“I was right about your teaching, but … My son…! Couldn’t learn properly, and that hillbilly kid defeated him.”
There is no positive or negative situation. In this case, it is better to pray for forgiveness than to keep your mouth shut.
“…take Cyan out.”
“Go, train him. Don’t ever disgrace my face again.”
Hezar nodded back. While Cyan was in tears, Ancilla’s order was followed without resistance.
“Ciel, you stay for a while.”
Ciel’s expression on her face crumpled as she tried to sneak out with her. She sat back in her seat, glancing at Ancilla’s face.
“…that little boy. You said his name was Eugene, right?”
“Did you ask the little boy for a duel, too?”
“No, I didn’t ask.”
“Brother lost with a blow. So I assumed I couldn’t have won a fight.”
Ciel answered in a murmur. She answered honestly for now, but she was afraid that her mother might be angrier with her answer.
However, Ancilla did not burst into anger as she did before. She stared at her daughter with rather calm eyes.
“If you’ve been defeated… I would have hanged myself with shame.”
“Don’t say that, Mother.”
Ciel was in tears. Of course, she knows her mother was a person who will never take her own life in any circumstances. However, she had learned from a young age that being fluttered would make her mother feel better.
“…Eugene. How was he?”
“I’m not sure what you mean.”
“Looks and attitudes.”
“His face… um… He’s more handsome than others. But he is kinda strange…”
“He was so childish and mean when he was arguing with my brother, but he was like a grown-up when he talked to Hezar.”
The words put Ancilla in thought for a moment. Since he was 13, she understood that he was childish and mean. But talking like a grown-up with Hezar?
“… what honor is all about. It is also said that showing mercy in a duel is an insult to others. When Eugene said that, Hezar apologized.”
“Yes, I heard he said something presumptuous.”
Ciel smiled unconsciously as she recalled the moment. She soon changed her expression when she realized she wasn’t supposed to laugh, but Ancilla did not notice Ciel’s laughter.
‘…what’s the subject…?’
She thought she’d have to call Hezar back and listen to the whole story. Ancilla thought with a slight nod.
“Are you angry that Eugene hit your brother?”
It’s a lie. Ciel wasn’t, but she actually felt it was funny how her brother cried while pretending to be proud.
“Don’t try to avenge your brother for nothing.”
Ancilla knew what her daughter was up to. Since she was born as his brother’s twin, she has been with her brother since she was young, and she used to follow her brother around and play mischievous pranks. She is a child who puts her pleasure before his affection for his brother.
“…for the time being, your brother will be busy being coached by Hezar.”
“I’ll join him.”
“Of course you should. But don’t get too carried away, Eugene… Get acquainted with him.”
“The more friends you have, the better.”
Ancilla’s eyes cooled cold. The little boy defeated her son and put shame on herself. However, it is surprising to hear that someone who didn’t train mana defeated her son.
“…Eugene, he’s strong enough to beat your brother. So it’s better to be close with him.”
“Is that so?”
Ancilla cooled her boiling feelings. She wanted to turn his body into a fool who couldn’t move for the rest of his life. But right now, she can’t.
Hundreds of years ago, there was a state of mourning for the family of Lionhart. Although it was settled, it has been regarded as a taboo in the family since then.
In the first place, Guillard, the current Master of the house, said, “Three is enough,” because he was worried that the brothers would kill each other after increasing the successors of the main house for no reason.
Ancilla herself didn’t want to break the taboo that had come down for hundreds of years.
‘If I hurt him, I’m the most suspicious one.’
Although it is a tradition that the family has been persecuting each other since the blood ceremony in the first place, there is a “good” to keep him alive. It’s not too much to put up a lame servant, give him a separate house she doesn’t use, and pick on him for nothing.
But if she crosses the line…
The guardians of the family will intervene.
Just imagining makes her body tremble with the creeps. Ancilla did not want to be associated with Gahon’s guardians in this disgrace…
Ciel, who was contemplating for a while, smiled and nodded.
“I’ll be close to Eugene. That’s all, right?”
Ciel was curious about this unknown relative.