ver.
But when Lobelia rejected his advances, he fiercely slapped her cheek.


No matter how often you’re exposed to it, violence is something that can never become normal.
The image of the large large man who glared  menacingly at her with his hands clenched was still vivid in her mind.

“Thank you for saying that.” Lobelia suddenly spoke with an icy tone.
“But I am not going to ask Sir Jereminus for help.”

At Lobelia’s firm refusal, Joheim looked conflicted and his eyes revealed his sadness.

“I…”

“I have to leave right now.
I appreciate your kind concern, Sir Jereminus.”

Lobelia turned her back against Joheim, unwilling to listen to his offerings of help any longer.
Her uncoordinated feet got the better of her, but she continued to walk forward.


* * *

As usual, Jade was alone in the dining hall.
He had ordered all the servants to vacate the room.
Lobelia took a seat across from him.
“After all, you don’t look well,” Jade blurted out as soon as she sat down.
Lobelia laughed.
It was the third time someone had told her that.

“Didn’t you say that breaking the curse isn’t too much for your body?” Jade said.

“It’s because I can’t sleep,” Lobelia replied, “Just because I’m in your dream doesn’t mean I can fall asleep.”

“I see,” Jade nodded.
Unlike Joheim, his response was simple and dry.


Lobelia, having skipped breakfast, grabbed a silver spoon and took a sip of the clam soup, warming her insides.
As she cautiously tried other dishes, Jade spoke.
“So you do eat food,” he said.
Speaking of which, it was the first time she had a proper meal in front of him.
At previous dinners, they simply discussed the details of their deal until the food on the table had gone cold.
Jade also started eating.
A calm lunch ensued this time, rather than a business discussion.
Halfway through the meal, Jade opened his mouth to speak.

“I wrote a letter of recommendation for the Academy,” he said, “Let’s go there right after lunch.”

“That’s fast,” Lobelia commented, swallowing the food in her mouth.

“Count Evelentia will be suspicious if you don’t enter the Academy immediately,” Jade replied, and Lobelia nodded in agreement.
“You’ll be staying in the east wing of the Academy,” he added.

“East wing?” Lobelia tilted her head.

“Oh, you don’t know? The academy is divided into the east wing, the west wing, and the north wing,” explained Jade.
“You are assigned to the east wing.
A lot of my entourage is there.”

 

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