ot old man grabbed her by the shoulder and yelled.
Ariadne stuttered in protest.

“I-I won’t die from contaminated water.
But the Archmage…”

“Is that why you jump out like that? What did you see me as? Who will protect who! Being young, really being young… really…”

The Archmage’s head lowered gradually.
The old man hugged her and made her cry.

“You have no fear.
What am I saying… I know I will get scolded very loudly.
It’s going to make a fuss.
What am I, don’t you hate me, huh? What am I…?”

Hot tears dripped down the back of her neck.  The heat warmed her whole body.
Something warm flowed and pooled inside her chest.


Ariadne unknowingly buried her head in the arms of the great magician.

On the old man’s chest that touched her forehead, her heart was beating terrified.
His hand, which endlessly stroked the back of her hair, also trembled and continued.
The bosom was very warm.

* ♦ ♦ ♦ *

The Duke of Eldeer read the message sent by the messenger.

-Operation diversion was a success.
Most of the knights were lured in, and Mohan Byun was tied up for a while.
However, the power of the Snow Leopard Knights and the Marquis was stronger than expected.
Since they couldn’t send support, the knight commander had to go to the princess alone.
Unluckily, the archmage arrived unexpectedly quickly, and the defense against the contaminated water was…

It was written word for word, but the conclusion meant that it was a failure.
The Duke gritted his teeth and crumpled the paper.
It was a strategy that was pushed ahead with the thought that most of the Snow Leopard Knights were out of subjugation as an opportunity, but it was a failure.

‘The completion of the Elixir is just around the corner, you foolish girl.’

He never thought that his little daughter would trouble him like this.
How precious she was raised, how she could run away in an instant.

‘In the end, everything will benefit you!’

With a little patience, the elixir would be complete.
The family that became rich with the elixir would later be inherited by her.
How nice it was that she could become resistant to contamination by training from a young age.

‘Because I couldn’t stand the slightest bit of that pain!’

The Duke slammed the desk nervously.
He couldn’t stand the pain, so he was trying to ruin everything before him like this.
His daughter’s shallow patience was disappointing.
The child escaped anyway, and the operation to bring her back failed.
Now he had to try another method.

‘Still, it’s clear that the child was kidnapped, so the cause is mine.’

Rejecting the escort knight sent by her father to her daughter, she drove away by force.
She couldn’t even see the child.
Whoever could see it, Weaver’s side was acting compulsively.

‘I’ll have to meet and see His Highness the King.’

* ♦ ♦ ♦ *

Weaver-style courtesy was a method of leaving only one of the opponents intact and stepping on the rest until they were about to die.
One person was left to take care of the rest because he couldn’t walk on his own.
It was polite enough to provide a means to return without sacrificing the guesthouse.

Ariadne was taken aback after hearing what purpose they came for and how they were dealt with.


“Can I?”

“No way.”

“The Duke will protest.”

“It doesn’t matter whether you do it or not.”

Marquis Baek replied sullenly.
Ariadne was far away and blinked her eyes.

‘Is Eldeer’s prestige weaker than I expected? Or is the power of the Weaver family stronger than expected?’

She was not sure which one was true.
As she hesitated, the Archmage, who held her in his arms, opened his mouth.

“Baby.”

“Yes.”

“Eldeer is bigger and richer than us, but he is just that.”

“Yes?”

When asked in surprise, the old man only smiled.
There was one point Ariadne was mistaken about.
She was estimating the power and scale of ‘Eldeer’ based on the original novel.
However, the Eldeer that appeared in the novel was a family that had grown rapidly by monopolizing the Elixir.

But that had not happened yet.

She exaggerated even the scale of Eldeer before Elixir was developed.
Also, she didn’t know how much prestige the Weaver family and the Archmage were wielding at the present time.
In the original work, the Weaver family was an unimportant family that did not even appear except in Erich Weaver’s flashback scenes.
Ariadne dimly realized that in the attitude of the Archmage.

‘It was both.
Eldeer is weaker than expected, and Weaver is also stronger than expected.’

The old man gave the Marquis a chin.

“Baby, your uncle is not trustworthy, but even that guy does the job of four or five spirit knights.”

“Father, are you saying your son is not trustworthy?”

“Noisy.
The one who didn’t even know the rat crawled into the kid’s room.”

The Margrave shut his mouth and shrank.
The Archmage clicked his tongue as if to listen.

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