January 5, 2021 - BY

What did I want to say?

—I recalled the dream I saw this morning.

“Your height.”

“………..yes?”

“It’s grown.”

It seems she didn’t understand what I said as she left while tilting her head in confusion.

Well, that was way too out of context I guess.

[Just when I thought what you were going to say, what was that?]

I also felt an unexplainable atmosphere leaking from Ermenhilde as well.

If she had a body, I’m sure she’d be looking at me with a cold gaze that’d make me torment with guilt.

“Don’t worry about it, it’s the usual.”

[Yeah, I guess so.]

It’s painful to actually not be refuted when I said that.

AS I sighed while changing my clothes, Ermenhilde gave a sigh at me as well. I’ll cry, damnit.

“Just,”

[Just what?]

“…….She was taller than the Aya I saw in my dreams, that’s all.”

[Houu.]

When I said that, this time she made an amused voice that resounded in my head.

[So you saw Aya in your dreams?]

“……..something like that.”

Not just her alone.

But I don’t have to say that, do I?

Really, that’s all.

The Aya in my dreams was slightly shorter than now. Her hair was shorter as well, and the way she talked, her expressions, all were slightly different than the present Aya.

But–

“Haah.”

[fufu. I’ll tell this to Aya later.]

“wah…….sounds amusing, I guess.”

[Well Renji will be at the centre of it after all.]

What kind of face would Eru inside my dreams make?

I, before I realized, had started to forget how she looked.


“Say, Ermenhilde.”

[What is it?]

Her voice sounded like she was really enjoying this.

Hearing her, I felt a bit more pleasant as well.

“Whether Utano-san or Aya, if I—“

Saying till that, I shut up once again.

Recently, I feel like the things I couldn’t say to Ermenhilde till the end seems to have increased.

Was it because I had not told everything to my partner, to Ermenhilde, like before?

[What was that about Yuuko and Aya?]

“It’s nothing.”

I finished changing my clothes.

They weren’t some high class clothes that nobles would wear. It as thick shirt and trousers that I wear while travelling. Putting the mithril sword on my waist, I fixed the iron knife on the back of my belt.


[I see.]

Her voice, was still pleasant and cheerful.

She, even when I don’t speak everything, won’t say anything.

Even if I chose Utano-san or Aya—I’m sure, she’d give me her blessing.



“” You will soon have to face Astraera.””



That bastard, saying that to me so easily.

Not showing my emotions on my face, I picked up Ermenhilde lying near my pillow, and flicked the medal with my thumb.


With a dry sound, it twirled in the air and fell into my palm.

“Heads, eh?”

[Looks like luck will be on your side today.]

Her bright, cheerful voice made my heart feel lighter. Ye Ximo stopped and frowned slightly, “Just stay at home and wait for Foster Mother and Foster Father to come back. Don’t mess around with your evil friends!” After saying this, Ye Ximo walked out of the courtyard without looking back.

Staring at the receding figure of Ye Ximo, Ye Qi bit her lips tightly, and her eyes were filled with displeasure. Why did her brother still dislike her as always no matter how hard she tried and how well she behaved?

What should she do to change his attitude towards her?



Ye Ximo walked out of the gate, looked at the vast sky and slightly frowned, “It has been several days. I still can’t find them though I’ve searched all the cities nearby. How on earth can I find my brother and sister-in-law?”

“Giggle.”

Suddenly, a sweet laugh came from a tree nearby.

Following the sound, Ye Ximo saw a little girl with two ponytails sitting in a tree. The girl was cute and fair-skinned. When she laughed, her eyes were crescent-shaped. In a fiery-red robe, she looked quite lovely and beautiful.

“Huohuo, why are you here?”

Ye Ximo was surprised. As a matter of fact, he didn’t know where the girl came from, except that she was taken from the Ye Family by Foster Father.

The Ye Family, however, seemed not to know about her existence!

The girl sat in the tree, her feet swinging and her arms holding the tree. With an adorable smile, she said, “How stupid you are! Ye Jingchen used to tell me that the woman called Yun Luofeng is a physician. As a physician, she must be interested in the black market in the neighboring city.”

This girl was the only one who dared to call Ye Jingchen by his name in the whole Ye City, but Ye Jingchen didn’t seem to mind it. Fortunately, the girl rarely showed up in public, or else people might mistake her for his daughter!

“You mean Qin City? Ye Ximo’s eyes lit up.

How did he forget that, in the black market, there were many medicinal materials that were not available at auctions? Of course, if you wanted to buy valuable medicinal materials, you had to have sharp eyes.

As a physician, Yun Luofeng must be interested in the black market in Qin City! How could he forget this…

“Huohuo, thank you very much. If you didn’t remind me, I would still be wondering where to find them.” Ye Ximo laughed heartily.

Huohuo curled her lips, “Don’t rush to thank me. I helped you because Ye Jingchen said he would help me find the one! If he hadn’t promised me this, I wouldn’t have left the Ye Family with him!

“Huohuo, may I ask you what your relationship is with the Ye Family? And who are you looking for? Why are you always so elusive?”

In the Ye Family’s Estate, besides Ye Jingchen and Jun Fengling, only Ye Ximo knew about her existence.

Even Ye Qi had never seen her!

“Don’t ask me so many questions, because I don’t want to answer you.” Huohuo came down from the tree and fell at the front of Ye Ximo. “But I can tell you, I will only stay with you for three years, as I promised Ye Jingchen.”

“You don’t want to answer my questions? Fine. But I’m also from the Ye Family. Can you tell me about your relationship with the Ye Family? Why has no one found you even though you stayed in the Ye Family for so many years?” Ye Ximo asked curiously. Hearing his words, Huohuo puckered her lips, “The Ye Family? They don’t deserve to know about my existence!”

Ye Ximo blinked and looked at the girl standing in front of him with surprised eyes.

Huohuo patted Ye Ximo on the shoulder, “Aren’t you going to Qin City? I want to go with you.”

Ye Ximo paused, “You want to go to Qin City with me?”

Huohuo nodded like an experienced adult. “The person I’m looking for should be a physician.”

She said ‘should be’ instead of ‘is’.

Hearing her words, Ye Ximo was more confused. Didn’t Huohuo know who she was looking for?

“Brother.” Just then, Ye Qi’s clear voice came from the door.

Hearing her voice, Ye Ximo subconsciously hid Huohuo behind him, because he knew that she didn’t want too many people to know about her existence.

However, Ye Qi spotted Huohuo, who was hidden behind Ye Ximo.

“Brother, who… Who is she?”

Ye Qi bit her lip tightly and looked sullen. Her brother, who had always been cold to her, was so protective of a little girl as if she would hurt her…

“Ye Ximo, it’s time to go.” Not even looking at Ye Qi, Huohuo flicked the dust off her red robe and puckered her lips.

“Okay.”

Ye Ximo looked away and answered softly.

“Carry me.”

“…”

Ye Ximo looked at the girl, speechless. “Don’t you have legs?”

“I don’t want to walk, carry me!” Huohuo was quite willful. “Otherwise, I will tell Ye Jingchen that you bullied me!”

Ye Ximo squatted down helplessly, “Come up.”

Huohuo’s face lit up with a bright smile and got up on the back of Ye Ximo, her eyes as bright and beautiful as the moon.

“Brother!!!”


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