enaeus family who used to stay at our house?”

“Uh…ah…you mean Herwin and Henry?”

“Yes.
They’ve asked us if we’d like to spend the summer in the north.”

“They said that unlike here, the North is as cool in the middle of summer as it is in spring and fall and that there are places where the snow hasn’t melted.”

“If we go north, we’ll see Herwin and Henry for the first time in a long time.”

“Herwin… it’s been a long time.
Right, Lucia.”

“Huh? Huh…….”

Lucia trailed off, still sipping her orange juice.

He thought she’d be happy to see him since they’d been best friends since they were kids, but her reaction was odd.

Lucas frowned, then his eyes widened as if he realized something.

“……You, by any chance, don’t remember Herwin?”

“Um, I do remember who he is…….”

“Maybe it’s because you were so young, but we were together for over a year.”

“No, I remember him, but I don’t remember everything exactly.”

“Well, I’m glad you remember.
Because I don’t remember much of what it was like before I was seven, either.”

Lucas patted his sister’s shoulder in understanding.

Lucia took the cookie from his hand and thought back to her memories of Herwin.

‘I remember thinking he was an angel.’

She doesn’t remember any details.
She can only see bits and pieces.

He had black hair, red eyes, and was so good-looking you’d think he was an angel, and she think he was also a little bit cranky….…

She remembers him getting angry when kids said things to her.


‘He didn’t like being called girly or pretty, didn’t he? Maybe.’

Now that she’d put it all together, he doesn’t seem like a very nice person, but she can’t help but feel good when she thinks of him.

Her parents and Lucas had told her that Herwin looked out for her a lot, so they must have gotten along well.

Lucia tried to recall Herwin’s face, now a blur.

“Hmm, I wonder.”

Lucia stamped her foot with excitement.
She couldn’t wait to see what life would be like up north.

* * *

“Brother, what are you doing?”

“Doing my homework.
Henry, why? Do you need to see me?”

“Nah, I just wanted to see you.”

Henry smiled, his round eyes twinkling.
Herwin smirked and stopped his quill.

Clink.

He slid down from his chair and rubbed his stiff shoulders.

At eight years old, Herwin had grown to be so handsome that no one would mistake him for a girl.

He had been learning the sword for over two years now, and even at his young age, he was well-built for his age, and he was taller than his peers, thanks to his parents’ larger-than-average genes.

He was tall, handsome, athletic, and studious, and Henry loved it.

For 5-year-old Henry, Herwin was a source of great pride.

“Oh, that’s right, Mommy told me today that we have a visitor from the Islands!”

“Really? So they’ll be here soon?”

“Yes! She said there’s a big brother too, but who is it, big brother, do you remember him?”

“……I remember.”

“What about you, are you both good?”

“I think so, but I don’t remember all the details, so you’d have to meet them to know.”

“Is that so?”

Herwin listened to Henry’s constant chattering without getting angry once.

As they walked down the hall, hand in hand, they heard a commotion near the stairs leading down to the first floor.

“Something’s making noise.”

“Yeah, what’s going on?”

The brothers looked at each other and then headed toward the source.

“They’ve grown up.
Time flies so fast.”


“It’s been a long time, Mrs.
Phoenaeus.”

“Lucas is all grown up.
How old did you say he was this year?”

It seems that the guests from the islands have already arrived.
While Henry scrambled to announce their arrival, Herwin stared blankly at the people in the hall.

The blurred faces of the men gradually became clearer.

Countess Agnes, who had been so kind to him, Lucas, who had followed him around, and….…

“Huh? Finally, there they are.
Come down and say hello, kids.”

Scarlett looked up to find Herwin and Henry on the second floor.

She stepped aside, revealing a girl who had been hidden from view.

His eyes locked with those within the walls, which looked as clear as a cloudless sky.

“Herwin?”

The voice from the memory overlapped with his own.

“……Lucia?”

“Wow, it’s Herwin?”

Lucia, the girl he’d mistaken for a fairy when he’d first met her, was smiling brightly at him.

Subconsciously, Herwin felt the memories that had sunk beneath the surface gradually resurface.

“Wow…she’s pretty.”

Herwin snapped out of his reverie.

He looked down to see Henry staring down the hall with a twinkle in his eye.

Before Herwin could realize what was happening, Henry released his grip on Herwin’s hand and hurried down the stairs.

“Wow, is this Henry? He’s grown up.”

Lucas marveled as he watched Henry approach Lucia’s side.

Henry jumped up and down, wiggling his chubby cheeks.

“Awww!”

“Pretty sister!”

And then he lunged for Lucia.
Herwin looked up just in time to see Henry in Lucia’s arms.

“Henry……!”

“Hahahaha, Henry still likes Lucia, huh?”

Herwin called Henry’s name, but it was drowned out by Scarlett’s voice.

“He’s still the same.
Lucia, remember? He used to have a huge crush on you.”

“He did?”

Lucas nudged Lucia from the side.

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