(This is a translation made by Ushwood. This is also google translated from Russian to English, so bear with it… Its just a temporary post and will be overwritten after Tap finished his work… :) )
Putting my dish rack for drying dishes and take to wipe your hands on the edge of the apron, Alice Synthesis Thirty suddenly lifted her head.
In the last few days getting colder and the trees that can be seen through a small glass window, the rain poured red and yellow leaves. Naturally – here comes the winter before the capital Centoria.
But now, after a long break the sky was clear, and it was pouring with warm light Solus. In the thick branches of the tree closest to the house a couple of wood rabbits, hugging each other, enjoying the sun bath.
For a while, Alice with a smile looking at them, then turned her head and said:
– Hey, beautiful weather today. Let’s take a walk before dinner to the east of the hill?
There was no answer.
In a log cabin for two, in the center of the room, to perform the duties living room, dining room and kitchen at the same time, was a simple wooden table and two chairs of the same simple.
On one of the chairs sat a dark-haired young man. After Alice’s words, he did not look up, but continued to stare vacantly at some point on the table.
And earlier is not very full, now it was noticeably thinner than Alice. Even a cozy bathrobe did not hide his bony figure. On hanging from the shoulder empty right sleeve was painful to watch.
In his eyes, the same black as the hair was not living luster. Empty eyes, the soul is fenced off from the world.
Alice’s heart throbbed with pain, to which she still could not get used. Nevertheless, she continued cheerful voice:
– There’s a little blowing, so we better dress warmly. Wait a bit, I’m all prepared.
Taking off the apron and hung it on a hammered next to the sink hook, she went into the next room – the bedroom.
Bringing together long golden hair, Alice hid them under a cotton scarf. Suppose the right eye socket closed faded black bandage. Wore one of two hanging on the wall beside woolen cloak and tucked under his arm, the second, came back into the living room.
Haired young man still sat motionless. Alice gently pressing his hand on his thin back, and soon he was awkward movement rose from his chair.
But this was the limit of its possibilities; alone, he could not go and chalk. Throwing his cloak on his shoulders, then Alice walked the young man at the front and tied tightly around his neck eyeballs.
– A little more patience, – said Alice, and hurried to the corner of the room.
There was a solid bright brown wooden chair. Instead of the four legs were attached to it two pairs of iron wheels of different sizes. This device, wheelchair, did lead a hermit’s life in the forest old man named Garitta.
Grasp attached to the back of the wheelchair handles, Alice drove her to the young man behind. Then he sat him dangerously swaying body on the leather seat and thigh tightly wrapped with a thick blanket.
– Excellent! Well, now we are going.
Slapping the boy on her shoulders, she took up the pen and was about to rolling a wheelchair to the front door in the south wall, when –
Suddenly, the boy turned his head slightly and held out a trembling left hand to the side of the east wall.
– Ahh … aa …
His voice was quiet, hoarse and slurred. But Alice knew immediately what he wanted the boy.
– Oh, forgive me, please. Who will bring.
On the wall, where he showed a strong metal brackets were suspended three swords.
Right hung ALICE’S golden sword, “Sword of fragrant olive.”
Left – dwelt first in the youth belt jet black sword, “Sword of the night sky.”
And finally, in the middle – white sword without the owner’s “Blue Rose Sword.”
The first Alice came not to the “Sword of fragrant olive,” and to the heavy “Sword of the night sky,” and took off his left hand on the wall.
Then she took the “Sword of blue roses.” He was half the weight of black sword. Because of the blade stored in the sheath remains no more than a half.
And fair-haired boy, the owner of the sword, and the young man’s best friend, has not been …
Only for a moment his eyes closed, Alice with two swords returned to the stroller. Gently putting swords boy on his knees, place them on top of his left arm, and he lowered his head again. His voice and gestures boy just expressed a desire to bring him to the black and white swords.
– Better hold not to drop – Alice turned to him, holding his aching chest pain that does not subside no matter how many months it may be trying to cope with it. Then, pushing the wheelchair out of the house.
From the threshold to the ground were not the porch steps, and thick planks. Going down on this board in the yard, the two were at the mercy of the soft cool breeze and the sun.
Log cabin was built in the midst of the clearing deep in the woods. Alice herself cut wood, animal skins she produced herself and everything is built. Despite the unprepossessing appearance, created from high-level timber structure was strong enough. The art of building from scratch Alice taught Old Garitta; at every meeting with Alice, he said: “What a strong girl.”
It seems that once this clearing was a secret place for games and little Alice and Eugeo. Alas, those times she did not remember. During the ‘ritual synthesis “, made her a Knight of Unity, she stole all the old memories.
Old Garitte and villagers Alice explained that she had forgotten his past. But in fact, it – Unity Knight Alice Synthesis Sёti – and Alice Schuberg, born and raised on this land, were different human beings. What can be returned, must be returned; but the memory of that, the former Alice had already left this world with Eugeo.
– … Well, let’s go, – said Alice shook off the momentary reverie, and rolled the wheelchair away from home.
Round the Width chalks thirty almost all overgrown with soft grass, and only on the eastern edge, where over her overhanging branches of large trees, the grass was dry and withered. If the nest of a giant living creature – so you could say; but only the owner of the nest was nowhere. Turning her eyes to the side, Alice ponder exactly where better to head today, and went out on the footpath that crosses the clearing from north to south, entered the forest.
Fifty chalks trail forked – went to the west and east. West led to the village Rulid, but Alice could not bring myself to go there just is not the case. Turning to the eastern footpath girl walked on a shaky ground on sunspots from filtering through the branches of the rays.
Tenth month came to an end, and the wood on which Alice was already almost completely lost its red foliage attire.
– Are you cold? – She asked the young man, but received no response. However, even if they are now surrounded by a real blizzard, in its current state, it still would have remained silent. Glancing over his shoulder, Alice saw that the gate cloak boys thoroughly smelled.
Sure to warm person, would be enough and a pair of thermal elements. But Alice did not want residents rulid gossiped about the two of them as suspicious types who abuse the sacred art.
Fifteen minutes they moved on trodden path, leaving traces of the wheels; then around brightened. Trees over, before Alice opened the small hill. The road gradually gone up, but she continued to push ahead stroller without the slightest effort.
Finally she got to the top of the hill – and before it flew open space.
Immediately to the east of the hill was blue lake Ruhr. Behind him lay the broad band swamp. A south to the horizon was the forest.
Looking north, you can see the white snow-covered peaks Boundary Ridge, like piercing the sky. Once Alice easily fly over these mountains in the back of a dragon, but now it seemed a distant dream.
Such a beautiful picture of Alice would like to consider two eyes. In this land, blessed by the resources of the earth and the sun, to return the right eye, lost six months ago for the outer walls of the central cathedral, it was quite possible. But Alice had not yet found the strength to heal his wound sacred art.
Because even in this vast panorama of late autumn boy next to her looked dim, empty eyes.
Sitting on the ground next to a wheelchair, Alice leaned against the big wheel.
– As it is beautiful. Much prettier than all the paintings on the walls of the cathedral.
A little smile, she said the name of the young man:
– … This world that you defended Kirito.
White-headed bird race around the surface of the water, leaving a divergent ripples, and flew away.
How long she sat?
Alice suddenly realized that Solus has risen quite high. Soon it will be necessary to go back home and deal with the dinner. Kirito in its present state was eating at one time quite a bit, but if he will miss at least one meal, its maximum level of life will decrease.
– Let’s slowly coming back – and she said, rising to his feet, took up the pen carriage. Suddenly –
Heard a soft rustling of the grass – someone climbed the hill – Alice turned her head.
Approaches it girl in black cassock. Beaming smile on child’s face quite yet, she enthusiastically waved his right hand.
Hearing the wind wafted her voice, too, Alice grinned and waved his little hand.
Almost flying past ten chalks, girl stopped short and stood a few seconds, calming breath, and then just as loudly repeated:
– Sister Alice, good morning!
Then he jumped closer, cheerfully greeted sitting in a wheelchair Kirito:
– Kirito, too, good morning!
Not paying attention to the complete lack of response, it still with the same smile turned her head resting on his knees to Kirito pair of swords, and her face revealed a quiet pain.
– … Good morning, Yudzhio.
Whispering those words, she stretched out his right hand and gently stroked the scabbard “Might blue rose.” When that did strangers Kirito showed little awareness of the reaction, but now he sat there motionless.
Finished greet bosom pair girl stood up and turned back to Alice.
Feeling like chest born some wonderful warm feeling, Alice replied:
– Good morning, Selka. How did you know I was here?
It took more than a month, she stopped to speak to the girl, “Selka-san.”
Six months ago in the Central Cathedral Alice learned from Kirito that she has a younger sister, and since then more than anything she longed to meet. Now her wish come true, but the more Alice thought of Selka, so much doubt whether the present she deserves – not Schuberg Alice, and Alice Knight Unity Synthesis Thirty – to be her older sister.
Unaware, apparently, of incessant infighting Alice with carefree smile said:
– I’m not at all sacred art found you, no. I just went to your house, and no one was there, and now this wonderful weather, and I decided to come here. I put it to you fresh milk and cakes with apples and cheese, quite hot lunch.
– Thank you, you just help out. I just could not decide what to cook.
– Sister, if you’re ready, Kirito ever can escape!
And Selka laughed. Alice smiled and replied:
– Look who’s talking! The very even bake a cake could not, so he is not burnt!
– Yes, in the beginning of the stove, I do nothing but embers take out.
Alice tyuknula Selcuk his forehead, and suddenly she cowered away from her arms, rushed to Alice’s chest. Alice hugged affectionately clung to her sister.
Alice desperately wanted at least this brief moment to escape from gravity pressing on the heart.
Feelings of guilt for what she has neglected duty Knight of Unity for the halcyon days in the middle of the woods is nothing Alice was not – on the contrary, she felt relieved. But forget something she could not. Right now, when she hugged his beloved sister, on the side of the Frontier ridge slowly but surely end was approaching.
Six months ago, at the end of a fierce battle in the Central Cathedral Church Axioms –
Get severe wounds that nearly exhausted her life lying on the marble floor, unable to move, Alice nevertheless vaguely felt the tide of battle.
Fierce battle Kirito with two swords and a high priest of the Administrator.
Final death of the high priest in flames born obsessed manager Chudelkinym.
Death dissected in two with his sword Yudzhio best friend Kirito.
Then Kirito, who conducted Yudzhio something furiously screaming into a strange crystal plate, which arose in the northern quarters. At the end of the dispute, meaning that Alice hardly knew Kirito zaderevenel and suddenly collapsed on the floor – and then there was silence in the world.
Around the same time, when the life of Alice recovered enough that she was able to move around in the east window started pouring dawn glow Solus. With the sacred power that gave this light, Alice primarily healed wound unconscious Kirito. But he himself did not come, and then Alice, reluctantly leaving his lie, imposed a healing spell on himself and took the crystal plate to which said Kirito.
However, light-purple surface, most recently the light, completely lost its shine, and how much would it Alice nor touched and how much would it not screamed out, no one spoke.
In utter confusion Alice sat on the floor.
Believing words Kirito, Alice in the name of protecting the inhabitants of the world of people and living somewhere on the outskirts of the sisters engaged the Administrator, the supreme ruler, but in her heart she does not think that will survive.
When created by the high priest “Sword Golem” from some mysterious warrior swords pierced through it.
When she stood, protecting allies from raging streams of lightning.
And then, when, forgetting about everything, absolutely jumped under sinks to Kirito steel sword to save his life …
Whenever Alice was sure now perish. But first girl-sage Cardinal and wonderful huge spider named Charlotte, and then sacrificed himself Yudzhio and Kirito fought desperately to protect her, not give her life completely exhausted.
“If you really saved me, and further decides what to do!”
Many times she cried, looking at lying motionless Kirito. However, black-haired boy did not open his eyes. So, now it will have the most to choose your path, most think of what to do next … that she finally understood.
Almost an hour Alice sat hugging her knees, then finally got up.
Apparently, due to the death of the owner chambers lifting disc stopped working, like crystal plate. Partitioning a disk and putting the sword Kirito shoulders, Alice jumped 99 floors.
Then down the long stairs, walked past the oldest continuing to cast spells, get to a lot of stairs and went to the Cathedral of the giant tub where they left with Kirito man who taught her to use a sword – Knight Commander of the Unity Berkul Synthesis Wang.
The huge mass of hot water once, which turned into ice Yudzhio your spell complete control almost completely melted. In the bath, arms and legs, powerful body floated Berkul; fortunately okamenyayuschee spell Chudelkina has ceased to act.
Lift the team on track, Alice began to call him “Uncle! Uncle! “- at the same time slapping his cheeks – and finally the big man, grandly chihnuv, came to.
In the face of it there was no tension, as if he thought he just “oh! already morning is! “or something like that. Alice somehow explain to your teacher status. But, as she expected, Berkul with posurovevshim expression having listened to the end, her powerful voice said only one short phrase.
“You work hard, baby.” And all.
Then the team decided to act. First of all he collected 50 floor, in the “Great hall of spiritual light,” Knights of Unity: the fans, the assistant team lost Kirito with Yudzhio but miraculously fully recovered from his wounds and sleeping in the rose garden, and Dyusolberta and Eldri, which also imposed Chudelkin okamenyayuschee spell. There Berkul told them the truth – as much as it could to tell her.
In a battle of two students from the Academy of swordsmen North tsentor priest lost administrator and ceased to exist.
The high priest was planning a terrible atrocity – to create a monstrous weapons from swords, dropping to half of all the inhabitants of this world of men.
The head of the Council of the oldest, governing the Order of the Knights of Unity, Managing Chudelkin, died along with the high priest.
The hidden history of the appearance in this world of the Knights of Unity – no, their “creation.” Berkul have long doubted the truth of the words of the high priest about the fact that the Knights of Unity called the heavenly city; However, the truth struck him. Nevertheless, he was sure to inform her other knights needed.
However Eldri, fans and beat Dyusolberta desperate shiver. It is quite natural. Not easy to accept the truth that possessing godlike strength Administrator, hundreds of years the sole right to the whole world, is dead.
In the end the disputes generated confusion, stopped, and knights obey their commander Berkul, it can be said, charisma and ability. The reason, probably, served still valid “module of piety.” In the changed situation Unity Knights continue to serve the Church Axioms, but now that the Administrator and Chudelkin left the world of men, the commander of the Knights Berkul, no doubt, was the most senior person of the Church.
Having overall command, Berkul immediately developed a frenzied activity to fulfill its primary responsibility – “protection of the human world.” Even myself he was not supposed to show any hint of indecision. Because now he knew where he kept the stolen memories of loved ones, he can come and lend them a hand.
However, he decided not to get so far with the hundredth floor thirty swords and more than three hundred set into the ceiling prism crystals, formed the “Sword of the golem.” There was a more urgent task than the return memory to the Knights of Unity, including himself: preparing for the inevitable invasion from the Dark Territory.
Partial destruction of the Order of the Knights of Unity should somehow raise, Imperial Guard, are the backbone of the armies of the four empires of the world people – re-educate; all this colossal work fell on the shoulders Berkul, and Alice, of course, helped him. Closing the right eye makeshift bandage erected Kirito, it was in all the tsentor, from north to south and back again.
But always remain attached to the cathedral was impossible. Among the considerable number of the Knights of Unity and know nothing about the death of the high priest of the monks began to spread the view that the traitor, his sword at the Church Axioms – that is still unconscious Kirito – should be put to death.
Once the first phase of the necessary work has been completed, together with Kirito Alice sat on the dragon and left the capital. Away from the place where two weeks ago in the fiercest battles was shed so much blood.
However, major challenges still lay ahead. During the nights under the open sky Kirito not getting any better; Alice finds it, continue to sleep, requires a reliable roof over my head and a warm bed, but she had enough money to live a long time in urban inns and abusing authority Knight Unity is decisively not going.
It was then that she remembered the name, heard from Kirito for the outer wall of the cathedral – Rulid village.
Although Alice and lost her memory, but if it is really there and Yudzhio born and lived, it may well take her there – cherishing chest that hope, Alice took up the reins of the dragon, and forwarded it to the north, in the direction of the foot yutyascheysya Edge Ridge small village. Since she had to take care of the unconscious Kirito, she makes a small hops. In fact, to cross the Empire Norlangarta and reach rulid, it took her three days.
In order not to frighten the villagers, Alice landed in the forest at some distance from the village, and then ordered the dragon to guard things, went to the village on foot with Kirito shoulder.
Coming out of the forest, she walked along the path leading through the wheat fields, and soon came across a few of the villagers. However, those allegedly affected by what he saw, did not say a word, just looked suspiciously at Alice.
Climbing up on a small hill, where there was a village Rulid, Alice gathered to enter the wooden gate, but then out of the guard towers next to the young man jumped out of a large body. With a crimson tide of blood, a little freckled face, he stood in the way, and Alice –
“Stop, strangers in our village without a permit can not be!”
With this cry of the young guard put his hand on the hilt of the sword hanging from his belt; But then he saw the face of Kirito, who kept Alice, and his face softened full of suspicion. “Hey, it’s …” – and by moving the eyes, he stared back at Alice with round eyes and mouth.
“You … you … can not be.”
Hearing this, Alice quite a bit relaxed. Sentinel seems to remember her, despite flown eight years. Carefully choosing his words, she said:
“I’m Alice. Now Call of elders Gasufta Shuberga. ”
Maybe she should just say that she – Alice Shuberg, but to do it she was not able to. Fortunately, only one name was enough – the face guard of red instantly turned green, he clapped his lips silently, then turned and carried deep into the countryside. Since he did not tell Alice to wait, she passed through the gate and walked in the same direction as the guard ran away.
Afternoon village suddenly buzzed like a hornet’s nest razvoroshennoe. On both sides of the narrow road lined dozens of villagers; They eat glances going past them Alice, startled hubbub.
However, in those of the majority could not see the joy of meeting with returning home to relatives. On the contrary, not as a woman clad in metal armor with the unconscious Alice Kirito looked over his shoulder with suspicion, wariness, even fear.
Slowly walking up the road, Alice soon reached the round square.
In the middle of the square was an artesian well, from north to her church came out with the emblem in the form of a cross in a circle. Entering the area, Alice stopped; around her at a respectful distance villagers continued whispering anxiously.
A few minutes later, the crowd parted to the east, and the square firm step came a middle aged man with well-groomed gray mustache. Alice realized that this is Gasuft Shuberg – Elder rulid, and along with her own father.
Staying at some distance from Alice Gasuft with dispassionate view stared at her, then at Kirito.
It took about ten seconds, and finally heard his faint but distinct voice.
On this question, Alice could answer only “yes”. However, Elder, do not take a step forward and not holding out hands, in the same harsh voice continued to ask questions:
“Why are you here? Your crime was forgiven? ”
This time Alice did not reply immediately. What was her crime and, especially, whether it was forgiven, she had no idea.
Little Alice Shuberg Knight took the capital of Unity Dyusolbert; the official reason, according Kirito was “pass to the dark areas.” This, no doubt, was a violation of the Index ban. However, Alice, became a Knight of Unity, no ban is not fettered. For knights there was only one law – the word of the high priest. But the high priest came to an end. Now, it turns out, the offense and forgiveness, good and evil, and similar matter, everyone should choose for himself …
With these thoughts in mind, Alice, meeting his gaze elders same direct gaze, said:
“As punishment for my crime I have taken away all the memories of how I used to live in this village. Easier after this my crime, I do not know. But now I, except this village go nowhere. ”
These were the true feelings of the present Alice.
Gasuft closed his eyes and on the forehead and around the mouth wrinkles appeared. Soon, however, the elder raised his head and a sharp glint in his eyes spoke harsh words:
“Go away. In our village there is no place to criminals. ”
Feeling that the body of Alice for a moment zaderevenelo, Sel’kov raised her head slightly tilted to one side of her.
– Sister? .. – She whispered anxiously. Alice smiled at her younger sister, said:
– Nothing, everything is fine. Well, let’s slowly coming back.
– Uh ….
Nodding, Sel’kov opened her hug. Just a few seconds she looked at Alice, from the bottom up, and then on her face is back cheerful smile.
– I’m going to the fork to roll!
Having made this statement, she went behind the wheelchair with her sitting in Kirito and strongly grabbed the handle their palms. Wheelchair itself was quite heavy; together with a man, even skinny, but still with a half swords level divine instrument it becomes even harder. Only fourteen, besides unaccustomed to physical labor pupil abbess this burden quite beyond the power – so Alice thought when Sel’kov first time challenge him. But then, as now, the girl, leaning his body forward, resting his feet in the ground, desperately pressed, and the carriage rolled slowly.
– On the descent careful – with a slight sinking heart warned Alice, though still Sel’kov never turned the stroller.
– All right, sister, you always worry too much – the answer. Apparently, when Alice lived in rulid, she still had time to take care of her younger sister, despite the fact that most of the time was lost with Yudzhio.
I lost my memory, and keep the same character? Or is this just a coincidence? So Alice mused, walking near Selcuk, pushing a stroller with a serious expression on his face.
They reached the foot of the hill, and easy slope changed a flat road. Sel’kov diligently continued to roll potyazhelevshy stroller. Looking at the side of the face sister, Alice is back thoughts of the past.
On that day, when she was banned from returning to the village, disappointed Alice, hanging his head, walked away, and then called out to her standing in the shade of trees Sel’kov group. If not for the courage of Selcuk, which went against the wishes of his father, the elders and knew it, and no kindness Old Garitty with whom Alice met, she would still have wandered as dispensable, not having a roof over your head.
Sel’kov certainly was very difficult to take all that she saw and heard.
Older sister, finally returning to his native village, does not remember his past.
Kirito, whom she met two and a half years ago and talked to a few days (but this communication has left in her soul a deep mark) does not come to life.
And yet – Yudzhio that was for her is like the older brother died …
But tears came to his eyes Sel’kov only at the moment when she learned that Yudzhio will not return; and then when she is Alice always smiling cheerfully. Alice every day anew covered the feelings of gratitude and admiration for such a strong spirit and deep compassion. Stronger sacred art monk, mightier than the sword knight – so powerful and precious power.
And at the same time the most Alice every day presents new lessons, what it has become weak when left the Church axiom.
Built with the help of the Old Garitty small but sturdy hut deep in to defend the village only two Kilolo grove, Alice first began to impose still unconscious Kirito most powerful healing sacred art.
Rather big woods abounded blessing Terraria; if you choose the days when not a cloud in the sky does not block the path of the rays Solus, the goddess of the earth and the sun instead of giving so much space resources that could create ten light elements at once, turning them into a healing force, this force pouring in Kirito.
Alice had treating sacred art so well that even an enormous number of lives the dragon could recover instantly, what to speak of human beings. Whatever the wounds nor received Kirito (including a severed right hand), all this Alice would be able to cure, and Kirito wakes up – in this she was sure.
Immediately after Alice sent in the body of Kirito dazzling firefly boy opened his eyes, yes, but – in those dark eyes had no previous determination to shine. Alice never stopped calling him by name, shaking her by the shoulders, then even cried, clinging to his chest, but Kirito looked all the same blank stare. Even right hand grow again Alice and failed.
From that day has passed four months, but Kirito still no signs of the return of the soul.
Selcuk, like her sister, make every effort, vyhazhivaya Kirito; she assured Alice that sooner or later he will again be the same. But deep down, Alice began to fear that everything will be wasted.
She herself was in fact only the creation of the High Priest of the Administrator.
– Give a little bit … take rest – suddenly said Sel’kov still a rolled stroller in silence, and this again pulled Alice from sad reverie.
Alice gently touched his left hand to the back puffing and wipes the sweat from his forehead sister.
– Thank you, Selcuk, on myself lucky.
– No, to the fork, I can do anything …
– You have to knock on a hundred chalks than last time, right? You make me so very much and help out.
From the time she came to the village, Alice learned that in situations like an older sister to give the younger a little money for small expenses, but, alas, in the pockets of her was not a coin. At its present position with the money – even if it is one sire lost in the woods, it would be very serious; therefore Alice wore in possession of money, except when she went out shopping.
Instead, she gently stroked Selcuk on light brown hair. Selcuk, calming breath, smiled happily, but her facial expression Alice felt a shadow of sadness. She cocked her head and asked:
– What is it, Selcuk? You have something bothering you?
Selcuk, still hold on to the stroller handles, slightly shaken, but still said:
– … This … Balbossa uncle wants to ask sister to remove the tree with his new field …
– What, because of this? Can nothing to worry about, but thank you said – with a smile said Alice, but this did not satisfy the little sister – she is upset with views pursed her lips.
– But … they only think of themselves. Kirito, and what do you think? – She asked the young man, who was sitting in a wheelchair, his eyes downcast, but Kirito, of course, said nothing. However Sel’kov as if he agreed with her, he immediately went on excitedly:
– And Balbossa-san, and Ridak-san … sister, you do not even live in the village, and they, when they are hard, you still require assistance from you. Tell them finally that refuses. Everything will be fine, sister, I am going you’ll bring home.
Hearing these words, Alice involuntarily burst out, and then calmed pouting sister:
– I am glad that you think so, Selcuk, but, you know, such things can not survive. I am satisfied that the house in which I live, I am grateful that I was allowed to live outside the village. … I’ll feed Kirito lunch and come immediately. Just tell me where.
– … On the south field, – said quietly Sel’kov then some time to walk alongside with sidecar silently.
Soon they reached a fork in the road where the trail came to a log cabin, and suddenly Sel’kov said decisively:
– Sister, I have next year to complete the training, and I will have the money I get now, though a bit. And then we can not help all these people. I have to sisters and Kirito … I … always …
Then her voice broke. Alice gently hugged Selcuk.
Pridvinuv to face brown hair – not the same color as that Kirito, but so pleasant to the touch, she whispered:
– Thank you … But you know, I’m happy only when you’re near me, Sel’kov …
Reluctantly said goodbye and waved Sel’kov gone. Alice watched her, and then together with Kirito returned to the hut and quickly set the table.
Recently Alice used to do different household chores, but her cooking was given with difficulty. Compared with the “Sword of fragrant olive” kitchen knife, bought the village shop, seemed uncertain as a child’s toy, and cautious movements to cut the necessary products, Alice took twenty – thirty minutes.
Fortunately, she was brought Sel’kov fresh cake; its something Alice and began to slowly feed Kirito. Trays slice on a fork to your mouth young man waited patiently while her lips apart, and sent a piece in his mouth. After that Kirito like memory, how to eat, pop up from somewhere in the depths, slowly, slowly began to chew.
While Kirito moved jaws, Alice and myself enjoy the taste of apple pie and cheese. Rather, their baked Sadina Shuberg wife Gasufta elders. Mother Sel’kov, and hence Alice.
When Alice lived in the Central Cathedral, in the large dining room table laden with rare delicacies, brought from different parts of the human world, and everyone can choose the food to his liking. In comparison, the cake and the taste of Sardinia, and the view was absolutely neizyskan, but Alice, he still seemed much tastier. Kirito, apparently, he also liked more than ALISIN concoction; Alice is annoyed – just a little bit.
After finishing dinner and clear the table, Alice again Kirito sat in a wheelchair and put him on his knees two swords.
Coming out of the hut, Alice plunged into the golden glow of the afternoon sun. Days were short, and before nightfall had very little time. Alice briskly walked south to the fork and this time turned to the west.
Soon the forest parted and eyes opened Alice awaiting harvest field. For heavy satin waving wheat ears was visible Rulid village. Among the many distinguished by their red roofs of tall building with a spire – the church where she lived Sel’kov.
And Sel’kov and Sister Azaria, watch over the church, were in the dark about what a huge tower of the Cathedral Church of Central Axioms ruling four empires of the world people are no more chapters. However, little church, serving at the same time an orphanage, working as if nothing had happened.
Whatever chaos reigned in the cathedral or after the death of the high priest, on the life of people is not affected. Index prohibitions continue to operate, continuing to bind their minds. Will they be able to take up arms in defense of the human world?
They will have to obey the orders on behalf of the emperors and the Church axiom. But this one battle with the forces of darkness can not win. Oh, this is Commander-Berkul could not understand.
The battle decides not level weapons and skill in sacred art, and willpower. Negate the difference in a hopeless military power possible – proof of that battle were Kirito, who managed to defeat many of the Knights of Unity, Managing Chudelkina and even the high priest of the Administrator.
Working in the field, the villagers turned their heads to Alice walking past them; The girls meet their views, which reads in a mixture of suspicion and anxiety, proudly erect, but her thoughts were turned to the man, taught her to wield a sword.
Uncle, for the inhabitants of the world of men, perhaps peace – not something that needs to be protected, and what you need to constantly give.
That’s what the Church Axioms to the Index of the ban, and even we, the Knights of Unity, too.
Knight Commander Berkul must have right now, at this very moment in tsentor deals with equipment and training armies of four empires. And perhaps, the army had already moved to the future of the main battlefield, the “Great East Gate” on the far edge of the empire Istabarieta. In terms of both practical support and strengthen the combat power after the war will require every knight.
But for me today …
Lost in thought, Alice was walking trail through the wheat field until it finally came to cultivate the land lying south of the village. Stopping in front of the stroller fresh black soil, she looked around the huge plot of virgin land.
Just two and a half years ago, there was a forest, and far more extensive than the eastern grove where Alice as a child to play with friends.
However, after Kirito Yudzhio and cut down the “tree of evil” – Cedar Gigas, the highest tree in the forest, tirelessly devouring sacred power, the men of the village began as insane expand their field – so bewildered with facial expression told Sel’kov.
In the middle of arable land is still stuck hefty, black as night stump; at the edge of the forest dozens of villagers smartly ringing axes. There stood a fat man, who himself did not hold the ax, but noisy give instructions to others. It was Nigel Balbossa richest villager.
Reluctantly Alice continued to roll the wheelchair over-trodden path. Kirito, once personally chop down a giant tree, does not react, driving past a huge stump – still looking down, holding his hand the two swords.
Approx first noticed a couple of young men from the family Balbossa vacationing on just a fallen tree trunk. Three, fifteen or sixteen in appearance, with scarves over blond hair. Unceremoniously stared up at Alice, then they switched to Kirito in a wheelchair. Exchanged some quiet words, then chuckled softly.
Not paying attention to them, Alice passed; Then one of the boys stretched shouted:
– Dyaaad she prishlaaa!
Immediately raged at a distance, hands on hips, Nigel Balbossa whirled, and at the sight of an approaching pair on his greasy round face broke into a smile. Close your mouth, eyes, slits – Alice he slightly resembled Chudelkina manager.
Alice, however, smiled so wide as she could, and bowed slightly.
– Welcome Balbossa-san. I hear you me some business …
– Oh, oh, Alyssa, thank you for coming!
Arms to the side and rippling round belly, he stomped to Alice with a clear intention to hug her, but seeing her in front of the wheelchair, thankfully, changed his mind.
Instead, stay in fifty Sanov right of Alice, Nigel belly twisted and pointed to a large tree, towering on the border of the forest and agricultural land.
– Over there, see? Since yesterday morning fighting with this stubborn platinum oak, ten of his ax cut and did nothing at all.
Forming a semi-circle with thumb and forefinger of his right hand, he painted “nothing at all”.
Near glaring back into the ground a huge tree, light brown trunk which was across the chalk and a half, still stood two cutters and tried hard to overcome it. They alternately beat the trunk big ax, but remained quite nadrub small, no more than ten Sanov.
Shirtless men hail of sweat rolled. Chest and arm muscles Bouguereau, but keep these two axes is clearly not very used to, and because their movements were awkward.
That’s one of the men slipped right leg; his shot went sideways and hit the target. Ax seems cracked in the middle, and the man landed on his back hard, causing unrestrained laughter of others.
– Hell, yeah what he does this fool! .. – Nigel groaned and turned back to Alice. – That such things, do not know how many days we have on this one tree leaves. We are here to dig, and Ridaki twenty square chalks land grabbed!
Pronouncing the name of the second most influential families in the village, Nigel kicked happened under foot stone. He’s loud jets but then suddenly his face broke into a broad smile, and he honeyed voice said:
– That’s why – well, yes, we have an agreement that you are to us only once a month helping. But this one once for once I have to you a special request for assistance, Alyssa. You remember – when you were little, I repeatedly gave you sweets … no, we will not know. In the old days you had such a lovely little girl – no, no, now, of course, too –
Stifling a sigh, Alice interrupted Nigel:
– I realized Balbossa-san. So, just this once?
Clean up obstacles to cultivate new lands – rocks and trees like that here platinum oak – a sacred duty of the current Alice … no, its a temporary way to make a living.
Of course, this was not the official work. A month after Alice settled in a grove near the village, the road leading to the west pasture, suddenly blocked the strong rockfall. Alice alone pulled back the stones from the road, and the buzz about this whole village; and very quickly it turned out that similar problems began to turn to her regularly.
The reality was that to live together with Kirito, Alice needed money, and because she was grateful and for such work. However, as soon as her contract to do manual labor, from the men of the village poured endless stream of requests (which is very annoying Selcuk), and in the end it was agreed that Alice will help each family once a month.
Bound hand and foot with different laws – on the Index of prohibitions and the fundamental laws of the empire to the village Norlangarta foundations – Nigel, knowing about this agreement, yet requested help Alice the second time in a month, and this was not surprising. Of course, he, unlike Alice and Yudzhio not broke “seal in the right eye,” which the Administrator called “code 871″, – he just thought Alice herself below. Strictly observe the agreement with the former criminal, living in shack in the suburbs, it is not considered necessary.
Perfectly aware of all this, Alice nevertheless again Nigel nodded and moved away from the stroller. Check condition Kirito, but ambient sounds it does not affect. Nearly constant, referring to his own thoughts, and walked to the hulk platinum oak.
Alice remarked, men immediately opened and clattered zauhmylyalis languages. But now everyone knew her power and because silently moved away from the tree.
Standing in front of the tree where they had been standing, Alice fingertips of his right hand quickly drew a sacred symbol, and before it has opened a “window Stacy.” Number of life was great – like a dozen adult men. With this level of ordinary ax will not help.
Run back to the carriage, Alice leaned over and whispered:
– Sorry, Kirito. Can I briefly take your sword?
Right hand she gently touched the black leather sheath and immediately felt the powers of the sword left hand Kirito slightly tightened.
But Alice patiently staring into the empty eyes, and soon the power went out of his hand, and the expelled throat hoarse “aa”.
Hardly intention Alice came to Kirito – rather, something like echo memory it sounded. Current Kirito not move thoughts and feelings and deep memories.
– Thank you.
Whispered the word, Alice took careful movement of hands Kirito black sword. After making sure that the young man sits quietly, she again returned to the platinum oak.
Whatever you say, and the tree was great. In tsentor also here and there towered large and old trees, but it was over a hundred years.
Mentally, asking forgiveness from the tree, Alice strained legs.
Right foot forward, left back. Hold the “Sword of the night sky,” the left hand just above the waist, took hold of the right covered with black leather handle. Left eye to estimate the distance to the tree.
– Hey, hey, what are you, this sword tonyusenkaya platinum oak want to blame? – Suddenly shouted one of the men, and the other immediately burst into shouts after him. “Yes he is right now slomaaaetsya”, “You’re here till sunset protorchish”; in this mishmash intertwined concerned voice Nigel Balbossy:
– Uh, Alyssa, I would like you to be somewhere in an hour council, eh?
Since then, as Alice took up the job, she felled more than ten trees, and, as a rule, it took half an hour. So much time was required because the force of the blows had weighed so as not to break someone else’s ax. Now, however, this problem was not. “Sword of the night sky” has the same level as ALISIN “Sword of fragrant olive” and refers to a divine instrument.
– No, you will need less time – Alice whispered and tightened her grip on the hilt of the sword.
– … XXA !!! – Briefly she cried and stamped her right foot, so that from under her vzryvchikom burst cloud of dust.
Long time Alice was not working with a real sword; Fortunately, technology has gone nowhere. Air is dissected off from left to right, black scabbard lightning.
Men stood around the blow, apparently, just do not see it. They continued with a sullen look on his sword doubt already flown ahead and returned back, and stood there, where there was Alice.
On the smooth bark of a platinum oak, where it was only vyscherblina, left cutters efforts, there was a small crack – at least so it looked the part.
Soon, someone said, “What, is that all?”; Several people laughed. Alice, glancing at the holder to vote, sheathed his sword and said:
– Fall in your favor.
– Haa? What do you govo- … – started to one of the men, but then his eyes widened. He saw that the trunk of an oak platinum slowly began to lurch. The villagers, all as one, shouting “uaaaa!” Jumped up and rushed away. After three seconds tochnehonko to where they were standing, collapsed giant tree, and the earth came shake.
Driving away with his right hand a thick cloud of dust risen, Alice came to the stump. The fresh cut could be seen distinctly thin annual rings; surface gleamed like a polished, and only in one place was uneven.
Whether due to the fact that the hand still lost the knack, or deal in the blind right eye … with these thoughts turned Alice.
And then her shoulders and arms tensed themselves. Nigel Balbossa raced to her with open arms and a smile from ear to ear.
The left hand of Alice holding a sword, rushed up itself; heard the clang of the guard, Nigel braked sharply. But the smile on his face did not disappear; clasped in front of him just divorced in hand hand, he exclaimed:
– On, rub … awesome! What a skill! Neither the guards nor their captain Jink – anybody could do nothing! It’s a miracle!
He slumped to Alice still chalk closer – his face was written admiration mixed with greed – and continued:
– K-to-a-like is you, Alice? I’ll be twice as much to pay you, if you are not just a month and a week … no, a day will help me !!!
Looking for Nigel frantically rubbing their hands, Alice shook her head slightly.
– No, what I’m getting now are enough for me.
If, say, Alice will lead “Sword of fragrant olive” in a state of complete control, it is not something that one large tree in the day – it is up to the horizon the entire forest for a few minutes to eradicate, only bare earth remains. But in this case they require it to plow the land, to remove all the stones and in addition also send down rain.
Nigel groaned in agony exactly, but then, like Alice added, “Yes, my board” finally brought him to his senses, blinked and said:
– Oh, of course, of course!
Reaching into his belly hanging on heavy leather pouch, he extracted the agreed amount – one hundred and one silver coin seers.
Dropping a coin into the outstretched hand of Alice, stubborn Nigel continued:
– Alyssa and I give you one more thing to offer. I’ll now give another coin, if you refuse this month to help Ridaku …
Swallowing a sigh, Alice was about to refuse again, when suddenly –
There was a heavy “boom”. Raising his head, Alice saw that stand apart wheelchair tipped over on its side and Kirito body prostrate on the ground.
– … Kirito! – She cried hoarsely, and darted past Nigel.
Fallen prostrate Kirito pulled his left hand; one type of movement causes despair. Two young men, just resting on a log, flurried yelled, trying to raise the sword over white sheath.
– Ooh, wow, what the heavy !!!
– That’s why I suppose this girl platinum oak taken down with one blow, eh?
– Come on let’s hold on tight!
Last shouted a third man, who, clutching his arm, tried to pull the “Sword of Blue Rose” from its sheath.
Hearing this, Alice gritted her teeth with such force that the indigenous creaked. The next second burst from her throat shriek:
– Oh, you bastards !!!
Barely heard it, guys stupidly gaped and stared at Alice.
Suddenly overcome remaining twenty chalks, Alice braked sharply, vzmetnuv clouds of dust. Seeing her face cringed trinity.
Panting and desperately trying to keep emotions in the chest, the first thing Alice lifted the fallen Kirito. Again seated in his wheelchair, in a strangled voice ordered:
– This sword belonged to him. Return now!
On the faces of the trio immediately appeared defiant expression. A hefty guy trying to pull the sword from its sheath, curled his lip and pointed to Kirito.
– And here we say we gave him the sword of loan, as expected.
Returning to the stroller Kirito still pulling his left hand to the white sword and moaned softly.
One of the powers of the sheath guys continued mockingly twisting his lips.
– So, now he graciously returned what he took, that’s soooo something.
Second, accompanying the friend, nodded with a grin:
– Yeah, yeah.
Alice had to go all out to grab the handle with your right hand in the stroller. This hand, no doubt, desperately wanted to snatch from hanging on the left hand sheath “Sword of the night sky.”
Happen Alice in this situation six months ago, she, without a moment’s hesitation, went to a free flight, all six hands were soiled by his touch “Sword of blue roses.” Knights of Unity is not tied ban on harming other people. And, actually, now that Alice has broken seal in the right eye, her actions do not limit any law.
Alice, painfully clenched teeth, suppressed the vehement desire to attack.
These guys – the inhabitants of the world of people who Kirito and Yudzhio seeks to protect even at the cost of life. Injure them now she could not. They certainly would not want that.
Alice was silent for a few seconds, without moving a muscle. But, apparently, blood lust, burning in the left eye, she could not hide. Trinity stopped grinning and looked away frightened look.
– … Okay, okay, what the person is doing a terrible … – soon, sulkily, spat husky and removed his hand from the hilt of the sword. The other two, also apparently decided that it would be better for them just relieved released scabbard. “Sword of Blue Rose” fell heavily to the ground.
Alice walked silently forward. Leaning over the sword, it is only three fingers of his right hand deftly took up the sheath of white leather and easily lifted. Rushed to the young bastards another short glance back to the stroller.
Brushing the dust from the hollow sheath cloak immediately and put black and white swords on his knees Kirito; he immediately clutched tightly in them and calmed down.
Alice looked at Nigel Balbossu; that, if it happened was not interested, noisy commanded other men. Alice slightly bowed back yelling one thing after another family head and rolled the wheelchair on the path leading to the north, home.
Boiling in her breast for the first time in a long time rage quietly replaced the cold feeling of helplessness.
Such a feeling is not the first time she has appeared since then, she started a new life in a grove near rulid. Most villagers still avoided talking with Alice, and with the lost soul Kirito generally refused to be treated as a human being.
Not that Alice their vinyl. For them, apparently, it still remained a criminal, offending Index ban. They tacitly agreed to let her live outside the village, selling her food and household items – is for that she should be grateful to them.
But at the same time in the recesses of consciousness twitched thought. For what?
For what all had to endure so much pain, fighting the high priest administrator? Another priest, Cardinal, black spider Charlotte and Yudzhio lost their lives, Kirito can not speak or express their feelings – so what do they protect such a price?
These thoughts, Alice has not once had, but there was one question that she could not draw a word.
Does it make sense to protect such as Balbossa and his family?
These doubts were one of the reasons why Alice, behind the sword, still lived here, on the outskirts of the world.
Now for the “Great East Gate”, located on the outskirts of the empire Istabarieta, the forces of darkness gradually amassed army, bringing the beginning of the inevitable invasion. Knight Commander Berkul hastily deployed there to create a “World Defense Forces of people”, not knowing if he will have time in such a difficult situation. And Alice, does not waive the obligation Knight Unity – it could do only now deceased Administrator – quite possibly soon have as quickly as possible to come to the Gate.
However, the “Sword of fragrant olive” has become too heavy for Alice.
Heavenly city, which it previously considered their homeland, did not exist. Church of axioms that she swore eternal loyalty, mired lie. Moreover, Alice opened previously unknown hideous and shameful side even inhabitants of the world of people. Far in the past left a time when she could pray to the Goddess and swing your sword, not doubting the rightness of their cause.
Now Alice has not wanted to protect all people – only some. Father and mother, and the old Selcuk Garittu and Kirito, of course. If only they would be safe, why not turn away from the knight’s duty and not just live here in peace and tranquility …
After retiring from fresh cuttings on the path leading through the wheat fields, Alice stopped and whispered Kirito:
– Maybe once we are here, we descend to the village for shopping? I will not allow these children so uncouth evil joke.
There was no answer, but the lack of response Alice found for agreeing and rolled the wheelchair to the north.
By the time Alice, having bought on earned hundred seers products and various useful things, returned to her forest hut, the sky is already painted in the colors of the sunset.
Sloping wheelchair was upstairs to the door, she suddenly heard a sound like the wind whistling. Lowering the stroller, Alice remained standing in the middle of the clearing, waiting for the sound source closer.
Very soon in the sky above the treetops, waving huge wings, appeared enormous silvery beast with a long neck and tail … dragon. It was a dragon Alice brought her here and Kirito from the capital. More precisely, the dragon – named Amaёri.
Having done two laps over the clearing, the dragon sank softly. Wings folded, stretched out his long neck and pointed at his chest Kirito tip of the nose; and then his huge head slid to Alice.
The girl began to scratch bluish bloom on outstretched throat, and the dragon is low, guttural purred.
– Amaёri something you slightly stouter. You do not overeat lake fish, eh?
So she with a smile in his voice reproached the dragon, and he sheepishly exhaling, turned and walked to his bed on the eastern edge of the clearing. Lying on a “bed” of dry grass, he curled up as if trying to get the tail to the neck.
Six months ago, the same day when Alice decided to build a hut on this glade, she took off her leather halter Amaёri canceling hereby submit Sacred art. Moreover, she told her: “Now you’re free, come back to its nest in the Western Empire,” – but not Amaёri flew.
Gather herbs, dragon for himself he built the bed. After that he played every day in the forest and ate them as caught fish from the lake; but always came back in the evening. Sacred art, suppressing the proud and fierce nature of the dragon and make him obey the knights, it was no more; so why he did not try to return to their homeland? Alice did not understand this.
However, to be honest, she was happy that Amaёri with which it has always been together since the day when I became a Knight of Unity, now stay with her own free will; chase the dragon and she could not bring myself to. Villagers from time to time noticed the silhouette of the dragon in the sky over the fishing line, and it makes a certain contribution to the already not fragrant reputation of Alice, but now this girl did not care.
Hearing that settled on the dry grass Amaёri breathed sleepily, Alice wished her good night and rolled her wheelchair in the cabin.
At dinner she cooked baked beans with meatballs. Beans get a little harsh, croquettes of different sizes, but Alice felt that the taste came out pretty well. Kirito, of course, did not express an opinion. Whenever Alice sent a small portion of a spoon in his mouth, he is like remembering how to eat, began to chew and then swallow.
Would at least know what food he likes, what is not, thought Alice; she had with this young man really talk something once, and then very briefly. Sel’kov like some time lived with him in the church two years ago, but she could not think of anything good to eat, that they then ate. And Kirito probably also would not remember.
Time passed; finished with dinner, Alice suffered Kirito his chair to the little stove, and then went to wash the dishes. Put everything in the sink, and then –
Always quietly slept all the night until dawn Amaёri outside let out a low “ru-ru-ru”.
Surprised stagnation, Alice turned to the hearing. At night the noise of the wind over the grove weaves strange sound, as of a blizzard, though winter has not come yet. Distant whistle of the wind, lifted the huge wings.
Taking off from the kitchen, Alice looked at Kirito and making sure that he obediently sits in his chair, opened the front door. Again strained ear, making sure that the source vetropodobnogo whistle approaching, and went out into the courtyard, stopped and began to look into the night sky.
Damn spiral against the starry veil, the clearing decreased huge black shadow; there was no doubt – this is the dragon. To finally make Alice glanced at the eastern edge of the clearing – of course, lies in his bed Amaёri looked up at the sky.
– It can not be …
Thinking in the first moment, that some dark knight flew over the ridge from the Edge of the Dark Territory, Alice was rushed to the house for his sword, but then the moonlight reflected from the dragon scales, and she saw the silver gleam. Then her little tension eased. On the dragon with silvery scales flew only Knights of Unity Church of axioms.
However, the sense of relief did not last long. To do and what might need to go on a dragon in this wilderness? Really – those arguments half a year ago about the execution of the traitor Kirito not subsided by themselves, and now out of the cathedral sent executioners?
Sensing the tension Alice Amaёri also got out of his bed and stretched his neck up, again gave a cry. However threatening tone almost immediately disappeared, replaced by a lilting “kyuuun” if she caressed.
Alice knew the cause quickly.
After the third round of the dragon landed on the southern edge of the clearing; covered his neck down exactly the same shade as that Amaёri. No doubt – it was the older brother Amaёri, Takiguri. So, it sat on the back –
Alice turned to a firm voice clad in silver armor knight deftly jumped off the ground:
– … So, you found me. What brings you here, Eldri Synthesis Sёti van?
Knight of Unity, whose room was on the unit for more than thirty rooms Alice did not answer immediately, but first put his right hand on his chest and bowed low.
Straightening up, he slowly took off his helmet. Luxury light purple hair swayed gently in the night wind; view opened a beautiful face, proper to some urban smoothie. Velvety and quite high for a man voice he –
– Have not had the honor to see you, Alice-sama teacher. Although your attire and changed you as beautiful as ever. Tonight, remembering how beautiful golden hair shining under a gorgeous moon teacher, I immediately, without pausing for a moment, rushed to you with the most precious bottle of wine in hand.
Removing the left arm behind his back, he immediately pulled her forward again, and sure – it was a bottle of wine.
Discreet sigh, Alice somehow failed to respond to his disciple:
– … The most important thing is that you are completely healed from his wounds, but your character has not changed. I just noticed – your manner of speech is a bit like the Managing Chudelkina.
Pretending that she heard a strange “GC” wrest Eldri, Alice moved towards the hut.
– Ah, it’s Alice-sama …
– If you have an important conversation with me, I will hear you inside. If not – go back to the capital, and drink wine alone.
Glancing at his brother and sister – and Takiguri Amaёri – which met after half a year of separation, tenderly entwined necks, Alice briskly walked away into the hut.
Dutifully entered behind her Eldri curiously examined closely hut decoration; his eyes fell on Kirito, sitting with his head down by the stove. But he said nothing about it rebels, with whom he had a chance to fight once. Then slid down and pulled up a chair to Alice.
Thank would be ridiculous, so Alice sighed and slumped into a chair. Sat down opposite her Eldri without waiting for permission, put the bottle on the table. Second, they looked at each other, then ran across the face Eldri shadow – apparently, at the sight of his right eye closing Alice black armbands. However Eldri immediately rounded up the shadow and looked up; wings of his nose quivered slightly.
– … How nice it smells here, Alice-sama. Incidentally, it so happened that I was in a hurry to go so much in the way that not even stayed for the evening meal.
– “It happened,” huh? You went from the capital here in the wilderness, and the wine took with him, and the idea is to grab something from the food you had not occurred.
– I, vile worm ever ready to give up any kind of meals was – I swear by the names of the three goddesses. If it will help satisfy your hunger, I am willing to starve himself to exhaustion of his life –
Do not listen to the end stupid answer Eldri, Alice got up from his chair. Going into the kitchen area, she shifted the dinner leftovers from the pot on the stove standing in a wooden bowl, and then returned to the table.
The goal in front of him a plate Eldri stared with a mixture of excitement and doubt on his face.
– … If I would be allowed to ask the question – is it possible that this dish Alice-sama prepared with their own hands? ..
– Yes. And that is something not to like?
– Not at all …. Finally the day came when I got from the teacher personally cooked pudding and it fills me with joy much more than when I first was given the secret reception.
With intense expression on his face taking a spoon he scooped beans and into his mouth.
Looking at the working jaws Eldri, Alice asked again:
– By the way, how did you find this place? From the capital of this far should not reach any sacred art … and to find me in person, you need to fly on dragons all over the world – now Unity Knights simply can not afford it.
Eldri did not answer immediately; with the words “must be the same as the tasty” and other similar he worked extensively with a spoon; but soon, clear the plates, he raised his head, wiped his lips as if out of nowhere appeared a handkerchief and looked at Alice directly.
– Our souls, and my Alice-sama, inseparably linked, which led me here … and so I wanted to say, but, alas, in reality it is just a coincidence.
He willfully tossed aside his right hand.
– From knights patrolling the boundary ridge, recently there have been reports of the secret movements of goblins and orcs to the north of the ridge. By order of the commander of the northern, southern and western caves were inundated, but maybe they are trying to dig them again, which would lead to irreparable consequences; I arrived to check whether this is so.
– Cave …? ..
Through the boundary ridge existed four passes. In the south, the west and the north near rulid were narrow cave, through which could not pass the ogres and giants, forming the basis of the army of darkness. Therefore, it was expected that the enemy will gather an army at the “Great Eastern Gate”, but the commander of the Knights Berkul turned his attention to the three caves – as soon as they got the overall command and ordered them to fill up.
That’s because Alice knew about it, and she chose Rulid to his hiding place, but if the enemy decides to dig now through the caves, the situation will change. Rulid of quiet frontier village immediately turn into a battleground.
– So … you came to check if there is movement of the forces of darkness?
– I have a whole day to fly around the cave, but not what the orcs – even a single goblin was never found – and Eldri shrugged slightly. – Looks like they took over the troops pack what some animals.
– … In the cave itself looked to check out?
– Naturally. At the exit to the Dark Territory looked – there to the ceiling all blocked by giant rocks. … So, making sure of this, I turned the reins to fly back to the capital, and there Takiguri strangely agitated. I allowed him to choose the direction, and he sank down here – that such circumstances. Frankly, I myself incredibly surprised. Such a huge surprise … no, no, this is truly a finger of fate.
Here playacting somehow itself disappeared from the voices Eldri, and his face was the face of severe knight as he continued:
– Here and now, once I had the chance to meet you again, I just have to say. Alice-sama … I’ll be in Order! Your sword, we need more than a thousand warriors !!!
As if trying to avoid piercing eyes knight, Alice lowered her head slightly.
She understood everything.
Nobody knows when the thundering collapse fragile wall surrounding the world of men. Desperately trying to keep her updated “World Defense Army men” headed Berkul.
Alice felt indebted to the Commander, release it to care for the sick; and a sense of solidarity with other Eldri and fellow Knights of Unity in it, too, is not lost. But all this was not enough, so she returned to the fighting.
Above all – willpower. Fighting in the cathedral, Alice learned this truth. Just as then Kirito manages willpower to reimburse the difference in losing a purely military force, the best divine instrument can become dull if the will is lacking.
– … I can not, – said Alice faintly.
Immediately sounded shrill voice Eldri:
– Why not?
Without waiting for an answer, he turned sharp as the tip of the whip, the look on the young man sitting near the stove.
– Because of him? He escaped from prison, the cathedral, walked with his rebellious sword through many knights, manager, even reached the high priest-sama and now withdrawn from the right path and the heart of Alice herself, right? If so, if this is the cause of your indecision, I propose to remove it immediately.
Eldri with force clenched right hand edge of the table; Alice looked at him glare single eye.
– Do not you dare!
Alice resisted the urge to shout as loud, but the knight, hearing her voice, still immediately straightened abruptly.
– He also fought for their faith in justice. Otherwise, why the strongest of the Knights of Unity, including His Highness the team losing him? You crossed swords with him, and he had to learn the power of his blade.
Eldri, though wrinkled his nose with evident regret, yet let stress get away from their shoulders. Downcast eyes, he listened to the monologue.
– … Without a doubt, the Administrator, she planned to turn the soul half of all people in terrible warriors of swords – in this I am convinced personally. And this young man … Kirito with his friend Yudzhio – they are not allowed to put this plan into action. Not to mention the one who pointed the way those two – of the cardinal itself, which was once the peer administrator-sama, too, was the high priest; and I, and Berkul-dono no longer blame Kirito any crime. But … even that does not convince many !!!
And then, as if splashing out all that had accumulated in his chest, Eldri shouted in reply:
– If the rebel Kirito, says Alice-sama really is such a master that has surpassed the Knights of Unity, why did he not take the sword and fights ?! Why he turned into such a miserable creature that attaches itself to Alice this provincial hole ?! If he really killed the Administrator-itself in the name of protecting people, the more you should immediately go to the Great East Gate !!!
Even these words Eldri spat like breathed flames did not reach consciousness Kirito. His half-closed eyes reflect only the lights swaying in the oven.
There was a heavy silence, which broke the soft voice of Alice:
– … I’m sorry, Eldri. Anyway, I can not go with you. Status Kirito here at anything … The power went out my sword, that’s all. If we now crossed swords, I think, I and three exchanges of blows does not last long.
His eyes widened in amazement Eldri. The face of a proud knight contorted like a little boy.
But soon this face surfaced submissive smile.
– … That’s it. In this case, I have nothing more to say …
Slowly pulling his right hand, he said, the opening words of sacred art. Rapidly sang spell, and created two crystal elements turned into the finest wine glasses.
Taking the bottle from the table, he threw his fingertip solid plug. Poured into each of the glasses a little ruby liquid and put the bottle in place.
– … When you know that this wine – farewell, I want, holding two hundred years of the treasure of the Western Empire, raise a glass to the departed …
Raised his glass to his mouth, Eldri drained it in one gulp, then gently placed on the table. Bowed and stood up; his snow-white cloak swayed behind him.
– Well, on that we are parting with you, the teacher. I’ll never forget what you have taught me, Eldri, sword and sacred art.
– … Be healthy. And take care of yourself – briefly said Alice. Knight Unity slowly bowed and walked away, tsokaya boots. His back was breathing unwavering pride; Alice could only look away.
The door opened, then closed. Takiguri courtyard gave a loud cry, and then he heard the flapping of wings. Then – guttural moan unwilling to part with his brother Amaёri from which Alice pang in his chest.
Flapping of wings, first loud, was removed, and then disappeared altogether, and Alice all continued to sit without moving.
Right before the Life of the glass, crafted from crystal element, dried up, Alice took his fingertips and held it to her lips. For the first six months tongue tasted the wine – not so sweet, how many bitter-sour. After a few seconds the empty glasses are gone, scattered on the spark.
Plugged stoppered bottle in which the wine was left, Alice stood. Going to the stove, turned to silently sitting Kirito:
– … I’m sorry, you’re tired, probably. It is high time to sleep, let’s go to bed.
Gently taking Kirito’s shoulders, she helped him up and led into the next room, bedroom. Dressed in his pajamas with black unpainted fabric and lay on the bed near the window.
She took a folded at the foot of the bed blanket and covered Kirito from feet to neck. Half-closed eyes unblinking boys staring at the ceiling.
Alice blew out the wall lamp, and the room hung the blue darkness. Sitting next to Kirito, she began gently stroking his thin chest and bony shoulder; a few minutes later, as if the whole force at once left the body Kirito, he closed his eyes.
Waiting until the breath Kirito becomes sleepy and even, Alice got out of bed and dressed herself in white pajamas. Went into the living room and looked out the window to check on Amaёri, extinguished the lamp and the two returned to the bedroom.
Lifting the blanket, she slipped into bed next to Kirito and her body enveloped in a weak warm.
Alice usually cost close my eyes, as she immediately left the reality in the country of dreams, but now, as she tried, all sleep would not come.
Her eyes burned imprinted in him retreating back Eldri picture in a white cloak.
Once and she held back so proudly. Firm belief in the need to own sword to defend the human world and its inhabitants the power of the Church Axioms vitality filled her whole body.
However, now that power is gone – all to the last drop.
Eldri … his former student she wanted to ask. “Now when the high priest of the Church and the deception was discovered, what do you believe in the name of what you fight?”
But she could not. All Knights of Unity, except Alice and Berkul, knew nothing about the horrific plans of the high priest. Do not know about Eldri and his own “piece of memory”, imprinted in the ceiling on the top floor of the cathedral, and the fact that his “most dear people” turned into an integral part of the Sword of the golem.
So he still believed the Church itself and axioms. Three goddesses send a high priest of the new cathedral, which means that it is necessary to wait until a foretaste of days, when the Church will again be unerringly lead and instruct their flock.
But what do most Alice already knows about this grand deception with goddesses and heavenly city? Of course, the fact that the team Berkul hidden from the rest of the Knights half the truth, it was inevitable – it is important now to prepare for a big war. Worth Alice to join the other knights, doubt, settled in her chest, and they certainly will be passed.
Will hastily assembled “Defense Army” beat off the attack mighty powers of darkness, unknown to anyone. If bloodthirsty monsters manage to break through the great eastern gate, very soon they will get to that margin. We do not yet gone out of the way, which would avoid this tragedy? – Whenever Alice visited these thoughts in her head pop voice.
After the final battle with the high priest, but before Kirito fell unconscious – two phrases which brought the mystery of the crystal plate.
Go to End World Olter.
When you go forth from the great eastern gate, it will be far to the south.
“World End Olter” – these words in the sacred language she had never heard of. But she knew what lay behind the great eastern gate. Black as coal land, sky red as blood – it’s dark territory. It is worth to be there – and it would be incredibly difficult to go further, both forward and backward.
Even if it will fly over the country of darkness to avoid the difficulties and get to this “olter” – she finds there? Could there have found a creature, someone or maybe something that will protect the inhabitants of the human world from the dark forces? ..
Turning his head, looked at Alice lying on the other side of the bed boy.
Under the blanket she moved closer to Kirito. A little hesitation, reached out and hugged him, just scared little kid’s nightmare.
As Alice would not cuddle it lean body to which it was painful to even look – a young man who once rocked her heart his fierce, ognepodobnoy force, did not show any reaction. Slow heartbeat is not accelerating, still black eyelashes trembled. This body has lived … no, exist; perhaps it has already turned into an empty shell devoid of soul.
If now at the right hand of Alice was a sword –
Would pierce both time huddled together hearts, and all would be over.
Hardly the thought flashed through Alice’s head, tears trickled from the corners of the eyes. Falling on the neck Kirito, they scattered sparks.
– Prompt me, Kirito … what should I do? ..
There was no answer.
– I … what am I …
Drip, drip … more drops shone in the moonlight, to look into the room through the gap in the curtains.
The next day, 22 of the tenth month, the outstanding coldest for this fall.
Rejecting the walk, along with Alice Kirito sat near the stove. Before she was going, supporting Old Garitta, before the onset of this winter to prepare as much firewood, but it seems that this will not be necessary.
Alice has been writing letters; only two sheets of parchment – but she had gone to them all day. After some hesitation, she signed a common language name Shuberg and below – on the Sacred, “Synthesis Sёti.”
Neatly folded and put away one of the letters in an envelope inscribed Alice’s full name Sel’kov. Then he put on the table, next to the second addressed the Old Garitte.
The letters were the parting words and apologies. In this house, about which he knew Knight Unity Eldri remain was already impossible. Follows here may appear and will try to persuade her not Eldri and Berkul commander himself. And then Alice, full of deep gratitude to his teacher, he will not be able to say the words that I must say.
So she runs away again.
Are quiet and long sigh, Alice raised her head and looked at the man sitting across the table, black-haired boy.
– Listen, Kirito. And where you would like to go? On the western highlands, I heard very beautiful. Or, say, the southern jungle – there is good too, I guess. All year round warmth, a lot of different fruits.
These words she uttered deliberately cheerful voice, but, of course, there was no reaction from Kirito still not followed.
Empty eyes, as before, looking at the surface of the table. The idea that a sick boy again have to attach to a wandering life, causes pain Alice. But leave it to rulid she could not. Impose Kirito pupil Sel’kov abbess was unwise, moreover, Alice just did not want to do so. Because caring about Kirito in its current state remained for her now the only meaning in life.
– … Okay, fly wherever Amaёri wants. And now let’s go to bed – tomorrow we have to get up early.
Disguised Kirito and put him to bed, Alice dressed herself, extinguished the lamp and crawled under the covers.
Lying in the dark, she listened to the breathing lying beside Kirito. Satisfied that he was asleep, she gently moved.
Ear to his bony chest Kirito, she began listening to a slow heartbeat.
Soul Kirito here was not. It remained only its echo in a heartbeat. Every night for the past few months, Alice visited by such thoughts when she fell asleep, clinging to Kirito. But at the same time listening wafting from the inside “tuk tuk”, she felt that something was still left, something else is gone.
If, say, the current Kirito able to think normally, but just can not express thoughts and feelings – that he thinks about is her behavior? Thinking about it with a faint smile on her face, Alice gradually sank into a shallow sleep.
Suddenly, the body to which it clung, weak tremor passed.
Alice struggled to his heavy eyelids. Looked left eye in the east window, but the sky, rising above through a gap in the curtains, remained impenetrable black. And instinct told that she had slept only two or three hours, no more.
Again feel like Kirito body shuddered and tensed, Alice whispered:
– Another night … Let’s go to sleep a little more …
Closing her eyes, Alice began to stroke his chest Kirito, that he fell asleep. However, it reached the ears resounded just outside a quiet voice, and only then, Alice realized that with the boys that something is wrong.
– And … aa …
– Kirito? ..
Any desire at present Kirito was not. Cold, thirst, and the like could hardly wake him. Nevertheless, the young man was trembling harder; he even move his legs, as if trying to get off the bed.
– What happened? ..
Did he regained consciousness? With this thought Alice sat up and, not wanting to spend time to light the lamp, make a light.
Seeing in the ash-white glow of the element that fills the eye Kirito still the same black void, Alice sighed disappointedly. But if so, what –
Suddenly Alice reached the ears of the sound coming from outside.
– Ku-ru-ru, ku-ru-ru-ruuu!
This voice belonged Amaёri that was supposed to sleep on the edge of the clearing. Sharp, piercing, Spine-Chilling and calls to be alert.
After jumping to the floor, Alice jumped out of the bedroom, raced through the living room and opened the door. Immediately rushed into the cabin cool night breeze. In the air, which is usually only carried the smells of the forest, now felt something else. It is something like Alice plunges into the nose, it was the smell of burning –
Barefoot, as she was, Alice jumped into the yard. Turned to look around the night sky – and gasped sharply.
The western sky was burning.
Ominous crimson glow, without a doubt, it was a huge fire glow. Peering intently, Alice saw crossing the starry sky column of black smoke.
Forest fire ?!
Only for a moment the thought flashed through Alice’s head and was immediately discarded. Besides burning, the wind brought the clang of metal and cries of many people.
Dark Territory army attacked Rulid.
– … Sel’kov !!! – Hoarsely escaped Alice, and she darted back into the hut. But as soon as he ran up the threshold, froze.
Sister and parents had to save, come what may.
And as with the rest of the villagers?
To try to save all whom they might have to fight head-on with the forces of darkness. But the current Alice seems to this was simply incapable.
Source of strength Unity Alice Knight was complete, blindness devotion Church Axioms and administrators. Now, having lost this belief with the right eye, if she can fight “the Sword of fragrant olive,” to use the sacred art?
Ears frozen Alice –
Suddenly caught a soft knock from the depths of the hut.
The unexpectedness of the left eye of Alice thrown open to the entire width. In the midst of the gloomy living room lying overturned chair and crawled next to a dark-haired young man.
– … Kirito …
Alice on padded feet went inside.
In the eyes of Kirito, as before, there was no radiance determination. Yet though he was moving slowly, but clearly focused. His hand reached for the swords hanging on the wall.
– Kirito … you …
Alice stuck in the throat hot lump that rose from somewhere in the chest. In the eyes of all beginning to blur; not once she realized that it tears.
– … Aa … aah …
Uttering incoherent groans, Kirito did not stop for a second – he purposefully crawled to swords. Alice abruptly wiped her tears and rushing towards the young man raised his emaciated body to the floor.
– All right, I’ll go there. I will deliver the inhabitants of the village. So do not worry, just wait for me here – a quick whisper she said, and hugged Kirito.
Tuk. Tuk. Pressed to his chest Kirito, Alice could feel his heartbeat.
This knocks, let the soul Kirito and was shut out of the world, felt hidden, but not burnt willpower. Alice felt the heat flows into it, as if she basked in embers.
For a second hard pressed her cheek to cheek Kirito, Alice then raised his light body and seated on a chair.
– Once people are saved, immediately return.
Say again Kirito these words, Alice first thing pulled from the wardrobe cleaned there armor and sword belt and put them right over his pajamas. Then ran to the east wall and, without a moment’s hesitation, grabbed her adorable sword.
Taken for the first time in six months, “Sword of fragrant olive” pulled hard hands. Trailers fasteners on the scabbard to the belt, throwing a cloak and thrusting his feet into his boots, Alice again flew into the yard.
– Amaёri !!! – She cried, turning to the jack on the eastern edge of the clearing, and then a giant shadow flew up to her and lowered her head.
Vsprygnuv on a long neck at its very foundation, Alice sharply ordered:
– Go !!!
Silver wings flapped furiously, and after a short run-up dragon soared into the night sky.
A little typing height, Alice saw the catastrophic picture of what is happening in rulid. Rushing violently into the air was enveloped in flames mainly north side of the village. It seems that the attackers came from a really dark territories because of the boundary ridge.
In strewn on orders Berkul “North Cave”, as said last night Eldri, nothing strange happened. If just one day enemies managed to remove from the cave a huge amount of debris to pass through it and attack, the soldiers in this detachment was clearly not ten or twenty.
First of three caves, reaching under The boundary ridge, from time to time in the world of people under the cover of darkness infiltrated small groups to sow evil. According Kirito, he Yudzhio too, before recovering in the capital, fought with a group of goblins in the northern cave. But to be so open and such a large force – this is never heard. So, while the full-scale invasion of the human world from the country of darkness come?
While Alice is spinning in my head these thoughts Amaёri one stroke broke the thick woods and found herself over a field near rulid.
Reins Alice was not, but she gently patted the dragon’s neck, making it clear that he hung in the air.
Leaning forward, Alice began to study the situation. The northern edge of the main street that runs through the village from the south to the north, was lit crimson glow, which clearly could see the shadow of the attackers. Swiftly, like jumps, worn nimble goblins. A little further, going bigger orcs.
On the northern edge of the main square could be seen hastily erected a barricade of furniture and wood, but the first goblins dotuda already got through it and beat – Alice saw the glint of naked swords.
A handful of village guards tried to fight back. However, their numbers, equipment and training level, apparently, did not go to any comparison even with the Goblin. And after, stamping, so that the earth trembled, already approaching squad of orcs, who was bound to sweep away the defenders.
Suppressing the desire right now to rush into the thick of battle, Alice continued to assess the situation.
On the eastern and western edges of the village in some places also climbed the fire. But to the south of the area until it was quiet. All the villagers, except custody – including, of course, Selcuk – likely escaped through the south gate, and took refuge in the forest.
With this thought Alice refocus gaze on the main square, and she escaped exclamation:
– Why not?!.
In the midst of a circular area in front of the church was an artesian well, and around this well dense ring was a crowd. Too many people, so they can be overlooked. Perhaps there gathered almost all the inhabitants rulid.
Why do not they run out of the village?
When the main power hitters get to the defensive line, the guards will be swept away in a flash. If the villagers now begin to flee, the shelter will not succeed.
Alice again patted the dragon’s neck – he flew forward – and, finding himself on the area, called out:
– Amaёri, wait at the ready!
After that unhesitatingly jumped from a height of several tens of chalks. Her body to dissect the cold night air, cloak violently slammed behind him.
Three hundred villagers formed a tight circle, obviously going to fight back; standing in the first row of men in front of him shovels, scythes and other farm utensils. They actively handing out two instructions, next to which Alice and landed.
There was a hell of a roar, and on its feet on the stone pavement ran in all directions of the crack. Throughout the body of Alice, from the feet to the crown, took a strong tremor, and her life almost certainly diminished, but only just.
Two men – they were wealthy peasants Nigel Balbossa and Elder Gasuft Shuberg – instantly fell silent and stared at the sky suddenly fell from the figure.
From just looking at the face of his father Alice gasped; but she did not miss a moment of silence dangling, loudly exclaimed:
– Here, you do not fight back against them! Please, take all the road south !!!
At these words, Alice appeared on the faces of the men even more bewildered expression than before.
However, Nigel immediately regained consciousness and shouted angrily daring words:
– What nonsense are you talking about! So we left their home … their village and fled !!!
Peasants with swollen veins on his forehead Alice retorted:
– If you will not run now, then it will be too late, goblins you catch up! Your farm or life – that for you more ?!
Nigel these words silenced, however it should be quiet, full of tense voice spoke Elder Gasuft:
– Gathered in a ring on the area and protect the weak us ordered the captain of the guard Jink. In the created situation, even I, Elder, I can not disobey his orders. So says the Imperial law.
At this time Alice was speechless.
In emergency situations, those who are entrusted with the sacred duty of the guard captain at the time are above the heads of their villages and towns; It was under their start moving all residents. In the fundamental laws of Northern Empire Norlangarta it was explicitly spelled out.
However, captain of the guard named Jink, who inherited the sacred duty of the father was just a youngster. In this unusual situation, he hardly can keep a clear mind. Judging by clearly read on his face Gasufta alarm in his head had similar thoughts.
Word of the Imperial law was for the villagers absolute. So they began to seek shelter, it was necessary to pull out from the northern edge of the area defense team Jinka and make him change his order, there was no other options; but at the time it’s all just left.
What to do. What to do –
And then in the ears standing pillar Alice broke kids, but determined to shout:
– Father, do as my sister says !!!
Gasuft abruptly turned and looked into the defensive ring, the fragile girl in a cassock, which treated the sacred art of villagers who have received apparently severe burns.
– … Sel’kov!
“As well, now everyone will be saved,” – with these thoughts Alice did was a step towards his beloved sister, but she was ahead of her – to her feet and walked through the crowd to get where Alice stood, and two men.
Sel’kov flashed toward Alice’s only one short smile; then her face tightened, and she turned to Gasuftu.
– Father, from the time my sister ever did was wrong? Even I understand that if there remain, they will kill us all!
– But … but … – mumbled hesitantly Gasuft flour with the expression on his face. Grizzled mustache quivered slightly, eyes went somewhere in space.
Instead speechless elders spoke again, more precisely, angrily shouted Nigel Balbossa:
– To further malyshnya climbed here !!! Protect the village !!!
Look bloodshot eyes he turned on standing near the family home Balbossa area. His mind was obviously only thought about the rich wheat harvest this fall and accumulations of gold for many years.
Returning to Alice look with Sel’kov, prosperous peasants screamed shrilly, as if aware of something obvious:
– And … that’s it, everything is clear !!! This has led you to the village of monsters country darkness, Alice !!! You’re still in the time of the Edge climbed the ridge, stained dark forces himself !!! Witch … this girl just a witch !!!
Yelling, he jabbed a finger into Alice in bold; girl robbed of language. Hum of voices of villagers, the sound of swords from the barricades, even bellicose cries monsters approaching from the north – all at once it became somehow distant.
Since Alice settled for the outskirts of the village, it does not just respond to requests Nigel blame or that big tree in the forest. Whenever this man already shaking, pouring in gratitude. And yet now, entirely wanting only to protect their own farm, he threw her these words – as well as …
Alice looked away from become ugly, like an orc, the man’s face; in her head spun:
Enough already, let them do what they want.
And I’ll do what I want. Selcuk, Old Garittu, parents, Kirito – they only take away from the village, take somewhere far away, where we will find a new home.
Creak teeth, she closed her eyes.
But the thought did not stop there.
But if that Nigel and the rest of the villagers Balbossa look so blockheads – it’s just the result of a centuries-old reign of the Church axiom.
In addition to the index of the ban, these people have tied many different laws and regulations; it was allowed to rest, like lukewarm water, and at the same time, something important was collected.
Selected power – the power to fight.
Months and years passed endless line until Continue this robbery; where did accumulate this invisible force?
At only thirty-one people – the Knights of Unity.
Inhaled deeply, then exhaled, Alice sharply, as if even with some sound, opened the left eye.
A man standing in front of her once Nigel blood drain from his face – he was obviously scared.
Alice, on the contrary felt her body is filled with some wonderful power. Silent, but hot as a blue-white flame. But she thought that after a desperate battle on the last floor of the cathedral lost this force – a force that allowed Kirito Yudzhio and herself to challenge the mightiest ruler of the world of men.
Take another deep breath, Alice announced:
– … I’m canceling orders Jinka Guard Captain. I order all the villagers gathered in the square, go to the southern forest and take refuge there; those who have the weapons to go first.
Her voice was calm, but Nigel recoiled, looking as if he had punched. Yet soon, as if assembled with the same spirit, he was able to answer:
– By what right … y-you, girl-criminal, r-commands here …
– On the right knight.
– Rea … what else knight ?! Such a sacred duty not in our village! A little know how to swing a sword, and immediately called herself a knight – Why all the knights in the capital itself, so that –
Firmly looking at bristling saliva Nigel, Alice squeezed his left hand over the right shoulder cape.
– My name is … my name is Alice. Responsible for order in tsentor third  on the rank Knight Unity Church Axioms – Alice Synthesis Sёti !!! – Loudly and at the same time she had the sudden movement tore off her cloak.
Hardly a thick cloth ceased cover the whole body, flame fire brightly lit and shining golden armor “Sword of fragrant olive.”
– What … Ry-Ry Knight Unity?!. – Mumbled completely changed voice Nigel and full of horror face plopped on the buttocks. Yes, and Gasufta eyes widened.
That is called herself Alice, hardly anyone could find a lie. Because in this world voluntarily assign himself the title of Knight of Unity – still deny that the power of the Church Axioms; but it’s just not possible. Of course, confirm the truth of the words of Alice, but herself might perhaps that Kirito, but there was also evidence – after having escaped from the capital, Alice threw a sword, symbolizing her membership in the Knights of Unity.
The rest of the villagers, before excitedly rustling, too, fell silent at once. And wafting from the northern barricades sounds – screams custody and goblins, the clash of swords – seemed remote.
The silence was broken whisper Sel’kov:
– Sit … Riza? ..
Looking at the left eye with his hands clasped in front of chest younger sister, Alice smiled sweetly.
– I’m sorry I had not told Sel’kov. The fact that I was given this title – my true punishment. And now – and yet true duty.
Hardly Sel’kov heard these words, her eyes stood out tears.
– Sister … I … I always believed. What you do not no criminal. … How beautiful …
Next came a Gasuft.
With the hard-knock fell on his knees and his eyes downcast, he strained voice shouted:
– Respectfully obey the orders of your worthy Knight Unity-dono !!!
Immediately jumped to his feet, he turned to the rest of the villagers, and briefly commanded:
– Everybody get up !!! Armed ahead, the other behind them – run to the south gate !!! Leave the village to take refuge in the forest south of the new lands !!!
Among huddled in a bunch of villagers ran a disturbing hum. But he immediately verse. Resist orders elders villagers could not, said Knight Unity – especially.
Located in the outer ring of strong men began to raise his feet rest – women, children and elderly. Alice called after residents headed Gasufta and choked voice said:
– Father, I leave all of you … and Selcuk, and mom …
Stern face Gasufta wavered only for a moment, and then he replied curtly:
– … Knight-dono, you too take care.
Yes, my father never would call her daughter. Such is the price of its new powers. Harden afford it, Alice pushed Selcuk in the back, so that she went near Gasuftom.
– Sister … you just do not risk too much, okay?
Smiling little sister, who fled in the face tears, Alice nodded, then turned to the north. Behind her, the villagers began to move at once.
– And … aa … but mine, but my house … – pitiful voice moaned still sitting on the pavement Nigel Balbossa. He looked from traveling past the villagers to the house, which was chosen flame, and back. Deciding not to pay attention to him, Alice began to delve into the situation of the village.
Residents finally started to move, but still there were three hundred. The fact that they all left the village, took time. However, the line of defense is unlikely to last long; east and west also heard the sound of approaching enemy steps.
At this point, with the northern edge of the square there was a scream – apparently shouted a young man.
– Continue all! Back! Nazaaad !!!
The voice seems to have belonged to the captain of the guard Jinka. Hardly hear it, Nigel Balbossa exactly scream gave him strength, jumped to his feet and yelled furiously at Alice:
– Hey … hey, do not you see that you ?! Let us protect the area! Kill it now! Every one will cut !!!
Alice shrugged and replied calmly:
– All right, unless it is necessary to protect the place. I will overcome.
– And you can? Should simply must! Although … though, even if you really Knight Unity, these demons are so many, and you say that the one on the right !!!
Despite the fact that frightening goblin silhouettes, approaching from the west and the east, could be seen all over, Nigel kept yelling. Not paying attention to him, Alice threw a quick glance behind him. The tail of the crowd going from village residents still remained in the square, but Alice and Nigel were from a good distance.
Nigel Grabbing the collar, with the strength of Alice shoved it in a southerly direction. Then, raising the same hand to the night sky, loudly shouted the name of his beloved dragon.
From the sky immediately returned loud roar. Rubanuv right hand from the top down and from west to east, Alice continued:
– Pali … !!!
On top like a storm wind gusts hit the flapping of wings. Nigel standing pillar and burst at that moment the square strange kind-humans – Goblin – once looked up.
Crimson glow illuminated the sky dive ripped black silhouette of a giant dragon with a gaping maw. In the throat was burning bright blue-white light –
With this sound escaped from the jaws of a jet of blinding light. She collapsed on West Street, crossed the area near standing on its southern edge of Alice and Balbossy and left on East Street.
A moment later.
Incised along this beam straight shot up into the night sky languages Hellfire. Scorched this flame goblins scattered in different directions, screaming shrilly.
At least two dozen enemies that came under attack fiery dragon burned instantly; the water in the middle of the square pit evaporated, and the cloud covered the neighborhood of dense white fog. Shouting after flying over the very edge of this cloud Amaёri order to remain ready, Alice turned.
Nigel Balbossa again flopped on the pavement and unable to rise from the horror, watched his eyes bulging.
– Che … che … d … d … d-g-dragon?!.
Alice glanced at his face quivering. “What’s wrong with him?” – Flashed through her mind; And then she heard through the wall a couple approaching tramp – someone desperately fled here. Soon showed men dressed in uniforms of leather armor guards rulid. What they did not retreat before, it was the right decision; however, more than a dozen guards were seen minor wounds, but seriously, it seems, they managed to escape.
Running the last – that is praiseworthy – big body boy, captain of the guard Jink saw virtually empty area astonishment exclaimed:
– K-wherever it happened to all of our ?! I ordered them to defend here ?!
– I sent them to take refuge in the southern forest.
Only after these words Jink Alice saw her and blinked in surprise. Several times spent at her eyes up and down and back, then stunned with views mumbled:
– You … Alice? .. What are you? ..
– Time to explain. This is all the guards? None have left behind?
– And … aa, yes, of course …
– In that case, please also run with his men. A and Balbossu-san with a pick.
– But, but … they are the same, and soon there doberu- …
Before he could finish his sentence, as –
– Gihiiii !!!
Rude scream echoed through the square.
– Kudaaa ?! Where whites fled yumyyy ?!
Out of the mist on the area, clutching the iron hatchets, rushed clad in rough plate armor goblins stuck with long feathers in her hair. Next to the first ran another gang – those whom the flames seared Amaёri; looks like it was a different tribe – only some of them were well built.
Gazing at demihumans, Alice took his right hand the hilt of his beloved sword. The dragon could not attack his fiery breath very often. While Amaёri not accumulate within ourselves thermal elements, Alice will have to entertain the enemies alone.
One of the goblins found Alice in golden armor; his yellow eyes flashed with rage and lust for murder, and he shouted:
– Gihii !!! Maiden Yum !!! Kill! Kill and eat !!!
Throwing his strange long arms with cleaver, poluchelovek ran to Alice in a straight line; she calmly waited for him, mentally whispering:
What a frightening power given to me. I think its very existence – sin.
She again became a Knight of Unity.
– Gihyaaaa !!!
Goblin jump slashed heavy saber; Alice held out his left hand and casually stopped the blow. Bare palms passed concussion, but dull blade is not something that the bone is not broke – he did not even cut the skin. Clenching blade five fingers, Alice crushed him like a thin piece of ice.
Useless piece of iron had not yet had time to fall to the ground when the “Sword of fragrant olive” snatched ALISIN right hand, drew a horizontal line and cut in half goblin.
Bright golden sweep of the sword went back, pulling out the approaching three more goblins, and instantly threw them to the border of a thick cloud of fog. All four of the enemy bulging yellow eyes and not understand what happened, and not having time to make a sound; then their top and bottom halves apart from each other fall to the ground.
Only after that Alice took a step back to it not hit the bloody jet, and again mentally whispered:
High Priest Administrator. You also made a mistake.
Such tremendous force you collected just three dozen Knights of Unity, creating dolls that do not have their own will. That you tried to usurp all the power that was to be distributed among the inhabitants of the world of men. However, when too much force is accumulated in one man, he goes astray himself and knocks others. There you are, having absorbed the mighty power, got lost …
The high priest is dead, and it did not fix the error.
In this case, we must at least give this power, all to the last drop, in the name of other people.
Not as a Knight of the Unity of the Church axiom, but simply as a warrior, she must think with your head and fight on their own. Like those two valiant swordsman six months ago.
Take a stand with the sword at the ready, Alice resolutely opened the left eye, which closed before.
At this very moment, hastily erected barricades on the northern edge of the area collapsed from blows from the opposite side.
On the flooded area fills the entire width of the main street of the main forces of the enemy. Over fifty plus goblins are not so numerous, but powerful and strong, clad in iron armor and carrying a spear in one hand drills – orcs.
Flashing yellow eyes full of hatred and bloodlust, they belligerently yelling; at the sight of their retreating figures Jink, other guards and Nigel Balbossa woefully groaned.
However, Alice’s heart remained calm.
Not because she’s like Knight Unity relied on his martial art. Even surrounded by the crowd, tychuschey spears from all sides, Knight just can not get a scratch.
Alice gave her strength now understood in a new way.
Now I have to decide for itself, in the name of something to fight. To protect the little sister to protect his father and mother. And to protect all inhabitants of the world of people – that, in the name of which fought Kirito and Yudzhio.
Alice felt her doubts and feelings of helplessness, nests in the very depths of her soul, evaporate in a white glow. This glow spread throughout the body; Very soon it got to the right eye, hidden under a black armband, and Alice felt in this place a high fever.
Pain pierced her head away from the orbit to the occiput; Alice, gritting his teeth, suffered. But it was a nostalgic, poignant pain. Alice grabbed his left hand reaching across the face bandage and tore one fell swoop.
She gently lifted her right eyelid, which is closed on that day nearly six months ago. On the black field of view from the center to the edges of spilled red light, he immediately turned into the dancing flames. As the left eye, the right saw burning houses; dvoilas picture, not wanting to focus, but gradually converging two images – until finally superimposed on one another perfectly.
Two eyes looked at Alice clenched his left hand a black rag.
This bandage, faded from repeated washings, Kirito fashioned, tearing his own clothes. For many months she defended ALISIN right eye exploded along with the seal, and now, having reached the limit of his life – began to disappear, just vanished into thin air. Looking at this brief but excellent scene, Alice realized.
All of these six months, she took care of lost his right arm and soul Kirito, trying in every way to protect him. But in actual fact, defended herself.
– … Thank Kirito – Alice whispered, pressing his lips to the black rag for a moment before its extinction. – … I am already in order. Even if I hesitate, doubt, become despondent … anyway, I’ll go ahead. For the sake of what is really necessary for me and thee.
At the same moment, when the rag ceased to exist, Alice tossed her head vigorously.
Two eyes, she clearly saw hundreds of goblins and orcs, furiously screaming fills the area. Behind came the clatter of runaway custody and Nigel Balbossy.
In the heart of Alice’s solo host of the enemy army, was not a shadow of fear.
Plunging into the lungs full of the smell of burning air, she cried out:
– … I am a knight of the World people Alice !!! While I’m here, you do not quench your thirst for blood and murder !!! So immediately leave the cave and return to his country !!!
Like this dazed voice cold running first goblins slightly slowed down. However, there is a hefty orc in the middle of the crowd, which seems to have been there a commander, and threw a two-handed ax militant roared:
– Guraaaaa !!! It’s just a white girl Hume; I Moritta Nogolom-sama, right now, put her on her knees !!!
Goblins this exclamation clearly inspired. Making sure that all the attention black enemy waves focused on her, Alice –
As she cried out the name of heaven raided a giant shadow. Dragon has not yet amassed sufficient number of thermal elements for the next attack fiery breath – it just with a thunderous roar menacingly swept over most heads-humans. Stunned enemy again worried – even more than last time.
Do not miss this moment, Alice raised high above his head in his right hand squeezed “Sword of fragrant olive” and exclaimed:
– An enhancement armament !!!
Six months have passed since then, as Alice said, the entire text of the spell “full control over the weapon,” and yet priceless sword Alice responded to her call. Gold blade with transparent metallic sound was divided into countless tiny blades, and those gleaming in the firelight, soared into the night sky.
– Flowers – create a storm!
Rain from the golden petals with rustling attacked enemy troops.
The first own blood burst main orc, who identified himself Morittoy. Multiple lobes pierced him in various places, and instantly lost all his life, he fell with a thud on the pavement. Surrounding the Orcs, yelling, too, one after another fell facedown.
“Sword of fragrant olive”, created from a tree, rooted at the center of the human world from the date of its creation, was an outstanding weapon, even by the standards of God’s instruments. Has the second name “Forever Immortal”, he was under the spell of complete control was divided into hundreds of petals, each of which is itself on a level not inferior swords forged by famous masters. Rough iron armor to protect them could not.
In no time deprived of the main strike force together with the commander of the remaining enemies lose heart. Having lost their fighting zeal, they stopped, ran over the area only a dozen chalks.
While the front goblins hesitated, unable to decide, to be led by greed or fear in Alice sharply waved her sword hilt, which is compressed in the right hand. Again there was a faint rustle, and hundreds of petals before the dance in the air, thick vertical bands lined up in the space between Alice and enemies.
Gazing at demihumans through the golden fence, Alice quietly said:
– This is – the wall that separates the world of people and land of darkness. Even if you had digged through the cave until we, knights exist, we will not let you sully this earth! Now choose – go ahead and drown in their own blood, or run back to the cave and to his country of darkness !!!
In less than five seconds, as the front goblins whirled back.
Courageous plurality of hammers banging up in the blue winter sky.
Putting his hand to his forehead, Alice looked at the wheat field lies behind the village Rulid.
With the attack of the dark forces detachment has been a week.
Many homes in the northern part of the burned down, but almost all the residents to address elders postpone the sacred duty and began to rebuild the village together, so that the work went quickly. Alas, twenty one villager who had not managed to escape, was killed; sad ceremony was held in common burial in the church three days ago.
After the ceremony, at which she was asked to come, Alice sat on the dragon and went to the northern cave to find out what is happening there.
The cave was to be inundated by order Berkul, but through it led Prokop is so wide that even the powerful orcs managed to pass without problems; from the dark area near the entrance of the cave were traces of long stops.
It is impossible that all the enemies dug a cave overnight. Apparently, after detachment from the Dark Territory diggers entered the cave, its crater filled up immediately back. And when Knight Unity Eldri checked in, there are already inside secretly moved forward detachment goblins.
Never before goblins and orcs do not show such a striking caution and cunning. Suggests the idea that the attack was not just intelligence sortie, as the previous ones.
Rather than overwhelm the cave again, Alice closed the brook flowing from its middle, the former lair of the white dragon, and soon the cave was completely flooded. Then she released a set of pre-existing elements of the cold – and now overlaps the ice cave, and not a stone.
From now on, until someone owning sacred art not worse Alice, do not melt ice thermal element to pass through a cave nobody can.
Translating opinion of rulid and exalts him Edge ridge on their own hands, holding the latter is not saddled Amaёri on the bag, Alice hitched to her left foot dragon.
– This is … my sister, – said, hanging his head, Selcuk, still with a smile on her face stubborn Alice was helping to prepare for departure. – … My father also wanted to come to you to carry out, though. He is now in the morning quite scattered. I think deep down he really glad that my sister back. I very much want to believe it.
– I understand Sel’kov – hugged his little sister, Alice whispered. – I was taken out of the village as a sinner, and I returned to the Knight of Unity. But someday … finished all the works that I will be back here as usual Alice Shuberg. And then I can just say, “Father, I’m home again.”
– Uh …. I also believe that someday it will be so – wet voice replied Sel’kov and raised his head, the edge of the sleeves of his cassock wiped her face.
Turning to sitting next to the black-haired boy a wheelchair, she most cheerful tone on what was capable, she said:
– Kirito, you too good luck! Recovering sister Alice and help!
Clasping his hands bowed head, young schoolgirl abbess drew a symbol of blessing and dissected, and then stepped back a few paces.
Alice walked over to Kirito, carefully took out his hands two swords and put into the bag, strapped to the saddle Amaёri. Then easily lifted and emaciated young man seated in the saddle.
Not that she did not come up with the idea to ask Selcuk care about Kirito after his departure from the village. Alice goes to the Great East Gate, the place of the upcoming decisive battle with the army of darkness, and there she will be busy in the throat of the Defense Army of Peace people; take care all day for Kirito as before, it just can not.
And yet, she decided to take Kirito along.
A week ago, on the night of the attack, Kirito explicitly drawn to the sword, to go to the village. It still lived desire to fight in the name of others. If so, a chance to regain his soul will find only where the battle will unfold for the world of men.
When the time comes – if need be, Alice his tie straps to his back and will defend to the last drop of blood.
Alice last hug a loved sister.
– Well … I flew, Selcuk.
– Mm. Take care of yourself … and be sure to come back, sister.
– I promise. … Garitte-san also conveyed best wishes. … Well – happily and learn well!
– Of course. I promise someday I will become a great abbess … I … ever …
Unable to add anything, Sel’kov only smiled through her tears.
Patted his little sister’s hair, parted Alice hugs, then, struggling with a reluctance to part, went to his favorite dragon and sat in the seat directly behind Kirito.
Top Sel’kov nodded, then fixed her gaze at the blue sky.
Reins lightly clinked, and the dragon, not feeling the weight of two people and three swords, began a short run between fields.
Someday she will be back here.
Even if you fall on the field of battle – if only the soul, but will come back.
Brushing eyelashes stuck in tears, Alice cried sharply:
– … XXA!
Gently embraced her feeling of flying – and the land was left at the bottom.
Catch the updraft Amaёri making circles in the air, rushed up.
In the midst of the broad fields and forests brand new roofs glittered Rulid village, and there, at the bottom, could be seen running and flapping hand figure Sel’kov –
Alice launched dragon east.