In the meantime, the knights of Dubbled dragged the priest’s neck and threw him into a wagon. After entering the castle, the employees of Dubbled couldn’t hide their joy.

“Oho, Little miss. Good job.”

The butler reached for me and I quickly embraced the Duke’s neck….

“Li, little miss….”

The old butler’s eyes are troubled. I was surprised by the rough touch of the priest, and I remembered the painful memories before returning. Now, even a familiar adult feels scary.  My refusal shocked the butler and he staggered away, Lea and other maids huddled around me. The maids began to appease me gently.

“Little miss, let’s go home and change your clothes.”

“No.”

“Is it comfortable?”

“No.”

“Okay, little miss. Come this way.”

“No!”

Leave me alone! My heart is still pounding because of that fearful situation. The employees proceed to take me away from the Duke, but I struggled and clung to his neck. Lea looked at me with a worried look and looked at the Duke of Dubbled.

“Well, master. The baby is still greatly surprised…. she wanted to see you all along. She’s really obedient on a regular basis…. Today, no, half a day, no, even a few hours before…..”

Leah, made a long speech. The Duke then looked down at me.

“Okay. I’m bringing her in.”

As soon as he said that, Lea’s face brightened and she raised the corners of her mouth.

“It’s really annoying.”

“Yes?”

“She likes me so much.”

Said the Duke while pointing at me.

“Isn’t that right?”

Lea answered with a dry look.

“Ah, yeah…”

I looked at the Duke with a dumb face. While I was thinking about it, the employees are all gone. I was then alone with the Duke.

With a sigh, I clung to his arms like a flying squirrel. My plump cheeks are all shriveled up, but I’m relieved.

‘Thank you for today.’

If it weren’t for the Duke of Dubbled, I would have been adopted to Vallua and repeated my misfortune. At that moment, I remembered what I had just heard.

Get your hands off my daughter. “

My daughter.

He said I was his daughter.

‘If so…….’

I glanced at him.

“Can i stway hewe? (Can I stay here?)”

But the Duke gave no answer. Did he just say all of that just because of his antipathy toward the temple? I became nervous and began to mutter.

“I can wear syocks a wittle bit (I can wear socks a little bit)”

“…….”

“I’ll eat wesser meal (I’ll eat lesser meal.)”

“……”

“I’ll be nwice. And, and…. (I’ll be nice. And, and….)”

I blinked my eyes, as he fixes his wet hair.

“I will adopt you.”

It’s strange. He’s always expressionless with a dry voice, but why does he suddenly seem so soft? The sound of firewood burning inside the fireplace rang low in my ear. A big hand patting my back moved with a gentle motion. The frost in the window gradually melted into the heat in the room.

“……”

I was so sleepy that I missed a news from the butler to the Duke. He is saying that the brothers are heading here soon.


***

A few days later.

I lay down with my stomach on a rug and shake my legs.

“Wite it down. Hewe, hewe! (Write it down. Here, here!)”

“Yes~ I’ll write it for you.”

Lea laughed and grabbed the crayons.

<LeBlaine Dubbled>

I took up my sketchbook and looked at my name with a happy look.

LeBlaine Dubbled

Dubbled.

‘Success!’

I sang a joyous song in my heart.

When the priest arrived, I thought I was mistaken, but they wrote down my name on the Dubbled family register.

‘The Duke is nice…’

I can’t believe I was adopted safely even though I bite the arms of the priest. It was the Emperor who calmed down the priests, they have been saying that they couldn’t leave me to such a violent Duke.

‘You must have taken the bribe.’

Ah, the sweet taste of money. I was worried about being taken to the other two Dukes.

‘I’m only growing here for 5 years.’

Mina, the real Child of Fate will appear after that. By the time I am about ten years old, I’ll be able to control my “adult thinking” and leave.

‘Let’s stay calm so that we don’t stand out. And save a little money for the trip.’

As I tried to put the sketchbook down on the floor, a flash of light came into view. The maid’s uniform button was hanging.

“It’s gwoing to fall. (It’s going to fall.)”

“Oh, yeah. I need to put it back on.”

“Gwive it to me, pwease (Give it to me, please)”

I gathered my hands politely.

‘It’s worth a lot of money to collect and sell the buttons.’

“The button that fell off? Okay...”

Lea shook her head with a grim look as the other maid answered

“No. What if she puts it in her mouth?”

The maid laughed at Lea’s words.

“Ah… what to do, little miss. Buttons won’t do.”

If you collect thirty high-end buttons on a Dubbled uniform. That was enough to buy two potatoes.

Urgently, I entered the lethal mode of attack. I stretched out my hands with my eyes twinkling.

“Pwese... (Please...)”

The grim-faced maids ripped their buttons off and pushed it out.

One, two, three, four, five. I’ve already collected five.

Lea is trying to take the buttons from me. I quickly pressed my hands together.

“I’m not gwoing to give it. (I’m not going to give it.)”

That’s what I said, but Lea still looked anxious. I’ll put it in an elephant bag when the maids aren’t looking. Lea smiled helplessly.

At that time, several pairs of shoes were moving quickly through a slightly open-door gap.

“That’s lord Teramore and his people. We’re going to be busy.”

“In a way, they’re more demanding than the Duke.”

When the maids grumbled, as Lea’s gaze sank.

“Take a good care of the baby. There’s nothing good about her being seen.”

***

 After that the maids left doing their own work.

“I’ll bring you lunch. Can you be a good girl while you wait?”

“Yes.”

When Lea left, I got a moment to be alone.

‘One, two, three…. five buttons.’

I’m counting the buttons I collected today, and I turned my head towards the sudden glance.

‘Oh my god!’

Outside the window was an old man with white hair and white beard staring at me with strange eyes.

‘I thought you were a ghost.’

I stared at the window, gently pressing down my beating chest.

‘Huh?’

But it’s weird. I’ve seen him before.

‘Have I seen him before my return?’

The corners of the old man’s mouth, who was staring at me, moved slowly. When his rotten canine was revealed, I unconsciously tightened my fist.

Where did I see him?

A voice came from outside the window while I was trying to recall the old man.

“Lord Teramore”

Lord Teramore is who Lea and the maids are talking about earlier.

“Yes.”

“Your Excellency has told me it’s hard to make time because of heavy work.”

“When this old man visits, how can he be overloaded?”

“You always come without a call, so it’s hard to make time.”

It was Nos who spoke to Lord Teramore. Nos’s expression was more rigid than usual.

“I can’t help it. Then can I see the baby? “

When Nos saw myself in the window, he covered the window with his body and said,

“She’s very shy, so let’s set up a separate seat later. “

He smiled and said, “That’s too bad.” Then he murmured and left.

Nos shook his head and sighed deeply. When I showed my face, Nos’ eyes grew bigger.

“Hi!”

“Little miss….” he grinned.

Good, good, good. A child who is good at greeting is popular with adults.

‘Nos is a high-ranking man here, so should I be a little more hospitable?’

I shouted with my arms stretched out.

“Hug mwe (Hug me)”

“Sh- shall I?”

He opened the window and hugged me, as I clung to his arms.

“Isn’t it a nice day for a walk?”

“Yes.”

“Did you have fun with the maids again today?”

“Yes-!”

When I answered loudly, he said excitedly.

“You’re good at answering. All right, good girl. I’ll do something fun for you.!”

Nos throw me up in the sky while holding me.

‘Oh, this is fun.’

I was laughing with excitement.

Then…

“Are you having fun?”

A harsh voice came from behind Nos.

“Gasp!”

Nos clenched as he holds me

“You look very happy. With my daughter.”