Season 1 Chapter 23: Sonia Aquarid (3)
The Great Mage Returns after 4000 Years – Chapter 23 – Sonia Aquarid (3)
“Th-, thank you for your help.”
Luther hurriedly bowed.
Frey looked over at him and Luther immediately became nervous because he did not know what this strange man would say.
He had helped them, but he also might not have approached them with good intentions.
“No problem. Are you hurt?”
As Frey responded to him, Luther let out a sigh of relief.
Now that he thought about it, if such a powerful wizard truly had any bad intentions towards them then they might have already been buried in the ground together with the group of mercenaries.
“The mercenaries…are they all dead?”
It was Sonia who spoke next.
“Do you want to see the bodies?”
“N-, no. That’s okay.”
Sonia was a cold woman so she wasn’t usually embarra.s.sed, but she stuttered because she was still amazed.
She believed that he would really show her the mercenaries’ corpses if she had answered too late.
She cleared her throat a few times before finally speaking in the proper tone befitting a n.o.ble lady.
“Thank you for your help. I’m Sonia Aquarid from the Luan.o.ble Kingdom.”
Although he was her benefactor, it was not easy for her to speak formally. For a woman, Sonia usually spoke in a very cold, stiff tone and she rarely used respectful speech.
However Frey shook his head slightly when he heard her words.
‘Aquarid? I think I heard that somewhere before.’
It felt relatively recent, but since it didn’t come to his mind after he thought about it for a moment, he determined that it wasn’t that important.
“I am Frey Blake. From the Kastkau Empire.”
Sonia was surprised when there was no change in his expression even after she had revealed her ident.i.ty.
This was because the Aquarid family was one of the most well known knight families on the continent.
Even if he was from the Empire, he should have heard of it.
‘Is he a commoner?’
In reality, she thought he was a commoner because of his unsightly appearance. Even the beggars on the streets of the kingdom were much cleaner than he was.
He was also smelly, but Sonia took care to not reveal her thoughts.
However Luther’s next actions surprised her.
“I see, so you’re a member of the Blake Family.”
When Sonia turned her questioning gaze to him, he answered with a smile.
“It is one of the most famous wizard families. It has produced some of the most outstanding wizards who supported the Kastkau Empire.”
Luther continued, feeling his explanation was a bit insufficient.
“Earl Isaka Blake, the current head, is one of the eight 7 star wizards in the empire, and is the head of one of the six Magic Towers.”
Luther’s reactions indicated that he was a member of a family that was at least on the same level as the Aquarid family.
Sonia turned to look at Frey in amazement as she recalled the magic that he had just used.
Hundreds of light shapes had flown from his fingertips and constantly suppressed the mercenaries, and when they thought it was over, the ground opened up and devoured all of them.
It had been a beautiful and also overwhelming scene.
‘I could never beat all of them.’
Especially the man with the scar on his face. It was the first time that Sonia had been confronted by such an anomalous and unconventional swordsman.
Even if she was to duel him one on one, she could not guarantee her victory.
To deal with such a group without getting a single scratch.
‘This is definitely a first cla.s.s wizard.’
It was at that moment that Sonia’s impression of the wizard changed greatly.
After a while, she tilted her head.
‘But why does such a person look so terrible?’
Frey looked toward where the mercenaries had been buried and opened his mouth.
“They must have been waiting in the mountains for more than a month. It seems that you are their target, is there any reason for that?”
“How did you know that they stayed for a month?”
“That was when corpses were first found nearby. They seemed to have captured people from the city who were wandering nearby and tortured them.”
Sonia nodded at that.
Their speech and behaviour were very vulgar and lowly.
Luther also nodded.
“For a month…that seems to coincide with the time that we left the Luan.o.ble Kingdom. It could be that someone hired them. The Aquarid family has just as many enemies as we have comrades.”
But they knew one thing.
Given that these mercenaries were so strong, the person who hired them must also have a considerable amount of power.
Frey seemed to think about something before saying slowly.
“So what will you do now?”
“First we need to go to a city. I heard that there is a city called Ispaniola nearby.”
“Just follow the boulevard when you meet it. It is not that far away.”
Luther sighed in relief.
“On the way here I found traces of battle. A lot of the corpses seemed to be from your party, what will you do with their bodies?”
“…They all have families. It would be great if we could take them home but we can’t afford to. So the least we can do is bury them.”
Luther wanted to refuse as a courtesy but Frey’s offer was like a welcome rain after a long drought.
He couldn’t help but ask with a happy face.
“…are you sure?”
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Only then did he begin to ponder about Frey’s unkempt appearance. Perhaps it had something to do with training.
After all, the mana concentration in the Ispania Mountains was known for being extremely dense.
Even so, there were probably extremely few people who would be willing to train in the place that was given the name h.e.l.l Mountains.
Shortly after arriving in Ispaniola, Luther immediately sent the bodies back to the Luan.o.ble Kingdom.
He hired a mercenary guild to escort them and sent one of the two remaining maids to guide them.
Meanwhile, Frey seemed to have left the other bodies with the city guard.
These bodies belong to the inhabitants of the city that had been murdered.
When it was all over, Luther seemed to come out of his daze.
Although Sonia had higher status, she had the least amount of experience, so it was up to him to express his grat.i.tude first.
“Thank you very much. I do not know how to repay your grat.i.tude…”
“It was nothing.”
Frey didn’t seem to be very sociable.
He never had much to say and seemed very cold.
“Then I will take my leave. I hope the rest of your journey will be better.”
“Wa-, please wait.”
Luther hurriedly tried to stop Frey.
Frey only turned his head to look back at Luther.
“Please let me give you a reward.”
“I didn’t do it hoping for a reward.”
“I know, but…please. If I was to let you go like this then the Aquarid family would be considered dishonourable…”
Luther was quite desperate.
As long as Frey was a child from a n.o.ble family, then he should show them this bit of courtesy, otherwise they would be in his debt.
No, the political implications aside. Luther really wanted to repay Frey for all that he had done for them.
“Please Frey. Let me repay your favor.”
Sonia also bowed her head.
It was very rare for her to bow.
Frey was lost for words for a moment, before he let out a sigh.
“I’ll only accept dinner.”
“Th-, thank you.”
They were lucky, if he had decided to be stubborn, then he would have left without hesitation.
Luther’s face was shining with happiness and Frey spoke after a moment.
“I know a good place, let’s go there.”
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