ing to do here?”

 

 

 

 

 Abigail places her glass on the poker table.

 

 

 

 

 Suddenly, her eyes meet InoRyder.

 

 

 

“—- I mentioned to you that I had a sister.”

 

 

 

 

“Oh.
You said you were separated from her in 6…….”

 

 

 

“A female soldier Nigel who used to be called the Golden Grim Reaper in Fox in the this Fort might be my sister.”

 

 

 

“Huh.”

 

 

 

 Logan gasped, and Tornio blurted out “What…….”

 

 

 

 

Rutherford also surprised as his mouth tightened.

 

 

 

 

“–Is such a coincidence even possible?”

 

 

 

 

That was all Logan could muster.

 

 

 

 

“I couldn't find any direct evidence, but I'm almost certain that's the feeling I got from asking around to the soldiers who knew her back then directly .
InoRyder said the same.”

 

 

 

“I also met with former Captain Garnier this morning.”

 

 

 

InoRyder drew a circle with her finger.

 

 

 

“…..So what about the DNA records when she was served in Fox?”

 

 

 

“There aren't any.”

 

 

 

“There aren't?”

 

 

 

“Nigel's DNA and other personal information no longer exists ……
right, Vani?”

 

 

 

 Verni nodded.

 

 

 

 Logan raised an eyebrow at that, and Rutherford, who was standing next to him, opened his mouth as if he remembered something.

 

 

 

“……Come to think of it, there was a time when the database crashed due to a power failure accident caused by overload during the 89 defense.”

 

 

 

 

“I doubt a power failure would damaged the database so easily.
How could a common fail-safe not working?”

 

 

 

Rutherford only groaned at Abigail's question.

 

 

 

“But the Golden Grim Reaper already……”

 

 

 

 Abigail interrupted what Tornio was about to say.

 

 

 

“I know.
But I do have questions about her last moments.”

 

 

 

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“What questions?”

 

 

 

“What is the cause of these unnatural things about 89 defense and what happened to her.
That is what I am trying to find out.
If there are no records, I'll do my own research.”

 

 

 

“Something like that is…….” Logan groaned, putting his hand to his forehead.

 

 

 

“Abby, I know how you feel, but it's a bit reckless to go on a big stand against the 88 and AASPINT for that much.
If you hire someone to investigate–“

 

 

 

“Logan, I–“

 

 

 

 Abigail took a deep breath and said.

 

 

 

“– I've lived my whole life trying not to remember the past.
Because every time I remember that girl's face staring at me and moving away from me.
keeps reminding me that I not doing anything at that time.”

 

 

“……”

 

 

 

“This is for me, too.
This is my first and last chance to put an end to my past.
It's also atonement for her……..
I want to know how she lived and how she reached her end.
I want to know everything with my own hands.”

 

 

 

“Abby ……”

 

 

 

 

“Looking back, that must be why I got into weapons development. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew that I wanted to end this war as soon as possible and free the people trapped in the Fort by destroying that awful system.
It was the best thing I could do for my sister.”

 

 

 

 

 

 When Abigail finished speaking, the room was silent.
Logan stood in the middle of it.

 

 

 

“–It seems that Logan's eyes were right.”

 

 

 

 Rutherford placed a hand on his shoulder and opened his thick-lipped mouth.

 

 

“Ms.
Abigail, I would like you to help me expose the injustices of the current government.”

 

 

 

“injustice……”

 

 

 

“The recent 88 have been suspected of distributing drugs and even human trafficking, especially in Haven.
And it is safe to assume that the lieutenant general is complicit in it.”

 

 

 

“You want me to find the evidence ?”

 

 

 

 

“To put it crudely, yes.
Our side is heavily outnumbered against Yasmin right now, but we think that is a rather passive approval of the status quo.
If the scandal is exposed, it could create a huge surge.
In fact, we believe that the dissatisfaction of the 88 residents will grow to such an extent.”

 

 

 

“And in return for my help?”

 

 

 

“I will assist you in your investigation.
With my authority, Ms.
Abigail will have a wider scope of investigations.
I smell another hidden Achilles heel of the Lieutenant General on the matter of the erased records of the 89 defense.
I think this could be win-win cooperation for both parties, don't you think?”

 

 

 

 –that would be helpful.

 

 

 

 Abigail chuckled inwardly at the offer.

 

 

 

“Ms.
Abigail.”

 

 

 

Tornio approached Abigail, who was silent, perhaps seeing that she was unsure.

 

 

 

 

“We are not looking to overturn the current system.
We want to wake up Mr.Penrose through this election.
The election results are the real voice of the residents.
Besides, if he offends FORCOM any further, or worse, if he is replaced, we'll be in trouble ……
and I don't know what will happen.”

 

 

 

“Abby.
You're in the rare position of not being 88 residence, yet you have access to R&D in November, which is close to the heart of 88, and you also have access to the Lieutenant General and the Secretary General.”

 

 

 

 Logan took a deep breath and continued.

 

 

 

“-It's a risky task.
You can reject it if you want.
But rest assured that we will assist Natsuki and her brother no matter what.
I'll personally help you with the investigation on Nigel as well.  However If you succeed, FORCOM will assign you to an important position.
Even AASPINT will no longer be able to touch you.”

 

 

 

“Well ………”

 

 

(I have a feeling I could get better deals if I show a little more hesitation but…….)

 

 

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Abigail decided that this was the time.

 

 

 

“……
Okay.
I'll help you, and you can help me with my investigation.”

 

 

 

 

“Thanks, Abby.”

 

 

 

 Heartily, Rutherford and Tornio's shoulders seemed to relax as well.

 

 

 

“–Originally, I would have asked Secretary Rutherford to give you a reliable bodyguard, but it seems you already have the finest company.”

 

 

 

 Logan said, looking at InoRyder and the others.

 

 

 

 

 Abigail then confirmed how to contact them and how to proceed with the investigation.

 

 

 

“–Thank you again, Abigail.
I believe that you and I understand each other in our desire to bring victory to humanity and give the residents of the Fort a brighter future.”

 

 

“My pleasure, Senior Secretary Rutherford.”

 

 

 

 Abigail said her goodbyes and left the casino.

 

 

 

 She boarded the limousine that Tornio had arranged and headed for the building that housed her office.
In the car, InoRyder crossed his legs in an exaggerated manner and said.

 

 

 

“–That was quite a big deal, wasn't it?”

 

 

 

“I didn't see it coming, either.
I'm sorry I got you into this.”

 

 

 

“Well, well, that's not so cool of you.
So, where do we start?”

 

 

 

“Well…….
while we're looking into the defense 89 battle, we could follow the Sludge Club route, or we could try to stir up some rumors in the upper echelons…….”

 

 

 

“I know another guy who might be able to talk to you about the defense battle.”

 

 

 

“I think it's …….”

 

 

 

“Romeo's Wakefield.
He's the one who saw the dead body of senpai.

 

 

 

“Can you make an appointment?”

 

 

 

“I'm on it.”

 

 

 

“If you're looking for sludge, you can use Rudra.”

 

 

 

 

 Vani said.

 

 

 

“He knows a lot of people there.”

 

 

 

“Why don't you make your own move instead of Rudra's? He's on a regular mission, remember?”

 

 

 

 

“Troublesome…..”

 

 

 

“…..You calls him to take your place every night and commands him around……
or you an oni sister or something?”

 

 

 

“Fufufu………”

 

 

 

 Abigail's giggle caught their attention.

 

 

 

 

“–Thank you, both of you.
But don't strain yourself too much.”

 

 

 

“—I see …..
So you laugh like that too………..”

 

 

 

InoRyder looked at Abigail's face as her expression shifted.

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