<To my dear Pippa.
Hello, Pippa! It’s Adela. Did I reply too late? I’m sorry, I haven’t had time to write a letter because I’ve been so busy lately. There was a lot of work in the dungeon. As you said, nothing in this world is easy.>
Adelaide slowly scribbled on a clean piece of paper. It was unbelievably elegant, even though she was the one writing it.
<It’s strange, I’ve been criticized for being so lazy, but I can’t afford to write a letter because I’m busy! It’s fascinating. I’m busy but life is fun because everyone in my dungeon is nice. Oh, don’t worry. These days, work has become a little more relaxed.>
After the commotion from the invasion of the high level adventurers was over, peaceful days continued for a while.
Her demons took turns dealing with the adventurers, and in their remaining time they enjoyed their freedom by sunbathing and helping Lisianthus in gardening.
Thanks to the hard work of the demons, Pia and Bell recovered quickly. Pia was acclimatized enough to bring the finished plates to the kitchen without anyone’s help, and after Bell recovered from his illness, he felt even more energetic.
Lisianthus and Caladium paid keen attention when Adelaide needed to consume energy. However, it seemed that she would not be hungry for a while, thanks to the fact that she had absorbed Lisianthus’ energy the other day. Unless their dungeon level suddenly goes up like the last time.
<My body is healthier than ever, and the dungeon is quite liveable. It’s difficult to raise the level, but I’ll work even harder to keep the promise I made with Pippa!>
In fact, the conditions for growing into a D-4 level were not very difficult.They only needed to increase their adventurer kill count. If they caught adventurers every day like they do now, they would soon meet the quota. It did seem like it would take some time as they mainly dealt with low level adventurers, but this was a problem that time would solve. However, she wanted to brag to Penelope after achieving at least an A-Class.
Adelaide was no longer impatient at the difficulty of increasing their kill count. She was simply grateful that she could run the dungeon normally.
Seeing that the adventurers did not stop invading, it seemed that the existence of her devils was not revealed. This was thanks to Lisianthus’ ability to erase memories.
In the case of the high level adventurers who invaded Greenville, after forming a party to go to an E-Class dungeon, their memories for a few days suddenly disappeared, so they were expecting that it would raise weird rumors. Strangely, everyone kept their mouths shut. They must have been afraid to be treated like incompetent idi*ts and be downgraded to a lower level if they talked about their memory loss.
In the case of Gehrig, a low level adventurer who became an idi*t in an instant, he garnered attention for a while, but it was concluded that he had lost his mind in the sorrow of losing his older brother. Not long after that, he was expelled from the Demon Realm. They couldn’t leave him in Mediar as he was an adventurer who had no family.
<And don’t be surprised, Pippa. I awakened a special ability too!>
Adelaide sighed heavily as she finished writing her letter. If there was one thing that bothered her the most in the last few days, it was her special ability. It was a heavy weight on her chest. After a moment’s hesitation, she took hold of her pen again.
<I can’t write well yet, but if I practice, I’m sure->
“Is that so?”
The stationery that had been on her desk until just now disappeared in an instant. Of course, without looking around any further, it was Caladium.
“Oh, you have good handwriting?”
As usual, he appeared out of the blue and took the paper casually. Adelaide groaned and huffed as she retrieved the stationery.
“Why are you reading other people’s letters!”
“Are we strangers?”
“That’s … not it.”
Right. Adelaide nodded her head in the meantime. At that naive answer, Caladium giggled and continued.
“So, are you practicing?”
Flinch. Adelaide’s body froze. Caladium had become her teacher a few days ago.
It was the third day since she began learning about her special ability from him. At first she was happy and excited at the thought that she could use her special ability, but now…
Adelaide bit her mouth. It wasn’t that she didn’t say anything, she just couldn’t open her lips due to the embarrassment because there were no results even though she was trying. Rather than becoming an idi*t, she chose to laze around.
But Caladium already knew Adelaide too well to fall for that lie. She liked it so much, saying that she now had powers, so she couldn’t have neglected to practice.
“I can’t believe you couldn’t succeed even once, even though you have a teacher like me… Does that make sense?”
Caladium said with his muscular arms crossed. He didn’t mean to be sarcastic, he just really couldn’t understand.
“Did you do what I said? Concentrate on your mind, look at the location where you will create the portal, and gather energy!”
Suddenly, a fireball appeared above his hand. ‘You can’t do this?’ Caladium spoke with his eyes. Adelaide avoided his gaze.
‘What can I do if I can’t do it!’
She tried it dozens of times. Worried that she might lose concentration, she tried everything in different positions. But no matter what posture she took, there were no signs of a portal being created.
“…Could it be that it wasn’t my power?”
“It’s Adele’s. I felt the Master’s energy from the hidden portal created in Sol Dungeon. Perhaps it is the teacher who is lacking.”
Lisianthus patted Adelaide. He had wanted to teach her himself, but it was hundreds of years ago when he last awakened new powers, so he could not remember anything to teach. In fact, he wondered if effort was needed to use her powers in the first place. Just as one didn’t have to learn to breathe, shouldn’t powers be natural? However, he did not show such honesty in consideration for Adelaide, who would be hurt.
‘Am I really not good at teaching?’
Caladium seriously contemplated his method of teaching. He had never had any trouble using his powers either, so it was hard for him to think from the perspective of a beginner like her.
“Adela, think carefully. When you opened the portal of the room you were locked in, or when you made a hidden portal. Was there anything in common before you used the power?”
“What do they have in common…”
Adelaide groaned and closed her eyes. Nothing came to mind. It was a few weeks ago, so how could she remember? All that she could recall was Carat’s unlucky face and the unexpected relationship between Boraca and Adolf.
“In the Boraca dungeon… I think I was just walking. I was thinking about how to steal the treasure. A Hidden Portal also came out of nowhere when I was lost.”
Hehe, she laughed to hide the embarrassment. She knew it would be dismissed at any moment, but Caladium had a very serious face. He gently rubbed the tip of his chin, then opened his mouth again.
“Your power cannot be manifested without your will. There must have been some other reason. It will be a challenge to find it.”
“Don’t be too impatient.” Caladium added. It was a kindness unlike him.
“Oh my gosh, our Caladi… When did you grow up like this?”
As Adelaide gently wrapped her arms around him, she gave a moved expression.
“Stop treating me like a kid.”
Caladium grunted. He liked skinship with Adelaide, but as the days went by she seemed to consider him as her brother, and it didn’t feel good. Even though his name was the Great Devil of the Red Flame, he couldn’t continue being treated like this.
‘What should I do to look cool in front of her?…’
While he was at it, he began to think hard. He expected that she would think he was cool if he showed a strong appearance. But it didn’t seem to be that either since there had been no reaction even though he had shown it a lot.
For Caladium, it was as difficult as teaching her how to use her power. As a naturally gifted demon, he never tried to look good in front of anyone. Usually, other demons tended to cling to each other saying it was okay to do nothing.
Was there anything special that only he could show Adelaide? Being kind was hopeless, his appearance was already good enough, but nothing worked…
And soon a good way came to mind.
It was what Adelaide wanted the most right now. At the same time, it was something that the unlucky manager bastard did not have!
‘Give her money!’
If he did, she would surely like him more than Lisianthus. It was a great idea. ‘As expected, I’m smart.’ Caladium praised himself. His silver-gray eyes shone with joy.
“Adela, I’m going home.”
“Home? So suddenly?”
Adelaide lifted her head at the abrupt declaration just as she was about to finish the letter she was writing. Even in his free time, he never left Greenville and just rolled around on the sofa, so she thought it was just a bluff. It seemed that wasn’t the case.
“Yes. There is something I need to get.”
“You just wait.”
‘I’m going to give you my entire fortune.’ Caladium swallowed his words. It was cool to keep this a secret and tell her later once he was about to give it to her. He smiled beautifully. He lived to show off and would probably one day die from boasting.
Adelaide was only concerned that he would run around again and get into an accident.
“Where is your home? Is it far away?”
“It’s in Esperanza.”
“You should’ve told me the last time we went! We didn’t even stop by and even when your house was so near.”
“At the time, I had no intention of going. Anyway, I’m going to leave today.”
Adelaide’s eyebrows drooped. She couldn’t believe that the Caladium who lived on the sofa, and had always protected Greenville, disappeared. Since he worked hard, of course he could go on vacation, but somehow she felt sad. She got used to living with that kind and naughty person.
“I hope you stay away for as long as possible.”
Lisianthus, on the other hand, spoke with a supremely happy face. He thought that he would have to prepare a better dinner tonight. To celebrate since the trouble disappeared. He planned the menu with a happy smile.
“I will come back as soon as possible.”
Caladium looked at Adelaide and rejected Lisianthus’ offer. The will to quickly bring his money and be loved by her, burned in his heart.
He was ready to leave in less than ten minutes after making his decision. He would be back in a few days anyway, so he didn’t need to bring anything. He wanted to come back in one day, but it would take quite some time to collect the gold and silver treasures hidden around his castle.
“Don’t eat that b*stard while I’m away.”
Caladium said in a friendly voice just before he left. When Adelaide nodded her head, he continued with a satisfied smile.
“Don’t get hurt.”
He said it, but he wasn’t really worried. Although it was annoying, Lisianthus’ skills were unquestionable. She wouldn’t get hurt.
“Caladi must return safely too… !”
Adelaide said with a very heartbroken face. Seeing him leave made her even sadder. The greedy words that he had to come back quickly filled her throat.
‘So f*cking pretty.’
How was he supposed to leave Adela like this? Looking at those moist eyes, he stood there blankly.