Tonight is the first time I sleep outside. The wind is cold and the forest is dark.
I am scared.
Sebastian keeps barking for some reason. Maybe he’s hungry? But Sebastian doesn’t want to eat my apple no matter how much I forced him. Tonight I will sleep while hugging Sebastian. At least he is warm. But he stinks. But I love Sebastian no matter what because he is my friend. But he stinks…
I am scared, but papa doesn’t raise quitters.
There are some wolfs howling in the forest. Maybe they want to play with Sebastian? But I don’t have enough food to feed them all. Should I go back home and take more food for the wolves?
But I can’t go home yet, I have to find papa and mama
I miss papa and mama…
I hope I can find them soon…
A week later, a local woodcutter found a boy and a small dog half-eaten not far inside the forest. There was wolf fur scattered around the site but there were no signs of the boy’s parents. The boy’s body was badly mangled up and he was holding a little knife with flowery pattern on the handle. A dirty diary book was also found not far from the site. An investigation showed that he was attacked by a pack of wolves more than 5 days ago. The boy was later identified to be an orphan from Saint Rupert Orphanage that sneaked out right before the gate closed.
The caretaker, Lucia Filiora, fainted when she heard the news. She later explained that the boy’s parents were a husband-wife pair of local low-ranked adventurer. The husband lost his leg in their last mission, which caused both of them to resign from adventurer guild. They were planning to use their saving to start a business. They left the boy and went to Arun city to take care of their merchant guild registration. Unfortunately, they were killed on the way home when a random wyvern spotted their carriage. It was weeks before Lucia herself heard about their death, which she immediately went to the boy’s house and asked him to live with her.
The boy’s funeral was held 3 days later.