“I like you, James. I’ll do anything for you and help you to the best of my ability. For you, I will control the Cadens and gain political allies to help you gain the upper hand in the election. I will campaign for you and help you ascend to the throne of the King.”
The more she said, the more agitated she became.
At that moment, James was lost in thought. Images began appearing in his mind, vast swathes of territory, a harem of beauties and concubines, and the night, time scenery of a prosperous Sol, everything in his possession.
Horrified at those thoughts, he hurriedly catalyzed Ataraxia to clear his mind. Almost immediately, his mind cleared, and those thoughts were now buried deep beneath his mind. He composed himself.
Maxine was still embracing him tightly.
“Y-You…!” Came a surprised voice, and Thea walked in.
After James left in the morning, she remained at home for a while. Since she was bored, she came to visit Maxine to find someone to talk to. She never expected to see Maxine embracing James tightly. Her hands were even inside his clothes.
Instantly, she was enraged. Her expression darkened.
Maxine composed herself and stood up when she heard Thea’s voice.
Glancing at Thea who was standing by the door, she arranged her clothing and said calmly, “Hello, Thea…”
James was just suppressing those thoughts by catalyzing Ataraxia when Thea arrived. He hurriedly stood up.
“Just you wait, James.” Thea’s eyes brimmed with tears that flowed down her cheeks.
Leaving a ruthless remark, she turned to leave.
In the blink of an eye, James disappeared only to reappear before Thea.
Grabbing her hand, he said, “Thea, this is all just a misunderstanding. Please hear me out.”
“A misunderstanding? You were hugging each other so tightly that her hands even reached inside your shirt. If I didn’t come in time, you two would have already been on the bed!” Thea roared.
Maxine stood by the door and watched the two.
James said with frustration, “It really is a misunderstanding…”
“Then explain!” Thea looked at him tearfully.
“H–How am I supposed to explain something like this to you?” James was at a loss.
Thea broke free of James‘ grasp and turned to leave. James remained rooted to the spot and watched her leave.
“What are you standing there for? Go after her!” Maxine crossed her arms and grinned mischievously, “I’m not as petty as Thea. I don’t care how many women you have in your harem…”
James looked at Maxine, who was becoming increasingly unfamiliar to him. Without a single word, he turned to leave.
Behind him, Maxine said, “Think carefully about what I told you, James. This is the perfect opportunity. With my help, your name and deeds will forever go down in history.”
James ignored her and swiftly gave chase.
At the gates of the Cadens‘ residence, he could see Thea driving away at great speeds.
James catalyzed True Energy and gave chase. Then, he forcibly opened the car door and leaped into the passenger’s seat.