Otome Game no Heroine de Saikyou Survival [WN] - Chapter 118.1
Conspiracy of the Noble Faction (4)
“You, what are you doing, don’t you even have any hesitation in taking another human’s life!”
“Only people who survive and live would think about that.”
“That kind of thinking is…”
Nathaniel was shocked and confused, and was at a loss for words when I responded to him, as if to dismiss him bluntly.
Most of the “enemies” are dead. Even the few surviving knights had lowered their weapons after the death of Rudiger, a rank 4 knight, and had no intention of continuing the fight.
Even so, their eyes were not dead. That was the trouble with people with beliefs. They were only lowering their swords for the possibility of retaining their principles, not surrendering because their hearts were broken.
I glanced at Elena for a moment, and I saw a faint expression of hesitation on her face.
If she were in her right mind, she would have considered not taking his life without a second thought, and letting him live to serve as a witness. But now that she knew that the crown prince was being targeted by assassins, their presence would be a hindrance to her immediate action.
That was why I was here. As I approached the knights with my knife and dagger at the ready, I heard a faint noise approaching from the distance and turned my head in that direction, while not only the knights but also Elena and Nathaniel turned pale.
“Is Her Highness safe!”
A few minutes later, a squad of Royal Guards arrived on horseback, they were the squad guarding Elena’s mansion. The squad leader was the knight who was first involved with us when we attacked the dungeon before, and when I spotted a knight I knew and waved, the Royal Guards, realizing that Elena and I were safe, approached with a slight look of relief.
I wondered how they found this place… and then I saw Viro on his horse at the very end of the line. The butler must have received the message and passed it on not only to the knight but also to Viro, as planned. Still, I felt that it was because of Viro’s knowledge that they could chase after the knife marks I left behind in the trees on my way here.
Nero, already reading the air, had disappeared before they arrived, and as the Royal Guards dismounted their horses, wary of the Second Order with their weapons lowered, Mash rushed up to Elena.
“Your Highness, are you well…”
“Aria came to help me. Please capture those knights. Also, two female students were taken somewhere…”
“We have secured them on the way and left one of the knights as an escort. They also said that they were saved by Aria. But… were the traitors the Second Order?”
The survivors of the Second Order turned pale at Mash’s words and scornful gaze.
As well as being called traitors for their own beliefs, they probably lowered their weapons, prepared to be executed at the worst possible moment, as a stumbling block on our way to the Crown Prince’s rescue. If the Royal Guards appeared there, they most likely realized that their resolve could be in vain.
“Not everyone in the Second Order is a member of the Aristocrats. Let’s leave that matter to Count Dandol, the Commander-in-Chief. But more importantly, the Crown Prince is also in danger. I would like to send word and help as soon as possible…”
Elena, who was explaining to Mash, looked at me.
“Aria and Viro, the two members of the Rainbow Sword, I request you to support His Highness the Crown Prince. I do not ask you to rescue them. At the very least, I ask that you secure the Crown Prince until the knights arrive to escort him back to the castle.”
“What about the other children and students?”
Viro dismounted from his horse and asked Elena a question that was difficult to answer. But that was the important part. The answer would test not only the difficulty of the request, but also Elena’s own qualifications, and I waited for her to answer, staring at her intently.
“I will treat the other sacrifices as necessary, at worst, as long as we can ensure the safety of His Highness the Crown Prince. I ask that the two of you do so.”
At Elena’s words, Viro started preparing to move out to fulfill her request, while Nathaniel, who had been listening to this, rounded his eyes and stormed over to her.
“Your Highness! That’s outrageous!”
“…I have told you that I am prepared to do what is required of me as a member of royalty. I am certain that the Crown Prince’s entourage understands that this is what it means to serve the country, which includes the life I lead.”
Elena’s well-shaped eyebrows slightly furrowed, and she let out a sigh as she explained, but Nathaniel did not understand and tried to press her further.
“But, that is just!”
“Don’t come any closer to Elena-sama.”
I stopped Nathaniel by grabbing his arm, which he was about to extend to Elena.
If he, a middle-class nobleman, tried to appeal directly to the princess without further permission, I would have to “dispose” of him for safety reasons, even if he was a baron in the Vestments. For this reason, I gave him a little pressure to stop him, and Nathaniel stared at me with clenched teeth.
“I don’t approve of you, only God has the right to lives in this world–“
Just as everyone’s attention turned to Nathaniel, one of the Second Order knights jumped out with a yell as he knocked away the Royal Guards who were trying to capture him.
“Stop that guy!!!”
They wanted to delay the rescue to the Crown Prince even if it meant hurting Elena. The small knife hidden in the knight’s hand glowed, and he ran straight to Elena.
But on the way was Nathaniel, who had gone stiff with astonishment.
Nathaniel screeches, as the knight’s bloodshot eyes and killing intent was directed at him. If he did not step back, he would be killed. I grabbed Nathaniel by the collar and pulled him back at that instant when the knight’s knife was thrust out, and I swapped positions with him, half-heartedly dodging the knife while I thrust the black dagger under the knight’s chin piercing it to his brain until it went through his head.
The knife’s edge stopped a few centimeters in front of Nathaniel’s eyes, and blood spurts from the crumpled knight as I pull out my dagger, splashing blood on his face.
“Suit yourself. But they, too, are risking their lives in their actions. To live is to fight. Don’t talk about that life in terms of ‘God’ or ‘others’.”
Nathaniel’s face paled, and he fell to the ground as if he had lost his nerve. I took one look at the knights, who for some reason had grown quiet, and then returned to Elena’s side, calling out to Viro, who was returning to assist her.
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