Interesting episode this time around.
I wonder if every episode from now on will start with Elaina rightfully boasting about her beauty? I would be cool with it.
We begin the story with an old saying “Every rose has its thorns”. Remember this. As she flew across a beautiful flower field she met an equally beautiful lady. She was given a bouquet to deliver to the nearby town.
At the entrance she was “greeted” by a rude guard questioning her about the flowers. An older guard excused him as he explained his unease and that the flowers were poisonous to regular people. Witches were immune. Elaina remembered a passage in The Adventures of Nike about a cursed plant.
Things didn’t end well…
The next stop saw her meet a nobleman’s son with a bottle filled with happiness. Literally. He collected happiness across the land as a gift for the girl he liked. This reminded Elaina of a similar story about a mage who traveled worldwide recreating beautiful vistas as gifts for his depressed bedridden wife. More on this later.
Nino. The girl he liked. Right. Nino worked at his father’s place. He was the village chief. In short she’s a slave and the boy wanted to hook up with her regardless of his cruel papa’s plans. An accident happened and Elaina was about to unleash righteous justice on the fucker but chose a less violent route. Later the time came for the boy to gift Nino her present…
Elaina remembered how the story of the magician and his sad wife ended. The moral of this episode, apparently, sometimes being nice isn’t the right answer. First was the already doomed town and the second it being a bad idea to show someone who can never experience the wonders of the outside world what they’re missing out on.
Again this was an interesting episode. The comparisons to Kino’s Journey are more apparent now.