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The magic Karen’s released was certainly [Magnum], but the strength seemed to be inferior from the point that she couldn’t penetrate my palm .

For example, if my [Magnum] was like a modern long range rifle, hers was like a matchlock with round bullet and gunpowder put directly in the barrel .

Because of that, the range was short, but it if it was released in a short distance, it had enough power to gouge out the flesh strengthened with mana . Therefore, if she aimed for vital points, she could easily kill people .

It would be different if the opponent was a monster, but I didn’t want her to use that on people as much as possible . Then, I stood on one knee, and asked question after locking with her eyes .

“Karen . When did you learn this magic?” (Sirius)

“Ehmm… uuuh…” (Karen)

However, was it because she was shocked that I was injured due to her magic, she didn’t reply . She merely had teary eyes .

First off all, should I do something with that feeling of guilt?

“This is a wound I bear because I interrupted in . It’s not because of you, so you don’t have to worry . ” (Sirius)

“But, it’s because of my magic…” (Karen)

“Don’t worry . I’ll be fine because the bleeding will stop like this, and Reese will heal me later . ” (Sirius)

Homeostasis could be achieved by the regenerative activity, but the pain hadn’t subsided .

Nevertheless, when I smiled to reassure her, Emilia also joined in while wrapped cloth around the wound .

“Besides, Karen was desperate to protect your friend, am I right?” (Sirius)

“Yes, Illuchan is my friend . ” (Karen)

“Yes, she is . Although you could run away at that time, you stayed for your friend and fought them . I think that is commendable . ” (Sirius)

I gently stroked Karen’s head while praising her, and her expression became soft a little . Then, I asked the question again .

Even though it was imperfect, I had to say a lot of things once I confirmed that she could use [Magnum] .

[Magnum] was reassuring magic for monsters, but if it was known that the magic could be used in long distance, it would be regarded as dangerous, and there was a high possibility that she would be aimed by those who wanted to take advantage on her .

Therefore, I didn’t have the intention to teach the true meaning of killing people until she could protect herself, but it seemed she arrived to that conclusion on her own .

I also had a feeling that I would diminish Karen’s character if I had to forcibly stop her, but it would be troublesome if I left it alone and she would develop strange tendency .

Because of that, I had decided to teach [Magnum] for real, but I was worried when and how she would use it .

“Let me ask you again . Since when can you use this magic?” (Sirius)

“It was my first time just now . I tried to imitate the magic that Otou-san used against Mejisama . ” (Karen)

“Imitate? Weren’t you were far away at that time?” (Sirius)

“Yes, I couldn’t see really well . But, I felt it was something different from the [Impact] used by Otou-san . There were many small holes on the ground after the fight was over, so I was wondering whether Otou-san shot a small size mana…” (Karen)

I surely felt a slight sense of incongruity, but for her to reach to that conclusion just by looking at the trace of battle…

She had sharp observation power and flexible thinking . On top of that her talent that could demonstrate it fairly in actual battle was nothing but remarkable . She was a truly amazing girl .

If it was a normal thing, I would like to compliment her talent, but I was worried that she would easily used [Magnum] because of that . This was my own selfishness, but I didn’t want Karen to become a person who casually killed people .

Incidentally, since there were many things I should pointed out to Karen, I was directing a bit serious look at Karen .

“I am concerned about one thing . Why did you choose to use that magic? If those men were opponents, the usual [Impact] was more than enough, right?” (Sirius)

“B-but, those Ojii-chans did terrible things to Illuchan, and they also wanted to do horrible things to FeOneechan!” (Sirius)

“I don’t mind if you get angry for the sake of important people, but try to think properly . What are you going to do… if that magic hit Illua? You should have seen the power of that magic . ” (Sirius)

Since Karen was angry at that time, it was probably not in her mind to beat them purely on strength .

It couldn’t be helped for a young child to move with emotion, but if she made a mistake and shoot her friend, it would become a wound in the heard that may last for the rest of her life .

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However, if it was [Impact], the current Karen might be able to release several shots before the men approached her . Therefore, even if she hit Illua, the degree of risk should have decreased considerably .

That was why, I had to tell her clearly without hazy feeling .

“Listen . I want you to know the dreadful of that magic . ” (Sirius)

[Magnum] wasn’t only for self defense . It also could be used to kill meaning . Hence, I wanted her to understand firmly the dismay… of its meaning and the weight of using that magic .

Although this world was a different world from the previous life, I wanted to avoid killing people as much as possible .

“I will not tell you not to use that magic . But, it is a magic that can cause serious injuries if you are using it at wrong places . Think carefully before you want to use it . ” (Sirius)

“…Yes . ” (Karen)

“After that–…” (Sirius)

“Aniki–!” (Reus)

When I was trying to tell the most important thing at the end, Reese and Fia came with Reus as the lead . They probably came because they noticed the bloodlust Hokuto and I released .

Reese noticed my wound at first, but when I explained the situation while she looked at me, everyone had an indescribable expression .

“If it’s Aniki, you can grasp even flying arrows, but… you also can grasp magic?” (Reus)

“It was on the spur of the moment though . However, even if it wasn’t like this, it had the power that I couldn’t stop . ” (Sirius)

“Goodness, this is too much . Please don’t move . I will treat you right away . ” (Reese)

“In that case, let me take the girl to her parent . I have to explain the circumstances . ” (Fia)

“Well then, I will carry Illua . ” (Reus)

“I-I’m going too!” (Karen)

“Aah, wait a sec, Karen . I still haven’t finished talking–…” (Sirius)

Despite of me trying to stop Karen, she didn’t stop and went together with Fia and Reus .

She was probably worried about Illua, but it also could be said that she ran away thinking that my scold would continue .

I had something that I hadn’t communicated yet…

“…I guess I have to do it later . As I expected, the child phase is difficult . ” (Sirius)

“I think Sirius-san shouldn’t give up yet . ” (Reese)

“I’m sorry, but I’m also having same opinion as Reese . I understand that there was nothing could be done, but Sirius-sama burdens yourself when it comes to everyone . ” (Emilia)

“Woof!” (Hokuto)

“…Sorry . ” (Sirius)

Not only Reese and Emilia, Hokuto also gave a reproachful look, so I apologized obediently .

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“…I see . Anyway, I’m glad this girl is alright . ” (Illua’s Father)

“This child got involved because of us . We’re really sorry . ” (Fia)

“No, these people exist everywhere . So, it is unavoidable for people who stand out a lot like you guys . I should say thank you for helping my daughter . ” (Illua’s Father)

After separating from Sirius and others, we returned to the inn . While explaining the situation to Illua’s father, I put her down on the bed in the room where we were led .

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The bad thing was the adventurers involved, but there was no such a thing if we weren’t here in the first place . In the worst case scenario, I was also considering the possibility of being kicked out from the inn .

Still he forgave us and thanked for saving his daughter . These people wanted to have good friends .

But the one who worked hard this time was…

“I would like you to say that to this girl… Karen . In order to help Illuchan, this girl didn’t retreat even one step against the adults . ” (Fia)

“I see . Karen-chan, thank you for helping my daughter . ” (Illua’s Father)

“…Yes . ” (Karen)

Since she was sleeping because of sleeping drug, she would be alright if we left her to him .

Then, as we left the room to go back to where Sirius was, I noticed Karen was grabbing my sleeve and trying to hold me back .

“What is it, Karen?” (Fia)

“Otou-san will scold… again . ” (Karen)

“What? You don’t want to go back because you don’t want Aniki to scold you?” (Reus)

“…” (Karen)

“Your remark really hit bull’s eye . ” (Fia)

But, whether she would be scold or not, it was important to tell her strongly .

It was true that Sirius looked really concerned, but it also couldn’t be helped to have a feeling of wanting to praise Karen’s talent . In fact, I thought that was cute .

Even so, on top of the feeling of guilt for hurting Sirius, the feeling of her getting scold was something that she herself had little experience . In that half month we spent in the winged people village, Karen had never being scold by her family .

So, I understood why she didn’t want to return, but Sirius still had something to tell Karen yet, so when I was worried how to persuade her, Reus gently tapping her head with a smile on his face .

“It’s going to be alright . Aniki is not angry . ” (Reus)

“But, it was my first time… to see that kind of face . ” (Karen)

“No, no . If Aniki was angry, he wouldn’t do that, you know? In the past, when I made Aniki angry…” (Reus)

“…And?” (Karen)

“That… No, anyway, it was terrible . I was really crying . ” (Reus)

Since Reus was with Sirius from the early age, those words had considerable significance .

Reus was trembling when he remembered the past, but he soon regained himself and looked at Karen .

“An-anyhow, Aniki is seriously not angry, so don’t worry, alright . Let’s go back . ” (Reus)

“But…” (Karen)

Nevertheless, she was still hesitated .

Since Sirius wasn’t really angry, I thought that she would understand if I told her one more time that she wouldn’t be scold .

If I could somehow let her know Sirius’ true feeling–… aah yes, that one .

“Karen, keep it quiet for a moment . ” (Fia)

“Eh? Sure . ” (Karen)

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After confirming Karen, who was tilted her head wonderingly, nodded, I asked the Wind Spirits to…

[…Fuh, how’s your feeling now?”] (Fia)

[I’m fine . The pain has also disappeared, and there is no problem to move it . ] (Sirius)

The Spirits manipulated the wind and delivered a conversation between Sirius and me who were in separate places .

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It was my original magic based on Sirius’ suggestion . The magic put [Call] to practical use by diffusing the voice and echoed it to the surrounding . Sirius, who saw this magic for the first time, muttered that… it was like a microphone .

Anyhow, Karen was confused when she suddenly heard voices, but I closed one of my eyes while putting forefinger on my mouth .

“FiOneechan, this is…” (Karen)

“Listen carefully . Karen, you should know that there is no need to be afraid . ” (Fia)

She nodded when she noticed this was a magic . Then, she closed her eyes so as not to miss out any of Sirius’ words .

He would complain if he knew that I was using this magic, but I judged that it would be hard for Sirius to perceive Spirits if he didn’t concentrate . Besides, my husband wouldn’t get angry because of this, and I also thought that… if he noticed it, I guessed I dealt with it at that time

[Sirius-sama . Although it is small, but when the treatment leave a scar? If it’s Reese, she should be able to cure it entirely…] (Emilia)

[I’m fine . For the sake of letting Karen experienced it, this would be a lesson and reward for looking at her with uneasy eyes . In addition… I’m not misjudging the growth of my disciple . Plus, I am to be blame for this wound because I couldn’t completely stop the blow . ] (Sirius)

[When you say that, you are smiling, you know?] (Emilia)

[Hmm? No, I mean… my face is slackening because I was careless . I must keep that in mind until Karen comes back . ] (Sirius)

[Hehe, but I understand your feeling . You are looking forward to her future, right?] (Reese)

[Aah . Karen was able to reproduce [Magnum] with only little information . If I teach that, let alone mastering the magic, she may even create new magic . I am surely looking forward to the future . ] (Sirius)

Although I could only hear the voice, I knew well that Sirius was glad .

Karen was stunned hard because the atmosphere was clearly different from earlier, so I grasped and wrapped around her hands .

“So? Shall we go back?” (Fia)

“…Yes . ” (Karen)

“Then, let’s go . Aniki said so, but the part where you listened just now is… ” (Reus)

“It is a secret…” (Karen)

“Indeed . Of course, Reus hasn’t heard anything, right?” (Fia)

“Ouh!” (Reus)

When we walked out together with Karen who finally smiled might be because her feeling was better now, the voice of Sirius reached our ear again .

[When they return, I will teach her the mechanism of [Magnum] . First off, after showing the example, the bullet must be rotated quickly . ] (Sirius)

[Sirius-sama . Just now you said…] (Emilia)

[What if Karen says that she doesn’t want to learn because she is scared with that magic?] (Reese)

[If Karen chooses that, I will respect her decision . Actually, [Magnum] is a dangerous magic, and there are also many other magic to be learned . However, that curiosity is strong and she is a kind girl who cherishes her friends . I’m sure she won’t succumb to the dreadfulness of the magic–…] (Sirius)

…This was bad . Although I’d already stopped giving mana, these whimsical Spirits took extra mana until we could hear these words .

He said that he would leave it to her, but the words just now was something they should tell after Karen gave her answer . It would be fine if Karen’s own intention hadn’t sunk because of what she heard just now .

When I was thinking of apologize to Sirius, Karen looked up at me with anxious expression as I expected .

“Is it… alright if I learn Otou-san’s magic?” (Karen)

“As Sirius had said, it depends on you, Karen . We will support your decision whichever you choose . So, choose whichever you like . ” (Fia)

“Alright… I want to learn it . But, if I don’t use them wisely, Otou-san will get angry next time… right?” (Karen)

For everyone’s sake, Sirius dirtied his hands, but since he was nice person and didn’t wish his disciples to be like him, he would surely angry if she used magic carelessly . Even though he was angry on the surface, I thought that he would grieve deeply inside .

Reus, who hadn’t said anything from that time, suddenly opened his mouth to me who was cautious on how to answer that question .

“If he gets angry, you don’t have to use it, you know?” (Reus)

“Eh!?” (Karen)

“Oh… yes . You don’t have to use it even if he teaches you that . ” (Fia)

“Afterward, if you stay with Aniki, you will learn by yourself on how to use it well . I was also like that . ” (Reus)

“Really!?” (Karen)

Karen started to have glittering eyes because of Reus replying to her confidently .

I agreed with Emilia’s wonder because this girl abruptly touched the heart even though it was occasional .

It might be because Karen became lighthearted just because she wanted to gain knowledge, her wings hidden under the robe were fluttering and she asked to get back soon .

Actually, it wasn’t that simple, but she would get used to it gradually .

“Alright, Karen! It’s going to be a race to where Aniki is!” (Reus)

“Aah, wait for me!” (Karen)

As for me, Karen was like a younger sister, but somewhere in my heart, there was a part of me that thought her as a daughter .

This was like raising children . For example, doing things together, teaching the children, but…

“It’s quite difficult . But, well, it’s fun, isn’t it?” (Fia)

While thinking a bit about Sirius’ feelings, I chased after those two who had started running .

And when Karen went back to Sirius…

“Otou-san! I want to learn [Magnum]!” (Karen)

She surely wouldn’t talk about us eavesdropping, but she seemed like telling him we did that!

“…Aah . ” (Fia)

‘Look, Sirius looks and smiles at me because he discovered that immediately!’

It was fine because Sirius wasn’t angry and that made me smile, but somehow, his gaze was a bit painful…

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“Alright, Karen! It’s going to be a race to where Aniki is!” (Reus)

“Aah, wait for me!” (Karen)

Although both of them were running while saying that, Reus was obviously faster .

The powerful Reus ran without holding back, and Karen, who was left in the blink of an eye…

“[Impact]” (Karen)

“Uooohh!?” (Reus)

Reus kept tumbling over while rotating vertically by the shock from the back . He hit a nearby wall and stopped .

Later, when Sirius who knew about this…

“…It’s fine to have Reus as an opponent, I guess?” (Sirius)

“Yes, it is . ” (Emilia)

“It’s good to go against stronger opponent, but it’s pointless if you don’t do it at their level when you have them as an opponent . ” (Reese)

“If that’s compared to Hokuto-san’s punch, it’s light!” (Reus)

It could be seen as a tragic accident from a bystander’s point of view, but these people didn’t mind too much because they were strong .

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