rmeasure would surely be taken by her, perhaps scattering talismans to repel people in the copse of trees around the house.
If such a thing were to be carried out in such an inconspicuous location, the odds of a stranger reaching the house would be close to zero.

On the other hand, an original occupant of the house would be a great bet.
Assuming Matthias was able to uncover Xenia’s actual identity and return in a haste, it would be a different scenario.
His expertise could skillfully overcome any physical hurdles, even if they were present.
As things stood now, I had no choice but to place my bet on Matthias given the difficulty of resolving the crisis with my own strength alone.

After that, the period of time spent exterminating the demons stretched on.
Even the number of demons I had already massacred slipped my mind.
It was then that Alice let out a sudden voice.

[Oh, here’s a report for you, Kanaki.
―Mr.
Matthias is dead.]

“―I see.”

Maintaining the same facial expression, I crushed the advancing monster with my foot.
In any case, that was another of Alice’s prevarication.
She was no doubt hoping to derive satisfaction from witnessing my consternation.

In fact, Alice’s monotonous voice responded right away.

[Tsk, you are really no fun at all, Kanaki.
But you know, it’s true.
Right now, Mr.
Matthias and Fina are engaged in a battle in the hospital room.]

“!?”

That was an expectation I myself had been dreading, hence Alice’s remark was spine-chilling.

[Mr.
Matthias vanquished Xenia despite suffering severe injuries, but Fina, whom Kanaki had kept at bay, showed up.
Upon sighting Karen, who was already out of breath, she flew into a fit of fury.
They are currently engaged in combat as a result of her lunge at Mr.
Matthias, which was fueled by pure wrath.
How’s that for a plausible story?]

“…Well, that’s a moderately well-executed setup for Ms.
Alice to have concocted.”

My answer came from a place of utter equanimity as I buried the restlessness in my frame of mind.
My aptitude for deceiving the students at the school on a daily basis was not to be underestimated.
While it was no small feat to suppress this degree of turmoil, it was also true that Alice’s words could not be discounted as falsehood.

[…Hmm.
Well, it is within my expectation for you to say so, Kanaki.
You are seriously a dull person.]

“―?”

All of a sudden, the demons that had been deployed in the surrounding area fizzled out.

Did she exhaust her magical power?

Such hope rose in my mind momentarily, but it was unbelievable that Alice would deplete her magical power with such a small amount of power.
Another line of reasoning was that she might have decided to drop the charade and get serious about annihilating me―

“!”

The front door was opened with a rattle, and heavy footsteps approached the living room.

It wasn’t Matthias.
If so, it was help from the outside or one of Alice’s comrades―

“…Well, it’s the latter huh.”

[Now, let’s raise the stage, Kanaki! The next opponent is on a different level than the previous one! After all, this is one of the five most proficient magicians in the city, the commander of the Garrisoned Corps!]

Accompanied by Alice’s self-assured voice, the sliding door to the living room was opened.

Out of the sliding door emerged Shiva Ramerick, a large man with a bald head devoid of vitality.

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