Chapter 23 – Landing and Mouse!
The next day after entering Tialus, we kept advancing with the help of 《Teleport》.
Elysia, Elyc, and Hell White goes without saying, but Yuuri also came with me.
“We are heading for Alus Island right away!”
I’m trying to cover as much distance as possible with my 《Teleport》.
Every time the road split, I used 《Conceal》 to hide us while I checked the map.
Perhaps the 《Conceal》 is working, because there were no monsters coming towards them.
If we keep our voices down, we might be fine with just 《Conceal》…..oh, no, there are some Death Snakes coming our way.
So I used 《Teleport》 again to move towards Alus Island.
As soon as I did, we could see the horizon over the ocean.
With the ocean getting closer, Elysia spoke up.
“So that’s the island we are aiming for.”
There was an island situated inside the giant bay.
I got down from Hell White on the shore, then spied on the current status of the island.
Frankly, it was a very large island. Though the center was somewhat hilly, the island overall was quite flat. From the looks of things, it should be able to support around ten thousand people if needed.
Furthermore, it was covered with thick forests and a lot of abandoned stone made buildings.
Yuuri muttered under her breath.
“It’s like people could still be living there….”
“Perhaps some undead will come out, Yuuri.”
“S-stop it, Elysia.”
Elysia grinned while Yuuri shivered from what Elysia said.
I thought they were using honorifics when addressing each other.
They must’ve bonded last night or something.
“Well, there could really be some, but….it doesn’t look that like at first glance.”
“Indeed……hm, there seems to be a number of Arrow Crows on top of some roofs. Though not that many, I think.”
“In that case, we should go and visit it.”
“Understood. Ready at any time.”
Elysia said as she pulled out her sword. Yuuri also nodded with her mace shaking a bit in her hand.
I willed ourselves to 《Teleport》 to a place that looked like a harbor on the island.
In front of our eyes was a cobble-stone road and a bunch of buildings with their plaster fallen.
I used 《Conceal》 to hide us right away.
“There doesn’t seem to be anything on the grounds.”
“Though if we keep walking, I have a feeling some things would come out from the houses….”
Yuuri’s voice was shaking. It seems she can’t help but worry about what Elysia said about undeads appearing.
Elysia directed a question at me.
“So then, where will we go from here?”
“The government buildings should be in the center of the island. We will try to search the place for any information that may have remained. Perhaps we could find maps of this island or maybe even the whole Tialus.”
So we kept moving forward on the road next to the shore.
This is a quite large island, so we should be careful not to get lost. The government buildings being in the middle is just my guess as well.
That being said, if we manage to find a main street and follow that one, then we should come across some large buildings that should be our objective.
After walking down the road along the shore, we finally found the main street, so we proceeded to follow that one.
We saw no signs of anything left on the rather wide street.
Maybe some skeletons of birds and fishes here and there.
“This most likely means that about the only things visiting this island are the birds.”
“Yeah. Some larger birds must’ve hunted down the smaller birds that fed on the fishes.”
Those larger birds being the Arrow Crows, most likely.
“B-birds are fine, but….”
“Yuuri, despite your former body being quite large, you seem like quite a timid person.”
“T-that’s because you said some weird things, Elysia! ….it’s a good thing that I have a change of underwear on me──eeeek!?”
Yuuri’s body jolted from fright.
The cause of it was a crashing sound from behind us.
Turning back, we saw an Arrow Crow flying like an arrow in our direction.
“Did it notice us….? No.”
Looking closely, I could see a small animal running towards us on the ground.
“A mouse…..So some of those live here as well.”
It’s an animal that lives close to human settlements and raids their food supplies. It would not be an exaggeration to say that wherever humans live, mice do as well.
However, there are no people here. Some must’ve survived after the empire pulled out of here.
Anyhow, the Arrow Crow was still flying straight towards us.
It didn’t notice our existence.
At this rate it will crash into us, so let’s take care of it quickly.
“I’ll take care of it. You two, be on guard.”
I shot down the Arrow Crow with 《Dark Cutter》, then I immediately collected its corpse into my 《Pandora’s Box》.
It seems a bit of blood has flowed out for a moment….
It was really just for a moment, but cries still started resounding from the sky. It seems the other Arrow Crows noticed what happened.
That being said, there weren’t even ten of them.
I guess I should take them down to get food for today.
I decided to take down the Arrow Crows coming at us. Elysia also used her sword to cut down the incoming Arrow Crows.
“S-stay away! Eyy, eyy!”
Yuuri just kept frantically swinging her mace. Although she looks cool at first sight, she was giving off a kind of a hapless atmosphere right now.
The fight ended in not even a minute after that.
“That should be the end of it for now.”
I moved to store away the Arrow Crow remains.
However, this was no time to dawdle.
Others might notice the smell of blood and come toward us.
“Let’s move on.”
I hid us with 《Conceal》 again and kept moving towards the government district.
However, Elysia apparently noticed something and turned back.
“….hm? The mouse from before?”
Where Elysia was looking at, a mouse was watching us from behind a building’s corner, trembling in fright.
“Perhaps…..it wants our food. It would be troublesome to be found by Arrow Crows again, so leave this one to me!”
Yuuri looked very confident that she would be able to take down the mouse by herself.
“Wait a bit, Yuuri. It seems smart for a mouse. It may have detected us by scent and tried to follow us.”
It’s kind of a nuisance, but it seems to be a very smart mouse.
“I want to confirm something. Let’s catch it.”
“Yes! Leave it to me.”
Saying that, Yuuri tried to capture the mouse.
However, the mouse was nimble, so she wasn’t able to.
“Kh, kh! Don’t run away! Ah.”
Seeing Yuuri having a difficult battle, Elyc the slime covered the mouse.
The mouse was taken into Elyc’s body in no time.
It wasn’t trying to kill, so it left the mouse’s head outside so it could breathe.
It’s a slime that we found in the capital, so it must’ve seen mice before. It might even be used to hunting them.
Seeing that, Elysia smiled.
“Elyc, good work.”
“Muh….losing to even a slime….”
Yuuri said with puffed up cheeks, pouting heavily.
“It’s okay, a mouse can be quite quick……well then.”
I squatted down and looked at the face of the mouse.
It was visibly panicking, perhaps not wanting to die.
“I won’t kill you. But it’s dangerous here…..so, will you be my Servant?”
After hearing my words, the mouse stopped struggling and kept looking at me.
Finally, it made a movement resembling a nod.
At that moment, the mouse started shining.
After the light died down, what remained was:
It was the same mouse as before── no, wait.
Its body grew to many times its former size. Also, it could now stand only on its hind legs without any kind of discomfort.
And there was another thing that was clearly different from before.
“──what is this!?”
The mouse shouted out loud like a human.
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