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Chapter 34

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A Problem Occurred
When I returned to the inn, I undid the spell I had cast on myself, took a hot bath, and sat down on the bed.
I thought about the story I heard in the tavern.

“If what he said is true, then Jacob is suspicious, but…”

Many people, both sailors and residents of the town, suspect him.
The rumor must have reached the town’s guards. It wouldn’t be strange for them to interrogate him.
Captain of a huge cargo ship.
Is Jacob using his position to his advantage?
It’s not just the nobility that has power. Even commoners who have achieved a certain status do it.
I think he can at least put pressure on the town’s guards.
Or maybe he has nothing to do with it at all.

“He’s definitely the most important person, at least for now.”

I need to follow him to see if he is behind the missing people case. If nothing happens, so be it.
I just have a bad feeling swirling around in my chest.
Just to be safe, I put an intrusion barrier around the room and went to sleep.

I wondered how long I had been asleep before I was awakened by the noise outside.
I got up from the bed and opened the window to hear the commotion outside, which became louder.
I wondered what was going on outside.
I quickly finished getting ready and was about to go outside when I was stopped by someone who shouted, “Hey!” at me.
When I turned around, I saw the female employee of the inn, her face completely pale.

“I, I advise you on not going outside now!”
“Eh?”
“Anyway! It’s better not to go outside right now!”

After saying that, the woman ran away to the back of the room.
What was that all about?
I was warned not to go, but I didn’t want to be bothered by it.

“Sorry.”

I apologized to the woman who had retreated and ran outside.
There were many people gathered in the central square, forming a circle. The people running out of the circle all paled and ran while holding their mouths.
What’s in there…?
As I approached the circle, a strong smell hit my nose.
This smell…
Frowning, I made my way forward through the crowd.
When I reached the front of the line, I saw a scene so horrible that I wanted to look away.

It was Uncle Galleo’s stall, where I stopped by yesterday.
There, instead of merchandise, was only a row of five heads of different sizes. If you looked closely, you could see that all of them had scars from beatings and injuries.
It wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t tell whose heads were lined up.

“So they were killed…”

I muttered, my words drowned out by the cries of a man and a woman sitting in front of the smallest head in the line.
They were probably the boy’s parents.
They had been looking for their child for a long time, and now they found him in this state. My heart ached when I looked at them, but at the same time, I was filled with anger at the criminals who had done such a terrible thing.

“W, what the hell is this…”

It was Uncle Galleo who shouted through the crowd.
The gruesome scene was spreading in his stall.
When he saw it, he felt nauseous and fell to his knees.

“Are you okay?”
“Elle…”

When I called out to Uncle Galleo, he feebly called out my name.
It’s no wonder his face looks so pale. I rubbed his back to comfort him and stared at the stall.
It’s not a good idea to leave the stall like that.

“Uncle Galleo, can I borrow the sheet from your stall?”
“What for?”
“I don’t want to leave them exposed like this.”

I explained the reason and Uncle Galleo agreed with a weak “Sure…”, so I put on the sheet and prayed for their souls.

“I will never forgive the people who killed you.”

I will definitely catch the murderer and send him to hell.

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