A week after the Solenia Festival is over the city street.
Despite the end of the festival, there were many people in the city.
The laughter of the children who came out with their parents tickled the ears.
Caleb walked silently.
Nothing particularly happened on the street, but he looked around closely without relaxing his tension.
He was well aware that negligence might have been one of the harbingers of danger.
In fact, it’s something he has always done voluntarily, but if people ask him if he’s enjoying this job, he’s not.
It was only because he was driven by his duties as a knight, and it was close to an extension of his work.
Of course, there were many times when he worked mechanically, like a robot.
But lately, Caleb has been subtly feeling good about these moments.
The street, which used to feel colourless, felt somehow lively.
Not because of the people passing by the street, but because of the memories with Elena.
Even if he doesn’t try to come up with anything, when he sees a specific place or something related to her, Elena’s figure is drawn.
From her appearance of being surprised to find himself across the street, to the way she took care of the bullies in the alley, and when she smiled shyly with a bouquet of yellow roses he presented her.
Caleb, who counted those memories, had a soft smile on his face.
However, Caleb himself had no idea what expression he was making and what he was thinking.
Everything was done by him unconsciously.
As he passed by the flower shop, an old woman in the middle of the street held out a paper to him.
Seeing the old woman holding paper in her arms, it seemed like her job was to hand out flyers to passersby.
Upon receiving the paper, Caleb read the content indifferently.
[Song About Love, confirmed for reenactment!]
Song About Love confirmed for reenactment!
It was a familiar phrase for some reason.
It feels like he had seen it before.
Without thinking for a long time, Caleb realized the identity of flyers.
It was the same.
The paper Elena picked up when she went to the cage store with him in the past.
“Did you take it so you could see the play reenactment later?”
“Oh, yes. I’m going to go watch it later.”
He vaguely remembered the conversation they had in the past.
The gaze that was reading the paper stopped at the bottom.
The date of reenactment of the performance was written there.
Caleb held the paper for a moment and let go of his hand.
After a while, he stood in front of Chloe’s Theater.
It was the only theatre company in the capital, and it was also the theatre company where Elena worked before.
He didn’t even know what made him come all the way here.
If it were in the past, he would have just passed by.
Even though he thought it was strange, Caleb was stepping into the theatre.
‘She said she was in the lead role.’
He remembered himself when Elena was shyly confessing to him.
Obviously, the main character of this play was not Elena.
Also, there was no guarantee that she would have come to the theatre today.
Nevertheless, he wants to watch it.
Because it was meaningful in itself that it was a play she acted in before.
At the ticket booth, a man other than the man he had seen before was standing there.
Caleb bought a ticket and came inside.
There were quite a few people inside.
It was early in the morning to enjoy leisure, and today was the first reenactment.
Among the people, Caleb calmly waited for the performance to begin.
As expected, the actress who starred in the female lead was not Elena, but a woman he saw for the first time.
Nevertheless, Caleb could not take his eyes off the stage.
Rather, whenever a female protagonist appeared, he looked closely at her expression and gestures.
He knew it’s an illusion, but when he looked at the woman, he appeared to portray how Elena acted.
She must have seen the audience with a bright face as bright as the current actor, and eyes that were dyed and reflected in the light.
And it would have captivated many people.
As he did when he saw her on stage before.
The story of the play is nearing the end, and the actor, who had a happy ending after a short conflict, smiled happily.
Then the curtains came down.
In the midst of enthusiastic cheers, the curtains rose again and the actors who came out on stage, holding hands, greeted the audience.
The stage was completely over, and people started to leave.
It was time to stand still and watch the empty stage when the lights were all off.
Numerous people passed by, but there was a scent that strongly brushed the tip of his nose.
A fragrant smell as if he were sniffing a rose.
Everything was reflexive.
Even moving his body and grabbing his opponent’s arm, all was reflexive.
Even his mouth which called Elena’s name.
But the person Caleb caught was not the person he expected.
Pinkish blonde hair fluttered.
Compared to Elena’s, which is highly saturated, her hair is much thinner and lighter, and the face of a woman looking back on him.
As soon as he recognized the light green eyes full of surprise, Caleb let go of the woman’s hand.
“I mistook a person.”
It was an absurd excuse for his absurd mistakes.
“It’s okay, Duke.”
In the end, Caleb looked straight at his opponent’s face. Since his opponent could recognize his identity by looking at his face, then it means he also knew the identity of his opponent.
“Because I’ve been rude to you too, a lot.”
To Caleb, the woman’s face was quite familiar, but the personal information did not immediately come to his mind.
After stuttering through his memory, Caleb remembered the woman.
She was Edmund’s younger sister.
“You remember me.”
“Because you’re the younger sister of our precious Vice-Commander.”
“It’s an honour.”
Vivian laughed softly at his words.
The moderately sagging eyes were smoothly folded.
Caleb couldn’t see it before, but when she smiled, he could see a glimpse of Edmund’s resemblance.
“I apologize about what happened at the festival. You can’t enjoy festivals properly because of me…”
“No, it’s nothing. Are you feeling well now?”
“Thanks to your concern, I’m fine as you can see. By the way, I didn’t know that you have some business here, Duke.”
Caleb didn’t answer.
Because he couldn’t think of anything to say back and he had nothing to say.
Feeling embarrassed by the short silence, Vivian smiled awkwardly and changed the subject.
“But at first, you mistook me as Elena…Wasn’t it Lady Oreu’s first name?”
“Do I look like Lady Oreu?”
It can’t be.
Caleb immediately denied Vivien’s question.
The two were completely different people.
From the saturation of hair and eyes to the appearance as well as the atmosphere.
“The scent you exuded was similar, so I made a mistake without knowing it.”
“Scent? Oh, I guess you’re talking about the scent of perfume.”
Vivian made an expression that seemed to understand.
“Since we used the same perfume.”
Vivian vividly remembered the day Elena gave her the only perfume left the other day.
Since they used the same perfume, it’s natural for Caleb to mistook Vivian for Elena, more because he only smelled the scent.
“Seeing that you’re looking for Lady Oreu, you must have come with her. Do you know where Lady Oreu is? I wanted to say hello personally.”
“I’m here alone”.
“You are here alone?”
Vivian tilted her head.
It was very unexpected.
She thought Caleb came with Elena because he called Elena’s name when he mistook her as Elena.
I didn’t know that you’re interested in the play, Duke.”
“I also didn’t know that Lady Vessel would be interested in the play. Did you come here with Lord Vessel, or…”
“I’m here alone, too.”
“Without an escort knight?”
Vivian, who had been taking a moment to answer, smiled.
“There was, but I left him alone.”
As it was an unexpected remark, Caleb could not hide his curiosity.
“May I ask why?”
“I want to watch the play comfortably. There’s also an actor to who I want to give this bouquet.”
Later, Caleb found a bouquet of flowers in Vivian’s arms.
A bouquet with the red dahlia flowers was impressive.
“I thought the actor would be scared if I carried an escort driver around. So I came alone.”
The actors were mostly commoners.
And those who carried escort knights were often wealthy or precious nobles.
However, it was obvious that the actor would feel burdened if Vivian showed up with an escort knight.
That didn’t mean that it’s a good thing to ditch away her escort knight.
“You’re very considerate.”
Vivian laughed more deeply at Caleb’s words.
Then, as if she remembered something, she sighed slightly, saying, “Ah.”
“Duke, if you don’t mind, can you take me home?”
“You mean the Marquis of Vessel’s mansion?”
“Yes, I’m sorry to ask you to escort me while I, in fact, ditch my escort knight… I’m worried about going back alone.”
Vivian added, hugging the bouquet tightly.
“Of course, if you’re busy, you can refuse.”
Caleb looked at Vivian for a moment.
Certainly, Vivian deserved such a statement.
Because she was the daughter of the marquis.
As she was a high-ranking nobleman, she had a different appearance from commoners and the material of her clothes was also of high quality that even with eyes closed could be recognized as high quality.
Above all, Vivian was Edmund’s younger sister.
“Yes, but I think it would be better if I take you to the guard’s station and ask the members for an escort than to take you home.”
“That means you’ll only take me to the guard’s station together.”
Vivian’s bright face darkened.
The returning voice was full of disappointment.
However, Caleb did not notice Vivian’s subtle feelings.
He just spoke calmly, out of that indifference of manners.
“Give the actor a bouquet. I’ll be waiting for you.”
* * * * *
They went to the actors’ waiting room.
But it was only Vivian who went inside.
Caleb stood obliquely behind the door and watched Vivian give a bouquet of flowers to the red-haired actor.
The actor was very happy to receive the bouquet.
‘Was that actor who she wanted to give a bouquet of flowers to?’
It was totally unexpected.
That’s because the actor Vivian gave a bouquet of flowers was Veloca.
Even the main character of this stage was not Veloca.
Her role was only a supporting role that appeared briefly.
But she gave her a bouquet.
Considering that they usually deliver bouquets to the main character, it was unusual. Especially considering that Vivian was the daughter of the Marquis.
“Sorry for making you wait so long.”
A few minutes later, Vivian returned to Caleb and spoke.
As it was such a short time for Caleb, he shook his head, saying “it’s okay”.
“Are you done with your business?”
“Yes, there’s nothing to do anymore. The goal was to deliver a bouquet of flowers from the beginning.”
Vivian’s smiling face looked relieved as if she had confided the troubles she had kept in her heart.
Caleb, who was looking at Vivian for a while, said he would now take him to the guard’s station, and Vivian gladly followed him.
Soon after, the two arrived at the guard’s station and requested an escort to take Vivian to the Marquis’s mansion.
The guards who recognized Caleb even though he didn’t reveal his identity said okay with an excited shout.
Upon receiving the report that Caleb had come in that short time, the Commander of the Division rushed out with a smile.
Welcoming Caleb with pleasure, he heard the point and asked back.
“… You’re going to entrust us with the escort of Marquis’s daughter?”
“In my honour, I will make sure that Lady can return home safely. But where did Marquis’s daughter go…?”
The Commander of the Division looked around, searching for Elena.
From the moment Caleb was first reported by his subordinates that he had come with a lady, he naturally expected the lady to be Elena.
This is because Caleb was with Elena in the past, and Elena had a history of visiting the guard’s station with Caleb’s badge.
In the Commander of the Division’s head, he already positioned Elena as a woman in a relationship with Caleb.
Of course, it was just his delusion and speculation.
Anyway, the Commander of the Division thought Caleb was trying to entrust them with Elena’s escort.
However, no matter how much he looked around, Elena was not there.
Instead, there was only a woman he saw for the first time standing.
“Is she the Marquis’s daughter?”
The Commander of the Division looked at Vivian then turned to Caleb who was nodding his head, indicating that he was right.
It was the moment when what he wondered became a reality.
The Commander of the Division was quite embarrassed by the fact that the Marquis’s daughter wasn’t Elena, but another woman.
‘But he even came and requested an escort for this young lady. I definitely think he had something with the lady I saw before, did I misunderstand it…?’
He was puzzled, but he quickly captured his expression.
Come to think of it, there was no law that the person to ask for an escort was a lover.
‘He may be trying to meet and help a lady in trouble.’
It was when the Commander of Division thought so.
“She’s my Vice-Commander’s younger sister, so I want you to pay attention.”
‘It’s because she’s the younger sister of the Vice-Commander!’
The face of the Commander of Division, who learned of the realization, became brighter.
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