“I don’t know if I’m holding Sir Leon back.”
Filina looked around and said.
“It seems that the people from the academy haven’t arrived yet, but it’s okay to be comfortable for a while.
I will be with my family.”
At her words, Leon bowed his head slightly and walked away.
Laura whispered to Filina, who was quietly looking at his back.
“He seems nice.”
Filina smiled softly at her words.
Even though his face was covered with a mask, why was he so popular?
In fact, she thought that Leon might have covered his face because women’s attention was burdensome.
Laura went straight to Amy’s call, and Filina moved to a corner with Enoch for a while.
“Did anything happen in the mansion all this time?”
Enoch shook his head in response to her question.
“No, nothing special.”
Filina smiled faintly and leaned her back against a pillar.
“…well, I know best that nothing’s going on.”
Her eyes scanned the people inside the hall and found her family.
Amy was busy introducing Ariel and Bruno to the other nobles.
“Isn’t life at the military academy difficult?”
Enoch asked in a low voice.
Then Filina replied with a light shrug on her shoulder.
“Yeah, nothing much.
I also passed the promotion test this time.
Now, after the ceremony I’ll be an official knight.”
Enoch’s eyes widened in surprise at her answer.
“When did you see me joking? So there is no need to worry too much.”
Filina said, pointing to the sword on her waist.
(*she’s wearing a dress for the banquet, how is it that she can wear a sword? Beat me.)
“Now that I am an official knight, I will be using your sword a lot.”
Enoch nodded quietly.
He already had another sword around his waist.
Filina asked, tilting her head at an angle.
“Is it really okay for you to give me this sword? A sword is special to knights.
I’ll be on leave from tomorrow anyway, so I don’t mind buying a new one.”
Enoch looked up and met Filina’s eyes.
He paused for a moment, then lowered his eyes and opened his mouth.
“If Lady Filina uses it, I will be very happy.”
Filina replied with her windy smile.
“What is there to be happy about?”
She lightly tapped the sword on her waist and said to Enoch.
(*again, why is she wearing a sword with a dress?)
“Anyway, thank you.”
As she spoke with a bright smile, Enoch looked intently at Filina’s face.
Then he parted his lips with hesitation.
“The sword that you said you would give to your friend…”
At his words, Filina opened her eyes wide and asked.
“Did you see the sword that Sir Leon was wearing earlier?”
At her question, Enoch nodded his head.
Filina moved her gaze with a slightly bewildered look.
Leon’s sword was made before she entered the swordsmanship academy, so it didn’t make sense when she said she would give it to a friend.
Filina smiled embarrassedly.
“Actually, during the entrance exam, Sir Leon’s sword was broken by someone else’s prank.”
She spoke as naturally as possible.
“It was just a pity.
The sword looked quite old, so it looked like it meant something.”
Enoch asked, wrinkling one of his eyebrows.
“So you mean that you made him a new sword because you felt sorry for him?”
Filina smiled awkwardly and avoided her gaze.
Enoch, who looked at her like that, still had a distorted face.
Because he couldn’t understand Filina.
The fact that she gave a sword as a gift to someone whom she had met for the first time just because she felt pity…
Was she a person who thought deeply about the affairs of others?
Rather, she was a person who was so indifferent to others that he could not even see a gap.
How much Amy has emphasized to Filina that women should have compassion.
But Filina responded as if she had heard something ridiculous.
‘The only thing that gets entangled with a shrewd woman is useless sh*t.’
At Filina’s inappropriate words, Amy couldn’t help but get furious.
Seeing her reaction like that, Filina, who smiled as if it was fun, was still clear in Enoch’s mind.
Now she made a sword for someone she didn’t know because she felt sorry for him.
Wasn’t that the only way she opened up a conversation?
Enoch looked at Filina with a blank face.
She looked around her and pulled her body away from the pillar as if she had spotted someone.
When they arrived at the banquet hall, Cecilia was looking at Filina from afar.
The green eyes on the white jade-like face shone brightly.
A beautiful emerald-colored dress that resembled her pupils boasted a luxurious appearance to match the curves of her body.
It was kind of strange.
The gaze that looked at Filina was somehow empty.
She thought Cecilia would say hello with a friendly face..…
Filina wrinkled her brow and took a step towards Cecilia, but Cecilia turned away and went elsewhere.
Filina stopped in her place, unable to go any further, looking only at Cecilia’s back to her.
Then the door to the banquet hall opened and a loud trumpet sound rang out.
“Crown Prince Ian of the Alvar Empire and Princess Hestia are entering!”
Everyone’s eyes turned to one side.
Ian and Hestia were entering the venue with their arms crossed.
Behind them, the swordsman cadets guarded either side.
Hestia, who looked around with a sullen face, noticed Filina with her head bowed and her eyes twinkled.
Filina greeted her with a slight smile as their gazes suddenly met.
Hestia also replied with a small smile.
Ian, who was drawing a habitual smile on his lips, followed Hestia’s gaze indifferently.
Next to the white circular pillar, Filina was seen standing among the people.
When her eyes met Ian, she quietly lowered her gaze, unlike what she had done to Hestia.
Ian stared at Filina with an expressionless face, and then he turned and looked straight ahead again.
Soon afterwards, the martial arts performance of the military academy seniors began to celebrate the coming-of-age ceremony of the Crown Prince.
The other cadets comfortably enjoyed the party as well.
“Sir Filina, congratulations on your coming of age.”
Bessie came up to her and handed her a glass of champagne.
“Thank you, Sir Bessie.”
Filina smiled and took the offered glass.
“Where did you get the champagne? I don’t think I’ve seen it.”
It’s been a while since she had had a drink, so it was nice.
It had a stronger fruity scent, so it was difficult to call it alcohol.
Bessie pointed her finger at the entrance to the banquet hall door.
“It’s right there.”
As she said, there were several glasses of champagne lying on the tables by the entrance.
Filina said, taking a sip of her champagne .
“I’ll have another drink later.”
Bessie laughed at her words.
Drink a lot of it to celebrate your big day.”
Filina nodded her head and waved her champagne glass once in the air.
She didn’t think she would get drunk anyway, as there wasn’t much alcohol in it.
Until she was possessed by a book, she drank her alcohol like water, so champagne was only her drink.
After the military academy’s martial art performance was over, Ian stood in the center of the hall and congratulated the coming-of-age people.
Then a beautiful piano performance came out, and the dance party began.
Men in fancy suits encourage graceful women to dance.
Among those walking into the center of the hall were Bruno and Ariel.
Filina moved to another place, avoiding the men trying to approach her.
Behind her, Enoch quietly followed.
Hestia came up to Filina and spoke to her.
“I see the Princess.”
Hestia, who nodded her head at her greeting, grabbed Filina’s hand and said.
“I heard that Lady Debussy entered the swordsmanship academy.”
At Hestia’s voice, Filina raised the corners of her lips awkwardly.
Every time people talked to her, the words they said were the same.
If it had been someone else, she would have looked openly bored, but now she was talking to the Princess of the Alvar Empire.
“Yes, I am now enrolled in the school.”
When Filina answered in a polite voice, Hestia said with a bright smile.
“Lady Debussy is always someone who completely goes beyond my ideas.
How did you come up with the idea of entering the swordsmanship academy?”
“I just wanted to learn swordsmanship,” Filina answered.
It’s not that simple to answer.
How much trouble did you have to make your wish come true?”
Hestia continued, folding her eyes beautifully.
“It probably took a lot of courage.
Filina only smiled quietly.
In fact, contrary to Hestia’s words, great courage was not required.
It was just practice.
Sometimes grandiose thoughts hold one’s ankle.
The simpler the idea, the more courage grows on its own.
She didn’t take courage to challenge something, she just challenged and experienced it.
“I sincerely hope that everything you want will come true on your debut.”
Hestia left at the end of the sentence.
There were many eyes that doggedly chased after her.
Hestia looked for a deserted seat as if she were familiar with such a gaze.
Filina also tried to move her feet to a corner.
Then she happened to meet Cecilia, who was crossing the center of the hall.
When her eyes met Filina, her shoulders trembled, and she hurriedly took a step in the other direction.
Now Cecilia was deliberately avoiding Filina.
The reason was unknown, but it was Filina who would be at a loss if she had already fallen out with the heroine.
Perhaps she was more mature, so it was good to keep any positive thoughts.
Filina told Enoch, who was following her, not to follow her because she had something to talk about with Cecilia, and she took her steps alone.
Cecilia was moving her feet out of the banquet hall.
Soon the day was setting, and the dark night sky was cast.
Cecilia stopped her steps and slowly turned her back, as she knew Filina had been following her.
The green grass behind her swayed in the wind.
The thick scent of the roses, which flew from time to time, pierced the tip of her nose.
There was a beautiful crescent moon in the night sky with countless stars.
Now she was standing in a rose garden full of red flowers.
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