Chapter 21 [You Who I Met In My Dream]
Part 1/2 [14-08-2015]
Translator : Cnine
Editor : SenjiQ, Tzmoh
Proofreader : SigFig, Jake1456
Rio woke up in a room that he was not familiar with.
His body felt sluggish, as if he was catching a cold. That was the worst feeling.
When he tried to lift his body and confirm his situation, an intense pain ran through his abdomen.
Rio immediately tried to bring his hands towards the injury, to treat it with spirit arts, only to find that he was shackled.
Moreover, the shackles carried similar effects to the ones that he wore in the Bertram prison, a long time ago.
It obstructed the flow of magical power in his body and disturbed it.
Clicking his tongue at this situation, Rio laid on his back and send his sights towards the ceiling.
Moonlight came into the room via small windows in the corner of the room. However, it was only dimly illuminating the place.
In that darkness, his abdomen was throbbing with pain.
Until the pain lessened, he thought that it’s better to stay put.
When he was out, it also seemed that the clothes that he wore, and his belongings, were stripped off.
To put it simply, he was currently only wearing his underwear. [TL : KYAAAAA!—>Shotacon oneechan voice resounded from the background]
It was cold.
That was because of the wind, that was coming inside from the windows. Due to that the temperature inside the room lowered and made it as cold as outside.
The time right now was like just before spring.
It was night and with dawn still yet to come, the temperature inside the room easily fell below 10 celsius.
Though he could raise the his temperature even by just moving his body a little, the pain in his abdomen was preventing him from doing so.
’Let’s just rely on natural healing.’
He could only endure it while quietly thinking so.
And just like that, somehow a long time passed.
The chilling sensation on his skin gradually reached its peak, but it also simultaneously made him recall feelings of comfort.
Am I going to fall asleep like this?
That was what he thought.
But, he would surely catch a cold if he slept like that, so he struggled to keep his eyes open, for the sake of keeping his consciousness awake.
While repeating that several times, he felt that putting effort in his eyes to stay awake become longer and longer; without his noticing, he fell asleep.
「Wake up already~, Haru-kun」
He dearly missed that way of calling him. Stirred by that pleasant voice, Haruto slowly raised his heavy eyelids.
Reflected in his eyes was the ceiling of the room where he lived a long time ago, and the worried face of his childhood sweetheart.
「Ah, Haru-kun, you’re up!」
When the girl saw that he finally opened his eyes, a blissful smile bloomed on her face.
With only that alone, it made a kind of warmth spread inside his body, and warmed his heart.
「What is it…………………? That was my long awaited high-quality sleep」
Casually looking at the clock inside his room, it was still some time before morning.
「‘What is it’, you can’t do that, Haru ~. Today is the excursion day, you know. That’s why, you must wake up! 」
That was right.
That day was the first excursion day, during their first year in elementary school.
Because of the his excitement, he had a very difficult time getting to sleep last night. That was what Haruto remembered.
「N—, Good night then」
But, looking at the worried face of his childhood friend made him want to tease her.
The truth was, his head had already cleared when he remembered about that excursion trip.
「You-, You can’t do that ~. You said that in the bus, we’re going to sit next to each other, you kno~w!」
It was an expression that looked like she would burst into tears at anytime; that girl shook Haruto’s body.
And Haruto answered her with somewhat spiritless voice.
Instantly, the girl’s restless face assaulted him from his bedside.
「UUUuu, Geez. JUST WAKE UP ALREADY!」
As expected, that time, when he went to wake up slowly, that girl was getting atop of Haruto, from above the futon.
「GUHA. Wa, wait! Wait a minute! I give up! I will wake up ！ 」
Appearing from inside the futon, due to unforseen impact, his childhood sweetheart looked at him with a proud face.
The expression of the girl when counterattacking, made the bud of mischief sprout in Haruto’s mind.
He dragged her inside the futon, and tightly hugged her in there.
It was warm.
The face of the girl before him.
He could feel, while she was beside him, her breathing and her temperature.
It was really nice and warm.
The girl’s face flushed red and she was faltering.
His face was also flushed red.
She thought that Haruto was very bold.
「Then, is it good to sleep like this?. Good night～」
Then playing dumb to hide his embarassment.
If it was going as it was, they wouldn’t need to go to their excursion trip.
He thought that was an excellent idea.
「Please wake up already」
Though, despite of that, someone still tried to wake Haruto. No, it was Rio.
Who was it?
That was a girl’s voice.
But, it was not his childhood friend’s voice.
If that was the case, Rio instantly understood.
Well, anyone was fine. He continued to pretend he was asleep while hugging his childhood sweetheart.
That was what Rio thought while quietly putting more strength into his arms.
But, as if something restricted it, he couldn’t move his hands.
And then, somehow, the warmth of his childhood sweetheart vanished.
「U~m, please wake up」
Rio opened his eyes.
The figure of his childhood sweetheart till just now, suddenly disappeared.
Instead, in her place, was a silver haired wolf girl and an extremely cute blonde haired elf.
Instead of the warmth of his childhood sweetheart, he felt weary.
Feeling a sense of loss, his earlier expression vanished from his face.
A~h, so that was a dream, then Rio recalled his current situation.
And then, lightly, tears fell from Rio’s eyes.
It was because his sweetheart wasn’t in this world.
Nevertheless, he actually still loved, her despite that.
Even though it was only in his dream, he could feel her warmth.
Just by recalling that sealed memory.
Re-opening the seal of his childhood sweetheart, made Rio know that it was difficult and he still had not give up on her.
He still wanted to meet her, till now.
He wanted to meet her, right now.
He really wanted to meet her and continue their conversation just now.
Just thinking about that was enough to make him want to cry, very much.
The elf and the girl become bewildered when they saw Rio in that state. [-_-]
Then he noticed something different, before he noticed, he was already covered with a blanket.
As expected, though they were from different races it seemed they couldn’t bring themselves to steal a glance at the half-naked boy from the same age as them.
Thinking like that, Rio gave his usual bitter smile.
That time, a girl ran into the room from the opened jail doors.
It was Latifa.
And then, following her were the winged girl and flaming haired dwarf.
Latifa clung to Rio while letting out a “Waaa-waa” crying voice loudly.
Latifa repeatedly said「Onii-chan」「Onii-chan」「Don’t leave me!」, in the human language.
Seeing Latifa in that state, somehow washed out Rio’s previous sentiment, also made him completely forget about the pain in his abdomen. Just like that he was smiling wryly to Latifa.
All the people in that place, that were looking at that scene, somehow their expressions were a little, no it was already considerably pale.
And then, an aged fox eared person entered that place.
「For some reason it has become quite noisy here, hasn’t it. What happened in the jail this time? Is it that aforementioned human?」
While saying those words, in a language that was completely unknown to Rio, the woman surveyed the room and found Latifa.
「Hoo……… A girl from the same tribe . Though I can’t see her, that kid is cute, isn’t it?」
A sad smile floated on that old person’s face when she saw Latifa.
And then, she instantly noticed Rio, who was being embraced by Latifa.
「Is he the rumoured human, that invaded our territory? Though the elders scheduled to hold an assembly this noon but, is there something wrong with him」
「That, it has something to do with this fox girl but…………..」
The silver haired wolf girl tried to explain the situation.
That Rio was trying to bring the restrained Latifa along with him to her hometown, by passing the barrier.
He was being misunderstood as a slave hunter because Rio disturbed the magical power in Latifa’s body and made her fall into a deep sleep.
And then, a short time later, after they were back in their country, Latifa woke up at midnight and began to cry.
She was crying very loudly, especially when she noticed that Rio wasn’t by her side.
After such difficulty, since the girl couldn’t speak the language of the Seirei no tami.
Then they hurriedly came back to the jail Rio was imprisoned in, to make sure about the situation.
And then, Latifa instantly rushed to the room when she sniffed Rio’s smell.