38. — Multiple Personalities (1)
“Well, no, I mean…”
The corner of my mouth twitched up awkwardly at the intense look in Cain’s eyes.
I didn’t want to further escalate this absurd misunderstanding by confirming his words in this moment. However, at the same time, I couldn’t muster the courage to openly question the male lead, whose gaze was unabashedly seducing me, about why I had put him to sleep.
Each time our eyes met, my heart raced uncontrollably, relentlessly reminding me of my vulnerability to that face.
“I-I’m not saying that I’m putting you to sleep… Noya?”
As I rolled my eyes back and forth, I happened to spot Noya running among the people. Relieved to have found an excuse to escape Cain’s persistence, I embraced Noya and whispered to him.
“Noya, what are you doing here?”
「 I came because of the smell of Lia’s among the people. 」
Million’s voice interrupted my conversation with Noya. With a bewildered expression, he let out a hollow laugh as he looked at Noya.
“Noya. Yes, in the end, even Noya…”
From his mouth, a gritty voice, as if he was forcibly suppressing anger, seeped out. Million’s vacant gaze returned to me. The expression on his face, devoid of anger, incredulity, and even astonishment, was somehow more terrifying than a lively gaze. As though ensnared by that haunting vacant stare, I felt an inexplicable sense of unease that rooted me in place, rendering me motionless.
As if sensing my vulnerability, Cain silently positioned himself to block me.
“It seems that the Lord is casting a rather intense gaze upon my fiancée?”
At Cain’s playful remark, I felt a rush of breath that had been held back for so long finally escape.
As I took a deep breath, evading Million’s gaze, Noya, who had been nestled in my arms, bared sharp fangs and growled menacingly.
I was taken aback by Noya’s sudden display of aggression, as he bared his teeth, revealing his unmistakeable hostility. The Noya I knew had never shown such aggression towards anyone, except for that first encounter we had at Winder’s cellar.
No, even in the original story, Noya was one of the few characters known to bare his teeth.
In contrast, there were other characters like Marquis Black, who delved into dark magic to bring harm to the Emperor, Joan…
Oh, was that the reason?
Could it be that Noya sensed the dark aura or scent emanating from Million because he was the son of the Black Marquis? Well, he did mention that he could sense my scent even among all these people, and he was said to possess a stronger divine power than most paladins or the saint, so it was possible.
“Noya, it’s okay. It’s alright…”
“I’m sorry, Young Lady Adelia.”
“I didn’t realize my gaze was so intense that it’d scare the Young Lady.”
I unknowingly flinched at Million’s unexpected apology.
As he smiled kindly and apologized to me, standing behind Cain, I couldn’t help but tear my gaze away from Noya and turn my attention toward him.
To be honest, the way he looked at me, as if he couldn’t remember a single detail of what had transpired earlier, was beginning to unsettle me. His demeanor had shifted throughout our encounter—from laughter, to seriousness, and then back to anger. And now, here he was, standing before me with a smile on his face, offering his apology.
‘Is Million Black perhaps someone with dissociative identity disorder, like multiple personalities?’
In front of his father, the Marquis, he appeared as a weak son, to others, he was the well-mannered young lord, and to someone like me, an extra, he seemed like a delinquent bully… was that what it was?
“Young Lady Adelia.”
To be honest, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of fear every time he called my name.
The man standing before me was unlike any other character in this world, and the amount of information I possessed about him was far too limited.
…It was the fear that stemmed from ignorance.
Yes, that was exactly how it felt whenever I laid eyes on him.
I felt like I was confronting my past life, where I was perpetually haunted by the fear of the unknown… especially now, having been reincarnated into this world where I prided myself on knowing everything, that feeling intensified even further.
“Let’s leave it at that, shall we?”
I could hear Cain’s low voice.
Million’s gaze, which had been steadily fixed on me, dropped as Cain’s voice reached me.
“Haha, this is unfair.”
“Well, even though I haven’t done anything, it seems like I’ve become the villain?”
Million raised both of his hands as if to indicate that he had surrendered and smiled. After a quick glance at the people gathered around him, he turned his eyes back towards me, who kept my mouth shut, and continued.
“Sorry to startle you today, Young Lady Adelia.”
“If I were to make an excuse, it was never my intention to startle you, Young Lady. It’s just that your presence, well, your very existence itself, somehow triggered me and unintentionally caused me to frighten you.”
…My presence triggered him?
I couldn’t understand what he was saying. As a mere extra in this world, I struggled to comprehend how I could have possibly triggered him. There had been no prior interaction between Adelia and Cain that could have provoked such a reaction… In fact, today marked the very first time Adelia had met Million Black.
In the midst of this perplexity, if I had to pinpoint something that might have provoked him…
A sudden thought flashed through my mind, and I glanced at Cain, who stood before me. The memory of his icy stare and the way his eyes twitched with a mix of curiosity and vigilance as he observed Million Black come rushing back to me.
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