Part 165: Suspicion lifted, but ?
"Oh. You're going to eat lunch here today, Emiya?"
Issei is eating lunch by himself inside.
Good, this is convenient.
"Finally, some alone time."
"How is it? How did yesterday's incident turn out?"
I sit down at the table and start talking casually.
"It's still unexplained. They are saying something about there being chemicals in the empty classroom on the first floor. That's the reason they came up with after searching through the school all night."
He must be unhappy, and he starts biting on a tough-looking carrot.
Let the gay imagery begin.
"But you were lucky. You skipped school after lunch and managed to avoid the disaster. Yes, I guess you were rewarded for your good daily conduct."
He now sips on his tea happily.
This isn't the right atmosphere to interrogate him, so I'll wait and see for a while.
Music: Gentle Everyday
" ? What's wrong, Emiya? Did you come up with something?"
"No, but I remembered something. This isn't the time to be leisurely eating lunch."
I quickly wrap up my lunchbox and turn to Issei.
I don't have any even if you want to borrow some."
I get up from my chair.
I don't have time.
I take a deep breath.
"Issei. Don't ask questions and just take your top off."
I clearly state what needs to be done.
Once again in case you doubt:
Music: Today's Meal
"I told you to take your uniform off. Take your shirt off as well.
It's not any good unless you're naked."
I swear I'm not making this up. Observe:
"W-W-W-W-W-What are you asking for!? Are you insane!? Is it a new way to question me!? No, do I have to do this now!?"
I love how this implies Issei would rather do this later
"Yup, this is urgent. Just take off your top. It'll be too late once school ends!"
"Whoa! Stop it, you fool! Are you really from a family of warriors!?"
Music: Gentle Everyday
Somebody certainly enjoyed himself.
"? Oh, yeah. I'm sorry, Issei. I can't tell you what's going on, but I needed to check something. It's done with now, so there's no longer any problem."
I bow and apologize.
"Hmo-okay. If you think you have done something bad, it is natural for you to apologize."
Issei goes silent with a serious face.
Somebody else didn't think it was a bad thing, either.
But now, the search has gone back to square one.
If Issei, the one at the Ryudou Temple, is innocent, there's nobody else here that might be Caster's Master.
" Hey, Issei. Is there something strange going on at the temple?"
"Hm? What do you mean by something strange?"
"I don't know. But is there anything that's different?"
" Let's see. If you mean recently, there is an unfamiliar woman. But that's about it. My father and brother are as always."
Issei says so naturally.
There's an unfamiliar woman?
Could that be Caster? Well, I'm sure she could pretend to be human without a problem.
Or would that be Caster's Master?