298-270 Investigation of continuing incidents (5)

 We parted ways with Sazius, who said he would consult with the lord first, and went back to our room.

"F~~~. I'm so tired.

 I'm not sure what to do.

"I'm halfway through .......
"It's not like we didn't get anywhere.
Not that it didn't pay off. ......

 We found the missing person we were looking for.

 It's not clear if the other two are still on the list, but you've freed them from the vampire.

 The other achievement is that you have damaged the vampire.
 But it's hard to say that it's a solution, because we let them go.
 In the first place, it's not clear which of the missing persons Kaji was involved in.

 I think he said something like "I don't want to charm a man", so I don't think he was involved in the disappearance of the man. .......

I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one.
"It was a request this time. I'm not sure what to do.

 If it weren't for that, I would have done everything in my power to kill the vampire as soon as he tried to charm Haruka, but this time, the Viscount asked me to do it, and in addition, there was someone who seemed to be charmed.

 If killing the vampire would break the spell, there would be no problem, but if not, it was unclear whether Haruka and her team could break the spell with their "Remove Curse" or something similar, and there was also the question of whether "spell" was a curse in the first place.

 In addition, the "Remove Curse" that Haruka and her friends could use was still weak.

 As well as the Regenerate, which can only be used somehow, the status of the light magic level has not yet reached level 7, where the Remove Curse can be used.

 So, I was greedy to restrain him if possible. ...... As a result, he was allowed to escape, which may have been a mistake.

The only thing that saved me was that the charm had no effect.

That's to be expected. Adversus would never have given you such a powerful ability.

 Haruka was right, I thought it would be fine, but I was not without my doubts.

 But the result was fine.

 It may have worked on ordinary people, but it didn't seem to be enough to have an effect on those of us who had been working diligently for a year to improve our level.

 It seems to have worked on Satomi, but the Order of the Saints was only formed a few months after we arrived here.

 If she hadn't been trying to improve her status, it wouldn't be surprising if it worked.

But I'm afraid that if she puts in the effort, it might start to work.

 Mr. Adversus, you seemed to like 'hard work never fails you'.

But even vampires can't grow arms, right? If it regrows, then there's a risk of it getting stronger and striking back, but with one arm and one leg, there's no way to work on it, right?

That's a bit of a stretch, but yeah.

To put it bluntly, it would be more peaceful for us if he just died like that, wouldn't it?

 I'm not sure what to say.
 I don't think there is any compensation for the protagonist because he is completely resentful.

But I think he could have become a stronger adventurer if he had used that ability well, in my opinion. That ability is quite effective as a lifeline. Even if you force yourself to go into a dangerous place, you can still run back if there are strong enemies.

That's right. Normally, you have to think of all the ways you can get there and back, but you can just think of the ways you can get there and back safely.

And the clothes were fogged, right? I don't know how big the area is, but it could carry a lot of stuff.

Oh, you're the type of guy who's strong if you take him seriously.

 The ding dong we could earn because we were elves.

 If we were vampires, we wouldn't have to worry about climbing up and down trees, and we wouldn't have to worry about falling, so we could have made more money than we did.

 But, on the other hand, if you give in to temptation, you're doomed.
 No, even if we gave in to temptation a little, it would not have been a problem as long as we did it in moderation.
 If you do not do anything forceful, but just be a normal pimp,......, you must be a bad person.

The other thing that bothered me was that Takamatsu-san said that he was fascinated with Satomi.

I'm sure it was 'charmed and pushed back', right? It's a bit complicated for us, the ones who caught him.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

 It's not wrong, because our position is that we have caught a wanted criminal, but as Yuki says, it's a bit complicated.

 However, if you think about it that hard, you won't be able to be an adventurer.

I guess we'll just have to deal with it as a judicial job. We can't investigate every time something goes wrong.

"That's right. Even if we say something, it won't mean anything. Let's just hope we didn't get our heads chopped off, okay?

 As Toya said, the arrangement itself was not a matter of life and death. ...... If you had killed him, you would have had more complicated feelings.

"But what about this time? If Satomi hadn't acted on her own initiative, she would have been a complete victim, but the way the girls were acting, it didn't seem like there was much flexibility in their fascination, did it?

"Yeah, he didn't act proactively, did he?

 Even though Kaji and I are fighting, he just sits there in a daze until he's given a direct order.

 He didn't seem to move until we gave him a direct order, and after Kaji escaped, he didn't move actively again.

 It's like a voice-controlled robot.

"Can't you just rewrite the perception? If it's possible to do something like 'like yourself,' it would be weird if he didn't take action in that state.

I'm not sure what to make of it, but I think it's a good idea. I'm not sure what to make of that.

 In the event that you've got any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

It's probably pretty much of his own volition, you know. I don't know if you've ever heard of it, but I've heard Yasue say something like, 'I used to call them male prostitutes and do whatever I wanted with them. She didn't say anything about it.

That's what he said. In other words, they were at least accomplices to each other. ......?

 If Satomi was completely under Kaji's control, there was no way he could have done that.

I'm not sure what to make of that. He didn't know that the Order of the Holy Women had been destroyed.

"He's not going to be able to stand on his own for that long, yeah. Judging by the girl's behavior at the time.

Bottom line, you did the right thing catching Agent Sutomy. That's good. For our mental health.

 There are some unknowns, but there's a good chance we're right, and Haruka has a good point.

 So that's our conclusion.

    I'm sure you'll agree.

 In the evening of that day.
 We were resting in our room when a messenger from Sazius came and summoned me and Toya.

 The messenger led me to the basement of one of the offices.
 Sazius was waiting there and took me into a dimly lit room.

This is .......

 There was a body.
 Both arms were missing, the left leg was missing from mid-thigh, and the right leg was missing from the ankle down.

 The situation was worse than the last time we saw him, but it was definitely Kaji's body.

One of my men on patrol found him in an abandoned house.
In an abandoned house?
Yeah. We're not just playing around with you, are we?
No, we're not.

 We were asked to do this because Sazius and his team were busy searching for Satomi.

 In the process, they may have searched the abandoned house.

Are you sure this is the vampire who confronted you?

Yes, I'm sure. ...... Is he already dead?

That's what I heard. There was no blood. ...... Normally, there is no way he could have survived in this condition without treatment. It's probably the same as humans.

If it doesn't bleed, I don't even know how to treat it.

You can't stop the bleeding, right?

 I wonder if healing magic will work?

Sure. But it's definitely one less thing to worry about.

 Something to be happy about, I suppose.
 One less criminal to worry about. .......

Oh, and what about the girls who were fascinated?

I think we should tell Haruka and the others about that. We'll talk about it when we get back to the room. I'm sorry, but I need you to check one more thing.

 In the event that you're not sure what to do, you may want to check with your doctor.

 When Sazius bent his knees and turned up the cloth, sure enough, what came out was the body of a man.

 Compared to Kaji's body, which was not in bad condition except for the missing limbs, this one showed some signs of injury.

 But that's all I can say.
 There does not appear to be any fatal injuries.
 Probably middle-aged, and probably not acquainted with me.

What do you think?
"What do you think, ......?
Oh, this guy, he's an adventurer called Goods.

 I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but I think it's a good idea.
 I think it was the guy who was looking for the missing girl.

 It is no exaggeration to say that thanks to him, we were able to identify the suspicious house. ...... Is he dead?

So he is. This guy was found in a room in that house. It looks like he was beaten, but that doesn't seem to be the cause of death. Probably killed by some kind of vampire ability.

 Ah, energy drain.

 We were never touched, so I don't know how powerful it is, but I'm sure it's enough to kill someone.

Confirmed, thank you. Let's go back then. I think we should tell Haruka and the others the details.

Yeah, sure. Thank you. Thank you for the ...... and for your concern.

Well, I'm a woman adventurer. I wouldn't have invited you here if I didn't have to.

 Sazius smiled and shrugged, adding, "I'm not afraid to ask if I need to," which was thoughtful enough.

 Even though he had gotten used to it, there was no way he was going to feel good about seeing a dead body.