Third Death Row Series: According to God, Death Is Salvation and Killing Is a Good Deed. The Source Is Me. - Chapter 26
- Third Death Row Series: According to God, Death Is Salvation and Killing Is a Good Deed. The Source Is Me.
- Chapter 26 - First Business
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
“Hey, Michel, aren’t you off duty today?”
“Ah, yeah, but… you seem to be enjoying yourself quite gracefully here…”
“Ah, Captain Constant, thank you for your hard work.”
Like a wraith, Michel showed up and settled into an empty chair at our table. His attention to detail was remarkable, but today he seemed to be considerably overwhelmed.
The only explanation I could come up with for this was what happened the day before.
I gave Thilia a cursory glance. Well, it was all right to talk in front of her, I supposed. It was not so much that it had nothing to do with the mission.
“By the looks of it, you’ve had a rough day since yesterday.”
“Oh… I have a fair amount of confidence in my legs, but the other party is a true beast. Despite deploying my spirit armament to pursue him all night, I ultimately lost sight of him in the forest around dawn…”
At the mention of the word “forest,” I was astounded. That would mean that Michel might have been nearby when I was giving those guys their “nutritional education” lesson.
“That must have been a real struggle… to track them down until dawn. You said you lost them in the forest, did you find any clues that could lead to them?”
“No… unfortunately I couldn’t find any trace of the guy… which is totally disheartening…”
Despite being a forest overall, it was wide enough to encircle the town of Ciscima. Judging by the state of things, Michel was apparently either oblivious to what I was doing or too keen for me to see through the act.
“U-Um, did something happen yesterday?”
Thilia, who did not have any knowledge of yesterday’s events, spoke up.
I summarized the incident (not revealing that I had been drinking at the bar, of course), and Thilia gave a nod with her chin resting on her chin.
“I see, so that’s what happened… But if Captain Michel deployed his spirit armament and yet could not catch up with them, perhaps that person who was watching the Captain and the others yesterday…”
“A spirit knight, I presume. Seriously… if it is from Zaghir’s army, it’s a major issue… Because it means there are Zaghir spirit knights lurking in this town past the gateway.”
“Even if they’re not from Zaghir’s army, they’re still a nuisance. The people who attacked us yesterday have been killed, so we have to bet that the doctor at the hospital has some answers.”
“Hey, hold on, Kanaki. By ‘killed,’ do you mean the people who attacked us yesterday?”
“Oh, I haven’t told you about them yet. After you went after the spirit knight, I was taking them to the military police when we were assaulted by someone. I managed to survive, but they were all sniped and killed on the spot.”
“What a mess… the enemies are a group after all…”
Michel clenched his fists in frustration. I was expecting him to accuse me of failing to protect them, but he seemed to be more understanding and competent than I had imagined.
“So, Captain Kanaki, are you now on your way to see the doctor at the hospital who you assume is their employer?”
“Yeah. Oh, this is a separate matter from the mission, so you don’t have to worry about it and rest. In return, if anything happens while I’m gone, the unit will be under your supervision.”
“…Yes, I understand.”
When I refused in advance for her to accompany me, Thilia reluctantly agreed with a nod. It was a relief that she was perceptive.
“I’ll go with Kanaki. Okay?”
“As if I have any veto power. Do as you please.”
So we parted ways with Thilia and headed for the only hospital in Ciscima.
However, by the time we arrived at the hospital, we learned that the hospital’s only doctor had been found murdered in his home this morning, leaving us with no further leads.
“I’ll use Envy over here. The pass will be gone, but you’ll have to deal with that for a while.”
[You sent me a message out of the blue, and now suddenly you’re telling me this?]
Iris deliberately let out a sigh through the screen. It may have been before bedtime, but she was now wearing a pure white negligee.
“There has been a little accident on my part. I am very sorry about this.”
[If so, I would like you to be careful not to let this happen again. Even though my appearance is like this, I am still a lady.]
Did she utter those last remarks because she didn’t want to be seen in her present appearance? However, I was more flabbergasted by the first half of the sentence.
“Are you agreeing to this?”
[That’s a strange thing to say coming from you. Isn’t that why you contacted me?]
“Right, but… I didn’t think you’d agree so easily.”
[I am a more flexible person than you think. But it’s also true that it’s fairly demanding to establish the groundwork, and if you want to thank me next time, I would be happy to accept it.]
“Haha, I’ll think about it.”
It was my desire to avoid creating a favor for Iris, but it was unavoidable.
As soon as I closed the connection, I immediately invoked my magical power and prepared for the summoning.
In response to my voice, a man appeared out of the void before my eyes.
The figure in front of me was a man with a robust body, a mild yet dignified countenance, and a monastic habit that reflected his high status.
Before me was the man who was said to be the number two man in this country after Iris, Pars Aquina Nottol himself.
“It’s been a long time, Envy.”
At the sound of that voice, the man’s figure was distorted.
It eventually dissolved into sludge, and eventually took on the shape of a small slime.
Right, this was his true form, Envy, the humanoid slime.
He was a demon that could transform into human form at will, and he was my one and only messenger.
“Quickly, Envy, I want you to transform into that one.”
Responding to my words, Envy transformed his body.
The image I had of him was that of an ambitious middle-class aristocrat.
“Nah… Well, I guess it’s acceptable.”
I gave a passing grade to the aristocrat-like man in front of me who has turned out just as I imagined and then returned Envy once again to me.
Now the material was ready. By now they should have finished devouring their companion.
Using them and Envy, whom I have just recalled, I will challenge myself to do something that was necessary for information gathering and that I myself wanted to attempt at least once.
―In short, a slave trader.
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