Chapter 1. I was abandoned by my family
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Leticia and he were closer than family.
A relationship in which you can vaguely reveal your anxiety and nervousness that you couldn’t tell your family because you weren’t awakened. When we were engaged, he thought they would get married without difficulties.
Until Letisha was excommunicated.
‘Where the hell did that come from?’
No, since when.
Levion sighed in frustration and tapped the table with his fingertips.
He couldn’t understand why we, who were closer than anyone else, are so far away from each other now.
Leticia’s voice still echoed in his head.
[I’ll decide where I belong.]
The day he went to the Achilles’ mansion and tried to bring Leticia home.
Levion was shocked by Leticia’s unfamiliar gaze, which always showered him with kindness and warmth.
It’s the first time in his life he’d seen that sharp look and heard the sternly cutting voice. The gaze that was staring at him was brighter and sharper that day.
Strangely it didn’t feel like a very good sign. Rather, it made him nervous.
It was the day of the Knighthood ceremony that he met Leticia again.
Throughout the ceremony Levion tried to make eye contact with her, but she was avoiding his gaze. He was the only person who could help Leticia, who had been abandoned by her family.
But Leticia moved away from him. No, she turned away.
Like I wasn’t needed.
At that moment, what Leticia said to him a few days ago rang in his ears.
[Something like that… I don’t need it.]
The cold stare when he said he’d buy a new ribbon string to replace the broken one.
Even then, Levion didn’t notice something was wrong. Leticia refused to let him buy her a ribbon strap while saying; “I don’t need it.”
On the day of his ceremony, he was completely shunned by Leticia.
He finally realized that their relationship was changing. No, it was falling apart.
But it still didn’t worry him too much.
‘She’ll talk to me again.’
We’ve always had a good relationship with each other, so we’ll get back to the way we were with time.
Leticia had always tolerated everything, so he was sure that this time would be no problem either.
However, a person’s heart can be fickle.
It was the moment when he stood up, pretending not to know, when he heard a knock on the door. Levion told the person to enter. However, someone unexpected entered his room.
“Father, what brings you here?”
“I’m here to talk to you, so take a seat.”
Marquis El entered the room, and gave a light nod towards the chair.
Levion was curious, but quietly sat in the seat that Marquis El pointed to.
“I’m here to discuss your engagement.”
“Ah… is that so?”
Levion sighed briefly, and nodded with mixed feelings.
Leticia was excommunicated and her engagement with him was in pieces.
‘Would it have been better if you just followed me?’
Levion sighed and berated Leticia, who firmly refused to leave the Achilles’ mansion.
If she had just come to El Mansion. They could have talked about how to keep his engagement with Leticia, even if she’d been pushed out of the Leroy family.
Thanks to her choice, the engagement would fall through without a fight.
“I had a good talk with Marquis Leroy.”
Marquis El stopped talking for a moment, and looked directly at Levion.
“How would you like to be engaged to the second daughter of the Leroy family?”
“If it’s the second daughter…”
“Are you talking about Diana?”
Trading engagement partners within the same family.
Levion looked at Marquis El with a look of incredulity.
He really hoped he heard wrong.
But his hopes were dashed.
“Yes, Marquis Leroy suggested it first.”
“But no matter how much…”
“It’s just the fiancée that changed.”
“Don’t think about it too hard.”
Levion’s expression hardened as Marquis El’s casual indifference.
It wasn’t enough that he had to break off his engagement to Leticia, he had to get engaged to her sister, Diana. From the atmosphere he got from her, he’d say she’d already figured it all out.
‘Is that why you turned away.’
Suddenly, he remembered the moment when Leticia passed him like a stranger. Maybe she knew about this before he did.
“I want to rest today, Father.”
“Okay, rest well and let’s talk more next time.”
Marquis El nodded lightly and left the room as Levion rubbed his face with a tired expression.
Upon hearing the door close and confirming that Marquis El had left, Levion sighed deeply.
“You said it was a discussion…”
What kind of discussion was that?
He started to feel suffocated by all of his troubles.
“I guess you’re here sightseeing.”
“Enjoy with your eyes what you can’t afford to buy.”
Diana mocked sarcastically while glancing at the pitiful site.
Unlike Leticia, who gave a short sigh at her blatant hostility. Elle, who was standing beside her, approached Diana with her arms crossed.
“Is now the time for sarcasm?”
“Shouldn’t you be on your knees apologizing?”
“What kind of nonsense…”
Diana momentarily stopped talking without realizing it. She looked like she remembered the ridiculous bet she made that day.
As soon as Elle noticed, she raised her chin and smiled more brightly.
“If I succeeded with my wishing bracelet, you’re supposed to apologize.”
“I’m not going to say it again…”
“When did I say that?”
“I don’t remember what you’re talking about.”
Diana tilted her head lightly, as if she really didn’t know.
Elle was flabbergasted and looked at her like she was crazy. She didn’t back down and faced her with a more confident attitude.
“Well… It’s great to have succeeded with such a crude thing. It’s not because of your skill, you were just lucky.
At Diana’s kind words, a fierce laugh escaped Elle.
“Who wants to hear that from you? Keep your insulting words and apologize.”
Leticia quietly grabbed Elle’s arm because it seemed like this fight would boil over soon. However, Elle looked sad as if she wasn’t trusted.
Leticia looked at Diana with a short sigh of disappointment.
Diana raised her chin contemptuously. From that look, Leticia felt as if she had already disappeared from her thoughts and lost her affection.
“I knew you’d do this.”
“You’d rather die than apologize.”
Leticia actually knew. The fact that she will never get an apology from Diana even if she won the bet.
Since childhood, Diana had never easily bowed down due to her strong self-esteem. She was the kind of child who was generous to herself. Who pointed out others’ faults, but never admitted to her own.
That’s why I knew better than anyone that Diana wouldn’t follow through with the bet and apologize.
But the reason Leticia accepted the bet.
“To me you are a blind and wretched person. From now on, don’t curse at us for being crude.”
I wanted to prove it.
I wanted to show that Elle’s precious dream can be valuable to others.
Even though she knew Diana wouldn’t admit it easily, others would.
Leticia hadn’t planned to force the issue, but Diana was shamelessly ignoring the bet she made on the day of the ceremony. She wanted to at least return the insult that Elle had suffered.
‘I didn’t want to do this.’
She brought up the words she endured for the sake of family harmony.
“You know what?
Leticia smiled brightly at Diana’s confused gaze.
“Your ability is so useless, it’s no different from having nothing.”
“Do you want to know something else?”
Leticia glanced around and approached Diana.
She whispered softly in a worried tone.
“When you would rain down flower petals, the maids would complain about how difficult it was to clean up.”
“So take it easy.”
Don’t criticize other people for the rain.
Diana was astonished at what she heard for the first time. It was even more shocking that it was Leticia who said such a thing. Her body stiffened.
“You know I’m saying this out of concern, right?”
At the end of the remark, Leticia returned to Elle with an indifferent expression, as if the whole thing had been a friendly conversation. Leticia and Elle casually walked around the boutique and looked at the dresses.
Diana, who had been staring at their backs with a wild look, grabbed Leticia by the shoulder.
“Are you running away?”
Leticia looked back in surprise at such a ridiculous comment. She smiled softly and said coldly;
“It’s because you aren’t worth dealing with.”
“I just told you.”
Leticia’s gaze turned to the ceiling, then back to Diana.
“It’s hard to clean when you rain.”
“What do you…”
Instead of answering the confused Diana, Leticia pointed her finger up. As soon as she looked up, Diana’s eyes began to tremble nervously. Dark pink petals were falling down from the sky.
Diana was able to freely use her ability. The problem was during strong emotions, her ability would sometimes activate arbitrarily. Diana started slowly breathing to control her emotions. When she met Leticia gaze, instead of calming down, she caused more rain.
“What’s up with all the flowers?”
“Why is it raining all of a sudden?”
As the ladies began to murmur, Diana bit her lips with a ferocious expression.
Today was the first time Diana used her ability in front of people that weren’t her family. She has a weaker ability than her younger siblings, so she didn’t use it often. So Diana was embarrassed because of the unfamiliar eyes on her now.
She was feeling sorry for herself, but her pride took the biggest hit from Leticia’s indifferent gaze.
With the eyes of everyone in the boutique on her, Diana was forced to leave with an angry look.
As soon as Diana left, the ladies began complaining loudly as if they had been waiting.
“Oh, my. It’s made of flowers.”
“What a nuisance.”
“Hey! Clean this all up!”
The expressions of the noble ladies became distorted as they tripped on the petals piled up on the ground and almost fell down.
Elle was quietly watching the scene. She clicked her tongue and said.
“Now I can look around comfortably.”
Leticia glanced around where Diana had been. She had a relaxed smile on her face while looking at the dresses with Elle.
“What an outrage!”
Diana had returned to the Leroy mansion. She began shouting as soon she entered her room, she barely managed to keep it in until she was in private.
Although Diana’s ability was modest compared to her younger siblings. She enjoyed entertaining her family with her ability during tea time or celebrations. She still clearly remembered the smiling faces as the scattered flowers filled up the sky.
She would laugh inwardly as she glanced at Leticia, who was staring at her from behind the others.
Unlike Leticia, who wasn’t skilled at all, Diana’s ability is so colorful that it brings joy to other people.
How dare she laugh at her ability like it was cumbersome.
Her eyes were burning with anger.
“My lady, can I get you some tea?”
The maid was being very cautious because she was worried that Diana would throw something at her.
At that moment, Diana suddenly raised her head.
“You guys, is it bothersome when I use my ability?”
“Is it hard to clean up?”
Their mistress was in an unusual mood. The maids exchanged a look, then looked at Diana again.
“Of course not! It’s not hard to clean up at all.”
“That’s right. It’s rather nice to see pretty flowers.”
The maids all nodded in agreement about what an honour it is, and Diana’s expression finally relaxed. The room began to fill with dark pink petals and a rich scent. Diana started to dance around the room with a happy look on her face.
She didn’t see the maids sighing quietly in the background.