Dear Eddert - Chapter 51
“Where exactly is Eden right now?”
Valtri finally felt that the time had come to tell the truth.
“… Why are you curious about that?”
Walter narrowed his eyes at his Father’s questioning. Seeing his father’s heavy expression, an uneasy feeling welled up.
Valtri was so obsessed with the honor of a family. When Walter thought of Eden, who had been terribly punished for opening her mouth once wrongly, a hot feeling rose in his heart.
“If you’re going to look for her and punish her, you’d better change your mind. Neither Eden, nor I, nor anyone else did anything wrong. If you touch Eden again, I won’t put up with it.”
The shy expression disappeared in an instant, a blazing fire burned in his darkened eyes instead.
Seeing Walter’s eyes like a beast revealing its claws, Valtri was relieved. Walter, who had said he would go against his father, was serious now.
“Yes. Now that it’s like this, maybe it’s a good thing.”
Valtri muttered lowly and clasped his hand over his head.
After this year, Crown Prince Christian will be 18 years old, which will lead to his coronation. Valtri’s plan was to come to the palace together with Sernotti’s elite knights and Eden. It was the last maginot line set by Valtri.
It was for that very reason that he trained the young knights rigorously. The reason for the existence of the Sernotti family, called the shadow of light, was to protect the next Emperor of the Empire from any danger.
If he was looking for someone who deserved to be the next Lord of Sernoti, there were not a few options. He was certain that Cedric, an excellent swordsman and educator, as well as anyone he had trained over the years, would do more than average if he ended up drawing a lot.
But if Walter truly gave his heart to Eden, the story would be different. What if the person he loves and the person he has to be loyal with are the same? It meant that whoever was most suitable for the head of the Sernotti family would be his son.
Walter will risk his life to protect Eden. His love will be a strong foundation to support his loyalty towards his lord.
“Please allow me to marry her.”
Valtri stared for a moment at his son, who stood there, ready to not step out of the tower before he got permission. Like other knights of the estate, Walter already carried a wooden sword when he started walking, and as soon as he passed his childhood he started playing with a sharp-edged sword.
He wondered when his son had grown up like this. Walter’s face, who had grown to be strong like this, was full of expressions Valtri didn’t know. Anticipation and tension. Throbbing and excitement. Two eyes shining hotly, as if showing that he was barely controlling his wild desires.
“I want to spend the rest of my life with her. As it has been so far. As it will be in the future.”
Valtri realized it too late that his son was also a man who hid a passionate heart under his hard expression. His heart throbbed slightly.
“… Do you love Eden? Do you have the confidence to choose Eden, even if you give up Sernotti’s name?”
“Whether I be the lord of Sernotti or the shadow of the Emperor, it’s meaningless if she’s not by my side.”
His eyes showed no lies. He could give up everything for Eden.
“Even if you are disappointed, that is my true feelings.”
His answer put an end to Valtri’s hesitation. Valtri finally opened his mouth slowly. The time has come for him to do what he has been putting off.
“I will be away for about a month.”
“I want to have a wedding with Eden before the year ends.”
Walter’s will was firm. He wanted Valtri to give a definite answer before leaving. This is because all marriages of Sernotti estate are supervised by Valtri, the lord of the castle.
It was an occasional occurrence when the lord of the castle, Valtri, called Walter his son. After Walter swallowed a gulp, he answered quietly.
“There is something you need to know. It is an important matter involving we…. the entire Sernotti family. Of course… Eden too.”
Adding Eden’s name at the end, Valtri clenched his fists. As he thought of the path his one and only son had to walk, he felt a tingling sensation deep in his heart. To love the one he has to serve, Walter will probably suffer forever.
However, he thought that maybe this was Sernotti’s fate. Walter will now live forever as the Emperor’s shadow. As long as the Emperor lives, until Walter dies.
“What is it?”
“I’ll tell you everything when I come back. Keep quiet about you and Eden’s matter until then.”
“This is an order as the lord of the castle, Walter.”
Walter was left with no choice but to close his mouth. Valtri’s expression was full of solemn determination that Walter had never seen before. Seeing his father’s unfamiliar face, Walter had a bad feeling, but he soon shook it off and walked quickly out of the tower.
Today was a historic day when he confirmed his feelings with Eden, who grew up together with him. He thought it was love that would never come true.
Last night she said she wanted him too. They bonded several times under the bright moonlight and their heart beating at the same rate. They put each other in their eyes, shared hot breaths, and had each other.
The time still feels like a dream. He didn’t care if the sky split in two if only she was by his side. It doesn’t matter if he gets kicked out of the castle for being penniless. The fact that Eden became his woman made Walter feel like he had it all.
The barn that no one visited when it was cold. Since it was a warehouse-like space where trainees were confined when they were being punished, it was only obvious that they were less visitors.
As soon as the door was bolted and locked, Walter breathed heavily and showered Eden with hot kisses.
“Wal, Walter…. huht…. slowly….”
Behind the tower where Valtri lives. A faint noise came from the barn where the old, rusted and broken weapons were piled up.
“I was dying to do this the whole time during training.”
Walter muttered in a hushed voice, clutching her chest and kneading them.
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