I remember my moment of death clearly.
Vermouth and his colleagues believed they would kill all the remaining demon kings.
But in reality? The world has become peaceful.
The devil doesn’t want to conquer the world anymore. All because the great Vermouth made a ‘promise’ with the devil.
‘Why did you make that promise? Weren’t you supposed to kill them all?’
Eugene didn’t know why. Anyway, the war with the devils ended, and the world became peaceful. This peace has lasted for three hundred years.
“…you’re too nervous, aren’t you?”
Eugene looked up at the voice he heard. He was currently in a luxurious carriage and sitting opposite to him, there was a middle-aged man with a long face.
“…it’s my first time in the capital.”
Eugene mumbled, glancing out the window.
Earlier this day, he left his countryside mansion and arrived at the city by carriage all day. After a few warp gates, he stepped on the capital’s land.
The man’s name is Gordon. He was a knight who swore allegiance to the main house of Lionhart and also an escort taske to pick Eugene up.
“Eugene, may I give you one piece of advice?”
“If you’re already nervous before coming to the main house, every day, in the future, will be more excruciating.”
Gordon’s expression was not joking. He was expressing his concern in the name of advice. Eugene smiled as he felt his sincerity.
“Thank you for your advice. Sir Gordon.”
Eugene is well aware of his situation.
‘But first of all, it’s Lionhart family, but only one escort came to pick me up. My father couldn’t even come with me.’
Eugene glared out of the window without erasing his smile.
‘It was a very blatant cheap move. You’re going to kill small fry from the start? Small Fry. Vermouth, this is all because you were fooling around.’
Eugene could already imagine what was going to happen. Seeing that they are already raising a death flag, he’ll be more attentive as he arrives at the main house.
‘Are they going to welcome every descendant with a paper scroll in hand, shouting their name out loud together with the name of the place where they came from, so that they could know how sloppy a person’s background is?’
No, that’s only for someone they can treat well. Seeing that only one knight escorts him, perhaps, they won’t even do any welcoming ceremony for him.
“…how many people will participate in this blood ceremony?”
“If I include you, Eugene, there will be six people. Three people will participate from the main house.”
“Three people from the main house?”
Eugene pretended to be surprised, but he already knew who was attending the blood ceremony in advance. It was thanks to Jehard’s special lecture.
The three members of Main family is the son of the first wife, and the other two are the second wife’s twins.
What he should pay attention to are those from the main family.
‘The oldest is fifteen. Also, there’s someone younger than me.’
Eugene is now thirteen years old.
He couldn’t hold his sigh when he realized his new age. He will be competing with a bunch of ten-year-old kids.
‘Eugene, never compete with the children of your family. No matter how good you are, you won’t be a match for children in your family. I mean..’
Eugene recalled the gloomy look on Jehard’s face. He couldn’t hide his fear that his son might be devastated by the children from the main family.
‘I’m looking forward to seeing how good the descendants of Vermouth are.’
Eugene’s attention is now all outside the window. They already passed by the capital’s spectacular scenery, and now the wagon was out of the city, across the forest.
“From here on, it’s Lionhart’s estate.”
It was a forest surrounded by tall walls.
“Oh, you don’t have to get ready to get off already. We still have to go a long way from here.” Gordon grinned and said mockingly.
‘I wish the ground was wider, you little bastard. Why are you shrugging when it’s not even your land?’
“Wow, this vast forest is the property of the main house?”
“Isn’t it uncomfortable to be this wide?”
“There are warp gates everywhere.”
Really? But why am I riding a carriage now?
That’s because Eugene didn’t get permission to use Warpgate. Eugene stared out of the window, answering his own question in his head.
As Gordon said. After a long trip, the carriage stopped. Gordon got off the opposite door and opened the side where Eugene sat.
“Welcome to Lionhart’s Mansion.” Gordon bowed politely and said.
A wide-open front door. The mansion can be seen beyond. Not a single crowd came out to welcome him.
Eugene slowly looks up. White flags lined up from the entrance of the main gate. The brave lion is painted at the center of each flags.
Eugene looked down at his chest. His clothes did not have any patterns engraved. The only people that can have a lion’s pattern engrave on the left chest are the Lionhart’s direct line.
I should have left some descendants behind.
Hamel from his previous life was never married and had no children.
‘No, I’m good at not having any children. If I do that, I would have some regrets left.’
Still, seeing the family flag lined up like that, Eugene felt sorry for his past life.
“Have any other relatives come yet?”
“Eugen is the first.”
What the hell?
Eugene just nodded to express his understanding.
Eugene was guided to a separate house, away from the main building of the mansion.
All the way here, he couldn’t even see any from the main family, who had a lion engraved on their left chest. If a 13-year-old relative came, wouldn’t they come to see him, even just out of curiosity?
“This is Nina.”
However, the treatment for him was not very harsh. As soon as he arrived at the separate house, he got a personal servant. A young girl that didn’t look much older than Eugene, and he didn’t feel any dissatisfaction with her.
“If you need anything, ring this bell.”
Nina bowed her head and handed Eugene a small bell.
“May I speak comfortably?”
“Yes, of course, you should.”
“Will I be the only one staying here?”
Eugene looked around the spacious annex and asked for confirmation. Eugene knew it wouldn’t happen. Nina is too young to supervise a single-detached house.
“I am not sure, but you won’t feel uncomfortable staying here.”
“I have to stay with other relatives?”
“Do you know when they’re coming?”
“Everyone should be here within four days at the latest.”
Eugene grinned at the answer. It means that he will stay here alone for four days.
“Are those weapons behind you?”
“Do I need permission from the family to wield a wooden sword?”
Eugene smiled and headed for the ballroom.
Nina followed Eugene even though she didn’t know what to do.