s of the two girls are hurting me.
It almost feels like they’re looking at me with pity.

But then I see movement inside.

Someone’s coming to the door, and I knock again.

I hear the door unlocking, and a face I don’t know peeking through a small opening.

“What do you want?”

Those eyes are staring at me, observing me closely.

“I have business with someone inside.”

“What are you talking about? I live here alone.”

This person is even more alert now.

“Do you want me to yell that name out loud? I’m sure a lot of believers will come running.”

I can see that face becoming flustered.

“If you can’t decide for yourself, call Dan back there.
But I won’t forgive you if you hurt Mia.”

I let my voice ride Wind Magic to make sure it reaches the back of the house.

I see someone moving.
The door to a room in the back slowly opens, and Dan shows his tired face.

“Sigurd, you can let him in.”

The man at the door frowns, but does as Dan says.

The door is locked behind us after we go in, and we’re prompted to keep walking forward.

Is he worried that we’ll attack him from behind? Or is he the one planning to do that?

We keep walking anyway, towards the room where Dan disappeared into.

There we find Mia lying down.
Her face is pale, and contorted with pain.

“How did you know…”

I interrupt that question by raising my hand, before taking two antidotes out of my Item Box.

I hold Mia up, trying to be careful about her posture while making her drink a potion, but it doesn’t really go well.

The liquid goes into her mouth, but she chokes and it spills.

Sigurd tries to say something, but this time it’s Dan who intervenes.

I see, it’s that kind of situation.
I never thought this would happen to me.

Ahh… Calm down.
I’m doing this to save someone.
It doesn’t count.

I pour paralysis antidote in my mouth, and feed it to Mia.
I do it slowly, being careful not to make her choke.

Once that’s done, I grab the poison antidote.
I figured she would be able to drink it on her own now that the paralysis is gone, but apparently not, so I do it again.

The boxes showing poison and paralysis on Appraisal are gone.

I put Mia down, and she now sounds peaceful as she sleeps.
I’m thinking she’s not waking up because she ran out of MP, but at least some color is back on her face.

I would remember a few days later that I could have used Holy Magic, but it was too late by then.
I guess I was even more flustered than I thought.

“I heard most of it from the head of the church, but what exactly happened?”

“Honestly, I’m not sure either.
I received a message from His Holiness last night, to bring Mia back to the church so we could prepare for the advent festival.
But then, all of a sudden after lunch, he proclaimed that she is responsible for this disaster and she was attacked.”

“The church itself is judging her?”


“So why did you save her?”

I peek over at Sigurd.

“He’s all right.
He’s one of the people I can trust, and one of Miss Mia’s guards.
Unfortunately, the other one belongs to the other faction… And this whole thing feels strange to me.
His Holiness never once talked about hearing the voice of the goddess.

“Was it the stampede? Did that danger wake that in him or something?”

“But in that case, Miss Mia and others who receive oracles should have received a message as well.
It’s strange that such a thing didn’t happen.”

Is it a plot in the church? I don’t think we’re going to get anything out of thinking about it here.
We should keep things simple.

“So, what are you planning to do? I’m sorry, but I can’t just leave Mia.
I’m willing to take her and protect her if that’s what it takes.”

I say it bluntly.
My position, and my feelings.

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