Yatagarasu. Does Miss Luce know more about them now?
Alice: It is not our way to reveal such things, but I am one of them. Well, formerly.
Miss Luce chuckled, she seems to be carefree.
Luce: When you talk around, listen, and observe you tend to learn a thing or two about stuff. Then again, ASD TRUST doesn’t really have qualms over you guys.
Alice: Well.. I think they should. It’s not the Yatagarasu that I once knew. Maybe Miss Luce might think less about me if she found out what I did in the past.
Luce: listen, I understand that sometimes our respective organizations are morally ambiguous, and for me to judge you for what you did before is a hypocritical thing for me to do. And besides, you said it yourself. You’re a former Yatagarasu.
I almost forget that she is a Spy. Might not be the same in terms of what we do, but we are still in shadowy organizations. I can say that she truly understand me.
Luce: from what I know about Luna is that she trust you. No matter what happens, you have her beside you just as you are to her.
Alice smiles: milady really has good friends.
I am glad that Lady Luna is blessed with great companions. You are getting what you wished for, milady. Now, I have to make sure nobody can ruin it. I have to make sure that no one like me, like the Oboro, would have to come close to you again.
The Schicksals, very powerful and rich nobles in Brindtsong. Judging from what they do, they are hated. The weapons they make, however, are loved specially by warmongers. They think they are protecting the people, but they are not. For that, Frederick von Schicksal must be eliminated.
Something weird though, about this mission. Frederick von Schicksal isn’t on my target list, nor he is in optional or secondary targets. The ones that are listed here in Primary Targets are his wife Maria Atoli Schicksal and his daughter, Elune Atoli Schicksal. This is the first time I questioned my mission objectives, even when Yatagarasu started to change. I asked the higher-ups and they accepted the mission from a noble who wanted to hurt Frederick von Schicksal in a very painful way. Killing both targets will net a large sum of money.
That explained, I questioned myself. That triggered something within me. Why would I care about the Schicksals? They didn’t even care about other people as well. They are also the reason why I’m in this shithole, and my father in debt. They ruined my life, so I should return the favor. I will kill them, specially that princess. Besides, I need to liberate them from their sins. That princess will only be another person like her father.
I went to Rosevine via boat. It took me how many days, but that just gave me hunger to kill those monsters. As I arrive to Rosevine, the nobles and the commoners are separated. That just make things easier. My info suggest that I get some cover, which they already prepared. I am to enter their Mansion as a maid. The Schicksal only has few servants with them, so it might be difficult if I rush things. I am going as Mikoto Suo.
I surveyed the Mansion for my first and second day in Rosevine. The Mansion is high-tech but it doesn’t have any tight security. It make me question if it was the correct place. A Weapons manufacturer having a house like this? They must be stupid. Still, it would be unwise to let my guard down. I get ready on the third day before I enter the Mansion tomorrow. Suddenly, a smoke grenade was thrown on my inn room. I quickly got out of my room through the window. My attacker isn’t hiding, he was looking for a fight. A man with red eyes and red hair wearing a red and black coat.
???: Well I’ll be, an Assassin from Yatagarasu. You got the gall to even go here in Rosevine huh?
Arisa: What do you want? Spill it or I will eliminate you.
???: I am just smoking out the rat that are searching for a hole in the Schicksal Mansion Walls.
I was right, the unguarded mansion is just a trap. They have guards up there and have been watching me since. But, how can a lowly guard elude me? Not to mention, know Yatagarasu? Damn these rich people.
Arisa: You know too much, I must eliminate you.
???: Finally, some action. Let’s see what you are made of
He is armed with a katana, but he isn’t drawing it as I attack him. Suddenly, he got so fast that I can’t even comprehend his hand speed. He slashed once but I received multiple hits from different angles. His blade also has fire property. My arm guard got small embers around the slash marks. This man is something else. I did another flash step and decided to try and make him use that sword for defense. His footwork is quickly out pacing me. He suddenly spin very fast with a hot gust of wind blew me up inches away from the ground and slashed me with such force. My Arm guard and gauntlet got destroyed wounding me on my arm and my leg got bruised. Looks like the gust of wind isn’t the one that lifted me, he tripped me with the sheath. As I try to gain composure , he pointed out his blade against my neck. I can feel the heat inches away.
???: Oops, looks like I went too far. But that’s okay. At least now, you understand that you can’t mess with the people living in that Mansion.
Arisa: Why do you even care? Money is the only thing you fight for.
I said that as I remove my mask in frustration. The man’s expression suddenly changed.
???: You are very mistaken young lady. Let’s just say, the key word here is Attachment.
Arisa: Attachment you say? What do you even know about it.
???: Continue your mission, Oboro, you’ll get it soon enough. Kagerou-senpai was right then.
Arisa: huh???!! W.. Wait!!
The man disappeared leaving embers and ashes. That man knows so much. He also called Master Kagerou a senpai. Just who is that man? And he let me go, a threat to the ones he wanted to protect. He let me live, that is his mistake. He might be a former Yatagarasu member, or he met master in the past, but he won’t stop me on my mission.
The next day, I head to the mansion. My target, Maria welcomed me along with few maids. She showed me around herself. As we went by, I saw a girl, playing the piano. The tune feels…… lonely. Maria told me that she is her daughter and that she hope that we get along. As the tour in the Mansion is complete and the task I have for everyday was relayed to me. It’s time for me to move. For a week, i planned out everything. This would be a flawless Assassination. I will act at night after supper.
The kid got home from school, she looks sad, as usual. She then looked at me. This is the first time the kid looks at me.
Luna: oh, a new maid?
Arisa: yes milady, I am your new personal maid along with Lady Maria. I am….
Luna: follow me then.
This kid led me to her room dragging me fast. Surprisingly, her room doesn’t look like it is part of the house. It was very plain, less ornaments.
Luna: you are the first maid I had. The others are housemaid and they don’t want anything to do with me. They are afraid of my father. But you said my mother brought you in. Which means, you don’t follow orders directly from my father?
Arisa: yes, I directly take orders from you and Lady Maria specifically.
Luna: then, I order you to not be my maid…. be my friend!!
The girl gave me a smile, the first I see since I started working in the mansion. As her last day alive, I granted her final wish. I introduced myself as Mikoto and played with her. It doesn’t matter, you will die after your last supper. As the night comes, the maid is preparing something. An event I am not informed of. The maids told me that I will be bringing out the food, as ordered by Lady Maria. When it is time to do my work, it happens to be a small cake. It was Luna’s 11th birthday. As I bring out the cake to Luna, she was sitting alone at the dining table.
Arisa: Happy Birthday, Lady Luna.
Luna: come join me!!
The girl dragged me and made me sit. She sliced the cake and gave me some. Instead of sitting at the end side, she sat beside me and eats cake with me.
Luna: did you like the cake?
Arisa: I don’t know if I should be eating this, I mean, it was your birthday milady.
Luna: What do you mean? It was your birthday as well. My mom told me so.
Arisa: W.. what?..
Luna: Happy Birthday Mikoto!!
The girl gave me a hug. I forgot I even have a birthday. So it was January 17 today. Wait.. How did Maria know my birthday? It wasn’t in any forms. All information there is fake. My head is filled with questions. It doesn’t matter though. All preparations are complete. It doesn’t even matter if she find out, I will eliminate them both tonight.
As The Mansion gets dark, almost everyone is asleep. Maria had already arrived and is in her room. I rigged the lock in her room. I drugged the maids to enter a deep slumber. It’s just you, me, and the girl. So I proceeded to her room. Timed well that she is showering right now. As I enter the shower room quietly. The room was steamy. She is in the showers. This is it. I attacked with my blade gauntlets. But at my surprise, I attacked a towel stand. Have I been found out?! It can’t be. I turned the shower off so that I can hear. I quickly went outside the room. There on, someone shot me. I quickly guarded.
Maria: how was your day with Luna?
Arisa: how did you..
Maria: how did I found out about your plan? Well of course. If you did your research right. You would certainly fail. For you see, not everything about me in the records are right. And I know for a fact that, Yatagarasu aren’t trusted even by the Military anymore. You think they would give you information about their former soldiers?
Arisa: I see that you are an informat with extensive knowledge even about a group like Yatagarasu. You are not a frail noble with heart problems like they said.
Maria: That last part was right, but as you can see, I am not frail. Yatagarasu was one of the organizations that I can’t get information of, but recently, they are like a new organization. They are selling even their own men. They should know that money will also sell you back. So, If you continue further, I will kill you.
Arisa: come and try.
Maria then started firing her dual revolvers at me. It actually is very powerful that the bullets doesn’t just leave a hole, but it also destroy a part of the wall completely. I quickly shortened the gap between us and attacked her. But what is this woman. It’s like she can read my mind. She isn’t that fast to quickly maneuver away but it is like she knows what I am going to do. As I attack, she started parrying, not afraid of the multiple blades that she could have been slashed as she try to parry me. I jumped back and throw some knives. She shot them all while looking at me, she isn’t even looking at the blades. I flash step towards her and now tried to do some hand to hand. Out of my carelessness, she shot the blade off my gauntlets one by one in point blank as I try to hit her. She reload fast that I can’t even react. As we exchanged blows again trying to hit each other. I quickly threw a flash grenade at my back, she suddenly covered her eyes, which gave me a chance and I punched her in the chest. She suddenly went to the floor, gasping for air. As I go to her to finish her off. She suddenly get to her knees and her eyes changed expression. It was glowing red and opened wide. I flashed to her and tries to stab her she effortlessly dodged. She turned the tables against me and beat me hand to hand. She took me down and then stabbed my leg. Gets her gun, but as soon as she was about to shoot me. “Noooo!!” Luna went between us, keeping her mom from shooting.
Maria: Get out of there, Luna.
Luna: No!! I won’t let you hurt my only friend!
The girl hugged me tight. Maria smiled as she looked at me. Why is she smiling?
Maria: Okay Luna, our practice is over. Sorry if we wake you up.
Luna: Oh!! D.. Did I ruin your practice session?
Maria: Nope, you are just in time, can you be a darling and get the first aid kit?
The girl went away rushing. The girl was in my hands, yet I can’t kill her. Is this fear I am feeling? No… it is something else. That girl… really….
Maria: What if I told you that the organization sold you out? They see you as a liability more than an asset. As I finally received information about the former Yatagarasu. You are one of the top dogs along with your mentor, Shizuo Fukushima, also known as Kagerou. You two became a liability to the group after. And when he left the organization, he became a threat. They are focused on him now. With you swinging between a threat or an asset. Now, this mission is a test, to see if you really are an asset.
Arisa: Why don’t you kill me here and now. It would be an honor. I mean, everyone wanted me dead back there anyway.
Maria: That’s where you are wrong. You are my maid called Alice Han. You are Luna’s friend. And your dad is my shopkeep in the Kingsfall branch.
Arisa: My dad?!
Maria: Yes, he was a famous weaponsmith back then, my husband know every famous one there is. I found out that he is still currently in debt, as such, the Schicksal paid all of it. I also gave him his own shop invested by the Schicksals. That’s when I found out about you.
Arisa: I…. don’t know what to say.
I am very confused. I don’t know what to do now, actually. The girl came back and treated to my wounds. She seems very worried about me.
Maria: think about it. I mean. She really likes you.