It was noisy outside for some reason.
Leo woke up from a great sleep to annoying noises.
He subconsciously lifted his head and whined when he bumped into something. Leo was currently trapped in a cage and being moved somewhere.
“What, it’s up already?”
“Hurry up. F*ck, an intruder today of all days. It’s not a good day.”
A thick cloth was draped over the cage so he couldn’t see anything outside. Leo tilted his head in puzzlement. He was definitely playing at home just now, so he couldn’t figure out why he was here all of a sudden.
Leo’s ears and nose pricked up at the same time.
The alarm that filled the hallway was loud enough to hurt his sensitive ears. But at the same time, it smelled very delicious all around him. It was definitely the smell of fresh liver.
Drool leaked from Leo’s mouth. But he shook his head hard and covered his nose with both hands. He promised Arachne not to cause trouble. So he had to endure…
But soon, Leo’s hands fell from his nose and he began to drool again. Leo had been too starved lately, and there was a well-dressed meal in front of his eyes. His endurance wasn’t strong enough to withstand such intense temptation.
In the end, Leo was overwhelmed.
His body began to swell rapidly in the cage.
Craack! Snap! Twang…!
The cage was wrecked in the blink of an eye and burst open in all directions. The men moving the cage were recoiled to the floor.
An enormous beast appeared before anyone knew it and roared where it stood, its body filling up the hallway.
The brown-furred beast swung its paw and crushed a man collapsed on the floor. Its golden vertical pupils glowed with a sharp chill. The sharp fangs protruding from its mouth gave off a terrifying luster.
Leo finally lost all reason, becoming a ferocious beast and began to sweep through the hallway.
* * *
Lakis simply knocked down the people guarding the door and waltzed into the slave market.
As soon as he entered, a loud alarm went off.
The doors around the building began to lock automatically. It was a means of making an intruder a sitting duck in order to clean them up, but it actually worked in Lakis’ favor. With this, he’d be able to erase all the pests inside without anyone escaping.
“Who are you! Identify yourse…gah!”
He ruthlessly killed all who came in search of the intruder. The blood oozing from his hand decimated the enemies in front of him, leaving behind an afterimage of a thin red line.
Lakis only came to look for Yuri anyways, he didn’t care about saving anyone else. He used his obedience power on some of them and learnt that the mutant was locked up in the deeper part of the building.
As for the crow Odin who he met in Yuri’s house earlier, Lakis kept him in the corner of an empty warehouse he had found while roaming the east. If this had been any other time, he would have made the crow open its mouth with whatever means necessary but right now, the thing with Yuri came first.
—Lakis, there’s a lot of noise up ahead, from over there.
Then he abruptly noticed that like the bug said, he could hear the sound of things breaking and people screaming not too far away. At first, he simply ignored it but unfortunately, it was coming from the direction Lakis was heading in.
And soon enough, Lakis found a monster that was wreaking havoc in the hallways.
“The hell is that thing.”
Lakis’ face crumpled.
But he was currently wearing a mask just in case, so his expression wasn’t revealed on the outside.
The monster was repeating quite the unusual behavior. It would snatch up people in front of it with its large paw and bring them to its nose. Then it would frown and throw them to the ground then act like it was digging.
‘Wait, this smell…’
Lakis’ eyes suddenly sharped as he took in the smell lingering under his nose. The smell from the monster rampaging in front of him was similar to the beast smell he found lingering on Yuri.
Right then, Leo also smelled Lakis.
The new person that appeared smelled the most delicious among anything he had ever eaten.
With his reason gone, Leo drooled and ran over.
Lakis’ eyes were filled with ridicule when he saw that it dared to see him as prey, then he moved.
“F*ck, who does this rabies infected sonuvabitch think it’s drooling over?”
The monster was ten times larger than Lakis, but he grabbed Leo’s tail and easily threw his huge body.
The wall Leo crashed into crumbled and fell. Leo couldn’t understand why he failed to get his prey and looked at Lakis with bewilderment then he began drooling again and sprang to his feet.
Lakis leveled a gaze at Leo and coldly ordered.
“Keep your eyes to the floor.”
Once the strangely powered voice spread like a wave, Leo’s eyes lodged themselves to the floor.
Leo yelped, confused by his body’s refusal to move as he wished.
Then suddenly, another smell coming from Lakis wafted past his nose.
Leo regained his senses for a moment and sniffed while mumbling to himself.
Hearing that, Lakis raised a brow.
Like he thought, the smell he was getting from this beast was the same smell that Yuri was covered in last time. In truth, he wanted to chop this thing to pieces the moment it ran at him drooling, but that was why he didn’t.
“Hey, sonuvabitch. The Yuri you’re talking about, it’s a woman with black hair and red eyes, right?”
Leo’s eyes shone and he panted like he was happy to hear the name from Lakis. Then he crinkled his nose and lifted his head slightly before sniffing again.
“Two Yuri’s smell…?”
Upon hearing that, Lakis narrowed his eyes.
Two Yuri’s smell. Did that mean this monster knew where Yuri was right now?
Lakis quickly grasped the situation and ordered Leo.
“Sonuvabitch. Where’s that smell coming from?”
* * *
On the other hand, the man who had snuck into the slave ring first was suspicious about the sudden situation.
“Were we noticed?”
His subordinate behind him also tensed up at the sudden situation. The man heightened his senses and examined his surroundings. However, the hurrying footsteps were only getting farther away; they weren’t approaching where they stood.
“No. I think there’s another intruder.”
“Should we move then?”
His clever subordinate promptly asked. The man nodded.
“It doesn’t hurt if they draw attention over there. We’ll move as planned.”
“Yes, Lord Crawford.”
The leader of the search party, Kalian Crawford, boldly moved forward. The search party with him moved quickly to find the missing people. To public knowledge, only the children at the orphanage had gone missing but there were also noble children among the list of missing persons.
If it was just the orphanage’s children that were involved in this incident, there was no way the higher ups would have dispatched Kalian personally.
Honestly, Kalian was unhappy with that idea. But now wasn’t the time for his mind to wander, so he focused his attention on the rescue of the kidnapped people.
* * *
As I raced to find Leo, I ran into a group of people who were hurrying somewhere. Judging from the shackles on their wrist and ankles, they were likely people who were sold as slaves.
“W-Who are you?!”
The person who seemed to be their supervisor screamed when they saw me and Siren. I simply ignored it and leapt past them with a kick. And I kept going on my way.
“We’re just gonna go?”
“No, I thought you’d help them, so I’m surprised.”
Siren muttered like it was unexpected, but it was a matter of course. The people who were caught were a bit pitiful, but it’s not like I had any heroic feelings in me and my purpose here was just to get Leo out of here.
But that very moment, a huge explosion burst in front of my eyes. A while later, a man appeared in the midst of the fluttering dust.
The first thing I noticed in the dust-filled view was a familiar uniform. And once I checked the man’s face next, I couldn’t help but stop.
“What? Someone you know?”
Siren scarily noticed my tiny reaction and asked.
If we go by the literal definition of someone you know, then it was someone I knew. Since it was Kalian Crawford, the same guy I saw just yesterday.
Once he noticed me and Siren, the man frowned.
 ‘Panting’ as in, the dog kind of panting.
T/N: Something to note, is that Lakis keeps calling Leo a ‘masu’ and the closest, or I guess the most accurate translation for that would be magical beast or demonic beast. But you can prolly tell why I didn’t use that.