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A synopsis of Episode 7, titled "The One Who Leads And The One Who Follows" ("Odoru mono odorasareru mono" (踊る者踊らされる者).

SynopsisEdit

The Pumpkin Scissors team is sent on a mission after receiving an anonymous tip. However, it is on a day that Alice has off.
As the guys learn from Stecchin, Alice is actually meeting with her fiancé. For now, she’s at home getting dressed under the watch of her two sisters Solice and Ellis, who object to her wearing her dress uniform. They convince her to don a more appropriate dress, and take off the keepsake from her mother from around her neck, though Alice insists on bringing her treasured sword instead. Schultz, the man who’s escorting her to the party, loves how she looks and suggests that they go for a stroll beforehand. Alice isn’t too enthusiastic, but her sisters send her on her way in Schultz’s carriage.
Oreldo is, in the meanwhile, going over their mission with Martis, Oland, and Mercury. It seems that aid supplies haven’t been getting to local population even though they know that the local lord has been receiving them. As they are driving along, they see a food distribution center and all the people lined up there.
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Arriving at the lord’s mansion, the group finds all the doors closed to them, so Oreldo decides to pick the front gate. Inside, Mercury sniffs something and takes off running towards some supplies. This is the missing aid, but the bad smell reveals that it’s rotting. Bullets suddenly start whizzing by, courtesy of the guards in a nearby tower, so the group takes cover behind some crates. Martis finds it strange that the interval between shots at them is so short, which means that the enemy can’t be using bolt-action rifles. Instead, he thinks that they must have automatic ones, but Oreldo knows that those are still in the experimental stages of development, as it became evident as some of the rifles used often jammed and misfire during the attack.
Pinned down, the guys decide to send Mercury with a message asking for help. The standoff lasts until late into the afternoon when one of the lord’s men has an accident with his gun. Oland decides to take this opportunity to launch an attack against the tower, so he sends Oreldo and Martis inside after the lord. As he remembers all those people lined up for food at the distribution center earlier, Oland opens his lantern.
By chance, Alice sees Mercury running by as she’s out with Schultz, so she calls to the dog. Realizing what’s going on based on the message, she takes Schultz’s carriage and rushes off. The sun has set by the time she crashes through the lord’s front gates, right as Oland, lantern open and the Door Knocker in had, is taking bullets wounds and getting ready to shoot at the tower. With the carriage for cover, Oland fires several shots aimed at bringing down the tower though the pillars that hold it up. He succeeds at making the lord and his two guards flee before the roof collapses on them, and those three men are then captured by Oreldo and Martis.
It is during the subsequent interrogation that Alice learns that the lord was given the guns by a mysterious someone whose identity he doesn’t know. Examining the weapons, Oreldo sees no indication anywhere of the manufacturer. They also learn that the lord let the food rot rather than distribute it out of fear that he might be killed by the people of the nearby village - a fear confirmed by Oreldo soon afterward when he noted that, whoever supplied the guns knew to mix his lies with a bit of truth in them. After they hand over the lord to the police, Martis points out that there might be a connection with these gun and the Wolkins tank from before.
Outside the residence, Oreldo notices that Schultz is approaching them on foot, having run the entire way. The guys assume that Schultz is the fiancé, but then another carriage rolls up to them and another guy gets out. Alice recognizes this person as Lionel and he claims that he’s here because wherever she goes is where he goes. Oland, Oreldo, and Martis are shocked to learn that he is Alice’s real fiancé, Lionel Taylor. He sees that her job here is done and extends his arm to escort her to the party. Alice is reluctant to go because of her now dirty dress, but Lionel claims that he’s proud of the her who fights. This causes Alice to blush and take his arm.
During the carriage ride, Lionel talks of the lord that Alice was just dealing with as if he knows what was going on. But as it turns out, he does indeed know all about it because he was the one who originally left the group the anonymous tip in the first place!
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