Update on the other series:
ID – Senna has been swamped by real life and her car broke down recently >_>
Garudina – Whenever Ash is done doing his tl.
Astarte – Whenever Ash is done Garudina.
Kansu – Whenever 9 decides to give us chapters~
Chapter 9 – Organizing the Situation and Hypothesis
Chie’s Work Room
Certainly I got involuntarily angry, hit that stupid swordsman, slammed the muscular guy on the ground, and put the sword to that long, blue haired good-looking guy, but that’s not what I’m embarrassed about.
The problem is after that!
At the time, my blood was rushing to my head, but now I realize what I actually said…
Those things I said about Conrad!
What was that!?
Was I trying to woo him!?
I know what it is!
I just haven’t had many opportunities to talk with many people until now so I am bound to say something embarrassing. Yep that’s it.
As I was reasoning to myself.
I hear a knock on the door.
I came back from my thoughts and moved to open the door.
To be able to apply this world’s magic in such ways is really convenient.
I wonder if I can change the settings to hear from outside once you knock.
Right now, it just seems improper.
When I opened the door Alice, who had gone to retrieve a map of the Empire, was standing there.
“Black Knight-sama, the map.” [Alice]
Alice passes me a piece of paper that has been rolled into a tube.
“Thank you.” [Chie]
As expected, it’s not as detailed as a modern Earth map.
It looks like one of those maps attached to the appendix of a game.
“This is the best and latest map. Is it good enough?” [Alice]
“Oh, no problem.” [Chie]
Certainly, it could be a bit more detailed, but this is good enough.
“Alice, I would also like to hear of what you know before Conrad comes.” [Chie]
“I do not mind, but wouldn’t the military people know more?” [Alice]
Alice says while tilting her head to the side.
Certainly one might think so.
“Maybe, but there may also be people who know of things the military don’t.” [Chie]
“How so?” [Alice]
I explain to Alice.
What if it were him.
What if there was a purpose.
What if it were known.
Yusuke was always good at getting caught up in dreadful things.
Always getting stuck up to his neck…
He wasn’t even thinking when he grabbed onto me. I should have just ran. His action ended up causing my death.
Alas, I survived so I can always appreciate that.
That guy, he’s only here to beat up the enemy while I just ensure a safe route.
Ah~ This is the worst.
“Black Knight-sama?” [Alice]
Alice curiously looks at me.
It’s meaningless, what’s important now is the kidnapping.
“I’m sorry. Well, it’s fundamental to think the way I said a while ago.” [Chie]
I apologize quickly and return to the story.
Once again I was praised.
How many times has it been today?
I’m just thinking normally though.
“I want to know about the rumors.” [Chie]
Alice talks about what we know.
“Huh? Is it okay to assume that children below age 10 and adults above 30 are safe?” [Chie]
I pose the question to Alice.
“Well, I am not sure since the information is based on rumor.” [Alice]
That is true.
“Thank you and continue.” [Chie]
“What is the characteristic of this area? For example the population or what is popular?” [Chie]
I request detailed information about a particular village.
“Well…the population is only about 1,000 people and mainly grows polon fruit.” [Alice]
Generally eaten as a snack.
Also used in the ingredients of cake.
It’s a strawberry…
“That is all I know so far.” [Alice]
Admittedly, there is not enough to form a hypothesis.
The only thing is to wait for Conrad to come.
Alice moves to open the door.
I change the barrier to allow entry.
“Everyone, we’ve been waiting.” [Alice]
“Alice, thank you.” [Conrad]
Conrad enters the room.
“Commander, 4 subordinates, and I have brought the 5 Captains.” [Conrad]
“Thank you very much Conr….5 Captains?” [Chie]
You mean 5 people…
I have an unpleasant feeling.
As Conrad enters the room 5 people follow suit.
Watching the 3 people come in I give a frown.
However, my face is hidden by my helmet.
“What! You! We come in and you sigh!” [Adelbert]
A bandage strip on the nose, he looks like a foolish character that has come out of a cartoon.
Having said this, I breathed another sigh.
The 3 grimace upon my words.
They do not return my words.
“Sorry Commander, these three people didn’t know their place and caused a fuss.” [Conrad]
Says Conrad with a fed-up face.
Apparently, they came by force.
Well, it’s inevitable.
It was my normal self-introduction.
Other than Conrad and Alice, everyone returns a blank stare.
“…What is it?” [Chie]
It was just a self-introduction, what’s with the faces?
People in this country are much too surprised.
“No…for a Duke, I don’t think you would introduce yourself that way.” [Adolf]
Blue, long haired ikemen guy said.
Whatever, I will act how I want to act in front of other people.
His good-looking face has turned ugly.
“Hey, I did it. Now you.” [Chie]
Perhaps because of a bad mood, my wording is getting worse.
I’ll have to be careful.
I have to maintain my guy tone.
There is still some discomfort.
“I know. I’m Adolf Addinsell. Archer Captain.” [Adolf]
There was no respect or disrespect in his words so I don’t say anything.
Rather, it gives off a feeling of a veteran talking to a newcomer.
“I’m Brandon Adams. Fighter Corps Captain.” [Brandon]
I didn’t notice before, but what a large person.
Well, I was able to throw this person…
Was that also thanks to this body?
Awfully stressing the ‘large noble’ part there idiot swordsman.
After all, I think it’s just stupid.
“My name is Celestia Avary! Spear Captain! Please call me Celes, Black Knight-dono!!” [Celesia]
This person, is she going to speak to me with honorifics?
“That, ah~…” [Chie]
I just thought of the combat animation in games and tried to move like that.
She says all fired up.
I said in order to stop her.
“Yes! Also, I’m sorry…” [Celestia]
She was so cute you could take a picture.
It’s cute, but I don’t think I could pull it off…
Somehow, it’s become sad.
“We will speak later at length…” [Chie]
Is it the voice?
Is it the delusion that under the helm is a good-looking man with a handsome voice?
Or purely the respect for my combat ability…
Let’s pray that it is the latter.
Xant: Oh my fuck I swear to god if this is yuri
“I-I…am…Amy Arnold. C-Captain…of the…Mages!” [Amy]
Going by looks, I appear to be slightly older?
“Thank you. Arnold-san.” [Chie]
A while ago I was told by a stupid swordsman, but my hand really is dry and lumpy. I’m losing confidence as a woman….
Or maybe, it’s just not a likeable hand or so I thought.
“Ah…Y-Yes! Amy…is…fine. Please…talk…to me…casually.” [Amy]
Joyfully she clasped my hand with both of hers and insisted I call her by name.
What a cute person.
“Very well, Amy.” [Chie]
This person is absolutely a healing character.
But, this person’s blush is also on my mind.
Let’s hope things here are also born from respect.
I don’t have that hobby.
I prefer handsome men.
“Commander, about the frequent missing persons, we will report on this incident.” [Conrad]
So says Conrad.
It seems only the Captains will be introduced.
I put my gauntlet back on.
“Understood. Tell us what you know.” [Chie]
“So children younger than 10 and people older than 30 are safe?” [Chie]
I pose the same question I asked of Alice.
“Yes, the missing people are only 10-years-old to late 20’s.” [Subordinate A]
Hmmm, I wonder if there is some meaning behind the age?
The man bows then a woman in her early 20’s with light blue hair and wearing full armor speaks.
“Any other injuries?” [Chie]
“No, other than the throat, there were no other signs of resistance.” [Subordinate C]
Their throats were probably slit before they even realized.
Even Alice has a surprised look on her face.
The other people in the room wear expressions of not understanding.
“Is there a problem Commander?” [Conrad]
Conrad is surprised and raises his voice.
“Alice, is that true!?” [Adolf]
The blue long haired ikemen guy draws closer to Alice.
Alice responded to the blue-haired ikemen guy.
“Yes, that’s what I thought.” [Chie]
“Yes, just as Black Knight-sama had said.” [Alice]
“What do you think Captain?” [Adolf]
Conrad is listening while tilting his head with a puzzled face.
“Before Conrad came, I asked Alice for reference of what she knows…” [Chie]
The stupid swordsman scoffs and interrupts.
At least listen to people till the end!
I look at the strained faces in the room.
I continue the explanation.
“In short it’s a hunch. It may seem careless. Rather, where is this town of Azuri?” [Chie]
I ask while looking at the map.
“Around here.” [Conrad]
Conrad points to the town on the map with a finger.
I look where his finger pointed to.
I leak out a voice.
From where he pointed it is close to the border with the Holy Kingdom.
“This is also close to the border?” [Chie]
What is it?
I’m stuck on something.
Like something is missing…
I fold my arms and start thinking.
The kidnappings started 3 years ago.
Young men and women.
Mostly around the border.
The single entrance to the city.
And, the auction.
I have a hypothesis.
“Conrad, there is one hypothesis that stands out.” [Chie]
I say inclining my head to everyone.
Well, there is still a part I’m stuck on.
“Why they take people from the border. It’s because it’s near that it’s meaningful.” [Chie]
To be honest, the slave merchants wouldn’t be able to do so much.
It’s these guys who killed the soldiers who got too close.
Manipulating information would be much easier to do if you were involved with politics.
“Never enter?” [Adolf]
The long blue haired ikemen guy tilted his head while asking.
“Ha! What stupid things are you saying? So your…” [Adelbert]
Once again the stupid swordsman who was being a fool was this time blocked by Amy.
Well done Amy.
“What’s a puppet?” [Celestia]
Celestia asks but I explain instead of Amy who falters with speech.
If it were just a doll, it would be easy for it to go in and out of the capital.
I can understand your feelings.
“You can use the doll so you don’t have to bring your ‘goods’ into the city.” [Chie]
“So then, where are all the people that were kidnapped!?” [Adelbert]
The stupid swordsman asks a decent question.
I can deal with an ordinary question.
“It was said a while ago. The kidnapped people are being held in the vicinity of the border.” [Chie]
Upon hearing that Conrad wore a look of surprise.
Well, it’ll become so if you think about the people that were sold.
I just wish I could of helped sooner.
At any rate.
“This mastermind is out to make a fool of the military.” [Chie]
Everyone looks up to me as I speak.
“…I’m sorry, there’s no excuse.” [Conrad]
Conrad apologizes suddenly.
Perhaps he thought I blamed him.
The Captains, Alice and I view Conrad’s surprised face.
The 4 subordinates wore bitter faces.
Conrad said quietly.
“I figured.” [Chie]
“Praetor Ackroyd!?” [Adolf]
(ED: Roman title)
The Captains, 4 subordinates, and Alice are all startled.
The reaction must be equivalent to his power.
He laughed while he said so.
“You couldn’t make them listen…” [Chie]
Conrad shakes his head in silence.
He tightly clasped his hands with a look of frustration and continued.
Everyone’s face expressed they were at a loss for words except Conrad and I.
It seems there is a connection.
“I see, despite the difficulties you faced you were still able to maintain a clear head.” [Chie]
He did the same after the ogre attack. At the time I was probably a suspicious person but he was able to determine I was a good person.
At that time, with all that had happened, I couldn’t afford the time to think about the situation.
“No! You think too highly of me!” [Conrad]
Conrad says while being humble.
All that I have said is the truth so I don’t feel any need to be reserved anymore.
“No, Conrad is amazing. Much more than I thought.” [Chie]
“…..(Perhaps this person is unaware)…” [Conrad]
Conrad covers his face with his right palm.
I wonder what’s wrong?
“Hey, what’s the matter with you?” [Chie]
“Seriously, what!? Something I did?” [Chie]
“Fufufu~, Black Knight-sama is dense.” [Alice]
Yusuke is ‘dense’, how could I do such a thing!?
I just feel Conrad is super-cool, I wasn’t trying to put on airs!
“No! Alice, I think you are misunderstand….” [Chie]
“Hey, wait!” [Adelbert]
His interruptions are really getting on my nerves.
I was quite irritated and it showed in my voice.
“Uh…Black Knight-san is a man! What’s with all this stuff about being dense!?” [Adelbert]
Conrad and Alice show expressions of ‘oh no’.
Meanwhile, I grin under my helmet.
“Oh? But I do not remember saying anything about being a man?” [Chie]
Conrad and Alice show a ‘what are you doing!?’ expression of surprise.
Reaction: just as expected. Thank you very much.
“A woman!?” [Adolf]
The blue long haired ikemen guy says while pointing with his right finger.
“Did I say woman?” [Chie]
Now a low man’s voice.
“Which one!?” [Brandon]
Muscle brother cries out.
I never had an experience in teasing people; I found something fun!
“….(I don’t know)” [Alice & Conrad]
Even though the faces of Alice and Conrad look normal, I feel something from them!
I’m afraid of those two!
“In the end, which is it!?” [Adelbert]
Stupid swordsman has been asking insistently.
The others seem anxious, but I have no intention of telling.
Besides, it’s fun!
“Hmm~, I wonder~?” [Chie]
I said flat out in the playful atmosphere.
“Ah~! This guy, repulsive!” [Adolf]
After teasing the three idiots and talking about future plans, the meeting broke up.
Alice and I remain in the room, but before Celes and Amy leave…
“I…I also…feel.” [Amy]
And exited with shining eyes.
Anyways, since her feelings are born from respect, I am relieved.