256 – Taking a Breather




Translator: SFBaka

Editor: Thor’s Stone

When I managed to wake up, I found Mei peering down at me from outside the medical pod just like she was doing before I fell asleep. After confirming that I’ve regained consciousness, Mei operated the console of the med-pod and opened the hatch.

“Good morning, Mei.”

“Good morning, Master. Do you feel any problem regarding your body? Any signs of dizziness, nausea, or headaches?”

“Nothing in particular. I think I’m in good shape.”

“That’s a relief. But head injuries are still quite dangerous. Please undergo a thorough check-up at a decent medical facility as soon as possible.”

“Roger. So, what’s the situation?”

I got up and asked Mei about the current situation as I slid my arms inside the sleeves of my jacket, which Mei removed when she tossed me inside the med-pod.

“We are now back inside the hangar of Black Lotus, which is still anchored at Theta’s integrated port facility.”

“I see. What about everyone?”

“They have proceeded to rest up ever since we returned to the Black Lotus, but they are now all awake.”

When I checked the time on my portable info terminal while listening to Mei’s reply, I found that it was already a little past dinnertime. I was feeling quite hungry though. I better grab something to eat.

“I’m hungry, so I’m gonna grab a bite in the dining area. But I better take a bath first.”

“Of course. I shall accompany you.”

“I’ve already recovered from my injuries, so you don’t really need to mind me that much… but do you wanna have a bath together anyway?”


I felt Mei’s mood dropping when I said she didn’t have to mind me, so I changed tack and asked her to take a bath with me instead. Mei seemed to have been quite distressed and worried about us after all. And she was indeed the one who came to our rescue in the end. I guess it’s fine to indulge her a little this time. She doesn’t normally assert herself like this after all.

We then moved to the slightly larger bath facility inside Black Lotus and took our time bathing. After getting out, we proceeded to the Lotus’ dining hall. There, we managed to meet up with Mimi and the others, who seemed to have just finished having their meals.

“Ah, Hiro-sama. Good morning.”

“It’s pretty late for greeting me good morning though.”

“We basically don’t pay any attention to the time of day anyway.”

After saying so, Elma shrugged her shoulders after pointing toward the holo-display installed within the dining hall. When I looked at the screen, I saw that they were watching a special program related to the series of incidents we also ended up getting involved in this time. The screen displayed the emblem sporting a black skull drawn on a bright red flag. It was a pirate insignia, and it was the insignia of a familiar group.

“So it really was the Red Flag pirates.”

“That seems to be the case. At least, judging from the emblems slapped on their ships. A large unit attacked the system garrison forces and a small detachment descended to Theta in order to destroy the integrated port facility. It seems they also planned to wreak havoc on the ground.”

“And that’s where Mei and Black Lotus came in and ruined their plan huh.”

“That’s how it is. Maybe it’s because their previous attack failed and they wanted to gain some of their face back.”

“We really managed to find ourselves in a real mess this time huh. Well, Black does look like an unarmed transport ship from the outside, and Krishna alone could probably crush a good number of their ships.”

“They definitely didn’t expect we would still be on this planet in the first place.”

As we chatted, the screen displayed the figures of some rather familiar people. They were the leaders of each clan. Judging from the contents of the news report, it looks like criticisms were mounting against the system garrison for failing to prevent another pirate attack, and they might even be implying the garrison had a hand in it. As for the system garrison forces, it seems they’re claiming the attack was larger in scale than your usual pirate raid, and that it was only through prudent defense countermeasures on their part that the planet was spared from further damage.

It seems that in the attack this time, the pirates actually attempted to perform an orbital strike on Theta by the use of an asteroid slapped with an FTL drive, so they had no choice but to devote almost all of their forces to respond to the threat, so they ended up being unable to prevent the descent of a detached pirate force on the planet.

“Man, that method sure sounds familiar.”

“It seems the pirates also have their own private network. Maybe they share their experiences there?”

The method of orbital bombardment using an asteroid slapped with an FTL drive was encountered by us during our visit to a resort planet in the Sierra system a while back. I understand the need to prevent an asteroid drop on the surface of the planet you’re tasked to protect at all costs, so I kinda get where the garrison forces were coming from.

“And it looks like the Rose clan is placing the blame on the Grado clan and the Minfa clan for our accidental crash.”

Lilium, who was part of the Rose clan, did accompany us as a guide, but it was the Grado clan that arranged for the vehicle to transport us to their territory, and Hiishi, the pilot, was from the Minfa clan. It seems the Rose clan immediately asked for a search to be conducted via starships, but the Grado clan, which was averse to technology, apparently refused. They basically said they wanted to wipe their own behinds by conducting a search themselves using aerial vehicles that worked on the same principle as the vehicle that crashed, but this time around, it was the Minfa clan that put a damper on that idea. It was because analysis of the cause of the crash revealed that the accident was due to the vehicle being overloaded with excessive magic power, and if a vehicle that operated on the same principle were to be used for the search and rescue effort, there was a high possibility of the accident happening again.

And that’s why there was a delay in dispatching a rescue team to search for us, and then the attack of the Red Flag pirates happened. The mess further delayed the dispatch of any rescue efforts, and Mei finally lost her patience and forcibly launched out on Krishna to rescue us herself. She then managed to quickly find us and brought us back.

“That’s politics for ya.”

“Even so, them leaving people who got involved in an accident alone due to petty politics does leave a bad taste in the mouth.”

Whisker smiled bitterly and sighed.

“It’s scary to think what would have happened if Hiro-sama didn’t insist on bringing a survival kit, rations, and water bottles.”

“Yeah, that really was an eye-opener. Well, you’d easily just dismiss it as eccentric behavior normally though.”

“The ghost inside me whispered a warning after all.”

“Oh c’mon, Boss. Just admit you’re already too used to trouble and can kinda guess what to expect next.”

“Stooop. Don’t lay it to me straight like that!”

My level of being a trouble magnet is already making me think I’ve been cursed or something. Maybe I should get myself to undergo an exorcism ritual? But do they have exorcists in this dimension in the first place? I think the elves might have them, but if they took things too seriously, I have a really bad feeling it’ll just make things worse. I better not poke the grass lest a snake comes out, so to speak.

“So, how will they deal with our matter anyway?”

“Yes. All of the clans have gotten in contact with us, and they wish to send representatives from the Grado clan tomorrow to offer their apologies. I have held back on replying for the time being.”

“Contact them and tell them we’ll accept their apologies.”


Mei bowed her head as she replied. Since she already had her fill of thoroughly inspecting my body in the bath, it looks like she’s calmed down considerably. But still. An apology huh.

“Well, they did welcome us as guests, but we ended up getting into an accident in the middle of a tour, so offering apologies is just basic courtesy, right?”

“Yeah, but y’know, the cause of the said accident might be Boss himself though.”

“That’s that and this is this, right? It would have been hard to predict that something like that would happen, but we did end up getting exposed to danger as a consequence.”

“Man-made calamities really are the worst huh…… Lilium-san did assure us the flyin’ train was safe, and it looked like she really believed it would be.”

“And the moment Big Brother rode the thing……”

“Fine! It’s my fault, okay? Stop ragging on me already.”

“Eh? Y’know why we’re like this, right, Boss?”

“I already heard what happened from Tina-chan and Whisker-chan, and I’m sorry Hiro-sama, but I really can’t offer any defense here……”

“Agreed. Well, it’s not like we can do anything about it after the fact.”

Elma shrugged her shoulders and sighed. How typically Elma-like. Well, there’s no conclusive evidence that it was caused by me anyway. So I guess it would be best if I just stayed quiet and didn’t admit to anything. Yeah, that’s a good plan.

“But they already concluded that the cause of the accident was a, um, magic power overload or something, right?”

“Looks like it. I think it’s because they subjected the vehicle to extensive endurance tests before roll-out because it was intended to ferry passengers. They should have tested out just how much magic power those wings could withstand or something like that.”

“And due to that, they managed to come to that particular conclusion after seeing the logs. It seems the two front-most cars managed to safely arrive at the Grado clan’s main territory after all.”

“I see. Well, in any case, it’s not like I did it on purpose. So they can’t claim it was my responsibility.”

“Yeah, I suppose. We don’t really get stuff like magic and magic power much anyway.”

“We don’t really have many opportunities to get in contact with psionic technology in much of the empire after all.”

The dwarven sisters nodded at my words. If tech specialists like them agree, then I guess I really ain’t responsible for anything. I feel like they’re still gonna manage to find someone to take the fall anyway though. In the first place, those Grado clan fellows who refuse to use normal aircraft and starships due to prejudice also share much of the blame. Yeah.




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Comments (5)

  1. UnwantedFoe

    Hiro is much calmer than me when it comes to the twins constantly harassing him about this. I would have yelled “ENOUGH!” When they kept blaming him. It’s something he literally has no control over let alone idea about. They really need to reign it in as temporary crew. Did they already forget the shit they caused before he even knew him?

    1. UnwantedFoe

      Before he even knew them*

  2. Seven

    Yep. Incompetent indeed. Imagine having your savior get in an accident on your watch and the first thing they do is keep yapping all day until pirates start invading your planet once again.

    It would have been fine if the once who rescued Hiro and the others was their people but of course, it has to be Mei, their own crew member who manages to rescue them. It just tells you all you need to know about their management here.

    This planet clearly needs an actual leader instead of having all these three clans butt heads every moment they get the chance. They clearly need to be put in check since cases like these would ultimately lead to their own downfall.

  3. SwordGodYasushi

    Technically blaming him here will be just a discrimination based on the amount of magic power.
    There also nothing to latch on to going for fault for ignorance – even if an average imperial citizen doesn’t know about magic, it’s host’s own fault for using such an uncertain “folk” energy source at all.

  4. RPGsus

    Poor Mei She was in panic mode because she was deprived of masternium for multiple days.

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