Chapter 17:

Chapter 16 – Why we’re here

Reincarnated with an omniscient grimoire

We followed Misha to a house not far away from the graveyard. That actually explained how she noticed the fire so quickly. The inn did not seem to have a name and at that point I was too afraid to ask. I mean, it made sense considering it was the only inn the town had, why bother naming it.Bookmark here

She guided us to a round table, quietly shutting down glances of disgust directed at our group. I realized shortly after that they were actually targeting Raven. Considering this was a rural area it made sense for those people to have a rather ... conservative notion, compared to city folks. Seeing this kinda stung, but since Raven did not seem to notice it, I decided to not point it out.Bookmark here

“Is there anything you’d like to order?” She asked us after we took our places. Me between Aurelia and Raynard, and Shelly and the pastor opposite to us.Bookmark here

I looked around the group not really being accustomed to the local cuisine. Everything I’ve eaten so far was either whatever could be found in the police kitchen or whatever Raven cooked up. (Which, I might add, was quite tasty, if a bit extravagant. Contrary to his usual dress up for cooking which in fact was no dress up at all except for an apron. God bless me every time I left that house a virgin.)Bookmark here

“Don’t hesitate to order whatever you want, the academy will cover the expenses.”, Shelly told us.Bookmark here

I hoped to get a clue at what a normal dish to order in this situation was, but got disappointed by Raven answering: “I’m fine, thanks.”Bookmark here

“Oh, do you have pork cutlet?”, Raynard sounded like an excited puppy.Bookmark here

“Sure!”Bookmark here

“Yeeeeeees.” Gosh, he was being too adorable.Bookmark here

“Umm, then I’ll take the same.”, Aurelia said.Bookmark here

“Me too.”, I quickly added.Bookmark here

Misha then took Shelly’s and Pastor Ignacio’s orders.Bookmark here

“Thank god you ordered first, I have no idea how food works around here.” I turned to Raynard who was sitting to my left.Bookmark here

“Me neither, I don’t think I ever went out for dinner. And my standards are rather high, so I really didn’t want to embarrass myself here.” Aurelia hung her head down with a blank expression.Bookmark here

“Well, at least I am not the only one without common sense around here, haha.”Bookmark here

“Is there anything you’d like to drink?” Misha then again asked. “Tea, beer or simply water?”Bookmark here

“Oh, I’d have your beer.”, Raynard responded to which I tried not to let out a surprised “whaaaa?”, but I simply decided to let it play out. Where I came from the drinking age was 21 and I’ve never drank so I can’t comment on how much sense that made compared to other states were it was 18 or other countries where it was below that, but as Raynard was probably 14 as well ... ugh you get my point.Bookmark here

“Um, is that okay?” Misha asked Shelly, who then looked back at Raynard.Bookmark here

“Back at home drinking with my parents and brother was normal, don’t worry about it.” He said.Bookmark here

“Then it’s okay I guess.” Shelly responded.Bookmark here

When Misha left I leaned over to Raynard and asked: “Okay, quick question, how is it with alcohol here, exactly?”Bookmark here

“Why would you ask?” Raynard gave me an irritated look, to which I responded with how alcohol works “where I’m from”, bearing in mind that Raynard still doesn’t know where I’m from exactly is.Bookmark here

“Oh wow, that’s so stupid, why would you have laws for this. No, here it’s just like, my parents say it’s okay, so it’s okay.”Bookmark here

“Huh.” I simply responded and decided to let the topic rest.Bookmark here

For now.Bookmark here

Honestly ...Bookmark here

I wondered what drinking alcohol was like, so I might have stolen a few sips from him during our dinner.Bookmark here

As soon as Misha delivered us the aforementioned it was time to talk business.Bookmark here

“So, do you mind if we talk about why we are here while eating?” Shelly asked Ignacio.Bookmark here

“Of course.” Pastor Ignacio said, after which he took a bite of a boiled potato. The hot food made him say a few incomprehensible curses but after a couple more seconds he started talking.Bookmark here

“As it was already said in my notice, more and more corpses seem to be randomly disappearing from the graveyard. It started ...” – he waved his right hand around – “I think three maybe four weeks ago.”Bookmark here

“Did anything unusual happen around that time?” Raynard asked immediately, and I noticed his hands were in the same position since the pastor started speaking.Bookmark here

“Um- ... well” – he leaned a bit forward to whisper something to us – “Sasha, Misha’s older sister actually passed away around that time. Her corpse is still buried though.” He said, now a tad louder.Bookmark here

“How many corpses have been missing?” Raynard asked next.Bookmark here

“I think nearly two dozen. I haven’t really been keeping track, they disappear on a daily basis.” The pastor threw his hands up in an irritated manner.Bookmark here

“Can you make us a list of every corpse that has disappeared so far, with every relevant information such as date of birth, date of death ...”Bookmark here

The pastor chuckled nervously. “Oh boy, you’re really eager to get to the bottom of this, huh?”Bookmark here

“... Well, obviously ...”, Raynard simply responded unsuccessfully trying to hide an irritated pout.Bookmark here

“I should be able to do that tomorrow morning.”Bookmark here

“Why would anyone do this?”, Aurelia asked. “I mean what use do corpses have? They’re ... dead.” She put her cutlery to the side and looked around our group.Bookmark here

“I mean, necromancy is ... sort of a thing.” Shelly replied.Bookmark here

“It is?”, I exclaimed probably louder than necessary.Bookmark here

“As I said sort of. Thing is – you’ll actually be having a necromancy class next semester, but anyway – so far it’s highly theoretical. Vampires are so far the only known species to be capable of successfully performing necromancy. There have been attempts at trying to replicate it but it seems not even vampire’s really have a clue as to how they work.”Bookmark here

“So vampires it is then?”Bookmark here

“I don’t know man, I think corpses don’t have the best taste?”, Raynard remarked. “Not that I’m speaking out of experience though. But as far as I know the corpses must not have been through rigor mortis yet, to be resurrected. Is that right?” He asked Shelly, suddenly unsure of himself. To be honest, I began thinking he might have more information stored in his brain than my grimoire has.Bookmark here

“Yes, that seems to be the one thing the ... ‘necromancing community’ seems to agree on. But just in case, you don’t have a problem with aggressive vampires around here, do you?”Bookmark here

Pastor Ignacio who so far followed the conversation while eating in silence righted himself and held a finger up signaling us to let him finish chewing.Bookmark here

“We don’t have a problem with vampires, but living near the forest isn’t that safe either. In fact” – he looked at a watch on his right wrist – “it should soon be time.”Bookmark here

“Time for what?”, I asked, even though I kinda knew there was no point in asking.Bookmark here

Church bells went off not to far from here. In fact, if I remembered correctly the church was just next door. Not too long after that though, the entire room found itself covered in the murmuring of the entire townsfolk that was present at the inn. I also noticed everyone clasping their hands together, so I figured it must have been a prayer.Bookmark here

Our group, except for the pastor, just looked at each other with varying degrees of blinking white guy meme, until the entire room simultaneously got shivers down their spine. Surprised by this sudden sensation I tried not to make any noise.Bookmark here

If I was in my world, I would jokingly refer to this sensation as a message from god, but even after only having spent a couple of days in this one, I wasn’t so sure, if maybe there wasn’t some god after all.Bookmark here

The prayer ended shortly after and the casual chatter resumed.Bookmark here

“So, I guess that was your first time experiencing our evening prayer?” Misha, who suddenly appeared with a gentle smile on her face, asked our group. “You need something to drink?”Bookmark here

“No, we’re fine.”, Shelly answered on behalf of our group.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I don’t trust your beer, it made my skin all tingly just now.”, Raynard said.Bookmark here

“Oh, hahaha!” Misha’s eyes widened in surprise before she laughed herself to tears. That’s one way to react to a rude customer.Bookmark here

“Oh god, I’m sorry. That’s probably the first time someone reacted this way to the prayer, haha.” She coughed softly before fully regaining her composure. “No, that was the effect of our evening prayer. Every evening when the church bells ring, the entire town chants this spell to protect ourselves from monsters. That shiver just now was because of the high concentration of magic in the inn. After all, more than a dozen people were using magic right now.”Bookmark here

“Wow, that’s impressive ...”, Shelly admitted.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I mean, I already saw you in action today”, Aurelia commented, “but that the entire town was capable of using such a spell is ... certainly impressive. I always thought people outside of big cities weren’t likely to know any magic at all.”Bookmark here

“That’s because I have a teaching license. I got it after graduating from Ataraxia academy around 20 ... 22 years ago.”Bookmark here

“Twenty-! How old were you again ...?” Shelly exclaimed what everyone thought right now.Bookmark here

I would have thought that maybe he was approaching his thirties but ... nope! I don’t want to think about his age right now!Bookmark here

[Pastor Ignacio is around 38 years, 3 months and 1 day old.]Bookmark here

Oh, heh, thanks honey.Bookmark here

[Of course my darling~(n˘v˘•)¬.]Bookmark here

While I was chatting with the thing in my backpack, the conversation seemed to already have moved on.Bookmark here

“Anyway, it’s getting late. Thankfully the church is next door, so I rarely have to worry about getting home after dark.” As he stood up, I noticed that a lot of people have actually left since the bells rung. I assumed that those left behind were guests at the inn, but I was curious what was going on.Bookmark here

“Is it, like, especially dangerous at night? Or why are most people already gone?”Bookmark here

“Oh, yes, actually. This has to do with how the spell works. The more people who this spell has been cast on are close to each other the stronger it gets. Wandering out alone not only potentially puts you, but also you’re people in danger. Oh, don’t worry about yourselves though. With how many people are in the inn, you should be safe. Although, haha, you are probably capable of protecting the entire town, should it be necessary. Anyway. It was a pleasure talking to you, and I’ll make sure to gather any relevant information until tomorrow. Good night.”Bookmark here

We saw him off, and then decided to get our rooms.Bookmark here

“As it seems we don’t have that much to do anymore, since sun is already down, so I guess we should get our rooms?” Shelly proposed.Bookmark here

Misha who was standing by our side the entire time talked to her mother at the reception and handed us our keys afterwards. One room for the girls, one for the boys, because you can’t escape heteronormativity even in another world.Bookmark here

Our rooms where upstairs (because of course they are) next to each other, and when Raven opened our door Raynard already jumped into the first of the two beds available.Bookmark here

And then I realized oh-no-there’s-only-one-bed.Bookmark here

Raven picked me up and carried me to the bed while I only let out highly enthusiastic squeals.Bookmark here

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