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Published at 13th of January 2016 07:04:10 PM

Chapter 3

Chapter 3 : You should train your body


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On the next morning, I was waken up because of the loud sound before the sunrise .

Looks like they have finished searching enemy soldier body for their belonging, they put all the soldier belonging that seems to be useable in one bag . most of them isn’t their private belonging . I also receive water canteen made from brass . while walking around I was being called .

 

 

“Banta, take this!”

Zairasu-san throw a sheathed short sword to me .

“Is it fine for me to have it?”

“It is much better than let it rust and be buried . Other guys prefer a long sword, this one hand sword isn’t a sword a knight should use .

 

 

Because it is nuisance when I hang it on my waist . I attach string on the sheath and carry it on my back . It somehow feel much better than a dagger .

I also receive a dagger but it is quite blunt but still useable to some degree .

 

 

After I wash my face, I return to last night camp-fire spot . they already start the fire and roast a ham .

When I sit near the camping-fire, they give me a ham that was grilled in thin bread like a small pizza .

 

 

“We will march today, because we can’t make a camp-fire on the way, here is the breakfast . we will wrap another one on the cloth and put it on the bag . ”

“Is the place that far?”

“Yes I think… . it will take two day and one night . when we arrive I think we will arrive tomorrow afternoon . We might expect an enemy along the way . ”

 

 

I will be walking for 2 days, I whether my stamina could last that long .

When I finish eating my meal and having my tea, Zairas-san call me from the entrance of the hut . it seems to confirm today trips .

 

 

When I enter the hut, the aunty was putting on a cotton mantle that covered from top to bottom just like the ones those female knights had .

they disguise themselves like a villager and seems to escape from the pursuer . Because the cloth this time is long sleeve dress and a thin jeans, they seems to put serious consideration for today trips .

Most of the onee-san here seems to be a little bit over 20 years old . With exception of nurse Marian that seems to be over 40, and princess Sadine that seems to be around 15 years old .

 

 

“You have finally come .  Now, Let’s talk about today plan . I will be troubled if we delay our departure time for too long . so I will make it brief . ”

“First, Starting from me… . ”

 


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Zairasu-san opened the map from yesterday in front of the princess and his finger slide on the top of map from our current location to our destination .

I don’t know what’s the scale, but “walking for day and a half” would mean about fifteen hours, I guess? That would make something like 50km of distance .

 

 

“Because we can’t travel on the highway, I have decided to travel to Watchtower using a secret path . Today, I would like to reach the abandoned town somehow . ”

“Is there any pursuer waiting for us there?”

 

 

“Because it is abandoned town, there shouldn’t be any danger… . , But just incase, I will sent a team of scout ahead . ”

“As for me, I think the possibility to have pursuer is low . even if they sent people to chase us, I don’t think it will be more than 10 people . ”

“huh? on what basis did you say that?”

 

 

I trace my finger on the map and stop on the branch of the highway and abandon town .

 

“To reach the abandoned village there is the highway and the forked roads . But the course to get there is written down on this map . ”

“Because this map is this kingdom map . How many map the kingdom have that record this secret passage?”

 

 

To my word, Zairasu-san and the princess exchange look .

The princess saw Zairasu-san give a small nods, and this time turn to face me .

 

 

“… . That certainly is so . This divergent road might be possibly suspicious . Just for sake of it, we’ll send a squad to gather information by going to the forest nearby investigating the abandoned village . Without making any traces of footprints in the divergent road, they’ll return . ”

“Specially, they will not thinking us fleeing to enemy kingdom as well . especially when they have a net on the other side incase we escape . ”

[TL: Net as the spy networking net that watch over a border perhaps . ”

 

 

The road heading to west is split into two . This time the road will be full of escaping people .

 

“Enough . Zairasu, I ask you to take the command . ”

“Understood . Carrion, you will lead advance team! also put out all the campfire!”

 

 

It is finally time to leave . When I want to exit there is axe on the wall near the entrance, I decided to take it .


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When we go outside, Zairasu-san left 2 silver coin on the table . I wonder if that is accommodation fee .

I take the stick near the hut and cut it with the axe about 2 m and made a cane .

The woman also have a cane about 1 . 2 m length . when several people go behind the hut, they brought 3 mule back with them . There is big load on it back… . I wonder if it is a food?

 

 

We make a long line while walking on the mountain . The knight has been positioned on the front and the back, and the mule and woman was in the middle .

Since about half of the knight was carrying a baggage, when combined with their chain mail the weight should be considerable .

Thinking that is someone else problem, we have walk around 2 hours . how is it they still fine . Because I am not someone who has physical strength, I  tired out much earlier than the knights .

When I looked back, the woman seems to admiring the surrounding landscape and chattering happily in low voice .

Apparently, I even lost from the woman in term of stamina department . when thinking about being left behind in such place, I exert all my willpower and walk to the front .

[TL: Poor boy having such low stamina… . I wonder if he gonna be alright in bed department]

 

 

Our marching has stopped .

It seems like we are taking a break . I immediately collapse on the spot and message both my legs that seems to become tightened .

Everyone was astounded when they see my action, I can’t help it you know because I was grow up in the modern era . Sometime I also go hiking but it only on the pathed road .

The place where we walked right doesn’t even have clear path, it was a place that was hard to walk to .

 

 

“That student . I don’t think he is such a wimpy . ”

“So far we’ve walked half-way,so we’ll manage somehow… .

“When we walk around 3 time more the distance from what we walk, by night we will arrive on the camping ground for us . Until now it seems like you only studied in the inner part of the school so it might be harsh for you, but no one will help you . Just walk!”

 

 

Zairasu-san encourage me with smile on his face . Even the princess is smiling . It looks like I have to exercise more .

 

 

After 10 minute of short rest, we begin to walk again . I didn’t even know the direction we are heading to, I notice sometime Zairasu-san glance on the treetop on the forest . There one mountain peak on the large mountain range stretching on the north . it seems he use that to measure our rough position and the direction .

If only there is a magnet, we will not have a hard time . an experience people can determined the position from approximately 30 km ahead from the peak .

 

At the beginning of the journey I was on the head of the group,but for lunch time I was walking behind everyone else .

I was so tired that I didn’t have any appetite for the meal, it seems like I will choke if I eat .

because it was impossible to eat, I just drink from water canteen .

My foot is painful from all that blister that has been pooped . I take off the the boots and start to tighten the loosen cloth that I use as a substitute of sock .

After finish binding my aching foot, when I was going to put on the boots .

 

 

“Wait a minute… . ”

 

When an onee-san that seems to be slightly older than myself sit near my foot, she murmur about something and place both of her hand on my foot . Both of her hand seems to shine a little bit .

Then, the pain seems to disappear from my foot . I look on the onee-san with surprise, and she return with smile and walk back to princess side .

 

 

It totally like a magic . But,the pain has practically vanished . I untie the cloth carefully, so I can confirm the blister area… . there is no even a wound left .

That reminds me, it is similar with the wounded knight yesterday .

Is it what they call a magician? Is this what they call magic as expected? In any case, looks like I have been saved .

Is it my imagination? I don’t seems to feel the fatigue on my foot anymore . If it is like this, I seems to be able to arrive on the camping-place tonight .

 

 

We reach a low valley before the dusk . We arrange a lookout on west and east ridge and put the princess in the middle of valley and we are circling around it .

A small campfire was being prepared, but we didn’t ignite it yet . We will be waiting till the sun has came down .

 

 

After the supper being served, the surrounding area become dark .

Because the cooking was done in small campfire that was surrounding by people with mantel, the dinner only a tea and a bread that was wrapped on thin cloth . It resemble a sandwich without a vegetable . Although the ham is thin, it has been cooked properly .

 

 

“Take a good rest today . we will reach the watchtower by tomorrow daytime at the earliest . ”

“So it is like that, we will be able to arrive there in half a day time . ”

 

 

I replied back to the one who called me, next was me greeting the knight who clapped my shoulder .

When I clap his shoulder in the same way it faded into the darkness .

Am I going to greet all the knights? People that stand above really have it tough . Don’t they get tired of it?

[TL: my god… is that a ghost? that is really what the raw said I swear to god!]

 

 

After finished the meal, I wrap myself with mantle and lie down . Because there is no fire, it is a little bit cold tonight, still my consciousness slip away immediately .

 

I awoke from the clattering sound .

It seems to be the sound of knights equipment . They’ve already started to dress up .

 

 

“You finally got up . go and wash yourself on the swamp . after that please help distributing the meal on the base under the tree . When you wash your face you should fill your water canteen as well . ”

One of the knight inform me when seeing me walking unsteadily .

 

 

Rather than swamp, isn’t it a spring? the water that has spring out seep back to underground by several meter .

I wash my face with cold water, and fill my water canteen . It seems like the volume is about the same with 500CC pet bottle but so much for just one today it feels like a bit disheartening .

when I finish eating the sandwich like thing like yesterday dinner for breakfast, we begin our journey immediately .

 

 

After walking for 1 hour, the march stop .

One of the knight come to call me whose has been mixed with the knight on the rear .

 

 

“Please come with me, Zairasu-dono is calling for you”

Zairasu-san calling me? when I follow the knight while tilting my head to one side, Zairasu-san since to be discussing something with the princess .

 

 

“Oh you came . There seems to be 5 people . What do you think?”

They seems to be in abandoned village .  I have sent 5 people to scout first .  2 people will inform us about the state of the abandon village, and 3 people is heading to the watch tower .  “

 

 

I sit down next to Zairasu-san, Zairasu-san open the map like the one from the hut before .

Looking on it, I don’t think the person heading toward the abandon village will appears .  We can just wait at the entrance of the nearby village while we block the highway .

 

 

“Also, I hear the story about the nearby village .  I think there is some distance from here to the nearest village .  Is that not the place where you went there and spend one night over?

We have been standing since early morning, though the sun still hasn’t risen yet . ”

“So you also think like that as well… . Princess, let’s wait a little bit longer . We will watch over the situation for a bit longer . ”

 

 

They seems to want to hear my opinion .

When we wait on our current position for awhile, we receive a news from the lookout that enemy has left the the village .

Finally, we can continue marching into abandon village .



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