Yurika Whilav Dashputh was her full name. Her dewy eyes and long, straight hair gave her an aptitude for water. Her eyes are well-defined and her figure is full-bodied and attractive. Her legs, in particular, give us a glimpse of her strength. If it weren’t for the aristocratic A1, she would have been the most popular girl in her class.
She’s from a remote village made up of White Rabbit beastmen and she came to Tokyo with her family’s hopes pinned on her. She’s talented enough to be one of the top ten. I can understand why the adults back home felt the same way.
After we’ve introduced ourselves. Nina and I listened to Yureka’s story as we ate our meals in the cafeteria. She stuttered a lot because of her shyness, but with our help she gradually became able to speak normally.
“Once again, thank you very much for your help earlier!”
“Don’t worry about it. I just happened to be here.
“If you’re in trouble, we’re here for each other.”
“Ugh. Your kindness touches my heart. You may be the first person to be kind to me since I came to King’s Landing.”
Apparently Eureka wasn’t so lucky. Well… she doesn’t seem to be very lucky.
“If you ever need help again, you can count on me.”
“Oh, no, that’s not right. Relying on a nobleman…”
Yurika shrinks back in horror.
It’s true that commoners shouldn’t be able to use nobles for their own convenience. But it’s the nobles’ duty to protect the commoners.
“Don’t worry about it. I just don’t want to lose good people to a bunch of idiots. You don’t have to be so defensive.”
I want Foranada, if possible, but I’m not going to get greedy. He said he’s had a bad luck with humans… and he’ll be wary of us if we put our calculations on the surface.
I’m not sure why Nina let out a sigh as I was thinking this inwardly.
“You talk about him in an evil way, but Zechs is just a softy. He’s just got a little bit of an off-the-beaten path sensibility. Don’t worry.”
Hey, don’t call me crazy.
It’s a compliment.
“I didn’t mean it as a compliment…”
In the middle of our argument, Yureka suddenly started laughing. She seemed to be enjoying herself from the bottom of her heart.
“Oh, no! I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to laugh at you! It’s just, uh…”
“Relax. I know you didn’t mean to laugh.”
He breathes slowly, and Yureka returns to his composure. Then he began to explain again.
“Well… I felt that you two are really close, and it made me happy. I thought that someone as powerful as you, Nina-san, would be able to get close to a nobleman who I thought lived in a different world.”
I have the potential to be friends with a lot of people. She seemed genuinely happy about that. She hadn’t been able to interact well with others since she’d arrived in King’s Landing, so this was her impression.
In a way, you’re right. But our situation is different.
“I’m not like Zechs.”
Nina seemed to think the same way, and she said no once and for all.
Eureka rolls her eyes, not expecting a rebuttal.
“Yeah. Zechs and the others were friends with me before I got strong. That’s why they’re different from what Yurika described.”
Ah. I met Nina when I was little more than an ordinary adventurer.
The first thing that you should do is to make sure that you have a good idea of what you’re doing.
I’ve known you since you were a ragged slave, but since Sith and I are not the same person, I’ll just pretend that we’re not.
Yureka is lost in thought for a few moments. Then she puts on a slightly fake smile.
“I envy you. I hope you’ll find someone you can trust someday.”
I could tell you were having some trouble.
But I don’t want to go in there and just go in there. We just met her a few hours ago. It would be impolite to intrude.
After that, we exchanged some casual chit-chat and I dropped Yurika off in front of the girls’ dormitory.” I can’t believe I’m being picked up and dropped off by a noble!” She was a bit nervous, but by the end her nervousness had faded away. I’d like to think that we’ve become friends in our own way.
After leaving Yureka, Nina and I walked side by side under the stars. We had already eaten dinner, so all we had to do was to go back to our separate houses.
“Yureka is a good girl.”
“I want to be your friend.”
I think it’s a good idea.
It’s rare for her to say something like this on her own. Not since she and Kalon became friends. That’s how much she likes Yureka. She’s timid… but she’s strong at heart.
We exchange words at a peculiar pace, pausing for a few moments.
We could have returned immediately by using the [Phase-Connection Gate]… but we chose to go on foot. Nina and I wanted to enjoy the last bit of the day.
However, such a lingering feeling soon comes to an end.
Zekes-sama, there’s an emergency.
I got a message from one of our operatives. He was the leader of a unit deployed in King’s Landing.
He thinks it’s bad timing, but he tells Nina no and then responds to her.
“The response from the Brave Lord and Mistress Rina’s surveillance team has been cut off.”
“What do you mean?”
I’m scrutinizing my eyes.
This is a lot more complicated than I imagined.
“Technically, they’re not on our radar. And there’s been no response to the telepresence. We still don’t know if he’s alive or dead.
“Where was the last place you checked?”
The coordinates are–
The place my men answered was a grassy plain outside the capital.
I’m constantly deploying my detection technique… but it doesn’t cover the whole area outside the capital. It’s too much of a waste of magic power.
Extend the range of your detection technique and locate my men immediately.
The results of the search had me tongue-tied.
I’ll send out instructions to all available men immediately.
Emergency! All those who are on their way to check on the safety of the heroes’ watch immediately halt your movements. You are forbidden to approach them. I repeat…”
I’ve called off the reinforcements.
Of course there’s a reason. We detected a magical void in the meadow. In other words… magic doesn’t work there.
Maybe Yudai and the others are among them. They’re in a place where magic can’t work… which is why they’ve stopped responding and why they can’t contact us. It’s pointless sending reinforcements if we can’t use magic. It’ll only cause more casualties.
And I’ve seen this before. An unknown magical tool that once belonged to Count P’tepe. It’s current state is very similar to the one that severely impedes the manipulation of magic.
We might be able to expose the people behind this. I’m not gonna let that chance pass me by. I couldn’t send my men after her, but I could.
Open the phasing gate in front of the void. Then he turns around to call out to Nina.
Nina looked at me with determined eyes.
I’m coming with you.
“Rina’s there, isn’t she? Then I’m going.”
I’m pretty sure Nina didn’t get that telepathic message before, but you’re intuitive in a weird way.
I don’t think I’ll be able to convince him to change his mind. We’re in a time sensitive situation. She’s not going to slow us down.
“Okay. I’m coming with you.
We ran into the phase linkage gate.