No, that's not her. That's not the Soara I once knew.
Where is that sweet, soft, gentle girl?
When I was a burden to the party, she always encouraged me with patience, and when I was tired, she would gently make me tea.
Whenever I pushed myself too hard, she would take the initiative to help me heal my wounds.
She was the personification of a devotee to God.
I don't think this is because of the brainwashing's influence on her personality....
"You think because I'm a priestess I deserve to be treated like this! You're going to pay for this, you little son of a bitch!"
I am beginning to believe so.
Was Soara really like that?
She scratched her head and briskly sat on the other bed.
"That fool needs to be punished for what he did to me!"
"You're back to normal, aren't you?"
"Yes, all thanks to you, Toru."
I'm afraid of Soara. A murderous smile appeared on her face.
I don't know how to respond, so I smiled back.
The black aura that formed around Soara caused Kaede and Frau to hide behind my back.
"It's very scary."
"She's very dangerous, how did you manage to have been with her all this time?"
"She's usually a nice girl. Maybe the brainwashing made her react differently..."
Although I know that last part I said isn't all that believable.
Since Nei did not turn out like this.
Soara looked at Kaede and the others out of the corner of her eye.
"So those are your new partners - slaves?"
"It was inevitable. I went through times where I doubted everyone, and I had a hard time making friends."
"...I see. There's nothing wrong with that, Toru."
I was relieved when the tone of her voice returned to normal.
Soara stands up and stomps her right foot.
"It's all that little rat's fault! I can't believe he had that forbidden ability, the stupid welp, he makes my blood boil, aaaaah!"
"Are you hungry? Is that why you're cranky?"
"Thank you for your concern. But as strange as it sounds, I'm not hungry."
"Just to be safe, let's eat, even if it's just a little. I'd like to talk to you calmly."
Her cold face turns warm with a beautiful smile that lights up her face.
"Sounds good to me. Let's talk about how to get rid of that bastard."
Soara was very scary.
She's more fearsome than any enemy I have ever fought.
"I see... So Toru was the Manyu Brigade."
As she said that, she put her glass of sake down on the table.
There were a few bottles already opened.
I didn't know she was such a drinker.
"Thank you for helping Nei. I've always regretted not doing something. I don't know what I could have done to help her."
"I'm sure she's back in town safe and sound by now."
"It didn't seem like it, but she was always very fragile, I guess she wasn't as strong as I was."
A sad expression appears on her face.
Nei and Soara were very close.
I'm sure you've had a lot of regrets up to this point because of the things that have happened.
"Nei was very worried about you."
"I kept my true personality hidden since we were children. You see, my family is a family of priests, and I have been brought up in a way so as to be someone who is willing to help others without anything in return. But the result of all that education was the opposite."
I think I remember some of that back when we were kids.
She had a very masculine look back then, and once hit Nei and made her cry.
I had forgotten because I was apart from them when I played. Soara had an aggressive personality as a child.
"What are you going to do now? If you have nowhere else to go, you can stay with me.
"I will have to abstain. I'm not qualified to be around you right now."
"Qualified?! What do you mean?"
Suddenly she hit me on the head with an empty bottle, causing it to shatter and shards of glass to fall everywhere.
"I am not refusing your offer. There are many things I have to do, like praying for God's forgiveness, performing redemptive service, and to counteract the false love I was subjected to. I have to reaffirm my true love within me."
"I don't understand what you're talking about."
Don't hit me with a bottle again.
If this had been the Soara from a while back, she would have scolded me with a simple "meh".
Is it too soon to tell her I'm level 300?
"I'm calmer now thanks to Toru. I'm sorry you had to see me so miserable."
"Don't worry about it..."
"You have not changed. You are always unwavering and imposing."
No, no, no, no, no, I am very agitated.
I am too shocked to react.
I guess this was the best thing for us.
Soara's heart was broken.
"Have you killed Sain yet?"
"I am here for that purpose."
"Then I will go to the nearest church and pray. That sinful man must be brought to justice. That man has trampled on our minds and played with mine and Nei's bodies. I will make him repent for laying his hands on a priestess, a servant of God."
Her black aura reappears, and she shattered the glass she was holding.
Kaede and Frau huddled against me out of fear.
They both listened quietly the whole time, but it seems they are not used to the current Soara.
Soarer's anger is justified, but I want her to calm down a bit more.
"I feel relieved and sleepy. I'm going to get some rest."
I look back.
He still wore a rag.
Her hair and face were dirty, and she didn't look very good.
Also, her white breasts were clearly visible.
"Do you want to go clothes shopping tomorrow?"
"Clothes...? Oh! Yes, yes! Please!"
Then she turned red and ran out.
I'm glad you remember the embarrassment again.
I had trouble keeping my eyes on her face.
"What 's wrong!?"
"Soara has big breasts, doesn't she!?"
"It's not like that!"
Kaede yells at me and Frau looks at me angrily.
In any case, I only like Kaede's breasts... What the hell am I thinking!?
Anyway, I hugged Kaede and stroked her head.
Soara, who has once again adopted the appearance of a priestess, bows in front of the church.
"Thank you so much for everything you did, Toru."
"It's okay, it's not important."
"You are wrong. Yes it is important, I am truly blessed to have you as a childhood friend. You're-...”
Soara steps on my foot.
In other words, she's saying 'don't ask me any unnecessary questions.'
I think I am slowly beginning to understand Soarer's true character.
I don't know how I managed to miss it before.
If it wasn't for all this happening, she probably would have fooled me for the rest of my life.
Soara looks at Kaede.
"Please take care of Toru. He can be insensitive and uncaring about his surroundings, but he is a very kind and vulnerable person, I ask you to always support him."
"Yes. I intend to follow my master wherever he goes."
"Hey, don't forget Frau!"
"Oh yes, I ask you to do the same, please."
She squeezed Kaede and Frau's hand and bowed deeply.
So this is goodbye for now.
Soara will spend a few months in this church before moving to the church's headquarters in Balseille.
I have given her the money for the trip.
In addition, I gave her a letter addressed to Jonathan, so that he can provide her with safe passage to Balseille.
I wanted to take her directly if possible, but Soara refused.
She punched me in the stomach and said I need to focus on finding Sain instead of wasting time.
"Oh, I almost forgot!"
Soara grabbed my arm and pulled me along forcefully.
She had taken me to a slaver's store.
"I want to make a master-slave pact with this man."