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The one who had taken her away couldn’t remember things very well, but the one who had been stabbed and was bleeding had to remember everything.
Van intentionally misled Carlisle’s spy by providing her with erroneous information and pretended to leave somewhere else, which made the spy to be deceived; Van could follow where Carlisle was heading to.
He even knew the village where Eleanor lived.
It was abundantly clear that Carlisle did not intend to wait until the original story order, Eleanor, was proved that she was a guide or became the Duke of Armoure’s adopted daughter.
It seemed very important to go to the village where she lived and find out what was happening to her.
‘I suppose so. Just as I know he has regressed, he would think I have too.’
Van disseminated false information in order to deceive Carlisle, claiming that he had left for the north, which is where Charlotte was. It was easy for him to do because he remembered who Carlisle had sent to spy on him.
Carlisle believed the report and traveled to the province where Eleanor lived. Eleanor wasn’t from the west, where Carlisle was the Grand Duke. Instead, she came from the east, the territory Van ruled over.
It was a difficult realization for Van to accept that fact.
He had failed to notice the guide even though she was right in front of his nose the whole time. He didn’t even notice that the Duke of Armoure had taken Eleanor out of the East.
‘His Majesty the Emperor and Empress have both passed away, and I am ultimately to blame for the loss of everything.’
Van followed Carlisle, biting his lip to the point where blood began to ooze out. Carlisle and his knights surrounded a shabby house and dispatched an agent inside.
After talking to the hostess for a while, the man came out and shook his head.
It was obvious that Eleanor was away.
After a brief pause, a knight approached Carlisle and reported something. The look on Carlisle’s face changed, and he started to walk along with several of his knights.
The place they were going to was where Eleanor worked.
She was apparently working at organizing ledgers for the mercenary before being revealed she was a guide.
Just as she was about to have lunch with her sister, she came out of the upper building.
Carlisle was approaching Eleanor. From the outside, it looked like he had come alone to meet her, but Carlisle’s knights lurked among the disguised people, making it look like they were just passing by.
Van felt his stomach turn over at the sight. He had no idea the matching rate between Carlisle and Eleanor, but Eleanor was his guide.
She was walking with someone and had her back to Carlisle, unaware that Carlisle was approaching. The scene stirred Van’s mind as if the past had been replayed.
Given what Carlisle was about to do, he decided it was the right time to kill him here and afterward ask His Majesty the Emperor’s forgiveness.
As Carlisle sprinted toward Eleanor while yelling her name, she was surprised and embraced her sister.
What took him by surprise was Carlisle as well. Since he had Eleanor as his guide, he had never been in bad shape but acted like he was.
But he’s in bad shape right now.
It’s almost as if an opposite situation from the future, when Van couldn’t rebound from Carlisle’s punch, is playing out now.
Van attacked Carlisle, but he was powerless to withstand Van’s power, which caused him to throw up blood. Around the same time, the Carlisle knights, who had been pretending to be regular people, began to move.
Carlisle did bring the knights, but he wasn’t the only one.
Van also came with his own knights to protect Eleanor and her sister.
In the center of the village, people yelled and ran in all directions. The watchmen who were posted throughout the village were the first to react, but they did so with some reluctance because the identities of the people who were confronting them were shocking to them.
Even though this was the eastern part of the empire and the land did not belong to the dukedom, the head of the guard recognized Van’s face.
After hearing the terrified scream of one of the guards, the other guards gathered together and looked at the fighting knights with expressions of bewilderment on their faces. Van harboured malevolent intentions and decided to perpetrate the act of killing Carlisle.
After hearing that the Emperor had reprimanded him, he could be taken into custody, but Van was to be killed as soon as Carlisle had the opportunity.
Carlisle also began to back away, gnashing his teeth as if he had seen the murderous intent reflected in Van’s eyes. The knights of Carlisle rushed in front of him, prepared to die.
Van swung his sword without giving any thought to the repercussions that his powers might have. In a situation like a lie where the prosecution blew away Carlisle’s knights, Van’s knights opened their mouths without considering whether they should move.
“Duke! Calm down!”
The knights fighting on Van’s side, who were also confused, experienced the same thing. Although their master was powerful, their master’s powers came with a consequence.
If this were the capital, he would be able to receive the guidance of the empress, but it took a long time to go up to the capital from this area, even with the help of magic.
When the situation became critical, Carlisle reached into his chest and pulled out the scroll he had concealed there. The loss of the knights he held cherished was devastating, but it did not compare in value to the loss of his own life.
‘That bastard really wants to kill me!’
It would have been impossible if the situation had occurred before the regression, but now he is forced to lose. He couldn’t even reach his guide.
His gaze traveled through the crowd until it reached Eleanor, who was looking in this direction from behind the crowd. She was hugging her sister closely in her arms.
The sight made Carlisle realize that she knew nothing about Eleanor.
He always thought that Eleanor hated her family. But she hadn’t heard a word about her younger siblings.
There was only one reason.
‘It must be that she never trusted me from the beginning.’
Even though she loved him, she did not share with him the most important things to her. He would view it as a sign of weakness and threaten her if he knew.
As Van’s blade slashed through Carlisle, the teleportation magic was activated, and Carlisle disappeared into thin air instantly. Van clenched his teeth and stared in the direction the magic was dispersing.
Teleportation magic has limits, so he must have gone out of town.
“Bring the horse! He couldn’t have gone very far! Track him down!”
Van’s aides seemed to want to stop him. He had no justification for his actions, but he had mindlessly attacked Carlisle and his knights after receiving orders to do so from the master.
Although their master was the emperor’s nephew and the next crown prince, Carlisle was also the heir to the throne. He is only a lower successor than Van but is often mentioned and regarded as Van’s rival.
Even if he had only pointed a knife at him in public, it would have been a big problem, but his aides were taken aback by the look of Van boldly announcing that he was going to pursue him.
As much as the emperor trusted Carlisle, he could have been in great trouble if only this matter were reached his ears.
But their master was adamant. Some who had been at odds soon put their agreements out of their minds, brought horses, and even mounted their own steeds to pursue Carlisle.
Van didn’t take all the knights. Some remained in the village to protect Eleanor and her family.
Urging his words, Van cast a reassuring glance at Eleanor. From his position, he couldn’t even see Eleanor’s expression. She was inclining her body toward her sister at this moment.
‘She is alive!’
Eleanor was not a hallucination; rather, she was actually alive and breathing before his very eyes.
Van drove his horse out of the village following the magic trajectory, recalling the moment Eleanor took her own life. He didn’t intend to let that happen again.
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The Duke of East and his knights had left, but there were still some knights left by Van and the watchmen around. They approached Eleanor as she moved away from the onlookers who were watching.
Eleanor was supposed to be protected by the duke’s knights, and the guards came out to look into it because they found the knights’ actions to be peculiar.
The knights, who got their orders straight from Van, got a cold look in their eyes. Ralph, the captain of the guard, glanced at Eleanor nervously.
“I understand that you are from the duke’s family, but could you please explain the reason behind your actions?”
Ralph asked, but no one could answer him. Simply because Van was hesitant to provide detailed explanations to anyone, even those who were close to him.
Because Van reacted with such force to it, they simply assumed that it had something to do with the guide.
The Empire knows of only one guide right now.
It was only Luria Astrada, the emperor’s guide. It was also said that the emperor was able to rise to that position because he was associated with her as a guide.
The reason for this was that many people had inherited the blood of the imperial family, but the number of guides that were born was so small that they could be counted on one hand.
Because the time when it manifests as a guide is not fixed, many cases are missed, even if the entire empire is subjected to a guide inspection.
So, many people say that Van, whom the emperor now favors, is being talked about as the next emperor, but a new guide appeared, and they said that if a member of the imperial family owns them, he will be the next great emperor.
As long as another member of the imperial family does not steal the guide.
“… I’m just following Your Excellency’s orders to protect the two girls there.”
Apis, the knight, replied that he could tell at a glance that they were just commoners. The captain of the guard looked back at Eleanor with puzzled eyes.
He wasn’t famous in the village, but they were acquaintances. They did not get to know one another in a positive way at all. This was because her father was frequently involved in violent incidents with his friends.
They were victims in most cases, but there were times when they had to ask for a large sum of money because they were regarded as colleagues of a fist fighter.
Ralph wanted to ask Eleanor about her relationship with the Duke of the East, but he was not in a good place. He looked at Eleanor and asked Apis again.
“Do you need our help?”
Van took only a small number of knights while pursuing them, but the more people there are, the better off they are at protecting someone. In addition, not only Eleanor but also her whole family needed to ensure their safety.
“It’s possible that some of the knights that we just drove out of the village may have stayed behind in the village. It looks like they’re targeting this lady and her family, so I’d appreciate it if you could have someone reach out to her family.”
Following this, Eleanor took a step forward.
“My parents will be at home, but Peter and Leo will be at work. Where do they work….”
Eleanor’s willingness to share her whereabouts led Apis to suspect the woman might be with the duke.
However, it was a girl he had never seen before in all his years serving as an acolyte under Van.
‘If they had met, I’m sure she’d have a memorable impression… .’
They had the guards bring Eleanor and Millie, and then they returned with them to their home.