𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟗: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐞!
We tied up the rapists and rolled them onto the cargo bed, and we set off for the royal capital, Galangran.
The remaining journey would take about five days, so it wouldn’t have made much difference in terms of time if we had returned to Gaillia, but we were overruled by the three girls who wanted to take the opportunity to sightsee in the royal capital.
It would be nice if we had time to play.
They probably don’t think about it, but once we get to the royal capital, you girls will be heroes.
Because you defeated the enemy of women.
I wonder if there will be interviews with newspapers and such.
Me? I’m just a side dish. In situations like this, a female hero is better than a male one. I guess I’ll be introduced in a corner and slightly protect the honor of the men of the world.
The four-horse carriage is reconnected to two horses and two carriages and proceeds on the road to the royal capital. Each of them is towing one carriage.
The reason we’re doing such an irregular thing is because only Anita and I can be coachmen.
We can’t let the rapists do it, of course.
“I’ll practice next time too!”
“That’s right. I’ll teach everyone properly.”
Asuka, who is sitting next to me, declares her determination energetically.
Whether it’s riding skills or coachman skills, they’re rarely used in daily life, but they’re convenient when traveling.
And well, during times of war.
If you can ride a horse, you’ll be recruited as a cavalryman when you’re drafted.
Then your chances of survival are much higher than if you were an infantryman.
War is a matter of national importance, and we commoners can’t do anything about it, but it’s better to have one or two ways to survive.
Anyway, at the next post station, we asked for a herald to the adventurer’s guild in the royal capital and also had them prepare restraints for the prisoners.
The kind that are used for forced labor, where the hands and feet are connected and you can’t run or jump.
Because you can’t go to the toilet if you’re in a caterpillar state.
So, from there on, we’ll have them walk in a rosary chain. Not to make a spectacle, but to drain their energy.
If they sit on the cargo bed all the time, they’ll be full of energy. We don’t know what kind of opportunity they’ll take advantage of, so it’s better for them to be exhausted.
“Considering what they did to Anita, this is nothing!”
The one who is furious is Asuka.
According to what they found out, those rapists seem to have done something terrible.
It’s something that even I, a man, hesitate to hear.
“Wa. . .ter. . .”
“The next break is in a quarter (two hours). Hold on until then.”
From the rear, the men’s pleas and the cold voice of the clergywoman echo.
Of course, the water and food we give them are minimal.
We don’t care if they die.
As we approached the royal capital, we could see a crowd forming near the city gate.
Because we had sent a herald. The information must have been transmitted.
A gate guard is running towards us.
I stop the carriage, hand the reins to Asuka, who has become a little able to handle them after a few days of practice, and get down to the ground.
I can’t greet them from a high place, of course.
“Are you the adventurer clan [Hope]?”
“Yes. I am Lionel, the representative. We have brought the rapists who assaulted women.”
“You’ve done a great job.”
When the gate guard raises his hand, soldiers swarm around and take the chains of the rapists.
They’ll probably take them away as they are.
“The defense captain has a question for you. Proceed with the carriage as it is, pass through the west gate, and go to the third barracks.”
After the ceremonial exchange, I move the carriage again and pass through the city gate of the royal capital.
Amidst great cheers.
Hope! Hope! they say.
Among them, there were also cheers calling out the names of Asuka, Miliaria, and Meisha.
They’re real heroes.
By the way, no one is calling my name. Even though I’m the leader.
There’s nothing I can do about this.
Because it looks better if the hero who defeated the enemy of women is a woman.
The three girls cheerfully wave their hands in response to the cheers, and Anita and I, who are driving the carriage, handle the reins with expressionless faces.
It’s not that we have ulterior motives, we’re just serious!
It’s a huge crowd. We’re handling the reins with the utmost care, trying not to excite the horses and not to catch people with the wheels.
I wish they would clear the road a little more.
“Your work this time was a great cause.”
The defense captain says solemnly.
The circumstances should have been properly conveyed from the adventurer’s guild in the royal capital, as I had left a note in advance.
“I’m honored. If I could help maintain public order, there is no greater honor.”
“Hmm. It’s truly the work of parasites to harm women and children. They’re not worth living.”
The defense captain is fuming, but the discussion is yet to come.
The fate of the r*pists hasn’t been decided yet.
It’s not impossible that they could be acquitted if they pay a hefty sum of money.
“All we can do is hope for a fair judgment.”
I avoid making deep comments and bow my head.
Of course, this attitude of leaving it to them is a worldly wisdom.
There are not a few officials who dislike adventurers like us expressing our opinions.