It was very delicious and savory, but hard to eat because I had no front teeth.
[t/n – crying sfx]
Lavigne seemed to notice my trouble.
“Let’s eat this later.
Maybe when you’re a little bigger.”
“What should our Dia eat next?”
“Jokbal!” (Steamed pig feet)
Here you go.”
“It’s so good!”
The Little Bear and Marciana both had happy faces.
They seemed to be watching me eat from the start.
“Have some too!”
“Yes, I will.”
After answering steadily, the brother and sister began to eat, periodically looking at me and smiling happily.
I focused on eating well.
It was hard after I finished eating.
“Ah, I’m so full.”
When I looked down, my stomach was sticking out.
“I still want to eat dessert…”
My stomach for rice dishes and desserts was different, but I couldn’t even drink water anymore.
‘I can’t believe this…’
The Little Bear smiled and comforted me.
“You can eat it tomorrow.
Shall we wash up and sleep? Lavigne, have you prepared the bath?”
“Yes, Young Master.”
“Dia, I’m going to go wash up and sleep as well.
I’ll see you tomorrow.
“See you tomorrow!” Marciana followed.
I smiled and bowed my head.
See you tomorrow.”
Lavigne asked me, bending over, “The bathroom is a little far.
Do you want me to hug you over?”
“No, I’m full so I’ll walk around to exercise.”
“Then shall we hold hands?”
I reached out my hand and Lavigne grinned as we faced each other.
As I left the dining room, I heard Marciana’s irritated voice behind me.
“I couldn’t even hug her…”
I rolled my eyes and pretended I didn’t hear.
Lavigne took me down the hall until a certain point.
There was a cylindrical transparent box that could accommodate well over ten people.
“It’s called an elevator.
Have you never seen one?”
“Yes, it’s my first time.”
“The castle has 10 stories.
You take this when your luggage is heavy or you need to move faster.
Let’s take it because even if you are full it’s still far.”
Lavigne put her right hand against the wall of the elevator.
As the light brown mana, which was the same color as her hair, permeated the elevator, the transparent doors opened.
I was surprised.
“Come on, let’s go on.”
A little wary, I followed Lavigne in.
“It’s going to move down now.
Don’t be surprised.”
I answered casually, but I was nervous.
Lavigne laughed and pressed three of the buttons on the inside of the elevator.
The door closed and it began to go down.
I was glad I listened to the explanation in advance, or else I would have cast an attack spell immediately.
I wanted to press the buttons too.
However, before I could ask, the elevator stopped.
The door opened and I stepped out together with Lavigne.
It was a bit disappointing.
“This is the third floor, and it’s a space for guests.
The room I prepared for you is here.
But before that, let’s wash up.
Have you ever taken a bath? I mean the kind where other people wash it for you?”
I can wash by myself.”
“You’re a guest.
Guests must be looked after.”
“Is that so?”
“Come on, let’s go in.”
Inside the bathroom were two ladies in their 30s neatly dressed like Lavigne.
They both looked at me and greeted me with glittering eyes, so I bowed.
“I’ll be in your care!”
The two people laughed and gently undressed me.
I was surprised because it was my first time, but I stayed still.
I was full, but I felt a little dazed when I went into the warm tub.
The two bears took good care of me, but I was undoubtedly tired from all the traveling.
Even more so with all the things that happened today.
The Duke came to mind.
‘Did she reject me…?’
Again, an incomprehensible melancholy and sadness washed over me.
My heart ached and my eyes ached.
I closed my eyes.
“Are you sleepy? You can sleep.”
Lavigne whispered softly.
“My hair isn’t dry yet…”
“It’s all right.
I’ll wake you up.
Sleep if you’re sleepy.”
Lavigne’s words sounded like a safe temptation.
‘It’s not dangerous here.’
It was Big Bear and Little Bear’s home.
A place that was blessed by the Lord.
A place where monsters can’t invade.
‘I don’t have to be on guard…’
I fell into a deep, black sleep.
I slept soundly without a single dream.
It was the first time I had slept so soundly since my rebirth.
I didn’t want to wake up.
‘I want to sleep more.’
It felt even better because it felt like I was floating in warm hot spring water.
“…The way she smiles is similar to that of when Marciana was young.”
The voice of a woman I had heard was dry and grim like a desert.
I couldn’t feel anything more from the hoarse voice but it felt like she was desperately pressing down her emotions because she was afraid they would burst out.
“If our third was alive… Would she be like this?”
“I don’t know…”
I knew who the owner of this man’s voice was.
But I couldn’t think of it.
Lingering between deep sleep and consciousness, I couldn’t think any further.
“Oh, I didn’t know you’d be so distressed.
I should have told you earlier… I’m sorry.”
“No, even I didn’t know I’d be like this.
Are you alright?”
“When I first saw her, I was in pain too.
But the more we were together, the more we laughed.
She’s a sweet and lovely child who has healed my wounds.”
“Are you thinking of her as the replacement for our third?”
I’ve never thought so.
Dia is not our third.
But Dia has indeed relieved me of my pain.
Love, I hope you can find peace too.
I hope that Dia’s presence can help you heal, and…”
“I hope this cute little child who has lived a hard life can be happy.
I really hope things go well for this child, who cried so hard she couldn’t breathe because she wanted to live a normal and happy life.”
The man’s last few words were said in a whisper.
But those words flowed into me and perfectly enveloped my whole body, no, my soul, with warmth.
It was an affection that I felt for the first time in my two lives.
I smiled and began to rise towards the happy reality.
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