SMCS Ch 11 — What, There Are Shitty Situations Like This Too?!

General Leonon accompanied me all the way to the County in Aurea, just like he had when I had come to the knights compound.

“Thank you so much, Commander. I don’t know how I’ll ever repay you…”

I bowed down over and over again to express my deep gratitude. However, he didn’t seem to be relieved until the end. 

“No, please don’t say such things. And if there’s ever a problem… please feel free to contact me whenever.”

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General Leonon accompanied me all the way to the County in Aurea, just like he had when I had come to the knights compound.

“Thank you so much, Commander. I don’t know how I’ll ever repay you…”

I bowed down over and over again to express my deep gratitude. However, he didn’t seem to be relieved until the end. 

“No, please don’t say such things. And if there’s ever a problem… please feel free to contact me whenever.”

I laughed for no reason when I saw him rub his neck sheepishly after talking. It seemed to be a habit that came out whenever he felt shy. 

Leonon quickly added a few additional words, like someone who was trying to erase their embarrassment. 

“Although I might receive the letters a little late if I’m out handling something, it won’t go over a day’s time unless something extremely important has happened. And…”

“Yes, please go ahead.”

“If I ask you how you’re doing from time to time… would that be alright?”

I was a little touched by his unexpected words. 

Leonon was the first ‘person I could rely on’ since I had come to possess this body. Since I didn’t have a friend I could trust and give my heart to when I had been trapped in the Duke’s mansion. 

Although it had been to sell shares, it was also true that I had gotten closer to him than anyone else during the time we had spent together. Apart from not being able to sell shares with him, I also felt that it was a shame for me to part with him already.

But from what he said, I now knew that I wasn’t the only one who felt the same way. There was a side of my heart that felt rather emotional. 

I responded with a bright smile and nodded vigorously.

“Yes, of course!”

A smile that seemed as if it had been drawn on appeared on the slightly flushed face of Leonon, who was standing there.

Even so, he hesitated for a long time, as if he still weren’t relieved, before finally managing to get back into the carriage. 

After watching the distant back view of the carriage for a while, I finally took a step forward after the carriage had disappeared around the corner. And stood in front of the flashy golden gate that towered high above me.

‘Is this really the Mayred Country…?’

I had no choice but to doubt my eyes. Was this imposing grand mansion really the right one?

The building, which could be seen at first glance peeking over the fence, was so large and splendid that it was even comparable to Duke Periot’s mansion. 

The mansion of Count Mayred which I had seen when I first opened my eyes when I possessed this body was so old that it seemed to be on the verge of collapse. Not only that, but the clothes of the maid who had served me were also extremely worn out and shabby.

I still couldn’t believe it, so I went to double check it, again and again, but it was definitely the name ‘Mayred’ which was engraved on the marble plaque. 

Leonon had been the one to guide me here in the first place, so I couldn’t have come anywhere else.

“I guess our family’s situation has improved.”

Not knowing how to get in, I ended up snooping in front of the door for no reason until two people who looked like gatekeepers came out. 

Did I perhaps look like a suspicious person? Even if I had been misunderstood like that, I couldn’t do anything but open my mouth to hurriedly make some sort of excuse.

“So, actually, I’m…”

“Y-Young Miss! Welcome back!”

They shouted loudly and bowed their heads hurriedly, even before I had started to consider how to make myself seem less suspicious to them. 

Instinctive… no. It was an action that seemed almost mechanical. 

Did they recognise my face right away? It would’ve been a little easier for me if I could also remember who this person was.

This seemed to be the first time I felt sorry for leaving the County too soon. 

As I entered under the guidance of the gatekeeper, I was able to see the state of the mansion at a single glance. 

The windows of the three-story mansion boasted beautiful patterns on the enormous-looking elaborate stained glass. Both large and small fountains were built in the beautiful garden which was filled to the brim with a variety of flowers.

‘That’s a bit weird?’

The sound of Periot’s voice as he laughed at the fact that the Mayred family wasn’t able to contribute anything more than the meager annual tax lingered in my ears. They moved to such a grand mansion, yet couldn’t afford to pay their taxes?

As I cut across the mansion through the garden, I could see a maid squatting down and snapping off a rose with her bare hands.

I nodded my head slightly and sent away the gatekeepers. Then, I carefully approached her from behind.

There was a lot of blood on her fingertips, as if she had been continuously stabbed by the thorns. However, the maid continued to move her hands diligently without resting. 

The sight of that made my eyebrows knit in a frown.

“A-Ahem.”

The busy hands finally stopped after I coughed for no reason in order to draw her attention. As she turned her head to look at me, the shock and astoundment that were spreading in her eyes that were wet with tears was extremely obvious.

“Y-Young Miss!”

An extremely urgent voice rang out.

“If Young Miss has come here…! N-No. W-Welcome back!”

She stuttered and almost lay flat on the floor. 

Seeing as she had recognised me at once, she seemed to know me well, but I couldn’t remember who she was at all. 

“I’m sorry, but who are you again…?”

No matter how much I thought over it, it was definitely my first time seeing her, so I asked her cautiously with my eyes squinted. 

“What are you talking about, Young Miss? It’s me! Joy!”

It was when the maid had spoken up and told me her name.

The front door suddenly opened, before someone appeared inside the mansion.

“Why is it so noisy in here?!”

Although I couldn’t see their face very well due to the dark shadows, I could definitely make out the red hair that was exactly the same as mine. 

That person was probably my older brother, Count Louis Mayred.

“Huh?”

Sure enough. 

The man who had come out shouting stood blankly in place for a moment and stared at me before soon shouting out a welcome. 

“Lorella! It’s really you!”

He ran toward me quickly and grabbed both my hands. Anyone could see at once that it was an attitude which was that of welcoming back a friend or family member one hadn’t seen for a long time.

I quickly bowed my head in greeting, afraid that I’d get caught making an awkward expression.

“…It’s been a while since I last saw you, Brother.”

“Just how long has it been, huh?! I’m glad you seem to be healthy too…”

The man even started to cry, as if he couldn’t control his happiness.

A slightly upturned nose, a particularly round chin, and even red eyes. He looked extremely similar to me. Even without having to check his name, anyone would be blue to tell that he was my brother. 

But… was our relationship ever close enough for you to welcome me like this? The letters he had occasionally sent to me didn’t give off that impression though.

I asked cautiously, looking into his eyes to probe his reaction just in case.

“You must be surprised that I’ve come to find you without contacting you beforehand all of a sudden, right?”

“This is your house too, so what’s this mention about contacting?!”

Louis Mayred jumped like a person who had just heard nonsense and started examining my face.

“Your face seems extremely haggard. It really breaks this older brother’s heart…! Wait, what’s this bandage on your foot? How did this happen?”

“I, actually, it’s a long story…”

“Let’s go inside first. We’ll talk more comfortably inside.”

The Count smiled brightly and took my hand before I could even finish speaking.

“Although I don’t know why you’ve come here without any prior notice beforehand, seeing as you’re safe and sound, I feel like I can let out a breath in relief.”

Honestly, I thought our relationship had been one that was like strangers, so it felt a little odd for him to treat me so affectionately.

Though, looking back on it now, there was nothing in his letters that indicated that our relationship was bad.

I followed him into the mansion, scratching the tip of my nose awkwardly.

*** 

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As Louis led me into the drawing room, I couldn’t even think to close my mouth. Although the exterior already looked dazzling from the outside, the inside was far more luxurious. 

Though there were also expensive ornaments scattered everywhere in the hallway, it was not at all comparable to the drawing room. The expensive furniture and decorations here and there were so expensive to the point where I couldn’t even begin to imagine the price. Is the thing on this tapestry a pearl? No way, was that a jewel on the wall too?

“Since we moved, I changed all the decorations to ones that were brand new. Do you like them?”

He looked back at me with a smile, despite the answer already being obvious from my expression as I looked around the drawing room. 

I sat on the edge of a sofa and nodded quietly. The sofa which was decorated with satin was also adorned with jewels on its armrests, making me even more cautious as I sat down. 

“Now, tell me, Lorella. Just what on earth happened to you for you to suddenly appear without contacting me beforehand?”

Louis sat across from me and leaned forward toward me. It was an attitude that displayed that he couldn’t stand his curiosity. 

When I was asked by him, I told him what had happened until now in a calm and collected manner. Of course, excluding the things about shares and cookies, but simply a brief summary of what had happened thus far. 

When I finished speaking, Louis’s lips, which had been stuck together, finally started to move again after a long bout of silence, perhaps because he was so shocked.

“S-So the marriage vows have been completely burned to a crisp?”

“Yes, that’s correct.”

“Huh… I can’t believe it. It clearly had the protection of divine power, so just how…”

He rubbed his face with a look of embarrassment on his face. 

It wasn’t unreasonable for Louis to be so surprised. Since the burning of marriage pledges was something which had never been heard of before.

“I know, right? I’m not sure what went wrong, but it seems like the divine power that protected it had somehow weakened.”

“No matter how much the master was away from his position, how could he be so negligent in taking care of things?”

It was a considerably sharp question. I quickly tried to search for the appropriate words to reply to him before I became even more suspicious.

“Come to think of it, I think I heard that the Duke was meant to call for the priests when he came back…”

While I was avoiding his gaze, I heard a knock from the door. 

When Louis told them to come in, the maid named Joy, who had been picking flowers in the garden earlier, and another maid came in with a tea set on a tray. 

“Pardon our intrusion.”

They began to set up the teacups with their hands trembling. The teacups clinked against each other and the sound of its clatter rang out loudly.

“Do you guys have to be this slow… tch.”

As Louis clicked his tongue at the sound, the maids lowered their heads even deeper. Their particularly rough fingertips along with their heads which were bent to the ground happened to catch my eye.

Both of them were full of so many untended wounds I felt my fingertips hurting just by looking at them. 

It was when I was overcome with pity and was about to ask Louis to call for a doctor for them.

‘Wait a minute.’

Suddenly, the appearances of the people in the Duchy flashed through my mind. 

My mother-in-law, Emma, who was stingy with everyone but herself, and the employees of the cold and dark mansion, who always had nothing but an insignificant cold and the like. 

They were also scared of Emma, but it wasn’t enough for them to avoid eye contact with her like this. Although Emma also wasn’t a great person who gave generous rewards to her servants, she also wasn’t vicious enough to pretend they weren’t sick or injured.

‘Sure enough… it’s weird.’

An unknown sense of incongruity had slowly been engulfing my body since earlier. I wasn’t sure why, but I even felt a sense of déjà vu, as if I had seen a similar scene somewhere else before.

“How long do you want me to wait for you? Just leave it and get out!”

Louis couldn’t stand it in the end and frowned while ordering fiercely, perhaps because the cautious movements of the maid made him feel suffocated. 

At his sharp shout, the maids quickly left the drawing room with their heads down. Louis continued to stare at the back of their figures with cold eyes.

“You must’ve suffered this whole time, Lorella. But you don’t have to worry about anything now”

When the maids finally fled the room and the door closed, a gentle voice rang out in the quiet drawing room, as if he had never lost his temper at all.

Though the voice was clearly one of affection, I strangely still felt goosebumps all over my body.

“From now on, this older brother will take care of everything.”

Louis got up from his seat and approached me, then held my shoulders and personally helped me to my feet. 

“N-No. Wait a minute. Now I need to file a petition to the imperial family…”

“Right, that’s quite urgent. But you’ve been on the road for a long time. You must be extremely tired, so don’t think of anything else and just get some rest first. I’ll give you the largest and most comfortable room.”

I ended up being pushed out of the drawing room by his hands. 

Without even having a chance to have a single sip of the freshly brewed black tea.

***

I was guided into a fairly spacious room.

However, the atmosphere inside was quite different from Louis’s words of promising me the largest and most comfortable room. 

Unlike the drawing room and hallways, which were full of a burdensome amount of ornaments, this room only had a bed, a small table, and chairs, making it a bleak and dreary sight. 

Thanks to this, I felt even more uneasy. The sense of incongruity that I felt as I entered the mansion continued to inflate in size.

“It’s weird. No matter how much I think about it, it’s so weird.”

After sitting in the chair and muttering to myself, I eventually jumped up from my seat.

“I’m sure Louis is hiding something.”

Once they swelled up, my doubts weren’t able to subside very easily. I couldn’t even rest comfortably like this now. 

In any case, I thought I should meet someone who would be familiar with the situation of the Count’s mansion in secret. Although it’d be a little more difficult to hear about more serious topics, it’d still be more helpful than not knowing anything at all. 

Naturally, the first person that came to mind was the maid named ‘Joy’. Since she seemed to know me quite well, and also seemed to have a sense of goodwill toward me. 

In addition to that, that strange reaction I saw when she had first seen me had constantly kept bothering me. 

I definitely needed to meet her. 

It was when I approached the door with that thought and grabbed onto the doorknob.

“…guard her. Don’t even let a single rat get in.”

“Yes, Count.”

The voice of Count Louis, which seemed to be giving orders to someone, sounded faintly beyond the door.

…What?

Again, an ominous foreboding made the back of my neck cold. 

I held my breath and turned the doorknob carefully. I made a small gap very slowly so that they couldn’t hear the sound of the door opening. 

An insidious voice flowed more clearly through the thin gap, like a thread.

“Don’t give any of the maids any access either until I give my permission. Do you understand? And just in case there’s someone who can help her waiting outside, we’ll post a guard right underneath the window too.”

“Yes, I understand.”

“She showed up on her own without me having to go and catch her, so I shouldn’t miss out on this opportunity.”

“Please rest your worries, Count.”

…There was no mistaking it. It was definitely about me.

I could feel my heart beating like crazy. The sound of my heart thumping was so loud that I couldn’t even hear what the two were saying very well. 

Are you locking me up? No way, don’t tell me, are you perhaps colluding with Periot too?

‘No matter what it is, I have to get out of here!’

It wouldn’t be too late for me to find out why they were doing this after I had gotten out anyway. 

I tried to relax and be as calm as possible by slapping both of my cheeks lightly.

And then I opened the door. 

I saw the shock on Louis’s face as he turned his head in my direction.

“Oh, Brother! What are you doing here?”

I pretended to be oblivious to everything and spoke in a bright voice.

“W-What’s the matter, Lorella?”

“The thing is…”

Louis couldn’t hide the fluster on his face and ended up stuttering. His eyes were darting here and there, as if trying to figure out whether or not I had heard him. 

I rolled my eyes inwardly and answered with a bright smile.

“I want to look around the mansion. There are also a few things I need…”

“I’ll order them next time. There are also quite a few messy and cluttered places since they haven’t been cleaned up yet. I can’t possibly show them to my younger sister who I haven’t seen in such a long time.”

Though both of his eyes were still shaking anxiously, his shameless answer still sounded out.

This bastard seemed to be a professional in feigning ignorance.

“And if you need anything else, just tell me.”

“But…”

He seemed to think that I’d just let it slide if he used his usual ways. 

I deliberately glanced at the soldier standing next to him, letting the end of my sentence trail off.

“I don’t mind telling this to you, Brother, but…”

“What?”

“It’s because I don’t want anyone else to hear it.”

When I hesitated and looked at my surroundings for a long time, Lewis finally reluctantly leaned in. With his forehead wrinkled, as if it were annoying. 

And as soon as his ears came close to my lips, I bit them as hard as I could.

Argh!

As soon as he screamed and wrapped both hands around his ear, I quickly turned around. And then began to run with all my might. 

“Catch that bitch right now!”

I raced down the hallway, leaving Louis, who was shouting raucously, behind. 

Whenever I breathed out raggedly, I got angry once again. 

I now knew why I kept getting that sense of déjà vu. That’s right, it’s a scene that I had seen countless times already.

To think that my ex-husband, the fucking psycho Duke of the North, and even the family that I had trusted were all nuclear waste!

Just what was this shitty cliche novel-like situation?!


ARGHHHHH PIECE OF SHIT BROTHER CHECK

i just knew he was a snake the minute mf yelled at maids smh

like u just know someone’s a shitty human being when they yell at hospitality ppl like bro ur getting angry for WHAT ??? they’re literally earning minimum wage wtf

SMCS Ch 10 — Let’s Continue to Stay in Touch!

“We should get going, Duke.”

“…”

The coachman cautiously asked in a faint voice, but Periot remained silent.

However, a knight in a black helmet who was with him noticed that the Duke had blinked slightly at that moment. It was something that was only possible because he was one of the few subordinates who were trusted by Duke Periot, who didn’t allow strangers to be by his side.

“He said to set off.”

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“We should get going, Duke.”

“…”

The coachman cautiously asked in a faint voice, but Periot remained silent.

However, a knight in a black helmet who was with him noticed that the Duke had blinked slightly at that moment. It was something that was only possible because he was one of the few subordinates who were trusted by Duke Periot, who didn’t allow strangers to be by his side.

“He said to set off.”

As soon as the order was given, the coachman slowly moved the carriage. Then the knights who were guarding him immediately dug their heels lightly into their horses sides. 

Although there were quite a number of knights who guarded the carriage in order to escort the Duke, not one of them even made a sound.

The only sound around them was the sound of the horses’ hoofs galloping down the rough dirt path, as well as the sound of small rocks hitting each other.

This was because of the unusual atmosphere of Duke Periot, who was currently in the carriage. It was such a vicious aura that even the subordinates who had worked by his side for several years did not dare to roll their eyes freely.

Periot silently gazed at the scenery outside his window, his face devoid of any expression. Unlike in the North, the leaves, which were all an abundant fresh green, quickly passed by those black eyes.

“Give me proof that I’m your wife! Show me the marriage certificate, you psycho bastard!”

In an instant, Lorella’s voice echoed in his ears. Although she seemed to have spilled a lot more words other than that, only those words of hers kept coming to his mind.

How the hell did she know that her marriage vows had been burnt? She wouldn’t have been able to confirm it since she was too busy trying to escape. There was only one answer he could think of.

‘The very person who started that fire must have told her.’

That wasn’t the only thing he was concerned about. The worried gaze of the Holy Knights Commander, Leonon, who had not even once, left her side.

As soon as he recalled such a scene, his sharp jaw twitched, then convulsed shortly.

“…Haa.” 

A rather low laugh escaped from between his lips.

Thanks to this, his subordinate, who was sitting across from him, couldn’t even breathe properly.

That was also because the Duke’s face, which had stiffened like a stone sculpture, and only jerked up the corner of his mouth, was the very picture of fear itself.

Although he had witnessed all sorts of horrific scenes a countless number of times while roaming the battlefield with Periot, this was the very first time he had been so afraid.

He continued to go over and continuously wipe the polished scabbard. Since if he didn’t, he flet as if he would suffocate under the heavy atmosphere.

But then, an indifferent voice sank into his ears.

“What could possibly break a barrier made from divine power?”

It was impossible for him not to realize that this question was referring to the divine power which protected marriage vows. The subordinate answered cautiously.

“Either strong black magic which directly opposes divine power, or it disappears on its own once the length on the protection contract expires…”

The subordinate was unable to continue speaking easily and paused for a while. However, it was clear that Duke Periot, had asked, despite knowing the answer himself, so he had no choice but to continue speaking until the end.

“It could also be broken with something that possesses a stronger amount of divine power than it. For example, a holy sword…”

The subordinate bit his lip after finishing the conversation with much difficulty. Only the sound of the subordinate gulping tensely could be heard, resounding throughout the quiet carriage.

“There wouldn’t be any other way, right?” 

“Yes. It’s strictly managed, so if there was another way, it would’ve already been made known.”

“…Right, then in that case, the confirmation should be finished quickly.” 

At that moment, Periot’s head slowly turned to the face the front.

“Unless Lorella has found another way.”

The subordinate couldn’t even answer, and bowed his head so low that his neck started to hurt.

All the while rubbing the goosebumps on his arm in the chilly air that was coming in.

*** 

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After Periot finally left, I just couldn’t bring myself to raise my head in front of Commander Leonon anymore.

Not only did I get a high-ranking Knight Commander involved in such a nonsensical thing, but I had even created a dark past where I had lost my temper and even cursed in front of him. The more I thought about it, the more embarrassed I became.

‘Now I understand why you didn’t reveal your circumstances.’

However, on the day I showed such an unsightly appearance to him, Leonon didn’t criticize me, nor did he think I was weird.

 ‘Don’t worry. I will protect you until everything has been wrapped up.’

No, rather, instead of criticizing me, he had even comforted me. Thanks to that, my heart was at ease.

…But of course, that didn’t last very long. 

“I’m going crazy, seriously!”

I tore at my hair as I shouted, staring at a system window in a room devoid of any other people.

“Why is such a guy to your taste?!”

What a preference!

A sigh leaked out of my mouth. I heard that filing a petition to the Imperial Palace was a fairly long and complicated process. I barely had enough time to hang onto that, but now I even had to embrace such an ordeal.

With my eyes wide open, I slowly read the last message that had popped up once again.

「‘Trying a taste of the obsessive maniac1 has bought 300 of your shares.」

「‘Trying a taste of the obsessive maniac’ smacked their lips and purchased an additional 200 shares.」

「Drool.」

“500 shares…”

What should I do?

Although it wasn’t an amount of sales that was enough to make my eyes roll into the back of my head, but it was still one that was hard to ignore.

Numerous contradictions in my mind repeatedly bloomed and withered.

After struggling for a while, I looked out the window and muttered to myself.

“It’d be better for me to listen to other people’s opinions rather than to make the decision on my own…”

But then I shook my head. Who could I consult about this? It’d be a relief just for me not to be treated as a lunatic.

If there was someone who I could confide in, then there was only one. And that was the person who had come to find me, saying that they were a guide, Winnard Veldrian.

However, even though I didn’t know, I could still roughly guess how he would answer. If you don’t, you’ll die, so in the time you’re using to think about this, even selling just one more share would be good.

Although we had only ever seen each other once, I was sure of it somehow.

Huuu…”

I took a few deep breaths and finally got up from my seat, clenching my fists.

“Okay, I’ve made up my mind.”

Then I proceeded to shout, as if proclaiming to the world.

“A lion won’t graze on grass, even when it’s starving!”

It was a decision I had reached after thinking for a long time. Just a few hundred shares, it’d be enough for me to just earn that elsewhere. It wasn’t as if there were only obsessive maniacs who could buy my shares.

So let’s never associate ourselves again with that crazy Grand Duke of the North! Right, that’d be better.

No, but wait. If we think about it again, a few hundred shares is still something… 

“What the heck!”

I slumped down in my seat, holding my head which was full of lingering regrets.

But then, I heard a knock at the door.

“Excuse me.”

Hearing that familiar voice, without even having to ask who it was, I quickly ran to the door and opened it.

“Commander…!”

My heart seemed to purify itself just by looking at that shining blond hair and those friendly eyes that seemed to resemble a puppy.

“I asked the priest and he said you were resting in your room, so… I didn’t know if I’d be disturbing you or not.”

“No, you’re not disturbing me at all. I was just about to take a walk since I felt so stuffy in here.”

“I see. As it turns out, I also just happen to be free right now, so would you like to go with me?”

I smiled broadly in a positive sense. 

Yeah, at times like this, the more diligently I had to work to sell to the hype king.

In fact, I stayed at the temple for a few more days after Periot left. It was just in the event that something unforeseeable would happen.

Meanwhile, Leonon would come and check in on my wellbeing in person whenever he had spare time. He seemed to be worried that I might have been shocked by what had happened at the lakeside.

Of course I was shocked. Not because of Periot, but for some other reason… 

I chatted with him about this and that and headed to the backyard full of white lilies. 

On the way there, we not only encountered some priests, but also a few members of the Holy Knights. As soon as the knights saw Leonon and I, they greeted us in a polite manner.

It wasn’t just that. The gazes that followed Leonon’s every step and gesture were full of admiration and loyalty, and when he occasionally stopped and asked how they were doing, they would rejoice like an excited boy.

To think that the popularity of the new Knight Commander, who was now in his third year, was this. I could once again feel how much Leonon was loved and trusted as a leader. 

Thanks to this, my heart became even heavier.

It was because I had belatedly recalled that this kind commander, who was loved by everyone, had been dragged into something extremely ridiculous by me.

What if I got stigmatized as a nuisance by the members of the Holy Knights Order? Everyone wouldn’t point at me while clenching their teeth, saying, ‘don’t you dare touch our Commander!’.

“Duchess.”

As I was walking with these thoughts in mind, I heard a friendly voice next to me. When I turned my head to meet his eyes, Leonon hurriedly corrected his words with a red face, as if he was flustered.

“Oh, my apologies. You wouldn’t really like to be referred to as Duchess.”

“It’s alright, Commander. Even so, if you could, please call me Lorella instead.”

“Alright. Miss Lorella. It’s nothing, but…”

“Without the Miss.”

“…Yes.” 

Leonon paused for a moment before whispering my name, Lorella, in a slightly lower voice. At the same time, I could hear the sound of shares being sold, as if they had just been waiting, but I waited for what he would say first.

“You said you had family in Aurea. That… were you talking about Count Mayred?”

Although it was a sudden question, I now had no need to hide it, so I meekly nodded my head.

As long as he knew that I was married to Periot, it wouldn’t have been too difficult for Leonon to find out who I was.

“I personally found out just in case. Duke Periot passed through Aurea and went straight back to his fief. Count Mayred wasn’t found to be in any danger either.”

“What?”

“I’m sorry that I just did what I liked. However, it seemed as if you had been depressed this whole time, so I wanted to give you some encouragement and good news…”

Leonon scratched the back of his head in embarrassment, then smiled kindly.

“You must have been worried about the safety of your family members. Both the Count, and everyone else in the mansion are safe. So you don’t have to worry too much.”

“Th-That’s right…!”

I didn’t hide the corners of my lips that went up in a smooth arc, but revealed it all.

Never once had I worried about the wellbeing of my family, nor of my brother, whom I had only seen once, but Leonon’s news was like a cool waterfall cascading down to a thirsty person.

Periot had returned straight to his fief!

Still, I was worried I would have had to continue staying in the temple just in case he had gone to over turn the County upside down. Of course, although it was a very comfortable place, and everyone was kind to me, I couldn’t be indebted to them for the rest of my life.

Especially since my brother, the Count Mayred I remembered in my mind, was a timid human being who couldn’t even look into Periot’s eyes properly.

Although I had only seen him once after possessing this body, there wasn’t anything else to think about since he had continuously trembled throughout the wedding ceremony.

‘Even if by any chance, my brother happens to overhear the news and tries to persuade me, it’d be enough for me just to hold on until I could put in a complaint to the Imperial Palace.’

After that, even Periot wouldn’t be able to do anything.

“I… I want to go and see how my older brother is doing, but would that be okay…?”

After thinking about it for a while, I opened my mouth and mustered up the most pitiful voice I could. Then, Leonon nodded immediately, as if he had already guessed what I would say.

“Of course. Just let me know and I’ll prepare a carriage for you right away.”

“Thank you. Then…”

As I was about to say that I wanted to ask for it right away, I suddenly paused momentarily.

Wait a minute. 

What if the situation turned out better than I had expected? Of course, it was my wish to just settle down in the County and remain there, but the problem was that there might not be any reason for me to come here ever again.

The excellent shares vending machine… that was Leonon, I might not ever be able to meet him anymore! That absolutely could not happen!

“…Commander.”

I blinked nonchalantly and looked up at him. Then, those eyes that were as blue as the deep sea, but were warmer than anything else in the world, met mine.

“I’m fully aware that the official headquarters of the Knights of Ecrestus isn’t a place for me to come and go without any business. I know that, but… would I be able to come back here again?”

“You’re saying something obvious again. If it’s Miss Lorella, everyone will gladly welcome you back here anytime.”

Although Commander Leonon smiled kindly and responded with a gentle smile, I shook my head violently on the inside.

‘No! This isn’t it!’

There was nothing for me to see in the knights if it was without him. Moreover, since he was a very busy person, there was a high possibility that I wouldn’t be able to meet him again, even if I went to visit the Knights Headquarters again as I pleased.

It would be better for me to make it clear and confirm it right here.

“So, what I’m saying is… I feel so sad to think that I may not be able to meet with the Commander again like I am right now…”

“Me?”

“Yes, so…”

I pretended to be on the verge of tears to no avail and continued to talk.

Although I wished that even a single drop of tears would flow out, nothing came out in the end, so I had to resort to lowering my eyes and covering my mouth with my hand.

“What should I do when I want to see you…”

At that moment, I could see the Commander’s eyes tremble slightly.

“Whenever you want to, you can contact me… n-no. I’ll contact you from time to time… to see you.”

Although I was concerned about his somewhat stiff voice, it fortunately didn’t seem as if he found it unpleasant or uncomfortable. Rather, he just seemed a little shocked by what I had said.

“Really? Then we can continue to meet each other?”

“…Yes.”

“You’ll come and see me, even if there isn’t a special purpose for the visit?” 

“Of course.”

“Oh, what a relief!”

I was so happy that I forgot all about trembling and being coy, and shouted out loud.

“Then, please promise me.”

I smiled broadly and quickly stuck my pinky finger out in front of him.

Leonon stared at my hand for a few moments without saying a word, then gently linked his pinky with mine. I didn’t know why, but his face suddenly became red, as if it were on fire for some reason.

Ding dong! Ding dong! Ding dong!

The loud sound of the bells rang out, one after the other. Beyond the screen, where the numbers had started to rise rapidly, I saw Commander Leonon standing among the lilies which were swaying in the wind, blushing.

It was truly such a beautiful and delightful sight.

[1] the word 광공 was originally derived from bl novels, but is now known widely across novels as a character who is overly obsessed with the female/male lead.


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SMCS Ch 9 — You’re Not Supposed To Eat That!

“Lorella.”

He slowly stepped forward while calling my name.

His black hair, which had been neatly arranged and brushed back, even on the day he had returned home after a long war, was for some reason, a mess, with bits and pieces of it sticking out here and there.

His eyes, which never always seemed to be aloof, no matter what the circumstances, were sunken and bloodshot, giving off an indescribably vicious atmosphere. 

Even his complexion was as pale as a corpse’s.

And by the way… why were his clothes also in such a mess?

It was the appearance of someone who had neither eaten nor slept for a few days.

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“Lorella.”

He slowly stepped forward while calling my name.

His black hair, which had been neatly arranged and brushed back, even on the day he had returned home after a long war, was for some reason, a mess, with bits and pieces of it sticking out here and there.

His eyes, which never always seemed to be aloof, no matter what the circumstances, were sunken and bloodshot, giving off an indescribably vicious atmosphere. 

Even his complexion was as pale as a corpse’s.

And by the way… why were his clothes also in such a mess?

It was the appearance of someone who had neither eaten nor slept for a few days.

In fact, although we had only met twice in the span of two years, I had still heard about Periot while I was living in the Duke’s residence. 

I was also well aware that he had knife-like nature which was famous for not leaving even a pen in his office just in any random place.

So it was hard to believe, even if I saw it with my own two eyes. How could such a Periot appear here in such a thoroughly ruined state? 

Perhaps I was dreaming.

“I just asked the two of you what you were doing right now.”

With each step he took, the long sword that was hung at his waist moved with an eerie sound. Thanks to that, I realised that this was in fact, not a dream.

Yeah, in fact, this wasn’t a dream, but rather, the entrance to hell, right?

As soon as I heard that frigid voice, the sprigs of flowers that were swaying to and fro with the wind behind Periot seemed to resemble the emaciated arms of the dead, beckoning to me to go to hell.

Even the once beautiful lake seemed to look like a black swamp of the dead, one which had no return once crossed. Goosebumps ran down my spine. 

Just why was that man here? Don’t tell me you came all the way here from chasing after me?

Just when and where did you start watching from?!

As I recalled what I had been doing until just now, I felt a chill envelop my whole body, as if all the blood from my body had just been drained from my body.

‘Th-Thankfully it was a failed attempt…!’

What would have happened if my eyes had really been filled just with shares and I had actually pressed my lips against his?!

The answer was fixed. I would’ve been sightseeing in the afterlife already.

Since no excuse would’ve worked on a psycho who imprisons people right away at just one word of his wife seeing another man…!

“Why can’t you speak? Are you perhaps suffering from aphasia1?”

While I hesitated to answer, Periot came closer and closer toward me. It was when I unknowingly took a step back in retreat due to the pressure he was emitting from his body.

“Hold on.”

Someone was blocking my way. 

A clean, white, and wrinkleless uniform underneath long blond hair.

“How surprising to meet you in a place like this. It’s quite far from your estate.”

It didn’t take very long for me to realise that the person standing in my way was General Leonon.

“Don’t tell me you came all this way just because of this person?”

The sound of the footsteps that were approaching stopped abruptly at Leonon’s question.

“Although I don’t know what’s going on, doing this here won’t be a good idea. There are many eyes watching.”

Even in front of this wretched Periot, who seemed to be possessed by an evil spirit with a grudge, Leonon still spoke in a calm manner.

Periot laughed briefly, as if he were dumbfounded.

“I should be the one to ask what’s going on.”

But he soon glared at Leonon with blazing eyes.

“Just what is the new head of the Holy Knights doing with someone else’s wife right now?”

The sound of his teeth grinding slipped out, and even reached all the way to me.

“What? Wife…?”

Leonon’s eyes, which were looking back at me slowly, were full of unmistakable shock. I couldn’t look him in the eyes, as if I had become a sinner.

Although I couldn’t tell him and hid it, I was still planning on being honest with him and apologising one day.

If only that crazy Grand Duke of the North hadn’t exposed everything like this!

“Yes, that’s my wife.”

At that time, Periot spoke while raising his chin arrogantly. His face was full of mocking laughter.

It was the same expression he had when I had handed him the divorce papers. When I recalled the memory of that moment, I started to get angry without even realising it.

“Who the hell is your wife? Who?!” 

I quickly ran past Captain Leonon.

“Give me proof that I’m your wife!”

“…What did you say?” 

Periot frowned with displeasure, but that didn’t matter to me. I wasn’t that angry or afraid, since more than anything else, I knew he couldn’t show any proof.

We only had a wedding and lived together for less than a day, and our wedding vows, which were the most important of all, didn’t even exist anymore!

Under the laws of this country, aristocratic marriages without a marriage certificate were considered null and void. It was something I definitely couldn’t be unaware of since I had wanted to escape from that hellish Dukedom somehow. 

I took a deep breath and delivered the final blow.

“Show me the marriage certificate, you psycho bastard!”

*** 

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At some point, before I knew it, the sun began to set as dusk began to settle in.

A rather chilly wind blew continuously from the other side of the lake. Periot’s disheveled hair also swayed alone with the wind.

Although it wasn’t my first time feeling it, I once again realised that Periot’s eyes were like a deep cave, devoid of even a single light. Those black eyes which were like obsidian somehow made my spine feel cold just by looking at it. 

During my stay in the Duke’s mansion, I had heard the servants whispering about his eyes, but I had never felt it as deeply as I did today. 

As I turned to face Periot, who was staring at me with a sharp force behind his eyes, my heart began to pound like crazy as the excitement and adrenaline rush from earlier gradually began to wear off.

However, I tried not to show it and stared at the man who was standing upright like a stone statue with all my might.

It was clear that he wouldn’t be able to pull out the marriage certificate since it had already been burned to ashes. And unlike the Dukedom, there were many eyes here, as well as Leonon, so he wouldn’t be able to forcefully drag me away.

So I wasn’t afraid anymore…!

“I’m a psycho bastard…”

The lips of Periot, who had been quietly muttering to himself, gradually curved into a smile. A smile that was clearly made by his cold face suddenly came to mind.

…No, actually, to be honest, I’m still a bit scared!

Why the hell are you laughing? Just where in what I said was so funny to you?

“Yeah, like you said, I can’t bring it out. But so what?”

He very slowly approached Leonon and I. Although Leonon was blocking me just in case of an unexpected situation, Periot’s gaze still remained directly on me.

“Once it’s in my hands, the fact that it belongs to me remains the same, Lorella.”

“Huh…”

I was taken aback and was dumbfounded at his easygoing whisper. What he had said was just so ridiculous that I didn’t even know what to say back to him.

Just when I was looking at Periot with my mouth agape, someone stepped out in front of me once again.

“Hold on.”

Beautiful blond hair that was clearly noticeable, even in the dark. It was Commander Leonon.

“It’s rather difficult to just pass over those words just then. Is it true that the marriage certificate doesn’t exist?”

Right, I was so angry that I had forgotten that the only person who could help me right now was actually right beside me. His calm voice felt like a ray of light from heaven.

I rejoiced and hurriedly opened my mouth.

“I’m telling you the truth, Commander! The vows have already been burned to ashes!”

Leonon looked me straight in the eye, like someone who was trying to see if I was lying.

It wasn’t unreasonable for him not to believe me. As a marriage becomes null and void if the marriage vows disappear, everyone makes sure to protect it in a variety of ways.

In particular, it was common practice for aristocrats of Duke Periot’s calibre to bring in a high-ranking priest and create a boundary with their divine power.

But for me, I had no choice but to hope that Leonon would believe me unconditionally.

“There was a fire in the mansion the day I ran away. If you ask the Duke’s serants, you’ll be able to find out that what I’m saying is true!”

I almost shouted in desperation and clutched his arm tightly.

“So, Duke Periot and I are no longer…”

“Lorella, that’s not where you’re place is supposed to be.”

At that moment, an ice-cold voice cut me off. 

When I turned my eyes, I saw a pair of indescribably harsh eyes look at me… No, to be more precise, he was glaring at my hand which was holding onto the arm of Commander Leonon.

However, rather than letting go of that arm, I held onto it even tighter. This was my only lifeline right now.

“Are you going to test my patience?”

Periot spat out each word, as if he were chewing, in a low voice that seemed to have been pulled up from underground.

Then, the expression on the face of him, who was striding toward me, became indescribably frightening. I swear, this is the first time I had seen such a hideous and vicious face in both my current and past life as well.

“I was wondering what you were so dissatisfied about that you’d even run away from home, so…”

However, in the face of fear, my anger outweighed my fear.

What are you so dissatisfied about? Those were the words I never wanted to hear from the mouth of the person who remained ignorant to the shame and humiliation I had been subjected to for two whole years.

“I guess I should listen to what you have to say at home. We should go back right away.”

“What are you talking about, listening to what I have to say?!”

I shouted and hurriedly hid behind Commander Leonon, as if I were going to argue with only my face peeking out. 

“Someone who was on the battlefield for two years and didn’t even bother to send a letter back, and now you want to talk?!”

 “Lorella.”

A rather low and cold voice seemed to grab onto the back of my neck.

“Whether you shout or swear at me, do it by my side.”

Wait, no, his hand which was clad in black leather gloves stretched out toward me without any hesitation, as if he really was trying to grab onto me.

“I don’t want to! Why should I?”

It was when I was about to sink down to the floor in order to resist and stay in place somehow.

“You should calm down.”

Commander Leonon tore Periot’s arm away. Holding onto his wrist tightly, he looked into Periot’s eyes and said.

“Aren’t you scared right now?”

It wasn’t that I was scared, but rather, I was trembling with anger… 

However, it seemed like I wasn’t the only one who was trembling with anger.

The voice that leaked out from between Periot’s lips also trembled with anger.

“…Leonon Berhardt. I’ve made it clear to you already.”

It was a voice so cold it couldn’t even be compared to everything until now, so cold it was enough to freeze your ears.

“I said that’s my wife.”

Shaking his hand off roughly, he glared at Leonon with a sharp gaze that seemed as if he would cut down everything.

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT GHDSLFKJFSD

“How dare you, a third party, do something so presumptuous?”

Periot’s remarks seemed to bear a blade as much as his ferocious gaze did. However, Commander Leonon showed no sign of agitation.

“I just want to help. You don’t need any qualifications to show goodwill. Furthermore…”

Leonon merely stood upright and continued to speak in a rather low voice. Although his voice was calm and quiet, it still felt somewhat firm.

“Isn’t this sort of action what they call, dragging away someone weaker than you by force?”

“What…?”

“That would include pursuing someone who couldn’t even run properly and even releasing dogs after them, or having armed knights attack a carriage.”

“Ha, how amusing.”

Periot smiled and swept back his hair. A black long sword suddenly appeared menacingly through the flapping cloak for a moment.

“I didn’t know that the noble Commander of the Holy Knights had a hobby of taking interest in other people’s wives.”

“You’re crazy. How can you be so vulgar?!”

“This is my last warning. If you keep meddling in my wife’s affairs, I won’t let you off.”

In an instant, the atmosphere started to freeze over. I was as if an invisible deadly sharp blade was dancing overhead.

Gulp.

It was when I hid behind Commander Leonon while swallowing my saliva, without even a thought of intervening.

Ding dong! 

「’The hype king of this area’ slams the keyboard with their head and buys 500 shares!」

Suddenly, a cheerful bell, which didn’t match the atmosphere, rang out. 

Ding dong! 

「SLdlkfsDSlkjd Ng%$#73SDFJKdkd)IfbwqlS23p9u@@@@87!!」

At the same time, an indecipherable message appeared on the system window. Just what on earth does this mean?

But thanks to that, I finally came to my senses.

Yeah, now wasn’t the right time to do this. Now is not the time to look on to someone else’s house fire idly2!

“Periot, please stop it already!”

To ensure that I made my stance clear, I raised my voice without even batting an eye. Only then did Periot’s gaze, which had been glaring at Leonon, finally turn toward me.

I didn’t panic and continued to speak calmly.

“No matter what you try to do, I have no intention of ever going to that house again.”

“Then where will you go? There’s nowhere else for you to go other than the Dukedom.

“Wh-What did you say…?”

Unlike me, who was at a loss for words and couldn’t speak properly, Periot asked once again with a cold and expressionless face.

“Tell me. Where else would you be if you weren’t by my side, within my reach?”

His voice gradually became more and more dreary.

“I will destroy it right now.”

Boom! 

At that moment, something broke in my head with a loud crack.

“Why…”

“Lorella?”

“Why the hell are you being like this to me, you craaaazy bastard!”

I stomped my feet and shouted loudly.

At that moment, I couldn’t care less about the countless onlookers surrounding me, nor Commander Leonon at all. There was simply nothing that could enter my sight. 

The anger, irritation, fatigue, and sorrow that had accumulated over the years suddenly came crashing down on me, like a raging wave. The resentment that I hadn’t been able to tell anyone finally erupted.

“Please, just leave me alone…! Just go away! We’re strangers that have nothing to do with each other anymore!”

“…What?”

Then, for the first time, Periot’s eyes began to shake violently. 

“Did you just say that we were strangers… who had nothing to do with each other anymore?”

“That’s right! I did! So what? Of course there’s a limit to how much of a psychopath you can be! Why do you keep tormenting people like this? Just why?!” 

Damn it, I’m so pissed! Just wait and see if I’ll be able to sell the Grand Duke of the North keyword again! If I do, then they’re not a person, but a dog, a dog!

“You’re saying stuff I don’t understand again. And, why do we have nothing to do with each other again?”

However, despite all kinds of curses and harsh insults, Periot still seemed to have regained his composure once again.

“I already said that I wouldn’t allow that though.”

“Wh-Whaaat?!”

I clutched my stiff nape.

You crazy fucker… I really can’t get my words across to you!

I was so full of anger that the sky seemed to spin as I started to feel dizzy, and I even felt dizzy, as if I were trapped inside a spinning barrel. 

It was the low but firm voice of Commander Leonon, that saved me.

“You should send a formal complaint to the Imperial Palace, Duchess. Then, something like what’s happening right now, won’t ever happen again. If you’d like, I’d be happy to be a witness.”

“Really? Thank you!”

I answered without any hesitation. 

Right, once get checked at the Imperial Palace, even if it’s Periot, we still won’t be able to claim that we’re a married couple.

In addition to that, there was Leonon, the Commander of the Ecrestus Holy Knights, who had seen from the very beginning, just when, and in what shape I had fled in. It was clear that his testimony would be more credible than anyone else’s.

“If you don’t mind, then please!”

“It’s something I naturally should’ve done. Please do not worry.”

He smiled softly at me, then looked back at Periot and said flatly.

“I will do everything in my power to help prevent such a violent and abusive incident from ever happening again.”

“Thank you so much…!”

The bell rang loudly, as if in response to his extremely reliable words, but I didn’t bother to check it. 

At least for now, my feelings and the feelings of hype king would be exactly one and the same!

“…Ha.”

 Periot, who had been looking at us without saying anything, made a strange sound that seemed to be a laugh, but not a laugh at the same time.

“Alright, go ahead and try it if you want then.”

Then he whispered quietly, distorting his mouth in a strange way.

“…I will chase you to the ends of hell.”

Commander Leonon, who clicked his tongue briefly at that sight, quickly stood by my side to guard me and nodded slightly.

“That’s enough. Let’s go back now. The night air is rather cold.”

“Yes, it is.”

I turned around coldy, without even giving a glance at Periot. Then, it happened when I was being escorted by Leonon and was about to leave.

Ding dong, ding dong! 

「‘This area’s hype king!’ slapped their forehead and bought an additional 500 shares.」

「‘Trying a taste of the obsessive maniac3’ has bought 300 of your shares.」

My footsteps halted abruptly for a moment.

It wasn’t just because of the two bells which rang out in unison.

Ding dong! 

「‘Trying a taste of the obsessive maniac’ smacked their lips and purchased an additional 200 shares.」

「Drool.」

That unbelievable message made the vision in front of my eyes go white.

W-Why would you eat that?

…You’re not supposed to eat that! 

[1] aphasia is a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate. it can affect your ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written. aphasia typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury. (source: mayo clinic)

[2] 남의 집 불구경 to become a mere spectator, to look on unconcernedly.

[3] the word 광공 was originally derived from bl novels, but is now known widely across novels as a character who is overly obsessed with the female/male lead.


ok um,,, yawl, sue me but i’m rooting for periot HGSDLFKJDSFJ i’m shitting tears rn bc im a slut for the character that is cold and can’t express his emotions too well but its downright obsessed with mc trope HGSDLFDFSJDS
like i know damn well if i was in lorella’s position i’d be so fucking done with periot BUTTTTT since i’m a reader,,, ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
like GOD maybe it’s just something abt his devotion to her ??? like obviously lorella wouldn’t know bc he’s never expressed it, so to her, he just seems like the psycho ex stalker he is GHDSFLKDFJSJDS but since we get his pov,,, GHSDFLKJDFS
like im deadass shitting tears it’s so cute like bro hasn’t forgotten her and keeps thinking abt her every single day on the battlefield hGDLSKFJFDSJ IM CRYING

like it’s his actions that speak louder than his words but like i get it, his fucking actions in the first and second chapter to lorella were jack shit,,,sorry periot, i’m rooting for u but u done fucked up in the beginning GHSDLFKJDSFJ

n e ways, my ship rn is plot twist if winnard and lorella get together bc i sort of loved their dynamic, plus (at least so far) he’s the only one who actually KNOWS who she is. plus i would feel guilty to leonon since he likes her but she’s just doing all this to get shares HGDSLKFJDSFJ

SMCS Ch 8 — Why Are You Here?

In the carriage that was heading to the lake, the corner of my lips hooked up for no reason. I struggled to bring them down, but of course, it wasn’t easy.

1000 shares.

Hehe. Another silent laugh leaked out again.

What a beautiful number this was. To think that there are three zeroes, I can’t believe there are as many as three!

The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a dream. Moreover, the fact that the date had only just begun motivated me even more.

‘I can definitely sell more. No, I have to sell more!’

Because Hype King was serious about Leonon.

It was a fact that could be seen just by the way they reacted to his every word and action. That’s why I had changed my destination to the temple. It was clear that I would be able to sell more shares if it were only the two of us.

So I couldn’t miss this opportunity!

“We’ve arrived.”

I turned my head at the voice of Commander Leonon and looked out the window. I could see a fairly large lake not too far away from us.

Even though he had said that it was a lake near the residence, we had arrived rather quickly despite not having travelled for too long.

When the carriage stopped, Leonon got off first and reached out to me. To receive such an escort made me rather flustered, since I was only familiar with being a superficial, figure-head Duchess who only lived in the mansion.

“Watch your step.”

“Oh, thank you.”

I took his hand and got off the carriage. Leonon’s face grew much closer that when we were facing each other in the carriage. A well-groomed and beautiful face smiled back softly.

However, what really caught my attention was something else.

「Total shares sold: 3,700 shares.」

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In the carriage that was heading to the lake, the corner of my lips hooked up for no reason. I struggled to bring them down, but of course, it wasn’t easy.

1000 shares.

Hehe. Another silent laugh leaked out again.

What a beautiful number this was. To think that there are three zeroes, I can’t believe there are as many as three!

The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a dream. Moreover, the fact that the date had only just begun motivated me even more.

‘I can definitely sell more. No, I have to sell more!’

Because Hype King was serious about Leonon.

It was a fact that could be seen just by the way they reacted to his every word and action. That’s why I had changed my destination to the temple. It was clear that I would be able to sell more shares if it were only the two of us.

So I couldn’t miss this opportunity!

“We’ve arrived.”

I turned my head at the voice of Commander Leonon and looked out the window. I could see a fairly large lake not too far away from us.

Even though he had said that it was a lake near the residence, we had arrived rather quickly despite not having travelled for too long.

When the carriage stopped, Leonon got off first and reached out to me. To receive such an escort made me rather flustered, since I was only familiar with being a superficial, figure-head Duchess who only lived in the mansion.

“Watch your step.”

“Oh, thank you.”

I took his hand and got off the carriage. Leonon’s face grew much closer that when we were facing each other in the carriage. A well-groomed and beautiful face smiled back softly.

However, what really caught my attention was something else.

「Total shares sold: 3,700 shares.」

There was a system window floating on top of the friendly face.

To be more specific, it was only the number ‘3700’, that was floating in a sparkling light near Leonon’s eyes, that completely hooked my attention.

I stared at it without blinking my eyes.

How much more can I sell?

“Is…”

1,000? 2,000? Or perhaps 5,000 shares… would that be too much? No, the bigger the goal, the better.

“There perhaps… something on my face?”

At the sound of his flustered voice, I finally closed the system window and looked at Leonon’s face. For some reason, the tips of his ears were burning red.

I laughed arbitrarily, then shook my head and smiled broadly.

“No. I’m just really looking forward to it.”

Yeah, let’s give it a go. If the only way I’ll be able to survive is by selling shares, then I’ll sell, sell, and sell some more, and sell them at any cost!

I made up my mind and grabbed what I was holding in my hand with all my strength.

It was only a little later that I finally realised that thing had been the hand of Commander Leonon.

*** 

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Every time the evening sunset changed colours, a soft pastel pink colour slowly spread across the surface of the lake, as if a bucket of paint had been spilled over it.

The wind that was blowing in from the forest on the other side had just the right amount of chilliness, and I could hear the flapping wings of the birds who were busily returning to their nests.

Some people were leisurely reading a book on the few benches that were scattered around here and there, while others sat leisurely near the lake shore with their fishing rods dangling in the water.

Even with this picturesque landscape in front of me, there was only one thought in my head. 

‘It’s a date. From now on, I… am going on a date!”

The moment I secretly clenched my fists with a determined heart.

“Do you like it?”

As I turned my head toward the sweet voice, with the sunset behind me, a soft smile caught my eyes.

It was a smile that seemed to make all my worries fade away just by looking at it.

In addition to that, the prominent and good looking forehead, those vivid eyes that looked particularly blue in the pink sunlight, and that long and sharp nose, one by one, all filled my vision.

For some reason… My heart started to flutter unknowingly.

‘N-No, this isn’t a real date!’

I kept repeating those words over and over again, to the point that the decision I had just resolved to do had become overshadowed. Otherwise, it seemed that the sound of my heart beating would leak out without me realising it.

“Can I go for a stroll?”

Trying to regain my composure, I made the suggestion while avoiding his gaze. I thought it would be better if I took a leisurely stroll and got some fresh air.

Leonon replied with a smile.

“Of course.”

We walked along a well-maintained promenade. However, contrary to what I thought, my heart never calmed down.

“Please.”

It was all beauce of Leonon, who politely extended an arm to me shortly after we began to walk. He seemed to be worried about my injured foot.

“Thank… you.”

My face heated up as I lightly interlinked our arms together. I could feel his firm muscles under the thin cloth that touched my palm.

“It’s fine, so please lean against me comfortably.” 

Leonon grabbed my hand, which had only been hovering slightly clumsily, and repositioned my hand so that it was now properly grasped. Thanks to this, my body had now shifted a little closer to him.

Ding dong!

「‘This area’s hype king’ smashes the fourth wall and buys 300 shares.」

「I came since I heard that the bride and groom were doing their wedding parade here???」

I gradually bowed my lower just as the cheesy comment appeared.

It was just as I was taking a step forward, ignoring the sound of my heartbeat that was still racing.

Somehow, it felt as if the back of my head was getting more and more prickly.

When I looked around, the groups of people that were around us all had their eyes on me. 

They didn’t come any closer, but just continued to stare with eyes that were obviously filled with curiosity. They even hurriedly averted their eyes whenever we made eye contact.

‘Was it because of Leonon?’

It was a lake near the Holy Knights headquarters, so it wasn’t too surprising for the people to recognise his face.

Since Leonon’s long blond hair and white uniform that suited him extremely well, were extremely noticeable, even from far away. In addition, his handsome face, which was quite hard to forget once you’ve seen it, also played a part.

I asked quietly, looking around.

“Commander, is this okay?”

“Pardon? What are you talking about?”

“That… if a rumor spreads in high society…”

Although I was a figurehead Duchess who had been imprisoned in the North for two years, and who was hardly known to anyone anyway, that wasn’t the case for the Commander.

However, Commander Leonon seemed to think for a moment before shaking his head with a friendly smile.

“You don’t have to worry. I’m always around rough knights, so I’m rather far from such a place. There’s no way my name would ever be on everyone’s lips.”

“What? That can’t be true. I’m sure everyone is curious about the Commander’s every move.”

“Haha, no way. I’m sure my men are the only people who would be interested in me.”

He spoke with a lot of assurance, so I quietly shut my mouth. It was because it was obvious that he wouldn’t understand, even if I continued talking.

…This guy is the type to be popular, but he himself is the only one who’s unaware of it. 

“By the way, you’re not tired from walking, are you?”

 “No, not at all.”

Well, if the other person didn’t care about rumors, then I wouldn’t mind them either. As if to reassure him, I walked more vigorously.

“I’m so healthy, I think I can even run now.”

When I pretended to run, whether it was funny or not, a hearty laugh erupted from Leonon’s mouth again.

“Still, don’t overdo it.”

I also followed him in smiling brightly.

Was walking side by side while chatting with someone this enjoyable? It was clearly only a small and mundane thing, but I felt even happier since it was something I never could’ve imagined doing in the Duke’s estate.

But apart from that, my heart grew more and more impatient. 

「Total shares sold: 4000 shares」 

Time was ticking, but apart from that time when the system window had run earlier, it had been as silent as a dead mouse.

Even if that was the case, I couldn’t start being pessimistic already.

‘Just making cheesy comments while we walk together would be rather ambiguous.’

Then what should I do? If I want to sell shares, just what do I have to do in order to satisfy the ‘hype king’?

I felt somewhat hopeless and looked around, but I couldn’t think of any other brilliant points.

I didn’t even know what was near the lake which I had come to for the first time, and even more so, I had never been on a date in this world I had transmigrated into.

Then, the sun went down in the distance as the surroundings began to darken.

They must’ve thought it’d be too lacklustre for them to buy shares so easily, even for such small actions. As my harvest was less that I had expected, I kept getting nervous.

Since it was Commander Leonon, he’d ask me to go back before night falls, and then I won’t be able to sell shares!

“Don’t worry. Everything will be fine.”

However, at that time, I heard a soft voice from beside me. As I hurriedly turned my head, I made eye contact Commander Leonon, who was looking at my crumpled face.

“Sorry for being so sudden. You seemed to have a lot of concerns.”

“Ah, that…”

“If there’s something that’s too difficult or tiring for you to solve on your own, please do not hesitate to tell me. Helping people who I’ve only met once is the principle of the Holy Knights, and also mine.”

Actually, the truth is, I have to sell some shares to the hype king. So, if you don’t mind, could you please cooperate with me?

‘…I couldn’t say that. You’d definitely think I’m crazy.’

Although I was unable to even answer and just bit my lips, Leonon continued. 

“Although I don’t know anything about why you’re hiding your identity, or what your circumstances are…”

Blue eyes that were clearer than the lake, stared at me. Everything, even my red hair, which was rustling in the mountain breeze, was reflected in it like a mirror.

“I don’t believe that you’re a bad person. If you were, your expression wouldn’t be as honest as it is right now. And even if that’s the case, you don’t have to be sorry, since I just trusted you according to my own will.”

“…Th-Thank you.”

Wait, no, Commander. You seem to trust people too easily… How much of me did you even see to believe in me like that? 

“Anytime is fine, so please feel free to tell me when you are ready. Who knows? There might really be something I could do to help.”

At that moment, his melodious voice was so calm and comforting that I momentarily forgot about my problems with shares.

The best swordsman in the continent, and the Commander of the Holy Knights of Ecrestus, who even the imperial family couldn’t touch recklessly, was a man who seemed to have been made of kindness and everything good, from head to toe.

“Thank you so much… just for saying that.”

My face heated up again as I hurriedly bowed over the silence.

“Ah.”

At that moment, I tripped and stumbled unknowingly. It was because I hadn’t seen the jagged stone in front of me since I had been thinking of something else.

Then, Leonon’s large hand grabbed onto me and held me tightly so I wouldn’t fall.

“Be careful.”

It was then. 

Ding dong! 

「‘This area’s hype king’ buys 300 of your shares with a clenched fist full of tears.」

「Master… Please give me a closeup of those veins on the back of your hand. I’m begging you… 」

The hype king finally bought some shares.

Although it was the sound of the bell that I had longed for, I was still confused.

…Just what part hooked you? 

Was it perhaps because of those sweet words that said they were willing to help me with anything, no matter what it was?

However, there was a short, but clear period between those words and the actual sale of the share. I continued to walk slowly and glance at the system window as discretely as possible.

‘Maybe there was a hint in the comment. Master, the veins on the back of your hand…’

Wait a minute.

…Don’t tell me, it was because he grabbed my shoulder?

No matter how much I thought about it, that seemed to be the only plausible thing. Yeah, there was a time when I too, would shout for amore when the male lead had skinship1 with the female lead. 

Then, shall we… give it a go?

After taking a deep breath, I twisted my body to the side in an even more exaggerated manner than before.

“Oh my! There’s another stone here too!”

I’m sorry for saying such awkward lines, on top of my bad acting.

“Are you okay?”

A strong arm wrapped around my waist as soon as my body faltered. Perhaps because I had staggered by myself on flat ground, there was also a look of surprise on Leonon’s face.

Ding dong! 

「‘This area’s hype king’ bought another 500 shares.」

「Crazy, crazy, crazy. This is crazy, this is crazy. No matter how crazy it was, it’s still crazy. The hang wrapped around the waist was crazy. This is seriously crazy.」

They really bought it! 

Only now did I seem to know what the selling point was. 

So… you buy it every time I have skinship with the Commander… 

“This road appears to be under maintenance. I wasn’t aware of this. Let’s go over there.”

The same words as the message that the hype king had left echoed in my mind as I was let away by Leonon, who had innocently given me an apology without being aware of anything.

Crazy! Crazy, crazy, crazy!

It hasn’t even been that long since we first met, but now we have to do skinship! What we’ve done so far is already the limit!

But I had no choice. 

You have to sell shares to survive!

As I straightened myself where I stood, I clenched my fists and calmed my breathing.

“What’s wrong with you?”

Then, Leonon also stopped in his steps and looked at me. It was when the expression on his face was full of worry.

“Urgh.”

I let out a half sincere moan and clutched my forehead.

“S-Sorry. My head suddenly…”

As I tried to pretend to be vulnerable, my voice naturally trembled due to my feeling of shame. Perhaps more worrisome was that I could see Leonon stretching out his arm toward me. 

Although I was really embarrassed, now was my only chance. Even if I stayed in a temple that was managed by the Holy Knights, it’s unclear whether or not I can spend time with Leonon like this again.

I finally ended up closing my eyes tightly… 

“…I feel so dizzy!”

And fell towards his shoulder.

“This…!”

Along with an urgent voice, I felt long, strong arms supporting my back. At the same time, the sound of my heart pounding whilst enveloped in a warm body rang in my ears.

‘H-Huh?’

I figured it out thanks to that. It wasn’t Leonon’s shoulder that I bumped into, but his firm, wide chest.

“N-No. Wait a moment…”

I didn’t mean to do this! I was just trying to sell some shares by bumping into his shoulder!

I twisted my body slightly to get out of his arms. However, as he held me in his arms, his strong arms didn’t budge. I was so startled that I couldn’t do anything but open and close my mouth like a goldfish.

 “It could be bad if you move too suddenly. It’s alright, so please lean against me.”

ugh i’d simp for her too

Ding dong! 

「‘This area’s hype king’ buys 1000 of your shares with tears in their eyes!」

Heok, I did it! 

My opened my eyes unconsciously.

I finally sold 1000 shares. Another zero was added, just like I wanted. Thanks to you, the shame has now disappeared to somewhere far away.

However, the sound of the bell didn’t stop there. 

Ding dong! 

「Kiss! Clap! Kiss! Clap! Kiss! Clap!」

S-Say what? Kiss?

I was so embarrassed that I lost my breath at the unexpected message. A kiss? Does that even make sense?

Perhaps because of my rough breathing and stiff body, Leonon, who was holding me quietly, said in a low voice.

“In any case, there’s no helping it. You don’t seem to be feeling to well, so we should go back.”

N-No! How am I meant to sell the shares then? I mean, I wasn’t enduring the shame of pretending to be weak just to only end up selling this much!

“No, it’s okay. I have mild anemia all the time!”

I held onto Leonon, who was trying to walk away in a hurry.

In fact, I hope he never found out that I had ate a large amount of steak for dinner just before going out on a walk.

“You’ll feel better after a short rest…”

Meanwhile, my inner conflict, which no one knew about, continued. 

We had already held hands, interlinked arms, and even hugged. Would ‘hype king’ really buy shares for skinship that had already been done before?

In fact, even though Leonon was holding onto my shoulders to support me, the system window remained silent.

Seriously… there’s nothing left to do but kiss, right? What should I do if that’s the case? I didn’t know how to sell shares to other people either.

Sh-Should I do it?

If I dare to steal a kiss from the Commander and stand in the Knights Court of Law, am I supposed to pretend to be crazy?

Whatever it is, it’s better than dying!

“Then, I’ll take you to the carriage first. I think you’d better sit down and rest for a while.”

Commander Leonon lowered his posture while saying excuse me. It seemed like he was going to carry me again.

Fuck it, I’ll just do it!

Let’s think about this all later!

Having made up my mind, I raised my hand to grab the collar of Commander Leonon, who was approaching closer toward me.

No, to be more precise, it looked like I seized his throat, but I didn’t have the heart nor time to care about that right now.

Because there was only one thought in my head.

‘5000 shares, let’s goooooo!’

“W-Wait…”

It was when I was pretending not to notice his flustered face as I closed my eyes tightly and pulled him towards me.

“Let go of that hand.”

What greeted me was neither warm, soft lips, nor the beautiful ringing of a bell, but rather, a dreary voice.

“…What the hell are you doing right now?”

A ferocious force, as if a cold wave of the north wind was raging. And somehow, the voice that seemed to freeze my body from head to toe was rather familiar.

I prayed for it not to be what I thought it was, and forced myself to turn my head, which was already stiff with tension, back.

The moment I saw the disheveled black hair and sharp deep-blue eyes…

 “Come on, tell me. Just what are you doing right now?”

Without realizing it, I closed my eyes tightly again.

“You’re going to have to explain everything, from why you’re here, to why you’re with the Holy Knights Commander.”

Rather, that’s what I wanted to ask. 

Why are you here, Periot?! 

Why!

[1] 스킨십 physical affection, physical touch.


bye, me trying to resist the second hand embarrassment of lorella trying to do skinship with leonon by reminding myself that girlie will die if she doesn’t sell these shares GHSDFLKJDF

once again, this IS a novel, pls don’t kiss ppl without their permission !! ALSO i saw some ppl saying lorella is cheating, she’s not. girlie is a free woman who’s now divorced (their marriage vows got burned yawl, my girlie is FREE !!!)

one part i rlly swooned at (every part bc i love leonon soft boy) was
‘the best swordsman in the continent, and the Commander of the Holy Knights of Ecrestus, who even the imperial family couldn’t touch recklessly, was a man who seemed to have been made of kindness and everything good, from head to toe.’
AHHHH I DEADASS SWOONED

i rlly like having an insight to what the mc thinks bc yuh, she a pick me rn and will probably give us hella second hand embarrassment bc HELL no one wants to do this shit and sell shares if you don’t have to, but miss girl will face death if she doesn’t, and i’m rlly happy that she doesn’t just treat the male capture targets as just characters from a book !! ne ways, lorella better not disappoint bc i will deadass drop this novel the second it gets weird HGNSDFLKJSFD QAQ

SMCS Ch 7 Part 2 — A Date, You Say?

A large building made out of pure white marble stood tall against the break of dawn.

The scene where the intense scarlet and indigo-blue light permeated the tall tower, making it seem as if it were burning, was so spectacular that the word ‘beautiful’ seemed insufficient to describe it.

“Wow…”

My jaw couldn’t help but drop at the sight when I first saw it.

This was the headquarters of the Ecrestus Paladins, praised as the Empire’s best knights.

“Come this way.”

Despite it being early in the morning, among the knights who were standing at attention in a line, Commander Leonon stepped forward energetically.

Although no one turned their head to look at me, I could still feel the countless pairs of eyes who looked at me out of the corner of their eyes.

I followed him quickly, focusing my attention on the blond hair that swayed softly against his ramrod straight back.

The interior of the large main building was far more grand and beautiful than its exterior.

As I walked around aimlessly, taking in the sights around me, another door soon appeared in front of me. It was a door that led to the back of the main building. As I stepped outside, I could see a small white single-story building.

Although it was smaller than the main building, the intricately decorated walls and vibrant stained glass made me almost certain that this place was the temple.

The priests were waiting for us in the small garden at the front of the temple.

“Welcome back, Commander. This way please.”

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pls do not share this anywhere or the transmigration gods will transport u into boku no pico !! this translation has been stolen from mioscorner.com, pls only read there i’m begging u :kneels:

A large building made out of pure white marble stood tall against the break of dawn.

The scene where the intense scarlet and indigo-blue light permeated the tall tower, making it seem as if it were burning, was so spectacular that the word ‘beautiful’ seemed insufficient to describe it.

“Wow…”

My jaw couldn’t help but drop at the sight when I first saw it.

This was the headquarters of the Ecrestus Paladins, praised as the Empire’s best knights.

“Come this way.”

Despite it being early in the morning, among the knights who were standing at attention in a line, Commander Leonon stepped forward energetically.

Although no one turned their head to look at me, I could still feel the countless pairs of eyes who looked at me out of the corner of their eyes.

I followed him quickly, focusing my attention on the blond hair that swayed softly against his ramrod straight back.

The interior of the large main building was far more grand and beautiful than its exterior.

As I walked around aimlessly, taking in the sights around me, another door soon appeared in front of me. It was a door that led to the back of the main building. As I stepped outside, I could see a small white single-story building.

Although it was smaller than the main building, the intricately decorated walls and vibrant stained glass made me almost certain that this place was the temple.

The priests were waiting for us in the small garden at the front of the temple.

“Welcome back, Commander. This way please.”

Among them was an old man who donned a white robe, perhaps a high priest, and guided us inside. 

The temple was as beautiful as the main building, but also just as sacred.

The room I finally arrived in was just as large and clean as the room that I had used in my time at the Duchy.

Leonon escorted me all the way into the room and said in a friendly voice.

“I’m letting you know in advance that you should feel free in using everything in the temple to your heart’s desire, including your meals. So don’t worry about any of that and get some rest first. I’ll bring you a change of clothes.”

Then he bid me farewell courteously and left the room with the other priests. Only then did I relax, all the tension and strength leaving my body.

After sitting on the bed and waiting for a while, a priest brought a meal to the room. 

The tray was full of rich and luxurious food. I hadn’t eaten anything since running away, so I gobbled it all up in an instant.

Waiting for me after my meal was a hot bath with a pleasant scent as well as a set of clean new clothes.

Ahhh.”

After I changed into a fresh pair of clothes and lay down on the freshly-made bed, a worried sigh finally escaped my lips.

However… 

Haa, now what?”

My head was filled with concerns.

I couldn’t believe that my life depended on selling shares or whatever. No matter how much I thought about it, it was still difficult for me to accept.

However, it was an unavoidable reality. 

Thinking like that made my heart ache.

Wasn’t the rule that the ‘main character’ is only decided when it’s determined it’ll be impossible for the other candidates to win first place, no matter how many shares they sell, too ambiguous?

“Just how much do you want me to sell?”

Despite asking myself countless times, I was still unable to find the answer.

No, rather, the more I ruminated over it, the more my anger grew.

I can’t believe I have to stake my life on a share I don’t even know how much I should sell! Moreover, I’ll be annihilated if I don’t become the main character!

“No, but if you’re eliminated from the competition, can’t you just be an extra later?! Is the main character the only person, huh?!”

I clenched my fists and shouted into the air, but there was no answer. 

Although I thought I wouldn’t be able to sleep easily despite wanting to rest due to the worries and anxiety that surged up with me, it seemed as if my body could no longer overcome its fatigue.

Ever since I had informed Periot on my intention to divorce him, I hadn’t been able to relax for a single moment until now.

Perhaps that’s why I couldn’t seem to escape from the clutches of sleep and slept through to the next day, as if I had fainted into a deep sleep.

The only time I left my bed was when I greeted the priest who came into my room with a tray of hearty food at every meal.

It seemed as if the aftereffects of wandering around here and there on the mountain trail had finally caught up to me.

“Ah, I’m really going crazy…”

By the time I woke up and opened my eyes, it was already late afternoon. Long rays of sunlight poured through the window. Although my body felt lighter, my mind was still a mess, so the clear sky that was devoid of even a single cloud didn’t bring me a single ounce of joy.

It was when I was sitting on the bed and sighing, as if the ground had caved in, and innocently tugging again and again at my hair.

“Excuse me. Can I come in for a moment?”

“Ah yes.”

When I came to my senses at the sound of a knock and answered, Commander Leonon opened the door and stepped in.

Although he seemed different from what I saw yesterday, he was still dressed in a neat and elegant white uniform. A fresh scent brushed the tip of my nose with every step that he took toward me.

“Did you have a good rest?”

“O-Of course.”

Although I got up quickly and nodded my head, I still couldn’t hide my weak voice.

“Was the bed perhaps too uncomfortable for you, or did a meal not suit your palate?”

“N-No, everything was fine! It’s not that, rather…”

I tried to make an excuse quickly, but his attentive gaze had already done a once-over of my face.

As if he was contemplating something, Commander Leonon looked at me, then asked cautiously.

“Since the weather is so nice today, would you like to get some fresh air?”

“Ah…”

“There’s a lake near here, and all the maintenance around it has just been completed. Perhaps a stroll along a path filled with flowers would make you feel better. If I accompany you, there’d be no danger either.” 

Although I was grateful for his thoughtful suggestion, I didn’t like it very much. Since compared to my bleak future, I’d even feel envious of the weeds growing on the roadside by now.

Just as I was thinking of how I could refuse him without making my dislike of it too obvious… 

Ding-dong! 

「‘This area’s hype king’ is very excited and buys 1000 shares.」

 「Ah, he asked her out on a date, I can’t stand this anymore!!! (Just take my money!)」 

What?! 1000 shares?!

“Thank you!”

I bowed my head and shouted like lightning. It was such a loud noise that even Commander Leonon was taken by surprise.

However, that didn’t even register in my brain properly, I was so happy that I wanted to jump around in joy.

“How great!”

It’s 1000, it’s 1000! It’s on a totally different level to what you’ve been buying so far!

“Let’s go, quickly…!”

I was so excited that I bit my lips and stomped my feet.

Then, Commander Leonon, who had merely blinked blankly, scratched the back of his head, as if he was embarrassed.

“It’s a relief that you’re full of energy again.”

Another loud bell rang in response to that innocent-looking smile. I tried to hold back my laughter. 

Strictly speaking, rather, it wasn’t a date, just an innocent walk, but none of that mattered anymore.

I secretly clenched my fists. 

Alright, I’m going to give you a great date today!


super short chapter im sorry hGSDLFKJFD i rlly did not think the split chapter thoroughly there should be another chapter coming out this week maybe if i don’t die before then hGNSDFLKFDSJ

SMCS Ch 7 Part 1 — A Date, You Say?

Outside the door, a sharp rustling sound of a knife being unsheathed was heard. It clearly sounded threatening, even to me, who was still inside the carriage.

Even if you looked out of the window, it was difficult to discern what the situation was outside due to the darkness. All I could tell was that there were around five to six unidentified masked men surrounding Commander Leonon. 

“N-No…!”

I couldn’t tell what was going on, nor who they were, but I couldn’t just let the person who had helped me get hurt.

I tried to kick down that door with only that one thought in my mind.

“Don’t come out.”

No matter how hard I pushed, the door only made a rattling sound and didn’t budge. It seemed as if Commander Leonon had barred the door with something to prevent it from opening.

“Who are you?”

A quiet voice rang out softly. At the same time, a faint light began to emanate from the sword that Leonon was holding.

“H-Hand over the woman in the carriage!”

Even though those unidentified people shouted like that, they nevertheless, still flinched, as if they were wary. It was probably due to the light emitting from Leonon’s sword.

“Identify yourselves. I won’t allow it until you do so.”

“As long as you just hand over that person, I won’t cause a disturbance…!”

Despite the fact that he seemed to hold the upper hand due to the number of people he had with him, he still sounded intimidated. No, rather, he even sounded like he was sort of begging him.

Wait a minute. ‘That person’? Do you perhaps know who I am…?

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Outside the door, a sharp rustling sound of a knife being unsheathed was heard. It clearly sounded threatening, even to me, who was still inside the carriage.

Even if you looked out of the window, it was difficult to discern what the situation was outside due to the darkness. All I could tell was that there were around five to six unidentified masked men surrounding Commander Leonon. 

“N-No…!”

I couldn’t tell what was going on, nor who they were, but I couldn’t just let the person who had helped me get hurt.

I tried to kick down that door with only that one thought in my mind.

“Don’t come out.”

No matter how hard I pushed, the door only made a rattling sound and didn’t budge. It seemed as if Commander Leonon had barred the door with something to prevent it from opening.

“Who are you?”

A quiet voice rang out softly. At the same time, a faint light began to emanate from the sword that Leonon was holding.

“H-Hand over the woman in the carriage!”

Even though those unidentified people shouted like that, they nevertheless, still flinched, as if they were wary. It was probably due to the light emitting from Leonon’s sword.

“Identify yourselves. I won’t allow it until you do so.”

“As long as you just hand over that person, I won’t cause a disturbance…!”

Despite the fact that he seemed to hold the upper hand due to the number of people he had with him, he still sounded intimidated. No, rather, he even sounded like he was sort of begging him.

Wait a minute. ‘That person’? Do you perhaps know who I am…?

There was no need for me to even guess who it was. If they knew who I was, then the person who sent them was clear. Swear words instantly poured out of my mouth at that moment.

“Ah, this crazy psycho fucker seriously…”

It definitely must’ve been Periot’s knights. They seemed to have caught up to me with the delay in time when I stopped to receive treatment.

However, we had already left the confines of Periot’s territory. They had no right to stop another carriage who was passing through another territory, let alone be armed as well. That’s why they couldn’t just reveal their identity hastily.

No matter how many orders they’ve received, if it’s discovered that they’ve done something like this on someone else’s land, they’ll definitely have a problem on their hands.

Besides, they never would have dreamed that someone none other than Commander Leonon would get off the carriage.

Hang on, this isn’t the time for this!

“Judging by the way you hold your swords, you seem to be trained knights.”

Leonon snorted briefly, then spoke in a low voice.

“Just like the lady with an unknown identity, a number of assailants with an unknown identity. If you’re even armed, there’s no need to say who the weaker person is.”

“It has nothing to do with you anyway. It’d be better for you not to get involved with suspicious people for nothing.”

It was quite a blunt and sharp, knife-like answer. However, rather than being intimidated, Leonon out his arm with his sword. 

It was no exaggeration for me to say that it was my first time seeing such a sight, the sight of an elegant sword shining, pointed threateningly at the unidentified assailants.

“Whether or not someone is really suspicious is up to me to decide.” 

I hurriedly knocked on the door and shouted.

“Please open the door!”

It was obvious that they’d run away the moment they heard that our marriage vows had been burned to a crisp.

Since there’s no way that Periot would’ve told you that!

The burning of the documents meant that they had no right to force me at all. Thus, there was no need to fight.

“I’ll take care of it…!”

It was when I was pushing the carriage door that still didn’t budge with all my might.

Ding-dong! 

「‘This area’s hype king’ purchases 100 shares out of excitement.」

「It’s raining because of you. Heart attack ╥﹏╥」

“Huh…?”

The system window appeared randomly with a bell that suddenly rang out without any prior notice. 

For some reason, at that moment, Winnard’s voice seemed to echo in my ear.

“Even if you forget everything else, you must remember this one thing. In order for you to survive, you have to sell more shares than anyone else.”

Dry saliva slipped down my throat. 

…He had said that I’d be ‘annihilated’ if I failed to become the main character, right?  

When my thoughts reached that point, my thoughts quickly began to flow in another direction. 

Judging from the patterns so far, ‘This area’s hype king’ seemed to buy shares whenever Commander Leonon seemed cool.

Even if I observe the situation from somewhere else, this is it…!

I inhaled quickly and puffed out my cheeks.

Then, ignoring the situation at hand, I let out a scream, saying I wanted to leave the carriage.

“Ahhh! Help!”

“You bastards who aren’t even worthy of being titled a knight.”

Leonon’s anger-filled voice rang out softly, as if my scream had been a signal. The unidentified assailants slowly took a step back in retreat. 

“W-Wait…!”

The ferocious blade swung down before they could say anything.

“B-Block him!”

Finally startled by someone’s alert, the flustered assailants rushed in, but no one could stop Leonon. Every time the shining sword cut through the air, painful screams erupted from here and there.

“Arghhh!”

A cloud of dust rose as the walls of the carriage shook violently, as if someone had just bumped into it.

Despite being outnumbered, Leonon skilfully avoided their attacks and knocked his enemies down, one by one. He didn’t seem to be having a hard time doing it either. Each movement was so elegant, it seemed like a piece of art.

Then, another loud bell rang. Shares started to sell. 

Ding-dong. Ding-dong. Ding-dong. 

Yes, this is it. This is it! 

I cheered internally and stuck my face closer to the window. I tried to open my eyes wider so as not to miss a single part of Commander Leonon’s movements, but it was so fast that my eyes found it hard to follow him.

All I could see was that every time that large sword drew its elegant trajectory, a divine silver light would cover the darkness.

“Urgh…”

In the end, the bad guys who had been knocked down here and there on the floor swallowed their moans of pain and picked themselves up off the floor. Then, he climbed onto his hose without looking back.

“Giddy up!”

The loud sound of horseshoes echoed over the road covered with morning dew. 

It was then, approximately when the backs of the unidentified assailants who rushed to flee could no longer be seen.

“It’s alright now.”

The carriage door swung open with a soft voice. As I got up and stepped outside, I saw Leonon putting his sword in his large scabbard.

Far from being out of breath, not even a single strand of hair from his ponytail out of place. I’d even be able to believe it if he brushed off dust from his sword.

Ding-dong! 

「400 shares sold. Total shares sold: 2600.」 

Great!

“Commander~”

I bent my waist and greeted him.

“Thank you… Thank you so much!”

And sold! It was a success!

It was the first time my prediction came true. I was so happy it was hard to even breathe. I clenched my fists and took a deep breath.

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“It’s safe now, so don’t worry.”

Leonon said to me kindly, as if to reassure me, perhaps because he misunderstood my appearance. However, he soon asked me with a serious expression on his face.

“Why you’re being chased… Could you tell me if it’s alright with you?”

I was rendered speechless momentarily. Although I expected him to ask me for the reason, I still hadn’t decided how I’d reply to that question yet.

I was hesitant to say the truth, but I didn’t want to lie either.

“W-Well, that’s, so…”

Although it took quite a long time for me to find what I wanted to say to him, he didn’t rush me.

He just stared at me with clear eyes that seemed as if they could see right through any lie.

“I-I am by no means a suspicious person. Please believe me…!”

In the end, the only thing I could say was this. I even tried to prove my innocence with my whole body, shaking my arms desperately.

“I can’t tell you right now due to the circumstances, but I’ll definitely give you an explanation later!”

Commander Leonon not only helped me escape, but even defeated the men sent by the Northern Duke. It won’t take long for this fact to reach Periot’s ears.

At the end of the day, being unaware of my identity might be the only way to protect him. 

My precious share source, I have to protect it…!

“I won’t ask any further if you have a reason, but…”

He walked slowly toward me and stopped right in front of me. Then he asked me in a voice soft enough even the coachman, who crawled out trembling from underneath the carriage couldn’t hear.

“You said that you’d have a safe place to live if you went to Aurea. Will… you really be okay…?”

“Pardon?”

While I was bewildered by the sudden question, Leonon raised his hand and pointed off into the distance.

“They fled in this direction earlier. It’s the exact opposite of the way we’ve been going.”

“I-If that’s the case, then…”

“If we go down this road, we’ll reach Aurea. The reason they were here was also probably because they had expected us to pass this road. That’s why I’m asking.”

“…”

“Is that really a safe destination?”

It was then that I finally understood what he was trying to say.

Just like he said, the place where those guys were headed may very well be the Mayred County, where my older brother is. There’s no way that sick and twisted Periot wouldn’t turn it upside down… 

Moreover, according to what I remember, my older brother, Count Mayred, was a sunfish1 that would have fainted at just one cough from Periot.

I bit my lips instead of answering. However, Commander Leonon seemed to have already anticipated this sort of reaction.

“Not far from Aurea is the Paladins’ headquarters. Go to the nearby temple. I think it would be a lot safer there.”

My eyes unknowingly widened at the unexpected suggestion.

“The… temple…?”

“Yes, it is a temple under the command of the Ecrestus Paladins. No one can enter without permission, and the area around it is guarded by paladins.”

“B-But…”

As I hesitated, he made another cautious suggestion.

“The priests there can also keep a secret, so how about going there first?”

Although what he said was surprising and made me feel rather grateful, I still couldn’t answer it easily.

Getting there is fine and all, but then what?

Wouldn’t it be better for me to go ahead and take action before Periot’s evil influence spreads out even more…?

Ding-dong! 

「‘This area’s hype king’ happily buys 100 shares.」 

「Bridal.House.」

“Alright!”

Did I perhaps become a dog who salivates at the thought of food when I hear the sound of the bell?

I nodded vigorously without realising it as soon as I checked the system screen.

“I’ll have to revise the plan!”

At that moment, Commander Leonon’s eyes softened, perhaps because he was relieved at my answer.

“Then I’ll turn the carriage in the direction of our headquarters.”

“Yes! I’ll be indebted to you!”

“Don’t worry, these things don’t fit into the financial axis.”

Seeing the Commander smiling kindly, flowers of ambition bloomed in my heart.

…Great. Since it’s turned out like this, I’m definitely going to make ‘the hype king’ go broke! 

[1] sunfish: die easily so it can allude to (sb) being fragile or useless


why are chapters getting longer,,, (╥﹏╥)

SMCS Ch 6 — Sell the Main Character’s Shares!

The carriage door swung open without a hitch. It wasn’t long before a black shadow suddenly popped inside. 

It was a man with curly brown hair.

“Help…!”

I instinctively squeezed my body against the wall that was opposite the door as much as possible and shouted.

However, the man didn’t care and slumped onto the seat opposite of me and snapped his fingers.

“Let’s go.”

Then something shocking happened. The carriage started to move on its own. 

Despite the coach’s seat still being vacant.

In an instant, goosebumps appeared on my arms and neck.

“Wh-What is this? Are you a ghost?!”

“Haha, a ghost?”

Even in such a frightening and surprising situation, this uninvited guest was simply just smiling as if he couldn’t help it due to the fun he had.

“…Who are you?” 

Although I was still scared, I shot a glare at him, not giving up.

“What did you do to everyone else?!”

Or to be more precise, it was actually closer to me attempting to shoot a glare at him.

“Who am I? Naturally I’m your guide.”

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The carriage door swung open without a hitch. It wasn’t long before a black shadow suddenly popped inside. 

It was a man with curly brown hair.

“Help…!”

I instinctively squeezed my body against the wall that was opposite the door as much as possible and shouted.

However, the man didn’t care and slumped onto the seat opposite of me and snapped his fingers.

“Let’s go.”

Then something shocking happened. The carriage started to move on its own. 

Despite the coach’s seat still being vacant.

In an instant, goosebumps appeared on my arms and neck.

“Wh-What is this? Are you a ghost?!”

“Haha, a ghost?”

Even in such a frightening and surprising situation, this uninvited guest was simply just smiling as if he couldn’t help it due to the fun he had.

“…Who are you?” 

Although I was still scared, I shot a glare at him, not giving up.

“What did you do to everyone else?!”

Or to be more precise, it was actually closer to me attempting to shoot a glare at him.

“Who am I? Naturally I’m your guide.”

“What?”

“The Knights’ Commander and the coachman are just in another world for the moment. When we finish our conversation, they’ll return without remembering anything at all, so don’t worry.”

I suddenly heard the sound of a crack appear in the wall of reason I had been struggling to keep up.

Guide? Another world?

“Oh, my name is Winnard Veldrian. Just call me Winnard.”

Unlike me, who was just confused, a dazzling bright smile hung on the man’s lips.

“To think that you’d bake cookies as soon as you were selected as a main character candidate. What a good job you did, Lorella.”

It was only when I heard his voice which seemed to be excited, only then did I seem to come to my senses. I asked in a voice that seemed to be screeching.

“W-What are you talking about? No, rather than that, how did you know my name?!”

“Because I’m a guide.”

It was an apathetic voice, as if he were only talking about a natural occurrence. However, the smile on his face suddenly disappeared, making his face expressionless.

“However, there’s no chance of that happening yet. 3 million, 5 million… no, you’ll have to sell countless shares before that. We’ll only be able to discuss the main character’s qualifications when we get to that point. Got it?”

As I listened to him quietly, I admitted frankly.

“…I still don’t understand.” 

Nevertheless, the man simply shrugged his shoulders in reply, unbothered. Though his attitude was still solemn without a trace of a smile.

“That doesn’t matter. Since you’ll find out soon enough.”

…No way, is there perhaps something wrong with this person’s mind? No, rather than that, are you really a human?!

My doubts and anxiety blended together and gradually grew bigger and bigger.

I glued my back to the corner of the carriage and looked over at the suspicious man who came from god knows where.

Legs that were long to the point they made the carriage feel narrow, a slim body with angular shoulders, and a handsome face that would capture your attention whenever they were seen.

If it hadn’t been for us meeting in this sort of situation, I might have even just watched him in silence.

Moreover, from the leather gloves to the spotless leather boots, everything that was worn on his body were all of expensive luxury.

Indeed, it was the perfect example of the appearance a noble of the highest status should have, but… 

I’M GOING FERAL FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE MFS

‘A guide?’

I gulped dryly.

“Now, shall we get to the point then? Listen carefully to me from now on…”

“Wait a minute.”

I raised a hand to stop Winnard, who had already opened his mouth again.

“I need to know what this is all about first.”

“What?”

Although I was afraid of the unknown, it was my only chance to find out what sort of situation I was in. 

I squeezed out all the courage I had and didn’t have and tried to muster up a dignified appearance.

“If you really are a guide, explain all of this to me. Why did I suddenly become a candidate for the main character, and what is a share?”

At my words, Winnard fell silent for a moment. He nodded his head, deep in thought with his arms crossed.

“Alright.”

Then, he placed the luxurious-looking black cane he had been holding in his hand the whole time on his lap and spoke calmly.

“The first time you were noticed was because of your husband, Duke Periot, who had torn up your divorce papers. At that moment, one of ‘them’ was filled with excitement and bought a share. Thanks to that, you became a main character candidate.”

“Them…?”

“I’m talking about the people who are looking into this world. When you were dragged away and imprisoned against your will, you truly caught everyone’s attention. Some even baked cookies to find out what would happen to you.”

Just what sort of nonsense is this? So in short, he’s saying that thanks to someone buying a share, I became a candidate for the main character, and that people bake cookies… because they want to see more and find out what happens next…?

…But why cookies? 

However, I buried these trivial questions deep in my mind first and hurriedly asked once again.

“Then when a cookie is baked, it comes back to me as a reward?”

“It’s great that you’re quick to understand the situation. That’s right. The more you solidify your position by selling shares, the more there’ll be people who will be willing to bake cookies for you. In other words, you’ll be able to receive better rewards.”

“There are even better rewards?”

My ears perked up unconsciously for a moment.

“Of course. Just breaking down an iron door or burning marriage vows wasn’t even that big of a deal.”

“What…?!”

Thud!

I was so shocked that I sprang up abruptly and heard a dull sound, my vision turning white momentarily.

“Ouch!”

I had forgotten that I was still sitting in a carriage and had gotten up just to hit my head against the ceiling of the carriage. I sat down once again with a groan.

Winnard frowned and eyed the top of my head.

“There’s probably a bump there now.”

But that wasn’t the important thing right now.

“Are you being serious? Did the marriage vows really catch on fire?!”

“Mmhm, it was completely burned to ashes. All the servants in the mansion were mobilised and poured water over it like crazy to try to extinguish it, but it was all in vain.”

“Then the smoke at that time was…!”

“It’s great that you didn’t have to get his signature for the divorce papers. It didn’t look like it’d be an easy task, considering who your opponent was.”

Winnard, who was snickering out loud, winked slightly and added.

“How is it, do you understand it now?”

However, instead of answering him, I slapped both of my cheeks as hard as I could.

Smack! Smack!

“Ack, ouch!”

I hit myself so hard that another shriek slipped out of my lips. Along with the tingling pain, an indescribably overwhelming emotion filled my heart.

It’s not a dream, it’s not a dream!

Here, in this world, the marriage vows were like shackles. As long as they existed, I pretty much belonged to the Periot household. Since it was a document which was notarized with the seals of both the Archbishop and the Emperor, it wasn’t something that could be easily destroyed either.

But they had now been destroyed in that fire. I can’t believe you were able to make that unlucky household eat such a fat shit!

Ah, if only I were able to see that scene with my own eyes. What a shame I wasn’t able to witness it!

“Finally, I’m finally truly free!”

I slapped the carriage wall and laughed loudly, but I suddenly felt his gaze on me. Winnard was looking at me with a complicated look on his face with his lips slightly parted.

“Why? What is it?!”

“…It’s nothing. Then, can I finish what I had to say now?” 

I nodded my head happily.

“Honestly, the most important thing is what I have to say now. Although it’s nice to enjoy a sweet reward like a cookie, your main goal should still be to become the main character by selling the most shares out of everyone

“Why?”

“I’ll let you know the reason why now.”

After he finished talking, Winnard snapped his fingers, and with the ding-dong sound of a bell, a window suddenly popped up out of nowhere.

“Huh? Why is this suddenly here by itself…?”

Despite being bewildered, my eyes still instinctively read the words on the window.

「Miss Lorella Mayred, it seems you’ve finally met the guide! Congratulations on meeting a reliable helper!

The full-scale survival competition has finally begun. The way to survive this competition is very simple.

The ‘Main Character’ is an honourable title which is only given to the person who has sold the most shares.

When it’s determined that the other candidates will be unable to win first place, no matter how many shares they sell, the ‘Main Character’ will finally be decided.

Following that, the <Main Character Protective Measures> will be activated immediately. All candidates except for the main character will be annihilated, and will be completely erased from everyone’s memory in order to prevent confusion.

Now, will you survive and ascend to the throne of glory, or will you perish?

Your fate lies in your hands.」 

…What the fuck. What sort of bullshit is this…? 

Maybe this is an illusion. With that belief in mind, I rubbed my eyes so much that it started to hurt, but the message on the screen did not change. 

“W-What the hell are you talking about now…?”

As I struggled to move my frozen lips, a hoarse voice that didn’t seem to belong to me flowed out.

“Annihilation…? Are you saying that if I don’t become the main character, everything will disappear?!”

“It’s to make sure candidates who are dissatisfied with their result don’t try to rebel against the main character.”

Contrary to me, who was on the brink of falling into a state of panic, Winnard was just as composed as he usually was.

“Well, it’s something that can’t be helped since it’s to protect the peace of this world.”

My head rang for a moment, as if someone had hit the top of my head with all their might. At the same time, I even had the faint illusion that my whole body was going to break apart.

“Don’t worry. Since the solution is extremely simple.”

He added calmly.

“You can just become the main character.”

No, but who doesn’t know that? 

However, my voice didn’t come out. My eyelids, lips, and shoulders, all seemed to have hardened like they were plaster and trembled one by one.

Everything in my head seemed to have turned into white smoke and disappeared. 

There was only one thing I could think of.

“…I won’t do it!”

I rubbed my sweaty hands randomly on my dress and shouted in a loud voice.

“What aren’t you doing?”

“I’m not interested in being a main character or anything, so please remove my name from the nominations. I don’t need the cookie reward either. I’ll just live quietly as an extra, so…!”

That’s right, it’ll be fine like that. It’s an issue that I don’t even need to think over about.

Why would I risk my life just to get wealth and glory?!

“You said you’re just going to be an extra?”

However, Winnard muttered with a displeased face and shook his head coldly.

“I’m sorry, but once you’ve been nominated, you can’t back out anyway.”

“No, but I myself don’t even want to do it…!”

“Once you’ve been selected, your opinion is irrelevant.”

My vision gradually got blurrier and an unknown high-pitched sound started to ring in my ear. 

“Even if that’s the case, as long as you look for one, I’m sure there will somehow be a way…”

Even though I clenched my jaw tightly and sent him a desperate look.

“There’s none.”

The reply that came back was firm and left no room for discussion.

…How strange. It had clearly been something good before, but now it wasn’t. 

Urgh.”

A sound of distress escaped from within my throat.

Is this what it felt like to sink into water so deep there was no end to it in sight? Despite both eyes being wide open, my vision faded to a black, as if I were wandering into a distant darkness.

I protested so loudly that foam and spittle filled my mouth.

“I only somehow just earned myself a fresh start, but now you want me to die in vain like this?!”

Just that alone was so unfair it made me feel like going crazy, but what’s worse was that I’d even be erased from everyone’s memory!

“Well, there are always shitty situations like this! I won’t! No, I won’t, even if I die!”

I screamed and tore at my hair, but the system screen stayed silent. There was no change in my surroundings, only darkness.

“That’s it.”

It was at that moment that Winnard, who had been leisurely tapping the cane’s handle with his fingertips, opened his mouth casually.

“If you don’t, you’ll die anyway.”

“…What?” 

I stopped breathing involuntarily at the carefree and cheeky voice of the self-proclaimed guide.

“Even if you say you won’t do it, isn’t that just saying that you’re fine with dying in the end still?”

“N-No? Huh?”

“Then if that’s the case, you can do it. Since you’ve already determined that you’ll die in the end, what else can’t you do?” 

Winnard nodded his head as if what he had just said was plausible and smiled.

“That’s not what I meant…!”

“Sure enough, you’re the candidate that I chose. As expected, my judgement of you wasn’t wrong either.”

“Hey! I’m talking right now…”

Listen to me!

However, I was interrupted once again.

“With that sort of spirit, the main character title will be yours, even if you don’t want it.”

What’s worse was that he even patted me on the shoulder, as if he were proud of me.

No, it isn’t what you think, you crazy fucker… 

Various thoughts popped into my mind the moment I lost my rationality, but in the end, the only thing that came out of my mouth was this. 

Haaa.”

I let out a long sigh. 

Was it because I had been through too much and had been overwhelmed in such a short time? All of a sudden, my body lost all of its strength and I became incredibly thirsty.

Those green eyes slowly slid over my face. Winnard looked at me like that for a while before opening his mouth.

“Even if you forget everything else, you must remember this one thing.”

Then he tapped the floor with the cane he had placed on his lap.

“In order for you to survive, you have to sell more shares than anyone else.”

When he finished speaking, I heard a sound in my ear once again.

Rustle

The moment his soft brown hair fluttered slightly in front of my eyes.

‘Then until we meet again, my main character.’

That low melodious voice seemed to shatter my dream-like state.

“Huh?”

With no more than a simple blink, I found myself alone in the carriage again.

The man who had been in front of me until just a moment ago had now suddenly disappeared in an instant, as if it were all just an illusion. Embarrassed, I rubbed my eyes until they hurt.

“What the— just where the hell did you go…?!”

He couldn’t have disappeared through the ceiling or been sucked under the seat… 

It was when I had been whipping my head left right and centre in that unbelievable situation.

“Did you have a good rest?”

An affectionate voice sounded from the other side. At the same time, a bright light suddenly poured out and filled my vision.

“Ugh”

I couldn’t stand the glare and shut my eyes tightly.

“You must’ve been very tired, since you never once woke up. It was right after we finished traversing the rough mountain road, so it wasn’t too unexpected.”

A gentle voice filled with concern. When I cracked open an eye cautiously, I saw the Knight Commander, Leonon, who was clad in a white uniform.

“C-Commander!”

After going through a situation where I couldn’t tell if it was a dream or not, I felt relieved once I saw him again.

Then came the anxiety. Since he did disappear all of a sudden, was he really alright?

I carefully parted my lips and asked.

“Um, Commander… is everything alright?”

He tilted his head for a moment and then replied gently.

“Of course it is. Sleeping all night isn’t a big deal at all. A little further and we’ll reach Aurea.”

“Pardon…?”

At that, my eyes quickly turned to look out the window. 

pls do not share this anywhere or the transmigration gods will transport u into boku no pico !! this translation has been stolen from mioscorner.com, pls only read there i’m begging u :kneels:

Oh my goodness.

Patches of the dark sky were already dyed with a pale indigo.

No matter how much I thought about it, the time I spent talking to Winnard only amounted to a few dozen minutes. But you’re telling me we’ve almost reached our destination? Did a guide’s abilities also include being able to time-skip?

My mouth was agape like a fish out of water at the incredulous situation… 

“Ack!”

All of a sudden, the coachman screamed as the carriage came to a screeching stop at the same time.

“Ah!”

Because of that, I almost fell to the floor since I was sitting on the edge of the seat. It was only thanks to Commander Leonon who quickly grabbed hold of me in time that I was able to avoid an  unfortunate situation.

Despite it being an almost instinctive action, his agility was still indescribable.

“Are you alright?”

I unknowingly clutched onto his large hand and cracked open my mouth.

“I-I’m fine, but by the way, just what is going on…”

It was then.

“Ahhh! H-Help!”

The terrified voice of the coachman could be heard from outside. Then, with no time to spare, the carriage door swung open abruptly.

At the same time, a freshly sharpened blade that gleamed hideously cut through the air.

“Come down quietly.”

The person whom the tip of the sword was pointing to was very clear.

It was me.

Mmph…

The moment a terrified moan escaped from my mouth.

“Alright.”

Unexpectedly, it was none other than Knight Commander Leonon who replied.

“I’ll do it.”

With a soft smile still on his lips, he stepped out of the carriage without any hesitation.

Just before the door closed, golden hair which gently fluttered through the cracks in the carriage door came into view, then disappeared.


LET’S GOOOOO I FUCKING LOVE WINNARD HE’S SO FINE PLUS HE’S SARCASTIC ?????
lawd i lowkey hope he’s the ml but you didn’t hear that from me hGSLDKFJFS i still love you leonon QAQ

BUT YUHHHH i think some of yawl alr guessed it but the ppl buying shares are essentially the readers who squeal and feel excited when watching her interactions with the other characters, and the ppl baking cookies are the bitches buying cookies to read ahead bc they can’t wait……. yes…. i am bitches hGSDLKFJFDS ;—;
BUT YEAH I LOVE HER INNER THOUGHTS I HOPE SHE DOESN’T GET MELLOW AND TAME AFTER A FEW CHAPTERS BC I LITERALLYT LOVE LORELLA #mygirlboss

PLUS PEEP THE NEW DOMAIN YUH
still fuck u wordpress for having stupid plans and deleting my diqus comments hnGDSLKFJD

SMCS Ch 5 — I’m Not the Main Character Though?

The doctor scanned his surroundings with hawk-like eyes and came with a variety of ointments made from crushed herbs and began to start treating me meticulously.

Perhaps it was because they lived here together, but his wife was also extremely quick-witted and moved efficiently. Although she didn’t say much, considering that she had proactively prepared a pair of low-heeled, comfortable shoes for me, it seemed to be so.

As someone who was hired in order to tend to the injuries of the knights who trained here, there was no need to doubt their skills.

Although it was enough to just have escaped safely, it was truly fortunate for me to be able to see a doctor.

At this point, it could be said that everything was proceeding smoothly.

Everything except for one thing, the fact that I’m completely broke.

‘Now what should I do?’

I pondered over this troublesome variable while watching the doctor’s hands applying a pair of white bandages to my leg.

I should obviously compensate the knights’ resident doctor for giving treatment at such a late hour. However, I had no way to pay him for my treatment since I had fled without any of my preparations.

The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a shame. Oh, if only I hadn’t been caught by Periot when I was organising the money!

Huh? Wait a minute.

Haven’t I clearly just sold off a bunch of ‘stuff’?

After carefully scanning my surroundings, I mouthed the word ‘window’, in an almost silent whisper.

Then the system window popped up with a dazzling light. 

「Total shares sold: 1600 shares」

‘Oh!’

It had increased by 600 units ever since I had met Leonon, the Holy Knights’ Commander. Unlike the other instances, it constantly announced cheesy comments noisily, so it was only to be expected.

Since I had this much shares, then it’ll work out somehow, right? I shouted earnestly in my heart, filled with a desire to be saved, just this once.

‘M-Money!’

However, nothing changed.

Is this not it?

“Exchange, cash exchange…!”

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The doctor scanned his surroundings with hawk-like eyes and came with a variety of ointments made from crushed herbs and began to start treating me meticulously.

Perhaps it was because they lived here together, but his wife was also extremely quick-witted and moved efficiently. Although she didn’t say much, considering that she had proactively prepared a pair of low-heeled, comfortable shoes for me, it seemed to be so.

As someone who was hired in order to tend to the injuries of the knights who trained here, there was no need to doubt their skills.

Although it was enough to just have escaped safely, it was truly fortunate for me to be able to see a doctor.

At this point, it could be said that everything was proceeding smoothly.

Everything except for one thing, the fact that I’m completely broke.

‘Now what should I do?’

I pondered over this troublesome variable while watching the doctor’s hands applying a pair of white bandages to my leg.

I should obviously compensate the knights’ resident doctor for giving treatment at such a late hour. However, I had no way to pay him for my treatment since I had fled without any of my preparations.

The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a shame. Oh, if only I hadn’t been caught by Periot when I was organising the money!

Huh? Wait a minute.

Haven’t I clearly just sold off a bunch of ‘stuff’?

After carefully scanning my surroundings, I mouthed the word ‘window’, in an almost silent whisper.

Then the system window popped up with a dazzling light. 

「Total shares sold: 1600 shares」

‘Oh!’

It had increased by 600 units ever since I had met Leonon, the Holy Knights’ Commander. Unlike the other instances, it constantly announced cheesy comments noisily, so it was only to be expected.

Since I had this much shares, then it’ll work out somehow, right? I shouted earnestly in my heart, filled with a desire to be saved, just this once.

‘M-Money!’

However, nothing changed.

Is this not it?

“Exchange, cash exchange…!”

“Pardon?”

I whispered as quietly as possible, but the doctor, who was devoted to my treatment, immediately raised his head.

“N-No, it’s nothing.”

I shook my head casually, but my heart was already full of disappointment. I had said it out loud, with the risk of shame, but nothing had happened.

There was nothing that could be used as income right now.

If this is the end result, then tonight’s place of residence has already been automatically decided.

…I’ll be homeless. 

Of course, it’s better to have to withstand the cold wind than to be dragged back to the Duchy with the crazy Duke.

That’s right, it’s still better than that!

‘No matter what, I’ll have to take my own measures first.’

Although I was curious about what was happening to me, that wasn’t the most important issue right now.

Starting from today, I would have to worry about becoming homeless, so what was the point caring about stocks? You couldn’t exchange it for money anyways.

‘Ah, seriously, what the hell should I do right now?’

As I was secretly pulling my hair out in anxiety, the door inside the treatment room opened as a little boy and girl peeked their heads out.

The girl’s round eyes that looked at me curiously, as if she were fascinated, were cute, so I smiled slightly as the doctor’s wife, who was standing next to me, approached them in a hurry.

“You guys are still awake…?”

The doctor also coughed dryly, and spoke in embarrassment.

“These are my children. They’re only a year apart in age, so they always get into trouble together.”

“Heavens, they’re so cute…”

The moment that thought came to mind and I was about to coo at how cute the children were, I stiffened.

Wait. Come to think of it, I also had a so-called ‘maternal house’ too! 

The reason I didn’t immediately think of Louis Mayred, my older brother, was because he was considered as a complete stranger to me.

As soon as I had possessed this body, I was exiled… no, I had left for the North and couldn’t communicate with the County. During those two years at the Duchy, we had only exchanged a few letters.

Perhaps we weren’t as close as other people. The only memory I had of my older brother, Louis, was the way he had thoroughly examined Duke Periot with his eyes throughout the whole wedding.

Well, they were still my only family anyway!

‘The last letter I received said that the County had moved to Aurea region.’

If it was Aurea, then it wasn’t too far from the Duke’s estate. Filled with hope, I rolled up my dress with my sweaty hands.

Although it’d be very shocking to find that your younger sister, who you haven’t met for two years, suddenly came to find you, they wouldn’t kick out their one and only biological sibling.

 “Now, it’s finished.”

While my heart was filled with hope, the treatment had already ended.

“As long as the wound doesn’t get infected, you’ll be fine. Just in case something unexpected happens, I’ll bring you some extra medicine.”

The doctor handed me a small packet of pills in an envelope with a friendly smile.

“Um, excuse me…”

I couldn’t raise my head and stuttered.

“W-What about the medical expenses…”

“Sorry?”

My heart ached when I tried to bring up the fact that I didn’t have any money on me. The gold coins that I wasn’t able to bring out of the mansion still remained in my eyes as I salivated over them, but now it was just a pie in the sky.

As I silently fiddled with the jewel-encrusted necklace around my neck, the doctor looked at me with an increasingly bewildered expression.

“This is all I have right now…”

It was difficult to meet his gaze, so I just bowed my head and spat out my words with difficulty, but a long arm suddenly appeared from behind me.

“Thank you for accepting a patient so late into the night. Will this be enough?”

Before I knew it, Commander Leonon was right beside me. In place of me, he handed something shiny to the doctor.

Heavens. It was a gold coin, which exceeded the cost of the treatment over a dozen times.

“T-There’s no need! I can’t even accept something like this from other people, not to mention the Commander!”

Before I could even say anything, the round-eyed doctor shook his head in amazement. However, Leonon pushed it further into his hands.

“It’s not only compensation for the treatment, but also other things, so please accept it.”

“Sorry? What are you talking about…?”

At that moment, the doctor’s wife approached us quickly and bowed her head, saying.

“Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone about today.”

Ah. 

Only then did I look at myself. 

From my disheveled hair that didn’t match my luxurious attire, the torn hem of my dress, and my bare feet which were littered with scars. It was a sight that would seem suspicious to anyone.

Leonon responded with a heavy look at the doctor and his wife who were nodding their heads, then smiled back at me affectionately.

“Then, shall we go?”

After asking to be excused once more, my feet were suddenly lifted gently upwards.

“Kya!”

As soon as the exclamation came out of my mouth without me realising it, the loud sound of a bell rang.

Ding dong! 

 「‘This area’s hype king’ enthusiastically buys 200 more of your shares.」 

Then, as if it had been waiting, the selling of shares began to start up again.

Ding dong! 

「Young and rich, tall and handsome… Can I leave a stain on you, who has no flaws?」 

Ding dong! 

「‘This area’s hype king’ purchases an additional 100 shares.」 

「Please report it as soon as possible. This man is a criminal. He stole my heart ♡」 

Here we go again.

I rubbed my face reflexively at the loud ringing of the bell.

“Are you alright?”

As if examining me, Leonon asked tenderly.

“Yes, of course.”

The insanely cheesy comments kept pouring in nonstop, but I just smiled and ignored all of them.

The only thought in my mind was that even if I died, I’d make sure that those same mistakes I had made before could never be repeated again. 

***

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“I really don’t know how to thank you.”

While Leonon’s escort went off to retrieve the horses left for the knights, I bowed my head several times in front of Leonon to express my gratitude.

The world suddenly looked so beautiful after I met such a kind person after having to deal with Emma Chambers, who had a hoard of servants behind her and was anxious to devour me, everyday.

“I will definitely pay you back for the medical expenses.”

“Don’t worry about that. Rather than that, is there a place you can go to for now?”

“Ah, that…”

Leonon waited for my answer with a friendly face.

“Actually, I have family in Aurea, so I’m probably going to go there…” 

When I cautiously started to speak, he nodded his head as if he knew of the place.

“If it’s Aurea, then you’ll be able to reach there by morning if you travel all night from now. However, it’s not a journey that would be easy for a lady to embark on alone, so I’ll accompany you there.”

“Sorry? Oh, there’s no need. You don’t have to!”

It wasn’t just me who was perplexed by the sudden remark, but also the escort, who had gradually approached us.

“Then what about the knights’ branch meeting then, Commander?”

Come to think of it, didn’t he also say that he couldn’t attend the Duke’s banquet because of some urgent matter?

“Although I’m sorry, it seems like you’ll have to go to the meeting by yourself. I’ll fill out the appointment form to make you my representative in order to ensure you won’t be discriminated against on your right to speak up.”

I was so flustered that I waved my hands in refusal. It was enough of him to have already taken me this far, but I couldn’t be even more indebted to him.

“How could I possibly trouble you to that extent…!”

“I won’t feel at ease if I don’t do so.”

However, Leonon was adamant.

What is this? Why are you doing this? 

He was so kind that my feeling of anxiety suddenly started to rise again. 

Judging from my experiences when enduring two bleak years in a desolate mansion with only enemies surrounding me everywhere, there was a high probability that this was part of a plan.

If he happened to recognise who I am…

“Although it’s easy to ask the knights to get a carriage, there isn’t enough time to confirm the identity of the coachman. I can’t send off a lady all by herself in that sort of situation.”

“That’s true, but… I understand. Then I’ll go and fetch a carriage.” 

Huh? 

I stopped thinking and stared blankly at the back of the escort who had already run far away. 

Then, when I slowly turned my gaze around again, I was met with a pair of warm eyes staring back at me.

“Don’t think of it as being a nuisance. It’s the right thing to do as a human being, isn’t it?”

A bright and clear smile popped out flawlessly.

Oh, my eyes… 

It was a smile that made me feel ashamed of myself for having such absurd suspicions.

In the end, I barely managed to answer back in a small voice.

“…Then, I’ll shamelessly accept your help… Thank you.”

As if he had finally heard what he wanted, Leonon gently raised the corner of his lips again. 

Ding dong! 

「‘This area’s hype king’ has bought an additional 300 shares!」 

「Huh? Where did our Commander go? There’s nothing but a bright light in my eyes.」

Although there was a cheesy comment every now and then, I couldn’t help but agree deeply with them now.

Despite it being so late at night, the knights were able to quickly fetch a carriage. The escort and all the other knights all came out with a disciplined salute and even watched over and protected the carriage while Captain Leonon and I climbed into the carriage.

As if they had known that the Holy Knights Commander Leonon was to ride it, the carriage was extremely large and comfortable. The seats were spacious and soft, and there were even several cleanly washed cushions that made it seem as if I would even be able to sleep in there.

What kind of luxury is this? How nice…  

The human heart is just this fickle. Although I had even been able to bear being homeless just a while ago, now that I was able to sit comfortably with my legs outstretched, I suddenly thought that it would be nice if I could live luxuriously like this.

Now, there was only one thing left that bothered me.

That is, Commander Leonon, who was desperately squeezing his large body into a corner of the carriage.

“Why are you doing that? Please sit comfortably.”

“It is comfortable.”

He told a blatantly obvious lie and added quickly.

“Make sure you’re comfortable since we still have a long way to go. You can get some sleep if you’d like.”

It was a very kind consideration. In addition, I was so grateful for his handsome appearance that filled my vision as he sat across from me, so much so that even if he wasn’t the incarnation of kindness, nothing would be lacking.

If I could meet the maids who had clamoured and said he was an angel one day, I would personally present myself as a witness to testify to that.

He really was an angel… 

Anyways.

‘I don’t think he has a close relationship with Periot.’

I secretly sighed in relief. 

Of course, I had suspected that to some extent. Since I didn’t remember seeing the Commander of the Holy Knights at our grand wedding reception.

Although there may have been unavoidable circumstances that prevented him from coming, the maids in the mansion would’ve known if the two of them were close friends.

Truthfully, I was wondering whether or not it’d be better for me to be honest about who I am and what my current situation was to a person who would help me to this extent.

However, if this was revealed to the public, there could be a big difference between helping the Duchess escape without knowing that she was the Duchess and helping the Duchess to escape whilst being aware of who she was, so I just decided to keep my mouth shut.

I didn’t want the person who did me such a generous favour to get into trouble.

However, it would be good to confirm it clearly.

“Excuse me…”

I rolled my eyes silently then opened my mouth cautiously. 

“I’m sorry, what should I do? To think you had such an important meeting that even made you miss attending the banquet…”

“It’s really alright, so don’t worry about it. Since it’ll be enough just for my subordinate to attend. In fact, I don’t really like banquets, so I deliberately followed them to the meeting.”

“It’s rare for a banquet to be held in the North, so was it perhaps held at the D-Duke’s mansion?”

“That’s right.”

“Wow, I’m sure it was really luxurious, right?”

Although I had clearly been there too, I just continued to shamelessly waste my saliva.

“I’m sure it was. Since the Head of the Periot household had returned safely.”

“You seem to be… very close to that family.”

I continued on calmly.

“Seeing as how you were invited to such an event.”

“I was classmates with Duke Periot, the Head of that household, when we attended the knights’ academy in our youth, but…”

Leonon, who had been thinking for a while, soon smiled and added.

“We don’t interact much though.”

I nodded inwardly. In my heart, however, I even wanted to react explosively.

Right, right. That’s how it should’ve been. How could you, such a sunny and angelic Commander, interact with such a crazy Northern Duke?!

“I heard that he’s married now. Although I couldn’t attend the wedding.”

He even locked that very wife in a room full of handcuffs! My mind was going in circles!

“I see.”

However, since I couldn’t tell what he was really thinking in his heart, I quickly nodded my head with an awkward smile and ended the topic.

I feel a deep sense of relief in my heart. 

After that, the conversation continued flowing like water. It was even more comfortable since the other person wasn’t trying to openly dig up information about me, nor was there any unpleasant curiosity either.

GOD THEY’RE BOTH SO FUCKING FINE

Thanks to this, I also learned quite a lot about Leonon. 

The fact that he was brought up in the official residence of the Ecrestus Holy Knights, and the fact that that residence belonged to Leonon’s family, the Berhardt household, so on and so forth.

The more we talked, the more I realized that he had been brought up in a decent and well-balanced manner in a harmonious and bright family.

“Ah, so you have an older brother. I also have an older sister who’s married. She got married to Viscount Xavier last year.”

“Sorry? Ah, I-I see.”

“It’s natural for you to be surprised. As expected, it wasn’t a political marriage. Since my older sister had made it stubbornly clear that she wouldn’t get married unless it was to someone who she truly loved. Still, my parents are very glad that she’s met such a good match like Viscount Xavier.”

Furthermore, I even felt a kind of awe when I heard this.

To think that the eldest daughter of the Berhardt family, who had said she would never get married, ended up marrying a viscount. It was something that would’ve been impossible in the world of aristocrats, no matter how much they loved each other.

It was a story that showed just what kind of mindset his parents had. 

I always wondered why he was helping me so much, but I finally understood. 

Having grown up with such upright parents, it would be as natural as breathing for him to show such generous kindness and mercy to the weak. 

As expected, not just anyone can take on the role of being the Holy Knights’ Commander… 

It was the moment I became drunk on this comfortable and peaceful atmosphere and closed my eyes without realising it.

‘Ah, I’m bored.’

“Oops.”

I hurriedly opened my eyes in embarrassment.

“Are you bored? Sorry. I won’t sleep then.”

“What?”

Leonon tilted his head.

“What are you talking about…?”

Just how long do you want me to wait?’

“Heok!”

I hurriedly covered my mouth with both hands at the unbelievable sight. Otherwise, it was very likely for me to scream. I was so shocked that my whole body even started trembling.

I could definitely hear a voice… but Leonon’s lips hadn’t moved at all.

T-Then who the hell did this voice belong to?!

“What’s the matter with you?”

Thinking that something unusual had happened, Leonon leaned his upper body toward me. 

However.

‘Ah, I can’t take this any longer. Sorry, don’t be too surprised.’

Boom!

Suddenly there was a loud roar of thunder, and a flash of light burst before her eyes.

“Ahhhhhh!!!”

I screamed as I closed my eyes tightly and instinctively covered my head.

“Wh-What was that?! Commander, are you alright?!” 

Whoosh.

My surroundings were silent.

“C-Commander?”

However, there was no reply.

This can’t be happening… 

When I opened my eyes cautiously, there was no one on the other side.

“Commander Leonon…!”

I kept calling out to the man who had been sitting in front of me just a few moments ago, no, should still be sitting right in front of me.

However, instead of an answer, only the faint whistling of the chilly wind blew through the carriage. Before I knew it, the wheels of the carriage which had been moving constantly had come to a standstill.

The only thing that covered the whole place was darkness that was so thick, not even an inch ahead of you could be seen.

Both the moonlight that had been gently shining through the window, and the light from the lamp outside with the coachman, had vanished.

Heup…

It was the moment when I was so terrified that I even forgot to take a breath. 

Knock knock. 

The sound of a knock on the door.

I instinctively hid myself in the corner that was the farthest away from the door. My whole body trembled at the thought of someone bursting through the door to harm me at any moment now.

However, what came, was instead, a voice full of laughter.

“Hi, Lorella.”

The deep voice seemed to belong to a young man, and sounded pleasing to the ear, seemingly as if it had nothing to do with the gloomy darkness.

“It’s nice to meet you, my chosen main character.”

My body stiffened quickly, as if trapped, frozen in ice. 

Wh-Who are you? 

I never said I would do something like be the main character…!


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leonon is so precious i love him hSDLFKJDSFJDS

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SMCS Ch 4 — The Hype King of this Area is Me!

“Commander, you can’t! Don’t we have something urgent to do? That’s why we deliberately refused to attend the Duke’s banquet… I’ll send a separate person to this lady, so for now, let’s just leave.”

As soon as the man who had supported me helped me up, the other man next to him hastily threw out those words.

But what followed was a reply as sharp as a knife.

“No.”

Flustered by the abrupt rejection, the escort’s gaze turned to me, who was wearing high heels. He looked at my hapless appearance from top to bottom before lowering his voice.

“But if you get involved in something so unnecessary…”

Despite the worrying words, the man cautiously supported me without answering and headed towards where the horse was standing. 

Then, he immediately placed me atop the horse at once.

“You can’t just pretend to pass by an injured person and let it go, as if you had never seen them.”

The man who had now also mounted the horse himself, spoke coldly to his companion, then, as if he had never just done such a thing, said to me in a gentle manner.

“Make sure you hold on tight.”

As soon as he urged the horse forward, the black horse let out a huff before beginning to gallop onwards.

The man manouvered the horse quickly, yet with great skill. Although the fierce wind scratched my face and whistled in my ears, I couldn’t even summon the ability to roll my eyes, as if my whole being had turned to stone.

It was because the conversation they had just had was still floating around in my head.

‘Don’t we have something urgent to do? That’s why we deliberately refused to attend the Duke’s banquet…’

The image of Emma, who was complaining before the banquet started about a missing guest who should’ve attended and would’ve raised their standing, was still vivid in my mind.

She had said that the guest was so important that I should curtsy twice, three times, and if need be, four times if necessary, so even if I wanted to forget about them, I wasn’t able to.

Among the guests who couldn’t attend the banquet, if it was the ‘Commander’, then… 

I bit my lip as hard as I could.

‘This is crazy! You’re Leonon, the Commander of the Holy Knights!’

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“Commander, you can’t! Don’t we have something urgent to do? That’s why we deliberately refused to attend the Duke’s banquet… I’ll send a separate person to this lady, so for now, let’s just leave.”

As soon as the man who had supported me helped me up, the other man next to him hastily threw out those words.

But what followed was a reply as sharp as a knife.

“No.”

Flustered by the abrupt rejection, the escort’s gaze turned to me, who was wearing high heels. He looked at my hapless appearance from top to bottom before lowering his voice.

“But if you get involved in something so unnecessary…”

Despite the worrying words, the man cautiously supported me without answering and headed towards where the horse was standing. 

Then, he immediately placed me atop the horse at once.

“You can’t just pretend to pass by an injured person and let it go, as if you had never seen them.”

The man who had now also mounted the horse himself, spoke coldly to his companion, then, as if he had never just done such a thing, said to me in a gentle manner.

“Make sure you hold on tight.”

As soon as he urged the horse forward, the black horse let out a huff before beginning to gallop onwards.

The man manouvered the horse quickly, yet with great skill. Although the fierce wind scratched my face and whistled in my ears, I couldn’t even summon the ability to roll my eyes, as if my whole being had turned to stone.

It was because the conversation they had just had was still floating around in my head.

‘Don’t we have something urgent to do? That’s why we deliberately refused to attend the Duke’s banquet…’

The image of Emma, who was complaining before the banquet started about a missing guest who should’ve attended and would’ve raised their standing, was still vivid in my mind.

She had said that the guest was so important that I should curtsy twice, three times, and if need be, four times if necessary, so even if I wanted to forget about them, I wasn’t able to.

Among the guests who couldn’t attend the banquet, if it was the ‘Commander’, then… 

I bit my lip as hard as I could.

‘This is crazy! You’re Leonon, the Commander of the Holy Knights!’

Leonon Berhardt, a renowned name, even for me, who had basically been imprisoned within the Dukedom for two years.

There was a reason why the war in which Periot participated in ended up lasting for two years. This was because, not only was the area that was to become the main battlefield both cold and dreary, but it was also notorious for being infested with various kinds of monsters.

Thus, the Order of Holy Knights stepped out to fight against them, and therefore, the news of their amazing performance became a fact known throughout the Empire.

So how excessive would the rumors have been if it was about the Commander of the Holy Knights, the one who stood at the forefront of all that?

I was even more familiar with the name since the maids often giggled and kyaaa kyaaa-ed about him whenever they had the chance to.

Something about how he was the most handsome man or gentleman on the continent, and how he wasn’t actually a human but a blond angel instead or something like that.

Come to think of it, they had all said that his long, loosely tied blond hair and heavily decorated medals on his white uniform were trademarks of his.

‘I should’ve known right away.’

But it was still rather fortunate. There was no way he would know about me when he had also been confined to the battlefield for two years like Periot.

But you never know. Even if Leonon didn’t recognise me, the escort might.

Gulp. 

My saliva slid down my dry throat. I pressed my hood, which was fluttering in the wind further over my face. 

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I wonder how long we traveled like this. The horse’s hooves, which had been moving constantly, stopped in front of a large iron door. 

I slowly raised my head and looked at my surroundings. There was a high wall in front of me, and beyond that, a round dome-shaped ceiling could be seen.

“This is the knight’s private training center. Since it’s a place supported by the Holy Knights, there’s a resident doctor who’s always here.”

At those words, the escort sighed briefly with an expression that disagreed with his words. However, as if he had already resigned himself to this fate, he grabbed the thick doorknob and rapped on the iron door.

Commander Leonon dismounted from his horse with a light motion that made it seem as if he was flying. I used that opportunity to take a closer look at his face. 

The first thing that caught my eye was his brilliant and beautiful blond hair that was loosely tied up. His blue eyes which resembled the ocean waves, and sharp, sculpture-like nose also caught my attention, one after the other.

Despite there being a deep scar left near his chin, he was still a handsome man with a calm and gentle disposition, not a savage one.

I couldn’t properly examine him earlier since I was in a hurry to run away, but his face was seriously so good looking that I wondered how such a thing was humanly possible.

GOD HE IS SO FUCKING FINE LIKE HGNSDLFKJDSF DO ME

Ah, so that’s why the maids would always cause such a fuss… 

As I secretly nodded in acknowledgement, three men dressed as knights appeared from within the walls.

“Welcome back!”

As soon as they saw Leonon, they immediately sheathed their swords into their scabbards at their waists and saluted him politely.

“Since you’ve come without even sending any prior notice, can we assume that something bad has occurred?”

“Someone was injured.”

Leonon led the horse by its reins towards the door.

“Take me to the doctor right away.”

Unlike in the forest, the surroundings were bright thanks to the numerous lamps on top of the gate. Thus, they must’ve also spotted the badly torn and dirty dress and bloody feet.

The faces of the disciplined knights stiffened for a moment. 

I wiggled my feet and tried to cover them somehow with the hem of my dress, but it was all in vain. The gaze of the knights didn’t even think of moving away from my feet.

After a moment of silence, one of the knights who seemed to have a high position among the others stepped forward and said.

“…I understand. Then first, please record the patient’s identity and name on the visitors list.”

“No. I don’t want to leave a record of this visit.”

At the resolute reply, the knight that had spoken exchanged glances with the other knights with him, as if he was embarrassed by the reply, and added cautiously.

“Commander. I’m really sorry, but this is a private property. Please follow the rules.”

I never expected to encounter something like this when I had only thought of escaping safely. I made a quick decision.

“The fact that you’ve already helped me this far is more than enough. From here on out, I’ll go by myself.”

Although I had whispered only loud enough for him to hear, Leonon didn’t budge at all.

“If a problem arises, I will take full responsibility.”

He merely said in a heavy voice. 

Then, something very surprising happened. The path opened up wide at his words.

I was able to realize how absolute his orders were to the knights. 

After passing through the door, another wide, well-maintained road appeared. The sound of horseshoes clattering down the damp road completely full of the night dew dispersed as lowly as the mist.

‘I’m so glad that I bumped into this person on the way.’

There was a sense of relief along with the gratitude. The hold my hand had on his sleeves this whole time, was also slowly released.

Before long, a small, single story building that was clearly illuminated appeared in front of me.

“Be careful when you get off.”

Leonon jumped off his horse first and held out his hand to me. I took his hand and slowly descended from the saddle. 

However, as soon as I touched the floor, a small scream erupted from my mouth.

“Ouch!”

My heels were sore beyond words. Not only was walking difficult, but even taking off my shoes seemed to be a pain.

Even though I had only taken one step, it had hurt my whole body so much that tears had welled up in my eyes. In the end, I couldn’t overcome the pain and my body trembled violently.

“Oh no.”

With a brief sigh, a gentle voice touched my ears.

“Please forgive my discourtesy.”

As soon as he had finished saying those words, my feet were gently lifted into the air.

Wait, no, it wasn’t just my two feet. 

My whole body was floating in the air.

“H-Hey…!”

It was when I was waving my arms around in a flustered manner.

Ding dong! 

「Mr ‘This area’s hype1 king’ has bought your shares.
100 shares, 200 shares… It’s exceeded 300 shares!」 

What…?

The name that made me doubt my eyes suddenly started buying shares. 

Ding dong! 

「Ack!!! This princess can’t stand being hugged anymore! Everybody, make some noise!」

At the same time, a shocking (?) message filled the screen, no, filled my eyes.

“Ack.”

A short scream escaped my mouth out of embarrassment. Thanks to this, his footsteps stopped due to the misunderstanding.

“My apologies. Did I put too much strength into it?”

Leonon looked at me with a face that began to look embarrassed.

“Where are you feeling uncomfortable?”

“Oh, no! What do you mean uncomfortable?!”

I hurriedly shook my head and added.

“It’s so comfortable, I almost fell asleep!”

A cheesy2 reply came out of my mouth in my fluster. Although I closed both eyes tightly in regret, the water had already been spilled.

“If so, then that’s a relief. If you experience any inconveniences, please let me know.”

However, although Leonon wasn’t embarrassed at all by what I had said, I still continued to pray.

Ding dong! 

「An additional 100 shares have been sold.」 

「Considerate guys like that aren’t all that… Be the star of my heart ★」3

Stop it, I’m begging you to stop! 

Leonon continued to stride forward, even whilst I was in the midst of screaming internally with a hot face. As I entered through the door which the knights had opened for us, the cool air along with the unique and peculiar smell of medicinal herbs tickled my nostrils.

Presuming he had been told in advance, the doctor came out from in front of the door.

“Is this woman the patient? Please come this way.”

I quickly came to my senses at those words and grabbed his arm to gently shake it.

“I, I can walk by myself. I must be heavy, so please let me down…!” 

However, Leonon shook his head firmly.

“It’s fine. What are you going to do if the wound gets worse?”

A strand of long, soft blond hair fluttered against my chin. 

The instant I moved to scratch the area that felt ticklish.

“…And don’t worry. You’re not heavy at all.”  

His smug laugh and deep voice subsided.

Ding dong! 

「100 shares have been sold, yet again!」 

「You’re not heavy at all, so don’t worry… Click4… You’re not heavy at all, so don’t worry… Click… You’re not heavy at all, so don’t worry… Click… You’re not heavy at all, so don’t worry…」

My face was burning, as if it was on fire. 

Am I really the only one who can hear this bell? I’m asking whether I’m really the only one who can see this comment?!! 

It’s a situation where if it’s ever discovered, I’ll die of shame…!

“If it’s not too impolite to ask, may I ask how you ended up like this?”

Leonon asked cautiously. As I made eye contact with him, I quickly raised the corners of my lips. Although it was a little embarrassing since his face was so close to mine, it would seem too impolite of me if I avoided his gaze.

 “Ah, that…”

Ding dong! 

「Guilty of making eye contact. Also guilty of smiling. If you two don’t get married, you’ll be sentenced to life in prison!!!」

…What did you say?! 

The answer I was about to give him disappeared in an instant.

“I’m asking you since I think I can help you. Ah, my name is Leonon Berhardt. I’m not a suspicious person, so don’t worry.”

Ding dong! 

「Mr ‘This area’s hype king’ is buying 100 shares again.」

Even the voice of Leonon, the Commander of the Holy Knights, was drowned out and couldn’t be heard due to the loud bells.

It was as if someone was holding ten bells in both hands and ringing them right next to me.

“Based on your reactions earlier, it seems as if you’re being chased… Right?”

Ding dong! 

「Commander, do you happen to need one more horse? I’ll only need to eat a bit of hay…」 

Ding dong! 

「Sir Love, I Commander5 you…」 

Ding dong! 

Argh, I can’t take it anymore!

“Shut up!”

I couldn’t stand it anymore and screamed out.

“No, but like, why are you so talkative?”

Let me talk too! Let me talk!

…After I clicked my tongue and grumbled, I finally remembered that I was still in Leonon’s arms.

‘Oh shit.’

Suddenly, silence came like a lie. 

Leonon looked at me with a shocked expression on his face. Even I was embarrassed by that face, and randomly let loose a stream of excuses.

“No, that’s not it! Those words weren’t aimed at you, Commander! It was because the sounds of the bells were too loud, so I told them to shut up…!”

No way. I’m just digging my grave even deeper…!

Although it was already too late, I quickly shut my mouth to prevent the situation from getting worse.

Ha, so it was silent once again.

“…”

Whoosh. 

The wind that blew in from the open door messed up his hair that seemed like golden light.

An extremely bleak voice, very different from the one when he had given orders to the knights earlier, landed in my ears.

“I…I’m sorry.” (Lorella)

His eyes, which were already drooping slightly, went down even further.

[1] 주접 is internet slang for comments that fans use to show their affection for their idols. they’re usually exaggerated, funny, witty, and vERY over the top (use of puns is very common.)
a good example is the one the system in this chapter uses to express how much it ships the two of them (tbh all of the comments from the system are good examples LMAOOOOO:

「Guilty of making eye contact. Also guilty of smiling. If you two don’t get married, you’ll be sentenced to life in prison!!!」

fans who do this will usually call themselves a ‘hype man’ or ‘hype king’, so if you see me use ‘hype’ or ‘cheesy’, just know i’m referring to this word.

here’s another good example of a 주접짤:

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tl: live with me! have a family with me!

[2] it’s a pun using the word 별로 [soso, not my taste] and 별(로) ([become my] star), since they’re homonyms.

[3] the sound a tape recorder makes when it resets, so we can assume the system is glitching and malfunctioning.

[4] it’s a the last syllables of 사랑해 (i love you) and 단장님 (commander), are switched with each other to make ‘(title) love’ and whatever 단장해 is (gn the tl of that was so weird, idk how to tl it hSDFLKJDSF)


HELPPPPP sorry abt how long this chapter took, i lost motivation plus the slang research i had to do was intense hnGSDLKJFDS

gn i LITERALLY LOVE THE SYSTEM HELPPPPPP PLS the comments the system uses reminds me of those comments under idol posts that go like ‘STEP ON ME KING YASSSS’ hSDLFKJDSJFD ugh so relatable we stan the system LMAOOOO

ALSO I LITERALLY GOT SECOND HAND EMBARRASSMENT WHEN GIRLIE YELLED SHUT UP LIKE HNGSLDFKJSDFJ HOW DID YOU NOT REMEMBER YOU WERE STILL TALKING TO LEONON HNGSDFLKJDFS i had to take a lap before i could tl again hSDFLKJDFS

also, let us all take a moment to thank the artist for giving us SOME GOOD FUCKING FOOD like YES MY MAN IS LOOKING SO GOOD, SO FLY, THE SCAR MAKES HIM SO SEGGSY LIKE PLS SIR, I’M ON MY KNEES RN HNGLSDKFJFSD

also, here’s one of my fav comments under the korean chapter hsdlfkjdsf

[text]: hey…commander? i’m sorry but could you please just click on this once?

[pic]: will you marry me?

yes (y), yes (y), yes (y)

SMCS Ch 3 — Can You Stand Up?

“Ugh, god…”

I barely managed to pull myself up, my sore knees shaking since I had slammed into the floor too hard. At my feet was the fallen door, along with crushed stones that were scattered all over the place. 

When I had finally looked back behind me, the spot where the door had been before was empty.

Heok.”

My lips fluttered open again against my will. 

The hand that had slammed onto the door was still tingling. That adamant iron door which hadn’t even budged despite my hand turning into this sort of state, had fallen away with just a slight push. Does this even make any sense? 

I looked around to see if someone else had done it, but not even a shadow could be seen.

Then…did I really do this?

“No, that’s crazy.”

I pinched both cheeks in admiration. 

Seeing as I could feel the tingling pain, this was definitely reality. 

Don’t tell me, those cookies…was it thanks to them? 

Bonus Cookies? Reward…? 

My head was filled with puzzling and mysterious words. 

Although there wasn’t anyone that could tell me what was going on with all of this, one thing was certain.

“Now is not the time for this!”

I was a little worried since the sound the iron door had made whilst it broke had been pretty loud, but if there was anyone guarding the area nearby, no one had come to check on the situation.

After all, even I never would’ve dreamed that I would break that thick iron door and escape.

The hallway was dark since there was no need for people to come here unless it was for something particular, and since there were no public candles, the inside where I had been trapped in was extremely dark and gloomy.

“Just what kind of room did you make?!”

My anger levels started rising again as I looked at the strings hanging from the ceiling.

“You crazy character!”

I cursed him with all my heart sincerely before quickly turning around.

First, let’s get out of here!


“Ugh, god…”

I barely managed to pull myself up, my sore knees shaking since I had slammed into the floor too hard. At my feet was the fallen door, along with crushed stones that were scattered all over the place. 

When I had finally looked back behind me, the spot where the door had been before was empty.

Heok.”

My lips fluttered open again against my will. 

The hand that had slammed onto the door was still tingling. That adamant iron door which hadn’t even budged despite my hand turning into this sort of state, had fallen away with just a slight push. Does this even make any sense? 

I looked around to see if someone else had done it, but not even a shadow could be seen.

Then…did I really do this?

“No, that’s crazy.”

I pinched both cheeks in admiration. 

Seeing as I could feel the tingling pain, this was definitely reality. 

Don’t tell me, those cookies…was it thanks to them? 

Bonus Cookies? Reward…? 

My head was filled with puzzling and mysterious words. 

Although there wasn’t anyone that could tell me what was going on with all of this, one thing was certain.

“Now is not the time for this!”

I was a little worried since the sound the iron door had made whilst it broke had been pretty loud, but if there was anyone guarding the area nearby, no one had come to check on the situation.

After all, even I never would’ve dreamed that I would break that thick iron door and escape.

The hallway was dark since there was no need for people to come here unless it was for something particular, and since there were no public candles, the inside where I had been trapped in was extremely dark and gloomy.

“Just what kind of room did you make?!”

My anger levels started rising again as I looked at the strings hanging from the ceiling.

“You crazy character!”

I cursed him with all my heart sincerely before quickly turning around.

First, let’s get out of here!

[ / / / ]

I rolled up my cumbersome dress with one hand and sat down in the corner of the garden, gasping for breath.

I was completely out of breath after running all over the place, avoiding people’s eyes.

Not far away, I spotted a small iron gate. 

It was the back door that was used by the servants and merchants. 

That was the last gate. 

Although I had somehow managed to get out of the mansion by hiding, the problem right now was that there were three or four gatekeepers keeping guard right in front of me.

How was I meant to get rid of those people? 

They were standing with rigid postures and looked around with sharp eyes. It wouldn’t be easy for me to distract them since they weren’t ordinary employees but rather, well-trained soldiers who were more skilled than anyone else.

But I couldn’t just stay like this. It would only be a matter of time before someone finds out that I’m gone. 

At that moment, I was biting my lips and wondering if there was anything that could be done.

A thought suddenly flashed through my mind like lightning

“S-Screen! Window!”

When I had almost run out of breath from shouting, the screen really did pop up in front of my eyes.

「Would you like a second cookie?
1. Yes.
2. No.」

“Yes, this is it! The same cookie as before! 

I crouched down in order not to be found out completely and whispered softly..

 “Please give me a cookie! Right this instant!”

As soon as I finished speaking, a golden gauge flashed in the air again. Filled with anticipation, I slowly crept towards the door. 

However, for some reason, the gatekeepers did not move. 

…Is this not it? 

I looked closely at the status window in front of me once more. 

Unlike the first cookie, the rate at which the golden bar was decreasing at was incredibly slow. 

However, despite it being so, why wasn’t anything happening? Could I have been wrong? 

As I gulped dryly without knowing what to do in embarrassment, a loud shout was suddenly heard from inside the mansion.

“F-Fire!”

I hurriedly turned my head to see gray smoke rising from a window on the second floor. 

The mansion quickly descended into chaos. People ran around frantically in front of the bush where I was hiding. 

Among them, a man holding a bucket shouted loudly at the gatekeeper.

“What are you doing? Go and get the fire blanket right now!”

“Ah, yes! Right away!”

As soon as the order was given, they ran towards the warehouse in confusion. 

The front of the iron gate had suddenly become deserted before I knew it. 

I rubbed both of my eyes and looked from the iron gate to the gauge which was still shrinking minutely.

“There’s no way a fire was started from baking the cookies…right?”

I asked myself for a while, but I couldn’t come up with an answer.

There was only one thing that was clear.

That the only time to be escape would be now.

Even if i couldn’t come back once I left, I had no intention of going back from the beginning.

I clenched my teeth and started running towards the empty door.

[ / / / ]

At the same time. 

Strict commands were deployed to the servants who were running helter skelter in terror.

“Bring the water, quickly!”

“Yes, right away sir!”

The servants rushed to carry out Periot’s orders. Someone quickly brought a vase with all of its flowers removed while others rushed to the bathroom with a bucket. 

In the meantime, Periot took off the cloak he was wearing. Then, he swung it wildly over the frame that was engulfed in flames.

“G-Give it to me. Duke. I’ll do it!”

The butler was startled and tried to dissuade him but his hand was unstoppable. 

Every time the wind would blow, Periot’s black eyes would also shake as if they were a storm.

‘What the hell was going on?’

He could have never mistakenly seen it, nor could he ever have dreamt of this happening.

He had clearly seen it.

Flames had suddenly begun to soar out of nowhere from the frame that hung gently on the study wall.

It hadn’t even been windy, nor was there anything around it that could suddenly catch fire, so just how did this happen…?

Furthermore, the document that lay inside the frame was the marriage vows he had exchanged with Lorella.

Most important of all was that since it was a document that remained as a preservation of their devotion, no one was allowed to damage it!

He bit his lip and swung his cloak with all his might. But the fire still showed no signs of extinguishing.

“Duke!”

At the same time as someone’s urgent call, a whoosh sound was suddenly heard from behind.

A servant who had filled the bucket first had urgently splashed the water on the Duke who was standing near the frame.

Hit by a flood of water in an instant, water dripped down from his head. All the servants surrounding him were startled and frozen in place. 

However, far from getting angry, Periot took a bucket from the hands of another servant who had arrived, one after another. Then he started pouring water directly onto the frame. 

Amidst everyone’s urgent movements, acrid smoke rose in all directions. 

Periot, who had not lost his nobility even on the battlefield, was drenched from head to toe as if he had fallen into a pond. 

However the unbelievable events didn’t end there.

“T-The fire isn’t going out…!”

“How did this happen?!”

Voices filled with dismay sounded from everywhere. Everyone started to doubt their own eyes. 

The fire that had spread to the curtains and bookshelves of the study had been quenched by the water baptism, but the fire on the wedding vows remained unextinguished, rather, it continued to grow in size.

“Let’s try and do this instead!”

At that time, the knight who brought the thick fire blanket pressed it as if to completely cover the frame. Meanwhile, the servants who had refilled their buckets also came flocking in. 

The Duke’s study, which had always been organised in a neat manner, became a sea of ​​water. Gray dust fell everywhere like snow as well. 

Was this some sort of sign?

“Duke! It’s a big problem!”

A loud cry rang out from far away. 

Then, a soldier ran into the room, gasping for breath and shouted loudly.

“T-The Duchess has disappeared…!”

In an instant, silence struck. 

As if it was the eve of a storm. 

Periot’s head turned towards the door.

“What the hell are you talking about?”

“M-My apologies sir. Keuk, hic!

Although he had a low voice, the soldier facing him was so surprised that he began to hiccup. That’s because that was the first time in his life seeing such a scary face.

“By the time I gone in hic, the iron door had already been broken…I deserve to die!”

Everyone there was stunned by those words. But no one had suffered as great of a shock as Duke Periot.

“The iron door…was broken?”

It was as if Periot’s mind was completely empty. It something he hadn’t even experienced on the blood-splattered battlefield.

In the end, all that remained in his head was Lorella’s face. He had never forgotten it, ever since the day of their wedding.

“Oh, Lord God…”

One of the maids who was frightened by the chaos, murmured in a small voice. 

At that moment, a single thought flashed by Periot’s mind and pierced it sharply.

…Is this the work of the person you’ve been meeting with secretly?

“So you’re a man of black magic.”

At that moment, the charred picture frame dropped from the bottom of the fire blanket that the knight had been holding with shaking arms. 

The only thing that had survived the fierce fire was the round iron ring that had been used to hang it on the wall. 

The moment it rolled over and stopped at Periot’s feet.

“Close all the gates of the castle and my fiefdom immediately!”

A harsh voice which had not been heard by anyone in the mansion before came out of his mouth.

“Gather every soldier. We will thoroughly search through this area with every means available to us, whether that be a dog or a horse.

“Yes, right away sir! I heed your order!”

The soldier shouted confidently, as if he was trying to make up for his earlier mistake.

“We will report to you as soon as we receive news!”

“No, I’ll be taking the lead myself.”

Periot spoke as if he was chewing on each and every word.

“Since I have to keep my promise and cut off that bastard’s head.” 

The sound of grinding teeth leaked out from between his teeth.

He put on his dripping cloak which had been burned here and there and left the study at a brisk pace.

“D-Duke!”

The startled soldier hurriedly pursued him, but it was as if he couldn’t hear anything.

The sound of the shoes of the servants running down the stairs and the heavy armor of the soldiers gathering in unison resounded everywhere. 

It was the first time that a mansion that had always been so still and quiet, was so noisy.

[ / / / ]

I ran and ran with my teeth clenched tightly together. 

Night descended quickly in the north, and at the same time, the temperature dropped to the point where my teeth chattered. The wind blew so hard that I could hear a whistle in my ear. 

Nevertheless, the sweat on my forehead didn’t cool off.

Heok, heok…”

A shaky breath escaped from my lips, along with a heavy breath.

I wonder just how long I had been running for. The road had gradually started to get narrower, and soon a dense forest appeared on the side. 

However, I didn’t stop moving my legs. No, I couldn’t stop. 

As soon as I stood still, I felt as if the hand that had pushed me into that room would descend upon me and grab me by the neck.

My red hair which had always streamed down to my waist had already been disheveled since long ago. The lace, which had adorned the pleats of the dress had been caught on a rough branch and had holes in it. 

Even now, both heels of my feet were throbbing and in pain due to the high heels.

Ding dong! 

「The second cookie has been used.」

「Marriage annulled.」

Another bright window appeared in front of my eyes with another message popping up, but I didn’t even have time to read it. 

As I was running on the rough forest trail, something hard suddenly caught my ankle. Without a centre of gravity, my body fell backwards and tumbled down onto the dirt floor.

“Aiyah!”

The sound of a scream suddenly broke the silence. I quickly covered my mouth with my hand and looked around. 

The unidentified night1 flew away with a flap of its wings. Thankfully, there were no signs of people anywhere nearby.

“Ah, hic…

My ankles were burning and my palms were a mess of broken skin. My whole body was full of wounds. 

However, I stood up immediately and refused to give up. 

Then, I started running faster than before. Not only did it seem to burn my sides, but also to the inside of my throat, but I couldn’t care less.

Because I could clearly hear the dogs barking furiously in the distance when I had fallen.

“You, you crazy motherfucker!”

A tearful voice erupted out of nowhere. 

There was a large breeding ground on the west side of the Duke’s mansion. It was a place where dozens of Tosa2 dogs were raised. 

Goosebumps welled up on the nape of my neck when I thought of the dogs that were bigger than most children. 

I heard that those dogs were used to hunt bears that attacked private property since they had nothing to eat during the winter!

Hic, am I a bear? Am I a bear?! Hic!”

No matter how many tree branches I crashed through, the metallic taste of blood lingered on the tip of my tongue, as if I had bitten through my lips several times.

However, my own two legs were already out of my own control and moved automatically like machines under any circumstance.

In the end, I finally took off my high heels and held them in my arms.

“It hurts…! Ack, ouch!”

Even though I screamed every time I ran, I was still able to run much faster than I was before when wearing high heels.

‘If I get caught now, it’s over. I might even be hunted like a bear.’

With that thought, I couldn’t really think of anything but running. 

However, the forest that seemed to get thicker the deeper I went kept slowing me down. I had to slow down a few times, relying only on the dim moonlight to navigate the way. 

At last, I finally saw a clear path through the dense trees. It seemed as if I had finally come all the way to this road after running through the mountain trail.

But then, the sound of horseshoes was heard from far away.

“Ugh.”

Hiding behind a tree, I glanced around and saw two men riding horses. They weren’t rushed, rather they went at a fairly leisurely pace. 

I wonder if the search party has already come this far. Aren’t you going too slow to be finding me? 

I bit my lip in frustration and looked around quickly. 

Then a large thicket covered with leafy vines suddenly caught my eye.

‘I’ll hide like a dead mouse over there until they pass by.’

It was impossible to for me to run away silently in a forest with so many dry leaves and branches. 

It was the moment when I made a decision and took a quick step forward.

Ack!”

Was it because I had acted too quickly? My foot suddenly tripped over a small protruding stone. 

And of course it’s the little toe! Of all my damn toes!

“Ahhh-heup…!”

I couldn’t bear the pain and just fell right onto the middle of the road.

“Ah! There’s someone over there!”

At the same time, I could hear them running towards me. 

I was urgently thinking of a way to run away somehow, but I couldn’t even move my feet, let alone get up.

M-My toenails…! You didn’t fall off, did you?!

“Are you alright?”

As I was struggling to get up, a soft voice penetrated my ears. 

In a blink of an eye, before I had even raised my head slightly, there was already someone next to me, kneeling on one knee. The man who was still astride on his horse seemed to have approached me before I even knew it. 

Although the surrounding area was dark and obscured his face, the numerous medals attached to his white uniform shone in the pitch-black darkness. Loosely tied blonde hair was thrown casually over one shoulder.

“You look hurt, can you stand up?”

Woof! Woof! 

There was the sound of another dog barking in the dark sky again.

It was different from the one before. It must have been heard from somewhere close by.

“Hold onto me. I’ll help you up.”

Meanwhile, the man spoke to me in a friendly voice, as if he didn’t know who I was. 

Fortunately, he didn’t seem to be a part of the search party. Then that’s enough for me. 

Without thinking any further, I clung to his arm first.

“Don’t worry, I’m not a suspicious person…”

“Please help me. I, I have to run away, right now!”

Only then did I get a close look at the man’s face in the moonlight. He was staring at me with his eyes wide open in surprise.

Grrr, woof! 

Even at that moment, that sound was getting closer and closer. 

My heart was pounding urgently with the fear that the ferocious dogs might run into my back at any moment.

“H-Hurry!”

Eventually, a desperate cry erupted from my mouth. 

Clear blue eyes stared at me without saying a word. 

Before long, a large cloak was draped over my head.

“This way.”

A low but firm voice whispered in my ear. 

The only ray of light that seemed to shine through was over the thick fabric.


[1] 밤새: play on words, the 새 in 밤새 or ‘all night long’ means bird. so lorella is saying that the only figure in the night is night with a flap of its wings which refers to the bird. then she says fortunately there aren’t any human figures nearby (but there was a bird)

[2] tosa dogs: The Tosa is a breed of dog of Japanese origin that is considered rare. It was originally bred in Tosa, Shikoku as a fighting dog and is the only breed still used in Japanese dog fighting. Ownership is restricted in some countries as a dangerous breed. (wikipedia)

Tosa Dog Breed Information - American Kennel Club

omg bro,,,why’d i just do a complete 180 from the last chapter and feel so bad for periot while he was desperately trying to save his wedding vows with lorella from the fire ??? plS HALSDFJDF FUCK WHY COULDN’T THEY JUST COMMUNICATE AHHHHHHH also our second capture target has appeared HASLDKFJDFJSDFS !!!!