Chapter 1 - Part 1
She wondered if it made sense, but when she thought about it again, it was an ecstatic kiss that made her faint in the end.
[It’s the worst, really…]
She couldn’t believe she had fainted. It’s not because it was a suffocating kiss, it was because she was so happy that she fainted.
She was so ashamed and distressed.
It was then.
- I’ve rebooted
Lelia opened her eyes wide to the fact that Alchemy had returned, but furrowed her brow.
[Is it still hacked?]
- Alchemy is back to normal. I barely regained my freedom. ( ᴗ_ᴗ̩̩ )]
What was it?
Looking at Alchemy, which was cursing inwardly like before, she thought it was back to normal…
“Why are you cursing at me?”
Who do you think you’re cursing at right now?
- Alchemy is fine. I can understand you. ( ᴗ_ᴗ̩̩ )
*(You didn’t notice the hack! You didn’t check the security! 凸(╬◣д◢)凸 Not qualified!)*
“Who’s not qualified?! You were the one that was hacked! You’re the one who caused me to be weakly beaten!”
While Lelia loudly shouted at it, Alchemy’s angry message came to her mind a few seconds later.
- However, the security of the ‘Alchemy Lottery’ system is based on the spirit of its ‘user’, its master. ( ᴗ_ᴗ̩̩ )]
*(Who is weak? (╬ Ò ‸ Ó)凸)*
Lelia had nothing to say.
She just wanted to cry.
She was going to change after washing up, but as soon as she opened the closet, she frowned.
It was because there were colorful clothes that made her tongue stick out just by looking at them.
Lelia managed to find the clothes hanging in the corner. These were the clothes she brought directly from the estate.
It seems that the maids who cleaned them yesterday hung it up here.
Lelia was somewhat uncomfortable with receiving the help of the maids here.
She had a feeling that every move would be reported to the emperor.
She’d refused all help, so she could do it all alone.
After she had changed into her usual comfortable clothes, she left her room straight away to find Griffith.
As soon as she opened the door, she saw the maids looking at her as if they had been waiting.
The two maids looked restless.
Over the shoulders of the maids, she could see people lined up in a row.
What is this?
“His Majesty has commanded us to deliver these to the princess when she wakes up. Can we come in for a moment?”
Lelia sighed inside as she saw the anxious faces of the people waiting for her.
Thinking it was permission, they began to move things straight inside.
[This is ridiculous.]
All kinds of colorful dresses and jewels piled up in the luxurious room.
In the meantime, the maid came close and spoke politely.
“Princess, His Majesty wants to have dinner with you tonight. Would you like to attend?”
“…I’m tired because I haven’t gotten rid of my exhaustion yet, so tell him that I’ll be eating alone in my room.”
At Lelia’s resolute reply, the maid nodded her head with a frustrated expression.
Lelia left the room while watching those two maids and the servants carrying luggage.
Then, she stomped with angry steps and headed to Griffith’s room.
There were no servants in front of his room.
Lelia banged on the door a few times and grabbed the doorknob and turned it.
She had a strange feeling that she had become Kalix, but she didn’t care.
The room was empty. When she looked at the horribly broken living room window, she remembered what happened yesterday.
Looks like all the glass has been removed…
[Have you moved rooms? Where have you moved to?]
Lelia left the room again.
Just then, she saw a servant passing by at the end of the hallway in the distance.
When she heard from the attendant that Griffith’s room had been changed, she moved to the front of the other room.
She knocked on the door as if she was a little more conscientious than before.
There was no sound coming from inside.
Since she was Lelia, she opened the door because she wanted to, just like Kalix again.
Then she saw Griffith leaning by the window as if he had been waiting.
Lelia walked up to him at a brisk pace, and grabbed him by the collar.
Griffith looked down at her with no expression on his face. The eyes looking at her were cold, as if he was angry.
“Are you angry? Why should you be angry?”
The thief was so fierce that it was ridiculous.
“You’re the one who played a trick with the power of your magic, didn’t you?”
“…Well, I can’t deny it.”
Griffith had the cheek to answer with a slight tilt of his head, as he stared at Lelia’s lips.
“What happened to Oscar yesterday?”
“What about it?”
Lelia was embarrassed by the sudden question, and her face turned red without her realizing it.
Griffith murmured as if he was dejected when he saw her blushing.
“…What is life? Seems like nothing. Right? Someone won the crown without any effort.”
“What are you talking about?”
“What are you talking about? Oscar took away everything I prepared to give you.”
She didn’t understand.
Griffith looked different from usual, as if he had thrown on a mask.
“Why, why did you do that to me? What did you intend by feeding me that?”
“You really don’t know, Lelia?”
Griffith sighed and swept his hair over.
“How did you feel when you saw Oscar after taking that medicine?”
“You wanted to kiss him, beg him, hug him… Didn’t you feel that way?”
She had nothing to say because she was pierced by his words. Everything he said was true.
[I mean, why did you do that?]
Before she could even ask again, Griffith whispered.
“I wanted to make you feel what I feel for you.”
“…Griffith, are you crazy?”
“Crazy, not at all.”
Lelia released Griffith’s collar and took a step back, feeling unsure.
Her mind blipped and the warning bell began to ring loudly.
Lelia asked in a tone of wonder.
“Do you like me?”
At those words, Griffith burst into laughter.
His eyes were so calm and light, he looked like a crazy person.
“Hahaha, I’m going crazy…”
“Lelia, really… Oh… Sorry, sorry. I didn’t expect you to ask such an innocent question. It’s really funny.”
Lelia glared at Griffith.
She felt like she was being mocked. She even felt betrayed by Griffith’s unusual appearance.
“I’ve been preparing for this for a long time. In fact, there were so many strange things that it took quite a while to figure it out.”
“Studying strange languages that I’ve never seen before… But what is that? I don’t think it’s magic.”
Lelia looked at Griffith with a more wary look than before.
The ‘Alchemy Lottery’ system was in the language from her previous life. So she thought no one in this world would be able to read it, except for her.
But he figured it out while watching it? Is that possible?
No wonder Alchemy’s way of talking was weird. Now she knows why it did that.
For the first time, Lelia felt afraid of Griffith. She got goosebumps because she felt like he had caught on to everything.
Griffith sighed as if he didn’t intend this situation.
“Lelia… Don’t look at me like that.”
“Why did you change so much all of a sudden? In a day…”
“What do you mean change? I’m the same. I just like you, as you would say.”
Lelia knew that the feeling of ‘like’ was not just shared between friends.
It can also refer to the feelings that come and go between lovers.
Lelia was confused, Griffith had never shown any sign of it.
Oscar doesn’t even know…
Looking at her eyes full of betrayal, Griffith felt his heart twist.
“I’m already going crazy… I can’t believe you were looking at me like that.”
Griffith spoke in an angry voice.
“You think I’m the only one like this? The other three are the same.”
“Think about it. We participated in the war and since reuniting, we have lived for you…”
“For your revenge.”
“Then we found out you were alive.”
“I learned that you’re a girl.”
Griffith shrugged lightly.
Lelia’s expression crumpled.
“That’s… That’s the reason?”
Griffith looked at her, who did not understand, and spoke casually, as if he were solving an easy equation.
“How would you feel then? Of course…”
“Don’t you like us in a different way?”
“I’ve lived for you all my life. That’s a matter of course, Lelia. That’s enough.”
“Well, this is what happened… I can stand it. Sharing you with other guys.”
Lelia’s mouth opened at the shocking words that followed.
“You need to be responsible for us, Lelia.”
Griffith did not understand Lelia’s reaction, who seemed to be in a state of shock.
He had made it so obvious and even after that she didn’t notice, Lelia was dense.
Of course, he didn’t mean to say that he would share Lelia with the others.
He was going to take the time to prepare to get rid of them. He was trying to reassure Lellia….
Looking at his witty words, it didn’t work at all.
Griffith said with a look of regret.
“I wish you had come to comfort me. You look completely different.”
It was an incomprehensible way of thinking for Lelia.
She stared blankly at Griffith and immediately turned her back.
Then she ran to her room as if she were fleeing. It occurred to her that the room was full of maids and people carrying luggage.
She was on the way to the small garden when she turned away.
She had been in such a mess for a while and was walking aimlessly.
Suddenly, a large shadow was cast in front of her.
Lelia’s face crumpled the moment she raised her head.
However, the other person looked embarrassed, but pleased.