Chapter 1 - Part 1
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Lelia barely managed to stop her trembling voice.
“Ka-Kalix, Is that you? How did you get here…?”
“How did I find you? With my animal sense.”
“Huh, I thought you were really going back.”Kalix ruffled his hair with a fresh expression as if he could finally breathe. Then he glanced around, and asked “Oscar? Where did he go?”
“… Ahh, I don’t know. He disappeared suddenly…”
“But, who is this person?”
Kalix looked comfortable as if he had come to a friend’s house to play. He sat comfortably in the chair next to the bed, and watched the woman lying there. Then, as if startled by something, he jumped up and looked closely at the sleeping woman’s face.
“How?! She looks very similar to you.”
Lelia was still stunned by this situation. Her window suddenly broke… No, rather it was torn apart and Kalix had appeared.
[Why is Kalix, who should be in the capital, here?]
Not knowing if the person was the killer who killed her mother, she was so afraid that the strength in her legs wanted to give out at that moment. Lelia glanced at Kalix as she groaned at the torn window. She felt lucky that it was Kalix.
[Really… I know you’re a monster… But…]
She was so afraid that she would lose her mother again. Did the tension go away then? She lost strength in her legs, so she sat down on the spot without even realizing it. Kalix strode closer with a surprised face.
“Is everything okay? What’s the matter?”
[Why? It’s because of you…!]
Lelia held back what she wanted to say, and held her breath for a moment. Tears welled up in the corners of her eyes as she became relieved. She asked, barely swallowing her tears again, “… How the hell did you know?”
“Even if Griffith and Romeo did all the fussing, they couldn’t find you. I got frustrated and ran out.”
“… How did you find me, then?” Lelia’s brow wrinkled.
[Griffith couldn’t find me with his divine powers and Romeo, the wizard, couldn’t’ too. How did Kalix get here?]
It’s not that she can ignore this. She knows that Kalix was a magic swordsman, but he only had the power of a sword master. He used swordsmanship, not magic.
He was born with the strongest arms, his strength was the best, but there was all. While fighting with the Dragon, he got hit by the Dragon’s attack that affected his whole body, and as a result, his eyes got injured. Thanks to that, he now has physical abilities beyond the limitations of human beings.
But isn’t it nearly impossible to find someone who’s been hiding? Especially on this big continent? She continued wondering how he knew and got here, but she was happy.
“I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s an instinctive feeling.”
Kalix spoke as if he were a beast. He sniffed his nose as if he had found her by smell. Lelia’s heart gradually eased when she saw a face she wanted and knew, and Kalix was even her precious friend.
In the midst of her heart calming down, Kalix asked at once, “Hey, are you lying?”
When Lelia responded, Kalix paused for a moment before opening his mouth.
“Oscar. That you are marrying that b*****d. That you will become the Empress of the Hraesvelg Empire.”
“It doesn’t make sense at all. You decided to marry me.”
Lelia was speechless for a moment. Wow… She was genuinely amazed. Kalix is really… She was so embarrassed that she just opened her mouth like a crucian carp. When will this dreadful wrestling end? Memories from a while ago flashed through her mind.
Previously, when she opened her mouth, it was Kalix who was talking about getting married. She had hit him as hard as she could so he wouldn’t say that word ever again. She thought she had regained her authority as captain that day.
[Are you still saying that word?!]
She was in awe of Kalix again.
“Your uncle also allowed it.”
“Didn’t Sir Carius allow it? You and me… getting married.”
“… Kalix. The most important thing in marriage is the consent of the parties involved.”
“Of course I know that. However…”
Kalix paused for a moment, then twisted his whole body in embarrassment. Lelia was afraid for a moment at that shy expression. She was afraid of what words would come out of his mouth.
“You like me anyway.”
“It’s because you are embarrassed to say it, that’s why you don’t want me to even talk about marriage.”
Again it was the wall. Lelia looked at the huge wall she had not seen in a long time, and she felt helpless again. No one really can cross that wall.
Kalix shrugged his shoulders and said, “Otherwise, there is no way for me to do that. You lied to me, even knowing how many times you tried to attack me? Why did you steal my lips when you don’t even like them? Are you a pervert?”
“If you are not a pervert, you’ll have to take responsibility. You dare try and not take responsibility for taking my first kiss?! Even if you do…! Oh, you said you weren’t a man… Anyway, take responsibility.”
“And I don’t care if you’re a pervert. It’s all right, you can’t marry Oscar anyway.”
“Are you going to become the Empress of the Hraesvelg Empire? You? Nonsense. Did that b*****d kidnap you?”
“You couldn’t have left with your own feet.”
At Kalix’s words, Lelia paused for a moment.
She couldn’t answer. Kalix was wrong. It was as if she had left on her own feet.
At that moment, she wanted to run away and leave. It was an undeniable fact.
Moreover, knowing that she had been kidnapped by Oscar, she felt free as she looked at the meadow she saw out of the window in her carriage.
There was also a slight use of Oscar under the pretext that she could start lightly. She felt very childish.
Her head was dizzy and scared when she thought of her worried family, but she had no choice but to excuse herself that this was not my will. She can’t easily answer her guilt, but Kalix said he knew it all.
“You have no intention of leaving the Superion Territory. Isn’t it?”
“Come with me. I will take you to your family.”
“Come and marry me. Can I be your husband? You’re a woman anyway. What’s the matter now?”
“I’ll do it for you.”
Kalix’s voice, which had been playful until now, suddenly became low and serious. Lelia looked at him in bewilderment. Kalix looked at her with a bit of embarrassment, and said confidently with his voice.
“I will save and protect you. As you know, there is no other man in this world who is stronger and more handsome than me. Don’t you know?”
“Now… That’s not the problem.”
“Ah, stop arguing and admit it. Stop lying that you attacked me without your heart.”
“What…? I’ll wait for you if you need some time.”
After saying that, Kalix waved his hand as if he was embarrassed and stopped. Then he looked around again.
“By the way, where has that child gone? They stole someone else’s bride, left her behind, and didn’t even apologize.”
That was Lelia’s question also. She thought he’d be watching from nearby, but he wasn’t. If he had been close, there would have been no way that he wouldn’t have followed after seeing Kalix come in. Lelia repeatedly clenched and opened her fists with a feeling of disappointment.
“But who is this person really?”
“… She is my mother.”
“What? Didn’t you say she’s dead?”
“… I found out she was alive.”
“Wow, your family will be delighted. Your uncle will cry. Let’s go back.”
Kalix then confidently pulled out something in his arms.
“You know what this is? It was made by Romeo. It’s called a moving scroll. We can go back to the Superion Territory right away.”
Lelia blinked her eyes as she saw what Kalix held in his hand.
[Can I return to the Superion Territory? Right now?]
Lelia turned her head to look at her mother, who was still asleep. She wanted to go right away. After letting her family know that her mother was alive, she wanted to protect her mother from a man she never knew would come again. However…
What about Oscar? She didn’t know where he was, and it was heartbreaking for her to leave Oscar behind. He went somewhere for a while, and when he returns, Oscar would be surprised and bewildered to see an empty room. He will be concerned that something must have happened. She wanted to leave a note, but… It was certain that he would be hurt if he knew she had eventually left.
[Why did you go out with such an expression and those eyes…?]
When she recalled the last time she had seen Oscar, he hadn’t readily replied that he was leaving immediately.
“Let’s go get some rest.”
Perhaps he had noticed her feelings, as Kalix spoke comfortably while looking at Lelia who was sulking. Seems like nothing matters.
“Hey, more than that…”
Kalix didn’t give Lelia time to think about anything else. He brought something else up and hesitatingly began to try and speak.
“What’s the matter?”
[PR/N: Lelia asked him this first]
“A little… Can I hug you a little?”
“Didn’t you miss me?”
“I was going to die. I felt like I had a hole in my heart, I was worried, I thought I was going crazy… If I see that Oscar again, I’ll have to kill him regardless of being friends or anything else…”
“If you were me, you would have done more, not less. Tell me, did you have such a hard time too?”
Lelia didn’t answer, instead she exhaled her breath evenly. It was also difficult to deal with Oscar because she didn’t know where he was going… but Kalix was different. She couldn’t even imagine what else was going to come out of that mouth.
Kalix licked his lips as if he knew why she didn’t answer, and said, “… I think I like you too. It’s no longer unrequited love.”
It was a shy voice, not like Kalix.
Kalix then sighed and stretched out his arm.
“Come here, and give me a hug. As soon as I saw you, I was dying to hug you… I can’t wait anymore.”
He motioned for her to come quickly, but Lelia did not move her body.
Lelia had secretly visited and kissed Kalix before, so he walked towards her with a grin. Then he hugged Lelia tightly in his big arms. He buried his head in her shoulder and took a deep breath. Lelia was small and thin. She was like this, and if he put in strength, he felt like she would break.
How did he mistake this person for a man? How did she save him?His mood seemed to melt into her mysterious scent. He seemed to be getting strangely hot.
It was at that moment.
With a harsh sound, Kalix, who was hugging Lelia, fell back.
Kalix fell and crashed into the cabinet, breaking things as items spilled out. Lelia almost screamed at him, but she covered her mouth with her hands. Turning her head, she saw Oscar with saddened eyes.
His bright red eyes were terrifying. A dangerous signal rang in her head and a warning light shone.
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