My Daughter Grew Up to “Rank S” Adventurer - Chapter 57.2
E/D: Spirit Song
“…Are we going to make any progress?”
“I don’t know… well, it’s better than nothing.”
Belgrief laughed, stroked his beard, and walked out of the room.
Angeline’s room was on the second floor. Once outside, there was a wooden deck that led down a flight of stairs to the street.
After Belgrief descended the stairs, he took off the cloth that was wrapped around the end of his prosthetic leg. When he walked without it inside the inn,patrons staying in the room below his room often complained about the floor banging noise that the prosthetic leg produced.
There were clouds in the sky, and it looked like it was going to snow.
Even though it was not as cold as Tornella, the weather was still chilly. Belgrief nuzzled his mouth into his scarf.
Would Angeline be back soon, he wondered.
It would roughly take half a month by carriage to Estogar, the capital. By the time Belgrief arrived at Orphen, Angeline would have arrived at Estogar, so if there was no trouble, she should have been on her way back to Orphen by now.
Anyway, there was no point in getting impatient, so Belgrief sped up and entered the guild building.
There weren’t many people in the lobby. As the weather gets colder, the number of job requests seems to decrease a bit. Instead, there were more menial task requests like shoveling snow, shopping, and other miscellaneous tasks.
If you are a full-fledged adventurer, you won’t even look at such things, but for those who are just starting out and are in need of money, or children who are still in their early teens, they will mainly take on such job requests. Adventurers are indeed plentiful and varied.
Yuuri smiled at him as he went to the reception desk.
“Thanks for your help, Yuuri. I’m sorry to bother you again, but…”
“No, no, it’s nothing like that. I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help…”
“No, you’ve been really helpful. Thank you very much.”
Belgrief said, and Yuuri’s cheeks flushed as she smiled.
A voice called out from behind him as Charlotte came plodding over and scrambled to her feet. Belgrief patted her on the head.
“Oh, Char. Have you been a good girl?”
“Of course I did! I’ve bought another ball of yarn! Now I’m going to knit you a sweater!”
“Haha, that’ll be fun.”
“Byaku, did you get all the practice you needed?”
“Of course I did. I don’t need you to worry about me.”
“Come on, come on, you’re talking like that again.”
Belgrief poked Byaku in the head, and Byaku turned away, his mouth agape.
“Oh, it’s Bel-san.”
“Bel-san, are you done practicing with Byaku?”
Belgrief looked up and saw Anessa and Miriam coming from behind Charlotte.
“Yeah, we’re good for the day. Thank you for taking care of Charl, both of you.”
“No, no, it was just something we did on our own…”
“Yeah, yeah. And Char is quite a bit more discerning than I am!”
The two of them had taken Charlotte shopping with them. Meditation is quiet and boring. Belgrief had thought it would be better for Charlotte if she had formed companionship with other girls, and his hunch was spot on. Belgrief smiled at Charlotte’s innocent frolicking.
He hoped that Charlotte, who he knew was being targeted by others, will eventually learn magic one day. After hearing about her and Byaku’s history, and thinking about the pressure that the tender young girl of just under ten years old had been under, Belgrief wanted to let Charlotte play freely as much as possible.
It was true that she would eventually have to learn how to fend for herself, but after losing her parents, believing in Solomon like a madman, and wandering like no child should, he couldn’t bring himself to let her train in magic right now.
“…It’s also the role of adults to protect children, you know.”
He muttered to himself. He can at the very least shoulder the weight of her burden for now.
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