But before that, there could have been a few rumors that slipped past.
‘Maybe that’s how the Little Bear’s mother, the Duke of Leocardia, learned about me.’
Still, she probably wouldn’t have known that the Cardinal killed me.
But I realized the obvious.
The Duke probably knew enough about me that she could feel sorry.
It meant she sympathized with me.
‘This is an opportunity.’
An opportunity to learn more about my previous life.
I remembered what happened, but my world in the past was too narrow.
I needed proper information to analyze.
‘I’ll ask when I get a chance.
I don’t even know if the Duke will answer me…’
“I then promised my mother that I wouldn’t become a warrior.
The warrior was originally chosen by the Lord anyway, so I didn’t have a chance from the start.”
“I was frustrated you know! I really wanted to be a warrior! I really respect him! He’s the kindest, most righteous, and just straight-up best man in the world!”
The scene of me kicking the groins of the villainous men who attacked Big Bear replayed in my mind.
I even went and poked their eyes.
Suddenly, cold sweat dripped down my back.
I quickly brought up the original topic.
“Tell me more about the Duke.”
The current master of the Leocardia Family, the Duke, is my mother.
Her name is Obdolisa Leocardia.
She’s a master of the two-handed sword!”
The excited Little Bear rambled on with a calm face but excited voice.
Two hours later, we arrived at the Gapo Estate.
The territory said to be closest to the Leocardia Duchy.
‘It’s a little small, but it’s clean and has a nice atmosphere.’
We headed straight to the inn.
The Big Bear then spoke, “We’re leaving at dawn tomorrow.
Wash up first.”
I washed up first before heading to the common room.
A cleaner Big Bear came up and sat me on the sofa after washing up in the other bathroom.
“Let’s dry our hair.”
The Big Bear gently wiped my wet hair with a large soft towel.
There was also magic in the world to dry hair.
And although it consumed less mana, it’s said to be very difficult to control because it has to be used very carefully due to the nature of hair.
I and the Little Bear both didn’t know how to use such magic.
The Big Bear said he could use it, but couldn’t do it on such a small and weak child like me.
‘If even a single thing goes wrong, my hair might burn.’
I didn’t request it either.
Instead, the Big Bear would dry my hair carefully like this every time.
As if I was a precious child.
Whenever Big Bear dried my hair, I could feel my heart warm up.
“Thank you! But where is Juliano?”
“He went to buy something for a second.
He won’t be long.
Are you hungry?”
“No, not really.”
In truth, I was indeed a little hungry, but I wanted to eat with Little Bear.
“When Juliano returns, let’s eat together.”
The Big Bear softly patted my hair.
“When we arrive at the territory, maybe we can-”
Before he could finish his sentence, Little Bear’s voice was heard through the door.
“Father, please open the door?”
“Dia, you go do it.”
I ran to the door and opened it.
However, instead of the Little Bear, I saw another bear.
“It’s a teddy bear!”
It was so big that I couldn’t even see Little Bear who was holding it from behind.
The Little Bear managed to come inside with the teddy bear and shouted triumphantly.
“Ta-da! It’s a secret bear!~!”
Round eyes, a nose slightly peeking out from the front, a smiling mouth, a face with ears, and short legs below a plump belly.
Every single part was cute!
Its dark brown hair that shone with luster also looked very soft.
“Why is it a secret bear?”
It’s because he can hide secrets! Look here.”
The Little Bear grabbed the teddy bear’s right front foot and lifted it up.
On it was a number pad from 0 to 9.
“The default password is 0000.”
When I pressed 0 four times, something surprising happened.
The soft-looking round belly suddenly disappeared.
The teddy bear itself was so big that the empty space inside was large enough to remain even if I entered.
“You can place a diary, or whatever you want to hide here.”
“So that’s why it’s a secret bear.”
“Yes, that’s right! It’s a specialty of the Gapo Estate.
It’s hard to get, but I was lucky enough to buy it!”
“I see! I’m happy for you.
Congratulations.” I smiled.
The Little Bear flinched before exchanging glances with the Big Bear.
I tilted my head, and the Big Bear said, “Juliano, you have to say it clearly.”
“Oh, I see.
Dia, this bear is yours!”
It’s a gift!”
The Little Bear smiled broadly and pushed the secret bear towards me.
I was so surprised that my eyes were left wide open.
“Are you really giving it to me?”
“That’s what I’m telling you! Now, look at this.”
The Little Bear grinned and held out the teddy bear’s numbered foot to me.
“Decide your password.
Just pick any four-digit number.”
I hesitated and said, “But isn’t it expensive…”
“But it’s not okay for me… This… Uh…”
It was burdensome.
However, another emotion also blossomed clearly.
The Little Bear obviously cared about me.
He purely likes me like he likes the Big Bear.
I was genuinely pleased with that fact.
‘But… I’ll be leaving in three years…’
Until then, I was planning on hiding many things.
I was going to lie and hide the truth as much as possible.
‘Can I really accept this kind of affection?’
What was in front of me was only an object, but I knew that what the Little Bear was trying to give was more than that.
No matter how clueless I was about human relationships, I knew how much he wanted to give it to me.
“Uh… Do you not like it?”
The Little Bear was immediately sullen.
His broad shoulders dropped down.
I was startled.
“No! That’s not it!”
“Then what’s the matter?”
“It… It looks expensive…”
“I am the Duchy’s Young Master.
I have a lot of money! Don’t feel pressured and take it.
It’s cute, right? The fur is really soft too.
Here, touch it.”
The Little Bear held my hand and placed it on the teddy bear.
I flinched at first, but soon my fingers moved at will.
The dark brown fur was incredibly soft.
‘My hands are about to melt.’
This was the first time in both my lives that I had experienced this luxurious feeling.
“It’s nice, right?”
The Little Bear grinned.
“I’m glad you like it.
I bought it for you after all.”
That’s why it’s burdensome…
‘I want to keep it… But…’
I couldn’t say anything else.
The Big Bear suddenly came close to me and bowed down.
He then said with a friendly smile-
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