30-Deputy Leader of the Knights

 The knight who slammed his face into the cobblestones was completely unconscious.
 His eyes were white, his teeth were shattered, and he was lying on the ground with his buttocks sticking out in a heap.

 I broke my gaze and turned my attention to the crouching boy.
 Seira had already rushed over to him and was tending to him.

"Hey. Are you okay?
"Uh, yeah. ......
Femme gave me a healing potion. The pain seems to be gone for the time being.

 Sayla explained.

"I see. I'm surprised you had the cure.
You never know when something might happen. You never know when something might happen. It's better to be prepared. I've got everything from potions to torches to tongs.
Where'd you get that last one, ......?

 "Where do you use that last one, ?" I asked.

"Oh, .......

 The boy opened his mouth slowly.

Thank you for saving me. Thank you for saving me.
Don't worry about it. --I'm sorry. I'm sorry I didn't get to you sooner. I put you in a lot of unnecessary pain.
No, I'm fine. I'm fine.
Okay. You're strong, aren't you?

 I patted the boy on the head.

"Heh. ......

 The boy beamed shyly.


 A shout pierced the peaceful atmosphere.
 The knights were looking at me like demons.
 I could feel the tingling energy coming from the right and left.
 I was surrounded.

You've got to be kidding me. ......? You think you can get away with that for free by messing with our knights?
I'm not sure what to make of it. Who do you think is protecting this world? We're protecting the Orb of Light, that's why you're alive.
"I see.
 I said.
"They say there's no medicine for stupidity, and they're right.
Don't get carried away. Just because you're guarding the treasure doesn't mean you can do whatever you want.

 That doesn't excuse you from hurting those you don't like.
 It is foolish to misunderstand one's own stature because of the cause one has espoused. Power and position can easily distort a person's character.

"Thank you for your counsel," said one of the knights.
 said one of the knights.
But it's a long story and I can't listen to it. You can do the rest in hell.

 The knights put their hands on the swords at their hips.
 --Looks like they're serious.

Gentlemen, please put down your swords! I'm not sure what to make of that. There's nothing to be gained by fighting with each other!

 The knights don't listen to Seira's rushed attempts to mend the situation. The knights are not listening to her, as if they want to kill anyone who gets in their way.

"Seira. I'm not sure what to say to them, but it's useless.

 Spinoza said, shouldering his mallet and glaring at the knights.

I'll join you.
I'll join you. I'll join you. I can't stand the way they've been behaving lately. It's not a bad idea to give them a good beating.
 And Femme got on board.

 ...... Oh dear. I never thought this would happen.
 I don't know how I'm going to explain this to Commander Bolton later.
 It was at this time that I was inwardly grumbling.

...... You've been making a lot of noise since a while ago. What are you doing stopping in traffic all the time?

 A voice came from inside the carriage belonging to the Knights.
 The curtain behind the carriage, where the seat was, was opened.
 What appeared was a woman in silver and white armor.
 Her lustrous hair stretched to her waist.
 A cold gaze of absolute zero. Butterflies on her face. Slender limbs. I'm not sure what to make of it.

"Vice Commander Eleanor......

 My ears caught the knights muttering that.
 So this woman is the number two of the Order.
 That made sense.
 I could tell just by looking at her. She's strong. She's different from the common knights. She had a dignity that only those who devote themselves to the sword can possess.

"Do you know what I hate the most?
"Ha! The dirt in my room!

Yeah. That's the seventh thing I hate.

 Eleanor muttered.

What I hate the most is people who let their emotions get the best of them and shout in anger.

 The knights shriveled under the icy glare.

Can you report on this situation?
"Well, that's the thing. These guards have turned on us! We were just about to defeat these miscreants!

 Eleanor turned her cold gaze on us this time.
 Then she must have realized that we were in danger.
 The boy from earlier said to Eleanor as if to appeal to her.

"Oh, you know what? I was playing ball, and the ball rolled in front of the knights. The knights were kicking me, and my brother, the guard, helped me. ....... So it's not your fault. It's all my fault.
You idiot! The guards are just as guilty as us when they turn on us!
Vice Commander Eleanor! These guys are guilty of treason for turning against the Order! We have to punish the bandits!
That's right. You're right, they need to be punished.

 Eleanor nodded.
 The knights laughed in triumph.

"Hahahaha! Did you guys hear that? We're in control once the Vice Commander joins us! The future other than death has just been crushed--

 The tip of the sword is thrust at the throat of the laughing knight.
 His smile retracts.

"What ......?

 The one who was thrusting the sword at the knight was - Eleanor.