all right.
There's no significant amount of money in this mansion right now.”

Yesterday, he went shopping all over town to buy Charlotte's clothes and household items.

He was somewhat reluctant to buy women's clothing, but now he didn't mind if he had an additional one or two more bad reputations.
He had asked the shopkeeper to pick a few suitable ones and bought them as advised. 

The sudden burst of expenses had left little money remaining in this mansion.

Hearing his explanation, Charlotte felt uneasy and shrank back.

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“I am sorry…
it's my fault…”

“What? It's just an initial investment, so don't worry about it.”

Casually waving his hand, he pulled out a thick stack of papers from his breast pocket.

It was a research paper on a magical theory published the other day.

One of Allen's few hobbies was to make corrections with a red pen and send them back to the authors.
He was said to be so feared at academic conferences that he had been dubbed the “red-pen devil,” which made his corrections all the more powerful.

“Anyway, I need to work for a while.
Don't bother me.”

“Yes.
Got it.”

Allen looked down at his papers, seeing that Charlotte nodded.

“Well, it's going to be a short relationship anyways…
this degree of familiarity should be sufficient.” Allen thought to himself.

Once she had earned a reasonable amount of money, she would disappear from Allen's sight.

He couldn't leave people in trouble, yet he wasn't very good at socializing.
Charlotte's attitude toward him was forbearing for now because she still felt gratitude towards him, but it wouldn't be long before she would soon get tired of Allen.

“When the time comes, I'll leave a large sum of money in a place that's easy to steal…” Chuckling to himself as he thought of this, Allen got completely absorbed in his research paper.

Eventually, the sun had completely set when he had noticed the time.

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The light shining through the window had unknowingly transformed into dark crimson colour.

“Ohh…
it's already this hour.”

Allen was frozen to his spot after getting up from the sofa.

That was because, on the tidied living room floor, Charlotte was sitting there.

She had her head down, motionlessly staring at the floor.
The sight of her, illuminated by the setting sun, was a little bizarre.

“Oh, hey, Charlotte…
what are you doing?”

“Yes, Allen?”

Wondering what happened, Charlotte asked in a flustered voice as she raised her head in surprise.

Her smile was as innocent as before.
However, her face was somewhat troubled.

“Well, you said I could do as I please…”

To be able to say that so unrestrained–

She then said with a proud smile, “I was counting the wood grains on the floor!”

“The wood grains…
on the floor…”

She had Allen unconsciously repeating after her.

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