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“…Hey, Milia.”
“Yes, Kili?”

As I start talking to Milia, she looks up from her book.
I also stopped processing the wood in my alchemy pot.

“Did you know? About Lain’s curse.”
“…Not until today.”

After finishing dinner, Aria and Reno went to sleep like always after using up all their magic reserves.

The only difference today being, that Sui went to sleep without eating, and Lain went to sleep saying he felt tired.
That’s why there was only me and Milia here.

Since Lain wasn’t here, we were using a lamp to get light.
Neither Milia nor I could keep it bright for long using magic, unlike Lain.

Lain said that Sui used sorcery for the first time, so she went to sleep early as a reaction and would wake up soon.
We would become the same whenever we used up all our magic, so we weren’t too worried about Sui.

What I’m really worried about, is Lain.

“…Isn’t there, anything we could do for him?”
“…I don’t know.”

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Milia said bitterly.
I’m sure she was feeling regretful.

But truthfully told, something that was out of Lain’s hands, who was essentially our master, wasn’t something we could manage to solve.

“Hmm? Milia, that book…”
“This? It’s a book from the ancient magician civilization and its transalted version.
I borrowed them from Lain.”

In front of Milia were familiar books.

In the end, unable to comprehend the language of ancient magician civilization, Milia and I finished reading all the translated works, and had begun reading books on hobbies instead.

“It’s embarrassing, but I felt that I had to do whatever I could.”
“Milia…”

Milia had already taken the initiative.

“Lain is our precious friend after all.
I felt like I had to help him, after hearing something like that.”
“Yeah.”

I had half given up on trying to help.
I mean, there’s no way someone of my level could be useful to Lain.

“Aria has also taken her own steps.”

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“She has?”
“Yes.
I was talking with her earlier while cooking.
Whether there was anything we could do.”

I hadn’t noticed at all.
I thought she went about her day as always.

“So what did she say?”
“She said she wanted to put more effort into exploring the Demon Forest.”
“Into exploring?”
“Yes.
If we found another ruin like today, it might have a way of breaking the curse, she said…”

It’s true that while the ruin today didn’t have any direct hints related to breaking curses, there’s always a chance that future ruins might have one.

“That’s also the reason why I’m again trying to learn the ancient language.
Every book inside the ruin was written in the same language, and if there’s even one more person who knows it, our chances of solving this curse increase greatly…”

It’s true.
There were letters hidden between patterns today at the ruins.
Even on the shelf where that spell book was placed, the words “To the wisdom of wizards…” were engraved.

If we were able to read it, we might have guessed that it was dangerous to touch.

I take a seat next to Milia.

“Kili?”
“I’m going try and learn the ancient civilization language as well.
It’ll be more efficient if we did it together.”

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“You’re right.
let’s challenge it together.”

We once again started deciphering the ancient language together.

***

“Nope.
I don’t get any of it.”
“I had finally deciphered a part of it with Lain’s help, so I knew it would be difficult with the two of us.
However, to think it was this bad…”

I had completely lost track of time.
But I was completely sure that today’s progress was zero.

We couldn’t make any progress by reviewing what we had so far.

“What are, you two, doing?”
“Ah, Sui.”

While we twisted our heads, a voice could be heard from the cafeteria door.
It was Sui.

I thought it had become morning for a second, but it was still dark outside.

“We’re studying like always, but what are you doing Sui?”
“I’m, hungry.”

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“Aah, you must be hungry since you slept without eating anything, right? Let me heat up some leftovers.”

Apparently, she got hungry and had woken up.

“Need, help?”
“You still seem like you’re half-asleep.
Come, sit.”
“Mm.”

Sui sat next to me while rubbing her eyes drowsily.

“What’s, this?”
“A book from the ancient magician civilization.
These are all the works Lain had translations for, so we’re using them to learn the ancient language.”
“…..”
“Sui?”

As I said that, Sui started staring at the books with such intensity, it could burn holes into them.

She then became completely still.

“All heated up…Ara? Sui, what’s wrong?”
“Don’t know.
When I said we were learning the ancient language, she suddenly stopped moving.”
“Ara ara….
Sui, your food will get cold, so could you eat first?”
“Okay.”

As Milia placed a simple meal of bread and soup in front of her, Sui ate it slowly.

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