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Haunted Duke’s Daughter C101

Haunted Duke’s Daughter C101

 

Her brother’s gaze shifted slightly and went to the back of Lilia’s head. No one was supposed to be there, since Tina and I had parted ways for dinner. I looked back curiously and almost screamed.

“……!”

I wanted to praise myself for somehow being able to endure it.

“Broso, thanks for your help. Now get some rest.”

Broso gave a small nod and quietly left the place.

“How long has he been here, brother?”

I hadn’t noticed him at all until I followed my brother’s gaze.

“He’s been walking behind you the whole time.”

Lilia’s eyes widened. She hadn’t noticed him at all. She was about to ask why, but Sakura laughed and said,

S–Don’t worry, it’s an escort. There is no way that Lilia can be left alone. Your brother is strong, but Lilia needs to be protected.

L–Wait. You knew, didn’t you? Why didn’t you tell me?

S–I didn’t think it was necessary…….If I told you, you’d think I was crazy.

If I had known, I would have turned my attention to Broso. Then, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the day. Then again, it was probably for the best that I didn’t know.

Perhaps it was because Lilia had a difficult expression on her face that her brother looked a little apologetic as he said,

“I’m sorry. I didn’t think I needed to tell you. You’re right, I should have said something.”

“Oh, no, it’s fine. I’m sure it would have bothered me to know.”

When Lilia shook her head, her brother let out a sigh of relief.

“By the way, brother. Is Broso also staying at this inn?”

“No. He said that he would stay here for our protection, but I sent him home on my authority.”

“Send him home?”

Before I could ask where, my brother nodded and said,

“He’s from this city so I sent him back to his parents house.”

Lilia blinked a little, then nodded knowingly.

“I was wondering why you chose that man, is that why?”

“Yeah. I thought if I’m going to ask someone, it’d better be someone who can also go home.”

After saying that, my brother suddenly laughed.

“Don’t worry. I’ll take care of you. That’s why I’m sorry, but we’re going to be in the same room……at night. Just kidding.”

I stared at him with half-lidded eyes, and he averted his gaze.

–Not rewarding…….

She tilted her head inwardly, not understanding the meaning of Sakura’s words. She immediately remembered that her brother was right in front of her and coughed deceptively.

“I’ll go back to my room.”

“Oh. What about dinner? We can have it in the cafeteria or in our rooms.”

I was a little surprised to learn that I could eat in my room, since I thought it always had to be in the cafeteria. Some of the nobles are well known to the common people. If such people wanted to eat in a relaxed atmosphere, they would probably prefer to eat in their rooms. I couldn’t deny that they were being considerate.

I thought about it for a while, but there was no need to eat in the room. Lilia answered that she would eat in the dining room.

“All right. Lilia, call out to me when you’re ready.”

“I don’t have anything to prepare, but Tina told me I can borrow some clothes for a while.”

“I see. I don’t have any special preparations either. Let’s go.”

I followed my brother as he started walking. When we were almost to the stairs, my brother suddenly opened his mouth. Lilia.

“You’ll have to change tomorrow, right?”

Does that mean you don’t plan to change your clothes for a while? Lilia gently reached out her right hand and pinched her brother’s hand as hard as she could.

“Oh! I’m sorry! I was joking! It hurts, no wait, it really hurts!”

Her brother is desperately trying to escape, and Lilia is pinching his hand over and over again. I’m sure that from a distance, they looked like a couple of close siblings.

S–It’s so peaceful here…….

Sakura, who was out of the mosquito net, was watching the scene with a sigh.

There were a number of other guests in the dining room. Three long, narrow tables were set up, with about three people clustered around each table. Some of them seemed to be drinking, and it was very noisy.

“Haha. It’s a good atmosphere.”

My brother laughed happily and took a seat in the corner. I also sat down in the corner, tilting my head and wondering what was so good about it. Without much waiting, a woman who probably worked here brought us a glass of water.

“Lilia.”

“Thank you…….What?”

I looked at the woman’s face and saw that it was Tina. As I stared at Tina in surprise, she looked away, embarrassed.

“Weird, huh?”

Tina was dressed in a maid’s uniform, unlike before. It seems that she changed her clothes in a hurry, and they are a bit disheveled, but they look good on her. However, it would be rude to say such a thing to the daughter of a nobleman, even a baronet.

“It looks good on you.”

S–You said it plainly.

L–I can’t lie.

S—Yeah, I agree with you and I’m sure Tina won’t mind.

Just as Sakura had said, Tina smiled happily.

“Why are you dressed like that?”

“The people hired here wear these. It’s like a uniform.”

“You could have worn something else.”

“It’s easier to tell…….”

Tina said, but she wasn’t so sure either. She didn’t know the reason why she was wearing this dress. It’s up to the business owner.

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