Chapter 1 - Part 1
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Throughout the banquet, Kalix couldn’t take his eyes off Lelia.
There was no exception even when Carius came and took Lelia and Kalix to greet the vassals.
Carius was very proud to introduce Kalix.
Lelia was confused when she saw Kalix, who had suddenly become softer.
‘What’s wrong with you? Does it hurt somewhere? Are you trying to show signs of seizures?’
He may be asking for medicine because he has finished taking it. That’s why she stared at him with a sudden glow in her eyes.
“Then you two can talk.”
Carius took Lelia and Kalix to the terrace and pushed them in.
Lelia looked at the closed curtain and immediately asked Kalix.
“Are you sick? Can I get you some medicine?”
But Kalix grabbed Lelia’s arm without saying a word.
His eyes were strange. It was a look of great determination, as if to trust only her.
She couldn’t figure out what Kalix was thinking.
What the hell is this?
“I’m sorry I’m being so narrow-minded. Now don’t worry, I’ll… I mean, I mean…”
“I’ll protect your secret!”
Lelia closed her eyes tightly.
[What are you even saying…?]
Especially to someone who’s made a huge decision to confess a secret.
“Don’t worry, huh? Just trust me. You’ve always trusted me.”
“… Yes, well, of course…”
“Yeah, yeah. What’s wrong with dressing up as a woman? It’s common anyway, isn’t it? Like a man dressed up as a woman!”
“No, I am! So don’t worry. Yeah, I understand. Now I understand you.”
Kalix spoke gibberish, but nodded to himself speaking as he was so determined to do so.
Let’s just… let it go.
Lelia thought and changed her mind.
“Make sure to bring your friends with you later. Into the main garden outside, all right?”
When Kalix answered roughly to Lelia’s question, she stepped out of the terrace.
Uncle Carius, who was guarding the front of the terrace, asked why she had already come out, but Lelia shook her head and headed toward her grandmother.
By the time the banquet was about to end, Lelia opened the menu to confirm that the inspection was completed.
- Large update is imminent! The inspection will be completed soon. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.
Scheduled time for inspection: 10:10 p.m.
Please look forward to the special pension lottery that will be even more refreshing!✧*｡٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و✧*｡]
Far from the inspection being finished, the time was even extended. She clenched her fist and controlled her anger.
[Come to think of it…]
Lelia left the banquet hall and headed for the place. Entering the small central garden inside that she told Kalix about, she saw four people waiting for her.
Fortunately, Kalix seemed to have delivered her words well.
Each of the four people sat or stood far apart.
Their eyes gathered as Lelia approached.
“Why did you ask us to get together? Do you want to play captain?”
Romeo asked playfully. Lelia’s expression hardened.
Last time too, Romeo spoke as if he knew everything.
Lelia slowly opened her mouth.
“I have something to tell you. I mean… it’s…”
She hesitated because she didn’t know how to open her mouth and tell them. She closed her eyes.
“I’m actually an alchemist.”
“… Ha. No wonder. But how can you have this power I don’t know?”
Romeo answered straight away and tilted his head. He thought that message from the last time was done by Lelia, too.
Contrary to expectations of a huge response, their reaction was minimal.
Romeo was the only one who was amazed, and the rest honestly didn’t seem interested.
Lelia was somewhat despondent and just blinked.
“And the fact that I’m here treated like family…”
As she opened her mouth to continue speaking, Romeo got up from the bench and approached.
“You remember what I told you, right? You don’t have to explain anything.”
“We’re not gonna ask you anything. We won’t have any questions.”
“I don’t know why, but I’m sure you’ll tell me when the time comes.”
Lelia looked at Romeo, confused and smiling.
[What are you talking about…?]
In the midst of the hecticness, Griffith and Oscar also came towards her.
They didn’t say anything, they just looked at each other.
Only then did Lelia understand what Romeo had just said.
Not only Oscar, but Romeo and Griffith also noticed everything.
He even seemed to know that Lelia was a family member of the Superion family. He must have felt it instinctively.
Thanks to Romeo’s eyes.
In an instant, her eyes filled with tears.
Lelia breathed low and bowed her head. Tears welled up quickly and fell to the floor.
Romeo put his hand over Lelia’s head and murmured softly so that she could only hear it.
“I’m afraid someone’s the crybaby.”
[T/N: Do you all remember this? Romeo once said this when they were kids :’)]
Lelia seemed to be filled with grief at the consideration of her friends. She couldn’t stop crying.
An inexplicable apology.
But her friends understand her.
[Thank you for recognizing me.]
Emotions rose with various complications in her mind.
At that time, Kalix, who looked more serious than anyone else, approached.
Lelia slowly raised her head.
[So… So what about Kalix?]
“Why are you crying?”
Kalix made a big frown. Then he looked at Romeo, Griffith and Oscar.
“What are you doing? Why are you making him cry?”
“What are you saying?” Romeo looked at him annoyingly, but Kalix didn’t care.
Kalix patted Lelia on the back and comforted her. Oscar’s eyes persistently looked at the hands patting Lelia.
“Hey, don’t cry. They’re not going to say anything. Dressing up as a woman isn’t a bad thing.”
[T/N: I’m so done!!! T_T]
Lelia suddenly felt like her tears were drying up.
“Don’t be discouraged! Who wants to cry? What’s wrong with a man dressing as a woman? Hey, don’t ignore him or spread the word that he’s a cross-dressing man. I’m not going to let you down. I’ll just use my sword to… Do you understand?”
Oscar, Griffith, and Romeo. The three turned their heads as if they hadn’t seen Kalix at all.
Romeo, in particular, turned back and walked to the bench, patting his chest.
Lelia looked at her friends in bewilderment.
[No, you guys… Why did you just notice and not tell him? What about me?!]
In the meantime, Kalix looked at Lelia and handed her his cravat as if to use as her handkerchief.
“Well, Sir Kalix. I think there’s a misunderstanding. I’m actually…”
Kalix raised his finger up and took it to Lelia’s lips. Then he pushed lightly.
“You don’t have to tell me. I will keep your secret. Your grandmother will get well soon, too, so don’t worry. You have your brothers with you.”
“… No, that’s not it. Actually, I have a confession to tell you…”
“Oh, I already told you. That’s it, man! Now get out of here! Go away!”
Kalix turned nervously. Then he strode toward the place.
Lelia looked at Oscar with her eyes, telling him to do something.
Oscar suddenly approached and rubbed Lelia’s lips, where Kalix’s finges touched, with his thumb.
“What are you doing…?”
After rubbing her lips with his thumb, he turned his head without saying a word. Lelia was dumbfounded and couldn’t speak.
Turning to Griffith, he only glared at Oscar with frightening eyes.
Lelia eventually looked at Romeo.
[Yeah… you’re the only one who can help me, aren’t you, Romeo? You’ve been like that since you were a kid.]
Romeo, who met the gaze head-on, scratched his forehead as if he was in trouble.
“Let’s just… let it go.”
“But… how could you possibly leave such a misunderstanding…”
Romeo waved his hands.
“You know he’s always like that anyway. He believes in what he wants to believe and sees what he wants to see. How can I break that stubbornness? He’ll find out slowly.”
[I’ve revealed that I’m an alchemist, but… He did not even say anything important.]
[I need to talk about the cure for Kalix.]
“By the way, how do you use alchemy when you don’t have magic, and you don’t feel the same way? Let me know.”
Romeo asked, “Do you need anything else?” with his eyes sparkling with academic curiosity.
Lelia looked at Romeo as if he were being cheeky and just turned away.
When she walked away like that, Oscar and Griffith’s eyes caught fire in an instant.
“Do you want to talk to me?”
When Griffith asked, Oscar blinked slowly. The red eyes looked alive.
The two men were about to point their swords at each other.
“No, hey, are you fighting again? All of a sudden? Why?”
Romeo jumped and stopped the two.
He took the two to the banquet hall, saying, “Let’s not do this but drink.”
Not knowing what was going to happen in Kalix’s room after a while.
Meanwhile, as she was about to go back, she paused and retreated.
Perhaps Kalix was in an odd state of mind. She felt like she had to try again to confess the truth.
She thought of going inside his room. There was no sound coming from inside.
Lelia, who had been agonizing, finally opened the door and went in.
When she opened the door slightly, she saw a dark interior.
He didn’t come to the room? Or are you sleeping?
At that time, she suddenly had a scary thought.
The idea that Kalix might have a seizure like last time and be sick alone in the dark.
So she went inside, closed the door, and carefully looked inside.
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