Chapter 1 - Part 1
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Lelia’s body was drooping on the bench when she answered Ruth at his urging, “I think Princess Juliana likes Sir Ruth too. She probably likes you a lot.”
“Really…? But isn’t it strange? Princess Julianna kept smiling at Sir Raymond… last time, it was Kalix and this time…”
Ruth glared at Lelia, as if she was to blame.
“Fair enough,” replied Lelia, “it looks like she’s doing it on purpose, maybe to arouse your jealousy.”
“Jealousy…?” Ruth seemed excited.
Lelia was convinced.
While she was smiling at Lelia, Julianna seemed to constantly check Ruth’s reaction.
Ruth was too insensitive to notice this.
“…What should I do?”
‘What else was wrong?’ Ruth grabbed his head.
“What’s troubling you? You just have to confess.”
‘Yes, hurry up, confess and let me complete the quest.’ Lelia urged inwardly.
But… even if Princess Julianna accepted the confession, what if His Majesty, Her Majesty, and the Crown Prince opposed it?
Lelia turned her head away.
She suddenly wanted to see her friends. She badly needed rest. There was a lot she had to tell Ruth, but she couldn’t. All of it would be profanity, after all.
Ruth, who had been tense for a while, hesitated and scratched his cheek with his index finger, “So, Sir Raymond, I have one more request.”
“… What is it?”
He appeared nervous. Ruth’s lips twitched and he immediately requested, “Please be the object of comparison with me so that His Majesty, the Emperor, and Her Majesty can trust me.”
“Act rude to Julianna and one of the princess’ maidens, and then, I will ask you for a duel. You can surrender to me and apologize to the Princess. What do you think?”
Lelia’s mouth widened in surprise.
What was the point of that?
Ruth frowned at her reaction, wondering what Lelia was thinking.
“…Would it be difficult?”
Nevertheless, he did not give up and asked again.
Lelia blinked her eyes, a nagging feeling in her mind.
‘Do you think I’m a pushover because I keep doing you favors?’
Of course, the quest was important, but she was being too easy on him. She didn’t want to be treated as a pushover, forced to act as Ruth’s servant.
“Of course it is difficult. My honor is at stake. It will also hurt the pride of Prince Romeo.”
“…I see. My thoughts were short. I’m sorry.”
She thought he would be insistent, but Ruth unexpectedly apologized instantly for his mistake.
He was silent for quite a while, but soon spoke up again, “So, what about this method?”
Lelia’s expression was indifferent and Ruth was in a good mood.
“This is a way not to hurt the honor of the princess or the honor of Prince Romeo.
“What is it?”
“Sir Raymond, you can act as a socialite playboy!”
“You could go on a date with Princess Julianna’s maids, maybe have some tea together. Then, wouldn’t it naturally create an image of a cheater?”
“With that, my image will naturally be portrayed as a trustable one, next to your’s.”
Ruth really liked Princess Julianna. He even came up with these ideas just to impress her family.
‘But, a cheater? Do you want me to act as trash even for myself?’
Playboy… absolutely impossible.
Lelia said, holding back the words she wanted to scream, “… It’s not to the extent of damaging my honor, but there’s a saying that you can know a person by looking at your friends, so wouldn’t they suspect that Sir Ruth is also a flirt?”
“Well… If it’s rumored that Sir Raymond is a flirt, I’ll just get away from you! Wouldn’t that make me look more serious and reliable?”
“Then, what do I get?”
When he heard the question, he went into thought for a bit.
Of course, Lelia had something to gain.
But if she listened to everything he said blindly, Ruth would ask for something more serious in the future.
At that time, Ruth, who was done thinking, said with a confident expression, “I will be your true friend.”
“… I beg your pardon?”
“Since you are small in physique, if anyone tries to bully you, I will ask them for a duel instead. Even if you look like this, your swordsmanship is pretty good.”
Lelia was rendered speechless.
She didn’t really want to be friends with Ruth. She already had four friends as precious as her life. And she couldn’t believe he called that a reward.
Lelia admired Ruth’s grand confidence and arrogance.
“That’s alright. I’m small, but I’m not going anywhere to get hit. Well… Instead… I want you to do something.”
“What? Tell me anything! I’ll listen to you!” Ruth’s face glowed.
“I’ll tell you that later,”
“Alright! It wouldn’t be that much of a loss to Sir Raymond. If you hang out with the princess’s maids, your popularity will increase even more!”
“It’s also a man’s dream to be surrounded by beautiful young girls, right? Of course I’m not that kind of man… All I need is Princess Julianna.”
‘So, you think I’m that kind of man?’
Lelia couldn’t adapt herself to the way he spoke. She was so tired that she wanted to rest early. After Lelia bid Ruth goodbye, she quickly returned to her residence.
Suddenly, she felt sorry for herself.
It was not enough to face hate because of her character, but now she had to be a flirt.
“But maybe that Holy Relic could fix Kalix’s eyes….’
When arrived in front of the palace, one of Romeo’s servants approached her and said, “Prince Romeo asked me to bring Sir Raymond. He heard you wanted to have dinner with him?”
Lelia nodded her head and followed.
The table was filled with wonderful dishes.
Kalix wolfed down everything while Romeo slowly savored the food.
The dishes were so great that it felt like it brought back the lost appetite.
Lelia glanced at the two as she ate.
Come to think of it, she had to do this quest as well..
The contents of the quest were both the same.
Increase the likeability [+10] by more.
She wanted to check the current favorability, but it would be a waste to use the ticket.
After all, the quest completion will appear automatically when the favorability level rises by 10.
She was thinking of saving the favorability check ticket just in case.
“Did something happen?” At the end of the meal, Kalix suddenly asked.
She didn’t know why, but as soon as she heard the question, Lelia’s nose became red.
What had happened in the day played in her mind. A sudden feeling of relief filled her.
“What? Why are your eyes red?”Are you crying?” Kalix furrowed his brows.
Romeo’s eyes were turned to Lelia at those words.
“I think someone bullied her at the tea party?” Romeo grinned and asked in a concerned tone.
As soon as the words were over, Kalix punched the table.
“Who bullied Leo’s sister?”
She felt even more emotional about the way he spoke.
Although Lelia didn’t act, she really had a hard day today. Seeing Julianna being bright, Cedric and Damian hostile to her…
Pretending to be a man and hiding her true identity.
And accepting Ruth’s request for the sake of the Holy relic.
“I should have gone with you. Tell me, who bullied you? I will pull out all his hair.”
“Is that alright? I’ll have to get it for you.”
Lelia burst into laughter after Romeo and Kalix.
However, their faces were serious.
Lelia felt a warm feeling spreading in her heart.
It was reassuring.
“It was just hard. It was weird pretending to be a man.”
At Lelia’s words, Romeo chuckled, “Okay,” and Kalix’s eyebrows twitched.
So, she passed it off as having a tough time doing that.
“Actually… I need Ruth’s help, so I’m listening to his request.”
“Ruth? Is there anything he can help you with?”
“Leo’s request that you mentioned before?”
“What the hell are you going to do to give him help?” Kalix asked with a straight look.
“I can’t tell you much about it now. I’ll tell you everything later.”
When Lelia said so, Kalix and Romeo heard no more.
“I just want you to tell me anything you need,” they added.
“Now that we’ve talked about it, if I go to the tea party again, let’s go together…” At Lelia’s words, the two quickly got up from their seats and went to the sofa.
It was a little silly, but Lelia laughed.
Everything that seemed hard today was flying away.
‘Yes, let’s do our best.’
With this motivation, Lelia resolved to obtain Ruth’s Holy Relic as soon as possible, and went to sleep.
Lelia spent more time drinking tea with the two of them at Romeo’s suggestion.
Then, Lelia told them a little about Ruth’s request. She had no choice but to help Ruth and Julianna to make a good connection. And that she had to be a playboy for that.
“Flirt? A flirt?”
The two of them exchanged glances as if it was funny. They grabbed their stomachs and laughed.
“Oh, that’s really funny!”
Kalix burst into laughter as he lay down on the sofa, swinging his feet.
‘Yes, as long as you guys like it…’
Lelia had a despondent and expressionless look while staring at them.
Then, suddenly, the quest mark that was floating on Kalix’s head glistened.
A rectangular window popped up with the sound.
- Quest complete! ✧*.◟(ˊᗨˋ)◞.*✧ to receive rewards!
∙ 5 favorability check tickets
∙ 2 special recipe puzzle pieces
∙ 2 alchemy lottery tickets
∙ Lv. ? 1 random gift box
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