Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear - Chapter 529
Bear-san, Obediently Complies
I was talking to Cereille and missed the timing to change into my bear suit.
The hooded figure walked toward us.
Considering the words directed at Cereille earlier and the direction in which he appeared, this hooded, suspicious man was the one Cereille was after, the one who kidnapped her brother Keith.
And you can tell from his voice that he’s a man.
But I have a feeling I have seen this hooded person somewhere before.
Where was it?
There is a nagging feeling, as if something is stuck in the back of my head, but I can’t recall it.
“Who is the young lady with that bear? I should have written that you should come alone, but it seems different from the letter.” (Man)
The hooded man looked at me.
Cereille looked at me and gave me a troubled look.
“Does that mean I can break my promise too?” (Man)
The man laughed and asked Cereille.
Cereille tried to say something, but she swallowed her words. So I answered the hooded man’s words instead.
“I’m a friend of Cereille. I saw her running out of the city alone in a hurry, so I chased after her. I didn’t know why she left the city alone, came here, or was going to meet someone. So it’s not like Cereille broke her promise.” (Yuna)
I knew nothing when I left the city, so I’m not lying.
I only heard about it a few minutes ago.
“Well, fine. One more student is not a problem. And it’s my first reunion with Cereille-sama in 10 years. I’m open-minded, I’ll forgive it.” (Man)
He is wearing a hood, but I can see the mouth of a smiling man.
Swaying Bear is also here. I wanted to say something, but I stopped myself.
“Ten years. Then, as I thought, you killed my mother.” (Cereille)
Cereille asked as she squeezed her voice out.
“Yeah, I am the man who killed your mother.” (Man)
The man said and took the hood off himself. The face of a man in his late thirties emerges from under the hood. His face was emaciated.
“You were so young, I don’t think you would remember my face.” (Man)
“I do not remember your face, but I remember that laughing mouth. And the unpleasantness when you touched me with your bloody hands after you killed my mother.” (Cereille)
“Fufu, that would be an honor.” (Man)
The man sarcastically smiled at Cereille’s words.
Cereille noticeably tightened her fist.
“So, is Keith safe?” (Cereille)
“He’s alive. For now. Although, what happens in the future is up to you.” (Man)
The man laughed.
Now, I think it would be easy to beat the guy here, seize him right here and now, and get him to tell us about Keith. But that doesn’t mean this guy doesn’t have friends.
Without knowing Keith’s current situation, messing with him here is not a good idea. I guess he knows that, and Cereille was holding back.
You can tell by the look on Cereille’s face and her clenched hand.
“Where is Keith? I’ve come as promised, so please return Keith.” (Cereille)
“Was that the promise?……” (Man)
The man turned his gaze on me.
“You said it was no problem.” (Cereille)
“I was joking. I will take you to your brother to give him back to you. But I will have to ask her to come along as well.” (Man)
I thought of changing into a bear costume and going ahead if he let me go, but it seems useless.
If only I had any acting ability, I could have cried and said, “Please help me”, “I have nothing to do with this”, or “I won’t tell anyone, so please let me go”.
But, unfortunately, my acting sucks, and I’m not comfortable with saying weak words anyway. Also, it’s embarrassing.
“She has nothing to do with this! I’m the only one you wanted!” (Cereille)
Cereille tried to send me back, even if I’m not involved.
“Well certainly, she’s irrelevant. But it’s your fault that she knows about all of this. Besides, if she reported this to the city guards, I would be in a lot of trouble. Now then, will you abandon Cereille-sama and run away, Cereille’s-sama friend?” (Man)
The man emphasized the “abandon” and “friend” parts and gave me a nasty smile.
But I could kinda grasp the situation.
The man who killed Cereille’s mother showed up, kidnapped her brother, and called Cereille.
What I didn’t understand was why did he call Cereille?
From the way Cereille talks, it sounds like she was with her mother when she was killed. 10 years ago, Cereille was very young. It was hard to believe that the young Cereille would hold a grudge against a man.
And why, now, after 10 years?
Currently, there’s not enough information. Either way, my actions will not change.
Whatever the reason, I need to protect Cereille, beat the guy, and save Keith. That’s all.
But it’s not a good idea to offend the man now.
“I understand. I shall go with you.” (Yuna)
Cereille was surprised at my words.
If I wanted to escape, I could always do so because I have Swaying Bear and Hugging Bear. But if I escape now, I don’t know what will happen to Cereille and Keith. Then, I should stick with them for a while. As long as I knew where Keith was, I could handle it. The only thing I am worried about is the fact that I’m not wearing my bear costume.
Well, if push comes to shove, I can always wear it over the uniform if I want to.
“It’s a big help that she’s a very understanding young lady.” (Man)
“Don’t worry about it Cereille. I’ll go with you. If I run away here, I won’t know what will happen to you and your brother now, will I?” (Yuna)
Well, if he wants me to follow, I’ll just keep up for a while.
“Thank you for being so understanding. If you had escaped, I would have had to kill her brother.” (Man)
The man said kill easily. If he really killed Cereille’s mother, he could do it.
But if what the man said is true, it means Keith is still alive. If he is somewhat injured, he can be healed, so as long as he’s alive, there is a chance to rescue him. So, as long as there is no danger, I will follow the man.
“Where is Keith then?”
“A short distance from here. He is safe for now, although what will happen to him depends on what you do.” (Man)
The man gave a creepy smile.
Oh, I want to pulverize that ridiculous face.
Both the mocking laughter and the attitude are irritating, and it’s probably the confidence of knowing that he has the upper hand.
I want to hit him so badly, but I hold it in now, and be patient.
People are tolerant creatures.
I clenched my fists and tried to put up with it.
“Even so, it’s amazing that a young lady like you has a bear.” (Man)
The man looked at Swaying Bear beside me curiously.
I am probably the only person who rides a bear instead of a horse.
“He’s my precious family.” (Yuna)
“Then, you will have to say goodbye to that family of yours.” (Man)
“Don’t tell me you’re going to kill him?” (Yuna)
I stared at the man.
“I am a gentleman. I would never do such a terrible thing in front of you ladies. Now then…” (Man)
He said it as if implying something.
“However, I don’t want you to get on it and run away, so we’ll walk from here. If you tie the horse and the bear to a tree there or something, that’s fine. If you refuse, I will take care of them here.” (Man)
The man created fire magic in his right hand.
Swaying Bear would be fine, but not Cereille’s horse.
“Alright, fine.” (Yuna)
“Sorry, Yuna.” (Cereille)
Cereille apologized. But it wasn’t her fault.
Cereille used the horse reins as rope and tied them around the tree so it wouldn’t run away. I took out a rope, attached it to Swaying Bear’s neck, and tied it around the tree as if I were imitating her. I tried to make it look like that.
“Swaying Bear. I’m sorry, just bear with it a little.” (Yuna)
`Ku~u ~ n’
Swaying Bear cried sadly.
But only a little.
“There, satisfied?” (Yuna)
“It’s a really quiet bear. If I had more time, I would like to check it out, but sadly, I don’t, so I’ll give up for now. Let’s go to your brother now, shall we? Please follow me.” (Man)
Perhaps satisfied with our actions, the man turned his back on us and started to walk ahead.
“Oh, and please don’t attack me from behind. If anything should happen to me, your brother will not survive.” (Man)
“I understand, quickly guide us to my brother. Please .” (Cereille)
Cereille looks frustrated, and yet she still walks behind the man. I’m at the furthest of the group, but I quickly repatriated Swaying Bear and followed behind them as if nothing had happened.
It was instantaneous, so the two walking in front of me were unaware that I had already repatriated Swaying Bear.
Now then, what’s going to happen from here?
If I could use my detection skills, I could locate Keith, but since I’m in uniform, I cannot use it. Furthermore, there’s a possibility that monsters roam the area, so I have to be careful.
Honestly, this situation made me appreciate the bear costume, Swaying Bear, and Hugging Bear even more.
However, I’ve been saying many times before, why didn’t you give me the skills and power to do this myself?
I wouldn’t have had to suffer this hardship, otherwise.
For now, I will take action only after we ensure Keith’s safety.
[Notice of postponement] Due to various circumstances, we have decided to postpone the release of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Volume 12, which was scheduled to be released on March 29. Volume 12 will be released on April 26. I’m sorry for the readers who were looking forward to it. And thank you for your understanding.
※ Thank you to everyone who has been reporting typos. I’m sorry I can’t reply to you, so I will leave this here.
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