Chapter 83

Carmen looked at Henry, frowning.

His face was cold as he smiled silently at his suggestion.
His exclusive personality was evident through his slender face.

“Do you think I’m going to need your help?”

Henry opened his mouth with a slight smile.
Carmen reflexively hardened her face, but then she replied calmly, pretending to be unconcerned.

“If Lord Argeny were wise, I think he would accept my offer.”

At his words, Henry’s eyes met for a moment with a sad face, and then he said in a bored voice:

“I don’t need your help.”

His dry voice spread far and wide through the Oval Office.

“Actually, I’m not interested in being promoted to rank knight.
Also, I don’t think your help is useful for my goals.”

Henry’s languid face looked at Carmen boredly.

“So I hope you don’t call me this kind of trivial thing in the future.
It’s not very interesting, it’s not fun.”

Henry stood up lazily and walked toward the door.
Then Carmen’s gaze followed him relentlessly.

“I am the Vice-Knight Commander of the Swordsmanship Academy.
Would you mind if I declined my offer as it is?”

Carmen added with a low sneer.

“What if I penalize Lord Argeny?”

Henry stopped and turned his head.
Immediately, Carmen’s gaze overlapped.

Henry’s insensitive expression gave off an air of indolence at first glance, but the strange sense of distance in it made the other party nervous.

Perhaps because of his deep purple eyes, reminiscent of lavender blossoms, he had an air that was both a little decadent and dangerous.

A faint smile hung on Henry’s face as he looked at Carmen.

“This kind of intimidation is more interesting than it was before, Mr.
Deputy Commander.”

Henry stared at him with a relaxed expression.

“For someone like the vice president to negotiate or persuade me to do something boring, isn’t it? It’s more interesting.”

“…… Is that so?”

Carmen replied vaguely, unable to understand how to take his words.

Then the corners of Henry’s mouth rose gracefully.

“So you have to study this method in more detail.
More meticulously and deliberately so that there are no holes for me to escape from.”

Carmen smirked at his words.

It was absurd.
If you say something unfunny to you, you’ll even give yourself permission to threaten him.
I was stunned.

Henry looked at Carmen and added coldly:

“Right now, I’m not feeling very good and I don’t really want to match the vice-president’s play.”

He bowed his head slightly and spoke in a clear voice.

“Well, I’m looking forward to your more interesting proposal next time, Mr.
Deputy General.”

Henry greeted him and walked out of the office.

Left alone, Carmen stared at the tightly closed door and frowned.

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“How can a person be a material? Are you sane?”

Philina asked, her eyes sharp.

Then Huey, who had been staring at her silently, opened his mouth, pulling up his lips crisply.

“To be precise, he’s not a real person.”

“…… Isn’t he a real person?”

Filina asked, furrowing one of her eyebrows.
Looking at her, Huey shrugged his shoulders as if it wasn’t a big deal.

“It’s literally not a person.
So it can be the material.”

“Then why did you say you were a person until now? No, if it’s not a person in the first place, what are you talking about?”

She blurted out the words with a confused face, and Huey explained with a light smile.

“It’s a legendary animal and an apex predator that is said to have disappeared centuries ago.
A divine being found only in ancient books.”

The words that flowed out of his mouth were condensed into sentences that she had not dared to think of.

Huey continued, looking at Filina with his back buried deep in his chair.

“But over time, the population declined significantly, and then by chance, one was found in the hallucinatory forest, and the cadets and instructors who were training nearby lost their lives fighting it.”

At his words, Filina’s eyes widened.

It was the first time I had heard it.
Not only in the original story, but also in repeating my life five times so far, but this was the first time I had ever told a story like this.

It was a no-brainer.

The swordsmanship academy had nothing to do with Philina, and it was purely she who chose the life of a knight in this life.

“You ran into me in the annex the other day, didn’t you? Do you remember the picture I was looking at at that time?”

Huey’s words reminded her of a picture frame hanging in the corner of the annex.

A picture of a cadet sweating in the woods and confronting someone…….

Filina looked at him in bewilderment.

“No way that picture .

When she couldn’t keep up, Huey smiled lightly.

“That’s right.
The instructor who had witnessed the incident hastily took a picture of the scene.
Of course, the instructor was killed by the bastard without ever finding his body, and all that was left was a camera lying around in the woods.”

“…… But why did the military academy hang that picture in the annex?”

At Philina’s words, Huey groaned with a twisted smile.

“Why? At the military academy, finding him was considered a great achievement, so I hung him up.”

His dry voice continued through the silence.

“Many cadets and instructors have died horribly deaths.”

Filina was staring at him in disbelief.

Huey, who was silent for a while looking at her, continued to explain with a calm face.

“Anyway, he turned into a human form under the influence of the fight and went into complete hiding.
And the hallucinatory forest was all polluted, and it was no longer a place for people to come and go.
That’s why they blocked the passage at the Swordsmanship Academy and built an aviary.”

Philina, who had been listening to him quietly, suddenly looked puzzled.

“But how do you know so much? Haven’t you been confined to the tower all this time?”

At her words, Huey blurted out, with an annoyed expression.

“Humans chase me to the tower and bother me, so they leak in information I don’t want to know.
I’ve often received referrals for banned drugs, but I never thought Carmen would come to visit me at the right time…”

Huey muttered with a lamenting face, then paused.
There was a moment of silence.

He glanced over to study Philina’s eyes.
Huey’s frown contorted at her immediate hostility.

Filina asked in a low voice.

“Did you just say Carmen?”

“…… No?”

“No, it’s not.
I just heard you say Carmen.”

Philina said with a dumbfounded face, and he turned his head to the side and let out a small expletive.

Philina, who had been staring at Huey like that, opened her lips with a face full of doubt.

“Is it true that the person who asked for the commission is Deputy General Manager Carmen?”

“Oh, that’s not it.
I have a client.”

“Then why did Deputy Carmen come to visit you? You said that after you received the commission, Carmen came to visit you just in time.
Doesn’t that mean it has something to do with your commission?”

Philina spat out the words at a rapid pace, and Huey let out a low gasp.

“Philina, I can’t talk because I’m scared.
Please don’t get into specifics.
I’m not going to give you time to panic about my mistakes.”

“You don’t roll your head when you ask me now, and I’ll tell you everything.”

She said it with a look of course, and Huey stared at Filina with an expression of bewilderment.

Then he let out a small sigh and opened his mouth.

“In fact, it was Carmen who showed me the passage to the forest of hallucinations.
When he found out that I was looking for material, he came to make a deal.
All the information I told you was told to me by Carmen herself.”

Huey, who had been shouting in a low voice, looked at Filina with a smile on his face.

“It’s amazing.
Because I’m with you, I’m making mistakes that I didn’t even make in my life, and I’m leaking information about Carmen directly out of my mouth…”

Huey looked at her and muttered softly.

“I guess you’re comfortable.”

He asked in a cheerful voice, folding his eyes in half.

“You’re going to keep it a secret, right?”

Philina, who had been looking at Huey silently, replied, gently pulling up one lip.

“Well? I’ll see what you do and decide.”

Huey smirked in bewilderment.

“Of course I have to tell you that I’ll keep it a secret.
That’s just the kind of friendship we have, isn’t it?”

He muttered with genuine disappointment, and Filina asked, frowning.


“We’re supposed to be friends.”

“Friends? When did I say I would be friends with you?”

She frowned as if she was in a bad mood, and Huey smiled vaguely.

“You’re here to help me.
Doesn’t this mean that you’re going to be friends implicitly? I don’t think I’m here to meet someone who might be dangerous because of a divine power.”

Philina, who never thought Huey was thinking like that, shut up.

In fact, the reason she wanted to follow Huey was because she had a small expectation that the person he was about to meet would know who she was.

But when I told him that it was an animal in human form, some of my hopes were lost.

Of course, that didn’t mean I was going to give up.
Even if it was the slightest probability, she couldn’t give up hope.

Even a little information is good, so I wanted to know why I came to this world.
If I could figure out a way for the ending not to end in death, that was enough.

No, even if it’s not that much information, if there is even one person who recognizes my existence in this cramped world…….
That alone seemed to be enough to satisfy me.

But I couldn’t tell Huey about it.
I don’t know if you’ll believe it in the first place, but…….

Maybe it was better to let him think the way he wanted.

“…… Come to think of it, I guess I was considering you a friend.”

Filina smirked, utterly reluctant.

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