Going Around East to West, We are Searching for a Magical Sword
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Going Around East to West, We are Searching for a Magical Sword
Silence filled the air in the darkness of the ruin that had fallen into decay.
Gourry and I were hiding, we almost stopped to breathe, and we tried hard to sense something.
Only time passed by in the silent place.
There was a light of magic hanging above our heads, which I had placed. And I felt as if the light slightly moved.
Was it several minutes or was it only a second? I didn"t know-but we did sense something!
Before I called for him, he turned around and faced to something came out of the wall, holding his sword in his hands.
With his sharp shout, the blow of blade glittered in the air.
With a light sound of wind, his blow bisected the thing that came out of the wall-a ghost.
The ghost gave a shout which echoed in my brain, and its misty-like white body vanished in the darkness.
"... Did I... kill it?"
Gourry asked me, still holding his sword in his hands. I nodded.
"Oh, yes! I did it! I DID IT!"
Pleased, he held his sword high above his head.
... Hey, you killed only one ghost... how are you so pleased?
I was so embarrassed at his over pleasure, and I stood still there.
"I mean that you have not been satisfied by killing only one ghost."
I said to Gourry.
After we completed our small task.
We were eating our supper at a restaurant in a small town.
"But, you know. My previous sword couldn"t cut a ghost, but this time I could. Isn"t it great?"
He was eating a fried fish which had been just brought to him.
I sighed a deep breath.
Once you had the Sword of Light, do you remember? Or do you forget about it?"
"... Well, I remember it. I don"t forget it."
His words sounded hollow.
... Oh, my...
-The Sword of Light-
Among those famous legendary swords, the Sword of Light was one of the most famous one. There were several saga in which the Sword of Light appeared, so, some ordinary people had chances to hear the songs from some wandering minstrels. That was why the Sword of Light was famous not only among the sorcerers but among people.
To tell the truth, Gourry had been the Swordsman of the Sword of Light.
But there had been complicated incidents, and the Sword of Light had been lost. Therefore, I and Gourry were traveling around to look for a new magical sword.
If you thought that an ordinary good sword was enough, you were too optimistic.
There were several existences that couldn"t be killed by an ordinary sword.
The ghosts were weak ones, and pure Mazoku were strong ones. When we confronted a ghost, I could kill it with one offensive spell, and Gourry could do nothing but to watch my casting a spell. But, when we confronted a Mazoku, the situation couldn"t be the same.
A few weeks earlier, we actually had confronted a Mazoku, and at that time Gourry had an ordinary sword. I could defeat the Mazoku, but Gourry had been useless.
I was angry and anxious about him, and I bought him a cheap magical sword at a shop of magic items in a small town.
And on that day, we took a job to defeat a ghost in the ruins with low wages which we wouldn"t take usually. We took it because we were in need to test the magical sword.
"Now, listen to me, Gourry."
I picked a fork up with my fingers and swung it before his eyes meaninglessly.
"You can cut a ghost with that sword.
But the sword is an ordinary one. It is coated with silver and is sharpened and strengthened by jewel-amulets. That"s all.
It can cut a ghost, but it neither knock away a magic spell nor cut a Mazoku.
It"s natural for an ordinary sword, you know. If you treat it in a wrong way, it can be broken."
"... I see."
Gourry stopped his knife and fork, looked at the sword which he rested against the table, and said.
"It"s a cheap one, isn"t it?"
"Oh, yes! It"s cheap! Actually!
But do you remember who paid for it?
... It is cheap as a magical sword, but still it is one of the magical items!
You could buy ten ordinary swords at the price of this sword!"
"Then, it is an expensive one."
Now you know. Be careful to use it.
You have to mind you have an ordinary sword.
He groaned, scratching his head.
"... Hey, Gourry. If you dare say "I didn"t hear that" or "I heard it, but I forget it", I will knock you down completely."
"Yes, I hear it and I remember it.
I can"t cut a magic spell or a Mazoku with this sword, and when I use it in a wrong way, the sword can be broken, right?"
Wow! How rare it is for Gourry to listen to my words!
"You"re right. But then, why you groaned?"
"Well, I understand your words, but I don"t have confidence that I"ll remember the whole story until I"ll fight again."
"Though you don"t have confidence, you have to remember!"
I shouted at Gourry, stuck my fork on the roasted chicken on my plate, threw it into my mouth, chewed and swallowed it.
"This sword is a makeshift until we"ll find a better one!
Treat it rightly! Understand?"
He seemed to be overwhelmed by me, he nodded, holding a fried shrimp stuck on his fork.
Please don"t call me a carping girl. That magical sword is expensive. When we find a better one, we"ll sell this sword as a used one. A magical sword can be sold at a good price even if it is second-handed. But when I"ll sell a talisman which was taken from a broken sword, I"ll get a smaller amount of money.
"... Hey, Lina. You say that we will find a better magical sword, but can we find it easily? We are looking for it for a few months, and only we have found are fakes and false stories."
"... It isn"t easy, really. I don"t expect to find ones here and there, but someday, we"ll find one. I believe it and therefore I keep looking for it.
There always is possibility."
The last words were once spoken to me by a gold dragon. I drunk up my hot tea of herb.
On that day.
That sound made me wake up in the night. I was in my room in the inn.
I listened carefully, still lying on the bed.
I could listen only the sound of whistling wind outside of the window, and singing insects.
... Was it an imagination?
Just when I thought.
The sounds came clearly from the next room where Gourry was in. It wasn"t the sounds of someone"s falling down from the bed, but was like the sounds of struggling each other.
I didn"t say a word, pushed my quilt aside, grabbed my short sword, and ran out of my room. I was in pajamas, and I didn"t have any protectors on it.
I stood before the door of Gourry"s room and said.
"What"s wrong with you, Gourry?"
"Yah, Lina. I have a guest here."
I could hear Gourry"s usual carefree voice.
... What? A guest?
"Come in. The door is open."
Being invited, I opened the door.
The room was small, and was lit with dim orange light of a lamp. I could smell the burned tallow of beast.
In the room, there stood Gourry, and a strange man who was unconscious and lay down on the floor.
Gourry raised one hand and greeted me.
"... Hi... Is this..."
I picked at the head of lying stranger with the end of the sheath of my short sword.