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Chapter 60 – Parting Place
The number….it’s about 30 people. That’s quite a large amount for a party.
That guy walking at the front is likely to be the party leader.
I noticed that he’s decked out in high class equipment. The guy then gave me a strange smile.
I’ve never seen such a smile before.
Who are you….? I grasped the black sword even tighter as I stood there.
『Calm down, Fate.』
[Yeah, but I feel that that guy will be a problem.]
Unaware of my thoughts, he arrived. He still kept the smile even as he begun talking to me.
[Hi, my name is Norden Alistair. You are really strong. I’ve been watching you from afar and yet, I can still feel your overwhelming might. May I know your name?]
Norden said while offering his right hand for a handshake. However, I didn’t respond to it.
[I am Mukuro. Just a warrior. Nothing more, nothing less. Would you please? I want to return to Babylon to cash this out.]
As I said that, Norden’s party had surrounded me. I couldn’t go home if it’s like this.
I fiddled a little with my skull mask, and hefted the hemp bags back on my shoulder.
Somehow, I had a bad feeling. These people seemed to be infatuated to this Norden, since it didn’t seem like they will let me go until he’s finished talking.
And to that end, all of them readied their hands on their weapons.
Tsk. so much for adults. The way they see me: it’s as if I’m already dead for not complying with Norden’s will.
What’s with that…. There is no way this party is meant to do something like this, right? No, it couldn’t be.
While I was thinking about the sense of incongruity, my eyes landed on the weapon strapped on Norden’s waist.
A holy sword!? I see. So that how it is. But even so, that doesn’t mean that I have to change my attitude.
[So you are a Holy Knight…]
[As you’ve guessed, I’m a Holy Knight. Today was the first time in my life that I went on vacation. So I brought my men and came to this place.]
I was quite amazed. He considers hunting monsters as nothing but a game. Norden put up a smile while combing his blonde long hair with one hand. If I were a woman, I might’ve fallen for him already. Unfortunately, I’m a guy.
This is slowing me down.
Anyways, a Holy Knight, eh? Perhaps he’s angered from me snatching the 2 squads of orcs just now. That’s probably also why he ordered his men to surround me like this.
[Could it be you want these?]
I pointed at the the two hemp bags that are filled with orc’s ears
But Norden shook his head.
Tsk, I guess I was worrying for nothing.
[Let me tell you this: don’t waste my time anymore or else.]
This is the world where power rules everything. I can easily do anything that can be deemed unreasonable back in the kingdom.
I drew the black sword and brandished it toward Norden.
[Wait, hold on. As I said before, I’m very impressed with your strength.]
[How about this. Why don’t you serve under me? I can give you anything you want.]
As usual, Holy Knights…..Apparently, this is the one thing that hasn’t changed even here in Babylon.
They deemed that everything is possible with money and power alone. That’s the kind of story.
If that’s true, then I won’t even be here in the first place.
[I refuse. You can do that to others. But I only work alone and will not join others. I hope that is all.]
I kept pointing the black sword toward Norden. As Greed said [Indeed, indeed] through 《Mind reading》, I prepared to leave.
If I want to serve anyone, it will only be Roxy and I have no intention to work under any other holy knight. I’ve already decided on that the day I left the kingdom.
Watching my attitude, Norden backed down a little.
[I had seen you using that black sword during the previous fight. How I was really amazed. Its shape can actually change, can’t it? It was said that there is something like multiform weapons in the past. I read about it in an old document once. Who would’ve thought that it actually exists? If you don’t mind, can you show me how it works?]
[I also refuse. I don’t have time to do that now.]
Again, Greed told me through 《Mind reading》: [Just kill this fickle guy already. This me will allow you.] It’s him being noisy as usual.
Looking at Norden, he sighed and motioned his hand.
His subordinates began to retreat.
[Understood. Then shall we save it for when the next opportunity arises?]
[….there will be no next time. I hate persistent guys.]
[We’ll see about that. I always got all the things I ever want. And that’s not going to change even now.]
Norden let me through with a smile still plastered on his face as usual. As I passed by, I gave his men a glance. All of them seem to be strong. Perhaps Norden himself had recruited them for their talents.
His men also seemed pleased to serve under him.
Good grief…..I came across a troublesome guy as soon as I arrived in Babylon. Why does my life seem to be always intertwined with holy knights?
Finally, I managed to extricate myself from Norden’s party. When I just thought so, he actually called out to me again. I didn’t bother to even turn my head.
[I’m working at the Babylon’s military district under Roxy Heart who just arrived yesterday. Come visit us anytime if you don’t mind. I’ll be waiting.]
Dammit, so he’s actually working under Roxy. Imagining them being together, somehow….that makes me angry.
In addition to that, I can sense some unknown malice from Norden. I’m merely a normal warrior, so I can’t get close to Roxy easily. I can only pray that I’m just imagining things.
There is also the matter with what Eris told me. The grim air around Roxy only gets thicker.
No matter how hard I think about it, nothing comes out. With the hemp bags on my shoulder, I crossed the border between the kingdom and Gallia. Fresh air entered my lungs. The irritation from before died down gradually.
But not all of it. I hadn’t felt something like this before but now it kept egging me. I wonder what this feeling is…..
『What’s the matter? Where did your usual energetic self go?』
『What is it? It’s alright, you can tell me.』
I tried to consult with Greed, since I felt something weird. But I felt stupid for doing that, so I refrained. It’ll be alright.
[Well then, let’s return to Babylon. Cash this thing out and buy new equipment.]
『Umu, I’ve been waiting for that. Craft me a sheath made of pure gold』
[Are you kidding me? That’ll be too heavy!]
『Hahahahah, consider it muscle training. How about that!』
Aside from the muscle training part, he’s just too unreasonable as usual. Greed prefers flashy equipment. And he kept nagging me about that. If I were to leave the managing of my equipment to Greed, I’ll end up fully dressed in golden attire…..I don’t really want to imagine it.
If I try to go to tavern or inn like that, I’ll end up being a laughing stock.
[What my ass. Normal is the best, normal! Normal is number one!]
『That’s boring. I bet you’re going to buy another set of black clothes again, aren’t you~? Too plain.』
[That’s right. Black is practical since the dirt stuck on it will be less noticeable.]
[Fu~, now while we’re at it, I’ll put a black sheath for Greed.]
『That won’t do. Your preference is far from impressive.』
[Hah! Speak for yourself!]
Really now……when you say that, I felt like leaving you behind inside a shelf.
As I continued to converse with Greed, the fortress Babylon came into view. A defensive city protected by outer wall made of adamantite. We went in through the gate at the northern side.
Well, let’s get the cash then buy new clothes and sheath. I’ll buy some that will match this skull mask. Of course, all of it will be black-colored.