Gai carried a message from Claude.
“”We won’t be able to come for a while, so look around the shops until we contact you. Please, take care. I repeat, please take care” It says.”
“He said it twice”
“He did indeed say to take care twice. Does he not trust us?”
((He’s not aware!?))
“Eh~? I think he’s only worried about us?”
((That’s also true, but……))
Olivia and Gai interjected in their hearts at the unaware two, but they did not dare to voice their thoughts out loud.
While the four aimlessly wandered around the shops, they discovered a crowd again.
Looking carefully, Miguel and Nathan seemed to be surrounded.
“Hey! Where are those two? Even though I wanted to ask about that magic tool! If you won’t let me examine him, introduce those two to me!”
“Won’t you please ask them to instruct us until the resistance war?”
“Rather, won’t you propose headmaster to employ those two in the academy?”
“They are wanderers. They won’t let themselves be bound by a country.”
“I heard that you have studied together, won’t you let us participate as well?”
“If you have the resolve (to die).”
“If you are prepared (for your pride to get shattered) then negotiate with them.”
Even here, the cause of the ruckus seems to be “Sayo” and “Al”.
“…… Now then, where should we go next?”
“Is it fine to leave them alone?”
“We wouldn’t be of help even if we went over. Gai also doesn’t want to get near her, right? …… Huh?”
When Albert turned around, he tilted his head in puzzlement as he didn’t see Gai, but Olivia who was nonchalantly pointing forward.
When he looked where she was pointing, he saw Gai hiding in the shadow of a building about five meters away.
“He sped away the moment he heard her voice.”
“Gai…… he’s completely suffering from a trauma, isn’t he?”
When Felice and others joined up with Gai, they got contacted, so they moved to the meeting place.
On the way, Felice stopped as she caught a sight of a familiar girl.
“Al, isn’t that the girl we saw at the church?”
“Eh? …… Now that you mention it. Judging by her outfit, was she perhaps adopted by some noble?”
“Yeah. Seems like it.”
Whom Felice noticed was a girl she happened to see at the church on the first day of their arrival in this country. Today, she was dressed in clothing of nobles.
They did not interact with each other in particular, so Felice and the rest went towards the carriage.
Claude and others were waiting before the carriage, so Felice believed she would get in the carriage and quickly go home, but on top of stopping only after a short while, they stopped in front of the royal palace, so Felice and Albert had a bad feeling.
“Now, let’s enter. Evan is waiting at his private room with “Okaasan” and others.”
“I am going to talk with Andria.”
“It seems that no one will save us.”
Seeing Samantha and Olivia off, Felice and Albert began to trudge.
Having stopped before Evan’s private room, just when the two felt like they were at the point of death, Claude opened the door and urged two inside.
Entering the room, starting with Lewis, Austin, Blake, and Meison were waiting for them.
When Felice and Albert sat on the sofa, Lewis and the rest began talking.
“When Claude contacted us, “Again?” was honestly what I thought.”
“I am ashamed.”
“First, some blochaed acted against his superiors and picked a fight with you, and then you got yourselves involved with the students. Although, all ended well in the end because an influential person intervened. Even in the mock battle, I don’t think you did anything wrong considering Miguel and Nathan’s feelings, but…… magic tools and weapons that were never seen before are no good.”
“We have just taught you how to handle weapons, so you have not mastered them yet, no? On top of that, you were using weapons that were unknown to us properly?”
“I only used sword techniques for my attacks.”
“I only used a spear and a bow. Others acted only as a threat, I didn’t use them to attack.”
“I see. However, it’s still too early for you guys to be using weapons in actual combat. You still need more practice. Show us those weapons tomorrow.”
“What I wanted to say is same what Austin said. No matter how easy you go on someone, you might cause someone to die when using weapons you aren’t used to. Keep that always in your minds and make sure to put a hard effort on the pursuit of knowledge. Understood?”
“I have one thing I want to ask. You have used that glove, right? How easy was it to use? Also, did the barrier magic tool activate properly? I thought that it would need to be tested soon, but to think it would be this soon? I was so curious, so eager to find out, I couldn’t stay still.”
“There were no problems. The glove was easy to use. Umm, you know…… Meison, behind you.”
“The barrier was activated properly. Umm…… Meison-san, behind you.”
“What is it? What is behi…… nd… me……”
Felice and Albert obediently accepted Lewis, Austin, and Blake’s scoldings respectively, but a threatening ambiance started drifting around the room with Meison’s remark.
When the greatly excited Meison turned around after hearing Felice and Albert’s words, there were four Hannya staring at him.
“”””So it was you, Meison!””””
“…… Oh darn.”
“It’s not “oh darn”! You were aware of the weapon and magic tool, were you not?”
“Far from being aware, we made it together.”
“If you made it then fine, but shouldn’t you have let us know too!?”
“Sorry, Austin. I completely forgot.”
“You are always like that. I will have you properly reflect on your mistake this time.”
“What are you saying, Blake! I’m always reflecting!”
“If you are reflecting, don’t do something like this again. You are not the same as that fool, are you?”
“You are lumping me together with that fool!? That’s the only thing I won’t accept!”
“In that case, make sure to report the next time. If you repeat this mistake again, you will be treated the same way that fool is!”
“Certainly, I wouldn’t want to be lumped together with that fool.”
“Yeah, I’d hate it too.”
Felice and Albert, who became liberated because everyone was trying to call Meison “fool”, looked around the room.
The hands of Evan that were signing documents in silence since the two entered the room stopped, as he prostrated on top of the table with tears in his eyes.
As Meison’s scolding continued, there was an intense knocking on the door.
“Your Majesty! I’m carrying an emergency report! Please, grant me an audience! Your Majesty!”
When Lewis opened the door, a soldier who was gasping for breath entered inside.
“Just what is it about?”
“I, I am truly sorry for disturbing you! A word from the Radius Academy had arrived just now!”
“From the academy? What happened?”
Hearing that it was from the academy, Evan stood up and questioned the soldier.
“I quote! “Today, after the closing of the academy festival, Adam-sama, Dylan-sama, Miguel-sama, Nathan-sama, and several other students were abducted by someone. We request to dispatch a rescue party as soon as possible!””
“Understood! I will organize it immediately! Blake, sorry but head to the academy to obtain accurate information!”
“Austin, Meison, follow me please.”
“Al and Feli, wait with Samantha. Riley, return to the mansion and inform Henry. Gai, you go with the two.”
After Claude and other busily left the room, Felice tightly grasped Albert’s hand.
“Al…… everything will be all right, yes? Oniisamas and others will be fine, right? …… Sniff.”
“Feli, let’s go to Kaasama first. Niisamas and others will surely be fine.”
The eyes of Albert, who hugged Felice close to comfort her, glinted.
Gai who caught a sight of that felt chills while thinking “the culprit is dead” at the same time.
Reaching where Samantha was, Albert entrusted her with Felice.
“I will be going too.”
“Al…… I’m sorry.”
“There’s no need for Kaasama to apologize. I’m just doing what I want.”
“In truth, I wanted to go too, but I can’t even do that! Albert, I beg you to save my sons!”
“Leave it to me. Feli…… I will be going alone this time. Wait for me.”
“Yeah…… Al, be careful…… save Oniisamas and others.”
“It will be fine…… Gai, stay by their side.”
“Leave it to me!”
After hearing Gai’s reply, Albert contacted Claude, took on the appearances of “Al” and transferred to Blake.
Blake was on his way to the academy.
“Blake! I’m going too!”
“Albert! No…… Al, did you let Claude know?”
“I did let him know! I will transfer us, so hold on!”
The moment Blake touched his shoulder, they transferred to the academy’s entrance.
The gatekeepers were guarded against the two who appeared all of sudden, but when Blake gave his name, they were immediately guided to the Headmaster.
Upon entering the room they were guided to, a man somehow resembling Evan and several men and women were waiting inside.
It was the man who resembled Evan who spoke up first.
“You are here, Blake…… and Al-dono?”
“He will be cooperating with us this time.”
“Best regards. I’m wanderer Al.”
“I am Ricardo Dianes. I have been entrusted with this academy as the Headmaster. I appreciate your cooperation.”
“My acquaintances are involved this time too, after all. By the way, are you Evan’s brother by any chance?”
“You bastard! What’s with that tone of yours! Moreover, I won’t forgive you for calling His Majesty by his name!”
When Al asked, a man by Ricardo’s side interrupted.
Before Al could open his mouth, Ricardo stopped the man.
“Stop it, Dyner. He’s a wanderer, not bound by our country. Moreover, I heard that he’s His Majesty’s friend. This is not your place to intervene.”
(This man was together with that child. Dyner, huh…… I feel like I heard the name somewhere before.)
When Al was recalling the memory where he had heard the name, Ricardo spoke to him.
“Sorry about that. To answer your question, I am the second older brother of His Majesty.”
“As I thought. You do look similar.”
“Let’s get down the business. I will ask you for the explanation.”
According to Ricardo, a celebration was planned after the closing of the academy festival, but starting with Adam, several people who were supposed to show up for the resistance war didn’t appear on time.
The teachers and student council searched for them, but they didn’t think they would leave the premises of the academy on their own, so when they were about to contact the royal palace, a letter that confirmed their worries reached the gatekeeper’s hands.
(Dear Ricardo Dianes.
This academy you govern has some excellent students. Please, feel at ease as I will treat them with honor and hospitality. However, if you refuse to heed my demands, a few corpses could be arranged.
My demands are as follows:
1) Ricardo Dianes’s resignation
2) Abstinence of the Resistance War
3) 100 Platinum coins per person (there are eight hostages)
You have until tomorrow noon.
I believe in your wise decision.)
Seeing the contents of the letter, they immediately informed the royal palace.
While scanning the letter, Blake relayed its contents to Lewis.
“Still, how did they get abducted? They are quite strong themselves, and the defenses were strict as well, no?”
“That, we do not know. There were no eye-witnesses.”
(Ricardo, I have something to tell you. Clear out the room)
“!?…… Everyone, please inquire of the students once more. Try getting information from those who operate shops as well.”
Among the teachers who left the room under Ricardo’s instruction, only Dyner glanced over his shoulder.
“Is this fine? Al-dono.”
“What’s the matter, Al?”
“Don’t you find it strange? Even if Adam and others did not resist, taking them away without anyone seeing would not be possible.”
“Certainly, there are no other exits except the front and rear gates, the gatekeepers were on alert as well.”
“Were the gatekeepers bribed?”
“Or, it’s possible that the people nearby were deceived by a skill, magic or magic tool. Otherwise, there’s a possibility that someone they trusted had guided them away.”
“You mean that there’s a traitor!? A traitor in my academy?”
Ricardo was startled by the possibility of a traitor, but Al continued talking.
“It’s possible. Unless you have the understanding of the Resistance War participants, abducting eight of them at once would not be possible.”
“Indeed, so that’s why you had the place cleared out.”
“At this point of time, I consider only Ricardo himself to be safe. I cannot trust the teachers and the students.”
“What do we do then?”
“I will check the situation by myself.”
Ricardo and Blake’s voices overlapped at Al’s statement.