Something started moving while Chomusuke was taking a leak. It was Charon!
Charon: Strange...Is it raining? But why it’s warm...and the smell...You naughty cat, how dare you piss on me!
Wiz: Sorry, it’s my fault. I should have stopped it. Please forgive——
Charon: No, unforgivable! I’m gonna rip this cat off!
Charon grabbed its neck while conjuring water elemental power into his left hand. As he was about to attack, a strong beam blocked the power in the nick of time.
Wiz: No one can hurt Chomusuke!
The urgent situation had stimulated the potential power inside Wiz, who chanted a spell to cast an ice arrow over the enemy. Having taken the hit, Charon was covered with scratches. Eventually, he let go of Chomusuke.
Charon: Ah! It hurts!
Wiz: God blesses! You’re alright.
Chomusuke jumped back into Wiz’s arms and leant its head onto her breast with a purr. Feeling relieved, she petted the cat gently. At this moment, a wail came into her ears.
Charon: Boohoo——! Why I am so unlucky!! Last week, I was deceived by someone.
Charon: Today, a cat peed on me. And now, I’ m defeated by a girl! I don’t deserve to be a mercenary!
Wiz: Don’t cry. It’s our fault. If there is anything I can do for you, just say it.
Charon: Then help me return this stuff.
Charon pointed at two sacks of goods with his finger. There were broken mirror, blood-stained knife, weird clock and all kinds of bizarre things. Clearly, these were possessed by some evil power as Wiz could feel the grudge within.
Wiz: Did you buy them all? Why?
Charon: I was deceived! Last week, my boss was on a mission with other mercenaries, so I guarded the base alone. Then, a cunning merchant came.
Charon: He brought two sacks of goods here, claiming that they were ordered by the boss. I trusted him and signed it.
Charon: These things are all cursed! The possessed demons are haunting me every night in the castle! I can barely sleep.
Wiz: That’s horrible! As a shop owner of Axel, I can’t tolerate this unfair trade! Let me help you!
In a village close to the mercenary castle, a merchant headed for a bazaar, took out his products and placed them on the ground one by one, which attracted a large crowd. With his outstanding sales techniques, the villagers fell over each other to shop. At this moment, two people came over to the front of the merchant.
Charon threw the two bags of cursed items on the ground. As soon as the villagers saw it, they stepped back instantly.
Wiz: Everybody, listen to me! He is an unscrupulous merchant. This person tricks us to buy his products by any means.
Wiz: Don’t fall into the trap. Charon is the victim. This merchant forced him to buy those cursed goods!
Merchant: Hey hey, hold on! I didn’t force him. He signed the contract.
The merchant took out a document to show Charon’s signature on it.
Charon: You cheated me——
Merchant: So the rumor is true. People who live in the castle are unreasonable!
The villagers were abuzz with the situation. Judging from their eyes, they did not seem to believe Charon’s words.
Wiz: Mr. Charon, can you explain it...
Charon: My boss doesn’t like visitors coming into the castle. So he spread the rumor that there was a bunch of weirdo living in the castle to keep people away.
Charon: This merchant took advantage of the rumor as an excuse.
Wiz and Charon were in a dilemma. Suddenly, an old woman passed through the crowd and handed a cracked gem to the merchant.
Old Woman: You said that this product is made by the most precious gem in the world. See!? Just a gentle touch and it cracked! I want a refund!
Merchant: Tut! I have no responsibility for your carelessness. Get out of here!
The old woman was not willing to give up; annoyed by her behavior, the merchant kicked her away! Witnessing all this, Wiz immediately helped the old woman get up.
Wiz: Are you okay?
Old Woman: I-I just want to buy a dowry to my granddaughter…
Wiz: I can’t take it anymore! As a merchant, no way will I tolerate this…
Merchant: Hey you! What do you want from me! Don’t come over——!
Wiz: Sorry, Mr. Charon, It’s my fault.
Charon: No, it’s not. I feel better right now. I hope the merchant will learn this lesson...But now, we need to find a way to take care of them.
Charon looked at the zombies behind. Provoked by the merchant, Wiz unleashed strong energy that turned those evils possessed in the cursed products into zombies.
All the villagers were scared off, leaving Charon and Wiz alone right away. Without any choice, they took the cursed goods back to the city so as to keep the zombies away from the village.
Wiz: Mr. Charon, I’ll release their souls, but it’s going to take some time! Before that, please let me and Chomusuke stay in the castle!
Aqua: Hoho, so here is the nest of evils? I’m Aqua, Goddess of Water. With my holy power, I can clean all demons in the blink of an eye.
Kazuma: Look at you, a professional cleaner. By the way, this castle is magnificent. Em? There is someone at the entrance...Looks familiar…
Megumin: Kazuma, can I use my explosion magic? I wonder if the power can blow this castle up.
Kazuma: No way! You idiot! Aqua, do it now. Chris and the others are waiting for us in the village.
Aqua: Leave it to me! Sacred Turn Undead!
A giant magic circle was conjured at the top of the castle with a clear, white light. The circle started gathering power. When it was at its peak, thunderbolts struck the ground, including a person who crouched down near the castle entrance, letting out a scream of terror!
Kazuma: The voice...sounds familiar…
Megumin: Oh, Chomusuke, why are you here?
Kazuma: ...Ahhh no!! That’s Wiz! Stop it Aqua! Stop!
Wiz: “Am I in a dream? I can see Beldia give me a wave and ask me to cross the river.”
With efforts, Kazuma successfully stop Aqua’s attack, but Wiz was dying after taking the hit. Thanks to the sacred power, all the demons in the castle had been purified. As the mission accomplished, Wiz followed Kazuma back to the village after bidding farewell to Charon.
Wiz: Em? Where is Darkness?
Kazuma: No worries. She is tough. After all, she is a crusader right?
Then, Kazuma explained everything to Wiz——The story all started from the mysterious doll, which sent them to this strange world. Before heading back, they needed to find the doll’s lost parts.
They had successfully found the left leg. The doll’s sense guided them to this evil-possessed castle, to where its right arm was left. Therefore, Kazuma brought Aqua here to cleanse the evils and searched for the lost arm.
Wiz: But I accidentally stepped on it, which has broken already…
Doll: What! You broke it!? You broke my precious arm? You have to pay for what you did——Ah! It hurts!
Aqua: Stop your arrogance. If It wasn’t because of you, we would have been in our own world without trouble——Ah! Hey how dare you bite me!
Kazuma: Enough, both of you! Let’s find another way to solve it.
Megumin: Kazuma! There is something falling down from the sky.
Kazuma: What...No it’s not a thing. It’s a person!! Everybody watch out!
Boom! They were shrouded in a cloud of dust. Kazuma walked cover and found out that person was actually Darkness. Without knowing why, she was covered with white, slimy things all over her body.
Aqua: Spider silk...Looks like it can glue the arm back! Hold still!
Then, she gathered the spider silk from Darkness’s body, put in onto the doll’s arm and attached to the right place.
Doll: Oh yes. The feeling of getting my arm back is just amazing——Ah! Why do you hit me again, you brutal goddess!
Aqua: No more talking! Send us back to our own world now! Or I’ll rip you off again!
Under the threat of Aqua, the doll conjured a teleport magic instantly, which successfully brought all of them back.
As the magic consumed too much mana, the talking doll had turned into a normal doll after returning. It was temporarily placed in Wiz’s shop. Watching the doll, Wiz wore a smile because its appearance was not creepy anymore. The doll looked happy.
Wiz: I guess you’re happy with the journey to the realm, right? Let’s go back again if we have time.