“Yeah, Judom Lankars . A former adventurer that was well known as the ≪Impact King≫ . ”
Apparently it was a nickname, but Hiiro frowned upon hearing it .
“That name sounds like a delusional middle schooler came up with it…”
“Forget it . ”
“Okay? Anyway, remember his name . It’s such a waste that he’s a ‘Humas’ . ”
“Oho, wouldn’t expect that from someone who’s lost in status and prestige . ”
“I keep telling you, he isn’t like that! He took care of me once too, albeit a long time ago . ”
Arnold narrowed his eyes reminiscing .
“Well, I couldn’t care less about that guy, but at this rate, I won’t be able to pass the check point, right?”
“Yeah, it takes quite some time to pass through there . ”
Hiiro pondered about what to do with a pensive face . It seemed it would work out with time, but it already took one week in the capital, so it would take even longer here . He definitely wasn’t patient enough for that .
“Hey . ”
“The check point is in front of a large bridge, right?”
“Yeah, that bridge is the only connection between the human and beastman continent . Well, it isn’t impossible to cross over the sea, but…”
“But it’s no good? I thought about taking that route if anything else fails . ”
“And how? The sea between the continent got a really rough stream and sometimes even whirlpools . Not to mention the ferocious demons . I heard it’s all due the particular terrain, so I guess crossing by boat is impossible . ”
(I can’t pass it normally, since I don’t have a ≪Visa≫ . That said, passing over the sea is out of the question, too . Wait, if I use my ≪Word Magic≫… No, it’s quite likely someone will see me . Ah, right, I can just copy the ≪Visa≫ with the word “copy” …But that’s so ordinary and no fun . Reminds me, I haven’t tried that experiment yet . Good timing . If the left is no good, try from the right, or so they say . Kukuku… . )
Hiiro smirked as he thought of something . But the other two were astonished seeing him like that, thinking that he was up to no good again .
On the next day, they went up to a hill near the check point .
“Hey, are you really going to do it?”
Arnold looked doubtful, which pissed Hiiro off .
“Just do what I told you . ”
Muir looked at them restlessly .
“Okay, let’s get started . ”
Hiiro said so, then wrote “lightweight” onto his chest with magic power . He had trouble writing like this, but he didn’t use ≪Air Writing≫ as the costs were too high . After that he activated it and counted until forty in his head .
“All set . ”
“Okay . Ohh, you’re really light!”
Going by Hiiro’s stature, he would be around sixty kilo without a doubt, but right now he weighted no more than a few kilo . Arnold lifted him up like a spear .
“Y- You really sure about this?”
“Hurry up already . I told you it only lasts for one minute, so I only got twenty seconds left now!”
Arnold mustered all his strength and then…
he threw Hiiro into the sky with all his might .
Hiiro squinted from the incredible air pressure and took off the ground with a lot of speed, feeling like a cannon ball .
(Oh~ Nice view from here)
He admired the wonderful scenery in his heart . Then the effect from “lightweight” vanished and he slowly lost momentum . As he was about to stop in midair, he wrote a word into the air .
This time it was “fly” . He aimed at his back and activated it, because he imagined flying freely like an animal with wings like that .
Of course he had previously checked that he was able to fly by writing it on his palm . Directing it at his back was mostly whimsical .
(Mhm, wings… Maybe I should try if I can grow some next time)
He got a bit excited from having found a new challenge . This part of him showed how much of a kid he still was . Then the effect from “fly” manifested .
(Ohh~ I’m flying~ But kinda slow . I’m as fast as walking, I think?)
He imagined himself flying faster, but his speed didn’t change . Well, it didn’t interfere with his plan, so it was alright .
Slowly raising up even higher into the sky, he flew slantwise over the check point . At this height, he only looked like a small bird to those on the ground .
But then the one minute passed and the effect ended . He wanted to write “fly” again, but couldn’t .
(Seems I can’t write it twice in a row after all)
Writing the same word in succession was impossible . He had checked upon that previously too, so he didn’t panic .
(Then I’ll go with this next!)
He wrote the word “float” . Upon that, he stopped descending and came to a halt in midair . Floating in the middle of the air was a rather strange feeling .
“Mhm, how many have seen the world from so high up?”
From above, ≪Edea≫ looked beautiful . He could see green lands, blue seas and high mountains . A sight that truly made you aware of Mother Nature .
(Now I’ll just repeat writing “fly” and “float”)
With that in mind, he enjoyed the view while he waited for the effect from “float” to vanish .
Meanwhile, Arnold and Muir were at the check point .
“H- Hey, Uncle, will Hiiro-san be alright?”
“No idea . But I’ve never seen someone as reckless as him . ”
Hiiro had explained them the plan yesterday in the following way: First he reduces his own weight by writing the word “lightweight” . Then he lets about thirty seconds pass .
As for the reason for this pause, apparently he could only activate the next word when one minute passed after a word with a temporarily effect . At worst, he could end up crashring into the ground during the one minute he was being thrown .
Therefore he had Arnold throw him after forty seconds . The remaining twenty seconds would pass while he was still in an upwards movement . Still, it was only feasible since Arnold possessed quite the strength as a ’Gabranth’ .
As the next step, he would fly through the air by using the word “fly” . Of course they asked why he didn’t use that from the beginning, but he couldn’t use the same word in succession and there was a high chance he would be spotted by someone as his momentum would be slow then .
Of course there was also a chance of him getting spotted as Arnold threw him, but one would surely think his eyes are playing him a prank as Hiiro took off with quite the speed .
The last step of the plan involved using “fly” and “float” alternatively and looking for an isolated place to land .
They had asked him if there wasn’t a simpler method by using words and Hiiro had checked upon that as well . He found a way to copy the ≪Visa≫ by using the word “copy” .
However, Hiiro had always wanted to try out flying like this and since this was a good opportunity, he went through with it .
“Seriously, I don’t know if he’s a genius or just stupid . ”
“Either way, he’s a brat . ”
Arnold could only give a feigned laughter at this point . Still, it puzzled him how he was convinced that Hiiro would pull it off without problems .
The check point was a huge dome out of metal . Before going in there, an officer confirmed the ≪Visa≫ one by one .
“Okay, you may go on . ”
Being told so, Muir entered first, followed by Arnold right afterwards .
The dome was filled with shops . Some were makeshift from peddlers, others were permanently located there . When they proceeded further in, there was a door, big enough to let one adult through, guarded by two male officers on the left and right .
(Strict as always . All that effort to check those who want to pass)
While thinking so, he headed towards the officers together with Muir .
A magic circle was drawn right in front of the officers . The circle lighted up blue when a ‘Humas’ stood on it, green for a ‘Gabranth’, red for ‘Evila’ and yellow for everyone else .
Discrimination against the ‘Pheom’? That thought crossed his mind, but no one of that race ever passed through a check point up till now . To begin with, they rarely showed themselves . It’s said that no ‘Humas’ ever even saw one .
Therefore the ‘Pheom’ were grouped together with everyone else .
“Going home, I see . You’re clear to pass!”
Upon the officer’s words, Arnold and Muir took the door outside, setting foot onto their own continent .
“Uwa~ Such a long bridge~”
Just like Muir had said, a bridge long enough to be called magnificent spanned in front of their eyes . It was approximately ten kilometre long, so her surprise was understandable .
“Let’s go, Muir . ”
“Yeah . ”
“But I wonder where he ended up in . ”
“Yeah, me too~”
Of course they meant Hiiro . He wasn’t in sight, so they speculated that he was at the end of the bridge and started walking ahead .