Chapter 126 . 1 : Journey Toward Restoration~Part 3~
Arein, 2nd rank adventurer who looking for someone who looking for Lucius, the killer of Rio mother was hiring the adventurers in post town to speaking to the incoming traveler by using human wave tactic .
Thereupon, Arein is keeping tab on Rio who reacted to Lucius name, and then ordered young adventurer of Orein party to chasing after Rio-tachi but…… . .
「Your job is simple . Follow those guy in front of us . Keep reasonable distance in order to not miss them nor discovered by them . Though I don’t mind if they discovered you guys, never initiate a contact with them . Even if they greet you guys, just pretending that you’re a fellow traveler . That’s all」
Arein went to explain the job to Orin-tachi after all of them gathered at the gate of the post town .
When Orin-tachi is nodding at his explanation, the tip of Arein lips is raising slightly .
「Yosh . In that case, chase after them immediately . You guys should know about the junction road which will led to east and south at the south of this town right? 」
「Of course . These area is our area of activity after all」
「Well then, after you guys arriving at that junction, take a different route from their group . After that, take a rest for few minutes . That’s your job . I’ll take a different action in the mean time and then meet you guys」
Orin replied immediately . Though he have yet to understand the general framework of this request, those are simple job .
「Any question? 」
Though slightly hestitated, Orin just denied it . Deep inside he want to move the conversation to remunition but, it’s hard situation since he is the one who made a request for the job .
「I see . As I said before, I have a minor business . It might take me a while to go back . Though I’ll be back when the sun is set, you’ll be waiting for a bit longer . Well, you may do as you pleases till that time」
After saying so, Arein went into the town for the second time .
（This…………… Which one I should follow? Should I notify Haruto about this?）
Aisia is pondering while looking at the back of Orin-tachi who advancing toward south direction at fast pace .
（Uhn . It should be no problem to leave them as it is . In that case, I have to chase after that guy）
After making that judgement, Aisia decided to following after Arein .
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At that time, earl Claire territory, capital Creia .
The commander of Christina searching team―― Charles Arbeau is secluding himself inside the room which he git from Celia father, Roland Claire, and following after the news from 2 piece of his troops which consisting of 400 people .
「Have you found about the whereabout of princess Christina! ? You good for nothing! 」
Charles is shouting as he slamming his hand to the disordered desk .
Alfred who standing in front of him is frowning in hearing that .
「The soldiers is moving according to your instruction . They’re freezing the highway to east and north and even searching inside the forest . But, it seems they can’t find the trace of the target」
He said so with as a matter-of-fact .
「Are they really searching properly? It won’t ended up as a joke if it’s proven later that they’re overlooking something you know? 」
「They’re exhausting themself」
「Then show a result . Working is meaningless without result」
Charles isn’t even trying to hide his irritation .
「The soldiers is moving according to your command, they have no responsibilities in this . The responsibilities is falling upon their superior officer who commanding them」
「…………… Do you mean I give a wrong command? 」
「I don’t mean it that way . I just mean, stop trying to finding a fault on someone else and forcing your responsibilities to your subordinate」
When Alfred is objecting in roundabout ways, Charles is glaring at Alfred with dangerous light in his eyes .
「Be quiet . Maybe we need to change our point of view in this matter」
「……………… . . What do you mean? 」
Charles is smacking his lips and then asking for more explanation to Alfred .
「The south highway . Though I’ve said this in the beginning, it’s not closing the possibilities that they’re escaping from that direction . Despite we’re currently lack of personnel, it’s still not to late either . Now, should I send a searching party toward that direction? 」
「………… . No . We’ve not enough personnel」
「Why? The range of search will become even bigger along with passing days . We’ll still lacking personnel by then」
Alfred is showing astonished face while saying so as if he can’t believe what he just heard .
「3 days have yet to pass . We can’t neglecting the possibilities that they’re escaping from north or east . 」
Charles is trying to objecting that idea for such reason .
「Fool . They might have running away from south route due to our lack of man power in there . Charles, stop making such silly mistake if you’re also a commander」
「SHUT UP! I’m the commander . Stop ordering me with such condescending attitude . You’re nothing more than my assistant in this matter right? So stop meddling with me! 」
Charles become hysteric and then venting his frustation to Alfred .
His inferiority complex over Alfred can be seen from his remark just now .
「………………… . . I gave you an advice you know? 」
「Don’t worry . I won’t force the responsibility to you . Seeing that you’re opposing my idea, the achievement on this matter won’t be yours」
「I see . I don’t mind about such thing」
Though Alfred almost struck with dizzy spell, he barely managed to stand on his own by pressing his forehead .
Charles is looking at Alfred movement with vexing expression .
In the end, Charles send a searching party toward south route few days later .
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Going a little south from earl Claire territory capital, Creia, there’s a small town with population around 1000 people .
A man came to such deserted bar of that town—– His name is Arein .
After surveying the inside of the bar for awhile, he choose to sit on one corner of the room . There he found two men in their thirties wearing adventurer attire already sitting on that place .
「Yo, Ven, Lucci . Hanging around in this kind of bar since afternoon, it seems something good just happened」
「You’re early yourself . Arein . Don’t tell me that you already finishing your job? 」
Amongst the two, the one with medium build―― Ven responded lightly to Arein sarcasm .
「Hump . I’m not finishing yet . My job is the most troublesome one . I came to ask for your help since you guys most likely ditching your job around this time while exchanging information」
「I agree with exchanging information . But, we’re not ditching our job . We were on stand by . So we will be ready at anytime in case something happen」
The man with large build―― Lucci is nodding while objecting Arein previous words with a grin on his face .
Thereupon, to there――,
「Wat is your order, master? 」
The blunt barkeeper came to ask their order .
「Beer . What about you guys? 」
「Second for us」
Arein is throwing one large copper to the barkeeper while ordering the same things as Ven duo .
After taking the big copper, the barkeeper return to the counter and began to pouring the liquor for them .
「Well, sit down . Let’s have a chat while drinking our liquor」
Arein is sitting on a chair after urged by Ven .
Soon, the barkeeper is carrying the beer and then Arein-tachi started to exchange the information they have on them .
「As expected, the national army that staying in Creia were really searching for something . I mean several hundreds of them spreading out everywhere at the north and east highway, even as far as searching the forest in it’s vicinity」
So, Ven is telling that while drinking his beer .
After downing his liquir, Lucci is continuin after him,
「The thing I’m worrying about is the one who have bad blood with our leader . If it’s according to Reis-sama, it seems he is running toward south direction but, what you found at south direction, Arein? 」
Saying so, he asked to Arein .
「The south side is completely understaffed . Though they does examination at every checking station before the highway, no result so far」
「In that case, we might be as well as saying that this enemy and the searching target is an entirely different case right . Well, the story about that enemy itself might be a fake story but, it doesn’t mean that person didn’t exist either」
Lucci is brushing his unshaven beard .
「No, the possibilities of it being a fake story is low . Even if the commander of the searching troop feeding a fake information to Reis-sama, it’ll be too unnatural for him to suddenly mentioning our leader name」
Arein resolutely denying that .
「I’m with Arein in this case . As long as we were observing those searching party, it’s not the kind of atmosphere where they’re looking for the enemy . Though that person might have assaulted the searching party, I concluded that was completely different matter with the one the searching party looking for」
Ven is cutting in between the conversation while stating his opinion .
「Why did you think that two was a completely different matter? 」
「Like hell I know about that . In the first place, I don’t even know what those soldiers are looking for」
Ven is kicking the bucket easily when Lucci asking that question .
「What shall we do then, how about we kidnap one of the national soldier? 」
「We can do that too but, let’s keep that as our last resort . It’s still too early to do that . It’s still not too late even if we gathering information in secret」
「That’s waay too troublesome . Working behind-the-scene like this . I want to take an action in large scale operation」
Lucci scratching his head with plainly troubled expression and told his objective to Ven .
「If that was the case, come with me . Though I already forming a network at the post town along the south highway, I still need someone else to help me . Left the investigation of searching team to Ven」
Arein is inviting Lucci to come with him .
「Have you found the clue to the enemy? 」
Ven asked with curious face .
「Though I’m not 100% sure, I found a suspect . Well, the probability of a miss also high」
「Is it really okay for you to come here? 」
Lucci asking Arein .
「No problem . I’m employing adventurers with money . But, I have to go back immediately . I’ve run out of time」
「Go with him, Lucci . I’m alone are enough for this kind of job」
Ven is approving Lucci to help Arein .
「Well, that’s nice . It’s someone who beaten several knights . It seems he got some skill with him . I want to test try to fight him if possible」
「Well, it’s depending on the situation . Reis-sama order is for us to find someone but, contact with the target is unnecessary」
「Ou, understood . Well, I still want to test that person skill . Moreover, we have no other way to confirm whether he is the one we are looking for or not without testing his skills」
After saying so, Lucci emptied the beer in his glass and then showing a wide grin on his face .
Arein just heaving a sigh in seeing that .
Someone was eavesdropping their conversation right by their side .
（As I thought, these people have something to do with Lucius . Moreover, Reis . He’s the one who instructing these people）
It’s Aisia .
Though she eavesdropping their conversation in her spirit form, these people themself never expecting that someone will eavesdropping their conversation in this virtually empty bar .
「Then, let’s get going . Lucci」
「Ou . Will we reach by noon? 」
「It’s one and half hour distance if we use griffon」
Arein is leaving the bar along with Lucci . Just like that, they leave the city, entering the nearby forest and then blimbed on the back of enslaved griffon .
（Let’s tell Haruto about this）
Aisia’s following after them headng toward the direction where Rio is heading for .
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At a different place, A while before .
Rio-tachi who left the post town was walking along the highway that will led them to the stronghold of Restoration .
At that time, Vanessa is called to Rio in low enough voice in order to not caught the other member of their party attention .