My blurred vision became clearer, and the sun was halfway missing from the window where the sunlight was shining in the center before, and I leaned on Valery’s shoulder.

…What, did I just sleep? Am I insane? Why am I sleeping here?

I raised my head and raised my back, hiding my startled heart as much as possible.

“Are you awake?” He asked softly and smiled.

“Ah, um.
I was… just thinking about something for a while.”

I know the excuse is really ridiculous, but Valery said, “I see.” Of course, there was a slightly mischievous smile on his lips.

Seeing the sun go down, it seemed that I had slept in that position for at least an hour or two.
It really didn’t make sense, no matter how much I thought about it.

“I-I have to go back now.
It will be a night if it’s any later.”

So I got up from my seat, blaming the time for nothing.

* * *

After the villa date with him, the appointment with Sir Shubart was delayed by 15 days.
I don’t know whether the road got blocked to me or something went wrong, but it wasn’t surprising because this frequently happened in the North.

Then I met Sir Shubart 15 days later.
As soon as he got here, I thought I would be praised for my excellent work, but Sir Shubart got angry.
Not to me, but to the coachman and Ian.
It was said that the order was just to block the carriageway, but what happened was the overturn of the carriage.

“…Simple accident”

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“I hired a simpleton.
Next time, I will be more careful.
How have you been?”

It seems that the coachman whom I hired that day misunderstood.
Ian just kept it because he was commanded to protect me unconditionally.
That’s why he didn’t make excuses even though he knew it wasn’t his mistake.
Isn’t he an idiot?

Anyway, meeting with the first prince was accomplished, but Sir Shubart didn’t tolerate the coachman’s mistake.
Perhaps the coachman will never be seen again.

I shrugged my shoulders.

“I’m fine.
I wasn’t seriously injured.
Thanks to it, I made it to the Imperial Palace.”

“I shouldn’t have hurt you.”

Sir Shubart, who said so, looked really angry.
I stared at him like that and picked up my words again.

“It made me do more of what had been ordered.
Ah, and I think we will see each other again.
I was officially invited.”

“It’s faster than I thought.”

“But I didn’t do anything.
Wouldn’t it be more dangerous? Even if my face isn’t known…”

“Um, it’s okay so far.”

“… that’s a relief.”

It’s been a few days since I took off the bandage on my leg.
I also ate all the medicine that the imperial doctor made for me.
I will fall asleep more than usual if I eat it, so I will get better soon.

I picked up lemon juice and salted fish eggs with a fork.

“The Prince.”

“Are you talking about the second prince?”

“Yes, he almost died when he was young.
When he was just born.”

Sir Shubart paused his hand for a moment.
Then he skillfully cut the meat with a knife again.

“Really? Why?”

“I don’t know.
He almost died, but he didn’t know why he was in that situation.
It was what he said anyway.
I heard it the last time we met.”

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I spoke and casually put food in my mouth.

“Really? I didn’t know.”

“Is there anything Sir Shubart doesn’t know? That’s more fascinating to me.”

“I’m not a god, but I know everything.
Isn’t it enough?”

Sir Shubart said something that I didn’t know if it was a lie or not without showing a sign of surprise.
He looked at my half-empty bowl, then I shook my head.

“It tastes worse than the food Sir Shubart made.”

“Did you miss me?”

Sir Shubart seems to have liked my remark very much.
The corners of his mouth rose to the point where it was obvious.

“How’s mother?”

“Lu is always the same.
You will be able to meet her soon.”

“Is everything going well?”

“The catch-up is going well.
We shouldn’t be hasty.”

Sooner or later, I will have to get the Chartero family on my back.
But why haven’t I been contacted for the stolen key?

“I’ll tell you whenever I get any information.”

“Your job is enough.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing my mother again.”

“Lu will love to hear that.”

“I’m sure she will blame me for saying useless things.”

“It’s not like that inside.”

Sir Shubart tried to defend my mother.

I asked, holding back my laughter, “Ah, that, Sir Shubart.”

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