Turva talked about everything even before the vassals began. There was a sacred thing that had to be taken in order to deal with the Pope, which required money somehow.

‘What nonsense is this?’

‘What kind of a creature would have allowed Turva to commit this reckless fraud?’

I wondered what the hell it was, but Nos brought back the rims of the holy things that were kept at the top. When I saw it, I opened my eyes in surprise.

‘Etwal!’

It was the very holy thing that made Mina exert powerful power. The six-pointed star, the colored gem embedded at the end of the star, and the circle surrounding the star and the gem. It looks just like Etwal, the sacred object that Mina used to perform all kinds of miracles. Mina’s was definitely platinum with strings and pendants, but this is gold. Each end also had a different species of jewel.

‘It’s not Mina’s Etwal, which is being kept in the temple.’

Was there a paired sacred thing?

‘But why wasn’t it made public in my previous life?’

Etwal was a symbol of the country’s religion.

‘If a second Etwal exists, there is no reason why the temple should not reveal it.’

‘It would have been advantageous for the public to secure. The owner would have given it to the temple for public reasons.’

Then, the Duke mumbled, closing his eyes.

“Second Etwal”

“Then it makes sense for Turva to do crazy things. Etwal is the decisive factor that made Neliad the religion of the empire.”

“So where is this Etwal?”

“It’s asleep in the sea. The only way to get it is to salvage it. The problem with that is…”

Nos gave the map with a troubled face.

“It’s not the territorial waters of the Empire. It’s just 10 meters away from the territorial waters of another continent.”

The Duke snorted.

“So, the temple couldn’t come forward.”

“Yes, because if they come forward, war will be inevitable.”

The reason why Turva need huge funds is probably because his counterpart is the king of another continent. They won’t just get by with small amount and invade the territorial waters.

“What should I do?”

“If it’s really Etwal, we have to secure it on our side.”

“Are you going to make a deal with the king?”

“What are you talking about”

“So…”

The Duke, tapping the papers back at Nos, said, “We’ll go to war.”

He looked as if he needed to have a headache pill.

‘Wow’

I was struck with astonishment at his amazing answer.

“That’s good. I don’t have to look for another gift for Emperor’s birthday.”

Nos looked at me with a smile.

“This is all thanks to you. Would we have known the existence of the second Etwal had the Newt been broken? Also, you were able to prevent fraudulent transactions in advance by reading the ancient language.”

Indeed, Dubbled‘s lieutenant, deserves to be called a villain. You look happy that things are going to be easy even though there will be a war. I was a little shocked to see the hidden side of Nos, who usually seemed friendly. But it wasn’t a bad thing for me.

‘Etwal did a good job, I’m safe.’

It’s the irony of fate, Newt broke down but it gave me a chance to get Etwal. When I destroyed Newt, I even gave up on being adopted, but it was all good in the end. Maybe…. I don’t have to give up.

I glanced at the Duke. His facial expression doesn’t look bad.

‘Shall we test it out?’

Then, Nos said, “Come on, shall we go?” and tried to hug me.

I shouted, “No!” and ran to the Duke, hugging his legs.

“I’ll be with thwe dyuke (i’ll be with the Duke.)”

Then Nos look at me with a wounded face.

I didn’t want to go with him, so Nos was forced to give up on me and leave the room. Being alone with the Duke, I raised my arms up.

“Gwive me a hug pwease! (Give me a hug please!)”

The Duke stared at me and soon reached out.

‘Okay, we’ve become close enough for him to say nothing about asking for a hug.’

Then wouldn’t it be okay to bring up the word now?

Come to think of it, it’s been a month since I came to Dubbled’s residence. It is time for the Empress Dowager to ask about the adoption.

‘Now is the time to feel better.’

I was afraid, but I pull out my courage and opened my mouth a little

“Weblaine will bwe a good gwil (LeBlaine will be a good girl)”

I can grow up well by myself without bothering you.

So, Duke–

“Pwese be my fatwer (Please be my father)”

***

A week later

I gathered all my concentration on my fingertips and clenched my teeth.

If you give up on such a thing, you won’t be able to achieve anything.

Let’s not be disappointed in ourselves anymore. You shouldn’t blame yourself.

I’m sure there’s a lot of will and experience in this spirit since I’ve experienced death three times.

I quickly lifted ‘it’.

‘Success, socks on!’

A thunderous round of applause came from around and Lea kissed me on the cheek several times as if she was proud.

“I’m proud of you. Good work, little miss!”

“I’ve only taught you a few times, but you’re already wearing your own socks.”

“As expected, you’re a genius!”

I bent down my sweaty forehead with the back of my hand, wiped it off and sighed.

It was a success after six times.

‘Good. I grew up.’

Then we’re ready now.

I grabbed the remaining pair of socks and pull Lea’s sleeve.

“I want to go to the dyuke”

“Yes, show it to him.”

Lea smiled gladly and took me to the Duke’s office.

The Duke, who was watching the documentary with the officers and the vassals, took off his glasses and looked at me.

I glanced at the tiny white lace socks.

“Weblaine can wear syocks now! (LeBlaine can wear socks now!)”

He held his chin and said, “Let’s see…” and I swallowed my dry saliva.

On the day I asked to be adopted, the Duke was silent. But it wasn’t seen as negative. The fact that he didn’t answer would mean that I could be adopted if I did well.

‘So, this is sort of an interview room for me.’

I flung down on the floor and grabbed the socks with both hands. The vassals and the officers looked at me with a pleased look.

‘Expand the hole with your fingers.’

I’ve done a good job expanding.

‘Okay, the next thing you do is gather your toes together and put them in a wider hole.’

I’ll raise and gather my toes as sharply as possible.

‘Now you just have to push it in at once.’

Heung?

The socks are stuck on my heel and won’t go up. 

Again.

Again.

No, again!

Although I struggled to raise my socks by rolling them up, the socks on my heels kept moving up.

One of the vassals sitting around the table shook his shoulders.

I looked at the Duke with an uneasy look. The tip of his lips slowly went down.

It was an obvious sneer.

I felt like I wanted to go into a rat hole.

‘It’s pathetic, me, me,…’

As I became sullen, Lea said in a laughing voice. “She just succeeded. I’ve only taught her twice.”

“As expected, she’s different.”

“Is that so?”

As the Duke mumbled, leaning deeply against the back. Meanwhile I was staring bitterly at the long, dangling socks on my toes.

‘Failed’

Then the interview failed too…

What I felt during my stay in this castle for more than a month was that the Duke was as strong as an iron fortress.

I tried to get along somehow, but the development was very little. I don’t think it’s getting any better.

“Blaine”

The only development was the nickname he gave me.

“Yes….”

He looked at me as I picked up the fallen socks and trudged them.

“I can’t overlook you being in my castle without any improvement.”

‘Yes, I know.’

He was also extremely cold-hearted to his three sons.

As soon as they were born, they were taken away by his predecessor and could not raise him himself. Even now, the whole authority of education belongs to the elders.

They’re already being educated at the capital. Even the eldest son, Johann, was at a boarding academy far from the empire.

“Practice before I return from my inspection of the territory.”

“Yes…”

“Can you do it?”

“Yes, Bwaine will be dyuke’s dawther (Yes, Blaine will be Duke’s daughter)”

For some reason, the Duke’s lips seemed to be slightly raised.