233 – Planning Course of Action


Translator: SFBaka

Editor: Thor’s Stone


In the end, the suggestion of having a casual dinner tonight was brought up to Grado clan’s Tinia-san since we were currently out of the ship, and she graciously accepted. She then left for the meantime. I left Mei in charge of arranging the dinner venue, but it seems she opted to have it in a high-class restaurant that serves the native dishes of Refill IV, which the locals call Theta.

“Refill IV’s traditional dishes…… I’m really looking forward to it!”

“Yeah. As far as I remember, there are no dishes comparable to roasted giant hornworms and the like, so you can eat with confidence.”

“That’s a relief.”

I guess the specialty dish of Comatt III, which was roasted hornworms the size of an armful, really had that much of an impact on the girls huh…… It was plenty tasty though. That’s if you can ignore the dish’s appearance.

And so, we chatted around like that until we finally found ourselves back in the Lotus. We received more info regarding the Grado clan’s Tinia-san from Mei as she researched the local high-end restaurants to choose where we’ll be having our dinner.

“I’ve troubled you this time, Mei.”

“Oh, it’s no trouble at all, Master. Tina-sama did withdraw immediately after all.”

“What kind of person was she, Mei-san?”

“She seemed to be quite an intelligent and spirited person.”

After saying so, Mei projected an image of an elven lady on the holo display. She was probably Tinia-san huh. She was a beauty with dark brown hair that went down to her waist. I remember seeing this lady before. She was the beautiful lady who exchanged words with me inside the pirate ship.

“So it really was her.”

“Are you familiar with her?”

“She was the one who seemed like the leader of the captured elves. She was the only one who managed to have a calm conversation with me in that situation. I also gave her my name.”

“I see. She’s quite pretty, isn’t she?”

“Yep. She’s plenty beautiful alright.”

“She’s truly a beautiful person. As expected of big brother.”

There was a hint of thorns in Whisker’s tone. I definitely wasn’t aiming for establishing a relationship with the beauty when I gave out my name okay. But since they would probably say I was merely making excuses, I decided to just keep mum.

“We’d like it if you’d bring yourself to finally acknowledge our feelings instead of checking out every new beauty you manage to come across though, Boss.”

“……”

The mechanic sisters stared at me intently after saying their piece. I turned my eyes away from them and took out my portable terminal.

“I’d like to review the incident that led to our current situation with you all. Let’s check out the report I got from the Mercenary Guild.”

“Hey, Boss. Look at us, will ya?”

“Big brother……”

“Just wait a bit longer. I’m not ready yet.”

I did feel affection for both of them and acknowledged they were pretty cute. They were also really nice kids. Uh, I probably shouldn’t call them kids though. They were both adults who were the same age as me after all.

But I really couldn’t bring myself to lay my filthy hands on them, okay! It’s just that their physical appearance was…… like that, you know! Ain’t I going to be thrown in jail if I made a move on them? Anyway, that sort of feeling just wells up first. And I was also a part of the big boobies faction as well.

“Oh well. I’m gonna make ya absolutely head over heels for me one of these days, Boss.”

“Head over heels, she says (wry laugh).”

“What are ya laughing at? Do you want me to sock ya, Boss?”

“Sorry.”

Please lower your fist, lady. If I get seriously punched by Tina, my unreinforced bones will likely get broken easily. I kinda feel like not wanting to ruin this current state of affairs where we’re able to interact comfortably with each other like this. But it isn’t like a guy like me to refuse to eat a meal that’s freely offered to me. Hm.

“Alright, leave it at that for today, guys.”

“Muu…… If Elma-neesan says so, then I guess it can’t be helped. I’ll let you off for today in honor of neesan.”

“Sorry.”

Honestly, though, I feel like my hands are full with handling Mimi, Elma, and Mei already. In order to accept the sisters as well, I have to raise my caliber as a man even further. In all sorts of meanings, that is.

“Ahem. Anyway, let’s take a look at the particulars of the previous incident, shall we?”

I operated the portable terminal and displayed the outline of the incidents related to the large-class pirate ship we captured on the holo-display.

“Nn…… There aren’t any particularly interesting points huh.”

“Well, it’s just your classic planetary raid and abduction case after all.”

The incident was mostly like what Elma and I surmised. Multiple pirate ships raided Refill IV and used their superior firepower and maneuverability to subdue the locals. It’s said in the report that the attack occurred while a certain local ceremony was being conducted, and that led to the abduction of several young people, who were mainly young elven women.

The ones held inside that large-class pirate ship we captured were of particularly high status, and the rest of the captured elves died after the system garrison and the imperial space navy attacked the pirate base and shot down the other ten pirate ships. It looks like the imperial military was receiving a lot of flak for failing to defend against the planetary raid.

It was already bad that they failed to defend the planet against the raid, but having us, who were just passing by, deal with the escaped pirate ship just added salt to the wound. Furthermore, we managed to capture the said pirate ship intact instead of blowing it up. They’re probably being criticized a lot right now.

Anyway, judging from that general’s attitude, it doesn’t look like they were holding a grudge against us for being busybodies, so I guess we’re fine for now.

“The occasion in question was the engagement ceremony between the second daughter of the Grado clan leader and the second son of the Minfa clan leader… Hey, so it’s between Tinia-san and the son of another clan leader huh.”

“So it was like a marriage interview to strengthen the ties between both clans huh.”

“It’s a tragic incident for sure, but…… are we sure politics wasn’t involved in the attack?”

“Yeah. The incident itself seems pretty commonplace, but it does seem like a situation where shady stuff like that might be involved as well.”

“Another clan that wasn’t happy with the Grado and Minfa clans building stronger ties sending information to the pirates in order to ruin the ceremony is a reasonable theory huh.”

Of course, since we outsiders were able to theorize something like that right away, the victims themselves would have been able to think of it as well. The two clans probably have some hostile relations with other clans, and they were probably wary of other clans making trouble for them to some extent when they decided to go ahead with the ceremony.

“Well, what can I say? We managed to arrive here with some rotten timing huh. How about we cancel our plans for touring the Refill system and head to another place for now?”

“That would be better I think, Boss. How bout we make fer the home system of us dwarves instead?”

“The Maxil system, right? It’s seven hyperlane nodes away from here.”

“Right. The incident in the Comatt system was more than enough for me.”

“M-Mm…… Maybe that’s a good idea after all.”

Apart from Mimi, it looks like the rest were in agreement with my proposal to immediately leave the Refill system. Mimi was probably feeling somewhat reluctant to leave without seeing the incident we got ourselves involved in though.

Mei? She basically supports any decision I make unless she deems it was of a sufficiently big deal to warrant her intervention. Mei didn’t really assert her own opinion most of the time.

“Anyway, let’s check the situation out first. We’ll leave immediately depending on what happens. We’ve already applied for a descent permit, so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have a little peek first.”

Everybody nodded to my suggestion.

With this, we were able to unify our opinions regarding our next course of action. I wonder what’ll happen at tonight’s dinner? We have to be careful not to be caught up in the power struggle on Refill IV.



17 Comments

  1. So basicly if things looks like normal for them run command was given but with their high(?) Luck stas ıt s gonna be escaping from little fire into avalanche

  2. Am I Un-Dead Yet?

    Ok. Everyone agrees to run away, but let’s stick our necks in the noose first?

    • Well, it’s already too late to run away actually… I mean, they already arranged a dinner, and already given permit… Suddenly leaving would surely give negative points toward Native Elven Society…

  3. Thank you for the chapter
    Hiro will definitely get caught up in a power struggle

  4. Thanks for the chapter! Awesome translation! May God bless you!

  5. “But I really couldn’t bring myself to lay my filthy hands on them, okay! It’s just that their physical appearance was…… like that”

    Hiro confirmed being a filthy peasant

  6. Thanks for the treat.

  7. I knew it, that Tinia girl was really engaged to someone, tho my predictions about an elopement failed. Still, it’s too bad that there’s a really high chance that she won’t be part of the harem/crew

    • Unless her marriage candidate were slain during the Pirate Raid…

      But if he’s not, then I can guess that he is the one wounded in the pirate ship…

  8. Definitely going to be something so volatile it’ll blow up spectacularly quickly, right within the span of their “little look.”

  9. The question is, if they knew they have enemies, why do they didn’t prepare any defense during the ceremony? Instead of leaving it all to the Imperial Soldiers, which I guess the higher up were being bribed to underperforming their guards during the ceremony… Or something similar…

  10. Thanks for another chapter!

  11. Is it that hard to just think of them as short women with flat chests, Hiro? That’s what I do. And that’s what they are as well…

    I think he’s just racist against flatness. For shame.

  12. “Taking a small peak would not hurt right?” Is a damn flag!

  13. its like he really thinks escaping is an option…. Whats worse, he somehow doesnt realize that this shit is gonna continue wherever he goes.
    His only hope for a reprieve is to go somewhere with high levels of security…. handle all the issues that pop up when he gets there…. and then put out the sparks that happen every so often before they catch fire lol.

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