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Chapter 85 – Interrogation
“Kosuke is a marebito?”
“It really exists. I thought it was a fairytale.”
“It doesn’t seem to be a lie. It is indeed a mysterious power that cannot be thought of with common sense-nanodesu.”
After listening to my rather long story, the three of them reacted in different ways. They seemed to believe me because I showed them all of my abilities that I could show them during the course of my talk. As for my crafting ability, I couldn’t show them properly because I didn’t have a workbench or materials.
“I’m glad everyone believed me.”
“It’s amazing how things can come out of thin air.”
“That subtle, creepy movement is also unusual, isn’t it?”
“There are actual torches that won’t go out-nodesu.”
The three of them, Lime, Beth, and Poizo, said these things as they tasted the Gizma meat from my inventory. By the way, when I say tasting, I don’t mean they just munch the meat. It seems that they are pushing the Gizma meat they received from me… into the center of their body, right around their stomach, and digesting it slowly.
“Mmm, it’s delicious.”
“I’ve never had fresh Gizma meat before.”
“It’s not something that comes around very often-nodesu.”
“Um, are you guys sure you want it raw?”
The girls were taking the raw Gizma meat into their bodies. Won’t it give them a stomachache? Is it okay because they are slime?
“It tastes better when it’s not cooked.”
“We can eat it grilled, but we prefer it raw-nodesu.”
“I mean, how do you guys live underground? What do you eat?”
“We manage the sewers while hiding underground. We get our nutrients from the sewer.”
I was kind of wondering if that was true, but it’s shocking to hear it directly from their mouths. I see, so they get their nutrition from the sewage treatment…
“Do you have any idea how rude that is? Just so you know, we’re clean.”
“Lime and the others are clean.”
[T/n: Lime said Raimutachi here.]
“Sewage becomes clean water for us. We take care of the dirt, the poison, and the disease-nodesu.”
“I see. That’s how it works.”
That being said, all three of them have beautiful light blue, red, and green bodies without any cloudiness, and they don’t smell bad at all. In fact, I can even feel a fresh fragrance in this room with the three of them.
“…So you’re convinced that’s the way it is.”
“Normally, people are reluctant to listen to that, you know?”
“Won’t you call us dirty?”
“Well, that’s terrible. But you see, compared to my crafting abilities and inventory, your purification constitution is pretty cute.”
It’s not too far off from the image I have of slime, and it’s easy to imagine that sewage would contain a lot of organic matter. The slime would be able to take in such things and grow further or absorb and decompose this and that contained in the sewage and make it non-toxic.
While I was thinking about this, Lime came up to me quickly and nibbled my left hand with her own. Lime’s hand is a little cool, puffy, and soft, and it’s a strange feeling.
“What is it?”
“You don’t mind being touched, do you?”
“No, I don’t mind. It’s so soft and puffy.”
“Yes, Lime is very puffy.”
The anxious look on her face changed to a smile when she heard me say that I didn’t mind.
“I-I’m just testing to see if you really don’t mind being touched.”
Before I knew it, Beth had come up to me and took my free right hand, and started to nibble on it. The texture was quite different from Lime. It was very elastic and slippery to the touch. If Lime is soft and puffy, this one is smooth and slippery. It has good elasticity and is quite nice to the touch.
“You are both too easy.”
Poizo is saying this from a little distance away, but I can tell she’s getting a little nervous.
“Hey hey, Poizo, you’re just scared.”
“I-I’m not scared-nanodesu!”
“Then come on. Here, try this.”
“Gnununu…. I’ll make you regret this-nodesu!”
Poizo rammed into me with great force, and I was blown away… but actually not. Poizo slammed into my body with great strength and wrapped my body in a gooey mess. It’s like my body is covered in Poizo from the neck down except for my arms.
“Fufufu, how about this-nanodesu?”
Poizo, which had been wrapped around me, changed its shape and seemed to be hugging me from behind. When did she get behind me? That’s not the level of movement I’m expecting. The slime is amazing.
“Beth is smooth and slippery, and Poizo is sticky and plump. There are personal differences in the texture of the same slime.”
“I can change the texture to some extent, but do you feel it that way?”
“I can change the texture as the same as Lime.”
“Lime can be like Beth or like Poizo.”
“Really? Lime is amazing.”
Lime hugged me, smiling, and I hugged her. And before I knew it, Beth was hugging me on my left arm as well, and Poizo was still hugging me from behind. Almost my entire body is covered in slime except for my head. Is this okay? Am I going to be digested?
“I can’t move, but…”
“Kosuke, are you a little dirty?”
“Just in case. I’ll clean you up.”
“Relax your body and let yourself go.”
I felt as if my whole body was being permeated with slime. Until now, it had been a feeling of plumpness and smoothness touching the skin, but now the boundary between the two is gone, and my whole body feels wet.
“Hmm, that’s quite a taste.”
“It’s a little dusty. Also, you’ve got dirt on you.”
“You’ll get sick if you don’t clean yourself up-nodesu.”
“Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait! Uwhoaa!”
What should I say? It’s too difficult to express in words because it’s an unknown experience. It’s a strange sensation as if my whole body is being softly rubbed and licked. The slime penetrated even into my flimsy, shabby clothes, and it felt as if I was literally being sucked all over.
“Hmm? Hee? Huh?”
“Oyaoya… Well, well… I see-nanodesu.”
“What are you thinking about? Wait, hey! Don’t go there!”
My scream echoed in the basement filled with magical light.
In Erichburg, far away from Kosuke’s current location.
Sylphy and Isla, who had been making difficult faces in the operation room, suddenly looked up as if they sensed something.
“What’s going on?”
“I think I heard Kosuke scream…”
“I didn’t hear anything, but…”
“Ara? The flowers in the vase…”
Melty’s gaze caught sight of a flower in a vase in the corner of the operations room, and the flower was scattering.
“…We need to find Kosuke as soon as possible.”
With even more determination, Sylphy and Isla decided to search for and rescue Kosuke.
“Uuu, I can’t become a bride anymore…”
After having my entire body “cleaned,” I was holding my knees in the middle of a basement full of magical light.
“Fufu, you’re so pitiful.”
“We went a little overboard-nodesu.”
Lime is puffing away with a delighted expression, Beth is smirking dangerously as she watches me hugging my knees, and Poizo is smiling as she spits out a few remorseful words. I can’t be too careless.
“So, now that I’ve told you the truth, isn’t it your turn to tell me the truth?”
Strangely, my clothes and skin are not wet at all, even though I was covered in slime. What the heck is going on?
“Yeah, that’s right.”
“Lime is not good for this. Do you want me to talk to him?”
“I leave it to you-nodesu.”
“Okay, I’ll talk.”
“Then Lime will be Kosuke’s chair.”
Lime comes up to me and transforms a part of her body to look like that thing that can spoil people. The headrest is the part that rests on her ample breasts. It’s a thing that can spoil a person, plus a boob pillow… Is it okay to? This is…
“I don’t know where to start. I think I should start with the fall of Merinesburg twenty years ago.”
Beth then began to speak. Twenty years ago, on the day that the Holy Kingdom defeated the Merinard Kingdom.
“First of all, let me tell you the position of the three of us. We are the protectors of the royal family living in Merinesburg. We’re akin to the royal guard.”
“The royal guards are the ones who protect the royal family from the light, and we are the ones who protect them from the shadows-nodesu.”
“We can’t move from here, but we’re actually invincible.”
“That’s what I mean. The three of us can’t go far from Merinesburg, but we are practically invincible within Merinesburg. We can break in anywhere, appear from anywhere, and never die.”
I guess they can get through anywhere water can get through. As long as the main body is left here and the duplicates are sent out to work, there is no way they can be destroyed. In the first place, there is no guarantee that the Lime and the others in front of me are the main body. Could it be that Lime and the others in front of me are duplicates?
“As for our origins… does it interest you?”
“We’ll talk about it soon enough. But for now, let’s talk about what we have to talk about first-nodesu.”
“Let’s do that.”
When I urged her to go ahead, Beth nodded and opened her mouth again.
“Twenty years ago, the Holy Kingdom invaded the Merinard Kingdom in search of territory, subhuman slaves, and the custody of Elves. Probably they didn’t like the fact that we are a multi-species nation like the Empire, though. The army of the Merinard Kingdom fought well, but the difference in numbers was obvious. Soon after, the Merinard Kingdom was defeated, and the royal capital fell into the hands of the Holy Kingdom.”
“As you know, the Merinard royal family is of Elven descent. Why would a human want an Elven slave?”
“I know. Sylphy told me. It’s disgusting, isn’t it?”
Elves and humans produce children with high magic power. It seems that the nobles of the Holy Kingdom are secretly taking the blood of the Elves into their own veins to maintain their magic power.
“I’ll skip that part if you don’t mind. In any case, the royal family of the Merinard Kingdom knew about it, so they offered themselves to bring relief to their people.”
They gave up their own bodies for the relief of their people. The fact that they lost the war and couldn’t protect the people may be their downfall as a leader, but when they lose, they gracefully give themselves away… I don’t know how to judge that.
“What happened to them?”
“It wasn’t even a negotiation. Who do you think you are, a subhuman lower than a human, to stand up to us, lose, and then impose conditions on us? That’s what they said.”
“That’s to be expected. But then why are the royal families in this castle?”
I said so, urging her to continue with the story.