Assassins Pride Volume 1 epilogue
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「Eh～what what……Thus the terror of Troops of Tomfoolery Dawn (Guild Grimhuis) which was hunting at Cardinal academy district had been obstructed, all the executing force except the leader had been dealt with. And the piece of meat of the Haunted Chimera in question had been collected as sample, the rest had perfectly erased. And they live happily forever after……you said」
From the report before the eyes he lifted his face up, that man 「Buhaa」blew out cigarette smoke.
「Really, that guy…… even without a petition he used the power of the blood sucker demon (Vampire). Even though we’re in dangerous position as it is since we employed mysterious bunch in our team, On～ce again I’ll get scolded right」
He scratched his long hair that were kept rough, pressed the cigarette onto the ash stray on the table.
That, he was controlling the Knight regimen’s head quarter (Guild’s Lodge).
When looked closely, the structure of the room was very strange.
The mosaic pattern of table was in between the two sofas facing each other. Speaking of furnishing it was only one thin vase. Arranged in it was, an existence that could not be found in nature, a blue rose.
The bulky velvet curtains were folded many times at all four directions, not to mention the walls, one could not be sure where the entrance and exit were. The light too, sound too, completely isolated to the outside world as a different space──
Although the location was in the Saint King district, but in reality the location of their headquarter (lodge), and which road to follow to reach this room, the ones who knew that were mostly none.
The man held up the several sheet of parchment, held it out on the table which was sandwiched between the sofa and the one sitting face to face.
「Now then, this report. What do you think?──《Black Madea》」
Over there, a small human figure whose body was in complete black was sitting.
The slender figure was wrapped in black military uniform. The shoes were black too and the gloves were black too. Furthermore the black hood was pulled over the eyes, the black collar was pulled up high. It was as if they were trying to fully shut down their own existences, of course there was no voice that came out to answer the man’s question.
Instead, she wrote on memo. In the black memo pad, the smooth white ink was used to write.
「Hou……Why do you think so?」
While checking the man’s reaction, the completely black one showed the written memo, what written was showed as answer.
『The matter this time, I can’t settle this as simple terrorism』
『In the first place why Guild Grimhuis targeted the academy district?』
『Why Sir Mordrew kept away the troops in the first place?』
『And then why did he, alone jumped into the enemy hideout?』
Biri, biri, biri. With each line the ripped black memo fell and piled up on the table.
『Although his report seemingly acceptable but』
『Exactly because of it, various pieces are biting at each other unnaturally』
『Overall, it’s like a dramatist wrote the scenario with utmost effort. 』
「In other words, he disobeyed the mission……Unexpectedly it’s hard to believe」
Finding the man stroking his beard, the one in all black for a short while inclined their neck as if thinking.
Rustling, the black memo was written. And was held out with gestures as if from a girl.
『The case this time, what does Sir Mordrew think about it?』
「He is, completely ignorance. Really, every last one of them……in the end seems like we have to investigate it ourselves.──With that today, is why I called you out《Black Madea》」
The one in all black was puzzled, at the opposite they inclined their neck. If it was not necessary, they wouldn’t write.
The man held up the paper bag kept under the table, casually threw it. As the one in all black checked the content, faintly the sign as if they were surprise leaked out from the corner of the hood.
「I’ll send you on a new mission. As St. Freidswide girl academy entered the second semester, they’ll hold a meeting every year with their sister school. As the girl student from other school whose name and face isn’t known would, lose their way in the large sanctuary. You would take advantage of this opportunity and infiltrate both school, the maelstrom Melida Angel, as well as the home tutor Kufa Vampir, contact them, investigate what they were hiding.──What, don’t worry. This is certainly, the right job for you」
The true face of the one in black which could not be seen was, for a while hardened on the sofa as if a doll.
Before long, one more time “Gyuu” they hugged the paper bag tightly, stood up. On the other hand was the black memo.
『If he is《Guilty》in that case, can I do him in?』
「……You guys are really very hot headed. Just from who did you take that from?」
『The one who raised us up to be like this is, Papa, it’s you isn’t it』
『We the《White Night》always, wish for an opponent we could fight with all our strength』
Leaving the last memo, the one in all black hugged the paper bag tightly as if it was something important and turned adroitly. Passing through the room’s door which no one knew where it was, onto the outside world──proceeded towards《his》direction.
The man who saw them off was, 「Buhaa」breathed out a big smoke from the cigarette, turned his face upward.
「……Go clean up that mess. Rea,lly every last one of them in our bunch is」
Gazing at ominous black memo that was packed on the table, tiredly he dropped his shoulder.
At the center of them, since when the black one left it, there was one verse of words
『From now on, it’ll be a fun carnival』
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Plenty of fireworks had bloomed. The always black sky was, only this night painted with fire of seven color.
The band was playing cheerful songs. Here and there in the open air the scent of food was floating, the savory scent which was choking the stomach was hanging in the air. The lovers holding hands could be seen. There were young brothers with sparkling eyes and spinning around. And there were the figure of family members watching over the girls with warm eyes──
The fact that there was a place within the festival, Kuufa had an impression as if this was something wonderful, wasn’t it. Inside the sparkling dancing lights as he had lost sight of himself, immediately from before his eyes the sulky voice could be heard, and with that his consciousness had been brought back.
「Although I’m not convinced」
It was Rozetti. Even that pouted expression as she frowned her eye brows, if put it in a frame and added in a title it would become a splendid picture so it was a big deal. And despite that the right hand’s palm that was holding with Kufa too, Kufa’s left hand’s palm that was supporting too, the gliding step too were fondly polished therefore the none error spot was exactly this.
More and more the girl didn’t give up, as Kufa renewed his decision.
Right now is in the middle of the Circlet Night. The two was at the most bustling market of Cardinal academy district plaza and they were dancing. Around them was countless other couple, the sightseers were surrounding the plaza and sending the petals flying, whistling to stir things up.
As Rozetti undauntedly leading the dance in elegance, Kufa wrung his neck with a question mark.
「You’re not convinced, about what?」
「About the case of a kidnap yesterday! Isn’t it serious. The ojou-sama from the noble family were kidnapped was a serious affair you know. Even though you should report it immediately to the Knight regimen (guild)……Why are you keeping it a secret!?」
While still didn’t stop their steps, Kufa「fuu」breathed out.
「The investigation is being carried out carefully you know. Especially there’s no need to do things that lower the dignity of the duke households right.──Moreover they are already dealing with it, at least Elise-sama won’t be exposed to any danger」
「That, that’s not the problem but……!」
「This is the long awaited Circlet Night. It’s tasteless if you keep pouring cold water on it right」
「You’re one to talk!? In the first place whatever their target or what they’re doing I completely ──」
Kyu, he stopped his step, Kufa stared at her with sincere pupils.
「Somehow please understand. I don’t want to conduct things such as officially announce Rozetti-san’s BHW to the world」
「I mean why do you have such detailed information about me!」
「Because it’s the nature of my job」
As he shows a smile, Rozetti stashed it away as she sullenly complained with her cheek.
At that girl’s delicate waist, from the side it was touched lightly and repeatedly, small fingers were poking at it.
「Roze-sensei, next is my turn.」
Wearing the innocent and charming dress of the parade, it was Elise Angel. As Rozetti interrupted her steps in confuse, she tightly handed over Kufa’s hand.
「Ah, yeah, about time we change right. Then please take care of me!」
「Leave it to me」
Without much understanding Kufa’s next dancing partner was decided, but he didn’t have any objection. As he matched with Elise whose back was just as small as Melida’s, Kufa was slowly, restarting the steps just like wave.
Around, and around, while being guided by Kufa the fairy like dress fluttered.
「It’s an honor to dance with you, Elise-sama. I wanted to have a slow talk with you」
「Thank you for keeping the promise with Melida-sama. Ojou-sama was very happy」
Said so, the taciturn Elise’s cheek got a little red.
Her appearance right now was, no longer the queen of fairies. The special, made to order dress had been spoiled. Therefore, the maids from her house arranged beforehand in secret, and took out the traditional dress which didn’t return to St. Freidswide.
Elise was intermittently, in a voice that might or might not reach, said.
「……Honestly I too had given up. I had thought that Lita would not come out from the parade. But you had, fulfilled our promise. Therefore I have to say thank you」
「No need for such thing, it’s discourteous」
Gyumu, Elise’s shoe was stepping on Kufa’s shoe. The steps came to an end.
Although she was a noble, since she was 13 years old it couldn’t be help if she was bad at dancing. Kufa calmly smiled.
「Please don’t mind it. Then, next tune from the head……」
Taking the rhythm for the second step. The girl that didn’t even take one step, even more guymu. Without being disheartened once again. Step, guymu, Step, guymu, Step, guymu, guymu.
Finally Elise, kept stepping on his shoe and didn’t move anymore.
「Recently I, once again became able to chat with Rita」
「Ye, yes I’m aware. Ojou-sama too seems so happy being with Elise-sama……」
「Yes that’s right. Lita seems so happy talking about──you only. Sensei said this, sensei did that, sensei did this kind of face. Your skin is pretty, your pupil seems like it would suck her in your voice that echoes in her body on and on……」
「I’ve heard about many embarrassing things, is that, true?」
What exactly do you mean by that?
If he made a mistake here his position would be in danger, seriously Kufa had resolved himself for his social death.
「Sensei, I’ve let you wait!」
At that moment, the saving grace goddess came to his place.
With blonde hair fluttering it was Melida Angel.
Her dress was of course, the same uniform with Elise, the traditional dress of St. Freidswide.
To begin with at the very start she wanted to monopolize Kufa’s hand, but after going through the city on the parade, she said「My hairstyle is gone」and「The decoration is rook」as she picked up her dress, once again returned to Emy to fix her appearance again.
As normally, you’re very pretty as you are, as Kufa was about to say that.
「Since I’m dancing with sensei, it would be no good if I’m not the cutest!」
But since she said it. As he always wore the military uniform Kufa felt a little sorry.
Melida was smiling, aiming her smiling face at Elise.
「Thank you Eli, for protecting Sensei’s hand for me」
「N? What do you mean?」
Kufa wrung his neck, Melida looked up at him with a little amazed face.
「……Geez sensei, you didn’t notice? Today all the students from St. Freidswide, everyone is restlessly wanting to be sensei’s dance partner you know?」
Being told that, he surveyed around him, certainly at the plaza corner the lovely fairies unnaturally formed a group, while looking at here with expectation and irritation they were moving their body restlessly. If he was to act as their partner each and everyone then, before the main dance with Melida it would already be morning.
I see. Charging at this place as if to replace Melida who retreated to her residence, gasping Kufa’s hand faster than anyone that, zealous red hair had such an intention huh, although it was too late, but he understood. No wonder while she was complaining she didn’t remove her body.
However as Melida had returned right now, this mission should be happily over──seemed like it but.
What happened, Elise was “gyu” still tightly gasping Kufa’s hand didn’t seem like she would let go.
「Sorry, Lita. This man’s hand I cannot hand it over to you」
「Eh……? Wh, why?」
「Because I don’t want to see you two holding hand」
Melida let out a wild shriek, her face became red, then she became pale.
「That, that means, Elise too with sensei……!? That’s forbidden! Absolutely forbidden!!」
「……Mu. Then let’s do this? Everyone connects their hands together, come, become a ring」
「That’s, completely not romantic at all! This is supposed to be my first dance with sensei!」
「──What are you two doing quarreling, mou seriously」
Looking as if she couldn’t help it Rozetti suddenly stepped up, pulling Kufa’s palm from Elise and just like that she started dancing.
「Since I’ll be seizing him, you two just thoroughly discuss until you’re satisfied.」
「That, that’s sly! Even if it’s Rozetti-sama I won’t yield that spot!」
「Rita, that can’t be helped, dance with me. Join them if you can’t beat them」
「Aa mou～! If I knew it would be like this I would not return to my house～～～!!」
At the never seen before noisy situation around him, Kufa turned his eyes around thinking whose hand should he take. The situation in which was if the three princesses fighting over a pie was, of course drawing human’s eyes………….
「A scene of carnage!」
From the direction of the sightseers, from somewhere a somewhat cheer of joy could be heard. As four of them stopped their movements, the fairies from St. Freidswide were going kyaa kyaa and in a state of making merry could be seen.
「In regard to Kufa-sama, the two ladies from Angel house is fighting with the one of the life time marquess (Carrier Marquis)！」
「The girls’ battle that put pride on the line! This scene, I had read it in a novel!」
「This is big scandal! I’ll tell the newspaper club, immediately making an article!」
Being in that center of attention in a way she had not experienced before at all, Melida was slightly panicked. Inside the big pupils they were whirling round and round in chaos, seeing his ojou-sama like that, since I’m the main cause I can’t let it get out of hand, Kufa judged.
Nonetheless, he couldn’t go abandoning the main character in the middle of the quarrel.
「Excuse me, ojou-sama」
Suddenly Kufa carried Melida in a princess carry, the girl students 「A!」turned their bodies while being surprised. Slipping through the surge of human just before exiting the plaza, noticeably the high pitch voices「「「Kya～～～!!」」」were the shout of cheers raining behind his back.
「Se, sensei! With this how should I explain with them!」
Without knowing about it, Melida’s protest had been completely ignored.
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They came to the high place where there was sign of human , finally Kufa released Melida from inside his arms.
Having completely given up and being carried like a doll, Melida was, as soon as her feet touched the ground, as expected with her face that was completely red and boiling hard, hitting repeatedly at his waist.
「Mou, mou, mou～! Sensei should learn how to treat a lady!」
「Oya, excuse me. Since the figure is so short that lady didn’t enter my eyes at all」
As he feigned ignorance, Melida was bussu～ inflated her cheek, pouted her lips.
「When I’m with sensei my chest became only doki doki. It happens the first time since I was born!」
「I am the same, when meeting ojou-sama, never before in my life I felt doki doki too」
Unexpectedly he said with a sigh, Melida’s eyes were in a circle. Kufa firmly nodded in return.
If he didn’t encounter her, not before or after this would he thought of disobeying the mission. From the moment he first saw her, the blood smeared world of Kufa was starting to be skillfully changed in color. That figure changed every day, as a new flower that budded which made Kufa surprised.
──At the same time as I should teach her how to survive , I learned a lot from her.
What it will bring about, I’ll see it with my own eyes, together with this《talentless girl》in the future.
Someday he would pluck that girl’s life, until that day──…………
At that moment, Don, loud sounds echoed, the sky was dyed with seven colors.
As the Circlet Night nearly reached the climax, it was the splendid banquet of fireworks. From this high place the city’s street could all be seen, the ones that were dancing at the bonfire as if being illuminated could be seen. The people’s singing voice, laughing voice, were as if a wave passing through.
On the contrary, the surrounding of Kufa was dark. As if hiding her shyness in the darkness, Melida was gently getting closer, holding Kufa’s hand’s palm.
「Nee, sensei. How long will you stay as my sensei?」
「What’s wrong, suddenly?」
「Yesterday, when I saw sensei fighting I thought. This incompetent me was standing on the wrong place right. To be honest, it would be unnatural to be together with you right」
While speaking out her feeling just like a former drop out, 「But」she raised her face.
「But I am, always wanting to be with sensei! Right now I’m not yet, even though I’m a《Little Lady》to sensei, because someday surely, I’ll show you that I’ll be a worthy《Lady》who would be side by side with sensei! So……ano, eto…………I, I want you to wait, somehow」
Despite she said with enthusiasm, as if become embarrassed about what she unintentionally blurted out, Melida cast her eyes down. Having found his master whose cheek was flushing, Kufa while smiling gently got down on his knee.
Putting strength into the entwined finger tips, the moist pupils of Melida caught Kufa.
「Don’t worry, ojou-sama. For that sake I am here. I’ll will show you, guide you to the place further and higher than this. There’s nothing to worry about. That’s because──」
Don, as fireworks bloomed. The seven colors light that tore the darkness, was pouring down as if giving a blessing.
「Because you are my, proud student (Assassin Pride)」