0.1 — A Living Model (1)
“Who, who is looking for me…?”
“Isn’t it someone the Young Lady knows well?”
“So, who is it?”
“Cain Destro, the only Grand Duke of the Lian Empire.”
“That psycho Grand Duke…!”
“Hey, how about covering your mouth a little—!”
The man standing in front of me hurriedly stretched out his hand to block my words, which were about to pop out unexpectedly. His pot-lid-like* hand reached out towards my face without consideration.
[ T/N: It’s a figure of speech, which pretty much means a very big hand. ]
His hand smelled like cigarettes mixed with a strong buttery smell. So, I hurriedly struck his hand, frowning at the disgusting smell.
“Keup—Cus! What are you doing?”
“Oh, even though we are the only ones here, I thought it would be better to think about what we say.”
Cus let out an awkward laugh with a very suspicious face.
As I stared at him suspiciously, Cus, who rolled his eyes around as if embarrassed, quickly added to his words.
“He’s the only Grand Duke of Lian who can even make a bird fall*.”
[ T/N: It’s a Korean proverb. Its meaning is figuratively referring to a state in which one can do everything as he pleases due to his great authority. An exaggerated expression of ‘dropping birds, too.’ ]
“So, you’ve to be careful with your words so there won’t be any problems…”
Even as he glanced at me, Cus steadily gave advice after another.
I took out an old wooden chair and sat down, letting out a breath after hearing his words. As I sat cross-legged and looked at him still, he continued to smile awkwardly, raising the corners of his mouth. Seeing that, I sighed and opened my mouth towards him.
“I told you, Cus.”
“No matter what I do, or to be extreme, even if I have a dance in the square on a rainy day, the Grand Duke has no interest in me.”
“No, that person probably doesn’t even know there’s someone like me?”
At my decisive reply, Cus’ eyes fluttered anxiously here and there.
“Well, you can only be so certain…”
“I am certain.”
“I know everything.”
There was a reason why I was able to speak confidently despite Cus’ unreliable eyes looking at me. Because I really knew everything that was going to happen in this world.
Where I am, and who I am.
He was the male protagonist of the novel, 「 The Grand Duke was saved by the Saint 」 which was ‘GDS’ for short, and was the only Grand Duke of the Empire Lain. He was also a war hero who ended the war by leading the battle of Vandro Gorge to victory in the war against the Repli Empire several years ago.
According to the description from the author in the original novel, he was the most handsome man in the Empire with jet-black hair and red eyes reminiscent of the ruby, the jewel of the Grand Duke Destro. Corresponding to the setting of the world’s most handsome man, the author praised his appearance whenever he had time, though it was expressed that Cain’s personality was cold and sensitive because he could not sleep properly.
Despite the fairly stark expression that he was unparalleled, I enjoyed it, thinking that it was an appropriate balance mark if it was just that much of an appearance.
First of all, it had nothing to do with me.
Regardless, even though he had a good-looking appearance, I did not want to get involved with him because his personality was so crazy. Though now, that male protagonist of this novel was looking for me?
…An extra who did not even appear in the original novel like me?
“Why is he looking for me?”
“Why is he looking for me? You don’t know that either…?”
Contrary to the words that began with confidence, the ending was hazy. A sigh escaped from my mouth at the stupidly returned question.
At that, I spread my palms out in front of him.
“Oh, no, don’t tell me. I think I know.”
Now, let’s think about it slowly. So… this place was definitely in the world of the novel ‘GDS’ that I was reading right before I died.
That, I could be sure of.
Because it was a novel that I had read more than a hundred times before I died, I have always wondered what the characters of a book that has sold over a million copies would be like. However, no matter how much I tried to remember, I could not remember the male lead, Cain having an interest in the extra, Adelia.
No, to be precise, the novel did not even mention a character such as Adelia in the first place.
Cus, who was looking at me wandering without a clue, shook his head.
Even though I was dissatisfied with his expression as if he knew it, no matter how much I recalled my memories, I could not figure out why. As I kept sticking out my lips like a duck and muttering, Cus, the man in front of me and the representative of the Waffle Publishing Company, coughed heavily and carefully opened his mouth.
“Honestly, I don’t think the Young Lady is asking because she really doesn’t know…”
“What? Tell me, now.”
His constant hesitation made me lose my breath.
It was the same for him. At my urging, Cus glanced towards a small alley near the publishing house for a moment. And, before doubt could arise from his awkward gaze, he took a deep breath and uttered quickly.
⸝⸝ Nabi’s Note: ˚ ༘☆
Noted that the chapters for this novel are going to be split in half, which will also lessen the pressure on the translating staff involved. However, they’ll be numbered normally to make things simple. Since splitting into parts like this lessens the pressure on the translator, I’ll update more often to compensate for the length!
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