troupe, tilted her head. She hasn’t made such a promise or an appointment. Well, if it’s ‘that’ kind of visitor, that person won’t be talking to her first, so she decided to go for the time being. She has been practicing her play for a while now, so this is just a way to take a breather.
Recently, she couldn’t focus on her practice for some reason. She likes to play drama. Even though she crawled up from slavery because of this… she feels that the meaning of her doing this is fading.
For whom have I been doing the play?
「… For whom? Isn’t it for myself?」
Silk answers her own question.
It’s strange. Something is wrong.
The one who wanted to play drama is… herself. She recalls her treasured memory of going to see the play with her parents when the Heeren household was still existed. Since they looked so happy, she wanted her parents to smile like that…
However, she almost gave up on that dream because her household fell and she was dropped into slavery…
Nevertheless, she has now risen to become a leading actress in the kingdom’s highest-ranked Royal Capital Theatre Troupe, and so many people pay a lot of money to come and see her.
「…… How did I get out from slavery?」
It’s strange. How could I forget something like this?
It’s her big turning point in her life. It’s nothing compared to forgetting what she had for dinner last night.
「… Saint-sama helped me. Was it only Saint-sama…?」
No, it wasn’t only her.
To begin with, she was not capable of fighting. She alone couldn’t deal with the noble and the gray guild he was hiring. There had to be someone…… someone else. That person was also… an ally who helped her. And to that person, she felt warmth and affection, and that person was giving her kindness…
「Silk-san! Should we drive her away!?」
「… I’m going.」
She snapped back to consciousness. Due to her thoughts, the Saint was about to be driven off. Maybe only the Royal Capita Theatre Troupe that can do such a thing.
She wants to get rid of this haze that’s stuck in her head. Therefore, she wants to talk to the Saint who may know something.
「… Just, who are you?」
Silk muttered so and walked off to the Saint.
「Yo. It’s been a while, Saint-sama.」
「Yes. It’s been a while, Malta-san.」
Looking at the Saint who showed a beautiful smile, Malta once again thought that she’s beautiful.
All the mermaids are good-looking women. They must be far above the average humans, but if they are told to bring a mermaid that’s more beautiful than this Saint… they will be troubled. Her sister, Pamela, maybe can rival her… and the other mermaids will also nominate Malta for it, but she herself will be too shy and will refuse.
「I’m sorry for asking to let me enter the mermaid settlement… even though normally, humans are not allowed to enter…」
「No no, you don’t need to hold back. You saved this settlement, so you can come and visit us anytime. Everyone will welcome you.」
Her words came from her heart.
This mermaid settlement was on the verge of destruction because of a traitor and evil humans. It was Saint Magali who broke through and solved the situation that the mermaids couldn’t manage on their own. Therefore, there’s no problem for her to come to this village, and there’s no one among the mermaids that oppose it.
「Thank you. Malta-san, how does it feel about being the leader of the mermaids?
「Hmm… it’s hard. But, everyone helps me out, so I somehow can manage it. Fufu… they were ignoring me so far. Their attitude sure changed easily.」
Malta was bad at singing. To be precise, her singing voice had been stolen by her sister. For the mermaids, a mermaid who can’t sing is someone to be looked down on. Malta was not an exception. She had been in a rather harsh environment, but the Saint who came from outside solved this. Therefore, not only gratitude from the whole mermaids, but she also has gratitude from Malta individually.
It wasn’t that she didn’t have any feeling for the mermaids who flattered her when she got her singing voice back, but still, the kind-hearted Malta accepted it and acted for the mermaids’ sake.
「Ah, my singing also has improved. Nowadays, I’m able to fascinate even mermaids. With this…」
「…… With this?」
Malta suddenly freezes. No words come out. Magali asks her to urge her, but her mouth doesn’t say a word. It’s coming out to her throat. The word, the name that needs to be said is coming out. But… she couldn’t do that last push no matter what.
「E-eh? What was it…? I feel like it’s something very important…」
Malta is sweating.
She is a beautiful mermaid, but she has a rather manly personality. Leave aside her innermost girlish tastes, when she has a hazy feeling like this, she will give up completely if she can’t remember it. There will come a time when she will remember it. If not, then there’s no need to remember it.
However… there was something that made her think that she had to remember the name.
「…… The incident that happened in this mermaid settlement was solved by me and Malta-san, right?」
「T-that’s right! That’s why we all feel gratitude toward you…」
「…… Wasn’t there another person?」
Malta’s smile is frozen.
Another person? There was another person other than the Saint who couldn’t overlook the human who infiltrated to this settlement?
…… In the first place, can the Saint alone solve the case?
No, there is no doubt that she is a capable and talented human being. She also has a kind personality that is compassionate to others and is willing to risk her life to fight for them, demi-humans. There’s no other person that’s like her…
「… W-what is this? It feels strange. It’s like there’s a haze stuck in my head or something like that…」
There should be another person like that. Right, there should be. It was not just Saint Magali. As virtuous as she is, and as kind as her, and… more important to her than the Saint…
「I’m sorry. I’ll have to excuse myself.」
「Eh!? Why did you come here…?」
「I wanted to ask about that person, but you don’t seem to remember about him. I’m sorry.」
Malta is brought back to reality by Magali, who stands up quickly. Her chest somehow feels tightened when she looks at Magali who looks despair… no, disappointed.
Despite calling out to her in a hurry, Magali left the village without turning around. The only one left behind is Malta, who has a hazy feeling in her head and her heart.
「… A person whom I forgot? Just who…」
She thought about that person… but in the end, she couldn’t remember him.
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