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When it was late in the evening, I heard that the hero had returned, and I immediately headed out to see the situation.
“Wow, there’s a lot of people here!”
They all seem to want to see the hero at a glance. That’s why there are even knights handling crowded people.
There are so many onlookers…
I’m not sure what to say back because we are one of those onlookers.
There are so many people; it’s hard to see the road ahead.
Especially men. …As expected, this is because the rumor was circulating that the hero is a beautiful girl.
“Geez, it’s a pain to be here…”
Because of the tall men in front of her, she can’t see the street at all.
…Apart from that, Ristina-san also has the average height of a woman, but the other party is a man.
As expected, she wasn’t tall enough to win against a male opponent, and Ristina-san was somewhat dissatisfied.
“I wanted to catch a glimpse of her since I heard she’s a childhood friend of Relius-Senpai…!”
“Well, you’ll get another chance later.”
We could visit Lynn afterward.
I stand tall and look at the street. Eventually, the ones advancing straight in this direction are… knights.
There was a female knight and a male knight, but… there was no sign of Lynn among them.
“H-how is it? Did you find her?”
“N-no… she’s not here.”
“Eh? What do you mean?”
…I don’t know either.
…I wonder if it’s because she sees the people gathered and moves down the back roads or something? Probably it’s true. There’s no need to go all the way through a place with so many people.
“Uwaa, what the heck. Where did the hero go?!”
“Oh, isn’t there at least one hero?”
“Yeah. I saw her this morning. What the hell kind of road did she take to get in here?”
Some adventurers nearby were talking about that. I wonder what it was. I had an awful feeling at that moment. I wanted to get rid of it, so I quickly walked out.
“Senpai, what’s going on?”
“I’m going to see Lynn right now.”
“I-I’m coming with you!”
Ristina-san lined up next to me as we made our way through the waves of people. We continued down the back road, then moved on to the quarters we were headed to this morning to visit Lynn.
“Excuse me, do you have a minute?”
When I called out to, a knight looked at me quizzically. It was a different person than the knight I called out to in the morning.
“…I don’t know if you’re listening to what I’m saying, but my name is Relius, a childhood friend of the hero Lynn. This is the letter Lynn gave me.”
“Sure. Just a second. I’ll check.”
The knight looked flustered and headed to the back. Then, after a short wait, we were escorted inside.
The air was inexplicably heavy as we entered the quarters.
…There were about four knights, and they were the knights who had just walked down the front road.
…In other words, they were the knights who should have been working with Lynn.
However, Lynn was not here.
…Obviously, this is unusual.
“…Um, my name is Relius, Lynn’s childhood friend. …Has Lynn not come back here yet?”
When I ask, the knights’ expressions become even grimmer. One of them glared at me.
“Shut up! Who the hell let a mere commoner in?!”
“K-Kirie-sama… Ah, um, I-I’m sorry…”
The knight raised his voice, but the woman’s glare made him squirm at once.
“…What’s exactly going on?”
I asked, and the woman called Kirie stood up and then quickly bowed her head.
“I’m sorry… We’ve lost track of the hero Lynn…”
“Eh? What do you mean by that?”
“…Please don’t tell anyone else what happens from here on out. …And you, too, the lady over there.”
Kirie-san glanced at Ristina-san. The two of them looked at each other and then nodded in the same way.
“…First, we headed to the location to defeat the high-ranked monster that was occurring. …It was right after we successfully defeated the monster. …A black vortex appeared and swallowed Lynn-sama.”
“…Black vortex, you said?”
“Yeah. …We investigated, too, but the vortex soon disappeared. It only swallowed Lynn-sama. Now we don’t know where Lynn-sama is or what she’s doing.”
…The hero is gone. So I guess that means no other words. I suppose it’s because it makes the citizens uncomfortable.
“We’re going to report back to the higher-ups soon. And then we’ll ask to decide whether we’re going to investigate again or not. I’m sorry, Relius. I’ve heard so much about you from Lynn-sama… and I’m so sorry I couldn’t bring you to see her.”
…I bit my lip tightly and then shook my head.
“…No, don’t worry about it. Make sure you find Lynn.”
“…Yeah, I’m going to find her even if it costs me my life.”
With that, Kirie-san quickly bowed her head.
…I don’t think there’s anything I can do to help her here.
“I’m going back to the inn… and if you find out anything else, please let me know.”
After I said that, I left the knight’s quarters with my head down.
“What are you going to do, Senpai…?”
Ristina-san, who was lined up next to me, tilted her head at me.
“… Anyway, I’m going to go to the place where they say Lynn is gone.”
“R-really? It’s going to be night now!”
“…It’s fine. But more importantly… I might be able to get some information about it.”
…I’ll have to get ready in a hurry. As for my equipment, it’s okay. I’ve got the equipment I prepared before my reincarnation. I’ve got all the potions and stuff I need for now.
…It should work out fine.
Val, who was in Ristina-san’s arms, also flew towards me.
“Do you want to help me, Val?”
As I was stroking Val’s head, Ristina-san came towards me.
“I’m coming too! Even now, I’ve been traveling, so I can fight in my own way!”
“…Would you be really okay?”
“I’ll be fine. Besides, I’m worried about you because you’re still a bit out of control yourself…”
…I-is that so? Either way, I’d be happy if she could help.
“Alright… I’ll be counting on you.”