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A friend in a frozen forest

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It was a normal day for Emilia, she had already cleaned the ice statues and now she is exploring the forest together with Puck, while drawing the map of the forest, she was chatting a bit with the spirit.

"So what should we call this area?"

"I don't know, I'll think about it for a bit."

Then she noticed something under a tree, a black haired boy, asleep in the fresh snow, trembling for the cold. She instantly ran next to the trembling boy and got him out of the snow.

"Why is there a boy in the middle of the forest?" She held him in a bridal carry, he was a bit smaller than Emilia, she thought he was really young.

"He apparently passed out for the cold, the village is too distant, you should bring him home"

The spirit spoke, he noticed that the boy was dressed in really strange clothes, and he was wondering how he just appeared in the forest, since he would have noticed anyone that entered inside of it.
Emilia took the boy in her arms, and started running to her house as fast as she could, once arrived she placed the boy under the blankets hoping he would wake up soon.

"Puck, will he be alright?"

In the meantime the spirit had already taken all the boy's belongings and started examining them.

"He has an high fever, a normal boy would have died already, but this boy is extremely resistant to illnesses for some reason"

"What do you mean? What is different with him?"

"It's hard to explain, but he remained alive even in the forest, and he isn't dressed for a cold environment, someone else should have died either for the cold or the illness."

"Will he get better?"

"Without a doubt, but it will take some time."

Emilia sighed in relief, she went near Puck and she noticed the boy's belongings.

"Puck you shouldn't watch other people's belongings."

"I know, but look at these things"

"What are these strange objects?"

She said, watching the unfamiliar things in front of her, there was a strange block that could be opened and lighted up, a curious wallet made of an unknown material, inside of it were a few coins, a piece of paper with an unknown language on it, and a drawing with the boy and two other people in it, apparently his parents, the most eye catching thing was the background, a really strange city with an immense mountain behind it.

"Emilia, I think that this boy is from beyond the Great waterfall, I have never seen a place like this in my life."

Emilia turned around to watch the boy, wondering if he would be OK.

"Can he go back home?"

"Probably no, it's better if you keep him with you, usually I would keep away boys, but he is too young." Answered the spirit.

"Why should you keep away boys?"

"Nevermind"

Emilia felt sad for the boy since he won't go back home, but she also hoped to finally have a friend other than Puck to pass the time with.
Puck thought that the boy probably never heard of the witch, so it was possible that he wouldn't discriminate against Emilia on sight.
After a few minutes, the boy started to wake up, he watched around him and found a beautiful girl with silver hair watching over him.

"Hello, where am I?" The boy timidly said.

"You are in my house in Elior forest, you passed away in the snow so I picked you up, how do you feel?" The girl answered.

"I'm fine now, just a little sick. So what's your name?"

"Emilia, just Emilia, so what's yours?"

"I am Natsuki Subaru, I'm unbelievably lost, and I have no idea where I am. Thank you for helping me."

"Hello Subaru, I'm Puck. Where are you from?"

Subaru noticed the spirit and almost jumped for surprise, he watched the spirit with glowing eyes.

"I'm from Japan, I was walking in the streets and suddenly I appeared in this forest, do you know why?"

"Apparently you were transported in this place from over the Great waterfall, before you ask, you can't go back."

Subaru stiffend for a bit and looked down.

"Emilia, we should go out for a bit, and let Subaru alone for a bit."

The two exited the house and waited outside letting the boy have some privacy. Subaru pulled himself together, took back his belongings and went out to meet the two.

"So what should I do now?" Asked Subaru to the two.

"You can stay in my house if you're fine staying around me"

"I should be the one saying this, you don't even know me and you are helping me this much, why should I have problems?"

"I am a half elf, and everyone despises me for my resemblance to the witch."

"Who is the witch?"

Puck answered "The witch of envy that almost enveloped the world in shadows 400 years ago, she was an half elf with silver hairs and amethysts eyes, she is named Satella"

Emilia looked down while Puck explained, and Subaru answered.

"I don't care who you resemble, for what I care it's really cool that you are a half elf, and I really like both your hairs and your eyes, they're unique."

Emilia looked at the boy for a bit, blushing and with a smile on her face, Subaru started coughing, and Emilia runned to him.

"Are you OK?"

"I'm just a little sick."

Then the three entered the house, Emilia took Subaru to the bed, and got him to rest.

"So Subaru, how is your country?"

"It's a beautiful place, there is no magic, but we have extremely advanced technology."

"What do you mean? How can you have advanced technology without magic?'

"Look at this"

Subaru got out his phone, the two watched it again.

"This doesn't run on magic. I don't think you have something like this here."

"Now that you say it, I can't feel any mana from this. It's really impressive."

"Subaru, you said that in your world there wasn't magic, so what else is different?"

"First of all there are only humans, I've never seen an elf or a talking cat in my life, so I'm pretty excited."

"So you don't fear me?"

"Why should I? You've only helped me, I can only be grateful."

"You're right, everyone hates me on sight for my appearance, I'm not used to it."

"That is just dumb, hate someone without knowing him makes no sense."

"Is it like this from where you are from?"

"No, a few are but generally no."

"So what else is in your country?"

And so the two talked about the more and the less, Emilia for the first time had someone she could talk to, while Puck sure made her company, it was for just a little during the day. But now she has someone to talk with.