CCM 093 – Yo, Seriously, Isn’t this way too fast


I’m not really sure how much time has passed.

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There isn’t really much that Rei and I have talked about.

There was no sense of discomfort though even if we’re just sitting in front of each other.

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And that seems to be the case for the princess as well.

She’s just sitting from my opposite side silently holding my hand.

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But seriously, her hand is just so soft and warm.

We spend our time together like this as I reminisce about Rei and her past.

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*Flashbacks*

–I can’t even count how many times I was almost killed by assassins wearing black robes back in the royal castle.–

*end of flashback*

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That’s certainly what she said earlier.

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She must have encountered numerous brushes with death already that’s why she decided to flee in Rastal with me before she finally gets herself killed.

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Still, there’s something strange about it.

Even I am aware of how troublesome of an opponent those people from SoA. They’re definitely stronger than your average adventurer.

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However — Rei made it all the way in here in one piece.

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Her combat prowers isn’t that impressive at all.

But for some reason, she was able to survive all the assansination attempts that she had encountered…

It doesn’t add up.

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[Nee, Arios.]

[Hm?]

[I really want to stay longer like this but… it seems like it’s time to go.]

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I look up at the clock after hearing what Rei said and realize that the call time of our meeting is just around the corner. We’ll be late if we keep staying longer like this.

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I am still bothered about the inconsistency of the assassinations but I’d just ask her sometime soon.

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With that said, I and Rei take our leave and head to the adventurers’ guild.

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Inside the Adventurers’ Guild of Rastal Village.

We are currently heading to a meeting with people I am acquainted with.

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First, the A rank adventurer Kaya Rutis.

Next is the B rank adventurer Yuya Arzen.

There’s also Em who had been created and existed once as a slave of the Ald family.

And last but not the least, the former renowned blacksmith and this branch’s guild leader, Arturo.

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There’s a total of six people in here including me and Rei.

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For reference, I didn’t summon Viin for this meeting. He said the ‘battle mode’ he used last battle consumed a lot of energy from him and he will require rest afterall.

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[Oh, you’re here.]

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Arturo notices us first and welcomes us with a bright smile on his face.

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[Come now, take your seats. Make yourself at home, afterall, you’re the greatest personnel our adventurer’s guild have in this place.]

[Haha… Thank you so much.]

[I heard from everyone, you see, that the mission to infiltrate and restrain the Ald estate was a resounding success.]

[Please… It wasn’t just my abilities alone.]

[No way! You were so strong and formidable back then, Arios-sama!]

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It’s Em who just after refuting what I said, makes several hand gestures of swordplays.

…Is that her way of demonstrating the sword of origin…?

I really can’t tell.

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[He even thoroughly beat down the previous sword saint! It was just too amazing!] (Em)

[Kuku… So that Leon Makuba had been beaten to a pulp huh… I still feel sorry for how low he has fallen from his grace.] (Arturo)

[Yes… It is as you say.] (Arios)

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There’s also the fact that Leon and Dudley have separated and are moving on their own paths.

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Leon chose to go with SoA.

Dudley on the other hand wanders by himself.

I wonder where their paths will lead them to.

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I am contemplating the possibilities when Arturo’s expression suddenly turns solemn.

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[Now then, Arios, before we proceed, we have an announcement to make.]

[Announcement, you say…?]

[Umu. It’s already been confirmed in the Adventurers’ Guild HQ. From now on, you are now classified as a C rank adventurer.]

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Oh my.

I am already promoted, huh.

Isn’t this too early? Even if I have to say so, I just joined so recently and I am already on rank C.

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[If you’ll ask me, you should have been promoted to rank S already. Apologies for that as the HQ is still being run by their old ways.]

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No no no, like I was thinking, it’s already too fast already.

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[Well then, please take this. It’s your new adventurer card telling you’re already in rank C.]

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I take the bronze card from Arturo’s hand and everyone applauds in celebration of my promotion. Everyone looks happy for me and I can’t help but feel gratification.

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[Haha… He’s already in C rank. You’re going to catch up to me in no time.]

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Yuya though wasn’t able to help himself but put on a bitter smile. Still, I can feel that he’s appreciation towards my promotion is genuine.

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[Well, I know how strong you really are compared to me right from the beginning. Don’t get bothered by it and just hurriedly make your way.]

[Well, yeah… Appreciate it.]

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I show my appreciation towards Yuya, my senpai as an adventurer, by bowing my head before keeping my new adventurer card in my pocket.

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Since I was able to defeat Leon, I am firmly aware of how strong I am compared to other adventurers.

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However, I won’t let myself get caught up with it in my head.

Because if I ever do, I might fall on the same mud that dragged down the previous sword saint.

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After everyone’s congratulatory cheers and messages, Arturo finally brings out the main subject.

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How should we deal with the captured members of SoA.

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[Let’s get this straight. It seems that the Kingdom’s Army already sent a letter to the HQ back in the capital. As for what the letter is about, you should have already imagined what it is for.]

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Arturo then pulls out a sheet of paper and starts to read it aloud for all of us in the room.

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[–On behalf of everyone of the kingdom, we would like to express our gratitude for your success in subjugating the terrorists that are hounding the kingdom. Your glorious deeds will serve as an inspiration for all of us. As for the captives from the terrorist group SoA, we would appreciate if you can leave these people to us. Since the handling and punishment of the captives are the GO-VERN-MENT’s responsibility, we apologize but would like to impose this matter towards the guild.]

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He then folds the paper and returns it to his jacket before looking at each one of us.

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[——-And that’s the very essence of it.]

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So they’ve already made their move, huh.

Though we have anticipated their movement, we were never certain about their involvement.

It hasn’t been too long since we suppressed the Ald family too. There’s a reason why they were able to grasp the situation and information right immediately.

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As I thought, the enemy are probably flustered and in panic.

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[Then, Arturo-san… What is the guild planning to do?]

[Umu. Good question, Arios.]

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Arturo then smiles at us before explaining the guild’s response.

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[The HQ will express their refusal the request for the time being. The Adventurers’ Guild has no obligation to comply with this request of the country.]

[A refusal, huh… The guild can be a tough nut to crack then.]

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As Arturo had said, as the adventurers’ guild is a neutral organization all over the continent, it can choose not to obey the kingdom’s imposing request regarding the SoA’s captives.

It’s all because people from different nationalities gather and form the adventurers’ guild that’s why it can’t be bound by any kind of political affairs of one country.

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Since no government can enforce themselves to the guild, the army expressed their letter in a roundabout and passive-aggressive stance.

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[But… I don’t think that’s enough assurance.]

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It was the second princess who voiced out her thoughts.

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[Leafa-onii-sama is probably overseeing this matter. We don’t know how many cards he still has on his sleeves.]

[Leafa-onii-sama, huh… The Crown Prince…]

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Kaya’s face as she says the prince’s title wrinkled.

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[He is indeed unfathomable… He appears to be a pretty smart lad, afterall.] (Arturo)

[Yeah… I think so too.] (Arios)

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It is just a theory but I think there’s a high probability that Leon’s downfall is also all according to Leafa’s plan.

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Rei was given an almost indefinite vacation right after the duel. And that’s the time he was able to move freely in the castle.

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On the surface, he’s probably saddened by his sister’s absence, when in actual fact, he’s fully utilizing his political powers without any kind of Rei’s interference.

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The Crown Prince must have used Leon and Dudley for that.

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[Hmm?]

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Something doesn’t feel right.

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–Something’s coming.

They’re in large numbers and it is highly probable that they are intruders.

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[Arios…?]

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Rei tilts her head, noticing the change in my face.

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[Everyone, let’s head out.]

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I look at everyone before standing up and make my way to the door as I urge everyone.

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[They seem to be faster than we thought. It appears that the uninvited guests from the Army are already here.]


Translator’s Notes:

  1. Putting this one first as I have already partially translated this. I’ll probably post an MTL of another chapter from a different novel later today on a whimsical basis. I read in Narou and some items are just too good to read but untranslated or not finished. I can’t translate them properly as I lack time but hey, if you’re fine with MTLs, feel free to read with me.
  2. Chapter 94 goes out on 48 hours! Saint of Black Kite first in the first 24 :>

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