With weak, inwardly smile Johann stared into his glass, almost missing the girls question "Oh ? This ? It's a hard alcohol from Pergrande. Clear, sweet, and almost no natural taste of its own. Perfect for mixing.", the old man delighted that this was lifting at least some of the almost tangible tension in the room. He had hoped the alcohol would help with his overwhelming feeling of guilt, but he had found that, perhaps to both his luck and misfortune, his natural, physical healing factor had gotten too strong, his body treating the alcohol like poison and neutralizing it instantly. This, of course, meant that, much to his dismay, his drink had had no effect on him. "I won't go and tell to the other VP's if you don't want me to, Yona, but I really think it's something of a necessity. I know you're not gonna like hearing this ...", the old man felt a sting of pain in his chest just thinking about it "... but I ... we can't really stay here if we can't get the demons under control. I will not allow dangers to my family to thrive in their midst, unseen, with the potential to endanger them all ..." Johann lifted his gaze for the first time to seek eye contact with the green haired girl for the first time since they had started the conversation, a fierce, determined expression on his face "If I can't get Mars under control-", another chuckle echoing through the darkest depths of his consciousness causing him to pause once again, goose bumps spreading across his entire upper body "if I can't get him under control I will leave both the West Fiore Trading Company and Onyx Moon. I know of no other way to ensure the continued safety of Tolgalen. Of the people here. Because as things stand right now ...", the Vice President hated himself for what he would have to tell the girl, but he had to be honest after getting her into this situation ... it was all his fault, after all "... I know of no way to remove Ketsueki from you. As far as I'm concerned his very essence has been merged with your soul. I can try and lock him away deeper and deeper within you, covered by layers and more layers of seals, which would certainly help" Johann sighed "but the more seals I put into place the more energy they will take from your body. It's possible they will drain you of magic energy completely and they're not even guaranteed to work. It's just too risky ..."
Johann was about to open his mouth again to continue but stopped at the sudden burst of scent emitting from his mentee, a subtle smell of burnt matter, sulfur and, strangely blood filling the room explosively. Perhaps it would've gone over other people's heads, but not the old man's, his senses were too sharp, too refined to miss a detail like this. It seemed like already she was having trouble with the demon that the members of Blood Seal had placed inside her. "Are you okay, Hisamori ?", the old man's muscles tensing as he saw the brief flash of blueish energy in her eyes. "How I keep him at bay ?" Johann repeated the question, trying to find an answer, an explanation himself, taking a second to think about it "I don't know, unfortunately. When he isn't repressed by pure force of will he seems unstoppable, doing whatever he wants to satisfy his sick desires" "tssehehe ...", all the talk about demons seemingly having caught Mars' interest as the eerily familiar cackling crept up the back of the VP's mind. "But that doesn't mean you can't do it. Mars listened to me once, when I made him an offer, he is willing to bargain, it seems." "Oh, am I, old man ? This certainly has gotten a lot more interesting ... tssehehe", Johann continuing sharply, the next answer being directed more towards the whisper than the girl sitting on the couch in the mansion "And another time, when you encountered him, I was able to force him out of my head with nothing but a burst of determined resolve, so it seems Mars isn't actually as powerful as he likes to makes himself out to be", a displeased, deep growl remaining his only answer to that comment. He wasn't sure if this was what the girl wanted, needed to hear at all, but Johann, much like Yona, was stumped and overwhelmed by the sudden change, and this, no matter how much he wanted the opposite to be the case, was the most sophisticated advise he could offer ... for the time being.
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