Fourth Outer World Story Series: Basilisk of Ice Sculpture - Chapter 34
- Fourth Outer World Story Series: Basilisk of Ice Sculpture
- Chapter 34 - Special Operations Squad Activation (3)
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
The following morning, after the three of us have finished our breakfast at the eradication squad’s women’s dormitory, we have to go around and introduce ourselves as the Special Operations Squad. As a result, we arrive at the R&D Team’s sub-branch, which is situated at the Security Organization’s headquarters, first.
The headquarters of the R&D Team is not in Amenoyama, where the headquarters of the Security Organization is located, but in the northwestern part of the city where the Japoterasu Divine Sanatorium is situated, in order to secure a space to store equipment and to conduct trials.
Incidentally, the medical team is affiliated with the Divine Sanatorium rather than being stationed here.
“So this is the R&D Team’s sub-branch?”
“It seems like they can produce a few things here.”
“How can I express this, I’m envious!”
The R&D Team’s sub-branch is a separate building, and it is basically in the Tri-Japoteras style, but it is a blend of various styles, as if they are experimenting architecturally.
“Anyway, we should go inside…”
As I approach the door of the building to greet the R&D Team, I raise one hand to knock on the door.
And just as I am about to knock on the door…
We all take a quick glance in each other’s direction as an abrupt explosion is heard coming from within the structure into the surrounding before opening the door and storming inside with our respective tools in hand to assess the situation.
“Hahaha, it was only an explosion, so that’s fine, right?”
“What’s… all this about?”
“I’d like to know.”
And what I have observed inside is… the sight of a short and stout man in a coverall reprimanding a young man whose hair is dyed four different colors—red, blue, yellow, and green—and tied up in bunches of each hue. The young man Is made to sit up straight.
It is obvious that these two men were involved in the explosion that just occurred and that this is a typical occurrence based on the soot on their cheeks and the fact that the other members of the R&D Team are eyeing them with a faraway expression on their faces.
But, well, it’s nothing more than my guess, so I’ll merely have to gather information to ascertain what’s happening.
I, therefore, grab a nearby R&D Team member and ask for an explanation of the situation.
“O-Oh. You are the Special Operations Squad, I presume? Let’s see, about this situation, right? Well, to put it simply, it’s the same old thing, so don’t worry about it, but I’ll explain it to you.”
He describes the situation to me with a slight blush on his cheeks and a stammer here and there for whatever reason.
“Ah, that short and stout guy over there in the sandals is the head of the R&D team, Ukai, and the other one is the embarrassment of the R&D team… ah, no, it’s Matsunami, the eccentric of the R&D team.”
“Hmm. So what’s the story?”
“Yes, yes. Akira onee-sama. Please leave the rest to me, so you can greet the head of the R&D Team.”
Before I have a chance to specifically ask what happened, Sora-san interrupts me and tries to send me to their side, so I have no choice but to go to the overall leader of the R&D Team, Ukai, who is still fuming, and Matsunami-san, who is listening to the whole thing as if it is no big deal.
“Hey, hey, hey, Uncle Ukai. It looks like there’s someone here who wants to talk to you.”
“Hmm? Ah, the Special Operations Squad’s princess and her company. Please excuse me, but I’m currently quite busy. Can you come back later?”
“Even if you ask me to come back later… what originally set off the explosion earlier?”
After pointing out the explosion, Ukai, the head of the R&D Team, slightly clicks his tongue while explaining about the explosion.
“The short version is that this idiot made a mistake in an experiment and an explosion occurred. Fortunately, we have the blessing of Ukanomitama-sama, so we only got soot on our cheeks and some equipment was destroyed.”
“Heh, what kind of experiment was it, by the way?”
The moment I utter those words, the overall leader of the R&D team, Ukai, clutches his head with a look that shows “Now you have done it,” while Matsunami-san’s face lights up as if to say, “I’m glad you asked me that.”
Oh yeah. I may have made a mistake.
Then Matsunami-san gets up, takes out what appears to be a blueprint, and begins speaking.
“Hmph. Be shocked when you learn this. Whatever kind of God there is, it may be driven in accordance with the quantity of divine power that is applied to it! If this is put to practical use, there will be no need for carriages! Not only that…”
[Oh, this is fascinating…]
So, the explanation begins but… Ys seems to be able to grasp it down to the smallest detail but I have no understanding of it.
In any case, all I can make out is that the power of any God may be converted and utilized in many ways.
Then, just as the explanation is about to reach its climax…
“Shut the hell up!”
Ukai, the R&D team’s overall leader, strikes Matsunami-san in the head with a clenched fist, compelling him to end the session.
Well, I couldn’t understand what he has been saying, so I guess it doesn’t matter.
“Sigh… now, it was about the cooperation with the Special Operations Squad, wasn’t it? I’ll make accommodations for you in that regard to some extent.”
“To some extent…? Well, the R&D Team has its own reasons, and I’m fine with that as long as the situation isn’t too dire.”
“You are quite understanding, this saves me a lot of trouble. Oh, right, you can choose the personnel you want to give priority to the requests from the Special Operations Squad if you want. Trust and reliability are essential in the work of the R&D Team, and we have a full lineup of people at the sub-branch.”
“I understand. Then let me take a look around the R&D Team.”
“Oh. You can do whatever you like as long as you don’t interfere with our work.”
[Hmm. That’s a piece of wonderful news.]
We arrive at the R&D Team today effortlessly at the same time the conversation began, so once we have done discussing the main subject, I and Ys join Toki-san and Sora-san, who have heard from the other R&D Team, and we begin to look around the R&D Team.
By the way, Ys? Aren’t you wearing a strange, wicked smile?
Check out other Outer World Story series in order: First Outer World Story: The Black Mist that Devours, Third Outer World Story: Pumpkin Sorcerer, Fourth Outer World Story: Basilisk of Ice Sculpture
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