Kou 1 Desu ga Isekai de Joushu Hajimemashita Vol 2 - 10 - Chapter 9: Calavera's Eyes
Chapter 9: Calavera’s Eyes
Worried about her father, the skeletal girl paced the steps of the cathedral. Apparently, the cathedral is a good place for flower sellers. One by one, the daughters of the skeleton tribe gathered around her. As usual, all I could say was, “Please buy some flowers,” but I could gather information just by being on the stairs.
It seems that the lord of the castle and his children are being held hostage. It seems that the lord of Lusa Castle has been killed. Then there was a commotion.
A few men came down the stairs shouting. They said the hostages had been rescued. It seems that the vampires did a great job and got the elf child out safely and also killed the enemy. When she heard of the vampires, the skeleton girl remembered two kind sisters.
Those two… I wonder… I wonder?
She spoke to the others, wanting to know if her father was okay. But all they said was,
“Please buy me some flowers.”
But all they would say was.
“You shouldn’t be doing business at a time like this! Go sell flowers somewhere else!”
I was pushed away.
I was so hot that my robe came off. Someone snatched it before you could pick it up.
Give it back!
“Please buy me some flowers.”
That’s all I could think of, and I almost cried.
The children had already been taken to a monastery where the monks lived and were drinking hot soup in the dining room. Their faces, which had been shaking with fear and anxiety, had already eased. Some of the parents were present, meeting the children and embracing them.
It was a strange sight.
A line had formed in front of the vampires. In line were the parents of the elves attending the school. They were standing in front of the two vampires and the two deferentes, thanking them.
Trelane watched them with a grim expression.
This visit was an opportunity for Trelane to expand and strengthen his alliance. He would get the towns of Dexia, Serka, Est, and Solm to vote for him.
However, an unexpected outcome awaited them.
Men dressed as mummies attack the school and take themselves hostage. It was, of all people, an alien race that rescued them and their elf sons. The children were bound with the bandages of the mummy’s daughter, and the vampire pulled them up and out of the tower.
It was also the Vampires who blew away the bandits in the corridor, extinguished the candle flame for the bomb, and made the breakthrough to rescue everyone.
It was the worst possible outcome.
I’m sure the town will be talking about the vampires. People will start to think twice about vampires. That’s bad news for my lord.
Are the vampires to blame?
It’s that man.
The lord of Solm has brought the mummers and the vampires here. His instincts were right that they should be returned to the world at once.
Trelane looked at Lord Est, Lord Serka and Lord Dexia drinking their soup with relieved expressions.
Let’s cut Solm loose. Let’s get rid of Solm.
When I turned to the lord of Neka Castle to give him instructions, Darmur was just being listened to by his servants.
Did all the flower-selling mummies get it right?
I hear voices. The disappointed look on his face suggests that he hasn’t found his daughter yet.
Trelane tapped Darmur on the shoulder from behind.
“Don’t worry. I’ll send someone to look for her later.”
Valkyria was in the best of moods.
He hadn’t expected the elf to line up in front of him, take his hand in both of his own, and bow to him over and over again. ….
They all thanked him extravagantly.
One lady even shed tears in front of me. Some elves even took the jewelry off my body and gave it to me. It was a great feeling to be thanked by an elf.
“I really don’t know how to thank you. …… Please feel free to tell me anything.”
I was told,
“I wish you would abolish the development order.”
I told him without hesitation.
“Because of it, there are fewer forests and fewer wolves. Thanks to them, more and more of our people are starving to death. I saw a father and his son almost starve to death on the way here.” The elves showed their sympathy.
Some elves even went to talk to Trelane and Darmur. I was glad to see that the elves listened to me.
(I like the idea of helping the elves.)
Curéle was also enjoying the best feeling next to her sister.
You’re so brave.
《Thank you so much for saving my son.》
I get a lot of compliments from elves.
I don’t know who told you this, but some elves know that I like books and give me books.
“I’ll bring you as many books as you want.”
I said yes, and half an hour later, he brought me a whole lot of books.
It was the most joyful day of my life.
Curé just flew down the corridor as fast as his sister told him to. When she flew, all the bad guys blew up.
“Weren’t you scared?”
Curéle shook her head.
There was a groan.
You’re such a beautiful warrior and hero for such a little thing.
I can’t help but be tickled.
It was a good thing she’d made the effort to get out, Curé thought. He had planned to meet the elves first. While she was chasing the elf, she met the brother with glasses. The bespectacled elder brother was called Souichiro.
He must be a book reader.
If I asked him to read a book, he might refuse if he was an elf, but he might not refuse if he was a Differente.
That’s why I followed you to Neka.
I’ve gotten so many compliments and so many books. Curéle couldn’t wait to show them to Papa.
Mimir was also enjoying the happiness.
All he had to do was take off the bandage and give it to her. Hiroto and the others wrapped the bandage around the Elf child and pulled him up. And they got him out.
Thanks to them, the elves are holding my hand and thanking me.
“I was just following Hiroto-sama. If you want to thank Valkyria and Hiroto-sama…” “No, you’ve done a fine job saving my child. If it weren’t for the bandages, I wouldn’t have been able to get my son out. If there’s anything you need, just let me know.”
So they said,
“Please spread the word that the bandits were fake mummies. Mummies don’t do that.” The elf nodded and walked out.
After a moment,
“I’ve just sent word to the people outside. They said it was the work of an unscrupulous man who pretended to be a mummy.”
He told me.
I was glad.
This is all thanks to Hiroto-sama.
Hiroto-sama rescued me from the Land of Bandages and appointed me as his caretaker. Thanks to him I was able to travel to Sekondaria and be thanked by the elves like this.
And – Hiroto-sama will be in this country for another five years.
Soichirou was almost giddy.
One by one, the elves came to him and held his hand.
“I heard that you carried my son on your shoulders. My son told me that his brother with the glasses helped him.”
The elf mother says to me, holding my hand.
I don’t know if I’ve ever been thanked so much in my original world. Getting a perfect score on a test is never praised like this. I’ve never been thanked so much for saving someone’s life.
“Are you going back to your world now? I hope you’re here for a long time.”
That’s what the elves say to me.
“Let me introduce you to my daughter.”
I am overjoyed to hear such a thing.
Calm down, calm down, Soichiro told himself.
Not all things are good.
There are good things and bad things in every world. Today just happened to be a concentration of good things.
But this, the intensity of the experience.
Is there really such a thing in the original world?
I’ve always been first in my exams. But that doesn’t mean you’re not having an intense time.
Everyday life is like carbonated juice diluted a trillion times.
It’s not water, it’s not juice.
It’s just endless, diluted, gray days repeated over and over. In it, there are exams, examinations, and joys.
But for Hybride?
You might be five years late for the exam, but if you want, you can leave school after you get back, take the high school equivalency exam, and apply to the University of Tokyo.
Besides, Hiroto is here too, you know.
“You can think about what will happen five years from now after five years have passed. Don’t leave now. Go see my daughter.”
“I’m staying with Hiroto for five years!”
I couldn’t help but say.
What? Hiroto looked at me.
“I feel sorry for you, so I’ll stay.”
“So don’t think about it out of pity–”
Kurere suddenly jumped from the side. It seems that he was so happy to be hugging me that he thought I would read his book for five years.
“Well, you guys are really close.”
The people around them burst into laughter at the elf’s words. Souichirou also laughed. As he laughed, he felt as if he had truly laughed from the bottom of his heart for the first time in his life.
Trelane had a bitter look on his face as he watched the crowd get more and more excited. The culprit was a human dressed as a mummy.
However, the public must have heard that the Mummies had attacked. He was thinking of spreading the word and starting an anti-mummies movement, but the mummy woman said something unnecessary.
The elves are the ones who influence the opinions of the townspeople. If they say that the bandit was an imposter or a vicious person, the townspeople will be led astray.
I noticed that the surviving lords of the castle were standing in line. Dalmur was also in line.
“You will not stand in line, Lord Trelane? He is the hero who saved us.”
The elf said,
“Hiroto was snoring for the first hour.”
The elf asks back.
“He doesn’t seem to be nervous…”
“Isn’t he a big man?”
“I’ve already heard the story from him. I’ve already heard the story from him. The vampires won’t be back in an hour, so there’s no point in acting or thinking about it, so he went to sleep to save his energy and be ready for the next one.
Wasn’t that guy sleeping because he was insensitive? “I’m glad this was resolved quickly.
“I’m glad this was resolved quickly.”
The elf nodded.
“Even if you leave it alone, if you pay what I demand–”
I countered a little,
“I’ve just heard that the scoundrels were planning to kill all the castle owners and leave town once they got the money. They took one of the elven children as a hostage.”
They were silent. The elf had heard the interrogation.
I think they’ll take someone hostage when they escape. It’s safer that way.
Hiroto’s words came back to me.
The other guy’s reading was right.
(He’s a dangerous guy.)
In the near future, we’ll always be enemies. Reluctantly, Trelane got in line. In the next line, the lords of Est Castle, Serka Castle, and Dexia Castle were greeting Hiroto.
First, the lord of Est Castle shook his hand. Then the Lord of Dexia, and finally the Lord of Seluca, looking embarrassed, shake Hiroto’s hand.
“It’s a good thing you’re good friends with the vampires.”
“Thanks to you, I’m saved.”
Each of the three men thanked the other.
“Aren’t vampires nice?”
The Lord of Selkirk Castle chuckled at Hiroto’s words.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be as good friends with a vampire as you are.”
“Yes, you will. As long as I don’t have to issue a development order.” Hiroto winks at Trelane.
“Besides, can’t we just be neighbors, castle owners? We’ve been here for five years, and I’d love for the three of you to come to my town sometime.”
“Of course it is.”
“I’d be delighted.”
“By all means.”
The three of them nod.
“I think I’ll pass on the alliance this time,” the lord of Selkha Castle says.
The lord of Est Castle and the lord of Dexia Castle follow suit.
(They’re cheeky b******s.)
I really want to blackmail them, but I can’t do it here. I’ll just give them some money to pay for their schooling.
Trelane’s front door opened. Valkyria was sitting in a chair.
“I am deeply grateful.”
“If you’re so grateful, you should repeal the development order. We’re in a lot of trouble because of that weird law you started.”
“I can’t do that.”
The elves turned to look at him. Trelane panicked,
“I’ll talk to the lord.”
He changed his tone to a calmer one. But it didn’t seem to work.
“I don’t like you. When I called for Hiroto, you picked him up in a carriage and left him in the street at night. Hiroto had just arrived in Secondaria for the first time.”
“The coachman must have mistakenly left before him.”
“I don’t like it when people give me the stink-eye.
Trelane was silent.
The more he opened his mouth, the worse the situation became.
“Once again, the Lord and I would like to thank you.”
He slipped away from Valkyria and got in line with Hiroto. In front of him was Darmur. “Dalmur.”
“Tell the three country lords that I will give them some financial aid later. Dalmur nodded vaguely.
One eager elf kept his hands on Hiroto’s.
“I can never thank you enough for all you have done for me. Is there anything you can do for us? We’d like to thank you for what you’ve done for us.”
I hear the elf’s voice.
“We want the children who were expelled to return to school,” Hiroto said, and Trelane knew this was a bad idea.
He had pressured the priest to expel Hiroto last night, to make an example of him for rejecting them.
“Expelled? Why is that again?”
The elf asks.
“When I refused to join the Secunderian Alliance yesterday, the Solm children were supposed to be expelled today. I think Trelane knows more about it than I do.” The elves’ faces turn to Trelane.
“The Solms are very good at slander, aren’t they?”
Trelane replies curtly.
“Who was it that said, ‘I was just teaching them manners,’ when I told them they were being cruel?” Hiroto says teasingly.
“The Lord of Solm was being somewhat rude, so I asked him to learn some manners.”
“I didn’t ask to be remembered. I was just teaching him.” The elf turned to the priest.
“Why were you expelled?”
“It was a personal–”
The priest tried to cover it up.
“You were pressured by Trelane, weren’t you? Didn’t they tell you they were cutting your grant?”
“No, the payments… .
“I’m sure we can find out if it was overdue or not. If it was overdue, there’s no way my family’s decree wouldn’t have told me.”
The priest slumped.
You’re a bad actor.
Trelane switched gears. The only way to get around this is to show some guts.
“Then the tuition for the students of Solm…”
“We’ll pay for it. We’ll pay for them all the way to graduation.” The elves insisted.
Trelane fell silent.
“I’ll speak to the priest and Lord Trelane later. The Church of the Spirits School gathers students from every town to give all of them a chance to study. If you have tried to expel a student with personal intentions, you will be held accountable. I will report this to the Presbytery.”
Trelane did not answer.
The worst part wasn’t that the different races were active. The enemy is mine. I am also to blame. (A little too much ……)
In front of Trelane, Darmur had just begun to greet Hiroto.
“Is your daughter…?”
Dalmur shook his head at Hiroto’s words.
“I heard that she did something terrible to a skeletal flower seller and was cursed by a spirit. -”
“Yes. That’s how he became a mummy. —-”
“Why are they mummies?”
Hiroto tilted his head.
“If you’re sorry for what you did to the skeletons, it seems normal to become one, don’t you think?”
Hiroto turned to the priest.
“Well, most of the time.”
“And sometimes not?”
“In some cases, yes.”
“How do I break the curse of the spirits?”
“Atonement. Genie-sama has a principle of mercy, rewards and punishments, and they encourage people to reflect on their sins by making them pay for them.”
“If anyone should be cursed, it’s Auriga. Why is it on my daughter? ……” Darmour purses his lips.
Hiroto is pondering.
“If you’ve done something wrong to a flower seller, wouldn’t you normally be a flower seller?”
“If it’s a mummy flower seller, then everything must be right.”
“But you haven’t found any?” Dalmur nodded.
“Then he’s not a mummy. They’ve done something bad to the skeletons, so they must be selling flowers to the skeletons.”
Durmur looked up with a start.
“What flower seller?”
Valkyria pokes her head out from the side.
“Dalmur’s daughter. She’s been cursed by a spirit. I think she was a flower seller in skeletal form.”
Hiroto let out a sigh of relief.
“You were there yesterday, by the way. She said she was starting a business for the first time.”
“That girl?” Calavera interrupts.
“Didn’t you see her again today? Isn’t that her?”
“I saw some weird skeleton people yesterday too. I’m cold and shivering.” Valkyria intervenes.
“Poor thing. I gave him my jacket.”
“I don’t think the Skeletons get cold this time of year,” Calavera interrupted.
“That’s why I thought he was weird.”
“Come to think of it, I met that skeleton tribe on my way here.”
The servant of Durmur confessed.
“On the steps of the cathedral.”
Hiroto rose from his seat.
“He may still be on the steps! I’m sorry, Valkyria, I’m looking for a skeleton in a body suit.”
“Are you going to be a hero again?”
“Yes, I am. Calaveras, come on! If you’re not wearing a suit, they might not be able to tell it’s me!”
Hiroto ran out of the mess hall. Valkyria followed close behind, followed by Darmur and Calavera.
The elves looked at each other and followed behind.
(It must be her! ……!)
But then, why didn’t he tell them that he was the daughter of Darmur? It would have been so obvious.
Valkyria overtook Hiroto on the way. She’ll be the first to leave the cathedral and go to the stairs.
He turns around.
He’s got a puzzled look on his face.
Hiroto reaches the stairs,
He was appalled.
There were about twenty skeleton girls selling flowers. And not a single one of them wore a body suit.
Footsteps were approaching.
It was Dalmur and his servants. The number of skeletons silenced me.
Valkyria, do you understand?
I don’t know either.
Calaveras had appeared.
Skeletons are not my specialty.
She looks at the skeleton girl. Step by step, she descends the stairs. Hiroto and the others follow. Individual
Hiroto and the others follow. There may be differences between individuals, but to Hiroto and the others, they all look like the same skeleton. Calavera stops. Valkyria also stops in midair.
“That’s her. ……”
Hiroto and Valkyria followed.
The skeletal girl turned her head.
A large ball of green light flickered in her eye socket.
She ran up to Hiroto and the others.
“Please buy some flowers …….”
She said, a sad expression on her face.
I was shocked.
Why does he only say, “Please buy flowers”? Why does she always have a sad expression on her face?
Isn’t she cursed by a spirit and can only say “please buy me flowers”? That’s right.
That’s why I couldn’t find her. If he could speak for himself, he would have been found long ago.
But why are you asking me to buy you flowers?
It’s atonement. Spirit-sama has a tendency to give credit where credit is due and to encourage remorse by making you taste your own sins.
The priest’s words came back to me,
As he turned, Darmur, his servants, Mimir, and the elves rushed toward him. “Hiroto-dono, we must hurry —-.”
“Darmur! Give me the money!”
“All the gold I can get!”
“What do you mean?
“Lend me the money.
Dalmur hands over ten gold coins.
Hiroto took them and ran to the skeleton girl.
“Give me the flowers! All the flowers I have now! Here!”
He gave her ten gold coins.
A green light flickered loudly in the skeletal girl’s eye socket.
“Thank you… Thank you…”
For the first time, words other than “please buy me flowers” came out of her mouth.
(I knew it!). Hiroto was sure of it.
The next moment, the gold coin shone.
The flower also shone.
The hand that had received the gold coin shone, particles of light enveloped the bones of the hand, and the particles spread to the bones of the body.
Then the particles became golden dolls and scattered in a big shine.
The light disappeared.
Instead, a woman with glasses wearing a white chemise appeared. She was holding a lot of flowers
She was standing with a hand full of flowers.
Behind Hiroto, a moan escaped.
Dalmur is opening his mouth. The servants are opening their mouths too. The elves are gasping. “So… Sorciel…”
Dalmur’s lips trembled.
And then he realized.
He realized that he hadn’t asked her to buy him flowers.
Dalmur and the girl ran to each other and hugged. They put their hands behind each other’s back and hugged tightly.
“Father, father, father ah, father ah ah ……”
Sorcher cried out.
“I’m a skeleton… To a skeleton…”
Darmur sobbed as he hugged his daughter. The servants rush to her and begin to weep.
Mimir was crying beside her. Valkyria’s eyes reddened a little and she sniffled. Hiroto held out his hand to Calavera. Calavera also held out her hand and squeezed it tightly.
Hiroto and the others returned to the dining room of the monastery. Sorcher was sitting in a chair, having changed his clothes. He had just had some soup a while ago.
Dalmur was squeezing Hiroto’s hand again and again.
“How can I ever thank you, ……! He had taken three wives, lost all three to stillbirth, and finally had a fourth, a daughter. …… I really wondered what I would do if I never saw her again. I really don’t know what to say. I really don’t know what to say. ……” Overwhelmed with emotion, Darmour burst into tears. Solscher was also crying next to him.
“You can thank Calavera. If it hadn’t been for Calavera, we never would have found her. We couldn’t tell which one was your daughter because they all looked like the same skeleton to us. Calaveras are skeletons.
Calaveras are skeletons, so they know that there are differences between things that look the same to us. She also remembers the characteristics of your daughter when she was a skeleton, and that’s how we were able to find her out of the crowd.”
“Oh, my…! Thank you! Thank you so much!” Dalmur grasped Carabella’s hand in both of his.
“I was only acting on the lord’s orders.”
“No! You are the best of the skeletons.” “Thank you so much, U.”
Then Darmur shook Valkyria’s hand as well.
“I didn’t do anything.”
“My daughter has told me so much about you. She told me many things. She was cold and shivering and you gave her a robe. I turned her away, not knowing that she was my daughter, but you gave her a coat. ….”
Dalmur was about to cry again.
Then he grabbed Hiroto’s hand.
“I am so grateful to you and your friends. When my daughter was in trouble, you bought her flowers. My family went to your town and came back making fun of your town.
But thou hast been kind to me and my daughter. When we were in captivity, you said you would search for us together and, as you promised, you searched and found us. You and your vampire friends are my daughter’s benefactors. I can’t thank you enough. Please let me pay for the Solms’ children’s schooling.”
“No, we’ll take care of it.”
The elf retorts.
“Then may I ask Lord Darmur for a fund?”
“There are probably many children in Solm, in Selkha, in Est, in Dexia, who want to learn but cannot. I would like to ask you, Lord Dalmur, to set up a fund to help those children, human or alien, with their schooling.”
Trelane looked at me as if to say, “No!
“I’d be happy to!”
Dalmur shook Hiroto’s hands.
“My daughter and the Auror have done wrong to the Skeletons and have been cursed by the spirits. I’m sorry.
This is the way to redeem them.”
The lords of Est, Serka and Dexia castles looked at each other and their faces lit up. Trelane, with a hard expression on his face, left the dining hall in silence.
He sighed as he walked through the corridor outside the monastery.
Dalmur must have known what the establishment of the Foundation would mean. It would provide financial support for all races, human and alien. It would be an endorsement of the Iblid system. There is anger against Darmur.
But more than that,
(He’s a terrible man. He’s a horrible man.)
Trelane thought. With the establishment of the Foundation, Est, Serka and Castle Dexia have turned to the Solms.
What a horrible man.