122. Sometimes the person you mentioned suddenly comes up
After returning from the bath, Atsushi told Kirishima the story about the inn.
“Huh? What’s wrong with the owner of this inn, how could you just destroy such an important grave?”
“Well, it seems that this place was the best location at that time. So, the villagers’ opposition was crushed, and the tomb was crushed.”
“What kind of nerves do you have to be so brave to build an inn on top of a grave just because the location is good…”
Kirishima muttered while holding her head.
Atsushi agreed with her. Destroying a grave to build an inn… Who would come to travel to such a place if it was widespread? Normal people definitely wouldn’t.
“Well, since then, around this time of year, strange figures have always been seen at the inn. The ghost of the dead Mutsu has been angry that people destroyed the grave, and thus the spirit was said to be wandering around this season. Or so I heard.”
“Ghosts…… what a ridiculous story.”
It didn’t sound like Kirishima was trying to be brave. She really sounded sincere when saying so. Apparently, she didn’t believe in ghosts or anything like that.
As for Atsushi, he was half and half. He didn’t believe in ghosts, but he didn’t think that it would be strange if they were truly out there.
Nevertheless, if you destroy someone’s grave and build an inn on top of it, it wouldn’t be strange for the spirit to come out wandering around the inn.
Anyone in the same position, would likely do so.
And Mutsu’s grave was built to appease her anger. If it was crushed, it would be natural to get angry.
“But well, there are bizarre beings like you in the world, so it wouldn’t be strange if there are people who believed in ghosts.”
“Oi, who’s bizarre? If it’s Shirasawa, well, you might be correct. But not me.”
“To bring her name out now, you’re quite shameless, aren’t you?…. anyway, whether that ghost story is true or not, that’s not the real problem. The real problem is, why both of us were called to come here of all places, right?”
Leaving aside ghosts and such for now, that was the important point for now.
“Judging from the letter telling us to come here, the suspect is definitely at this inn.”
“If that’s the case, is one of the employees here the one who called us, or one of their associates? I mean, this room was locked and opened when we came here.”
“Right, it’s reasonable to think so, if only this place is normal…”
“What is it? Do you have any concerns?”
“Yeah… I wonder if it’s okay to have such a short-sighted idea.”
A letter in a locked room. It would be natural to assume that it was put there by one of the employees. But, would such a well-prepared culprit leave behind easy evidence? Atsushi didn’t think so.
“… So. What is it?”
“Well. You see, there are really few customers. No, not only customers, but also the employee, it’s almost like this place has no employees. Other than the one at the entrance, who also seems to be the owner, I could only find one other person. I tried to talk to that employee, but apparently, that person was just recently hired and didn’t know much about this place.”
“I see… there really aren’t many people here huh…”
Atsushi also walked around the inn alone, but there weren’t many people that he saw. No, to be more precise, it should be said that the number of people wasn’t appropriate for the size of the inn.
“Just because people don’t come at this season, still, this number of customers is a bit abnormal.”
“Yes. Perhaps there are still some suspicious things about this inn… but it’s useless to talk about it here, so let’s go out and have dinner.”
“Oi oi… are you going to eat in this situation?”
“Of course. If you’re hungry, you won’t be able to do anything, right?”
“Well, that’s right, but…”
“Don’t worry. If there’s poison or strange medicine in it, I’ll be able to identify it properly… No, in this case, should I just identify only mine and keep yours silent…?”
“Don’t play tricks just because Chairman isn’t around.”
Despite all that, Kirishima had a serious face. Perhaps it was just Atsushi’s imagination? Well, in any case, even Atsushi was getting hungry too.
“I mean, you don’t? I’m really hungry you know, so let’s hur――”
Before Kirishima could finish her words,
KNOCK!! KNOCK!! KNOCK!!
They heard knocking sounds on the door.
The sudden knocking makes the two nervous, but for the time being, Atsushi opened the door.
It was the owner who was standing there.
“Excuse me. I’m very sorry to disturb you, but could I ask for your time?”
“Nothing, but, um… what should I say… this is the first time for us for something like this to happen, and we don’t know how to deal with it…”
The owner said so with a somewhat troubled face. Judging from the situation, Atsushi had a bad feeling.
Could it be… someone who called us did something?
He was thinking that…
“A woman who claims to be a friend of dear customer has arrived…… what should we do?”
A woman who called herself a friend of theirs.
Although it was just that much information, Atsushi suddenly had the image of a girl rushed to his mind.
Nah, it can’t be.
While thinking that it must be impossible, Atsushi was guided by the owner.
『”A, Azujiza~~n!! Fai, fain, finally, I met youuu~~~!!”』
“……What are you doing here, Shirasawa?”
There, Yuri who was as usual, expressionless, was for some reason screaming in telepathy.
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