A Strong Vampire
I took a step forward and spoke to the man in a calm voice.
“You must be pretty scared to resort to lying in an attempt to confuse us.”
“What are you saying?”
He scowled at me in annoyance. But then he quickly smiled again.
Like me, he was probably acting calmly in an attempt to intimidate his enemies.
I didn’t answer him. Instead, I turned to Kathe and smiled.
“Don’t worry. Your Magic Detection was accurate.”
“You want to say that you continued to detect him in the boss room after he appeared before us, right?”
“It just means that while we were fighting the magic machines and evils dragons, he put a dummy there.”
And then I looked at Shia and Serulis as well.
“It’s nothing surprising once you know that. He just has pretty good concealment magic.”
“Just? You’re very arrogant for a human.”
The man said with a laugh. But I could detect anger in his voice.
It was clear that his smile was forced.
But just to make sure, I looked into his eyes and said,
“You seem like you’re panicking. Is it because we killed your special evil dragons and magic machines?”
“Me? Panic? What is this foolishness?”
“Well, you made a dummy and rushed to this room just as we were distracted, didn’t you?”
“Of course, we were too fast, and they were all dead by the time you arrived.”
“I guess that’s why you stuck to the ceiling and waited for the right time to attack?”
I talked to him as if talking to a young child.
His mouth didn’t open. It was like the smile was frozen to his face. It suggested my provocation was working.
“Just thinking about how you were stuck to the ceiling like a frog… Quite adorably, don’t you think?”
“What? Is there something you would like to say?”
“You alone will not leave here alive.”
“I see. While saying that, I’m sure your head is full of ideas about how you can escape, isn’t it?”
I continued to insult him as a way of making it impossible for him to try to run away.
At the same time, I talked to the others through Telepathy.
‘Leave this guy to us for now. Shia, Serulis, and Grulf. You guys move as planned.’
‘Okay! Save the humans!’
‘Serulis. According to Locke’s Magic Exploration, these people have been Charmed. So don’t just think of it as a rescue.’
‘Wait for me, Locke, Goran, and Kathe to start fighting. Then make a run for it.’
While Eric said this, I continued to use Magic Detection and Magic Exploration.
I knew now that the enemy was good at using concealment magic. And so I had to be extra careful.