Ch 394. Red Farewell (1)
Translator: Aura / Editor: HB168
[Huh? Is he looking at me?]
Kapmen heard that voice again.
[What’s wrong…? Why is he acting so strange?]
All the detectives had similar expressions, but Kapmen was able to quickly recognize who the voice belonged to. For a moment, the Grand Duke looked straight at that detective due to his thoughts.
[Now that I remember, isn’t this the man who sided with the Emperor to drive out Queen Christa?]
Kapmen deliberately turned his head to look at other detectives. Only then did the detective who had suspicious thoughts calm down a little, but he couldn’t relax completely around Kapmen.
[Just in case, I’ll ask Imaru later.]
On one occasion, Empress Navier asked Kapmen to investigate Christa’s ladies-in-waiting, so he knew certain things about them.
Imaru was a lady-in-waiting who was very close to Queen Christa. However, when Christa retired to Compshire, Imaru did not follow her because she was a newlywed at the time..
Kapmen went straight to visit Imaru.
“What is the reason for your visit, Grand Duke?”
Imaru believed that Kapmen had contributed to Christa’s downfall, so she treated him coldly. She didn’t even allow Kapmen to enter her mansion.
However, Kapmen didn’t mind how he was treated. He wanted to find out the intentions of the person behind the servant who tailed Empress Navier…
Rather than be honest, Kapmen took a small risk.
“I heard a strange story.”
“What do you mean by that?”
“Well, while personally investigating the servant who tailed the Empress, a detective told me a strange story.”
“What does that have to do with me?”
“The detective mentioned your name…”
Before Kapmen finished speaking, he heard Imaru’s nervous voice echoing in her head.
[Did Lilide get drunk again and say too much?]
Kapmen wondered if the detective’s name was Lilide, as he also discovered that this detective was Imaru’s lover. But soon after, he remembered that Lilide was another lady-in-waiting close to Christa. Unlike Imaru, Lilide had followed Christa to Compshire.
Kapmen left and went directly to meet Lilide. Like most ladies-in-waiting, she fortunately lived close to the capital.
However, meeting Lilide was not as easy.
“My apologies, Grand Duke. Lady Lilide hasn’t wanted to see anyone since she returned from Compshire. Much less strangers.”
The butler asked him to be understanding. Lilide completely avoided any visits because seeing Christa’s death up close was too traumatic.
“I came on Lady Imaru’s behalf to convey a message to her.”
Although this persuaded Lilide to meet with Grand Duke Kapmen, she was even more hostile than Imaru.
[It’s as if Christa died due to his lies. He is a scum who follows the Empress. He kills people with his tongue.]
It was also more difficult to obtain relevant information due to the number of insults that ran through her mind.
Among the information that Kapmen was able to obtain from Lilide, at least one piece was useful.
After Christa’s death, Lilide went back down to Compshire and met ‘that person’. Although Kapmen could not find out who ‘that person’ was, he immediately packed his bags and left for Compshire.
Inwardly, he thought that the Old Duke Zemensia, Duke Liberty, or Marquis Ketron might be ‘that person’.
Duke Liberty and Marquis Ketron became bats that flew towards Empress Navier, but they were her enemies before, while Old Duke Zemensia was still an enemy. It could be someone else, but these three were the most suspicious.
Once Kapmen entered Compshire’s Mansion, he felt disheartened as he looked around the desolate mansion. It had been completely cleared out and not a single piece of furniture was left.
He had come this far through the names and places he discovered from other people’s thoughts, but now he wasn’t sure if his investigation was on the right track.
Even if Lilide did meet ‘that person’ in Compshire, and it led her to engage in an evil plot against Navier…. would ‘that person’ show up here again?
‘It’ll be difficult to find clues in this clean and empty mansion.’
But as Kapmen slowly walked through the mansion, he heard someone’s thoughts.
Kapmen looked around in bewilderment, but there was nowhere to hide because the furniture had been removed.
As a result, he had no choice but to open the window and jump out. Since he was on the second floor, he took some of the impact on his knees, but he wasn’t seriously hurt because he was agile.
[What was that noise?]
Kapmen leaned against the wall and didn’t move.
[Did I hear wrong?]
Fortunately, the person who entered the mansion didn’t seem to find traces of anyone else.
[Yes, it must have been my imagination. No one would come here. It’s so empty that even thieves wouldn’t come.]
Although Kapmen heard the inner voice growing more distant, he remained hidden.
He couldn’t relax. Somehow, he had avoided being discovered by this person, but he was still unaware of their intentions.
Besides, with what he had learned so far through this person’s thoughts, it was hard to tell if this was the person who wanted to harm Navier.
Still, Kapmen didn’t lose hope. Since thoughts are private, people typically blurt out a lot of information in their mind at unexpected moments.
The detective was loyal to Imaru, while Imaru and Lilide were loyal to the deceased queen, but in the end they all revealed information in their minds that could be considered a betrayal..
Suddenly, Kapmen heard the inner voice again as footsteps approached. The mansion’s visitor seemed to have approached the window.
[Sister, I vow to you that I will avenge your death.]
There was only one person who would call the former Queen Christa their sister. Duke Zemensia.
However, hadn’t Duke Zemensia been thrown out by his father, Old Duke Zemensia due to his harsh words about Christa?
[You made a mistake, but the punishment you received was worse than you deserved.]