The Duke’s Madness - Chapter 36
The Duke’s Madness chapter 36
She was from Haronan, known as the largest jungle area on the continent.
It’s a big jungle if you put it nicely, but if you look at it differently, it’s no different from a backcountry.
Even there, Ginny Daven was particularly poor.
He begged all the time, and his parents worked in the mines to feed him.
It was a common life for the poor.
However, Ginny was quite satisfied.
I went hungry every day, but it was because I was happy with my daily life with my parents.
But after her parents tripped and got injured in a mine, her values changed drastically.
‘Why aren’t they treating me!’
‘Because I have no money.’
‘People are dying?’
‘Does the money you don’t have spring up just because a person dies?’
The only councilor in the village threw out his injured parents just because he had no money.
In the end, the two parents who could not heal their wounds became corpses within a month.
Starting from this incident, Genie’s personality changed drastically.
‘f*ck, f*ck, f*ck.’
With harsh curses stuck to her lips, she stopped trusting others.
He looked at the world negatively and considered money to be the best.
‘okay… money. I’ll earn something like that.’
That’s how I left the village and naturally permeated Arcane.
However, there was not much she could do without any knowledge or skills.
I came to Arcane with a big dream, but in reality there was only frustration.
But I couldn’t starve to death like this, so I went looking for work.
Then they found Willett’s office.
Risky but great payoff.
A mercenary, a job that can even turn your life around if you do well.
I spent about 3 years in the dark like that.
All sorts of dirty things, sordid cases, and sometimes even murder.
Thanks to that, I touched a lot of money, but that was it.
In the murderous waterside Arcane, even if you risked your life and earned money, you couldn’t buy a single house.
After three years of hard work, Ginny was very angry at the fact that she couldn’t buy a house where she could lie comfortably.
‘f*ck… This guy’s money money money. I’ll buy a house somehow.’
A large and luxurious house that anyone would envy.
If she had a house like that, no one would ever say she was short of money.
So Ginny Daven goes to collect money today too.
Like a moth that jumps into a fire, knowing that it is an unattainable goal for the rest of your life.
* * *
I blinked my eyes, wondering if I was mistaken.
But it doesn’t change.
The face of the man standing at a distance waiting for the train was young, but it was the same as the man in his memory.
‘Ares Arekis. The chief wizard of Cannes Madrid.’
And a few days ago, the enemy found out a clue through a back alley wizard named Hajes.
Thinking this far, Arthur gave strength to the hand holding the meteorite sword.
‘Should I kill him?’
The enemy you couldn’t kill in your last life is right in front of you.
But the location was a problem.
‘Everything’s going to go wrong if I swing a knife at the station.’
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No matter how much Ares Arekis is his enemy, that wasn’t what Arthur wanted.
But the madness in his heart eats up his rationality.
Won’t you kill the enemy when it’s right in front of you?
Was that all your vengeance was, Arthur Bavaria?
Arthur’s mouth went up at that madness like a devil’s whisper.
And that was when, without realizing it, he took a step forward.
I heard Ginny’s voice.
“I… Dunn? What did I do wrong?”
“… … ?”
“that… Ka, what about the knife?”
Arthur narrowed his eyes.
At the same time, the red-tinged world returns to its original state.
Arthur exclaimed and smiled.
“ah. Thank you, Ginny.”
“Thanks to Ginny, I endured it. My psychosis sometimes calms down when someone talks to me.”
Ginny frowned in puzzlement.
However, Arthur, whose nerves were focused on Ares, did not see that expression.
Looking at Ares and the four wizards standing next to him, Arthur murmured in his heart.
‘But why are you so weak? The man I remember named Ares… He was one of the best wizards in the imperial palace?’
To be honest, the mana I felt in him now was nothing special.
Arthur, who was worried, was able to find out the reason soon.
‘The Ares of that time is the Ares of at least 20 years from now.’
It was enough time for the wizard to reach a higher level.
In other words, the current Ares has not reached the stage where it can manifest the same miracle.
‘I’m not behind, but… If you look at it soberly, it’s under Mr. Taken. Compared to the wizard, it’s similar to the necromancer I met before.’
After finishing his thoughts, Arthur exclaimed.
“and… If I had swung a sword, I would have been in big trouble. Even if I killed it, I would have lost money.”
With these words, Arthur raised the corner of his mouth and looked away.
“Yes, Mr. Ginny?”
“… … .”
“Why is your expression like that? Like someone who can’t see?”
Ginny, who came to her senses at his words, clears her throat.
“I have a facial muscle disorder.”
“… … .”
“When you experience that wonderful thing… I distorted my expression without even realizing it.”
“Oh, I had an amazing experience too.”
“… is it so?”
“yes. Shall we get on the train first? It’s hard to miss.”
Arthur got on the train with Ginny and sat in the designated seat.
It was a seat in a closed room, and Ares was also sitting in a seat in this closed room.
‘Uh… Is it first to grasp the situation?’
Along with his thoughts, Arthur estimated the distance from the secret room where Ares was.
The distance was not far, but no sound could be heard, perhaps because a special magic had been activated.
Arthur, who was wondering what to do to hear the conversation in the secret room, looked away.
I saw Ginny looking at me with a sullen expression.
“Could you please help me?”
Arthur raised an eyebrow.
“I’m thinking of doing some eavesdropping, but can I borrow some of Ginny’s skills?”
* * *
“… What do you mean, Dunn?”
“Can’t you use Sylph’s ability to eavesdrop on conversations without leaving any traces?”
Ginny replies with a puzzled expression.
“Please eavesdrop… You mean this?”
“yes. But I’m not asking you to do it for free.”
Arthur holds out something.
Ginny, who looked at Arthur’s offer with suspicious eyes, was startled.
“yes. It must have cost about 20 gold. If this is enough, can you do me a favor?”
Ginny was surprised again.
’20 gold? 20 gold for one wiretapping?’
Looking at the amount alone, there was no reason to refuse.
But Ginny didn’t answer right away.
‘This madman… What the hell is this plan?’
The reason she went to Boris Village was because of the aftereffects of an incident she experienced a few days ago.
A necromancer who never dies but comes back to life.
Even if she is well-versed in the life of the back street, it is not enough to say that she was lucky to face the real people of the back world and survive.
However, that was not the only reason why they insisted on Boris Village, which was famous as a resort.
A mercenary named Dawn who was on a mission to escort Tartan along with the president.
It was because of the madman who licked my blood.
Two weeks had passed, but Genie still had a stomach ache from the madman’s hole.
It wasn’t once or twice that he suddenly remembered Arthur every time he fell asleep and woke up with a scream.
Because of that, no matter how good the money was, he didn’t want to do Arthur’s favor.
Because I was a madman right in front of me who could suddenly take money and cut my throat just because I was in a bad mood
When Ginny didn’t answer, Arthur raised a finger.
“20 gold as advance payment.”
“… … ?”
“I’ll give you another 20 gold when I’m done. how is it?”
Ginny narrowed her eyes.
“yes. As long as the genie accepts the request.”
“You said you would give me 40 gold with just one wiretap?”
Arthur smiles softly.
“That story is worth it to me. So will you accept it, Ginny?”
Ginny couldn’t hide her confused expression.
The request for escorting President Tartan this time is 50 gold.
A level that can be called the highest among the amount you can receive at your level right now.
Because of that, the conflict I felt a while ago disappears, and new worries occupy my head.
Would you believe that madman?
Still, don’t they give you 40 gold plus an advance payment?
Ginny pondered, carefully asking a question.
“Player money… Can I get one?”
Arthur hands over the gold coin.
Ginny quickly picks up the gold coin and starts counting.
one two three… 20 pieces.
As Arthur said, there were exactly 20 gold coins in it.
Ginny swallowed dry saliva at the glittering gold light.
“I’m just going to eavesdrop. Absolutely no more than that!”
“sure. All you have to do is eavesdrop.”
Genie let out a sigh and summoned Sylph.
An intermediate level wind spirit whistles.
The subtle energy that spreads out at that moment goes beyond Arthur’s secret room and goes somewhere.
Ginny, who had her eyes closed, murmured.
“I will hear you now.”
With these words, an unfamiliar voice echoes in the closed room.
It was the voice of the chief mage who guarded Khan Madrid’s side.
[So the experiment is going well, right?]
[Sure, Assistant Professor! It is progressing without a hitch!]
Arthur’s eyes light up.
I heard they did an experiment last time, but what kind of experiment are they doing this time?
‘More than that… If it’s a teaching assistant, haven’t you joined the imperial army yet?’
Even now, Ares Arekis is an excellent mage, but compared to the imperial mage, who is called a real mage, his skills are inferior.
Meanwhile, Ares shouts in a harsh voice.
[It’s not enough that there are no disruptions! What do you think I’m wasting my time on here!? Are you taking this risk? You need a performance worthy of that! The results that will prove my research!]
[That, that… .]
[I risked bringing 50 children, but it’s difficult if it’s like this. If it doesn’t work, I’ll replace it with others.]
Ginny, who was listening to the story from the side, held her breath.
Experiment? 50 children?
‘what is this? many… Sounds like a risky conversation?’
Ginny, frightened, looks at Arthur.
I don’t know if it’s because I’m lost in thought, but I see a face that has become expressionless.
It was when Ginny, who couldn’t even talk to Arthur in that state, quietly turned her head again.
Arthur’s shoulders shake.
At the same time, Ares shouted.
[You must succeed this time! This experiment to duplicate that lightning lineage, ability! Only then can I rise to the position of professor!]
Along with the shouts, the voices of other men were heard again.
Words that seemed both unfamiliar and dangerous were heard in the conversation.
experiment money fame… .
Because of that, it was when Ginny unknowingly swallowed dry saliva.
Arthur raises his hand.
“That’s Okay. Genie.”
“uh… is it so?”
“yes. I don’t think it will be a fruitless conversation to listen to anymore.”
Genie hesitantly invites Sylph.
It was time to look at Arthur in the silence that fell after that.
After finishing his worries, Arthur opens his mouth.
“I am Ginny.”
“How much do I have to pay to hire you?”
Ginny’s eyes widen.
Meanwhile, Arthur asked again.
“How much do I have to pay to hire you? I’ll pay you twice as much as you normally get.”
Ginny blinked and replied.
“You don’t like it?”
“… … ?”
“How much do you want to pay?”
Arthur is taken aback by the firm answer.
“Are you going to kill them, Dunn?”
This time, Arthur blinked his eyes and answered.
“Have you mastered mind-reading, Ginny? How did you know?”