Chapter 1 - Part 1
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Lelia blinked and checked the message a few more times.
Her heart began to beat hard with emotion.
She saw her friends looking at her worriedly in front of her.
Lelia approached them slowly, looking at them. Every step she took was filled with emotion.
“What’s going on?”
Romeo asked in a friendly voice.
Lelia stood in front of them and shook her head.
And she looked at one person’s face at a time.
Romeo was looking at Lelia with a frown, and Griffith was expressionless. Oscar also stared at Lelia blankly.
Finally, Kalix turned his head crooked as if he didn’t like it.
Lelia slowly opened her mouth with tears in her eyes.
It was different from the original purpose, but there was no reason to hesitate anymore.
[It’s a moment I’ve been waiting for for years.]
“I have something to tell you.”
“Actually… I’m Leo.”
Confessing the truth, Lelia closed her eyes tightly. When she said it out loud, she felt anxious.
Thousands more seconds passed and what she imagined didn’t happen. She didn’t cough up blood painfully and she didn’t feel her throat tightening.
[I’m not dead…]
Indeed, the magic of golden words has been lifted!
There was only the sound of rain knocking on the window in the quiet room.
The temperature in the room surrounded by silence seemed to have cooled in an instant.
Lelia slowly opened her eyes and looked at her silent friends.
It was their first reunion in 10 years.
Romeo smiled proudly. Although his eyes were wet.
Griffith also gave a warm look, as if he had already known.
Oscar didn’t change his face, but Lelia felt he was a little upset.
What the hell?
And finally, Kalix….
Kalix looked as blank as if he had heard the most ridiculous thing in the world.
“Long time no see, Leo.”
Then, Romeo opened his arms.
At what she really wanted to hear, Lelia went straight to Romeo and held him in her arms.
As soon as she hugged Romeo’s neck, tears that she had been holding back flowed down her eyes.
“Yes. I really missed you, Romeo.”
After falling out of Romeo’s arms, Lelia shared a warm hug with Griffith next to him.
“Griffith, I missed you.”
Oscar sprang to his feet as Griffith breathed in with his nose stuck in Lelia’s shoulder.
But even before Oscar jumped on Griffith, Lelia hugged Oscar’s waist as if he were next.
“I’m glad to see you again, Oscar.”
Oscar eventually gained strength and hugged Lelia. He had a lot to say, but he couldn’t speak.
Lelia slipped out of Oscar’s arms and looked at Kalix.
“…Hey, that’s ridiculous.”
This was the first thing Kalix said when he barely spoke.
Lelia was at a loss.
Why the hell didn’t the rest of the guys tell him?
Kalix looked back at Lelia with a grimace.
He seemed to freak out as if a ghost had called his name.
[No… you really didn’t doubt it at all?]
Lelia was rather embarrassed. But it was before I could explain anything more.
Kalix suddenly turned around and disappeared out of the window, into the rain and wind.
She called his name out in the pouring rain, but there was no reply.
After Kalix went out the window like he was running away, Lelia sat on the sofa with three people and talked about the past.
When did you start noticing, what happened in the meantime?
While talking about this and that, Lelia felt uncomfortable in one corner of her mind.
It’s because of Kalix.
“So, Lelia, Emperor Perseus doesn’t know who you are yet?”
At Griffith’s question, Lelia came out of her mind. Romeo’s expression became serious as she nodded.
“Well, that’s understandable. Only the Superion people know about it now, right?
“Yes, but soon enough, Emperor Perseus will know.”
Lelia said, fidgeting with her fingertips nervously.
A nanny who used to take care of Lelia as a child will soon appear in the capital. It wasn’t a secret that could be hidden forever.
But Lelia decided not to mind.
Because he wasn’t a father to Lelia anyway.
“Tell me whenever you need our help.”
“Thank you, but….”
Lelia brought it up with apprehension.
“Is it okay if everyone doesn’t go back home?”
Come to think of it, her friends were following her all along. Like little kids who were stuck together like a magnet.
Romeo shrugged. The prince, who gave up his right to succeed to the throne at all, had to be free to act.
Griffith will not return to avoid his home country that is trying to exploit his divine power..
“But how did the temple leave you alone?”
Lealia asked, frowning.
“Because I don’t believe in God. They think it might cause a big stir.”
Lelia nodded at Griffith’s answer.
Then she turned to Oscar, sitting next to him.
Frankly, out of the four friends, it was Oscar who had to return home.
Oscar was the crown prince who had to take over the throne.
“Oscar, what about you?”
Lelia, who asked a question, immediately regretted it.
When she saw Oscar’s eyes at her, she knew the answer without hearing it.
His eyes said he would never go alone.
Lelia gently turned her head away from his eyes.
It was then.
“Wait a minute.”
Romeo said with a serious look on his face.
Lelia looked at him with a nervous look.
“When Emperor Perseus was Crown Prince, you were the daughter of the Crown Princess.”
When Lelia nodded, Romeo tilted his head and continued.
“Before Emperor Perseus returned to the throne, did you fall under the spell of gold at the threat of the predecessor?”
“That’s why you came to the neutral zone pretending to be a prince, cheating on your gender?”
Lelia nodded one after another. Romeo’s expression was strange, even though he looked refreshed as if all the puzzles had been solved.
[Is there another problem?]
When Lelia blinked nervously, Romeo opened his mouth.
“You’re younger than us in the first place, aren’t you?” That makes us three years older than you, too?”
Lelia was completely speechless.
Romeo’s words were true.
But… Lelia had memories of her past life.
So the mental age was much higher than that of her friends.
But she didn’t want to reveal that right away.
Romeo said with a mischievous look on his face, as if he had caught something.
“Wow… three years? When you first saw me, you were three years younger than me. Huh?
“You told me to call you Captain, all of a sudden, no? You threatened me!”
“How is that a threat?”
“Anyway! You are not even a year younger. You’re three years younger and you behaved like the boss? You little thing!”
[T/N: Awww… ]
Romeo bit his lip as if to admonish his rude little sister.
Lelia frowned at the feeling of weakness.
Griffith was smiling with his face covered in laughter as if the situation was funny..
Oscar blinked and looked at Lelia as if he had never imagined.
Is that what Oscar’s going to say?
If Oscar tried to argue, “You’re younger than me and you’re the leader?” she thought he would feel betrayed.
[Oscar, you’re the only one who can’t do that…]
Romeo smiled as he looked at Lelia with a look that would make her worry about it for the rest of his life.
Yeah, Romeo might be making fun of that for the rest of his life.
“I, I didn’t fool you because I wanted to fool you about my age…”
Lelia excused herself, but Romeo’s expression was still playful.
“You guys… didn’t you try to kill me as soon as you saw me again?”
Romeo’s expression hardened in a flash when she uttered those words.
Lelia thought this was it.
“I was so scared at the time….”
Mumbling in a sullen voice, everyone looked away.
Griffith and Romeo turned away, and Oscar only drooped.
Oscar, in particular, tried to kill Lelia more actively than anyone else.
“You guys don’t know how hurt I was back then.”
As a joke, the three people’s expressions were serious. To the point where Lelia felt awkward.
Meanwhile, after fleeing through the window, Kalix walked aimlessly through the rain and into the silent corridor.
It’s normal to walk in the cold rain, but he was still dizzy and confused.
‘I mean, who is who?’
“No, damn it..”
Kalix flopped on the floor and grabbed my head.
‘Does this make sense? Is that possible?’
“Then what about Leo’s grave we went to together?”
‘No way. You’re not lying, are you? But… I don’t think you were lying…’
‘No, more than that! Didn’t you decide to marry me?’
“So Leo is the one I decided to marry?”
He was confused and his mind was in a mess.
‘Leo, did you like me since you were a kid?’
Looking back on his memory, he remembered Leo, who was especially friendly to him.
When he made a secret hideout and enjoyed his leisure time, Leo always came to see him.
How did he know?
As if he wouldn’t leave me alone… he was always like that.
“Wow, you’re crazy… I have been fooled… Wow….”
Kalix muttered in shock.
He thought all his childhood memories were about true friendship… Only he believed it to be friendship, and his opponent was in love!
‘So when we met again, that look on her face…!’
The fact that Lelia is Leo has changed, but nothing has changed. But his world was completely turned upside down.
Kalix breathed heavily.
In his mind, memories of Leo, who saved him as a child, came to his mind one by one every second.
Leo was a precious friend that he could never erase from his life. He is no less a hero who saved him as a child.
‘You want me to marry Leo like that? With my hero? Marry?’
“Ha… crazy… Does it make sense? What the hell is this…?”
No, wait a minute.
‘…I can’t… I don’t think so.’