Chapter 39. Darling’s Plan (1)
“Hi, hi! Honey, have you been waiting for me?”
“Since when am I your honey?”
Krause looked a little annoyed. Darling had started her naughty jokes as soon as she arrived.
His previous encounter with Baloch had left him completely exhausted. He was in no mood to put up with Darling’s jokes.
She noticed Krasue’s state, so she asked,
“You don’t look well. What happened to you?”
Krasue sighed, there was no reason to hide it.
“The Head of the Family was here today.”
“The Head of the Family, The Head of the Family? You mean the Emperor of Martial Arts, Baloch Valheim.”
She mentioned his father’s name casually.
“Yes, my father.”
“Wow, that’s amazing! I would have liked to see him in person. I should have come a little earlier!”
She jumped back and forth regretfully. Her hair and earrings swayed with every jump, which would steal any man’s gaze. However, Krasue only shook his head.
“It’s better that you haven’t seen him.”
His mere presence was suffocating. Even Darling would find it difficult to show her cheerful attitude in front of Baloch.
There were two Celestial Powers in the Empire, but there was only one Celestial Power in Staron.
In Staron, Baloch was everyone’s idol and held a position that no one could come close to.
Charlotte was the only rising star who was expected to one day reach Baloch’s position.
“Why did he come to see you, kid? Does he want you to be his successor as Head of the Valheim Family?”
“Puff, what a bad joke. You know my sister very well.”
After all, she only had her eyes on Charlotte.
“Yes. But I think you’re fit to be one too, kid.”
Darling’s eyes narrowed,
“I’m really curious to see how a tenacious kid like you will stand up to Charlotte.”
Darling’s bad habits began to surface. As her eyes sparkled with delight, Krasue jabbed a finger into her side.
Darling writhed more than Krasue had expected.
“Stop talking nonsense. I have no interest in becoming the Head of the Family.”
If the entire world were destroyed, there would be nothing left. For that reason, he was only interested in what would help avoid such a scenario.
After these words from Krasue, hunched over with her hands on her left side, Darling said,
“I thought you were more ambitious, kid. By the way, don’t poke me in the ribs, that hurts. I didn’t know someone could be so sensitive.”
“Now you know.”
When Krasue snorted, she straightened her posture. It was evident from her expression that she had barely caught her breath.
“Well, do you have what I asked you to do?”
Darling took out a small bottle from her pocket. Inside the bottle were pills that were smaller than the nail of a little finger.
She held it out to him with a smirk,
“Here you go. What do you think? Do you think I’m a genius?”
“You’ve always been a genius.”
Darling had said it in a playful tone, but Krasue responded that she definitely was.
She was stunned by his unexpected reaction, Krause then took the small bottle from her hand.
Belatedly, she closed her hand and retracted it. She looked slightly embarrassed.
“… Hmm, I didn’t expect you to call me a genius so sincerely.”
“Whoever is a genius deserves to be called as such. Only a loser wouldn’t.”
Geniuses are those who show the most outstanding results in their respective fields, therefore they are the best known. Nobody talks about mediocre people, only about geniuses, which is why there are those who tend to mistakenly think that there are many of them.
The reality is that the number is always so small that more are needed.
Despite this, Krasue had been surrounded by such geniuses in the Azure Sky Order.
If one did not recognize a genius, it would only make oneself more inferior.
Even though he was now in a position where he needed to trample them and rise above them, Krasue still recognized them.
“You never cease to amaze me, kid. I love that mysterious side of you. The more I get to know you, the more attractive you become.”
“Don’t flirt with a child.”
“A child wouldn’t see it like that.”
Ignoring the grinning Darling, Krasue turned to head to Alioth. However, her next words stopped Krasue in his tracks.
“I heard that Anix has changed recently.”
Krasue turned his head back.
In his past life, Anix had reduced the intensity of his training after he was crushed by Charlotte. To be precise, he didn’t see the point in training. He had it in the back of his mind that no matter how hard he tried, he would never catch up with Charlotte.
But this time, even though Anix was also crushed by Charlotte, something changed in him once he saw Krasue spread his wings in the Holy Land of Stars.
She said it was unknown what had changed. What was known was that he had recently increased his training intensity.
“It won’t do him any good.”
Krasue replied with disdain.
It was a natural reaction. Anix was nothing more than a traitor to Krasue. He was absolutely despicable.
‘How could I have motivated that bastard…?’
Krasue was not happy with that fact.
“Thank you. Now leave.”
“That’s not fair. I traveled a long way to come here, and you want me to leave at once?”
“There’s nothing you can do here.”
“I have enough with you to entertain me.”
Krasue frowned at her giggle.
If he allowed her to stay here, her naughty jokes would only get worse as the days passed. For that reason, he wanted her to leave at once.
[She’s an interesting girl.]
At that moment, Krasue stopped before the voice that echoed directly in his head.
This phenomenon, to which he was not accustomed, occurred when Crimson Garden spoke to him mentally.
When Krasue looked around, Crimson Garden was perched near the window.
She had fled as soon as she knew her father came, and now that he was gone, she reappeared.
[She was born to be an alchemy star. Staron wouldn’t stand out much if it weren’t for the Valheim Family, but she’s a pretty useful talent.]
Krasue saw the eyes of Crimson Garden, who possessed the raven, glow bright red. She seemed like she could see through Darling’s talent.
Crimson Garden showed a pleased expression.
[Ask that girl to make an elixir.]
An elixir was a special medicine that could raise physical abilities and aura.
Elixirs were very precious and rare items. Renowned families used to pass on their secret techniques to make their own elixirs from generation to generation.
He couldn’t believe that Crimson Garden would want him to ask her to do something like that. Not even Darling could make elixirs out of thin air.
[Don’t worry, I have the formula and the steps to follow. It only takes an excellent alchemist.]
If that was the case, Krasue had no reason to object.
In his life, elixirs were always far from his reach.
No family would waste their precious elixirs on a good-for-nothing. They preferred to use them on those who were more talented.
[Child, your body is a mess. Without elixirs, that won’t change.]
Krasue did not deny that claim.
The day he returned to the Green Pine Lodge with Crimson Garden, Krasue received his first training session from her.
And what Krasue heard during that training was quite clear.
— You were not born with any talent. Your path in swordsmanship is short, your aura is weak, and your body is not strong.
Crimson Garden was speechless and said that it was a miracle that he was born as someone ordinary.
— You said that you would try to somehow make up for your lack of talent with hard training and secret arts. But you won’t be able to keep up with the geniuses of your generation once they have about five more years of experience. No matter how much you are the regressor, you won’t be at their level.
Krasue was not the regressor, but the rest of what she had said was true.
Krasue had easily destroyed Anix’s best technique, but if he continued like this in a few years he would even fall behind him.
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