people who understand his skills.」

It was dressed as a meeting between three Development Engineers.

A subtle air permeated the room the three were in.

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「It’s quite a ridiculous request……」

「The reward proposed is something that would apparently grant us with powerful military strength that won’t lose out to the best Underground Forces out there.
We can also opt for a substantial cash reward instead.
As for how substantial exactly, let’s just say I haven’t seen so many zeroes in my entire life working as a mercenary.」

「The former reward offered is obviously way more valuable, isn’t it?」

Fuyuki analyzed things in a calm manner.

「Yes.
They’re gonna borrow the name of Metal Iris, basically.
The operation is quite simple and easy.
We of Metal Iris are requested to enter negotiations with another party in order to purchase a large number of new weapons.
That’s with the additional pretext of conducting a fruitful discussion between fellow Development Engineers.
By the way, if the purchase gets finalized, the one who will actually provide the money will be Libra.
And apparently, the budget granted for this mission is practically unlimited.」

「It does sound nice and easy but…… it also includes some pretty unconventional conditions huh.」

「Purchasing and procurement of supplies isn’t my thing, I’ll have you know.」

「Even so, you’re the only businessman from 21st century Earth among our ranks, Fuyuki.
Even I help out on procuring supplies sometimes.
Above all, you’re a fellow Japanese, and you’re familiar with Kou to boot.
You’re the best fit for the job.」

「Well now, it looks like I can’t refuse if you’re gonna go that far, captain.」

Blue then voiced the question she’d been mulling over since earlier.

「But can we really meet up with an A-Rank Development Engineer just by purchasing loads of weapons?」

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「Look at it this way.
We’re part of the main driving force behind the liberation of Asia.
Even though it’s being officially kept top secret, it’s pretty obvious to those who know what they’re doing.
I’m sure the other party would be more than willing to meet up with us as well.」

The operation that led to Asia’s rescue sent shockwaves throughout all of the Fortress Areas and Defense Domes around the planet.
In some Fortress Areas, the long-halted production of Familiars has restarted once more.
The only one who could possibly do such a thing was Asia.

And there should be a force responsible for the reactivation of Asia.
There had been no response from Asia herself, but rumors that the ones who pulled it off were a combined force comprised of the Metal Iris and Storm Hound Underground Forces have begun circulating around.

In fact, a lot of inquiries trying to ferret out the truth were forwarded to both Jenny and Rick.
The two gave all of them the same answer: 「We cannot answer any questions regarding Asia’s release and reactivation as it would violate our obligation to keep things confidential for our client.」

They subtly hinted at their involvement while refusing to provide any substantial information.

「I see.
Understood.
I’m sorry but I guess I’ll have to refrain from participating this time around.」

「Ara, it’s fine for us to go together you know.」

「But you need to have at least a basic grasp of business for this mission, right, Fuyuki?」

「Let’s see.
Yes, I suppose you do.」

「Alright, I get it, you two.
I’ll be coming with Fuyuki then.
I’ll leave this place to you, Blue.」

「Understood.」

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