It can’t be.


Rodelia slowly approached Cerdian and asked carefully.


“The one with the Grand Duke just now, wasn’t it a snake…?”


It sounded ridiculous even as she asked it herself.
Isn’t this within the imperial palace?  No animals could come in.


“Is that even possible? No living creatures other than humans can enter the Imperial Palace.
You know that better than anyone else.”


Again, Cerdian replied firmly, as if it was nonsense.


Yes, it can’t be.


“Were you looking for me?”


As she nodded her head blankly, she came to her senses at his next question.


“Ah, the handkerchief.”




After hesitating, Rodelia took out a neatly folded handkerchief from her arms.


Viscountess Cohen had given it to her saying that she would be in need of it, and she had no choice because she needed it now.


It bothered her that the engraving was a snake, a symbol of death, but the Viscountess said that it did not mean anything bad…….


“I was wondering if this would be okay.”


He seemed a little surprised at first, but then Cerdian, who smiled faintly, said calmly.


“It’s a snake.”


“Ah, it only has a bad connotation in Thebes… In other countries, they are not considered bad animals, and in the Silver Kingdom, they are lucky.”


“I really like it.”


Rodelia had to think for a long time about what he meant.




“Because I like snakes.”


“Ah… That’s fortunate.”


What a relief.


In fact, I don’t think I hate snakes that much either.


She only had a bad perception of them for a while, influenced by Kane, who hated snakes.


With a faint smile, she cheered for Cerdian.


“I hope you win.”




The hunting grounds of the Imperial Palace were huge enough to be compared to a small province of other countries. 


Because of this, it was not uncommon for the nobles who participated in the annual hunting competition to get lost.


If you follow the narrow path from the entrance to the hunting grounds, a green cedar forest spreads out.


Numerous wild beasts lurk, but no one knew exactly how many kinds of beasts there were and how ferocious they were.


Even the emperor’s safety was not completely guaranteed.


Rodelia shifted her gaze and frowned at the participants lining up in a row.


Of course, that was very rare, but one thing was… 


‘The participants are a little different.’


Until last year, many middle-aged nobles who enjoyed hunting, participated in hunting competitions.


But this time, something was a little different.
Except for Kane’s henchmen, Viscount Cohen, Cerdian, and a few delegations, they were all strangers.


‘They have very good physiques.’


 It was strange.
They looked as if they were going to battle.


Maybe it has something to do with the reason why the hunt is still unknown? Could their lives be in jeopardy?


While Rodelia was immersed in various thoughts, the loud sound of horseshoes began to reverberate through the forest, along with gunshots that opened the curtain for the hunting contest.


Flocks of frightened birds fluttered and flew over the trees.
Startled by a loud gunshot, she also took in a brief inhale.


At the mouth of the forest, in the shaded area of ​​the trees that did not reach the sun, the snow had not yet melted and the white color was spread out.


The sound of hooves sprinting to the ground gradually faded away.
Soon, the participants disappeared into the darkness.


With a nervous expression on her face, Rodelia clenched her sweaty hands.


“Are you worried?”


Viscountess Cohen, who looked at her with concern, grabbed Rhodelia’s hand.


“Ah, madam… Probably.
I’m kind of anxious.
Whether something dangerous is happening….”


Rodelia said in a trembling voice.


She would be lying if she said that she wasn’t worried.
Kane or Cerdian, she didn’t know which one to be worried about.
But one thing was clear.  Rodelia was now in a very unstable state.


Rodelia’s green eyes darkened as she tried hard to smile.  With gentle hands, she adjusted the hem of her coat that fluttered in the cold wind.




The forest in winter, filled with the scent of cedar, was quiet.
There was no sunlight, so there was an unfamiliar feeling of darkness everywhere.


Kane’s white horse, which was running strong, gradually slowed down.
Aristocrats and delegations, who were scattered in different directions, flocked to the same road with him in the lead.


“Are you really saying that if we catch it, you will make a deal with our kingdom?”


“You must keep the promise that you will also raise our family again.”


Apparently, there was some kind of contract between them.


The delegation and the nobles all said what they wanted with desperate expressions, as if they had left everything to Kane.


Fortunately, Kane did not seem uncomfortable with such requests.
He simply smiled and nodded his head.


“I promise in Bayard’s name.”


Kane, who was sitting upright on the horse, uttered in a confident and firm voice befitting of an emperor.
He looked around at them and slowly opened his mouth again.


“If you catch it and come back alive.”

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