‘How can I send her there when I know what will happen to her in the future!’
But the baron made plausible reasons for the adoption.
And succession issues.
However, he had a special condition included.
It must be a girl.
The conditions did not explain the reason why a girl was needed.
Eddy, who overheard the conversation, asked Sielra to send her to get adopted by the baron; Sielra, by accepting the request and sending Eddy to the baron, was able to repay the debt.
Eddy was then found dead, but the news did not reach the children of the orphanage.
It was a very long time later when the children learned of Eddy’s death, at which point Eddy’s existence was already blurred in the children’s memories.
That’s why Eddy didn’t appear in the novel and was only saved as a small memory in Ren’s mind.
But still, I remembered Eddy because her story was just like any other child’s story in an orphanage.
Trying to escape the orphanage through adoption.
However, the reason why Eddy wanted to be adopted was not just to raise her status.
‘The feeling of being left out from other children.’
In Eddy’s profile, Jake said she was the latest kid to enter the orphanage.
It was not exactly known when she came in, but one thing is clear that the bond between the rest of the children other than Eddy was already much stronger.
The other children know so much about each other but, Eddy doesn’t know much about the children and the children probably didn’t have time to care about Eddy because they were busy trying to survive in the orphanage.
So, it was not their fault.
It was all Sielra’s fault for not paying attention to the children.
The relationship of the children with eddy was already a very important issue, besides eddy was a side character who didn’t appear in the future in the novel.
Nobody looked out for Eddy in the orphanage, that’s why she is trying to escape it through adoption.
I know how disappointed Eddy must have been at my refusal.
But that doesn’t mean I can send a child to death knowing that will happen to her in the future.
‘Eddy and the children need a chance to get to know each other.’
So what am I supposed to do now?
My head got complicated with so many thoughts.
This isn’t my thing.
I sighed and sorted out my future plans.
That’s how my night went by.
The next day, the carriage stopped again in front of the orphanage.
Just in time, I took the children inside and guided the baron to the director’s office.
He already seemed to be certain of what answer I would give.
He breathed a sigh of relief.
“So, have you decided which child you will give? I liked that pink-haired girl.
But I don’t mind a younger one.”
I smiled broadly at the baron, who totally treated children as objects.
Then I said, throwing a huge bundle of gold coins in front of him.
“It’s exactly 1,000 gold coins.
Take this and get out of my orphanage.”
To be honest, I had no intention of using such a harsh tone from the beginning.
My original plan was to clear the debt with 1,000 gold coins and send him out nicely.
I knew how bad he was, but there’s nothing good about making enemies for nothing.
I wanted to end it well without any other problems.
But when he said that.
-“So, have you decided which child you will give? I liked that pink-haired girl.
But I don’t mind a younger one.”
I changed my mind and decided what I had to do.
Obviously, I wasn’t stupid enough to let the children go with a smile even after getting to know how they will be treat them like.
I didn’t bother to erase my scornful eyes while looking at baron.
The baron asked back, with a perplexed look on his face..
“Oh my! Director, do you even know how disrespectful you are right now!?”
“I’m not even in debt anymore.
Is there any reason why I have to be polite? In the first place this place is “my” orphanage so I’ll decide how I want to treat you, the other way around.”
“Huh, where did you got this much money from? Did you take a loan from someone in order to pay me back? Please think about my situation at least…!”
“Ugh, you are so loud.
If you’re here to get the money, then don’t you take it? Why are you talking so much instead of taking the money.”
“ Director! How dare you say such rude things to me……”
The baron’s shoulders began to shake with a disgracefully angry face.
I glanced at the baron and swallowed a sigh.
‘There is nothing good coming because I have said it this much now.’
To be precise, he and I were in the same position.
No matter how much debt she was in, Sielra was proud of being an aristocrat, so she did not sell her aristocratic title until the end.
So now I’m right, if you look at it, Baroness Sielra Peirunte was right.
In terms of title, Baron Krack and I were the same in terms of status.
However, just because they had the same status, it never meant that they had the same power.
Anyways, he was quite a recognizable baron with a lot of territory, and Sielra was a powerless baron who only had a orphanage.
So there was nothing good coming if I made him my enemy.
But I was still angry, so I decided to erase this from my mind for a day.
To be precise, I just wanted to kick this old man out now.
Because of this guy children can’t even come out of their room!
I glanced at the clock.
Soon it would be time for lunch.
From today ownwards, I decided I was going to interfere in the children’s lives little by little.
In order to do that, I will prepare their meals from now on.
I got myself up.
The baron’s burning eyes moved upwards towards me.
I turned my back on the baron and sat down on my desk chair and said with my glasses on.
“Anyway, I’ve cleared all my debts and I don’t want to see you again, so can you leave my orphanage and go home? I’m a little busier than you think.”
I need to think about how to make a living from now on.
“……You’ll regret doing this to me, director.”
“Oh really, well I don’t want to see you again, so please give me the receipt and leave.”
When I said in a sullen voice He snatched the gold bag roughly from the table, and threw away the contract and the scrawled receipt, and left the director’s office.
I took a breather only after confirming that he left the orphanage in case he snooped around the children’s rooms or in dining hall.
‘Ha, I’m feeling so tired……’
I pretended to be relaxed and when I said things I shouldn’t say to the baron, but in reality I was quite nervous.
It’s not easy for me to deal with nobles.
I checked the contract and receipt that the baron threw.
It couldn’t be fake.
Fortunately, the of proof for borrwing the money was not fake.
Just in case, I checked if Sielra had borrowed money from somewhere else, but fortunately, there was no one except Baron Krack.
With this now I am sure that all of the debts are paid off.
‘First, I should go prepare lunch for the children.’
I couldn’t prepare breakfast because of Baron Krack, so I am going to prepare lunch for them.
I was worried that my behavior would make children uncomfortable, but I will make sure to keep a distance so that they won’t feel too uncomfortable.
I have to take at least one step to restore my relationship with the children.
I got myself up.
And I went to the kitchen with a conflicted mind.
I also had a small notepad in my hand while going to the kitchen.
“Brother, the director is being weird.”
Chloran, who entered the room with the children, murmured with a serious face.
“She told us to wait because she will prepare lunch for all of us all of a sudden, It’s weird no matter how much I think about it! When did that witch ever cook for us? Maybe she said this so that she could poison the rice? We’re all dead now.….”
As Jake interrupted Chloran, Chloran bowed his head with a dispirited face.
Jake, who looked pitifully at Chloran, said.
“It’s definitely had been a little weird lately.
She bought food and snacks, toys and clothes like these…..”
Jake looked down at the clothes he was wearing.
It was not a very luxurious fabric, but it was clear that it was of high-quality when in comparison to the worn-out clothes I wore before.
The director bought these clothes in several sizes and distributed them to the children.
Thanks to this, children were able to sleep soundly without the skin problems they always had when they wore those worn-out clothes.
‘There’s nothing wrong with being suspicious because of her strange behavior these days.’Jake’s brown eyes narrowed.
The atmosphere was quiet..
At that moment Ren broke the icy atmosphere.
“Well, maybe she really wants to change.”
“What do you mean ren? Don’t you remember what that witch did so far? When Rodi cries even a little, she curses at her, and when we ate that tasteless, bland soup, she was the only human who filled her stomach with all kinds of other food! A person like that can’t easily change.”
‘Chloran, you are right.
Obviously, the director was a bad person before.
But I think the director has become a different person these days.
The way she talks……’
Ren recalled the words that Sielra muttered to her the last time when she was hospitalized.
Obviously, she thought I was sleeping at the time.
Still, saying that means you meant it.
“Of course, I can’t believe it completely, but…… I want to believe a little bit.”
“If you believe that and get betrayed again, then you’ll only get more hurt.”
Jake replied to Ren’s words.
Ren replied, as she stroked Rodi’s hair who was sleeping, lying on her lap.
“As you said, we might get hurt more and get disappointed if we put our hopes on it…… But I want to believe it one last time, what do you think?”
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