303 – Breakfast with the early rising vampire
The place where Mera led me towards, was a treehouse like the one I had slept in . The Demon King Army does have tents and so on for making camp, but even so it feels more comfortable to have a place with a proper roof after all . While one section of the region has become unusable, there’s still plenty of serviceable housing left in the sprawling elf village . Since the residents are no longer here, there’s no reason not to use them .
「Oh? Good morning . 」
Inside the treehouse, vampire girl was elegantly eating breakfast . There were various dishes laid out on wooden plates, perhaps from this house . The volume of food was modest for breakfast, but you would never get bored just looking at the wide variety . Bread, salad, fruits, small pieces of steak and scrambled eggs . Vampire girl was using a knife and fork in a refined manner to eat the luxurious food that you wouldn’t expect to see on the morning after a war . Are you a noble!? Ah, she was actually born a genuine noble .
「Prepare some for two more . 」
Mera gave those instructions to a subordinate inside . It seems that this place is for the exclusive use of serving food to commissioned officers and the like . The person who received the order quickly went inside . The kitchen is probably inside .
But then, “for two more” means that Mera is also going to eat with us? Somehow, it seems an incredibly long time since I last saw vampire girl and Mera eat together at a table . Mera is more or less vampire girl’s attendant after all . There’s a strange feeling of “what’s this guy doing eating together with his master?” Since we normally ate together during the journey from the country of Sariera to the demon territories, it’s a bit too late to be bothering about that though . Well, Mera actually has a higher ranking when considering things officially though .
Hm? Putting it that way wouldn’t it actually be vampire girl who is out of place then? Mera and I are both proper army commanders, but vampire girl has no role, right? I wonder what the rank and file in the Demon King Army who don’t know the situation think about that? Hmm, well, considering that she’s boldly receiving the treatment of a commissioned officer, I guess the common soldiers can presume various things?
While I was thinking about such pointless things, Mera had pulled out a chair for me to sit on . Woah!? I didn’t notice until I sat down! What an amazing escort job! So this is the power of a capable man!
After I had sat down, Mera also took a seat . Now that I look at him closely, there’s signs of fatigue on Mera’s face . After the combat with the elves was over, for him to then spend the whole night dealing with the aftermath of the battle, he would be tired indeed . It seems he didn’t get to eat properly either . Otherwise I’m sure that Mera wouldn’t try to eat together with vampire girl and I . He’d probably have refrained and eaten by himself later .
Since there’s nobody else but vampire girl eating here, I guess they’re all busy working or are tired and sleeping or something . It feels really odd to be eating an elegant breakfast early in the morning with two vampires though .
「Ariel-san is asleep . Kyouya-kun is guarding her . I don’t know about Felmina . 」
Perhaps my thoughts were obvious, as vampire girl informed me about what the others were currently doing . However, she doesn’t know about Felmina-chan . Since this is Felmina-chan we’re talking about I’m sure she’s busily working, but her presence is as thin as ever . Or rather, Felmina-chan is my subordinate at least, so wouldn’t it be bad if I’m not aware of what she’s up to? It’s okay! There’s no problem! Almost certainly, perhaps, maybe .
「Oh, also, Kusama-kun went to visit the other reincarnators . Maybe by now they’re eating breakfast together or something?」
Kusama-kun, ah yeah, he was around wasn’t he . Kusama-kun the ninja protege of the pope who can’t conceal himself . As for why Kusama-kun has the unique skill of ninja of all things, it’s probably under the cheap motive of Kusama-kun having the given name of “Shinobu” . D would be quite liable to do such a thing .
Ah, I see . For Kusama-kun it’s been a long time since he could meet again with his classmates . Does it feel like a class reunion? In my case, I don’t really feel like wanting to go out of my way to renew old friendships, but I wonder how vampire girl and oni-kun feel about that?
I’m sure there’s no way that she’d be able to understand my question though, as vampire girl’s sullenness shows through in her voice . Ah, right . Come to think of it vampire girl didn’t have a particularly good impression of her previous life, right? Well, considering that she is here eating food like this, maybe that’s clear .
Nonetheless, there will be compulsory participation in the briefing session for the reincarnators after this . For oni-kun as well . I’ll have Mera take over guarding the Demon King during that time . Since right now, the Demon King is significantly weakened after all . I must have reliable people guarding her . This does mean that Mera will have another job forced onto him after working all night, but this is one thing that I can’t leave to anyone else .
Ah, that reminds me . Thinking about the reincarnators, how is Yamada-kun doing? Perhaps it’s about time that he woke up? Does vampire girl know anything?
「Yamada-kun . 」
「Huh? ……Let’s see . Ahh . I think he is still asleep . As far as I know at least, since I have not heard anything about him being awake . 」
Since we’ve been together for so long, even vampire girl has become able to infer my thinking, but she still needs to ponder from time to time . It seems that this time as well that she couldn’t immediately understand the meaning of my brief question, and was hesitant to speak . Your ability to comprehend is still lacking . Follow oni-kun’s good example .
「Rather than him, it might be Hasebe-san who is worst off, with the brainwashing having being undone . Since she is apparently extremely confused . 」
Ah . That is true, isn’t it . Amongst the reincarnators who were brainwashed by Natsume-kun, Ooshima-kun is fine since she cancelled the brainwashing on her own, but the other one, Hasebe-san, has been completely brainwashed all this time . Due to Natsume-kun’s death the brainwashing has been undone, so she should have returned to sanity? Ah . Maybe it would be better to erase the memories as an after care service .
「Since she was apparently forcibly put to sleep, if you are worried about her then maybe go visit her later on?」
Let’s do so . But, before that, food! I consume the delicious food that was brought over . Mmm . It’s just after the war yet I’m indulging myself . The privilege of being a big shot eh . Being able to have such a delicious meal even though I didn’t work all night . Ahh, I’ve sure gotten a cushy job .
Forget about Mera next to me, or Felmina-chan who is still working somewhere, or oni-kun who has been guarding the Demon King without being able to get a wink of sleep . Everyone, you must all keep on working hard .