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I didn't know much about the Empire or Ignis. This is because at that time, I was so focused on getting back to the original world that I didn't really pay attention to the Empire. So, to be honest, I didn't know much about the future of the Empire.

That's why I blurted out a few things, such as how I met Ignis from the future who was sleeping in a garbage dumpster, how I was attacked by people who looked like assassins, and how I received a feather as a reward for fighting them off.

"It's hard to believe, isn't it? I'd like to think it was a madman's imagination or a well-crafted fable."

". You know as well as I do that the boss's feather marking can only be done by his own will. But if the boss has no recollection of the actual marking, there is no choice but to believe it, is there?"

While the cow and the horse were talking with grim faces, I was lying on the sofa in a daze, chomping on the grapes and muscats on the fruit plate on the table.

"But if the boss is still alive after 30 years, and still laughing in this country despite the threat to his life, then our coup d'etat has probably succeeded. The boss was targeted by the remnants of the imperial army, I suppose."

 

"Hmm. I'm not going to live long after the coup has failed. Come on, kid, you must be thirsty from all the talking. Eat up."

"Yes, I will."

He threw a large seedless grape into my mouth, and as I bit into it, the juicy juice overflowed, and the sweetness made me thirsty. It's amazing that people can quench their thirst with alcohol and juice.

"So, when I heard that the empire was planning to go to war with the kingdom in the near future, I thought I couldn't ignore it since I live in the kingdom, so I came here to find out what was going on in the empire."

"That's right. I can't say that I wasn't prepared to wage war on neighboring countries to expand the territory of the empire once I became emperor. For now, I only think about becoming emperor, but knowing  myself . I don't think I'm going to stop there."

'It's a good thing that this child is not someone who harbors hostility or ill will toward the boss. If he had been from the emperor's camp, he would have either eliminated the boss or strengthened the castle's security and the emperor's protection."

"Don't look at me like, "Hey, wouldn't it be better to kill this guy just to keep him from talking?  It's true that if you sell this information to the emperor's group, you might be able to get a very high price, but I know that's not an option when you consider all the things that will happen afterwards.

First of all, it would be a big deal if time magic revealed the future, and if you do a little research, you'll notice that I'm supposed to be thirteen years old, but no matter how you look at it, I look years younger than that.

It's... Boring!

Suddenly, Ignis, who was lying on the sofa, jumped up with a start.

"Boring, boring, boring!  How stupid and pathetic! Come on, boy!

"What? What's going on?"

"Boss?"

"Where are you going?

 The black gryphon spreads its eagle wings and takes flight into the darkness of the night.

"What the hell! What's with you all of a sudden?'

There was no moon in the night sky because of the cloudy weather, and Ignis was climbing higher and higher in the pitch-black night sky. The night breeze was lukewarm, not unlike the night walks I used to take with my master.

"Behold, Hawk, how puny the Empire is!"

"Well, from this height, any country would be."

After a while, Ignis stopped flapping his wings and stood in the air, using the darkness of the night sky as a foothold. It's a strange and mysterious sight, but magic is what makes wonders happen. If you think you can, even stand in the sky. But in his case, it seems he's just holding the darkness in place.

"That's right! I've been living for the last 20 years thinking only of returning to the top of the empire! I was born the emperor's first child, but just because I have black hair and red eyes, everything was taken away from me, I was treated coldly, I was despised, I was locked up! I've been living my life with nothing but my grudge, hoping that one day I'll be able to redeem it and take revenge on all those who banished me!"

'Having a purpose in life is a necessary driving force for life to work.

Not good! That's bullshit!  Behold! Look at the vastness of this world! What have I been doing for the past 20 years in such a tiny cage of an empire? It's like a child who's had a toy taken away from him and is crying out for it back! It's ridiculous! So miserable! It's the height of stupidity!

With one arm holding me in his arms, he cut the air with his other hand. I'm not sure what to make of this.

The small light of the empire flickered below me. A winged black lion roars far above the empire, which is now so large that if you were to use your thumb and index finger to hold it to your eye, it would fit inside.

"Behold! The world is wide and it is beautiful! I've been playing with my toys for the past 20 years without even realizing it! I've been clinging to the emperor's throne for the past 20 years without realizing it, and I feel like I'm losing my mind over how unworthy and foolish I am! I'm so ashamed of myself! I'm so ashamed! I'm embarrassed! I'm so embarrassed!

Huh! Huh! The unfortunate crown prince was barking and raging with all his might, so much so that he was out of breath as if he had just run as fast as he could.  

 " It's been a long time since I've felt this clean and clear. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for blowing away my foolishness, which was clouded by revenge, narrowed my vision and made me stubborn, little boy. No, Hawk Gordo. If I'd never met you, if I'd carried out the coup d'etat, I'd have... I'd have killed my whole family."

It must have been an unfulfilling act. I'm sure that killing his family in a fit of passion, purging the upper echelons of the empire, and reigning bloody over the piles of corpses would not have satisfied Ignis. It because it would not have been what he truly wanted.

"Is the coup d'etat it  over?

No, I'm going to do the coup d'etat,  But it will not be for revenge. I'll do it for the sake of my friends who believed in me and followed me, and for my own sake.  I will definitely take the top of this country and use the Empire as a foothold to spread my wings to the wider world!

"I'm sure you can understand why I'm here."

"Well, don't worry, my friend! I'm not going to go into war if I have to, but I'm not going to go into war with the intention of invading. 

What does that matter?"

It's not justice, nor humanity, nor loyalty to the king If you're in trouble, you can always came in the Empire! I'll give you the best treatment I can give you! I'll give you the best treatment! Hey!

"Hey... That's the second time you've said that to me."

"Gwahahahahaha! So that's it! I'm sure you're not the only one.

The future emperor's cheerful laughter with a refreshed face, echoes in the night sky where the crescent moon floats. For now, the war between the kingdom and the empire has been averted, and he seems to be feeling very refreshed, so the matter is settled, right?

 

 

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