“I’ll drop in for a bit at The Empire’s Liberation Society’s lodge” I informed Sherry .
“I understand” She replies .
I warp us out from the merchants guild . There is no particular reason to take someone along, and she sometimes stays alone in the reference room for quite some time . Although, it will also be troublesome to return home momentarily and leave Sherry .
The transit is almost instantaneous because we transferred with warp . We wouldn’t need to stay for long if it’s just to hear the results .
“Michio-sama, Sherry-sama, welcome, it’s nice to see you” When we arrive at the lobby, Sebastian bends his upper body at a right angle bow and greets us .
This surprises me every time . I wonder if he knows every time it’s us, when we enter? That’s not possible though .
Rather than me, who just came last time, he did well to remember Sherry’s name as well . In the first place, there probably isn’t much time to confirm who comes . Sherry should have appeared behind me .
“O-oh . It’s about that thing, you know, from the other day” I inform him .
“Yes” Sebastian replies .
I surprise myself with a strange voice . In addition to the strange voice, I followed it up with a blunder .
To calm me, Sebastian spoke with slow and calm voice . I conclude that our abilities as humans are different .
“The fusing of the equipment we received, it was a success . As it was done in front of three merchants, there is no mistake . I believe they would be willing to testify” I notify him .
“Congratulations on that . ”
“It is this” I take out Enamel high heel boots of Swift horse from the item box .
“Can you entrust it to me?” Sebastian broaches a delicate topic . I wonder if it is fine to entrust it to him . Will he try to steal it? My guess: there’s no way he would .
Probably not .
I don’t think he will .
I hope he won’t .
Nevertheless, is this something that is fine to entrust to another, or not? Contrary asking, is it okay to refuse? I’ll be troubled if he holds a grudge if I refuse .
It will probably be fine if I can get a certificate of deposit, but it seems troublesome because that would require an armor appraisal again .
I wonder if this what it feels like when you’re deceived by fraud . I want to aim to become a Japanese person who can say ‘no’ .
“…… Fine, I guess” I can’t say ‘no’ .
Unconsciously, I nod to Sebastian’s request . I guess I have no choice but to give it to him in the end, if I am going to re-gift it to the emperor . Moreover, if I think about it, I could use a duel .
It would be fine to beat Sebastian if he is committing theft . If I take that into account, I guess Sebastian wouldn’t rush into swindling, either . It shouldn’t be a problem even if I handed it over as well .
Let’s believe that .
Though perhaps he has a strong supporter . Sebastian’s demeanor is soft, his manners are perfect as well . Is he someone from the top prestigious houses? Or, he could be one of their dependants, I guess .
It would be better to think if there is the influence of a strong proxy at play . In addition, Sebastian is a staff a member of The Empire’s Liberation Society’s lodge . He may be close to some of the members of The Empire’s Liberation Society’s lodge .
The Empire’s Liberation Society’s lodge is a gathering of people aiming to subdue labyrinths, therefore, there are people stronger than me . It’s also possible he will rely on those people .
Assuming a helper is being sued for theft, I’m not sure whether he would stay neutral or not . Of course, if Sebastian denied it, it seems the other side will support him if they are on good terms .
Even Sebastian should naturally assume that I will appeal for a duel .
Nevertheless, in the case he works as a thief, I should expect that he takes measures to cause subterfuge . However, there is also the means of a surprise attack . There is no need to partner with a powerful backer in that case . Even if he becomes a representative of the duel, he won’t be able to be escorted all the time .
Anyone would choose an appropriate time and place when they are trying to be deceptive .
I hand the Enamel High Heel Boots of Swift Horse to Sebastian . Thinking about it, couldn’t I commit fraud with this? What would Sebastian do? Wouldn’t it be impossible for me to give him a fake?
Will he call an armor merchant and armor appraisal it, in the end? If he calls a merchant, I would also say sarcastically ‘Don’t you have trust in me?’ to him . It would be unfair for only me to have concerns about fraud .
Well, I won’t say that though .
“Thank you very much . Certainly, I received it” Sebastian states .
“Oh . ” I reply .
Without any armor merchant?
“That fact that I received this item, I, Sebastian, and Matheus over there will testify at any time . Thank you very much” Sebastian goes so far as to assure me .
If I was playing fraud, the other side will testify with the two people . If the other side was planning a scam, naturally, they will already be cooperating . He is the so-called guy, the spontaneous unrelated witness, who just happens to be here . It becomes unilaterally disadvantageous for me .
Well, did it just turn to a surprise attack led by two people?
“I guess it is fine . Then, I’ll come again” I notify him .
“Are you not going to look at the equipment? There is particularly no new merchandise though . ” Sebastian inquires .
“It is fine . ”
It’s not like the Enamel High Heel Boots filled with empty slots will be there . Would I not wish for it? If it’s not there, I’ll get angry . Therefore, it will be wise to not look at this time .
“Tomorrow at earliest . As expected in a day or two I can’t make any promise, but I think I can give you some reply at the latest on the day after tomorrow . Thank you for today” He notifies me .
As if being kicked out by Sebastian, we leave the lodge . Taking Sherry, we returned home .
“I handed it to him, but will it be okay?” I try asking Sherry’s opinion after we return home .
“Was there some problem?” She replies .
“Like him silently making off with it”
“He didn’t seem particularly strong though”
She concludes the same as I did . I should be able to settle it with a duel if he makes off with it . She must assume if he is too weak to win then he won’t create a problem .
“He is working in such a place, perhaps he has a strong acquaintance,” I counter .
“Umm . I wonder about that . There seems to be many nobles over there… For one to take a thief as an accomplice… Hey, Rutina, the nobility respects honor and fame, right?”
“Naturally . To have people talking behind your back for something like helping a thief, I don’t know what kind of face he could show in at the feudal lords meeting as a result” Rutina confirms .
Sherry even drags in Rutina’s advice . Is it really fine to involve her? I feel it might not be a good idea to involve the daughter of nobility, Rutina, who fell to slavery, too much . At least, I would not ask her .
Regardless, if her current status bothered her, she wouldn’t keep mentioning the feudal lords meeting . I suppose you could say she is fine with it . At least, it seems Sherry judged as much .
If Sherry is saying she’s fine, I guess it’s alright .
“I see . Assuming he will commit this crime, there doesn’t seem to be many nobles who would lend their power, huh?”
“That’s right . ” Sherry confirms .
“Such a person is a disgrace of nobility . ” Rutina seconds that confirmation .
Though there seems to be bad nobles too . I feel Sherry, and Rutina as well; their thinking is naive .
Like Hamanomasgo songs left by Goemon . I ought to say: they aren’t speaking wisdom .
To consider: if someone claims that Sebastian will commit a theft; are my worries of this extent unnecessary, I wonder?
Since I have continued until now without any problems, I feel that such worry will continue to lead me well . It seems like a troublesome scandal for nobles to take a present for the Emperor by such a deception .
Indeed the Emperor would hate that .
Our side had people who watched the monster card fusion . However, even that was in following Sebastian’s advice . If he intended to deceive me there, then it will turn into a story where even Luke is an accomplice . I expect he would not go that far .
The witness merchants would have also acknowledged it . If it was just Luke, even if it was difficult because of the possibility of someone in the back waiting to kick around the duel, it would not difficult to perform a surprise attack .
As there are no late moonlit nights in this world, reprisal in the dark can also be swift .
For now, since I will make an appearance at The Empire’s Liberation Society’s lodge tomorrow, I should confine myself in the labyrinth until then .
That will be fine .
I will do what I can do now . If I become strong in the labyrinth, it will be irrelevant even if he has a bodyguard in the background .
Entering the Labyrinth afterwards, the next morning, we did the Floor 38 boss battle .
“The boss of floor 38 of Quratar’s labyrinth is Chorus Choral . It seems they can raise the ability of each other while several of them are singing, It is necessary to be careful . As it is different from a voice skill, cancellation doesn’t seem possible either”
Look like it can sing because it is Chorus Coral . I won’t really understand a monster song though . And solos aren’t any good either . Because they are a chorus, I guess .
Since it’s a coral, it’s defense improves even more as it appearance seems like a rock by nature . Certainly, we will need to watch out . I brace myself and enter the boss room . The smoke gathers, and the boss appears .
Roxanne and the girls head to face the boss . Are those the Chorus Coral?
Somehow before they engage, the corals began to sing . As soon as I think that, it is immediately settled by Miria .
“Ah~ . It was certainly singing something . ” I simply state .
“That’s right . ” Roxanne confirms for me .
Chorus Coral began singing early .
I heard something .
Is it called scat singing or is it called humming? It’s probably like that .
I don’t know the right definition so I don’t know which one should I call it . In the first place, will the classification of human songs apply to monsters?
However, it’s a solo . It’s not a chorus . This is because, as soon as they appeared, Miria petrifies one of them . It’s a situation where the remaining one is singing . Two Chorus Coral appear as a single boss .
In other words, the chorus is not practical when either one of them is defeated . Miria who is fighting with petrification is something like their natural enemy .
I feel sorry having only two coming out . It should instead have appeared as a boss for the floors with only one boss . Maybe that won’t work .
Perhaps it would be difficult as a lot of small fries appear for floors above 33 floor .
No . That’s not possible if Roxanne is here . Even then, we could choose . The affinity with our party doesn’t seem good for the chorus coral . The Chorus Coral is in a situation where only one remained and couldn’t show the effect of a chorus . It’s not that great of an opponent .
I guess it’s definitely a boss though . With only one, it’s difficult for it to even put up a fight against Roxanne . While striking and missing in vain, Miria strikes from the back, this one is also neutralized .
“Excellent, Miria . ” I praise her .
“Yes, desu,” she responds .
“The boss here has a good affinity with us . ” Sherry confirms .
I try several laps, but every time confirms it, the boss battle here is easy .
Miria settles them one after the other . Look, this boss is like trash .
As long as I put abnormal status resistance down, more or less, I am also contributing .
There will be no problem, probably . Today will be good, doing only the boss battle . Let’s do it repeatedly .
“Are you not going to the lodge?” We fight until breakfast . When I go to wash the plates after the meal, as I have nothing else to do, Sherry starts a conversation . Is Sherry aware of yesterday? I think of whether it will be better if I don’t go, but maybe it will be better if I do go?
Going today, it feels like I’m only telling the other party ‘I don’t trust you’ . The other side also will see it as ‘this guy doesn’t trust me’ . That feels like a loss .
Here, I should feign an air of self importance, and make a decision . Perhaps I shouldn’t fake it? I should believe it . ‘I don’t have the tiniest doubt at all . ’
Because there is a field walk in this world, running away is fast . Assuming he takes the Enamel High Heel Boots of Swift Horse, he probably already hid it somewhere . At this time, being late by one or two days won’t become a big problem .
“Should I go?” I ask Sherry .
“I don’t think there would be any problem?”
The conversation is not adding up . Apparently, it seems she is not sharing my worries . That’s alright, isn’t it? If she knew about my thoughts, wouldn’t she think badly of me? Would she not hate me? I end thinking about it excessively, is this the reason why the unsociable me is unsociable?
The other side doesn’t think about such thing at all . Are all the indecisions until now useless?
I should go after all .
Although the possibility of him escaping is not zero . In that case, it will be better to go as quickly as possible . It will be better to quickly chase him if the need arises . Even if it is the first day, the faster the better . Let’s raise a bloodbath .
“Alright . Then I’m off . ”
“Yes . Have a good day . ” Sherry and the girls see me off, and I move by Warp .
“Michio-sama, I’ve been waiting for you . Yesterday, I was lucky to have negotiations with the other side, I was able to successfully hand over what was entrusted to me . ” When I proceed to the lodge, Sebastian opens with this announcement . It seems he didn’t steal it .
Who is it, that guy whose uneasily worried thinking: ‘he may steal and run away with it . ’