“Yes, of course! Thank you!”
Daisy replied cheerfully to Grandma, who was very cautious in giving out secrets.
I know her actions were harmless but tricking my Grandma like that leave a bitter taste in my mouth.
If you're going to do that again, instead of a fountain, I will make that your tomb.
But for now, since Grandma's fond of you, I'll let it slide.
Anyway, whether you go or not, you still won't be able to see your fated partner.
I turned a blind eye to Daisy after that and focused on the meal again.
* * *
Another day has passed.
Grandma was out, and Daisy and I were both having lunch at the dining hall.
I glanced at the grandfather clock at the end of the dining hall.
What time did I go out then?
In the past, someone must've saved him eventually even though he was passed out on a road that was a bit inconspicuous.
Others might mistake him for a drunk, but I know a good Samaritan might notice him and saved him, but I still doubted it since there are fewer people out there.
Should I be able to catch up if I get out by now?
I recalled his face while searching for my memory.
It was a face I had seen a long time ago, but I clearly remembered what he looked like back then.
He has intense crimson-red eyes.
With obsidian black hair and flaming red eyes, he was a handsome man with a rather sensitive atmosphere.
Although it was difficult to approach him with his face showing little to no expression, he knew how to show noble courtesy.
A handsome man who was quite rigid, but has good manners.
Before returning to the past, when I first saw him, I was mesmerized by his face momentarily.
Daisy, who didn't know who he was and thought he was just a commoner, was slightly smitten.
But why did the Duke hide his identity and come to our fief? There was no way to know because I did not accept his invitation before.
For a moment, my mind was lingering upon meaningless reasons why he had to conceal his identity and soon gave up.
The Duke will invite me as he did before, so perhaps I could ask him when the time arrived.
Daisy noticed that I hardly eat the food on my plate, so she asked me.
“Are you not feeling well again?”
“Well, I don't have any appetite today.
I'm already full, so I'll excuse myself first.”
“Oh, let's get up together.
I'm done as well.”
Daisy got up and looked over the window.
The sun was always blazing in the middle of the day.
Isn't this the perfect weather for a stroll?
Now either of us should suggest a walk……
Which one of us was the first one to ask for a stroll?
Why don't we go for a stroll together?”
I readily accepted your offer this time.
Let's go out together.”
* * *
“I can't walk any further.”
Daisy came out wearing high heels.
She, who had proposed a walk first, stopped in 10 minutes, saying her feet hurt.
As I walked along the empty streets, my strolling partner was nowhere near beside me.
My face frowned as I looked back and saw Daisy way behind me now.
It was the same back then.
Daisy gestured with her hand while telling me to go ahead, “I can't walk anymore.
Just leave Sir Bolt with me.”
“Sienna, you go on ahead.
I'll take a rest here.”
“What? So my escort…..”
Sir Bolt, who was standing between Daisy and me, looked alternately at us with a conflicted expression.
My escort would initially have to follow me, but Daisy dragged Sir Bolt in casually, and she's our guest as well.
We wouldn't want something awful to happen to our only guest now, would we?
“There's no one on the road anyway, so Sir Bolt will take a break with me.”
Daisy was acting as if Sir Bolt was her escort knight.
It's not my fault that you left your own escort in the castle.
Annoyed as I am, however, I didn't contradict Daisy's words and only reassured Sir Bolt that I'll be fine on my own.
“Yes, as Daisy said, there's no one here anyway, so I'll be alright.
Just stay with Daisy, Sir Bolt.”
I already know my purpose here, so I needed to head off soon.
I promptly turned away after I reassured Sir Bolt, who was at a loss for what to do.
I walked at a steady pace as I was trying to search my memory of his current location.
I think I didn't walk in a straight line, but I went off to a side road…
“Was it this way?”
There was half doubt because the road was cleared of people unlike before.
Is this the right place? I seemed to be lost.
However, the figure of someone lying on the ground was seen far from where I'm standing.
It's the Duke!
I finally met him! My heart was throbbing with excitement.
Unlike in the past, when I ran towards him in a panic and worried about the man's safety, I hurriedly went over to him with eagerness.
I wasn't frightened this time because the Duke was alive.
I decisively approached him and tried to hoist him up.
However, I lost my grip and missed him.
He was too heavy for me to carry alone.
“Oh, I'm sorry!”
I know you can't hear me, and yet I still apologized.
Due to my careless deed, his body hit the ground heavily and rolled to his side, revealing his face in the process.
It's exactly what I remembered.
Blood was flowing on his forehead and, his face was messy with dirt, but his presence was clearly that of a duke.
He was dressed as an ordinary tourist, but his looks weren't ordinary at all.
By the way, the ambitious Daisy looked down on him because she thought he was a commoner and yet liked him for his handsome face.
The Duke hit his head hard to the point he's passed out right away.
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