54 Ciel’s Family
The flickering mist is so mysterious that it steals my eyes away.
Even though I intended to walk carefully, I got my foot caught on a root the moment I let my guard down.
Alf who was walking behind supported me and I managed to avoid falling over.
[Tha, thank you, Alf.]
[Are you hurt anywhere?]
[Alf held me up so I’m fine.]
[Lucky you that the gentle swordsman-sama is with you, Rei.]
Dy teases while smiling and Alf’s eyebrows drop. Please don’t fight in this place, okay?
[We’ve arrived, it’s here.]
It looks like we arrived at our destination with perfect timing.
When Ciel raised his hand over the shadow, the place which looked like just a forest sways, and the village appeared.
The mist clears up in the village and the woods deeply spread can also be seen.
Here and there stood houses, the pillars of which were huge, living trees covered in luxuriant foliage. Because their roofs were the color of the leaves and their walls the color of the tree trunks, the houses looked like they had grown together with the massive trees.
[Ciel, welcome back.]
[Elder-sama, I have returned.]
Who appeared without any sign was a beautiful elf with white hair. The owner of the beautiful androgynous face narrowed his olive-green eyes and repeatedly glanced at us.
[They’re my spouse and his husbands.]
[I see… So Ciel is also at the age where you take in a wife. I have also aged.]
The Elder elf who is thinking intently then nods deeply with an expressionless face is probably older than he looks. Profound intelligence was dwelling within those eyes.
[I welcome you, guests. Do stay in our place to your hearts’ content.]
[Thank you very much.]
When I answered, he nodded without changing his expression and turned away.
[Since we received the elder’s permission, let’s go to my house.]
After the elder disappeared, the residents showed their faces. Everyone looks so young, and there are only handsome men and beautiful women. It looks like we’re unusual.
Well, I guess that’s natural, if they live in such a secluded place, strangers will rarely come.
Ciel’s house is also combined with a big tree. It’s considerably bigger than other houses and looks imposing.
There’s a small field around the house, lovely flowers were also blooming.
Ciel climbs the staircase made from tree roots and opens the door that’s also made of wood.
[Please, come in,]
We follow after him. The space inside the house opened up wide, both outward and upward.
Even the stairs to the second and third floors were tucked away to one side.
Of course, everything is made out of wood, I somehow feel like negative ions are gonna come out. (TN: I saw this article when I searched negative ions in forests)