＃After returning, the family was ruined (153)
The marquis’ annex in the capital.
The two people used the gate there to find Marquis Zenoris.
The news reached the Marquis Delique in an instant.
He summoned two people.
“Nice to meet you, Leon.”
“Yes, Your Excellency the Marquis. How have you been?”
Delike nodded and looked at her son.
“okay. By the way, what brought you to my hometown? “And that too on this late night.”
“I came to see you in person because I have an important agenda to discuss.”
“Guichang has decided to give strength to the moderates.”
“yes. “I have already received confirmation from Sir Leon here.”
The Marquis’s mind began to become complicated.
Until now, even within the moderate faction, factions were divided 2:2.
One side supports Duke Ethan and the other side maintains neutrality.
The fact that one of them passed over meant that the trend was completely tilted in one direction.
“Did you come here to persuade me?”
“yes. Sir Leon and I have sworn to be together for the rest of our lives.”
The Marquis tilted his head.
This was because the son kept his mouth shut after saying these words.
“Is that a reason to persuade me?”
“I could add many reasons. But I’m sure your father has already guessed the reasons.”
It wasn’t wrong.
Starting from the advantages of belonging deeply to the moderate faction, to the disadvantages that will be revealed when the situation becomes heated.
Because the calculations had already been completed in the mind of the wizard who pursued truth and reason.
My son, who looks exactly like me, would certainly have completed the calculation. Nevertheless, Zeros only uttered that one word.
“Besides, this reason is the most important to me. “Everything else is just secondary content.”
The oath shared with Changseong.
To keep that oath, Zeros visited the family in person.
Emotions, not reason.
Zeros was clearly moving towards the latter. Delike saw that and smiled bitterly.
The eyes of the two reviewers looking at each other were so hot that they even gave the feeling of being burned.
My son’s way of thinking and behavior.
That was definitely not wizard-like.
That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Last time I visited the academy.
Haven’t you clearly seen with your own eyes how efficient the cooperation between two people who move through emotions can be?
‘The more we work together, the more we will continue to grow.’
It was something that all four heads of families felt the same way. Therefore, Deliquee has been gradually increasing her interactions with Marquis Seiji recently.
Wouldn’t it be possible to build a stronger relationship with the next generation by continuing to cooperate little by little starting with one’s own group?
‘The Duke of Ethan.’
The Marquis, thinking of him, nodded. He was definitely a person with outstanding talent, enough to take a chance on the future. Moreover, belonging to the radical group was something he did not want to do.
Agiles and Xenoris.
Although both were from families known as masters of magic, the difference in power was clear. If you belong under them, Zenoris will slowly wither away.
“Thank you, father.”
“no. There is nothing to be thankful for. “I wouldn’t have been able to make this judgment if I hadn’t witnessed Duke Ethan’s potential firsthand.”
Delike asked, shaking his head.
“Are you two going to be okay?”
If four of the seven families support the duke, his status will rise to the point where he cannot even be compared to the later exponents. At those words, Leon and Zeros nodded vigorously.
“The duke is a good teacher. There is so much to learn. Thanks to this, we are both growing very quickly. “Someday… to the point where I can surpass that duke.”
“What Changseong said is correct. So you don’t have to worry.”
“Then that’s it.”
The Marquis nodded.
A passionate desire to win was burning in the eyes of the two men. It seemed like nothing I was worried about would happen.
After the two children left.
Marquis Delike infused mana into the crystal ball.
* * *
“It’s been a while. “How have you been?”
Sylvia looked at Ethan and bowed her head. She had now arrived at the academy.
The reason was simple.
It was to report the results of the investigation ordered by Duke Ethan.
This was such a serious matter that she took action herself.
“As the Duke said, I dug up the Lacian. As a result, we were able to discover several suspicious points. It occurred to me that maybe… there might be some dark magic involved in the birth of Prince Mileton.”
Soon she continued her report. Starting with the fact that Mileton’s birth mother was very healthy before becoming pregnant with the twins…
“I understand that her health has deteriorated significantly since she became pregnant. It was as if the child inside the womb had sucked the mother’s vitality. What’s even more strange is that the Duke’s side did not actively try to treat it. Besides…”
Sylvia handed over the documents.
Ethan frowned when he saw that. The document contained information about the whereabouts of the servants who served the duchess at the time.
“They all died.”
“yes. The causes of death vary, but it is certainly strange that nearly 20 people all died. “The only people still alive who know what happened at that time are those who hold high positions in the Duke family.”
If you want to go deeper into the investigation than this, you have to go through all of those executives.
‘There is a high risk of the tail being stepped on.’
Although Sylvia’s intelligence group had grown considerably, it was not enough to completely deceive the duke’s attention.
If things go that way, Duke Gerond will be observing Mileton more carefully than he is now.
That wasn’t what Ethan wanted. Originally, a dagger was sharpest when it was hidden under a sleeve.
“Shall we investigate a little deeper?”
“no. “There is no need to investigate it here.”
“Are you trying to use Mileton Confucius?”
“okay. “Isn’t it true that family members have the deepest understanding of household chores?”
Ethan recalled what Mileton had said in the past.
“My father just told me not to forget what I invested in…”
If things went as expected, one thing was certain.
That guy must be an asshole.
* * *
Documents handed over by the duke.
Mileton’s eyes were shaking greatly as he saw this. There was information about the birth mother written there.
Many things were different from what I knew.
“…is this really true?”
The information he knew about his mother was very fragmentary.
This was because no one in the family wanted to mention what happened at that time. Moreover, since he was evaluated as a child who ate his mother, his retainers did not easily approach him.
“You must have been feeling strange too.”
If you think about it, it was strange.
In prestigious families, numerous preparations are made in preparation for childbirth. How could he be the only one to survive in such a situation?
But I didn’t try to dig deep at that time. It was because of the heavy guilt in my heart.
‘If that’s not the case…’
What if black magic is really involved as stated in this document?
Since Agiles and Lacian are families that closely cooperate, it would not be difficult to use black magic.
“It’s up to you how you use it.”
Ethan turned around with only those words left behind. Mileton looked at the documents for a moment and spoke quietly.
“…I’ll just rest for two days.”
Immediately afterwards, he kicked his foot.
The documents contained the names of officials who might know more about this incident. They were all my father’s limbs. If he just went and asked, there was no doubt that this matter would reach the Duke’s ears.
‘My father is trying to strangle me.’
If the contents of the document are correct, my father was an extremely cruel person.
Mileton clenched his fists.
‘You must not approach in a hurry.’
The duke would not want him to know the details of this incident. So, you have to dig into the matter very quietly so as not to reach the duke’s ears. A person came into his mind.
He was the family’s chamberlain and had the lowest power and status among the vassals.
Since he was the chief maid when his biological mother was alive, he must know something about what happened at that time.
What had to be done was simple.
Contacting Baron Barrington without being discovered by anyone. He wrote a letter to the Baron.
* * *
Baron Barrington looked at the letter addressed to him.
As he read a few pages, his eyes widened.
Half a day later. Silver Tavern 3rd floor. If you want to live, never report this incident to your father.
What did he call him for? And that was even with the camouflage completed by sending a very ordinary letter.
‘Should I report this to the Duke?’
After thinking for a moment, he shook his head. Although he did not have much real power in the family, he was clearly the head of a small family.
If he made a rash move here, his family could have been exterminated in the next generation.
‘…I can’t help it.’
I have no choice but to move quietly.
That was when he arrived at the Silver Bar after finishing his work.
“I meet Lord Soga.”
“I called you because I had something to ask the Baron.”
The Baron was startled by Mileton’s cold voice.
The person who had lived in prison all his life was Sogaju.
It was my first time seeing him look so cold-hearted.
The Baron swallowed his saliva as the atmosphere was so different from usual.
“baron. Was black magic involved in your mother’s death?”
“I don’t know anything about that…”
“How long do you think your father will be a duke? You’d better think carefully before answering. “If you want your family to continue to exist even one generation later.”
Barrington broke into a cold sweat. If I answered that I didn’t know, it felt like I was going to get stabbed. Are you really saying that the person in front of you right now is So Family Lord?
“Well… I don’t know if there’s really dark magic involved. But… I know that. “The person who was in charge of examining the Duchess at that time was someone introduced by the Duke of Aguiles.”
“You entrusted the examination to a warlock?”
“It’s not accurate, but…”
I didn’t have to listen to anything else to understand. Mileton’s face slowly turned red.
I was soon able to guess the reason. If it is a black magic that utilizes morale, there may also be a special magic that imparts vitality to a child.
The one who ate his parents and siblings.
‘Perhaps that statement…’
might not have been a metaphor, but rather a statement containing the truth.
Mileton chewed the inside of his mouth. My father was much crueler than I thought.
But there was nothing that could be done right away. Because the duchy was not his, but his father’s. It’s not enough to uncover the truth, but to speak out about this incident head on…
‘I need my own force.’
Mileton, who was looking at the Baron, said.
“Let the Baron be mine.”
“If what happened today becomes known, do you think I, the likely successor, will be punished? Or do you think you, a mere baron, will be punished?”
The matriarch was a cruel person.
Since he had previously been instructed to keep his birth mother a secret, he would not let himself be left alone if this incident became known.
If it weren’t for Sogaju’s threat, I wouldn’t have even mentioned this incident.
“I don’t plan on asking for an unreasonable request. All I have to do is occasionally report on my father. “Shouldn’t we look further afield?”
“…I will be loyal to Lord Soga.”
It was not a sincere oath of loyalty. But one thing was certain.
It was the fact that for the first time, one of one’s own was planted within the family.
Mileton’s eyes lit up.