𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟒𝟎: 𝐄𝐲𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐱𝐞𝐝, 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧. . .
In front of the changes in the other two, the child who was angry with bared fangs also seems to be changing a little.
While maintaining a vigilant posture, the growls are weaker, and there is no longer the same spirit as before.
That child must also want to eat.
Thinking so, I throw a steamed bun towards that child.
However, the child with sparkling eyes nearby catches it in mid-air.
As it happily moves its cheeks, the laid-back one barks shortly, seemingly wanting it too. How adorable. If I throw it to that one as well, it will have a satisfied smile.
But the expression of the remaining one is becoming increasingly filled with sadness.
There’s only a little steamed bun left in my hand.
The growling sound that can be heard sounds like crying, and it somehow seems pitiful.
However, there is a child hopping around eagerly in front, and a child in the back is also eagerly waiting to eat while moving slowly.
To give it to that child for sure, going directly in front of it is the best option, but I’m afraid of being bitten.
Besides, there’s no guarantee that the other two won’t pounce on me. I ponder with my arms crossed.
“I brought it. . .Wait, Dairy, what are you doing?”
Tyran-san, who has returned, is holding a tray with a teapot and cups. I gratefully accept it from him and pour the tea.
“Feeding, is it?”
“Why is it in the form of a question? And there seems to be one that is not feeling well.”
The one in his line of sight is that child who has lost his spirit. He seems to be even less energetic than earlier. It’s not impossible not to see tears welling up in his eyes and trembling uncontrollably.
I want to somehow feed him.
“I want to give it to that child, but it’s difficult to aim and throw from this position.”
“Isn’t it because you’re just bad at it?
In my past life and this life, there haven’t been many opportunities to aim and throw things.
It’s just things like ring toss or feeding koi. Occasionally, I would get annoyed and throw tissues into the trash can, but I hardly have any memories of success.
It was a set that I would get annoyed halfway through and throw it away.
As Tyran-san said, it might just be that I’m bad at it.
There’s only a little left. Only one serving. In that case, it might be good to entrust it to him.
“Would you like to try it too, Tyran-san?”
“The one in front jumps quite high, so be careful.”
There’s a chain too, so there’s no problem.
The steamed bun that left Tyran-san’s hand flew in a circular motion.
This time, it seemed like it would reach, and that child, who had lost its spirit, turned its wary gaze towards it.
It finally seems to have become obedient. Ah, that’s good.
Just as it was about to become heartwarming, something flew like a beam of light. Yes, it was that child with sparkling eyes.
It performed a diagonal bounce, took a bite in one gulp. The landing was perfect. If this were a flying disc competition, it would have won.
But a winning trophy cannot be given to that child.
The only thing directed at it is a despairing expression from behind.
“I can make more. So cheer up, okay?”
The overwhelming sense of despair makes me desperate as well.
If I promise to the timidly raising its head, “I’ll bring it right away!” it shakes its head vigorously.
Does that mean it’s not needed? It seems to have completely sulked. . .but that’s not the case.
With the impact of shaking its head, the collar that was attached to the chain fell with a clatter. And the child, freed from the chain, walked straight towards us.
I hurriedly hide behind Tyran-san. We take a defensive stance, but The Cerberus pays no attention. When it comes close, it starts circling around us as if drawing a circle.
Following suit, the other two also remove their collars on their own and start spinning around.
What kind of intention do they have? The answer is clear when you look at their wagging tails.
“They’ve taken a liking to us. . .”
Seeing their tails wagging vigorously, Tyran-san relaxes his guard. It seems there is no danger.
“Well then, I’ll go make more, so wait here.”
Although they have trusted us, it seems they can’t wait.
As I slowly move, they start circling around me as a starting point. It seems we won’t be released until they are satisfied.
I seek help from Tyran-san, who has already broken free from the circle.
“Do you have any good ideas?”
“There’s probably no other way but to feed them until they’re satisfied. It’s Dairy’s fault for feeding them when they were hungry.”
“Were they hungry?”
“What? You didn’t know? When The Cerberus gets hungry, it splits into three bodies. It evolved to reduce energy consumption and to ensure that at least one head survives in case of emergency.”
That’s news to me. In the first place, I only learned about the existence of The Cerberus in this world from Meti-chan yesterday.
However, it is not uncommon for organisms to undergo unique changes in their environment. It is best to accept such things.
However, there is something about his explanation that bothers me.
『”𝙰𝚠𝚎𝚋𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜.𝚌𝚘𝚖” – 𝙳𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚊 𝚌𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎, 𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚍𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎, 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚢o𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚞𝚕𝚐𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚌𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚗𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 “𝚍𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚞𝚙𝚍𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜” 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚕𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚌𝚌𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚝𝚘 “𝚊𝚍𝚟𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜”.』