It’s Ko-Fi’s Supporters’ chapter (38/76), enjoy~
When they took the girls from the lab and walked out into the passageway, they found a deserted space with not a single person in sight. Most of the researchers seemed to have evacuated, and the emergency lights were sadly illuminating their feet. Even in a space like this, it was the first time in a long time that the girls who had been locked up were outside.
All of them shed tears and were stunned, but there was one girl who was friendly and called out to Ain.
“Hey, hey! Can I see my sister?”
As can be seen, the young girl with the same face and hair color as Vara is Vara’s younger sister, Mei.
“You’ll see her soon, just wait and see. We have to get out of this building as soon as possible.”
“Yes! Thank you, Onii-chan!”
Chris laughed without reprimanding her for calling Ain, probably because of Mei’s innocence from being so young.
It wasn’t long before Ain and Chris were leading the girls forward. The furnace in the underground space seemed to have been restored, and everyone’s eyes were dazzled by the pure white light pouring down from the ceiling.
“Are the elevators working yet?”
“I think so. But there’s no escape from the elevators, and personally, I’m a little…”
“…It’s tiring, but I think I’ll take the stairs.”
“That’s right. If it’s not for emergencies, it should be spacious.”
The wide passageway was crowded as they walked with a dozen girls in tow. The sound of the girls’ faltering footsteps in thin slippers echoed over the sound of their leather boots.
After descending the stairs several times, Chris stopped.
“I knew they’d come.”
Even if the other party hadn’t said anything more, he could have guessed. Seeing that Ain nodded, Chris moved forward.
Looking down at her from a few steps above, Ain stood there as if to protect the girls. Soon, he noticed many footsteps hurriedly approaching from the bottom of the stairs.
“It’s just like Chris-san said. We could have been surrounded when we came down the elevator.”
If it hadn’t been for the girls to protect, there would have been no problem.
“Ha… ha… you guys, hurry up!”
The first person to deliver a panicked voice before anyone else was Viscount Sage.
As the echoing voice increases, the sound of footsteps also increases in proportion. What should have been a deserted space was quickly transformed, and the excitement of the blood flowing through the body just before the battle was heated up.
“Hurry up! The magic tools in my room have been destroyed! Someone’s been in my room…”
Ascending the stairs before anyone else, Viscount Sage stood on the platform, his entire body sweating from lack of exercise.
When he was about to go further before he had a chance to catch his breath, he was shaken by a gaze pouring from the top of the stairs. When he turned his gaze fearfully, he saw a beautiful woman with swaying golden hair, radiating a murderous intent.
“You are the same person from the other day…”
“I’m going to ask you just to be sure. Are you Viscount Sage?”
“Get out of my way. I have business in my laboratory.”
“I found some interesting material in the back of the room. May I assume it is you?”
Although she still treats him as a nobleman, her gaze is almost at absolute zero. Viscount Sage smiled fearlessly, but the sweat on his forehead was mixed with cold sweat.
He raised one arm arrogantly and slyly, drawing the attention of the knight with him.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, but you stepped into my laboratory without permission, didn’t you? If so, it is a serious crime. It is outrageous to set foot in a space owned by a nobleman without permission.”
“No. You are breaking the laws of Ishtalika, so your argument is invalid.”
“I’m breaking the law? You’ve got to be kidding me.”
“Confinement alone is a serious crime. Let’s stop this useless questioning.”
Then Viscount Sage opened his arms and smiled broadly.
“Hahahahaha! Didn’t you just call me imprisoning the girls I was protecting? I was going to take them to my office tomorrow. But aren’t you the kind of kidnappers that have been active lately? You must have something to be ashamed of, sneaking in like that.”
Even without Viscount Sage’s testimony, there was enough evidence to capture him. But seeing that he was only evading the question, Ain couldn’t help but open his mouth.
“I’d like to ask you something, too. If the girls say you violated them, do you admit that you have broken the law?”
“Whatever the delirious girls say is meaningless as testimony, isn’t it?”
Enough, let’s get these two and check the lab. Sage decides and puts his arm down, and the knights he brought with him all run up the stairs.
But the other party is a marshal. Christina Wernstein. The only knight with a higher level of ability than her is Lloyd, who serves as King Sylvird’s bodyguard.
One of the knights ran up vigorously, and his sword was cut off from the base and fell on the stairs.
“You have pointed your sword at someone who should not have. Normally, you should have had your heads chopped off, but there is still so much more to ask.”
So this is not a mercy.
“H-hey! What did she just…!”
“I don’t know! But my sword went missing before I knew it…”
“There will be no second warning. If you understand, then lay down your weapons and surrender.”
The knights in the service of Viscount Sage trembled at the sound of her voice and found themselves taking their hands off their swords. They didn’t ask for any opinions from their master, but they simply surrendered because they felt that the difference in their abilities was beyond their comprehension.
Although it seemed that he was stunned by the loss of his forces, Viscount Sage was still standing strong.
“All right, all right. I think I should set up a meeting with you guys.”
He raised his hands in surrender…or so it seemed.
“Well, not now.”
He smiled wryly and made a thumping sound with the toe of his well-polished leather shoe. The purple air from his toes ascended the stairs, causing the knights who had lowered their weapons to breathe it in, clear their throats, and gasp.
However, Sage does not show any sign of suffering, perhaps because he is wearing some kind of resistant equipment.
“Knights who are not loyal are worthless ─ well, I’ve learned a lot about you guys. You’ll regret this.”
“No, there will not be a second time for you!”
“Yes, there is. It looks like I was right to be careful.”
Suddenly, the wall behind the landing collapsed. The two legs extending from the rubble, the sharp and huge claws symbolizing the fierce character, and the crimson body parts were familiar to Ain and Chris.
“It’s the Wyvern from last time!”
Immediately after Ain shouted, Viscount Sage threw himself outside the collapsed wall. In the end, Viscount Sage didn’t say a word, but laughed through his nose, grabbed the Wyvern, and disappeared into the night sky.
Ain said to Chris, who rushed out to go outside.
“No! It’s probably the miasma that’s floating around, so you shouldn’t go forward!”
Ain pushed Chris out of the way and applied Toxin Decomposition to the drifting miasma. The purple air disappeared in the blink of an eye, and the fallen knights looked up at Ain with grief on their faces.
“It’s okay; you’re going to be okay.”
Ain touched each of them individually, breaking down the poison that had entered their bodies. He was relieved to see that Chris and the girls had no ill effects.
“It might have been better to cut them off and catch them without question, but now it’s clear.”
“…I’m sorry. It’s my fault that I let him escape.”
“No, it wasn’t. It was my fault for slowing you down when I was trying to get information from him.”
But next time, Ain would not show mercy ─ he decided as he clenched his hands tightly.