Second Death Row Series: A Death Row Convict Teaches at a School of Magic - Cel a108
- Second Death Row Series: A Death Row Convict Teaches at a School of Magic
- Cel a108 - Meeting of the Criminals
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
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“Since you were aware of our presence, why didn’t you say so earlier?”
“It couldn’t be helped, old friends must have had a lot to discuss with each other.”
It was Gato and Mira who came in.
Mira may have been considerate enough to read the atmosphere and wait for the ideal time to enter. Regrettably, I can’t picture Gato being so thoughtful.
When Mira caught sight of Matthias seated beside me, her eyes widened in surprise and she covered her mouth with her fan.
“…What a surprise. I never expected to meet you here again. Are you alive?”
“…Likewise, I didn’t imagine that you would be the one to lend Kanaki your strength. For someone who is so reclusive, it’s a rare occurrence.”
“Haha, you’ve always been a daring man, despite your delicate appearance.”
Apparently, the two had been acquainted with each other. In this distinctive atmosphere of old friends reuniting after a long time, I noticed that Gato was swearing as usual, but something about the way he moved seemed out of character.
“Mr. Gato, are you possibly hurting somewhere?”
“Huh? There is no such thing. I am still in good shape.”
“Hmph, he still hasn’t recovered from the damage from the ‘Raiko-Chidori’ he sustained in the previous battle. No matter how sturdy you may be as a result of your ‘Cryptid Transformation,’ even you won’t be able to remain unscathed if you are subjected to superlative-class magic with only your body.”
“Mira! You promised not to speak of that!”
I see. Indeed, even Gato could not be safe from that kind of magic.
When I looked at him, Gato made a sour face.
“No need to worry about it. My body is just a little numb, but this is no big deal. Instead, let me hear about your plans for the next step.”
“…If you say so, Mr. Gato, then I get it.”
Perhaps it seemed as though I was expressing my concern for Gato that he said this so bluntly, and I responded in the same way as if to get on board.
In truth, I was just ascertaining whether there would be any obstacles to the future movements of the pawn named Gato.
Now, there were only two people left.
Right after I thought that, the door opened soundlessly, and the last two people entered the room.
It was Sasha and Felt.
“I apologize. We were delayed a little.”
“Oh, we were the last to arrive.”
The two who came in while saying, “I’m sorry,” were immediately confronted with Alice’s eyes that looked at them as if they were trash.
“…Seriously, who do you think you are, being the smallest of the small fry yet being so late?”
“Oh, what? Even a brainless criminal who can only judge by the rate can at least read the time.”
To Alice’s provocation, Sasha responded with a high-pressure attitude that would have been inconceivable in front of me.
Speaking of which, I recalled the origin of Sasha’s “Cannibal Merchant” was derived from her aversion to people of the same kind. However, now was not the moment to argue about such matters.
“Yes, yes, that’s enough of that. We are running out of time, so I would like to move on to the meeting right away.”
“Yes, Master Taiga!”
“…Kanaki, you’re actually into that kind of taste, aren’t you?”
“…Please leave that subject alone already.”
Sasha, who was most likely in her mid-teens and calling me “Master,” caught Alice’s dubious eye. Since defending myself would stop the dialogue from moving further, I decided to set it aside for the time being.
Matthias called me over to him, and when I turned to look at him, he was uncharacteristically not expressionless.
His eyelids were raised higher than usual and his mouth was slightly agape, seemingly taken aback by what he saw.
“Yes, what is it?”
When I answered, Matthias looked around at everyone in the room.
“Did you gather all these high-caliber wanted people by yourself?”
“Well… yes. It is not enough, right? But there’s only so many people I can bring in with my connections in two months.”
“…The gift of attraction huh.”
Matthias gave a little head shake in response to my question.
“It’s nothing.., let’s start the discussion.”
“Everyone, the first phase of the operation has been successfully executed. I would like to begin by thanking you all for that. I truly appreciate your help.”
“Oh, no, Master Taiga! Please raise your head!”
As I lowered my head, I heard Sasha’s panicked voice coming from above me, and I plainly looked up at her.
Sasha was in awe and was tense, but Felt, who was sitting next to her, let out a sigh with a cold look on her face. Brainwashing Felt was still as arduous as ever. If anything, I was rather conversely impressed that she had gone along with me so far without even being brainwashed.
“Eraser, get on with the story. This war isn’t going to end here, right?”
“Yes, of course.”
I put a piece of paper on the table and placed it in the center of everyone.
On it were the names of dozens of people.
“Is this a list of… something?”
Mira spoke up as if representing everyone’s doubts, to which I nodded.
“Yes. The names on this list are those of the relatively high-value hostages currently being held in the lagoon dome. Although most of them are aristocrats and other high ranking people, some of them, such as Rebecca Hawkman, are highly competent as magicians.”
“Wow… you are still working as fast as ever, even though it’s been less than an hour… since the seizure of the city.”
“No, no, this time I had Ms. Sasha do it because there was someone more appropriate for the job than me.”
“No, since I am not at all a strong force, I need to be of assistance to you in this area…” Sasha said admirably.
I glanced at Alice, but she didn’t seem to have anything to prompt me, so I was relieved and continued the discussion.
“Even if we executed only the people mentioned here, all hell would break loose in Kingdom of Ortesia, but then again, nothing could be worse than Karen Ortesia. Our goal this time was to capture her in our hands, and I am very glad that we succeeded.”
“Yes. And with her, it would be possible to break the seal of the forbidden magic book that we borrowed the other day.”
What Mira was probably referring to was the forbidden magic book that we had stolen in Windell, but had a powerful seal on it. For sure, finding that one would undoubtedly be of utmost importance to Gato and Mira, but I was also concerned that they might abandon the mission and flee as soon as they got it.
“By the looks of her, she didn’t have a ring fitted on her hand, so there’s a possibility that her ring is somewhere else.”
“What? You must be joking! I don’t want to lose any more time this time, after the last time! There’s no way she would have left such a valuable item somewhere else!”
Mira said to Gato as he stood up as if to rebuke her.
“Wait, Gato. Where are you going?”
“Let me strip her naked and find out if she has anything hidden away! The subordinates I brought with me are at their limits. They need to relieve themselves.”
This was not good. The conversation had taken a nasty turn.
“Mr. Gato, can you hold off on that for a minute?”
“What is it? I don’t know what your relationship is with that Princess, but for the record, I don’t intend to pay attention to that kind of thing.”
“Yes, I understand. But she has an important role to play in the future, and if possible, she should remain a virgin until then.”
The virginity thing was utter nonsense, but if I said it, it would sound like it.
“I am going to prepare other women for Mr. Gato and the others, so please spare me the trouble. If you want, you can start with one of my other students.”
The last part was said on the spur of the moment so that I wouldn’t be perceived as having developed feelings for my student, but it seemed to have worked.
“…I understand. That will do. But we are not very patient.”
Gato implicitly told me not to make him wait too long.
At that moment, Matthias and Mira suddenly looked outside and gave me a smile that reassured me as well.
“I get it. But it looks like we have to take care of that side first.”
“―It seems that a visitor has arrived from the royal palace.”
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