Dear Eddert - Chapter 55
“… what? What did you say just now?”
Cedric’s gray pupils grew wide as he suddenly lost his breath. He was so surprised that his eyes looked like they were going to pop out. Eden, who ran after arguing with him, also reacted the same.
It wasn’t until half a year after Cedric took the girl that was abandoned in the forest to Sernotti Castle that people finally found out she could speak the language.
“I… I know that Cedric didn’t mean to hurt me.”
The first person she spoke to was, of course, Cedric. Cedric was on his knees and he couldn’t lift his head off the floor for a moment.
“My name is… Ayla.”
“My name. Is Ayla.”
Perhaps thinking that Cedric had stayed silent because he didn’t hear her, Ayla even slowly repeated her words.
“… that’s a pretty name, Ayla.”
Those were the first words Cedric uttered after finally raising his head and meeting her eyes.
“I’ve always wanted to know your name. Thank you for telling me.”
It was hard to believe that that friendly tone and smile came from Cedric, who was usually stingy with praise.
When she later told this to Walter, he snorted, “Don’t be ridiculous.”
“It’s true! I got goosebumps too!”
If Eden had been in Walter’s position, of course she would have reacted the same way. But she had heard it with her own two ears so she couldn’t deny it.
“I’m talking about Cedric. How proud he must be every time he sees you. He must be acting conceited, thinking that it was probably thanks to him for bringing you, who was like a snarky kitten, then raised you to be such a wonderful person?”
“Even if he didn’t say it, I’m sure he’ll be grinning thinking about you every night.”
Ayla looked at her silently, then turned her gaze away. Oh. Was she offended that Eden described her as a snarky kitten?
Ayla, whose personality is becoming more and more similar to Cedric’s, has an unexpectedly strong pride. There was a time when she lugged and threw down Peter in the square, for calling her short and thin child.
The small but frightening Ayla muttered softly and looked at the oven. She was skilled in turning heavy trays full of kneaded bread one after another.
“By the way, where did the lord of the castle go?”
As Ayla changed the subject, Eden shrugged her shoulders in relief.
“Well. I don’t know either. It seems that he didn’t tell Cedric exactly. Maybe he went to the wizard of Stone Mountain? He does that once a year. Although the cycle was a little shorter this time.”
“… He should be back soon, right?”
“He will. There’s no problem even if he’s a little late. As you know, naggy Cedric is holding on.”
“… None of what Cedric said is unnecessary. He’s just someone who puts safety first.”
Ayla, who raised her voice a little as Eden spoke up for him, gave a cute nod.
“Yes, so Sernotti Castle is invincible. There is Cedric, who puts safety first, whether asleep or awake.”
“You don’t have to worry about anything, Ayla.”
Eden looked at her and added quietly. Ayla was still indifferent to everyone except Cedric. Perhaps it is because her past has been so harsh that she cannot completely let her guard down. She cuts off deep contact with other people, and spends her days alone in the forest when she is not training.
“You can live with us in Sernotti forever.”
“… Can I really do that?”
“Of course! Get married, have children, and stay with us until you die of old age. Okay?”
Ayla looked at Eden as she slowly blinked her eyes. The thick, golden eyelashes closely wrapped around her blue sapphire-like eyes. Ayla, who was quietly staring at Eden with an unknown expression, suddenly opened her mouth.
“The day before yesterday… After dinner.”
Eden was admiring Ayla’s lips that were like pink rose petals. Ah. Really she’s so pretty.
“I saw you and Walter in the barn behind the tower.”
Gasp! Eden, who was happily sipping wine, widened her eyes.
She knew this was going to happen. She thought this misfortune will come because of Walter who always sticks himself in her.
“Ay, Ayylaa. That, that I was cleaning up with Walter….”
“Why are you cleaning naked when it’s cold?”
Making excuses that didn’t make sense because she was so embarrassed, Eden finally closed her mouth. Screwed. She must have been caught. Ayla keeps continuing her words with an expressionless face despite the flustered Eden.
“You don’t have to lie. It’s not Eden’s fault, and it’s not like Walter forced you to do it.”
Somehow the talk seemed to go in a slightly strange direction. With Ayla’s unexpected words, Eden blinked her eyes, not knowing what to say.
“At first… I thought Eden was in danger so I was going to try to break down the door. I thought Walter was trying to take Eden by force.”
“Haha, Ayla. Walter is a bit rough, but he’s not that kind of guy.”
It was easy for Ayla to misunderstand Walter.
“That’s none of my business.”
Ayla said dryly with a grim face that showed she wasn’t joking at all.
“Because all men are beasts except Mister Cedric. No matter what the other person’s reaction is, no matter if there are eyes everywhere, no matter if they’ll get caught or not, men would just drool and raise their lower leg and rush… They are just dirty, smelly, crazy species.”
A cold chill blew through her blue eyes, reminiscent of a frozen lake, and her tone sounded ferocious. Eden had goosebumps running down her back.
That punk Cedric. How on earth did he educate Ayla… ?
Leaving behind that pressing question, Eden hurriedly waved her hand.
“No, Ayla. It’s not like that at all. I also wanted Walter. You don’t think I’m the kind of person to just let it be, right?”
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