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I blinked my eyes at the completely unexpected question.
“What? What the hell is that?”
“Because I couldn’t think of anyone else who would dare to curse the saintess besides your husband. You are not only a saintess, but you are a saintess who is married to Ian Esteban.”
“What are you talking about? … I never told you that he was the one who was cursed to begin with.”
I smiled awkwardly and held out my flippers. Inside, shed a bowl of cold sweat.
“It came in all of a sudden. A man like a serpent……!”
“Hmm. Well, I don’t know what happened.”
The teddy bear looked at me with black, shiny eyes.
“Let me know if you need any help. Don’t you already know what customers are? If you’re having trouble, I’m ready to help.”
“Thank you very much, but there is no need to show it. Right now, I’m very happy with my life. Sir Ian and I are both happy, of course. He curses me, you really… You have a lot of imagination.”
I waved my hand in denial. Ian is putting a curse on me. It was a creepy assumption just to imagine it.
“Don’t say that, just tell me how to get the spirit flower of autumn.”
“Well, it’s simple. Spirit flower is a rare material, it is one of the regular items in our tower, so you can go down to the first floor and purchase it. Make sure to add a clue that says, ‘Collected in the fall.”
I just have to pay money for it and buy it. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
My chest was filled with a deep sense of relief.
The teddy bear spoke to me in a voice that seemed to whisper a secret.
“I am always ready to step up for you.”
“…… Why do you say that?”
“That’s because I’m curious about you.”
Saying that, the teddy bear smiled brightly.
Rizello’s voice was 100 percent pure and filled with curiosity.
Is it because he, as a scholar, knows how persistent his spirit of inquiry is? Suddenly, goosebumps ran down my spine.
Is that curiosity directed towards me personally, or towards my status as a saintess?
‘Even in the original storyline, Rizello was very interested in the existence of a saintess.’
I felt like a frog in a laboratory being observed through a magnifying glass.
It was the moment when I unknowingly clenched my fists because of the strangely rising tension.
I felt like a frog in a laboratory being observed with a magnifying glass.
It was the moment when I clenched my fists without realising it because of my strangely rising tension.
Along with a scream, the sound of something breaking was heard.
What the hell is that sound? I glanced in the direction where the sound came from. Right outside the door, something was going on.
“What is it?”
The bear’s brows were distorted unpleasantly. Rizello strode toward the door. I followed him quickly.
As soon as the door opened, I encountered a shocking sight.
Ian was striking the floor with the sword in his right hand.
I was horrified at the sight of the broken marble floor.
“What is this?!”
You said I could pick up the goods for you, and you said you’d wait!
Why are you smashing the floor of someone else’s house while you’re in there for a while!
“Ah. You already came out.”
Ian looked back at me calmly.
“I was catching some bugs. Did you hear me?”
Bug? Suddenly, what kind of bug?
When I looked down, I saw something that looked like a black lizard on the tip of Ian’s sword.
‘What the hell is that?’
It looked like a lizard, but it wasn’t really like a lizard. It looked like black smoke and had a foreign appearance as if only the shadow of a lizard had been removed.
“It’s an expensive marble…… What are you doing? Customer.”
Rizello asked. His voice, which was always calm, was annoyed.
Then Ian looked back at the teddy bear. Ian looked at the teddy bear from head to toe and sneered at it.
“Oh yeah. No wonder. Wasn’t he just a host?”
Ian’s lips twitched.
“I’ve heard of the bad taste of never revealing one’s true self in front of people. Are you the Master of the Magic Tower?”
At first, Ian figured out the identity of the teddy bear.
Fazed inward, Rizello tilted his head.
“You know me quite well. Most of the time, they don’t guess right away.”
“You are the only one who has magic powers that can move inanimate things this far.
“Haha. Aren’t you underestimating the Master of The Magic Tower too much?”
Ian glared at the teddy bear with annoying eyes.
“It’s a joke. Irene. Come here.”
Ian gestured at me.
I didn’t want to get close to him because he looked so bloody with a sword, but I had no choice. I stood beside Ian with faltering steps.
Ian, who had been hiding me behind him, looked at Rizello.
“Did you intentionally approach my wife?”
“What do you mean by that?”
Right. What does that mean?
Even I was surprised when Ian asked a question out of the blue. I opened my mouth quickly.
“Sir Ian, what do you mean by that? I’m just here to pick up the winning bid! I never thought this teddy bear would be the Lord of the Magic Tower. I never dreamed of it.”
I covered my mouth with the palm of my hand and took a step back from the teddy bear.
Ian looked at me with cold eyes.
“It’s a bit awkward.”
“What do you mean awkward?”
I widened my eyes as if it wasn’t fair. On the contrary, Ian’s eyes narrowed.
Ian slowly opened his mouth, staring at me.
“Don’t tell me…”
Did I get caught?
It was a moment of stillness.
The black lizard’s upper body jumped at me.
The bottom half of the body was stuck in Ian’s sword, but the top half broke free and came at me.
I hurriedly backed away at the frightened appearance.
“How dare you.”
Ian pulled out the sword from the marble and threw it out of the air.
The trajectory of the sword exactly cut the upper body of the lizard that was rushing at me in half.
I couldn’t take my eyes off the sword dance unfolding in front of my eyes. More terrifying than the fact that the lizard rushed at it, the skill of cutting it down like a ghost while flying in the air.
“Are you okay?”
With a frown, Ian asked me.
I nodded, half-fazed. I know that Ian has mastered the sword, but when I witness his skill in a person like this, I am surprised.
‘Are you human……!’
To me, struggling even when throwing a ball, Ian looked like an alien.
Ian cast his gaze at Rizello this time.
“I don’t think you’re doing a good job of running the house.”
Ian gave a sneering grin.
“I don’t mind living alone in a house full of flies, but my wife was almost hurt.”
Rizello shrugged his shoulders at the out-of-the-blue remarks.
“Don’t you know that it is common sense to clean the house before inviting others?”
“To speak of common sense, it doesn’t seem polite for a guest to smash someone else’s floor.”
Rizello pointed out the marble floor that Ian had smashed, but Ian shamelessly laughed.
“I wouldn’t have had to get my hands dirty if the house had been well taken care of.”
The Commander of the Holy Knights and the Master of the Tower were exchanging sharp sarcastic remarks towards each other. It was a terrifying sight, lest sparks fly.
Seeing the sight that made me want to run far away, I quietly backed away. Still, he carefully raised his hand and asked.
“Well, so… What the hell was that earlier?”
I couldn’t help but ask because I was almost attacked by a suspicious creature.
“It’s a kind of spirit. The problem is that the place where they live is in hell.”
“What? The demon?”
My eyes widened at the unexpected word.
“It is a common type of bug in the Demon Realm. Being discovered in this world means that someone performed a summoning ritual. Hmm……”
“Are you talking about intentionally summoned creatures?”
“I wouldn’t have summoned such an insignificant bug on purpose. To be precise, he must have been dragged in as a result of summoning another demon.”
Those words reminded me of the summoning ceremony at the underground ball.
Was it the guy who was dragged from the demon realm together at that time?
“It’s not just one or two. It was also found in the plaza.”
“Is that true?”
“I thought it was just an optical illusion, but I guess I was right.”
The two had been snarling at each other until just now, but now they were giving each other information.
Even after learning that the teddy bear was the Master of the Magic Tower, Ian’s attitude of treating me casually made me tongue-tied.
Ian was a member of the Imperial Family and Rizello was an imperial citizen, so it was natural, but Ian would be the only person on the continent who treated the Master of the Magic Tower like a subordinate. Even the emperor might not be able to do that.
It was a time when I was immersed in such useless thoughts for a while.
Instead of the lizard’s split upper body, a head sprouted from Ian’s lower body stuck in his sword.
I opened my eyes wide. Ian and Rizello didn’t seem to notice that the lizard was coming back to life because they were talking.
The moment I was about to shout at the two, the regrown head separated from its body stuck in the sword.
The lizard’s black mouth opened wide as if to swallow me.
There was nothing inside. Teeth and tongue. There was only darkness as deep as the abyss.
As soon as our eyes met, I froze.
Countless memories ran through my mind.
The memory of the first time I fell asleep without my mother. I remember the first time I was punished. I remember being picked on by my older sisters and brothers when I lived in an orphanage. Sad memories, memories of bad dreams…….
They ran through my head all at once.