Chapter 32 – If you don’t like it, you can refuse.
“””Yo, Your Highness!”””
The Orc’s sturdy arm swung down over Celestia-san’s head.
The arm flew through the air.
I intervened just in time and cut it off.
Even though its arm was amputated, the orc did not show any sign of pain.
On the contrary, it tried to make a big leap and rushed at me.
This time, I slashed its legs.
The orc flipped over and fell head-first to the ground.
There was hardly any blood from the cut.
It was just as I thought.
“This orc, has become undead.” (Ark)
“Un, undead ……?” (Celes)
A chain of gasping voices came from behind me.
“Unn. That’s why it’s hard to defeat with normal attacks.” (Ark)
“Shut up.” (Ark)
I hit the head of the orc that was screaming in anger with a heel drop.
Of course, such an attack would have no effect on the undead.
“Holy Ray!” (Ark)
I purified it with light magic of white magic.
As soon as it was bathed in the light, the orc stopped moving as if the endurance it had just had was a lie.
“Are you okay?” (Ark)
When I confirmed that the undead orc was completely dead this time, I called out to Celestia-san, who was on her buttocks on the ground.
“Y, yes. Thank you for saving me…….” (Celes)
She nodded, but I could tell her voice was trembling a little.
She also seemed to have lost her back and was having a hard time getting up.
I extended my hand.
“Th, thank you very much.” (Celes)
Celestia took my hand and managed to get up.
“Your Highness, are you alright?” (Alisa)
Alisa rushes to her side.
“Ee… it’s thanks to Layla…..” (Celes)
Alisa-san, who didn’t seem to like much about me, or more accurately Layla, bowed her head deeply.
“I’m really grateful. If you hadn’t stepped in to help, Her Highness would be……” (Alisa)
“It, it’s only natural, right~!” (Ark)
I waved my hands.
“Even so, a high orc undead……”
“Could it be……”
“Oi, stop it there. There’s no Demon Lord anymore.”
“Ye, yeah, that’s just a coincidence…….”
Everyone’s face was turning pale.
Four years ago, this royal capital was attacked by a group of undead and was on the verge of falling.
Perhaps they were remembering the horror of that time.
We then boarded the carriage as planned and headed back to the city.
Unlike on the way there, a gloomy atmosphere filled the carriage, but Celestia-san spoke up cheerfully to dispel it.
“Everyone, there is no need to be so depressed. There were a few unforeseen circumstances, but everyone was able to complete the training safely. Let’s make use of what we learned this time as a reflection to the next time.” (Celes)
After we came back to the royal capital, the knights were ordered to investigate.
I guess it was only natural, since the princess’ life was threatened.
I heard that the investigation team also entered the forest, but in the end, no undead monsters were confirmed.
There is no possibility of monsters naturally turning into undead.
So, they concluded that it was probably just a coincidence.
That’s all I heard from Rikka.
Incidentally, the appearance of the undead monster had been hushed up inside and outside the academy because it would cause people to worry.
“You know a lot, Rikka.” (Ark)
“Becauuse papa is an important person in the royal court.” (Rikka)
“Ee? Is Rikka actually the daughter of a nobleman?” (Ark)
“Yes, she is. So you’d better watch your attitude, okay?” (Rikka)
Rikka jokingly threatened me.
But given her personality, she’s not likely the type of person who used the authority of her family.
The participants in the independent seminar had been anxious at first, but they were beginning to recover.
The big factor probably is, Celestia-san, the organizer of the seminar and the one who faced the most danger, is doing well.
However, despite her cheerful mood, I wonder if it’s just my imagination that she seemed a bit exhausted lately.
That night, I woke up.
For a moment I thought it was Layla again, but my thought was betrayed.
“Haa, haa, haa…….”
Rough breathing echoed in this quiet room.
It was from the bed across.
Celestia-san had raised her upper body and was hugging herself with both arms.
She was trembling slightly.
“Are you okay?” (Ark)
“Yes, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s just a nightmare I had.” (Celes)
Celestia lay back down.
“I’m sorry to wake you……. Good night.” (Celes)
“……Unn, good night.” (Ark)
I was worried, but I decided that any further intervention would be unnecessary, and tried to go back to sleep.
But a little while later.
“……..Umm, Layla-san.” (Celes)
“What’s it, onee-chan?” (Ark)
“Umm, that’s, ……” (Celes)
Celestia was hesitant to speak.
I didn’t want to rush her, so I waited, and then she said timidly.
“Ca, can I sleep with you……?” (Celes)
The shocking request of her made my head freeze for a moment.
S,s,s,s,s, sleep together!?
Celestia-san and me? together in this narrow bed!?
“Actually, lately, I’ve been having a lot of…… nightmares, so I haven’t been sleeping very well…….” (Celes)
“…… Celestia-san.” (Ark)
There was no doubt that he was exhausted.
To the casual observer, he looked fine, probably because he was trying not to show it to the people around him.
“O, of course, if you don’t like it, you can always refuse…….” (Celes)
I reflexively shook my head at the fading voice of hers.
“I, I don’t dislike it!” (Ark)