Chapter 38: My new life is starting
I don’t know how to explain my feelings at that time.
It was like I was sitting on a cloud.
Actually, I was sitting on the sofa in Lars-sama’s house.
At the same time, I can’t help but be aware of Lars-sama sitting next to me.
I don’t think he’s scary like before.
It’s like he’s a warm stone that has been offered to me.
I feel like I’m swinging between not wanting to touch him to avoid getting too hot and wanting to touch him to feel his warmth.
Even I don’t know how to express it…
In any case, it was a shocking thing for me.
That a noble man said he would protect me.
(Now that I think about it, I expected that from Albert… but I gave up on it quickly)
Even when he was being friendly to me, he never said anything like that.
I’m sure he thought that a daughter of the Count family who made a fortune by literally kicking everyone around to the curb was just supposed to be in a good mood.
Even if Michelia doesn’t appear, I’m sure he intended to make a lover elsewhere.
But I can’t write letters in such a fluffy mood.
I received a refill of tea and calmed down after drinking it.
Then, for the first time in my life, I signed a document.
Lars-sama has come up with the text.
Lars-sama wrote the wording smoothly and signed it in no time.
There was no word [skill] written there.
Just the fact that he will keep his promise.
That’s why I think.
(Lars-sama believes in me…)
Even if I change the content of the promise, he must accept it quietly.
He is showing this by ambiguous words because he is ready to do so.
Even this alone makes me full of gratitude, but Lars-sama quickly sent a letter to my father.
The content is as follows.
[I protected Miss Linea who got lost outside while trying to go to the temple.
I heard that she was cursed, and after talking with a priest together, I would like to help her lift the curse as a friend who feels sorry for her.]
It’s a very convenient story, but I wonder if it’s okay…
I became anxious, but Lars-sama just smiled and said, “Don’t worry.”
By the way, I ended up being a burden on Lars-sama’s house.
Regarding staying at the Duke’s house,
[It is a curse by magic, so we are considering remedy it over time by bringing it to a magician we know.
For this reason, we have decided to have her stay at my house.
Of course, she will also be able to attend the Academy, so please do not worry]
Lars-sama sent this message to my father.
“Even if he’s rotten, this is still the Duke’s house.
Your father wouldn’t turn down an invitation from me.”
As long as it’s the usual situation, there shouldn’t be any particular problems.
However, I’m worried about the time when I was supposed to be used for something.
Therefore, if Lars-sama claims to have taken me away and causes trouble…”
My father, who has no interest in me and constantly forgets my existence, doesn’t know what he would do if someone took the stone he was about to throw away.
I can’t even accurately predict what he would do exactly…but since he’s a cold-blooded man who had very little contact with me, that’s all I know.
“In that case, we’ll come up with another plan.
We have various options.
If you want to talk directly, I’ll visit him tomorrow.”
Lars-sama was smiling, but I wondered what other plans he had… I tilted my head.
“But are you sure? He’s the one who tried to invade our country, and I’m worried that my father might harm Lars-sama in the talks.”
“I can’t be easily disposed of, so don’t worry.”
At any rate, Lars-sama sent an emissary to explain the situation to the residence as well.
This should make Katie feel reassured.
——But then Katie returned with the emissary from Lars-sama.
“I heard that My Lady needs a change of clothes and I thought it might be necessary…”
Katie had packed all of my clothes into a large bag and brought them.
“I was very surprised to hear that My Lady, who was supposed to be sleeping, was going out, but I’m relieved that you’re safe.”
And she said it with a relieved expression.
“I’m sorry for worrying you, Katie.”
“No, as long as you’re safe, that’s all that matters.”
I feel at ease seeing Katie’s kind smile.
It’s really good that Katie is with me.
“Then, My Lady.
The maid here will take care of your outfit, right? If that’s the case, I’ll go back now…”
It was when Katie bowed and tried to leave the Duke’s house.
“My Lady, if you want to keep your maid by your side, that’s fine.
It seems like she has prepared for that as well.”
The housekeeper of the Duke’s house, who was instructing another maid to carry two large bags to the room, spoke out.
When I looked, Katie was holding a small bag.
The maid’s room is small and she doesn’t have that many belongings, so it seemed that Katie’s baggage would fit well enough.
“In that case, Katie, may I ask you a favor? I would like you to work for me as my personal maid while you are staying here.”
“Y…yes, My Lady!”
Katie replied happily.
Thanks to Katie being there that day, I was able to avoid being terribly tense even though I was staying at someone else’s house, so it really helped.
And the next day.
“The talk is over.”
Around noon, Lars-sama returned after going out once and reported this to me as we were having afternoon tea.
Apparently, he went to see my father to discuss the matter in more detail.
“Thank you for your trouble, Lars-sama.
“Yeah, we’re taking(adopting) you in.”
…huh? Taking in?
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