Dear Eddert - Chapter 50
Walter raised his head with an unchanging face.
Growing up, there were times when Walter questioned why his father had brought Eden. Valtri said that Eden was the child of a distant relative. But no one knew the details, even his late mother kept quiet.
Valtri’s attitude towards Eden was nothing special. He treated Eden as strictly as he treated Walter, his own child. When she did something wrong, she was locked in the barn and punished severely enough that onlookers raised their eyebrows.
However, Valtri would occasionally stare at Eden with eyes of unknown pity or sadness. It was a fleeting moment, but it was a glance that Walter, who had always been with Eden, could clearly feel. Because of that, there were times when Walter seriously thought about whether Eden was his father’s hidden child.
Now, it didn’t matter. If it wasn’t for Valtri, he wouldn’t have been able to meet Eden.
“I am not saying this to insult the lord. I am just telling you that there is nothing to hold me back.”
Walter paused his words to catch his breath.
“Because Eden and I are already one body.”
“What… did you say?”
Valtri stammered, doubting his ears. Walter, who had looked like himself during his youth, said again clearly with his darkened eyes burning.
“Exactly what you think. Soon you will see a smart grandchild who looks like Eden.”
It was more like a notification. Valtri slumped in his chair. A heavy sigh of pain came out of his lips. He muttered weakly, clutching his temples.
“How could this happen….”
He felt proud when he saw them getting close to each other again within a few hours even though they were always quarreling and fighting. One day, when the time came to tell Walter and Eden the truth he had been hiding, it was much better when their relationship was not bad. It actually encouraged Valtri.
As a result, Walter and Eden ended up connected to each other as man and woman. Why didn’t he consider that possibility in advance?
It would have been unimaginable for Valtri, who knew the truth of Eden’s birth, but it would have been different for Walter, who knew nothing.
Eden became more beautiful as the years went by. Even when she was wearing a sweat-soaked, shabby knightly garb, when she laughed out loud, light shimmered around her.
She wielded a sword the size of her height as easily as a toy, and the sight of her dodging an opponent’s attack with invisible fast movements made the viewer hold their breath.
Every time he sees her smiling and sweating with the trainees, Valtri thinks of if she would have had the opportunity to smile so brightly if she had grown up in the palace, diluting the guilt deep inside him.
It was the same with Walter who grew up rapidly. If it was with Eden, who is always honest with her feelings, she wouldn’t even have a reason to reject Walter.
If Walter’s mother had been alive, she might have paid more attention. It was the first time Valtri regretted that the castle had no mistress.
Valtri sighed deeply, blaming himself for not foreseeing this situation in advance. Complex emotions flashed in his eyes one after another.
“How the hell… am I supposed… to fix this?”
“If I couldn’t take responsibility for it, I wouldn’t have done it. That’s why I came to the lord of the castle in the first place.”
Through the window at the top of the tower, the bright morning sun shone coldly on Walter’s determined shadow.
“I am telling you that it is useless even if you oppose it.”
“… What about Eden? Does this mean that Eden also has the same feeling as you?”
“As I already said, Eden and I had became one last night.”
Valtri closed his eyes tightly.
Your Majesty, please don’t forgive me.
Valtri’s son, Walter, had no intention of hiding his relationship with Eden. It was rather the opposite. Walter’s face was the expression of a man who couldn’t contain his uncontrollable excitement. Valtri couldn’t even blame Walter because he knew the male instinct to want to affirm his woman to the whole world.
“Don’t you know Eden’s personality? Do you really think that would have been possible because I pushed forward alone?”
It was just as what Walter said. No matter how strong Walter was, Eden was also one of the best in Sernoti Castle. It was clear that if Eden had refused despite his son’s eyes turning crazy, one of them would have been on the verge of death.
“Where is Eden now?”
Walter gulped, then opened his mouth in a tight voice.
“… she just fell asleep. She might wake up by now to look for me.”
Today was a day without training, done twice a month. Walter’s protruding throat shook slowly.
“… I can’t wait to get back to her and spend time with her.”
Like to show stubbornness, wrinkles formed on the bridge of Walter’s high nose.
“I don’t want to be away from Eden…..even for a moment now.”
Biting his lips and spouting low, his earlobes slowly turned red. The heat spreading from the nape of his neck was coloring his face red.
He was a blunt son who resembled Valtri. He didn’t pay any attention to the subtle eyes of the village girls who looked at him with admiration. Looking at this expression of his son for the first time in his life, Valtri realized that the dice had already been thrown.
When he rescued Eden from the burning annex, received the imperial order, and brought her to Sernotti Castle for the first time, Valtri was worried about something else. It was whether she, who received the blood of the imperial family, would be able to adapt well in Sernotti Castle.
It wasn’t just that. What to do if his one and only son, Walter, ever comes into conflict with her. Overcoming Valtri’s concerns about how to explain if Eden had questions about her own birth, the two grew up.
He was deeply relieved to see them closer than real siblings although they always fought like enemies. It was impossible to ignore that Eden and Walter’s skills had improved to such an extent that they were a good stimulus to each other.
That was also the reason why Valtri ordered Cedric to increase the time the two were put together.
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