Chapter 1. I was abandoned by my family
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“How should I take care of you?”
Leticia smiled and asked Enoch, who only showed that relaxed face in front of her.
Enoch had been kissing the palm of her hand, and smiled smoothly.
“Please take care of me whatever way you like.”
“Yeah… In that case…”
Leticia fumbled over her words, and slowly lowered her head. The moment Enoch looked at her curiously, he felt the soft touch of her lips on his cheek. It was so gentle, that it felt like a petal gently caressed him.
As soon as he raised his head, his gaze intertwined with Leticia, who was smiling brightly.
For all her insolence, Leticia’s face was as calm and unconcerned as she acted recklessly.
He felt like he was being pushed around by Leticia all the time. Enoch raised his eyebrows a little, but even in the dark of night he saw the tips of Leticia’s ears turn red.
He was annoyed by her pretending to be calm, so Enoch grinned.
“But it’s not enough.”
After hesitating for a while, Leticia exhaled as if she had made up her mind and slowly bent down.
He thought she was going to kiss the other cheek, but suddenly she sat on Enoch’s lap, and his eyes widened in disbelief.
“Are you satisfied with this?”
Enoch was dizzied by the fact that she went so far as to sit on his lap.
Without knowing what to do, her small warmth and the weight on his lap felt so good that he burst out into a smile.
“Where did you learn how to do such a mean thing?”
“Oh, I just wanted to do it…”
Enoch almost chuckled in wonder when she said it was because she wanted to.
However, he held it in and lightly touched Leticia’s cheek.
“You shouldn’t do this with anyone else. Otherwise, I’ll be jealous.”
Just the thought of her being this loving with someone else made his head burn.
Leticia gave a small laugh, and hugged Enoch around the waist.
“I don’t want to do this with anyone, but you.”
All the time she spent with him was so precious to her, she really couldn’t imagine being with anyone other than Enoch.
Until now, Leticia didn’t think she’d ever get back as much as she gave of her heart. However, Enoch always cared for her, treated her preciously, and had shown her how happy a relationship of mutual love could be.
Hoping that her heart could touch him even a little, Leticia tried to be honest with him.
However, she became so accustomed to rejection and denial that her speed of moving forward slowed down significantly. She worried that he’d feel frustrated at her, but not once did he reprimanded her or pitied her. In fact, he always encouraged her, and waited patiently.
‘How can I not like this person?’
This person who cared about her ceaselessly.
Even at this moment, Leticia shook her head slowly because she was embarrassed by the adoration in his eyes.
She touched his hands with both of hers, as if she were joking around, but then she stiffened. Enoch immediately noticed and looked down as if he was wondering why.
“I can’t see your ring. Where is it?”
She couldn’t see the engagement ring on his left ring finger.
She felt betrayed and looked at him with an expression asking him to explain himself. Enoch unbuttoned the top of his shirt. Even before she could be surprised and ask what he was doing, she could see a necklace around his neck.
Enoch calmly untied his necklace, handed it to Leticia, and said.
“I wear it on a necklace during training.”
The silver necklace was looped through a ring with the same design as Leticia’s.
Leticia, who was disappointed when she thought she was the only one wearing it, smiled brightly and put the ring on Enoch’s finger.
It seemed perfect at last, and a self-satisfied smile spread across her face.
“Next time, it’ll be a wedding ring.’
As soon as he thought of that, Leticia spoke in a calm flowing voice.
“I want to get married in the spring.”
“Spring would be nice. Our first meeting was also in the spring… What?”
Enoch, who was amazed, paused and grabbed Leticia’s hand, which was so much smaller than his own.
He thought he’d heard her wrong, and blinked silently. He could see Leticia’s face getting redder and hotter.
“Did you just say marriage?”
“Ah… You talked about a bouquet last time.”
He was wondering what she was talking about, then he remembered a conversation from a while ago.
[What’s your favourite flower?]
[I’m going to make a bouquet with my favourite flowers.]
It was the truth, wrapped up in a joke. Enoch didn’t expect to hear those words again, and froze in place.
Leticia’s expression drooped as she watched Enoch’s face.
“If I’m too ahead of myself…”
“No, it’s not that. I like things fast… No, I’m not saying that.”
Really, this was making him crazy.
Before he knew it, his mind had gone blank, and Enoch couldn’t figure out what to say. If he could, he wanted to go somewhere to catch his breath for a moment and calm down.
But he couldn’t do that, because he didn’t want to move Leticia, who was sitting on his lap looking up at him.
Eventually, Enoch covered his face.
“Are you sick?”
“Why are you covering your face?”
There was no answer back.
She was worried for a while that he was really sick, but she noticed that the tips of his ears had turned red. Only then did Leticia realize that Enoch was embarrassed.
She was always shy herself, so she didn’t realize that Enoch would be shy too. He looked cute, and she had the urge to tease him.
“Shall we decide what to call each other before we get married?”
[How about we decide on what we’ll call each other first?]
The night when they went on the tour of the land, they introduced themselves as a couple and had no choice but to use one room. Leticia returned exactly what he said to her.
Enoch said in frustration, still hiding his face.
However, Leticia wasn’t done teasing him.
“I want to call you ‘Honey’.”
[I want to call you ‘wife’.]
Enoch had no idea that he would get a response like this, and his face was hot. At that moment, Leticia grabbed Enoch’s wrist and began to kiss the back of his hand with little pecks.
When he felt her soft lips, he couldn’t take it anymore. No, he didn’t want to hold it in.
Before he knew it, Enoch lowered his hand and gently nuzzled the side of Leticia’s neck.
“I feel like you’re always testing me.”
“I feel like I’m going crazy.”
She looked up at him, while playing innocent. He was happy to play along with her act, to the point where he wanted to be swayed by her.
“I love you.”
So that she would tell him.
“I love you, Leticia.”
So that he could become closer to her.
Enoch was looking at Leticia as if he was urging her. He touched her lips with his fingertips and whispered. His eyes were sweet, but his hands became more insistent.
Leticia was embarrassed by his gaze, but she wasn’t scared. Rather, she was overwhelmed by his desire to be closer and touch her.
“I love you too.”
“One more time.”
“I love you, Enoch.”
It was only today that she realized that hearing ‘I love you’ and saying ‘I love you’ back gave her a great sense of satisfaction. Furthermore, the fact that it was Enoch made her happy beyond words.
“I love you more, Leticia.”
As they became so close that they were reflected in each other’s eyes. Leticia couldn’t stand the embarrassment and slowly closed her eyes. The soft intertwining of their breath and the feel of his lips was unfamiliar, so she grabbed Enoch’s hard forearm.
At that flimsy yet lovely touch, Enoch couldn’t help but smile, as he kissed Leticia’s lips. It went by too quickly.
Perhaps it was too much, as a sobbing voice flowed from her lips. Enoch managed to suppress his greed, smiled pleasantly, and hugged Leticia. As he thought…
‘I wish tonight was a little longer.’
“You step through that ill-fated family’s doors, and act like that!”
[I thought you were ignoring me because I’m a duke.]
[Yeah. Don’t overdo it. You made us feel uncomfortable for no reason.]
Marquis Leroy eventually returned to his mansion, too embarrassed by the disgrace he’d suffered in front of all of the nobles.
As soon as the Marquis arrived at the mansion he began shouting. Xavier, who’d been waiting for him, hastily said.
“Father, that’s not the problem right now. Eldest sister…”
“How long are you going to keep acting like a child?”
Xavier backed up as Marquis Leroy approached him threateningly as if he was going to hit him. But now that Emil had collapsed, he thought he was the only one who could tell him about Leticia’s ability.
However, the Marquis was too angry, and seemed to have no intention of listening to him.
“First, listen to what I have to say and…”
Despite the urgency in his voice, the Marquis didn’t spare him a single glance. Instead, he blatantly ignored him and walked past him. The Marquis went straight to Emil’s room, as Xavier tried to catch up to him.
Marquis Leroy entered Emil’s room, sat on the bench and sighed deeply.
It was disappointing that he’d failed to become an Imperial official, but he was still worried because he had the highest expectations for him.
Then Emil’s eyebrows quivered and he slowly woke up. His hazy eyes became clearer as he realized that the Marquis was sitting next to him.
“Are you feeling okay? How could you fall down the stairs so carelessly?”
“That was Diana… No, that’s not important right now.”
In a hurry, Emil quickly sat up. Marquis Leroy couldn’t convince him to just lie down and rest.
Emil leaned against the headboard, and grabbed the Marquis’ arm.
“Eldest sister, you have to bring her back!”
As soon as he woke up, he begged him to bring back the excommunicated Leticia.
Marquis Leroy worried that Emil may have seriously injured his head, and not just his leg.
“I think it might be a good idea to get another diagnosis from the doctor…”
“Eldest sister’s ability is luck.”
He didn’t understand what he was saying, so he stared blankly, and Emil shouted in frustration.
“It’s too long to explain! First, we need to bring my eldest sister back!”
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