ind reading.


Even though you’re the one who didn’t let me sleep last night…」


‘If someone heard that, there’d be some misunderstanding.
Thankfully, no one else could hear it but me.’


Anyway, you seem quite salty, Regressor.


“Up till what point were you listening?”


“I thought I was throwing a boomerang with the number of times you came back after I struck you down.
Please don’t pull anything like that ever again.”



The usually violent and angry regressor didn’t assault me with her sword this time.

Probably because of her now-crippled pride.
And because this world has a strange law of conservation, as the regressor’s pride lowered, mine felt like it grew higher.

Ah, I shouldn’t be doing this.
But it’s just so fun.


“Woof! Food!”


I was going to make fun of her a bit more, but let’s leave it here.
Because Azzy is whining at me.


“Now, now, Azzy.
I have some things to say, so just wait a bit.”

“No! Woof! Say while eat food!”

“This dog, man.”


‘How can your pride not be hurt? Is there nothing to be hurt about when you’re a dog?’


The reason I brought you all here is because I found a clue to the food supply thief who has been throwing Tantalus into chaos for a while now.”



Azzy showed no interest in anything but food.


‘This despisable thing.
Let’s see how you fair when the evidence is pushed up against your face.’


I went to a corner of the cafeteria and got the doll-sized golem.
As I was fiddling around with it to make sure it was still functional, it turned its head around as if in response.


‘It’s connected.’


I placed the golem onto the table.


“As a witness, I have brought the State’s Radioman who has been sitting around in the cafeteria as a golem.
Captain Avey, welcome! Say hi, Captain!”


“Hi, nice to meet you!”


Azzy’s and the regressor’s responses didn’t change even after seeing the golem.
The regressor had cut attention after deciding to let go of what happened yesterday, and Azzy couldn’t care less about something that wasn’t a human.


‘I can’t introduce it like this.
Let’s try to bring out my puppeteering skills from that time I entertained some kids.’


I held the golem up between the arms and waved it around like a puppet.
As Azzy took interest in its movement, I closed my mouth and used ventriloquism. 


“Hello, Azzy.”



Azzy tilted her head as she kept glancing between me and the golem.

She’s probably wondering what’s going on since the voice is coming from me but the golem’s waving at her.

I kept swaying the golem’s limbs and spoke with ventriloquism.


“Nice to meet you! I’m called Avey!”

“Woof, woof? Human?”

“Yes! I’m a human even though I'm trapped in here right now! You’re Azzy, right?”

“Woof! Yeah! Me Azzy!”

“You seem like such a good girl!”

“Thank you! You seem very hard!”

“Let’s be friends! You want to give me a lick?”


[…Stop it.]


As Azzy’s nose came in closer, the golem moved at an incredible, never-seen-before speed.
After hitting my hand away, the golem stood up on its two feet and dodged Azzy’s face.

A dry monotone voice then leaked out of its speaker.


[The State requires the overseer to critically avoid making contact with the trainees.
However, by the Special Instances Clause Article 2, and by the current situation, all security clauses under security level 2 will be ignored.]


After declaring that, the golem stood up straight on its feet.
Whether it was because it was well made or because they were used to it, it continued to use synchronization even though the golem was a smaller model.


[I am the State’s Radioman, Captain Avey.
I am currently responsible for the communications between the State and Tantalus.
I warn in advance that the destruction of this individual will result in a negative assessment for the trainees.]


Even without mind reading, it was obvious who it was talking about since there was only one person here who could and would destroy it.

The regressor looked at the golem with a sour face.


“I don’t care about any negative assessments.
I’ll leave you alone if you don’t go sneaking around places only because I’ve made a deal with this man.”

[As an overseer and the director of Tantalus, surveillance is my duty.]

“Yeah? Well, I can’t stand machines that are sent by the State to keep watch on me.”

[There are sometimes people with that kind of disorder.
A category of individuals who are sensitive to being watched.
As we give out treatments for such disorders for free, I recommend you to go and get it treated.]

“…This little—”

[However, in this current instance, you would not be able to visit the State Hospital.
I have confirmed your doctor.
By exceptions to all regulations under safety level 2, for this individual’s safety, I shall put off its mission of surveillance.]


After staring at each other for a bit, the regressor scoffed and got up.


“If that’s all, I’m leaving.”


‘Huh? Straight away?’


I grabbed the regressor.


“Ah, wait! You must participate in this matter!”

“I don’t care.
You just take care of that golem.
If I see that thing outside the cafeteria on its own, I might just break it.”


The regressor headed straight out of the cafeteria.
Even when feeling down, she still had a deep hatred for the State.

At that time, Azzy—who had understood none of the exchange—asked with a bright face.


What it say?”


‘I’m guessing she’s talking about the golem.’


As Azzy didn’t understand a word of the golem’s hard and logical sentences, I explained in a flat tone.


“It said, don’t hit it.
And don’t bite it.
That it hurts.”

“Woof! I don’t bite! I’m good!”

“Yeah, yeah.
I know.
You’re good.”

“Awooo! I’m good! Good!”


As I patted Azzy’s head, I grabbed it and mumbled in a dreary tone.


“But I wonder which bad dog ate all the meat stew from the pot last night?”




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