Chapter 16: Children’s Bedtime Story
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I'm Really Not the Demon God's Lackey Chapter 16: Children’s Bedtime Story

“Rest? Do I look that useless?” Joseph scoffed. However, his knight “Justice” sigil hadn’t sensed any evil intentions from this bookstore owner, thus giving the old knight a better impression of this young man.

Joseph’s indifference even started to thaw and unknowingly, he felt a rare inclination to chat with this bookstore owner that spoke to him casually and as an equal.

Perhaps after he became a Great Radiant Knight, it had been far too long since anyone dared speak to him so casually.

Since the bookstore owner was an ordinary person oblivious to the facts, Joseph didn’t need to put on the airs of a superior or senior.

Lin Jie shook his head and replied sincerely. “Of course not! It’s just… such recent gloomy weather would affect one’s joints. Are you having trouble sleeping? Your face seems a little pallid and I can’t help feeling that you are rather tired.”

Rheumatism and insomnia might be more common for older people at this age. Moreover, Lin Jie had noticed that Joseph’s right hand was a tad jarring.

Weariness of one’s spirit might not be very obvious but Lin Jie was adept at observing people and could notice it without much difficulty.

“May I assume it's because you spent a lot of effort in trying to find Mr Wilde?” Lin Jie sighed with lament. “I’m really glad that you guys have such a great friendship.”

Joseph’s mechanical right hand that was covered with a layer of synthetic skin twitched as doubt crept into his eyes.

How did this owner… No, it should be a coincidence.

But why do the words ‘joints’, ‘sleep’ and ‘Wilde’ put together seem significant, as if he’s pointing out something? And him saying ‘great friendship’ seems somewhat peculiar?

Still, it had been Joseph who said he was bosom pals with Wilde in the first place.

With a slightly complicated expression, Joseph said, “I’m not that sort of old person whose joints would ache when it rains. I’m also not tired because of this… Also, a book is unnecessary. I didn’t bring any money.”

Lin Jie pulled a stool over and sat down as he watched Joseph ramble on.

Deep down, Lin Jie was shaking his head. He knew right away that Joseph might seem coarse on the outside but warm and tender on the inside.

Lin Jie pushed the cup of hot tea towards Joseph and said, “There aren’t any charges for reading a book at my store but it's only limited to the section behind me. Have some tea to warm yourself up first.”

“I can help pass on the message to Mr Wilde that you are looking for him.”

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Translator Notes

Anyone remember reading The Little Prince when they were younger?

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