an Margaret.


It wasn’t enough to forget all your family and friends, but you’ve also forgotten yourself.


“It’s so frustrating.
Leon’s grandfather told me not to get cold air but to instead lie down all the time.
He told me not to eat sweets.”


Margaret grumbled with a sullen face.


“I don’t want to dream like this often, but I always do.”


Margaret, who had been talking to herself for a long time, soon changed the subject.


“But how did you get in here?”


She opened her eyes wide and tilted her head.


“Leon doesn’t let anyone in here.”


“Oh, that’s…”


Dooha tried to be honest, but stopped and shut up.


‘How can I tell you why I came here?’


Judging from the circumstances, the woman in front of her was the grandmother of the Duke.


She was also very young in mental age.


She couldn’t tell the old woman that she had come because she suspected that her grandson might have hidden his lover from his wife in this place.


“You don’t have to say it if you don’t want to.
It doesn’t matter, really.”


Margaret continued with the cat on her lap.


“Other than the day Leon comes, I’m bored because I have to be alone all the time.
So I’m so happy that Dooha came to see me.”


“Are you living alone here every day?”


“Yeah, I’m not allowed to go outside.”


“If the cold wind is not good for your body, it would be better to go out on a warm day and get some sun.”


“Sometimes when the weather is nice, I walk around the garden in the backyard, even if I can only walk for a little.
I can’t walk for long because I get out of breath.”


Margaret hesitated, but as soon as she looked into Dooha’s eyes, she carefully spoke away from her.


“By the way, if you have time, will you come to visit me every now and then?”




When Dooha was embarrassed, Margaret hugged the cat tightly in her arms and looked at her with moist eyes, her face half-buried in the fur of the cat.


“You can’t?”




Dooha hesitated to answer.


Today alone, while the Duke was away from the castle, she sneaked into hiding without permission.


Similar opportunities may come again, but there was no guarantee that it would not take as long as it did today.


It was obvious that the probability of being caught would increase if she continuously went in and out of the tight security of the building every time.


“Can’t we meet again?”


Dooha finally gave in to the pair of eyes that looked at her pitifully.


“Okay, I’ll come to visit often.”




At Dooha’s words, Margaret jumped out of her seat.


Her pale face was peachy.


“Yes, but keep it a secret from the Duke that I’m coming here.”


“Why? You’re Leon’s wife.”


“The Duke doesn’t like the Duchess wandering around the city…”


“Yeah, I see Leon doesn’t do that to just me, he also does that to you.
Are you weak, too?


“No, that’s not true…”


Then, there were sounds of people coming from the door.


A maid with a tray was looking their way with her eyes wide open.




As soon as she saw Dooha, she dropped the tray and blinked.


‘Oops, I was so distracted that I forgot to be on guard.’


Dooha hurriedly wrapped her head in her hood and ran to the window.


It was when she opened the window.


“Catch the intruder! How dare you!”


It only took an instant for the knights to come in.


She just made eye contact with the maid a moment ago, but how did they know and come already?


Dooha thrust her sword at them and looked down the window, looking at the knights approaching her.


Although there was a bush below, it was too much to jump barefoot.


“There’s nothing I can do about it.”’


Dooha clenched her fist and closed her eyes tightly.


It was at that moment when she had muttered those words so quickly,


“Oh, no.
I guess I’m a little late.”


A familiar voice reverberated in her ears.


Dooha opened her eyes wide as she saw the man sitting gracefully like a butterfly on the window frame.




“I thought you might need me, so I came to meet you.”


Daniel folded his languid eyes and turned his head.


As soon as he saw her, he smiled brightly at the knights who were contemplating and retreating.


“Stay back, if you don’t want to die.”


With a brutal threat that doesn’t go with his looks.


Then Claude, who came through the knights, screamed with a grimace.


“Daniel! This is a restricted area that cannot be entered without permission! What the hell is going on?”


“Do you think I need permission to see my grandmother?”


Daniel, who answered coldly, smiled at Margaret, who was holding the cat.


“Long time no see, Margaret.
You’re still pretty.”


He called Margaret by name instead of grandmother.


Margaret also smiled like a flower in full bloom as though she were familiar with him.


“Daniel! I was worried because I couldn’t see you!”


“When I’m with Margaret, Leon gets so jealous.
I’m sorry I couldn’t come often.”


Daniel nodded his head lightly, then pulled one of his lips diagonally up, looking at Claude standing in front of him.


“But I have to go home early today.
I’m allergic to dog fur.”


“Dog fur? Muffin is a cat…”


While Margaret lifted the cat and tilted her head, Daniel put his arm around Dooha’s waist.


It was before a surprised Dooha attempted to shake him off.


A stinging sound came in.


The wind blew and the window frame rattled as Daniel banged his two fingers together.


The two flew into the air in a swarm of butterflies fluttering with scarlet flames.


“See you next time.”


With Daniel’s last greeting, they spread out into the light and disappeared.


Like a mid-day mirage.

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