IMPORTANT! If you want a chance to read the revised version early, please read the author’s note at the bottom!
Chapter 39: Epilogue 4: White Act 2
“I told you, didn’t I?”
The white haired girl grinned while directing her golden irises upwards at her assistant, who refused to return her gaze. Staring into the orb which displayed a certain group of eight, he sighed and muttered a reply.
“Yes, I suppose you did.”
Immediately, the girl struck a guts pose, swinging her small legs rapidly with delight and creating a loud noise as her white dress shoes hit her chair. Heat rising in his face, the assistant clamped his eyes shut while looking away from the orb and his boss, wishing to hide his red cheeks. Unfortunately, simply looking away would not fool the girl’s golden eyes.
“Huuuh?” The girl’s grin grew smug as she called out to him in a provocative manner. “Is my oh so smart assistant embarrassed that he was wrong? Is he embarrassed that he lost the bet?”
That was the last straw for the assistant.
“Oh come on!” He yelled out. “What about that wild boy? Your plan with him failed, didn’t it?!”
“Oh, Shun. Well, I hoped he would win.” To the assistant’s relief, the girl’s smug smile flipped itself downwards. “ But honestly, it isn’t too bad of an outcome for him either.”
“Hmm?” Forgetting his embarrassment, the assistant turned to look at her. “Really?”
With a curt reply, she waved her hand at the orb while leaning back in her chair. The orb vanished, a floating screen appearing in its stead. After another wave of her hand, the screen zoomed in on the face of the individual in question.
“He learnt a lot from that battle.” She explained to her curious assistant. “He’s going to grow a lot in the future starting from now, so this is a good chance for us to gain another quality stem.”
“I see…” The assistant narrowed his eyes while nodding. “But was it necessary to visit him like that?”
“Well, I just wanted to make sure he had the right motivation.” She stretched her arms upwards with a strained face, letting out a sigh after several small popping noises resounded from her back. “It was pretty beneficial for him.”
However, her answer only served to cause her assistant to furrow his eyebrows.
“But is that really okay?” He gestured to the screen while shifting on his feet. “Isn’t there a high chance we got spotted? Especially after letting Akira start a link with his prisoner? For all we know, father might have—”
“He’s not your father.”
Before the assistant could finish, he was cut off by the girl. Her casual tone had grown cold and sharp, like shards of broken ice. Seeing her rigid back, the assistant slowly closed his mouth and lowered his arm.
“….He’s not your father …Your father…. Isn’t that absolute beast.”
Repeating her words once more, the girl snarled a harsh message to her assistant. However, her trembling lips told him another story. Feeling a pang of guilt, he called out to her in a soft tone.
“Sorry mother, I—”
“Boss.” She interrupted. “I’m your boss until all of this is over.”
A crushing silence filled the small white room the two resided in. The assistant stood rigidly, as if frozen in a block of ice. As he looked for ways to crack it, the girl melted it down for him.
“Anyways, we have several preparations to make.” Brushing over the previous subject, she waved her arm at the screen in front of them. “It’s nearly time.”
The screen flashed, and then the scenery on it changed. Gone were the images of Akira and his group, replaced by a single girl sitting alone on a couch.
She was the same age as Akira, but there was an unusual sense of refinement in the way she sat, as if she were a noble. Her long, light blue hair reflected the light coming through the window next to her. Staring absentmindedly through it and admiring the scenery, she tipped back her cup of tea.
Seeing the image, the assistant gave a nod in recognition.
“This is the Alpha I helped you develop, right?” He turned to her. “Then…?”
The girl clapped her hands twice, and the screen split into two: One displaying Akira, the other showing the blue haired girl. Her smile resurfaced as she looked at the two.
“It’s time for them to meet.”
“It’s already time, is it? I guess we can only hope for things to turn out well.”
“Oh they will.” The girl chuckled. “And I have complete faith they’ll foil Phobos’s plans for the tournament while they’re at it.”
End of Arc 1: Awakening
It’s been ten months since Arx Speculo started.
Due to school and other factors, there were many times I had to delay releases, or I ended up writing a lot of hasty chaps that weren’t as good as they could have been.
My biggest gripes were:
– The story is too fast-paced.
– The exam is too dull
– Amaya’s group was never introduced properly and had to have all of their backgrounds explained in the last few chapters.
-Some moments could have been written much better.
-Build up is lackluster and rushed
-Too little focus on Akira
I rather hate the state the story is currently in, which is why I’ll be fixing all the iffy bits and reorganizing it into the new version which will be published in the future. Of course, this will be uploaded online as well (minus the extra content for the people who bought the physical release).
But, I need test-readers who will give me their opinions on the new version.
I will be holding a lottery and picking five test-readers. I have already picked three fans who I’ve chatted with often on the discord server, so there are two spots remaining. To anyone who’s interested in having a chance at reading the published version early, please join the site’s discord server and get the Arx Speculo role before the end of April. I will pick the two lucky readers randomly from the people with the role.
That’s all, and look forwards to the physical release!
There will be more art and illustrations as well~