Chapter 3: The Ancient Elemental Dragon has Arrived
The windows in the dining room are vibrating and shaking.
Outside, you could hear trees being toppled.
“What in the world is going on?!”
Otoo-sama gets up from his seat in a hurry and tries to go to the window, but the guards stop him.
“Danger! His Highness the Grand Duke must stay where he is—we’ll check outside with the guards!”
At that moment, the window broke with a loud bang, and shards of glass flew out.
But the shards do us no harm.
It’s thanks to Okaa-sama’s quick action that she put up a barrier.
“I demand the return of my child!”
I thought I heard a voice in my head, but then nothing but a large, strange creature’s head appeared through the window.
The large head covered in lapis lazuli (blue) scales resembles that of my little dragon.
“No way?! No. It’s said to be a legendary creature…”
“Okaa-sama seems to have an inkling of the strange creature.”
“Rezerotta. You know this dragon?”
“Yes. I’ve only seen it in ancient texts, so I’m not sure… I believe it’s an elemental dragon, an ancient species of dragon.”
I was cuddled between Otoo-sama and Okaa-sama. Ruria was in my bosom, looking worried.
“It’s all right, Ruria.”
I stroked Ruria to calm him down.
“That’s correct! Laseid, I am the head of the Ancient Elemental Dragons—I have come to ask for the return of my child, who is in the bosom of a little girl there.”
Okaa-sama’s words are confirmed by the dragon.
This dragon is a parent of Ruria? Is Ruria the child of a legendary dragon?
“Ruria is the child of an ancient spirit dragon? I thought he was a strange dragon.
Okaa-sama examines Ruria in my bosom.
“Now, give me back my child.”
I had no choice but to give Ruria back. We were only together for a few days, but we already formed a bond together.
Suddenly, something hot trickles down my cheek.
“Mariel… I know it’s difficult, but returning Ruria to his true parents is in his best interests.”
Okaa-sama hugs me.
“Ruria, this is goodbye.”
I wipe away my tears and place Ruria under the protection of Laseid, the ancient elemental dragon.
And as I pick him up to bring him back to Laseid…
Ruria slips out of my hands and nestles against my bosom.
“Ruria, please return to your Otoo-sama.”
Ruria shook his head. Is he implying that he does not wish to say goodbye?
“What?! You said you didn’t want to?!”
“Kii~yui! Pigi ~yupigyugyu!”
Laseid glared at me. I shudder.
“What the f*ck! Would a proud ancient elemental dragon want to be with a human?!”
Laseid is holding his head and mourning. If you look closely, you can see what looks like golden hair on top of his head. It looks like a mane.
I think I know what Ruria is talking about.
“Hmph. It can’t be helped, then—Human girl, you have my child. Take good care of him!”
Laseid scratches his head with his sharp claws and looks at me again.
“Did you name my child Ruria?”
“His name sounds feminine—he is a male!”
So Ruria was a boy.
“If anything happens to Ruria, I will destroy this country!”
Laseid took off, leaving behind a line that was far too dangerous to be discarded.
“That’s great, Mariel. You can be with Ruria.”
I hugged Ruria, and he squealed with delight.
Afterwards, Luria was treated with great respect in the Grand Duchy. probably because the country would be destroyed if anything happened to him.