I was sold at the lowest price C240: The Red Road
I stepped out of the tattered Namakra and looked around. It seemed that the three greats had disappeared. Perhaps they have moved to the battlefield where the Elysian army and the Swordsmen are fighting.
Remembering Kiyone’s words, I was worried about dad. I was also curious about the battlefield where the three greats were headed, but there was nothing I could do about it in my current state without my magicraft. For now, I decided to head in the direction Kiyone went.
As I made my way through the forest, I soon caught sight of Excalibur. Thinking that Kiyone was probably headed there as well, I quickened my steps and hurried ahead.
The hatch of Excalibur was open. I looked into the cockpit and saw Kiyone there, examining something. Since dad was not there, she checked around Excalibur, but could not find him.
Kiyone noticed me and called out my name with a dubious expression.
“Isn’t dad around?”
“There’s no warmth in the seat, so it looks like he’s been out of Excalibur for some time.”
“If that’s the case, then it means he didn’t go out for just a bit.”
“I’m sorry that I left the battle against the three greats to one person, Yuta…….”
“No, it was still too hard for Namakra to compete with the three greats.”
“I’m sorry……if I didn’t get beat up……”
“No, even if it was the two of us, there was a limit to what I could do with Namakra. It would have been hard against the three greats.”
“What happened to them?”
“They don’t seem to be around here anymore, probably headed for the battlefield between the Elysian Empire and the Sword Clan.”
“If that’s the case, we need to hurry up and find father…….Even the Sword Clan won’t last long against the three greats. Fortunately, Excalibur is still well, and with father, we can manage.”
Kiyone’s absolute trust in her father can be seen. It is true that even against the three greats dad will be able to handle it.
“But I don’t know where dad is…….Let’s just look around.”
Kiyone and I started searching around Excalibur, we then split into two groups and searched the area. Kiyone found traces in an open area some distance from Excalibur. I ran to the spot.
“Footprints of a different magicraft than Excalibur……I think these are from Scarfi’s Arondite.”
“I knew father and Scarfi had met. If that’s the case, how come I can’t see Scarfi, or even Arondite?”
“I think it means Scarfi’s not around here anymore.”
“I don’t get it…….What the hell is going on?”
I gave up trying to predict the situation and looked around further. If I could find the old man, I would know why. Kiyone seemed to have the same idea and began to examine the area in silence.
Kiyone, who was investigating a place a little further in from Arondite’s trail, called me with a sad tone.
“Look at this…….”
Kiyone pointed to a red liquid on a leaf.
“Is it blood?”
“Damn……give me a break…..”
Just because blood was found doesn’t mean it was father’s. But the bad feeling was getting stronger and stronger. My heart started to beat faster, and my imagination started to go wild.
“The trail of blood continues……”
Kiyone and I followed the trail. Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please.
However, that wish did not come true. The further I got along the trail of blood, the more disgusting the smell became. Then, after scrambling through the trees, I arrived at a rocky place where I found father. The area around him was a pool of bright red blood. The moment I saw him, I felt a chill run down my spine. I was so shocked that I could not speak and Kiyone seemed to be in the same state as me.
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