“I think…… that the possibility of the latter is high.”
Leone raised an objection to my words.
“Wait a moment! There’s no way there’s a betrayer! We, the Beastmen have stronger bonds than any race!!”
“Are you saying that someone from our companions…… sold me, the prince of such race to the humans!?”
“Why…… why does no one deny her words……”
Leone sat down, shocked that Chase and others weren’t denying my words.
Carlos matches the eyes of such Leone and speaks to him.
“Leone-sama…… The bonds of Beastmen are certainly strong, and we cherish our companions…… but, I can’t say that it’s like that for every Beastman.”
“What do you mean?”
“To you, your family and citizens are important to you, right?”
“Thank you very much…… then, for example, how about a Beastman you meet outside of our country? How about a Beastman that is living somewhere as a slave? Do you have such strong bonds like with your family or citizens…… can you say that? Conversely, can you say that they think of you as an important existence?”
“……… I don’t know.”
“That’s it. Even if you think of someone as important, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are important to them…… above all, you are the First Prince who is the candidate to become the next King. There are many people aiming for that position, and there are many factions.”
Chase adds to the two’s conversation.
“Certainly…… when you think about it, those who are here are the family members of the First Prince’s faction…… it’s almost as if they knew where the First Prince would be on that day…… besides, the arrangements for the abduction were too perfect.”
“Because…… because of me……”
Carlos denies the words of Leone who blames himself.
“Leone-sama…… it’s not your fault by any means. This is the fault of those who thought to do such a thing.”
“What is the thing you should do now? Lament that this happened because of you? …… Right now, shouldn’t you be thinking about how to escape with everyone and safely return to the country?”
Leone hung his head even further after hearing Carlos’ words.
“Please, look around! Is someone here blaming you?”
Leone timidly looks around――everyone looks at Leone with a smile.
“!?…… Everyone…… I’m sorry…… thank you.”
Seeing the situation, I asked Carlos and others.
“Do Carlos and co. have any idea who the traitor could be? …… Ah, you don’t have to tell me the name! I think it would be better to inform Leone-sama, though.”
“…… Well, I do have an idea.”
“Is that so…… Chase, how many people are standing on alert outside?”
“There are six people, in addition to five others who went to request for aid.”
“Is there anyone among them who has connections to the traitor or is suspicious?”
“No, there’s no one like that among the guys outside…… but, all who requested the rescue are.”
“Do they know about me? When are they returning?”
“Only those waiting outside know about you…… as for when they are returning…… that should be soon.”
“!? Chase quickly use telepathy and confirm whether they have returned! If they have not returned, I want you to convey them (the guys outside) not to talk about me!”
“Alright! Wait a moment……”
After a short while, it looked like the conversation finished, so I inquired Chase.
“How was it?”
“Yeah, they haven’t returned yet…… I have instructed them, so it will be alright.”
While we are talking, Leone asked.
“Why shouldn’t they talk about you?”
“Even if we escape from here, it would be dangerous if there was someone suspicious in the rescue unit…… however, they will be more careless if they won’t know about my existence.”
“I see…… so, what are you going to do?”
“That’s, you see…… everyone, please gather up for a little.”
I have everyone to gather and explain my future actions.
After a short while, I was on Chase’s back in the forest near the mansion.
We have left the mansion using Transfer and Stealth.
By the way, I have removed Stealth from Chase after entering the forest, so he’s visible to the surroundings.
――Za, za, za, za
Seven silhouettes appear when Chase runs to the forest.
They appear to be Chase’s subordinates, two of them approach Chase.
“Lyle! Roy! I made you wait…… Lyle, is everyone here?”
“Everyone beside Roy and me are patrolling. Also…… the five who went to call for aid have returned.”
Chase called the name of the leader of the five who went for help.
Gais and the other four ran over.
“Good work, everyone! Report.”
“Ha! It’s unfortunate, but it would take the rescue unit at least five days to arrive…… they won’t make it before the Feudal Lord’s return.”
He said with his body trembling.
Chase and the other two watched in silence.
Finding their attitude strange, Gais inquired.
“No, it’s nothing…… as I thought, we have to force our way in…… what do you think, Lyle?”
“Captain…… however, I’m anxious with only us. Just in case, it would be better to request for aid again…… all five of them are exhausted, we should send different members this time.”
“You’re right…… perhaps they would move faster…… Lyle, at once――”
Just when Chase starts giving instructions to Lyle, Gais interrupts them.
“W, wait, please! Why are you going again! Do you not believe us!!”
The other four protest together with Gais.
Roy who saw that scolds the five people.
“What is that attitude towards Captain! Know your place!”
“Ku! …… Excuse me…… it’s only that we have just returned, yet you are trying to send others to request aid, it sounded as if you didn’t trust us, so unintentionally let it out.”
Chase answered graciously as if he didn’t mind it.
“What are you impatient for? They will arrive faster than planned if we also move faster, right? I think it wouldn’t be difficult to break in if they make it in time.”
“Or do you perhaps have a reason you can’t tell me?”
Chase asked with a quiet, emotion-suppressing voice.
“By no means!”
“Is that so? Which reminds me, I got a wind of a strange rumor during the infiltration, they were saying that the abduction was successful only thanks to cooperation within the Trust Kingdom…… what do you think, Gais?”
“!? …… Why are you asking me?”
“Right…… what do you guys think?”
Chase asked the four behind Gais, but the four just look at each other without being able to calm down and don’t answer.
In the meanwhile, Lyle moves behind the four.
“If the talk about cooperator from inside is true…… as soon as discovered, they will be tortured before reporting to King, their whole families will be executed…… after all, the one among the abducted people is the First Prince.”
When Chase made a threat, the four behind Gais start shivering, and started speaking as if competing.
“Wait a moment, Captain! I was just instigated by Gais!”
“Me too! I really didn’t want to do it, but I was threatened by Gais!”
“I also tried to stop, but they said there will be a large sum of money!”
“I was told the person who will become the next King won’t charge me for the crime――”
“You bastards, shut up!!”
Gais shouted at the four who ran their mouths,
Chase then questioned Gais.
“I see…… what do you think about the things the four said, Gais? …… Are you guys the cooperators?”
Roy questions Gais who didn’t answer.
“Why are you not answering? Silence will be regarded as an affirmation, you know?”
“Ha! Kukkukku…… Ha~haha!”
Gais suddenly burst into laughter, so the three became vigilant.
“What is so funny!”
“Kukkukku…… No~ this is ridiculous, Captain…… Torture and execution, you say? …… How are you going to do that on those guys who will die now?”
Chase reacted to Gais’ words.
Gais ignores Chase and turns towards the four behind him.
“You bastards, what have you spilled it for! The plan has not finished yet!!”
The four regained their calmness after being shouted at by Gais.
Chase asked Gais while staring directly at him.
“What plan are you talking about? What the five of you are planning to do?”
“Certainly, there are only five of us, but we have companions back in the country, we also have a powerful backing! I will tell you this lastly! The First Prince and the family of his supporters who are currently in the mansion, you see…… the Prince will be killed, and others will be sold as slaves. We will obtain great riches, and raise a coup d’état to make that person a king…… the plan is for the rescue unit to kill everyone besides us.”
“Well, in truth, I wanted to kill you after letting you see your family being sold as slaves, but…… change of plans. I will kill you now.”
“Yeah, be relieved…… after killing the three of you, we will also kill the five who are not here.”
Saying such, Gais and others draw their swords and faced Chase and co.
Chase and co. also drew their swords, but they lowered it because of Gais’ next words.
“I will tell you this beforehand, but don’t resist? If you do, I will contact the mansion via telepathy and have your son killed?”
Chase and co. glared at Gais, shaking in anger.
Just when Gais raised his sword overhead at Chase while broadly grinning, someone jumped from the side and assaulted Gais with a sword.
“Gu…… wh, why are you here! Carlos!”