Chapter 32 : Knight Commander
The one who appeared was a young man.
His hair is reddish brown, contrasting his emerald green eyes.
A tall and slender figure, high bridged nose and refreshing smile.
He is the very definition of a handsome guy.
「Ara~n, Cedric-chan. Why is the knight commander himself here? 」
「I came to confirm the situation of the applicant. It’s just natural to know the partner that I’m going to entrust my back to」
Cedric replies to Arnold while flashing his refreshing smile again.
Aria was flapping her mouth before such an exchange.
（WUT! ?Cedric Leuwin…………!）
Tama’s eyes also opened wide in surprise.
His name is a bit……….. No, quite famous in fact.
A while before now, there was a large scale battle between armies of devils against humanity’s armies known as the Dusk of Devils 《Ragnarök》 .
Though it was a desperate battle, the humans won and gained their peace through the great effort of a youth who was then hailed as “Archmage”. [TL : Both this Archmage and sword saint are in fact the characters from author’s first novel, Behemoth is the second one]
And this Cedric Leuwin is one of the brave heroes who led humanity’s armies to victory along with that “Archmage”, also hailed as the brother-in-law of said Archmage.
So, it’s natural for Tama to aware of Cedric’s name since aside from being a knight, Cedric is also active enough to be hailed as a brave.
It’s natural for him to be surprised when such a person appeared before him.
「I-It’s my honor to meet you! Cedric-sama! ! 」
Aria finally recovers enough to say so.
There’s a sense of respect in her expression.
Which isn’t a surprising matter. While it’s true that Cedric is a knight, he is also―― The eldest son of the marquis house of this city.
Though he’s not succeeding his house due to a certain reason, it doesn’t change his social position.
And that kind of person keeps fighting to protect the people as a knight while being hailed as a brave――
He’s surely someone yearned for by a noble hearted girl like Aria.
…….. By the way, though the archmage-who is also the little brother-in-law of Cedric- Is in fact the very same person as the trap magician mentioned by Vulcan from before………… Aria is yet to be aware of that fact. [TL : basically the mentioning of “Trap” magician in this novel is written with “男の娘” translated as “Man Girl”, example : Kinoshita Hideyoshi from Baka to Test]
「Hahaha, it seems Aria-chan is good with Cedric. Well you guys are going to be comrades in arms from now on」
Seeing Aria who greeted him with a nervous face.
Cedric replied with a refreshing smile.
（Fumu. Though I can’t agree with his expression, he doesn’t feel like a bad guy. So this is a truly handsome person huh. A great difference from that Kassman）
「Well then, is there no one else going to take the commission? If there’s no more applicants, let’s close the recruitment immediately」
After finishing his greeting to Aria and co, Cedric turns toward the adventurers who were gathered in front of the bulletin board, asking that question with a clear and well-projected voice.
All of those adventurers averted their gaze at once. Yes, they have no intention to act like a saint to help others like Aria and co.
「Yosh. Since there’s none, then I’m going to explain about the commission immediately. Let’s sit over there since this will take a while」
Without blaming the adventurers who averted their gaze, Cedric is pointing towards the seats in the bar-room while escorting Aria and co.
If he forces them to participate… being deserted while under the attack of the enemies isn’t something he wants――
And Cedric understands that matter the best.
As one would expect from someone hailed as a hero.
「Well, shall I begin the explanation then? First is the goal of our mission――」
After they sit on their respective chairs, Cedric immediately takes out a parchment and starts the explanation.
Below is a summary of that explanation.
・The Content of the Commission : The subjugation of the demon race along with the monsters that follow them.
・Dispatching Base : City of Renault.
・Companion : 5 people including Cedric.
・Departure : Tomorrow Morning.
Large sum of remuneration has been provided due to the dangerous nature of the commission.
「Uhm, may I ask about something, Cedric-sama…….」
「What might it be, Aria-can? 」
「Don’t you feel that we’re short of manpower to challenge an unknown number of monsters and those of the demon race? 」
（Yup, I’m also wondering about that. Even with a brave like Cedric-dono fighting alongside us, these numbers are a bit worrisome）
Tama also agreed with Aria who was asking that question with a timid voice.
「Yeah, it isn’t a problem with that number. The four people who will come with us are the members of a team lead by me. They’re my prided subordinates who lived through the Ragnarök. Moreover……….. I have a trump card saved for the worst-case scenario」
After saying so with a confident look on his face, Cedric is flashing his refreshing smile at the end.
「Fufufufu, don’t worry about it, Aria-chan. Cedric-chan is awesome when he goes all out♪」
Arnold is supporting Cedric.
And taking that chance to lean on Cedric while entangling her[his] fingers with Cedric’s fingers.
「Hey, Ana. You promised that you won’t do such things in public right? 」
「A~hn, Cedric-chan is a meanie~♪」
Cedric is poking Arnold’s forehead while saying so with a sweet voice.
The delighted Arnold is replying with a sweet and lovely voice.
（（Aah……. This means, the two of them are ……..））
Tama and Aria could perceive that in seeing their exchange.
In short, the reason why Cedric became a knight, abdicating his position as the first born noble is because …………..
This is Cedric, a brave with confidence in his skills.
And that coming with Arnold’s stamp of approval.
So, it should be alright.
After that, because of Arnold and Cedric, Aria and co took care of the official formalities while watching the two of them being lovey-dovey.
They’re going to depart tomorrow.
（Cedric-dono, despite having such a handsome appearance, noble status, job as knight commander, and nice personality, to think that you are………… ）
Tama felt so.