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We rescued elves in the depths of the forest.
We didn’t save them in order to be thanked by them, but it’s a little depressing when people look at you as if you’re an enemy when you’re saving their lives and taking care of them.
One female elf, in particular, was unimaginably cautious.
She had a nasty wound on her arm.
“I’d rather kill myself than let a human man touch me!” (Elf Girl)
She took out an arrow and aimed it at her throat.
I can’t let her die like this.
I thought so and left the healing to Sicily.
I gave Sicily my special potion and asked her to use it in secret.
Sicily is careful when she treats the elven girl, but even Sicily is considered a threat.
“…I am ashamed to be an elf, and to be saved by a… human. I feel bad for my ancestors.” (Elf Girl)
She has quite a sensitive personality, but even so, the potions healed her wounds in no time.
“It might be better than our elder’s potion…”
She leaked in surprise and her eyes widen.
In a small voice from her mouth, she said, “Thank you… human.” I guess she is a tsundere.
But there was little of the “dere” in it.
Her wounds healed, she declared again.
“I’ll repay you for saving me, human. Elves are a courteous clan.” (Elf Girl)
She replies lightly and continues.
“But that does not mean that I have forgiven you. You are outsiders in the forest of Bana. This is our sanctuary, and you must leave immediately.” (Elf Girl)
“As much as I would like to, I’m sorry, but we have our own agenda. So, we cannot leave until we fulfill it.”
“Purpose? What is it you want?” (Elf Girl)
“There should be a demihuman race called the Doll Tribe living in this forest. I want to meet them.”
“Doll’s pawns!?” (Elf Girl)
The elf girl became more cautious.
“We are not pawns, we are barely related. However, we are not entirely disconnected. It would be unfair to remain silent, so I’ll tell you that the maid there, Chloe, is a Doll.”
Chloe bows lightly.
“…I have been fooled.” (Elf Girl)
The elf girl said that she failed to notice her because of her maid’s outfit.
“However, she has left the Doll Tribe and is now the personal maid to the Royal Princess of Ernia.”
“I have nothing to do with the Doll Tribe living in the forest.” (Chloe)
“That’s how it is.”
“…That’s right… I’ve never heard of the Dolls wearing a maid’s uniform. They’re always dressed like savages.” (Elf Girl)
Chloe didn’t seem offended that her people were called savages.
She said that she had run away from the forest because she was sick of the Dolls. I guess she doesn’t have very good feelings about them.
“But even if you aren’t a pawn of the Dolls, you are still people from outside the forest, and you are from the Kingdom of Ernia. This forest does not receive the protection of the kingdom, but also does not receive interference.” (Elf Girl)
“It is true that they have made such a pact.”
I’ve heard that they signed a treaty of mutual non-aggression hundreds of years ago and have not been involved since.
“So get out of this forest. This is not the place for you to come.” (Elf Girl)
“As I said earlier, we have to meet the Doll tribe…”
As I was about to say this, the princess quickly interrupted me.
She shows it not with words, but with attitude.
She bends her taut back. She then bows her head deeply.
“I am well aware that this is a place where humans are not allowed to enter. It is also a sanctuary for the elves.” (Sicily)
“……” (Elf Girl)
“But we do not have much time. We have our own people outside this forest. They are about to take on an army of Titans that are ravaging the south. To help them, we need the strength of the Doll Tribe.” (Sicily)
“…An army of Titans. The Astoria Empire.” (Elf Girl)
“Yes, I have a duty to protect the people as a person from the Royal Family of this country. Just as you protect the forest.” (Sicily)
“…………” (Elf Girl)
Perhaps she felt something from Sicily’s serious gaze, the elf girl said with a sigh.
“…It can’t be helped. Just this once. I’ll get you special permission to enter the sanctuary.” (Elf Girl)
Sicily smiled brightly. Her smile was so cute that it could even captivate a forest fairy.
“It’s not that elves are ungrateful. And we know the meaning and essence of the word righteousness. In other words, we repay the favor we receive.”
I’m not sure if I should say anything else, but I think it’s best not to say anything else.
It’s not as if the elf clan is going to be good and understanding at this point.
And there’s no need to be patronizing.
“We’ll get you through the sanctuary, and we’ll show you around. But it is impossible to persuade the Doll tribe’s heart.” (Elf Girl)
“What is their heart?”
“Because their hearts are more rigid than the elves.” (Elf Girl)
That’s what the Tsundere Elf said, which means that the Doll tribe is a rather difficult and stubborn race. It was easy to imagine, and Chloe didn’t deny it.
Still, we had to go and meet the Doll Tribe.
Renewing our resolve, we decided to spend the night here.
No, this place is stained with ogre blood, so we go back to the place we were earlier.
We set up our tents there and wait for the Elf Chief’s permission.
As the young elf girl weaves her way through the trees towards the Elven village.
As I stare at her back, the tsundere elf murmurs to me.
“…I forgot.” (Elf Girl)
I wonder what she forgot.
When I asked, she turns around and clears her throat.
“I forgot to tell you. My name is Eculate. I’m an Elven girl from the Bana Forest. —Thank you for your help earlier.”
The way she introduced herself with dyed cheeks was quite cute, but if I pointed it out, it would close off her heart that was about to be opened.
So without pointing anything out, we each introduced ourselves.
“My name is Leon Von Almarsh and I am a court magician, court librarian, and military strategist of the Libra Division in the Kingdom of Ernia.”
“My name is Sicily von Ernia. I am the third princess of this country. I’m a Major General in the Ernian Army and the Commander of the Libra Division.”
“I’m the personal maid of Her Highness. I’m just a maid.” (Chloe)
Each of us greeted her, but the Eculate seemed bewildered by the variety and complexity of our titles. She held her mouth and mumbled, “I wonder if I can remember…”
I don’t need her to remember all the titles, but I hope she can at least remember our names.
With this in mind, we drank the tea that Chloe had prepared for us.
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