Chapter 672: The new sun has set 6
There was silence after the sound of the door closing.
Deruth Henituse was the first to speak. Deruth, Cale’s father… couldn’t stop his eyes from shaking as he headed over to the robe-clad Cale.
However, someone got in the way of this emotional father-son reunion.
Alberu Crossman quickly walked over to the Duke. Deruth, who was still in his armor, looked more tired than earlier.
“Duke. There is something I need you to do for me. That is why I urgently and stealthily came to find you.”
Deruth, who realized the seriousness of those two words, stiffened up while Alberu heard Raon’s voice in his head.
– I cast the noise blocking spell.
Alberu immediately continued speaking.
“I am going to die soon.”
Deruth wondered what he had just heard.
That was why he asked once more, and Alberu looked at the empty area past Deruth’s shoulder as he recalled what had just happened.
‘Dongsaeng. You returned earlier than I expected.’
‘…Your expression doesn’t look good.’
Cale and Raon had barged into the Puzzle City City Hall office.
Clopeh had just burst out of the room after saying that he would set the rumors straight and tell people the truth, while Choi Han said he had a bad feeling about what Clopeh would do and chased after him.
Alberu, who was left alone, had been organizing his thoughts about what else needed to be done. That was when Cale and Raon had arrived.
He could not feel happy after seeing the expression on Cale’s face.
His expression gave Alberu a bad feeling.
‘Why are you smiling as if you’re going to scam someone?’
Cale Henituse. This bastard was smiling. He was smiling as if he was about to cause a big incident.
Cale had that mischievous smile on his face as he walked over to Alberu and put his arm on Alberu’s shoulder.
‘…What the hell are you doing?’
‘Hyung-nim. Please die.’
As Alberu turned toward Cale…
‘Wouldn’t the only people left to lead the Roan Kingdom’s forces in Puzzle City be the Knight Captain and my father if you were to die, your highness?’
Alberu felt extremely iffy about this, but still responded properly.
‘Yes, as long as nobody else comes from the royal family.’
As long as the current king, Zed Crossman, and the second prince did not come to Puzzle City…
‘Taking into consideration magic, troops, mercenaries, and other nobles, it is highly likely that Duke Deruth would be the Commander.’
The Knight Captain would only lead the knights and soldiers.
‘If I consider the reinforcements coming from the other kingdoms as well, Duke Deruth, your father, would have the proper title to be Commander. Furthermore, Puzzle City is in the Roan Kingdom’s northeast region, so the leader of the northeast region would know about this place best.’
The corners of Cale’s lips curled up.
‘That sounds great.’
Cale patted Alberu’s shoulder with an extremely disrespectful expression. Alberu wondered if this bastard was drunk despite not getting easily drunk, but Cale whispered as Alberu stared with a grumbling expression.
‘Now then, please die so that my father can be the big boss.’
Alberu could see Cale’s face that looked really cold without even an ounce of a smile.
‘I need to catch a damn rat.’
‘Yes, sir. The White Star is currently under my father’s command.’
Cale then gave a short explanation as to what had happened during his meeting with the World Tree and Count Hubesha. Of course, he did not mention the dagger the World Tree gave him. That was something that only Cale and the World Tree knew about right now.
Alberu snapped out of his thoughts and returned to the present.
“Duke. I will not really be dying. There’s just a need for me to pretend to die.”
Deruth’s face stiffened up even more at Alberu’s somewhat firm demeanor.
“…Does that mean that you have your reasons but are unable to explain it to me, your highness?”
“That is correct.”
Duke Deruth’s reaction would be most natural if he knew as little as possible.
“Duke Deruth, I hope that you can take care of Puzzle City once I die.”
“I heard that reinforcements from other kingdoms would soon be arriving.”
“That is correct. Please take care of them as well.”
Duke Deruth still had a stiff expression on his face as he walked past Alberu.
“Let me see your face.”
Cale took off the hood of his robe and Deruth smiled after seeing Cale’s revealed face.
“Looks like you are not injured.”
Cale was still just as skinny and pale, but his eyes were full of vitality.
“I guess you had a safe trip to your mother.”
Duke Deruth was relieved that Cale returned safely from going to his birth mother, Drew Thames’s grave, and then realized something as soon as he looked into his son’s eyes.
“I guess there is a reason I must do this.”
Cale smiled instead of responding. Duke Deruth immediately turned back toward Alberu.
“I understand, your highness. I will give it a go. Should I keep this fact to myself?”
“That is correct. You cannot tell anybody else, even your family members. Only the three of us here should know about it.”
“So this is something that only I should know. You will not have to worry about anything coming out of my mouth.”
Deruth looked toward Alberu. He was looking directly into Alberu’s eyes, unlike his usual self.
Alberu realized something at that moment.
He thought he could see Cale Henituse in Duke Deruth’s appearance. He thought that they didn’t look similar at all, but they did share the same blood and did indeed look similar.
Deruth said something at that moment.
“However, I do have one condition.”
“What is it?”
“I do not like meaningless sacrifices.”
Deruth’s words stabbed into Alberu’s ears as if they were daggers. That was why Alberu immediately opened his mouth to respond.
“It won’t be meaningless-”
However, Duke Deruth cut Alberu off.
He then smiled.
He did not want any meaningless sacrifices.
“I do not like meaningful sacrifices that much either.”
Alberu scoffed, despite having been cut off.
He realized something.
‘Although it is Kim Rok Soo inside Cale Henituse’s body right now… They’re similar.’
“…Duke, you and young master Cale have many similar sides.”
It was not just their appearances that were similar; their core was similar as well.
“Of course. He is my son. He is a member of the Henituse family.”
The Henituse County had been protecting and slowly increasing their wealth for generations. It was a household that lived in the corner of the Roan Kingdom’s northeast region, with the Forest of Darkness right next to it.
The patriarch of each generation had passed on the following words to their successors.
It was the mindset of the Henituse household and their goal.
‘There is no reason to be recorded in history. Live for peace and happiness instead.’
Deruth had a bitter smile on his face as he recalled those statements.
‘Well, that isn’t happening.’
He was certain that Cale’s story would be recorded quite a bit in this generation’s history.
However, none of the people in the Henituse household had given up on peace and happiness yet.
‘Peace and happiness are difficult to gain. That is why we set it as our goal.’
Duke Deruth continued to speak.
“Your highness, if both you and Cale will take what I just said to heart… I will give this a go.”
He did not like meaningless sacrifices.
He also did not like meaningful sacrifices.
“…I will keep it in mind.”
Deruth turned toward Cale.
“Please take care of your health as you work.”
“Okay. I will do that.”
A gentle smile finally appeared on Deruth’s face.
Alberu quietly observed Cale and Deruth for a moment.
‘…The reason that Kim Rok Soo adjusted to this world so easily must be because someone like Duke Deruth, no, because the Henituse household is his family.’
A bitter smile appeared on Alberu’s face.
‘That has nothing to do with me.’
The current king, Zed Crossman… The king had cherished Alberu a lot when he was a child, however, the current king just started treating Alberu as a future king candidate at some point. He did not treat Alberu as his son anymore.
Alberu had no idea why, but…
‘It’s not like I needed that affection.’
He had his aunt, Dark Elf Tasha. He also had his sworn brother.
‘If I die… Will there be people who are sad? Would anybody cry if I died?’
Alberu closed his eyes.
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A few years ago, he would have easily answered that Tasha would be the only one to be affected if he died. But he was sure that it was different now.
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