*Bam* When the door of the room closed, her stiffened body was freed like it was released from a petrification spell.
Lunamaria’s arms were wrapped around her own body as if she was trying to hug herself.
Her body was still shaking.
Iria went up to her and said something after she saw her in such a state, but her voice did not even reach Lunamaria’s brain even when it shook her ear.
Maybe Iria sensed that something was wrong, so she tried to help her regain some of her energy by casting the miracle 『Revitalization』on her, but Iria’s magic was unable to settle her down.
However, it wasn’t Iria’s fault. Even if the miracle was casted by the highest ranking priest from the holy temple of the God of Law, it would still have been impossible to get rid of the fear inside Lunamaria right now.
Inside Lunamaria’s heart that was like a raging storm, there was only one question occupying it.
The young man who left the room just now– just who the heck is he?
She knew that his name was Sora, of course. They became estranged, but they were once comrades who went on adventures together. She could still remember the food that he liked and disliked.
She also knew that his name “Sora” was actually written like “空”. They talked together in the past about how the people of the Canaria Kingdom are especially unfamiliar with the eastern letters from the Ad-Astera Empire, so he registered himself in the guild with his name simply written as “Sora”.
In terms of their party, Lunamaria got along quite well with him.
Since Lars, Iria, and Miro were a trio that always stuck together, she naturally became the one who hung out with Sora.
Moreover, they both did the preparation work before their party went on adventures together and the post-adventure cleanups and such. That’s why she knew Sora much better than the other party members.
But…but she didn’t know this side of him. She did not know this power of his.
For Lunamaria who is a spirit user, what she saw in her eyes was not human.
It was a dark, murky, bottomless darkness. A grotesque shadow that spirits couldn’t get close to.
There was something ferocious, strong, and full of despair.
Her feet were frozen in fear when she saw it. Her body trembled just from seeing it. She thought that if Sora felt like it, he could have killed everyone there– She definitely felt that he had the “strength” to do that.
Within Lunamaria’s knowledge, there is only one existence that she knows of that gave off a huge shadow like that.
Seven days ago, that shadow wasn’t there when they talked at Thetis forest.
Just what happened to Sora in these seven days? No, wait… was that even Sora that she just saw, in the first place?
Did some wicked monster borrow Sora’s appearance to get into the city? That question appeared in her mind.
Next to Lunamaria’s ear, Lars’ pissed voice came flying through.
「Master-. That guy even turned down your attempts at conciliation like that. Is it fine to not punish him this time?」
「I can’t do that, Lars. That has nothing to do with this」
「We’re in the wrong this time, so I don’t think we should keep going with this. Originally, I would not have forgiven you guys. Attacking another person with magic and putting the blame on a monster; I can’t even blame Sora for calling you guys murderers」
「B-but, master you just said a little while ago…」
「I protected you guys because his actions would have damaged the stability of the guild, not because I acknowledge what you guys did. Do not be mistaken」
The first-tier adventurer warned Lars with a sharp glare.
Being taken aback by his intensity, Lars took half a step back and nodded.
「Good. Now then, Lidell-kun」
「Did Sora mention anything about what happened in the period he was captured by the Fly Lord? I read the report of Parfait-kun on Sora’s voluntary questioning, but only three things were written on there, “I can’t remember it clearly”, “I don’t know”, “I really have no idea” 」
「No, he did not say anything else other than that」
「I see. It’s unnatural no matter how I think about it… that a level one tenth-tier adventurer or ex-adventurer rather, managed to come back alive from the nest of the Fly Lord that’s located deep inside the Thetis forest. Not only is overcoming the Fly Lord’s paralyzing poison and then escaping its nest a hard enough task, it should be impossible to get out of the forest since the scent of blood would attract all kinds of demonic beasts from the forest. I want to hear more about that story but..heh, it’s true that we aren’t in a position to ask since we won’t listen to what he’s saying」
Elgart made a bitter smile, perhaps recalling what Sora had said to him earlier.
Apparently the guild master was not very angry with Sora.
Anyway, Lunamaria knew the obvious answers to Elgart’s questions.
No matter what kind of demonic beasts, no, even more so because they’re demonic beasts, they would not be a challenge to the Sora now, let alone some paralyzing poison.
Because right now Sora is a dragon- a mythical race.
…Lunamaria felt something strangely out of place from her own thoughts.
Of course, she couldn’t say this out loud.
Everything was her own speculations. Moreover, she only has “Sora looks like a dragon” as her basis.
She has never heard of something like a human harboring the power of a mythical race inside them from what she learned in the sage academy. It has never been mentioned in the many books that she read.
When she thought about it again, she was the only one who was frightened by him. Lars and the others did not seem to notice anything, and same with the guild master and the receptionist as well.
Because of that, they would probably just tell her to get some rest even if she gave them her opinion of Sora being a dragon.
When Lunamaria looked down to the floor with those thoughts, she noticed a dull gold coin there…
What should she do after chasing after him? What should she say to him?
She could not make up her mind. However, she strongly wanted to confirm something.
Whether or not the shadow she saw over him in that room was just her hallucinating.
「Umm, these… I wanted to return these to you」
She held out a small pouch as clattering sounds were heard.
Sora’s eyes opened wide and blinked when he heard that sound.
「What? You came all the way out here to bring this to me?」
「Yes. And… I wanted to apologize to you for what happened」
Lunamaria bowed deeply.
In accordance with that movement, her golden, elven hair flowed down to her shoulders like a waterfall under the moonlight.
「I’ve hurt you and abandoned you… I’m sorry」
The streets of Ishka were crowded tonight.
An eye-catching elf bowing her head down in the middle of the street. She has completely drawn all of the surrounding attention to her.
Normally, Lunamaria would have definitely cared a little about her surroundings and would pick a better place to apologize at.
But she could not afford to think so much right now.
She lowered her head as if something was rushing her. If that wasn’t the case, she wouldn’t have apologized there.
It was like she was going to be late for something or someone, but Sora did not understand it.
Then, Sora opened his mouth unhappily after seeing her like that.
「Thank you for bringing me back my money. But your apology is unneeded. Rather, it’s unpleasant」
「I would tell you that if you wanted to apologize to me, you should have done so in the beginning– but considering that you could have been in shock from the monster attack, I could still understand it. I would have been in a similar state if I was in your shoes. But then, why didn’t you apologize to me at the meeting just now?」
She couldn’t tell him “It’s because I was scared of you”.
Sora showed an unpleasant expression when he saw her like that.
「Oh, I think I can understand that too. If you apologized to me there, it would have been the same as admitting Miroslava’s mistake. How could you lower your head to me in front of Lars and the others before they do, right? There’s no need to worry about me and form a crack in your relationships with your comrades. That’s fine to me as well, it’s a natural judgement. So, why are you lowering your head to me here then?」
「Hm. Is it by any chance because you wanted to forgive yourself? Whether or not I’ll forgive you, you could still tell yourself that “I’ve properly apologized”. You won’t sacrifice your relationship with your party and you can satisfy your own conscience. As expected of a sage, you sure are smart. However, that makes me sick. Don’t apologize to me for your own sake, do that standing in front of a mirror, you “hypocrite”」
Lunamaria tried to deny it, but Sora had already started to walk away quickly and started to disappear into the crowd.
When she tried to chased after him, Sora turned around and glanced back at her.
From the coldness in his eyes, she stopped moving her feet.
Sora did not say anything else and just left.
The Elven spirit user was only able to stare at his back in a daze.
TLN: I still can’t tell if this elf is a good person yet