TN: Sorry for the late update! Been rather hectic this past week.
Remember, please assume that Kelt uses watashi (feminine I) and more feminine speech when speaking but ore (masculine I) for internal monologue. I will indicate with those colours, and if a different pronoun is used for some reason, I will indicate with small text above (ruby text) as it’s probably relevant in some way. I will do the same for other characters not using their usual pronoun.
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Satisfied with our sightseeing session around the market, we rested in the open plaza and sated our hunger while waiting for Sarah to return. Yet after an hour of waiting, there was still no sign of her. Seeing as she was late, we started to worry.
-grumbled Ama, rapidly tapping his foot on the floor in frustration.
Gakuto’s words pierced my heart. His overly blunt way of putting it shocked me back to reality.
I’ll remember that, and one of these days you’ll pay for it.
Yeah, you’re absolutely right. Even for a girl, Sarah’s been gone way too long just for shopping. We decided to head for the shopping district that’s a little ways off from the city market where we currently were.
Dan’s eyes turn red and blue respectively.
Dan took a 360 look round the shopping district, then spotted a red mark at the far edge of the of one area in the district.
Lead by Dan, we ran towards the place where Sarah might be. As we got closer, there were fewer and fewer people around; and even though the sun was high in the sky the surroundings got pretty dark. Before I knew it, we were walking down some secluded back alley. Even the temperature here was lower than in the shopping district, giving the whole place an eerie atmosphere.
Yushiris is right. Forget young girls, it’s not the sort of place any normal person would usually come by. Which can only mean that something must have happened to Sarah. We ran as fast as we could towards her.
We stopped in front of what looked like an old bar that’d long gone out of business. Even the signboard was broken, and I couldn’t tell what it said.
I opened the door. As I soon as I opened it, I almost choked on the strong smell of dust. Inside were a number of broken wooden tables and chairs. There’s no way this place has opened in ages.
Ama pinched his nose. Indeed, along with the dust was a smell of rusted iron and a putrid odour, like something had died.
Dan was staring at a door at the back of the shop.
I twisted the doorknob, but it wouldn’t open. It seemed to be locked from the inside. I tried tugging and banging on the door a few times, but it wouldn’t budge.
Ama stuck his hand out towards the door.
<<Activated: [Shock Gun]>>
A arc of current sprang forth from Ama’s hand and shattered the door to smithereens As we stepped in, the smell of rust and putrid rot assaulted our noses. And as if the prove us right, there was nothing but a few dim lanterns by the floor faintly illuminating the pathway ahead. It was pitch black and we couldn’t see anything beyond the floor.
Yushiris picked up a piece of wood on the ground and used his [Flame Generation] skill to it on fire, creating a simple torch. The moment Yushiris’ torch lit up this dark place, we were confronted with a shocking sight. There were many square cages, the kind used to hold beasts, and growls could be heard coming from each and every one of them.
Yes. This is a genuine slave warehouse. I never imagined things would be so awful. This wasn’t something half-baked like you’d see in fantasy anime or light novels. It was a complete about-face from that peaceful and happy scene at the market, and it terrified us.
Walking all the way to the back, we saw a large cage, and lying nearby was the basket Sarah was carrying in her hand when we split up. Goosebumps ran up my whole body, and I hurriedly ran up to the cage shouting.
And then two figures appeared from the back of the large cage.
Sarah was inside the cage. Her face and clothes looked to be just as it was when we split up, so it seemed the slavers hadn’t done anything to her yet.
A male voice came from behind Sarah.
The person that came forward turned out to be someone we were all too familiar with, from our previous world.
We were all so surprised, our eyes practically popped out of our heads.
I was just to fire off my skill when-
When we turned around, there was a large man and a small man standing at the entrance.
The short man approached us with a cigarette in his mouth.
-said Yushiris, glaring at the man.
Though silent, the man named Dor had an imposing presence.
Yushiris yelled at them angrily, but they weren’t in the least bit shaken. On the contrary they seemed very relaxed.
The man named Zeni flicked something with a button in his hand, showing off at us.
I stepped forward.
Gakuto quietly silenced Yushiris.
That’s a good boy, Yushiris. And Gakuto, thanks for reading between the lines. I’ve no idea if he’ll buy the story, but let’s give it a try at least. Now, let’s see what you’ll do, you illicit merchants.
Zeni’s mannerisms suddenly switched into salesman mode, as if he were entirely different person.
A creepy smile appeared on the man’s face, then he said-
 The Japanese expression used is haribote. Basically in this context it means something that seems beautiful/great at first but turns out to be nothing like what it seemed at first. I couldn’t think of a suitable English expression – help me out here guys!