It has been a few days since I returned to town.
I've been staring out the window in a daze.
I don't feel like doing anything.
There is a hole in my heart.
The emptiness I once felt has returned.
U had the feeling that I was missing something important.
No, it's not missing. In fact, It was forever lost.
My ex-lover and ex-best friend.
"Master, how do you feel?"
"I brought you something to eat."
I sat on the edge of the bed and accepted Kaede's soup.
I took a sip and realized that Kaede's food, which had been so delicious, felt different in my mouth.
I don't have much of an appetite.
The hand holding the spoon stopped.
"You didn't like the taste?"
"That 's not it. I just don't have much of an appetite."
"That's what you said yesterday. You didn't eat much."
"I'm sorry. I think I need to rest."
I put the bowl on the table and went to bed.
My body felt terribly heavy.
It was as if my arms and legs were filled with lead.
Besides that, it's as if something inside me has vanished.
Kaede puts her hand on my forehead and uses her healing waves on me.
The emptiness seemed to fade a little.
Her hands are warm.
Nei came into my room.
She comes to see me from time to time, whenever she's free.
"Do you still feel bad?"
"I'm tired from everything that's happened."
"Well, a lot has happened, hasn't it?"
She sits in a chair near the bed.
"But that's not going to make Kaede and Frau feel any better. If you're going to be their master, you have to be better than that."
"They are no longer slaves."
"That's not the point. Kaede, Frau and I are Toru's slaves."
"That 's right."
After a while, the two left the room.
I heard a voice from the hallway.
"What should I do? He's always in that state."
"I don't know, maybe it's not enough to use your healing magic. We should blackmail him."
"Blackmail? I'm not very good at that."
"So why don't we get the people who can do it? We'll use a quadruple combination of love, punishment, seduction and healing to make him feel better. You've traveled a lot, so you must have an idea."
"Hmm, maybe I can come up with something..."
I was left alone, and I closed my eyes.
I felt very tired.
I thought the hole was finally full, but another, even bigger one appeared again.
Lisa, Sain... Why?
there was a beautiful landscape in front of me.
The cicadas chirp loudly.
I was a kid running down the gravel road in town.
Behind me are Nei and Soara.
"Let's go slime hunting tomorrow!"
"I hate those fat things."
"Fufu! So Nei can't stand up to mere slime? Scaredy cat."
"That 's not true!"
"Don't fight, we'll find something better to do tomorrow."
""Yes, see you tomorrow!!!""
I broke away from Nei and Soara and ran home.
When I opened the front door, my father and mother were already in the dining room.
There was a variety of dishes on the table.
It looks so delicious that I had to swallow my drool
"Welcome home. You're covered in mud again today."
A black-haired woman smiles.
That's... My mom's face, I had already forgotten about her.
Yes, it looked just like that.
I also clearly remembered my father's face.
My mother bent down and spoke to me.
"Toru, you did very well."
He patted me on the head.
My heart was comforted by her nostalgic hand.
"It may be painful now, but you can stand up again. Because you are our son. Live the way that makes you happiest, and support those who help you."
"The journey is not over yet. In fact, this is where the real journey begins. Toru, find your roots. You are destined for greater things. That is why I have given you the family jewels."
Both my father and mother were smiling.
Tears are shed.
It finally dawned on me.
This is the last message from my parents.
Wait! Mom, Dad!
I want to keep talking to you!
Everything begins to fade away.
I desperately reached out my hand and the two of them were saying goodbye.
Please wait. I still have many questions to ask.
"Toru! Get up!"
They grabbed me by the chest and punched me in the face.
When I opened my eyes, everything was blurry.
Ha... It was a dream.
My vision finally cleared and I squinted to see the morning sun streaming through the window.
Nei is in front of me.
"I'll give it my all for Toru!"
"Give it your all!"
She's going to hit me again.
It's all a mess, but I felt my conscience clear.
"Soara, you're next."
"Very well. I'll put all my strength into it."
"Why is Soara here?"
"Grit your teeth!"
Soara whacked me over the head with her staff.
The staff broke in half as a result.
Was there any point in gritting your teeth?
"Next up are you two."
Eeeh?! Marianne?! Luna?!
What are you doing here?
At the same time that Nei and Soara leave the room, Marianne and Luna enter.
They both smiled, and instantly drew their swords and tore at my clothes.
Before long, I was in my underwear.
I am sitting on the floor, looking up.
"I want the man I adore to always be strong."
"Exactly. This is a punishment born of love. This is so you won't forget who you are, Toru."
"And if you're still not over it, I'll beat the crap out of you."
"Isn't there some way around it?"
As they leave the room, two other people enter again.
They are Alusha and Frau.
"I was called away on important business, and I find you in this deplorable situation? Toru-Dono. You can't... do it with me like that!"
"I don't know what you're talking about."
"I am ashamed of you! Elves, unlike fairies, are a race that knows shame."
"What does that mean? you want me to take your pants off?"
Frau, who was in her human size, pounces on Alusha.
"What are you doing here?"
Panda comes up behind Frau and pulls at her hair to get her away from Alusha.
"I just came to raise Toru-Dono's spirits."
"You were lucky, I almost took them from you."
"Alusha, you wear panties black?"
Alusha holds her ears and falls to her knees.
Frau didn't seem to mind, she sat next to me, and tapped her thighs for me to place my head on them.
"I've always wanted to do this."
"I know, you've mentioned it a lot."
"Yes. Finally, Frau is able to do it. And I want you to know something my Lord. Don't settle for this, you know you can always trust me, I will do anything for you."
She turned her face away as she said it coyly.
She is a very tender slave.
Frau dragged Alusha, who was frozen with her hands hiding her face, out of the room.
Next to enter the room was Lynn from the flaming axe gang, and next to her was a young man I think I had seen before.
"I was called to lift your spirits, nya. I'm going to cast a magic spell that will make you feel better, nya."
"Pione, watch what I'm going to do, then do the same, nya."
Lynn drew my face to hers and then buried it in her breasts.
How soft they are.
My mental strength is recovering quickly here.
Power flows throughout my body.
"Now do you understand, nya? This is the power of the cat race, nya. If I don't get to find a husband, I'll stay with Toru, nya."
"That's right, nya. But wouldn't that make a nice story for the future, nya?"
Well, I like the cat breed and I also like Lynn.
Lynn got off me, and then the young man crouches down in front of me.
...Wait... She's Pione?
Where are her horns?
"I said I'd be waiting for you, but now I'm here."
"That's what it looks like...."
"Kaede told me to wear this, so no one would know my identity."
Pione shows the ring that we had used to infiltrate the dark realm.
That means Lynn and the others don't know who Pione is.
Now I understand why there isn't a big fuss around it.
Pione opens two buttons on his shirt.
I can now see her white cleavage.
"I'll do it too!"
My face sinks into her breasts.
The sweet, floral scent stimulates my nostrils, and her soft skin feels good.
In addition, my energy increases sharply.
Involuntarily, my nose bled a little.
"I'll be waiting for you, come visit me."
"Yes, I promised I would."
"Yes. My grandfather and I can't wait for you to come."
Lynn and Pione leave the room.
The last person to enter the room was Kaede.
"I'm glad you're feeling better. It was worth it to bring them all here."
"So you did this?"
"Yes. I flew all over the countries last night with Frau-San."
"Thank you for doing this on short notice."
Kaede lay down on my bed and placed her head on my thighs.
I stroke her soft, silky white hair.
Her eyes were closed and her white eyelashes swayed pleasantly.
The tail was wagging very vigorously.
Her fox ears tilt up, seeming to insist that I pet her more.
It has given me the energy to get back on my feet.
Of course, there is still a hole in my chest.
But then I remembered...
Although it looked like there was one hole, it was actually filled with many things.
I lost something, but I got more than that.
Kaede, Frau, Panda, Rosuke, Sharkboy and the many friends I met during my trip.
"Surely my master has another skill, a saving skill."
"What do you mean?"
"A skill that saves your happiness."
"You mean it has doubled in you?"
"Not at all. This is just the beginning."
What am I going to get now?
I'm already happy, but what more can I ask for?
A familiar sound resonated within me.