g position, but she thought it would hurt Altair’s wounds if she were to move recklessly, so the only option left was to lie quietly in his arms.

But isn’t it strange that I am still being held like this?

As she slowly opened her eyes and raised her head, she met Altair’s eyes, who had been looking at her for some time.


This time, she couldn’t even close her eyes and just froze on the spot.

Seeing that, Altair’s mouth formed smirk as though he found it amusing, and then slowly swept his big hand across her back as if to comfort a frightened child.

“Don’t worry.
Im not going to do anything.
Today,… I just want to share the warmth.
I’m tired of dealing with the annoying stuff.”

As if it wasn’t a lie, Altair slowly closed his eyes after those words.
As she listened to his regular breathing, Nadia’s heart, which had been pounding with bashfulness, began to calm down little by little.

She couldn’t escape anyway, hence, she gave up and slowly closed her eyes too.

As her vision was blocked, her sense of smell became more sensitive, and a familiar scent came to her nose.

This must be Altair’s.

It was not specifically fragrant but earthy and gave her a cozy sensation, like he had been bathing in the sunlight.
Somehow, her heart felt at ease, and sleepiness washed over her.


When Altair cleaned up the goblin habitat around the Manastone Mine and development began in earnest, people from all over places flocked to their estate upon hearing the rumours.

Most of the visitors were merchants who wanted to win the distribution of the manastone mine.

Everyone had their eyes on it since they could make a considerable profit just by distributing the precious magic stones.

Thanks to this, the Aylesford estate was enveloped in a tumultuous atmosphere that had never existed before.
It was the mistress’ job to welcome and treat guests, so even the timid Nadia couldn’t avoid it.

The problem was that there was an extreme shortage of workers at Aylesford Castle.

Up until now, they had managed to get back to work with three servants, but if the Aylesford estate developed, there would be as many visitors as there was now, so it was impossible to handle the amount of work with just three.

Even if it’s not for that, three is just too small of a number!

The repair of the castle, which was postponed due to lack of funds, must be carried out step by step.

Because from now on money will flood in!

Aylesford’s manastone reserves were enormous.
It was said that the reserves would not be exhausted even after thousands of years of excavation.

In addition, it was revealed that the manastones mined as a test were much higher in purity than normal ones.
It was said that since it was a high-efficiency manastone, it could be distributed at a higher price.

Thanks to this, Altair was busy meeting with merchants everyday to coordinate delivery conditions.

Seeing the merchants leaving exhausted with crupled faces, Altair seemed to be a formidable negotiator.

Well, I sure can’t imagine Altair losing money from being manipulated by the merchants’ words anyway.

Nadia was not worried one bit.

So let’s work hard and do what I have to do!

Coincidentally, there were many merchants staying in Aylesford, so it was a good chance to buy materials for the castle’s repair.

Were she to deal with those who were exhausted from negotiating with Altair, she would be able to buy things at a good price without much effort.

It’s so reassuring to have the villain as an ally!

When she read the novel, she only saw Altair from the enemy’s point of view, so she didn’t know of these advantages at all.

Starting from today, will you call the merchants who return after negotiating with the lord for me? There are a lot of things I need to buy, so I think I’ll have to meet them diligently.”

“Yes, of course! That’s how it should be done after all!”

Anna smiled as if she was excited just at the thought of it, and before long, she approached Nadia.

“Are you going to buy a dress too?”


“Because the meeting of the eastern nobility will take place soon! You need to have the right dress and jewelry to avoid looking ridiculous.”

“I see…so there’s that, too.”

Nadia had completely forgotten about the meeting that Altair had asked her to come, focusing only on the manastone mine issue.

Since they will be hunting, I guess I’ll be wearing riding clothes instead of flashy dresses… 

Rather, what’s concerning was that there was a strictly big difference in the standards of simple clothes.

A dress could fool the eyes with its splendor, but it was difficult for riding clothes.
She would have to pay attention to even the smallest details of decorations to avoid the ridiculous appearance.

Not to mention men’s clothes are especially tricky.

There weren’t many elements to be used for decoration, so it had to rely mainly on the fabrics and cuts.

But Altair’s clothes…

She could never say it was great.
But at least, the completion of fashion was appearance, and Altair’s great physique and face complemented the outfit.

“For that matter, I think we should call the tailor, not the merchants.
Who is the most famous in the East?”

“I can think of a few famous places, but… the price is…”

“Anna, price doesn’t matter anymore.
It doesn’t matter how much it costs, we have to save the lord’s honour and reputation.”

At Nadia’s rare firm words, Anna smiled broadly with her eyes twinkled.

“Yes! That’s right! Things are different now!”

But just in case, I’ll ask the lord for permission before calling the tailor.
He might hate me for spending money recklessly.”

“Huh? That can’t be true.”

Anna shrugged her shoulders and carefully helped Nadia up from the sofa.

“But I think he will enjoy seeing the Madame, so I’ll guide you there right away! The morning schedule is all over, so he should be resting right now!”


Now? Me? In person?

I meant to tell Anna to ask him for me instead!

But Anna was already moving excitedly, and Nadia couldn’t bear to call out to her because of her timidity.


“You have something to tell me?”

She came to face Altair unexpectedly.

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