Chapter 121.4: Escape From Creia
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Though all of them are supposed to be dead, it seems some of them barely kept their life.
They’re moaning in pain while holding the injured parts on their body.
It’s not a beautiful scene at all. Rio is frowning as he grit his teeth. But his frown vanished in the next moment as he looked at the knight captain.
「Kuh …………… 」
Naturally the knight captain headed towards the opposite direction, he ran towards the city. He is probably a coward for doing that to all of his comrades without even slight hesitation.
Rio then threw the dagger in his right hand toward that knight captain.
The dagger pierced into the knight captain’s right leg. Just like that he lost his balance and falling down in a unsightly manner.
Rio is readjusting the depth of his hood and then walking calmly toward the knight captain.
「W-WAIT! P-PLEASE SPARE MY LIFE! IF YOU WANT A RANSOM, I’M WILLING TO GIVE YOU AS MUCH AS YOU WANT! I’M SOMEONE FROM ALBO HOUSE AFTER ALL! 」
The knight captain is frantically begging for his life. He is showing an extremely sorry state unbecoming of a prideful knight.
「……….. Someone from Albo house you say? 」
Rio half-doubted that fact when his opponent is proclaiming as someone of a bigshot house.
「T-That’s right! I’m the second son of Charles Albo! 」
The self=proclaimed son of Charles Albo saying so with smug on his face.
Speaking of Charles Albo, he was the man who tried to make Celia as his 7th wive.
（This man was the fiancee of Celia-sensei? ………. Well whatever）
He has no leeway to confirm the truth from this person in the current situation. Rio decided to end his job as soon as possible.
He’ll let this man who have some kind of status to know some false information about Christina.
「In that case, answer my question. Why are you going as far as mobilizing the army of the kingdom? 」
Rio is asking at him while pointing his dagger. Thereupon, the man showed a confused expression.
「W-What are you talking about? W-We were looking for the kidnapped princess Christina. Are you the bastard working along with the culprit? 」
「Kidnapped princess? I don’t know about that but……………… I see, so that’s the case huh」
After showing an expression as if this is the first time he heard about this news, Rio then showed an expression as if he understands the situation.
「W-What do you mean? And who are you? Where is princess Christina and Vanessa Emal? 」
Maybe because he’s just a small fry or maybe because he is a bigshot himself, Rio is admiring the captain for being able to ask such a question so suddenly in his situation.
「Well. I’m unrelated to this matter anyway. I’ve an even more important question. Do you know about the man called Lucius? 」
Unpeturbed by it, Rio is trying to ask the information which he investigated lately.
Though he asked Celia some time ago whether she knew about the man called Lucius or not, she knew nothing regarding Lucius.
「L-Lucius? ………. A-Are you referring to the heir of L’orgueil fallen house? 」
Charles was startled and then asking at Rio with timid voice.
「L’orgueil house. I don’t know about such old family name but, I heard that he was a master of swordsmanship to the point of almost becoming 『King of Sword』. Are they the same person? 」
「Then there’s no doubt about it, he is the one you’re looking for! 」
Charles is nodding at Rio’s inquiry.
「Do you know about his recent activity? 」
「W-Why are you asking about such a question? 」
「Just answer my question. Don’t you dare to ask back」
「I-I don’t know! I heard he became a mercenary and the last time he seen was more than decade ago. Why are you suddenly asking for his inf-………. C-COULD IT BE, YOU’RE WORKING FOR THAT MAN? Could it be that he is resenting us for ruining his house? 」
「……….. Who knows」
Rio just coldly dodged answering Charles who asked with a slightly confused look.
It seems Charles’s house did something extremely unforgiveable to Lucius’s house in the past.
Though it made him want to ask Charles who knows about Lucius’s past, unfortunately his time is up.
（………… This should be enough right）
After judging so, Rio poured more power to his left hand which gripped the dagger.
「My bad then, you’ve served your purpose」
「W-WAIT! ARE YOU KIDDING ME, THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU TOLD ME BEFORE! I ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION」
「Ah, it seems I told you that」
Rio is showing an evil smile to Charles who desperately objected his decision.
Rio has no obligation to keep his promise since It’s not like Rio made a promise to spare his life if he answered Rio’s question.
But, since it’s part of the scenario, he has to do his job.
When Rio is casually rising his left hand which held the dagger,
Charles closed his eyes while letting out a miserable scream.
Thereupon Rio foot is moving quickly to circling to Charles back. He is grasping on Charles cranium and sent a shock while pouring magical power inside.
Charles fainted by the next moment.
Rio took out the dagger which pierced Charles’s thigh. And gave him emergency treatment to prevent him from dying due to blood loss.
Though all of them already unconscious, it was easy for him to close the wounds of the knights who managed to survive by using his spirit arts.
But then, in the end he just made it look like he is going all out when attacking them, so it’s nothing more than emergency treatment to close their wounds.
Whether the rest of the knights, save for Charles who only suffered from minor wounds can be saved or not is depending entirely on how long it will take for their reinforcements to come.
「Why are you sparing their life? 」
Suddenly Aisia is standing behind him while asking that question
「I don’t know」
Rio is replying with a self-mocking tone without turning around to see her.
Aisia isn’t asking anymore questions and just silently helped him to heal the knights.
And then, Rio is heaving a sigh after the two of them finished their work in healing them.
「Shall we go then. Let’s move out from this place」
In the next moment, the two of them is kicking the ground and leave that place.
「Let’s do our future planning, Aisia」
Rio said those words after running in their invisible state for a while inside of the forest.
Nodding at him, Aisia ceased to move and then grasped his hand.
「What’s the matter? 」
Rio asked Aisia with a shocked face.
Aisia just shook her head. She isn’t replying to his question with words. She just grasped Rio hand.
Rio also timidly grasped her hand.
Her hand feels nice and warm. He felt that his frozen heart was slowly warmed with the warm feeling that transmitted from her hand.
「We can still overtake Celia-tachi right now you see? 」
What will you do? ――Aisia’s looking into Rio’s eyes.
「………. It’s nothing, I’m just preparing several people’s worth of tools for the journey. I mean it’s a must have for journey by foot right. Can I leave sensei’s safety to you? 」
Rio is explaining his future plan and then Aisia nodded at him.
Rio is reluctantly releasing Aisia’s hand.
「――I’ll take different action from this point」
And then told her so.
After confirming that Aisia agreed to his plan, Rio lightly kicked the ground. His body is wrapped in wind and then soaring high in the sky in the next moment. Aisia also took a flight like Rio toward the different direction from him.
Their figure soon disappeared beyond the horizon of blue sky before the dawn.