Phase Transition Turbine, locked.
Engine misfire detected.
Initiating System Shutdown sequence.
Good work, Pilot.

The AI gave its report and all the instruments and monitors went black.

“Ahh, that was really tiring.
I never thought that I would have to fight a whole fleet as soon as I arrived.”

After leaving the cockpit, Kisei stretched and looked around.
Pilots, mechanics, and various kinds of crew members are gathering around the [Gradius-kai] while whispering something among themselves.

“I’m sorry.
I didn’t expect the enemy to show up as well.”

When they saw Schleer come out of the cockpit with a bitter smile, the whispers intensified.
[A man and a woman alone in that small cockpit!?], [How enviable!?], [The princess is a predator……], such words can be heard from all around us.


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After a light cough, Schleer pressed the switch on the crane’s basket’s control panel.
The basket descended accompanied by a dull noise of its motor and reached the floor.
A woman in a high-class officer uniform then rushed to Schleer and whispered something into her ears.
After thinking for a few seconds, Schleer also said something to the woman.
After that secretive conversation continued for around 30 seconds, Schleer finally turned back to Kisei.

“I see, I understand.
Kisei-san, it appears that I have some business to attend to.
My apologies but I am unable to escort you any further than this.”


“I have prepared a room for you.
One of my subordinates will guide you there so please rest up for today.”

Schleer glanced at a young female soldier and she immediately stepped up and saluted him.
Kisei returns the salute in kind and the cheeks of the girl, who was all stiff due to the tension, immediately got dyed in red.

“We will also deliver meals to your room.
Please, PLEASE! Stay in your room and do not walk around outside.
I do not believe that I have vulgar soldiers under my command but we still have to be careful.”

“I do want to take a walk around though.”

“You can’t!”

“I can’t huh……”

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There are more than a hundred starving beasts on board.
Leaving such a good-looking male mercenary to wander around alone in such a place may cause some irreparable damage to said mercenary himself.
Thinking so, Schleer grabbed Kisei’s arms and strongly insisted on her request.


“I understand.”


After nodding to him with a smile, Schleer left with the senior officer.
Left behind, the soldier who was assigned to be his guide approached him with a robot-like movement.

“P, P, Please! Allow me to guide your way!”

“Thank yo–u.”

After Kisei replied with a cheerful voice, the girl repeatedly nodded and tried to lead the way with stiff movements.
However, someone stopped them before he could take another step.


It was a girl with a black ponytail.
She is wearing a yellow pilot suit with a small lieutenant insignia on the chest area.
Her scarlet-colored eyes glare intensely at Kisei.

“It’s you huh? The fool of a man who’s playing at being a pilot.”

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