Chapter 134.2 : The End of Battle
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Celia shook her head in an apologetic manner and then showed a slightly sad smile.
「No, I’m glad that you’re safe.」
After Celia received such a surprise in hearing those words from Rio, she nodded with a slightly embarrassed face.
At that time, suddenly――,
（………… Sorry, Haruto.） [
Aisia’s voice resounded in Rio’s head. Though she was still using her usual emotionless tone, her voice was as calm as usual.
（Aisia………………….. So you’re safe. Thank god. And I should be the one apologizing to you. So, Are you safe Aisia?）
Though Rio was slightly petrified when he heard Aisia’s voice, he asked her if she was alright, worried about her.
（Thank goodness. Where are you right now, Aisia? Can you come to our position?）
（I can see you already, Haruto. What should I do now?）
（It seems I have to leave to save Vanessa-san first. Since you might be close already, can you help me protect Celia-sensei and the others while staying in your spirit form?）
（………….. Understood. Sorry. I won’t leave Celia’s side for now）
（It’s okay. I mean you went in order to protect Celia-sensei didn’t you? Let’s confirm our situation later.）
Rio passed by Celia’s side after hearing Aisia’s reply and――,
「Aisia is safe and sound. I’ll take Charles along and go to save Vanessa-san. Can I leave the treatment of those two youths to you Cecilia? I’ll be back soon.」
He told so while overlooking Charles who was lying down beside them.
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After that, Rio took Charles along with him as he went towards the place where they had Vanessa. And when they reached there,
「Oi, what was that explosion from before! ? Are you bastard trying to kill our princess! ? 」
Vanessa asked for an explanation from the two knights who were keeping watch of her.
Naturally, the explosion she was referring to was the explosion caused by the collision of Alfred and Rio finishing moves. But――、
「Silence, you have no right to know! 」
Those knights easily rejected Vanessa’s demand with a slightly flustered tone. Right beside them were the wounded griffons who were currently leisurely sitting.
「Oi, what is the meaning of this? Are you truly trying to kill princess Christina? 」
「How do you expect me to know that? But, Charles-sama……….. No, maybe having Christina-sama dying in this place is more convenient for duke Arbeau.」 い
「Hey, stop talking about such confidential information so carelessly! Please spare me from being burdened with the crime of killing a royalty!」
「I feel the same way too! Rather, that woman will become our scapegoat right? Or could it be that Alfred-sama is……………..」
Thus, those two knight were completely ignoring Vanessa’s existence while having such a discussion in low voice.
「Oi, what are you talking about! ? Explain it to me too! What did you just mean? What is happening right now! ? 」
Vanessa was frantically seeking for an explanation regarding the current situation. But, those two knight didn’t pay any attention to Vanessa anymore.
「Kuh, Kill me………………. If that’s the case, please kill me. Please, show me your compassion as a fellow knight.」
Vanessa’s head was hanging low as she said so. She thought that she might bring various trouble by being captured alive.
Those two knights turned away from Vanessa as if the situation was slightly awkward . Thereupon, the tables were turned on them when Rio appeared with an apprehended Charles.
「C-Charles-sama! ? 」
The knights shouted Charles’ name in panic.
Vanessa who was also lured by their tone turned her line of sight there——,
「H…………………. H-Haruto-dono! ? What are you doing here! ? 」
She asked with a bewildered voice.
「As you can see. I’ve come to save you. ……….Oi」
After telling her so, Rio pushed the tip of his sword on Charles’ back who was walking ahead of him.
「R-Release that woman.」
Charles ordered those two knights to release Vanessa with a frightened face.
「Do it quickly! Or I’ll punish you for ignoring my order! 」
Though the ordered knights were showed slight resistance with a confused face, they started to untie her after being ordered by Charles. Thus, Vanessa was released in the blink of an eyes.
「Vanessa-san. Please restrain those two.」
Now Vanessa was the one to bind those two knight under Rio’s order.
「Hey, Haruto-dono. ………….. please tell me what just happened? 」
Though Vanessa was binding those knights as ordered, she found it extremely difficult to hold back from asking for an explanation.
「I managed to repel those guys. Though Rei-san and Kouta-san were injured due to that, there’s no problem. So please be relieved.」
「………… Do-does that mean my brother is? 」
Vanessa asked that question with a disturbed look. She really couldn’t bring herself to imagine them repulsing their pursuers who had Alfred amongst them. But――、
「Disarmed and unconscious.」
Vanessa was at a loss for words when Rio blatantly told her that. Though it was an unbelievable story , Rio had brought the evidence along with him.
「Though I made him faint, his life isn’t in any danger. So please be relieved.」
「N-No. By the way……….. Did you beat him, Haruto-dono? Did you beat my brother? 」
「Yes. That’s right.」
Though Vanessa was completely shaken by such a revelation, Rio calmly replied as if it was nothing , thus she gulped her saliva when she heard that.
「I put those guys under arrest and then came here. Let’s go deal with those griffons」
Vanessa nodded with a dumbfounded face. After Rio and Vanessa had disposed the 4 griffons guarded by those two knights, they went back to where Celia-tachi were waiting for them.
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「Your highness! Thank god you’re alright! 」
Vanessa who confirmed Christina’s safety rushed towards her in panic.
「Yeah, it’s thanks to lord Amakawa. I’m glad that nothing happened to you too.」
Christina replied to Vanessa with a thin smile.
「No. I failed to hold back my brother and thus made you go through a dangerous experience. I’m unworthy of your worry.」
「It’s okay. The result couldn’t be avoided as you were against that Alfred」
「………… Regarding that matter, did my brother truly get defeated in combat? 」
Though Vanessa was hanging her head down in shame, she timidly asked about Alfred.