299-271 Investigation of subsequent incidents (6)

 We left the morgue and returned to our room, where Sazius explained what we knew so far.

"First of all, Toya and the others checked, and they found a dead vampire.

 Haruka and the others turned their gaze to us as Sazius said this.
 I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one who's had a bit of trouble.

In addition, as a result of searching that house, we found the corpse of the goods that we were looking for missing.

I wonder if it ...... snuck into that house? Maybe it was our presence that made them impatient ......?

"Maybe, but I don't think you need to worry about it, okay? You take responsibility for your own actions. That's what adventurers do, right?

 I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do that.

...... Yeah.

I'm not sure what to make of that. There was another person in that house. A sixteen-year-old woman on the missing persons list. This one's alive.

"What? She was there? There? You've been slamming around and there's been no response?

 I'm not sure what to make of that.

 I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not, but I think it's a good idea.

You should search for them. But I'm not talking about being locked in a basement or anything like that, but sitting on a bed in a daze.

 So she's in the same state as the girl.
 I wonder if it's a state of fascination with no specific orders.

The other good news is that the vampire's death seems to have broken the spell.

 The charm was lifted and the girls returned to normal around mid-afternoon.
 It was a few hours after we raided the house.

 We didn't know why at the time, but later, when we found a suspicious body, we thought it might be a vampire.

I guess I should say, "Thank God. ...... How are the girls?

"As for the three we brought back, they're not that bad. Compared to the victims of similar cases, though.

 The "same kind" that Sazius was referring to were cases of s*xual assault and kidnapping and confinement.

 It seems that, as a territorial soldier, he has had the opportunity to come into contact with victims of such incidents, and that he is still in a better state of mind than most of the victims of such incidents.

 Even though he remembers being beaten up, he seems to be in a state of half-dreaming and was not forced to do so.

"But the last one I found, she's pretty messed up. You've read the files, right?

Uh, ......, maybe the guy she was with was found dead?

Yeah, that's it. I'm not sure what you're talking about. ...... Apparently, they made him kill his girlfriend.

""...... Wow."

 I'm not sure what to say.
 I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do that, but I'm not going to be able to do that. ......
 It's a very traumatic experience.

It's ...... going to be okay?

"It's not okay, but there's nothing we can do. If your family has the money, you might be able to get a good priest to heal you. ...... I don't know.

 Sazius's expression was quite gloomy as he said this.

 By the way, the family of the victim's girlfriend wasn't very helpful when I went to talk to them.

 I'm sure you'll be able to understand why I've been so impressed with your work. ....

Can I see her, please? It's not as good as my day job, but I can use some healing magic, so it might improve things a bit. ......

 I'm not sure what to make of that.

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 That said, if we leave her alone, the future of the girl we saved is bleak.
 The vague tone of his proposal was probably based on his consideration of these factors.

I'm grateful, but is it okay? Normally, you'd need a certain amount of money to get someone to use healing magic.

I'm involved.

Hmm. In that case, I'll allow it. But only women, please. It doesn't look good for men to be around.

So it's just me, Natsuki, and Yuki. Okay?

Yes. We're good.

Yeah. It's kind of sad.

All right. I'll show you later. So, the lord's decision is that your request is now complete. As for the rest of the disappearances, they're within normal limits.

I appreciate that, but are you sure you want to go to ......?

No problem. It's our territory, after all. We've scaled back our search for Satomi.

 I'm not sure what to make of the "normal range of disappearances," but if that's what it is, there's nothing we can do about it.

And here's your reward.

 Sagius took out a sealed letter from his pocket and held it out to me.

You'll be able to find a lot more information on the web at ......, but you'll have to get the official document from the king from Diora later. I don't know what that means, but I took your word for it, okay?

"Yes, sir. Thank you.

Thank you for your help this time. Thank you for your help. If you're going to be active in this territory in the future, I'm sure you'll have opportunities to get involved, but if you're not, please let me know when you're in Pining. Our training with you is well worth it.

 With that, Sazius shook hands with each of us and left the room.

 As we watched him go, we quickly opened the sealed envelope Sazius had given us and checked the documents inside.

We opened it and checked the document inside. It says that you will be given a dungeon and a six-kilometer radius of its entrance.

It's also signed by Viscount Nenus. ....... In terms of area, isn't it about the size of a small town?

 In Japan, of course.
 A circle with a radius of six kilometers is over a hundred square kilometers, right?
 I wonder how big the town - or city - we lived in was.
 It has become quite large due to various mergers, but it might have been about this size in the past.

There are many cities of this size. It's a common thing for a city of this size to have an aristocratic face. ...... I'm sure there's a part of you that cares.

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that we've saved Ilias's life. And on top of that, there's this request.

"If you have no use for it anyway, you're willing to pay a little extra for it, aren't you?

 Well, we don't have any use for such a large area.

"Anyway, should we build a house? At the entrance of the dungeon. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

It would be nice to have a safe place to put my transfer point, but I don't have that skill, do I?

You know, like a prefab?

 You've got transport skills, more than most people.
 If you use magic as well, you might be able to manage a small building.
 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure you can do it.

I'm not sure if Simon will be able to make it. It's good to ask, but ......

The problem is money, isn't it? I've spent a lot of money. ......

Oh, you said you spent a lot?

I'm sorry. I just had a lot of delicious-looking food.

Oh, no, that's okay. We're going to eat it. --But then we'll have to find the money.

 It looks like we'll be hiding in the dungeons back in Laffan without much rest.

 As we were discussing the specific schedule of our activities, there was a knock on the door and a female soldier entered.

 There are not many of them, but there are female soldiers in the Territorial Army.
 She was sent by Sazius to guide Haruka and the others out.

 In less than 30 minutes, Natsuki and Haruka returned, leaning on Yuki's shoulder.

Welcome back. How was it?
...... Things aren't looking too good. I tried my best, but...
This is the result. ......

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 I'm not sure what to make of that.

But when Haruka and her team cast the spell, she seemed to calm down a bit. So it's not like it didn't work.

 In the event you're not sure what you're looking for, there are a number of things you can do.

 It's not that they don't need to worry about it.

I'm sure you'll be happy to know that at least we saved four women's lives.

It's hard not to. Natsuki and Haruka did what they could. Isn't that enough?

I know, but ......

Yes, .......

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 A corner of the town of Pining.
 In a corner of the town of Pining, by the wall of a crumbling abandoned house.
 In the shadows, there was a figure of a man.
 He had a pale complexion and an arm missing from his shoulder.
 His left leg was missing from the mid-thigh, and his right leg from the ankle down.

 In such a state, he was leaning against the wall - no, he was there in a state of collapse.

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 There was no blood flowing from them, but Kaji could definitely feel something invisible, like a life force, spilling out.

This doesn't look like a vampire at all, does it? I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what's going on.

 Energy drain was supposed to be a powerful ability.

 It has a weakness in that it can only be used when it is materialized, but when it was tried before, it succeeded in killing the opponent in a few moments after grabbing his hand.

 If you can catch them by surprise, you are the best, but even if you can't, you can always turn into a bat or a fog and get behind them.

 That's what Kaji thought.
 However, he was completely helpless against an opponent who had already taken countermeasures.
 It was outrageous to try to grab them head-on.

 Even if he could get behind them successfully, the moment he materialized and grabbed someone, the other four would cut him down.

 Such a situation.

 In the first place, even if he turned into a small bat, he was attacked precisely, and when he turned into a disembodied mist, he was burned and also damaged by weapon attacks.

 There was no room for energy drain at all.

d*mn it! Why can't I charm at all?

 Kaji was confident in his ability to charm, as he had never failed at it before.

 In fact, with this ability, he could get by without any other abilities.
 Or so he thought.

 However, in the fight just now, it had no effect on Haruka and the others, and could not even create an opening.

 Why is that?
 I'm not sure what to make of it.

...... Oh, I see. Level difference.

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I've never done anything that would raise my level .......

 I didn't fight at all when I moved from town to town, using my charmed opponent, and of course I didn't do any combat training.

 The only thing I've done is kill a few people practicing my energy drain.

It's not going to work. A guy who's been an adventurer for a year has the ability to use level one.

 Regardless of the actual level difference, Kaji is strangely convinced of the difference between Nao and the others, who are well equipped, and himself, who has been indulging in debauchery for a year.

 Only the protagonist of the story can defeat a level zero level five.
 I simply wasn't one of them. That's all there is to it.

I was supposed to die then. I was supposed to die then. The year I spent here was an extra stage. I've enjoyed a lot of experiences that I couldn't have had over there. ......

 Kaji muttered, and thought back to the past year.
 I was fascinated, I did what I wanted, and I killed people.
 I did a lot of things that would have been easily caught by the police in Japan.

To put it simply, it was the work of scum. ......

 Kaji chuckles to himself.
 It's karma.
 If you think about it, this ending is natural.

 But rather than ending up with nothing, you should be satisfied with the fact that you were able to do whatever you wanted... Kaji thought about this and looked up at the blue sky through the collapsed wall.

It's not a bad way to go,......, but it's not the best way to go,.......

 I'm not sure what to make of this.
 However, his face had a strangely satisfied expression on his face as his mouth relaxed.