Chapter 4-13 : Chloe And The Griffon
「Onee-chan, this griffon is kneeling before you… Does that mean…」(Mylia)
「Umm, I think it has completely surrendered to me… This bird must have thought that I was the one who released that powerful magical attack.」(Chloe)
The barrier of Mylia’s Anti-Magic Burst countered the wind magical attack from the griffon with a powerful earth magical attack. That’s what actually happened, but the Griffon thought that Chloe completely blocked its wind attack and launched a counterattack.
After kneeling for a moment, the Griffon lay down and showed its stomach to Chloe.
It had a big body but it somehow looked like a cute puppy who asked its master to stroke its tummy.
「…Does it want me to stroke its stomach…?」(Chloe)
「Uhh, I think so…」(Mylia)
「Wait, are you sure? I think it’s too dangerous!」(Mylia)
「But, Mylia, I can’t waste the rare chance of stroking a griffon’s stomach! Please~」(Chloe)
「A, Alright, but please stay close to me.」(Mylia)
Mylia focused her magical power on her hand and stood next to Chloe.
「I doubt it would attack me again though. Are you mad at this griffon?」(Chloe)
「Of course! It tried to hurt you!」(Mylia)
「Fufu. Thank you for worrying about me.」(Chloe)
Chloe smiled and stroked Mylia’s head.
Seeing her smile, Mylia felt that her anger began to subside somehow.
（Ahh~ Onee-chan’s smile is so calming~）
After Mylia calmed down for a bit, the both of them stepped closer to the Griffon.
Chloe then looked down at the Griffon who was lying on the ground with gentle eyes.
「I’m sorry… I didn’t mean to harm you… Does it hurt? …Uhh, I wonder if it understands what I’m saying.」(Chloe)
After apologizing to the Griffon, Chloe crouched down and slowly stretched her arm, trying to reach the Griffon’s stomach.
As her hand touched its stomach, she began to move her hand slowly.
「Whoa… it’s so soft and warm…」(Chloe)
The griffon closed its eyes and relaxed its limbs more. The bird seemed to be feeling good.
（Griffons are half-lions, right? But why is it behaving like a dog?）
「Hehee~… Mylia, look. Don’t you think it looks cute~?」(Chloe)
「Y, Yeah, it’s so cute…」(Mylia)
（Ahh… I wonder how it feels like to be stroked on the stomach by Onee-chan… I can’t believe I would be jealous of a griffon…）
Mylia glared at the griffon without letting her guard down.
She maintained the magical power in her hand so that she would be ready to cast spells any time.
It wasn’t actually necessary since Chloe still had the defensive spells but Mylia did that anyway just in case.
（If you try to hurt Onee-chan again, I will turn you into a yakitori!）
The griffon slowly stood up after Chloe stroked its belly for a while. However, Mylia didn’t feel any killing intent from it. Instead, it behaved as if it had become Chloe’s pet.
It gently rubbed its face against Chloe’s.
「Onee-chan, I think this bird has gotten attached to you…」(Mylia)
「You’re right… But, this is weird… It may have already gotten used to making contact with humans in the first place.」(Chloe)
While making such a guess, Chloe stroked the griffon’s neck.
「Why do you think so?」(Mylia)
「Because wild griffons don’t normally like humans. That’s what I read from the book about griffons in Count Grimoire’s library.」(Chloe)
Mylia reached out her hand, trying to stroke the griffon’s neck too, but then the griffon quickly dodged and moved behind Chloe.
It then shouted as if telling Mylia to stay away.
「Ugh… It seems to hate me…」(Mylia)
「W, Well, it may get used to you in the future.」(Chloe)
「Eh? Are you going to keep it?」(Mylia)
「Umm, honestly, I’m still not sure… I wonder if this griffon has a human acquaintance.」(Chloe)
Listening to Chloe, the griffon nodded as if saying, “I do”. It seemed to understand what Chloe said.
Mylia and Chloe were surprised by the griffon’s intelligence. They didn’t think the bird would understand human language.
While still stroking the griffon’s neck, Chloe swallowed her saliva and nervously asked.
「Do you live together with them?」(Chloe)
The griffon nodded.
It seemed to be living together with a human.
「Would you mind telling me where you live?」(Chloe)
After Chloe asked that, the griffon moved its head away from Chloe and crouched flat on the ground.
「You want me to get on?」(Chloe)
Chloe slowly got onto the griffon’s back and rested her hands on its neck.
Right after, the griffon glared at Mylia, telling her not to get on its back.
「H, Hmph! I don’t need your help! I can fly by myself, you know!」(Mylia)
「Mylia, forgive this griffon. I will try to ask it to let you ride it later.」(Chloe)
「Really~? Aa… I, It’s not that I want to ride a griffon. Don’t mind me, Onee-chan. I’m alright.」(Mylia)
「Are you sure~?」(Chloe)
「Y, Yeah, of course. You should focus on getting this bird to like you first.」(Mylia)
The griffon looked away from Mylia and spread its wings.
It then began flapping its wings and slowly gained altitude.
Seeing the griffon begin to fly with Chloe on its back, Mylia cast Levitation Magic and started flying as well.
While floating in the air, Mylia and Chloe looked down at the destroyed pond from above.
（What a terrible sight… I feel bad for the griffons and the other animals that usually use that pond…）
「Mylia, I think we should come back later and fix the pond.」(Chloe)
「You’re right, Onee-chan.」(Mylia)
「But before that… Griffon-san, let’s go to your home.」(Chloe)
The griffon started flying, heading deeper into the forest, while Mylia was following from behind.
After flying for about five minutes, a small area that looked like a human settlement came into view.
It was kind of hard to see because it was camouflaged in various ways to avoid getting found by other people.
（Whoa… I never knew there was a small village in the middle of the forest… I think it’s smaller than the village in the Atwood Territory.）
While Chloe, Mylia and the Griffon were gradually getting closer to the village, people started coming out from the small houses with thatched roofs.
However, even though the houses looked primitive, the villagers dressed neatly in clothes.
「Guys, look! He’s back! …Hm? Hold on…」
「Th, There’s someone riding him!」
「And there’s another person flying behind them!」
「Who are they?」
「Someone, call the village chief!」(villagers)
The villagers were shouting while pointing at Chloe and Mylia.
A few men ran in a hurry toward the biggest house which seemed to be the house of the village chief.
（Uwahh… They look so confused… Uhh… I hope that our presence doesn’t bother them…）