er to come.
But when I didn’t leave the room, Ian seemed worried about me.

As I heard a knock from outside, I made a move in my room.

“It’s Ian.”

“I know.
Come on in.”

I got out of bed, brushed my hair roughly, and watched him come in.
there was something in his hand.

“What did you bring?”

When he opened the silver lid, there were small cakes on the plate.


There was a cake that looked like the one I gave him after ordering at the dessert shop, and the other cake had a different shape.
But when I asked if he ate it back then, Ian already said he ate it…

“I passed by a dessert shop while I went out for a while.”

That means Ian bought this.
No, why did he do that?

“Ah… thank you.
I will eat it well.”

I took it by surprise.

“Then take a rest.”

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After saying that, Ian left immediately.
It seems he came in to deliver this, not because he had other business.

A cake with such a simple and indifferent look.
I looked down at the cake that had been given out.

“Did it bother him that I didn’t eat it and instead gave it to him?”

After staring at the cake for a while, I picked up the fork, plucked it, and then put it in my mouth.
My mouth was dry and gritty not long after waking up.

“… It’s delicious.”

However, once I put it in my mouth, it melts again.
I finished off the cake without saying a word.
I even touched the other cake.

“What a funny guy.
He’s really a strange person.”

He acted stiffly like a person whose lives surpassed his emotions, but this appearance of him was fresh.

In fact, I couldn’t eat the cake because I felt abandoned like back in the past.
If my mother had abandoned me that day and hadn’t returned, I would have lived a different life.
That’s why I decided to erase my feelings about the dessert shop for the last time with this cake.


Chapter 3.
Feelings Don’t Have to Be Time-Related

I really got a message from Valery, directly given to my home too.

“Ian, send the news to Sir Shubart.
The next meeting has been scheduled.”

I read the letter he had personally written and delivered it to Ian.
Ian bowed his back and disappeared without a sound like a shadow.

* * *

Coincidentally, the next day was my birthday.

As soon as I woke up in the morning, I went down to the first floor in my pajamas, and there was a gift from Sir Shubart.
He asked me for my coming-of-age present the other day, right? I had forgotten about it as I was rushing to the capital.

“Why is the box so big?”

I found a large bear-shaped stuffed doll and dress when I opened it.
It’s a gift for my coming-of-age day, but this gift was something a child will receive for Christmas.

“It’s so childish.”

The big stuffed doll was quite soft, so I pulled out the dress with the teddy bear on one side.
Unlike the cute teddy bear, the dress was black, and anyone could see it belonged to an adult.
There was also a letter inside, which was literally a happy birthday card.

The big cotton doll was quite soft, so I took out my dress with a teddy bear on one side.
Unlike the cute teddy bear, the dress was black, which was obviously an adult’s.
There was also a letter inside, literally a birthday card.

[Happy 20th birthday]

It was a short and simple congratulations.

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“I should wear this when I meet the prince.”

Maybe that’s why they sent it.
They’re not the kind of people who would put their arms around such a useless thing to really congratulate me on my birthday.

Well, whatever.

I took out the dress and hung it on a hanger in the dressing room.
And the teddy bear was still stuck on my side.

I was just coming out of the hallway when I ran into Ian.

“Ian, good morning.”

“Good morning, Lady.
By the way…”

It’s a gift from Sir Shubart.”

“What day is it today?”

He was unusually talkative.

“It’s my birthday present.”

“Today is the Lady’s birthday?”

He seemed quite surprised.

“Yes, it is my birthday.”

I pulled the doll out of my side and showed it to him.

“Ah, I didn’t know.”

Seeing him being bewildered, I burst into laughter without realizing it.
It’s not even my real birthday anyway.

“Yes, of course, that could happen.
Because I didn’t tell you.
It’s not even an important day.”

Ian had a stupid expression on his face as if he couldn’t find what to say.
I decided to say something that is not more than three sentences.

“Then I’ll go upstairs.
Don’t call me unless something special happens.”

“Ah, yes.
I understand.”

I waved to him and came right up to the second floor.

There was no particular reason.
I’m just going to sleep.
Even though it seems like a useless thing, sleep is the only refuge for me now and a reward for finishing a job well.
Then, I didn’t wake up until the next day while hugging the teddy bear I received as a gift.

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