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Translator: DarkHeartedAlchemist, Editor: Krizzeir
Chapter 3:Let's Establish Peaceful Relations with the Native Tribes , Part 1
「We need to learn the local language.」
Aur said so at one point.
「There are just too many things that we don't understand to simply ignore this matter.」
「Can't it be done with magic?」
When it came to languages, Aur could be called a master linguist. He back on the old continent, he knew practically every language in existence, including Alvish, Dorguish, and even the languages of Goblins and Harpies.
「It could be, but in order for it to be effective, the user must first understand the target language. It cannot be done with the languages that you are not familiar with.」
「Hee, so that's how it works.」
Hearing his explanation, Lilu came with an idea.
「It wouldn't hurt to ask her about it, would it not?」
「You know what, you're right. It might be useful.」
Aur turned his face towards the mermaid that was greatly curious about white bread.
When Aur called her name, her ears twitched, just like that of a cat. That was it, however. She did not even glanced his way until she was done with her portion of bread and soup.
And she jumped back into the waterway with just those enigmatic words.
「I don't understand what she was going on about, but I hope it was nothing bad.」
「Well, I don't know about that…」
Lilu nodded at Aur who was somewhat distraught.
「See? That is why it is imperative for us to find some native tribes to learn the language from them.」
「And how do you plan to do that?」
「By being a Demon Lord, of course.」
Aur turned around and donned his coat.
「And with that, I'm going!」
The evil magician smiled wickedly as he headed towards the exit.
Yutsu was walking along the forest path. It was a way she was accustomed to walking and playing on since she was little, but today it felt just horrible.
It was like her feet were refusing to make another step, until she just came to an abrupt stop.
That was because, the road ahead should be splitting in two. But now the only path was the one leading to the left.
She felt a strange, heavy feeling filling her chest, but she cannot afford to turn back. She had no choice. She had to go along the only remaining path.
As she continued along it, she noticed that there was something amiss. She couldn't hear the buzzing of bugs or singing of the birds as she always did.
She noticed it just now, but today the forest seemed to be unusually quiet and insanely creepy. Even the sounds of leaves moved by the wind could not be heard.
Unable to bear this pressure weighting down on her, she turned on her heels in order to go back.
「No way… why?!」
But she froze right in her tracks. Because the road that was supposed to be behind her, was no more. Instead, there was a wall of blooming b.l.o.o.d.y-red flowers blocking the road forward.
Feeling that panic began to well up inside her, she pushed through the thick foliage in an attempt to go back. But the flowers just kept on blooming around her, distorting her sense of direction. If her memory served her correctly, she should've returned to the main road by now. On top of that, a thick fog was gathering around her. As she went forward it grew thicker and thicker, to the point where she was unable to see her own feet. And then she heard a voice.
It was distant and she couldn't make out what it was saying, but it sounded like it was becoming her. She slowly walked towards its source.
She wasn't sure how long or where she walked, because the visibility was so poor, but finally, after what seemed like an eternity she saw a building made out of thorns. In the middle of that building, the man was standing, gazing into the distance. He had the hair that she has never seen before, a dark golden color. He was tall, and his skin was so pale that it was almost white.
When she approached him, he looked down at her with his amber-colored eyes.
Aur thought that he got himself a rather unusual catch.
If he didn't knew better, he would've mistook the girl for a boy when he first saw her. She must've been the same age as Mari, maybe slightly younger. She had black eyes and short silver hair, and the body that looked like it was underdeveloped.
Originally the labyrinth was supposed to ward off potential intruders, but for the current task, Aur specifically changed its purpose to guiding any stray sheep towards him when they got lost.
It was his first time doing something like this, but it was rather successful. But it was too early to celebrate just yet. First he had to see what kind of information he could extract from this girl.
「And what might you be doing here, little one? Are you lost?」
He asked the girl, and stretched his hand towards her.
Rather than try to escape, she - Yutsu willingly took hold of it.