Otherwise, there’s no way to explain Shusii-san and Yunmika-san‘s behavior.

I understand.
Since you’re returning this, you don’t need the backing anymore, right?
No, that goes without saying.
With you becoming Fiiyanamia-sama‘s adopted daughter, something like this isn’t necessary anymore.
While I can understand that you deserve that status, I’m still impressed that you caught Fiiyanamia-sama‘s eye.」
「I just greeted her when I entered Central.
Then, I was welcomed as a guest.」

Rather than the act of greeting itself, I think having the capability to even just notice Fii-kaasama‘s magic power is more important.
It’s probably impossible even for Ciel, so who knows how many people can actually achieve this feat.
That’s why 「Just from greeting?」 I think Viviana-san‘s confused thought process should be wrong.

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「Why were you nervous earlier?」
「I was summoned by Fiiyanamia-sama‘s daughter, after all.
I didn’t know was actually you, so of course I would get so nervous about it.」
「Just that?」

With Ciel’s further question, Viviana-san raised both her hands as if to surrender.

I got a request from my family.
To find out what kind of individual Fiiyanamia-sama‘s daughter is and such.」
「Now that I’ve said that much, changing topics would be useless at this point.
There’s a faction that is planning to drag Fiiyanamia-sama down from her top position.
They don’t quite like how she’s at the top despite not having to do anything, it seems.
And in the midst of this, if Fiiyanamia-sama truly did adopt a child, then it would give them an opening to take advantage of.」

I sort of remember being told that there’s a possibility of us getting dragged into some mess for being Fii-kaasama‘s daughter, so I already expected this, but aren’t things developing a bit too fast?
I don’t plan on being an easy target though, so I’ll make sure to be extra alert with my detection magic.

Don’t tell me that the people of the Merchant Guild that closed their doors to Ciel are in cahoots with this faction? Actually, maybe it’s the reason they treated Ciel like that to begin with.
In other words, they’re confident that they can take Fii-kaasama down.

『Aren’t they a bit too reckless?』
『I agree.
Still, these people don’t think that they’re being reckless, which is why they’re doing it, right?』
『Since this is a good opportunity, could you ask Viviana-san‘s about this?』

She definitely has more info on them than we do.
We could ask Fii-kaasama too, but it’s best to have information coming from a different perspective.

「Are those people… okay?」
「It seems like they’ve mustered a fairly impressive fighting force.
I’ve heard that they also have some people at A-rank level, but…… 」
「Only that?」
「I can’t imagine them being able to win against Fiiyanamia-sama with this either, but Cielmer, will you be alright?」

Right, thinking about it normally, we might not have a winning chance against multiple A-ranked people.
But I think we should be able to defend every attack they can throw.
It didn’t sound like Fii-kaasama was joking about my barrier, so we probably wouldn’t even budge.

『A-rank is right about a wyvern’s strength, right? Then it wouldn’t be a problem at all, would it?』
『Even if there’s someone specialized in offense with nearly S-rank level strength, it should be alright.
If what Fii-kaasama told us is true, that is.』
『I think you should be a bit more confident about yourself, Ain.
Still, just having Ain by my side puts me at ease, you know? Since Ain protects me not only with a barrier, but with other things too.』
『I’m grateful to hear that then.』

Me replying… just a bit curtly was, as always, because I felt embarrassed.
Besides, if I get carried away, I might get the rug pulled right under me, so I’ll just continue striving to make an even stronger barrier.
As we were chatting, we ended up leaving Viviana-san hanging.
While it wasn’t for too long, she’s staring at Ciel just waiting.

And so Ciel asked Viviana-san a question.

「Do you know blue hellfire?」
「Yes, that’s my master’s — master Friere Yazick’s sorcery, no?」

「The lower power barrier that I usually use can withstand it.」
「…… You don’t… sound like you’re lying…」
「There’s no point lying about it.」
「In that case, I suppose there’s no need for any concern.
I already knew you were strong, but I didn’t realize you were that strong.」
「It’s the barrier I’m proud of.」

Ciel saying it so proudly is probably because she meant it as a praise for me too.
It’s adorable to see Ciel showing such a rare expression, but from Viviana-san‘s standpoint, this probably only looks like Ciel’s bragging.
Ciel doesn’t seem to mind that, though.

At this point, either asking for more information or just simply enjoying a bit of catching up with each other would be fine, but there’s something I want to confirm before moving on.

『Ciel, there’s something I want you to ask Viviana-san, will that be alright?』
『What is it? You can also ask her personally too, you know?』
『Let’s decide whether to switch or not later.
This question is also for deciding whether it’s fine to switch in front of Viviana-san, you see.』
What is it?』
『About what side Viviana-san‘s family will be on.』

This is something we honestly have to know.
The reason why she was requested to look for Fii-kaasama‘s daughter could be to prevent disorder in Central or protect Fii-kaasama‘s reign.
However, it’s also possible that this is so they can scheme against her.
Even if Viviana-san doesn’t want to do that, she might not be able to go against the will of her family.

「By the way, which side is Viviana’s family on?」

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As Ciel asked so, Viviana-san‘s expression grew clouded.

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Heya~! It’s been a while since we’ve last seen Viviana and now we’re having a slightly tense development with the last question!

Just as a refresher, Viviana comes from a semi-aristocratic family in central (since there’s no aristocracy here), so the chance that she could be dragged into the seemingly brewing mess non-negligible, which would be interesting since she seems personally against the “f around and find out” tier stupidity of trying to overthrow Fii, lol.

As for our protags, it’s bit heartwarming that Ciel is so on board with having Ain interact with Viviana in person, especially with how Viviana tried to help her (as Ciel) ease up prior.
Combined with how they said goodbye to her, it seems like even though they were only together for a short while, Viviana have left a big impression on them.
At the very least, Ciel seems to trust her enough to be open with her meeting Ain.
Also, Ain going slightly tsun when she gets embarrassed never gets old, cute Ain.

Anyways, it might get delayed since I’ve got a minor issue preventing me from sitting for too long of a time but there’s a chapter baking for next Friday, so I hope you look forward to it~!

Now then, I hope you enjoyed this chapter.
Please feel free to comment.
Stay clean, stay safe, and have a nice day~!

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