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‘It’s my birthday today.’
Liarte’s birthday was also the anniversary of the Duchess of Elheim’s death.
At the same time, it was the day of Lian’s birth.
On this day, Elheim’s relatives comforted Lian, saying they were heartbroken because of his mother’s absence.
While Liarte would look at the bright and boisterous gathering outside from a dark room, reflecting on her sins.
Rather than being sad about it, she had lived thinking that it was a normal thing.
But now, the most Blue Roses Liarte had ever seen were in full bloom everywhere.
Blue Roses bloom for only a few days, and they were very expensive.
“We bought them all, Lili. The Empire does not have any more Blue Rose seeds now.”
Carmen nonchalantly replied.
“You won’t find any Blue Roses blooming in the Empire for a year.”
She learned the common sense about birthdays from Walter and now she knows about it.
However, she had never thought she would be the subject of the application.
Among the people of Birce, there were some faces that Liarte did not recognize, but everyone was still smiling warmly at her.
This summer, the silver fox who was burrowing in the garden, approached her and rubbed its head at her feet.
“Thank you for being born.”
Carmen said as he laughed.
Liarte looked at him for a long time.
“Me too, Liarte. I thank you for being born, and being able to meet you has been the best thing that happened in my life.”
Michael came up to her and said softly.
It was her first birthday not to be told that being born was a sin.
Liarte’s last 20-year-old birthday was at the execution ceremony.
‘Is it okay to be this warm and happy?’
Then Aaron handed her a box that was too small for his hand. Staring at her with his birthday present, the people of Birce applauded.
“Congratulations, Young Lady.”
It was unfamiliar to Liarte to have everyone celebrating her birthday. But still, it was enjoyable.
She was so happy that she thought she would never forget this day in her life.
No matter how bad the worst comes, Liarte will be able to live on this memory alone.
Even if she goes to Elheim again, this birthday in Birce was overwhelming enough to give her the strength to live.
The people of Birce continued to water her and breathe warmth into her dry interior.
Everyone knew that Liarte’s cheeks were very slight, but it was a reminder.
She was so overwhelmed that it wouldn’t be so bad to die of happiness right now.
The warmth she was in was so sweet that she didn’t want to let it go.
Carmen spoke kindly to Liarte.
“Thank you for being in our family.”
He said ‘Family’.
She couldn’t believe that she had become a part of a family with these friendly people, not the family that she had longed for all her life.
“Can I be your family here?”
“You already are our family.”
Carmen wouldn’t know that Liarte was happy enough to feel like crying at his words.
“If it weren’t for you, there wouldn’t be a Birce such as this right now.”
She would live forever with a bloody family.
“You taught us happiness.”
Some adults were happy to see Liarte growing up.
The Black Knights, the spies, and the servants of Birce loved Liarte, the Young Lady.
“Let’s continue to celebrate birthdays like this.”
Michael said on the day the Blue Roses bloomed all over.
The ground was covered with Blue Rose petals. The petals fell over the sharp marks and scars that remained on Liarte’s chest all her life.
Now it seems that she can finally let go of Elheim.
She abandoned her blood, but her life in Elheim has always caught up with her.
The people of Birce, including Michael, Carmen, Merlin, and Walter said that could be the case.
It’s only natural that the time spent in one’s life is not easily erased.
Now she wanted to focus on living with the people of Birce.
Her tears fell suddenly. Unlike her casual and indifferent expression, tears continued to flow down her cheeks.
The embarrassed Carmen was at a loss.
Aaron was also struggling to comfort her.
“It’s okay. It’s just that I’m crying because I’m happy.”
It was a different feeling from the sense of liberation that she felt when she saw the sea.
Her view was blurry with tears, but she could see the people’s smiling faces well.
Liarte will never forget this day.
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“You thought the celebration was over?”
Liarte thought the celebration in the Blue Rose Garden was everything, but her birthday was not over yet.
“I’m going to look at the presents I prepared, Lili.”
Other people’s gifts were normal.
But Carmen and Aaron didn’t seem to have prepared a normal gift.
“It’s hard to have too much.”
“It’s all right, Grandpa.”
Aaron was often making the mistake of calling himself grandpa in front of Liarte these days.
“Grandpa, don’t you want to be nice to your grandchildren?”
“It’s a pity that you’re the real grandson, and so is he.”
At Michael’s words, Aaron rather pointed at Carmen.
“Does that mean that there are other gifts besides the one here?”
Even a single blue rose was prohibitively expensive.
Moreover, Carmen said that he had bought so many Blue Roses that she wouldn’t find any more of them for the rest of the year.
“Of course I do, there’s a lot to give. Don’t look down at Birce’s wealth.”
While Carmen spoke calmly, Liarte opened the small box from Aaron.
Inside was a jewel ring that looked a little thick.
A lion made of gold with eyes made of rubies.
It was a ring that could be opened.
The ring was so large that it fell out of her fingers easily.
Liarte looked at the ring and noticed that certain parts were pressed.
She pressed down on the small part and heard something interlocking.
A complex seal was seen inside the ring.
At that moment, even Carmen was surprised.
“Isn’t this the seal you always use for work?”
Aaron nodded his head.
“You can buy anything with it, Liarte.”
He didn’t even know what he had done wrong. Liarte stopped her happy expression, but only for a moment.
“I can’t take this. If it’s a ring, maybe but not a seal.”
“If you take a picture, you can pay with my name. You don’t even have to take responsibility.”
Only Aaron knew that it wasn’t such a problem.
“Your feelings are enough. Thank you, I am very happy.”
Aaron couldn’t believe Andre dissuaded him when he chose the seal.
As soon as he turned away, he thought to ask her why but decided to just shut up for now.
“This is my present.”
Carmen’s gift was a paper envelope.
“The land is undisclosed, and this is a document that bought the entire land because it was annoying to stop by the art studio.”
There were only a few papers at the bottom.
“Ah, yes. This is real.”
Carmen removed the paper at the bottom and handed it to Liarte.
It was a certificate of entitlement to people. It even looked like a slavery document.
“They’re the ones who lost so much light or did bad things. So you can do whatever you want with them.”
The problem was, they were high-ranking nobles around the Emperor.
“This person is….”
Liarte pointed her hand to the name of the Marquis.
“My slave. Now he belongs to you. You can ask him to do anything. Maybe you’re a spy now that you’ve infiltrated the Empress’ sect.”
Liarte had never received a birthday present before, but she could tell this was the wrong gift.
This time, Aaron stopped Carmen.
“Are you crazy?”
“I’m out of my mind.”
It was because Carmen had given the Marquis the manpower to remain loyal for a long time without being betrayed.
While the father and son were having a conversation, Merlin also handed Liarte her gift.
Merlin was more dexterous than she had expected.
Liarte smiled in full bloom at the small metal necklace that seemed to have been made by Merlin herself.
“I’m so happy, Merlin.”
She hugged Merlin tightly.
Aaron and Carmen were looking at them somewhat despondent.
“Next is my present, isn’t it?”
Michael came up and gently wiped the tear marks on Liarte’s cheeks.
“Even if you cried because you’re happy, my heart was pounding. But I’m glad you’re happy.”
It was a touch that he did to precious beings.
“These are what I have prepared.”
What Michael pointed to were exactly 17 boxes.
Liarte opened the 4th box among all of them.
A small teddy bear that a child would like was inside.
“It’s for you, at four years old.”
In that unexpected remark, Liarte looked at Michael.
“They are birthday presents from your first birthday to now. You can open them whenever you want.”
Another box contained a gift she wanted at that certain age.
Perhaps he remembered everything Liarte said.
At the same time, he would have considered a gift appropriate for her age.
“I just wanted to say thank you for being born on all your birthdays.”
Liarte hugged Michael and buried her face in his chest.
This was more than what Liarte had dreamed of in her life before her regression.
Michael’s gift to young Liarte.
Before her regression, it suddenly occurred to her that she, in the past, was also saved by Michael.
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