“The night is going to fall soon.”
I murmured, watching the orange coloured twilight from inside the coffee shop.
It’s been announced for quite some time now that it is time to return to our dorms.
But since Charo-senpai’s consciousness has yet to return, I let the store clerk know that senpai is not feeling well as an excuse to remain here. To rest a little bit longer.
But truthfully, Brünnhilde ate too much ice cream sundae, and now she is suffering from a stomachache. She’s technically still sick though, so I’m not lying.
This girl is surprisingly an idiot.
“Oi, is senpai awake yet?”
“*growl*……no, not yet.”
I let out a small sigh.
Our dormitory is in the south, and the clerk has already reminded us…
There is a reason why I’m reluctant to go back.
In cases like this, Brünnhilde might retain consciousness for longer, but our split up is inevitable once we reach the dorm.
Of course, I can simply order her to come to my room straight after by using my Devil Eye…but there are still times where she can roam free without my knowledge.
I want to avoid that if possible.
The way I see it, she can jump inside from the veranda…but there’s still chances where students are coming back during curfew. This will only turn into an unnecessary risk.
『――what, why have you been thinking hard since just now.』
Shut it. If you’re going to talk anyways, contribute with some good solutions.
『――what an unreasonable demand. Talk about human habit. 』
Well, the problem wouldn’t be solved even if there were eight of him altogether.
It can’t be helped.
If that’s the case, then we’ll ditch the security somehow and meet at night.
People who are in the dormitory at night time will not be aware of the extraneous abnormalities.
Even if she enters through the window, no one will find that strange.
“Oi, let’s go back.”
『――what? Are we not doing the war thingy today? 』
Bálor said in a bored tone, before Brünnhilde managed to reply.
Maria purification ceremony will be finished by tomorrow. Until it’s done, I won’t make the first move.
After answering Bálor, I walk over to Brünnhilde who is still sitting at the table and shake her shoulder.
“Hey, get up.”
“Don’t sh-shake me, you bastard…”
When I tried to move her forcibly she made a complaint.
The doorbell of the coffee shop makes a sound.
What the, coming at this time?
Suspiciously looking at me, the two men with appearances like guards closed in.
Is it because we’re still at the coffee shop? Is that considered breaking the rules?
“I’m sorry. We’re going back to our dorm soon, so……”
The guard-looking men don’t answer.
I have a feeling that something is wrong, and this feeling isn’t disappearing.
*clang clang**clang clang*
Following the two of them, other men come inside the coffee shop.
A clerk at a coffee shop appeared from the back of the back yard.
Everyone was silent.
[We are here to inform you guys that it is late and you must return] ……that’s not the feeling I’ve got right now.
“What can I do for you?”
But just to be sure, I ask politely.
The answer I received, was a silent fist.
I dodge it by stepping back a bit.
“What the hell, you bastards!”
Brünnhilde, who also dodged, shouted at them.
It seems that the dire stomachache she had till now has completely vanished. That and she looks quite energetic.
“If you want to fight, then just tell me so!”
Wanting to run amok, I –
I command her to stop.
Running with great momentum, Brünnhilde falls when abruptly stopped.
Her skirt lifts grandly, and while Bálor seems to be enjoying the scene, all I do is just click my tongue.
“What the heck are you trying to pull, you bastard!?”
“You don’t seem to understand our situation.”
If by any chance she kills people from the Sacrament Control Organization, it’ll be a big deal.
“You’re so useless, take a look there.”
“Stop fucking around, aaahh!”
Although she’s shouting her disapproval, she’s still forced to crawl on the ground and obey my command.
I ignore here and focus on the enemy.
Looking closely, all the adults that are surrounding us are people that I know.
I remember the coffee shop clerk alongside the boutique clerk. Even those guards.
In short, they’re all the people that I’ve come into contact with within this ward today.
“Are you guys under an order to hinder us right now?”
So, they won’t answer.
Whatever, I never expected a reply from them in the first place.
We’re surrounded by six people right now.
Attitude, silence, hostile.
I asked questions and looked for room for negotiation, but no response.
From the way they’re walking, the probability that they’re trained is extremely low.
One of them, the man working inside the coffee shop, is armed with a knife.
“I’m going to disable them in under ten seconds. You, don’t get in my way.”
After warning Brünnhilde, I target the two men in front of me.
Closing our distance in one step, I swing a big punch.
One-shot strike to his belly without hurting him too much.
The other security guard is coming to deliver his blow.
I step back, and deliver a kick.
Then, a decisive blow to his neck.
This makes two.
Four more to go.
I focus on the cook armed with a kitchen knife, since he posed the biggest threat among the four.
“ – – – “
I avoid the incoming knife, and kick him straight in the face.
The cook falls on his back and the kitchen knife slides far under the table.
The remaining three are all women.
『――okay, we’ll do it under the name of self-defence. 』
『――what, do you dislike orgies? 』
“You fucked up perverted demon.”
This is how he acts when he sees women.
Whatever, I take out the three of them as well.
So, that’s that. It took less than ten seconds.
Alright, what to do now……?
“Hey! How long do I have to stay like this!?”
Brünnhilde voice can be heard.
Right, she’s been like that since then.
“You’re allowed to move now.”
“For me to be ordered to stay in such an embarrassing posture……”
Some complaints are mumbled, but I ignore them.
She cleans the dust off her clothes and skirt as she walks over to the fainted.
The clerk who should’ve been fainted is now standing up.
“What? Uh, uwaaah!”
Startled, it looks like Brünnhilde will be brought down by his fist.
Her stance collapses.
At this rate, she’s going to fall.
I instantly concentrate my energy to both of my legs.
The shackles that restraint my body.
I strike the man’s lower body with my palm, and hold Brünnhilde in another.
“Guhh, you, protecting me…”
“Get a hold of yourself. You’re supposed to protect senpai’s body.”
At the same time, I become wary of our surrounding.
Something strange is happening.
The guys who should have fainted are standing up.
As if it’s the most natural thing.
But, the damage has been done.
For example, the man who has had his belly hit is standing up with foam coming out of his mouth.
『――uhihihihihi. So, they’re not fainted after all? 』
In a situation where I’m surrounded by zombie-like people, Bálor still laughs even if unwarranted.
There must be a reason.
The first one had the air flow to his lungs interrupted, and is now fainted.
I’ve confirmed it myself that the remaining five people have been knocked down too.
Because I’m doing it alone, there might be a chance that I’ve made a mistake.
But there’s no way I’ll make an amateurish one like missing five consecutive times.
I have enough training to diminish the chance of doing so.
If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be standing here.
Then what, I start to think.
There’s a mistake in my assumption.
They might be some proxy of another person, attacking us in his stead.
That kind of thing, is possible.
If so, then this,
“This is the work of the enemy’s God.”
Brünnhilde said, shocked.
“It’s probably a technique or spell to manipulate the mind or body.”
That would explain the reason why they’re forced to fight.
They don’t look motivated at all, and their doll like movements confirms my suspicion.
“It’s cowardly to involve bystanders in their own battle.”
Brünnhilde tighten her fist after listening to my reasoning.
Her fist is trembling with anger.
『――what’s wrong? 』
Four enemies in front. Two enemies behind.
I take a look at Brünnhilde.
“The situation has changed. I need your help. But don’t use your sword or Tianma.”
“I know. That much is a given.”
We look at each other.
Then match our breathing.
I clench my fist stronger than before.
And jump in front.
But am then astonished that Brünnhilde remains still and stop.
She holds her hands to her mouth and bears an expression of agony.
What. An. Idiot!
Why must she do that now of all timing!?
Bálor heartily laughs.
Certainly, this is a comedic scene where people should be laughing.
But I have no time to laugh.
Two guards come close behind the currently disabled Brünnhilde.
One more time, remove the limiter……
Is it too heavy a burden to remove the limiter two consecutive times?
The pain that runs through my knees delay my actions by a few seconds.
Those few seconds are fatal.
I can’t save her from any attack.
If that’s the case,
“All of you, turn into my slave!”
I activate my Devil Eye.
And all the six assailants are affected.
They stop attacking and are now standing silent.
I let out a sigh of relief, and while checking the condition of my knees, approach Brünnhilde.
Even Brünnhilde acknowledged that. That’s why she does not make a remark and keeps silent with an unsatisfied face.
Let’s forget that for now.
An unexpected raid, but we’ve survived it so far.
I narrow my eyes and take a look outside the store.
The sun has already sunken, and the scarlet residual dyed streets of Minami-ku have also disappeared.
The twilight ends.
The night comes.