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The voice that asked me how I was feeling was cold as frost, but I wasn’t scared at all when I sat on the floor and sarcastically.
To be destroyed by an attack from someone as new as him. It looks like even the strongest swordsman in history wouldn’t have been able to stop the unexpected head-butt to the upper-body… No. Not like this.
I was so flustered that my brain started escaping from reality.
‘Why the hell did you get involved in sparring, me.’
When I saw Elliot attacking Ian in the same posture as in the illustration in the novel, a strong déjà vu dominated me.
At that moment, my mind was filled with the thought that I should not repeat the ending of the novel.
Only the one thought that Ian could not repeat the fate given to him.
‘You’re crazy. Lee Seo-yeon.’
I let out a hollow laugh.
With just that thought, I entered a sacred sparring, and Ian shoved him through the chest.
‘They’ve completely gone mad.’
It was a serious overindulgence, to the point of requiring treatment.
Even more terrifying was myself staring blankly at Ian’s silver hair that was dishevelled on the practise field ground at this moment, relieved that there was no blood on it, unlike the illustration.
Why is this, Lee Seo-yeon? Wake up.
I tried to push myself, but a small part of my brain was already giving up.
I had to admit it now.
I don’t want Ian Esteban to have the same ending as the novel.
Just looking at a similar scene, my body reacted like this.
Is it the trauma of losing a favourite character like that?
I don’t know. In any case, what was certain was that Ian was no longer just a character in a novel.
He was a human with blood and flesh to me. So, even though I know what kind of tragedy is going to happen to him, I can’t just sit back and watch like a theatre audience.
“What are you doing?”
Ian said it in an absurd voice.
“Madam’s sudden behaviour seems to be getting worse and worse.”
“Wait a minute.”
Because I was making a very important decision.
I bit my lip as I looked down at Ian, who was lying under me. When I realised my true heart, a sense of emptiness came over me.
How the hell did my situation turn out like this?
Possessing as a mere extra is not enough, and I became attached to the person I liked when he was single and is determined to find a way to save his life.
‘Is this why being good is bad?’
While lamenting, I did not reconsider my decision.
When we first got married, my original plan was:
First, by breaking the contract, Ian won’t kill me.
Second, during the contract period, Ian protects me from Nine.
Third, when the contract is over, I hide somewhere Nine won’t be able to find me and figure out how to get back to the original world.
I told Ian that we were in the same boat, but the truth is that I didn’t think about running away until all of my business was taken care of.
I glanced at Ian, who had been disorganised on the floor of the practise field.
Now I can never let him go with the flow of the original storyline.
The original writer sacrificed the existence of Ian for the great flow of the story, but I will not do that.
After making that decision, I was surprised by how light my heart felt.
“Then you won’t say anything? Great.”
Ian sneered from below.
“Let’s stay up all night like this.”
“No, I’m going to get up.”
“Oh, did you finally open your mouth?”
Ian raised one eyebrow and looked up at me.
“Then let me explain. What the hell is this?”
“That, hmm. I’ll get up for now.”
Every time Ian spoke, his pectoral muscles under my palms twitched.
It made me feel very strange, so I quickly took my hand away.
I could feel that everyone in the field was staring at Ian with shocked faces.
That’s fine, too. During the battle, the Commander of the Holy Knights’ wife came out of nowhere and attacked her husband.
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry to cause you trouble.”
After apologizing to Elliott, I tried to run away from the field. Because I wasn’t shameless enough to crush more in this place where everyone was looking at me.
Ian, who got up after shaking his body, said to me.
“I will see you later.”
Of course, I knew he wouldn’t just let it go.
The way people looked at me made my skin itch. When I thought about what people would say about me and Ian after today, my head hurt.
“I’ve earned it myself this time.”
To hide how embarrassed I was, I walked out of the field with the most proud look on my face.
Returning to the bedroom, I sprawled out on the bed without completely changing out of my outdoor clothes.
“You’re really crazy, Lee Seoyeon.”
How do I see the faces of the church people from now on?
My head was already pounding as to what kind of rumours would circulate about his wife who broke into the middle of the field during the sparring because her husband couldn’t even see him getting hurt.
I must have been lying there for about ten minutes.
A soft knock was heard.
“I will go in.”
Hearing Ian’s voice, I quickly stood up.
Is the sparring over already?
Ian, who opened the door and entered, looked at me with a crooked look.
“Why don’t you explain to me? What were you thinking earlier?”
Ian’s eyes were sharp, as if interrogating an enemy.
I felt dumbfounded for a moment.
Of course, it was an unexpected action that no one would understand, but what I did was to protect Ian from Elliot with my body. But why does that person look at me like a nuisance because I protected him wholeheartedly?
With a surge of defiance, I looked straight at Ian and answered.
“I thought that Sir Ian was hurt.”
“That kid’s sword was so sharp that for a second I thought you were going to get hurt. So I jumped in even knowing.”
Ian looked around me.
“Is the attendant with you in here?”
“No? I don’t have one.”
“But why make such a ridiculous excuse?”
A wrinkle formed between Ian’s brows as if he were full of energy.
“Did you worry about me?”
Ian looked at me like a liar in the world.
But to my surprise, everything I said was true. Even I couldn’t believe it was true.
“Don’t lie too much.”
“I’m not lying.”
“Even if it were true that you cared about me after yielding a hundred times, would I have been subjected to such a young man’s sword?”
Instead of answering, I stared at Ian.
You fool. You didn’t even know that you were destined to die by that kid’s sword.
“Don’t talk nonsense; let’s be honest. Why did you intervene?”
“I don’t want to talk about it. Sir Ian has a lot of things hiding from me, too.”
“That’s the story again.”
Ian hardened his face as if recalling an argument that had occurred hours earlier.
“What on earth do you want to know so much? What do you think I’m hiding from you?”
“A lot. For example, commandment.”
I said, casting a stare at Ian.
Ian’s eyes slowly widened.
I watched quietly as the blue eyes filled with mixed emotions.
After a while, Ian said it in a low voice, as if he were suppressing it.
“Where did you find that out?”
“The fact that I have the power called commandment?”
Instead of answering, Ian just stared at me.
The response convinced me.
He really has the ability to keep it hidden.
Ian, the commander of the Holy Knights, confirmed my words with silence, so no further evidence was needed.
“How long have you known?”
Instead of answering, Ian stepped closer to me.
“I don’t know how you found out, but let’s pretend it never happened. Don’t pay any more attention to it than this. If you stop paying attention right now-”
“Will there be fewer side effects?”
Deprived of his words, Ian looked at me with surprised eyes. He nodded.
“Yes. I even know about the side effects. That Saintess Agnes suffered from this side effect for the rest of her life.”
“You know, why?”
Ian said with confused eyes.
“Why don’t you follow my advice? This is a dangerous power. It’s too much for you, especially since you don’t train every day.”
Ian suddenly pointed out my laziness in neglecting sword training.
I flinched, but I countered without showing it.
“It’s easy to see why. Because it’s both strong and dangerous. Sir Ian, listen carefully.”
I let out a small sigh and looked right at Ian.
“I will help you with this power.”
Ian’s eyes widened for a moment.
After a while, he questioned me with an ice-hard face.
“What are you talking about?”
“It really is true. The plan that Ian is preparing, I will help.”
I could feel the eyes staring at me.
It was a sharp gaze that seemed to scan me all the way down to the skin.
I looked at him straight in the eyes and didn’t try to avoid his gaze. Ian’s head must have been running fast. To figure out why I am saying this and how far I know.
“……That’s too much of a joke. Madam.”
Ian put on a wry smile.
“No matter how strong your commandment is, how can you help me stop the monsters on the front line when you haven’t even learned how to use a sword?”
I laughed out loud.
Ian and I knew very well that Ian’s ‘plan’ that I said I would help was not like that.
It’s like you’re trying to scoop me up.
I looked up at Ian with a straight look.
“I actually lied.”
“……What do you mean?”
“When I first met Sir Ian, I told you that I knew where the emperor was asleep, right?”
“In fact, that’s not all. ……In fact, I also know who made him do that.”
A stifling silence engulfed the bedroom.