Chapter 1 - Prologue
The importance of a Stern in the Berg estate, with its frozen lake, was more prominent than elsewhere. However, most of the Sterns were arrogant, having only one or two of them on the continent, and Seria Stern was particularly evil. But that was a long time ago. Viscount Issac, who was in charge of Lina’s class, said with a smile.
“Lady Seria has changed a lot since a year ago.”
The number of times she appeared at balls and parties were gradually decreasing. But that didn’t mean she completely left the social world and went into seclusion. She was slowly changing her routine to convince others.
“Only after that had she gotten on good terms with Marquis Kalis Haneton.”
Very few knew that Seria had healed Kalis’s arm. Of course, Viscount Issac did not know about this either. Lina, who asked for detailed information about Seria Stern, nodded at the Viscount’s words.
“I see. That’s why she was able to get engaged to Kalis.”
It was time for a break. Lina got close to the window to look outside as it was noisy. Her appearance, which seemed like she was about to fall out of the window at any moment, made Viscount Issac turn pale.
“Saintess, it’s dangerous!”
“Oh. I’m sorry.”
“Your body is still weak…..”
Lina was in a very fragile state because of her divine power that was running through her body. High-quality bandages were wrapped around her arms, legs, and thighs because there were yellow bruises all over her body due to being unable to bear the divine power. She was fortunate to have Marquis Kalis Haneton and Grand Duke Lesche Berg here. They were one of the heads of the seventeen Imperial families. It meant that they were the people who had the power to control the divine power to some extent. Thanks to Marquis Haneton’s dedication in providing her appropriate treatment, Lina’s bruises showed signs of recovery.
“You seem to be very close to Marquis Haneton.”
“Yes. Kalis has a good personality.”
“Well….” At Lina’s intimate words, Viscount Issac made an expression of slight embarrassment.
“Saintess? You can’t call Marquis by his name so casually in public.”
“Since Marquis Haneton is about to marry, there may be some bad rumors.”
“Really? No way!” Lina burst into laughter. “Kalis and I are just friends.”
“It’s the nobles here that don’t think so.”
“But….” Lina, who was confused, said, “Kalis also calls me by name….”
“I see.” The Viscount nodded. “Then I will have to talk to Marquis Haneton later.”
It was then that the situation outside the window became noisy and they turned their gaze. Then Viscount Issac said.
“Lady Seria Stern must have returned from the glacier.”
Like Viscount Isaac had said, Seria Stern had just returned on horseback. She was wearing a white fur cloak and her cheeks were red due to the cold. Seria had visited the glacier every day. And there was also Kalis Haneton. A bright smile blossomed on Lina’s face as she waved by the window greeting him.
“Kali……!” Lina stopped what she was about to say. It was because Kalis approached Seria after she had just returned after a month and he covered her cold cheeks with his hands. Then they started a conversation. Lina couldn’t hear what they were talking about, but Kalis was often worried that his fiancee had a cold, so it was clear that it was something like an affectionate nagging. They looked like lovers no matter how she looked at it. Lina lowered her hands and watched them silently for a moment, then asked abruptly.
“Why does Kalis’ fiancée go to the glacier every day?”
Viscount Issac tried to criticize her once more, but Lina’s eyes were too pure. And she came from a different world so he figured he had to teach her slowly.
“Because she is a Stern. It’s a kind of good deed that only a Stern can give in winter. In recent years, she has been very sincere, and there has been a lot of praises in Berg estate.”
“I envy her…”
Lina, who muttered to herself, asked carefully.
“What family is Stern from? Is she from a Duke’s family? Is she a princess?”
“Lady Seria Stern is the daughter of the prestigious Kellyden family in the West.”
“Wow, Kalis’ fiancée really has it all.”
Lina, who said so, suddenly wondered.
“But why is she not called Lady Kellyden, but Lady Stern?”