Chapter 22: Pauline’s exploration journey
“I want to take a little vacation. I’m too tired to work.”
Brent, who was earnestly pleaded by Pauline, readily gave permission. He judged that it would prevent chaos in the royal castle to let her rest rather than fussing over the two futures.
“You haven’t rested much. Take some time to relax. If the major disaster is still a year away, it’s fine to take a break. The rest is what we should strive for.”
At that moment, Brent was called by the Prime Minister and was in a hurry, so he carelessly neglected to confirm how many days she intended to take off. Without examining the contents of the documents, he waved his hand and magically wrote his name on the application form.
“Thank you so much!” Pauline replied and quickly left the room before Brent could say anything. Once she was in the hallway, she tightly clenched her hands and rejoiced.
“Requesting a twenty-year worth of vacation?”
“Actually, it’s nineteen years and eight months.”
Jim Byrd, the head of the General Affairs Department, looked at Pauline with an exasperated expression.
“I have been working without taking a break, filled with gratitude since I obtained this position. Day after day, I have been foreseeing and fulfilling everyone’s requests. I believe I am more than qualified to take a vacation, don’t you think?”
“You probably haven’t been that busy with your foresight until now.”
“Huh? If that’s the case, then the attack magic users who only have a role once every few decades for monster extermination or war must have a lot of free time, right?”
“Shh. Don’t speak so loudly. Don’t criticize the attack unit.”
“Well, if that’s the case, please grant me a vacation to show appreciation for the hardworking foresight wizard.”
“You’re using ‘[if that’s the case]’ incorrectly.”
Although she was scolded, Pauline obtained her vacation. It was a hundred days worth of accumulated leave. She wrote down all the results of her regular foresight, which would be necessary for the apprentice girl, on paper and handed it over.
“The weather and common colds are not a problem. So, just relax.”
Pauline conveyed only that to the anxious girl and set off on a journey to find Haru Ayukawa. First, she foresaw “Haru Ayukawa’s schedule for tomorrow” and saw that she was drinking tea somewhere in the countryside.
First, she approached Sherry, who had served as Haru’s maid. They might not have made a mistake in summoning her. When she mentioned that she wanted to find her, Sherry expressed her indignation, saying, “The treatment she received was not good,” and told her about her family.
“They summoned her for their convenience, and the important people didn’t even give her a single coin. They just threw Haru-sama into the capital without any spare clothes.” Hearing this, Pauline’s heart ached. She was involved in her summoning as well.
She immediately visited the inn called Aura, and the people there were also indignant. They said that Haru, along with Victor whom she happened to meet, hurriedly went somewhere.
Haru is not alone. She is with Victor, who knows this country. Pauline doesn’t know why they are together, but Victor is a serious man. She believes that he will protect her, and the pain in her heart eases a little.
“If only I could see a view that could help me identify a specific location.”
For now, Pauline decided to secure a room at Aura and focus on finding Haru.
I set up another chair near the golden fountain in Cyril family’s backyard and relaxed with Victor.
“How are you feeling?”
“Pretty good. If this works so well on the body, I want to teach it to others too.”
“Victor, you’re kind.”
“I’m not kind. How about you, Haru? Cyril-san said this works even on people without magic.”
“It works. The coldness in my feet disappeared, and I don’t have any shoulder stiffness. I feel a surge of energy throughout my body. I’m overflowing with vitality, so I want to work again.”
Victor stretched his back with a smile.
“Shall we open an ice cream shop again?”
“I want to. I want to create various seasonal flavors.”
I talked to Cyril-san about wanting to open an ice cream shop in town. First, I explained what gelato was. Cyril-san enthusiastically said, “Let’s make a stall.” He started working on converting the unused carriage into an ice cream shop. He was indeed an architect. I was delighted by the idea of mobile gelato sales.
He said the carriage modification could be done in a day or two, so we decided to go to the city to buy materials. We rode on a horse together and headed for the bustling streets of the Sloane territory.
We quickly bought milk, sugar, and various fruits.
Even though I had enough money in my wallet from the previous business, Victor insisted on paying the full amount. I managed to get him to pay half. I asked him to deliver the goods to Cyril-san’s house and finished shopping.
“Shall we have tea before we go?”
We entered a shop together and enjoyed the fragrant tea and sweet cakes.
“I think we should inform Cyril-san that we might suddenly disappear while relying on his hospitality.”
“Yeah, I think so too. But Victor, you’re a decent person from this country. You don’t need to live an unsettled life just to accommodate me. I believe I can live on my own, even if I’m alone.”
“So, don’t hold back because of me. If you have something you want to do, prioritize yourself.”
“Oh, I see.”
Victor suddenly became sullen.
“It’s not like that. I’m worried about you.”
I couldn’t convey my feelings well. They didn’t get across. It was difficult to put feelings into words. That was something that happened often in my previous world.
“I’m happy to be with you, Victor. Do you understand that?”
Victor didn’t reply.
I nostalgically thought that my younger brother would sulk for a long time.