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Then he turned around.
His golden eyes were First to mine.Then He turned slowly to face me.
He said, in a very low,pleasant voice.

 

 

“I’m sorry for being late.”

 

 

I finally looked at him properly and realized it belatedly.
I asked because I couldn’t believe it.

 

 

“Did you come right away without stopping at the mansion?”

 

It was really hard to believe, but his appearance was uncharacteristically relaxed which was unlike him.
The Duke Crayman remained silent.
By That silence I took the answer as yes.

 

Oh my God, I couldn’t take my eyes off the Duke even though I knew he would be embarrassed.
His black hair, which would normally have been neatly arranged originally, was slightly disheveled.
It wasn’t just that.
The buttons on the shirt were buttoned up but the sleeves were different.
It was only a little disorganized, but I couldn’t help but be surprised because of the Duke of Crayman I knew from the original.

 

But even so, he was elegant, like a painting.
His slightly disorganized appearance rather aroused a strange feeling.
It felt different from the Duke I saw a month ago.
Meanwhile, Duke Crayman slightly looked away.
Then he said in a quiet voice.

 

“………why are you staring at me like that?”

 

“Oh, I’m sorry.
You showed up so suddenly…….”

 

Finally, when I came to my senses, I realized that I had offended him, I apologized in a hurry.
I was also surprised because of his sudden appearance, but because his appearance was so unexpected, I ended up staring blankly at him without realizing it.
But the most surprising thing of all.

 

 

 

 

-“From today on, will be an orphanage and sponsored under the Duke of Crayman.
And Also,It will not accept any sponsorship other than mine.
So let his Majesty know this clearly.
Now Go back.”

 

 

 

 

‘That must be true now.’

 

The Duke’s voice, which was declaring about the sponsorship, lingered in my head.
For a moment, I was so surprised that I almost ended up grabbing his sleeves to ask if his words were true.
Anyways, first of all.

 

“Let’s go inside.
It’s shabby, but I’ll pour you some tea.”

 

“……with pleasure.”

 

The Duke readily accepted my suggestion.
As I was guiding him inside, I found children huddled behind the door of the dining room.
The duke who was following me also stopped for a moment when he saw the children.
He murmured quietly.

 

“They are afraid of me.”

 

As he said, children’s eyes toward the Duke were filled with fear rather than curiosity.
I couldn’t hide the bitter look on my face.
The children were abused by various aristocrats as they traveled from place to place until they came to .
I glanced back at Duke Crayman.

 

‘It’s not unusual for anyone to see it.’

 

From the distance, he was giving off a cold aura.
So It was also natural for children to be wary of him.
The Duke of Crayman kept his eyes on the children for a long time.
There was a complex and subtle feeling in his golden eyes.
I said, drawing his attention.

 

“The director’s office is this way.”

 

He followed me slowly as I moved on.

 

Well, it’s too much to walk like this.

 

‘I’m worried about my back.’

 

No one else but the Duke of Crayman was walking right behind me.
The only one who can compete with the emperor.
And the One who will make the future emperor.
He was a man without a rival, I felt shabby in front of him, who was a big modifier.
But at the same time it was reassuring.
At least I don’t think I’ll ever have an enemy if this man is on my side.
As they were walking, Duke Crayman said.

 

“It’s a cozy place.”

 

“Is that so?”

 

“The lighting is good, and I can feel that it’s a place where children live.
You must have paid a lot of attention.”

 

His gaze turned to the ceiling I had covered.
Anyone could see the sloppy craftsmanship at a glance.
I was a little embarrassed, so I turned my head slightly.

 

“Because it’s where the children live.
Still, it’s an honor to hear that from Your Excellency.
Oh, we are here.”

 

Finally, we arrived in front of the director’s office.
The sign was not there because I took it off.
When I opened the door and went inside, I paused for a moment.

 

‘It’s More, messy.’

 

The first thing I noticed was the desk that I didn’t tidy up.
Financial statement documents, children’s personal information, and documents related to the functioning of the orphanage were scattered here and there.
It was a sight as if it had been bombed.
Compared to the Duke’s office, which maintained its neatness despite its busy schedule, my office was like a garbage dump.
My face heated up for no reason.
But I felt wronged, too.
Who knew that the Duke would come so suddenly today! Of course, I thought he’d send a letter through someone before coming.

 

After guiding the Duke to the sofa, I took out the tea set and boiled water after pretending not to.
Hot chocolate is good too, but I can’t afford to make it now, so we had no choice but to brew tea instead with tea bags.
The tea I prepared was green tea.
For your information, there was no tea bag in this world.
So I made it myself.
The method is very simple.
Put a certain amount of tea leaves in a thin cloth, and attach a string to it, and then seal as it is.
It will be difficult to make tea because of the temperature of water but in my opinion, this way is very effective when we make popular green tea or barley tea.

 

“Here, I don’t know if it’ll suit your taste.”

 

As I put down the teacup in front of him and sat across from him, the Duke stared down the teacup.
A long time later he opened his lips.

 

“unique.
What’s this?”

 

He said, pulling the tip of the tea bag up with his finger.
Green tea drops dripped with a sound of splash.
I answered.


 

“It’s called a tea bag.
It’s a small pocket type of bag, with this you can feel the difference in taste in making tea without using the complicated way.”

 

“That’s fascinating… Did the baron come up with this?”

 

“Oh, yes.
Well, for now.”

 

The first invention was not by me, but in this world the first invention would be by me, so is it right to say that I thought about this? It was vague, but let’s just say yes for now.
The Duke, who stirred the tea bag a few more times curiously, finally put his lips on the teacup.

 

I focused on the tip of his lips pretending not to see it.
I was nervous for no reason.
My throat was freezing.
It was not long before he put down his cup.
I swallowed my saliva slightly.
The duke opened his lips.

 

” The taste is tender.”

 

“Oh, well it’s not directly made that way .
If it doesn’t suit your taste, I’ll make a new one.….”

 

[ T/l: what she meant here “directly made that way” is that it’s not made through that “complicated process” so it might not taste good like that one.
Sorry I am not that good in explaining but I hope you don’t get confused by the First sentence now!~]

 

“No, it’s good, that’s why I like it.”

 

He touched the teacup.
Then he took another sip and said,

 

“It’s just right, it’s not too bitter or too light.”

 

At his voice, I felt my face heating.
My lips were moist.
I answered hastily, turning my eyes away.

 

“I’m glad you liked it.
If you don’t mind, how many tea bags do you want me to pack when you leave? Only If you don’t mind it.”

 

“Will you really do that?”

 

“I can do it if you want.”

 

“Then I’ll be glad.”

 

I turned my eyes away.
Is it just me? The Duke looks happy.
It’s not that, but his lips, drinking green tea, were slightly drawing a smile.
I couldn’t take my eyes off it.
Somehow, today, I felt like I was seeing several new unexpected appearances of the Duke.

 

In the meantime, the Duke, who drank all the green tea, laid down the tea cup and looked at me.
Then I came to my senses and faced him seriously.
I bringed the main point first.

 

“I heard the news.
You’ve safely completed your trade with the Western Kingdom.
Congratulations.”

 

“Rumors have already spread.”

 

“Didn’t you know?”

 

“I didn’t know.
I just arrived at the capital today.”

 

I blinked.
His words raised questions in my head.
Then why did the Duke come to me as soon as he came to the capital? It would have been enough to stop by the mansion and relax then soon send a letter later.

 

‘Wait Did he expected that emperor’s messenger will come?’

 

Even though I have made a promise I have with him, that I will not give any information to the emperor.
So there’s no reason to come to me in such a hurry.
I looked at the Duke.
He closed his eyes for a moment, as if he was tired.
Only now I noticed the dark circles under his eyes.
He was so exhausted that the accumulated fatigue was transmitted to me.
He spoke in a hoarse voice.

 

“Thanks to the information given by the Baron, we have safely completed our trade with the Western Kingdom.
Now The trade route belongs to the Crayman family…….”

 

“……why.”

 

When I cut him off and muttered, he lifted his eyelids.
I blinked for a moment.
I belatedly realized what I had done.
The word, which had been occupying my head, popped out of my mouth without realizing it while I was off guard.

 

I tried to say it was nothing quickly.
However, when I was about to open my mouth, I became more curious.
Wouldn’t it be okay to ask directly since it happened? The duke stared at me silently.
I felt like he was waiting for me to say my words.
I clenched my fist.
And asked him the question that has always been in my mind.

 

“Why did his Excellency come to me right away? You’ve had plenty of time to stop by the mansion.”

 

When I asked the question.
My heart was pounding for some reason.
How should I put it? It feels like I’m in front of the interviewer at an interview.
There was silence for a while.
Around this time I regretted asking questions for no reason, he opened his lips.

 

“Didn’t I tell you?”

 

His gaze broke me.

 

“If the information that the baron gave me is true, I will treat her as my benefactor.”

 

 

 

 

– “……if this information is true, I will treat Baron Sierra Peirunte as my benefactor.”

 

 

 

 

Before I stepped out of the Duke’s office, I remembered what he said to me.
He smiled at me and said laughing.

 

“Isn’t it natural to find the most grateful benefactor first?”

 

Soon, the wind blew through the open windows.
At the same time His hair swaying and his warm golden eyes looked at me.
somewhere There was a subtle smell of green tea.
I felt a strange feeling.
I mean… It felt strange.

 

 

( T/l: that strange feeling is love baby , now fall in love fast and get married right now )

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