Part 11: The Wistful Side of the Veteran AdventurersPart XXII: The Wistful Side of the Veteran Adventurers
I want to know too!
Lets see, in my case, there was something I wanted to accomplish.
Something to accomplish ?
Yeah. With me I always wanted to fly, and also bring happiness to everyone in Colseit As I concentrated on that work, I started liking alchemy more and more. I think thats about it?
For me, there was something I wanted to obtain No, it was something I needed to obtain. I kept moving forward, engrossed in that thought, and ended up here before I knew it Or something like that.
I see. I feel like Ive been going forward blindly, and getting nowhere
Thats not true! When people really want to do something, they can work harder than they think theyre capable of.
Is that really how it works?
Yeah! Both of you are working super hard. Its not a wasted effort at all.
R-really ? I feel a little better
Alchemy isnt the power of dreams We alchemists are capable of creating all kinds of things. However Were borrowing the hidden power of materials in this world. Thats why we need to give in return, too
Yeah, me too Alchemy has taught us a lot, and I want to fulfill my promise with everyone.
I never even thought of that I see Youre right!
Me too I feel like the things I want to do No, the things I should do, have grown.
Yeah! And the biggest thing we have to do will be upon us soon. And then (Then Hm )
(Master Whatll happen after this?)
Whats wrong, Lotte? You don't look very cheerful.
Ayesha. I think we oughta go somewhere else to talk about whats on my mind right now
Sure thing. But werent you about to talk to Bell?
Thats exactly what I wanted to talk to you about, Ayesha. Ive been thinking lately, after we go back to Geofront and shut down the device thatll be it and well all move on afterwards, right? Wilbell wont have any more reason to stay here anymore, since shes already made her contract with the Lord of Water, and then done something about the water situation here so will that be it for her and me?
I see. This is about Bell
Yeah. Whenever I see her, I remember how she said she wont be looking after me forever Its true that Master Wilbell is a magician, and Im not But I thought we could stay like this forever When I see you and Keith, I start thinking that even more I really am just a weak coward !
Thats not true. That just shows how much you like Bell, Lotte.
Is that really all?
You see, a master and apprentice are like a senior and junior working together toward the same goal.
T-thats right. Thinking about it that way makes me feel a little better.
You and Stera are already Keiths apprentices too, you know?
Whaaat!? W-we are!?
Even Keith said that its worthwhile teaching you.
I-I dont know about that
But you two wont be with Keith forever, will you?
Y-yeah, thats true
Keith and I have times like that, and we sometimes work independently. I think thatll keep happening, too.
I thought you and Keith were always together
The world is a big place. We wouldnt be able to investigate everything we wanted to if were together. But were looking for the same things, so I know well meet again somewhere. Itll be the same for you and Bell too, if the time comes when you go your separate ways.
I see. Thats right! No matter what happens, Master Wilbell will always be my master !
It looks like Bell found a great apprentice. Im a little jealous
You are ?
Ah, there you are, Lotte! I was wondering where you ran off to!
Stera! Thanks for your time and advice, Ayesha!
Anytime, Lotte! Ill see you around!
Anyway, Lotte, I was thinking that we should drop by Mirucas atelier. Remember what we said earlier? That we should get some better weapons, since the last mission will be upon us?
Right! And the weapons she imbued should be ready right about now, to boot. Lets go!
By the way, when this is over, do you plan to go to Colseit and meet Nio?
Yeah. Thats what I intended to do, but
Huh? Ahaha, you realized it?
The Stellard region has become a very popular topic You and Keith should have already known that theres a safe city here.
Escha, youre really sharp To be honest, thats right. Nio said that Colseit is very pleasant to live in, so I wanted her to stay in a town that she was already accustomed to. I never expected to meet you, the person who was looking after her, though.
Yes, me too! But can you explain why you did this?
Well To tell the truth, I want Nio to live as normal of a life as possible. Keith and I basically have to hide from society, but Nios different.
Huh? But werent you traveling together?
Nio hadnt decided what to do with her life yet Thats why I want to make it so she can choose for herself.
Choose for herself?
Yeah. If Nio decides it for herself, I wouldnt mind if she lives like us. And if not then shell still be fine. You can use alchemy anywhere. If Nio finds a path in life among other people, then thats wonderful too
You dont feel lonely?
Do you mean Clone? Thats Of course! I do want to see her from time to time, but I can always go and see her!
I think its similar to that.
I see. Nio has a great older sister
This is nice! I want to be included too!
I hope well be included, someday Maybe if our paths ever cross with Nios!
Or even if we dont old friends like that are so wonderful! And speaking of old friends
It has a very complex design Logy can use something like this ?
The gimmicks arent just for show. They help an alchemist draw out their power Apparently.
I didnt understand some parts of the blueprints I received I made it while researching. But I think it should work.
Yes Im sure Logy will be able to use it!
From what Logy said when he handed me the blueprints, this was apparently the first alchemic sword ever designed
Ive seen a few back when I was in Central, but theyre nothing compared to this.
Anyway, next up
Fairy Queen Staff
Wow Ayeshas weapon is modeled after plants
Yeah, its perfect for Ayesha! Youre really amazing, Miruca!
Oh? I made it while imagining Ayesha, and it just turned out this way In addition, this can also be used to mix cauldrons
Now that seems picture perfect!
Im sure Ayesha will be really happy!
Happy about what As a staff, or as a mixing rod?
Hmm Both, Im sure!
Speaking of this staff Ayesha really does look like a fairy queen!
Thats that, then. Thanks for your business.
Hmm, I seem to be running low This isnt good.
Youve been smoking too much, master.
Its true that quitting wouldnt affect my life much, but Its good to have some luxuries. Im sure you can sympathize with that. Theres something that you cant seem to live without either.
A luxury I suppose you mean my sweets. I agree completely.
Oh, yes. What do you need?
Id like you to gather the herbs listed here. I dont mind if other varieties are mixed in, so try to hurry.
Hmm Looks like weve already got all the herbs Keith wants!
Sorry about that. Ill be more careful not to run out in the future.
Gah! Whats this flavor!?
I Did I bring the wrong thing!?
I cant smoke this! How awful !!
Yes, this is the flavor Oh, sorry about that. I didnt mean to say that what you brought is bad. It seems that Ive grown accustomed to this medicinal herb mix, and cant use anything else
(I thought it smelled good, but I didnt know it was medicine ) Is there something special in it?
Its simply not harmful to the body. My unworthy apprentice would get angry when I smoked tobacco, after all Ive been using this herbal mix since then, so she stops pestering me about my health
(Wait, was this mix synthesized by Ayesha ?) Does it have any special effects?
Im not so shameless as to go around calling you my one and only apprentice, thats all.
Those herbs have the effect of purging the filth from all the tobacco you smoked, and strengthening your lungs.
Well, its true that its easier to breathe after switching to this.
It seems hes finally calmed down. Perhaps I should eat some sweets myself
Should I make some tea?
Ill prepare some snacks!
When it comes to mixing herbs, it seems none can compare to the greatest of herbalists. Well, I suppose a break like this is good once in a while, too.
Keith, are you smoking?
Here you go, more of your herbal smoking mix. You were running short, right?
Yes, thank you.
I heard about it from Stera. You seemed to be acting odd lately I told you to let me know if you ever start running short.
I wasnt acting oddly. I just wanted to start making it myself
Im sorry to tell you, but theres actually a trick to making this herbal mix. And while they may be herbs, it isnt good to smoke too much of it. Youre always saying not to be excessive.
I know. However, I need this when Im thinking. Besides, youve already learned all of my techniques. My death shouldnt inconvenience you in any way.
Thats why you need to stay healthy forever.
Youre simply being idealistic. As you already know, humans have a limited life span. However Ill try my best.
I feel like we saw something great !
Right! We should get going!
Master? Master Wilbell!? Whats wrong!? What happened ?
Huh? Wait, was someone picking on you, master!?
No, you idiot I was finally recognized by the grand witch.
Thats it? I was worried for a moment Wait, didnt you just say something really amazing? If I recall, the grand witch was supposed to be really scary. And she recognized you
Thats right I suddenly received a message a little while ago, saying you did well In the past, I was disinherited I thought Id never see the day when she would have words like that for me.
That means Does that mean its because you formed a contract with the Lord of Water?
Yeah, that seems like the main reason. She even took back disinheriting me.
Are you stupid? Why are you crying over it? Of course Im happy, super happy. But to be honest, I still dont feel like it actually happened. Ive done all this training to have my power recognized, but Now I feel like I wasnt very significant. Even though the grand witch says Im a full-fledged magician, I dont feel like it at all. Isnt that weird? Well, Ill need to think long and hard about how to use this power And figure it out for myself.
Master Wilbell Youre so cool.
A-Ayesha ! Uu Waaaah !
Hey, Bell? The first time we met, I never even thought wed have a future like this in store for us
Ayesha, youre unfair !
Congratulations, master. Ehe, this is making me want to cry too