his hands in his pockets.
Wearing a disheveled shirt, without a jacket or a vest, he was like the picture of a handsome thug walking through the back alleys.
Even his smiling face was similar to Lockherd’s mean and cheeky face.
This must be why they said that people would resemble each other once they got close enough.
Indeed, they were identical alright.

“Don’t you get it? Kate, I partially raised you.
And yet, you dared to say that I put possessives before your name recklessly?!”

The garden in the front yard of the Knights’ headquarters was full of green grass and well-trimmed trees without a single flower.
As I inhaled the freshness of green leaves at full growth, Nezar narrowed the gap between us.
The leaves’ shadows fluttered over his face.

“Don’t run around alone and get lost again.
Come on, hold my hand.”

With a sullen face, I grabbed his outstretched hand.
As Nezar said, it wasn’t the first time I had wandered around and got lost in a maze-like garden.
I didn’t want to go back to that time when I waited for Nezar, shivering with cold and hunger.

“Where are we going now? I don’t know how to get to Nezar’s castle, so I’m not sure if this road is the one.”


“Your house.”

“I heard that you’re busy.
Can you really escort me back?”

Nezar replied to my question nonchalantly.

“Rather, I’m making time for you so I can take you home.
So be grateful.”

Seriously, how absurd.
If someone saw it, they might think that I begged for him to come with me.

“Can’t I just go alone?”

“No.”

It was such a firm refusal that there was no need to ask any further.
I turned away from him to look ahead.
Nezar slowed down to match my small strides so I wouldn’t have a hard time keeping up.

When we arrived at Ezellot estate, it was way past lunchtime and the sun was already over our head.
Because I had yet to have my meal, I felt the urge to bolt into the castle as my starving stomach was killing me.
However, Nezar had no intention of spending time at Ezeltot, so he refused to join me at the dining table.

He ruffled my hair roughly before getting back in the carriage and left Ezellot.
I gazed at the carriage as it grew further and further, until it turned into a dot.
Thereafter, I quietly entered the castle.
At that moment, a feeling of deep emptiness arose and overflowed within me.
And I instantly felt down out of the blue.
Up until I put my feet in the bathtub, the smell of soil soaked with sunlight on him did not seem to have dissipated completely.


I called Daisy in a subdued tone.

“Daisy, is there any way to think less of the person you like?”

Daisy, who was cleaning the bedroom from beyond the door, answered.

“How to think less? Hmm, I think I heard that when physical bodies are far apart, the mind will also become distant.”

“So I have to get away? How far?”

“Maybe at least two days by carriage?”

It was ten times the distance going back and forth between the islands and Ezellot Castle.
I dipped my chin just below the water surface, disappointed at Daisy’s suggestion.

“Anything else?”

“Something else…hmm, I don’t know.
It is difficult to forget the person you love in the first place.
So maybe that’s why people often suffer?”

Then I just had no choice but to wait patiently until I got over him.
It didn’t help me much right now.
I took a deep breath and laid my head on the bathtub rim.
As expected, the person who fell first and fell harder was always at a loss.

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