Chapter 08 – Gossip

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As the plan to get rid of Ruri went without a hitch, The Prince of Nadarsia and the former classmates were laughing in content.

Hidden from the truth, Asahi was told that Ruri escaped the castle because she hated the lifestyle.
Thinking that a simple explanation like what would suffice, they really didn’t know the obsession Asahi had for Ruri.

“There’s no way Ruri-chan would leave me!! Nobody knows more about Ruri-chan than me!!” -Asahi

If Ruri was here, she definitely would have flat out denied that.
But Ruri wasn’t here. The prince and the former classmates could do nothing about Asahi’s cry of dismay.

The Prince stopped Asahi’s rash attempt to leave the castle to go after Ruri and was forced to send a search party the same day Ruri was released into the forest.

If they were lucky, they could make it in time before Ruri was thrown into the forest. Unfortunately, when they met up with the soldiers that went before them, Ruri was already gone.

The magic forest is home to magic beasts and other dangerous beasts.
Time was of essence.
More soldiers were sent into the forest to search for Ruri’s whereabout. But after a few days, Ruri was still nowhere to be found.

The truth was Ruri almost met up with the soldiers at one point. But the fairies brilliantly guided Ruri away from them. It was all thanks to the perfect backup provided by Kotarou that the soldiers were forced to run in the other direction. In the end, Ruri and the soldiers never got to meet.

As the days goes by without any news about Ruri, Asahi was throwing tantrums of increasing severities. Seeing that, the people of Nadarsia and the former classmates were starting to show their impatience.

However, a king is one that controls a country, no matter how shitty he is.
The King used the situation to his advantage.

“It seems that the friend of the Shrine Maiden has been abducted by people of the Dragon Kingdom.”

At this point of time, the king and the others were certain Ruri was already dead. But they did not show a single sign of remorse or regret.

“The Dragon Kingdom?” -Asahi

“It’s a country where barbaric demi-humans are living. They must be jealous of our country because we have the Shrine Maiden, and abducted the weakness of yours that is your best friend.” -King

“No way… It’s because of me that Ruri-chan was…” -Asahi

“Rest assure we will not let those barbarians get away with this. Sadly, there are a lot of people in the country that is against the deployment of the army towards the Dragon Kingdom.
If the Shrine Maiden that is going to bring glory to our country stands in the frontline, I’m sure the resistance will also change their mind and join the fight.
Could I ask for your cooperation to save your best friend?” -Sh*thead King (T/N: Why don’t you just die already?)

The king was showing a sincere outlook, but in his heart, he had no plans on saving Ruri whatsoever.
He plans on pinning the death of Ruri with the excuse that she was killed during the war once his kingdom came out victorious. He rubbed the name of the Dragon Kingdom on Asahi to incite her.

Not knowing the truth, the image Asahi had for the Dragon Kingdom was that It’s a barbarous and atrocious country.
Thinking that she has to save Ruri this very moment, she accepted the proposition without any hesitation.

“Of course! We must quickly save Ruri-chan!
…. Wait for me, Ruri-chan!”

The attack on the Dragon Kingdom has begun.

From the shadow lurked a spy that was dumbfounded by the development of the situation. He let out a heavy sigh.

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