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Thief Betrayed by the Hero Party
Through the wilderness, over the steep mountains and through the wide grasslands, the hero party reached the city of Elem.
They were greeted by the cheers of the town peoples.
A tent was set up in the square, food and drinks were prepared on the table, and a party was held to commemorate the defeat of the Demon King.
Everyone ate a lot and drank a lot.
Keith, by the way, only drank a little wine and returned to the inn alone.
When he arrived at the inn, he went upstairs, entered his room, and sat on bed.
From afar, he could heard the loud sound of the party.
(It was the worst journey …)
(Because I’m a thief, I’m treated like garbage. Mary’s presence was the only salvation, but that almost end. After returning to the kingdom, we will be separated. ……)
Keith joined the hero party for a reason.
That was the release of Aldberg thieves, a family who grew him up as an orphan.
The king promised that if they defeated the Demon King, he would release Aldberg thieves from prison.
Keith tried to filled his regrets that could not be wiped out with the joy of helping his companions.
Still, the anger and compassion that came out were unavoidable.
(No way … I don’t want to think … I’m tired …)
Keith let himself drowned in drowsiness and closed his eyes.
Some time later, Germ, Zott, and Meralda returned to the inn.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve eat and drink so much!”
“You look sexy when you drunk, Meralda”
“Wow, where did Mary go ?!”
The innkeeper stopped the three people who came in with noise.
“Hero, I actually keep a letter from the king.”
“A celebration letter or something? Why don’t you give it early?”
“That is …”
The innkeeper put his palms next to his mouth and approached the Hero.
“The messenger ordered me to give it you when Keith-sama is not around…”
Germ picked up the letter.
Envelopes closed with a hard wax seal indicated that it had not been read by anyone yet.
After peeling off the wax, which symbolized the emblem of the country, Germ opened the letter and began reading.
――I knew that you would sobber up even if you drunk the whole wine in town.
“What was written?”
“… Read it, it look interesting.”
The hero smiled coldly.
When the other two had finished reading, they had a similar smile.
It was very similar to the expression they showed when they discovered a weak monster unexpectedly.
“Then let’s do as king say.”
Germ, Zott and Meralda went upstairs and opened the door of Keith’s room.
“… Why did you get up?”
“Because you were making such noise”
Keith got up and sat in bed.
It was a lie about the three people were making noise.
He woke up because he felt killing intent beyond the door.
It was not unusual for those three to be malicious.
However, Keith’s perceived killing intent made him felt that it was more than just something ordinary.
“It’s unusual for you all to visit me …”
Keith said, Germ grinned and pulled out the sword of the hero.
Zott had an ax.
Then Meralda had a cane.
Keith couldn’t believe it, he didn’t wanted to believe it, but he had to accept the reality right before his eyes.
For some reason, Keith was about to be killed.
His opponent was not a hero, warrior, magician, or a very good opponent.
“The king is uncomfortable if there is thief in the hero party.”
The smell of blood spreading.
The release of the Aldberg the thief was to reward Keith’s work.
If the king had given the “order” to killed him-.
(Shit! I was betrayed …!)
If Keith was dead, there would be no pardon.
The king had no intention of releasing the thief from the beginning.
“That’s too bad, but you’re banished … that’s what we will tell the others. That’s all. We are gonna kill the thief. Relax.”
Germ held up his sword.
With a brief break, Keith picked up the bag on the floor.
-But Zott and Meralda were waiting at the door.
In a closed room where the exit was closed, the skill [Escape] was useless.
Keith threw a dagger at Zott without hesitation.
Zott parried the dagger with his axe-that’s already calculated.
“Like I’m going to be killed silently!”
Zott raised his ax, leaving a gap beside the exit.
Keith kicked the floor and slipped through the gap.
But unexpectedly-Meralda fired a fire magic, despite being indoors.
“… Wha !?”
He didn’t think they would went so far.
The fire burned through the wall.
Keith tried to jumped, but it was a fatal mistake.
A slash came from behind.
Keith moaned as his back was slashed by Germ’s sword.
“Don’t do something crazy, Meralda”
Keith tried to regain his posture, and an axe from Zott entered his vision.
He bowed quickly and avoided direct hits, but it still deeply gouged his skin.
“Don’t think you can run away from me, rat guy”
Fresh blood flowing from the back and shoulders spreads on the floor.
However, Keith determined the escape route to the doorway as everyone entered the room.
Keith lowered himself and slipped through Zott’s side
Keith didn’t feel pain in such a dangerous state, but he definitely felt that his power was fading away.
He needed to escape from the inn as soon as possible, as far as possible-.
――Meralda’s flame scorched his back.
Keith slammed into the front wall, crawling down the hallway as if to roll and jumping down the stairs.
“This is bad, he’ll run away!”
Zott shouted, but Germ put his sword behind him.
“I’ve given him enough fatal wounds. He will die somewhere.”
It was starting to rain outside.
Keith ran desperately for as long as he could, but he already hit his limit.
Finally, behind the alley, Keith fell to the ground.
The scorched back was cooled by rain.
The blood flowing from the back and shoulders were washed away and mixed with the muddy water.
(I am dying here … what would happen to my thieves friend … damn … i can only last this far …)
It’s regrettable, regrettable but it couldn’t be helped
However, such feelings flow out with blood.
When Keith tried to let go of his consciousness.
“Keith … san …?”
It was Mary who appeared.
“Ma … Mary …”
As Keith lifted his face, Mary came to him then cast healing magic as quickly as possible.
In the warm green light, the burnt skin was erased and the cut was closed.
The well-trained priest’s healing magic healed Keith’s injury without leaving any mark.
“Thank … You … Mary …”
Breathing roughly, Keith said.
“Why … in such a place …”
“I was helping to clean up the party. Rather than that, what’s happening !?”
Mary raised Keith’s back.
“I’ll call the other …!”
“That’s no good!”
Keith said in a hurried voice.
“Hear me, Mary … about how you find me todya … and casting healing magic to me … Don’t tell anyone …
This was also for Mary.
“Go back to the inn … thanks to you … i’ll be able to move with a little rest …”
“That’s not true, even if the wound has healed, but you still lost a lot of bloods and stamina!”
“Go back … listen, no matter what, don’t say anything to them … no matter what …”
She didn’t knew what happened, but when she felt something beyond Keith’s serious expression, Mary nodded obediently.
“I’ll go back. Be careful.”
“Thank you. You have been my only support all this time …”
Mary left the back alley in regret, and Keith was left alone in the rain.
He bleed too much.
In the rain, his body temperature went down.
“… Yes, there was this thing.”
He took out the Demon King’s cape from the bag.
It didn’t looked very warm, but it should be much better than nothing.
“It’s useful in a place like this.”
He put on the Demon King’s cape in a slow motion-the clasp snapped in on his neck.
Trying to forgot the heavy feeling, so that he wouldn’t be scared anymore.
The next moment, Keith fainted because of dizziness.
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