Dear Eddert - Chapter 70
As Cedric issued his orders, someone in Kaplan shouted.
“Take care of the one with the gray hair in the center first! It’s Cedric Schnee!”
He was a promising young knight of the Schnee family, a noble lineage famous for generations of swordsmen. When he learned that his elder sister, who came to their parent’s house had secretly married the head of the ‘Guardian of the Falcon,’ Sernotti, he followed her to Sernotti and concealed his identity within the family.
However, among those skilled with swords, there were hardly any who didn’t know the name Cedric Schnee, who had won the swordsmanship competition at the young age of twelve.
Hyemi hid herself in the shade of a nearby tree, breathing anxiously. Her lips were badly chewed, but she didn’t even notice it herself. The number of enemies attacking the castle was clearly far greater than the knights defending it. Among them, the ten or so who were dealing with Cedric.
Cedric stabbed one enemy in the chest and relentlessly parried the attacks from others targeting his throat and shoulders. Watching him, Hyemi couldn’t calm her racing heart. She broke into a cold sweat each time Cedric narrowly defended against an attack.
Faint moans escaped her lips, which were now a mess.
Ahh… What to do… What to do…!
Hyemi’s trembling fingers clung to the rough bark of the tree. Now was the chance to escape. Everyone was risking their lives in battle, and she needed to run. But she hesitated repeatedly, driving her crazy. That wasn’t the only issue.
“Cedric! Beh… behind you!!!”
She screamed as she saw someone attacking Cedric from behind. Hyemi tried to cover her already wide-open mouth with both hands, but it was too late.
Cedric, who had deftly evaded an attack by bending his waist and then dealt with his opponent, quickly turned his head toward the source of the sound. However, Cedric wasn’t the only one who noticed Hyemi’s presence. One of the Kaplans flashed his eyes at her and began to run in her direction.
Watching the incredible speed, Hyemi found herself frozen in place.
Cedric’s voice calling her name was faint. In an instant, the sunken eyes of the man who had closed in on her was flashing with murderous intent.
Just as the man lunged at her with his knife, Hyemi tightly closed her eyes.
Cedric leaped and thrust his body forward, stabbing the man approaching her from behind. The man, with a scream caught in his throat, collapsed right in front of Hyemi.
“Are you okay? Where’s Walter?”
“The…the, the tower…”
Cedric frowned as he looked north towards the castle. Walter had probably slaughtered those who invaded the tower and let Hyemi escape on her own.
“Grab the dead man’s sword, Eden.”
Cedric gestured to her, but Hyemi was trembling on the ground, still shaken by the recent ordeal. She couldn’t forget the man’s eyes as he fell to the ground. If Cedric had been just one second later, she would have been dead.
“Why aren’t you grabbing it right now!”
Cedric exclaimed in frustration, his eyes flashing. But it was futile. Hyemi had no idea how to wield a sword. She looked up at him with a contorted face.
“I….. I can’t. I….”
Cedric clenched his teeth. Eden, who couldn’t even hold the sword properly and was shivering on the ground, looked as if she couldn’t kill a single fly. He couldn’t rely on Eden’s skills, especially after seeing her lose her memory.
“You better hide, Eden.”
Cedric muttered in a low voice while giving a sharp glance towards the tree. Three years ago, after the attack, the knights of Sernotti Castle underwent rigorous training and prepared for such situations. No matter how skilled Kaplan’s forces were, the Sernotti too were not weak. They had confidence in a head-on confrontation.
The variable was Eden, who had lost her memory. Even if they managed to annihilate Kaplan’s forces, it would all be meaningless if Eden died.
“Stay hidden until we’ve dealt with all the enemies. Understand?”
Eden nodded in fear.
The clash of blades was accompanied by someone’s scream. Both Cedric and Eden turned their heads simultaneously.
Peter, a trainee of Sernotti, was bleeding from a torn shoulder. Facing him was a formidable opponent from Kaplan, their hood pulled over their head to conceal their face.
Cedric clenched his teeth and narrowed his eyes. No way…? An uneasy feeling coursed through him, reaching his fingertips gripping the sword.
“Just hide and don’t make a sound, Eden.”
He murmured lowly and then rushed towards Peter, who was cornered.
In an instant, Cedric’s sword traced a swift curve through the air. The blade cleanly sliced through the assassin’s hood, revealing their face. The assassin urgently raised their elbow to cover their face, but it was in vain.
As the winter wind blew, golden silk-like hair spilled out from under the hood into the darkness.
Anger and resentment filled the blue eyes, cheeks flushed by the biting wind. The lips, red like chewed rose petals, released a white breath several times.
Hyemi had a gut feeling about who she was.