“We are now in a race against time.
I need Leader’s group to catch all the suspected people as soon as they enter the forest.”

“Huh? If we do that, won’t the people in the cave escape?

“I want us to capture Meira-san on the way, so the information doesn’t reach the cave.
Do you think it’s possible?”

“Hmm, I think I can manage that.
And then?”

“After only our allies are left in the team, return to the base and first, introduce people in the vicinity.
I’ll depend on you to make up the reason.
Sora will investigate those people.
I’ll be thankful if Borolda-san can accompany me at the time.”

“You mean, to use the fake magic item, right?”

“Correct.
Um, is there a way to put all the people in the building to sleep?”

“Yes, there is.
We need that to capture the people hiding in the cave, huh.
Ah, I get it, we’ll put all of them to sleep regardless of allies or enemies, wow.”

“Uh, we don’t have enough manpower, so for the time being we just need to prevent them from escaping.
After that, I want to clean up the criminals in the cave… Um, basically that’s the gist.”

“How cool, what an extreme idea.”

“I think so as well, sorry for the trouble.”

“Nope, no need to apologize.
If we can destroy organization, this is no big deal.
Besides…”

Saizerg-san is laughing bitterly.

Huh? Something’s wrong here

He looks excited?

No way, right?

“This sounds exciting~”

Oh my, what a shock!

Cival-san was suddenly standing behind me.

I didn’t notice at all.

Does this sound exciting, though?

“By capturing the traitors in the vigilante group and around the base, are you aiming to make the organization think that their internal info has leaked?”

“Yes, just like what you said.
If we can capture some adventurers in passing, that will be the best.”

“Yeah, good idea.
If we can do that, the organization should slow down considerably.
If they’re worried that information is leaking, their hands and feet will be bound.
Then we will finish them off with the evidence document.”

Something’s off.

Cival-san and Saizerg-san are laughing as well, but somehow I got the chill.

Rattlua-san is just…not as usual.

Why are they smiling so widely… they are smiling, right?

Uh, I still have something to tell them, but what is it?

“Ah, I want more people from the organization’s side to remain at our base.
And then, I have something I would like to ask the Lord Volonda to help us with.”

“Lord Volonda?”

Rattlua-san tilted his head.

Phew, he returned to his normal self.

Let’s forget… about what happened earlier.

“Correct.
Because we can’t predict who the organization will send to our base.
I don’t want to think that they will send any noble, but just in case they send any, the vigilantes won’t be able to handle them.
That’s why it’s safer to have a noble on our side.”

“Nobles, huh.
I want to say they won’t send any, but they have him…there’s a possibility.”

Saizerg-san looked into the distance.

Normally, nobody would think that a noble would do something so disgraceful.

But, the organization certainly would send out nobles in case something happened.

“This is a considerably difficult operation.
So…”

“But with this, not only we can chase down the organization, we can also help those fellas.
And it looks fun.”

“Oh please, Cival.
There’s no way this is fun.”

You said that, Saizerg-san, but you also looked excited.

Maarleek-san and Rickbelt-san both are smiling wryly.

What happened?

I was prepared for them to oppose my proposal, but turned out they’re really excited.

Perhaps the organization is just that evil.

I’m curious about what Borolda-san is thinking all this time, though.

“Phew, Ivy is indeed the best.”

Borolda-san is also scary.

How strange, where did all the nice people go?

“I feel my spirit burning when I think that we’ll be able to return our hard feelings.
We really suffered a lot, I don’t know how many people are hurt.
And they dragged our friends into the fray as well.”

The others nodded in agreement with Borolda-san’s words.

I heard that after they knew about the existence of the organization, they did a lot of things to chase the organization.

But even so, people suddenly disappeared from within the town.

They were bitter.
Even though there were victims, they couldn’t say it was the organization’s doing because there were no evidence.

Considering that, my strategy is reckless, but if it goes well, we can capture the organization.

“Let’s do it.”

Borolda-san said full of spirit.

“The organization should have known already that I checked the criminal wanted list.
But anyway, checking it once again won’t be strange.
Rickbelt and Loucreek, please check the wanted list in the guild.
Just act like you can’t trust the list and going to discuss with Leader.
I almost forgot, what time are you going to meet with Meira?”

The two people who got the request from Borolda-san looked extremely unwilling.

By the way, they’re talking normally, but is it alright?

I looked around, if they talk like this, someone could hear their conversation.

I’m anxious since they aren’t using magic item.

“Probably in an hour.
More importantly, you haven’t told Ivy yet?”

About what?

Rattlua-san took something out from Saizerg-san’s bag.

That was the magic item you use to prevent people eavesdropping.

“Is it activated?”

“Yeah.
Sorry, I thought something was odd here since you were talking in low voice all the time.”

“…you should have told me sooner.”

“Sorry.
I didn’t want to interrupt.”

Saizerg-san clasped his hands in front of his face once.

That was a signal among adventurers, as a sign of apology when they’re unable to talk.

Well, they’re occupied with a lot of stuffs, no wonder they forgot.

“No problem at all.
Then, can we speak normally now?”

“It’s fine as long as you don’t shout.”

Rattlua-san ruffled my hair.

He seems to find my mistake amusing.

It’s kind of frustrating.

But strangely, I feel somewhat at ease.

“Okay, let’s move on.
Maarleek, Nouga, and Cival, you guys please go to our base.
Please tell them that Leader and the group encountered some trouble and they need a number of people from the vigilante group to form a suppression team.
You don’t need to talk in too much detail.
They are professionals, so they should be able to infer from that bit of info.
Oh, please tell them indirectly that some people will quit along the way.”

I wonder if our message will be conveyed to Leader and the group…

They are highly experienced people, so they should understand.

“What about us?”

“The rest of us will stand by outside the guild.
We’ll join Rickbelt and the others after they finish checking.
Rattlua and Ivy, you need to talk to Meira, please go to the meeting place.
We’ll go to our base, immediately form a suppression team, then head to the forest.”

I see, as expected from Borolda-san.

I guess I can leave the rest to them.

“Did that sound okay? Ivy?”

Hmm?

I don’t know why you’re asking me, but that sounds alright.

“I think there’s no problem.”

“Ivy, how should we ask Meira?”

“Right, we have to think about that.”

Why did they ask me?

Even though Saizerg-san and Borolda-san are right next to them.

“For now, let’s ask about Marma-san and the others’ situation in the forest.
Then, I guess we should also ask if they borrow any money recently?”

I heard that when people fall ill, they often have problem with money.

Other than that, perhaps they hide a secret?

“Ah, we certainly have to ask about money first.”

“I think Meira-san would understand if we ask about Marma-san and the forest.”

What we need to do is to make Meira-san realize that we know about the problems in the forest.

So it would be better to ask a straightforward question.

“I know it’s not my place to say this, but Rattlua, you should at least think about that yourself.”

“Please.
Even though you’re so worried, you need to seek Ivy’s approval?”

“…it was a more important matter.”

“Whoa, he’s gonna fight back.”

“You both committed the same crime, you know.”

Laughter spreads through the place at Cival-san’s jab.

He looks really happy when he bullies…warns his colleagues.

But thanks to that, the tension loosens up a bit, and the atmosphere turned nicer.

I guess this is what he’s trying to do, how awesome.

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