𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟔𝟕: 𝐒𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐮𝐛𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐮𝐩
As I leave the king’s chamber and walk down the hallway, I suddenly become interested in the steamed sweet potato buns on a plate.
They were made using the same procedure as the ones I made on the first day.
If Demon King-sama’s words are correct, then these buns should also have enchantment magic on them.
Of course, I have no intention of enchanting them this time. I raise the plate to eye level and gaze at them intently.
“I don’t think there are any traces of magic left after all.”
Perhaps they are faintly covered with a power that is too weak for me to see. If that’s the case, it’s not unbelievable that they were unintentionally activated.
Yes, if it’s just a snack.
But Demon King-sama said that the Magic Flower and the vest also have enchantment magic. If it’s a weak power, the flowers wouldn’t bloom so quickly.
The effect of the vest should have worn off before Tyran-san went to the human realm.
The mystery remains unsolved. The questions only deepen.
While groaning, I walk down the hallway and hear voices arguing from somewhere. It’s the voices of Demon King-sama and Tyran-san.
It’s rare for them to raise their voices. Moreover, Tyran-san returned to his room to sleep not long ago.
I can’t imagine that he still has the energy to raise his voice.
What on earth happened?
I head towards the direction of the voices. I continue forward and arrive at Tyran-san’s room.
I’ve come this far, but I can’t gather the courage to knock on the door. I didn’t think that I would be at the center of their conversation.
“Dairy and Granny did nothing wrong! The ones at fault are those who took advantage of them.”
“I’m not saying they’re at fault. But if we don’t know who cast the exploration interference magic, we can’t pinpoint their whereabouts.”
“I don’t care about that! Dairy could have been killed if Granny hadn’t hidden her!”
I couldn’t stay silent after hearing those words. I open the door with a creaking sound and ask the two inside.
“What do you mean she could have been killed?”
“Please tell me. Why was I almost killed by someone, and by whom?”
Tyran-san averts his gaze at my question. He probably didn’t expect to be asked by me.
But now that I’ve asked, I can’t pretend not to know. Please tell me, I repeat, and he sighs as if resigned.
“For the church, which solidified its ties with the royal family by appointing the princess as the Great Saint, humans stronger than the princess are a hindrance. In fact, Granny was almost disposed of because of that.”
“Why do you use such words like ‘disposed of’?”
“They separate strong children from their families, exploit them, and discard them when they become useless. That’s how the church operates!”
I freeze at the angry voice that sends shivers down my spine. Tyran-san apologizes briefly, looking guilty.
But his anger hasn’t disappeared. He bites his lip resentfully.
“But the church couldn’t dispose of Granny. She hasn’t been called the Great Saint for nothing all these years. So they gradually stripped her of her power and isolated her. To prevent her from gaining power again, they also isolated me, her only relative. Even though we were allowed to go shopping and visit graves, neither Granny nor I were originally interested in power. We thought this was fine… as long as Dairy wasn’t here.”
Why am I being brought up here?
I was in the church, but my power doesn’t come close to Olivier-sama’s.
I’m just an apprentice saint. I have no idea why I would be targeted. I shake my head slightly, and Demon King-sama looks at me with a sad expression.
“Dairy has much stronger power than she thinks. It’s so strong that she doesn’t even notice when she enchants various things. Perhaps the church didn’t find that amusing. That’s why they tried to dispose of Dairy. Olivier deployed magic to protect Dairy, and by chance, it hindered the search for the hero’s beloved. I believe that if Olivier cancels the magic, the search will progress rapidly.”
“But if we do that, the hero’s anger might be directed at Granny and Dairy. Besides, the church itself is crumbling. It won’t last much longer. Once it completely collapses, there will be no reason to continue deploying magic. There’s no need to expose ourselves to unnecessary danger.”
According to Tyran-san’s story, when the Great Saint changed from Olivier-sama to the Princess, there were apparently significant changes in the upper echelons as well.
In addition, they rapidly increased the number of apprentice saints, but now most of them have been released.
The apprentice saints who were left with free time took various paths, such as joining local churches, finding jobs using the magic they learned in church life, or simply living their lives.
Even if they were to be sent out from the capital’s church, if they could guide the girls who gathered from various places well, the church could gain even more power.
However, it seems that the princess and her entourage did not possess that power.
For many years, the Demon King, who the church had proclaimed as evil, was not defeated, and the rumored marriage with the hero also fell through. Additionally, it seems that someone intentionally stirred up trouble to prevent too much power from accumulating in the capital’s church.
That’s why the church now wants to keep the hero pleased at all costs.
“They are willing to sacrifice Granny and Dairy for that.”
Tyran-san trembles slightly. He loves Olivier-sama. He can’t forgive it if his precious family is disposed of for selfish reasons.
And even I can’t accept such a story. Being used and discarded for selfish reasons.
Moreover, why should I be the target of Jude’s anger?
I’m the one who wants to be angry.