I raised my head, surprised by the hand on my shoulder, to see Lord Vessel’s face.
“Do you feel alright?”
“Yes, yes? What?”
“I think you’ve been trembling for quite a while.”
Only then did I become aware of my condition.
My entire body shook and trembled, and my hand clutched the hem of my skirt so tightly.
Lord Vessel remarked as he released his grip on my shoulder.
“I think I shouldn’t have said that. I didn’t expect you to be that shocked……”
“It’s okay. It’ll subside in a minute.”
I smiled, hiding my hand behind my back.
It wasn’t as severe as it had been since Lord Vessel had abruptly inquired, but my body was still trembling slightly.
I was perplexed. If my assumption was right, then……no.
This was just my guessing. There was no reason to be concerned about unconfirmed information.
‘First, let’s see if Vivian remembers her previous life.’
If she remembered her previous life, the events and flow would be the same as the storyline.
‘But how do I do that?’
It was a period when I inadvertently wiggled my hands.
I dropped my gaze after catching something at my fingertips. Then I noticed a gift box that Vivian had requested Lord Vessel convey to me.
‘Oh, that’s it.’
“Lord, could you set up a meeting with Lady Vessel for me?”
“Are you referring to my sister?”
“Because she gifted this to me. I believe it is appropriate for me to thank Lady Vessel in person.”
“…… I’ll ask Vivian.”
“I appreciate it.”
Lord Vessel’s face was filled with displeasure.
I knew I shouldn’t have asked for a favour, but I had no intention to take it back.
Because I needed to figure out what was going with Vivian.
I was about to leave the Royal Knight’s quarter to return home when I noticed someone sprinting from a distance.
I attempted to pass by at first, thinking it had nothing to do with me, but I had to come to a halt when I heard a shout.
This voice, don’t tell me, Herschel Themis…?
I turned my head to see who was shouting, and there stood the person I was expecting.
Herschel eventually approached me. Herschel seized my wrist in an instant before I could even greet him.
“Please come here for a moment……Ouch!”
I turned at Herschel, surprised by the loud scream, and realized too late that I had twisted his arm.
As soon as his wrist snatches mine, I reflect.
“Oh, no! Are you all right?”
“Ugh, Miss Lena, my arm……”
“I’m really sorry.”
I yanked his arm away quickly.
My heart was beating at the same moment.
‘Oh, my God, asking whether he’s alright when I’m the one who twisted his arm.’
It would not be surprising if someone mistook me for a psychopath.
When I was at a loss for what to do, Herschel stroked his arm and whispered,
“I’m Alright, so don’t blame yourself too much. It hurt a bit, but Miss Lena did it to me……”
Herschel’s face was slightly flushed as he said.
Why, why was he behaving this way?
For a little while, I felt nervous, but I tried to dismiss it.
“But why did you suddenly want to drag me away?”
“Oh! I needed to talk to you for a second, so I wanted to take you to a secluded location. “Would you mind if we moved to the garden there?”
Instead of touching me, Herschel pointed somewhere else.
At the same moment, he covertly looked at me and shrank his body, smoothing his arm that I had previously twisted.
That was the thing that pierced my conscience.
I nodded willingly, feeling terrible for what I had just done to Herschel.
So we went into a little garden near the main entrance of the Royal Knight’s quarter.
Herschel opened his mouth to see if there were any people nearby.
“I suppose it’s fine if I say it here.”
At this point, I’m becoming intrigued.
What on earth is he trying to say?
“What exactly is going on? Is there something wrong?”
“Oh, nothing is going on, and I was simply wondering if the rumour I heard were real or not.”
“Rumor…? What kind of rumour have you heard?”
My tone of speaking to Herschel was cautious.
“So, the rumour was about you, so……”
Herschel was not only unable to talk correctly, but he also began to cry.
No way, what is this rumour about?
“Please excuse me, Lord Themis. I’m not sure what’s going on, but you can tell me once you’ve calmed down.”
People may believe I made him cry.
It’s a good thing Herschel brought me here.
Another weird rumour would circulate if there were a lot of people around.
“B, but you’re getting married soon, so how am I supposed to……?”
“What? I’m getting married?”
What on earth is he on about?
Herschel paused his sobbing and inquired cautiously if he had observed my unusual reaction.
“Of course not.”
I asked one after the other, nonchalantly replying.
“Who is the rumoured groom?”
“Edmund Vessel, I believe.”
“Um, huh? Who?”
“I’m sure Miss Lena is aware. He is the Royal Knights’ Vice-Commander.”
The extra explanation astounded me.
Lord Vessel is my marriage partner?
I didn’t really want anyone to be my groom prospect.
But I never expected Lord Vessel to be one of them!
What the hell is that rumour about?
There’s no reason for that story to spread……no, not at all.
I calmed myself, remembering the ‘Gift Boxes Terror’ event from the day before.
Strangely, there isn’t a rumour after all of this commotion.
Vivian even came over to me to confirm it.
But a scandal! Not with anyone else, but Lord Vessel’s marriage scandal!
‘I apologize for anything I’ve done before, including my sister who came to visit yesterday. I was hasty. ‘
Suddenly, I remembered Lord Vessel being so serious to me in the morning.
Don’t tell me he knew and planned a smokescreen ahead of time……?
That filthy, scumbag!
No surprise he seemed so naive and innocent this morning!
But I had already forgiven him, and it was all over.
Until now, I couldn’t even argue about it.
If I had known what was going to happen, I would not have taken his apologies so easily.
Miss Lena has no idea how startled I was to learn that that guy and Miss Lena were about to marry. Miss Lena is far more outstanding than him! It’s a pity!”
“Thank you for your kind words.”
I laughed awkwardly.
Most people would say it’s a waste of Lord Vessel if I was truly dating him.
“I swear to you, I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart! Even though Edmund is my friend, it’s a matter of friendship. What a waste for Miss Lena.”
Wait a minute.
“Are you acquainted with Lord Vessel?”
“Oh, I forgot to tell you. Edmund and I have been childhood friends for almost 17 years.”
“You’ve known him for quite some time.”
“Ever since our families and his family’s ancestors were subordinated, we’ve been playmates since we were little. We’ve been together since we were very young because of it.”
It was vaguely imagined.
They must have been obliged to play with their parents without realizing it, and as a result, they became friends.
‘Come to think of it, don’t people tend to make friends their own age? That means Lord Themis is 25 years old……’
I looked at Herschel and coughed on the inside.
It’s conceivable that age and look aren’t the same.
“In any case, I’m relieved it’s not true. I’m pleased I asked Miss Lena rather than Edmund.”
“Is there any reason why you shouldn’t ask Lord Vessel?”
“No, not at all. But if I ask Edmund, I doubt I’ll be able to control myself.”
What couldn’t be controlled?
Herschel graciously added as I tilted my head.
“I’d punch him without realizing it if he were to marry Miss Lena. But I couldn’t just attack my dear friend, so I was going to listen to Miss Lena and prepare first. That way, I’ll be able to put up with him.”
I get what he means. Now I understand why he came to me first.
“There is, in fact, one additional reason.”
Herschel Themis’ eyes turned mellow.
At the same time, I was unsettled.
Tell me it’s not what I believe it is.
“I wanted to use this as an opportunity to see Miss Lena…….”
Herschel’s words were cut short as he heard a voice calling my name. Instead, he simply turned around and glanced behind me.
I, too, glanced back.
I’ve been feeling it since I heard his voice, but Caleb was the one who called me.
He opened his lips with a puzzled expression as if he had discovered Herschel late.
“I had no idea you were with someone else. Forgive for my rudeness.”
“No, Lord, it’s not rude at all.”
That was Herschel who said that, not me.
Caleb’s gaze shifted from me to Herschel.
Herschel raised his hand towards his temple in a greeting.
“My name is Herschel Themes, and I’m a member of the Imperial First Knights.”
“Ah, I see.”
Caleb quietly accepted Herschel’s greeting.
As if he already knew him.
Maybe because I’ve told him previously…
“I am curious to hear what’s the matter you have with our member? You, who belong to another knighthood.”
Why was he talking like we’ve never known each other…… I think I already said it at the time that I and Herschel knew each other.
Did he not remember? Well, that was possible.
“I’ve been asking Miss Lena a few questions because there’s something I’ve been curious about.”
“Is what he said true, Lady Oreu?”
“Then could you spare me a moment after the conversation? I’ll stay away from the conversation and wait.”
“If it’s because of me, that’s fine, Commander. I’ve already asked everything I want to ask anyway. I’ll be on my way, Miss Lena.”
Herschel walked past us in a very rigid way, unlike what he had shown before.
“I think I shouldn’t have called you. I’m interrupting the conversation……”
I shook my head hard.
Rather, I was just grateful for Caleb who talked to me promptly.
If it weren’t for Caleb, I’d be in a lot of trouble by now.
“But why did you call me?”
“……I wanted to ask you where you put the documents I wanted you to copy during the day.”
Ah, it was about the paperwork.
“I left it on your desk as usual, didn’t you see it?”
“Did you? I don’t think I found it buried between the other documents. I’ll look it up again tomorrow.”
At Caleb’s words, doubts soared.
I remember I put it in the middle of his desk so he could find it right away as he checks his desk.
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