Hey guys, Reigokai here!
It will finally be time for me to go back home, and with that, there will be preparations before and after the fact, so the next chapter will be coming out most likely one day late, so bear with me. Hope my computer doesn’t explode like the last time I returned from China >_<
One night after.
I was looking outside the window thinking that the Hero-kuns are most likely wandering in the forest right now, and take one sip of my tea.
Inside the cafeteria, there’s the knights that have finished their jobs, and the maids that are freely taking their meals, but there’s one group of maids looking at me.
…They are…the personal maids of the heroes, moreover, not the ones from the Queen’s side, but the Erac’s side.
There’s always 2 at the side of the heroes at all times, but with holidays and unexpected situations taken into consideration, I heard 20 in total have been selected. Both sides with 10 each, but it is not as if I remember the face of all of them, so I am using Marker to confirm it. Cause you know, they have practically the same face and the same maid clothes, and it is not as if I’ve had direct involvement with them so, honestly, I didn’t feel like remembering their names.
…If I remember correctly, her name was Mishta.
It is just that the personal maid of Yuichi has shown up quite a bit, and she is like the leader of the group, so I finally managed to recall her name. Even so, she is not a maid that has an appearance that stands out, and yet, she is in a leader-like position which bothers me. Does she have some sort of point that makes her stand over the others? Like for example, social skills.
While I was thinking that, the gaze of the maids continue to be directed at me and, honestly, it is bothering. My after-meal break went down the drain.
…Let’s just leave.
I stand up from my seat with teacup in hand, and just like that, return the cup to the Oba-chan at the counter, and after doing my greetings, I leave the cafeteria.
There’s only one thing to do after a situation like this -rub the ears of Erin. But the important Erin has been taken away by Niva-san, so she is not present. By the way, Toto was kidnapped as well. I feel like the frequency of my maid being taken away has increased. Is that by the Queen’s order? Then, as a mofu mofuer, I will show firm resistance.
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I carefreely walk the corridor, and waddle around the castle randomly.
Last night, I…worked my hand going around here and there till early morning. Thanks to that, I am lacking a bit of sleep.
“Let’s return to my room… Fuaaah~~.” (Makoto)
I let out a light yawn, and make a sluggish turn.
I thought indulging in sleep at the courtyard would be a valid option, but since I have a bed, it would be a lot better to sleep on that. Also, if I were to sleep defenselessly in the courtyard, who knows what they will do to me. Just now, they were sending me heated gazes after all. Well, even when sleeping, I can still detect things like bloodthirst or hostility.
While I continued walking as I was thinking how I hate dangerous stuff, a sketchy group appears from in front.
“Uh, morning~.” (Makoto)
“…Hm? Ah, Kamiuchi-dono, huh.”
“You look like you are under-the-weather. Are you okay, old man?” (Makoto)
The bald head didn’t have energy in his voice. This baldy, Erac, had bags under his eyes and was looking absentmindedly at me.
“I just didn’t have a good sleep. No problems.” (Erac)
“I see. Old man, you are already at quite the age, so be careful with your body, okay?” (Makoto)
“True… But I am actually pretty confident in my health, you know. I can still push on.” (Erac)
While saying something out of character, the reaction of Erac was incredibly normal.
In the past, the sarcasm would be shown in his face, but right now, he doesn’t even have the energy for that and is trying to look as natural as possible.
Looks like the nightmare worked quite well.
“What a lively old man you are.” (Makoto)
“I won’t lose to the young ones just yet, you know. Well then, I will excuse m—” (Erac)
It was clear that he wanted to leave as soon as possible, and the knights in the back were also showing slight irritation.
There’s the captain of the 3rd knight division and two other knights. Because the female knights were absent because they are serving as bodyguards for the heroes, currently, there’s only four of them together with Erac. But all the knights had bags under their eyes, and had exhaustion showing in their face.
“Ah, right. Hey, old man.” (Makoto)
“…What is it?” (Erac)
“I wanted to ask you something.” (Makoto)
His words were slightly thorny, but I throw the question without caring.
“You are the prime minister, so you should be knowledgeable about the history of this country, right?” (Makoto)
“Well, I would say yeah.” (Erac)
“I read in the books at the library about the history of this country, but you see, is it true that the first king, Motoyasu, was sent by the Gods?” (Makoto)
“You are quite diligent in your studies huh… And so, about the first king… The legends state as so, so I can only say that should be the case.” (Erac)
“So you don’t know the details either?” (Makoto)
“There’s a variety of versions. Like, he was born in a poor village, or that he was a fallen prince…but the most commonly accepted one is that he was sent by the Gods to defeat the Demon Lord.” (Erac)
“Is that so… He was a guy of many mysteries then. Maybe…he had a secret about his birth?” (Makoto)
“Hm? Old man, what’s the matter? You are not looking good.” (Makoto)
Cold sweat was showing in his bald head, and he was wiping it off with his handkerchief as if he couldn’t calm down. The knights were also restless with their eyes swimming around.
…Looks like it went without problems.
Since he conveniently appeared, I tried confirming it, and it is clear that it is showing its effects without problems.
“I-I am okay… There’s nothing wrong, so no need to worry.” (Erac)
“Okay then. But don’t overexert yourself. It is better to take a rest. If you want, I can have Niva-san contact the Queen.” (Makoto)
“Ugh! T-That’s… No, I can’t go troubling Kamiuchi-dono…” (Erac)
“Really? Well, rest well without pushing yourself.” (Makoto)
“Right. I will be taking my leave now, Kamiuchi-dono.” (Erac)
Seeing off Erac and company who had slightly bowed and walked off in lethargic manner, I hold back my laughter, and walk to my room.
What was showing its effects splendidly is the Chaos Reverse I casted on Erac and his group last night.
I placed a curse of restriction in speech to the key words ‘Queen’, ‘Birth’, and ‘Secret’ prohibiting from speaking those words in succession. If they were to do that, a pain equal to death will spread to their whole body. Last night, I gave them a brief introduction by showing them ‘this is what will happen if you speak of the secret behind the Queen’s birth’. And so, I casted Chaos Reverse on them while showing them a nightmare.
To show them a nightmare, I used the Unknown Magic, ‘Deep Delusion’, and it is a magic that is able to show a dream through speech. It may sound convenient, but the negative point is that it only shows effect on things that are conscious, meaning that it won’t affect people that are unconscious or are asleep.
Luckily, Erac and his group were running around working, so I was properly able to carve the nightmare in their brains. That’s why they showed a clear reaction to the words ‘Queen’, ‘Birth’, and ‘Secret’, agitating them and making them show fear.
I obviously would cast the spell on Erac, but the knights have also heard that the Queen has a secret regarding her birth, so I sealed their mouths too. But of course, I made sure to give a specially sweeter nightmare for Erac, courtesy of moi.
I also searched thoroughly the house of Erac and the ones of the knights, but I couldn’t find the Loroad Virus. So we are running into a dead end here…
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I was just thinking of taking a short nap, but I ended up taking an actual sleep, and by the time I noticed, it was already well after 3 p.m.
It is already the time for snacks, and I haven’t even had lunch yet.
While thinking that, since having lunch in the cafeteria at this hour would be out of the question, I take out random food from the Item Box.
“This should be fine.” (Makoto)
What I brought out was a nutrition food. Has a soft texture and is strawberry flavoured; a favorite of mine. By the way, it comes in six types: chocolate, vanilla, green tea, tabasco, and pudding. The tabasco one is for punishment games, but it is popular with dragons. Those guys like the painful stuff after all.
“It tastes good, but…it is kinda missing something.” (Makoto)
After eating three, I got somewhat tired of the taste, so I crumple the wrapping paper of it, and use the fire created in my hand to burn it without any trace.
I was seriously beginning to think that I had nothing to do, but it looks like I will be having something to do now.
“Makoto-sama, excuse my intrusion.”
This silver haired maid-san entered my room without waiting for my response, again.
“What’s the matter?” (Makoto)
“Ohi-sama is calling.” (Niva)
I am already used to the rude silver haired maid, Niva-san.
Anyways, what is the Queen calling me for?
“She apparently has something to ask you. About the prime minister and the magic division leader, and other stuff.” (Niva)
“It reached her ears fast.” (Makoto)
“Capable ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ are serving her, after all.” (Niva)
She must be talking about themselves. While showing a wry smile to that, we headed to the Queen’s room.
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And so, we are here, at the Queen’s room.
“Fufu, this is so nice to the touch~.”
“Hngh, uwu… T-That place is…”
While in a room I am already used to being in, and seeing a sight that I am already used to watching, I sit on a sofa.
“Ohi-sama, I have brought Makoto-sama. Come to your senses already.” (Niva)
The Queen lets out a nyufufu laugh, and Niva-san looks at her with an absolute-zero stare. I have thought since before that those eyes are not ones you would direct at your master, but after hearing the relationship those two have, I have begun to think that this is a gesture that shows the trust they have for each other, which is a mysterious feeling.
“Ara, since when…” (Caril)
The Queen, who was leaking out an entranced voice as she held the droopy ears maid -Erin-, stands up in a comfortable manner. Of course, while still holding Erin.
“Please release Erin already.” (Niva)
“Don’t wanna.” (Caril)
“…Please release her.” (Niva)
A child. There’s a child here.
And there’s also an ogre. An ogre is here.
“I get it, geez. You lack understanding as always.” (Caril)
“Please think about your position.” (Niva)
While listening to the conversation of the two, Erin, who had safely escaped from the grasp of the Queen’s chest, slowly returned to my side. It was most likely to escape from the evil hands of the Queen, but I felt like I had won against the Queen and ended up laughing.
Seeing the attitude Erin took, the Queen went ‘Erin-chaaaan~’ in tears, and Niva-san reprimands her with ‘don’t be doing stupid stuff and act properly’. While watching this exchange of theirs, I slump over the sofa.
“Because you are saying such stupid things, Makoto-sama is making eyes like that of a dead fish, you know?” (Niva)
“Why are you turning the tip of the spear over here? Don’t go dissing me.” (Makoto)
“Excuse me for that. She will soon return to normal, so please wait for a bit more.” (Niva)
What, so she has a regular form? Does she have a final form?
While I was thinking something stupid, the Queen, who was correcting her sitting posture, made a graceful smile.
“…I feel like a lot of things are going to waste with you.” (Makoto)
“You promised not to tell her.” (Niva)
What a cruel maid. I love that kind of maid.
“I am sorry for calling you here on such a short notice.” (Caril)
“So, what did you want to ask me?” (Makoto)
“I think you already know, so please spit it out honestly. What did you do to Erac and his group? Every detail.” (Caril)
The question of the Queen given with a smile felt like she was threatening and complaining.
“Just sealed his mouth.” (Makoto)
“Sealed his mouth? Then, why is it that he…makes such a scared look when he sees my face?” (Caril)
I see, I see. From seeing the face of the Queen, huh. What a masterpiece.
“Maybe he had a nightmare about you?” (Makoto)
“…Did you show him one?” (Niva)
“If it is Makoto-kun…” (Caril)
Oh my, this unbending trust is scary. More so cause they are correct.
“…I won’t question you too deeply about what you did. However, please tell me what happened.” (Caril)
“That’s the better choice. If you were to hear about it, you might regret it after all.” (Makoto)
“That far?” (Caril)
“Yeah. I think there’s the need to properly deal with the people that are hostile after all.” (Makoto)
I look back at the Queen’s straight eyes, slightly avert my eyes and ask Niva-san with my gaze. There’s Erin here as well, so I think this isn’t something that an outsider like me can speak of as I please.
“I have already told Ohi-sama about that.” (Niva)
“I see, in that case… Let’s just say that the worst case we were worrying about has been avoided?” (Makoto)
“Is it okay to think that there’s no need to worry anymore?” (Caril)
“Only if no others know about it, that is. I can’t tell that much after all. I leave that part to you.” (Makoto)
When I explain to the Queen bluntly, Niva-san and the Queen had her eyes wide in surprise.
“I see… Thanks, Makoto-kun.” (Caril)
“No need to thank me. I simply couldn’t ignore it.” (Makoto)
“Fufu… You are kind, Makoto-kun.” (Caril)
Averting my gaze from the smile that was giving me goosebumps, I slump over the sofa and look up at the ceiling. Haah, a beautiful ceiling with no stains in it. I wonder if the person at the other side of the ceiling is doing well.
“And so, what did you do to her? She was acting kind of strange, and honestly, it felt hard to approach her.” (Caril)
“Her? Aah, that ill-natured damn hag, huh.” (Makoto)
“H-Hag, you say.” (Caril)
For a moment I was wondering who she was referring to, but she did bring me here to talk about the prime minister and the other one.
“That woman was trying to do a Devil summoning.” (Makoto)
“…Eh? What did you say just now?” (Caril)
“Well, I understand the surprise. We are talking about a Devil here, a Devil.” (Makoto)
“Devil, as in, the destruction Devils that appear in legends?” (Caril)
That’s right, those Devils.
“She was going to use sacrifices to perform a Devil summoning. Like, know the limits, damn it. That’s why I destroyed her summoning circle, and cursed her so that she can’t ever use summoning magic.” (Makoto)
“Sacrifices…and curse, you say? Maybe because I heard too much information at once, my head is kind of in chaos right now.” (Caril)
“The reason why she was going to the slums was because she was gathering sacrifices for the Devil summoning. There’s no way a person that doesn’t choose their methods for the sake of their objective can be forgiven.” (Makoto)
“I did know that she was going to the slums, but to think it was for that reason…” (Caril)
‘For a reason like that’, is a normal way of thinking. But for the people that don’t have a normal way of thinking, this is just a means to an end; even human lives.
“That’s why…that old geezer and the ill-natured hag will probably be more docile for a while.” (Makoto)
“It would make me happy if they were to stay docile though.” (Caril)
I understand that feeling. However, reality is cruel.
Humans that are greedy to the extreme are also really stubborn. Erac had a card of his completely destroyed, and Makirus had her own desire destroyed as well.
There’s no way they will stay docile. In the time until their next move, we have to make countermeasures. And we also have to cure the king as soon as possible.
“By the way, about the Loroad Virus, how has it been doing?” (Makoto)
“We are using all the methods we have, but there’s still no useful information, thus we are currently struggling.” (Niva)
“I see…” (Makoto)
When I told them that there was a hidden room at the basement of the Makirus house, Niva-san was surprised. When I told her that there was no undiluted solution of the Loroad Virus there, Niva-san furrowed her brows and made a grim expression.
“Hm? Ah, I have been leaving it all to you guys in regards to this part, so I thought of helping out a bit too.” (Makoto)
“…Thank you, Makoto-kun.” (Caril)
It is nothing to thank me for. It is just my own satisfaction.
I listened to the current information the Queen and Niva-san had, and after that, we were making plans for tomorrow.