The Magic of “Analysis” Sees Through Everything – Chapter 18

𝐇𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐫

“Isn’t that Alma?! What’s going on here?”

About ten guards were outside.

The tall, slim woman with short hair and brown skin who was leading them approached in surprise.

Luke knew she was Rebecca Bartlett, Alma’s immediate supervisor.

“There was a struggle when we found and protected the kidnapped woman. All who resisted have been detained.”

“Really?!”

Rebecca’s eyes widened at Alma’s report.

Then Sicily brought in the women who had been kidnapped.

“These are the women we’ve protected. They seem unharmed but quite weak, so I think they should receive medical treatment.”

Rebecca’s eyes widened again at the sight of the rescued women.

“This is. . . aren’t these all the people who were reported missing? To think they were imprisoned here. . .! We thought it was an explosion incident, but this is something else.”

Sweat trickled down Rebecca’s cheek.

“So, who is this man?”

Suddenly, Rebecca looked towards Luke.

“His name is Luke. He’s the civilian collaborator I mentioned before.”

“Ah, the one you talked about earlier.”

Interest gleamed in Rebecca’s eyes.

It seemed like Luke’s involvement was already known.

“I am Rebecca Bartlett. Alma and Sicily are my subordinates. Thank you for your cooperation.”

“I’m Luke. Honored to meet you.”

Luke smiled as he shook Rebecca’s outstretched hand.

“But this has turned into a serious matter. It’s like poking a fox’s den and finding a wolf instead.”

“We’ve checked around but haven’t found anything significant. It seems they’ve gone to great lengths to obscure any organizational ties.”

“Hmm, it’s hard to believe that a crime of this scale was done alone. There were no ransom demands for the kidnapped women either. It suggests the aim was human trafficking, pointing to organized crime. . .”

Rebecca clenched her fist.

“Alright, we need to proceed carefully! First, we’ll thoroughly gather clues! We need to uncover their tracks as much as possible!”

“In that case, please let me help too. I’ve already found some leads—”

“Stop right there!”

Suddenly, a voice echoed from behind.

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Turning around, there was another cavalry unit lined up.

They were all clad in jet-black armor with golden trim, exuding a presence distinctly different from the city guards.

“From this moment, we are in charge here. Leave immediately.”

The man at the front coldly declared.

“Absurd! We were informed about this situation! Besides, isn’t the city’s security the responsibility of the city guards?!”

Rebecca retorted.

“The situation is different now. This is not a matter for mere city guards.”

“Then let’s follow proper procedures. Until then, I have no intention of backing down.”

The man, having dismounted his horse, confronted Rebecca.

A tension like sparks about to ignite filled the air between the two.

“What is that?”

“That is. . . the St. Arrogas defense force. . .”

Alma answered Luke’s whispered question with a stern face.

“A special task force directly under the royal family, overseeing all criminal activities across the Arrogas Kingdom. An autonomous organization with investigative powers surpassing all others. Because its leader is. . .”

Suddenly, the formation of the St. Arrogas defense team split apart.

“!”

An intense aura, like heat, surged from the gap.

Almost instinctively, one might step back, reminiscent of a wild beast’s presence.

Rebecca and the man she was facing knelt down as if spring-loaded.

There stood a man.

Wearing the same armor as the St. Arrogas defense force, but clearly not just an ordinary soldier.

The man walked straight ahead, not sparing a glance at the surrounding soldiers.

His stride conveyed absolute certainty of his authority.

“Luke!”

When he turned his gaze to the voices coming from below, Alma and Sicily were also kneeling.

Luke hurriedly followed suit.

“Who is that person?”

Whispering to Alma.

“That person is. . .”

Staring at the ground, Alma replied with cold sweat.

“He is the captain of the St. Arrogas Defense Corps and also the first prince of the Arrogas Kingdom. . . Prince Gale Arrogas.”

“That person?”

Luke gasped.

He had heard the name many times and had seen him from a distance during his school days, but this was the first time he had seen him up close.

His flowing golden hair in the wind, shining cobalt blue eyes beneath thick eyebrows, they sparkled like a new star.

The firm jawline and strong chin spoke volumes about his well-toned physique below.

He was not just a mere decorative prince; Luke realized it immediately.

Prince Gale, who had approached them, fixed his gaze on Rebecca.

“You there, now, you mentioned the proper procedures. I am here in person, do you have any objections?”

“None at all!”

Rebecca replied while still on the ground.

“Then leave. You’re obstructing the investigation.”

Gale said coldly.

His voice allowed no room for compromise.

“. . . Okay.”

Rebecca replied shortly and stood up.

There was a hint of frustration in her words, but it was not prudent to make it too explicit.

There was too much difference in their respective statuses for that.

“Let’s go.”

With Rebecca’s words as a signal, the guards began to move quietly.

Luke and the others followed.

“Wait.”

At that moment, Gale’s voice echoed.

His cobalt blue eyes, reminiscent of glaciers, were fixed on Luke.

“Why are there civilians here?”

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