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Shepherd’s Secret Continuation Chapter:- 2

Chapter 2: Misdirection

“Not a lady…”

Hayna said softly, “I haven’t actually graduated yet.”

And this was just a question…

But before she could finish her sentence, she was gently interrupted by Aivars: “To be able to enter the Inspectorate without having officially graduated… I see, Miss Hayna, are you studying at the Royal Law University?”

Aivars’s accent was standard and clear, without the noble “elven accent” that the capital’s people take pride in. But this made Hayna, who came to study from a small place, feel even more fond of him.

So she nodded in response, “Ah, yes.”

She said, proudly puffing up her chest: “I was the former student council president and also the top female student in the fourth grade. As an outstanding graduate, I obtained the employment permit from the Inspectorate a year in advance. Although my matched sword has not been issued yet, my name is already there from the Inspectorate’s side.”

“Then that makes you my senior,” Aivars said.

Aivars interlaced his fingers and placed them on his lap.

He leaned back with his upper body relaxed, speaking slowly, “Actually, I am also a student at the Royal Law University. A freshman this year.”

“…Really?”

Hayna was somewhat surprised: “But I haven’t seen you…”

“Because I have been in poor health. Before even starting school, I fell seriously ill. Because of this, I had to rest at home, bedridden for three months.”

Aivars’s somewhat pale complexion lent credibility to his words.

Such a difficult child…

“I understand now. You are indeed innocent… I will report back to the director once I return.”

Hayna nodded repeatedly, feeling pity. The slight jealousy she had towards Aivars also dissipated as a result.

She felt ashamed of herself. As an inspector of the Inspectorate and somewhat a knight, she actually forgot the teachings of humility and compassion taught by her mentor… The heart of jealousy is truly ugly.

“Then, senior,” Aivars suddenly spoke, “Did you see what’s in the fireplace?”

“Something burning…”

Hayna turned back, not quite sure: “I can’t quite make it out. It doesn’t seem to be firewood.”

“That is a diary.”

Aivars said calmly, “Maybe it is the evidence of my collusion with the demon scholars.

“Just like this book in my hands.”

As he spoke, he closed the book in his hands and threw it into the fire.

Hayna was shocked upon hearing this.

She instinctively stepped forward, reaching out to grab it. Completely unguarded, she managed to catch the book in mid-air.

She frowned deeply and looked down, only to find that the book was titled “Selection of Eighty Poems by Cider.”

Of course, Hayna recognized this book. It was the textbook used for the “Elven Language” course in the first year.

She flipped through it uneasily, confirming it wasn’t evidence of collusion with demon scholars. Inside, many key points and difficulties were marked with pens of different colors.

“Just kidding.”

Aivars’s mouth curved slightly up, “I’m a victim of the incident, senior. You just said that moments ago… Why did you become suspicious again when I casually mentioned it? Do you really have no confidence in me?”

Hayna suddenly realized that this seemingly gentle and elegant young man might have some hidden malice.

“This is a serious matter, not a joke.”

She scolded seriously, like she did at school, “The sacrifices of demon scholars often involve living beings, and they will kill the sacrifices to silence them after the ritual is done. It’s absolute evil, they would kill people as materials even without enmity, it’s outrageous! How can you joke about such a thing?”

As she spoke, something suddenly occurred to her, and her gaze sharpened: “Speaking of which… if you were the sacrifice, how did you survive?”

“They wanted to summon a powerful demon using me as a sacrifice, but it turned out the demon was closer to me. So, I ordered the demon to kill them all instead.”

The young man said increasingly absurd things with a smile: “In fact, the Moriarty family is filled with evil deeds, my father, Professor James Moriarty, is a demon scholar with dreams of destroying the world. And I am not his adopted son, but a demon he summoned from another world. Within a year, I could completely destroy the Avalon Kingdom.”

Hayna listened dumbfoundedly for a while before realizing Aivars was just making up stories.

“…What on earth are you talking about?!”

She raged in embarrassment, at least half of the reason being ashamed that she actually took Aivars’s nonsense seriously for a moment.

This seemingly gentle and poetry-like beautiful young man was actually as cunning as a fox, full of lies about everything!

She was furious, but in front of the old butler, she dared not speak loudly, which made her face flush with anger: “Tell the truth—why were you present at the demonic ritual? Someone anonymously reported that you went to the Stone Arch Park on your own and weren’t coerced.”

“I’m telling the truth, take me to the Inspectorate if you don’t believe me.”

Aivars shrugged, seemingly genuinely regretful.

But Hayna knew this was impossible—under the Inspectorate’s obvious tendency to protect him, without evidence, it was impossible to arrest Aivars. Actually taking Aivars, who was still in a wheelchair, would probably backfire on her.

Then, Aivars slowly converged his fox-like smile.

He adopted a serious expression and said earnestly, “That being said. But since you, senior, could realize that all my words were nonsense, then why could you believe in the anonymous report? What I said, and that report, what’s the difference?”

“…So, what is the truth?”

“I can give you another version of the story—I was attacked and brought to Stone Arch Park while taking a walk. When I woke up, I was in a wheelchair. I have no idea what happened in between, I don’t know that I was sacrificed to a demon, nor how they were driven away or how I survived…”

“But this version of the story is too smooth, without any flaws. It’s like a defense made by a court wizard. If I say it outright, you might become even more suspicious.”

Aivars sighed, appearing very helpless and innocent.

He continued, “So, which one do you believe?”

…If I put aside emotions and judge rationally, the latter seems more plausible.

Hayna immediately realized that she had misunderstood Aivars again.

—Because Aivars was too weak. Hayna could feel that he was indeed a supernatural being, but very weakly so. At most, he had only ignited the first layer.

Even if he truly summoned a demon, at most it would be of familiar strength, not capable of causing that level of destruction—moreover, the criminals confirmed dead at the ritual site were indeed fugitives who had fled to the capital.

That person had once sacrificed a small village and was now a third-tier demon scholar, even capable of summoning high-level demons.

…Could it be that after summoning the demon, the contract failed and the demon turned on them? It’s not impossible.

In that case, with the summoner’s death, the demon would be sent back. Aivars was only severely weakened by the ritual and then picked up by the old butler. Logically, this possibility is much greater.

…But why did Aivars tell such an outrageous lie to me? Hayna quickly came to a very reasonable explanation: because my attitude change was too simplistic. I declared Aivars innocent without thorough interrogation. And the truly innocent Aivars was probably angry about this hasty attitude, so he deliberately said some nonsensical words, mocking me for being prejudiced and easily trusting others.

So that’s it.

That’s why the director was not very concerned about this incident… because he knew Aivars couldn’t be the criminal, and he also probably didn’t know any important information. Investigating would just be wasting effort.

That all adds up.

Yesterday, another incident occurred—large rituals like summoning demons generally require two demon scholars to work in pairs. Also, in most cases, pairs of demon scholars are in a master-apprentice relationship.

If we say that the master demon scholar was backfired by the summoned demon, it makes sense for the apprentice to flee and act alone. If Aivars was an assistant or apprentice, then who committed the crime yesterday? If Aivars had control over a demon to kill one person, would he let the other go?

…Hey, what am I talking about. High-tier demons are not so easily controlled by beginners.

“I’m sorry, I was prejudiced.”

Hayna thought this through and straightforwardly apologized, “I’m also sorry for the overstepping before. If you still plan to come back to school, I can ask my juniors to make some accommodations for you.

“This is not compensation, just an expression of some apologies. If there’s anything else you need me to do, please feel free to ask.”

“Anything?” Aivars seemed somewhat moved.

“…I should state beforehand, I don’t have any money.”

Hayna’s face showed a somewhat bitter expression, helplessly adding, “Aside from monetary compensation—if needed, I can do some volunteer work.”

“It’s okay, it’s good that the misunderstanding is cleared up.”

Aivars smiled gently, “I was also worried. After all, if you, senior, went back and someone mentioned a thing or two, causing you to suspect again and come back to investigate, it would be troublesome for both of us. Not to mention, if it led to another delay…

“Now, senior, you might as well guess, why would I know about demons? Even though I didn’t come into contact with anything and was unconscious throughout. But why could I guess this incident is related to demon scholars the moment we met?”

“…I think, this is the legendary deduction method! Just like the famous Mr. Sherlock!”

Hayna’s eyes lit up: “I remember Mr. Sherlock was also the professor’s favorite student. He seems to specialize in using this sort of divination-like method to delve into others’ details! The cases he solved, I’ve collected the clippings—I cut out the parts about Mr. Sherlock from those newspapers and pasted them into a separate book. Now, that book is already filled one-third…”

As she spoke, she felt her logic become more coherent.

Feeling like she had met a fellow enthusiast, she suddenly felt enlightened, many doubts instantly resolved. Her mind seemed to clear up in an instant.

Watching Hayna get excited and talk non-stop, Aivars sitting in the wheelchair slightly narrowed his eyes, revealing a harmless smile.

If Hayna wasn’t so careless and observed closely, she would have found that the old elf’s shadow beneath him didn’t move at all. But the shadows cast by Aivars’s wheelchair were trembling slightly, like a wild beast breathing steadily in sleep.

This was all “deduced” by you, I didn’t tell many lies.

Deduction is such a thing, if you determine the conclusion first and then look for evidence, you will definitely be led astray. It seems you’re not qualified yet.

—Yes, Aivars was indeed a sacrifice.

But at the same time, “Aivars” was indeed a participant in the demonic ritual.

What he said before wasn’t a lie.

If he hadn’t suddenly recalled the memories of his previous life, he might really have been the “otherworldly demon” summoned using Aivars’s soul in the ritual.

Because along with those previous life memories, what also appeared was that very familiar light screen in front of him:

Aivars, human male, overall level 4
Basic profession—

Priest LV1: [Basic Prayer-1 level (93%)]

Demon Scholar LV3: [Demonology-1 level (13%)], [Basic Ritual-1 level (5%)], [Demon Pact-1 level (99%)]

Path ignited: Devotion-the zero layer; Transcendence-the first layer

Mana Pool: 1/1 (Light), 3/3 (Dark)

Free Experience: 24
Path Trait—

Transcendence-Shadow Affinity LV1: You have signed a life contract with the shadow demon, allowing you to freely use first-level shadow abilities.

(End of Chapter)

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Shepherd’s Secret Continuation

Shepherd’s Secret Continuation

Shepherd's Secret Sequel, 牧者密续
Score 10
Status: Ongoing Type: Native Language: Chinese
During the ritual to summon demons, Aiwaz finally recalled memories from his previous life. This should be a network game released and operated by his own company for six years. Now his foster father is the leader of the latest version of the villain organization. And six years later, he will expose his identity and betray the protagonist side, which is hesitating. In the end, because he decided to take a fatal blow for the player character, he was killed by the big brother who played a sinister role without even the chance to enter the instance. But in fact, it’s not a big problem. Because Aiwaz also knows many exclusive secret promotion routes for player characters, as well as various guidelines as hidden knowledge, he will certainly be able to change his unfortunate fate… So now there is only one question left. “According to the original plot, shouldn’t I have been saved by the protagonist before this ritual started?” Aiwaz, who was tied to the ritual platform as a sacrifice, fell into contemplation.

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