A little back in time.
Felice who parted with Albert was led by Grace to her room together with Gai.
「Will Oniisamas and others be all right?」
「Otousama and the rest are on the move and Al went too, so everything will be all right」
「You think so?」
In order to divert their mood, the two talked about recent silly things.
After a while, when Gai opened the door when it was knocked on, two maids came inside.
「「We have brought you tea」」
「If it’s tea then I can pour it」
「「No, it’s our job, so」」
The maids indifferently declined Gai’s proposal and began preparing the tea.
Looking at them, Gai strengthened his vigilance and sent a communication to Felice.
｛Felice, the maids are acting strangely. They tasted neither the tea nor the sweets｝
｛Got it. It is certainly weird. They are different people from the usual too｝
Felice immediately opened the communication to Grace.
｛Grace-sama, excuse my abruptness. I have something I would like to ask｝
｛What do you want to ask? Felice｝
｛The maids seem to be different from usual. What happened to Risa-san and Anna-san?｝
｛Something apparently happened at Risa and Anna’s parent’s home, so they had been on a break since about a week ago. These girls are temporary employees introduced to us by Count Dyner｝
(Count Dyner? Where did I hear that name………… I forgot)
｛Grace-sama, these maids seem to be acting weird, so please don’t try the tea and the sweets they brought｝
｛Eh!? I, I understand｝
Felice looked at Grace and nonchalantly pulled on her cheeks.
That’s because Grace’s face had become terrible, a smile mixed with the feelings of wanting to cry.
｛Grace-sama, your face! It’s showing on your face, please act normal as much as possible!｝
｛That’s…… way too difficult for me, Felice｝
When Grace’s face somehow returned to normal, the maids placed what they prepared on top of the table.
Waiting after they finished, Gai called out to them.
「You can leave the rest to me」
「「No, it’s our job, so」」
「It’s fine, please withdraw」
「「No, it’s our job, so」」
Repeating the same words both to Gai and Grace, the movements and the behavior of the maids was obviously strange.
Gui tried to contact Al just in case, but his communication could connect neither to him nor to Claude or Samantha.
「Felice, I cannot contact the outside. Both of you, get behind me」
「Eh!? …… A barrier! Since when!? Grace-sama!」
Hearing that the outside couldn’t be contacted, Felice checked the room with『The Mind’s Eye』, and realized that they were locked up in a barrier.
Felice urged Grace and hid behind Gai’s back.
Felice used『The Mind’s Eye』on the maids too, but she got so shocked she let out a voice.
「That can’t be…… how……」
「Felice? What did you see?」
「These people, their race is human, but…… it says they are a “corpse”」
「Then, they are Undead!?」
「No, their race would say “Immortal” if they were Undead, but…… what’s going on?」
「Anyhow, we have to do something about these two」
While Felice was bewildered, the two maids moved.
「Operation failed…… operation failed」
「Transitioning to the use of force」
The maids attacked, so Felice immediately fired an Electric Shock, but the maids revived immediately after their movements stopped for a moment.
「It’s not working!? Then,『Space-time Barrier』!」
The two maids were repelled by the barrier, but that didn’t make them stop attacking.
「For now, I think we will be all right in here……」
「We shall stay here until someone comes then」
「But you know, we cannot contact the outside. Right, let’s make them sleep『Sleep』!」
「Don’t! If you use magic within the『Space-time Barrier』…… we will…… too……」
「I feel so sleepy all of sudden……」
「Eh!? Felice! Grace!」
Gai supported Felice and Grace who fell down with drowsiness and he gently carried them into the closet after confirming that they were completely asleep.
「Sorry. It might be a bit cramped in there but endure it for a little please. I will clean up immediately」
Gai who patted Felice’s head closed the closet with an aura around him completely different when he turned around.
He walked in silence, touched the barrier with his hand and spoke to the maids.
「Pitiful…… I don’t know whether you were enslaved immediately after death or killed to be enslaved, but everyone who wants to harm the Master of Gai will be removed. Don’t think badly of me」
When Gai mowed down his hand horizontally, the『Space-time Barrier』disappeared.
The maids immediately sprung towards him, but Gai’s magic was faster.
The maids got shredded under Gai’s magic and collapsed.
「As expected you wouldn’t be able to move once your muscles are cut. I will make you feel comfortable right away.『Holy Road』」
A warm light rained down upon the maids who were cut all over.
Then, when a faintly shining orb came out of each’s chest and disappeared overhead, their movements stopped completely.
「It went well, huh. Seriously, for this majestic me to use purification magic. Now then, I would seem suspicious without any injuries, so let’s work on it」
Once Gai tore his clothes and ripped off his skin, he sat down in front of the closet.
The outside of the room immediately become noisy and Gai could feel Albert’s presence, so he quietly closed his eyes.
This is where we return to the present.