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Chapter 1360: Chance, quitting halfway

The Seventh Dorm is very big.

As a stable for Maestros, the place was designed to house Maestros that are bigger than Asia, Hydras, and Strada. The stable was designed to house beings like Cú Chulainn.

Gawain lives in a relatively small room. The sunlight seeped in from outside and lit up Gawain's white fur.

Although Gawain is half-asleep, he is keeping an eye on everything.

Including the petite elf tending to it.

That elf should be Gawain's master.

She must be the one who fell off Gawain's back as seen from the fragments of memories Wu Yan peered into.

She is the reason why Gawain is risking death by denying her any chance to hurt herself again.

She is probably trying to get Gawain to open up to her again.

Gawain is also silently testing his master, he wants to know if she is ready to fly again.

He wants to know if his master overcame her trauma.

Gawain will open up the pathway between them if she recovered.

Wu Yan sighed.

The elf's shoulder is trembling. She wants to get close to Gawain but she is still afraid.

This kind of distance between a dragon rider and Pal is abnormal.

At the very least, she should have petted Gawain.

Gawain probably isn't going to accept her weak reconciliation.

It seems the elf girl needs to return another day, she is doomed to failure.

The girl is unaware that her Pal read her emotions. She struggled with her own fear as she stopped herself from approaching her Pal. Her shoulders are still trembling.

Finally, the elf called out to her Pal while clenching the pleats of her skirt.

"Gawain..."

Gawain is disappointed. It opened its eyes to respond like a stranger.

The Elf started shivering again. She stepped back in fright with tears in the corners of her eyes.

"Gawain..."

The girl whimpered.

"Pl-please don't do this. I can't lose you."

Rejected by her Pal.

That is incredibly painful for any rider.

The girl is emotionally immature so the damage is greater.

Gawain steeled himself up. He turned his head the other way.

"Wh-why are you rejecting me?"

The elf started bawling.

"I treated you like family, why are you doing this?"

Family? You're afraid of your family? You're afraid of riding me? You're afraid of getting close to your family?

Fear and terror, those aren't emotions associated with meeting family members.

Roar

Gawain was enraged and sad by the thoughts conveyed by his master. Gawain roared at his master.

The elven lady backed away in fear when her dragon seemingly got mad at her. She wanted to run away in tears.

Bam

She was stopped by someone. She almost fell down because she bumped into that mountain-like torso.

A guy pulled her back by her collar.

"Ah."

The girl looked at the guy.

"Are you okay?"

Wu Yan scratched his cheek.

"Sorry, I didn't think you would run away. I couldn't dodge you in time."

"It's okay."

The elf tried to wipe away her tears. She didn't want anyone to see her pitiful state.

"I am glad you're okay."

Wu Yan looked at Gawain. The Maestro also didn't detect Wu Yan's presence. He shook his head while laughing.

"I..."

Wu Yan looked at the elf.

"This guy is your pal, right?"

The elf stayed mum.

Wu Yan didn't let go.

"Why don't you go over to your pal?"

"..."

The elf expressed her sadness.

"I-I want to but Gawain won't let me."

'Yeah?"

Wu Yan grabbed the girl by her hand.

The elf wanted to struggle but Wu Yan pulled her in Gawain's direction.

"Wait."

The elf was worried.

"Do-don't get close to Gawain. You might get hurt."

Roar

Gawain roared but it wasn't as hostile as before.

The dragon sounded more confused than angry.

Wu Yan brought the elf in front of Gawain.

The dragon didn't immediately growl at the elf.

It is not amused.

Not amused because Wu Yan took a pointless move.

Why did Wu Yan bring her here when he knows she is afraid of Gawain?

Gawain would have growled had Wu Yan not intervened.

The elf also couldn't figure out why Gawain is behaving docile around Wu Yan.

"Wh-why is he okay with you standing around?"

Wu Yan patted Gawain.

"You, hand, pat this guy."

"H-huh?"

"I said, pat him!"

Wu Yan stared straight at the elf.

"If I can do it then you should be able to do so as well, you're the master, remember?"

"I..."

The elf looked at Gawain.

Gawain looked hesitant but Wu Yan smacked the dragon.

"No more sounds from you, buster!"

Gawain shut up.

The elf couldn't believe her eyes.

If Gawain is listening to him, then maybe I can...

The girl tried to touch the dragon when...

She recalled how she fell down from Gawain.

"—"

Wincing, the girl shrunk back in fear.

Roar!!!

Gawain bellowed once more. He shocked the girl.

"Ugh..."

The elf ran out of the dorm in tears.

Wu Yan rubbed Gawain's head while silently patting the hurt dragon. He fell into silence.