It seemed tonight was just going to be so long and full of events because even without factoring the failed assassination attempts at Alessa Morgan's place, several such attempts were also going on almost everywhere in Alina City.
Well, actually, the other attempts were not really to assassinate, but to merely inflict seemingly life-threatening injuries to the showbiz people who luckily received the fake death threats.
The modus operandi was most likely to serve as a distraction to a very obvious scheme looming behind. Though when considered in the perspective of a non-host who assumed that she was going against just another regular human, it was quite good and well-thought-out, for Sofony who was currently watching as everything unfolds from the high grounds, she found the sudden change in Amelia's operation amusing and stupid.
"Oh, I see. So it means, everyone else will not really die, but will only be bedridden for weeks or months. Except for the Queen of Primetime! Shocks!"
Sofony faked surprise as she cupped her face and stared down to the scene playing below. There she could see her precious secondary host beating the sh*t out of the thugs sent after one of her company's talent.
She was at the opposite apartment building, a floor higher, peering down from the railing there.
After the bad news she received from Chris an hour ago, she chose to entertain herself by tailing behind Sofia whom she asked to settle the matters for her. So far, Sofony felt satisfied at how violent her secondary host was at doing her job. Even now, she couldn't help but wonder how much compensation would the mercenary group demand from Amelia for not providing enough information about the mission. There should be an imminent verbal war about that amusing woman withholding intel about Starlight's security and guarding of their talents, right?
Ah, she would love to hear about Amelia losing money for the failure of a scheme.
What would be that woman's reaction if she finds out that her so hated half-sister was still alive? That those executives or artists going against her all the time within Dazzle were perfectly alright. But those she treasures as her moneybags were suddenly to be confined for a long period of time at the hospitals? How about if she hears that no one from Starlight would accompany those poor souls in their indefinite sick leaves?
'I'm sure it will be awesome. Who asks her to suddenly change into midnight attacks? We could have just fought fair and square for another field or show and I would have gladly humored her,' laughed the beautiful woman whose long silky and glossy hair danced gently to the tune and swaying of the midnight breeze.
Just when she was feeling confident about the outcome and imagining the scenario...
A notification rang inside her head.
<System: Hehe, my stupid host! Something funny is happening at Central Alina, inside Alessa Morgan's house! Do you want me to deliver you a live stream?>
Hearing its lively tone and news, Sofony's expression quickly changed into that of a frown. Sofia, who was actually watching out for her reactions from the floor diagonally below flinched and had put more strength to her pummeling due to her sudden nervousness. The female clone who was initially happy being informed that Sofony was nearby looking over her couldn't help but tensed up when she saw her Original suddenly frowning.
'... Did I disappoint her with my sloppy attacks?'
The black-haired black-eyed actress was merely imagining stuff since Sofony's displeasure was caused by the devil they've been sharing in their heads. Nevertheless, the two disguised mercs downstairs suffered more than their companions due to this beautiful misunderstanding.
Sofony's face didn't change. Her gaze went to her blue manicured nails.
After being with her system for so long, she had grown to know a few of its quirks and damnableness. She was one hundred percent sure that something had to go wrong somewhere for it to actively report it.
'Mr. Devil, you're laughing so it could only be bad news. What is it? Don't tell me, Chris did not make it on time? So is Alessa, that woman's sister, dead?'
It laughingly replied, <Oh, hahahaha! No. He did make it on time. It's just that he is now poisoned.>
"Oh?" Chris, the system's son, was?
She sneered. Something did go wrong in the end. And she didn't believe it was just simple poison since her system was laughing gloatingly. It was a real devil, taking other's misfortune as a funny material. However, despite learning that an unfortunate event happened to Chris, she didn't panic. Knowing her system and seeing that her AI merely offered to show it to her the live stream instead of advising her to teleport directly there, her ally's predicament should not be so serious that it needs her immediate assistance.
Though... actually, it could also possibly mean that it was beyond serious that even her immediate assistance would be futile.
She wondered which one it was...
Exposed to the jesting laughter within her brain, it seemed there was nothing to worry about. She shrugged and leaned more to the elaborately designed balustrade of the open balcony.
<System: You don't want to?>
'Just deduct the points. What is the situation?' she annoyingly answered.
<System: Hehe, 200 points deducted then. The host of my stupid kindred unluckily stumbled upon a main non-host supporter of another host higher level than him. Hahahaha! It's so funny now. It's the kind of poison which 98 can still deal with. But it will take time, and by the time it finished devising the antidote for the weird mixture of toxins, that boy would surely have finally lost his virginity to that silly lass. Hahahaha. It's so funny! Don't you want to see it?>
'I don't want to watch porn. And,' she laughed. Her laughter was taken in by Sofia who was still looking at her from afar as signs of approval. 'It will just be a gross, second-rate film starring two amateurs, so why would I?'
<System: Heh, you're asking me? What else apart from that I can offer points as rewards?>
Sofony sneered. 'Oh. You're really serious in convincing me.'
<System: What? You think you're the only one allowed to be bored? Hah, you wish! Stupid! Also, aren't they both beautiful people? Maybe their clumsiness will turn out beautiful to watch?>
'I simply don't care. Well, putting that aside, are the points to be rewarded more than what I will have to spend for activating the live stream?'
It shut up so the woman sneered again.
She redirected her stares back to the view in front and realized that it had now gone silent there. Sofia was gone too, most probably going now to the next location.
Faced with the silence, she pursed her lips, her thoughts going back to what the man speaking with her on the phone some time ago had said.
'Leo Jones is not at Country Y...'
Distress and melancholy crossed her eyes as she mused that the person, who could be holding some clues for Gio's whereabouts or the hostile host from three years ago, was not in that country where Leo was allegedly sighted.
'Just where the heck is he? He's the only other host with contacts with that middle-aged man...'
The stars above were still energetically twinkling. But their brightness couldn't give one ounce of joy to her empty heart longing badly for that person.
A sigh slipped out of her lips.
Sofony pushed herself away from the balustrade and started another short teleportation. Sofia would be going now to a familiar subdivision, Greenpark. She wanted to watch the whole process regarding the information that would anger her non-host 'best friend'.
The small flickering lights akin to the glow made by thousands of fireflies engulfed her whole body. But before she disappeared from that place, she couldn't help saying with her head looking up to the luminous ocean of stars above once.
'... I really want to see him.'
'Gio. Your Baby has grown up now. Where are you?'
'... You're still alive, right?'
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