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“I-I see. Thank you for letting me know!”
Answering quickly, I jumped up from my seat.
It was not the right time to panic. For now, I had to take care of it.
After rummaging through the precious things, I tucked them all away in the chest of drawers beneath the dressing table and secured the drawer with a key to ensuring it would not be opened.
After hiding the key under the jewellery box, I looked in the mirror. Perhaps because of my nervousness, my cheeks were flushed red.
Slap, slap, I slapped both of my cheeks with the palms of my hands, and after that, I sat down on the couch in the most nonchalant manner I could muster. I grabbed the book that was lying on the table next to my bed and started reading it.
Is this pose more natural looking, or is this one look better? When I was thinking about it then I heard a knock on the door.
“Please come in.”
Fortunately, my voice flowed smoothly.
Soon, with the sound of a doorknob turning, someone came into the room.
“Are you here?”
I opened the book and smiled softly, turning my head just the way I was reading it.
When I saw Ian during the day, he was wearing a different outfit than the one he was wearing now. When I saw that he was wearing a uniform, he must have been somewhere.
‘He really shouldered all the busy things in the world by himself.’
I sighed inwardly, but Ian’s expression remained unchanged as he looked at the book I was holding.
“Were you reading something?”
“Ah yes. It was quite interesting.”
“Is that so?”
“Yes. It’s such a witty story that it wakes me up.”
“The Cannibalism of The Barbarians.”
I pressed my lips together and looked at the page I had unfolded in front of me. According to the sentence that I just finished reading, the barbarians drank alcohol out of the skull of another barbaric chief.
“……I am very interested in different cultures.”
“Is that so?”
Was I mistaken if I thought I heard a smirk in that voice that indicated it agreed with me even though he didn’t say anything?
As I quietly closed the book, Ian continued.
“Anyway, it went well. I was worried that you might not have fallen asleep already.”
“Do you have anything to say to me?”
There were so many stabbed corners that my heart hurt.
Ian cast his gaze at me as I asked, pretending to be as nonchalant as possible.
“There is a spy hiding among your maids.”
I was so startled that I opened both of my eyes wide.
What do you mean, What kind of spy that planted next to Ian?
‘Could it be Nine?’
Did they try to touch Ian again? Is it not enough that you entrusted me with crystal earrings?
“How did you find out? Did you get hurt? Didn’t they poison your food?”
“It is not a spy who wants to hurt me. They are just a little bit inquisitive.”
“About your relationship with me.”
Anyone who might be suspicious of Ian’s relationship with me.
The only one that came to mind was that one.
He was also the one who pushed his servants into our bedroom on the first night too.
I thought I had doubts about that day, but it did not seem so.
“If that’s the case, I couldn’t be happier. I am happy to act any time, any place.”
Anywhere we went, I acted the part of Ian’s wife, except for the room where the two of us were alone.
“I don’t know who the spy is, but I have to show a hotter performance. If Sir can keep up with me, then I will have nothing to worry about.”
“We are already know who the spy is.”
Ian gave me a brief description of the spy.
You already knew. When he saw that I was interested, he fluttered my tongue with his willingness to let me know. A petite bourgeoise like me had a courageous heart, which was something that I could only imagine having.
“If you knew, why don’t you tell me in advance. I could have missed out on acting.”
Ian said in a soft voice as he pulled his collar down.
“When it comes to lies, I tend to trust you quite a bit.”
“…… You make people liars.”
What. You’re right.
I thought of the pendant and crystal earrings that were supposed to be sleeping in the subspace.
As a result of a simple experiment, it was possible to bring the crystal earrings into and out of the subspace with a single word. Fortunately, that was.
“Are you upset?”
While he was saying it, Ian flashed a grin.
Because of his mischievous smile, Ian now looked like a different person than usual.
‘I’ve never taught you how to smile like that.’
I thought only a cold expression or a scary expression was drawn on that face.
Some time ago, I found out that he wasn’t like that.
He knew how to make various facial expressions to the extent that teaching me how to act in front of people felt like a thing of the past.
“The day is very peaceful.”
Saying that, Ian loosened his tie.
I was thinking of something strange as I looked at it.
‘Necktie pin. I need to give it to you.’
While I was thinking about it, I decided to give it to him. If I wait too long, it will be hard to get it back to him.
I was about to get up to pull out the tie pin, but Ian continued.
“Like a man who is trying to hide something.”
“……There’s nothing like that.”
I dropped my act when I thought about the ingredients that must be sleeping in the drawer.
Ian’s eyebrow went up.
“I said it as a joke. Is there something really there?”
“What do you mean?”
“It seems like you just showed off something suspicious.”
Ian said with a slight tilt of his head.
“I think I can see through your lies a little better now.”
“I don’t understand what you’re saying.”
I turned my head away as if I were surprised.
Seeing that he only chose mean things, I no longer wanted to give him gifts.
‘I should just return it or something. Hmph.’
After a couple of tens of minutes had passed, I found myself lying in bed and staring blankly at the ceiling.
My husband was lying next to me after a long time. It didn’t happen very often, so I was very worried.
‘Is it just me who cares?’
I couldn’t even hear the person next to me breathe. I didn’t know if he was awake or asleep.
It was when I was putting the pillow back together for no reason.
“Are you feeling better?”
I stiffened my body as I heard a low voice that permeated me.
When I didn’t answer right away, Ian talked again as if he was trying to figure out what I was thinking.
“I heard that you, too, were tired today.”
‘Ah. I said that to Annette.’
I remembered telling Annette and Dame Joan that I’m tired today and should go to bed early.
The real reason wasn’t that I was exhausted; rather, it was because I needed to make the medicine, but I couldn’t tell Ian that right away.
“Oh, um, yes. I fell asleep quickly today. I feel like I’m less tired……?”
From the other side of me, I heard a soft sigh.
What do you mean? Ian spoke again before I could figure out what his sigh meant.
“I’ll touch it. Will you be all right?”
Ian spoke in an exuberant voice after being overly frightened.
“It’s about putting my hand on your forehead.”
“Ah. Ah. yes. Forehead. Please explain that in advance— no, wait. Why on the forehead?”
“Didn’t you say you were tired? I would like to impart some of my divine power upon you.”
At the unexpected words, I opened my eyes wide.
Ian’s giving me his divine power?
Divine power was sometimes more precious than life to the priests. It was natural since it was the source of their power.
Are you going to give me that divine power? Just because I’m tired?
“Can I touch you or not? Please answer quickly.” said Ian badly.
“By the way, it’s not an offer to anyone.”
So it was more of a problem. There was no way that someone as talented as Ian would ever give away his valuable divine power to just anyone.
Why are you being so kind to me? I was so suspicious because of how Ian usually acts that I got goosebumps.
“Isn’t it a big deal that you’re making something up without telling me and that you’re too tired to act like a couple?”
When I heard the mean words, I shut my mouth tight.
“… … Where do I hide something from Ian?”
“I know a lot.”
I am completely at a loss for words right now.
I don’t think so. Ian always enjoys blackmailing me like this.
In confusion, Ian said quietly.
“Well, I’m going to put up my hand.”
After a while, a large palm covered my forehead.
When he touched it, I couldn’t help but think about it, but contrary to what one might expect, Ian’s body temperature was surprisingly high.
Because my forehead was wrapped in his warm body temperature, I quickly began to feel sleepy throughout my entire body.
‘Is the divine power coming in now?’
As I focused on that feeling, I suddenly realized the room was too quiet.
In a space that was even darker than the night. A quiet place. And above all, the warm temperature of his body was covering my forehead.
Slowly, a strange feeling rose up.
It was nothing at all like the exhilarating sensation I had felt before.
It’s a bit itchy, and it feels like there’s a lot of congestion in my chest.
It was a sensation that I had never experienced before in my life. I was completely incapable of describing how it felt in any way.
I grimaced and tried to force my eyes to stay shut. Both evading this feeling and being able to cling to it for the rest of my life were desires of mine that ran parallel to one another.
‘What are you doing, Lee Seo-yeon?’
An alarm bell rang like mad in my head.
Something was wrong with this, and the alarm was blaring, warning me.