Wasn’t it really strange? Did the duke use some kind of magic? But the Duke wouldn’t be a wizard.

Then, the duke said.

“I only caught you because I had the ability todo it in the first place.”

“Yes? What skills do you have?”

“It’s okay, don’t do things like that anymore.
I know you like that.”

“It’s really a misunderstanding.”

Even at her words, the Duke still didn’t seem to believe it.
Well, that’s because it’s not like that.
She coughed for no reason and took a step backwards, then clung to Deliam’s side.
As she was standing there holding hands tightly with the child, the Duke approached them.


“Yes, Father.”

“Are you hurt?”

“Ugh, no.”

“Stay here with the knights.
You don’t have to tidy up.”

The Duke’s demeanor was unusually calm for a situation in which the child could have been kidnapped again.
It was as if he was sure there’s nothing wrong with it… She looked at the Duke with a puzzled feeling and caught his clenched fist shaking slightly.

‘Oh, I see.’

The Duke did not want to show his nervous side in front of the child.
He couldn’t control his emotions and if he showed them as they were, Deliam would be embarrassed.

She nodded her head in satisfaction, then paused momentarily.
No, why was she satisfied now? As a Duke’s son, Deliam was a precious being, so protecting him must have been a natural thing to do.


She lowered her gaze at the sudden feeling of her body floating.
Didn’t he put her body on his shoulder and move on? It was so sudden, she could only blink her eyes slowly in bewilderment.

“Hey, Duke?”

Deliam looked at them with surprised eyes and followed them.

“Put me down.
Can you hear me? Hey, Duke?”

As she shook her body around, she heard a small clicking sound.

“Just keep quiet.”

“Where the hell are you going? No, can’t you drop me off first?”

“I’m on my way to a good place, so be quiet.”

“You don’t intend to interrogate me, do you? I firmly believe that the Duke is not such a moth.”

“Your liver is very overboard, yes.”

She started to get worried about the cold voice that she heard.
Surely this situation was not misunderstood?

“As I said beforehand, this case has nothing to do with me.”

“Then tell me what happened.”


“What is your excuse? I will listen.”

“In a state where I’m lifted like this, like baggage?”


She was dissatisfied, but her mouth began to steadily explain.

“I was about to go to sleep, but suddenly Anne knocked on the door.
Then she said the Duke called for me, but I didn’t understand.”

The Duke asked in the blink of an eye.



“Why did you think I wouldn’t call for you?”

She blinked for a moment and then said.

“…Well, it was only natural that you would be ashamed of being caught making those cookies.
The Duke wouldn’t bother calling me.”

The Duke, who had been walking briskly, stopped in place.
For some reason, the back of her head was tingling, but she pretended not to know.

“But in the kitchen earlier.
You made cookies to lighten Liam’s mood, right? If you’d told me, I’d have helped you…”

“If you want to be put in prison, just say it.”

She quickly changed topics at the duke’s advice.

“…Anyway, I went out and there was no knight, no attendant, no one.
Feeling odd for some reason, I went into the room with an excuse and told Liam to hide.
I was following the lady-in-waiting, but I felt a threat, so I beat her and ran away, but I met the man.
A sorcerer, a kidnapper.”

Instead of answering, the Duke just dropped her to the floor.
She raised her head to something and opened her eyes wide.
There, the kidnappers who were arrested by the knights were all gathered in one place.
At that time, one of the knights approached the Duke and reported.

“That handmaid was also a conspirator with the wizard.
I confirmed that the woman’s left ankle had something similar to the sheep on the back of the wizard’s neck engraved.”

At that moment, the Duke stared at her with strange eyes.
Probably because he realized she was right.
So she shrugged at the Duke and he, who soon lost his gaze, walked over to the tightly restrained wizard.

Next to the wizard, a white-haired man was lying face down in restraints.
It seemed that the person who was chasing from behind was that person.
As the Duke approached completely, the knight untied the gag from the wizard’s mouth.
At the same time, he shouted while glaring at his own work.

“Do you think that you can stop it?”

“Even though the chains were broken, the restraints couldn’t be broken.” g

“How long are you going to stay so lofty, huh?

She was stunned by the sudden sight and covered her eyes with her hand.
The Duke helplessly trampled the wizard’s face on the floor with his foot.
As proof of that, the bottom of the man’s head was deeply hollowed out.

The previous time he had squeezed her shoulder, she had seen the bruises and assumed that his grip was strong, but she didn’t expect it to be that bad.

The voice of the great mage, who had been screaming out loud, suddenly stopped.
As soon as she lowered her hand that was blocking her vision, she saw that he passed out. 

“Stand him up.”

At the Duke’s command, the knights stood the mounted wizard up, and the crying wizard barely opened his eyes.

The Duke held out something in front of him.
What was that? She came closer out of curiosity.

“It is a contract proving that the Marquis of Dior completed a commissioned tower.”

The wizard’s eyes widened at the Duke’s words.
She didn’t know what the situation was, but she wondered if that was the reason the Duke had been away for the past few days.

“This, how can I do this….”

“I offered the Mage Tower owner the condition of increasing the mining rights for 3 more, and he readily handed it over.”

The Duke pulled out another piece of paper this time from his bosom and said,

“And this is a promise to completely renounce the protection of your identity that belonged to the Mage Tower.”

“…Ah, no.
Arthur, such a false certificate…!”

She was from a very close range so she could see everything.

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