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Then I heard stories from the bar space of the adventurer’s guild and from a lady who was selling fruit at a stall.
I heard that a fairy had saved a child who had wandered off into the depths of the forest. I heard that there were people who went to fairyland and never came back. I heard that fairies were flying in the night. I heard a few stories about fairies.
But. They were all very interesting, but I felt like they were all just an extension of a single fairytale.
And now. I’m walking to the Fairy Garden, north of the village.
Of all the stories I heard, the one about the Fairy Garden was the most plausible. After all, the Fairy Garden actually existed in the village.
It made me feel that there might be something here.
I asked passersby several times about the location of the garden as I walked northward through the village.
After passing through an area of densely packed houses, fields, and orchards, I found it.
It was an amazing view that I can’t describe in just a few words.
It was as if a rainbow from the sky had fallen to the ground and mixed with the flowers, staining my eyes with all seven colors.
The only word that came to my mind was “amazing”.
There are no more words to describe this place in my mind.
In my heart, I thought to myself, “When people see something truly amazing, their impressions become the simplest of things”, I chuckled to myself in my mind.
For a while, I was so overwhelmed by this scenery that I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t think of anything. I couldn’t say anything.
Surely, this place is worthy of being called a Fairy Garden.
Even if there are no fairies here, even if they don’t exist, this place is worthy of being called that.
I think so from the bottom of my heart.
After a while, my mind finally calmed down and I was able to gaze at my surroundings with a more serene state of mind.
This fairy garden is about 200 meters in diameter, and it is filled with flowers of all kinds and colors, with a forest in the distance.
In the center of the Fairy Garden, there was a pillar.
Step by step, I approached the Fairy Garden.
Then I came to the very edge of the Fairy Garden.
Looking at it from here, I felt a mixture of emotions: wonder, curiosity, amusement, peculiarity, and so on.
I look around.
I see the sky, the village, the forest, the mountains, the orchard, and the fields.
I see the blue of the sky, the brown of the soil and tree trunks, and the green of the mountains and fields. Then I look at the Fairy Garden and there is a world of rainbow-colored paints. Only in the area around the pillar lies this particular world.
When you think about it, the abnormality of this place seems to stand out.
Is it possible for such a place to be created naturally? Is this a place that was created by humans? Or is it something to do with the existence of fairies? I thought about it a lot, but I couldn’t come up with an answer.
I carefully made my way to the pillar, trying to avoid stepping on flowers the size of my ankles and knees as much as possible. The old man who was cooking sausages told me not to disturb this place for no reason. I don’t want to ruin such a wonderful place, but I don’t know how much is enough to be considered damaging. I walked along, looking at the ground carefully, trying not to damage the flowers as much as possible.
After a while, I looked up and saw the pillar in front of me.
It was about twice as tall as I was, and about a meter in diameter. It was white in color and looked like a cylinder. The surface of the pillar seemed to be covered with patterns that looked like letters of some kind, but it was difficult to see in some places, perhaps due to age or dirt.
The phrase [Fairy Gate] comes to my mind.
I was very surprised by this. To be frank, it was the most surprising thing of the whole day. It’s more surprising than the Fairy Garden!
Because my mysterious appraisal ability, which until now had only reacted to certain grimoires, was now reacting to this stone pillar.
I can’t keep up with it in my head.
For now, I should calm down. I should think about it one by one.
First of all, the fact that I’m able to appraise it with my ability means that this stone pillar has some meaning to me. And the Fairy Gate. Since it has the word ” Gate ” in it, it must be a gate that connects one place to another. If I think about it normally, it’s the Fairy World and our world.
Hmmm ……. If so, what is it? What am I supposed to do?
I can’t ……. I’m getting more and more confused in my head.
For now, I circled the pillar and observed it from various angles.
But there was nothing unusual about it.
There are some parts of the pillar where the pattern is obscured by dirt or something.
Thinking for a moment, before making sure there are no people around me before casting the spell.
“To the impure, may your soul rest in peace.”
I imagined the entire pillar to be clean and purified.
The magic power that overflowed from the pit of my stomach flowed through my body and gathered in my right hand, where it turned into a shining aura and flowed towards the stone pillar. The shining aura then enveloped the entire stone pillar, gently shimmering like a wave.
A few seconds later, after the shining aura disappeared, taking more than half of my magic power with it, there it was, a pure white shining stone pillar.
The surface shone as if it had been polished. The material was more like ceramic than stone, and frankly, it didn’t look like stone at the moment. It reflected the sun’s rays and had a divine glow.
“Now, I’ve done it!”
I mean, who would have thought it would be so beautiful?
I mean, it’s not what it looked like at first!
Oh no, no, no, no!
Well… Isn’t there anything I could’ve done?
With that in mind, the moment I tried to remove the white particles on the stone pillar by hand, light ran through the entire stone pillar like ripples from the place I touched, and some characters carved as what I thought were decorations began to glow brightly.
The light suddenly started to move and fly out, gathering in the air to form some kind of series of phrases.
But I couldn’t read the meaning of the words.
While I was thinking this, the series of phrases in the air broke apart again and flew into my chest one by one.
I reflexively jumped back, but of course, I couldn’t make it in time, and all the pieces were absorbed into my chest.
At the same time, the phrase [Summon Fairy] comes to mind and knowledge related to it.
“Ufufu, Excuse me!” (Voice)
I thought I heard such a voice in my ear as I was in a daze.
I went back to my room at the inn and sat on my bed.
A lot of things happened today.
I was amazed by the Fairy Garden, and I thought it was amazing, but I think what amazed me the most was that I learned magic outside of a grimoire. I hadn’t seen anything in any of the books I’d seen about learning magic in this way. Well, magic like [Holy Light] is quite special, so I guess it’s an exception to the rule.
Before that, I’ve only seen a few books in the archives in the Southern Village, so I don’t know what to say about them. I still don’t know anything about this world. I hope one day I will have the chance to read more books and gain more knowledge, but it may be difficult.
It would be nice if there were libraries and other facilities, but even if there were, I don’t think ordinary people would be able to enter them. Even if I bought a book, it would be difficult to carry it around with me in my untethered adventuring life.
That makes me think that the only way I can learn about things is to ask people with knowledge to teach me. Well, I guess it’s more difficult to learn from someone with knowledge than to find a book.
After all, unlike modern Japan, it seems difficult to know various things in this world where access to information is extremely difficult.
I finished sorting out the events of the day in my mind and switched my thoughts.
Now, for the time being, let’s try to use [Summon Fairy].
From the information in my head, and from the name [Summon Fairy], I know that it is magic that summons fairies. However, for now, I’d like to try it at least once and see what it’s like.
With that in mind, I focused my mind and tried to chant the spell. But…
“… No. I feel like something is missing.”
I try to activate the spell, but before I can do so, I somehow realize that I cannot activate it. I feel like there’s some important fragment missing.
I tried everything for some time, but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get it to work.
“Unfortunately, I wonder if [Summon Fairy] is on hold for the time being… I hope it’s a problem that will be solved after some time…”
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