The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 35
Chapter 35: Do you solicit?
Two days after the operation to sweep out the bandits.
As the knights were busy with post-processing, I was in the dining hall with His Highness.
The sound of plates being served.
The sound of chewing and food going down the throat.
Amidst the sound of eating that could be heard clearly, we watched him eat heartily.
“This is delicious! I could eat it endlessly!”
“I hope you don’t eat endlessly. Our portions will run out.”
His Highness heaved a sigh in exasperation.
He was defenseless as he chewed his food in front of opponents with whom he was exchanging hostility just a while ago.
Looking at him like this, I feel relieved.
He was like a fierce beast or monster when we were fighting, but now… more like a dog?
“Hahaha! That was great. I’m completely satisfied.”
“That’s good to hear.”
“Oh, thanks. By the way, you’re a member of the royal family, huh? No wonder you stand out.”
“You didn’t notice before? Even the knights were with me.”
“That was the knights? Huh…”
“Is this guy… perhaps an idiot…”
His Highness muttered to himself in disbelief, along with his exasperation.
I didn’t deny it because I also thought the same thing.
“What’s your name?”
“What were you doing over there?”
“You can tell just by looking. I knocked down some bandits because they said there were some around!”
“It’s obvious, isn’t it? It’s to become stronger.”
Kaijin shows a look like “Of course, what else?” or something like that.
His Highness is taken aback, and I am puzzled and unable to understand.
“So, what does that mean? Were you defeating bandits for training purposes?”
“It’s not training, it’s killing! You can’t grow in weak fights, you know. But, everyone was just a bunch of small fry, so it was boring.”
Kaijin sighs and shakes his head with a “well well” expression.
It seems like he has been traveling for a long time.
He wanders around various places without any specific aim and happens to hear rumors of bandits, leading him to their hideout.
When His Highness asks where he came from, he casually says:
“Was it up north? I just walked around randomly, so I don’t really remember the direction.”
He sought battles and wandered in search of enemies in order to become stronger.
It seemed as though he was going through something like a samurai training.
I was curious about why he had to strive for such strength.
“Why do you seek strength so much?”
I had the same thought.
His Highness asked.
Then Kaijin smiled and said with a grin.
“Because I’m a man.”
He balled his fist and continued with a joyful smile.
“If you’re born a man, anyone would aim for being the strongest!”
He spoke with confidence and pride.
A reason that had no substance.
Simple and straightforward, with no falsehood.
“Y-You’re an idiot.”
“Nothi-, nothing at all!”
Zion-kun, who had been hiding behind His Highness all along, chimed in on Kaijin’s story.
But he was defeated by Kaijin’s sharp stare and hid behind His Highness again.
“Hey, is that really the kid from back then?”
“Yeah, Zion’s the Hero.”
“The Hero, huh…”
“He may be like this normally, but he’s strong when it comes to a fight.”
“I-It’s not like that…”
Even though Zion-kun denies it in a small voice, his voice doesn’t reach Kaijin.
“You’re from the north. Aren’t you not from this country?”
“Well, technically I’m from here.”
“Where…ah, I see.”
His Highness looks back at Kaijin’s appearance and seems to have noticed something.
With a slightly mischievous expression, he asks Kaijin.
“You want to become stronger, don’t you?”
“Yeah! I aim to be the strongest!”
“In that case, are you interested in the Demon God?”
Zion-kun and I gasp.
We probably had the same thought.
His Highness’s next words will probably be…
“Kaijin, would you like to enter the ruins with us?”
“Huh? Ruins? What’s with the talk about the Demon God all of a sudden? I don’t get it.”
“I can explain, but once I do, you can’t back down. So please choose first.”
“What do you mean ‘choose?’ I’ve never heard of the Demon God. Is it strong or something?”
“Yes, probably the strongest enemy in history.”
Not a metaphor or a threat.
The strength of the Demon God is proven by human history.
After experiencing numerous sacrifices, the only solution was to seal the strongest enemy, as it was impossible to defeat.
Yes, the strongest.
“――Sounds good. It seems interesting.”
The moment Kaijin heard those words, his eyes changed color.
He is pursuing strength with single-minded determination.
So you want to hear it?
“Sure. Go ahead, tell me.”
His Highness provided Kaijin with information about the ruins.
We didn’t even know who this person was.
I was a little uneasy about choosing someone we just met as the fourth member.
As if seeing through their unease, Zion-kun quietly reassured me.
“I-I think it’ll be okay. That person’s heart…it’s burning bright, but it’s beautiful. I don’t…think he’s a bad person.”
The shape of one’s heart cannot be faked.
If Zion-kun sees it that way, then he is surely not a villain.
“Well then, I’m all in! Let’s ride.”
“You said it, right? You won’t go back on your word now, right?”
“Of course not! I’ll join your ranks! I don’t know whether this ‘Demon God’ really exists, but you guys are strong. Strong people gather where even stronger people are. If I’m there, I feel like I’ll become even stronger.”
“Haha, you never waver. Thanks to you, we’re all here.”
His Highness clenches his fist.
The fourth person was discovered unintentionally.
We don’t even know his true identity.
His Highness chose him, and Zion-kun says he’s not a bad person.
Then I’ll trust the two of them.