Yousei Bishoujo ga Nounai de Tasuke wo Motometekurundaga? ch 127


127. Friendly fire is scary

“So, do, you, mind, to explain, what this is, all about, right now.”

Kirishima said while glaring at Atsushi and Yuri with an expression as if possessed by a vengeful spirit. Her face was clearly sullen, or rather, her anger meter was broken through, to the point it didn’t show on her face.

Atsushi spoke plainly to her.

“Explanation? It is what it is.”

“Hah? Let me ask. If someone was sleeping, and that singing voice suddenly reverberate in their heads, what would happen? Honestly, they might die of shock…”

In a sense, that statement was, true.

Yuri’s sudden attack in the brain was directed at everyone inside the room, regardless of enemy or ally. Probably because she was in a state of anger that she couldn’t make fine adjustments such as, whom she should attack. In short, it was what they called “friendly fire”.

“Hmm, calm down, don’t get so angry. I mean, I understand your feeling, like really. But, it’s because of her that we’re saved from these people.”

While saying that, Atsushi pointed at the masked people who were tied up.

Yuri’s “brain recital” was as powerful as ever, knocking out all of them within a few seconds.

……Well, from the point of view of Kirishima, who was forced to listen while she was sound asleep, it was brutal. So, it couldn’t be helped that she wanted to let out her anger.

“Still… I mean, how can you be so calm after hearing that?”

“Calm? Not really. My vision was shaky until just now, and I honestly felt nauseous. I’m still dizzy even now. But, that’s all. There’s no other dangerous problem.”

“Seriously? You’ve got no problem?”

Rather, the fact that Atsushi still remained conscious, also his strong mental strength made Kirishima both surprised and dumbfounded.

After Atsushi’s dizziness was completely gone, he realized something.

Come to think of it, this is the first time I’ve heard Shirasawa’s singing.

Until today, Atsushi had been helped in many ways by Yuri’s brain recital, but he didn’t really know its power. And with this experience, he was able to affirm how dangerous Yuri’s attacks were.

“So? Why is the brave person who defeated them holding her knees in the corner of the room?”

“Ah, where to start huh… the shock of having her precious game device destroyed, and the guilt of getting us involved in her attack, are mixed together, and thus, she’s in that state.”

“I see… well, at the very least, she’s reflecting on it…”

Reflecting… wasn’t exactly the right word. Right now, Yuri seemed to have lost her soul rather than reflecting on her action.

After all, what Yuri sent with her telepathy to Atsushi was only

『“Fufu, fufufufu, fufufufufu, fufufufufufufufufufu……”』

An eerie laugh. And Atsushi fully understood that no matter what he said to her, would be meaningless for now.

“Well, let’s leave her alone for now. And shall we get to the real problem?”

“Right. Let’s hear what they have to say.”

While saying that, the two turned their gazes to the masked people.

“….. You think, we’ll just give you information?”

“Yes, of course. Listen, even though I look like this, I’m good at making people open their mouths you know. And luckily, I’ve brought along various tools just in case. Also, I just made a new drug recently. What a good timing to experiment with that, ufufufu.”

The fearless smile on Kirishima’s face reminded Atsushi, that she was a little crazy in her head. 

“Oi, what did you just say? New drug? Don’t overdo it. what if something unexpected happens? Also, I report this to the Chairman.”

“…Hey you. Can’t you read the atmosphere? Why do you want to do it peacefully in this situation? Or rather, do you think you can do something about me if you tell the Chairman? I admit that I can’t stand against him in many ways, but that doesn’t mean I can’t go against him at all, you know?”

“Alright, I gotcha. Time to email him, “Kirishima made some new strange drug again, so please give her a sermon.”……”

“Stop. His sermon is long and tedious. Really, don’t do it. Stop.”

It was hard to believe that such a word came from someone who just threatened other. Although Kirishima tried to be strong, deep down, she knew that she would have a hard time dealing Hiiragi and that she wouldn’t want that to happen.

One of the masked people opened his mouth.

“Hah, as expected, she’s the daughter of that mad founder. Did she inherit her father’s method of making people talk?”

“… inherited from, my father?”

Kirishima approached the man who said that and removed the mask.

And, the moment she saw his face, she was convinced of something.

“……I see. It was you guys after all.”

“Do you know him?”

“Yes… Well, in short, he’s a family of a “Father’s Lake” believer… surely the others too.”

Indifferently, Kirishima muttered such a thing while narrowing her eyes.


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Yousei Bishoujo ga Nounai de Tasuke wo Motometekurundaga? ch 126


126. Charging is needed almost everywhere in a modern society

『”Atsushi-san. It’s unbelievable but I can’t sleep, so let’s talk for a while.”』

『”Seriously… I thought you said you just said you were going to sleep? Did I mishear it?”』

It was midnight. The lights in the room were off and only pitch black in the field of vision.

So, getting telepathy from Yuri, Atsushi was surprised but replied back.

Sure enough, he didn’t speak out loud. After all, he didn’t want to disturb Kirishima.

『”…So? What do you want to talk?”』

『”About this case. What do you think of it, Atsushi-san?“』

『“What do I think huh… well, how should I put it, I think it’s full incomprehensible things…”』

『”I agree. After listening to Atsushi-san’s story, I can’t help but feel that it’s full of loopholes. I mean, in the first place, if you’re going to set something up, there’s no need to call your target to a place like this. The same goes for blowing up a trash can and injuring the Chairman. Regardless of how you wanted to do this, if you could do so precisely like that, shouldn’t it be better to lure your target to a better place?”』

What Yuri said wasn’t wrong.

Atsushi himself still didn’t understand the meaning of bringing him and Kirishima here. If the culprit had something to do with them, why were they brought here? Would be there a special reason for using such a place?

A secluded place like this? In that case, why not called them to some ruin somewhere?

That meant, there should be a reason why they were brought here. But then, why didn’t the culprit do anything right away?

Many things that Atsushi couldn’t make sense of. After all, he only had a little information. Perhaps too little.

『”So, about this situation that we’re in now, what do you think?”』

『”I don’t understand!”』

『”You… but, yeah, of course right…”』

Well, no one knew the answer to this situation.

『“Ah, but, I think it’s certain that Kirishima-san is involved in this.”』

『”Yeah, yeah. Also, I might have something to do with this too. Otherwise, I don’t understand the point of asking me to come here with her. Besides, I’m curious about those words that were in the game.”』

The word “Father’s Lake” was in the VR game. It couldn’t be just a coincidence, at least, Atsushi was sure it had something to do with this case.

『”When I heard that ‘Father Lake’ might be involved, I thought that the remnants of the believer came to take revenge on Kirishima or me, but… it still doesn’t make sense to me, for luring us here…”』

『”What do you mean?”』

『”If they were aiming for Kirishima to take revenge on the founder who deceived them, why they would want me to come along? On the other hand, if they still believe the founder and have a grudge against my parents who crushed their religious organization and so set their sights on me, they don’t need to call Kirishima.”』

『”Aーh, that’s true”』

As Atsushi said, it would have been easier to guess the reason if only one of them was asked to come here. Asking them both, only complicated things after all.

『“Well, it can’t be helped. Rather, it’s better to be positive. Physics, ghosts, whatever you are, bring it on!! Let’s take it easy like that.”』

『”Stop. Stop raising a bad flag, can’t you? No matter how, that phrase sounds very dangerous.”』

Atsushi commented on Yuri’s explosive remarks, even though he himself made some incomprehensible remarks.

『”Ah, hear me, I just thought about one thing… isn’t this the pattern of when the target lets their guard down and you would catch them? That’s what the situation we’re in right now, right…?”』

『”Oi, oi, oi, stop it. Don’t raise the flag even higher. But wait… you might be right.”』

The next moment after Atsushi responded.

The door of the room suddenly opened, and countless figures entered the room.

“Hm!!?”

Atsushi jumped out of the futon involuntarily and stood there.

Looked around in the dark with vigilance. Fortunately, thanks to the moonlight illuminating the room, he was able to catch the other person’s appearance in his field of vision.

Several people wearing black clothes and masks, huh…?

Atsushi couldn’t tell the gender because of the mask, but considering the posture, probably all of them were male.

Having a general grasp of the surrounding situation, Atsushi then said a few words to Yuri for the time being.

『”… Oi, look, it’s because you didn’t stop saying things like that. What should we do now?”』

『”Eh!? It’s my fault!? I mean, it’s true that I might have raised a flag, but I don’t think anyone would really expect to collect it with such haste!!”』

Yuri insisted on her innocence with all her might.

But, that aside, Atsushi opened his mouth and threw a question to the shadow.

“…Oi, who are you?”

“I have no obligation to answer. Be a good child and follow us.”

“Do you think I’ll just say, “yes”?”

“Don’t you think it’s better for you to do that?”

“Well? I wonder…”

“I see…… then it can’t be helped.”

After saying that, the masked men slowly started walking toward the three.

CRACK!!

Just a few steps, and there was the sound of something breaking.

“Ah……”

Involuntarily, Atsushi let out a voice.

It was the sound of one of the masked people stepping on “something”.

That “something” was the game device that Yuri brought. Yuri put it in on charge before going into the futon. And it was left on the floor instead of in the bag.

Naturally, Yuri, who was awake, witnessed the cruel spectacle without a blink.

“………………………………”

Speechless. Yuri was frozen on the spot, feeling as if her soul just left her body.

But, as if to tell that the soul went back to the body in a rush, telepathy was sent to Atsushi.

『”Fufu, fuhihi, hihihihihihihihhihihihihihihi―――”』

An eerie laugh was transmitted by telepathy.

Apparently, Atsushi wasn’t the only one hearing it.

“W-what is it!?”

“I can hear a voice, a woman’s voice, in my head…!?”

The masked people panicked. Their surprise was normal. Anyone would panic if they suddenly heard an eerie woman’s voice they didn’t know in their head.

But, without minding them, Yuri continued,

『”You have done it, you really have done it, you really f*cking have done it. Bastards.”』

Yuri’s words were a mixture of despair and rage. In addition, there was no light in her eyes, only murderous intent.

『”Have you gone to the washroom? How about your prayer to God? Are you ready to beg for your lives, shaking in the corner?”』

Atsushi thought.

There were only a few people who knew that those were from an anime. [TN: Hellsing]

But that aside, in short, something dangerous would happen soon.

Without a doubt, that attack, her best skill, would be showed.

『”…If so, please enjoy my performance. “Kaikaikitan” – 30 minutes endurance mode!!”』 [TN: It’s Jujutsu Kaisen OP 1]

After that.

The screams and lamentations of the masked men resounded in the room.


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Yousei Bishoujo ga Nounai de Tasuke wo Motometekurundaga? ch 125


125. Sleeping side by side isn’t only when you’re sleeping with parents

No need to confirm that the three were now half-intimidated by an unknown opponent.

However, nothing much that they could do now.

In a situation like this, as expected, it would be better to loosen the sense of tension.

And that, was what they were doing after returning to their room. But not in a way that Kirishima had expected.

“So, why are we playing Tokusatsu fighting games now of all time?”

Looking at Yuri and Atsushi, Kirishima reflexively said so.

『”What are you talking about, Kirishima-san? Speaking of spending a night at an inn, of course, it’s to play a fighting game.”』

“Why are you saying it with a tone as if it’s common sense…?’

Kirishima understood that it would be useless even if she wanted to complain, so instead, she let out a long sigh before continuing her words

“In the first place, why do you have two game consoles?”

『”That is, you know it. So that a miraculous event will happen! I mean, this way, you can play with anyone, anytime, anywhere!”』

“A miraculous event…”

“I know what you want to say, Kirishima. But I suggest that you stop there. It’s for your own good.”

『”Eh, what is it, Atsushi-san? Why did you say such a thing as if I’m the one being weird here and that there’s no point in talking further with such a weirdo?”』

“Well, seems you realize it yourself.”

Hearing their conversations, Kirishima understood that Yuri had an extremely disappointing personality, so she didn’t pry into the matter any further.

『”But even so, that, hmm… Isn’t it amazing that there is a novelist and a manga artist with a similar name to you know, ‘Japan’s two great gods of death’ ? Is this the time for a bargain sale of the death flag?”』

“A bargain sale of death flags…… Wait, what are the two gods of death?

『”Well, I mean, no matter where those two go, they’re always involved in an incident where people die. What’s more, the one with the appearance of a child and the mind of an adult, was involved in many incidents in less than a year. And the one who said, ‘In the name of my grandfather’…”』 [TN: Egawa -> Edogawa Conan and Kaneda -> another way of spelling the kanji of Kindaichi]

“Stop, don’t touch the taboo, what if something bad really happens!”

In the world, there were things that shouldn’t be touched, even if the truth behind them hadn’t been made clear.

Anyway, they continued to play games while talking.

『”So, what are you two going to do now?”』

“Even if you ask it, nothing much that we can do now.”

“The other party told us that we’re free for a while, so yeah, I’ll do that for now.”

『”……e? Are you serious? Is that really all you going to do?”』

“Of course not. We’ve been collecting information, you know? But, there’s nothing more we can get since there are almost no employees and visitors.”

“But yeah, it’s certainly strange. Even though the culprit invited us, nothing has been really done to us. Well, it’s possible that the culprit just waiting to catch our guard off…”

It had been several hours since they came here. Sure they were told to do as they please, but Atsushi couldn’t help but find it strange that nothing had happened so far.

…there’s no choice but to wait, still, I can’t help but feel uneasy…

『”Ah, hmmmp, Atsushi-san, that’s a foul, you trapped me to purposely using my special attack at the wrong time, right?!“』

Atsushi won overwhelmingly.

And, it was time to end the game and go to bed.

” ――― So, what’s with this situation?”

Atsushi, who hadn’t noticed until now, finally felt something wrong with the futon. The three futons were put side by side.

『”hm? we’re going to sleep side by side, aren’t we? Ah, what is it, Atsushi-san? Perhaps, you want the middle one?”』

“That’s not it. My question is, why are the futons stuck together?”

『”Eh, I mean, I’m scared.”』

“Why? Are you a child?”

『”Atsushi-san, think. Please think about the situation we’re in right now. Isn’t it a death flag for the one who sleeps separately in this strange situation?”』

“Still, there’s no reason to stick them.”

『”Of course, there is. I need to build a wall on my left and right. It’s for my safety!”』

“What a ridiculous reason…”

Yuri’s reason was way above Atsushi expected. Thinking further about it would only make his brain hurt. That was why he asked for help.

“Oi Kirishima, say something…”

“… Zzzz… Zzzz…”

“Really? That fast?”

Kirishima, his only hope had already fallen asleep with a casual face.

Looking at this behavior of her, Atsushi thought that she also possessed considerable mental strength.

“Both of you… as a girl, you should be cautious in this situation. I’m a man you know?”

『”Eeeh, I mean, it’s Atsushi-san. There’s no need to be vigilant, right? Rather, I feel like I can sleep soundly with peace of mind.”』

“Are you praising me or belittling me, which one is it……”

『”Of course, it’s a praise!”』

In response to Yuri’s quick reply, Atsushi wondered whether he should accept it or object to it, but he chose the former and let out a long sigh.

“Hufff… Whatever.”

And so, Atsushi also got into the futon and fell asleep.


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Yousei Bishoujo ga Nounai de Tasuke wo Motometekurundaga? ch 124


124. Being able to eat in any situation is good

『”――――I see… In other words, you both were summoned here by a mysterious person, and then this place was actually an inn built by destroying the grave of a chivalrous thief who was brutally murdered by the villagers a long time ago…”』

“Yeah, that’s right.”

『”Well, umm, is that all you have to say?… I want to comment here and there, but for the time being, the manager here is really a fearless idiot. I mean, what did that person think to build an inn on top of such a place?”』

“Yeah, I agree. But, how can you eat that amount of food in this kind of situation?”

Inside the inn’s restaurant. Atsushi, Kirishima, and also Yuri, who had just arrived not long ago, were having dinner.

Despite the situation they were in, they still needed to take care of their health. Therefore, it was only natural for them to have dinner.

However, as if to say that she didn’t care about such a thing, Yuri was having a hearty meal.

『”I can’t help it. My body has been asking for it. Think, how much physical and mental strength did I use to come this far? Besides, you can’t eat very often at a ryokan. Better think about what you should eat so that you won’t have any regrets later.”』

“Hmm, I kind of understand that feeling, but still…”

Atsushi certainly understood Yuri’s point. Everyone would want to eat as much food as they could while traveling.

If it weren’t for the situation they were in, he would have done the same.

“I’m amazed. Your way of thinking is really like a kid.”

“How can you say that when you yourself are eating a lot too? Hmm? What? Are you that hungry too?”

“……Hah? Do you have any complaints?”

“No, I don’t, but…”

“Rest assured. There’s nothing strange in this dish.”

“Oh, good that you’re affirming it. But, how can you tell it?”

“The smell, the look, the taste, and the feel when I put it in my mouth. Can’t you even think something that obvious?”

“Well… But, I see… Now it’s clear that you’re just like the Chairman, not just a normal human.”

Atsushi unintentionally said such a thing to Kirishima, who said something outrageous so naturally.

If she had supernatural power like mind control or hypnosis, or something like that, Atsushi would have an easier time accepting it. However, even though she wasn’t a psychic, she had extraordinary skills.

“――― my my, oh my, what an amazing sight.”

When Atsushi looked back at the same time he heard that, he saw Kaneda and Egawa were there.

“Eating while sandwiched between two beautiful girls, you’re sure popular.”

“Ah, hello, Kaneda-san. And Egawa-san too.”

“Well well, I never thought I would witness a harem scene at this inn. Two girls trying to win the heart of a man… Wait, this is not an impossible thing to happen. I guess? But, if you put more spice on it… the two girls’ real identities are the daughter of which parents he killed. While hiding their identities, they created a reason to bring the man to a remote inn, and there, they commit the perfect crime and make an alibi to get out of…”

Egawa put a hold on Kaneda, who was steadily entering her own world.

“Icchan, I know that everyone has the right to imagine a story, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to say it in front of a person that you used as a model.”

“Well… you’re right. Ahaha, I’m sorry~, you see, I’ve a habit of coming up with ideas as soon as I come up with them.”

“Ah, don’t worry, I don’t mind it. But, let me just say it, we’re not in that kind of relationship.”

“Eh~? Are you saying the truth, gozaru? Really, gozaru~?”

“Icchan, stop that gozaru, can’t you? It’s annoying, you know?”

Atsushi nodded in his heart to Egawa’s words.

“But, observing people is really important, isn’t it? It can expand your imagination. Seem I won’t be bored for a while.”

“? What do you mean?”

“You see. There was a group of guests that arrived just now. Quite a number too. Look over there.”

While saying that, Kaneda pointed her thumb.

Following the thumb, Atsushi saw about ten people walking.

“I think, they’re probably tourists… But still, don’t you think it’s weird? A group of people coming to stay in such a boring countryside.”

“Hmm… well, that’s true…”

“Perhaps, while pretending to be a tourist, they may actually have some other purpose? Like searching for Mutsu’s treasure. Some people believe that it exists after all.”

“Mutsu’s Treasure…? But, isn’t the story said that it wasn’t here?”

“Yes. But, it’s just a story, and a story, can be a lie, right? There are many people who believe it’s just a story to hide the treasure. Well, people who came here with such an idea, always went back with nothing. Perhaps this time will be the same.”

“But, it’s true that we can’t say for sure that there is no Mutsu’s Treasure, right? Even so, proving that there is none, is almost impossible. It’s what you call ‘probatio diabolica’”

As Kaneda said, it was almost impossible to prove.

But still. It was just Kaneda’s conclusion. Whether the treasure was actually lying somewhere out there or not, no one really knew the truth.

“Icchan, you should stop teasing these kids. Or rather, is it okay if you don’t start work soon? Didn’t you say the deadline is tomorrow?”

“Hahahaha It’s okay, it’s okay, I’m sure it’ll be somehow done by tomorrow!…. Maybe… probably… perhaps…”

“It’s so like you to say something like that.”

“Kuh…!! I mean, didn’t you say that your deadline is today? Have you done your work, no way right…?”

“Well, up until a few hours ago, I was so desperate, but now, I’ve already been released from the deadline, so I don’t care what you say.”

“Ugurh… just because you’ve been released from deadlines, you think you can say whatever you want?… Humm… Kou-chan, let me tell you, the thing called deadline will always come back. I’m sure soon you will be running away from it again!!”

“Yeah yeah. Anyway, we will excuse ourselves. See you.”

Saying that, Egawa and Kaneda left.

Looking at the backs of the two, Yuri sent telepathy to Atsushi.

『”…they both are strange people.”』

“That’s not wrong. But, I think those people probably don’t want to be told that by you.”

Atsushi couldn’t help but utter those words.


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Yousei Bishoujo ga Nounai de Tasuke wo Motometekurundaga? ch 123


123. Usually, loners have a hard time going far away alone

Yuri came to the inn, bringing many questions like how and why.

『”Hick… Hick…”』

What bothered Atsushi the most was that Yuri Shirasawa, almost lost her expressionless face and was about to cry for real.

“Wait, what really happened?”

『”Can’t you guess it!? Think, how hard it was to follow you all the way here…!! Sure, all the way to the village was okay, but after that, I realized that I had to ask people for directions, and I couldn’t do that!! After several hours wandering around without knowing left or right, I was approached by a kind woman, and somehow managed to come this far… Do you understand… how hard it was for me, an introverted person, who is also not good at communicating with others… Hick… Hick…”』

“……Eh? Could it be that you were almost in tears just for that reason alone?”

To Kirishima’s words, Yuri countered with telepathy.

『”Just for that reason, you say!!? For me, going out alone is as lonely as going to a foreign country alone!! These days, whenever I went out, I was always with Atsushi-san and others, so it was okay, but how much courage, determination, and preparedness do you think it takes to come to such a remote country alone!!? Please don’t underestimate how introverted I am!!“』

“In the first place, I think it’s a personal problem of yours… am I wrong?”

Just as Kirishima said, Yuri’s opinion was somewhat biased even among someone like her. Or rather, she clearly understood how bad she was at going out alone.

After that, Atsushi cut into the conversation.

“Well, don’t be so mean Kirishima. Shirasawa did his best to get here. Don’t be so harsh.”

“Huh? Wait a minute. Why are you on her side?”

“Ah, umm, how should I put it… It’s so rare for this girl to almost burst into tears like this, so…”

To this day, it could be counted by finger how many times Atsushi had the chance to see Yuri lose her expressionless expression.

Yuri always had a fixed face. Seeing her tattered and trying to hold tears, Atsushi thought it would be so insensitive to be so harsh at her.

“Hey, you”

Saying this, Kirishima pulled Atsushi and began to whisper.

“(Now, what should we do? With her coming here…)”

“(What should we do?)”

“(The two of us were told to come here together, just the two of us, right? If this girl is here, wouldn’t it be bad? The culprit might do something, you know.)”

“(Well, may be?… but it’s already this time, we can’t just ask her go home. I mean, even if we ask, she would definitely not do that.)”

The sun had already set and it was dark outside. In the midst of all this, it would be a bad idea to let a girl go home alone, more so from a far place.

In addition, the number of buses that connected to this village was quite limited, and the time for today’s last bus had definitely passed. Either way, nothing would make Yuri consider going back home right now.

“(… whatever happens from now on, I won’t take responsible)”

“(Got it. I’ll do something about that. Also, I’ll do my best to make her not cause trouble for you.)”

In fact, when Yuri came here, Atsushi had no intention of entrusting her to Kirishima. Or rather, entrusting the dangerous Yuri to Kirishima, would only hurt his conscience, and for some reason, he just couldn’t leave her alone.

“But, how did you know we’re here?”

『”Hick… umm, the Chairman asked me to come here. He said, “Kirishima and Atsushi may be in danger. I know where they are, so please follow them quietly.”, he told me so this morning…』

“Hm? Wait a minute. The Chairman is in the hospital right now, right? How does he know where we are?”

『“I thought about that too, so I asked, but he only told me that he got the information from a certain credible source.”』

“A certain credible source…”

Atsushi was stunned by Hiiragi’s ability to gather any information that was out of the norm.

Hmm? It’s sure strange. Yesterday, we were told to come here after we left Hiiragi’s room and were on the way to go out of the hospital, so how…

Atsushi thought Hiiragi asked Yuri to follow them because they were acting weird, but that didn’t match the timeline of events.

So how did Hiiragi find out that Atsushi and Kirishima were in danger?

However, although Atsushi was curious about it, since Hiiragi wasn’t here, he couldn’t confirm it, so he stopped thinking about it any further.

“…… Still, to follow us all the way to a place like this. I’m sure you’re just that curious about what’s going on, right?”

『”Haaah? What are you talking about, Atsushi-san? There’s no way I would just do nothing if I know that my friend is in danger!”』

“Again, how can you say that kind of thing as if it’s natural.”

『”What? You have something to complain about?”』

“No, that’s not it. I’m honestly happy to hear you said that… so, yeah… thanks, Shirasawa.”

The words were sincere.

Just the fact that Yuri was around, was enough to change the atmosphere… No, to be precise, Atsushi felt relieved. He was a little surprised by this, but he once again understood the greatness of her existence being around him.

But still,

『“By the way, Atsushi-san, have you had dinner yet? I’m, super hungry you know? I’d like to eat a high-quality beef steak, a hamburg steak, and also an assortment of sashimi.”』

“Listen. Just because you came here, don’t think that you can just demand anything you want.”

And as usual, Atsushi couldn’t help but sigh at this side of Yuri.


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Yousei Bishoujo ga Nounai de Tasuke wo Motometekurundaga? ch 122


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?”

Atsushi agreed.

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.”

“Just kidding.”

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.

Who…?

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?”

“What’s wrong?”

“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?”

“………Hm?”

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.

No way.

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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Yousei Bishoujo ga Nounai de Tasuke wo Motometekurundaga? ch 121


121. There’s no ‘too early’ in making a blunder

“Hmm… It’s quite large.”

That was Atsushi’s first impression after entering the hot spring of the inn. Other than being big, there were also several choices, each with a different color.

“Even though it’s deep inside the mountains like this, the facilities are better than I imagined. And there are many types to choose… The natural one, the electric one, there’s also a sauna… ah, there’s the one with the jet too. Amazing.”

Mutsu Hakamura was located in such a rural area that it was normal to think there would be no electricity. Even so, this inn was so well equipped that it could be said that it was perfect. Even if someone said that this place was deep in the mountains, no one would believe it right away.

On the other hand…

“But, there really aren’t many people huh… just me and that sinking woman…”

While saying such things, Atsushi first took a shower before going into the hot spring…

“Hmm?”

Atsushi felt some kind of discomfort there.

It wasn’t that there were too few guests for this big place.

It was something else,

He said the words that he just blurted out again in his mind.

Just me and that sinking woman…

That sinking woman…

…………sinking woman?!

“……. Oi oi oi oi!”

And so, Atsushi hurriedly carried the sunken woman to the dressing room, even though he was still surprised.

***************

After some time.

In the dressing room, the sunken blond woman woke up.

“Well well, it was dangerous. I can’t believe I fell asleep there. Even though it was my own fault, still…”

“But, the one who got surprised the most was me…”

Atsushi involuntarily muttered such things to the woman.

No wonder. After all, just having a woman in the men’s bath was strange enough, but she had sunken in the water. It was really not a situation anyone would ever consider any day.

For the time being, it would be bad to leave her as it was, so after they both finished changing clothes, the woman called out to Atsushi.

“But, well, thank you for helping me. Umm…”

“I’m Atsushi Yamagami.”

“Ah, self-introduction. Right. I am Kounan Egawa. Oh, it’s a pen name. A poor manga artist person who draws mystery manga.”

“I-I see… Nice to meet you.”

Atsushi gave an appropriate response.

I don’t know why but… I feel like that pen name is insanely dangerous…

In his heart, he inadvertently thought so, but he didn’t dare to say it out loud.

“But why were you in the men’s bath…… and was sunken?”

“Well~, I often come here, but this time that demon editor of mine secretly came along. And threatened me, “What the hell are you doing here, you haven’t even finished anything of your next project”… Then, I was confined in a room with only canned food to survive until a while ago. As I finished my work, I went to the bath to relax, and…”

“You mistook the men’s bath for the women’s bath.”

“Yes. Fortunately, or unfortunately, there are really few customers this time of year. I didn’t realize that I went to a men’s bath until you helped me. Well, well~, what a blunder, Hahaha…”

Egawa said with a laugh.

Indeed, she had dark circles under her eyes. Clearly, she wasn’t getting enough sleep. However, Atsushi didn’t expect her to mistake the men’s bath and the women’s bath… if there were a lot of other guests, it might have turned into a terrible situation.

“Even so, it’s rare for a customer to come here at this time of year. Usually, it’s only me and Icchan…”

“Icchan…? By any chance, are you talking about Kaneda-san?”

“Oh, you know Icchan?”

“Yeah. I just met her in the hallway not long ago.”

Judging from how Egawa called Kaneda, it seemed that the two were quite close.

From the looks, they seemed to be close in age. One was a manga artist and the other one was a novelist.

“I see, I see… By the way, why are you here, at this inn?”

“Why…? Well, there are various things…”

“Hmmm, various things, I see… Well, I won’t pry into it. But, let me say one thing.”

“What is it?”

“You shouldn’t wander around too much here at night. It seems that a certain ghost sometimes wanders around this time of year.”

“You mean that the spirit of Mutsu, which is also the name of this village?”

“Right. So you know about Mutsu huh? From what I’ve heard, it seems that Mutsu still has lingering feelings for this world, and at the time when Mutsu died, which is this season, the spirit would appear at this inn. Well, I’ve never seen it myself before.”

The story that came out of Egawa’s mouth was exactly something that could be found anywhere.

However, Atsushi felt a little skeptical about the story, so he asked.

“But why showing up at this inn?

Mutsu was once torn to pieces by the villagers. If that resentment were to go toward them, it would be against the villagers. It should be so.

So, Atsushi found that it was a bit strange for the spirit to appear in the inn, a place where people who have nothing to do with the village would gather.

“Because the place, this inn, was the place where Mutsu’s grave was.”

Egawa casually said the reason, blowing away Atsushi’s doubts.


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Yousei Bishoujo ga Nounai de Tasuke wo Motometekurundaga? ch 120


120. In a detective novel, someone may suddenly called out at you

“―――Welcome. Are you, Kirishima-sama and Yamagami-sama? I’m the owner of this ‘Mizumi Inn’, my name is Shimizu. Your room has already been prepared. Please follow me.”

Atsushi and Kirishima were guided inside the ryokan “Mizumi Inn” in the mountains.

After they were guided to the room at the farthest back, Shimizu said, “Take your time” and left the place.

Finished looking around the room, Atsushi finally opened his mouth.

“Hmm… it’s more normal than I thought, or rather, it’s a good place.”

“How can you say such a carefree thing in this situation?”

“You, are you even in a position to tell me that?”

Seeing Kirishima who was lying down, Atsushi unintentionally made such a comment.

“I can’t help it. After a long trip by train and then bus, I’m tired.”

“Well, you’re not wrong, but… hmm? What is this?”

Atsushi noticed that there was a piece of paper on the desk, so he picked it up.

「It’s free time for a while」

Just that.

That was all that was written.

“…This, is probably that. Another instruction by the guy who called us here? Really, I don’t understand… Oi, what are you doing?”

“Isn’t it written that we should take our time?

“Wait a minute, Oi. Who was the one who said to not be carefree earlier?”

“I mean, it can’t be helped even if we stay here like this. Rather, why don’t we go around the inn while gathering information?”

“I see. But, you sure are in the mood for relaxing huh?”

Even in such a situation, the conversation was so free as if there was no tension.

However, just as Kirishima said, there was no point in staying quiet here. So, gathering information should be the best move.

“…Huffff. Then, I’ll take a bath too.”

“Hey you. Even by mistake, don’t try to look into the women’s bath.”

“Shutup”

Atsushi immediately made a comment on Kirishima’s words.

***************

“Hello”

On their way to the bathroom, Atsushi and Kirishima were suddenly called out to by a woman.

She looked to be in her late twenties. She had the same black hair as Kirishima, but her hair was in a ponytail, and the color was somewhat a little bit more indigo than Kirishima’s.

“How rare. To think that there are people staying at this place at this time of year.”

“Umm…”

“Right, let me introduce myself. I’m Kaneda Ichi. Nothing but a humble novelist.”

“Kaneda, Ichi……? ”

“Ah, did you think it was a strange name?”

“N-no, that’s not true…”

“Fufufu. Just kidding. Well, it’s a pen name. It’s easier for people to remember, as it’s a little unusual.”

“I-I see……”

Certainly, Atsushi had heard that some novelists and manga artists purposedly used unusual names in order to be remembered by their readers.

“This is the place I often use when I’m thinking of new ideas for my novels, but there shouldn’t be many people coming in this season.”

“Huh? Why so? I mean, it’s the summer right now…”

“Don’t you know? This village’s lore.”

“Lore?”

Kirishima said while tilting her head. The same with Atsushi.

To such two people, Ichi began to explain.

“This place is called Hakamura Mutsu, right? The name comes from a girl named Mutsu who once lived in this village during the Warring States period. You see, Mutsu was a chivalrous thief. She picked things from a battlefield, and sometimes stole money from the wicked lord’s residence, and gave it to the poor. So, this village became a base for Mutsu’s activities.”

“Hoo~”

“But, one day, when the villagers learned of Mutsu’s true identity, they thought that Mutsu was carrying a large amount of treasure, so they deceived her, and then killed her by tearing her to pieces. After that, they went to search for the treasure but, they couldn’t find any. They found this out later, but apparently, Mutsu gave out everything to everyone, except the bare minimum of money for her to stay alive. That said, of course, she had no treasure.”

A chivalrous thief… A thief who stole money and treasures, to then give them out to poor people. Therefore, it could be guessed that such a person had nothing much to store. One should be able to understand it right away, but the villagers at that time must have been in such a desperate situation that they couldn’t even think of that.

“Now, this is the main problem…”

“Let me guess, after that, a natural disaster occurred in the village, and the villagers who thought it was Mutsu’s curse, built a grave for her, and so, this place named Mutsu Hakamura? And she was killed at this time of year, so there aren’t many tourists right now, is it?”

“Ara? Good guess.”

“No no… well, it’s just my rough guess…”

Well, Ichi talked quite a lot, so it wasn’t strange that Kirishima had a rough idea of ​​the end.

“Well, that’s not the only reason why there aren’t many customers… Ah, I’m sorry. I kept people waiting for a while. Then, please excuse me.”

Saying so, Ichi left the place.

Looking at her back, Kirishima muttered.

“I wonder what it is… The story just now is different in some places, but I feel like it’s somehow reminiscent of the village of eight….” [TN: The Village of Eight Graves, from Kindaichi Mysteries]

“Stop it.”

Atsushi strongly disapproved of Kirishima’s opinion that gave out nothing but a bad omen.


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Yousei Bishoujo ga Nounai de Tasuke wo Motometekurundaga? ch 119


119. A lodging in the mountain is mostly dangerous

The next day.

Atsushi and Kirishima were on the first train in the morning.

And, Kirishima asked Atsushi, who was sitting in front of her, a question.

“Hey, are you sure?”

“What do you mean?”

“To go out of your way to accept some stranger’s invitation… no matter how you look at it, this, must be a trap.”

“It can’t be helped. If I don’t, there’ll be more incidents.”

The reason why the two were on the train together was because of the phone call they received yesterday.

『”Tomorrow, just the two of you, come to the place I’m instructing you to come. If you don’t, more people around you will be involved.”』

As Kirishima said, it was clearly a trap. No matter how one heard it, certainly, it would sound dangerous.

But even so, they had no choice but to follow the instructions.

“You, what about your parents?”

“I can’t tell them.”

“I guess so…… Well, that’s the best choice. After all, the other party is the one who got the Chairman by surprise. Do it wrong and another victim will be the result.”

“Right…… Even though he came out almost unharmed, that Hiiragi, got scratched.”

It could be said that they trusted Hiiragi too much, but that was why, it was something that astonished them.

Above all, even though the opponent might be a small fry, the fact was Hiiragi got hurt. What the culprit would do next, Atsushi and Kirishima had no idea.

That aside, Atsushi suddenly asked a question.

“You too, are you okay? Your family…… or rather, the people you live with. Aren’t you worried about them?”

“…it’s okay. Right now, the people I live with, don’t care about me. Not that I’m hated, just that they don’t care. Whether I’m there or not. Well, thanks to that, I can move freely. So, in a way, it may be a good thing.”

“……”

Atsushi couldn’t say anything back to those words.

He had no idea what kind of environment Kirishima was in right now. No, more accurately, he couldn’t ask about it. If Kirishima was in a bad home environment, he would in some way blame his own parents.

“Well, it’s with you anyway, I’m sure you don’t have any intention of laying your hands on me, or do you? I mean, your type is a “trap”, right?“

“Oi, you, who said that and when?”

“You don’t need to hide it. I know that you made that Tsubasa of “STEP” dressed like that. You have that kind of fetish, after all. Right?”

“Why do you think that I made him wear it? But, as expected huh, you noticed it.”

Atsushi’s eyes narrowed as he said so.

Kirishima simply gave a fearless smile. Gaze at it for a while and Atsushi continued with a sigh.

“Hufff… But, this is strange. If that person wants to kill us, why doesn’t just come directly to us? There’s no need to involve the people around us just to lure us.”

“That’s true. Trying to confine us in VR games and involving Hiiragi, really, it was done in a roundabout way. But, if you think about it that way, maybe the goal isn’t just to kill us? That being said, I can think that this time it’ll something bad too.”

It was as Kirishima said.

Both didn’t know the other party’s purpose at all, more so, it was done in such a roundabout way. Just by that, it could be said, that inviting them this time also must be with some not good intentions.

“Well, what even strange is that a map and money to the designated place were sent to us.”

“Perhaps, that person thought that we would get lost? Well, this ryokan is deep in the mountains.” [TN: ryokan is a traditional Japanese lodging/inn]

Kirishima declared so while showing a map with the designated location written on it.

As Kirishima said, the designated ryokan was located in the deepest part of the mountain. Would it mean that the opponent was waiting there? Or somewhere else? In any case, as long as both didn’t know the intentions, they had no choice but to be vigilant all the time.

“But, if you look from another way… going to a ryokan deep in the mountains with a shacky train silently without telling other people, is like you know, a trip to have an affair. Uhh, so disgusting.”

“Pfft! Y-you, what the hell are you talking about!! In the first place, when did I get into that kind of relationship with you?!”

“I just said that as an example, can’t you even understand that? And, I clearly said disgusting. Also, I would never be in a relationship like that with you.”

Kirishima said clearly with a serious tone of voice, not a joke.

No, even Atsushi didn’t expect such a thing, so he didn’t intend to deny it, but… he couldn’t help but wonder how could Kirishima say so frankly. Even he, didn’t expect it to be told that so clearly. As a man, it hurt his heart a little.

“A-Anyway, I don’t know what will happen from now on. So, please be alert.”

“I know.”

Kirishima replied with a sullen look.

Then, the two headed toward their destination.

Getting out of the train, Kirishima said,

“But that’s sure a strange name, what was it again?――― Mutsu Hakamura, right?… For some reason. I feel a very dangerous vibe from that name. More specifically, it feels like in a village where every year, people die when they stay in a certain room…”

“Stop. That remark is dangerous.”

For some reason, Atsushi sensed danger from Kirishima’s remarks, so he stooped her.


TN: Mutsu Hakamura, 陸奥墓村 in raw, which from the kanji, it can be roughly interpreted as, the inner part of a grave village, that’s why, she made such an assumption. Which also, this name is a reference to “the village of eight graves”, which in Japanese called “八つ墓村” (Yatsu Hakamura), and btw, Mutsu, if not written in that Kanji could also mean six

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Yousei Bishoujo ga Nounai de Tasuke wo Motometekurundaga? ch 118


118. Only a super human who can evade an explosion

Caught in an explosion.

Hearing these words, normally, no one would immediately think that the victim would be able to come out safe. That was a natural reaction. After all, it was an explosion. It was different from being hit by a car or falling down a flight of stairs. Almost zero chance to be safe.

That should be common sense, but…

“… So, why are you still alive?”

Seeing Hiiragi, who was sitting upright in a hospital bed, Kirishima instinctively asked so.

Even though hospitalized, Hiiragi’s body showed almost no injuries. Only a few scratches on his arm. Overall, was in perfect condition.

No one could believe that such was the body of the person who just got caught in an explosion.

“Well, as soon as I got close to the trash can, I felt a strange premonition. And strangely, when I raised my vigilance, sure enough, that happened, and then, as you can see.”

“Even though you were wary because of bad premonition… that alone is not enough. I mean, just because you were wary, how could you just end up with wounds like that, really, it’s unbelievable.”

Atsushi agreed with Kirishima’s words.

Just by the fact that Hiiragi felt uneasy, his ability to perceive danger had already surpassed that of humans. And, even more surprisingly, was that he survived the abnormal event of the explosion with almost no injuries.

And above all, what was scary was that Atsushi would just think “As expected of Chairman”, and he started believing that it wasn’t that strange.

“That being said, even though it’s light, it’s not that I’m completely unscathed. According to the doctor, it’s only a minor cut, but I hit my head when the explosion blew me away. So, I want to check if anything inside is really fine. Huff… Seriously, I didn’t expect to end up being investigated in a hospital this time.”

Hiiragi muttered such a thing while shaking his head left and right.

“… Well, it doesn’t look like a serious injury. Good for you, I guess.”

“Oh. Kirishima. Perhaps, did you worry about me?”

“That’s not it. I was just stating a fact… More than that, Chairman. Look, what do you think of this?”

No one thought that this explosion was a coincidence.

After all, it was an explosion. Moreover, it happened as soon as Hiiragi approached the vending machine, so the timing was too good to be just a mere coincidence.

Considering that, it could be assumed that this wasn’t an accident.

Even more when it happened not long after ‘that’ incident.

“I’m pretty sure, about 90%, this has something to do with the recent hacking incident…… although, there’s no evidence to link it. So, the police won’t be able to do anything about it.”

“For real…”

“That’s just how it is. The police can’t move carelessly without decisive evidence. And as I said, the possibility is about 90%, so the possibility that it’s not related at all is not zero. In addition, it’s just strange.”

“Strange? Why so?”

“It seems that nothing resembling explosives materials was found in the trash bin that exploded. Even the police, were puzzled.”

“Really……”

Normally, if a bomb was used, whatever kind of it was, a trace would be left somewhere.

This time the explosion wasn’t huge. However, it was strange to say that nothing could be found.

“Combined with that point, it seems that the police, won’t be able to put up escorts right away. In the first place, I can’t even prove that it really targeted me. But… there is that recent hacking case. So, both of you, please be careful. If this really has something to do with that, I’m sure, this won’t be the end of it.”

Without being told, Atsushi and Kirishima were also going to be cautious from now on.

However,

But,

“Are you,  even in the position to say that?”

“Right. I mean, look, if the target is really you, the culprit has failed gracefully. But, that means, you’re still the target.”

This time, the culprit seemed to aim at Hiiragi. But, far from failing to kill Hiiragi, the culprit could barely injure him. At the same time, that would mean that the chances of him being targeted again wouldn’t be small.

“Hmmm. You’re right. Then, I should start preparing for it.”

“Wait, before that, focus on healing your injuries first, can’t you…?”

Far from being frightened, Atsushi and Kirishima realized that there was no need to worry about Hiiragi as he had already thought about how to fight back.

After a few more conversations, the two left the hospital room.

At that moment, the ringtone rang from Kirihima’s phone.

“Call? I wonder who….. ah, you can go first.”

“Got it.”

After answering to Kirishima’s words, Atsushi walked straight to the waiting area.

There was someone, who was waiting on a couch.

It was Tsubasa.

“Ah, Ak-kun. That guy, is he okay?”

“Yeah. He’s injured, but it seems just a light one. It doesn’t seem to be heavy enough to leave any scars.”

“I’m glad~”

“Sorry, for making you worry about various things. Anyway, let’s go back home. I’ll drop you off at the station.”

“No worries~ I want to stay at Ak-kun’s place instead of going to the station, can’t I~?”

“Don’t be selfish. Didn’t you say that you have work early in the morning tomorrow? Anyway, if you don’t start moving, I’ll leave you…”

“Hey. Wait a minute.”

At that moment,

Kirishima, who had just received the call, was standing behind Atsushi.

“What’s wrong, Kirishima? Why’re you making that face.”

“…………Someone wants to speak with you.”

“? me? why though?”

“Stop asking…… here, quickly.”

Kirishima looked grumpy, no, she was clearly grumpy and somewhat nervous.

Sensing her clearly strange behavior, Atsushi picked up the phone.

“Hello”

『”Hello, you’re Atsushi Yamagami, aren’t you?”』

“…Who are you?”

『”Oho, you don’t need to be so alert. Well, it can’t be helped, I guess? That aside, I have to say hello properly. I’m a mediocre hacker. And also, the guy who nearly blew your friend away. Nice to meet you. Now, that I’ve said it, can I talk to you for a minute?”』

In an instant,

Atsushi’s grip on the mobile phone had become stronger.


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