Otto Von Heidegger Is Game-Brained – Chapter 20

𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐝

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎: 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐝

I’m heading to the bookstore.

For some reason, there are a lot of jailers in town.

Did something happen?

“Hey! You!! Show your face. We’re conducting an official investigation.”

It seems that two jailers are calling out to me.

I have a feeling this is going to be troublesome, let’s try to deceive them.

“Wa-cha~ I came to sell vegetables~. I thought I’d buy a souvenir for the child on my way home. I’m just looking around the town.”

“You!! You suspicious guy! There’s no way a farmer would be wearing boots with studs. Who are you!!”

Tch! I’ve seen this guy before.

He’s from my house.

Seeing him draw his sword,

I subdue the jailer in front of me with hand-to-hand combat,

and neutralize the backup with lightning magic.

The subdued jailer screams.

“You!! You’re the Gray Mage!! We’ve received reports that you’ve been practicing forbidden arts from the residents and the church. Quietly submit to being bound. . .”

I silence him with an electric shock.

What’s with these guys?

They’re from my house, but are they after me?

Sirens start to ring from every corner of the town.

The residents I make eye contact with hide themselves.

Eh? What? Me? A wanted person?!

They wouldn’t know since I’m hiding my face.

People I recognize are rushing over with desperate expressions.

They’re fully armed.

I can’t let them die.

I get rid of them with a shockwave & steam explosion at my feet.

While they’re blinded, I choose a white mask for disguise from my storage and put it on.

The continuous ringing of the gong envelops the town.

Finally, even soldiers dressed in light infantry gear have appeared.

They’re forming a phalanx for an assault.

This is bad.

It would be easy to blow these guys to smithereens, but my family would have to pay the pension for the two-rank promotion.

Can’t be helped.

I’ll knock them out.

I create a potential difference in both hands.

I move forward in the smoke, accompanied by plasma emission.

In the steam, I, emitting arc light, must look like a slaughter robot that came from the future. Like a T-1000.

Of course, there’s a mask so they can’t see my face.

No one would think it’s me.

The goalie mask is unlucky on Friday the 13th.

After that, I succeeded in incapacitating all the vassals in 30 minutes.

These guys are unreliable.

I wish there were more. . . guys with backbone. . .

A well-known old man who drew his sword jumped out.

Hoho.

He’s full of spirit, shouting as if I’m a criminal.

Ah, I see, he’s trying to get a piece of the bounty from the emergency siren.

I lock his joints. Of course, I don’t let him make a sound by pressing his vocal cords. I whisper in his ear.

[Hey, Red Copper, you’re doing well. Introducing me.]

I search him. Yeah, the injuries I treated are no problem.

“You!! Gray! Are you unscathed even with all those soldiers!!”

[I could kill all the humans within three miles of this town, but that would include my job’s daughter. It would ruin my sleep.]

Huh? This guy, he has magic power.

“Wait!! My niece too.”

[I can occasionally bring humans back to life. But it consumes a lot of humans.]

Yes, of course it’s a lie. If I have an item, I can revive with one blow.

“Wait!! Are you the real thing that controls life and death?”

[That is the name of an ‘NPC’, and it depends on the ‘player’s’ ‘item’.]

Yes, this is a line from the game tutorial.

“Wait!! Are you something close to God!!”

[I cannot answer that question. It’s a taboo.]

This is a famous line from another anime.

“Wa, wait. . .”

“[Yes, you are falling into a deep, dark abyss. . .]

I try Drain. If we’re this close, it should work.

As I thought, the magic power flows into my body.

Red Copper faints with his eyes rolled back. He’s low on MP.

Damn, I overdid it, but it’s OK because he’s not dead.

I turn my back on the people who are not dead among the corpses.

I ran away in a dash.

Damn, I can’t go back to town anymore!!

🩴

The rain is getting stronger.

No more customers will probably come.

As I start to close the shop,

A young lady in a mismatched waterproof coat enters my shop.

“Miss, the shop is closing, what do you need?”

“Ah, um, I heard that I can pay my tab with this.”

I received a book wrapped in oil paper.

It’s definitely a book from my shop.

I remember her well because she was a complicated customer.

“This isn’t really worth ten gold coins, is it? Paying my tab with this.”

I take it and flip through the pages. There’s no problem, it’s not dirty or damaged.

“Yes. There’s no problem. Thank you for returning it. I will pay you the deposit.”

She looks relieved. The young lady.

She bows and leaves after receiving the gold coins.

Good grief, I thought she wouldn’t come back because she caused such a fuss.

But she unexpectedly came back.

It seems that the customer managed to escape safely.

🩴

A loli came back in the carriage, not in a maid outfit but dressed as an adventurer.

She is folding a wet cloak.

Kukkoro-san is also not in a maid outfit but dressed as a servant. She has a sword.

Both of them are wearing collars though.

“I’ve finished returning the book. Here’s the money I received.”

I received the gold coins wrapped in oil paper.

I can tell by the weight, so I put it directly into my pocket.

“Now, I’ve finished what I needed to do. I’m heading to the royal capital. Hey! Bring out the carriage!!”

🩴

The carriage moves forward in the rain.

I’m heading to the royal capital for the exam.

The game starts!!


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