Lovers Beyond the Mirror - Chapter 17.1
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“Can you catch animals?”
“Because the meat on the plate was also once alive. I don’t think you should say that you can’t hunt while eating meat.”
It wasn’t something a person who couldn’t swallow a single piece of meat because she couldn’t get used to the smell of meat and the strong scent of spices after coming to Chaitun to say.
But Vaisha nodded his head slowly towards Seriana, who was staring at him with the long sleeves covered, fingertips trembling.
He really didn’t care about it himself, but if Seriana showed her will so much, he had to help her too.
“Can you ride a horse?”
“I know how to ride a little faster.”
“The nobles of Rajen are said to be required to learn horseback riding…… That’s good.”
“Yeah, and a little archery…….”
“Archery? Are women required to learn archery in Rajen?”
“No, it’s not…….”
Seriana slowly turned her head at Vaisha’s look as if he was really surprised.
Because she couldn’t say that she learned archery by following his reflection in the mirror.
“Not everyone has a talent that surprises me, it’s amazing.”
“It is very little. Just a little imitation…….”
“Then, shall we start by checking how good you are? Kayan.”
“Bring a bow and arrow. It will be used by my Ranua, so bring it carefully.”
Kayan, who had left with his head bowed, quickly returned with a bow and arrow.
It was a small bow and arrow compared to the bow that Vaisha was holding in the mirror.
“It’s what kids who are learning to bow for the first time use when training.”
Seriana took the bow and arrow that Kayan had given her and held it in her hand.
Although the shape was different from her old bow, it was in excellent condition.
In addition, it had the same shape as the bow held by Vaisha in the mirror, so this one felt more familiar.
Looking at the sharply forged arrowhead different from the arrow with the tip replaced with a cloth, she lengthened her breathing as she watched Chiarin set a target and retreated from a distance.
She bit the flesh in her mouth and gripped her hand tight, then flicked the taut chords with her fingertips.
Hearing the rapid oscillation of the chord, she spread her legs apart, then pressed it firmly to the ground, picked up the arrow she was holding in her mouth with her hand and hung it on the chord.
Seriana bit her teeth as she felt her arms tremble finely, only pulling the old, loose strings.
She didn’t want to show an ugly face in front of Vaisha.
She pulled the arrow caught in the chord as hard as she could and glared at the target.
It was a far short distance by Vaisha’s standards, but it was too far for Seriana, who was touching the bow only in her room.
‘You don’t have to hit the center! Just let it fly properly!’
It was the first time she had ever touched a well-maintained bow, or even aimed at a target from a distance.
So Seriana wasn’t too greedy.
She cleared her long breath and stopped her breath for a moment, then Seriana released the arrow she was holding.
She was chasing the feathers of the arrow with her eyes , which flew fast with a crackling sound.
“It’s better than I thought.”
Due to lack of strength, the arrow was lodged in the lowermost part of the target.
Still, Seriana sighed in relief at the fact that she had hit the target, and turned to the sound of Vaisha’s voice behind her.
Vaishya nodded his head as he looked into Seriana’s twinkling eyes.
It was a discovery he didn’t expect.
And a new question followed in succession.
Not even Chaitun, but the Princess of Rajen learned how to shoot an arrow?
No, she has an unusual taste, so she can learn archery.
However, Seriana’s bow shooting posture did not make sense.
How did the princess of Rajen shoot her bow the way of Chaitun?
“What should I do?”
Vaisha said to himself as he watched Seriana examining the arrow in the target.
The shape of the bows of Rajen and Chaitun was different, so the way they fired the bows had to be different.
But why? Something was strange.
He had a strong sense that there was something he hadn’t figured out.
“Kudra, there is something strange.”
Vaisha asked, unable to take his eyes off Seriana as she moved closer to the target and looked at the arrow she shot.
“It could be a coincidence, but…… Some of the images Ranua showed while shooting a bow resembled Kudra’s habit.”
“…… I saw it too.”
Yes, that was weird too.
It was Vaisha’s habit to lick the feathers of the arrows with his lips and wet them with saliva before hanging them on the string.
But a little while ago, Seriana showed the same image.
The princess of Rajen shoots her bow the way of Chaitun and imitates Vaisha’s manner? It was too much to be considered a coincidence.
“Tell Jyakam there is work to be done in Rajen.”
What was not clear was a truth that had to be explored.
That way he could prevent bad things from happening later.
Vaishya began to walk towards Seriana, thinking that sooner or later he might have to break his promise never to walk again towards the foul-smelling Rajen after obtaining his bride.
“You are better than I thought.”
“Who taught you?”
“Look, looking at the book…… I got used to it.”
“Without a teacher to teach?”
It wasn’t a lie.
Because the Vaisha reflected in her mirror did not teach her directly. To be precise, it was as if she stole the way he shoots his bow.
But she lied because she couldn’t be honest about it.
“I have a capable wife. You learned from a book and you could shoot like this.”
Seriana, who bowed her head shyly at Vaisha’s unexpected praise, a cold light appeared Vaisha’s eyes as he looked at her, and she didn’t see it as it disappeared.
Seriana, who doesn’t know that Rajen and Chaitun’s archery is different, never heard a praise before in her life, and she just doesn’t know what to do.
“Give a little more power in your arms and you’ll be able to shoot arrows wherever you want.”
“Then the hunting contest…….”
“It’s not a bad skill, but to be honest, hunting is too much. The animals of the desert are not that easy.”
Vaisha clasped the depressed Seriana shoulders, and he carefully took the bow from her hand.
Although he praised her, she was clumsy and the way she stood with her bow was unsettling.
Seriana gave the bow to his hand.
“Unfortunately, it would be better to focus only on participation in this hunting competition.”
“…… I understand.”
“But it would be better to learn the bow properly at this point. Chiarin.”
“Teach your master how to shoot an arrow. It’s useless to worry, but you shouldn’t act like you’re teaching the others.”
“I am Ranua’s faithful servant. How do you look at me and say things like that, Kudra?”
“…… That’s exactly what I’m worried about.”
“Oh goodness, I’m disappointed.”