Chapter 287: Promise
When we left the adventurer’s guild, the sun had completely set in the city of Meratoni and it was dark.
Even so, with the blessings of the Dark Dragon and Darkness Spirit, we were able to secure sufficient visibility with just the moonlight.
After Estia and Alice left the adventurer’s guild, they just started walking toward their destination without saying a single word.
At that moment, Estia and Alice’s expressions were both stiff.
The destination was the only orphanage currently in town, a former healing clinic run by Botacyl.
I couldn’t imagine what was going to happen next or why we were going to see Botacyl.
As I was thinking about that, Estia suddenly spoke.
“Luciel-sama, I lived in a different place than Meratoni. However, my body was very weak. That’s why I decided to go to a clinic with a good reputation in Meratoni.”
I was surprised to suddenly find out that my suspicion that she was Botacyl’s daughter was off the mark but I motioned for her to continue.
“…Was that Botacyl’s healing clinic?”
“Yes. There was a girl around the same age as me at the healing clinic, and we quickly became friends.”
Could that be Botacyl’s daughter?
“One day, I was staying at a healing clinic for treatment, and as I was talking to the girl about various things, I got tired and decided to sleep together with her.’’
“Sounds like you were good friends.”
“Yes, but when I woke up to a loud scream, I saw my father and mother holding swords, surrounded by the crying director and many mercenaries. And right in front of me…”
If she came to the town where her parents were murdered in front of her eyes when she was a child, I could understand why she reacted so badly that time.
Even so, I can’t believe that Botacyl was crying…
I’m sure from there he began to charge exorbitant fees, turn his clients into debt slaves, and use mercenaries to dispose of those who refused, and Botacyl began his career as an unscrupulous healer.
If that was the Empire’s strategy, I’ll have to have His Highness Albert and the others look into it.
“The people who were at the healing clinic, including me, were taken straight to the Empire in a slave trader’s carriage… And for some reason, at the slave trader’s facility, I ended up reuniting with Mi-chan, who I had become friends with at the healing clinic.”
“Yes… the Mi-chan who was in that underground facility. Me, Mi-chan, and other children with the same symptoms as we were gathered.”
…I didn’t know what to say to Estia.
I had no idea that it was Botacyl’s daughter.
However, Estia continued to explain.
“From then on, we were made to take various drugs, and as we grew, our bodies became stronger. Then, when we were taken out of that facility, we entered the slave trade and met Alice-oneechan. The three of us spent a lot of time together.”
If I count backward, she must have been around ten years old when she met Alice.
“So, what will Estia do when you meet Botacyl?”
“…Taking into account that I got along well with Mi-chan, and that he nursed me back to health…”
“For me, if he wants to hear about my memories with Mitis, I’ll tell him, but I’m not going to tell him about her turning into a demon.”
Eventually, the orphanage came into view.
When I informed the orphanage of my visit, Botacyl came out voluntarily.
“Luciel-sama, I heard that you are doing a lot of things. Recently, you became a Sage too… However, I would like you to refrain from making sudden visits if possible.”
“I’m sorry. I came to visit this time because it seems these two have something to tell you about your daughter.”
“!? Let’s in my room.”
As we walked, a few orphans were looking at me, so I waved at them and we started talking once we arrived at Botacyl’s private room.
“Is Mitis-chan the name for your daughter?”
“… Before that, do you remember me? Mitis-chan and I were friends…”
“If I remember correctly, you came with Luciel-sama before… I’m sorry, but I don’t think I know you apart from that.”
“…I see. Well then, let’s talk. Mitis-chan and I met at the Empire’s slave trading facility. Children with weak bodies were gathered there.”
“…Are you saying she really became a slave…?”
“Mitis-chan and I continued to take the food and medicine prepared by the slave trader, and within five years our bodies had become stronger.”
There, Alice took over.
“That was around that time that I met the two of them. Since I had the Appraisal skill, I was made to act as their tutor for about two years, and then I was declared dead and made to work at an Imperial research institute.’’
Alice as their tutor… Alice was arrested before she came to this world, so she probably didn’t have that much knowledge… I had a lot of thoughts on that…
“It was a while before Mitis was sent to the imperial research institute. Mitis had a lot of magical power, and the head of the institute at the time thought she could be used for research, so he bought her.”
“No… then she is still at the Imperial Research Institute…”
“No, Mitis-chan was forced into an experiment to become a demon… I watched over her final moments.”
“S-shut up, shut up! Luciel-sama, why are you doing this? There’s no way a girl like this can enter a research institute.”
“I’m sorry, but it’s true. Such demonic experiments were being carried out in the Elimasia Empire and the Principality of Blange, as if they were competing with each other. That’s why today we have destroyed all of the Empire’s research institutes.”
“Today? More importantly, that means the person who killed my daughter is…”
Eyes filled with terrible hatred pierced me.
“Luciel-sama is the only Sage who can return soldiers who have turned into demons back into humans… I’ll ask Mitis-chan to explain that.”
“W-what are you talking about? You said earlier that Mitis died.”
“Please keep quiet for a little while.”
Estia scoffed and glared at Botacyl, and Botacyl was unable to say anything.
There was no way a mere healer could withstand the intimidation of a spirit swordsman.
Then, as if waiting for her turn, Fornoir, who had turned into a spirit, suddenly appeared from the spirit crystal.
And at the same time, Estia and the Darkness spirit seemed to have swapped places.
“I’m going to ask for the last words of the dead from now on. It hasn’t been long since it became a soul. If possible, take the opportunity to purify it too.”
“Luciel, I’ll take some of your magic power.”
Just as I heard her telepathy, a white light rose from Fornoir and a black light rose from Estia, and they mixed in the air.
Then a transparent figure of a girl appeared.
“…Papa, I missed you.”
The girl’s crying voice was probably telepathy, but it echoed in my head.
“Mitis, oh Mitis.”
Botacyl was already crying openly.
“Did… Papa miss Mitis?”
“Yes, yes. Of course. I’ve been praying for this day to come.”
“…Then why didn’t Papa treat me? Mama said that Papa is the greatest healer in the world…’’
As the girl cried, I felt the dark magical power waver a little.
“I’m sorry. I’m really sorry.”
“I’m not the only one Papa should apologize to. To Mama, to the people Papa enslaved, and to the people you killed, like Estia-chan’s Papa and Mama.’’
Botacyl looked at Estia in dismay.
“I know because there were many people in the Empire’s slave trade that Papa enslaved. Why did my kind Papa enslave patients? I’m sure my life would have been much more difficult if it weren’t for Estia-chan and Alice-chan who were there.’’
“But, I still loved Papa and I was happy. And I wanted to be with you forever.’’
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”
“Since I’m already dead, I have one last request for you, Papa.’’
Botacyl shook his head from side to side but seemed unable to speak.
“Go back to being a Papa that I can be proud of. And I want you to help as many people as possible. And I want you to purify me. I’m sure my magical power is too strong and I’ll turn into a monster if I continue like this… please Papa.’’
“That’s impossible, I can’t practice as a healer anymore. Besides, I can’t possibly purify Mitis…”
“Dad, healers aren’t the only ones who help people. Many children are waiting outside for their Papa to come. I want you to be the Papa that they can be proud of too.’’
“Mitis, Mitis, I was wrong about… everything.”
“Papa, please continue to help many people.”
“Yes, yes. I promise.”
“I believe in you.”
“Mitis, I love you.”
“Me too, Papa.”
“Then I’ll start. By the hand of holy healing, by the breath of Mother Earth, please remove all impurities from my beloved daughter and invite her to the Holy Healing God’s side. Purification.”
“Papa, I’m glad I got to see you.”
The transparent figure of a girl disappeared along with the light cast by Botacyl’s Purification.