If Hiiro recalled correctly, when he had previously come to 【Beast Capital: Passion】 half a year ago, he was able to enter the 【King’s Tree】, where the Beast King lives, through a series of unexpected events . During that time, he had met a lone, young girl while exploring the place on his own .
Her chestnut hair ran down to her waist, and a blue ribbon, which was large enough to be called her ‘trademark’, rested upon her head . Although she couldn’t be said to be tremendously beautiful, her attractive, large, almond-shaped eyes and near-transparent white skin gave off the feeling that she would grow up to become a beauty in the future .
She had communicated with him by writing on something that looked like a board . It seemed that she had lost her voice due to an illness that afflicted her in her childhood .
Although it honestly had nothing to do with Hiiro, he remembered that, somehow, seeing her expression made him irritated . She was living for someone else’s sake . That was something that would normally be said to be magnificent .
If she herself had fully desired to live in such a manner, he wouldn’t have thought anything about it . However, deep in her eyes, he could detect traces of resignation and bitterness concealed .
And then, when she turned her smile towards him, he noticed that she was faking it, and found it annoying . Although it truly was just a simple whim, he, without thinking about it, restored her voice using 《Word Magic》 .
He had a feeling that it was something that he had to do, but at the same time, he also truly did feel that he wanted to see her real smile .
After healing her, he realized the significance of his actions and thus, after forbidding her to speak of him, quickly left the country . Had he remained there that time, it would have certainly become troublesome for him .
Of course, he had not encountered her after that event . Rather, he had honestly forgotten about that incident until she appeared in front of him just now .
She was wearing a similar blue ribbon to the one she wore the first time he had met her .
“Hi-Hiiro-sama… . Hiiro-samaaaaaaaaaaa!” (Mimir)
She came running at him with full force, completely unlike a princess . He intended to avoid the incoming body blow, as he expected it would have considerable power, but–
“… . . Hm?” (Hiiro)
He found his clothes being gripped by someone .
“C-Chibi Usagi!” (Hiiro)
It was Rarashik . Her lips relaxed into an amused grin, and said-
“It’s a man’s job to shut up and accept a woman’s hug, isn’t it?” (Rarashik)
“What are… . . gufu!” (Hiiro)
He could have avoided it in time if his clothes had not been gripped, but as he was unable to do so, he was tackled by the blue ribbon girl, Mimir . The impact of her blow wasn’t something that could be called a mere ‘hug’ .
Of course, she did not have the intention to attack Hiiro . It seemed that she was so overjoyed, she simply wished to embrace him .
She rubbed her small head against his chest as her face broke into a smile . Seeing such a scene, everyone became dumbfounded, except for the grinning Leowald and Rarashik .
“Mi-Mimir-sama! Please separate from that person! He is an enemy!” (Barid)
Although Barid gave Mimir a warning, it seemed to not have reached her, as she raised her face and looked at Hiiro .
“Finally……I was finally able to meet Hiiro-sama . ” (Mimir)
“Ugh… . . I got it, I got it already, so hurry up and get off of me!” (Hiiro)
As he said that, she tightened her embrace even more .
“I don’t wanna! You’re gonna go off somewhere again, aren’t you?” (Mimiru)
“Hah? What are you saying… . ” (Hiiro)
“Gahahaha! Hiiro, no matter what you say to Mimir right now, it’s useless! That child has inherited my stubbornness after all!” (Leowald)
Having felt that he saw something rare, Leowald let out a hearty laugh . Even if she was displeased with his words, Mimir gave a sour look and stubbornly held on to Hiiro, expressing her strong desire to continue holding him .
Seeing such a Mimir, Hiiro let out a shallow sigh and swiftly wrote the character 『Untouchable』 .
All of sudden, Mimir, who had been clinging to Hiiro, passed through his body .
Not only Mimir, but also the rest of the people in the room were so surprised that their jaws dropped .
Hiiro turned back towards Leowald as if nothing had happened . Mimir gave a blank stare as she once again stretched out her hand in an attempt to touch him, but-
As expected, she couldn’t touch him . Even though Hiiro was standing right in front of her, it was as if he were an untouchable hologram .
“Too bad, Blue Ribbon . ” (Hiiro)
“Uuuu~ Hiiro-sama!” (Mimir)
Mimir, who inflated her cheeks with displeasure, stretched out her hand over and over again without giving up . However, it was as if she were trying to catch a cloud, as she felt no solid response .
“Hohou, so that is your magic, Hiiro . ” (Leowald)
“Did it serve as a good reference, Beast King?” (Hiiro)
The two of them exchanged glances while faintly smiling at each other .
“Fufu, still, I was quite surprised to find out that Mimir had a side like this . ” (Leowald)
“……Ah!… . . U-Uhm… . . I’m sorry for my discourtesy, Otou-sama!” (Mimir)
After coming back to her senses, Mimir fixed her appearance as she hung her head in shame .
“It’s alright, it just goes to show how much you like Hiiro, eh?” (Leowald)
Mimir’s face flushed a bright red and it seemed as though steam would start erupting from her head .
“For you, who is usually more mature than anyone else, to lose your composure to this extent… . you really are interesting after all, Hiiro . ” (Leowald)
“I don’t really get it, but it seems……” (Hiiro)
Hiiro gazed at Mimir’s face . Having suddenly been stared at, Mimir’s heart thumped as she blushed even more .
“It seems like you have become a bit better at smiling compared to before . ” (Hiiro)
Upon hearing Hiiro’s words, her eyes widened as she grinned and-
-answered energetically . It seemed that she was no longer lying to herself . Hiiro once again thought to himself that it had been worth it to take the time to cure her .
“However, Mimir, how did you know that Hiiro had come here? We hadn’t really been spreading the word about it, but…” (Leowald)
At Leowald’s question, Mimir said, “You see… . . ” while glancing at Rarashik . Following her gaze, they saw that a white figure had appeared on top of Rarashik’s head without anyone realizing it .
Hiiro had seen that figure before . According to Rarashik, the white figure was a 『Spirit』 . Hiiro recalled that Rarashik had said its name was “Yuki-chan” . Its appearance was like that of a snow rabbit made by children on a snowy days .
“…… . . Chibi Usagi, don’t tell me you…… . . ” (Hiiro)
“Nahahaha! Exactly! As soon as we came here, I sent Yuki-chan over to Mimir-sama . Naturally, it was to inform her about your visit, youngster . ” (Rarashik)
“Is that true, Mimir?” (Leowald)
When Leowald asked her, Mimir clearly nodded in affirmation .
“Yes . Although Yuki-chan can’t talk, I had her write the words using ice . ” (Mimir)
I see . So she became aware of my presence thanks to Yuki informing her . Meaning that when she came running at full speed and hugged me, that was, naturally, Rarashik’s aim from the start .
“You’ve really done it now, oi… . . ” (Hiiro)
“Nahaha, it’s revenge for earlier . ” (Rarashik)
As he thought, the root of this offense was her grudge from him one-upping her at her home . Rather than feeling angry over her unwillingness to let anything go, Hiiro was more shocked as he let out a sigh .
“B-By the way Otou-sama, why is Hiiro-sama here? Based on what Muir-chan told me, Hiiro-sama was, um……standing on the 『Evila』’s side of the battlefield . ” (Mimir)
Her face darkened with anxiety .
“He seems to have come here to talk to me about something . ” (Leowald)
“A talk…… . . with Otou-sama?” (Mimir)
“Umu . Mimir, it’s fine if you stay here, but don’t get in the way, understood?” (Leowald)
“Y-Yes! Thank you very much, Otou-sama!” (Mimir)
After saying that, she bowed . Then, although Leowald had thought that she would move away from her current position, for some reason, she remained standing beside Hiiro .
“What is it, Otou-sama?” (Mimir)
“I-Iya, why don’t you come over here?” (Leowald)
“I cannot do that . ” (Mimir)
“This place is good . ” (Mimir)
She said that with an awfully brilliant smile .
“Otou-sama said that it’s fine if I stay here . ” (Mimir)
Everyone else did, indeed, hear that .
“That is why Mimir will not part from Hiiro-sama’s side . ” (Mimir)
Seeing her declare that so distinctly, Leowald judged that even if he said anything else, she would stubbornly refuse to listen . Therefore, he didn’t pursue the matter any further .
“…………I guess that it’s alright . Incidentally Hiiro, what do you plan to do after this?” (Leowald)
“After speaking with me . ” (Leowald)
“I was thinking of having someone guide me to the duelling location, but do I have your consent for that?” (Hiiro)
“I don’t particularly mind, but even if we didn’t guide you there, you said that it wouldn’t be a problem, right?” (Leowald)
“I guess so . That’s why I figured it would be fine either way . So, frankly speaking, I don’t have anymore business to take care of here…” (Hiiro)
“…… In other words, you plan on going back?” (Leowald)
“Yeah . ” (Hiiro)
At that moment, Mimir gazed at him sadly . Even though she had finally met him once more… . . it was likely difficult for her to separate from him again .
“You’re not going to go meet with Arnold and Muir?” (Leowald)
“Yeah, I’ve already asked Chibi Usagi, but it seems like it’d be better not to meet them right now . I will set aside our joyous reunion for now . ” (Hiiro)
“…… . . I see . ” (Leowald)
Leowald folded his arms and faintly groaned as if he was in deep thought . Hiiro ignored him as he began to focus magic into his fingertips . The people who saw his actions were convinced that he was planning to leave the place .
“It was quite enjoyable . ” (Hiiro)
And, just as he was about to write the characters,
“Well, wait . ” (Leowald)
At Leowald’s words, Hiiro twitched and stopped moving .
“… . What?” (Hiiro)
“There’s no need to rush like that . Just take your time here . ” (Leowald)
Mimir, who had been making an uneasy expression, suddenly brightened and stared at Leowald .
“I refuse . There is no reason for me stay here . ” (Hiiro)
At Hiiro’s words, Mimir instantly became depressed .
“Hou, I see . Even if we have prepared some entertainment in order to welcome you?” (Leowald)
Hiiro twitched as he heard those words .
“……entertainment, you say?” (Hiiro)
“Yeah . ” (Leowald)
“…… I’ll at least ask . What might that include?” (Hiiro)
Feeling that he had captured Hiiro’s attention, Leowald’s face relaxed .
“Actually, yesterday we were able to get our hands on some《Aqua Hound Meat》… . . ” (Leowald)
“I’ll be troubling you for a while . ” (Hiiro)
Hiiro could never forget the name 《Aqua Hound Meat》 . The reason being that, after coming to this world, it was the meat dish that had left the greatest impression on him .
Honestly speaking, he had felt that he wanted to eat that meat once more . That meat contained a deliciousness that seemed like it could make you melt with pleasure .
“Ohh, I see, I see!” (Leowald)
Leowald did a small fist pump and winked at Mimir . Indeed, he had intentionally made Hiiro stay for Mimir’s sake . He was a typical doting parent .
Mimir smiled like a blooming flower as she gazed at Hiiro’s face .
“Hiiro-sama, until the promised entertainment is prepared, please talk with Mimir!” (Mimir)
“How troublesome . ” (Hiiro)
Seeing her drop her shoulders as if she had received a large shock, Leowald said-
“I apologize Hiiro, but please do as Mimir wants . In exchange, we will prepare a satisfying meal for you . ” (Leowald)
“……… . . It can’t be helped . ” (Hiiro)
Hiiro released the effect of 『Untouchable』 .
“Lead the way, Blue Ribbon . ” (Hiiro)
“Hiiro-sama… . . yes! This way please!” (Mimir)
As she said so, the both of them left the room .