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The drug was a tricky flower. If Clara, who had a special talent, didn’t treat it in a few days, it would wither, so they would probably try to get her by kidnapping her somehow.
So, today I’ll stick to Clara. The necklace Theo gave me was still on my neck, and if I need to, I can use my magic to wipe them out.
I decided to stop by the Pharmacist Association with Clara to find out about Heinz.
“This man… wait a moment, please.”
The association’s staff seemed to know nothing. According to the list, Heinz’s guarantor was one of the executives of the Pharmacist Association.
“What happened? Even the security forces were here to find out about him today.”
From what I heard, it seems that Alex has also started a full-scale investigation. So while my older sister was talking to the staff, an uncle called me outside the door.
“Kiddo, is this yours?”
I wasn’t young enough to be called a kid, though. My sister was safe and well, so I walked to the door, scratching my head.
PR/N: come on Ciel, how many lives did you live for this? Never saw a movie? Don’t go downstairs, don’t ask who’s making weird sounds and down follow anyone. That’s how you survive a horror movie.
QC/N: Well now we know that Ciel will be the second or third to die in a horror movie. First would be Clara, second would be either Ciel or Louis.
“There’s nothing here—”
There was nothing but the door, and before I could finish speaking, the man covered my mouth with a cloth. The smell of the anesthetic clouded my consciousness.
Unbelievable. It was a trap.
PR/N: No sh*t Sherlock.
* * *
Ciel had been kidnapped. While Clara was talking, Ciel left the room and disappeared. After belatedly finding out about the situation, Clara ran to the carriage that was waiting outside the academy.
Shortly after the coachman contacted them, Louis and Theo came running.
“While I was distracted for a moment… What should I do? What can I do?”
Clara burst into tears in Theo’s arms. He wiped away her tears and collected mana.
QC/N: Probably not the right time, but I swear this ship is gonna sail
“Wait, I’ll activate the tracking spell soon.”
He put that spell in the necklace just in case this kind of situation arose. As Theo activated the tracking magic, the path to Ciel shone a light pink colour.
“Louis, go get Isaac.”
“Clara, you return to the mansion. No, come with me.”
If the kidnapping of Ciel was a two-way operation, they were likely to kidnap Clara, who was returning home alone.
In that case, it was better to keep her close. Theo held Clara’s hand and tracked down Ciel’s traces.
QC/N: Hand holding now I see (΄◞ิ౪◟ิ)
“What if something happens to Ciel?”
“It’s gonna be okay. Don’t worry too much, I’ll beat them with magic.”
Even if he wasn’t the best, his amount of mana and talent was huge. Unlike Theo, who didn’t look worried, Clara couldn’t stop crying.
“I’m sorry, Brother. It’s all because of me.”
PR/N: let’s remember that she calls him ‘Oppa’ which is a way to call older boys with whom a girl is close with. But they aren’t siblings (by blood at least)
“You didn’t do anything wrong.”
Theo held the sad Clara’s hand tightly. He wasn’t happy to send her to the Imperial Palace, but as he investigated this incident, Theo learned about another side of Clara that he hadn’t noticed before.
It was a waste to just bury away such talent. Ciel had a point when she said that if left as it was, there would just be another group like Heinz.
“If this task is completed safely, from now on, only think about your future. If you need anything, you can always tell me or Ciel.”
“Don’t worry about Ciel too much. She doesn’t even cry over things like this. She will be fine. I don’t think anything bad will happen.”
If it was really an emergency, the necklace would have sent a signal, but seeing that it was quiet, it seemed that there was no harm to Ciel’s body.
Theo followed the mana planted in the necklace and examined the traces.
How far did they go in the carriage? They arrived at a quiet villa in the suburbs. The guards shouted at the appearance of a strange wagon.
“Who the hell are you?”
“Stop the wagon.”
Theo, who uses bracelets as a magic medium instead of the Levatane, spilled mana on the bracelets in both hands.
Jumping out of the wagon, Theo cast a silence and paralysis spell on both guards at the same time.
Theo turned to the coachman with a serious face.
“You, stay here. When Louis and Isaac come, tell them to follow me inside.”
“Yes, Young Master.”
“Let’s go, Clara.”
They were after Clara. Theo took her hand and ran into the villa. As they shut up those who appeared from time to time, eventually, Ciel’s voice was heard.
It was clear that something was wrong with Ciel. The two ran down the hall and opened the door, shouting.
* * *
I frowned at the unpleasant smell. I was going somewhere in a rattling wagon.
The carriage stopped and someone raised my body. I was pretending to be asleep, but someone hugged me.
“Look at her. Isn’t she cute, Brother?”
“Are you a pervert? Do you like kids?”
“Older brother, how can you see the world with such dirty eyes? She just reminds me of our youngest who we left in our hometown.”
The man hugging me spoke with an accent.
That unfamiliar accent was definitely an Eastern accent.
As I groaned and pretended to be in pain, the man with a dialect was startled and hugged me even closer.
“Oh, the baby is regaining consciousness now. Why did you ask me to bring this little baby here?”
“What do we know? He said he found a girl who was good at growing flowers. But then her brother came to pick her up and everything was screwed.”
“Oh, my God, that’s a big deal.”
When did that happen? First, I listened to the story quietly.
“We only need to save the flowers in the backyard, so let’s keep her safe and send her back when her sister comes.”
Fortunately, the kidnappers didn’t seem to be bad enough to harm their hostage.
Far from knowing the details, they seemed to have no idea what flowers they had to save and who I was.
I slowly opened my eyes, pretending to be distressed as much as I could.
“Baby, are you awake?”
“Who are you? Where am I?”
“I’m going to ask your sister to pick you up, baby, so don’t cry. I hate crying children the most.”
Honestly, it wasn’t that scary and there was no reason to cry.
I didn’t scream, I just stared blankly at him, and the old man held out a piece of paper to me.
“Just write down the address here.”
Kidnapping me without knowing where I live. I wrote down the address calmly, paying enough attention.
The old men looked at me curiously as I wrote clearly.
Despite using Valentine’s address, they had no idea how famous it was.
The group of kidnappers was a total of five, including the two old men who were talking earlier and another three.
“I’ll be right back, so take care of the child. Don’t bother me.”
“Of course. Don’t worry about it.”
The man, who looked like the leader, took the address and went out. I guess these people really don’t know anything at all.
The old man with the accent who said I looked like his youngest sibling talked to me.
“Baby’s writing is so pretty. You’re good at studying, aren’t you?”
“Uhuh, I’m good at studying.”
“Are you good at singing?”
There was nothing I couldn’t do, so I nodded.
Even if I look like this, I was properly educated in the Valentine’s family, so I could do anything I had already learned to some extent.
“I’m bored waiting for your sister, so let’s listen to our baby’s singing.”
Perhaps because I didn’t cry and didn’t seem to be scared, the kidnapper confidently asked me to sing.
In order to see my performance, I decided to make a deal with them with a smile.
“But there’s a condition.”
“I’m hungry. Give me food.”
I don’t know when I passed out, but I was really hungry. So, I asked for something to eat.
While an old man went looking for food, I put my hand on the lower part of my abdomen and started singing.
I sang about three songs while switching genres, so the old men didn’t even think about keeping guard, and even stood up and danced.
“Baby, you have a really pretty face, and you’re really good at singing. What is your dream?”
“Well, I haven’t thought about it yet.”
Knowing how to use magic, I decided to leave it as a last resort for now.
After singing four songs in a row, I gradually got tired.
“I’m going to stop singing. I sang so many songs, but I didn’t even get any food; you guys are bad!”
“Oh, come on, go to the kitchen. Didn’t my baby say she’s hungry?”
Since when did I become your baby? But these kidnappers, they’ve been too unguarded.
Soon after, two old men brought a large pot.
“Brother, let’s have a meal, too.”
“Yes, you’re hungry, aren’t you?”
It may be their local traditional food, but when I saw the green soup, my appetite disappeared in an instant.
I didn’t want to eat it, so I talked to the old man as I poked at it with the spoon.
“Where are you guys from?”
“Us? We came from the Eastern region to make money. An acquaintance said that he was introduced us to a good job by a high-ranking person.”
“Yeah, Lu… how was he called? Anyway, a high-ranking person gave me a precious flower, and he said he was worried because it kept dying.”
It seemed that behind all this was a nobleman with a name starting with ‘Lu.’
‘I think I’ve heard that name before.’
“I heard that this Lord hurt his penis a long time ago and couldn’t perform as a human being.”
QC/N: Wait, isn’t he the guy who tried to attach her and Louis at the Palace during Clara’s debut???
“I know. He said he got hurt five years ago, but he never told me how he got hurt.”
“What do you mean?”
“Oh, my God, what did we say in front of the baby? No, it’s nothing. Hurry up and eat a lot.”
I was screwed. Mr. Dialect scooped me another ladle of bad green soup.
Ugh. It wasn’t good at all.
I was about to send a signal to Theo, but I couldn’t see the necklace.
PR/N: just because she didn’t want to eat green soup lmao
“Oh, my necklace.”
“Necklace? Where’s the baby’s necklace?”
“Oh, it moved backward.”
It looked like it had turned so it was behind my neck when I collapsed.
As soon as I put the necklace on again properly, a soft glow emanated from the necklace.
“What the hell is this?”
“It’s a toy. My brother gave it to me as a present.”
 The phrase used here is 어떡 해 (eotteog hae) which is more of an expression like “Oh my God” or “What do I do”
 Meaning that he wasn’t from the Capital, probably not from the Empire. Since everyone spoke the same Empire language