Side Story 11: The Prime Minister moves and the intertwined prediction
It’s the story of the Prime Minister.
There’ll be new characters in preparation for chapter 3.
In a certain office.
On that day, the Prime Minister Eclair was working hard as usual.
While he was going through the papers, it happened.
The bracelet on his left wrist cracked suddenly.
And he knows what exactly that means.
「Paldi is dead, I see.」
Soon after he removed the magic stone from the bracelet, he was overcome with grief.
Then, he took out a ‘music box’-like magic tool from the drawer.
There’s a small recess at the top.
He put the magic stone into it.
Then, a hologram was projected out from that magic tool.
It was a replay of Paldi’s vision from the moment she put the bracelet on until her last breath.
An insurance Eclair placed on her in case something happens.
He didn’t want to get up at all if he could, but things have escalated more than he expected.
He silently watched the replay.
Before long, it was cut off with a splash of blood.
A deep sigh.
He leans far back in the chair and places his hand on his temple.
「Look what happened when you think it’s just a normal Killer Ant nest…」
Eclair mutters knowing that his intuition was right.
He stands up and takes a book out of the bookshelf.
It is a book with information about the monsters once written by his ancestors.
After flipping for a while, his hand stops at a page.
A monster that corresponds to the one he just saw. Without realizing it, he wanted to cover his eyes from looking at its true identity.
「It was an Imperial Ant…」
A disaster-designated species that had gone extinct more than four hundred years ago.
The monster projected perfectly matched the characteristics.
It was the worst monster you could think of.
「Why is a monster that was supposed to be extinct more than four hundred years is in the Eld Desert?」
And that’s not all.
That ridiculous golem.
No Imperial Ant can make such golem.
In other words, it was made by someone else.
Also, the cloak it wore.
「It’s… the earth dragon skin…」
It’s still fresh. Completely different from the one used for Paldi’s sword.
The earth dragon skin carried by the Killer Ants in the desert.
And the cloak worn by the Imperial Ant that was made with the same material.
Shows one possibility, and that is,
「There may be earth dragons that still survive… 」
A monster that is also said to have become extinct hundreds of years ago.
The Imperial Ant is also known as 『Black Ant of Calamity』.
It swallows everything with its overwhelming number of forces.
On the other hand, the earth dragon is said to be a 『Glutton Monster』.
As the name suggests, it’s whole purpose in life is only to eat.
Moreover, it was recorded that it prefers to eat magic stones and things with a high concentration of magic.
It is a well-known fact that the material procure from earth dragon is expensive. However, not many know that the reason why it was driven to extinction in the first place is because its feeding habit leaves a huge impact on humanity.
Eclair held his head.
Why are they all happening now?
A ridiculous golem.
And the earth dragon.
Out of all time.
According to the records, the breeding power of Imperial Ant is about ten times that of regular Killer Ant.
If we don’t do something now, the colony will soon swell to the scale that can swallow the Borhelic Kingdom whole. In fact, it is recorded that several countries in the past have been eaten up by hordes of Imperial Ant.
As soon as their number increases, they will definitely seek resources outside of the desert and come to Eld Mine and our country. It’ll be too late when that happens.
At any rate, we have to dispatch an army soon.
Even if it’s to the monster infested place, Eld Desert.
Because that’s how dangerous a disaster designated species is.
The existence of the earth dragon is just a possibility.
And it’s possible that it’s already dead. I’m not optimistic at all, but Eld Desert is not a place where it can easily survive.
As long as it doesn’t coexist with other monsters.
「The idea of Imperial Ant working together with Accurate Crow and White Wyvern is just ridiculous… 」
How can they coexist when each of them is strong?
Symbiosis is a means for the weak to survive.
In the first place, he never heard of monsters higher than King-class to do so.
Eclair switches his way of thinking.
Records show that the Imperial Ant is a monster that can explode in number.
It’s better to deal with it quickly. A race against time.
Should I ask for support from other countries?
But what will happen after that?
They will definitely exploit our weakness.
Instead of sending help, who knows how much they would ask from us.
Not to mention the country’s finances are in a difficult situation right now.
On top of that, asking each country for help is no longer equivalent to breaking bread together.
It would be much better if we solved this on our own.
But, can it be done?
Against monsters that are said to have been destroyed over decades by the previous alliance.
Either request help and give in to their demand.
Or sacrifice the people.
Eclair sighs. He then came to a conclusion.
「I should not think too much…」
He writes a letter, puts it in an envelope and wax seals it.
After that, he rang the bell in his hand.
Soon enough, a secretary-looking woman, who’s not Paldi, enters the room.
As the prime minister, he has several secretaries. She is one of them.
「Rias, I want this letter sent to every country. A petition to send an army.」
「Are you sure?」
The secretary has a slight, surprised expression on her face.
「Don’t you worry. I’ll take responsibility for it.」
Excusing herself, she immediately left the room as soon as she received it.
That’s right, it has already been decided since the beginning.
The people are the country.
So why hesitate?
If they were left alone, the country would be destroyed. We will lose everything.
As long as the country is safe, I’ll gladly take all the blame if things come to worst.
And they (other countries) should already know how dire the situation is.
「It’s only been three months since the first sighting, new queens probably haven’t been born yet… This is our chance. It’s now or never.」
Three months to say the least. We will get ready and march to the Eld Desert.
That was his decision.
In the hallway a little away from the prime minister’s office——
The secretary who received the letter, Rias, is on her way to the department.
She is smiling.
Far from the expressionless face she had in the office earlier, it is a smile reminiscent of a cat.
She finds an empty spot and looks around to make sure she was not followed by anyone.
While singing and humming, she took out a sealed envelope from her pocket.
Without hesitation, she opened it up and checked the letter inside.
「Fumufumu, “Everyone, please help us. There is an Imperial Ant and earth dragon in our place” is the gist of it. I see I see.」
The content of the document for every country is pretty much the same.
After reading through, she burns the papers.
「I’m sure it would be no problem for you, Mr Prime Minister. In the first place, you’re the one suggesting that the dragon may still be young because of its size, no? Then, why does it never cross your mind of its parents? Everything that happened is not a coincidence. It’s natural for them to coexist.」
Guess that’s the limit of a homebound young master’s common sense and intuition, she thought.
In fact, the symbiosis of King-class or higher was never mentioned in any records.
Rummaging through her pockets, she took out another envelope.
It was neatly stamped with the prime minister’s seal.
It’s the fake letter she had made.
「I feel bad, but I think the kingdom should solve this on their own. Otherwise, it would be a problem for me.」
Besides, she adds.
「You never expect that I invited both of them. Let’s get back to work now. So, good luck with that, Mr big-head ♪」
She walked down the hallway with a laugh.
I can’t wait to see what will happen next.
It wasn’t shown on her face, but that was her true feeling. As she walks past a knight, she returns to her usual expressionless self.
Meanwhile, at the Boundary of Death――――
「Hmm♪ Hmm♫ Hm? Her presence….」
The border between Eld Desert and Eld Mine.
Also known as Dead Line.
There, sat a man.
The man donned strange clothes with colors that didn’t complement each other.
He has blue hair and red eyes with earrings on both of his ears.
Although it’s not that different from normal clothing, his appearance is completely a disaster because of the colors.
There’s a bottle of liquor in his right hand and an orange-colored sword in his left.
His eyes resembling a raptor are staring into the Eld Desert.
「I see, I see. Paldi, she’s dead. And the rest of the Silver Crow too….」
「Are you sure?」
It was the person standing beside him.
A silver-hair woman with an eyepatch on her left eye holding a red spear.
Sorrow can be seen on her face.
「I’m sure. I even have my ‘eyes’ on her just in case, which to say the least, didn’t help at all….」
「Darn it… If we’re just a bit earlier, things wouldn’t have become like this.」
「That’s just impossible.」
The man throws the bottle away.
It smashed onto the ground and spilled the remaining liquor everywhere.
He caught a whiff of the high concentrated alcohol.
「Aah, what a waste of a sexy body. She’s a woman every guy dreams of touching before they die. What a cruel world…」
The man opened his mouth and muttered his mind.
「Is that how you always sees her?」
Slowly, killing intent leaks out of the woman.
Which alone enough to cause stones in the surrounding to break.
The scared man shrugged.
「Ah right, she’s your sister and you just want her to be happy.」
Apparently, it didn’t come true, he added.
His words made the woman a bit sad and guilty about it.
Immediately, he stood up.
And looked behind him.
There’s a person.
The face covered by the hood made it impossible to know whether it’s a man or a woman.
The one-eyed woman also turned around.
「Hello there, Mr Informant.」
「By the order of Prime Minister Eclair, I want you to come with me to the royal palace.」
「You are fast. Did you foresee this?」
It stayed silent for awhile.
「It’s just a prediction. Mr Eclair take account of everything.」
「Is that so….」
The man’s eyes narrowed.
His eyes resembling a raptor show a slight interest.
Paldi and the members of the Silver Crow are not by any means weak.
He can confirm that.
After all, she’s stronger than any S-rank adventurer he knows.
「And for this prediction to be successful, you use some kind of technique on her sister to record her memory, am I right?」
The informant flinched.
How did you know? It said.
「Ah, how did I know, you say? The prime minister isn’t the only one who did so, I also have my ‘eyes’ on her. Well, we just didn’t make it in time.」
Once again, he spoke carelessly.
The woman strongly grips her spear.
「Paldi authorized it…」
She can only yell knowing she was deceived all this time.
The man tried to stop her from swinging the spear.
「So, what do you want us to do? Personally, we want to avenge Paldi and the Silver Crow members. If it’s a boring trivial matter, I’m afraid we have to refuse, understand?」
「It’s serious. This time, it is Mr Eclair who personally took action.」
The informant indifferently says.
Like a doll without emotion.
Hearing so, their expression slightly changed.
「That’s why we need you to lend us your strength.」
The informant kneels before them.
「The brave recognized by the Holy Sword Leviathan, Wald Nored the Dragonslayer and the wielder of the God-Killing Spear Gungnir, Beldi Raven the World Piercer.」
The wind blew.
The wind coming from the Eld Desert with few obstacles was as refreshing as ever.
For the most part, the predictions will soon come intertwine around a certain sleeping earth dragon.
Side Story『Ann’s Dungeon Defense Journal! Part 2 』 complete.
Next time Chapter 3 『The Link Between the Dragonslayer and the Kin 』
Although it’s a side story, it has the most characters so far