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Chapter 10 – Marie’s Turn
The duel arena in Alzer was also built in round shape.
The walls were high and the audience seats were also placed in high position.
If there was any difference with the arena in the kingdom’s academy, it would be the gazes that were directed to me.
Unlike in the kingdom’s academy where there were boos and jeers showering me, in the academy here I could feel sympathetic gazes and voices instead.
「No way, he is really going out without armor.」
「He is going to get killed.」
「This is because he went against noble.」
There were also some who were laughing at me, but those were the hangers-on of Pierre.
They were throwing insults at me from the audience seats.
「What’s wrong, Hohlfahrt’s hero!」
「You can’t even prepare any armor huh?」
「Aren’t you gutsy, going out into a duel unarmored like that」
Good grief, what a vulgar bunch.
Then a black armor descended from the sky.
It landed in a flashy way on the ground. It was the figure of Arroganz that had transformed to have a very spiky look.
「Uwa~, what bad taste~」
It was painted with skull mark that seemed to be Pierre’s preference. The armor looked really sinister.
The pilot, Pierre laughed when he saw me.
『Gyahahaha! Oi, are you forgetting that this is a duel using armor you idiot!』
Even though he was the one putting on pressure to the merchants so I couldn’t procure any armor, he got no scruples at all making fun of me like this.
「I’m amazed you can say that when you had been planning this from the start.」
『It’s your own fault for getting tricked!』
──Pierre’s words weren’t wrong.
That was right──the one who got tricked was the one at fault.
Arroganz that now looked like a villain’s ride pointed at me with its index finger.
『Don’t think that I’ll forgive you even if you’re apologizing now!』
I was listening to Pierre’s speech while taking out a glove from my pocket and wearing it.
『What? You’re going to fight barehanded!?』
While Pierre and his hangers-on were laughing, I placed my hand on my waist in exasperation.
「Stop wasting time and start the duel already.」
『Right. Even so, if this is how it gonna be then there wasn’t any need for me to make doubly sure.』
I raised my eyebrow in question. In respond Pierre cackled with a foul voice.
『Was her name Cara? There was also a dog with her.』
Pierre only said that and didn’t say anything more.
「──You son of a bitch」
『Let’s get this show on the road already.』
──You’re really a scum that doesn’t betray my expectation.
Marie who was listening to the conversation between Leon and Pierre from the audience seat opened her eyes wide when Pierre mentioned Cara’s name suggestively.
Pierre was only mentioning the name, but she already got the general idea of what he had done.
Greg punched his own palm.
「That fucker! Who was it that said about not using dirty method because this is a sacred duel!?」
Julius was also showing his anger.
「He not only hindered the procurement of armor but he even take hostage.」
The witnesses Narcisse and Louise also seemed to be opposing for the duel to be carried out like this.
「This kind of duel cannot be allowed.」
「Yes, let’s stop it immediately.」
While the two of them were thinking to stop the duel because of Pierre’s method that was just too dirty, Marie noticed that Leon was saying something.
He took out a device from his pocket and threw it toward Marie.
Marie caught it and looked at Leon’s face.
From his eyes and expression, she understood that he was telling her 「Save Cara and Noelle」.
Marie looked down at the device and peered onto the screen. The device looked similar like a smartphone in her previous life. The way to operate it was also similar so she immediately understood.
When she looked at the screen──the map that displayed where Cara and Noelle were apprehended was displayed.
Noelle noticed what Marie was doing and talked to her.
Marie lifted up her face and spoke with a cold voice and a sharp gaze.
「The chance to make a comeback has come.」
Marie turned around and snapped at Julius and others who were still complaining in indignation.
「How long are you guys going to do nothing but complaining!」
「N-no, Marie. We’re worried for Cara and──」
「We just need to rescue them if you’re worried.」
Jilk tried to calm Marie down.
「Please calm down Marie-san. We don’t even know where Cara-san and Noelle-chan are right now, and it might be just the opponent bluffing. We should gather information first.」
Marie spoke sharply toward the men who were acting like that.
「Stop saying weak-willed things like that! You guys, aren’t you being cowardly since coming to Alzer? It’s us who are going to save Cara and Noelle-chan! Leon is going to be the one beating up that Pierre while we’re doing that!」
Chris looked toward the arena and hesitated.
「B-but, the opponent is wearing armor while Bartfalt doesn’t have one──」
「All of you had lost against Leon already! Do all of you seriously think that guy will obediently come out into this situation to get slaughtered just like that? Believe in that guy. That guy──isn’t a man who will show up to this kind of place without any plan. He is a guy who will have thoroughly prepared to push off his enemy to the very bottom persistently!」
The five fell silent after Marie said that.
Kyle scratched his cheek.
「My burden will increase if Cara-san is gone, so let’s save her quickly. This place will be alright with the count here.」
Marie raised her voice in front of the five to encourage them.
「How long are you guys going to have that stupid face while doing nothing!? Hit back when you got hit! That’s all there is to it!」
「You’re right. Yeah that’s right. It seems we’ve been acting like cowards.」
Jilk also smiled.
「Marie-san’s words has opened my eyes.」
「Then let’s go. We’ll go back to the mansion first to confirm the situation.」
Marie dragged the men away from this place.
Narcisse was taken aback by their spirit. His hand stretched out toward them who were leaving.
「W-wait a second! We’ll stop the duel right now!」
Marie looked back and yelled angrily at Narcisse.
「Don’t do that no matter what! Just delay it or something, then start it after buying some time! We’re going to save the hostages so don’t get in the way!」
Narcisse turned his gaze to Louise to ask for help.
Louise herself was looking at Leon in the arena. The person himself was making a gesture to continue the duel, so she sighed and put her hand on her waist.
「──It looks like the person himself want to continue.」
Noelle who was hugging the case that was containing the sapling was watching the arena where Leon was at with a worried look.
The duel would continue as it was.
When Marie and the others returned to the mansion, they found the injured Brad there.
Marie ran toward him and lifted up his upper body before using healing magic to heal his injuries.
Brad opened his eyes and apologized to Marie.
「Sorry, Marie. I couldn’t protect Cara-san and Noelle-chan.」
「Don’t talk right now.」
Greg and Chris brought Brad to his bed after Marie finished giving the first aid treatment.
Julius who was looking around the ransacked mansion made a bitter expression.
It seemed the inside of the mansion had been messed up.
「They are going this far.」
「In the end the so called sacred duel only worth this much. Is the word sacred has different meaning for the people of the commonwealth?」
Even Kyle looked angry. His words were dirtier than usual.
Marie looked on the device.
Then an exclamation mark appeared on the screen and there was an alarm sound ringing from it.
「Eh, up? ──Uhya!」
The warning to be careful above their head showed up, so Marie looked toward the sky. Then some kind of box suddenly fell from above.
The box hit the ground *gashan!* with a loud sound. It caused dust cloud to rise up.
Kyle peered toward that box.
「W-what is it? Another harassment from the commonwealth?」
But Marie clutched the device tightly and walked toward the box. She opened the lid and looked inside.
「Marie-san, it’s dangerous!」
She didn’t even listen to Jilk’s warning and reached inside. Then her hand took out a firearm from there.
Marie was familiar with that gun.
「So you’re telling us to use this.」
It was a submachine gun──like the one that she often saw appearing in old mafia movie. It even had a magazine in the shape of a drum.
Julius also peered into the box and took out some bullets.
「These are non-lethal rubber bullets? Why are these things──」
Marie held the submachine gun with one hand and placed it on her shoulder.
「It doesn’t matter. We’ll use them. All of you should prepare too. After this──we will plunge into the enemy base to rescue Cara.」
The location was a warehouse complex at the harbor.
The merchant who had close relationship with Pierre was inside one of the warehouses there.
He was wearing a showy suit while his mouth was smoking a cigar.
He blew out smoke from his mouth and glanced at Cara who was hugging an old dog while trembling.
The old dog was licking Cara’s cheek as though it was trying to calm her down.
「Young miss, you are unfortunate. You people were picking a fight with someone who you mustn’t turn into enemy. You might be able to return back to your country if only you didn’t act defiant, but now it’s too late.」
The trembling Cara put on a brave front in front of the merchant.
「I-it’s you people who are underestimating the count. That person is the hero of the kingdom. He is an amazing person who defeated someone really strong and saved even the country.」
The merchant placed his hand on his face and laughed after he heard that.
The men in black who were his subordinates were also laughing.
「He might be amazing back in your country young miss, but this is Alzer, the center of the world. A hero of that level isn’t scary at all. Well, I think he must be turning into minced meat around this time.」
Cara hugged Noelle strongly and looked down.
「Even Pierre-san might show you mercy if you stay quiet young──」
The warehouse’s door was blown away before the merchant could finish speaking.
His subordinates took up their weapon and aimed at the door. And then light entered the dark warehouse.
The rising dust cloud looked sparkling. In the middle of it some silhouettes appeared with light shining from behind them, covering up their front figure in shadow.
The merchant yelled his order to his subordinates in fear.
His subordinates fired all at once. The warehouse was filled with sound of gunfire for a while.
But when the place became quiet after they ran out of bullet, the merchant and his subordinates opened their eyes widely.
A magic circle in the shape of shield was protecting the silhouettes. The bullets they fired were crushed flat on it and fell on the floor.
The magic circle then vanished and a petite blonde haired girl stepped forward holding a large gun that looked too big for her.
Cara shed tears of happiness seeing that silhouette.
Marie pulled the trigger of her submachine gun after seeing Cara calling her name while crying.
Non-lethal bullets were fired from the submachine gun.
The men in black were shot one after another. The merchants were flustered seeing them dropping like flies.
(W-what, what’s that weapon?)
The merchant had never seen anything like the submachine gun before. He couldn’t hide his shock from that rapid fire capability.
But, it immediately ran out of bullet and stopped firing.
「Now! Subdue that little girl! Take her weapon no matter what!」
The merchant wished to obtain that unusual weapon. He saw that his subordinates were still alive and thought that the weapon had low power.
However his subordinates who approached Marie were shot and blown away by the men walking behind Marie.
Marie handed her submachine gun to the elf boy beside her and grabbed a handgun.
All of them were holding guns.
「Don’t move! There is nowhere to run!」
When the merchant turned his gaze to the backdoor, the door knob was broken by a gunshot. The door then was kicked away and Greg entered while holding a shotgun.
「All your men around this place has been defeated.」
His escape path was blocked and his men were also defeated.
The merchant took out a handgun from his breast pocket to aim it toward Cara.
「D-don’t mess with me you shitty brats! Don’t you care what will happen to this──ihyai!」
Jilk shot the hand of the merchant with his handgun.
「You shouldn’t point a gun to a girl.」
Jilk was smiling with his gun muzzle aimed toward the merchant.
Chris was tying up the merchant’s subordinates.
And then Marie arrived to Cara’s side and hugged her.
「Cara, you have done well enduring until now.」
The merchant was watching in vexation while holding his wounded right arm with his left hand.
「D-don’t think that you’ll get away after doing something like this」
Julius approached him and turned his handgun toward him.
「I’m tired hearing that line. You should just worry about what will happen to you after this. Marie, let’s tell Bartfalt quickly that Cara is rescued.」
When Julius turned his gaze toward Marie, he found her looking at the screen of the device in her grip.
「──The duel has started.」
Pierre had reached the limit of his patience in the duel arena and spoke in annoyance.
『How long are you going to make me wait! Are you looking down on this scared duel huh!?』
I was amazed that he could still say something like that. I was doing warm up exercise thoroughly while thinking that.
Pierre yelled angrily at Mr. Narcisse who was acting as the referee.
『The duel time has already come a long time ago! If you keep delaying like this then that means you are making light of the oath to the sacred tree!』
The audiences were also making noises.
The audiences that Pierre forcefully gathered here looked concerned because the duel wouldn’t start no matter how long time had passed.
Still, I couldn’t understand Pierre’s feeling. Why would he gather audiences just to show himself winning against me?
Even if he won against me, it would only look like he was torturing the weak.
「Mr. Narcisse, please begin the duel.」
Mr. Narcisse closed his eyes in thought after I said that.
Noelle and Louise-san were watching me with a worried look, but Mr. Narcisse lifted up his right hand.
「O sacred tree, please watch over this duel. Give your blessing of victory to the righteous. ──The duel will begin now!」
Pierre moved right after that proclamation.
Arroganz pulled out two battle axes from its backpack and held them at ready in each of its hand.
『Finally! I’ll show my strength to you guys!』
Arroganz’s appearance was sinister. There was also Pierre’s voice that was going along with it.
「It’s scary now that I’m looking at it from outside like this.」
Arroganz’s huge frame was heading my way.
It was scarier than a dump truck rushing at me with full speed, but I calmly──ran forward.
Pierre was taken by surprise. He swung down his axe in panic, but I was already sliding right below Arroganz’s legs at that time.
「It’s unexpectedly difficult to target a human right?」
When I got behind Arroganz and said that, it turned around and spoke with a foul voice that didn’t match it.
『Don’t get cocky after getting away only once. This is to make an example of you! The audiences will also be more excited if you’re resisting for a bit!』
「You’re only good at making excuse huh?」
『──I’ll kill you even if you cry while begging for your life.』
「Nice. ──Don’t forget those words.」
Arroganz swung its two battle axes in large arc.
Inside the warehouse.
The device’s screen was displaying the figure of Leon fighting against Arroganz.
After watching that, Marie looked toward an airbike that was parked inside the warehouse.
It must be something that was used by the merchant’s subordinate.
Its shape was like a water scooter. It had the size that could be rode by several people.
「Jilk! Send Cara and Noelle-chan to the area right away!」
Jilk who was holding a handgun immediately understood what Marie was asking him to do and straddled the airbike.
「Well, I guess I’m the right man for that job.」
He turned on the engine and checked the bike’s condition.
「It can be used!」
And then Marie led Cara to sit behind Jilk with the dog Noelle in her arms.
「Cara, Leon will be able to fight without worry after he see you two are safe.」
「Y-yes! B-but, what are you going to do Marie-sama?」
In respond to that question, Marie glanced at the merchant who was looking frustrated while Julius and others were surrounding him.
「I have something to do here. It’s alright. Leon will surely win. Jilk, hurry!」
「Please leave it to me. I will send them there quickly.」
The airbike floated in the air and flew away from the warehouse.
Marie slowly turned toward the merchant.
「──Now then, it’s time for interrogation.」
The merchant was putting on a brave front.
「Remember this, I’ll never forgive──」
The merchant was showing a rebellious attitude. Marie aimed her handgun to him and pulled the trigger without any hesitation.
*Bang! Bang!* Gunshot sound resounded. The empty shells that were ejected from the gun fell on the ground with light clinking sound.
The bullets were non-lethal bullets, but it would still hurt if it hit. After Marie continued firing until she ran out of bullet, the merchant’s previous threatening attitude crumbled and he crouched down in fear.
「Goshujin-sama, I’ve finished the reloading.」
「Thank you Kyle.」
Marie had handed her handgun to Kyle who came to her side. She then accepted the submachine gun that Kyle had finished reloading for her as replacement.
And then she stood in front of the merchant.
「How dare you kidnapped Cara and also injured Brad」
「I-it’s a misunderstanding! I was only ordered! Pierre-san──no, that bastard Pierre was the one who ordered me, I couldn’t oppose──igyaaa!」
Marie fired at the merchant with her submachine gun.
Marie kept firing until the drum shaped magazine was emptied. Then she received a handgun from Kyle while handing over the submachine gun to him.
Her left hand grabbed the face of the merchant who had become painful to look at.
Then Marie’s left hand glowed faintly and healed the merchant’s wounds.
The merchant felt the pain receding and made a flattering smile toward Marie.
「Young lady, if you spare me I’ll help you escape from that bastard Pierre.」
Marie smiled hearing the merchant’s words──and pulled the handgun’s trigger.
The merchant writhed in pain. Marie kept firing at him while still smiling.
「That’s not what I want to know.」
「T-then! Ask me anything. I’ll tell you anything if it’s something that I know!」
「Hee, is that so?」
The merchant got desperate in order to weather this situation. Marie turned her gaze toward the dumbfounded Chris.
「Chris, do you have what I asked you to bring?」
「Y-yeah, but what are you going to do with this cheap thing? This is the first time I was told to search for a dull knife.」
Chris had purchased a knife on his way to this place. It was an inferior good just like he said.
Marie accepted the knife and approached a nearby metal shelves. She smashed the knife’s blade on it to make the blade chipped.
Greg looked confused because he couldn’t understand the meaning of what she was doing. Then Marie looked at the blade that got chipped in various places and nodded.
「This will do.」
Then she turned toward the merchant. Marie’s hands were holding the chipped knife.
「W-wait. What are you going to do with that?」
Marie innocently answered the shivering merchant.
「I learned from a book I read in Alzer. Was the title of the book Commonwealth Style Interrogation?」
The merchant was starting to tremble something fierce.
「Don’t worry. I’m good with healing magic. That’s why──you will be fine no matter what!」
「I’ll talk! I’ll tell you everything you want to know! So please not that!」
Marie smiled in front of the crying merchant.
「I’ll continue hurting you, so you can say anything you want. But perhaps I’ll stop if I heard something interesting from you.」
Kyle talked with a small voice seeing the merchant’s trembling figure.
「Goshujin-sama, don’t tell me you’re going to torture him for real?」
「──Eh, I won’t.」
Even Marie didn’t want to do something like torture.
「Don’t be stupid. This is to extract information from him. If we tell this guy what we want to know, he will lie in order to get away. That’s why I’m letting him talk by himself. He will say a lot of important information because he don’t know what we want to know.」
There was that kind of description inside a book that she read in Alzer’s library.
Marie was simply testing that method.
「You’ll go that far? It’s a major turn off.」
「Shut up. I have to use this chance to take back Leon’s trust! That guy is really dangerous when he is angry! It’s seriously dangerous! I’ll do this much if it means I can curry favor with him after that!」
Kyle wondered if perhaps Marie was over thinking it after seeing her this scared toward Leon.
「No, the count isn’t that angry toward you goshujin-sama. I think he has forgiven you.」
「You don’t know anything about that guy! Enough about that, we’re going to extract information from this man no matter what. If I don’t earn enough forgiveness point here, I will be next after Pierre──hiiii!」
The terrifying figure that the merchant witnessed couldn’t be found there.
At the arena.
Pierre was losing his temper because I kept running around. He discarded his axes.
『It ain’t fun using this weapon！』
It was really childish of him to blame his weapon like that.
「It’s your lack of strength. You really have no talent as pilot, you can’t kill me even though you’re using Arroganz. I think it’ll be better if you don’t ride an armor.」
Pierre found it hard to accept my honest remark and took out a new weapon.
『I’m not playing anymore.』
He readied the rifle that was for Arroganz’s use while talking with a low voice.
There were screams coming from the audience seat.
『I’ll blow you up until nothing remain behind.』
I grinned at Pierre who was aiming his rifle toward me.
「Just try it you small fry.」
Pierre pulled the trigger without hesitation.
I leaped to the side before standing up right away and ran along the arena’s wall.
When the rifle’s bullets hit the arena’s wall, the faint membrane enveloping the arena began to shine.
It was the magic shield that was protecting the audience seats.
But the bullets pierced through such shield and bore into the wall.
「What’s wrong! Are you still playing around even now?」
Bullets were passing through the spot that I had just passed one after another.
『YOU FILTHY COWARD WHO CAN ONLY RUN AROUNDDDD!』
Pierre kept firing the rifle, but none of the bullets hit me.
『Why won’t it hit! This damn junk!』
「You can’t hit me even with Arroganz’s specs. I think it’ll be better if you lament your own uselessness.」
Pierre immediately reacted at my mocking.
Surely his face was bright red right now inside the cockpit.
『THIS THIRD RATE COUNTRY’S SHITTY TRASHHHHH!』
He threw the rifle toward me, so I crouched to dodge it. Arroganz charged toward me at that time.
Its large hand reached out to grab me, so I slipped below its legs to dodge.
「You still haven’t noticed? ──Arroganz was my armor. Naturally I know all of its weaknesses.」
I was sure that this guy would come with Arroganz.
After all I induced him to do that.
『Don’t blabber so proudly you loser dog that can only run around!』
「A garbage who can’t even defeat a single flesh and blood human shouldn’t talk like you’re human!」
The next weapon that Arroganz took out was a black large scythe that looked uncouth.
It was like a death god’s scythe. Pierre chased me while swinging around the deathscythe.
The weapon’s reach was wide. It was slightly troublesome.
「It’s tiring even if I’m just running around.」
I got sweaty. I wiped the sweat that was dripping from my chin and looked toward the audience seats.
The battle that was unfolding in the area couldn’t be called a duel.
A large black armor was attacking a flesh and blood human with a sinister weapon.
Leon was Arroganz’s owner and knew its weakness. He was able to keep dodging the attacks skillfully.
But, his stamina was obviously reaching the limit.
At the audience seat Noelle was watching over him worriedly while hugging the sapling’s case. She feared that he would get caught by Arroganz sooner or later.
「Something like this isn’t a duel.」
The one sided development caused screams to come from the audience seats.
There were also those who were looking down without watching among the students who were forced by Pierre to come here.
「Someone stop this duel.」
「Should I stop it?」
Noelle looked down and prayed. Then she heard Loic’s voice mixed among the audiences’ murmurs.
When Noelle turned around, Loic was there standing while smiling.
Loic was looking down on Noelle and gave her a suggestion.
「I’ll stop this duel. In exchange, become mine.」
「──Loic, you, even at this kind of time」
Loic was making use of this situation to obtain her. Noelle displayed her disgust to him.
「You are still refusing? ──Then, that man is going to die.」
Loic pointed at Leon who was running around inside the arena.
He jumped to dodge the large scythe that Arroganz swung to the side and took a distance.
His body was dirty with the cloud of dust that filled the arena.
He was fighting well even in this situation where he would die instantly if he got hit even once.
But, that was all.
Noelle covered her face with one hand.
「I hate you. I hate you nobles!」
Loic was watching Noelle while talking about Leon’s situation.
「I’ll settle the matter if that guy let go of the sacred tree’s sapling. If you refuse then Barriere House will also join in denouncing the kingdom. The overseas students and their families will become victim because of your fault.」
When she heard that, she realized that if it was Loic right now──if it was Alzer’s nobles right now, they would surely have no scruple in denouncing Hohlfahrt Kingdom.
(──This country is rotten.)
Noelle moved her hand from her face and looked toward Loic with tearful face.
Leon and the others would be saved if she accepted Loic’s suggestion.
But if she refused, this guy would keep doing unreasonable things in order to obtain her.
(So in the end, you can’t defy a noble? No, more like you can’t defy the sacred tree no matter what.)
The sacred tree was absolute for the people who were born in the commonwealth.
Noelle──gave up thinking that there was no way for her to get away.
(So the sacred tree still hasn’t forgiven those from Lespinasse House.)
It was like she could feel the will of the sacred tree that wouldn’t let her get away.
Just when she was going to accept Loic’s offer, Louise approached them with determined steps──and slapped Loic’s cheek.
「Louise! What are you──buh!」
Louise landed the second slap right away. Then she spoke strongly toward Loic.
「Don’t you dare do that dirty act here. Making use of other person’s duel to lay your hand on a woman, you’re the worst. I can’t believe that the next head of Barriere House is making advance on a woman with this kind of despicable method.」
「──Louise, even for someone from Rault House, there are things that you cannot say.」
「I’m just telling you to not get in the way of the duel. Will Pierre really stop if you ask him? Remember this, if you join hand with Pierre──I’ll seriously crush you.」
The eyes of the surrounding were gathered on Loic and Louise’s conversation.
Narcisse was also here with them. Loic looked like he was thinking that this situation didn’t favor him and left.
「──I didn’t do it to save you. I just don’t want anyone to get in the way of Leon-kun’s duel. After all it seems like he has a plan.」
Leon still didn’t show any sign of giving up even in front of the despairing situation.
Louise was watching over that situation attentively. It made Noelle suspicious.
「Louise, why are you this fixated with Leon?」
Louise didn’t answer Noelle’s question.
「It’s also strange for the princess of Rault House to side with an overseas student. Besides, it was also the same with Loic just now. Leon would be saved if I who is someone you hate become Loic’s possession. You would also be able to obtain the sacred tree’s sapling.」
Louise was folding her arms. Her hands were tightly grasping her own arms.
「──I don’t need to tell you anything.」
A part of Noelle was also suspecting that Louise was scheming something. But based on what she was seeing, Louise looked like she was genuinely worried for Leon.
But she couldn’t imagine the reason why she would be like this.
While the duel where Leon was only running around was continuing, a single airbike landed among the audience seats.
On the bike were Jilk and──Cara along with the dog Noelle.
The airbike’s landing caused commotion in the audience seats. Jilk and Cara yelled toward Leon in the middle of that.
「Count Bartfalt! Marie-san has rescued Cara-san and Noelle-chan!」
Cara was also yelling loudly.
「You can beat up that scum already!」
Even the dog Noelle also barked. At the arena Leon responded to them by lifting up his right hand.
At the arena, Leon proclaimed toward Pierre even in his despairing situation.
「Now there isn’t anything holding me back. ──Are you prepared?」
Pierre vented his annoyance at Leon after hearing those words.
『Stop dreaming that you can do anything about this situation just because the hostages are freed after this late!』
Pierre’s unreserved words caused Louise to angrily say 「Pierre, you are underestimating us」, while Leon spoke seriously with a low growl that strangely resounded through the arena.
「──I’ll teach you something good. I’m actually a coward.」
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