oung man and two young women as well.

Well, if you look at it from my point of view, all humans are young without exception, but's not what I meant.
I meant young as a human.


…However that, is it?

If you look closely, one of the women is clearly an elf, and there's also the possibility of her being older than me.

And it was that female elf who called out to me.


To I and the guard who were puzzled, she quickly pulled my arm away with a jerk.


“Are you by any chance, a High Elf?”


She asked in a whisper.

It wasn't anything to hide, but my arm was sore from the tugging, so I nodded grumpily.


The women's dubious expression was a mix of half understanding and and half questioning as to why a high elf was here.

The face she made was a bit intriguing, which made me forget about the pain and just forgave her.

I think that it is narrow-minded to be angry at such a trivial thing.


“Um, if you don't mind me asking, why did someone like you come to a human town?”


The woman asked me curiously.

Well, it was natural to ask such a question.

I wouldn't believe my eyes too if I saw High Elves in a human village.


They live with the forest and become part of nature as spirits when they die.

They consider everything in the outside world as trivial, and live to die and become a spirit.

That is the creature known as a High Elf..

Obviously I wasn't talking about me, but other HIgh Elves.


“Yeah, I was tired of the forest and wanted to look around.
Oh, you can call me Acer[1].
That's what they call me in village in the deep forest.”


When I was a baby, I held the maple leaves that came flowing with the wind, so Acer.

It's more like a name for convenience.

The elders called me the maple child or something.


As most spirits have no name, so do High Elves.

But because it would be inconvenient if so, we decided on a name for the sake of it.

It seemed to me like a mere play on words, but if I pointed that out, other High Elves would get seriously angry.

It was to the point where they wouldn't hesitate to kill you if they got that angry, so it was best not to comment on their names if you don't intend to fight.


When the women heard my words, she made a face that clearly showed what she was thinking, 'Wow, this guy is weird.'

Her expression was really eloquent and amusing.

Maybe she had been in the outside world for a long time.

It makes me a little happy to think that Elves become like this when they live outside.

The change was like if a plant had become an animal.

Not that I'm implying that plants being bad and animals being good or anything.
I meant that it was interesting to see.


“I understand, Acer-sama.
It's not proper to address High Elves in this manner, but Ailena is here to assist you as goodwill among fellow brethren.
Will you leave this matter to me?”


Ailena, the female elf, seemed to think about something for a while when she suddenly said that.

Huh, looks like she's going to help me.

I don't know why, but I don't feel any malicious intentions from Ailena.

There's also the fact that the spirits acted like usual to her, so I don't think she's a bad elf.


“Hm, thanks.
I was having trouble getting into town.
But this should be fine for me.”


Was what I said and held out my hand.

But Ailena interpreted differently, as she bent forward and held her hands out to mine, and placed her forehead on it.


…Yeah, I didn't ask for that, but the elf still went with it.

I appreciate your help, but we should part as soon as possible after entering the town.



[1] Acer is a genus of shrubs and trees commonly known as maples.

TL Note: I will capitalize specific creature names only for emphasis, like High Elf, Forest Wolf, etc.

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