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.”

this chapter is brought to you by mio
as translator, proofreader and editor!


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.

*** 

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:

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.”

this chapter is brought to you by mio
as translator, proofreader and editor!


“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.

*** 

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:

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.


EVERYONE THANK THE ARTIST FOR THE MEAL BC UGSDLFKJDSFJ IM CREAMING AT BLUSHY LEONON YESLGHDKFJFSDJFDS WE BEEN FED RL GOOD TONIGHT !1!1!1

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.

this chapter is brought to you by mio
as translator, proofreader and editor!


“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!”

*** 

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:

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.」

this chapter is brought to you by mio
as translator, proofreader and editor!


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.

*** 

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:

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 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.”

this chapter is brought to you by mio
as translator, proofreader and editor!

AND!
by someone who bought me a kofi!
(i literally don’t know who u r but ty for supporting me and this series yuh !!!!)


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