Chapter 128.2 : Secret Meeting Behind The Scene
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Reis spoke fluently with an easygoing tone.
「I will humbly obey it. Then, we’ll act separately again for few days」
Arein left right after nodding to Reis who replied with
「I’ll leave them to you」 to his back.
（We’re rich in case we hit the jackpot. …… Shall I assume that we’re indirectly offering the information to that man.）
Reis suddenly stood up from his seat. And left, his breakfast almost untouched.
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The evening of the day Reis and Arein had their clendestine meeting.
Rio-tachi who had finally left earl Claire’s territory, arrived at a certain city to the east of the territory.
As they had already escaped from the search scope of the kingdom’s army, they did not stay in a cheap inn like the ones up till now and instead used a slightly high class inn.
They intended to recover from the fatigue accumulated from their journey so far.
By the way, Lucci who had been following after Rio-tachi while being tailed by Aisia without his knowledge so that they could react immediately in case something unexpected happened was doing nothing.
Though the first floor of the inn was a neat and clean dining room, they decided to dine in their own rooms so as to not attract unwanted attention.
「Though the taste isn’t bad, lord Amakawa’s cooking is tastier.」
Christina said so after tasting the dishes on the table that was brought by the waiter of the inn.
「It’s an honour to receive your praise.」
Rio’s bowed with a slightly blushed face.
「I’m telling the truth, your cooking is more delicious, lord Amakawa. Or should I say that it’s more suitable for our palate.」
「Yeah, the food of this world is just too bland. The dishes here are delicious but they too greasy, it’s natural for us to get tired of it if we ate it everyday.」
The senpai of Murakumo Kouta, Seiki Rei agreed with Christina’s remark with a nod.
After that, the topic expanded as Vanessa became interested in the kind of dishes eaten in Japan by Kouta-tachi.
（Haruto, the man called Arein is joining Lucci who had been following you all this time. They’re checking in at the inn right beside the inn used by you guys now）
Aisias voice suddenly resounded in his head.
（……………… DO you know what they’re going to do?）
Rio squinted his eyes.
（It seems they didn’t find the person they’re looking in other parties. They’re moving under the assumption that Haruto was the one who caused the havoc in Creia. And since Lucci saw your fight against those orcs, they’re even more convinced of your power. They are even starting to consider inviting you as they think that you’re interesting.）
（…………… Inviting me? Me? To their mercenary?）
Rio’s train of thought halted for a moment in hearing Aisia’s report. His face frowned the next moment.
（Yeah. It seems they’re giving a warm welcome to strong people.）
In that case, the purpose of baiting those orc’s might be to let Lucci to see his power.
Nevertheless, Rio himself will give a warm welcome in case he gets approached by someone who knew about Lucius but, they had come at a slightly bad timing as he was currently escorting Christina-tachi.
When he was thinking of either subduing them in a blitz attack or just waiting for them to make their move――、
（And then, they also suspect that you might be involved in the riot at Creia has something to do with Christina escape.）
Aisia told him an even more important piece of information.
Rio’s train of thought halted again in hearing such an important information.
（………… There’s no result no matter how long the kingdom army has been searching at the north and east highways. So it should be about time those guys at Creai reconsider their plan.）
Rio thought about the aim of Arein-tachi which was related to Christina―― For they are people who weren’t from the Bertram kingdom army.
（……. Do you know their reason for looking for princess Christina?）
Rio asked that question after pondering for a while.
（I don’t know. I just know that because it’ll be bad for them if Christina joined Restoration, so they want to prevent that from happening.）
（Really, who the heck are they?…………）
Lucius is a famous mercenary but it’s been a long time since he disappeared from the front stage.
But, recently he discovered that those people have a connection to Lucius. If it’s in accordance to the information he has gotten so far, Arein-tachi might be fellow mercenaries of Lucius, or his subordinates.
And then, for what reason are they trying to prevent Christina from joining restoration? They might do this since it’ll affect the political balance of international politics.
In that case, there’s a possibility that the leader of 『Griffon』, Lucius…………. is being employed by a country somewhere else.
（And those guys are planning to do something in the near future. They won’t try to do anything rough immediately but just in case, be careful.）
（Understood. I’ll be careful. Please tell me if they try to do something too, Aisia.）
Though Rio felt really anxious about this matter, his heart eased slightly after hearing Aisia’s monotonous reply.
The next day, Rio-tachi left the inn and started their journey again towards Marquis Rodan’s territory, the base of Restoration.