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Visiting the Workshop
The appearance of a devil was why I needed to go there.
That incident caused a major event that shook the Kingdom’s upper management. Even so, it was just recently that a devil appeared and was subjugated. Right now, the upper management was worried that publicizing the appearance of a new devil would cause utter chaos.
Even after the search party was mobilized, they weren’t able to find Schtrom in the end, despite the Security Office and the Military Affairs having gone full force.
As a result, they judged that Schtrom had already left the Kingdom, and the announcement was temporarily put off.
Because this announcement was not made public, the problem was considered resolved for a short period of time. However, it was not determined how long they could withheld this information before it’s publicly announced. There were many dangers associated with the unknown.
And as for the House of Ritzburg, since Schtrom had confessed that he had used Cart as a guinea pig, they were not charged of any crimes, and were treated as victims instead. However, because it was the truth that his son did cause an uproar, the head of the Ritzburg house had decided to resign from his post as the Vice Minister of the Finance Bureau.
Since the real reason could not be published, they announced that because of the death of his son, his wife was suffering from anxiety disorder, and they would be returning to their territory in order to recover.
Although some people, who didn’t know the real circumstances, condemned him for being irresponsible, the upper management who knew the real reason were sympathetic. Fortunately, the House of Ritzburg still had two remaining sons, and since they were yet of the age as an adult, they were spared from the sufferings.
In the end, Schtrom was the cause of all the uproar, and the Kingdom branded him as a wanted criminal.
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“What is it?”
“What do you think Schtrom’s real purpose is?”
Because of the riot that happened in the Security Office, the academy was closed for today.
In the end, we couldn’t go to Bean’s Workshop yesterday. By the time the interview conducted by the Military Affairs had ended, the day had already fallen. And so before we separated yesterday, we decided that we would visit the next day.
However, because of some circumstances, Tony was unable to make it today. In the end, it was the usual people who ended up heading towards the workshop. And, of course, Gus had naturally arrived at my house early in the morning. Does a Prince really have that much free time?
“Who knows? However, what we do know is that he has been experimenting to artificially create devils. Although we’re not exactly sure, we can consider it might have something to do with that. It’s too difficult to narrow it down.”
Although we don’t know what his real purpose is, there are too many factors to consider.
Was he ordered by the Empire to increase the amount of devils? World domination? Or did he wish the destruction of the human race?
“Well, since I don’t know about it, it can’t be helped.”
“In that case, it’s fine to leave it to the adults to figure out. After all, we have professional and talented investigators such as Orth.”
“Yeah, Orth-san was really cool. Wasn’t yesterday’s event the result of Orth-san’s investigation?”
“Well, he’s a particularly special existence. Every year, in terms of arrest rate and criminal investigation, he’s always been number one.”
“Then, we should leave such investigations to adults and behave like students of the academy like we are.”
However, as long as we’re directly involved, it’s normal for us to worry about the incident. It might even get to the point where we would start our own investigation. It was unlikely for the professional investigators to seek cooperation from a student of the academy even if he was the one who had subdued the devil.
Although we are aware of the situation and were at the scene when it all began, they are not allowed to tell us the current progress of the investigation.
Or rather, when I got home yesterday, grandma got angry at me and said, “You got into trouble again! You really need to stop it!” Even though it wasn’t my fault… But if I were to get involved with the investigation, I cannot image how angry she’ll be. Although I want to find out about Schtrom’s whereabouts and his purpose, I won’t do something so scary!
“Shin, isn’t it about time we get going?”
“Ah, it’s already that time?”
Once we gathered at Sicily’s house, we would head towards Bean’s Workshop. Since we got together in the morning, we’re going to go to Olivia’s house for lunch.
“Then, we’ll be going now. I don’t need any lunch.”
” “Please have a nice day.” ” [Said by the people in Shin’s house.]
After waving at the servants, I went through the Gate with Gus and the others. When we arrived at the room prepared in Sicily’s house, Thor started talking.
“Not matter how I look at it, the servants in Shin-dono’s house are all very talented.”
“Haaa~… Those people, were gathered through public advertisement, and since the number of applicants were way too many, it seems that they had a selection battle. And those who fought through it successfully, were the ones who were selected…”
“…I see. So it’s a dream team of servants.”
“Dream team, you say…”
Our voices could probably be heard from the other side of the door, and before we stepped outside, Sicily had already knocked on the door.
“No, I was just saying that the servants in Shin-dono’s house are amazing…”
“Ah, they certainly are. Before you know it, they will be right by your side and casually follow you.”
“It seems those servants were selected through a servants’ battle, a dream team of servants.”
“So that’s why they’re called dream team…”
A lot of nobles have high praises for our servants. It would be best if I didn’t regard it as normal Recently, I’ve been getting used to it.
“That is a matter of course. The Head Maid in Shin’s house, Marika, used to be a maid at the Royal Palace, and when I was younger, I was taken care of her. The Butler, Steve, used to be part of Hague Chamber of Commerce, a man who used to be the right-hand man of Tom Hague. As for Alex, the gatekeeper, he is the best pupil of Dominic, the Director of Military Affairs. Even though I knew of those guys, I was still really surprised when I saw that they had all gathered in one house.”
Eh? Is that how it is? To actually have those amazing people gather at our house… one can really see how popular grandpa and grandma are.
“And also, the head chef, Correll, used to be the Master chef at a famous restaurant.”
“Correll-san’s cooking is really delicious.”
“I wonder if you’ll be alright after eating all of those foods. Today we’ll be going to Olivia’s house, which is also a famous restaurant. Make sure you don’t say anything strange, okay?”
“There’s no way I’ll say anything strange!”
Maria suddenly said impolite words to me.
I’m really concerned at how everyone really looks at me!
“I heard you’re going to Bean’s Workshop and Stone Kiln Pavilion today?”
“Ah, it’s a good place.”
It’s Cecil-san and Irene-san. Probably because it’s a holiday today, the clothes I’m wearing looks a little rough. However, Cecil-san looks as cool as always. And also, Irene-san, she doesn’t look like she’s given birth to Sicily and her two older sisters and older brother.
“Everything in Stone Kiln Pavilion is delicious, but since you’re going during lunch time, a sandwich is the best choice. Lightly toasted, and the fragrant of the cheese on top of the fatty tuna… the taste is unrivaled.”
“Sicily, since you’re going to Bean’s Workshop, can you take this order for me? There are a lot of things I want to ask. And as for lunch in Stone Kiln Pavilion, pasta is also good.”
“It’s the sandwich.”
“It has to be pasta.”
Ah, a spark has ignited between the husband and wife! Do something, Sicily!
“Well then everyone, let’s be off.”
Don’t tell me, emergency escape!?
“O-okay. Sicily, is it okay if we leave them alone?”
“It’s all good. Since they’ll reconcile before I know it, and they’ll have this really sweet atmosphere.”
So that’s how it so. I’m so jealous. Although they already have four children, they’re still lovey-dovey.
“Then, let’s get going.”
And so, we left Sicily’s house and headed towards Bean’s Workshop. While on the way, Gus started speaking.
“For now, even though Father has declared that you will not be used for either political or Military Affairs, Shin, Schtrom will still most likely aim for you. And so, when you said you wanted new equipment, I was relieved.”
“However, I already said I won’t have enough money for it.”
“I made a proposal to Father regarding the funds.”
“Hey, is that really okay?”
“Shin, although I’m most sorry about this, but this time, it’s not just about the Kingdom anymore. It might even involve the fate of mankind. As of now, the only person who can fight with Schtrom on equal grounds is you. Although there’s a possibility that Merlin-dono can as well, that is just a possibility. In case of emergency… we might only be able to rely on you.”
“The fate of mankind…”
Certainly, it might exactly be like that. I was also thinking of the possibility earlier. Although we don’t know Schtrom’s real purpose, he admitted that Cart was just an experiment. That also means he conducted an experiment that transformed humans into devils.
And that experiment had been a success.
Which means it’s not strange if there’s a sudden increase of devils. In fact, that might actually be his objective. The problem is what he’ll do afterwards.
“Really… There’s no end to the trouble he could cause.”
“The fate of mankind, how annoying…”
“I guess the threat we feel is completely different from what you consider as a threat degozaru…”
“Well, it is a fact that the mass production of artificial devils isn’t much of a threat. Rather than worrying about myself, I’m more concerned with Schtrom targeting other people.”
“Regarding that, we’ve already taken some precautions.”
“Are you talking about the wanted poster?”
“Right, and the reason for it is because of ‘National Treason.’ But it’s not like it’s a false accusation.”
Indeed, the mass production of devils… is a threat to the entire world, it certainly isn’t false accusation.
“In addition, we can easily recognize that guy’s appearance, he has to wear eye-patches in order to hide his red eyes.”
I see, with this, it is unlikely for Schtrom to be active while he’s still in the Kingdom.
“Although I said that, he’s still a devil after all. We can’t be careless…”
“Well, he has been fought off just recently, so in the meantime, he might not take any actions. During that time, we should make various preparations.”
This is a good chance to level up the research society!
“…Did you manage to think of something?”
“Just a moment ago, I got some chills…”
“Shin-kun was making a kind of evil-looking face?”
“I have a bad feeling about this degozaru.”
What the hell. The world is approaching a crisis, it’s fine to have everyone level up just a little. However, this is a secret for now.
“Hmm? I’m not really plotting anything strange?”
“…I guess that means you are plotting something…”
How did they know!?
“N-no way, I’m really not plotting anything?”
“Were swimming degozaru.”
This can’t happen. I would likely be questioned and forced to confess. I must hurry to the workshop.
“He-hey! Let’s walk faster! Our paces have dropped while we were talking.”
Did I manage to fool them?
“Haaa… Let’s leave the questioning for later.”
It didn’t work!
After some exchange of words, we finally arrived in front of Bean’s Workshop. Maybe because it’s been two days, it felt strangely far away.
When we reached the famous Bean’s Workshop, we saw a big store. It was similar in size to a convenience store in the suburbs. It had three stories, and the weapons and armor were on the first floor. I wonder what’s on the second and third floor? When I looked at the entrance of the shop, the door opened and Mark and Olivia came out of it.
“Welcome to Bean’s Workshop! We’re honored to have you!”
“Good morning everyone.”
The two people came out together. They’re still together even though it’s a holiday. Could this possibly be…
“Ah, good morning Mark, Olivia. Why did the two of you—”
“Good morning Olivia, Mark. Then, right away—”
“Good morning Olivia-san, Mark-san. Well then, it’s imperative for us to continue our talk.”
“Ugh… I ask of you to please go easy on me…”