Nigel's.
Because that fellow's gun wasn't a normal gun.
At first, I didn't think much of it …….  but after that, a second shot went up This was unusual.
It is usually a one-shot kill.
Then came the third, and forth, and I thought, oh, She's going to need some support, so I went to the scene, following the sound.

 

 

 

 Wakefield cleared his throat.

 

 

 

“There was even a huge explosion on the way.
It sounded a little strange.
It wasn't the sound of gunpowder, but more like a weird, heavy sound, as if the air was vibrating and shaking.
I think it was alien magic.
The gunfire stopped for a while.
At that time I thought it killed Nigel.
But then the gunshots sped up and were mixed with multiple rounds.
Well, it certainly sounded like a fierce battle.”

 

 

 

“Multiple.”

 

 

 

“It wasn't just the sound of Nigel's sniper rifle.”

 

 

 

“……”

 

 

 

 

“I got stuck with some aliens on the way.
It took us almost twenty minutes to get there.
At some point, the gunfires stopped, and by the time I got there it was already over…..”

 

 

 

 

“You mean there was another gunshot, yet there were no other people on the scene and no bodies?”

 

 

 

 

“No human bodies, I didn't see any.”

 

 

 

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 Wakefield said thoughtfully.

 

 

 

“I reported that because there were pieces of flesh scattered around the area that I couldn't identify.”

 

 

 

“That's–“

 

 

 

“I don't know.
Maybe it was alien, maybe it was human.
But it's such a mess.
The amount was also unusual.
I can't put this into words, but it was a massive amount of shredded flesh as if a whale had burst open.
And–“

 

 

 After some hesitation, Wakefield continued.

 

 

 

“–There were also the remains of a monster that I have no idea what it is and have never seen before.”

 

 

 

“A monster …….”

 

 

 

 

“How to tell you……..
I still don't know to this day, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't human.
It looked horribly intimidating, but it wasn't any kind of magical beast or alien creature I've ever seen.”

 

 

 

“Then another thing”, He took a deep breath.

 

 

 

“Nigel was definitely stabbed through the chest —– but from behind.”

 

 

 

Pulling a blade from his hip, Wakefield looked at it with sadness.

 

 

 

“This was stuck in her chest – probably a knife.
I haven't seen it in a while.
……”

 

 

 

“……”

 

 

 

 Abigail gasped and stared at it.

 

 

 

 

 It is a strange blade, pitch black with no metallic sheen.
If Wakefield had not told her it was a knife, she would not have immediately recognized it as such.

 

 

 

The shape of a knife is, in a sense, perfected, and it would be the same for both aliens and humans.
Despite this, the knife felt out of place at first glance.
There was a sense of strangeness in the knife that was different from the kind of functional aesthetic that a knife should have.

 

 

 

InoRyder immediately stepped forward with a threatening look.
“You're kidding right?”

 

 

 

“Senpai has the instincts of a wild animal, She shouldn't get stabbed from behind like that so easily.”

 

 

 

“I completely agree with you.”

 

 

 

Seeing Wakefield's straightforward affirmation, Abigail asks with a stern look on her face.

 

 

 

“Why don't you report it?”

 

 

 

 Then he turns his head down and says

 

 

 

“–The air, the situation, and I felt it would be the same whether I said it or not, and Garnier, who is much closer to Nigel than I am made a similar report next to me, and the higher ups didn't ask any more questions.
I figured it was all right.
You know, disposition and all that.
But–“

 

 

He looked up and sighed heavily.

 

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“It's been stuck with me for a long time.
……
I didn't think I'd have to let it out like this.”

 

 

 

“…….”

 

 

 

 Seeing Abigail's silence, Wakefield stepped forward.

 

 

 

“Abigail, I know what you're thinking.
I've occasionally pulled this knife out from my desk just to look at it several times.
And I've been thinking about those scenes ever since.
Each time I did, I always had some excuse to convince myself.
Like I didn't see it in person, or if only there was a chance or something.
And now that chance has appeared right in front of me.”

 

 

 

“This could be dangerous, you know.
Is justice enough for you to help us?”

 

 

 

 

 Then instead of answering, he huffed and laughed to himself.

 

 

 

 

“- Actually, I've been trying to get in Nigel's pants for a long time.”

 

 

 

 

“What?” InoRyder hissed.

 

 

 

 

“I'd be lying if I said I didn't have, well, ulterior motives for trying to go and help her that time.”

 

 

 

 

“Sorry, you're not my type.”

 

 

 

 

Abigail said jokingly, and Wakefield smiled a little and held out his hand.

 

 

 

 

“First, let's go talk to Garnier again together.
A guy is a blunt man, but he doesn't lie.
He doesn't ask questions, so he just keeps quiet.
Maybe there's some influence or something, but Nigel certainly admired Garnier, and Garnier treated Nigel especially well.
If we could get that guy on board, it would be a big step forward in the process.”

 

 

 

 After some hesitation, Abigail shook the offered hand.

 

 

 

“You can call me Wake—-.”

 

 

 

 Almost simultaneously, there was a thud and Wakefield's body shook.

 

 

 

A sharp impact pieced her ear and shook Abigail's vision violently.

 

 

 

The next time her vision adjusted, Wakefield's head was gone, revealing his white teeth in a clean U-shape.

 

 

 

On his pink tongue was a bit of green gum that he was chewing.

 

 

 

The head of the man disappears, leaving only his chin and the lower part of his jaw.

 

 

 

Abigail's train of thought skipped for a moment.

 

 

 

 Her breath caught in her chest, and every muscle in her body stiffened, unable to move.

 

 

 

Abigail was already tackled and pushed down by InoRyder when the sound of gunshots reached her ear.

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