Chapter 1. Prologue
“This dad doesn’t need anyone to protect him.”
But Erdos replied like that, stroking my head gently.
Well, it’s true… in any case, because he had the strongest power among all the emperors of all time.
I looked at the undisturbed man still standing upright at the end of the table, and eventually gave up on talking back and wiggled my fingers.
“Still, it’s too much for me.”
“Rosiane, this dad told you before.”
Erdos lifted me up and put me on the armrest of the chair, and made eye contact. The bright blue eyes gently embraced me.
“You are an Esteria.”
This body may be an Esteria, but not me.
“Nothing is too much for you. Because everything in this country is yours too.”
Warmth lingered from the hand that put my flowing hair behind my ear. With a determined expression on his face that he would never back down, I finally nodded and embraced Erdos.
“What should I call him?”
“Deus or Boyd, whatever you want.”
Sir Boyd, I tried to pronounce the name in a small voice.
Still, I thought it would be rude not to greet him properly when we would be together until the end of the national festival, so I came down from Erdos’ lap and approached him.
“Sir Boyd, please take care of me until the national festival is over.”
As I learned in etiquette class, I gently pulled up the end of my dress to greet him, and he looked down without a word. You must be a quiet person as seen.
I turned back to go to my seat and hopped on Erdos’ lap. Erdos said in a very impressed voice.
“That’s perfect etiquette, Rosiane.”
Starting with Erdos, everyone went ahead and spent time praising my etiquette.
Feeling awkward for nothing, I started doing something else, and it was observing Sir Boyd.
If it hadn’t been for the blinking of the eyelids, there was no movement, so it was like a figure. Hearing the ear tickling praise towards me, I saw that his face did not change color at all, so he seemed apathetic.
If it were me, seeing my master smiling like that, I would have turned my head in embarrassment. He is a great person in many ways.
[tn–i think the master here is Erdos]
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After dinner, I was on my way back to my room with Sir Boyd. Throughout the garden he was walking exactly five steps away from me.
Not one step more or one step less, exactly five steps. It would be better if I walked next to him, no matter how little his presence was, it’s uncomfortable being followed from behind. It’s not like we’re a baby bird chasing a mother bird……
When I stopped walking and turned around to look at him, his dark blue eyes turned towards me.
“Do you have to walk exactly five steps away….?”
I carefully asked as if I would accidentally displease him, and Sir Boyd answered in a very low and rough voice.
“If it bothers you, I’ll hide myself.”
“That’s not what I meant.”
I quickly approached him and grabbed his sleeve as he was about to walk straight away. Sir Boyd stared at the sleeve in my little hand.
“Since we’re going to be together until the end of the National Festival, wouldn’t it be better to walk side by side than from behind?”
“I will obey your order.”
I mean it’s not like it was an order, Sir Boyd bowed his head and answered as he would to Erdos. I was embarrassed because it was a different treatment. Eventually, I turned around and headed to my palace.
Like his answer to obey the order, he steadily walked beside me. We arrived at the room in a dreary silence.
“Princess, I heard you hurt your hand!”
Melissa ran over and examined my body. She sighed in relief, as the only thing left after the treatment with holy water was the protector.
“Oh my, this is……..”
“Sir Deus de Boyd, who will escort us throughout the national festival.”
Sir Boyd didn’t seem to want to answer, so I quickly introduced him before Melissa gets embarrassed.
“Sir Boyd, this is my nanny Melissa, my maid Randy.”
Except for Melissa, Randy, Amanda and Jan work shifts, so there were only two of them today. Sir Boyd responded by bowing his head lightly.
Somehow, I felt a little tired, so I immediately soaked myself in the hot water Melissa and Randy had prepared.
“By the way Princess, if it’s Sir Boyd…….”
Randy and Melissa, who were wiping my arms with a soft foam that smelled of flowers, asked.
Sir Boyd seemed quite famous. With a small nod, a sudden scream burst out of their mouths.
Randy said, with red cheeks.
“I was skeptical when I heard the rumors, but in reality, he’s a really cool person!”
“Yes, well, I don’t know if I can say this in front of the Princess but……..”
Randy hesitated and averted her gaze. There was no mention of rumors in the original work, so it cannot be possible. In an instant, I was curious.
“You see, people who have seen Sir Boyd show up next to His Majesty sometimes, say he’s very sexy…..”
Melissa quickly stopped Randy as the water level rose.
When I asked again, Randy, who came to her senses, contemplated and covered her mouth.
“Gasp, Princess. Please keep it a secret that I used such a word!”
Randy was a young maid about the age of a high school student. Randy’s face burned red as if it were about to explode when I tilted my head and asked because she was so cute, I wanted to be mischievous.
“Ah, nothing, I’m, I’m sorry…… Please keep it a secret…..”
“Hmm. Okay, I’ll keep it a secret.”
She pleaded and I stopped teasing her and closed my eyes.
In fact, if Sir Boyd was really that skilled, he probably heard all of the conversations here, but for the sake of the embarrassed Randy, I decided not to talk about it.
At the same time as my hard-working body relaxed, I felt sleepy. I was being washed in a half asleep state and only after getting dried could I lie down on the bed safely.
Sir Boyd was still standing at the door even after Melissa turned off the lights and left.
I called him, mumbling in silence.
“Sit on the sofa. Your legs must hurt…..”
The most difficult of the many part-time jobs I had was the part-time job where I stood still for hours. I’d rather be busy and work frantically then time goes by quickly, but when I’m standing still, a minute feels like an hour.
Sir Boyd did not exactly answer. But he also didn’t sit on the sofa. He just stood in front of the door and turned his eyes to me.
After seeing the expressionless Sir Boyd through my sleepy eyes, I fell asleep.
After finishing my breakfast, I wiped my mouth with a handkerchief. My gaze turned to Sir Boyd, who was standing in front of the door.
He’s been doing that since last night, don’t tell me, he’s also been like that throughout dawn till morning without sleeping?
“Have you eaten?”
Seeing that he closed his mouth and didn’t talk, it was obvious that he didn’t eat.
“Do you like toast?”
Glancing at the last toast wrapped in the wrapper, I asked him, and he answered without hesitation.
“I don’t eat while working.”
Come to think of it, I think I saw it in the original. It’s because it might cause a big trouble if you eat the wrong thing and get sick then leave the master’s side.
“When do you finish your work?”
He slightly lowered his eyes and didn’t answer. It felt like an atmosphere of, why is this little bean asking a lot of questions, so I hesitated before asking a question.
[tn– she’s referring to Boyd’s mood that’s like “why is this little bean asking a lot”…..]
“Did you sleep?”
There was no answer again this time. He really seemed to have stayed up all night at the door.
This makes my heart feel so uncomfortable. It already seemed like I stole him from Erdos, so I felt guilty towards Sir Boyd….
For him, who was saved by Erdos as a child and swore an oath to become a knight, being sent to me, even for a brief moment, was like exile.
For now, I decided to talk again after finishing the class and went to the magic class.
When the class began, Timofey checked my physical condition first.
“Hohoho, your mana has stabilized a lot.”
“Of course. You’ll probably feel mana soon. Hoho.”
As we were about to chat, Leav came in late.
He rushed to my side and sat down.
“How are you feeling?”
Today, I felt really light as if I could fly. I thought my whole body was going to ache from overdoing it yesterday, but I think it was god’s gift to warm up my body in hot water before going to bed.
Today, after finishing class with meditation, Leav and I went out to the garden to get some sunlight. For some reason, Eryte and Bernique were sparring at the training hall where we arrived at after walking here and there.
As if half-lying on the floor, I watched as Bernique received Eryte’s sword. I found something familiar in the handle of Bernique’s sword.
It was the passementrie that I made as a birthday present.
[tn— in simple terms it’s a tassel, istg i scoured google for hours to tl that]
After saying it was a waste and keeping it carefully, he finally put it on. The red decorations fluttering along with the red hair looked pretty cool.
During the spar, Eryte aggressively pushed Bernique, who smoothly let it slide.
After such a long time, the battle between the two ended only when the tip of Eryte’s sword was pointed at Bernique’s neck.
Clap clap clap. Leav, who caught a glimpse of me applauding, also clapped his hands together.
Bernique, who found me, rushed towards me.
“You were cool, Bernique.”
“Thank you, Rosiane.”
Bernique twisted his body as if embarrassed. But strangely, upon closer inspection, he had a somewhat sullen expression on his face. Is it because he lost the spar?
Eryte approached belatedly while dawdling . His eyes gleamed with strange anticipation. It was clear what he wanted, and I showed a small smile.
“Eryte was cool too.”
Perhaps my expectation was correct, Eryte twitched his lips to hold back his smile at my words.
“This brother has excellent skills in swordsmanship.”
But then, with a proud expression, he put his hand on his waist and smiled. The playful Indian dimples slipped in.
[tn–google what indian dimple looks like, it’s very cute]
“So Rosiane, can’t I have that?”
Eryte’s finger was pointing at Bernique’s passementrie. What are you saying all of a sudden.
“Of course not. It’s a gift for Bernique.”
Eryte pouted at my stern reply.
“Then make me one too!”
When I glanced sideways at Bernique, I noticed that he was looking at the floor with a sad look on his face for some reason.
Hmm? It’s suspicious? Being sullen from a while ago….. There’s definitely something.