Together with Leader and Borolda-san, we headed to the office of the vigilantes.

“Does Ivy need to come with us? Borolda can send the kid back in a second.
We can say whatever as reason to get them to introduce themselves.
There are plenty of scary looking guys in the group, they will scare the kid.”

No matter how many times Leader asks, the one who will judge the vigilante members is Sora, not a magic item.
Besides, I can’t think of any reason to ask them to introduce themselves if Borolda-san go there alone.
He said he can say whatever as the reason, but if the members sense something wrong, this plan might fail.
So we need to go together.
I haven’t told them about Sora, but they are extremely worried about me.
Does everyone there look that scary?
To convince Leader, I said that I trust Borolda-san the most.
When I said that, Rattlua-san’s expression was making me scared.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen his face like that before.
My body trembled as I recalled about it.

“Are you all right?”

Leader saw me, making them even more worried about me.
I have failed.

“I’m fine.
Let’s hurry.”

This time the vigilantes and adventurers got together and formed a special task force to hunt down the organization.
We will choose some members for that purpose.
The base of operations is the former merchant house.
Preparations will be made during today.
Of course, all of this is a lie to trap the organization.
However, some parts of it are the truth, we will choose the members and make preparations today.
But the reason is not to set up the base of operation.
It is to move the evidence documents and money to a safe place.

“A special force, huh.
That never crossed my mind.”

I laughed bitterly at Leader’s words.
When I asked Leader about the person in charge of investigating the organization, he was surprised.
I belatedly realized that the knowledge regarding forming a special task force to solve a particular crime came from my previous self.

If I don’t think carefully before I speak, I will dig my own grave someday.
This time is alright because I was talking to Leader and the others.

“For sure.
Well, it’s a unit that is created precisely due to Meira’s group’s action.”

Certainly, you will look suspicious if you form a task force for the first time without a cause.
The reason we’re forming a special task force is because people who seem to be involved with the organization have become active.
In a way, I am grateful to Meira-san and her friends.

We decided to say that this idea of forming a special task came from Leader.
We told Vice Leader about the documents and money we found, and about our future plan.
When we got to the talk about the special task force, he said it was Leader’s usual thing.
Apparently, every time Leader acts rashly, Vice Leader has to run around covering for him.
I think I’ve heard a similar story somewhere.

We only shared the information to vigilante team’s Vice Leader, Gilmas-san and Cival-san.
We don’t even share the information to the clean members, except the one we decided to make public.
Since the more people know, the higher the chance of leakage.
It’s safer to work with minimal number of people, since we don’t know where the organization planted its eyes.

“Here we are.
Ivy, are you sure it’s alright?”

“Yes, it’s alright.”

I nodded to Leader and gently patted my bag.
Sora has to do its best today.
Sora should be doing fine, I checked before we arrived here and it was swaying full of spirit.

“Hey, gather around.
I want to introduce someone to you.”

There were about 120 members gathered.
This number of people, excluding the ones on break…a large number as expected from a big city.
Furthermore, they even have apprentice members.
But apprentice members aren’t included this time.
It was indeed impressive to see nearly 120 people lined up in front of us.
Leader told them that I am targeted by the organization.

That’s why they must protect me when I am alone.
Then, they must report to Leader or Gilmas-san if they encounter strange situation.
He also explained that they need to introduce themselves to me so I remember their faces.

“My name is Ivy.
Nice to meet you.”

I gripped the hem of Borolda-san’s shirt and bowed my head.
As expected, being in front of this many people is daunting, but I don’t have time for that.
I have to tell Borolda-san that Sora has judged them properly.


“I’m so tired.”

126 people is indeed a lot.
And I was tired because I had my focus on Sora so as not to miss anything.
I’m sure Sora is tired as well.
I’ll give Sora a lot of potions later.

“That’s a lot.
29 suspicious people?”

I was trying so hard to relay Sora’s judgment correctly that I didn’t count the number of people.
So it was that many, huh.
Perhaps the fact that the guards were not made up entirely of traitors is already a good thing.

“How’s it going?”

Leader quietly asked Borolda-san.
He hesitated a little, then told him the number of people.
Leader was frozen for a moment, then nodded quietly in understanding.

“Can you please write down their names on a piece of paper?”

“Of course.
I’ll do it right away.
Do you have any paper?”

Leader, handed us a few sheets of paper, then went away towards the vigilante members to talk about their future plans.
Everything seemed normal, as if nothing had happened.
I only saw him clenching his fist once.

“The adventurers should be prepared as well.”

That small voice somehow sounded tired.
A lot of people he thought were his friends betrayed him.
This reality is painful.

Members of the special task force were picked from the group of suspicious people, whom Leader trusted until just now.
8 members were picked.
Then 12 unsuspicious people were selected, for a total of 20.
As he saw the names written on the paper, Leader’s eyes bugged out once.
That person was Gabojura-san.
That person had also been selected for the special task force.

Next, we headed to the Adventurers’ Guild.
Rattlua-san should be informing Gilmas-san about our progress.
I’m a little tired, but we’re almost finished, let’s do it.

“Good work, you must be tired.”

Gilmas-san was in the conference room with 15 other adventurers.
Then he explained the same thing as what Leader said before.
After that, I’m going to listen to their self-introduction.
I am very happy that there were only 15 people.
I quickly finished the task…however, Sora judged that 7 people are suspicious.
I heard Borolda-san sighed softly.

“Are you alright?”

I asked him quietly, and he laughed drily.

“Haha, I have prepared myself.
But to think that the guys we trained with our whole heart turned out to be traitors.”

Gilmas-san heard about the result, and his frown deepened.
We selected Borolda-san’s team for the special task force.
I was worried about Borolda-san, but he was his usual self as he talked with the 3 selected team members.
I let out a small sigh.
I’m mentally exhausted.

I patted my bag gently from above.
I’m really grateful to Sora.

We headed back to the former merchant house together with the selected members of the special task force.
During our walk, Leader talked about our future plan.
When he said that the former merchant’s house would be our operation base, there was a bit of a buzz, but no one voiced any opinion.

“Aglop, we’re back!”

Leader called out Vice Leader’s name loudly, and a few moments later Cival-san showed up.

“Huh? Where’s Aglop?”

“He’s inside, checking the stuffs we’re moving.
Margajula is helping us.
Ivy, are you tired?”

“I’m alright.
Don’t worry.”

Um, I wonder if Cival-san understood the explanation?
I can’t tell because everyone’s so good at hiding it.

“Ah, Leader.
You’re finally back.”

Vice Leader appeared, looking exhausted.
Margajula-san also appeared behind him.

“We have checked the contents of those wooden boxes, there’s no problem with them and we can move them.
We will move them to the storeroom.
Please start moving soon.
There are people staying overnight in this building starting today.
Let’s at least finish cleaning.”

“Wait, here’s the list of those people.
I’ve also added those from adventurers’ side together.”

When Leader handed the paper with suspicious people marked to Vice Leader, I saw him whispered something.
Perhaps he informed him about the meaning of the marks.
Vice Leader looked over the paper briefly, nodded a few times and immediately started giving individual instructions.
He’s so cool, he didn’t show any hesitation at all.
Moreover, so the suspicious people don’t group and act together, they were divided in subtle balance.

“As expected from someone who has been supporting a reckless Leader for more than 10 years.”

Borolda-san’s words make me respect the Vice Leader even more.
I think the person who supports the leader is amazing.
That was the case with Vice Captain Verivela as well.

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