What’s getting warm?
Is he talking about my hand?
Did he think my hands were cold?
I didn’t think it was a serious enough matter for him to be given this much thought.
‘Who in the world takes other people’s hands under their coat just because they are being considered?’
…… Oh, here’s the guy who did it.
‘If Caleb was an average person, I would ask ‘Do you like me?’ to him.’
I might have considered it if it had been someone else, but because my opponent was Caleb, the misunderstandings that were about to arise vanished in an instant.
Because Caleb isn’t fond of me.
‘It’s just because he’s a nice guy. And I’m still his person…’
This was probably not going to happen once the contract was over and I returned.
If he ever finds out why I came here, he will be disappointed and betrayed.
‘I wish time would stop like this…’
I took a step forward, holding my throbbing chest tight.
8. Opening of The Original Story
“I’m sorry, Lady.”
It was early in the morning.
Lord Vessel bowed down to me as soon as I entered the office.
When I, who was in a daze in an unexpected situation, asked back reflexively, Lord Vessel answered.
“It’s about the festival. Because Vivian fainted, you couldn’t enjoy the festival properly.”
“Oh, that one.”
When he apologized for something I didn’t really care about, I felt awkward for no reason.
It’s not Lord Vessel’s fault that Vivian suddenly collapsed, and it’s not even the fault of the one who fainted.
“It’s okay. I watched all the parades with Lord Egon anyway.”
“I’m glad to hear that then…”
“Is Lady Vessel okay?”
“Oh, yes. She’s been doing well as usual since she regained her consciousness. She was sad that I didn’t see the parade while she was unconscious, but it’s okay since we can see it next time.”
Once the topic was shifted, he returned to his normal self as if his mood had subsided.
I was relieved to see him regain his liveliness, so I talked with a more relaxed face.
* * * * *
In the afternoon, I naturally went to the training ground rather than staying in the office like before.
I was having a conversation with the other members when Natalie called me, so I moved and came to her
Then Natalie bowed her head to me.
“I’m sorry, Lady.”
Why is she apologizing?
‘No, I think I’ve experienced this similar situation a while ago.’
It wasn’t just their words that were not the only thing that made me feel deja vu.
Even their behaviour was the same.
“I had to pick you up as soon as the Kitara selection was over, but I couldn’t go right away because there were too many people.”
As Lord Vessel did, Natalie bowed down and apologized to me.
“I hurriedly followed the direction where Lady ran, but I couldn’t find you, so I went around the festival with Mila. Then I came back home. I’m really sorry.”
“Oh… I understand, Dame Seria. As you said, there were a lot of people.”
“It’s really okay. And I’m really sorry. It must have been a long time since you went to the festival with Mila, but you can’t even enjoy the festival properly because of me.”
“That’s not true. After we were separated from you, Lady, I went around Mila more and came back home, so we enjoyed it as much as we could.”
“Then it’s a relief, Dame Seria. Me too, after we’re separated, I met Lord Egon and Lord Vessel and looked around the festival. Then I went home safely.”
I said it to relieve Natalie’s remorse for couldn’t find me at the festival.
“Come to think of it, I have something to tell you. It’s about Mila’s eyes.”
As I said that, I remembered the priests who secretly came to my house wearing hoodies yesterday.
After delivering the prize money and tiara, they delivered me quite pleasant news.
It’s about Mila’s eyes.
“What do you mean by Mila’s eyes…”
“I heard that Mila’s eyesight is very bad. Isn’t that the reason why she is hated by her peers for that?”
“That’s right. I guess you heard it from Mila, Lady.”
“Yes, that’s why I felt bad for her. And as you know, I became Kitara, right? So I asked the Great High Priest if he could take a look at Mila’s eyes, and he said yes.”
“Is that true? Did he really say he’d take a look at Mila’s eyes?”
Even with my consent, Natalie still looked unbelievable.
After licking her lips a few times, she said in a trembling voice.
“Really, I don’t know how to thank you for… If Mila ever causes trouble or harms you…”
“There’s nothing like that, so you don’t have to worry.”
I shook my hand.
Natalie was like that because I said to her that I would give up my preferential treatment if the Great High Priest took a look at Mila’s eyes.
But unexpectedly, the temple said they would take care of Mila’s eyes in addition while I still could maintain my preference.
So, there is no loss for me.
“So, can I take Mila to the temple this weekend?”
“Of course, I’m really grateful to you, Lady.”
“Oh, Lady Oreu!”
It was when I was talking to Natalie for a long time.
The sudden interrupting voice turned our gaze to the source of the sound, and we saw Lord Vessel running towards us.
“You were here!”
Why is he running like that?
Did something urgent happen?
My question was quickly resolved.
“The Commander is looking for you, Lady.”
“Lord Egon? Do you know why he’s looking for me?”
“Yes. Since he knew that Lady went to the training ground, he told me to find you… I was in a hurry looking for you because I panicked when I saw the Commander run.”
Caleb was like that?
Is there really something going on?
“Dame Seria, I’m sorry but I think I need to go right now. Shall we talk about it later?”
“It’s okay. I’ve already said what I want to say. I was going to go back anyway, so let’s go together.”
It was when we were about to go back.
Not far away, I could see a familiar person.
Bright silver hair that stands out even from dozens of steps away.
There was only one person in the knights quarter who called me by name, Caleb.
I think he looks relieved when he sees me.
Is it just my misunderstanding?
When Natalie set an example, Lord Vessel belatedly followed.
“You all were here, too.”
“Yes, yes. You were searching for Lady Oreu in a hurry, Commander. So I went around looking for her. I was going to take her to you, but you already came and… Anyway, since you’re here, I’ll be on my way. Then I’ll see you later in the afternoon.”
“I’m going to go too.”
Lord Vessel and Natalie greeted Caleb, side by side, and moved away.
Why is everyone leaving?
They could have just stayed, but in an instant, Caleb and I were left alone.
I looked up at Caleb.
“Lord Vessel said that you were searching for me, Lord. What happened?”
“Nothing happened. Lord Vessel said that you would be at the training ground, so I just looked for you.”
Why is he looking for me when I’m at the training ground?
When nothing happened at all.
Is it because of what happened when I fell down on my way to the training ground?
But he already said it’s okay now.
Anyway, Caleb seemed to have done all he had to do.
Seeing that he’s going back now.
* * * * *
“Can I ask you one question?”
At the sudden question of Lord Vessel, I raised my head while playing with the quill pen.
His question itself wasn’t very strange.
It was evening now, and I was teaching him.
However, for some reason, I feel like he’s going to ask a question that has nothing to do with teaching.
“Is this a question related to the current situation?”
“That’s, that’s not it. It’s a question about what happened earlier.”
For some reason, I could sense he couldn’t concentrate since a while ago.
“Anyway, can I ask you a question?”
Contrary to what I thought he would ask right away, Lord Vessel hesitated a little and opened his mouth carefully.
“It’s about your name, but when I heard it earlier, it seemed like the Commander was calling you by your name, Lady. Am I right?”
“Yes, that’s right.”
“Since when did you allow the Commander to call you by your name?”
For a moment, I couldn’t control my facial expression without realizing it.
It’s been a long time since I allowed Caleb to call my name, but he was just asking it now.
“It’s been a while, didn’t you know?”
“I think that’s what happened… But, is it okay to allow your name to be called? Usually, people don’t allow their names to be called.”
“It’s only for people who aren’t really close to each other. If we’re close to each other, of course, I’ll allow it. Don’t you also call Lady Vessel by her name?”
“But it’s because she’s a family member.”
“Is that so? But it’s not just family members who call each other’s names, right? Don’t friends call each other by their names? I heard you’re Lord Themis’ friend. Don’t you call him by his name?”
“If it’s Lord Themis, are you talking about Herschel?”
“As you said, I called him by his name, but……”
“Right? We call each other’s names even when we’re close.”
When I responded like that, Lord Vessel’s expression became strange.
“Do you think of the Commander as your friend, Lady?”
“Well, I don’t think of Lord Egon as my friend.”
To think that way, first of all, we are not of the same age, although status didn’t matter, but……
“But we’re still close, right? By the way, why are you asking this question? Is it because you want to call me by my name too, Lord?”
“If you want, I will let you call me by my name, Lord.”
“No, I’m good.”
“Call me by my name when I allow myself. Even if you ask me to call my name later, I won’t permit you.”
“That’s not going to happen, so don’t worry.”
The way he shook his head even showed his determination.
The person who always boasted like that later regretted it.
Did I go too far?
After all, in a few months, I probably won’t even see Lord Vessel anymore.
It’s because we quarrelled all the time, but if I think about it, Lord Vessel was still the one to succeed the marquis.
Maybe if I leave here, I won’t see Lord Vessel, just like Caleb.
I stared at Lord Vessel.
It’s a few months later, but I thought we’ve become pretty friendly, but it’s bittersweet to think that I’ll never see him again.
“Why do you look at me like that?”
“Just, um, I don’t know if I’ll miss you later, Lady.”
“… Have you been to a temple recently?”
I’ve been seeing a priest recently, but I haven’t been to the temple.
“Then, did you meet a therapist?”
“No, but why are you asking this?”
“Why? There’s a saying like this. When people suddenly say what they don’t usually say it means they’re going to die, argh!!”
I pinched Lord Vessel’s arm without hesitation.
After a short scream, he looked at me with absurd eyes.
His eyes are like, “What’s wrong with you?”
But I pretended nothing was wrong and shook his arm once more and added.
“There’s a bug.”
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