Interrogation with the Vampire
The vampire had destroyed the mirror instead of attacking me.
What could be so important that he’d risk his like that to break it?
The vampire then looked at me and grinned.
And so I cut off his smiling head with the Devil King Sword.
“Now. Are you going to tell me what that is?”
I asked the severed head.
While keeping an eye on the head, I lined the dried up vampire next to him.
“Do you really think you’ll get anything out of me?”
The vampire head laughed mischievously.
Vampires were generally tight-lipped. I should have used an illusion.
However, it was too late for regrets.
“I’ll find out either way.”
“Aye, you can try.”
As I talked with the vampire head, the dried up vampire was slowly recovering.
“You really do heal quite fast.”
I dealt a killing blow to the head.
And then I sent a telepathic message to Nia and Grulf.
‘Hide in the shadows over there.’
Nia and Grulf nodded obediently.
And they went and hid. But Grulf’s tail was sticking out, and so I pushed it in.
And then I cast some concealment magic.
Now even an Arch Vampire wouldn’t notice.
And then I cast illusion magic and waited.
While he was dried up, the vampire was unconscious.
So if everything went well, he would be fooled by the illusion.
I waited for another ten minutes.
The vampire was recovering rapidly.
His face still looked bad, but he seemed to be on the verge of waking up.
I had used an illusion to make myself look like the vampire I had just killed.
“Hey! How long are you going to sleep!”
I shouted and kicked him lightly.
The vampire opened his eyes and looked around.
He would have seen the broken mirror and the ashes of his comrade.
I had also created an illusion of my own body on the ground.
“What happened, you say? That’s what I want to know! Why did you break the mirror!”
“Where’s the enemy…”
“Enemy? I already killed him.”
“I see. Thank you.”
“Enough about that. Tell me why you destroyed the mirror. I won’t forgive you if you don’t have a good explanation.”
“He was a strong enemy, and I didn’t think we could stop him… I thought that as long as it didn’t enter the enemy’s hands…”
“How foolish… How could you think that I would lose to such a human?”
“I am sorry.”
I watched the apologizing vampire and thought.
So they didn’t want me to take it. But why?
How could I get him to tell me?
“It can’t be helped.”
“I am truly sorry.”
“Now fix it.”
“I cannot…it is too difficult for me…”
“I know that! I am saying to find a different method.”
“We will have to go directly to the palace and reconnect the teleportation circle…”
Palace? The ominous word seemed to ring.
Was he saying that it was connected to Eric’s palace?
I pretended to remain calm as I asked,
“Very well then. And how long will that take?”