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“Dear, do you have an older brother?”
“I have three older brothers and one older sister. I’m the youngest.”
“You’re just like our youngest. She’s as cute as you. I miss my sister. I’m going to work hard to make money and send her presents.”
‘Well, I don’t think your sibling will be happy if you sent a gift with the money you earned from kidnapping.’
Perhaps these men didn’t seem to be aware that what they were doing was kidnapping a person.
It was difficult to use magic because they were literally villagers fresh out of the countryside and looked very kind.
“Why aren’t you eating? You have to eat properly to grow taller. Go ahead and eat.”
“I’m full. I don’t want to eat anymore.”
“Don’t do that, come on, how can you say that after eating that much? Go ahead and eat more.”
Even though I said it was tasteless, the man kept adding more green soup.
‘Ugghh. It’s not good. It’s not good at all.’
“No, I don’t want to eat it.”
“Baby, why are you picky? You won’t grow taller. Come on, eat it. I’ll feed you.”
I knew he meant no harm, but the seaweed-colored green soup was terrible. The crunchiness of cabbage, the fresh fragrance of celery, the blandness of cucumbers, and the flavor of coriander leaves were properly mixed.
QC/N: It’s like those healthy, detox green smoothies
It wasn’t that I was a picky eater, I was just refusing to eat bad food, but he kept trying to force me to eat it.
Was this a new type of torture? I couldn’t help but scream because I was being forced to eat without being able to run away.
QC/N: lmao reminds me of when my cousins would dare me to try weird food combos
The door suddenly opened and Theo and Clara jumped into the room.
The sight of four large men holding me forcibly was just right for misunderstanding. Besides, I just screamed.
“These bastards. What the hell are you doing to my sister?”
“Oh my, save me!”
Theo’s mana exploded out of anger, and objects flew in all directions.
The two bracelets on Theo’s wrists were magical tools that controlled and sometimes amplified his mana just like Levatane.
It was rare for Theo, who was one of the best wizards – although not as good as our father – to show all his skills.
‘I’ve only heard of it, but I’ve never actually seen it.’
A strong storm fell on the room, and things flew all over the place.
“What the hell is this!”
Perhaps because they were from the countryside, the villains seemed to have never seen magic before.
Frightened by the objects in the air, the men let me go and were at a loss. I ran to Theo with a shield on my body so that I wouldn’t get hit by the flying objects.
“Brother, wait a minute. These guys don’t know anything.”
“Ciel, are you okay?”
“I don’t know what misunderstanding you had, but it’s not like that. Those guys were just…”
“Oh, sir, please forgive us just once. We’re just idiots from the countryside who came to make some money.”
The kidnappers looked like scared kittens despite their size. They knelt down in front of Theo and cried and begged for their lives.
“They fed me, and it didn’t taste good, so that’s why.”
“You want me to believe that?”
“If you don’t believe me, you should try it. That thing.”
Theo put the flying pot on the table and dipped his finger in to taste it.
“Theo, are you okay?”
“I can’t believe you were feeding this to my little sister.”
“Sir, I was wrong. We did something wrong.”
When they were in danger of being scolded because of the tasteless soup, the men cried and begged, saying they were wrong.
Once I was safe, my brother asked the kidnappers the whole story after applying a limb restraining spell. The old men spat out all they knew only to survive.
“So, what do you mean, some noble named Lou, who lost his ability to perform as a man, is your employer?”
“Yes, I’m sure that Eunuch is the one.”
“Brother, what does that mean?”
To tease Theo, I asked innocently, as if I knew nothing. But unfortunately, even before I could hear the answer, Clara interfered, covering my mouth.
“Hmm, so. What were you trying to do by kidnapping my sister?”
“Oh, we were just going to send her back home if the dark-haired lady could save the flowers in the backyard here. It’s true.”
I nodded eagerly with my mouth blocked.
Knowing that they were not bad people, Theo released the magic that was on the old men.
“Turn around for now… Ugh!”
Suddenly, something flew over the open door, hitting Theo on the back.
While supporting Theo, who had fallen, a man who looked familiar came in with a grin on his face and an arrogant stride.
“They say you’ll meet your enemies on a Bamboo bridge, I never thought I’d meet you here!”
Wasn’t it on a single log bridge? He shouted so confidently that no one could refute anything.
“Well, it’s not a bamboo tree but a single log tree.”
PR/N: “Encounter your enemy in a single log bridge” it’s slang for finding trouble you can’t escape, or finding the person you hate the most in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Of course, except for Clara.
The man, angry at my sister’s words, trembled and pointed at me.
“This, this is all because of you, Ciel Valentine!”
“Do you know me?”
“So, you forgot about me. I am Count Ruben!”
I was sure I had heard that name before. Thinking hard for a while, I barely remembered him.
“Oh, you’re that eunuch!”
“Don’t call me that!”
Once upon a time, on Clara’s debutante day. Our brat Louis kicked Count Ruben in his manhood to save me.
QC/N: (〇o〇;)))) Louis’s kick must be deadly
I haven’t heard from him since Marquis Romford’s downfall, and I never thought he would be involved in the drug case.
It was understandable now why Alex showed progress only after the case was handed over to him. Princess Lotte must be behind all this. It’s a shame that Count Ruben was stupid and didn’t know that Clara was also Valentine’s daughter.
Had I made a mistake, this case would have been extremely dangerous.
“Brother, are you okay?”
QC/N: She calls him “Oppa” which can be used by females when addressing any older males that they are familiar with
Clara supported Theo who had fallen. Whatever he did, the light from Theo’s bracelet went out completely.
“Wizards are of no use if they can’t speak. How does the seal taste!”
I looked at the triumphant Count Ruben and clicked my tongue. Mana seals to subdue Wizards were extremely expensive.
However, even if he used such a thing, it didn’t work for more than five minutes in someone as powerful as Theo. If it was my dad, it wouldn’t have worked at all.
Looking at Theo, I rebutted Count Ruben.
“Why the hell did you do this?”
“Of course it’s because of the money! You, the woman, if you want to save them, save the flowers.”
The men from before took Theo hostage with regretful faces. Fortunately, they let me be, and I stood next to my sister.
They didn’t know that I’m a wizard.
Although it was because I couldn’t control my strength properly, once I put up a shield and shot a fireball, I could turn everything into ashes. Holding my breath, I slowly gathered mana in my hand.
“Did the Marquis abandon you after that?”
“Yes, it’s all because of you!”
As soon as Count Ruben approached me, I activated the shield.
He, who had reached out his hand towards me, crossed the door and flew into the hallway, and the whole building shook.
‘Why the hell can’t I control my own powers?’
The panicked men all came to catch me, but they couldn’t do anything since I was protected by the shield.
Count Ruben, who hit the wall, groaned and touched the sword on his waist.
“I can’t believe that little bastard is a Wizard.”
No, it was more amazing that you didn’t know that I was a Wizard who even received Levatane from His Majesty the Emperor.
I was sure that was the reason why he kept doing things in a strange way.
Count Ruben pulled out his sword and ordered the men.
“Get me that son of a bitch!”
Since his mana had not yet recovered, Theo was taken hostage.
If something really went wrong with Theo, then all three of us would be in danger. In that case, I’d rather be held hostage.
Anyway, who they were aiming for was Clara so, I removed the shield and raised my hands.
“Let go of my brother. I’ll be the hostage.”
“Ciel, it’s too dangerous. I just…”
“That guy is mad at me right now. You take care of Theo.”
“Okay, I’ll take care of him first.”
To settle an old grudge, Count Ruben approached me with a hideous smile. I bit my lip, preparing to attack him again with magic.
As soon as Count Ruben tried to grab me by the collar, I heard someone running through the hallway.
“What, what’s going on!?”
A black shadow appeared from behind with loud footsteps and struck Count Ruben.
The urgent, low-pitched voice was somehow familiar to my ears.
“Your Highness, Alex?”
Alex, who ran in with a black cape, threw Count Ruben aside in front of me and hugged me tightly.
After that, a huge number of knights rushed in and surrounded the area.
As soon as the mana seal was gone, Theo coughed and cleared his throat.
The glow returned to the bracelet, and a fierce gust of wind from Theo’s hand swept away all the old men.
“Brother, are you okay?”
The knights grabbed the men who had been attacked by Theo’s magic, one by one. Clara stood next to Theo and supported him.
“Brother, lean on me.”
“I’m fin— cough, cough.”
Theo, who had refused several times, eventually leaned on Clara’s shoulder.
Even if he didn’t show it, the thought of him dying of happiness inside at that moment made me laugh out loud.
“Ciel, are you okay?”
“Yes, well, it’s nothing.”
I was about to blow everything up. Fortunately, His Highness the Crown Prince came at the right time to avoid bloodshed.
Because if I really used all my power, someone might have been seriously hurt.
In the end, I was kidnapped. Anxious, Alex grabbed me and carefully checked to see if I had any injuries.
 A man who has been castrated (had his balls cut off) <= Highlight this to view but I would warn against it. It could seem crude.
 This is similar to the Chinese idiom “enemies meet on a narrow road.” For the Korean saying, check out Gijoe’s comment here
 Ruben’s father-in-law. Was a candidate for Prime Minister until Ciel, Louis and Alex found out about his corruption. Also a supporter of Queen Lotte