The air was growing ever colder. They had been traveling for a few days, and they were heading to the Ice tribe. Ryoma had previously told her that they made an alliance with Kilma, the leader of the Ice Tribe. They could rest there and inquire if Takumi passed through. Despite all of this. Corrin thought that it was almost not worth it. She was getting numb from the snow and cold. Jakob had noticed this and gave her an extra coat that he had for some reason. He was always the one to plan ahead, but how did he know that she would need a coat?
Ryoma was a bit skeptical of her Nohrian allies, but he said that he would accept them as long as they didn’t try to betray them. Silas reassured him that he would not let anyone of Corrin’s family get hurt because his Knights Oath extended to those close to her. Ryoma looked at him with a look of respect, and allowed him to help protect Corrin. As for Felicia, when he knew who she was, he was fine, since her father was leader of the Ice Tribe.
Before long, the Ice Tribe was in sight. Corrin was relieved. She could actually thaw out a bit. Once they got to the outer skirt of the city, they saw a man with light blue hair come towards them.
“Welcome, Prince Ryoma. It is good to see you again.”
Ryoma reached out and grasped his hand in greeting.
“It is good to see you as well, Chief Kilma.”
As soon as they properly greeted, Felicia ran up to Kilma.
He smiled and put his hand on her shoulder. Noticing that several of the people in the group were shivering, he gestured for them to follow him to a house. Once they were all inside and warming up, he started to talk to Prince Ryoma again. They spoke about the state of the situation, how things were in Hoshido, and how successful the endeavor in Cheve went.
“I’m glad that you had such success in Cheve, but if that went well, why you were coming this way?”
Ryoma’s face started to harden. He didn’t want to show how worried he was about Takumi.
“The reason that we are here is because our brother, Takumi, has gone missing. We were hoping that he had come through this way.”
Kilma’s face showed great shock.
“Oh. I’m sorry to hear about this. Yes. He did come through this way and headed towards the border. I’m afraid that I don’t know what happened to him after that.”
Ryoma seemed at least a little more hopeful, since they had a direction that Takumi went.
“Thank you, Kilma. We’ll start looking on his rout to Hoshido.”
Before they left, however, Corrin had a question for the chief.
“Chief Kilma, if it’s alright to ask, why did you ally the Ice Tribe with Hoshido?”
He looked at her, then back to Ryoma. His eyes were sad when he spoke again.
“My tribe was starving. Hoshido offered to send aid, so we agreed to aid Hoshido in the fight against Nohr.”
Corrin understood. Clearly, the icy landscape made it hard for anything to live there. The fact that these people had managed to thrive for so long was amazing, but it was obviously difficult. She was glad that they were getting help. Once her questions were answered, they had to stay for a few hours, though she and her siblings were anxious to find Takumi. Now that they had a lead, they wanted to start looking as soon as possible. The only thing that prevented them from doing so was the knowledge that their friends and allies needed to rest before they could move on. When everyone was ready to go, they walked out of the village and started heading to the border. They hadn’t gone too far when a voice called out to them.
Flora came into view, running up to them. She stopped and panted for a few seconds, before straitening.
“Felicia told me everything. I want to give you some advice.”
Corrin gave Flora her undivided attention as she continued.
“Things have been happening in Nohr since you left. I have no doubt that you will have to face Prince Xander and King Garon. You should be prepared, for when you encounter this. Regardless, you have always been a person that I would give my life for. Don’t lose sight of that.”
Corrin nodded. She was already aware of that possibility, and she saw the truth in the advice, so she gave her a little hug. After all, she took great care of her in the Northern Fortress.
“Thank you, Flora. Be careful”
With that out of the way, Corrin and the others started walking again. Corrin was more motivated than ever before. With words of encouragement from Flora and an objective to find Takumi, her steps seemed a little more sure. Knowing that Ryoma and Hinoka would help her in this was also comforting. In that moment, she realized that she had forgotten to miss Xander, Camilla, Leo, and Elise. The hole in her heart that formed when she left them was starting to heal.