Chapter 1 - Journey of Shining Gold / "the park where deer run"
Experiments and test runs.
Having obtained a new toy, she needed to perform these two tasks first.
She must confirm how it felt during usage. The new toy—but more accurately, it was actually a second-hand toy. The previous user... It was possible she might acquire strange habits due to that particular auxiliary.
It was imperative to verify the detailed functions—or rather, the cursed abilities. She had taken action precisely in order to obtain information about the cursed abilities, but reality could turn out different from what she expected.
It was imperative to verify the curse. This was the simplest and the most unavoidable issue.
One after another...
She conducted her task of verification while trying her utmost not to attract attention.
By this point, there was no need for haste. Precisely because what she desired was within arm's reach, it was even more important that she must avoid haste.
The feeling when using the tool—No problem.
Cursed ability—Just as informed. Or rather, just as predicted. No problem.
The curse—No problem when used under ordinary conditions. Possible to endure.
But this was not where the issue lay.
Because this implied that small issues would arise when the tool was used in situations deviating slightly from ordinary levels.
She believed that given who she was, she should be able to withstand it without even the concept of "enduring" surfacing, however, that curse slightly exceeded her predictions. Hence, that issue must be handled.
However, there was no need for haste on this issue either.
She asked herself:
—What is it that I need?
First of all was herself. The meaning of existence, what currently existed and frequently in short supply. Hence, it was something that sought the past as well as the future. A pure and unadulterated concept. An absolutely undistorted journey, unchanging truth and what dragons possessed.
In other words, «Strength».
This matter did not require further, deeper thought. All she needed to do was what she had engaged in repeatedly all along—namely, training—this time directed towards the specific form of training this toy required. Perhaps phrased differently, she needed to grow accustomed to it. All she needed to do was feed a suitable volume of repeated activity to the mouth known as time, and she would surely build up the strong flesh and blood this body required before long.
However, that alone was not enough. Upon calm reflection, it was still not enough.
Even with the future strength gained through training, she still needed something else.
Another essential element. A physical element. A device for lessening curses—
In other words, the Indulgence Disk.
She had reached a revelation that things were incomplete no matter which requirement was lacking. Hence, she had started operations to this end.
She did not know the concrete whereabouts of the Indulgence Disks, but that was no big deal. Regarding possible locations where they could be found, she already had ideas. Regarding possible people in possession of them, she also had clues.
Indeed—In any case, she decided to first try contacting comrades.
Although gathered together in pursuit of the same goal, these people risked their lives in battle instead of greeting one another. Perhaps in the eyes of ordinary people, this type of relationship could not be considered that of comrades.
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