The Duke’s Madness - Chapter 42
The Duke’s Madness chapter 42
Professor Knowles began his speech with a voice full of mission.
How great Arcane University is, and how difficult it is to graduate from here.
Students who were only 17 years old listened to the story, but Arthur was different.
To be precise, all my nerves were focused elsewhere.
‘… A love letter?’
Arthur scratched his head.
The contents of the note written in neat handwriting.
I have something to tell you, please take your time. These words, no matter how different you interpret them, were love letters.
Otherwise, why would a girl with no familiarity suddenly ask for time aside?
‘I didn’t expect this… hmm.’
Arthur, who was worried, averted his gaze.
I could see the calm expression of Jenika Hazel who handed over the note.
Looking at him, Arthur tilted his head.
‘Why is such a pretty girl like me? It hasn’t been long since we met?’
Could it be religious advice?
While thinking about this, the first class comes to an end.
“Arcane is a city of opportunity. And Arcane University is where you get the most opportunities. Remember, what the students get from this place is in their hands!”
With a somewhat unfamiliar line, Professor Knowles exits.
At the same time, the students who had been holding their breath throughout the class let out a sigh.
“and···. Isn’t the atmosphere a joke?”
“It’s not the school with the highest dropout rate for nothing…”
“I was going to take a swordsmanship lecture, but I don’t know if I can do this.”
It was time to enjoy the free time given to each other in their own way, along with various evaluations.
Jenika, who was next to Arthur, gets up from her seat.
Arthur, who was watching her, also stood up from his seat.
“huh? Confucius, where are you going?”
“I’ll go to the bathroom, Elin.”
With these words, Arthur leaves the classroom.
Erin, who was watching the scene, pouted her lips.
“You are not interested in me at all. We met after a year.”
Shall we talk first and try to talk about this and that?
Concerned, Elin shook her head.
‘Then you look so impatient. hmm… Let’s wait a little longer.’
With these words, it was time for Elin to prepare for the next class.
Arthur, who followed Yenica Hazel to a secluded place, swallowed dry saliva.
‘Looking at the atmosphere, I think I’m really going to confess… What do we do? I have no intention of dating yet.’
It was a time when Arthur, along with his thoughts, was nervous without realizing it.
Jenika, who had been snooping around, turned around.
At the same time, the sudden spread of mana blocked out the surrounding sounds.
Sensing the change, Arthur raises his eyebrows.
“what? What is this?”
At the question, Yenika smiled softly.
It was a bright smile that matched his face, but Arthur was not fooled.
This strange magical power that now surrounds all sides is Ares Arekis, whom I killed a few days ago.
It was because it was superior to the magical power of a man who was called a magical genius.
Because of that, the moment the ring in her chest secretly vibrates, Jenika opens her mouth.
“I shouldn’t be like this, but I was suddenly curious, so I made a seat, Gongja.”
“yes···. I want to tell you this first.”
Jenika smiles brightly.
“Willet’s Rookie Dawn, who made the world go wild. I never imagined that he would be Confucius.”
* * *
At Yenica’s words, the corner of Arthur’s mouth went up.
Willett’s Rookie Dunn.
Seeing that he mentioned it in such detail, it seemed that he was convinced of another hidden identity.
So it was questionable.
‘How did you know… I don’t remember leaving any traces.’
While working as a mercenary, there were incidents like this and that, but there was no memory of leaving a trace.
It had no choice but to erase the traces and kill all the witnesses.
‘There were people who bumped into me and survived. Necromancer and Mr. Taken. Was it a group called the Black Cross?’
So, does Jenika in front of me belong to the Black Cross?
At the question thrown, Arthur concluded that it was half and half.
It may or may not be a black cross.
But my gut feeling is that it’s more likely that way, he said.
The reason was because of Jenika’s magic, which now completely blocked outside sounds.
Wizards with these skills were rare even in the underworld, and they usually belonged to an organization.
After thinking this far, Arthur asked a question.
“Then, Ms. Yenika, is she a member of the Black Cross?”
Strangeness seeped into Yenica’s eyes.
Arthur, who did not miss the brief change, raised the corners of his mouth.
“… It’s amazing even just thinking about it. How did you know?”
“I thought I was completely disguised. However, if they were found out, there is a high probability that they would be the people who ran into me. But very few people have come across me and survived.”
Jenika narrowed her eyes.
It may be because of the sharp atmosphere, but her emotions were clearly revealed in that small change.
“Only the black cross… Did you live with Confucius?”
“yes. There are some fighting gangs, but they can’t see through my disguise… Then there is only the black cross.”
At the explanation, Yenika crosses her arms.
“It is sharp. And I’m also embarrassed… I never dreamed that I would be guessed for such a ridiculous reason.”
“I am embarrassed too. I didn’t know you’d be exposed like this.”
With these words, Arthur’s skin turns into a reptilian shell.
At that incident, Jenika’s eyes shine.
‘That’s… Is it the lineage ability Taken said?’
It seemed a little more unique than what I received as a report.
First of all, it was because the lineage ability itself related to such changes was not common.
‘however···. Why does a boy from the Duke of Bavaria have such abilities? Bavaria’s blood has nothing to do with that side?’
It was when Yenika’s gaze narrowed along with her thoughts.
A sudden surge of static electricity jumped out.
At the same time, Arthur’s body is entangled in wild lightning.
Yenica opened her mouth in surprise at the vivid current that could not be dismissed as simple static electricity.
It was at a time when she, who was speechless, was perplexed.
Jenika, who raised her eyes, raised her arms following her instincts.
Blood dripped from his forearm with a strange sound of flesh breaking down.
Arthur’s fingernails, which had sprouted like hooks, dug into them.
If it had not been blocked in time, it would not have been strange even if the head was cut off.
Arthur Bayern also pointed out that point.
“The response is good, Ms. Yenika. I couldn’t even think of a girl at that age.”
Yenica raised a corner of her mouth and answered.
“… I have no intention of fighting Gongja.”
“I had no intention of fighting either. I knew Miss Yenica would confess.”
“They handed over the note, so I thought it was love at first sight, what is it? So I came here while really thinking about it…”
Arthur, who was speechless, even raised the lineage of trolls and drove Yenika against the wall.
I tried to hold on by giving strength to my legs, but it didn’t work out as I wanted.
‘I didn’t even raise a ring, but what kind of power…’
With these words, Jenika’s body is buried in the wall.
Arthur, who pushed Yenica with force, stuck his head in and said.
“It would have been better for Miss Yenika to have confessed. Is it better than this situation?”
At the question, Yenika muttered in an absurd tone.
“… I heard you are unique, but you far exceed my expectations, Gongja.”
“I hear that often.”
“So are you going to keep fighting?”
“For now? I don’t want my identity exposed yet. To do that, it’s safest to kill Miss Jenika.’
Jenika shuts up.
Looking at the emotionless eyes, it seemed that they were not empty words.
‘I’m confident that I’ll fix it somehow, maybe.’
With the thought, Yenika raised the corner of her mouth.
This is enough to make Whitebeard of the Sky Isle interested.
‘It’s really unique. If only we had met a little earlier… He must have been recruited somehow, but not now.’
In the meantime, Arthur tilts his head and asks.
“I won’t look at you even if you smile, Ms. Jenika.”
“… are you okay. I also have a position, so I can’t be taken lightly, Gongja.”
With these words, Jenika’s body disintegrates.
Arthur backed away in surprise.
In the meantime, Jenika, who was turned into a lump of blood and freed from Arthur’s restraints, returns to her original form.
Arthur, who was looking at it, muttered tremblingly.
“hmm···. Is it bloodline ability?”
“yes that’s right. It’s a lineage ability.”
“Is it the ability to turn into blood?”
“It’s one of the powers you have.”
With these words, Jenika raises her hand.
At that moment, the blood and flesh on Arthur’s fingernails returned to Yenika.
While Arthur, who came to his senses belatedly, unknowingly bursts into exclamation, Jenika explains.
“I told you, Gongja. I have no intention of fighting the former.”
“… … .”
“The reason I entered this school in disguise was for something other than Confucius.”
Arthur tilted his head.
“Isn’t it to get revenge on me?”
“yes. I tried to do that in the past, but… It doesn’t make any sense anymore. So, I want to make a suggestion.”
Arthur replies in a somewhat displeased voice.
“What do you mean?”
“How about forming an alliance?”
“Confucius wants his identity not to be discovered, and I don’t want to reveal it either. In other words, as long as we keep our mouths shut, we can achieve a common goal.”
Arthur burst into laughter.
“Am I at a disadvantage? And I can’t trust you.”
“It is the same here. But Confucius. It’s on my side to take the risk.”
Yenika moves slowly and approaches.
Arthur’s gaze narrows at that defenseless figure.
“Confucius can survive even if his identity is revealed, but I won’t. Which side took the risk… There is no need to compare, right?”
Genika, who slightly raised the corner of her mouth, smiled.
Her face is so pretty, and that alone brightens the atmosphere around her.
But Arthur was not fooled.
‘She is a very dangerous woman. A woman who knows how to use her appearance…’
From nob le mt l dot com
Not only that, but the lineage she possesses, and magics that have not yet been manifested.
Considering them, it seemed like a member of the Black Cross to which Taken and the Necromancer belonged.
Because of that, if you look at it rationally, you had to accept Yenika’s proposal.
If I had to fight as it is now, the odds of me defeating Jenika without a meteorite sword were low.
However, Arthur did not want to make that rational choice.
The reason was because of Jenika’s lineage abilities that she had just shown.
‘The blood of Jenika… What is it? It’s not easy to turn your entire body into a clot of blood no matter how much bloodline ability you have.’
Bloodline abilities are special, but they are not magical.
So, to say it was a special lineage, it was at the level of common sense after all.
However, Jenika’s lineage showed miracles beyond common sense.
Even Arthur, who had previous life experiences, had never encountered such a bloodline a few times.
‘If not now… It’s a bloodline that’s hard to get back.’
Thinking this far, Arthur raised the corner of his mouth.
“Okay, I’ll accept Yenika’s offer.”
“Good judgment, Confucius. We don’t have to point our swords at each other.”
“yes that’s right. But there are conditions.”
“yes. It is a very easy condition.”
Arthur’s eyes light up.
“Yenika’s blood. I’ll accept your offer if you give me a few drops of that blood. How is it, Jenika?”