The Archmage who smiled kindly left soon after.
“Tess, you look weird.”
I poked the white cheek, but Tess was still sitting grumpily.
Only then did he respond and held me tight. Was he this strong?
“Next is history class. Let’s do it together too.”
“I know everything, so I’ll go.”
“I have to be very, very smart to be with Euseniel…….”
Tess, who was crying, was cute and I stroked his hair.
“You will be as smart as me someday. Of course, by then I will be much smarter than you.”
Tess wept. But he surprisingly didn’t beg for more
“… Where are you going? You said you’re going to class.”
“I’ll see you off, Euseniel.”
Instead, he followed me. It’s break time anyway, so I’ll let it slide.
With legs shorter than mine, Tess, rumbled up to keep pace with me, I reached out my hand in pity. Then this little boy revealed all his teeth again and smiled.
Even if I push and push, this child held me tight.
In this world that sometimes felt like a dream, Tess imparts warmth more than anyone else.
So, actually, I liked Tess.
“Why, Euseniel? Do you like me? Why do you keep looking at me?”
But it’s a secret because if I say I liked him, he would be more annoying.
I felt sorry for the twinkling blue eyes, but after a quick denial I turned my head forward. The strength came into his hand holding me.
As I was leaving the Crown Prince’s Palace to ride the carriage, someone called my name. He was an adult man with dark blue eyes and dark hair.
The tall man strode towards me without regard to the people who apparently seemed to be his party.
My father, Millen Hardland. The sharp eyes and the overwhelming atmosphere made Tess and the maids around him feel nervous.
I sneakily took a step back, but it wasn’t because I was afraid. Yes, not like that.
As soon as he reached in front of me-
“Euel! What brings you to the Imperial Palace? Huh? If you’re here, you should have told Dad! No, if you told me before you came, I would come with you. Euel is cute and pretty today too. Euel, kiss!”
-he grabbed me and started kissing me on the cheek…….
I called him with the meaning to stop, but my persistent father did not care about people’s gaze and kissed me while smirking.
“Father. Father, ugh.”
“How can our Euel be so cute, pretty and lovely? How could such a creature exist? What do you think?”
Suddenly, the secretary who had followed my father shouted in a loud voice. It’s a face I had seen a few times.
“There is no other child in the world as cute as Miss Euseniel. Of course!”
Oh, don’t. Please. As if it was sincere too. I wanted to find a mouse hole and crawl in it.
“Right? Our Euel is the best, right? It will be prettier if you put it in your eyes. Euel, come on and kiss Dad. Huh?”
“Father, the Crown Prince is here too, so stop now, okay?”
As I clenched my teeth and said, my father reluctantly let me down. And he looked at Tess with a very disapproving look.
Ah, I was the only one who knew it, and I thought other people would look at him as if he had a very polite attitude.
“Millen Hardland, greets Your Highness.”
As soon as he received the greeting, Tess immediately grabbed my hand and the blue eyes of my father, which were different from Tess, flashed.
“Your Highness, let go of Euel’s hand. You can’t hold Euel’s hand carelessly.”
“Why? Euseniel and I are friends.”
“Euel and I are in a parent-child relationship.”
Their blue eyes stared at each other with a piercing gaze, and it seemed as if a sparkle was jutting out from the middle. Father, why the hell were you doing this with a six-year-old? The moment I opened my mouth to tell the two of them to stop.
“I’m going to marry Euseniel later.”
I heard shouts around me. After all, the Crown Prince’s wife would be the next Empress.
In terms of status, I had the most precious blood among nobles, so it was likely.
But I had no intention of getting married because I had to go back to my original world.
“Eu, Euel! Are you going to leave this Dad behind? Huh?”
My father, who knelt in front of me with a thud-sound, stared at me with his moist blue eyes and asked.
“Euel, how are you already thinking about leaving this Dad? Huh?”
This adult, who had been murmuring, finally embraced me and started shouting.
“I can’t give our Euseniel to you! I’ll never give her to you! No matter how much the Crown Prince asks, I can’t give her to you. Euseniel will be in my arms for the rest of my life!”
“I want to live with Euseniel. I want to see Euseniel all day!”
“That is your business. I mean, it is a pleasure to see Euel in the morning and evening. But absolutely not. I am against this marriage!”
… No, what were you two doing? I tilted my head back and looked at the blue sky. Wow, the fluffy clouds are flowing.
I was definitely not escaping reality, no, no, no, no…….
“… The Duke has the Duchess. If I ask you to choose between the Duchess and Euseniel, can you choose? For me, unconditionally the best is Euseniel.”
There was no answer from my father. As I pushed him, I heard the sound of the arm holding me crashing into the floor. I saw that his chin was down.
The fight that lasted for a while was won by Tess, and I kissed my father, who seemed shocked, on the cheek. Don’t forget to greet those around you politely.
“See you later, Father.”
I left my father, who was blinking his eye as if he had regained his senses and walked again to get on the carriage.
Although the existence of a Father was quite unfamiliar, the person named ‘Millen Hardland’ cares about me unduly. To the extent of me unintentionally accepting that a father was such a being.
“Why were you smiling, Euseniel?”
Was I smiling?
“Feeling good? Why?”
Looking at Tess who tilted his head and asked, I shook my head.
“I don’t know either. I didn’t even know I smiled.”
My chest tickled.
* * *
“Mother, can I not go saying I’m sick today…?”
“Oh my gosh, Euel. You really don’t want to ask a question that has already been answered.”
“Somehow, something very tiring is going to happen today. My intuition is telling me.”
The day of the party the Empress said the other day has come, and it was fate that I have to attend the party in tears.
“What do you mean intuition? As expected, Euel is my daughter.”
My mother smiled, rounding her green eyes. Wow, it’s dazzling. Felt like the surroundings were getting brighter. Father deserves to fall in love at first sight.
My mother, Ciel (Elves have no last name), with platinum blonde hair and green eyes, was a well-known elf in the Empire. It’s not that there were no elves living in human society, but my mother was the only elf living in the middle of the human world.
Taking a hint from the Archmage, I asked my mother about the fairy world.
“I’m sorry, Euel.”
My mother only giggled for a moment, but she said, ‘It’s forbidden.’
Why my mother couldn’t tell me about the fairy world wasn’t the will of elves or fairies, but certain restrictions engraved on their bodies, so it was useless to ask any questions.
But she was free to tell me what was not a secret. For example, like now.
“What does intuition have to do with elves?”
“Elves have very developed senses. Since I am particularly sensitive to the negative, my intuition is pretty reliable.”
… Somehow it got more ominous, but I had no choice.
Fortunately, was it because they are accompanied by their parents? Even if it was a gathering of small children, it was natural because the main purpose was to build friendships with each other.
In addition to today’s party, I have attended parties held by other families several times, so I knew how it worked.
So I didn’t really have anything to worry about. Why was I so anxious?
However, unexpectedly, I felt better when I arrived at the Imperial Palace.
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