Rufina stiffened in shock after entering the room.
That’s because Silva who was supposed to be in a comatose state was awake.
Moreover, his limbs and eyes were healed.
“Rufina, what have you stiffened for?”
“Err… Silva is…”
When Charlotte explained the situation to Rufina, she quickly understood and spoke about the situation of Silva’s family.
“It will be painful for Silva and Shelly to listen, but…” (Rufina)
“You mean the matter of my wife and children being kidnapped?” (Silva)
“Wait a moment! What do you mean by kidnapping!?” (Shelly)
“Your family has been rolled up in the kidnapping that has been occurring frequently in this country as of recent.” (Rufina)
“That can’t be…” (Shelly)
“Do you have any clues?” (Charlotte)
“We got a word from the palace. The paper the captured culprit had at hand had information about the kidnapped families, Silva’s household was among them. The rescue party is being organized immediately, a number of people from the guild are participating as well.” (Rufina)
“Let me go too!” (Silva)
“I will go as well!” (Shelly)
“Silva can go, but I cannot allow Shelly to go.” (Rufina)
“Shelly, leave it to your father. I will save them by any means.” (Silva)
“Otousan… I understand.” (Shelly)
“However, it has been a week since they were kidnapped, right? Didn’t they already leave the country?” (Miguel)
Rufina replied to Miguel’s question.
“From the intel we got, the kidnapped people are gathered in one place where they are auctioned off. We have verified the place as well.” (Rufina)
“Is that so… Silva-dono, the Faust Household will look after Shelly while you are away. Are you all right with that?” (Miguel)
“I am, but…” (Silva)
“We will be in their care today as well. We were invited over as an appreciation for the previous matter and to congratulate us on the overall victory at the Resistance War.” (Monet)
“Adam-sama, Dylan-sama and Rousseau will be apparently coming too.” (Katie)
“It wouldn’t be anything like a celebration, but you would feel depressed all alone, won’t you come with us?” (Miguel)
“Shelly, let’s do that.” (Silva)
“Otousan… umm, I will be in your care.” (Shelly)
As everyone came to an agreement, Rufina and Silva left for the standby place of the rescue party while Charlotte returned to the Healers’ place.
Felice and others too went to the Faust mansion from the guild, but Adam and Dylan happened to pass by in a carriage on the way, and they joined up with Rousseau too, so they explained the situation to them.
“Something like that has happened?” (Adam)
“That’s why we thought of changing the celebration day, but will you guys be returning?” (Miguel)
“I don’t mind. The attention will be diverted easier with more people.” (Dylan)
“I’m also not returning. I came here with so much effort after all.” (Adam)
“I will go too.” (Rousseau)
“Say, wasn’t Albert and Felice with you? Gai too.” (Adam)
“Wha? They are behi……… they are not.” (Miguel)
Being asked such by Adam, the others turned where Felice and others were supposed to be, but the three weren’t there.
While Miguel and others were looking around, Katie found them.
“There! Wha, they are getting attacked by a bear!” (Katie)
“Bear? … Ahh, it’s fine. That’s a Beastman they are acquaintanced with. He’s using Beastification, isn’t he?” (Miguel)
What Katie saw was a bear with a good stature tightly hugging Felice close to his chest.
“Beastification you say, isn’t that a rare skill among the Beastman? The one that changes one’s appearances to that of an animal and also increases one’s ability by about five times? W, won’t she get crushed?” (Shelly)
“He doesn’t seem to be using much strength. Felice is smiling too, right?” (Adam)
“Truly. She looks happy… rather, doesn’t she seem entranced?” (Monet)
“Because he’s fluffy.” “Indeed” “Yup.” “Yeah.” (Miguel, Nathan, Dylan & Adam)
“”””Haah?”””” (Katie, Monet, Rousseau & Shelly)
Let’s return back in time a little.
“What’s wrong?” (Albert)
“Have you found something?” (Gai)
“Shh~ … I am off for a little, wait for me, okay?” (Felice)
What Felice was gazing at was a retreating figure of a large bear.
After she erased all of her traces and slowly approached, she vigorously threw herself at the back of the bear to hug him.
“An opening~!” (Felice)
“Bad luck! No opening for you~!” (Bear)
Felice spoke cheerfully to the bear who turned around caught her in his arms without feeling vexed.
“Hello, Bernardo-san!” (Felice)
「Hello. Felice, you have erased your presence so skillfully and yet you spoke so loudly.” (Bernardo)
“Ehehe, Bernardo-san, why have you Beastified?” (Felice)
“I wonder why~” (Bernardo)
“No need to ask, he smelled your scent so he transformed to lure you in.”
Bernardo’s wife Carlotta appeared while hitting the head of Bernardo who tried to play dumb.
“Carlotta-san, hello!” (Felice)
“Yes, hello. Hey, Dear! Stop monopolizing her and separate from her already! Always not playing fair just because you have Beastification!” (Carlotta)
“I got it, I got it!” (Bernardo)
Bernardo handed Felice over to Carlotta, canceled his spell and returned to his original appearances.
“Felice, didn’t you grew a little taller?” (Carlotta)
“Yeah, I grew by 2 centimeters!” (Felice)
“Is that so! Keep eating lots of meat so you will grow bigger and bigger.” (Bernardo)
Behind Felice who was having a warm conversation, Gai inquired about Bernardo and Carlotta from Albert.
“They are quite attached to each other.” (Gai)
“They are the Bear Beastman husband and wife, Bernardo and Carlotta. I told you about Feli’s circumstances, right? Those two looked after Feli when she was a baby. To them, she’s like their daughter. Feli doesn’t know, so keep quiet about it.” (Albert)
Albert and Gai walked over to Felice.
“Are you two going away for work now?” (Felice)
“Yeah, we are going to catch a kidnapper.” (Bernardo)
“We have experience in this, so we couldn’t keep sitting in silence.” (Carlotta)
“I see… you know, Shelly-san’s family has also been kidnapped.” (Felice)
“”Shelly-san?”” (Bernardo & Carlotta)
“She’s a student at the Radius Academy.” (Albert)
“Hey Albert, you seem to be well.” (Bernardo)
“It’s our first seeing this child, isn’t it?” (Carlotta)
“I am Felice and Albert’s babysi— buhe!? attendant, the name’s Gai.” (Gai)
Seeing Albert jump and kick Gai in the face and Gai glare back at Albert even without staggering a step back, Bernardo and Carlotta though: ‘This fellow is not normal too, huh’ with a distant look on their faces.
“And so, what are YOU doing!” (Gai)
“You were about to say a babysitter, didn’t you? Besides, you can’t even feel pain, so it’s it fine?” (Albert)
“That’s not the problem here!” (Gai)
Leaving the two quarreling guys alone, Felice waved her hand towards Miguel and others who noticed her and approached.
After they greeted each other, Felice continued the conversation.
“Shelly-san, Bernardo-san and Carlotta-san are apparently going over to arrest the kidnappers.” (Felice)
“You have met with misfortune. I know of Silva.” (Bernardo)
“We will put in our greatest effort to save your family and others who were kidnapped.” (Carlotta)
“Thank you very much!” (Shelly)
“Then, laters.” (Bernardo)
“Have a safe trip! Please, be careful, okay!” (Felice)
Bernardo and Carlotta hugged Felice one more time and ran off.
“By the way, is it good not to stop those two?” (Katie)
“They are just playing, let them be.” (Nathan)
“However, there are showing no signs of stopping. Feli, please.” (Miguel)
“Al~ Gai~ we are leaving~” (Felice)
When Felice called, the two instantly stopped.
Just when they were about to resume walking to the Faust mansion, Felice felt an unpleasant gaze and tightly grasped Albert’s hand.
Albert and Gai who felt it too were vigilant, but the glare quickly disappeared.
“That just now was……… Feli, are you okay?” (Albert)
“What was that just now… what an unpleasant gaze.” (Gai)
After that, when they returned to the mansion, Samantha who heard the circumstances quickly made sure to prepare a room.
It became a night and the female group was chatting all night, while the male group was also awake.
Felice always goes to sleep at the same time, so she fell asleep together with Albert.
Albert who watched her sleeping face for a while was contacted by Bernardo via telepathy.
(Albert, can you hear me?) (Bernardo)
(Bernardo? Did something happen?) (Albert)
(We have now just arrived at the town where the auction is happening, but that woman was here.) (Bernardo)
(That woman?) (Albert)
(Bailey Household’s head maid.) (Bernardo)
(Wha!? … That glare from before!) (Albert)
(Glare? Did something happen?) (Bernardo)
(After we parted with you guys, I felt an unpleasant gaze. Doubt, hostility, hatred… I have no positive proof, but it’s likely that this glare belonged to that woman.) (Albert)
(What do we do? Her objective should be the auction. Do we catch her before she can report about Felice?) (Bernardo)
(I would like to do that, but… anyhow, I will be going there first. What town is it?) (Albert)
(A town near the Empire, Setty.) (Bernardo)
(I have never been there so a transfer would be impossible. I will hurry, so keep your eyes wide open in the meanwhile.) (Albert)
(Got it!) (Bernardo)
Albert who ended the telepathy quietly stood up so he wouldn’t wake up Felice and left the room.
“What is it? Where are you going?” (Gai)
Gai who showed up after being called by Albert asked wonderingly.
“I am going to meet the owner of the afternoon’s glare. Convey everyone that I won’t be returning until the morning.” (Albert)
“Understood. Explain the situation to me properly later.” (Gai)
“I know. I leave things here to you.” (Albert)
Albert transferred to the royal palace where Claude was.
Claude was in Evan’s office where he was with Evan and Lewis, so they were startled by Albert’s sudden appearance.
“Al, what’s happening this late in the night?” (Claude)
The three whom Albert explained the situation started thinking with serious faces.
“Anyhow, we can’t say anything without confirming first.” (Claude)
“Albert, I will send you to Setty. Let’s hurry.” (Lewis)
“Be careful. I heard it’s a black auction, so there should be many guards. Well, you will be all right since it’s you though.” (Evan)
“Al, contact us as you go. I will come up with countermeasures.” (Claude)
“Got it. Lewis, please.” (Albert)
“Let us go then.” (Lewis)
Albert transferred together with Lewis.
The place of transfer was a back alley-like place with no presence of people.
“I will be returning. Albert, you mustn’t act rashly.” (Lewis)
“Yeah. Thank you, Lewis.” (Albert)
Lewis went back, so Albert changed his appearances to his youth one and went to meet up with Bernardo.