there yet.

Was there only one way? She didn’t want to meet him again.
She paused for a moment and looked around.
In order to move forward, she felt like she had to inevitably pass by the place where the Duke was.

“You’re not going?”

“…No, I’m going.”

She reluctantly moved on again.
It was around the time the distance with the Duke shortened that his gaze slanted at her.
It was still a cold stare.
A person with such a gaze would later fall in love with the female lead… She couldn’t believe it no matter how much she thought about it.

Would those eyes warm up? She moved diligently even though she had doubts.
When she was only a few steps away from him, she found herself momentarily dizzy.
Why was she doing that all of a sudden? It wasn’t to this extent in the previous room… It was clear that an abnormal signal had come to her body, but she felt that her senses were blunted.
As she slowly blinked, she heard a child’s scream.

Only then did she realize that she was collapsing in front of him.
She was going to roll on the floor.
In the moment of resignation, something hard wrapped around her body.
And the dark red eyes met hers.

She finally regained her composure when she saw the red eyes that seemed to be sucked into her like a whirlpool, which was not strange even if it was choking.

* * *

When she came to her senses, she was standing in a space covered with darkness.
Where was that? She was definitely in the Duke’s house until she lost consciousness… She only blinked her eyes at the unknown situation.
It had not been that long that a faint voice came from somewhere.

Where did that voice come from? It was the moment when she unconsciously turned her head.
In an instant, the darkness dissipated and the entire space began to be dyed in various colors.
In the completely changed space, she saw a man with a familiar appearance.

The red eyes were looking at someone in front, but they were entangled with possessiveness and obsession.
Who the hell was there in front of her, looking that way? Her heart sank at the feeling of being out of breath.
However, unlike the Duke that was clearly visible, the figure of the other party on the other side was blurred.
She didn’t know who that person was, but she felt the same way.


Few people could bear that gaze even a little.
Even more so, he couldn’t breathe even from her point of view.
The peacock, who had been standing motionless, slowly stretched his arms forward.
He tilted his head as he slowly stroked someone’s cheek.
Unbelievably, the Duke kissed the other.

…What, what?

She didn’t know where to put her eyes, and at the moment she was wandering around, she got goosebumps all over her body.
The gaze of the Duke, who had not been able to see her until just now, was precisely directed at her.
As if fully aware of her existence.

At that moment, the face of the person the duke had kissed began to become clearer.
The one who finally showed up was unbelievable… It was her.

“… Omg!”

She opened her eyes and took a deep breath.
Then, after a while, she realized where this place was.
Why was she in her room? While taking a walk in the garden with the child… Oh, she was stunned to see that in front of the Duke.

She still couldn’t believe that the Duke, before she passed out, grabbed her body as she fell.
Trapped in his tight arms, she met his red eyes very closely.
When she lowered her gaze, she saw a small skull resting on her shoulder.

Hearing the sound of exhaling evenly, she raised her hand and brushed his small back.

By the way, was it just a dream…? To dream of such a thing even if she… It must be the end of the world… She let out a small sigh, but she felt a gaze somewhere.
Feeling like deja vu, she slowly turned her head.

“…Omg!”

The Duke was sitting on a chair not far away, staring at her.
She thought she was falling for a moment.
Her heart was racing at how surprised she was.

What kind of human being could sit without a sign? She finally calmed down and opened her mouth.
No, the moment she opened it, she lowered my eyes at the sound of crying.
The child, who woke up before she knew it, looked at her and started crying loudly.
His shoulders were instantly wet with tears.

“…Hmm, Elia…”

Because she didn’t know why he was crying, her heart was disturbed for no reason.
She should have asked for some medicine or called a doctor.
She kept putting it off because it was annoying and ended up collapsing in front of the child…

“Baby, don’t cry.
Huh?”

“…Huh!”

Just then, the peacock approached in stride and took the child away from her.
He spoke nonchalantly as he held the ceaselessly crying child in his arms.

“A day and a half.”

“…what?”

“It’s the time you fainted.”

Had she been out of her mind for so long? Wasn’t it just body aches?


“Have I been in so much pain?”

The Duke wordlessly pulled on the string hanging from the ceiling.
A man who appeared to be a doctor came inside and began examining her.

“It has improved a lot, but the residual fever is still there.
It may be better to take the medicine for a few more days.
I’ll prescribe it for you, so take it after your meal.”

“…Ah yes.
Thank you.”

She gave her thanks to the doctor and glanced at the Duke.
He was staring at her with unrecognizable eyes.
Soon after, the Duke shifted his gaze to the doctor and opened his mouth.

“What is the probability of affecting Delian?”

“I see very little.
You won’t have much to worry about.”

She blinked her eyes at the unexpected conversation going on.

“Still, we can’t be completely relieved, so take Delian and do a thorough examination.”

“You mean now?”

“Now.”

“Okay.
Lord Delian, please come here.”

The doctor bowed his head as he handed over the sobbing child from the Duke’s arms.

“Then let’s go.
Lord Delian, I will send you back as soon as the inspection is finished.”

“Hmm, I don’t like El…! I want to stay with you.
I’m not going to go.”

The child cried out in a plaintive voice and stretched out his arms toward her.
Even though he expressed with his whole body that he did not want to go, the Duke still remained calm.

Feeling sorry for the child, she said to the duke.

“I don’t know what the situation is, but can you send him later?”

“Take him out.”

But he didn’t care about her words and just urged the doctor.
In the end, the child was taken out with a doctor.

She quietly watched the Duke in the terrifyingly quiet room.
Was it only her illusion that the atmosphere seems serious? Even though she didn’t do anything, she felt like she had committed a sin for no reason, so she felt very uncomfortable with this situation.

What happened while she was passing out? As many questions filled her head, the Duke opened his mouth.

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