On the way to the walled city of Coland, the Seven Deadly Sins encountered a dimensional warp, which teleported them to the realm.
Upon arrival, they experienced a free fall, for their portal happened to be in the mid air. Merlin, who reacted fast enough, suspended herself in the air with magic, while the others crashed onto the ground hard, including King who happened to be under Diane.
Diane: Where...Where are we…?
Merlin: Looks like we just traveled to another dimension.
Merlin: Looks like a space warp occurred when we were breaking through the dimensional wall, which brought us to this world.
Meliodas: Merlin...You can send us back, do you?
Merlin: Yes, I can send us back, but...
Putting a pause to her speech, Merlin gave a mysterious grin as she looked around the strange realm.
Merlin: Interesting...This strange land is full of the energy that our world lacks. That’ d be a shame if I can’t take a proper study in that.
Merlin: I might invent new magics if I can stay here to analyze.
King: Merlin! Are you saying that you’ll keep us here just for your research?
Merlin: I have infinite time. Staying here longer doesn’t hurt.
Meliodas: Enough, Merlin. Just stop kidding and send us back.
Retaining the grin, Merlin descended from the air.
Merlin: I can do that, but this world doesn’t work the same as ours.
Merlin: I need some time to invent the new magic that reopens the space tunnel. It takes at least one day.
Diane: Huh? Where’s Hawk by the way?
Diane’s question made everyone look around, yet Hawk was nowhere to be seen…
As soon as the Seven Deadly Sins arrived at the realm, they found that Hawk was missing. Despite the calling and searching, the pig was nowhere to be seen.
Merlin: The energy of this world is keeping me from locating Hawk.
Diane: We gotta find Hawk!
Meliodas: Since Merlin needs time for the space tunnel magic, we can go search for Hawk in the meantime. Let’s split up. It should make things easier.
Merlin: I’ll stay here to research the space tunnel magic.
Template:-1015Escanor: Then I...I’ll stay to guard Ms. Merlin.
Meliodas: Alright. Let’s split up to find Hawk and go back!
After their departure, Merlin spread her arms to feel the energy flow around the surroundings, while Escanor was guarding her.
Merlin: “This world is filled with rich energy. How tempting. What should I gather for the experiment first? Mines? Water? Or living creatures?”
Template:-1015Escanor: Ms. Merlin...If you need me to gather samples for you, please...don’t hesitate to ask.
Merlin: Huh? You knew it already?
Template:-1015Escanor: It’s...just a gut feeling.
With Merlin’s extraordinary abilities, it would only cost her few minutes to find a way back. Tracking Hawk was not something difficult for her too. It was her desire for knowledge that needed to stay longer in the strange realm.
Merlin: Aw, then you should’ve exposed me so that everyone could go back earlier.
Template:-1015Escanor: No. I believe that you have everything arranged.
Meanwhile, intense footsteps sounded nearby, like cattle running. It was so intense that even the ground was slightly quaking. As soon as the two were alerted, the place had already become dusty. Merlin ascended right away while the poor Escanor got run over by the herd. At this moment, a young alpacaherd came to them.
Ma Tuo: Are you alright? I’m sorry about what just happened. I couldn’t stop my alpacas from running away...
Template:-1015Escanor: I-It’s okay...It’s me reacting too slow only...
Merlin: Young man, are those creatures your pets?
Merlin: “Interesting, alpacas of the strange world. Maybe I can take a few of them back to study…”
Ma Tuo: They’re no pets. They’re my family. My name is Ma Tuo, the owner of the ranch on the hill!
Escanor transformed drastically as soon as Merlin took off his glasses—— his body grew much bigger in size with tight muscles. Even his demeanor was different.
Ma Tuo: Huh? What happened? You...
Escanor: ...Fragile human, I’m the Lion’s Sin of Pride, Lord Escanor, an existence like no other in this world.
Escanor: Petty things like finding lost alpacas can’t even make me stretch. Fragile human, stay here and watch.
Ma Tuo: Huh? Wait——!
Escanor ran towards where the alpacas had gone before Ma Tuo could say anything.
Before long, Escanor came back with dozens alpacas holding in both arms. Ma Tuo was completely surprised by his return. Yet Ma Tuo, possibly intimidated by Escanor’s appearance, left promptly after thanking them.
Just when Escanor was calling on Merlin, she put the glasses back on his face with magic to stop his growing power from losing control.
Restrained by the magic glasses, Escanor’s body shrunk, returning to the original thin appearance. After the transformation, he seemed to be in distress somehow.
Merlin: Welcome back.
Template:-1015Escanor: Ms. Merlin, it’s not quite appropriate...to take off my glasses suddenly...What if I hurt somebody...
Merlin: What truly matters is that I got a lot of data about this world when you were busy.
Template:-1015Escanor: Ms. Merlin!
Merlin: I wanna hear your poem. Will you let me hear it?
Although it was surprising for Escanor, he’d love to do it. Therefore, he stuttered the poem in blush at Merlin, who was listening while working.