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It was also problematic that it was easy to be attacked because there was no cover, but the biggest problem was that it was windy due to the cool weather.
If she’s lucky, she’ll end up with a little dry throat, but if she’s unlucky, she might get a cold and pneumonia. If she wants to go out, she better not stay out for over 30 minutes.
Now to him, Nineina was nothing short of a precious glass bead that would only slip slightly off his fingertips.
Not interested in gambling with Nineina’s body, he took her into the room.
Meia jumped up from the sound of the door opening, saw Caesar and Nineina coming in and bowed her head in a hurry.
Caesar, who didn’t even look at Meia, went straight to Nineina’s bed.
The quick-witted maid ran, lifted the quilt and arranged the pillows Nineina was using.
Caesar lowered Nineina onto the blanket the maid had lifted.
As he was about to pull out the hand that safely supported the back of her neck, a petal fell from Caesar’s fingers.
He didn’t care because he thought it would fall off if he left it alone, but it seems to have followed him up to this point.
Nineina, who was staring intently at the rose bush, came to mind.
‘Something like this……’
Even the meaningless gestures of reaching out from afar, unable to get close because she was out of breath.
“Bring some flowers.”
The eyes of the maids standing behind Caesar widened at his words.
They wanted to ask what kind of flowers and how many to bring, but Meia stepped forward and gave a small answer.
“I’ll be back.”
The quick-witted slave knew that Caesar was talking about the flowers in the garden.
It was because he remembered Nineina’s words that she would take a nap while looking at the flowers.
As Meia bowed her head and ran, Sarah, the maid, nudged the side of the two maids standing next to her.
At Sarah’s signal to follow Meia, Lia and Lindsay also left the room.
So Sarah was the only one who witnessed that.
“Please be satisfied with this. We’ll have another chance next time.”
Caesar, who carefully grabbed Nineina’s hand, which was scattered beside her face, opened her small fingers and pushed a petal into it.
The series of moves of burying a light pink petal in her white palm and slowly closing five fingers was horrifyingly silent.
Then Caesar looked at Nineina and swept her hair. Perhaps because of the sun shining down, the eyes looked warm, like the surface of a cold mineral.
She looked like an angel who fell into the hands of the devil due to the contrast between the black and white hands.
As if waking Sarah up, the rustling sound of the platinum hair laid out in the sun could be heard.
Sarah stood firm and still, until Caesar, who arranged Nineina’s hair to one side, rose up and left the room.
Clack.After a while, a flower petal fell on her cheek.
The petals flowing down in the wind tickled her small nose, but she didn’t seem to feel it.
The soft wind shook the petals.
But there was no cool breeze to blow them far away.
Caesar looked at the petals playing gently on Nineina’s cheek and reached out.
Caesar, who put his fingertips up to prevent the leather gloves from rubbing against her skin, carefully removed the petals.
Nineina pursed her lips as if she felt the shadows cast around her eyes.
He patted her stomach slightly even though he knew that this much couldn’t wake her up.
It took a while for Nineina’s lips to soften.
As a result, the single surviving petal, not discarded or crushed, was still trapped between Caesar’s fingers.
He put his hand under the blanket and held Nineina in his arms.
As he strode along, the butler, who was waiting on one side, often slowed his pace as he ran.
“Would you mind staying longer? She said she’d take a nap over there… ”
The butler whispered, looking at Nineina, who was asleep.
It was a small voice like a breeze, but it was enough for Caesar to understand.
“Let’s say she’s been here for about two hours. She won’t wake up here anyway.”
“……Yes, it’s getting chilly, so I’ll take her inside.”
Caesar looked down at the top of the butler’s head, and passed by the butler without saying a word.
Leaving Nineina to sleep outside for two hours was nonsense.
Sarah came to her senses only when she heard the door knob turn.
It felt like a dream.
* * *
What I did as soon as I woke up was stretch my body.
Although there was a strange sound, it was a great achievement just by holding the clasped hand over your head and stretching it out.
‘Why does stretching work so well? It’s like a feeling of vitality.’
The only reason for her body changing was the food that Caesar gave her. It’s not even a plant, so it’s not like it’s got some sunlight.
(TL/N: referring to her body.)
‘Yeah, yes. If it works like this, even a spider’s web…’
My happy heart shuddered.
For me, who hates insects, a spider’s web was a bigger obstacle than a giant reptile’s bladder.
– You can think of it as an egg.
The words of Caesar, who had calmly comforted me, came to my mind.
Because of his calm voice, it worked unexpectedly well.
‘An egg…. an egg… an egg.’
Repeating Caesar’s words ten times, I imagined a spider’s web turning into an egg.
It was a terrible process.
I was vehemently brainwashing myself that I ate an egg, not a spider’s web, but something fluttered and fell between my fingers.
I looked at the petal that fell on the blanket.
“It looks like it fell from a vase.”
I was startled by the sudden voice.
“Are you okay?”
Sarah, who was sitting in front of the door, jumped up and came to me.
Even so, I didn’t forget to stare at Meia, who surprised me by suddenly speaking out.
“Everything is okay.”
Hearing those words, I saw that there was a vase in the room that I had never seen before.
It was a vase full of the roses I saw in the garden.
I guessed the situation by looking at Meia and Sarah in the room.
After giving the order to stay in the room, she fell asleep, so Meia would not have been able to go out, and Sarah apparently did not trust Meia and was with her.
Sarah must have thought that it would be dangerous to leave her next to me while I was sleeping because Meia’s status was that of a slave.
I thought it was kind of funny.
‘Aren’t the sleeping me and the awake me equally helpless?’
If Meia was willing to do that, there was a high probability that I wouldn’t even have time to scream for help.
‘…The more I think about it, the more miserable it gets. I used to be good at sports.’
I stopped this helpless thinking and picked up the fallen petal.
I could just throw it away, but it was a waste to throw away the still fresh petal.
I opened the drawer next to the bed and put the petal in the first book I saw.
I closed the drawer and turned around to see a dark window outside.
“Is it night already?”
“Yes. You fell asleep outside and he brought you inside before it got colder.”
She furrowed her nostrils slightly.
Because she thought it must have been an embarrassment to Caesar.
“Where is he?”
“……He went downstairs to ask the man who attacked you.”
Sarah explained, avoiding provocative words as much as possible.
I remembered something I had forgotten.
It was obvious who was behind the assassin.
The other person must have noticed that Rubenio sent the letter, so that would be how he vents his anger.
‘You’re such a bad-tempered old man.’
I didn’t think too much.
I was satisfied with a little bit of visibility.
I shouldn’t know at all, but it would have been better to avoid digging too deeply.
I said after thinking a little bit.
“I’m going to paint.”
“……I’ll pick up your painting tools.”
Sarah stared fiercely at Meia and went out of the room.
Because I guessed what it meant by looking at Sarah.
I flinched as I tried to look at Meia sitting still in the designated seat.
This is because Meia’s eyes glistened like a puppy waiting for its owner.
“Do you want me to report on what the master has told you to do?”
“I think the condition of the hourglass is normal. If the sand occasionally jams, there is a slight error, but most of it falls within the set time. I think it would be better to add finer sand grains to get a more accurate time calculation. As the master said, I woke up every 30 minutes and checked it, and after all fifteen experiments…”
“Wait a moment! Fifteen times? Were you still doing that while I was sleeping?”
Meia nodded her head as if it was perfectly normal.