Suddenly, she burst into tears and pounced on me.
Why is Luna here?
She should have been waiting for our return back home.
Luna wasn't in the best condition to explain herself as she kept crying.
"It must have been because of the magic transfer circle, Luna must have stepped on it and was brought to this place."
"You mean Luna climbed to the top of that steep rock mountain?"
"No, that place's circle still doesn't work. Surely, she must have discovered a new magic transfer circle that we don't know about. I think that would be the most logical conclusion."
I see, that makes a lot of sense. After the magic circle brought Luna in, its magic power ran out and it stopped working.
One can only say it was bad luck.
But how long had she been here?
There are dozens of empty bottles lying on the floor.
It looks like she was just barely staying hydrated with the potions.
Ultina, unable to believe the situation, folded her arms and frowned.
"It's about time you explained to me what's going on here..."
"You'll get your explanation later, but my priority right now is Luna."
We returned to the surface with Luna on my back.
"Aagh, hagh, nggg!"
Luna nearly choked as she rapidly gulped down a glass of water in one go.
The plates piled up on the table, and Kaede, Frau and Ultina were stunned at the scene.
The speed with which she ate was very fast. I feel like she's thrown away her pride as the princess of Greyfield.
Even in this restaurant, where there are few customers, Luna's voracity made the waitresses rush back and forth between the kitchen and our table.
"Fueeeh~, that was delicious. I'm completely satisfied."
"You've eaten too much."
"I really thought I was going to die. If you hadn't arrived in a couple more days, I'd probably be dead by now."
"What do you mean by that?"
Luna was happily rubbing her stomach.
As for me, I was relieved to be able to help her.
I've already heard Luna's story and the reason she was there.
There are some ruins just below the mansion where Marianne lives, and there is a magic transfer circle there that no one had discovered.
And the four other people who she knows were also transported by the magic circle were Soara, Nei, Alusha and Lynn.
As for Pione and Marianne, Luna cannot state if they were also transported since she was caught in the circle before that happened.
The question is, why is Luna alone?
If they jumped through the same magic transfer circle, they should all be in that place.
"I was thinking the same thing while I was in that place; Why was I alone? Maybe that magic circle transports to different places as long as they are connected."
"So they are all in different places..."
Luna nods with a relieved smile on her face.
That's not good. Without knowing where the girls are, it's hard to know where to go.
All I can say for sure is that there is an unidentified shifting magic circle on this continent, and our friends jumped into it.
The silver lining in all of this, is that they are all able to fend for themselves.
Now I have a new reason to continue my journey.
"Well, you have nothing to worry about. If you go to the base now, you can ride the boat home."
"Oh, I'm going back?"
"Aren't you glad?"
"Of course I am. But I'm on another continent and I've met Toru-Kun again. I think it's kind of sad to go back and not be able to enjoy it."
Luna stuck her fork into the dessert on the table and said, "I've had a terrible time, I should have a reward."
I didn't know what to say, so I turned my gaze to Kaede and Frau.
"It would be the proper thing to spend some time with Luna. She spent so many days alone locked up in that dark, cold place. She needs to feel protected now."
"That's true. Frau wouldn't like to spend much time alone in such a place without being with the Lord."
"I'm not quite sure what's going on, but, it's not right for a man to crush a girl's feelings. You should take responsibility properly."
Well, Kaede and Frau have a point.
And there's also no way to know how to find the other girls for now.
So I should worry about Luna's mental health first.
"Would you like to do some sightseeing together?"
"Just the two of us, right?"
"Perfect! It's a date!"
I went to a cafe Ultina recommended.
But Luna hadn't arrived yet.
Was it necessary to set up a meeting place and go out separately?
I think it would have been more efficient if we both came here together. After all, we are staying in the same inn.
I order a cup of coffee and take a seat.
The clothes Kaede and Frau have prepared for me are strangely billowy and uncomfortable.
It even has a cloak, I look like some kind of nobleman.
A date... Speaking of which, when was the last time I had one?
I was a little nervous.
"Sorry I'm late."
"That's okay, I just got here."
Luna was wearing a very beautiful white dress. She sits down and orders a drink from a nearby waiter.
She stands in front of me and stares at me.
"You look beautiful in that dress."
"Is something wrong?"
Did I do it right?
I don't know how women think, so I don't know if I messed up.
And since I put down my great sword, my back feels really, really weird.
"Where are we going next?"
"According to what Ultina told me, there's a good section of stores on the main street."
"Toru-Kun, a smart man guides the lady without telling her his plans."
Oh right, Soara had warned me about this before.
Dating is very complicated.
After a brief chat, the two of us left the cafe.
When we reached the main street, we looked for a store that would interest us both.
"Toru-Kun, how about a home decor store?"
"Fine by me."
"In that case... I'd like a pillow with Toru-Kun's scent. Can I give you a new one and you give me your current one?"
I immediately said yes to Luna's request with my gaze lowered.
"No, no, that's mine!"
I heard a voice behind me, so I turned my head but saw no one there.
...Could it have been my imagination?
I went to the store and bought a fluffy pillow for myself.
Of course, I paid for it myself.
I kept walking around the store to see what products they had.
Luxury cushions that are useless
Luxury pillows that are useless.
A luxury futon that is useless
A luxury sleeping bag that would get ruined after it's first use on an adventure.
All are fluffy and comfortable to the touch.
It seems that the dark elves' passion for sleep goes beyond my imagination.
"The pajamas here are so soft. I wish I could take one."
"I'll buy it for you if that's what you want."
"Thank you so much."
Luna begins to happily search for a pair of pajamas to her liking.
"Toru-Kun, I'd like to know; What kind of sheets do you like?"
"Why are you asking me that?"
"Well, someday we'll get to sleep in the same bed."
Luna smiled at me and pinched my right cheek.
What does she mean by that?
Why will we sleep together?
Does she mean that we...?
No no no, I don't think so, it must be a joke.
Once I bought Luna her pajamas, I put them in my Magic Storage and we left the store.
"It's a beautiful sunset."
"Yes. Ultina said this is the most beautiful place in town."
The view of the sunset and the city from a small hill on the outskirts was a sight for sore eyes.
The two of us sat at the foot of a large tree and huddled together to watch.
Slowly the sun was setting on the horizon and the sky behind us was turning a dull orange-purple mix.
"I wish time would stop right now."
Luna leaned her head and rested it on my shoulder. She murmured, keeping her gaze fixed on the setting sun.
"Toru-Kun, you're very clueless and insensitive, so I'll be sure to say things clearly."
"I like you, Toru-Kun. I love you. Since the day I met you. I fell in love at first sight. That's why I'll be waiting for your return. To be with you forever and ever."
She gave me a kiss on my cheek.
This was so unexpected!
She stood up, turned around and walked, giggling like a naughty little girl.