up at her with childlike serious eyes.

“It’s the bad guys who need to apologize.”

“Yeah, that’s right.
You’re right.”

“And my father… I hope he will apologize properly to Eia someday.”

The child held onto her collar.

“…That day will come, right?”

She stroked the head of the child who asked back in an unsure tone.

“Then.”

She knew that even if the misunderstanding was cleared up, the Duke was not the kind of person to apologize, but she didn’t bother to say it out to the child.
Because sometimes, what one didn’t know was medicine.

“But, I’m sleepy…”

“Then let’s sleep.”

“I want to sleep with Elia.”

“Okay.”

She took the child with his drowsy face and headed for her bed.
When she first settled down and lay down, the child naturally lay down next to her and clung to her.
She didn’t move as the child buried his face in her shoulder.
The moment she thought he was completely asleep…

“…Um.
Thank you, Elia…”

At the muttering of the child, she smiled softly and closed her eyes.

* * *

Three days have passed since the wizard and all of his remnants were captured.

“…Elia.
My father is really sick here.”

The child tapped his head.

She hurriedly looked around, wondering if someone saw him.
Fortunately, there was no one around except her and the child.
The knights were following from a distance and would not have heard.
So  she sighed in relief and asked.

“Why is the duke’s head?”


“You know what?”

“Yes.
Tell me.”

“Before…”

She thought he was going to say something interesting, so she was listening to it when she heard a commotion in the distance.
What was that? It was a noise that could not be heard in this mansion, which was so quiet.

She wondered if it was evidence of what had happened.
But she didn’t even want to go and have a look.
It was the moment to continue the conversation with the child.

“…lia!”

She stopped at the voice she heard.
Was it the illusion that she just heard her name?

“Elia, what’s wrong?”

“Ugh, nothing.”

Let’s not mind.
She must have just heard wrong.

“…Elia!”

This time the sound was clearly audible.
The child and she looked at each other at the same time.

“Someone just called you, Ellie, right?”

“Yeah.
I think so.”

“Who is it?”

“…well.”

She couldn’t quite guess who it was.
It sounds like a middle-aged man’s voice… She guessed she would have to check it out.

“Would you like to wait here for a while? I’ll come and see who it is.”

“Can’t I go too?”

“Then, let’s just check the face.”

“Yes.”

She took the child and headed to the source of the sound.
The more she walked, the closer she got to the front door, so it seemed like there was a commotion outside.
When she finally got there, she involuntarily frowned.
It was because the scene that unfolded in front of her eyes was not very good.

A beggar-looking man was screaming with excitement.
As if he had to enter the mansion, he eagerly stretched out his hand while the knights were blocking such a man.


“I heard Elia is here! Get out of the way, get out of the way!”

She hid behind a wall pillar with Deliam and watched the man.

“This is the Duke’s house.
It’s no place for a guy like you to come, so get out of here.”

“If you continue to cause a commotion, you could end up in jail.”

“I-I am Viscount Ed Lawton! I heard my daughter is here! Let me meet her now, now!”

…That shabby-looking man was her father, Viscount Ed Lawton?

“If you act like that, you say you’re a nobleman? Who believes that?”

“That, that’s because of the circumstances… Well, if it weren’t for those damn bastards, I wouldn’t have been in this situation, uhhh!”

The man stopped getting angry and suddenly started to cry.
Her eyes darkened at the spectacle.
How the hell did that person know to come here? How did he know she was in a ducal family? Her head was confused, but she came to a conclusion quickly.
Now, she quietly went back as if not knowing that person.

Even if that man was Elia Lawton’s father, she had no intention of getting involved.
To be honest, it’s disgusting.
She didn’t know if the family’s ruin was simply because they ran out of money, but it was because of a huge amount of debt due to gambling.
It was all because of that person that she went through a situation where she was chased by a creditor as soon as she possessed that body and was even threatened with her life.
In addition, she committed a job and ran away alone without being able to deal with it.

He ran away without her.
He was a person who could not have good feelings anyway.
So it’s right that she didn’t face him at all.
As she was about to return, the wind suddenly blew strong.
Because of that, it tilted slightly, exposing the body outside the pillar.
She quickly hid again, but it was too late.

“Eh, Elia! Elia right? It’s me, your father!”

Even in the middle of a scuffle with the knights, the man she recognized shouted out loud as if he was happy to see her.

“Is that really Elia’s father?”

“…Well, for now?”

“But he doesn’t look like Elia at all.”

“I look like my mother.”

“Elia, please help this father! Those guild guys are trying to sell me out!”

Even while talking with the child for a while, the man screamed nonstop.
Although the man had already looked at her face, it did not change that she did not want to be involved.

“Let’s go back.”

“…Are you really okay?”

“Huh.”

A voice came from the man’s throat, but she ignored it.
She didn’t worry too much because the knights wouldn’t let him in anyway.
She hoped that Viscount Lawton would give up quickly and go back, and went for a walk with the child again.

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