Thank you for the kofi, Puppynado85! (8/24) done~
“Until the match ends tomorrow, stay quiet… I won’t let you go if you leak even a word.”
Ellenia’s voice was as cold and calm as always.
One wouldn’t believe she was the one who saw a shocking incident a while ago.
Freya, who seemed to be staring blankly at a distant mountain, slowly turned her face.
“Ellen, I’m… I don’t know what the hell is going on.”
“Really… Isn’t this crazy? I didn’t expect that, but that rumour was actually….”
Freya’s reaction was not unreasonable. It was very natural.
Nevertheless, Ellenia could not control herself.
The anger rising in her exploded almost immediately.
Furthermore, ironically, she felt that her anger was directed not only to the Borgian siblings but also to everyone else.
“Didn’t you hear me tell you not to say anything? Do you take Omertas’ words as a joke?”
A chill cold enough to make her body shiver ran down her back.
Freya, who was staring at her friend with her purple eyes wide open, soon closed her mouth and bowed her head.
Somehow, Ellenia didn’t feel like apologizing, so she let Freya move away on her own.
Instead, she silently turned to the two shaken knights lighting the leaf cigarettes.
“But the princess just said not to say anything…”
“I knew something troublesome would eventually happen, so it’s just bad luck. She’s a part of the Omertas after all.”
It meant that this was the work of the Omertan family. And there was no need for a fellow Omerta to question her own family member.
At the same time, however, Omertas were also a part of the Longinus Knights. Paladins who pledged allegiance to the Holy Grail and defenders of the North.
“I don’t even know what I’m thinking right now. I-I don’t even know what I saw. Someone please tell me that a beast cub who had a crush on the Duchess crawled in and made us hallucinate.”
Ivan muttered with an unfamiliar look because he couldn’t get this incident out of his mind.
Seeing that he didn’t even say any swear words, he seemed to be quite shocked.
Camu, who released smoke from his mouth with a nearly similar look as Ivan, his unique feisty expression missing, hit Ivan’s side.
He didn’t seem much like a Paladin at the moment. Ellenia stopped frowning.
She also understood Ivan’s mood, but was this the time to talk about hypotheses?
“I agree that we have to keep it a secret until Izek finishes the game tomorrow…”
Camu’s slow tone was dry and rough in contrast to his pale face.
“What are you going to do next?”
“What do you mean?”
“The festival doesn’t end tomorrow, as you know. Are you going to keep your mouth shut until then?”
Whether or not to take into account the conflict with the Vatican.
Ellenia felt a headache building up.
It was not just that it was hard to tell, but if Izek heard what they just saw, they couldn’t guarantee how it would turn out.
In that situation, if Cardinal Valentino had not left Elendale, there would be no way to avoid the mess.
Not only the Pope’s people but also travellers from all over the world had gathered here.
At some point, Omerta’s loss of honour, as well as the international gathering on the continent, might create chaos.
“I know what the princess is thinking. There is no reason to bear the burden alone. But I can’t be a foolish fellow to do a favour to the brazen Borgian, keeping Izek in the dark until it’s all over. I’ll never let that happen. “
Ellenia blinked and looked back toward Ivan.
Ivan only smoked his leaf cigarette and said nothing. In short, Ivan also agreed with Camu.
It wasn’t too much. It was impossible to leave Izek ignorant in that way.
That would be plain cruel. The problem was how to deal with the aftermath.
Maybe it would be good. What should she do about this?
Her red eyes gently closed due to a throbbing headache.
The pale face of Rudbeckia she saw earlier seemed to hover in front of her eyes.
She wanted to believe that there would be some circumstances, but she felt out of her mind with anger.
As Ivan said, she would have rather hallucinated.
“…Do what you can do. I’ll do what I can.”
* * *
Should I say that it was rather fortunate that the dinner was held in Omerta Castle? It was funny.
As soon as I returned from the garden, I escaped from the dinner party under the pretext of not feeling well and stayed in.
Ronja and Lucille were also sent out.
Despite facing the worst situation imaginable, I didn’t feel anything because of it.
Shame, fear, and all the emotions I deserved to feel were just words that lingered in my head.
It felt like I was coming out of a wall and watching a person other than myself.
I buried myself in the bed and fell asleep. I probably woke up. In my dream, I went back and forth between the memories of my previous life and the present life.
A bunch of bad nightmares with creepy blue eyes chasing me everywhere.
The look in those eyes held me captive.
When I opened my eyes again, it was dark all around, and I was stepping on the grass barefoot.
I could hear the branches rustling in the wind. The white moon was floating in the black sky.
Was this a dream or reality? How long had it been?
I stopped moving. An eerie cry was heard from far away along the gentle wind that gently brushed my ears.
Was I hallucinating again? Or is it a banshee crying?
A banshee crying would mean someone in the family died. Nothing had happened yet.
Was I going to be the one to die? Were they doing a test to kill me? Or did they notice that I was already dead?
I knew. I was already dead. A dead soul who borrowed someone else’s body.
In a way, I was similar to a Golem. That was why the monsters liked me.
“Where are you going at this time?”
A subdued voice sounded. Almost a whisper.
I glanced back. In the darkness of the night, a woman glowing under the white moonlight came into view.
It was Ellenia.
Of course, it was her. I couldn’t read the expression on her pale and smooth face.
“Where are you going to run away again?”
She spoke in a strangely calm voice.
If I hadn’t remembered the memory from earlier, I would have said it was soft.
Maybe this was also a dream. That’s right, if it were Ellenia in real life, I would have been slapped by her now.
“Are you afraid I’ll tattle on you?”
Those red eyes as dark as red jade shook strangely.
As expected, the dream was too realistic. Laughter burst out.
“No one is asking me.”
“What do you mean?”
“No one is asking me what happened.”
“It doesn’t really matter because it’s always been like that, but sometimes I’m even confused about what the truth is.”
A strong wind blew in.
The texture of the grass under the soles of the feet was gentle. I felt like walking with the wind and took another step.
“You can’t walk around like this.”
“Oh, Ellen grabbed my arm. How fascinating.”
“Wow, frost mushrooms!”
I shook off Ellenia’s hand, ran and sat down in front of the sparkling mushroom.
It was possible because it was a dream, but if I did whatever I wanted in my dream, would something happen?
“It’s not a frost mushroom, it just looks similar…”
Ellenia seemed to be saying something, but I couldn’t hear it well.
Wait. I’d heard that sick monsters would recover with frost mushrooms. Would it work for me too?
I was a Golem. Even if it wasn’t painful, I was contaminated, maybe something like a purification effect will happen…
“What are you doing?”
Ellenia’s voice sounded like she was angry. Ah, now it was such an unrealistic dream.
“What are you doing now?”
“Don’t talk to me, I’m cleaning now.”
It felt quite good to rub my lips with fluorescent mushrooms.
The scent was good too. We could make lip balm with this. What was I saying, frost mushroom lip balm? I was the only one who could use it.
Oh, that scared me.
After suffering from nightmares all day long, I thought I finally had a good dream, but suddenly, Ellenia, who was standing still, was disturbing me?
She took my mushrooms and threw them away. What are you doing in my dream?
“Oh really? Ellen, you’re lucky you’re pretty.”
“Ah, let go of me. I need to purify with that. Otherwise, I can’t go back to that crazy man Izek.”
I turned my head around.
To be exact, Ellenia grabbed my face with both hands and made me look up at her.
I was annoyed, but her expression was so weird that I stopped without realizing it.
“It’s all gone.”
“It’s all gone, so, please… You can stop.”
(T/N: referring to whatever dirt that scum put on her lips.)
Oh. She only picked out strange words with a strange expression.
I raised my hand and touched Ellenia’s eyes. Her pretty eyes kept wavering.
“Lies. I can tell just by looking at your face.”
“… … .”
“You can’t fool my eyes. There’s always emotion in the eyes, right?”
The emotion in his blue eyes was longing.
It was just like what I saw in those red eyes that day. Yes, that was how I knew.
It would have been much better if it had just been acting for the people spying on me and him.
How could he do that? It was so funny that I couldn’t stop laughing. Both my past life and my current one are so funny…