The Eldest Daughter Walks Down The Flower Path - Chapter 26
04. Magic stones
Huber, who was hit squarely in the face, fell over with a short yelp.
When she heard Huber’s head make a huge sound as he plummeted to the marble floor, Radis gasped sharply.
“…D-Did your skull get cracked?”
Radis looked around while Huber had fainted.
Fortunately, his head seemed to be intact, but it couldn’t be said that he was in pristine condition.
She hit the back of his head, but she saw blood flowing out of his nose.
“Did your nose hit the floor? Ahhh, I should have just hit the back of your neck and made you faint instead.”
She regretted it belatedly, but water had already been spilled.
Since a nosebleed could block his airways, he could die if she left him like that.
Radis hoisted Huber up because, despite being the shameless man that he was, she couldn’t let him die.
As she stood with Huber’s arm over her shoulder, she heard an ominous crack at his shoulder joint, but there’s nothing she could do about this.
Even if he was thin, Huber’s frame was still larger than hers, so she couldn’t carry him easily.
Fortunately, there were several unused rooms along the dark hallway.
She entered one that had a scented candle lit up, its fragrance peculiar, and with the bed covered with luxurious sheets.
Radis dragged Huber into the room and threw him over the bed.
Huber was quite heavy, so Radis had to sit at the edge of the bed, trying to catch her breath.
She wiped the sweat off her forehead with the soft silk blanket.
Then, she shifted her gaze and looked at Huber.
And she gasped sharply once again.
She threw him roughly over the bed, but as she saw Huber strangely buried between the pillows with his neck bent at an angle…
It looked like he was dead.
Frustrated, Radis grabbed Huber by the collar and laid him down properly. She also wiped off the nosebleed that had flowed down to the silken sheets.
As she did this, she saw that Huber’s face was a little swollen, but at least he didn’t look dead anymore.
As she wiped his collar, a familiar object entered Radis’ sight.
There was a blue gem the size of a grain of wheat, shining faintly as it was hung loosely over Huber’s neck.
‘A magic stone…’
Radis stared at the gem.
This gem contained power that was beyond the logic of nature.
In her previous life, Radis had to go through so much just to obtain one of these.
She fought against fearsome monsters, dug out their remains with her sword, then found the gems within the dark flesh.
She washed them clean… then brought everything back to the Tilrod family.
Radis faintly touched the cold surface of the blue gem.
And at that moment—
The blue energy that was flowing within the magic stone disappeared.
Radis almost screamed.
She hurriedly pulled out the gem.
Huber’s magic stone had lost its light, quickly turning gray. It soon hardened like stone.
Then… It shriveled into dust and… disappeared.
Radis looked at her hand.
It was the same.
Nothing seemed to have changed.
“No, not my hand…”
Radis slowly calmed herself down and placed her hands over her thighs.
She straightened her posture.
And she focused on what was within her.
“…What? Why? How did this happen?”
Radis couldn’t believe it.
She couldn’t even be certain of it.
It was too faint for her to be sure.
“I have to check. A magic stone… I need another magic stone…”
But she didn’t have one. The same was true about the Tilrod family. Radis’ gaze turned back to Huber, who was still unconscious.
Radis asked a passing servant to find Huber’s carriage and coachman.
Perhaps this happened often because the coachman didn’t suspect Radis when she said that he got drunk and fell unconscious.
And Radis pretended to support Huber, not saying anything more as she got onto the carriage with the man.
The faithful coachman took Radis to the Cradium Merchant Guild.
The guild was quite affluent, and Radis suddenly recalled a memory from her previous life that she had almost forgotten.
By the time that Huber was swindling Zade and Margaret, Radis warned them because she could feel that Huber was lying.
It was a rare occurrence that Margaret and Zade were on the same side, but it was only to gang up on Radis.
’I know you’re terribly naïve, but my, you sure have a lot of doubts. Mister Cradium knows a lot about magic stones—no one around here knows more than he does about magic stone distribution. Why are you suspecting him?’
Zade had spoken up as well.
’Your mother is right. Huber showed us his magic stone collection hidden behind the bookshelf in his bedroom. It’s incredible. Who else can we trust if not that person?’
In the present, Radis looked around Huber’s bedroom.
There was only one bookshelf here, so she had no reason to search further.
When she scanned the titles, all of them were noblemen’s poetry and books about philosophy, and she had to wonder if Huber ever tried to read one of these before.
Out of all the books, almost every one of them were new, except for one that was a bit frayed.
Radis pulled out that one.
With a heavy sound, the bookshelf moved.
As she expected, there was a secret space behind the bookshelf.
And it was full of magic stones.
Red, blue, violet, yellow, green…
The smallest ones were as small as a wheat grain, but some others were as big as a fingernail.
The small gems that emitted their own light were just right there, as though they were slumbering.
“Why are there so many?”