It was amazing. Even though they just stood up, it felt like the presence of three people filled the inside of the store, perhaps because of their large size.
Who on earth are they?
The people who had been looking at the three with curious eyes hurriedly turned their gazes to other places as they began to move their steps, pretending to be having a conversation. It was because of the concern that if they did something wrong, they might spark a fire instead.
As they turned their gazes one by one, only one person was still looking at them.
Herietta looked at them carefully. Or, more precisely, she looked at the man who had just kicked the chair and threatened the drunk. His face was obscured by the deep black shadows under the hood, but somehow she couldn’t take her eyes off him.
‘His voice is…… ?’
Herietta stared blankly at the man.
It was the voice of someone she never imagined she would encounter here, in Balesnorth. At the same time, it was the voice of the one she had met in her dreams night after night.
The face of the person she had never forgotten for a moment formed like a mirage before her eyes and then disappeared. It felt like someone was choking her.
‘No. Edwin can’t be here.’
Herietta strongly denied it.
He, Edwin, couldn’t have been here. There was no way he would use such a harsh tone and spit out terrifying words of threat to others without hesitation. The man she knew was always courteous, polite, and someone who knew how to keep his way no matter what the odds are.
It was definitely different from that dangerous man in front of her.
Herietta bit her lip.
‘How can a person’s voice be the same no matter how similar it is?’
Her eyes, a mixture of rejection and earnestness, despair and hope pursued the man. Even as she kept repeating to herself that it couldn’t be, her fingertips trembled with anticipation.
The man who had been looking straight ahead turned his head towards Herietta, perhaps feeling the gaze on him. Anticipating that his eyes would soon be on her, Herietta gulped. The decisive moment, when both of them would become aware of each other’s existence at the same time, was right around the corner.
Herietta was about to call Edwin by name, but another person standing next to the man spoke to him first. As a result, the head that was trying to face Herietta turned back to the other side.
“Please leave first. I will pay the bill and leave.”
It was a very dignified and formal tone, like a subordinate. And Herietta, who overheard the words, was startled.
‘I thought all three of them were men!’
The person who spoke to the man was a woman, not a man. It was something she could never have imagined. She naturally thought they were all men, as they boasted very strong physiques, but now that she sees it, she was completely wrong.
‘Besides, it’s amazing.’
Herietta narrowed her brows.
Judging from what she has observed so far, they must have been warriors holding swords.
‘I knew they were unusual people, but I didn’t expect them to be knights.’
Upon her realization, she was deeply disappointed. It was because there was no way Edwin, who had fallen into slavery, was hanging out with knights. The man does not seem to be on equal footing with them, rather he was superior to them.
Herietta swallowed the bitterness and gave up even the last hope she had. Seeing how much she missed Edwin, she now thought that it was a really ridiculous imagination.
“Sister! Sister Ciella!”
Lucas, who was sitting next to Herietta, tugged at her sleeve. When she turned her head to look at him, he was looking at her with a grim look.
“Where do you keep looking?”
“What? Oh sorry.”
Herietta quickly apologized. She didn’t mean to, but she was sorry that she had called Lucas and got distracted herself elsewhere.
“I just had something to think about. But I won’t anymore.”
“Hmm. If you’re really sorry, just sing one more song. Then I will forgive you.”
“Yes. Something incredibly good.”
Lucas’ eyes twinkled. It seems that he quite liked the song about Lynn that Herietta sang to him.
Herietta thought for a moment. Originally, she was just trying to tell a funny story to calm the frightened child, but now she feels like she was stuck.
‘What to do?’
Herietta looked out the window. Jonathan, who had disappeared saying that he had something to look into for a while, still gave no sign of returning. She had no intention of staying here long, but she couldn’t leave alone without waiting for Jonathan.
‘Well, at least one song would be fine.’
As she had been quiet for some time, the surroundings were noisy again due to the sound of people talking. Even if she sang, it seemed impossible to hear unless they were standing right next to her. Having made a decision, Herietta leaned over the table and looked at Lucas.
“Okay, what song do you want to hear?”
“A hero! A song about a hero!”
Lucas shouted excitedly.
After thinking about it for a while, a certain scene came to Herietta’s mind.
A day when autumn leaves were beautifully hanging over her head.
It was such a perfect day that everything seemed to be okay.
“Lucas. Do you happen to know who Lance Elliot is?”
“Yes. He is a hero who was said to be one of the greatest conquerors in the history of the continent. Such a great hero who conquered the Southern Continent, which everyone considered impossible, in a very short time.”
After hearing the brief explanation of Lance Elliot, Lucas opened his mouth in admiration. He seemed very fond of being told about the story of the greatest conqueror in the history of the continent.
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