Deep Green Town
“Alright. You people, you’re next.”
A guard with a very laid-back air came to stand in front of the carriage.
“A stagecoach, eh? Ohhh, what a lot of ruffians you all are!”
“Hahaha. We were attacked by bandits…”
“Truly? Ah, well, of course, you were! But that would mean our security is quite worthless then…I don’t think I can apologize enough!”
He didn’t seem to take it seriously at all… In fact, I had to assume that a lot of damage had been done until we took care of them.
“Still, it was the lot of you who killed them then? In that case, you must all come with me to the guardhouse, as there will be a reward.”
“Now wait a minute here. I didn’t participate in the fight. Besides, I am in a hurry. Let us through!”
The merchantman with the bag jumped out of the carriage in order to protest. Indeed, he had not fought at all.
“Oh, I’m terribly sorry! But you know, we would also like to hear the opinions of passengers who did not fight!”
“Then you can ask these other two. They didn’t fight either.”
“Yes, yes. But I think it would be preferable to hear from everyone. I’m terribly sorry and all that. But you must understand! I’m begging you!”
The guard lowered his head to such a degree that I thought it would touch the ground. He was also pleading very loudly, which drew the attention of others. That was probably his intention from the beginning. The merchantman now found it difficult to refuse, and he very begrudgingly muttered, ‘I suppose that I have no choice…’
“Splendid! You all have my deepest gratitude! Now, driver. Please come this way!”
The driver did not seem to mind, and so he drove the carriage towards the guardhouse. The other passengers also showed no signs of objecting and remained quiet. Of course, Daniela and I also had no reason to refuse.
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As the questioning would be conducted in separate rooms, I had to wait a while before a guard called my name and led me away.
When I entered the room, the same guard we met at the gate was waiting there.
“Oh, sorry to keep you waiting.”
“Not at all. So, what am I supposed to tell you?”
I sat down on the chair and stared at him. He had seemed very easy going at first, but I now felt that it was part of some act. He had smoothly manipulated us all into coming here, after all… Maybe he was a brilliant guard with a knack for acting.
“Well, to begin with, you can tell me of this situation that led to hunting the bandits.”
And so I thought back on what had happened as I began to talk. I was sleeping in the carriage when Daniela had woken me up. We realized then that we were surrounded by forty bandits. Also, Miss Tetra and I killed about half of them.
“Hmm…I see. Yes, thank you for your detailed account.”
The guard’s voice seemed to change as he muttered to himself while I recounted the story. I was pretty sure that it was the real person starting to show and I couldn’t help but chuckle.
“Hmm? What is it?”
“You seem to have returned to normal.”
He looked horrified for a moment before scratching the back of his head in embarrassment, knowing that there was no undoing it.
“Well, this is very humiliating. But you know, when dealing with such blood-drenched ruffians, it is better to talk in such a way…”
“I kind of thought so. I realized it when I sat down in front of you.”
“Hmph… You do have a good eye.”
He seemed impressed and now smiled.
“Well, I’ve seen a lot…or maybe I just think that I have.”
“Hehehe. You are an odd one. I am glad that the bandits didn’t kill you. Now, this interview is over.”
So saying, he began to gather his papers.