Strange Grief Wants to Retire ~The Weakest Hunter’s Hero Dream~ - 112.1
Chapter 112 Exciting Vacation ②
In the midst of the peacefulness, we received a report from the coachman that the next town was in sight.
I was worried about the potion Sytry threw, but I guess I was worried for nothing.
Originally, my hunches rarely came true. We might have encountered a lot of misfortune in the past because of my bad luck, but it was also mainly the cause of my prudent personality.
I removed Liz who had closely snuggled next to me and stucked my head out of the window to see the town.
In general, the towns in Zebrudia are quite developed. This time the destination was also a town surrounded by a thick outer wall and had quite the reasonable defense capabilities. It was inevitably small compared to the Imperial Capital but it is not like I am particularly into big cities.
As I excitedly peeked into the town like a child, what I saw was ―― A town with a more heavy atmosphere than I had expected.
Outside the splendid cocoa colored outer wall, an unusually high number of soldiers was patrolling from a distance, moreover we can also see multiple robed mages over there. Multiple soldiers were lined up on the upper part of the outer wall and a caution flag with vertical lines on a red background was fluttering.
As they were not restricting the access into the town, it didn’t look like there was a big problem but there were clearly more carriages leaving the city than there were going in.
Sytry poked her head out from behind me when I was silent and stared in wonder.
“Ara. Seems like there is something going on over there…… A red flag with vertical lines ―― It looks like they have a problem involving Monsters.”
“Eh? Whatwhat? Is it dangerous?”
Hearing Sytry’s voice, Liz, who was full of energy, stuck her head on my back, looked at the flag and then said in a boring tone.
“What, it’s just a red flag. It doesn’t look like they are on high alert, it’s so boring.”
She is…… Too accustomed with incidents. Certainly, there were more full red flags raised during our adventures than I can remember.
The standard of flags raised were somewhat the same everywhere. Of course, I had seen them in the Empire but also in other countries and I had also seen some with unusual patterns in small villages. In towns where demon’s habitat are close to the town, the flags are raised quite a bit, and in this case, it isn’t strange that the flag is raised as there is a forest nearby.
From my experience, in the case where a red flag alerting Monsters danger was raised, there was a fifty percent chance that it would be troublesome and among those there was a twenty percent chance that they would be really dangerous.
“We have…… Skipped this stop last time. We did that because we couldn’t predict how long it would take to capture the 【Night Palace (Castle of Myriad Demon)】……”
“Well, if we wanted to take a break, this place wasn’t exactly in the same direction. And we weren’t that tired either.”
As if the carriage knew what we were talking about, the carriage came to a screeching halt.
Tino was the only one who sounded anxious. At the same time as I was reassured to have the strongest lineup such as Liz and Sytry next to me, I also sympathize with Tino’s anxious feelings.
I crossed my arm and started brooding for the first time in a while.
This time the situation was different from Elan, our previous stop. We didn’t expect the attack of the Thunder Spirit but this time we know that something was going on (Even though we didn’t know the details).
It wasn’t like there was absolutely a need to resupply right now, nor were we following a schedule. If it was my usual self, I would choose to avoid this place without even thinking twice about it. Having only Liz and Luke running straight into danger was more than enough for me.
But, however, you know.
Normally, I would have chosen to avoid this place but…… Gula1 is a town famous for its chocolate. It is too blasphemous for me, a hidden sweet tooth, to avoid this town.
The chocolates themselves are famous so it can be found in the Imperial Capital but the manager of my favorite confectionery shop told me this. It seems there is a shop that serves a special chocolate parfait in Gula. And you can’t eat it if you don’t enter the town.
I am at a loss. Do I pick safety or sweet?
From my experience, it was very likely that it wouldn’t be a big deal if they were only at that level of alert, I think. At the very least, if a Thunder Spirit appeared, there would be more fuss around.
…… Ahh, I want to eat something sweet.
“………… Is, is there something wrong, Master?”
I looked at Tino who had been quiet like a small pet despite travelling with her two Onee-sama.
I was not the only one who was curious about it. I am a hidden sweet tooth but more than anything, I want to let this honest, hard-working Kouhai eat that enchanting chocolate parfait. Liz and Sytry aren’t good with sweets but spoiling her from time to time is fine, right?
I raised my hand to my chin and mumbled.
“…… I kind of want to give Tino something good to eat.”
“Eh!? Eeeh!? For, for me!? Master?”
“Cry-chan, so kinddd. But it is irritating so Ti will do two thousands push-ups later, got it?”
The problem was that they were likely to ask us to help them resolve the situation when we get into the town.
To get inside the town, you need to present your identity card. In Hunters’ case, your identity card had your certification Level marked on it ―― Well, it’s true that your level plays a role to determine if you are trustworthy or not, but in the case of an emergency situation like this one, nine out of ten I would be called out.
Originally, High Level is the sign of being competent and the Empire favors High-Level Hunters so I am not in the position to complain but on the inside I am fed up about this fact.
All I had to do was to refuse their request for help but because I am carrying 《First Step》 and 《Strange Grief》 name on my back… But above all else, I am easily influenceable and easily swept by the mood, so I always end up doing something about it. Like dumping it on Tino.
“Uuuun. Well, it is a vacation……”
I wish I could do something about it. I wonder if Sytry can help me.
As I sighed and didn’t look at no one in particular, a reliable Sytry *pon* hit her hand.
She lowered her voice and whispered in my ear.
“Cry-san, I don’t mean to be impertinent but ―― You want to get into the town without letting people know who you are, don’t you? For me ―― We have two ways to do it. Between changing others or changing yourself, which one do you prefer?”
“Aaaah, isn’t it fine to just climb over the wall and sneak in? I am ready to go anytime!”
Changing others or changing yourself, huh…… I wonder what you plan on doing.
Sytry *nikoniko* smiled and waited for my answer. It was always my job to make the final decisions.
I stopped Liz from jumping out by patting her bad head and nodded strongly.
Thanks for reading!
Sytry always so prepared, if she only had a fake ID for Cry and her I would have thought that would have been for their elopement but as it is not, it is probably for when the whole party made a big crime like destroying a the capital or something XD
Couldn’t upload the chapter earlier because I had to talk about Danmachi episode 8, it was beautiful. See my block of text below in Review Corner XD
Tchao à plus!
Danmachi Episode 8 Review Corner:
Let’s start with the beginning! Dix getting axed by Asterios, then Bell firering that Firebolt at Loki Familia (too bad it didn’t graze Bete but whatever).
Right after Bell left, the Xenos came and got rekt by Tiona, Tione and Bete. Good thing Finn told them to capture the Xenos alive. And lol at Aruru for trying and Welga (The wolf) for picking her up XD
That Fels summoning his trump card but to get it rekt by Tiona was awesome, his face (skeleton) was precious XD. And why did the Golem explode??? Even at the end Tiona posed by turning her back to it! It was like Power Ranger, so funny! XD It made me recalled “The Red Ranger Becomes an Adventurer in Another World”: Why is my Golem exploding even though it didn’t have any explosive in it!!! (I really want to read what happens next!)
Ikelos (Dix’s god (you know the jersey guy)) was funny to laying on the ground and posing, then yelling like a crazy when Gareth jumped down XD
And then Asterios showed up! Oh man, that howl passing across everywhere in Deadalus. The fight with Bete, Tiona, Tione ending with the magic sword was good but when Aiz intervened it went epic!!! Her saying Tempest then Aerial made me have goosebumps. Then the high speed fight, that footwork they showed. And as usual when fightning a Minotor you face need to be covered in blood at some point! Even Hestia couldn’t belittle Aiz and finally said her full name! She was that EPIC!
Back to Bell pursuing Wiene but had to fire at other adventurer to stop them from hurting Wiene, but sadly they were just controlling the route Wiene took and end up in a trap (This a trap meme). And finally that lance piercing Wiene, Bell was soooo close. Now that I think of it, Gran getting squashed like a Goomba (in Mario) was also funny but at that moment I couldn’t laugh. Bell shielding Wiene from the fall like a boss but it was already too late. Wiene saying her final word while turning to dust (insert Bell I don’t feel so good meme), was tear-jerker. I knew what was coming but damn those invisible ninja cutting onions in front of me.
Then music started to play (繭色 Cocoon Color by Sajou no Hana). Man. Man… MAAAAAN! Fels’ chant and the music was beautifuuuul! Gros and Rei flying next to the pillar of light was nice! The sky splitting when the pillar vanished was top! The Xenos gathering to see the miracle and Wiene resurrection was pure gold!
Fels telling that Dia Orpheus had taken one of his skill shots during 800 years but never worked but at the end it was worth it was so good. You can see that he cursed that magic because he saw people he probably cared about die but couldn’t save but finally found peace by succeeding at such a crucial time.
And Bell tearing up with Wiene in his arm was majestic!
Some people may say that Fels Ex Machina is too cheap and Wiene should die so Bell have character development (Even though he will have even if she didn’t die because in Bell mind, he understood that he couldn’t save her so he have to move forward and get stronger so their dream can come true but you will see it later.), I will say I don’t care! That moment was beautiful and if you tell me between choosing Ace (in One Piece) dying in Luffy’s arm or him staying alive, I would 100% pick him staying alive!!
And finally, the post credit scene, Bell doesn’t regret his action but is still conflicted because of what Dix told him (Bell being a bat(Batman!) and being a hypocrite) but Fels tell him that only hypocrite can become hero, only those who follow their conviction through the end, even if the word is telling them is wrong have the right to become a Hero! Nice speech! Just like Touma in To Aru Index NT10 fighting against the world after finding an understanding with Othinus (NT9 and NT10 was Epic, it’s the same as Bell, fighting against the world to save a girl)!
There was a French blog talking about this, I quite like what he said about Argonaut and Heroisme linking everything to Bell’s story (Link review volume 10 here and link Argonaut Heroisme here).
Bell going to see the consequence of his action and Eina telling that she doesn’t believe Bell and hugged him because she knew that he isn’t someone who prioritises money before live showed that even if everyone is against you there will be people believing in you because of your connection and your past action.
Aiz and Asterios’ fight was epic! Wiene dying & last word with Bell was beautiful and tragic (it didn’t make me cry, it was just some invisible ninja cutting onions) and Fels Ex Machina was pure art! Standing ovation for JC Staff!
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