t Engineer is a capable bricoleur in their own right after all.」

「What should we make then?」

「I want to research better structural materials for improving Unit 5.
I’m also thinking of developing tanks, armored vehicles, and attack aircraft.
I also have several Silhouette proposals in mind.」

「We want to pilot them as well, Kou.」

「……Fine.」

「Eh? Seriously? Is it really alright nyaa? I’m happy though nyaa!」

Kou muttered his consent to Aki’s request.

He thought Nyanta would be against it, but she looked even more excited than Aki.

「There’s a limit to me going at it alone.
In order for all of us to survive… I just thought everyone’s survival rates might possibly increase if we fought together.」

One of the reasons why Kou decided to join an Underground Force was their survival as well.

「Of course.
It’s not just a possibility, Kou.
It’s a certainty.」

Aki affirmed Kou’s line of thought.

After all, they were next to helpless inside the hangar carrier that didn’t possess much combat capabilities while Kou fought alone on the battlefield.

They were happy that Kou finally realized it would be better for them to fight together.

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「I’ll pilot a Silhouette.」

「I’m sorry, but you’re an exception Aimer.
No fighting for you.」

Kou didn’t want a 10-year-old girl to actively enter a battlefield if he could help it.
He wouldn’t be able to live with himself if he allowed such a thing.

「Please reconsider.
If Kou and the others are all defeated, will I still remain safe?」

「T-That’s……」

「I talked to Storm Hound’s mechanics.
They were both kids as well.
They said it was painful watching their Familiar teammates die protecting them during missions.」

Kou couldn’t give a response in return.

「I want to pilot a Work-type Silhouette in order to support Voy and the others who will be fighting in the frontline.
Familiars and Therianthropes alone wouldn’t be able to maintain the supply line out on the battlefield.
I will not participate in combat.
I will do my best solely as your support.」

Kou couldn’t come up with any reason to refute Aimer’s words.
Everything she said was true after all.

「……Understood.
I’ll consider it.」

That was all Kou could say in reply.

But he felt he needed to make something that will ensure her safety first.

「It looks like you’re going to be designing the strongest work machine huh, Kou.」

「I feel like a ridiculously overprotective work machine model will emerge soon nyaa.」

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Kou let out a big sigh.

He couldn’t insist on leaving Aimer out after all of that.
It would only make her feel sad.
And besides, apart from Nyanta and Aki, he felt that even Master, whose consciousness was sleeping within Aimer, and Astraea would take Aimer’s side as well.

「By the way, Astraea.
Are we really going ahead with that plan?」

『Of course.
The operation members would be Kou, Aki, and Fuyuki of Metal Iris.
It would also be nice if Blue or Jenny accompanied you as well.』

「I’ll be happy to accompany him, of course, but are you guys okay with that?」

「I won’t do cause I look like this nyaa.
And besides, I’m not cut out for that kind of stuff in the first place nyaa.」

「I’m also no good.
I’ll just stay here.
Voy is out of the question.」

Nyanta and Aimer both refrained from participating.

『I have also made arrangements to manufacture appropriate clothing for Kou and Aki.
A summary of the operation has also been sent to Metal Iris already.』

「You sure are fast……」

『Now is the best timing to perform the operation after all.
I am aware that you can be socially awkward, so I have arranged for members who can properly support you.』

「I got it.
Let’s carry out that operation immediately once Metal Iris accepts the request.」

Their next move was something Kou was really bad at.

In fact, he felt fighting with enemies on a battlefield would be better.
But he decided to just suck it up and muster the courage to go through with it in the end.

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