Chrollo held Plumpy’s hand in an attempt to stand up, but tottered as he stepped forward. Then, Plumpy immediately carried him up.
Plumpy: Are you okay?
Chrollo: I think I just sprained my ankle.
Plumpy: That’s awful. You need treatment now. Let’s get inside the base camp first.
Plumpy brought Chrollo into a medic room, let him sit on the bed and put an ice bag on his swollen right ankle.
Plumpy: Boohoo...Are you able to walk again...It’s all my fault...Boohoo——
Plumpy’s loud and clear cries had drawn her pal’s attention. A girl came in, scowling at Plumpy with arms akimbo.
Mellow: Plumpy, you’re crying too loud...Who’s this guy?
Plumpy: Mellow...He is Chrollo. A moment ago, a tree outside the door suddenly fell down.
Plumpy: Then he sprained his ankle because of protecting me. That’s why I brought him here for treatment.
Mellow: I see. Thank you for saving Plumpy...You thought I would say that, didn’t you!
Quickly pulling out a few daggers, Mellow threw them at Chrollo at once; It was supposed to hit the target, but turned out to be a miss as he had vanished in the blink of an eye——Chrollo leapt backwards to dodge the daggers with amazing speed.
Mellow: Such agile moves…You’re far above the ordinary. Who are you?
Chrollo: We’re the same, bandit. I didn’t expect that you would see through my cover.
Mellow: I just checked on the tree outside. The cut is unusual. Normal people certainly can’t do that.
Then, Chrollo took out a knife from his coat to hold Plumpy under duress rapidly.
Plumpy: Emm——What’s going on? Didn’t you sprain your ankle?
Mellow: Plumpy! Let go of her you bastard!
Mellow’s tail was upright as she flew into a fury. She took a leap towards the wall as a leverage to pounce on Chrollo with her razor-sharp claws——
However, Chrollo had already seen through her actions, turned around and gave a roundhouse kick at her stomach, strong enough to cause her to lie on the ground powerlessly. This scene had been completely captured by the eyes of Zero, a male cat——
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Zero: Mellow! How dare you hurt my pals!
Looking at the injured Mellow, Zero could not stop breathing heavily; his heterochromatic eyes bulged out, red with fury. As his anger snowballed, Zero’s body became robust with bulging muscles while ferocious fangs grew out of his mouth.
He triggered light element from fists to arms, exuding with brilliance of incredible strength.
Chrollo: “Nen ability?...No. Is it the unique power in this world?”
Zero took a leap and dived down fast. His aura shook the air, intimidating enough to make Chrollo alert. To avoid Zero’s right straight punch, Chrollo carried Plumpy to step back; but Zero’s left punch followed in no time, which gave Chrollo no choice but to block the attack bare-handed.
Crack! His right arm bone was broken. Gaining the upper hand, Zero kept on the pressure to swing his right fist again.
Chrollo: “One more hit and my arm will be maimed. But…”
He looked around calmly and successfully found a chance that might turn the tide. Chrollo then let go of Plumpy and tossed her to the right side——A wooden cabinet storing corrosive bottles.
Mellow: Zero! Save Plumpy!
Zero: Damn it!
He withdrew the attack and spun on his heel to catch up with the flying Plumpy. At the same time, Mellow endured the injury, running towards her falling direction. In the nick of time, she managed to catch the fall and buffer part of the impact. At the moment, Zero held the two in a tight grip to stop them from crashing into the cabinet.
Zero: Are, are you alright?
Mellow: Zero! Behind you!
However, her call was too late. Chrollo had already approached him from the back, followed by a clean front kick. Unprepared, Zero was knocked towards the wall on the other side. With no intention to let him breathe, Chrollo sprinted by with the knife, about to stab——
Mellow: Don’t kill him!
Chrollo stopped as he heard her words.
Chrollo: “Speaking of which, I almost forgot that I can’t kill anyone in this world.”
He put his knife back to the pocket and knocked Zero out instead before coming to the front of Mellow in an unhurried manner.
Chrollo: Give me all the valuables you have.
Mellow: ...Understood. Follow me.
Plumpy: But we’ve been working so hard to get those treasures…
Mellow: I just don’t want to see anyone get hurt again. Do what he said.
Plumpy, in tears, carried Mellow and led Chrollo to a vault. Inside which, he triggered Nen to conjure a cloth that wrapped every treasure up.
Mellow: Are we good now? Then leave please.
Chrollo: Can I ask you one more thing?
Chrollo: What do your pals mean to you?
Mellow: Pals are beyond everything. The gang itself means nothing. Without them, the gang is worthless anyways. Don’t you feel the same way?
Chrollo did not answer her question but left the base camp of Master Cathieves silently. As he went outside, Madhead showed up.
Madhead: Thank you for retrieving the treasure. You did it perfectly. Now, I’ll send you back!
With a swing of its wand, a magic circle appeared under Chrollo’s feet. Shrouded in the light, he vanished into thin air. Back to the original world, Chrollo found himself in the hideout of the Troupe. Everything that happened in the realm had sunk into oblivion.