I stared blankly at the object in front of me and muttered.
Lexion gave me a dagger finely crafted with silver.
As I tilted my head, puzzled by the sudden dagger, he said.
“Take it, Titi.
“Th- thank you…”
He said it was mine so I took it.
In the beautifully crafted scabbard, blue sapphire was shining brightly.
In contrast to his sword, it was a pure white dagger.
Its weight was also light as if magic was cast on it.
When I took out the blade, the blue edge blade shone sharply according to the light.
I looked at the dagger and Lexion alternately and asked in a dreamy voice.
“What day is it today”
“On what day do I have to give a present”
“It’s not that…”
“I just bought it while I was repairing mine.
No need to feel burdened.”
“This is too much for me.”
I was happy whether it was a bonus or not.
Because I liked it so much that it felt overdone.
I tried to calm my excited heart, I was feeling shy.
I put the sword back in the scabbard and held it tightly with my hands.
‘I must cherish it.’
When I couldn’t hide my happy expression, he answered.
“It is not too much.”
It was a calm voice.
His face was very serious.
As if he didn’t agree with me at all.
‘Does Lexion know That he is giving me the affection I so desperately wanted in my previous life.’
In any case, his favor towards me was very pleasing.
So, a smile spread across my lips.
“Yes, I’ll use it well, Zion.”
“It’s fine if you never use it in your whole life.
Because if you do it I’ll mean you’re in danger.”
He smiled as I nodded vigorously at his words.
“Shall we go back now”
Then someone interrupted our conversation.
Lexion and I turned their heads at the same time, and Gregory raised his hand.
His shiny blonde hair fluttered slightly with every step.
He came at a slow pace and was pleased to see Lexion.
“As expected, you were right.
You can see all kinds of things in places like this.”
As Lexion responded with a grin, Gregory’s green eyes naturally turned to me.
“We see each other again, Miss.
How are you”
“I see the…”
“If you don’t mean to embarrass me, you don’t need to do that.”
Gregory interrupted my greeting and smiled.
Today, as usual, he was still playful.
But I couldn’t reply to his smile.
Because I had already read through the book and what he went through while helping Lexion.
That’s why I was very concerned about Gregory.
Especially since he covered up all of Lexion’s sins.
Naturally, my gaze turned to the cheek that had been hit by the Emperor.
Even if the swelling has already disappeared, the wounds in his heart may have not.
In the novel, Gregory kept muttering that it was okay.
He, who repeated that with a face that looked like he was about to cry, was a very sad picture.
Gregory Aden Werbel, whose father died of treason, and had to live alone in the Imperial Palace without his mother, watching his own back for the rest of his life.
To live, He hid his talent and lived like a fool on purpose.
In the end, he hid a very sad side.
‘I can’t help but be sad.’
It was a side I had never seen in my previous life.
Perhaps it was because he wanted to hide the darkness inside him that began to live so profusely.
“What There’s something on my face”
“No, it’s just…”
When Gregory suddenly tilted his face towards me and asked, I shook my head in surprise.
Lexion grabbed Gregory’s back and pulled him back.
“You’re scaring her.”
“What did I do”
Gregory smiled as if it was unfair and asked for my consent.
I responded hurriedly, waving my hand.
“Ah, I’m not surprised! I’m not scared either.”
“See She’s not.”
“Then that’s a relief.”
Lexion smiled warmly and let Gregory go.
Gregory looked at Lexion, who only believed in my words and did not listen to him, with betrayed eyes.
On the other hand, Lexion’s face was calm.
Gregory changed the subject as if he didn’t want to say anything to him.
“Lexion, I was going to go to see you.”
Gregory grinned as he asked.
“It’s finally time for you to repay this brother.”
“You came too soon.”
Lexion smiled and replied to Gregory, who was rambling.
The two seemed immersed in their own long-lasting friendship.
I focused all my attention on the words that talked about going to meet Lexion.
“This time, I am in charge of hosting the Korte Kingdom delegation.
Kronos that bastard, he deliberately forced me to do all the work.
What a freaking jerk.”
Gregory swore at Kronos and glanced at me.
It was somewhat exaggerated.
Even though I knew the intention, I pretended not to know.
First of all, I didn’t know the deal between him and Lexion.
Gregory sternly explained to me as I was standing still.
“Ah, since you’re in the Castle you may not have heard the news.”
“That’s because I played another match with the Crown Prince this time.
He’s going to die of resentment by now.
How is it If you are curious, I can do it again.”
Gregory giggled as he pretended to hit Lexion next to him.
The more he acted exaggeratedly, the more it felt a bit pitiful because it seemed like he was trying to pretend.
“You don’t have to pretend to be such a troublemaker… You must have had a hard time too.’
He seemed determined and wanted to ruin his reputation.
It was truly a self-destructive act.
“I won’t ask.”
“So you don’t have to pretend you’re okay.”
Gregory’s face distorted at my words.
Lexion, who was next to me, looked at me curiously.
I thought I shouldn’t have said anything, so I quietly hid behind Lexion’s back.
It was a habit I always did when I was in trouble before.
Lexion flinched for a moment but didn’t say anything.
Gregory smirked as he watched me hide.
“Anyone who sees this would think I’m about to eat you.”
“Ah… I’m so—”
I was just about to explain.
“So what should I do for you”
Lexion intervened and changed the topic.
Then he held me with one arm.
I grabbed the hem of his robe and poked my head out.
It was to hear what they were talking about.
If it was the Kingdom of Korte, it was a country that had friendly relations with the Aden Empire.
Actually, it was closer to a master-servant relationship than a friendly relationship, but the Kingdom of Korte was less influenced by the Empire than other kingdoms.
Gregory crossed his arms and continued what he was about to say.
“You know that Prince Korte is very interested in swordsmanship, right It’s been a long time since he wanted to see you, a transcendent.”
“He happens to come between the envoys.
Since you’re in the capital, I want you to meet him.
Do you have time”
“Well… Isn’t the Imperial Family urging me to go back soon”
“When Prince Korte heard that you were in the capital, he sent a letter.
His Majesty the Emperor won’t do anything.”
“If so… I’ll stop by before going to the north.”
When Lexion agreed, Gregory smiled.
He tapped Lexion on the shoulder and said.
“Okay, I’ll tell you the location later when it’s confirmed.”
‘Perhaps it will happen that day’
I was just thinking about how I could be a part of that meeting.
Gregory didn’t go and awkwardly scratched the back of his head then he turned his head slightly to meet my eyes.
“If you’re bored, come with him, Miss.”
“No, it may be dange—”
“I- I’ll go!”
Lexion was about to say no right away, but I answered hastily.
I was afraid of losing such a great opportunity.
Gregory opened his eyes wide open for a moment and then said with a grin.
“You want to come”
Lexion and Gregory’s eyes turned to me.
Gregory had an interesting face, and Lexion had a troubled one.
If it was the past me, if Lexion objected, I would have accepted that.
But that wasn’t me anymore.
Because I was no longer the timid Tiarozetti.
I immediately looked up at Lexion and said earnestly.
“I want to go.
I can’t go”
“Why do you ask for his permission I invited you.”
Before Lexion could answer, Gregory responded playfully.
Lexion paused for a moment, then said softly.
“Your body hasn’t fully recovered yet.”
“I’m almost healed.
In addition to that expensive recovery potion, I’ve also been receiving recovery magic.”
Lexion smiled when I moved my arm lightly to mean that I was okay.
Driven by that momentum, I opened my mouth again.
“By the time the delegation arrives, I will feel better.”
“There will be more people than you think.
Will you be really okay”
“It’s okay, Zion will be by my side.”
“…What Are you already calling him Zion”
Gregory was surprised by the name ‘Zion.’
I hid my head behind Lexion’s back as if intimidated.
After a moment, Lexion calmly agreed.
“Okay, If you want to.”
When permission was granted, I answered in an excited voice.
Then Lexion looked at me and smiled softly.
Watching this, Gregory let out a yawn with a bored face.
“You two seem to be in a different world.”
“So please, Greg.”
“I get it.”
Gregory nodded, winked at me, and said goodbye.
“See you then, scaredy cat Miss.”
“Call her Tiarozetti.”
“I don’t want to.
It’s up to the person I’m referring to.
Why are you asking me to do that I’m going.”
When Lexion took issue with the title, Gregory bluntly turned his back on him.
I came out from behind Lexion’s back only after Gregory completely disappeared.
‘It’s a relief.
I was wondering how to go with them…’
Obviously, the event shown in the preview seemed to be related to the mission of the Korte Kingdom.
It was the instincts developed after living inside a book for a long time.
I muttered with excitement, trying to prevent him from changing his mind.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
Lexion smiled in response.