"Who dares to touch my daughter!?" A thunderous voice came from the distance.
Bloed was startled. He looked in direction of the voice and saw a man rushing towards them while emitting an intimidating aura.
Almost instantly, Bloed deduced the identity of the man.
'The city lord!'
The man took less than one second to arrive from the moment he spoke. He then released his entire aura, forcing all the people in the market to kneel.
Only Bloed, Sara, Erika, and Regina were able to remain standing. However, they felt unpleasant.
Regina frowned. She emitted her own aura and protected Bloed. At the same time, she shot a glare filled with animosity to the city lord.
When the city lord felt her gaze, he looked at her and snorted.
"Hmph! So it's you!"
Then, he unleashed a punch towards her.
"Dad, stop! They saved me!" Erika cried out, but the attack had already been launched.
Fortunately, Regina managed to jump aside and evade it easily.
However, Bloed could felt that Regina's gaze had turned incredibly cold. She was just a step away from killing him.
Quickly, Bloed rushed towards her and held her hand. "Calm down." He whispered in her ear.
Regina looked at the city lord again and nodded.
At the same time, the city lord was talking with Erika.
"They saved you? Sara, explain. What happened?" He asked Erika's bodyguard.
Sara bowed and explained the entire situation.
When the city lord heard that it had been Bloed and Regina who stopped the assassins from taking Erika away, he furrowed his brows.
"Is it so?"
He then turned towards the pair and apologized.
"Sorry about it, young miss. I acted rashly out of worry. I hope you don't keep it against me."
Regina and Bloed frowned. No matter how they saw it, the city lord did not seem sincere.
However, Bloed did not want more trouble. Thus, he simply nodded.
"Don't worry about it, we understand. Now that everything is resolved, we will leave." Then, he and Regina turned around and started to walk away.
"Wait!" The city lord stopped them.
"Anything else, city lord?" Bloed asked.
"No, nothing. I just wanted to thank you for saving my daughter. I will make sure you receive an adequate reward."
"It's not necessary." Bloed shook his head. "We did not do it for a reward."
Then, without giving the city lord time to talk again, the pair left.
The city lord looked at them with a frown in his face. He was someone much more experienced than his children, so he quickly discovered that Bloed and Regina were not simple.
"Erika, Sara, who are them?"
"Their names are Bloed and Regina." Sara replied. "Young master and young miss met them yesterday." She then explained to him everything she knew about the pair.
The city lord fell deep in thought. Suddenly, he looked at the shield that Bloed had cut.
Walking towards it, he grabbed it and examined it carefully.
Then, his face turned into one of surprise.
"This is, adamantine…?"
The next second, his expression turned grave.
"Sara, who cut this shield."
"Huh? It was the young man, Bloed. He cut it with his saber."
"Yeah, dad! He was very cool!" Erika blushed. "He cut the man's arm with a slash and then continued attacking!"
"Is it so, huh? With the saber…" The city lord fell silent for a moment before returning to normal.
While they were talking, the city guards finally arrived.
"Investigate who attacked my daughter." The city lord said coldly. "I want all the people related hanged in the plaza! Nobody attacks MY daughter in MY city and escapes alive!"
"Yes, city lord!"
"Mm, now go. I want all the information about the case on my desk tonight!"
Once he said it, he grabbed Erika's hand.
"Let's go back to home. This place is dangerous."
Before leaving, though, Erika looked briefly in the direction Bloed had disappeared.
That afternoon, in the city lord's mansion.
"You asked for me, father?" Gerald knocked on the door and asked the man seated behind the office desk.
"Yes, come inside."
Gerald nodded. He then sat in a chair across his father and waited for him to talk.
A few seconds later, the city lord opened his mouth.
"That boy, Bloed. How much you know about him?"
"Huh...? Father, why are you interested in him?"
"… Look at this." The city lord fell silent for a moment and grabbed a shield from below his desk. It was the shield Bloed had cut with his saber. "This was caused by that boy."
"… I don't understand. I can do something like that too." Gerald was confused. Although cutting a shield into two was difficult, a C-Rank practitioner could do it with a bit of effort.
"Oh?" The city lord smiled mysteriously. "So you can cut an adamantine shield into two with a slash, huh. My son sure is incredible."
"!!! Adamantine!? But how…?"
"I want to know the answer too. A young man at the C-Rank managed to cut an adamantine shield easily. Don't you think it's weird?"
Gerald fell silent.
"Now tell me, what do you know about him and his group."
Gerald shook his head. "Nothing. Uncle Seas was investigating them, but he did not find information about any Norman family."
"I see… How interesting. I don't remember hearing about any famous family or demigod surnamed Norman." The city lord nodded.
"Invite them for dinner tomorrow. Tell them that it's to thank them for saving Erika."
Gerald then bowed slightly and left the city lord office.
Inside, the city lord continued observing the shield with a pensive expression.
In someplace in the city.
"I'm sorry, leader. We failed." A man was kneeling on the ground with a fearful expression. He had a severed arm, and his face was pale due to the loss of blood.
"Get up." A black-dressed man replied coldly. If Bloed would have been here, he would have recognized him as the assassin with the shield. "It was not your fault. We simply had back luck to meet that young man and woman when you attacked."
The man on the ground gritted his teeth. He recalled the face of the young man that severed his arm and his eyes turned bloodshot.
"Leader, should we kill them?"
The leader frowned. "That young man is interesting, but not. We came to this city with a mission, remember? Now is not the time to think about your petty revenge."
The man on the ground nodded. Although he was unwilling, he knew his mission was more important.
"Then, what about the city lord's daughter?"
"… The city lord will be ready now that we failed to kidnap her. So we will give up and change the plans a little bit. Also, have you found the girl master asked for?"
"… Not yet, but our men are searching for her."
"Mmm, very good. You have one week. After that, we will put our plans in march."
"Understood, leader. For the master."
"For the master."
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