Instant Death / Instant Death Chapter 14

“Actually, wait a second! Aren’t town guards supposed to protect public order!?”

“Yes, and?”

The troop leader answered Tomochika with the same confidence as before.

It would have been easy to kill them all, but the guards held governmental authority. If they could just talk themselves through this situation then that would be for the best.

“That’s precisely it! Based on what it looked like they all began dying on the spot, indeed. Most mysterious. And that’s why asking you two, the ones that saw it all from close up, would be the quickest route to the root of things.”

“Aren’t you worried it might have been our doing? Getting too close in that case would be dangerous, wouldn’t it?”

Yogiri wasn’t a fan of unnecessarily digging too deep into things, but he thought it strange and asked her about it.

“Of course, the possibility that you two are responsible for this is certainly there. You are the ones that were about to be abducted, after all. However! We possess the celestial protection of saints! The gifts of Japanese, those bestowed to them by the sages, do not work on us! How do you like that! I can tell by your look you didn’t know that, did you? Hmmm? Has your anxiety finally caught up with youuu?”

She smirked, convinced that she successfully drove the two sage candidates into a corner.

Sages summon sage candidates and give them the task of producing a new sage from among them. Those new sages then summon new candidates themselves, and the cycle repeats. There most likely existed a hierarchy where those of lower rank could impossibly defy those of higher rank.

“Er, no. No anxiety here. Not like we have gifts in the first place.”

“What!? Oi, George! Analyze them!”

“Understood. ―― Indeed, they do not possess gifts. I don’t see any traces of magic around here either, so the possibility of them having done anything is low, I would say.”

The man right behind the female knight answered. He, too, spoke natural Japanese.

“How can this be!?”

She flared up at Yogiri, who wasn’t particularly distraught.

“No point in asking me, I have no clue either.”

“Then why did you lie! Doesn’t that just make you suspicious!?”

“I only wanted to avoid being questioned for an explanation on the situation. Sorry, but we don’t know what happened here ourselves. Even if we had told you the people around us started collapsing and dying out of nowhere, wouldn’t that have been difficult to believe?”

“Damn it! Fine, whatever! Everyone, get to work! We have to examine their bodies!”

Peevish like a child the guardswoman took her subordinates along to the back of the blind alley.

“Sorry about that, you two. A surprise interrogation like that must have been unpleasant. But trust me, the commander’s not a bad person. She just has a, well, really bad case of tunnel vision.”

The man called George remained next to Yogiri and apologized to them.

“No problem, now that the misunderstanding has been cleared up. This is a question purely out of curiosity, but you were planning on letting us be kidnapped, right?”

“It pains me to address it so bluntly, but yes, we concluded that you wouldn’t be killed immediately, and with that in mind we were going to carry out our investigation.”

So he answered, looking even more apologetic than before.

“Well, we were saved in the end so I guess it’s fine.”

“Ah, but I’m afraid we can’t let you go home right away. May I trouble you to come along to headquarters and fill out an eyewitness report?”

“Sure. Oh, and not to ask for it as a recompense, but could you introduce us to a place to stay the night? We were actually supposed to be taken to a hotel when we ended up here instead.”

“Certainly, that’s fine.”

“Hey! One’s alive! A dogman!”

The troop leader yelled as if she made a scientific breakthrough.

――Best to kill him before any problems arise.

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He was worried that the request for an eyewitness report was only a facade to arrest them, but luckily that wasn’t the case.

A cheap hotel might not only be unsanitary but also a hotspot for crime, and since they had more money than they could burn through they both agreed not to be stingy.

“Ooooh! Wow, this is great! It’s like a castle! Although not like I’ve ever been in one!”

Tomochika expressed her surprise upon entering the hotel, even throwing in a quip.

They went up to the desk and booked their rooms. There was no problem with getting a room in Japanese, most likely thanks to the high class nature of the hotel. Finally, they agreed to meet back up in the lobby the next morning.

After splitting up into their respective rooms Tomochika was alone.

In that regard she was truly thankful.

Tomochika couldn’t deny there were feelings like that, but that sentimental mood was blown away in a heartbeat. Someone was in her room.

“Who’s there!?”

Whoever it was, he or she was floating in mid-air.

A fat girl in a kimono, who was far from just being familiar to Tomochika.

“Sis!?”

The little girl before her had the same face as someone Tomochika was used to seeing nearly every day of her life, her little sister.

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Thanks for reading. Next chapter sometime this week. Special thanks to everyone pointing out typos and mistakes.

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