|Author: Kaburagi Haruka||Original Source: Syosetu||Word Count: 2579 characters|
|Translator: Mui||English Source: Re:Library||Word Count: 1110 words|
We received permission from the dorm mother and headed to the city where Michelle and Cloud were standing by.
Since most of the students were nobles, they could go in and out quite freely but we still needed the permission of the dorm mother since it was still a dormitory.
Fortunately, many nobles left during the evening hours, so our request was quickly approved too.
Then again, I was a fresh transfer, so my claim that I lacked the daily necessities probably played the part.
“There’s quite a lot of people since it’s evening. Make sure you don’t get lost, Letina.”
“I was still an Adventurer at one point, so I will not get lost in a crowd of this level.”
“We didn’t walk in these hours even during our Adventuring days though.”
And even as Adventurers, we were still minors at that time.
Besides, she was a Marquis’ daughter. We were making sure not to return home too late for her sake.
Of course, she realized that too, but her stubborn personality was still going strong.
Also, the two of us pulled the hoods over our faces so we wouldn’t get wrapped up in needless trouble.
This was a measure implemented for the fact that both of us were rare beauties. Finia and Den still had their hoods since it would get too suspicious if all of us were hooded.
I pulled Letina’s hand while Finia guarded the other side. And Den stayed alert behind us.
Cain already knew of my transfer here, and he noticed my infiltration too. He could connect the dots and quickly make a move toward me.
“I guess there’s no such thing as being too careful.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, I felt like my senses were getting a little duller.”
I of the past life could naturally be conscious of my back. This was due to the fact that I often operated alone, but ever since I reincarnated I’ve been always with someone else.
I was thankful for there being people who’d protect my back, but I got too dependent on that and my own senses started to get worse, which was like putting the cart before the horse.
“If even you say that, Nicole, then most Adventurers in the world should be dull too.”
“I’m thankful for your evaluation, but I made a big blunder due to that not too long ago.”
“You mean that right eye?”
Cities during the evening hours were in such great activity it wouldn’t be wrong to call it chaos. And that included bad-natured drunkards who’d get involved with girls.
We took a route that deviated a bit from such turmoil and headed to the inn where we were supposed to meet up.
On the way, we even saw a suspicious man squatting on a small roadside that led to an alley.
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“Won’t you tell me about it?”
“Well, it’s my own blunder, so I don’t really wanna bring it up…”
Plus there were parts of Kufar’s story that I couldn’t discuss with her. So I just acted uncomfortably to restrain her questions. Letina was extremely good at reading the room. Perhaps it was something driven into her as a noble.
I suddenly stopped and pulled Letina’s hand. Because some men appeared before us just before we reached the inn. They had flushed faces, with alcohol bottles in one hand. The three of them walked with giddy steps—clearly being the bad drunkards that I mentioned above.
“Oh, what a cutie do we have here? How about you join us for a cup?”
“Sorry, I am with company.”
Our faces were hidden, but Finia’s was exposed. We left her and Den’s faces exposed to avoid the unnaturalness, but that seemed to have backfired. Finia immediately rejected them but her face was filled with uncharacteristic displeasure. As expected, she was bad at dealing with drunkards who lost self-control.
“Oh don’t be like that. We’re all lonely here without any girls.”
“Oh, isn’t that one a girl too?”
One of them removed Letina’s hood while laughing stupidly. The beautiful face that got revealed underneath made them whistle.
“This one’s a girl too. Looks like we have even numbers.”
I dodged the hand reaching toward me by backstepping. No way I would be caught by that level, given that I was a vanguard.
He looked displeased that I dodged his hand, but Den’s expression turned even worse. He grabbed the outstretched hand without questions and sealed his movements.
“Hey, don’t get in the way!”
“We don’t need a g—oooouchhhh!?”
Before the man’s complaints even ended, Den strengthened his grip. I could hear the man’s bones creaking from his merciless grip.
“Damn you, let go!”
“I cannot overlook your insolence towards my lady.”
“S̲h̲i̲t̲, you damn brat…!”
Den currently looked like a white-skinned handsome boy. But his nature was still an Ogre. Rather, he has evolved even further, so his strength and stamina was even beyond that of a normal Ogre.
Struggling as he might, the man failed to escape from his grip.
“Let go, I said!”
Having run out of patience, the man swung a punch without even caring that we were in public. But there was no one who’d care about that here. The passersby were looking quite apathetic.
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That was quite convenient for us too, though.
“That’s as far as you go!”
Just before the man’s fist reached Den, Finia got in-between and put the dagger at the man’s throat. Even drunk, the man finally realized the situation he was in and stopped his movements.
“Haven’t you drunk a little too much? I suggest you go and sober up before you end up in pain.”
“She has a point. I don’t think I will be able to stand by any longer either.”
I stepped forth to cover Letina and put a hand on the katana on my waist. Then, the men finally took notice of our clothes and equipment.
We were dressed in senior uniforms of the magic academy. That was proof that we were girls with plenty of wealth and influence. Driving some drunkards away would be more than easy for us.
“Hey, let’s go.”
They tucked their tails and hastily made their exit.
Despite the flashy actions we took, the people around us were still not taking an interest. That was just how much they were determined to stay as an unrelated party to the end.
“…What a troublesome city.”
If everyone was so indifferent, that also meant the information was also low. I felt that the investigation would get quite difficult beyond this point.