Episode 81 Reporting the Results of the Investigation
When we made our triumphant return to the Duke of Hormel’s mansion, we all deliberately formed a conspicuous formation with our magicrafts and returned with spears pierced through the heads of the bandits’ machines.
“Duke Holomel, as promised, we eliminated the bandits.”
I reported this as I arranged the heads in the garden of the mansion.
“It’s certainly the head of the bandit’s leader magicraft…….But why only the head, what happened to the body of the machine and the bandit’s rider?”
“I’m sorry, it was a fierce battle and we killed all the bandits, we the Iron Knights have no mercy for our enemies…….We couldn’t carry all of the enemies bodies in our ride carrier, so we only brought back the heads.”
“Well……well……well, you have done a great service, and now this territory will be at peace.”
“Please do not forget your promise.”
“I know, and I promise to vote for Yudin when the time comes.”
Now that the mission was complete, Duke Hormel invited me to a victory party, but I politely declined, feeling guilty that I hadn’t really eradicated the bandits, and also because I had Lord Theseus waiting on my ride carrier.
“That went well, now let’s head back to the capital.”
“I’m sorry, but before you go back to the capital, can you please go to my parents’ residence so that I can get you the money, it’s a bit of a detour, but it won’t be too much trouble.”
At the request of Lord Theseus, Jean, who was piloting the ride carrier, smiled and said…
“Heh heh heh, I’ll take all the detours I need for the money.”
The Duchy of Caron, where the family home of Lord Theseus is located, is only a few hours’ detour away.
When Theseus arrived at the Duke of Caron’s mansion, he asked us to wait for a while…but Jean was worried that he would run away…
“Yuta and I will follow you.”
Theseus agreed without showing any signs of displeasure at his words.
“Theseus, I haven’t seen you for a while, where have you been?”
A middle-aged gentleman with gray hair and a dignified, aristocratic appearance approached us in the house.
“Father, I’ve been touring the country for a bit of social study.”
“Well, I’m sure that’s what you did…….Who are those men there?”
“These are some of my recent friends, and they are very skilled riders.”
“So you’re a skilled rider…….If you’re that good, I’d like to have you in the service of the Caron family.”
“Father, please don’t take my friends.”
“Hahahaha, I’m just kidding, go ahead and take your time.”
After saying that, the middle-aged gentleman walked to the back of the mansion. That’s the Duke Caron…..who seems to be a very pleasant person.
“It’s a small token of my promise, take it.”
Theseus went into his room and brought out a large bag, which he handed to Jean.
“Heh heh heh, I like a generous man.”
“In the meantime, please take care of my meeting with Prince Yudin.”
“I was just wondering, isn’t it possible for a man of Theseus’ rank to visit Yudin on his own?”
When I expressed my honest question, Theseus replied with a subtle expression.
“I’ve been having a lot of problems getting close to Yudin…….”
“Prince Mushym is my brother-in-law. You know the rest.”
I see. It’s a complicated relationship.
“Can we stop by the backyard before we head back to the ride carrier?”
“What are you doing?”
“It’s been a while since I’ve been home, so I thought I’d stop by and say hello…….”
In a corner of the backyard, there was a magnificent stone monument. Theseus stood in front of it and closed his eyes quietly…
“Mother……please wait a little longer……I will surely save the people of Stogar.”
It appears to be the grave of Theseus’ mother. His face was full of sadness and determination…….
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