Part 59: The SwordmaidenDespite her grades picking up, Annas been unhappy recently.
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We went out and did some training, but if anything that was only making her more unhappy.
Okay. Good job.
You can easily keep up with my practice now.
Ive been at it for a while now. Its all thanks to you, Anna.
No, my influence is a trivial matter.
You really mattered to me. But its almost over. When I graduate
You seem a little sad since the other day. Do you feel, lonely?
No! Thats not it. Its just
Okay, its fine
Um, Vayne. Can I ask you a favor?
Just once Please fight me in a serious duel.
Serious, like serious?
No going easy, just an earnest battle.
W-wait. I could never win against you, though
Well if you insist. But, can you go just a little easy
No going easy.
Then, when youre ready, you can take the first strike. Anytime.
I guess theres no getting out of this Hahhhh!
I was sure Id lose, but somehow I won the duel. Im sort of sorry I did, as it only made things worse.
As I thought
Ummm You just werent feeling good today, right? No way could I win
Stop trying to console me!
In the past two years My sword skills have rusted, yet my alchemy
Anna Dont think too hard about this
P-please dont cry! Um, so, like
Er *hic * Ive, decided.
I will seclude myself in the mountains.
Until I can bring myself back. I need my sharp edges back
Wait, thats going too
Stay out of this! Tell everyone I wont be back for a while. Good bye!
I tried a few times over the week that followed to get her to come back, but every time I never even managed to get close to her. I was beginning to give up when the others approached me.
Its cause you bullied her Poor Anna
I didnt bully her. That just sounds so bad.
I hope shes not dead out there
I would think shed be fine I hope
As a man, how will you take responsibility?
How what ? I mean, its not really my fault
Dont make excuses! Cant you at least bring her back through force?
I went a few times, but rocks started to rain, and daggers were flying
So you plan to abandon her?
Vayne, Im disappointed in you!
Dont worry In order to survive, certain things must be cast away
Cast away ?
Everyone who wasnt Muppy didnt much appreciate his argument.
Okay, fine Ill go get her
I headed out to the Heights. Even though I couldnt see her yet I could hear her training from a ways away.
Annas voice. Shes training hard, I bet I hope I can get there.
I managed to reach the summit, but saw no sign of Anna at first.
Wha! H-how did you ?
By living as one with the forest. I remembered how to erase my presence.
I had to remember in order to survive.
That harsh of a life ?
So, what business do you have here? Please make it short.
I came to take you back. Everyones really worried.
I cant return yet. If I go back as my immature self, I will
But youre getting behind in school. Your grades were getting better, too.
Ur well that
You said you were insecure because youve grown up with swords all this time.
And thats why you came to this school
You remembered? I told you that a long time ago.
Of course I didnt forget. So, please
Annas still a bit paranoid.
No, Im not! I just
Its because you won Because youre stronger than me.
You dont want me becoming strong! Thats why you interrupt my training
Here it goes again Anna, calm down and listen to me
No more talking! Any enemy that interferes shall be removed!
And so we end up like this again
I seemed to be doing well and thought I had won again, but she hadnt even taken a single one of my hits!
Right now, I can see your every move. You have no chance of victory.
Prepare for your defeat. If theres any last words, I shall hear them now.
Oh no, Im done for Huh?
I was sure she was going to take me out when a monster started sneaking up behind her. She was so focused on me she didnt even notice.
You think Ill fall for such a lame trick?
No! Really, behind you Look out!
How embarrassing. If youre a man, just admit
I managed to get her away from the monster, fortunately.
Oh, good. Youre conscious.
I see, Ive done it again. How could I lose composure in that situation?
So, you were aware?
Ow Did you treat me?
I had some medicine on hand. I made them.
Medicine you made I see.
You should rest a little more. It seemed like it hit you pretty hard.
Im alright. About our conversation earlier
Swords or alchemy Which I should pursue.
This past week, I have dedicated all my waking time to swords.
It just felt so natural, and calming, I guess
I see. So rather than alchemy
And thats when she surprised me.
I didnt get the exciting feeling I get from doing alchemy
Huh? Then, which one do you prefer?
I dont know. I was going to stay in these mountains until I figured it out.
But how could I figure it out now if I couldnt for over two years?
Maybe youre not supposed to pick one
You want both of them, and its not like you have to give up on either
But that would be Halfhearted in both!
Well you know If you work harder
What you say is quite irresponsible.
Yeah but if you cant decide now, then continue both until you can.
Vayne, youve gotten a lot better at talking.
I am kidding. But I will allow myself to be fooled by you for now.
I still have another year until I graduate
Yeah. I think that would be the best.
Then Ill go back now. I really want to take a bath, too
Anna had one request for me.
What is it?
When I graduate, I would like to meet you again.
I might have found my answer by then.
When you graduate? Okay. I want to meet you, too.
I might challenge you to a duel again, though.
Ehh? Itd be better if you didnt, but
Hehe. Keep up with your practice, too. And dont be lazy.
I wonder what her answer will be