I was floating in the air, so I grasped Caleb’s arm tightly.
I was so taken aback that I was able to feel Caleb’s strong, muscular forearm with my hands.
“Wha, what are you….”
“I’ll carry you back to the office.”
A soothing voice washed over me.
Caleb, unsurprisingly, began to move.
The training ground, which had been in a commotion, had calmed down.
I cast a wary glance over Caleb’s shoulder as a result of the unexpected quiet.
People were staring at me with shocked expressions. And I was as shocked as they were.
I just couldn’t get up after falling once, but now he was carrying me to the office and hugging me like I was a princess.
I was able to get out of a difficult position as a result of that, but now I feel like I’m in another difficult situation.’
Above all, it was embarrassing.
Apart from being hugged in front of a lot of people, I can walk normally.
“Please excuse me, Lord Egon. I can walk on my own. It’s okay if you just drop me off.”
“If you’re scared I’ll drop you, please wrap your arms around my neck.”
“No, I wasn’t worried about it.”
His posture was steady, and I couldn’t see any signs of discomfort on his face, so he couldn’t have dropped me by accident.
“Then please allow me to take you in this manner. Aren’t you shocked?”
“I was shocked, but, uh, still.”
This was not a good sign.
It would have been preferable if Caleb had been dressed in his normal uniform, but he was now only wearing a thin shirt.
This allowed me to feel Caleb’s body more thoroughly every time he moved.
Of course, I could feel his solid chest at the end of my arms, and my cheeks heated up whenever his muscles crossed because he used a lot of force to hold me at the end of his hands.
‘I know you’re in good form and have a lot of muscle strength, so could you kindly put me down……’
Of course, I couldn’t say anything like that. To be honest, I assumed I’d be labelled as a pervert.
I was about to burst into tears when I heard Caleb’s voice.
“Their responses will calm down if I bring Lady with me.”
“What exactly do you mean by the reaction?”
Caleb said as I tilted my head.
“I am their Commander, and I have shown respect, so there will be no members who act recklessly in the future.”
Ah, I see. He was being considerate of me.
“However, if someone acts rudely towards Lady Oreu like today, immediately tell me at any moment.”
“That’s a lot of help.”
When I encountered Caleb’s inner sentiments, I felt guilty and embarrassed about my behaviour in front of him.
The other person was preoccupied with being considerate of me, but I had such weird thoughts.
Oh, I’m such a jerk!
“I’m sorry for causing you concern.”
I couldn’t disguise my embarrassment since I knew he was only being courteous.
It was then that I tightened my grip on my hands.
“I should be the one to apologize. I’m sorry.” “Are you apologizing to me?”
“If I had properly led my subordinates, there would be no such thing as before. All of them are my fault.”
As if he had read my thoughts, Caleb responded.
What. Was that the case?
“I don’t think it’s your fault, Lord Egon.” “It’s my fault.”
No matter how I think about it, it’s not Caleb’s fault.
Honestly, wasn’t it natural that other members reacted earlier?
Because they were right, that I was an actor.
And all I did was panic and fall on my own.
“Also, please accept my apologies for touching Lady Oreu without your consent. Both previously and currently.”
“Do you mean when you touched my eyes earlier?”
A little late in the acceptance, I realized my guess was right.
‘Of course, he’s still concerned about it.’
Perhaps I was mistaken on my own, so my worrying about it was pointless, so it was a calm sensation, but I was moved at the same time.
It was because he had a completely different attitude than the other men and bullies I’d encountered while working as an actor.
Perhaps that’s why.
A tremendous sense of shame that was difficult to bear suddenly appeared.
I cast a sidelong glance towards Caleb.
‘He has no idea why I’m here.’
He would never be able to do this if he knew.
Even if I hadn’t accepted the prince’s promise to live, and even if I hadn’t intended to seduce Caleb, I was still deceiving him.
I got the money given to me by the Crown Prince, paid off my debts, and was living comfortably with his support…
‘Should I have to tell him everything right now?’
But I couldn’t pull it off. My life and safety took precedence over my conscience.
“Please don’t be concerned.”
I squeaked out a voice that didn’t sound very good.
“Because I don’t actually care.”
I didn’t mean to defend him.
It was only a word I said to make myself feel better.
The more Caleb blames himself for my situation, the more uneasy I am.
That’s all there is to it.
“It’s now a contact out of necessity.” And I know you’re only trying to help me, Lord Egon.”
It appeared like I was bashing for Caleb, but in reality, it was all for myself.
I realize it’s really selfish of me, but I couldn’t help myself.
Because I needed to get rid of my guilt in this way.
Because I needed an indulgence in some way.
“And what the Lord has done to me before……”
I kept speaking after taking a little breath.
“It wasn’t at all offensive. So it’s all right.”
I was wondering if Caleb’s chin was tightening when a barely repressed voice came out.
“You’re not required to justify my rudeness.”
‘I’m not attempting to justify it.’
However, I had a hunch this would have a similar outcome.
I didn’t want to bring it up again.
I didn’t want Caleb to blame himself.
To do this, the response must be to conclude the talk as soon as possible.
After calculating internally, I opened my mouth.
“Allow me to ask you a question. “Did you do it to me for any other reason?”
“What do you mean……?”
“I was wondering whether you did it to harass me.”
“How could I have…….”
Caleb’s expression was distorted.
It seemed as though he had the nerve to do so.
“Look, Lord Egon, you didn’t mean anything. So it’s alright. It’s something I’m familiar with.”
But it didn’t mean he could casually touch me.
I would not say this if the opponent was someone else.
But I’m telling Caleb this because I’m confident he won’t misunderstand if I don’t.
“No one in the world is familiar with something from the beginning.”
“So don’t try to justify my behaviour.”
My lips were on fire at the time.
But that was the end of it.
I had no idea what to say since I couldn’t say anything.
* * * * *****
It wasn’t until I was completely inside the Oval Office that I was released from Caleb’s grasp.
“Please get off carefully.”
Caleb leaned down and assisted me in getting off effortlessly.
All I could think was that it was incredible.
He carried me from the training ground to the office, and he still has the strength to be so considerate.
I opened my lips as soon as I walked onto the floor and looked back at Caleb.
“Thank you so much for taking me. Wasn’t it difficult?”
“It’s alright, I can manage it.” ……didn’t men generally remark the lady was as light as a feather at moments like this?
I didn’t mean for feathery lip service, but this was too straightforward.
“Then I’ll return. And I strongly advise you not to peek out the window.”
Out the window, perhaps?
Was he referring to yesterday’s eye contact?
He hadn’t mentioned anything before, so I assumed I was the only one who knew, and Caleb didn’t!
Did he notice me falling?
I had a lot of questions but couldn’t bring myself to ask them.
It’s such a shame just to think about yesterday, but if Caleb admits he’s seen it all……
“I’m never going to gaze out the window again. I vow to you.”
Rather than asking Caleb a question, I made a strong vow to him.
It was sometimes preferable not to know.
Inside the training ground of the Royal Knights, the Imperial Sword, who are praised as the most elite knights who deal with the magical beasts.
Members of the Royal Knight were there, pounding their heads on the floor, hands behind their backs.
Caleb stood in front of them, his expression more sombre than ever.
“Today, you all have made two mistakes.”
His icy, black gaze surveyed the inside of the training ground.
“The first was to behave carelessly without considering if your actions might threaten your opponent.”
“The second issue is that no one helps someone who is in need. Is there anyone who has an objection with this?”
There was no response. It was a natural reaction because there was nothing to deny.
In reality, they were already aware that their acts were extreme.
“We were wrong.”
“That’s right. We were wrong.”
As a result, voices could be heard all throughout the place pleading with Caleb to forgive them.
“Everyone stand up.”
Those who had been laying on their stomachs as a result of Caleb’s comments sprang up swiftly.
Their bodies trembled as they were chastised for an extended period of time, but everyone strove to stand steady with their jaws clenched.
“Always remember that you are the Empire’s Royal Knights. Also, keep in mind that Lady Oreu is a part of our team.”
“I’ll keep that in mind!”
“Then let’s wrap up training.”
The Commander’s punishment was about to come to an end. Ordinary people would have been surprised if they were instructed to train immediately without a break, but the members accepted the remarks with respect.
‘What does that woman say?’
Except for Edmund, who dusts his hair while making an unpleasant expression.
Vol 3. Prejudice and Understanding
It was late in the afternoon.
I stole a peek at the door.
It was finally time for Caleb to return.
Caleb reappeared, as predicted.
But, unlike usual, he was not alone.
A man with dark hair stood behind him.
The man had obviously tumbled on the ground and had a lot of dirt on his hair and clothes.
‘He must have trained hard……. He looks more familiar. Have I ever seen him before?’
Tilting my head, I realized the man was the one who had a duel with Caleb earlier at the training ground.
“Allow me to introduce you. This is Lord Vessel, the Vice-Commander I mentioned before.”
“Edmund Vessel. You may address me as Lord Vessel.”
“Hello, my name is Elena Oreu.”
“Ah, I see. Should I address you as Lady Oreu as well?”
“Yes, please do so.”
“Then I’ll refer to you like that.”
‘Does that characterize all knights?’
At Lord Vessel’s presence, I pondered who spoke about business without a scratch.
When I think about Herschel Themis, I wonder if it was just his personality that made him stand out.
“By the way, Lord Egon, I’m certain that person will…….”
“Lady Oreu! Did you just call the Commander as Lord Egon?”
Because of Lord Vessel’s abrupt interruption, I had to gaze at Caleb without finishing my question.
“Well certainly, but why?”
“How come you’re addressing the Commander with his knighthood title?”
Because Caleb told me to call him that….?
However, there was someone who spoke quicker than I did.
“I have granted her permission, Lord Vessel.”
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