.

 

“Because none of that matters.” 

 

“Ah, you’re tired of swordsmanship…!” I floundered to redirect this awkward conversation. 

 

“No, that’s not it-!” He continued stubbornly.

 

Ugh.
Carlot, who had been shouting, came in front of me and took a deep breath.

 

When I shrank back without realizing it due to the reckless approach, Carlot took a half step back.

 

Bright amber eyes stared at me.

 

Soon after, Carlot spoke in a low voice.

 

“It means there’s something more important.”

 

“What’s that?”

 

“Sister.”

 

I froze.
“…What?”

 

“Sister.
Sister Lili is the most important.”

 

What did I just hear? 

 

I think my hearing was damaged from falling off that cliff.

 

Carlot’s face turned red as if it would explode when I repeatedly patted my hands over my ears in disbelief.

 

“Geez, what are you doing?”

 

“You sound silly, Carlot.”

 

“………”

 

“I need to see my doctor.
Can you both leave?”

 

I asked them to leave in a serious and courteous manner, but they both stood motionless.

 

Instead, Carlot knelt on the floor next to the bed and looked up at me.

 

“Sister Lili.”

 

“…..Ahh!” I shouted and blocked my ears again.

 

I got goosebumps. 

 

While looking at Carlot with a fed-up face, I peeked back and saw Jansi smiling, covering his mouth with his fist.

 

‘You’re laughing right now? Your one and only brother is out of his mind, so you shouldn’t laugh!’

 

“Carl, your injury seems serious,” I muttered.

 

“I’m not hurt at all.”

 

“It’s not up to you to judge.
You’re……really.”

 

“What?”


 

“Cr….”

 

I couldn’t bring myself to say that he was crazy, so I opened my mouth and just smiled uncomfortably.

 

“I’m not crazy.
I am sane.”

 

As if he had read my mind, Carlot replied deftly.

 

But, I was sure.

 

Carlot was crazy, too.

 

Jansi seemed to be a bit out of the ordinary, and now I thought Carlot would go crazy, too.

 

That’s right.
It was this Carlot who hated me until yesterday.

 

He was a guy who hated being my escort and he even got attacked when we went out.

 

Rather, he was the sort of guy who would argue that he was attacked because of me, so I should take responsibility.

 

Since people can’t change overnight, it was reasonable to conclude that he was crazy.

 

Otherwise, it was clear that there was something wrong.

 

‘Is this a new way of revenge?’

 

I thought it was too much of a way to torment yourself for that.

 

Ignoring his pride, Carlot would call the person he hates as his sister?

 

But I wasn’t someone who could stand still.

 

“If you have any complaints about me, stop doing this and tell me, Carlot.”

 

Carlot’s expression hardened at those words.

 

“….It’s not like that.”

 

“Then what’s wrong with you?”

 

“…..Brother, go out for a second.
I have something to say to my sister.”

 

Carlot, who had been quiet for a while, seriously tried to kick Jansi out.

 

Jansi, who was just smiling, shrugged his shoulders and went out without a word.

 

Click. The door closed.

 

It was awkward when there were three of us, but it was even more awkward when there were only two of us.
I felt like I was going as crazy as Carlot.

 

“Are you unhappy that I came back alive in the end?” I finally aired my firmest suspicion.

 

At that time when all kinds of assumptions were filling my head, Carlot’s words were unexpected.

 

“I’m sorry.”

 

“…What?”

 

“Sorry.
It’s all my fault.
The things I said, and the way that I ignored you, that I called you an illegitimate child, that I quarreled with you over everything, it was all my fault….”

 

I could only blink my eyes as Carlot lowered his head and spoke.

 

Carlot, he apologized to me.

 

“Actually, I’ve been wondering what kind of person you are….
I was such a mean child that I only acted on my own stubbornness.
I was wrong.
I won’t do it again.”

 

“…….”


 

As I blinked without saying a word, Carlot looked up at me pitifully with his eyes like a wet puppy left in the rain.

 

“……Am I that disgusting?”

 

“Did I ever say that to you?”

 

I didn’t like Carlot, but I never thought that he was disgusting.
There was no reason to like someone who hated me, so I didn’t like him.

 

So, knowing how much Carlot hated me made this change even more strange.

 

Carlot, who was hesitant, raised his head slightly.
At the end of that gaze, was my fidgeting hand.

 

Carlot: “……because Sister didn’t hold my hand.”

 

“Hold your hand?”

 

“On the cliff….
my hand….”

 

“You told me not to touch you because I was dirty,” I replied matter-of-factly. 

 

At my words, Carlot’s face went blank in an instant.

 

“Ah.”

 

His brows furrowed slightly as if he was thinking of something.

 

Is Carlot also recalling the time I remember?

 

“Sorry, it’s not dirty.
You’re not dirty at all,” he said in a quiet, broken voice. 

 

The one who had been trying to smile just moments ago changed his expression.
As if he was about to cry.

 

I don’t know what changed Carlot’s mind, but there was no reason to be mean to him if he didn’t hate me anymore.

 

It would be okay for us to remain in a good relationship until I leave Perdia.

 

“All right.
All right–” I started.

 

“Are you going to forgive me?”

 

“………”

 

It would be a lie if I said that, so when I kept my mouth shut, Carlot quickly shook his head.

 

“No! I won’t ask you to forgive me.
Just don’t push me away.”

 

“Okay.” I conceded.

 

Carlot smiled brightly as if he was relieved by my answer.

 

“I will escort my sister for the rest of my life.”

 

Absolutely not. 

 

“No,” I said firmly, “I will refuse.”

 

“I will protect you.”

 

“No, you don’t have to keep doing that.”

 

“From now on, I will be your dog.”

 

“No, you’re a human….”

 

I felt like shaking him. 

 

Wake up…!

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