“In the end, I guess the mastermind is a bit of a loose end.”
“Yeah, I don’t know where to put my face for not knowing…”
Aide Necro’s poison was also more energetic than usual.
His Royal Highness was researching and gathering evidence about what evil the old Sage wanted to release.
It was completely unexpected that I received something so powerful like a Dragon Print from a Snake Dragon, but…
I wasn’t expecting this at all! I wish someone could take it from me!
But despite the evidence, the reason why His Royal Highness fell into such a trap was to find out who was manipulating them behind the scenes.
“What more do you want? Please leave me out of the next adventure, Your Highness…”
“This still needs to be investigated, I guess…”
His Royal Highness was more concerned about the mastermind than this Imperial takeover fiasco.
But in the end, we didn’t find out who it was.
“Have you heard anything from that Sage, Your Highnesses?”
I thought that Sage meant that he was a wise person, but when I asked the twins, they told me that in the Empire, Sage was both a title and a position.
“Hey, hey, wait a minute! Twins, you declared yourselves Emperors, didn’t you? So, why are you in my room?”
Ignoring all my questions, the twins were tranquil, even though they were kidnapped, bound, and nearly sacrificed!
They answered in unison, “Watching Rururia made me not worry about anything!”
“What the hell have you been seeing in me?!” I asked while pushing their temples, which caused them deep pain.
“Speaking of which, he told me.”
“Yeah, his name.” With teary and painful eyes, they remembered it.
“You only said it once, though.”
“Maybe you were talking to someone else at that time.”
“He’s called Alcaeus.”
When I heard the name, I couldn’t react quickly enough.
The next thing I knew, my hands were shaking and sweating, and I could barely stand.
His Highness noticed it and stared at me.
It was a probing, penetrating look.
“I wonder if Miss Rururia is acquainted with the fallen hero, Alcaeus?”
Without a trace of the usual teasing, His Royal Highness asked me in a flat voice.
“This might be hard for you, but answer honestly…”
“Of course, there is no way I’d know him.”
“Is that so…”
With that word, His Royal Highness turned back to ask the twins for more information.
Thanks, Your Royal Highness.
Yes, I simply didn’t know any fallen hero.
I only knew of that entourage, that green bastard who was unreasonable to me.
But if talking about a fallen hero worked, then that would suffice for now.
At the time, all I could do was cry.
At the time, I was empty.
At that time, I didn’t do anything.
That was why I needed to get a shot at the guy to move on.
Clenching my fists, I began to think about what I could do.
In a certain Kingdom cave…
A man with a physique tempered by warfare stated the facts in a dry voice.
“Looks like the old Sage of the Empire has failed.”
“No? I think it’s just barely a success because someone managed to receive the Dragon Crest.”
While flipping through the report, the subordinate told the man a surprising fact.
The man who thought he had lost his Dragon Crest was slightly intrigued by this report.
“Who was it? The sacrifice, I mean”.
“Well, well, well… Now that’s pretty interesting”.
The tone of voice, which was impatient and tailored, was a habit of this subordinate.
What can’t be helped can be ignored.
“What a surprise! The Kingdom of Lemaire, the much talked about the Dragon Knight Bride and Saint of the Kingdom, Lady Rururia Talbot.”
The subordinate chanted with a spark in his eye, “What a rare thing she is!”
“A woman in a troubled country called Lemaire got the Dragon Crest”.
“If you’re going to invade Lemaire, you have to be prepared and take your best men with you.”
“I don’t want to, but to increase the success rate, I have to make my move.”
“I’ll have to give more thought to it beforehand…”
“You don’t have to worry about that.”
A strangely confident subordinate, playing with his long green hair, grinned and said, “I’m sure she’ll come here on her own, you know…”