My Daughter Grew Up to “Rank S” Adventurer - Chapter 57.7
“… And my sword, you know, it’s gotten better since I was an adventurer. At my age, I might still be able to grow.”
“Heeh, hehe, really? That’s amazing…”
“I can’t believe it either… You know, Qasim, I’ve often wondered what it would be like if there was another way. But we can’t live in the past no matter what we do. We have to carry the past with us and look to the future.”
“You guys are too focused, too engrossed, dwelling too much on the past. I’ve been trying not to look at the past. I need to reckon with that. That’s why I came out to Orphen.”
“… That’s exactly what I did. I also wanted to get back the past I left behind…”
Belgrief smiled and held out his hand.
“It’s good to see you again, Qasim, and I’m sorry you had to go through that. Thank you.”
“–! Sorry… I’m sorry, Bel, thank you!”
Qasim tipped his mountain cap to his face with one hand to hide his tears, and gripped Belgrief’s hand firmly with the other.
They remained silent for a while, but eventually laughed at each other and stood up, Qasim wiping away his tears and exclaiming happily.
“I knew Bel is still the Bel I knew!”
“Ha, well. But you look a little too different, don’t you think? I didn’t recon who you were.”
“Haha… I’m used to that now.”
Qasim laughed and tugged on his beard, Belgrief laughed as well.
“Right? If you get into the habit of stroking and fiddling with that beard, you won’t be able to shave anymore, will you?”
Qasim let out a small sigh of amusement and patted Belgrief on the shoulder.
“Hey, Bel, you have to let Percy off the hook. He’s the one who really felt responsible…”
“Of course I have. I want to see him and talk to him. And Sati, of course. Can you help me find them?”
“Heh, of course! I’m so glad! I wonder if the four of us can talk again!”
“Oh… I wonder what he looks like? Will he be growing a beard or something?”
“I wonder…? I wonder if he’s balding… Ah, that’s right.”
Qasim frowned slightly and patted Belgrief on the back.
“I’m telling you, Bel, you’re one of the best adventurers I know, okay? The value of an adventurer is not only in the strength of the sword. I’ve been in parties and fought with a lot of people, but I’ve never seen anyone who can do what you can do in terms of observation, casual consideration, and careful preparation before going on an adventure, you know?”
“Oh come on, that’s an exaggeration…”
Belgrief chuckled and scratched his cheek, Qasim chuckled and shook Belgrief by the shoulders.
“Hehe, you can’t be serious with all this stuff! We’re going to have a good drink today!”
As I left the room, Angeline came flying in, apparently waiting for me.
“Are you done?”
“Yeah, thanks Angie.”
“Hehehe, Angie, your dad is the best dad ever!”
“Ehehe, hey dad, I have a lot to tell you too!”
“Yes, you probably do. Dad has a lot to tell you too.”
Belgrief smiled mischievously and grabbed Angeline by the shoulders.
“What’s this I hear about finding a wife?”
“You see, I was told off that I should not let my daughter find a wife for me.”
“Um, I mean… That is…”
Belgrief chuckled as he watched Angeline slump.
“I was joking. But I really did go around apologizing. Don’t do that anymore next time, okay?”
“Aww… I’m sorry…”
Belgrief patted Angeline on the head.
“Good girl. Now, let’s go get some food to celebrate our reunion.”
A gust of wind blew in, and the snow that had come in with it whirled and whirled.