Chapter 33 .
"What are you doing with that"
The person narrowed eyes curiously as he looked at me heating a piece of iron that I had pinched with a piece of stick that had fallen around there.
"It's a kind of self-defense.
When those two guys from earlier return, I'm going to hit them with this piece of hot steel".
'That's kind of, well, an original way to do it.
----- No, wait Could this be a surprisingly revolutionary way"
I am very sorry to be talking to myself like that, but this is a defensive measure against those guys.
I don't know how to get home, so I have no choice but to follow him, but if I find myself in a situation where the hideout I was led to is full of enemies, I'm going to use this to cause a steam explosion.
Just in case.
I don't trust anyone here.
Whether aware of my warnings or not, person continue to lead the way without a hint of concern.
Person must know the area well, because person is moving easily through the slum, where the ground is not easy to walk on.
"The ground there is very muddy, so be careful."
I felt a little sorry for doubting him.
I'm going to try to change the mood by chatting with him.
"Speaking of which, are there any magicians who can use the wind attribute in the hideaway"
"How did you know"
I've made him wary of me.
The man have separated from me.
Don't underestimate the communication skills of a former shut-in NEET nerd!
I can widen the gap between us like this!
I thought that he was spending time in an environment where wind magic was commonplace.
The man who were warned earlier, but now suddenly seem to be laughing in a friendly way.
This change in feelings.
What did you call me, the black-hearted racoon dog It's just that you try to get to know people through conversation, just like my father".
Is your father's name Nicolas, by any chance
"No, his name is Yorg."
What a surprise.
I thought he had an illegitimate son.
'Is Nicolas one of those people who talk like this'
It was like I was talking to my father."
The man smiled at me .
I didn't know it was a minefield, so I stepped through it.
I think he and Mr.
Yorg will hit it off, then.
I'm looking forward to meeting you at the hideout.
Words to make me pause.
The moment we heard them, the expressions on the men's face twisted into a frenzy.
"My father is, you know..."
I wondered if he was already dead.
The man looked at me from the front, thinking so.
"I am sorry.
I'll tell you all about it at the hideout."
The man said this in the same tone of voice as before, forcibly concealing with a smile a face distorted with hatred.
Then we kept moving, heading deeper into the slums.
'It's very unsafe around here, isn't it"
Cracked ground, collapsed houses.
The worst scene is that blood stains and corpses are everywhere.
I was astonished to learn that such a hell exists in the darkest part of Arlegalia, the royal city that had boasted so much glory.
"It was fine until a while ago, But after those masked guys came, everything started to go bad".
'Those guys came here recently"
Yes., maybe in the last few months.
They destroyed the organization that rules this area and made a total mess of everything.
The organization that rules this area, maybe the biggest anti-social force in the slums.
That was overthrown by the evil cult, and the security in this area, which had broken away from their powerful rule, became the worst.
Why did they need to do that
It would not be easy to destroy an underworld organization.
It is a dangerous measure that could have resulted in deaths on the side of the Ulgor Evil Order.
And the only thing that the cult would gain by daring to disrupt the royal capital is....
Oh, I see.
It makes sense if those guys who are after Crescencia would do something to her in the midst of the turmoil.
The martial arts tournament in a month's time falls on the 500th anniversary of the founding of the country, so the royal family will get some public time.
If the men are not enemies, let's join forces and help crush them.
This must be some kind of power if he calls it a hideout...
"Here we are."
"Thank you for the guide", .
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the building he pointed to.
What This No, this is an old abandoned building.
What I saw in front of me was a half-destroyed building.
It was so shabby that it looked as if it would collapse at any moment.
Two boys, a girl, and an old man, who clearly did not seem to be a serious person, came out of the ruins of the hideout.
It was this old man who called the men a" young master".
I mean, I guess when he says young master, he must be a man, but some people call him Kaine-chan or Kaine-sis, and I really don't know the gender of this person , Kaine.
"So your name is Kaine."
Sorry for the delay in introducing myself."
"No, , no.
I don't think you're my ally ------."
The people here and one more person, that's all of them.'
Are you stupid enough to fight against the evil cult
If it was a small group of elite, they would be mostly children.
Oh, I'm a kid, too
A few minutes later, the kids were back inside the abandoned building, and only me, Kaine, and the old man who called Kaine " Young Master" were outside.
"Are you sure you want to bring him in, young master'
"I don't know yet if he will be one of us."
" I am against it.
It is because our previous leaders brought such a suspicious fellow into our ranks that we are in the mess we are in now.'
"I know that! But what else can we do Only I and my grandfather can go toe-to-toe with these people! If this boy is on our side, we might be able to do a lot more!"
'That's true, ------ but it's dangerous.
I can understand if he is the same age as me or you.
But such a young child has just crossed paths with these guys! It's dangerous, no matter how you look at it!"
I left him and poked my nose into their heated conversation.
"What is it"
The old man's obviously wary gaze is painful.
The fact that he doesn't hide his hostility makes it easier for me to be more cautious, but it's always better not to accept something like this, right
"The conversation you just had makes it sound like Kaine is the heir to the organisation that ruled the underworld, doesn't it"
If that's the case, then the Kaine showed makes sense.
Because his father was killed by those guys.
"Yes, that's right.
I will tell you everything about our situation, including that, and then you can think about you want to help us."