Chapter 16: It was a demon you saw a lot in movies
“Ready…set” (Arge) (よいしょっと: Yoisho tto)
I ran with high speed toward the tallest house’s wall, climbed it, then rushed up to the roof.
Then, while standing on the roof I concentrated and picked up a strong aroma in the sea breeze.
It was the sweet smell of perfume that Samaka-san was using.
There are many aromas in the town.
The smell of people or the smell of life.
But even among those many smells, it was easy to distinguish Sumaka-san’s perfume smell.
After all, it was too unique.
Is he going towards the harbor?
He is moving fast.
He must be in a hurry.
I know the directions and move immediately.
I jump from roof to roof and take the shortest route to Samaka-san.
Upon arriving at the harbor, Samaka-san was busy giving instructions here and there.
At his command, people were going back and forth.
I jumped off the roof and landed in front of Samaka-san in order to talk.
“Argento! Why did you come here? Don’t you know it is impossible to leave by ship!?” (Samaka)
“I understand. Where is the ‘bag corn’ ?” (Arge) (バッカルコーン: Bakkarukōn)
“Abyss Call! For now, our ships are dealing damage to him over there” (Samaka)
I look towards the direction that Samaka-san points.
In the direction of the sea, quite far away, I can see something.
There is no need to use visual enhancement.
That existence was like a huge shadow that was raging in the sea.
It had numerous arms.
It lashed out those arms continuously and sunk warships left and right.
Even when the fleet attacks it with all its cannons, a full salvo at best only makes its body tilts lightly.
It balances immediately and then retaliates with its arms.
In the depths of the ocean, the monster full of wickedness that brings ships and people into the abyss as it calls them.
Indeed, A “Call” to the “Abyss”.
“Oh… Huge squid …” (Arge)
(T.N: I wonder this happens because a certain someone “releases the Kraken”)
It was a squid.
It looked like a squid.
It was completely squid.
It was a squid of a size that was not ordinary.
A giant squid with a rounded silhouette rather than slender like diamonds.
That was the identity of the “Abyss Call”.
It looked pretty good.
Even if it was just squid, what it was doing was still heinous.
The giant squid was sinking a number of ships.
A giant marine creature is raging like a B class movie, but surely there will be many casualties.
“… Even if you say that you are giving it damage, are you not at a disadvantage when you battle it like this?” (Arge)
“As long as he is in the sea, our disadvantage is really bad, so we must bait him.
When he gets closer to the harbor, we can knock him down at once, that’s the most efficient method.” (Samaka)
I do not think you can actually do anything to it.
Samaka-san believes as long as the enemy is in his home ground,
a saturated attack is the best tactic if you can affect reasonably affect the enemy.
The battle still continues in the sea for now.
Samaka-san is saying that they will try to inflict much damage as possible beforehand so that when they bait it to the harbor they can kill it easily without damaging the harbor too much.
Simply that. I understand that, but…
“… the people. Who is on those ships” (Arge)
“They understand that they have the most dangerous role…
that they are being thrown away like abandoned stones, but somebody must take that role …
and we have no other choice.” (Samaka)
Samaka-san’s fists were tightly clenched as he said that.
Looking at him like this, I thought he really was a good lord.
You can be utilitarian and strategically sacrifice the least amount to yield the greatest result without hesitation,
but he still feels pain in his heart with such decisions.
I cannot be like him.
I do not want such a responsibility in the first place.
What I can do is simpler and easier to understand.
“Samaka-san, would you happy if you could remove that huge squid without any further damage?” (Arge)
“What? So suddenly …” (Samaka)
“What I mean is … It would be best if we could stop the invasion of that squid without any more damage or loss of life” (Arge)
“… Of course, if we could achieve that without a single sacrifice, that would be the best” (Samaka)
“Well, then, will you listen to me for now?” (Arge)
“… Do you have a plan?” (Samaka)
“Yes, perhaps if it goes well, I can stop it.” (Arge)
Samaka-san seems to be quite lost. After all, it is likely that he does not want a woman to fight. Although he doesn’t know I’m a man on the inside.
“Wh, what?” (Samaka)
“You already know of my recovery magic, right? I am also good at various other magic, so please leave it to me” (Arge)
Even after saying all this, Samaka-san still worried for a while, but in the end, he gave up.
He chose the best solution once I was added to the equation.
Well, I wish I could defeat Abyss Call.
Even if I fail, he can spend that time bolstering defenses before it gets closer to the harbor.
He probably reached that conclusion.
“In that case, please prepare in a hurry. I will board a ship that is currently fighting 「Abyss Call」. Rescue all those who you can and take them all back to the harbor.” (Arge)
Actually I’d like to restore injured people as well, but unfortunately, I cannot afford that right now.
I instruct Samaka-san on how to handle the injured. There should be medics around.
“Okay … Don’t die, Argento” (Samaka)
“It’s all right. Since I’m a vampire, it will be just a breeze” (Arge)
“Huh!? Vampire!?” (Samaka)
Felnote-san told me to keep this quiet but she no longer has to worry.
I plan on leaving town soon after this.
I started making my preparations for eliminating that giant squid.
Stunned, Samaka-san said “You move so fast” in a hurry.
“… a blood contract. This is my first time to using it” (Arge)
I know all my skills. If there is something that can be done in this situation, I will manage it somehow.