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Published at 5th of February 2017 03:21:21 PM

Chapter 3

v1c3 Witch of the forest


 

The bowl of soup on the table .
With the first sip I took, I was overwhelmed with a rush of pure ecstasy .

It has been a while since I’ve last had a warm food going through my throat, that I couldn’t help but start shredding tears .

“This is happiness~” -Ruri

“Either cry or eat . Don’t do both . Want some meat with that?” -Witch

“Yeah!!” -Ruri

I savored the moment after taking a bite of that juicy meat .

While I was helping myself with the food, I felt glad that the person I met was a good person .

After the initial shock, the blood-covered murder suspect-like person was in fact not committing a crime at the time . Instead, she was in the middle of butchering a wild animal which she planned on cooking later . When she went out of the shed and headed towards the location of the commotion, she called out to me . It was after that, that she noticed me losing consciousness .

How misleading… .

But I was grateful that she went out of her way to treat my injuries, and provided me with warm foods .

I didn’t get a very good look at her the first time because I lost conscious soon after . Now, I could see that she’s just your typical old lady .

Although the first impression I had of her was that she is a mean person purely because she had a mean looking face, a person who would provide food to some nobody is definitely not a bad person .

The fairy tales I’ve read about witches acting friendly towards unsuspecting victims, only to eat them later flashed through my mind .
However, I don’t really care about those right now . The food in front of me takes precedence!
I was glancing around to confirm the location of the fireplace that was providing the warmth I’m feeling right now .

“Still, you had it tough huh? I don’t really have any feeling for Nadarsia from the beginning, but this just lowers my favorability towards it . I don’t know anything about this ancient prophecy thing, but to go so far as to kidnap others from another world…”

I stopped my hand movement and stared at the old lady .

“Why do you know that? I still haven’t told you anything . ” -Ruri

I haven’t even told her about my origin, yet listening to her speaking, it was like she knew everything that had happened .

The old lady gave a grin and turned her head towards the ceiling .

I too did the same thing and looked at the ceiling and around it but I was basically staring into emptiness at this point .

“These children told me . ” -Witch

‘Children’ she said . But the only one there was me and the old lady .
I was even more confused than before .

“Ah, you won’t be able to see them when they are in the state . Hmm let’s see, before reaching here, did you hear a sound or anything?” -Witch

“Sound… ah! I did, in fact, hear bell sounds . It’ll always lead me to water and food sources . ” -Ruri

After I finished saying that, the same sound was ringing about as if they were trying to say ‘That’s right! Here we are!’ .

“Those were the voices of the fairy . In fact, there are a lot of them gathering in the room right now . ” -Witch

I scanned my surrounding one more time only to have the same result of not seeing anything .

“From what I can ascertain, you have quite the amount of magic power .
However, not being able to see them even with your magic power capacity would only mean that you are not well versed in using magic .
No matter how good a tool is, if the user is sh*t, the tool won’t be of much use . ” -Witch

Unable to use something I have . A good example would be a television without turning on the power source .
In another word, I just have to find the ‘on’ switch…

Holding that thought, I once again used my imagination to imagine being able to see them like what I did to create a fire . Once I did that, I suddenly felt my vision opening up .
The next thing I know, I was seeing fairies the size of my palm floating around the room .


“Woah!!” -Ruri

I fell out of my chair from the surprising sight in front of me .
Seeing that, the fairies gathered around me to check whether I was ok or not .

“Are you ok?”

“Does it hurt?”

“I’m fine… wait… . huh? I can hear and understand you!” -Ruri

“Well now, are you able to see them already? I guess you have quite the adaptability power there, plus your magic power wavelength is the type that attracts fairies .
Being able to understand the fairies word means that you were able to recognize them . ” -Witch

“Wavelength?”

“Let’s leave that for later . Tell me more about this ‘Asahi’ girl . The fairies just gave me a very vague description of her . It’s really hard to gauge what sort of person she is . ” -Witch

I wasn’t that fond on telling someone I have never met before about something private . Just seems… wrong .
I still wasn’t sure if the people here are friendlies .
It would be somewhat ok if I were chased out from the house once I started badmouthing about Asahi . If she sends me back to Nadarsia, I’ll definitely get executed .

“Err, I don’t really feel comfortable talking about private stuff to someone I’ve just met…” -Ruri

When I said that, the meat that I only had one bite at was taken away .

“Hou~ I see . So you don’t feel comfortable eating the food made by someone you’ve just met, is that right?

“Uwahh . No, it’s totally fine! I’ll tell you all about me! I’ll tell you everything!!!”

To coerce me by taking away my food supply . How cowardly .

There’s no way I could resist when such delicious foods are right in front of me .

I resumed biting the meat that was returned to me and started talking about all the things that happened since the summoning .
Once I started talking, It was like my attempt to resist telling my life story was a stupid idea as I started really going into it and was even exaggerating the small details .

Especially things about Asahi . The misfortunes I had to endure because of her, the rage I felt for her . I continued to ramble on and on about her .

My current condition was just like a drunk father complaining about his problems in the workplace and household .

I was certain my face was a mess when I had the last word . But I felt like I had the burden in my heart lifted .

In the past, I was always surrounded by Asahi’s devotees . I never got to release myself like what I just did .

There were just too many things I wanted to complain about .

“I’m sorry to hear that . You had quite the experience huh . ” -Witch

“I don’t think you really understand what I’ve been through!
Everyone around me arbitrarily made me the bad guy and started hating on me . Even if I try to distance myself from Asahi, she would just stick to me nonetheless .
At this rate, she might follow me even if I get married . Do you understand the terror of that?!” -Ruri

I still had tons more to complain about . But the old lady stopped me short .

“Alright, alright . I understand already . Just stop .
That said, It’s not like I don’t understand the feeling of that Asahi girl . ”

“What do you mean?” -Ruri

“You irradiate a very comfortable wavelength after all . ” -Witch

“Again with the ‘wavelength’… Just what is that?” -Ruri

“Ah, ‘wavelength’ is something every magician has . It is in another word, your compatibility with magic .
In this world, the magic ‘wavelength’ is much more important than the magic ‘capacity’ .
The thing called magic is something you borrow from the fairy to execute . And the magic ‘wavelength’ determines your compatibility with the attribute of the fairy that would be willing to share its power with .
Fairies will be willing to share it’s power to those that have an affinity with it . On the flip-side, they would not even get close to those without affinity with it .

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Then there’s you . Fairies of all types of attributes are gathering around you .
That proves that your magic ‘wavelength’ is the type loved by all fairies!” -Witch

“So you’re telling me that it was because of this ‘wavelength’, that Asahi stuck to me like a leech?” -Ruri

“Hey, not even I am able to gather this much fairies around me you know? The reason they gathered around you is because they feel comfortable around you . I’m sure the same goes for that Asahi girl . ” -Witch

This explains the stalker-like action of Asahi . Such a pain .

I unconsciously made an expression that totally shows my discomfort upon having that thought .

“Ah, but that magic ‘wavelength’ you’re talking about, wouldn’t it only affect Asahi if she has magic power?”

The moment I said that the old lady made a serious expression .

“About that, It could mean that Asahi was using magic . ” -Witch

“Using magic?! … Nah, that can’t be . In our world, magic is just things of fantasy . ” -Ruri

After all, Asahi was as surprised as the others when she first saw magic .

Reluctantly, I can say for sure that thanks to the time I had with Asahi, I can easily see through her acting . And that was no acting .

“But It’s quite similar to a certain magic . The way she affects people around her . It’s just like the ‘charm’ spell . ” -Witch

“‘Charm’?…” -Ruri

“Forcibly make people who feel nothing for them to feel attracted and can’t help but to do their bidding . A ‘charm’ spell . ” -Witch

“I wasn’t affected at all . At least I think I wasn’t . ” -Ruri

“Not only do you have a good magic affinity, you have quite the amount of magic capacity too .
Those with higher magic capacity don’t get affected by those with lesser magic capacity . ” -Witch

Charm magic…
That would explain the blind loyalty they have for Asahi . I understand the reasons for their action now .

But I don’t think that Asahi was particularly targeting at me with that spell . She wasn’t at all hostile .

I mean, I tried so many different ways to get away from her .

I couldn’t 100% throw out the possibility of her doing this to spite me .

But I had spent time tailing her and even hired a private inspector to shadow her just to find out what her deal with me was . The result I got was conclusive . She is just your run of the mill idio… no, her head is just filled with flowers and happy stuff .

She was given the green light to do anything she like since birth that her common sense on how relationships really worked was distorted . Everybody would just bend for her . Because of that, she doesn’t know how to ‘read’ people .

But she wasn’t actually acting in self-indulgence or acted with malice intention .

She was just doing what she likes, as a child would .

“I can’t imagine Asahi using ‘Charm’ to control others on purpose . ” -Ruri

“… Well, if someone who has been beside her her whole life like you says so, that could very well be the truth . But the possibility of her using magic unconsciously is there . ” -Witch

“Is that possible? If she has the affinity to use magic power, wouldn’t that mean she is legit the Shrine Princess?” -Ruri

“Who knows . From my standpoint, you who are cherished by fairies are even more amazing than someone who is able to use ‘Charm’ magic .
Plus, the person who fits the characteristic of having the ‘rare color’ for a Shrine Princess is you . ” -Witch

“Is there by any chance that they would come looking for me when they find out about Asahi’s fake hair and eye color?” -Ruri

“Nah . Someone with blonde hair and Lapis lazuli colored eyes is indeed rare in this world . But having both black colored hair and eyes are equally rare here . They won’t just straight out call her a fake . ” -Witch

“I see . There’s still the matter of my former classmates . ” -Ruri

“Yeah . But if they can’t contribute to the glory of the kingdom, who knows what sort of fate will be waiting for them down the line . ” -Witch

What should I do if they really came for me…

The old lady took a pen and paper out from a drawer nearby and wrote something down .

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After she finished writing, she threw the paper into a water-filled square box .
The paper then slowly disappear into nothingness .

“What is that?!”

“I was sending a letter . After finish writing your letter, just toss the paper into this box of water and the letter will rematerialize in the box at the receiver’s side .

“Cooooool” -Ruri

I’m not sure of the construct behind it, but seeing that, I was once again hit with the realization that this isn’t the earth I know .

“Who did you sent the letter to?” -Ruri

“To my grandson who is currently in the Dragon Kingdom .
I want him to do some research on that girl Asahi and the ancient prophecy .
If she was using magic knowingly, her being under the control of Nadarsia might pose a threat to the Dragon Kingdom in the foreseeable future and methods on how to deal with her has to be formulated .
If she is using her magic unconsciously, we have to find a way to deal with that too in order to prevent unwanted casualties . ” -Witch

Upon hearing the word ‘Dragon Kingdom’, I dropped all matters that I had about Asahi .

“Old lady, you’re from another country?!” -Ruri

“WHO ARE YOU CALLING AN OLD LADY?” -Old la… . Witch

“Oh yeah, I still haven’t asked for your name . Mine’s Ruri btw . ” -Ruri

The old lady hesitated a while before murmuring in a small voice .

“… . It’s Chelsea…” -Chelsea

“…… Pff!” -Ruri

I couldn’t hold my laughter . An old lady that looks like the evil witch from the fairy tales is calling herself Chelsea .
It just doesn’t match with her face .

“Sooo cuuuuute . Ahahahahaha” -Ruri

“That’s why I was reluctant to tell you my name .
Go on, laugh . No more meals for you anymore!” -Chelsea

“Waaa, I’m sorry, I’m sorry!
It’s a very fitting and cute… name… pff!” -Ruri

“Say that after you contained your laughter! Both your voice and your shoulder is trembling you know?!” -Chelsea

After having a tense few days, being able to make such lighthearted conversations made me happy .
After settling down on my laughter, I once again inquired Chelsea about the Dragon Kingdom .

“Dragon Kingdom is the neighbor country of Nadarsia and is coincidentally my hometown .
This forest the located between both countries .
As per its name, it’s a kingdom ruled by the dragon king .
It’s the largest country in this land . ” -Chelsea

“Dragon King?” -Ruri

“The king of the dragon race . Do you know what the dragon race is?” -Chelsea

I shook my head .

“It’s a race that is able to take both human form and dragon form . There are many other races such as the cat people and dog people that have a humanoid form . However, their facial characteristic is those of the animal part and are called Beast-man . They are all generally called Demi-human .
The discrimination towards Demi-human are quite strong between some human-oriented country, and Nadarsia is one of the prime examples .
In the Dragon Kingdom, there’s no discrimination going on and everybody lives together in harmony . ” -Chelsea

“I see… . ” -Ruri

From what I could gather, there are other countries that are better than Nadarsia .


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But what I really wanted to know was not about Dragon Race or Demi-human . It was whether going back is a possibility or not .

“So, would the method for returning to my original world be found in the Dragon Kingdom?”

I waited earnestly for Chelsea’s reply .
With so many different races in one location, there is bound to be some information regarding that .

But the reply I was given by Chelsea was one that destroyed my hope .

“Unfortunately, there’s no way to return to your original world . ” -Chelsea

“It could be that it’s only you that doesn’t know of a way . Someone in the Dragon Kingdom might know something…” -Ruri

I forced myself to think positively, maintaining a smile on my face all the while . But Chelsea shook her head .

“Their situation may be a little different to the ones who were summoned here, but we had cases of people transported to this world for no reason before . But none of them managed to return home . ” -Chelsea

“No way…” -Ruri

“In the past, there was a person who was transported to this world with memories of this world . According to her, it is easy to come here . But leaving here requires one to shred their current appearance . ” -Chelsea

“What does that mean?…” -Ruri

“It might sound cruel of me to say this, but the only way for one to leave this world, death has to come first . There’s no other way .

I was stunned .

My thinking process stopped .

I survived the ordeal of the forest by holding onto the faint hope that I might be able to find a way to go back to my previous world

But with this blow of reality, my vision went black .

What should I do from here on out?

I have no basic knowledge of this world, I have nobody I could trust, just how should I survive my life here in this parallel world?

As I fell more into despair, what came after that wasn’t sadness, but anger .

(Being kidnapped to a parallel world, had a false crime pinned on me, forced to survive the ordeal of getting chased by some huge monster in a forest .
Why do bad things happen to me all the time??!)

The reason those was clear as the sky to me . Asahi who is totally oblivious with her surrounding, and no consideration in her action that was my constant source of annoyance . My former classmates and the prince who left me alone to die in this parallel world . And lastly, the king and priests who summoned me here in the first place are to blame as well .

(I can’t just forget all about this after crying myself to sleep . If I can’t go back, I’ll have my revenge on those who had caused me grief!)

Once I’ve decided on my next action, I squatted in front of Chelsea with my heads bowed down .

“I know that I will be troubling you with this request, but could you teach me magic? I will do anything as payment! Housework, anything . ” -Ruri

To take revenge, I still need to obtain knowledge pertaining this world .
Plus, with my affinity with the fairies, there will be multiple ways to do things .

“I don’t mind” -Chelsea

I was surprised that Chelsea gave me her answer without hesitation .

“Eh? Is it really alright?
I know it’s weird coming from me, but shouldn’t you be more cautious of other…? -Ruri

“I was always alone in the big house . It would be great to have someone here to spice up the place .
Plus, I don’t feel the need to be cautious of someone who is liked by the fairies . If I were to kick you out of my house, these children might stop sharing its power with me . ” -Chelsea

It was then when I felt really happy to have met Chelsea .

“Chelsea is a really kind person! It’s a shame you have the face of an evil witch tho . ” -Ruri

“Maybe I should just kick you out . ” -Chelsea

And so begun my life with the witch in the forest + fairies .

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