Like a honeybee chasing after a flower, the fragrance of which the bee was heavily drunk on, Ethan’s feet led him to where Reina was on their own.
But then, he was not even able to see the back of the woman who bewitched him so.
At a wide trajectory, his love was flung hard as though she had been pushed by someone.
When Reina landed on a rose bush, she groaned quite loudly in pain. At the same time, Ethan’s expression became horribly distorted.
My love who shouldn’t even be hit with mere flowers got pushed into a bush full of thorns? Even though she’s as frail as a leaf?!
Pure, unadulterated rage shot up to the top of his head.
“Uugh…! L-Lehman, why!!”
Without anyone stopping him, Ethan teleported and reached Reina’s side.
It was not an exaggeration.
Quite literally—Ethan teleported.
“Reina!! Are you okay?!”
The faint scent of her blood rose up like a haze. And, soon, a familiar item caught his eye.
The pendant he lent her, lying on the ground.
It was completely charred, as if it had blocked a powerful spell.
When he gave that pendant to Reina, he put on a particularly strong spell to reinforce the one that’s already on it. In other words, it was a defensive artifact that would never have broken even if his father, Duke Liam, had attacked her.
However, even the glass of this pendant got shattered. Only a powerful curse or spell would have been able to do that.
Eventually, uncontrollable fury began to take over him.
How dare you. Towards Reina, who is sweeter than acacia honey, how dare you…!
He looked exactly like his eyes were turning upside down. It wouldn’t be enough even if Ethan were to unleash all kinds of offensive spells at Lehman right this second.
“Are you okay, Reina?”
“Cough… cough… Yes… I’m fine.”
No, she wasn’t. Her voice sounded exactly the opposite, and just looking at her physical condition made it clear that she was not fine. Her complexion was also so pale that he could only think that all of her blood might be escaping from her veins at this rate.
Ethan immediately cast a healing spell on her.
She momentarily flinched at the sudden influx of another person’s magic, but she soon accepted his healing power without much rejection.
Then, as if she’d been waiting for her injuries to be healed, Reina leaned her forehead against Ethan’s shoulder.
He did not move so she wouldn’t be jostled. Instead, he flicked his eyes towards Lehman Karr, the main culprit of this entire situation, glaring heavily at the guy as though he’d tear him to shreds and kill him.
“What exactly have you done, Lehman Karr?”
The same time Ethan asked, Lehman’s tearful face crumpled in such an ugly manner.
Even so, whether Lehman cried or not, the only one who Ethan cared about was Reina, who was groaning in pain.
“Lehman Karr. I asked you a question.”
When Lehman had started approaching Duke Liam, Ethan immediately knew that Lehman was impatiently trying to get close to him.
“Lehman of House Karr. That child is pretty good, huh.”
But apart from deliberately approaching Duke Liam, how could Ethan not notice Lehman’s true feelings when he so blatantly revealed such things in the echoes of his mind?
Ethan was just letting him be because he wasn’t rushing in.
However, now, he crossed the line.
“If I lose His Excellency’s attention, then what!”
He had gone as far as making false rumors to ostracize Reina, but Ethan didn’t expect that he would attack her outright like this.
Reina’s presence was blocking out everyone’s echoes, but even if he couldn’t listen to that scoundrel’s thoughts, he understood what happened here well enough.
“Your Excellency. It turns out that Lehman and his followers are spreading unsavory rumors about Miss Reina Chantra.”
The rumors that Ethan found out about through his secretary were quite outrageous.
People were saying that she was only an illegitimate child of House Chantra, that she was following Ethan around like a crazed stalker so that she could escape her lowly status, and that she always yelled out strange incantations of sorcery or black magic.
Not only that, but she was also allegedly out to get Lehman and was always badmouthing him for being a scholarship student of the academy. They were also saying that she was even using her father so that she could pressure and torture Lehman’s father with work.
“As far as I know, Viscount Ruzest isn’t the kind of man who’d let himself be swayed by emotions.”
“Yes, sir. After all, that rumor also seems to be completely false.”
In all of the rumors, Reina was painted out to be a so-called ‘villainess’.
However, the Reina who Ethan knew was the exact opposite.
Lehman aside, there was never a single instance that she had badmouthed someone else.
But for her to be marred by such stories?
‘…It’s going to be the same this time as well.’
That prick was trying to force her into the role of a wicked woman.
As he now grasped the entire situation, Ethan once again turned to the main culprit and glared at him with such cold eyes.
“You really do all sorts of things, don’t you.”
The last semblance of courtesy that Ethan had reserved for him had now vanished.
“I am aware that you grew up in a household with utterly no foundation, but I didn’t think you’d go as far as not knowing your place.”
Was it because his authority elicited undeniable fear? Or was it because he could no longer keep his outpour of magic at bay?
Everyone who watched the scene unfold shut their mouths as though they had become mute.
Lehman, whose body quivered heavily as his face was displaying an emotion pointing towards perhaps fear or injustice.
Ethan, who had lost all rationality because his precious love had gotten hurt.
And Reina, who must never be harmed, even if just flowers were to hit her.
From all those present here, only these three moved in this scene.
There were also those squids who were persistently chasing after Reina.
“Are you alright, Reina?”
“Lehman, what is the meaning of this.”
Ethan was already bristling in fury as it was just because of Lehman alone, but these ugly things kept intruding without any tact.
They were even trying to hold his Reina with their grubby hands.
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