heard a discreet knock at the door.
So she opened the door to find Leon's maidservant waiting there.

“Miss Miriella.
May I have the pleasure of guide you to Master Leon's room?”

“Hmmp! You've kept me waiting for a long time, haven't you?”

Miriella glared up at her with her scarlet eyes.
A strong gaze that send chills through the maids' backs, not only the maids but everybody working at the mansion.
Even the aristocrats that didn't know of her status as a duchess, when met that gaze froze in fear.

However, when she entered to Leon's room, he didn't care about her scary gaze, he took some papers and a book over his desk.
And placed them on the tea table in front of Miriella.

“It's been seriously hard accomplishing it just in three days…
but let's just put that aside.
Miriella, I want you to read this.
If you read it, you'll understand.”

Miriella put her hand on the book placed in front of her.
When she gently opened it, and found a drawing of a cute little boy inside.
“ok, you should read it from left to right, and these circles are what each person is saying.
This sign mean…”

Leon showed her how to read the comic he just drew, and felt impressed for Miriella's speed on learning something completely new for her.

** Takeshi, a boy from Japan, a far away country in another planet, very different from where we are now, has a dream of becoming a book's painter.

But before Takeshi could realize his dream, he was hit by a magic carriage, that moves using fire, and died.

Meanwhile, Leon, who lives in the duke's mansion in the Kingdom of Rendalhas, is weak and fights for his life due to a high fever.

When he opened his eyes again, he felt that something was strange, so he looked for a mirror, and when he found it!

He got very surprised.
In Leon's body dwells the soul of Takeshi, who had dreamed of becoming a painter!!
Travel across time and space!!!

Thanks to that, Leon's life was saved.
Thus, the souls, of Leon and Takeshi, coexist now in Leon's body.

The story is spun through the chatter and movement of the cute characters.
Miriella was immediately trapped in the picture-filled story and quickly finished it.

“Uncle! Could this be about you –??!”

“Yes, Miriella.
It happened to me.”

Miriella's scarlet eyes widened to their fullest, and she shivered with a wince.

“Ta, then!! What happened to Takeshi?”

“Miriella, I'm also Takeshi.
There is a Takeshi inside me.”

Miriella patted her chest in relief.

“It's just that I have to live in this world as the brother of the head of the duke's family, Leon.
I'm afraid that if people find out that I have a foreign Takeshi in my heart, someone will do something bad to me….
So can you keep the fact that I have Takeshi living inside me a secret between us?”

“I'm sure my father and mother won't believe this strange story.
But someone might believe it and catch you! Or lock you up somewhere! Yes, Uncle Leon is right, it would be best to keep it a secret!
Don't worry, I understand, what happened to Takeshi is a secret between me and uncle Leon!”

With big, sparkling eyes, Miriella declared excitedly.
Then she came trotting over to Leon, who was sitting across from her with the book she had just been reading, holding it to her chest.

“Uncle, uncle! It was you, wasn't it? The one who drew this picture book?”

“Yeah, that's right.
Takeshi did! He wanted to be a painter, so he did it.”

Miriella cheeks were red and nodded her head.

Melisa looked at her young master acting like that cute and thought (Am I seeing things? It's really unusual).
Miriella, who approached Leon timidly, placed her hand on the sofa where Leon was sitting and looked at him with begging puppy eyes.

I've never seen a picture book like this before! It's easy to read, and very interesting! Are these the picture books that are popular in Takeshi's country?”

Yes, this is what we call 'manga' in my world.
Err, I mean in Takeshi's world.”

Leon smiled at her, and Miriella was caught up by the fantasy story completely, making her smile so bright, that resembled to a blooming pink flower wrapped in sunlight.

(She is so cute!!)
Everybody in the room couldn't help but to think that.

She sat down next to her uncle with sparkling eyes.
Leon accepted it without complaining, and sipped at his cup of chamomile tea.
Then he cleared his throat and turned to look at Miriella.

“So, Miriella.
It's a deal.”

“Ha, that was it! I've never read such an interesting book before! Don't worry, I'll keep my uncle's secret! I promise!”

“Yeah, well, there's something more I want you to do for me.
Takeshi's spirit is too strong, thus my mind cannot remember much about this country and this house, Leon body's memory is fuzzy.


(“Takeshi's spirit is strong, It was an inappropriate but exciting line of dialogue.
It made him realize that this strange story is really like the mangas he used to read.

“I don't think there's anything wrong with speaking and writing, the basics things of everyday life.
But, I've forgotten a lot of things about etiquette, geography, history all of that.
So can you help me behave properly as Leon?”

(“Sure, no matter how much he lived in seclusion, there will still be inconveniences later on, if I don't behave like a proper Duke's relative.”)

“Everything that happened, was heartbreaking for Takeshi, but…
It's reassuring for him to have someone in this world that is willing to help him.”

When Miriella was about to respond to him, Leon continued.

“In return, I'll help you to prevent your own destruction.”

What?!! My destruction?”

The words were too disturbing, and Miriella, who was happily imagining about Takeshi, froze.

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