Ex Strongest, Talking to a Suspicious Person Again
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As soon as they discovered his figure, Aina gave a surprise voice.
It seemed that she didn’t noticed him.
Soma shrugged his shoulder toward Aina who opened eyes wide.
“Hmm… although you were told by Lina before, Aina is certainly a bit lacking in the observation and vigilance toward the surrounding.” (Soma)
“Rather, why did you notice him? Eh? Could it be that I was the only one who didn’t notice him…?” (Aina)
“No, I also didn’t notice him.” (Lina)
“…Yeah, me too.” (Sheila)
“So, it’s not only me!” (Aina)
“No, no, even if it’s not just Aina, there is still no difference that Aina’s observation and vigilance aren’t good enough, right?” (Soma)
While exchanging such a trivial talking, the person with a black robe came over.
There was no mistake for someone else when seeing that appearance, and… since the person was covered in a black robe, there was still a possibility that he was different person. However, if they normally considered, that possibility didn’t exist.
Besides, the surroundings where Soma’s group was noisy, but although there weren’t many people this time, he was clearly not attracting attention from the surroundings.
His robe was probably having similar secret like Sheila’s, or it might be that he was doing something about it.
If a person could do such a thing, such a thing like having different person dressed in that black robe would be unthinkable.
There should be no mistake to judge him as the same person as last time.
Nevertheless, they didn’t think for what reason he was getting closer.
“Now, I think that there is no doubt that you are bringing some hint, right?” (Soma)
“Hmm… it is helpful if the talk can progress soon, but there is nothing to be surprised about. Besides, I am afraid since you have seen me through.” (??)
While saying such a thing, even though his voice showed that he was amused, the feeling of him wanting to give the hint was overflowing.
Soma shrugged his shoulders again while thinking how far was his true intention.
“Are you saying that… you came here to tell how to use this?” (Lina)
“Correct. It is necessary, right?” (??)
“…That is true, but don’t you think your timing is too perfect? I mean, how did you arrive to this place? We directly came here with a carriage, but…” (Aina)
Aina clearly put up vigilance toward him, but of course, that was obvious.
There was no reason not to alarmed in this situation.
Besides, this situation was way too convenient for them.
“Well, it’s been pointless accumulating in me for years. With this much of trick, I know it somehow or rather.” (??)
As expected, although nobody wanted to completely believe him, it was also a fact that they had no clue at the moment.
The only difference were where they could get the information, or from who or how suspicious was the information.
They also had no acquaintance in this place, so unless the information was from the guild, there wasn’t much difference.
If that was the case, listening to the information from this person who seemed to know about the orb even a little wasn’t really a bad thing.
Even if he was more suspicious than others.
“So, would you like to listen?” (??)
“…Yeah, sure.” (Sheila)
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As he said so while displaying an indication of laughing, what the man told was that the orb wasn’t something that could be simply used.
Rather, the orb was something like a key.
“Key, is it? Well, even if you say that, it doesn’t look like a key…?” (Aina)
“…So, where is the essential item for this orb? Well, I can somehow guess it.” (Lina)
“…Yeah, it was in a ruin. If that’s the case…” (Sheila)
“Keke, oh my, our discussion proceeds really fast. Well. Yes, you are right.” (??)
“…Haaa. In other words, it is necessary to make a move again. Of course, that is normal since we are traveling, but we were travelling just recently.” (Aina)
“Well, there is no choice around here, so I guess we have to accept it. Besides, we can complete the first step with this right?” (Lina)
“Hmm, I’ll guarantee it. Well, I don’t know if what is waiting is what you guys want.” (??)
After telling the play and the route to go there, he immediately turned around and left them.
As soon as they recalled, the surrounding noises returned.
“Hmm… well, for the time being, should we concluded that our next objective has been decided?” (Soma)
“Isn’t this a bit straight forward?” (Aina)
“However, that is the fact. …By the way, Nii-sama.” (Lina)
“Hmm? What is it?” (Soma)
“No, I felt this since a while ago. You didn’t talk much, so I thought something happened.” (Lina)
“…That remind me, not to mention the beginning, you didn’t talk much from the middle.” (Aina)
“No, I was thinking a bit at that time. You don’t have to worry about it.” (Soma)
As Soma said that while shrugging his shoulders, despite getting a doubtful stare, it seemed that the two finally convinced.
The only person who gave a motionless look, but Soma just returned it with a bitter smile.
It really wasn’t something to worry about.
At least for the time being.
“Although this might be expected, we should depart soon. After we finish the celebration this time, we should rest overnight and hopefully we can leave tomorrow morning.” (Soma)
“Celebration? Even though we are not getting treasure this?” (Aina)
“It may be a failure as an adventurer indeed, but we have made another progress.” (Soma)
“…Yes, you’re right.” (Sheila)
“If you say that, I guess that is true then…” (Aina)
“Well then, I’m going to have a lot. Excuse me!” (Lina)
After that, they finished the feast a bit sooner, and they went to bed a bit early too.
There was nothing else they could do. Plus, they were exhausted not only from travelling by carriage but also from exploring the ruin.
They were fast asleep, and woke up in the early morning.
As the town began to get bustling, Soma’s group left town while being shaken by a carriage again.
“Hmm… somehow, I feel like we’re going to get used to go to ruins soon.” (Soma)
“Indeed. I had thought of that for a bit in the beginning, but this time, I finally came to that conclusion.” (Aina)
“Well, it is normal to feel that if we repeatedly move and explore this much.” (Lina)
“…It is actually my first time to do this over again.” (Sheila)
Five days later, Soma’s group stood in front of the ruin.
They didn’t leave Jodl Barony this time.
However, the place seemed to be far away.
It was nearly as big as the nearby town, Yeasta.
Speaking of the guild, it was bigger than the one in Yeasta… No, it might be rude to Doris to compare it.
Although she was there as a substitute, it didn’t feel that she was very motivated.
Even though it was alright if there was something, but… well, there was nothing for Soma’s group to worry about when they were in this place.
Anyhow, since there was such a feeling, they came to this place even though they couldn’t gather a lot of information, but…
“Even so… this type of ruin is our first time, huh?” (Soma)
“If you say that, we had been seeing new type of ruin until now, but.. it is completely different from the former two ruins. By the way, didn’t anyone really notice this ruin? Although there is a barrier, someone should be aware of it.” (Aina)
“…Yes, it might be because of the barrier, isn’t it? …Perhaps, if I don’t know that there is a ruin here, I won’t think about approaching this place.” (Sheila)
“Yeah, it is certainly feel ominous, and you might not think to come close too much.” (Lina)
“Nevertheless, there must be people who are trying to approach this place if they are adventurers, but… they probably don’t go here because it is located at the outskirt of the Barony rather than because of the barrier.” (Soma)
To put it briefly, it was a forest.
The trees grew thicker more than the Demon Forest. Rather, this forest was more appropriate for the name of the Demon Forest.
However, it was also a ruin.
It was assimilating with the forest… No, perhaps, the ruin was already there while being assimilated.
“I can’t confirm the scale, but… well, I guess an ancient ruin is something look like this.” (Soma)
“…Yes. There are also things where the appearance and the inside are completely different.” (Sheila)
“As expected, with this kind of ruin, it shouldn’t be there. Besides, if compared to that, it should be better… right?” (Aina)
“Well, for the time being, we just have to go inside.” (Lina)
“Hmmm. There is no way to confirm just by looking at it, so shall we go?” (Soma)
The girls nodded in Soma’s words.
Then, the four of them entered the ruin.
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