Chapter 4: A girl without limits
[…So this is the rumored girl who helped Alicia ojou-sama, right? She looks so small]
In the reception room of Gutenbelt family.
A muscular man wearing full body armour was staring straight at Ferris.
Ferris shrinked her body and apologised.
She felt that she has to apologise for being so small even though this is something that she has no control over. She did not know what she did wrongly but felt that she needed to ask for forgiveness.
And Alicia’s father – Robert Gutenbelt – a man wearing a gorgeous robe and has a moustache growing above his lips, made a dry cough.
[Head guard-dono. Please do not make that child so scared. That child saved Alicia… so she is also considered my benefactor]
[I am not really going to say anything scary]
The guard man wearing his armour said it shrewdly.
To reduce the amount of intimidation she was feeling, Ferris tried to shrink her body even more, but the guard man with his muscular body and rough facial features rendered her efforts ineffective.
Ferris felt that the guard is actually not a bad person. However, such a huge man is scary nevertheless. Hiding behind Alicia, Ferris took a peek at the head guard.
[No, problem desu… I am not afraid… T, then, question to ask me, what is it…?]
She told the head guard.
[What I would like to hear is, the matter of the two hooligan that tried to assault Alicia ojou-sama. Alicia ojou-sama did not see their faces, and you did not see their face too, right?]
[Y, yes… wearing a hood, face covered by cloth…]
[Hmm… is there any features which can be used to identify them? For example, a crest of their organization, the unique spell they used or their accent?]
[I can’t remember… sorry…]
Ferris became extremely dejected.
Alicia followed up and tried to defend Ferris.
[We did not have the leisure to notice such a thing during the assault. Since they are committing a crime, it is also unlikely for them to give clues regarding their identity]
The head guard nodded but still continue staring at Ferris.
[Next question. Why did you appear at the scene of the crime? Are you an orphan from downtown that has wandered into this neighbourhood?]
[N, no, this…coming to this city, my first time…]
[So you are someone that came from another place. Where did you come from?]
[T, that… somewhere far away]
Ferris mumbled her words.
The head guard leaned his body towards Ferris and a frown could be seen after hearing Ferris’s reply.
[It is really suspicious… You, are hiding something. You smell of someone guilty of hiding some secret that you do not want to let other people know of]
[There is but… I cannot tell you…]
Ferris shoulder trembled slightly.
[Maybe, you are a companion of the attacker? You coincidentally appeared on the scene, and faked an act to help Alicia ojou-sama…?]
[Please wait a moment, head guard-sama!? This is definitely impossible!?]
[No, I am not wrong. I have apprehended a large number of criminals. I could immediately sniff out someone trying to hide a secret. Speak, what are you hiding?]
The head guard slowly approaches Ferris.
[Ferris, please just tell him. I hate it when my important benefactor is being wrongly suspected]
Alicia plead with Ferris.
[B, but, I might be brought back to that place…]
[Hate it desu! I NEVER WANT TO RETURN TO THAT PLACE desu! I HATE IT desu!]
Alicia gently held the hand of Ferris.
[It’s alright. I do not know where that place is, but I will absolutely never bring you there. Hence, please tell me, alright?]
Ferris took in a deep breath. Just why, being held by Alicia, she felt that all her fears were dispelled.
She hesitated slightly but decided to speak.
[I, am a slave of a mine desu… However, my master said some cruel thing about me, so I escaped…]
[A mine slave? Which mine?]
The head guard raised his eyebrow and enquiry further.
Ferris continue speaking while trying to avoid the sharp gaze from the eye of the head guard.
[I do not know the location, but… it is a mine that collect magic stones. I entered the mine to dig for magic stones, and my masters polish them desu]
The head guard laughed amusingly.
[You heard that right, Robert? This fellow has no credibility at all. Please tell a better lie next time]
[A magic stone mine? …]
Robert showed a bitter expression.
[Ferris… that, did you mixed it up with other rare materials? Hey, for example Orichalcum ore…]
Alicia also showed a similar troubled expression.
[E…to, what is wrong, everyone…?]
Towards the reaction everyone showed, Ferris did not know what is wrong. She worried that she just said something weird.
The head guard sighed exaggeratedly.
[Listen properly, little girl. The thing called a magic stone is something that contains a dense amount of magic power. With a stone the size of my fist and without any processing, it will seriously poison a human body. And do you know what will happen to someone entering a mine full of such magic stones?]
[It will you make feel…unwell?]
[It will be great if it only makes you unwell! You will die! You will collapse onto the ground if you get close to a mountain producing such magic stones! Hence, magic stone mines is something that does not exist! Such a place will only be sealed up and nobody will be allowed to get close!]
[B, but, I really work in a magic stone mine! My masters will absolutely not approach the cave…]
So that is the reason. Ferris felt that she finally understood something. The worker that fell sick after approaching too close to the mine Ferris was working in must be caused by the poison emitted from the magic stone.
[Hmph, then why can you stay in a magic stone mine? Are you implying that you are someone special?]
[That’s not it, although it’s not that, but…]
[If that is the case, then you must be lying. Do you know that it is a crime trying to falsified an evidence…?]
The guard that look down upon Ferris seem like a demon to her. His huge shadow slowly covered the whole of Ferris’s small body.
Ferris was trembling uncontrollably. Because I did a bad thing, I will be beaten or even put to death. She felt a sense of terror.
T.L End of Part 1. Why is everyone bullying her?
E.D This lil’ shit of a guard. 1v1 me irl! >:c