282 – I’ll tear them off
In the end, the boobian didn’t attempt to make a move on me before vampire girl finished exterminating the monkeys . It seems that even she could sense that it wouldn’t be a smart move to start a fight with a close associate of the Demon King with such timing . Going one step beyond that, given that the 10th Army are rumoured to be a force specialising in intelligence, it would be good if she understood the significance of their commander coming alone to visit her, but I wonder . It should be implicitly saying “what you’re up to is being leaked” though . Well, I don’t know whether or not she understood to that extent, but maybe I should get her to send out some monkey extermination reinforcements? I almost asked that, but it seems she intends to behave for now . Incidentally, I gave up on the reinforcements . After all, if the reinforcements are done badly then they’d just suffer damage anyway . Vampire girl would gain less experience as well .
Once vampire girl has finished the monkey extermination, I’ll inform boobian of that and leave the cleaning up of the fort to her . The fort is becoming full of monkey corpses anyway . Cleaning that up will be a major pain . If it was me I’d be able to toss them all into another dimension though, but after I weighed up the options of gaining some food versus forcing some work onto the 2nd Army, I decided to give up on the food and and have the 2nd Army work hard . After this the members of the 2nd Army will be required to work hard on tidying up the corpses of the monkeys, clean up the fort and then occupy it . Work is on the increase! Yet, it’s with the pattern that a bonus won’t be paid .
I teleport ahead to the fort, collecting vampire girl who has been covered in monkey blood . It somehow seems that her eyes have become like that of a dead fish, but I’m sure she’s okay . First of all, I tossed her into the baths at the Demon King’s Castle . I’ve got my own cleaning up to do huh .
「And that’s what happened . 」
「Okay . I had wanted you to report such things properly though . 」
It’s been several days since the vampire girl enabled monkey extermination operation was carried out . I received a summons from the Demon King for some reason, and an explanation was demanded for the monkey extermination operation .
「Say, Shiro-chan . Just when did this happen again?」
「A little while ago . 」
「It was a long while ago! Why did you keep quiet about that!? Put yourself in my place – I suddenly received a report of the results of an order I don’t remember giving! Consider my feelings of having to keep a poker face while saying “sorry for the trouble” over something I have no clue about!」
「Did you actually say “sorry for the trouble”?」
「I didn’t actually . 」
It seems that the boobian came to the castle to report to the Demon King about the monkey extermination battle and what happened after that . It seems she decided that since the monkeys are gone, that she couldn’t keep using the excuse of “I’m stuck with doing this so I can’t come to report” forever . It appears that they’ve mostly finished incinerating the corpses of the monkeys, and that the fort has just about recovered enough to be habitable .
「So? Shiro-chan, from your point of view, what’s the likelihood of that woman resorting to violence?」
「If she believes that she doesn’t have a good chance of winning then she won’t move to action . Even without that, if we can keep putting pressure onto her, then I think she’ll put it off with the excuse that the time isn’t right yet . 」
That boobian is a piddling and extreme coward . She won’t fight without a good chance of winning, and because she’s a coward she will slink back and stop taking action with just a mere hint that she’s being monitored . To be blunt, it’s enough to only take half-measures against her . In practice, just by making inspection-like quick visits on her, she’s become unable to sleep day or night . She’s just too gutless .
「Umm, well if a big gun who is capable of killing the Hero keeps teleporting in for surprise inspections day and night, then of course she couldn’t get any sleep . 」
Yeah, but if I specified the times in advance then it wouldn’t be a surprise would it . If I teleport then she’s not able to destroy any suspicious evidence from before I moved either . Well, everything’s being leaked via my clones beforehand anyway though .
Currently the boobian isn’t making any particularly suspicious moves, apart from some light contact with the elves . Or rather, it would be more correct to say that she doesn’t have any spare time to do so . To be more precise, you could say I’d been wasting all her spare time as well though .
「Sigh . Well, whatever . For now, the next time you do anything report it properly . “Reporting, communicating and consulting” is important . Got it?」
The Demon King emphasises the last part a bit, so I have no choice but to nod my head . Dammit . The NEET is acting like a company president . Spouting shit like a proper member of society and all .
「Okay, next is some good news! Shiro-chan, that special something is due to arrive today . 」
The Demon King makes a rotten muhaha laugh . That special something is perhaps!?
「Yo, you don’t mean!?」
「I mean exactly that . The finest kurikuta set!」
I clap my hands for no particular reason . The finest kurikuta set, is the sweets that I had requested from the Demon King . The kurikuta is a comparatively commonplace fruit . However, unlike common kurikuta, the finest kurikuta is the king amongst kurikuta, a specially selected variety with a chosen environment and fertiliser . Because of that it’s a high-class item with limited production output, to the extent that even the Demon King can’t easily get hold of them .
「This ain’t the time to be hanging around! Let’s go!」
「Aye! I’ll follow you anywhere, anego!」
After the Demon King rushed out from the room in a somewhat incomprehensible mood, I chased after her in a similarly strange mood . The place that we’re heading for is the delivery entrance for goods . On arriving in high spirits, it appears that Balto is fortunately here already, processing the confirmation of the imported goods .
「Oh-ho? If it isn’t Balto . What’s up?」
The Demon King cheerfully addresses Balto . On the moment when he turns around to face her, I don’t fail to notice that a flash of tension runs through Balto’s body . Rather than it being because he’s guiltily trying to conceal something, I believe it’s because he’s genuinely afraid of the Demon King .
「Hey there . You sure are labouring hard eh . Keep up the good work . 」
「If you think so then please lend a hand . 」
「But I refuse . 」
The Demon King laughs mockingly at the worn out looking Balto . Thinking that it wouldn’t be right to waste any more of Balto’s precious time with pointless chatter, I pull on the Demon King’s sleeve to prompt her to get down to business . It’s all because I’m worried about Balto’s welfare, and absolutely not because I want to quickly get hold of the finest kurikuta . Definitely not, okay?
「Oh, that’s right . Balto, was the package delivered?」
「A package? If you are referring to the imported goods then that was completed just now though . 」
「Ooh! Shiro-chan, this ain’t the time to be hanging around! Balto, among those was a package for me, yeah?」
Hm? Somehow, I got a bad feeling .
「Incidentally, what are the contents?」
「The finest kurikuta set . 」
「Ah . 」
Towards the Demon King’s inquiry, Balto makes an uncharacteristically dumb-sounding raised voice . It appears that he happens to know something .
「Ahh? It was there, right? So, where is it now?」
In response to the Demon King’s cross-examination, the poker face that Balto normally keeps up turns into an uneasy expression . Is it just me who has somehow gotten a horrible premonition?
「Erm, I passed them on to Sanatoria . 」
「I apologise . Since Sanatoria has always enjoyed eating kurikuta fruit, I mistook them for being hers . 」
The instant I heard that, I broke into a run . Also leaving the Demon King behind, I charged towards my destination . I know where she is . Actually, she’s in a nearby room . Arriving at my destination almost instantaneously, I kick down the door to the room .
On kicking down the door the first thing that I catch sight of… is an empty plate . With my keen sense of smell, I catch the faint sweet fragrance still remaining . Secondly, there is an empty box that apparently had contained something .
I… just… can’t… believe… it…
It was just so much of a shock, that I lost consciousness .