The Magic of “Analysis” Sees Through Everything – Chapter 31

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐰𝐨

“That scoundrel!”

Sir Wilfred, visibly angry, slammed his hand on the table.

“So this was your aim from the start!”

“Otou-sama, please calm down!”

“How can I calm down! I would rather take them down myself than hand you over to such filthy people!”

Alma tried to soothe him, but he continued to pace the room, visibly seething with anger.

“Sir Wilfred, that’s exactly what they want. Their goal is to provoke your anger and cloud your judgment.”

“But. . . what should we do then!”

At Luke’s words, Sir Wilfred slumped into the sofa, burying his head in his hands.

“They will surely work behind the scenes to prevent the sale of chimera blood. It’s impossible to sell it to other countries without the permission of the Minister of Commerce. . . even if we have it, what use is it!”

Sir Wilfred, frustrated, was about to sweep a bottle off the table, but Luke stopped his hand.

“Please calm down. There’s still a way.”

“Is there really a way in this situation?”

“Yes.”

Luke nodded.

“Can I handle this matter? We still have a week. That’s enough time to prepare ten thousand gold coins.”

“But how will you. . .”

“Sorry, I can’t say. But I promise you this, I have no intention of handing Alma over to them. I’ll stop them by any means necessary.”

Luke’s voice was calm, but the fierce anger emanating from him made even the raging Sir Wilfred take a step back.

Sir Wilfred, gazing into Luke’s determined eyes, eventually took a deep breath and bowed deeply.

“If you say so, I’ll leave it to you. I’m sorry to rely on you again, but please take care of it.”

Sir Wilfred bowed his head, and Luke knelt in front of him.

“Please raise your head, this is also for me. Alma is an irreplaceable friend. I won’t let her fall into their hands.”

“Luke. . .”

At those words, Alma’s posture softened.

Luke continued, hesitantly.

“So, we’ll be leaving immediately. . . and, it’s difficult to ask, but can Alma come too?”

“Alma? But why. . .?”

“Otou-sama, I will go.”

Alma declared before waiting for a response.

Taken aback by her determination, Sir Wilfred hesitated.

“No. . . but. . . yes, that might be best.”

Initially hesitant, Sir Wilfred eventually nodded decisively and extended his right hand to Luke.

“You have saved us many times, I can entrust my daughter to you. Please protect her.”

“I promise. We will return safely.”

Luke stood up and firmly shook his hand.

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As soon as Luke and Alma arrived at the mansion, they quickly set off on their journey again.

“I will definitely return in a week!”

Luke, carrying a bottle filled with chimera blood, promised Sir Wilfred.

“Yes, I’ll be waiting. And remember. . .”

Sir Wilfred leaned in and whispered in Luke’s ear.

“Don’t worry if you don’t find any gold coins. If that happens, take my daughter and flee the country. I’ll take care of the rest.”

“It will be alright.”

Luke mounted his running dragon with a wry smile.

Alma was already riding on another running dragon.

“I promise, I’ll bring back both Alma and the gold coins!”

With that shout, the two of them ran off towards the forest.

“They’re gone. . .”

Sir Wilfred muttered softly as he watched them disappear into the forest.

“Just a hunch, but I’m sure that man will keep his promise.”

Tyrone, who was watching alongside, nodded confidently.

“Yes, I believe so too.”

The expression on Sir Wilfred’s face was no longer that of a father sending off his daughter, but that of a lord ruling over Rampart.

“Let’s start our preparations too! We must be ready to respond to whatever Trinal might do!”

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“Luke, where are you planning to go?”

As they made their way through the dense forest, Alma asked.

The two of them had been relentlessly heading east along the forest road.

“We’re heading along the border with the demon realm. I think we can get there by tomorrow.”

“The demon realm? Why are we going to a place like that?”

It was no surprise that Alma was astonished.

The territory of Sir Wilfred’s Rampart was adjacent to the land governed by demons, known as the demon realm.

Including the Kingdom of Arrogas, the human nations had a history of conflict with the demon realm, and even after a peace treaty was established, tensions continued.

Therefore, few dared to approach the border with the demon realm, which was feared as a dangerous area infested with demons and demon beasts.

Luke opened a map and pointed along the border with the demon realm.

“To be precise, it’s not the demon realm, but within the Rampart territory, around here.”

“Around here. . . but there’s nothing there?”

The spot he pointed to on the map was blank.

“Yes, nothing is drawn there. But that’s where our destination is.”

“Understood.”

Alma nodded significantly.

“If Luke is going there, I’m going too! That’s enough for me!”

“Thank you, Alma.”

Luke smiled at Alma.

“Sorry for bringing you along without saying anything. I’ll explain everything once we reach our destination.”

“It’s okay. I trust you, Luke.”

Alma said this while squirming atop the running dragon.

“So. . . about what you said earlier. . . is it true? That I am irreplaceable to you, Luke?”

“Of course.”

Luke nodded firmly.

His words pierced Alma’s heart.

(Really? Is that true? Luke. . . does Luke feel the same about me? Otou-sama, Alma will be happy!)

Her grip on the reins loosened, and her body swayed unsteadily.

“Alma is my best friend. That’s been true since our school days and it’s still true now. That’s why I will protect you no matter what. Alma, what’s wrong? It’s dangerous if you don’t hold the reins properly?!”

The running dragon continued eastward, carrying the unsteady Alma and Luke trying to steady her.

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