Zachary let out the rope late.
“I’m sorry for being late.”
I came up to the mountain and looked down.
Under the mountain, submerged knights and participants were in a chaotic state.
We watched the participants and their knights being swept around by the water.
But they’re still able to hold on to the trees.
The rule of virtual battle was that killing a person would result in immediate elimination.
All the knights of the allied families were surrounded, and the participants would not save their competitors, so they were quickly eliminated.
Hayton was still stuck in a shallow pit.
As the sun is setting, wild animals will wander around.
The others are on a tree, but Hayton, who was in a shallow pit, was likely to be approached by animals in the mountain. He’ll probably have to hold on until the preliminary round is over.
I waved my hands at the screaming Hayton in the pit.
Hayton screamed when he saw me smiling brightly.
I laughed when I saw him who couldn’t speak properly because he was swept away by the water.
After finishing the work, I went around looking for cards.
In addition to the annihilation of Vallua’s allied families on Mount Asis, the remaining participants were afraid to fight when they heard that we had dealt with the knights of nine families.
“We found it.”
It was hidden in the monument of the founding emperor on Desong Street.
I smiled broadly when I saw a card with a golden hawk on it, the symbol of the Imperial family.
“Then let’s find the rest of the cards!”
If other players can’t find the cards, there will be fewer finalists.
That way, I will play at least one less tournament and have a higher chance of winning.
When I wore an evil smile, the knights answered loudly, “Yes!”
Of course, it wasn’t easy to find the cards. This is because the remaining participants have desperately searched for it too.
They were mostly after me.
My knights in the virtual battle consisted of Dubbled’s knights who were chosen only by their skills without considering their family and character, and the best knights out there.
This is because it was much easier to target me, a nine-year-old who couldn’t even move because of heavy equipment.
But no one came close to me.
Even if they were lucky to beat my other knights, they couldn’t beat Zachary.
The nobles gathered at the palace as they watched them.
“Who is that?”
“His name is Andy Zachary on the list. It’s a name I’ve never heard before.
All this time, such a talented man was hidden?
Zachary was definitely different among Dubbled’s knights, who only selected people with skills.
knights from the opposing camp could not even approach Leblaine. They were nothing compared to Zachary.
“He’s a model for the perfect knight.”
Some shouted disapprovingly at the sight of him.
“Are you sure he’s under 17?”
As soon as such words popped up, Marquis Beryl’s child, who was fighting Leblaine’s army said,
[You co, coward! You’re not supposed to bring an adult with you!]
[Well, I’ll be 18 in four months.]
Leblaine looked upset.
Beryl shouted at everyone.
[Lie! You’re old!]
After he said that, my godmother laughed and told the Duke of Dubbled.
“So you’re calm because she had her hidden weapon?”
If such a talented person is there, of course he wouldn’t panic.
“All the knights in the virtual battle were recruited by my daughter herself.”
What was surprising was to see Zachary’s skills which was up to par with Dubbled’s elite knights.
In the first place, Zachary wasn’t one that stood out.
Leblaine often paid attention to him because she ordered him to train, but that’s all.
Not knowing that his skills had improved this much, the three brothers considered Zachary was fitting to be the captain.
The three brothers recommended Zion, the son of Serene, the leader of the Imperial Knights as Leblaine knights leader. But Leblaine insisted that it must be Zachary, so he was forced to accept it.
Still, it wasn’t enough, so they thought they would remove Zachary without Leblaine knowing after the virtual battle was over.
“Lady must have had an eye for talent.”
The godmother also exclaimed, “Oho…”
Leblaine’s knights were too amazing.
With Zachary’s amazing tactics and skills, they’ll defeat every opponent they encountered.
The virtual battle was entirely credited to Zachary.
Of course, it was needless to say that Leblaine, who appointed him and boasted remarkable judgment, made a strong impression on people.
The Duke of Vallua’s face grew more and more pale.
Hayton was still in the pit while Leblaine was elsewhere.
‘Damn it, damn it…!’
Vallua’s plan to re-emerge as a victor from the virtual battle went down the drain.
The Cardinal’s expression was also bad as he watched a virtual battle next to the emperor.
When the Cardinal and his eyes met, the Duke of Vallua bowed his head like a dog.
‘I’ll tear that girl apart.’
His eyes were bloodshot with anger.
Leblaine found a total of eight cards right before the end of the time limit.
Only three of them are going to the finals.
Leblaine found every cards in the shortest time ever in a virtual battle history, she even won an award as the most spectacular participant in nearly a hundred years.
The two families who advanced to the finals will compete against Leblaine.
After that, I went to the banquet. It was a banquet to celebrate the finalists, but today’s main guests were me and Zachary.
In particular, Zachary received the attention from many knights. Even the nobles did not leave his side.
“Come on, let’s give a toast to the new hero.”
“I’m sorry. Drinking during an escort is against the command.”
The cup that was given by a man was rejected, but he received a cup that a young girl shyly handed over.
When people jokingly asked,
“Are you discriminating?”
He replied with a straightforward manner.
“The master’s command is not to embarrass the hands of children and women.”
Seeing him prioritizes my command over the commander’s, the head of the Imperial knights laughed, saying that he was an example of a great knight.
“Little miss has a great knight. Did you choose him out yourself?”
“I was lucky!”
The knights laughed when I spoke in an innocent manner.
“You’re very humble.”
Zachary bowed his head gently, now, people favored the serious and humble man.
After enjoying the banquet, me and my knights left under the pretext of preparing for the final battle.
After returning to the mansion, I entered a room with Zachary for the virtual battle.
As soon as I entered, Zachary hit the wall.
“That was perfect.”
‘This pretentious man.’
Unlike five years ago, Zachary had already grown up.
His body has matured to a body of a man, and his voice has become low-pitched.
But there is only one thing that hasn’t changed.
He’s still mean.
“You deliberately lowered the rope late on Mount Asis earlier!”
When I glanced at him and said that, Zachary laughed.
“That’s the only way I could make that grand appearance.”
I looked up at him with a ridiculous look. He was now as tall as my father so I had to look up.
“My heart was beating so hard!”
I was scared that something went wrong.
Zachary grinned as I continued,
“I have a feeling that you’ll be beaten by Lea later.”
“I’m your escort now, so even she can’t beat me.”
“You’re not though.”
As soon as he shouted,
Someone came into the room and kicked Zachary’s legs.
It was a very quick move.
Lea looked at Zachary with cold eyes, and I nodded with a look that said ‘I knew it.’
“Why are you hitting me? No, you can’t hit me anymore!”
I opened my arms to Lea with a smile, and she hugged me.
While I was hugging Lea, I told Zachary.
“Why can’t she hit you? Lea’s your teacher again now.”
“Lea’s my escort now that she’s back.”
The reason why Lea was gone for a while was because she went back and forth to train.
For the same reason, Laura and the three maids took care of me mainly instead of Lea.
Lea said with a dull look on her face, keeping her eyes fixed on Zachary.
“I’ve caused trouble for little miss because I didn’t teach him properly. Zachary go and bring my baton.”
Zachary, whose face turned pale, headed out to the barracks to get Lea’s baton.
I rubbed my face against Lea’s cheek and laughed.
“When did you get here? You don’t have to go there anymore?”
“The training is over. I’m here to serve you again.”
When I shouted, Lea rubbed my cheeks with her hand.
“I’ll help you prepare for the finals. Shuheil and Ragnar have made it to the finals, right?”
“Yes. My brothers say Shuheil will probably make it to the finals.”
“He is also an excellent strategist. Shuheil is the only one at that age who’s as good as Zachary.”
I got out of Lea’s arms.
“It’s highly likely that the finals will be horse racing.”
“That’s great. Isn’t it Zachary’s specialty?”
“Yes, thank god.”
While talking, Zachary came in with Lea’s baton. When he handed over the baton with a sullen look,
Lea snatched his hand with a stiff face.
“Since when did you…”
“From when did you develop aura?”
I was surprised and looked at Lea.
When the court mage verified the knights before the preliminary round, they said he definitely did not have an aura.
Zachary’s training was just around the beginning of his adolescence, so it’s not yet the time to manifest aura.
‘It’s not during the preliminary rounds.’
I looked up at Zachary with a stiff face.
‘I’m in trouble.’
Aura users are not allowed to participate.
If Zachary doesn’t make it to the finals, we can’t win!
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