After the captivating music performance on a stage that is three times wide than the herbal store where she lives, the result of this overwhelmingly popular new artist selection contest ended with Ravyn as the winner of this show. A girl with dark purple hair that was almost black even in the spotlight pondered with a throbbing heart.
…This is the moment Ive always been waiting for. The cheers and applause from the audience acclaim as if to thank me for my efforts. Its so touching that it hurts my heart. And above all, I hope you
e watching me right now…
”That kid, shes done it again! ”
Pims slightly hoarse, middle-aged womans voice exclaimed from the front of the TV in a small herbal shop down the alley. Her gaze was fixed on the girl who won the music competition on TV with sparkling eyes.
Soon, Ravyn has now arrived at the front of Pims store booth. The girl takes a deep breath to chase off her nervousness before sliding the door open.
”Did you watch the live show I told you about? ”
The purple-haired girl asks Pim as soon as she entered the herb shop.
”Though its showtime overlaps with my favorite AB Weekly, why did you just tell me at the end of the season? ”
Ravyn replied with a question. Just as Pim nods, Ravyns smile grows brightly. The woman then teases,
”What an ugly smile. ”
”Its your beauty that makes me look like that, auntie. ”
”Hey, did I just hear the word auntie? Call me big sis! ”
Pim chased after the Ravyn in a joking manner. The purple-haired girl ran around in the small booth laughing while the feeling of nostalgia kicks in.
…I was a kid adopted by Pim. My real parents were migrant workers who died from the construction site accident. Without this woman in front of me, my fate would be no different from theirs. All the time, I was always grateful for Pim and wanted her to be proud of me. And todays achievement makes me wonder whether she thinks that I did well enough…
Despite the conversation not being much different from every day, seeing her guardian smile and laughs more today means a lot to Ravyn.
…Well done, myself…
”Today we will have your favorite carbonara, girl. But while I was cooking, can you go get todays AB Weekly videotape from Gentle? I had him recorded it for me. ”
At GentleSand sandwich stall,
Pierret, Gentles daughter, handed Ravyn a camera recorder with a bag containing a pair of egg sandwiches.
”Dad is busy dealing with loads of supplies, so he left me to give these to you. And…Congratulations! I was so excited that I almost fainted. But I know youll win! ”
Ravyn replied as she get her pocket.
”Uh-uh ”, Pierret interrupted.
”As a celebration that my friend is about to become famous, this weeks sandwiches are free of charge! ”
”That won do. Things cost what they cost. ”
”Just keep it. Lets go. ”
Pierret cut short the matter and took her friends hand out of the shop. They both waved goodbye before Ravyn walked home. Along the way, the girl began to hum and cheerfully swing her sandwich bag lightly.
That evening, Pims shop closed earlier as there would be a feast held on this special day. The footsteps that barely made any sound approached Pims back while she was sorting the dried herb jars. Yet in the hand of these footsteps owner, was a fine knife that didn match the atmosphere of the celebration at all.
”Thank you for coming just now. ”, calmly said Pim.
The man with a knife replied.
”It took me forever to find you.. but finally, luck is on my side! ”
He rushes his blade towards Pim. But she turned around and grabbed the attackers wrist, then shifted his attack to pierce the medicine drawer.
In the blink of an eye, Pim disarmed the man and arm-threw him over her head.
The attackers body hit the ground violently.
”Your treads are too loud for those who are not here to talk, Undre. ”
The herbalist commented, sitting on top of the captured attacker. Despite being hit so hard, Undres body was not injured in that slightest.
”Hahaha, so is your strength. Because of babysitting, huh? ”
”Wanna try that again?..*cough!**cough!* ”
Could finish her words, Pim coughed up blood. Undre then took this chance to shake h