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After defeating the dragon and being embraced by a beautiful woman, Leon returned to the Royal Capital and lived happily ever after.
The hard part of this world is that it never ends that way. Their adventure continues even after defeating the dragon.
When we search the dragon’s back, we found the reverse scale there.
There was only one upside-down scale, and that was the reverse scale.
I carefully gouged it out with my knife and handed it to Jace. He said apologetically,
“… Is it really okay for me to take?” (Jace)
“It is neither good nor bad. This is a bribe. Will you testify at the military tribunal?”
“Of course. As I said earlier, Lieutenant Victor is my benefactor—And you are now, also my benefactor from now on.” (Jace)
Jace says this and brings the reverse scale back to their camp at the foot of the mountain.
If you give it to your superior, you will be promised a career advancement and a reward.
“So far, so good, but the Captain in question needs to be punished.”
“He does.” (Sicily)
“I’m going to be troubled if Jace is inconvenienced before he makes his testimony. To prevent that, I have to get rid of the captain in advance.”
“… Are you going to assassinate him?” (Sicily)
Her expression becomes gloomy. She promised to obey my orders and policies no matter what, but she seems reluctant regarding assassinations.
Her kind heart may make it so, but this time I will follow her wishes.
“One day, the day may come to assassinate political opponents, but not today. We will let the captain live and take responsibility for his actions.”
She was relieved to hear that, but I look in the direction of the royal capital.
“… But there are situations where it’s better to die.”
Of course, I don’t let the princess hear this, but keep it in my heart.
I consider Princess Sicily’s smile to be something precious. I don’t want to see her grieve.
So I didn’t want to show her my side as a cold-hearted and brutal tactician.
She probably knows that.
Chloe respectfully bowed to me and said, “Thank you for your hard work.”
When they return to the horses that were tied to the tree, they immediately return to the royal capital.
Upon arriving at the royal capital, they return to their homes and went to work the next day.
Leon’s superior immediately spews his usual contempt.
“You’ve got a good job, even though you’re also a military officer. You can come to work whenever you want and read a book instead of working.” (Superior)
“I think I was blessed with the best boss.”
“Which is boss are you talking about?” Instead of saying that, my superior started the paperwork in the back of the library instead.
While I sat at the counter, I read a book as usual.
When I look at the clock, I go home on time.
It’s not that I didn’t want to work, but that I have something important today.
Today is the day of Lieutenant Victor’s Military Tribunal.
The military tribunal was as I expected.
When Victor appears in court, the prosecution tries to distort the facts and make Victor guilty of murder.
The defense has an unmotivated lawyer who was obviously in the Captain’s pocket.
At this rate, Victor will surely be sentenced to death.
It wasn’t good, so I started shouting on the way.
I proved that the colleague Victor killed was a piece of crap that assaulted a civilian woman and told him that Victor was a hero who saved many lives on the battlefield.
The prosecution was in the lead at first, but things changed as soon as I summoned witnesses to defend Victor and many people begin to admire his humanity.
The judge’s complexion changed when he turned out to be a hero who saved many of his allies on the battlefield.
Military Tribunal is different from ordinary trials. It is conducted sympathetically by people in the military because it is for the soldiers to judge other soldiers.
No one wants to judge a war hero.
The fact that so many people are willing to protect him, is a fact, and he is this kingdom’s hero who has saved many humans.
Still, the prosecutor claims that “the defendant is a murderer who killed a colleague for no reason,” but that was nothing more than empty words until a new witness, Jace came forward.
Jace talks about how the colleague Victor killed was a terrible person.
It was explained that he had humiliated a woman in front of his fiancé and cut off his finger and robbed him of the ring.
When this was proven, the prosecutor and defense, who had been bribed by the regimental commander, were indeed speechless. “… I can’t cooperate anymore.”
As for the presiding judge. The decision was, of course, Victor’s innocence, although it would have been the conclusion of the trial, there was more.
On the contrary, Viktor’s colleague, whom he had killed, was charged with the crime, and a large sum of money was paid to the victim and her family.
Upon hearing the ruling, the Captain was bright red with anger, glared at me, and marched out of the court.
Victor was released that day, but he couldn’t understand what had happened and was staring at me blankly.
After Victor was acquitted. I went to work without contacting Victor.
I was reading a book at the counter as usual.
Nobody visited the counter for about an hour, so I have some time to spare.
In the meantime, I organize my thoughts.
“The trial showed Victor was innocent, but not everything is good yet.”
The Captain who was shamed at the trial, will use all means he has to retaliate.
Aside from the valorous Victor, the timid Jace would need protection.
By the way, I don’t have to have them assassinated. The princess is sad and there is a higher nobleman behind the captain. It was “still” too early to deal with them.
It was best to have the captain die a political death.
The best way to do this seemed to be to “find” or “make up” a scandal and publish it publicly.
That’s why I have Chloe, the excellent maid, move as my intelligence agent.
While working as a maid, I asked her to find out more about the captain, but after a week I realized that there was no need to make anything up.
“It’s a parade of embezzlement, human trafficking, murder, infidelity, and other crimes.” (Chloe)
The Captain was guilty of embezzling military supplies and he has close ties with criminal groups. The only reason he had been able to avoid arrest until now was that he was a member of a powerful noble family.
However, influential aristocrats will lose their fame if they seem to be colluding with such small-time criminal groups. In other words, such weak tools can always be abandoned if there is a need.
For example, if their connection to embezzling and criminal groups is revealed, there will be no escape.
With that in mind, I order Chloe to investigate the female relations of the captain.
“Find out his mistress’s hair color, eye color, and favorite kind of underwear. If possible, get a photo as proof.”
“That’s possible, but wouldn’t it just embarrass him if we submit it to the military tribunal?” (Chloe)
“That’s right, but the wife of this Captain is from a powerful aristocrat. And she has high pride. What if we go to her house and show her his affairs?”
Chloe grins when he hears the plan.
“It will be interesting. They may push up the evidence of embezzlement and murder we submitted.”
“That’s why. Please give me a picture of the Captain’s mistress.”
“I will.” (Chloe)
Chloe left. Soon, she gave me a photo of the captain’s tom foolery after a few days. There is also other evidence included.
I took it to the captain’s house and showed it to his wife.
The lady who had looked so elegant when I asked to see her instantly turned into a demon, and I accompanied her to the military tribunal.
This time, the captain is being prosecuted. With a lot of evidence and an irrefutable witness, his wife.
Chloe commented after seeing the progression of my scheme.
“Leon-sama’s wisdom is uncanny, and your intelligence is greater than three tacticians.” (Chloe)
She doesn’t sound to be exaggerating, but or speaking platitudes.
Soon, the captain was dismissed and deprived of his military status, he was then transferred to a rural area, where he died in honor.
He was forced to commit suicide.
In this way, there is no longer anyone foolish enough to mess with Victor and Jace ever again.
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