Chapter 1. Prologue
“This is a gift for Bernique, so I can’t make you the same thing.”
While Eryte was dejected at my words, Bernique’s dark face brightly lit up.
“By the way, why did the two of you suddenly spar?”
At a young age, even if they were four years apart, there was a lot of difference in strength and physique, and it was strange the more I thought of it, that the two of them, who had never sparred before, suddenly pointed their swords at each other.
Seeing that they’re both averting their gazes at my question, there really seems to be something.
I looked at the passementrie for a moment and decided to ask.
“Did you make a bet?”
At that moment, Eryte’s pupils shook violently, and Bernique’s body flinched. They did, They really did.
“With the passementrie I gave you?”
When I asked as if I was disappointed, Bernique who held his head up, shook his head wildly.
“N, no! Rosiane, it’s not like that!”
“Y, yeah, Rosiane, it’s not like that, really!”
Seeing this fierce reaction, I think I’m right.
“Yeah, okay. I’ll go. Have a good match.”
“Sister, this way.”
When I was ready to go back, Leav quickly guided me.
“Ro, Rosiane! It’s not like that……..”
At the voice of Bernique who was about to cry, I stopped walking and looked at him, then he slowly began to confess the full story of the incident.
“Today….. for the first time….. I came out with the passementrie you gave me……”
“But this guy was showing off. Of course I would want to have it right? It’s something that Rosie made and you’re cheaply keeping it all to yourself!”
Eryte intervened, perhaps frustrated by Bernique’s stalling.
“So then I said let’s have a match and the person who wins the match can have it, but then, he refused? My gosh, he’s a funny guy, I’m telling you.”
“Bernique refused, so why would Eryte take it?”
“Well. At first I refused, then later, I accepted.”
When I looked at Bernique to find out the truth, he was wiggling his fingers and miserably answered.
“He said, if I refuse to have a match, I have to ask you to make him the same thing.”
“Ahhh…. So you accepted the bet?”
“N, no, that’s, Rosiane! I didn’t say I’d give it away! I absolutely can’t give this away so I modified the terms……”
In a subtle mood, I frowned and waited for the backstory.
“If I lose, I won’t say much even if he asks you to make the same thing……… Instead, if Rosiane refuses to make it, then that’s it…..”
Eryte accepted the modified terms, and the match between the two was established. That was the end of the whole story behind this short match.
Ha. As I let out a sigh, their gazes fell to the floor.
“Are you mad….?”
Bernique raised his head slightly and asked. Of course I wasn’t mad at all. I was just speechless.
As I was lost in my thoughts, the sky showed signs of noise. Tuk. Light raindrops fell on my head, then it changed momentum and began to pour sharply.
“…Let’s talk about it again later.”
* * *
I left the three behind and quickly went to my palace, but when I arrived at my palace, I was already soaked.
“Oh my, Princess!”
Melissa, who saw my body shivering from the rain, quickly wiped my body with a towel and said to Jean.
[tn– i missed it in the last ch but Jan will be tled as Jean from now on]
“Jean, get me some water in the bathtub.”
Coming out after raising my body temperature with warm water, I glanced out the window to see that the rain was getting stronger.
I didn’t like rain that much.
Especially on days of thunderstorms, memories of my grandmother’s beatings as if she was a madman, was loathsome.
Before I knew it, I sipped the warm cocoa in front of me and looked out the window.
“Should I prepare more cocoa?”
“It’s all right, Jean.”
After drinking the cocoa, I laid on the bed and everyone in the room went back. When the lights were turned off, it was dark as if it was night because of the dark clouds.
I only put my face out and closed my eyes. The uneasy feeling did not subside easily, but rather it swelled up in my body continuously.
In order not to get caught up in bad thoughts, I remembered the good moments I had in the past.
Ironically, I remembered the half a year here, not the 25 years on Earth.
Just as I was about to feel a little better, a flash of light penetrated through my closed eyes. I immediately opened my eyes and looked out the window. Then a loud thunder came that shook the heavens and the earth.
I caught my breath. The smell of mold in the rented room hovered at the tip of my nose. On days like this, a ghost would come and torment me.
[tn- the rented room here refers to the one in her past life]
Mean old lady. To think that you’re this vicious even in death. I pulled my blanket over my head and covered my ears.
“Why are you the only one alive!”
It was as if I could hear the voice of my resentful grandmother. It was said that the day my parents died was a day when it rained heavily and there was thunder and lightning.
Perhaps that’s why, but when there was thunder and lightning, she became more violent than usual.
It’s annoying. You’re not even here anymore. You’re not even anywhere. Why are you still trying to eat me up like this?
My grandmother’s face suddenly popped out in my closed eyes.
I couldn’t scream and tried to leave the room with my blanket thrown out. But Sir Boyd blocked me from leaving the room.
Tears flowed out profusely and I hung on to the warmth, unable to breathe. Looking at me gasping for breath, Sir Boyd showed signs of embarrassment for the first time.
“Breathe, Your Highness!”
The urgent voice at that moment, made me come to my senses in an instant. Because he kneeled at eye level, I faced his eyes, which looked black in the dark.
I panted in his arms for a moment and then slipped out. I buried my face in my hand and took a slow deep breath.
Calm down, it’s okay. My breathing gradually returned and I rose up from my seat. Still on his knees, he looked up at me.
A flash of light shot from behind, clearly drawing his face. I dropped down again and covered my ears. Reflexively, my body slightly trembled.
Huu, it’s okay. It has to be okay. Once again, I took a deep breath and got up then headed to the bed.
A weak voice leaked out.
“…Please hold my hand.”
When I was about to run out and found warmth, there was a very subtle but calming feeling in my heart.
“……I will obey your order.”
He approached me who was lying in bed without saying anything further.
A big, rough hand landed on my soft palm. Feeling warm, I fell asleep as if fainting.
When I woke up, it was after the rain that seemed to devour everything had stopped. I grabbed my muddled head and looked at Melissa, who woke me up.
“Princess, you have to eat.”
You even skipped lunch. Her grumbling voice was full of affection, so I smiled softly at her.
“Yes, I have to eat.”
“Don’t you think you should let go of his hands before that?”
Hands? When I looked down at my hands, I saw that Sir Boyd’s large hands, which I had held before I went to bed, were still overlapped with mine.
“Oh, excuse me, Sir Boyd.”
Even if Sir Boyd goes to Erdos straight away and says he doesn’t want to be around me, I’d have nothing to say.
How many hours have I been doing this? Embarrassed by my untimely disgraceful behavior, I quickly let go of his hands and got out of bed.
Huh, my leg strength….
My plummeting body was lifted up by Sir Boyd before it hit the floor, barely escaping from crashing.
Oh, my head is ringing. I blinked my eyes slowly.
I was laid back on the bed by his hands. Melissa put her hand on my forehead.
“I will need to call a doctor.”
She quickly left the room.
“Thank you, Sir Boyd.”
I lay blankly behind Sir Boyd, who bowed his head briefly, the door swung open and a doctor and Melissa entered.
“You have a cold. Your Highness.”
The doctor who meticulously examined me, prescribed the medicine right away. It hasn’t even been that long since I got out of bed and now I’m back to bed.
I was only rained on for a short time, but even if it’s weak, this body seems too weak.
“Jean, will you go tell His Majesty that we will not be able to have dinner together tonight?”
“Yes, I’ll be right back!”
She moved as soon as she finished speaking. Melissa quickly disappeared into the kitchen, saying she needed to prepare a special soup.
Now all that remained in the quiet room was me and Sir Boyd.
I can’t imagine how uncomfortable he must have been, holding my hand from below for a long time, so I pointed to the bedside chair. He shook his head.
“It’s all right.”
“It’s an order.”
He kept his mouth shut at my words.
“It’s an order….”
As my fever seemed to rise higher than
earlier, I closed my eyes and mumbled, then I heard the sound of a chair being dragged.
I opened my eyes and saw him sitting in a chair like I said. I’m a little relieved now.
* * *
I woke up from a light sleep because of a murmur.
“Oh dear, our little sister, what should I do!”
“As long as brother will be quiet, there won’t be a problem.”
“The small one is acting up?”
“Aren’t you small, too?”
They were talking quietly, but when several people were speaking, it got louder so I opened my eyes.
On the right side of the bed stood Bernique and Leav, and on the left stood Nanuk and Eryte.
“Deus, we need to talk.”
Sir Boyd followed Erdos to a corner.
“Rosiane. Are you all right?”
Bernique grabbed my hand and asked.
Maybe because of what happened during the day, I felt him sneaking glances at me.
With a short answer, I tried to raise my upper body from the bed, they rushed in to help me lean on the head of the bed.
Nanuk, who placed a soft pillow on my back to support me, put the back of his hand on my forehead.
“You still have a fever.”
I lowered my eyes slightly because I liked the cool sensation.
“Rosiane, how are you feeling?”
Before I knew it, Erdos grabbed the back of Eryte, who was in front of me, and pulled him away then asked.
“I’m okay, except for a bit of a dull headache.”
The cold is a cold, but it seems that my head hurts from crying.
At my words, Erdos’ cold hand came up on my forehead. I felt good because the big hands covering my forehead felt cool.
While I closed my eyes and cooled down, Melissa, who had disappeared, appeared as if the meal was ready. Oh, come to think of it…
“What about dinner?”
It didn’t seem like it took too long for Jean to leave and come back, but I don’t think he ate that quickly. When I asked, Erdos answered.
“I came right away because I thought it would be better to be together.”
When I looked at Erdos with a slightly startled expression, he smiled softly.
“It’s lonely to eat alone.”
Actually, I wasn’t alone. Melissa is here, Jean too, and also Sir Boyd.
Besides, doing something alone is as familiar as breathing, so I didn’t think it was that lonely.
Did I feel lonely when I was sick alone? For a moment, I remembered a day. Certainly, having someone by my side was reassuring.
Thinking that there are a lot of things that I learned for the first time when I came here, I blankly looked at the huge bed tray placed on the bed.