27. Chapter 27
“Hang in there, just a little more. Don’t sleep. Or you’ll die for sure. Keep your eyes open.”
On the improvised stretcher, a soldier with a torn arm was groaning and gasping.
A fellow Ferrius soldier covered his wounds with a tourniquet as first aid, and placed his other hand under the armpit of the bleeding arm in an attempt to reduce bleeding.
On the brachium, there was a circle injury caused by water magic, <Ice Lance>. They fought a fierce battle with the Jaff Cavalry Battalion just a few minutes ago, and won by a narrow margin. The problem was the price.
Many people died and about the same number or more were injured. The comrade of the Ferrius soldier lying on the stretcher was among the latter. There was still a possibility that he would be saved, unlike the comrades whose guts were exposed or attacked in other vital places.
“Isn’t there a healing magician!? His bleeding is terrible. If it’s not stopped now, he’ll die!!”
The Ferrius soldiers screamed out, but the reply was ruthless.
“They’re out of mana. The healing magician can’t heal anymore.”
“Sorry, it’s impossible.”
The soldier, who had rushed to the base, looked for a healing magician, but all of them had already used up their mana treating the severely injured.
“Isn’t there a healing magician?”
The man on the stretcher didn’t seem to have enough physical strength and blood to get the bleeding cauterized with fire. There was a high risk of dying from shock. But there was no other way. The blood continued to flow from the scars that were pressed.
“Damn, there’s not much time.”
All or nothing, the soldiers started looking for alternative fire mages, but then the knights of the neighboring country, Craist Kingdom, stopped Ferrius’ soldiers.
“We can give treatment. Follow me.”
As the soldier followed the hurried knight, there was a place with a tent surrounded by wagons. The security was extraordinary. Twelve fully armed knights were on the lookout.
The knight, who belonged to the Order of Reharzen, opened his mouth to the soldier, who looked at him from the top of his head to his feet.
“Put the sword here”
The Ferrius soldier handed the sword to the knight, who called him out, and stepped into the terrifying tent.
It was a treatment site like one would expect in a field battle. There were a lot of blood stains that left a fishy smell. The Ferrius soldier who breathed the air felt uncomfortable.
“Lie him there”
A figure appeared in front of the Ferrius soldier, who followed the instructions without understanding the true nature of the discomfort.
What the Ferrius soldier saw was a girl with rare black eyes and black hair. Her gentle round eyes were greatly narrowed. Her long hair was tied up so that it didn’t interfere with the treatment.
The Ferrius soldier, who felt the girl was out of place on the battlefield, decided she must be an assistant or apprentice. So he called the knight.
“S-sorry, but where is the healing magician?”
“Isn’t she there?”
At the same time when the knight spoke, warm light spread inside the tent. The Ferrius soldier, at a loss for words, saw his voice return as he watched his companion’s wounds closed and even the missing part re-formed back.
“Impossible. It even heals the defects!?”
“With this, the injured will be okay. You see, no one has died yet among the soldiers brought in.”
Said the knight proudly to the Ferrius soldiers.
As the Ferrius soldiers turned their eyes to the surroundings, they all sighed with calm expressions, despite all the bleeding.
“Thank you. Thank you! You’re like a saint.”
The girl healing magician laughed briefly at the Ferrius soldiers and began to focus on the treatment again.
It wasn’t the first time that soldiers who were supposed to die were saved that day, and it was inevitable that rumors of a battlefield healer in the Craist Kingdom would spread.
Sugimoto Ayane was an ordinary high school student who attended high school and enjoyed her youth, until a few months ago. She saw blood only in PE classes and unfortunate moments, but she had never seen a person die.
Many of her relatives were doctors and nurses, and Ayane was studying to become a nurse in the future.
It was only when she was sent to another world with her childhood friends that her fate changed decisively.
The confusion caused by different cultures, customs, and environments was something normal. After some struggle, Ayane finally began to adapt to the new world and take on her role.
Unlike his childhood friends Yuuto and Makoto, Ayane had no offensive ability.
Ayane, who could only see the two of them protecting people from monsters and getting hurt in the process, fell into a feeling of helplessness and frustration, but it was the two childhood friends who saved her. That was the reality.
On those depressing days, a coincidence, perhaps miraculous, the talent for recovery magic blossomed in Ayane. When Yuuto, who had been injured in the subjugation of the bandits, pressed Ayane hard on the shoulder, the recovery magic was activated without chanting.
Out of her character, Ayane shed tears when she was able to save her friends and those who were in pain. Not to mention her childhood friend, all the Knights of the Order of the Reharzen were pleased.
Ayane found joy in her role and dedicated herself to a support role, with her recovery magic they were even able to shave off the demon territory and subdue the Lake Dragon.
The situation changed when the neighboring nations suddenly opened the battlefield all at once in the battle between Ferrius and the Highserk Empire.
According to the story that Ayane heard from the knight, the Highserk Empire had great military power and could be said as a nation of supremacy that repeated an invasive war in the name of “defensive war”.
If left unattended, neighboring countries would be swallowed in turn. The Four-Country Alliance centered on an island in the huge lake, would destroy the Highserk Empire.
To tell the truth, Ayane hated war. She didn’t want people to get hurt or to hurt others. Above all, she didn’t want her two childhood friends and the knights to be in danger and to be worn down physically and mentally.
Ayane knew that they still had to fight. She also understood that this world had a terribly immature and violent side.
Day after day, Ayane continued to treat many in the tent. There were times when her heart ached because she saw injuries beyond saving and people who had lost their lives, to the point when she wanted to cover her eyes. Her heart was almost completely broken.
Nevertheless, the patient’s peaceful face, the soldier’s words of gratitude, and her friends allowed Ayane to continue giving treatment on the battlefield.
“First of all, the treatment is over.”
It was Maia, a healing magician who helped with the treatment, who spoke to Ayane.
“Thank you for today too. I only have strong mana and lack experience, if that count. The reason I could treat them was because of Maia-san.”
Even if Ayane had some knowledge in medical treatment, she wasn’t much better than amateurs. Ayane knew well that she was only following Maia’s instructions, such as the proper preparation and treatment of the injured.
“Ayane-sama, don’t self-evaluate yourself too low. Please be more confident.”
Said Maia, who felt troubled.
“Oh, that’s right. Yuuto-san and Makoto-san went to the front.”
“They’re not injured right?”
“Yes, they didn’t get any injury. The soldiers and knights showered them with praise for causing great damage to the Jaff Cavalry, which had been causing trouble since they entered the war.”
When Ayane saw Maia’s smile, she smiled back.
“Maybe I should go see them after cleaning this up.”
“That’s a good idea. Please let me go with you.”
Although Ayane’s recovery magic was beyond logic, it wasn’t omnipotent. There were various items such as tools for closing wounds, tubs for cleaning, and cloths.
Ayane felt that it would be rude to let Maia, who was helping her with the treatment, do all the cleaning. So she helped her with other things, like caring for the equipment and checking its condition.
Maia began washing the equipment with water magic, and Ayane also wiped off the dirt on the equipment and put it in a magic bag.
After immersing themselves in a half an hour of work, they were finally done. When Ayane went outside, her two childhood friends were standing there.
“What good timing. I was just thinking of going to see you.”
“Because the military meeting is over. Johanna-san and the others are talking about future strategies. We’ve been asked to rest for now.”
“Today was so tiring. Everyone from Jaff Cavalry was too strong. Each wasn’t to a knight level, but it felt something close.”
Said Makoto, looking tired.
“Right. They slipped through our magic and slashed many people. Johanna-san and the others made them turn back, but let me tell you a secret… I got a cold sweat.”
“That was… amazing.”
Said Yuuto modestly, but in reality, he felt fear when he saw the cavalry coming towards him while sprinkling the viscera. It was traumatic.
Without his training and the presence of the knights, Yuuto would have been even more in distraught. Unlike fighting demons, he realized that he was severely worn out both physically and mentally.
Just as the story was about to move toward the battle situation, Maia, who was standing behind Ayane, opened her mouth.
“Have you two eaten yet?”
“No, not yet.”
“Yeah, we haven’t eaten yet.”
“The Ferrius Kingdom army was provided with a lot of food. Apparently, among the people you three helped, there was also someone with noble blood, and that person gave us food as a thank you. Like white bread, cheese, and sausages.”
” ” “Eh!?” ” “
The three who heard it approached with a forward lean. Their eating habits had been getting worse since they had come to this world, especially since they had joined the battlefield.
Apart from the fact that they were still growing, the three often used magic, so they needed an amazing amount of food in their stomachs, perhaps their caloric needs were comparable to those of a large and muscular warrior.
Actually, they should be thankful that they could eat at all, but caloric and delicious food had captured the hearts of the three. They would never let it go.
“I want to eat, I want to eat!!”
“M-meat and white bread!? We’ve only been eating beans and potatoes these days.”
“I… also want to eat.”
The Three Heroes, whose names started to roar around the neighboring countries, also showed an age-appropriate reaction. Seeing this, Maia smiled, but at the same time was worried that they might easily be taken away.
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