This BL Novel Is Ruined Now - Chapter 140
“I’m so sorry, Saintess. What we were talking about must have sounded strange, that’s why you were shocked…”
Reina stared down at the thin wooden board that’s filled with red clay upon its surface.
‘I didn’t know that this was Coco…’
“The soil here is a little unusual… We measure out an appropriate portion of water and mix it together, so it wouldn’t harden for a while. It’s good to use for drawing with a branch.”
It was further explained that, after shaping it for a while, the soil would harden a few days later and become clay. Then, the clay would be finely ground again and mixed with water.
When the daughter earlier said it’s ‘dead’ for some reason, what she meant was that the clay plate was already hardened.
“We also thought that it was a rough way of saying it at first, so I scolded her and told her to stop saying that, but… Sooner or later, I started using the same term.”
The young wife scratched her cheek awkwardly.
“No, I’m the one who misunderstood and caused this uproar.”
As she recalled the situation a while ago, Reina felt awkward for misunderstanding these good people. She had filmed a thriller all on her own.
“Do the other villagers use this as well?”
“Families with children commonly use it, yes.”
“I see. Families with children, huh.”
Then suddenly, the young wife brought a fist to her palm.
“Oh my! Come to think of it, aren’t all the families who let the children play with clay tablets safe? Right, Honey?”
Standing next to his wife, the husband stroked his chin and nodded.
“Now that you mention it… She’s right, Saintess.”
Reina ruminated for a moment. Then, she raised her voice and called the village chief, who couldn’t even take a step inside the house anymore because of all the knights here.
“Chief! Did you hear that!”
It’s not like this was a family room, and they weren’t playing a group game or anything, but just what were they doing. Reina couldn’t help but think of ways she could shoo away these knights who refuse to budge from this house to ‘protect the saintess’.
“Please check the houses that use this clay tablet and the houses that don’t! Please also check if it correlates to the documented cases of the plague!”
Perhaps, this might be a clue to solving this plague.
* * *
At Ethan’s words, Reina squinted at the edge of the sky’s horizon.
She momentarily forgot to keep her façade of a saintess and uttered an exclamation without realizing it.
‘I never thought I’d be able to see a dragon before I die.’
She knew it wasn’t a dragon dragon, but anyway, it’s something she wouldn’t be able to see anywhere else.
Suddenly, she got randomly curious.
‘Are the dragonfolk considered reptiles?’
“As far as I know, dinosaurs are classified as reptiles, so…”
Should dragons be classified together with dinosaurs?
As Reina muttered this under her breath, Ethan—who was standing next to her—looked at her and asked back.
Off to the side, the priests who were listening to her just like Ethan also looked at her, mumbling, ‘What other prophecies has our Saintess received…’
She now had a different standing than the past, so no matter what she’d say, she would be drawing the attention of many other people.
‘So I have to be careful about what I say.’
Realizing this anew, Reina put on her saintess façade once more and smiled at the priests.
“May God bless you.”
As if they’d been given salvation right then and there, the priests clasped their hands together and prayed ardently.
“May the light of the Almighty Utta reach this place!”
Barely escaping a minor crisis, Reina smiled and looked away. Then, she found that the man next to her was looking at her with his eyes curved like crescent moons.
Somehow feeling like her conscience was being stabbed, Reina averted her gaze.
What. Why. What!
You agreed to this scam, too.
“…His Highness will be arriving soon. I guess he wants to arrive quickly, that’s why he’s flying.”
It was clear that she had averted her gaze just then, but Ethan leaned down towards her and entered her line of sight again.
“Why do you keep avoiding?”
“You keep avoiding my gaze.”
“No? That’s impossible?”
Well, yeah, she was avoiding his gaze.
The first reason behind this was because she was embarrassed by how brazenly she was handling this, and the second reason was due to not being able to maintain eye contact with Ethan for more than five seconds ever since that incident… with the bare skin…
‘It’s not difficult to talk to him, but why is it so embarrassing to look into his eyes?’
Recalling what happened between them once again, she felt awkward for no reason and purposely turned her eyes towards the blue sky where the grand duke was flying.
Ethan hummed and leaned even more than before.
“But you often avoid me like this.”
“See, you turn your head quickly like that.”
Sharp-eyed punk. He’s got astounding senses.
Just in time, Benedict arrived while bringing with him a staggering gust of wind. With a few flaps of his wings, a strong wind blew around them all—it was like six helicopters were landing all at the same time.
Ethan stopped talking, naturally pulling Reina in his arms. His scent, reminiscent of cool water, reached the tip of her nose.
‘These days, whenever I smell this scent, I just feel so at peace.’
As soon as he landed on the ground and transformed into his human form, Benedict spoke the moment he saw Reina.
“It must be you, right?”
Wondering what would have happened to his clothes if he had changed from dragon to human, Reina surreptitiously adjusted herself in Ethan’s arms and peeped.
Instantly, she flinched and blinked.
“You’re looking at me with wicked eyes, aren’t you?”
‘…I mean, it’s true that I had not-so-pure intentions, but.’
What’s up with that? To call her wicked.
He’s exactly right though, so what was she to say.
Clearing her throat out of embarrassment, Reina slipped out of Ethan’s arms and tidied up her messy hair. Ethan helped her, too, smoothing down the part of her hair at the back that’s out of her reach.
Then, he answered.
“Yes, that’s right.”
…’Yes, that’s right’?
What exactly was this guy saying when he supposedly had feelings for her. How could he so readily admit that she was wicked?
Though she looked up at Ethan incredulously, he merely answered with a bright smile, his eyes curved softly.
He must be fully aware that she’d be drooling over that smile, so he’s doing that on purpose.
Furtively giving Ethan a sidelong scowl, Reina nonetheless curtsied towards the grand duke.
“Greetings to Your Highness Benedict of the Pluntria Imperial Lineage, morning of the world and ruler of the sunset.”
Receiving such a greeting, Benedict strode towards her and leaned down to look at her in the eye while mumbling,
“I really can’t hear you, huh. I think I used to be able to though.”
It sounded like gibberish to Reina, however. Blinking, Reina tried to figure out what he meant by that, but all that came back were lines that confused her even more.
“The eyes are as wicked as ever. And as boring as ever, apparently.”
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