Baekhan can’t stay alone because of his body condition. In addition, he was oddly wary of adults. That’s probably why he was avoiding Collin.
He acted strangely uncomfortable with me, so we naturally spent more time with Blake.
“Blake, what’s this?”
Baekhan touched his cravat.
He’s able to speak and understand the imperial langauge at a tremendous speed. But then again, he was different from ordinary people.
“You’re good at imperial language now, Baekhan.”
Baekhan stared at me, as I talked to him. He wanted to be called ‘The High Priest’. However, he’s currently staying in the royal palace as Eunhan’s younger brother, so he could not be called ‘the high priest’ or ‘the prince’.
When he was with someone else, they called him “Sir Baekhan,” but he didn’t seem to like the title.
“I am the vessel of the White Dragon.”
“I know. And I’m just a normal person.”
He rubbed his chin and looked at me.
“How old are you anyway?”
Blake’s question was answered dryly.
“I am the vessel of the White Dragon. That doesn’t mean anything.”
“You’re a man, aren’t you?”
Baekhan had many secrets and did not tell his gender or age.
Eunhan said he already become a vessel for White Dragon, so those things are not important.
“How long have you been blind, Baekhan?”
“I’m not blind, I just use my other senses more. I know where my brother is now.”
He smiled happily. He’s like Eunhan’s stalker.
“Then, do you know where the people are?”
“Why should this body do such useless things? I’m not interested in other humans.”
Whether fortunate or unfortunate, the target of his stalking seemed to be limited to Eunhan.
“Me and my brother are connected. So don’t bother me.”
“When did I bother you?”
He sometimes said vague things. It was the same when we first met.
“Try to persuade my brother. Then I’ll let you know.”
He spat out in the Chang language and turned his head away. It’s like that every time. He acts as if he’s going to tell me something, but eventually he shuts up.
He is wary of my relationship with Eunhan, but urges me to persuade him quickly.
“Baekhan, what did you just say?”
Baekhan smiled calmly, as Blake wondered what we were talking about.
“I said you are very cute.”
“I’m not cute anymore.”
“Haha, you’re very cute.”
Baekhan snorted with laughter. Still, it was fortunate that he seemed to like Blake.
Baekhan who was laughing out loud, got out of his seat and ran outside. No matter how familiar he is with this place, it was dangerous to run like that when he couldn’t see everything completely.
Me and Blake hurried after him.
There was only one person who would draw a childlike smile from Baekhan.
Baekhan ran to him with a welcoming smile, but Eunhan came to us with courtesy without even looking at his half-brother.
“Brother, I’ve studied hard on the Imperial language today. And I tried on Asteric’s clothes. This is called Cravat.”
For a few days Baekhan, who was ignored by Eunhan, quickly poured out his words. I felt a sense of urgency on him before Eunhan went into the room. But Eunhan reacted coldly him.
“You’re noisy. I’m saying hello to the royal family. What kind of discourtesy is this?”
“Eunhan, you don’t have to say that.”
“That’s too much, do you know how long Baekhan waited for you?”
“I must have bothered both of you. I’m sorry. I’ll send him back as soon as possible.”
“You can’t say that!”
When Blake got angry, Baekhan hurriedly stopped him.
“Blake, don’t be angry. It’s my fault. Brother, I’m sorry. It’s my fault.”
Eunhan asked Blake in his usual polite manner, ignoring Baekhan who apologized.
“Your Highness, how are you?”
He bowed his head and went back to his room. Until the end, he never said a word of kindness to Baekhan.
Baekhan shook his head. He looked so sad but I couldn’t even say any words of consolation.
Blake was in bed, but he couldn’t calm down.
“So mean! How could he do that? I didn’t know he was so cold-hearted!”
“I’m sure Eunhan has his reasons too.”
“No matter what happened in the past, it’s not Baekhan’s fault! He doesn’t know how much he likes him! Learning the Imperial language and trying on the clothes here is all because of him.”
I’ve never seen Blake so angry for anyone. He was very calm and good-tempered, and had little interest in others except for me.
It was fortunate that his heart had opened up to someone else. This is what growth is.
I stroke his silver hair.
“Are you upset?”
“He has been waiting all day. How can he react like that! If Ancia did it, I would be very sad.”
Tears welled up around Blake’s eyes.
“Blake, why do you cry all of a sudden?”
I wrapped his cheeks.
“I imagined Ancia ignoring me, and it made me sad.”
…ah, he’s still a kid.
“Why would I do that?”
“Ancia can’t do that, okay?”
“I won’t ignore you.”
“Yes, though I still feel sad.”
Tears dripped down from his eyes.
“Why is my rabbit sad again?”
“I just thought of Ancia being mad at me, and I keep feeling sad.”
I smiled and hugged him tightly.
“My Blake is cool and cute.”
I kept praising Blake as if I was singing a lullaby.
When Blake fell asleep, I held his hands. The place where the curse’s sentence was engraved had a low body temperature.
She suddenly heard a knock.
Who’s here at this hour?
“It’s me. May I come in?”
It was Baekhan.
“Excuse me. Aah!”
Baekhan who came inside suddenly screamed.
I put my index finger to my lips. Blake’s barely asleep and he’s waking up again.
Then Baekhan covered his mouth. After that, however, he continued to mutter in the language of Chang.
“He’s in bed with you and yet you bring people in. Ugh! Kids these days!”
I don’t know exactly how old Baekhan is, but he is younger than Eunhan.
“What are you thinking? I’m massaging him.”
“Where the curse is spread, the temperature is low. That’s why I give him a massage to warm him up a little bit.”
Because his left hand is cold, he often drop the dishes, and sometimes let go of sword during training.
I couldn’t see much of that, but other people said they often see Blake fall since he was a kid.
“Blake is blessed. He had a good wife.”
“That’s the least I could do.”
“There’s nothing more precious than a sincere heart.”
“Thank you for your kind words.”
“You remind me of the old days. Only Eunhan cared about me.”
Baekhan smiled gently.
“Excuse me, Baekhan, what happened today….”
“He’s worried about me. He’s trying hard to get me back to Chang. He’s usually really nice to me.”
He spat out the words I had prepared to console him first. He’s here to say that.
“I know. Eunhan is a good person.”
“That’s right. He’s a great man.”
He came closer to the bed and looked at Blake. It seemed as if he was clearly responding to him even though his eyes were closed.
What does he see?
Baekhan hand pressed down on the center of Blake’s forehead, and pushed down along the curse sentences.
“There is a layer.”
“The white layer of light is preventing the curse from spreading.”