rst saw the sky, I wondered what those floating white things are, you know.
But because of our situation, I kept quiet, see.」
『That really helped a lot.
Since I really had my hands full with just escaping yesterday.』
「I just didn’t want to disturb you, Ain.」

And even as she humbly said so, for some reason Ciel delightedly snort out a chuckle.
It’s adorable how she sometimes displays this kind of age appropriate reactions, so even I become delighted as well.
This whimsical conversation of ours continued until evening.

We stopped walking as the sun began to set and ignited the fallen leaves we gathered here and there with sorcery.
Ciel’s body remains clean thanks to the usual piece of cloth, but I want to take a bath once we reach some village or town. 
Is casually thinking that a proof that I’m too used to Ciel’s body? Or do I am just not conscious of Ceil’s body because she’s still a child?
Leaving these nonsense thoughts aside, as we finished eating the food rations we brought from the wagon and it seemed to be about the time to sleep, Ciel called out to me.

「Ain will always be on the lookout from now on, right?」
『I’m fine even without sleep after all.
I can use the barrier and detection as well, so I’m suited for it.』
「Can I perhaps stay up with you? I think that it’s not good to always burden Ain with this.」

I hesitate upon hearing Ciel’s words.
To be honest, considering our future safety, I’d like Ciel to sleep on times that she can.
After all, the lack of sleep might cloud her judgment and moreover there is a possibility of her dozing off while travelling tomorrow.

However, speaking of our security, the only thing that might be able to break through my barrier as of now is the one-eyed giant that attacked the caravan.
Since the attack, I haven’t felt another one of them and even if Ciel falls asleep somewhere tomorrow, I could probably protect her plenty.

「I can do it.
Is it perhaps bad that I want to do so?」
『In that case, well……』

Frankly, I should deny her here.
If we’re practicing for the future night-watch, then we should do it in a much safer place.
Still, it’s difficult to turn down Ciel’s feelings of wanting to do something for me.
Seeing how I end up giving in at times like these, well, really reminds me how Japanese I am.
As we pass time talking like so, the heavens are blanketed by a starry sky.
And then I noticed.
The moon, which there was only one on Earth, is a twin here.

One of them is golden and the other silver.
It somewhat reminded me of Ciel’s hair and at the same time it deeply moved me as I’m reminded that I’m now in another world.
Last night I didn’t have the calm to look around like this, but Ciel being awake might have relaxed me a bit.

「So night are actually this bright.
Yesterday I fell asleep before night came, so I didn’t know.」
『It was totally dark when the lights are out in the cell after all.
I couldn’t even see my own hand.』

There was generally a lit torch-like thing in the cell.
But in the 5 years we were confined there, there were times that it went out.
As the cell was probably underground, if the lights went out, you can see absolutely nothing at all.
It’s likely that it’s not a problem of your eyes being unused to it.

「So because of that, I thought that nights were always that dark.
     See, even the books just state that it’s dark at night and not much else.」
『Well it is darker compared to daytime.
Besides, though it is bright, it’s not enough for reading and it becomes hard to recognize the roads and paths.』
「In that case, it becomes hard to work, right? But if it’s Ain, then can you perhaps recognize the road?」
『Rather than the road itself, I can grasp the area we’re walking in.』
「So, what were you thinking about while watching the sky, Ain?」
『Why do you think so?』

Well, I certainly was thinking about the differences between this world and Earth a while ago.
Did I do something that made Ciel notice? Rather, my current form shouldn’t even be recognizable as a human silhouette.
Ciel stares at me and lets out a giggle.

「There are times that Ain suddenly goes silent when we talk, after all.
     On those times, I thought that Ain might be thinking of something, but am I wrong?」
『That’s, I’m sorry.
Certainly it’s rude to do while we were talking.』

「Not really, I don’t mind it.
I’m sure that it’s something you needed, right Ain?」

Now that Ciel mentioned it, it’s just as she said; it does seem like I tend to drown in my thoughts every time I experience a disparity from Earth.
I don’t really think that I have an attachment with my previous world, but it looks like the common sense in me being destroyed is actually that much of a shock to me.
Even now, we were in the middle of talking about night watch if I remember correctly.
I’m lucky that Ciel saw it in a positive light but it might be best to be more careful in the future.

「As I thought.
You want to go back to your country, right Ain?」

Hearing her ask me in a small voice, I reply『Not at all.』and deny so.
I don’t know how she arrived in that question, but there might be a scene in a book she read about a character reminiscing about their hometown while looking at the sky.

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『Normally, life ends when people die after all.
     I practically have no regrets on the things I left behind in my old country and right now, I’m just someone that exists together with Ciel.』
「Then, what were you thinking about while looking at the sky?」
『About how being in a different place also changes what you see in the night sky, and such.』
「? The night sky is the night sky, it doesn’t change, right?」
『The fact that you can see the moons and the stars doesn’t change, but the positions of the stars and so does change.
     I’m not knowledgeable about it, so I can’t exactly explain how it’s different.
     Also, it’s quite bright.』
「Is that perhaps compared to the sky that Ain has seen?」
『That’s right.I don’t know if it’s different here, but it’s bright even in the evening where I lived at, so the light of the stars were drowned out.
     Because of that, even among the stars I see right now, the only ones I could see are those that are particularly bright.』

Perhaps since I pretended to myself that I was talking about some country in a different continent, I was no longer reluctant on talking about my life in Japan.
Still, I can’t really talk about technology or the absence of sorcery and stuff.
Well, I feel like I might mess up sooner or later if I just keep to myself, so I want to believe talking about it a bit is a needed compromise.

After that, I did notice Ciel drowsily nodding off a few times but we spent our time talking until dawn arrived.

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