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Chapter 178: The Sage Dismisses the Beast’s Invitation
“By the way, what are you planning to do to me? Depending on your conditions, I’ll even consider taking the mistress position1.”
“I refuse. I have no need for it.”
“I guessed so~ I already expected Havelt-san to answer like that, really.”
Gwen had a faint smile on her face, but it suddenly disappeared.
She was gazing back at me.
I couldn’t read her intentions even as I stared back at her.
Gwen began to speak in a light-hearted tone as she leaned on the barrier.
“Well, jokes aside. The other beasts should be aware of the fact that you’ve defeated me by now. They’re all sensitive about this kind of information after all. They’ll likely resort to various methods to take revenge.”
“That’s fine. Since they’ll kindly present themselves in front of me, it’ll save me trouble searching for them.”
I had intended to destroy the beasts from the outer world from the beginning.
It would have been more troublesome if they had decided to keep hiding.
By analyzing Gwen, the possibility to detect beasts to some extent had opened up.
I intended to defeat them through violence before they could force me to return to my poor state from last time.
Gwen looked at me as if she was impressed.
“That’s some confidence you have there… Leaving the mistress position aside, I can become an ally of the Demon Lord’s Army if you want. Don’t you think it’s a very tempting offer to have such a cute and strong heroine by your side?”
“I’ll just appreciate your thoughts instead.”
I refused without any hesitation.
Her crazy proposal was definitely unacceptable.
Gwen sensed my rejection and laughed as if she understood my thought.
“Ah, you don’t believe me, right?”
“Obviously, asking to be an ally all of sudden can only be suspicious.”
“What a straight opinion. My glass heart is in pain.”
Gwen deliberately pretended to cry.
Obviously, she didn’t feel any pain in the slightest.
There was no need to confirm that just by looking at her thick nerves and playful personality.
What is her motive behind suddenly asking to be an ally?
I grew more suspicious as I stared at her.
Gwen was too dangerous in many ways.
She was someone who could inflict mental pollution on me without any warning.
And she was also one of the beasts from the outer world.
I couldn’t trust such a person, considering the fact that she was part of the enemies that we would fight against from now on.
“Bluntly said, it’s a trade-off. I don’t want to spend my days imprisoned for a long time after all. In exchange for lending you my strength, I want to be set free. You don’t have to make your decision right now. I will always be ready when you need me.”
Gwen said so in a casual manner.
She stated her offer with a refreshing tone.
I glanced at her profile.
I couldn’t read her thoughts.
What on earth was she thinking about?
She should have some grudge against me, but she didn’t show any sign of it.
Perhaps she was just hiding it that well.
Anyway, I had no intention of releasing Gwen from this place.
At that time, I sensed another presence on the ceiling.
The person who descended from there with their eyes shining brightly was the director.
“Demon Lord-sama! Is it true that you have caught a beast from the outer world?!”
There sounded a blatantly disgusted voice.
When I looked in that direction, I saw Gwen wearing a frowning expression.
She leaned to the corner of the barrier and tried not to make any sort of movement.
And for some reason, her presence faded.
It was clear that she was trying to make herself as inconspicuous as possible.
But her effort was in vain, as the director immediately rushed toward the barrier.
The director had her face stuck to the barrier as she stared at Gwen.
“Ooh! Ooh! Although her appearance is no different from a human’s, she has fundamentally different constituents that make up her being. I see, so she doesn’t possess magic power but power that has a similar nature to miasma instead. This is something of great interest…!”
The director’s voice showed how impressed she was.
Her whole body shook, expressing her joy.
I had heard that the director had contacted Gwen before me, but it seemed the director was safe.
I analyzed the director just in case, but there was no sign of mental pollution.
I had assumed that she would be more susceptible to it since she had an astral body, but it seemed to be a needless worry.
If we considered the scale of damage, mine was more serious.
I was speechless due to this fact.
Meanwhile, Gwen, exposed to the director’s gaze, felt creeped out as she held her own shoulder.
She couldn’t stand the director’s stare and voiced her complaints.
“Hey, don’t you stare at me like that. I’ll ask for payment if you keep doing it, okay?”
“I have no problem with that at all! I will pay any amount you ask me for! I have tons of money that goes unused, after all. I’ll gladly spend it all for the sake of new research!”2
The director, who now had her body stuck to the barrier, answered powerfully.
Although her way of dealing with things was wrong, I had no intention to correct her.
It seemed the director was very interested, as her other selves began popping one after another from the floor, ceiling, and wall.3
It was her unique ability of simultaneous existence.
The directors surrounded the barrier in the blink of an eye.
It was a bizarre sight to see multiple directors talking about something.
When Gwen, the person at the center of all of them, stretched and saw me, she pointed at the group of the directors and advised me.
“Wow, they are completely insane. Havelt-san, I think you should consider the personality side as well for the people in charge.”
Gwen’s claim in this regard was correct.
The director was very dangerous.
Even while knowing that, I still entrusted the laboratory to her.
I had never thought of this decision as a mistake even once.
“Director, I’ll return to the castle. Can I entrust surveillance to you?”
“Yes, leave it to me! I will keep an eye out for her at every moment and keep watch properly…!”
The director replied, full of motivation.
There was insanity, which was hard to express, in her eyes.
But that wasn’t something I needed to care about.
As long as her work benefited the Demon Lord’s Territory, I had no reason to stop her.
“This amazing reception makes me want to cry, really.”
Although I heard Gwen’s sarcasm, I ignored it.
Anyway, it would be a big accomplishment to learn of her weakness.
I ignored the wailing behind me and transferred to the castle.
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