The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 32
Chapter 32: Successful Operation?
There is a valley on the outskirts of a town two away from the capital.
Originally, it was a place where several small villages were connected and people lived together.
However, as the number of demon beasts increased and it became unsafe for humans to live there, people moved to safer areas.
As a result, it became an abandoned village where only old buildings and fields remained.
Since demon beasts still inhabit the area in large numbers, ordinary people never approach it.
That’s why it became a perfect hideout for bandits.
Using information obtained from captured bandits in previous battles, the Order succeeded in identifying the location of their hideout and decided to conduct a large-scale raid.
The operation involves units one through ten, with the participation of the sixth unit.
Knight Commander Lancelot and His Highness Alectos will take command.
I am heading to the scene with His Highness and the fourth, fifth, and sixth unit of the Order.
“The enemy is bandits, right? Is it normal to move such a large force to deal with bandits?”
“No, this time is special. It’s a large organization among bandits and they’ve been wreaking havoc on the kingdom for years. I want to take care of them all at once here and now.”
The goal is a distance away in the valley.
Horse and wagon are used to reach a position just in time to avoid detection.
I ride alongside his Highness.
As a noble, I learned how to ride a horse when I was young, so I can ride horses too.
“Zion should learn how to ride a horse too.”
Zion-kun can’t ride a horse.
He’s still behind me, tightly clinging to my body.
He’s a child and short, so his feet can’t reach the stirrups.
“When you get a little bigger, I’ll teach you.”
“Hahaha, that’s great.”
Despite heading to fight bandits, I am surprisingly calm.
With his Highness and Zion-kun, and many knights behind me, I can feel safe.
However, the atmosphere among the knights behind us is heavy.
Not because of the dangerous mission.
I sneak peeks at His Highness’ back and quickly avert my eyes.
His Highness sighs in exasperation.
I can somehow understand what he’s thinking.
I rush to the scene.
We stop before the designated location and prepare to attack without alerting the bandits.
Preparations are proceeding calmly.
However, there’s a heavy atmosphere here, too.
It’s a different air from tension.
“Listen up, all of you.”
His Highness, impatient with the atmosphere, declares to the knights.
We can’t raise our voices too loud because of the location.
“Don’t worry about “that” incident. We’re the ones who involved you in this mess. You guys just need to focus on doing what you can as knights.”
His words are gentle, and his expression is calm.
The knights listen intently to the quiet voice and nod slightly.
“Don’t apologize and look sorry once you understand. You guys are not at fault.”
Thump. He pats the shoulder of a young knight nearby.
Even the knight who had a serious expression softens upon hearing His Highness’ words.
They all equally trust Your Highness.
That’s why they feel guilty for not being able to lend their power to His Highness.
His Highness understands this, which is why he spoke up.
There should be no unnecessary worries before the battle.
“All right, we’ll charge as soon as preparations are done. Our mission is to block the south side of the hideout. There are only two large entrances and exits to this valley. We’ll block them.”
Your Highness gives instructions to the knights.
Zion-kun and I stand behind His Highness, making sure not to get in the way.
We are not included in the headcount for this operation.
So our role is to assist His Highness.
His Highness’s role is to provide attack support with magic.
We will protect him so that he will not be in danger.
I also brought Rune Stones beforehand so that I can help, even if it’s just a little.
“Ugh… we’re going to fight now, huh.”
He may seem unreliable, but as soon as he draws the Holy Sword, he becomes a hero.
There is no more reliable ally than him.
That’s why there is no anxiety.
We will finish as quickly as possible and search for the fourth person.
“Let’s move forward.”
His Highness gave the order and, together with his knights, headed towards the hideout.
The knights walked through the dimly lit valley.
Even though they were an obvious sight, they were progressing in a way that blocked the entrance and exit, so the bandits couldn’t escape even if they noticed.
If it came to it, it would be a siege.
If that were to happen, the defending side would have the advantage of the terrain.
Before it became a long-term battle, they had to capture the bandits amidst the chaos.
“We will now storm the bandits’ hideout from here! If you find them, capture them! Don’t hesitate to strike back if they resist! Rise to the challenge before they can take refuge!”
The knights raised their voices in unison.
With that as the signal, the knights charged forward.
Following His Highness who led the charge, Zion-kun and I ran too.
Our opponents were the most powerful group of bandits in the kingdom.
Intense fighting was inevitable.
Nervousness suddenly struck me.
At the same time, I felt a cold chill run through my body.
“Huh? The bandits…”
Those of us who charged forward energetically stopped in a hurry.
The bandits’ hideout was already enemy territory.
However, no one attacked us.
No disturbance was caused.
And no wonder… the bandits were already in a state of collapse.
Bandits were rolling on the roadside.
They were bleeding, groaning, and some of them weren’t even twitching…
“Ugh, how boring, what a bunch of thugs!”
“Is anyone there?”
On top of the pile of piled-up bandits stood a man.
With a large sword on his shoulder, he looked down on us…
“Hmm? Who are you guys?”
He looked just like a demon.