Chapter 146 . 3 : Flora’s Agony ~Part 1~
She muttered the spell aria and the water gushed out from the palm of her hands . She pushed the water gushing out from her palms to her face and appeased her thirst . Flora kept drinking the water for a while .
「Fuha………… . . 」
After drinking the water with such zeal for thirty seconds, she finally took a breath . Maybe thanks to drinking the water, she noticed that her willpower and stamina had returned a little .
「Now I’m drenched . If I don’t move to another place to take a rest……… . 」
When she noticed that the ground where she sat was wet due to her water magic, she whipped her heavy body to stand up again .
Flora casted the illumination magic again and went to look for a place to rest . A few minutes later, she found a suitable tree root for her to use as a resting place . With all the leaves scattered on the ground, she expected it to be like a makeshift cushion .
「Yup……… . . 《Heal》」
After slowly resting on the ground, she leaned her entire weight on the tree and then applied healing magic on her sore limbs that had accumulated fatigue . Though healing magic couldn’t completely cure muscle pain and fatigue, it was better than nothing . When she was done with that ――、
（So……… Tired . ）
Was the first thing she felt . Not even one minute after that, a wave of sleepiness attacked Flora and she started dozing off . The moment she closed her eyes, her consciousness was swallowed by total darkness .
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The next morning…
Flora was woken up by the cold air around her . The scenery she saw when she opened her eyes was still that of the forest .
（………… . I see . I……… . . Fell asleep huh . It’s cold . ）
Flora recalled the situation she was in .
It was strangely cold . Her body felt listless, heavy, and her joints were screaming in pain . That was natural as she hadn’t covered herself with a blanket .
Flora forced her listless body to stand up but――,
「……… . . OUCH! ? 」
When she tried to move her body, a sharp pain attacked the nape of her neck .
「W-What! ? 」
Her body trembled and she unintentionally swept the nape of her neck with her left hand . In doing so she felt that something was swept away by her left hand . When she looked at that something that was swept away, there, she saw a spider――、
「HYIII! ? 」
Flora was completely awake in the next moment . Her face paled the moment she understood the situation .
「NO! NO! NO! NOOOOOOO! 」
Flora began dusting her body in case there was another bug attached to her body . She kept clapping on her dress including the parts below her dress .
After dusting her body, she knew that the only insect that was attached to her body was only that spider――、
「……… . Nooooooooo . 」
Flora was on the verge of crying . After carefully dusting her dress, she now tried to touch the pained place bitten by the spider .
「Thank god it didn’t cause a bloody wound . 」
Flora felt relieved after knowing that there was no bloody wound on the nape of her neck but she didn’t let her guard down yet .
「……………… . Faster . I have yet to leave the forest . 」
Flora moved her legs immediately so that she could leave the forest even one second faster . Though her body was hurt all over adding to hunger pangs that attacked her, she couldn’t hope for luxuries .
「………… . . EH? 」
After walking for around ten minutes, Flora felt a light dizziness . She brushed that aside as light anemia due to her forcing her body to move despite the hunger, so she whipped her staggering feet to move again . And then, one hour later――,
「Eh……………………… I…………………… Am outside the forest? 」
The scenery she saw was where the sea of trees came to an end .
（Did I………………… . . Leave the forest?）
Flora was standing dumbfounded but she soon enough moved her feet again .
（I’m leaving it . I’m leaving the forest . It would be great if there’s human settlement nearby, but…… . ）
She finally stepped out of the forest while thinking so . Outside the forest was a slightly elevated hill that commanded a good view of the surrounding area .
Flora discovered a group of buildings that looked like a village far separated from the forest .
「V-Village . That must be a village . Thank goodness……… . 」
Flora was feeling so relieved to the point of slumping down where she stood . But――,
「…………… I must go there . I have to go to my sister’s place . 」
Flora suddenly stood back up a while later . She squeezed the last of her willpower to move her listless body towards the village with a sluggish gait .