Chapter 1. I was abandoned by my family
The longer they fought against each other, the more he felt his hands gradually tremble in exhaustion. Xavier gritted his teeth and continued to face Keena.
Keena, on the other hand, showed no signs of struggling and said in a worried voice.
“Oh, are you tired already?”
The look of disappointment in her eyes was hateful.
Biting his lips, he gripped his sword tighter.
She was a strange woman. No, she was a monster.
Even though they had been competing for a long time, Keena wasn’t out of breath. The way she swung her sword around so lightly, it was as if she didn’t want to take him seriously.
‘I can’t believe it.’
His ability was in Swordsmanship. Even Levion, who was an Imperial Knight, could not easily deal with him.
He couldn’t believe that this woman, who’d rolled in out of nowhere, was able to fight him as if she was playing around.
“Do you want me to read your fortune?”
“Don’t do anything unnecessary, just concentrate.”
He knew she was a bad omen, from start to finish.
Keena took a step back. Without missing his chance, Xavier rushed forward. Keena smirked obnoxiously, with no sign of panic.
“The best swimmers drown.”
Xavier stared suspiciously at her outrageous words. At that moment, Keena’s mouth lifted smoothly.
“After being so arrogant.”
He could see his sword slowly cracking with a low groan each time they clashed.
‘Why all of a sudden?’
He held his breath while looking at it, but now wasn’t the time to hesitate. The match had to be won before the sword completely broke.
However, the sword could not withstand the next blow and shattered in two with a loud reverberation.
The sound of it breaking pierced his ears.
‘I can’t believe it.’
How can two swords break in one day?
Xavier stood in a daze, looking down at the broken sword. In his hand was handle with only half of the blade. He didn’t even have the strength to grip it any more, and dropped the sword he was holding.
At the same time, he felt a sharp touch against his neck. As he turned his head with gritted teeth, he saw Keena pointing her blade at him.
She was smiling so brightly that he wanted to rip it off of her face.
“This is what it means to be humiliated.”
“I was a little nervous because of all the fuss about the Swordsmanship genius, but it wasn’t as big a deal as I thought it would be.”
The match was over, and the referee pointed to Keena as the winner of the tournament.
While being sarcastic to Xavier, Keena smiled brightly at the audience. The next words she uttered soon reached his ears.
“This is so boring.”
As soon as she saw Leticia’s face in the crowd, Keena ran to her without hesitation. She looked like a puppy running towards it’s master while hoping for praise.
Xavier went to the waiting room in a state of shock.
Soon after, Xavier turned around and chased after Leticia and Keena. They were far away, but he could tell it was them. He could see Leticia congratulating Keena.
Xavier’s shoulders began to shake at the thoughts that flashed through his mind.
The rumors that she could steal your luck and make you unhappy. The rumor was now dormant, but it was never disproven.
‘My eldest sister put a curse on me.’
He wouldn’t have lost if it wasn’t for that.
Somehow bad things always happened around his sister. It was clear that she wanted to get revenge for her excommunication.
Xavier followed Leticia to the weapon’s shop, and began to angrily shout at her.
“If you’re kicked out, you should be quiet. Why are you cursing a hardworking man?”
“It’s not good enough to ruin your little sister’s life, now you are trying to ruin mine?”
She was no longer worthy of respect, so he approached her threateningly. Leticia, on the other hand, seemed to be puzzled about what was going on.
It was disgusting that she only blinked her eyes in confusion.
He wanted to wrap his hands around her neck right now and make it impossible for her to breathe. Before he could take a step forward, Irene grabbed Xavier’s arm.
“Stop it, brother. We’re going back.”
“Stay out of the way.”
There was no way she could get through to Xavier, who could not see anything except what was already in front of him. In his rage, Xavier was unable to adjust his strength and pushed Irene away violently.
At that moment.
“You’re being embarrassing, so please stop!”
The dangerous atmosphere that had been increasing rapidly, cooled down in an instant.
“Father would be upset if he knew about this.”
As Irene uttered those words, Xavier felt like his ankles were shackled.
Xavier let out an annoyed sigh, because he knew better than anyone else how sensitive Marquis Leroy was about his reputation and how people viewed him.
He was forced to turn away. He glared one last time at Leticia and left the weapons shop. Irene glanced at Leticia before the door slammed shut.
Leticia tilted her head slightly at the gaze Irene sent her way.
It wasn’t a look of trying to avoid conflict or anxiety that misfortune might spread.
Leticia stood still and looked at the spot where her two siblings had just been.
Irene had changed somehow.
“Phew, I was scared to death.”
Keena remained vigilant until Xavier left. She clicked her tongue and leaned her chin on Leticia’s shoulder.
“I’m not heavy. It’s probably light because there’s nothing in my head.”
“Why are you saying that like you’re proud of it?”
Leticia pushed Keena away with a look of discomfort. Keena stepped back suddenly, as if she’d suddenly remembered something.
“Right, you know what?”
“There’s ore pouring out of your father’s mine.”
Leticia’s mouth shut tight in shock.
Keena’s words weren’t over yet.
“By the way, it’s ore that’s meant to replace pink diamonds.”
“You don’t have to explain it to me.”
“People are clamoring to get their hands on it.”
While she was speaking, Keena didn’t take her eyes off of Leticia. It was as if she wanted to know what she was thinking.
“What do you want me to say?”
“I want to know your honest feelings.”
In a weary mood, Leticia let out a long sigh.
“This is a bit sudden, I’ll need some time to think about this.”
“It’s not like you don’t have an idea of what you’re thinking.”
Rather than beating around the bush, Keena asked her very directly.
“Don’t you ever think about blowing up his mine?”
“If it was me, I would wish for all the family members who abandoned me to perish.”
Leticia felt sick at the words that fell from her mouth while her eyes twinkled brightly.
“Is that what you wanted to say?’
A complicated smile crossed Leticia’s face.
She turned her head away from Keena and took a step back. Keena was about to ask what was wrong with her, as Leticia tried to put distance between them.
“I thought you might be a good person, but I must have misread you.”
Keena began to feel nervous at the look of disappointment on her face.
“I’ve told you a few times already, but I don’t have the kind of ability that makes people unlucky, or unhappy. If that were the case, something bad would have happened to the people around me first.”
“Thank you for helping me when I was here with Xavier.”
The soft words were drawing a clear line.
Leticia used to push her away all the time, but never anything like this. So Keena couldn’t hide her bewildered expression.
“Wait, listen to me.”
“Congratulations on winning. I hope we don’t have to see each other again.”
The congratulation was dry and completely devoid of emotion.
Keena tried to open her mouth to say something, but Leticia had already passed by.
“Do you know how much I’ve been looking for you when I couldn’t find you at the weapons shop?”
It was when she arrived at the Achilles mansion. Elle was waiting at the gate, and began to scold Leticia as soon as she spotted her.
From the gaze that was checking her up and down, Leticia could really sense how worried she was about her.
“I’m sorry, Elle. Did I make you worry?”
“Of course I was! Tell me what happened.”
Elle was staring at Leticia with narrowed eyes. She shook her head, and quickly took hold of Leticia’s hand.
“Phew, let’s just go in and talk.”
“Elle, you didn’t tell Lord Achilles, did you?”
She was about to ask her to keep what happened today a secret from Enoch.
Leticia’s heart sank as a large profile appeared in front of her eyes.
“This must be something that I shouldn’t be hearing.”
“What? No, it’s…”
“I heard the story. You were almost hurt by your brother.”
He could tell, even if she didn’t say anything, who the culprit was.
Leticia’s head turned towards Elle. Elle looked at her with a troubled expression and quickly left the scene.
A sigh threatened to escape, but Leticia swallowed it.
“You look too pale to be fine.”
“Oh, it’s not for that reason. It’s for a different reason.”
Leticia had been waving her hands in the air, asking him to believe her. When she suddenly started to blurt out the words and quickly shut her mouth.
[There’s ore pouring out of your father’s mine.]
[By the way, it’s ore that’s meant to replace pink diamonds.]
[People are clamoring to get their hands on it.]
She kept hearing what Keena had said today in her head. Those were the words that had bothered her the most.
[Don’t you ever think about blowing up his mine?]
‘What on earth made her say that…’
She actually knew. Keena wants Leticia to think about how Marquis Leroy’s mining business was succeeding.
To be honest, Leticia had never really cared about it.
She had a different wish.
“Father… No, Marquis Leroy’s mine is filled with ore that can replace pink diamonds.”
“Is that so?”
Enoch reacted like the statement was insignificant. It was an attitude that asked what concern it was to him.
Leticia spoke frankly to him.
“I’m afraid it’ll affect the mine the Achilles family owns.”
Since it was an ore meant to replace the pink diamonds, it was clearly planning to take over the market the diamonds were in.
“Some diamonds have already come out, but I hope there will be a lot more.”
Leticia’s voice gradually subsided as she tried to hide how upset her feelings became while she spoke.
“People can no longer ignore the lack of diamonds coming from the mine.”
Despite the fact that she was talking with a more serious expression than ever, Enoch only looked at Leticia as if she were cute.
Leticia noticed that he wasn’t taking it seriously and said discontendly.
“I’m not saying this lightly, I’m being serious.”
“Yes, I know.”
However, there was no way that Leticia could not know that it wasn’t overconfidence.
“I hope it rains! With high quality diamonds!”
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