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At lunch, the immediate relatives of Birche gathered at a long table and sat down.
Publicly used fancy restaurants weren’t really used originally.
It was when Liarte arrived that the three men of Birche, who were individualistic, began to eat together.
“Come on, Lili. Sit next to me.”
Carmen smiled with his eyes and reached out to her.
Aaron also called Liarte with an expression of anticipation.
Having become accustomed to this war of nerves, she sat exactly in the middle of the two.
“I’ll sit here today.”
However, in spite of this, Aaron, Carmen, and Michael moved around her.
Merlin thought this little exchange was wonderful and warm.
“I don’t think I’ve seen Carmen very often lately.”
Liarte said while eating.
“I had something to prepare. There was little else to deal with.”
“Did something happen?”
“I received a complaint saying that I bought all the blue roses, so I sent a direct reply.”
As soon as Liarte’s birthday approached, Birche swept the blue roses away, so did Michael and Aaron.
“You don’t have to give me that many roses next time.”
“When I saw Elheim suddenly questioning about the blue roses, my body moved immediately.”
Carmen shrugged and smiled. This time, Aaron also sent a silent sympathy without using the expression “fox club”.
“Why did Elheim want to get the blue roses?”
“They would have thought of sending you blue roses on your birthday.”
Liarte suddenly wondered what the people outside thought of her.
“Do you believe they can persuade me with flowers?”
“Honestly, to some extent, I thought so, so I wouldn’t have bought the blue roses.”
That’s why Carmen, who was offended, bought all the roses of the Empire.
He got down to business.
“So I have a suggestion for you, Lili.”
“What is it?”
Carmen, as usual, was a great talker. He laughed as he succeeded in getting Liarte’s attention.
“Let’s have your coming-of-age ceremony.”
It was an unexpected idea.
The coming-of-age ceremony was originally to be held by the family where the immediate lineage of the Awakener was born.
Furthermore, Liarte was now 17 years old on her birthday.
“If you hold a coming-of-age ceremony in Birche, everyone will know that you are our child.”
Carmen and Aaron were like fathers and grandfathers to Liarte.
The two taught her that they could be a family without being related by blood.
Liarte’s grandparents died early. However, even if they were alive, they would not like the Unawakeners.
“However, the time for my Coming-of-age ceremony has already passed.”
“I don’t care.”
“Who would dare refute Birche’s offer? Ah, I even thought about giving you the last name of Birche.”
Somehow, it seemed like a strange fit, but then it didn’t.
“However, I thought it would be better to decide your surname after a lot of time has passed. Birche isn’t a very good surname.”
If Liarte wanted to marry Michael and become Birche’s mistress, Liarte Birche wasn’t really that bad.
“You can now be the Lady of a new family, or you can purge people and become the Duchess of Elheim if you want.”
Elheim was a strictly hierarchical society.
It wasn’t wrong unless there was currently a person who had a stronger water ability than her.
“Or you can live without a surname. Being a commoner is better than being an aristocrat. Aristocrats have to pay a lot of taxes.”
Aaron stared fiercely at Carmen after his nonsense. Carmen returned to the main point after meeting Aaron’s gaze.
“Anyways, let’s think about your last name later. I want to hold your coming-of-age ceremony, Lili.”
It was something she had never thought of until now.
“You can leave this situation and think about what you want to do.”
She answered immediately without any hesitation.
“I want to do it.”
She wanted to show others that she was a member of Birche.
She saw Lian’s Coming-of-age Ceremony once, so she didn’t have much greed for the coming-of-age ceremony itself.
“Where is the best place? The Imperial Palace? Or Birche?”
Carmen made a mockery of the palace.
“Oh, did the palace burn down?”
She heard that the severely burned Crown Prince’s palace was still undergoing reconstruction.
“It’s sad. If you tell me the place you want, I’ll hold the ceremony anywhere. People will call you whatever they want.”
Liarte shook her head at the unbelievable words and asked.
“Did you just say Birche?”
“You heard it right.”
Before her regression, she was the Duke of Birche who never opened up to the outside no matter what.
Birche was a closed family.
There was a deep forest in the family where their ability was released, and their enemies kept trying to come in, so it was worth keeping the gate closed.
“I thought it would be nice to open the gates. I realized it because of the fire caused by the Crown Prince. An accident that will happen anyway is bound to happen.”
Although it will be difficult to break in now because of the dense surveillance personnel.
“However, that could put Birche in danger.”
“That’s fine, Liarte.”
Michael wiped the cream off Liarte’s finger with a handkerchief.
Originally, Birche intentionally left a loophole in their security. It was to catch a spy in reverse.
Thanks to this, the smell of blood in Birche did not stop until Michael organized the family to bring in Liarte.
“If that’s the case, I’ll compromise.”
In fact, there was only one place Carmen had in mind from the beginning.
“There is an annex that is not used now except for the Duchy of Birche. It’s almost like a Castle.”
Birche’s Mistress was life-threatening.
There were usually two types of people who took such risks and got married.
Like Aaron Birche, who got married on a whim, and Carmen Birche, who made deals for each other’s interests.
Therefore, most of the previous Duchesses of Birche were extravagant and clever.
It’s Carmen, Aaron hates it so much that there was no reason to hold a banquet until he used the annex.
“It’s fine if it’s the annex.”
Liarte, who answered yes, stared at Michael.
“What did you do at your coming-of-age ceremony?”
She was told that Birche’s successor held a coming-of-age ceremony.
However, she remembered that there was no such thing as inviting distinguished guests like that in Elheim.
“Well, there wasn’t much. I didn’t feel the need to call in worthless people. But there were many people in Birche, so it was normal.”
“Like the coming-of-age of Lian?”
“I spent more money than that.”
He didn’t bother to say how much because he thought she would be surprised to know how much money he spent.
“What I remember is that I had a normal ritual.”
The Owners of the Awakener Families were supposed to give a small ceremony to their immediate family who had reached adulthood.
“My father used his power and put his hand on my head and said something in Ancient Language.”
The basis of the coming-of-age ceremony was for the immediate child to have a stronger vessel.
In the case of the twins, their souls were connected before the ceremony, so it was okay to hold a ceremony for only one of them.
“What should I do at the coming-of-age ceremony?”
Liarte asked a serious question.
Just because it was a coming-of-age ceremony held in Birche, people would run and bow their heads.
They would be satisfied even if Liarte didn’t do anything.
“You don’t have to think about it deeply. The important thing is to let them know that you belong to us. If you leave them alone, everyone will enjoy the ball on their own.”
“It’s no different from any other ball.”
“That’s what it is. Is there anyone I should invite or stop from coming?”
No one came to mind.
“No, I don’t think there’s anyone like that.”
There was no one to invite and no one to ban from entering.
Elheim was forgotten to the point where they didn’t even think of stopping them from coming.
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A companion of the Crown Princess Ninian and an Awakener of the Brainwashing ability raised by the Crown Prince.
Hestel was passing by the corridor filled with paintings.
This was the place where the painters kept the paintings they submitted anonymously.
In the future, they would be able to select the works to go to the finals here and return the rest of the paintings.
The scale of the painting contest was the largest in history because of the participation of the nobles.
The genius painter, Jen Walker, who was passing by, recognized her and greeted her with a nod.
Thanks to the painters given to her by the Crown Prince, Hestel would make her name known as an outstanding painter.
It was a shot that attracted a lot of people that caught Hestel’s attention, who was walking around somewhat nervously.
‘I think that’s where the preliminary drawings are placed.’
Some of the paintings that would go to the finals have already been decided.
Hestel unwittingly mingled among the people.
There was a painting that both painters and nobles gathered to watch.
She saw a red color. Strangely, it was a painting that painted the world red.
‘Whose is it?’
It was the work of a painter that she had never seen before.
On the paper attached to the work, the title “The World” was written in neat letters.
Hestel had no talent but had accurate eyes for paintings.
This was real.
It was a real talent different from hers, which was manipulated by the Crown Prince.
People gathered in front of the painting and were in awe.
Hestel looked over the painting and felt a strange sense of inferiority.
‘This is not the time to pay attention to this.’
She had to practice her power to brainwash the Princess of Elheim.
In that way, Hestel tried to turn a blind eye to the shock she just received.
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