The Duke’s Madness - Chapter 127
The Duke’s Madness chapter 127
Arthur’s misunderstanding was valid.
Who says [I love you] as a modifier to leave a letter to a friend?
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No matter who sees it, there is no choice but to suspect that it is a love letter.
Because of that, I was restless the whole way back home, but I soon realized that it was a misunderstanding.
[Aren’t you excited?]
Elin’s first greeting written in the letter.
Arthur narrowed his eyes.
Arthur scratched his head and quickly read the next sentence.
[In the northern part of the empire, when leaving a letter, the word ‘I love you’ is always attached.]
[That’s why I wrote down the words I love you too, but aren’t you excited?]
Arthur let out a sigh.
‘Elin… This scary woman.’
How can you play with people’s minds like this?
But the feeling wasn’t too bad.
Arthur smiled softly and read the next sentence.
[After sparring, where did you go after you said you would visit me again?]
Arthur’s eyes widened at Elin’s questioning.
‘Is that right when you think about it? I was supposed to visit Elin after the sparring, but I haven’t seen her face since.’
Arthur lost his appetite and continued reading the letter.
The amount of letters was substantial, but every time Elin’s mind changed.
At first, after the sparring, he felt sorry for himself who had not come to visit him.
After that, worry about the cluttered current situation.
The last one was regret for not being able to see their faces until the end.
‘Elin also had the same thoughts as me.’
With thoughts, Arthur read the last part of the letter she left.
[Sorry for being grumpy at first.]
[But you understand? Arthur made a mistake first!]
[That’s why… How did you feel when you saw the words “To my dear Arthur Bayern”?]
[When replying to the letter, be sure to include your impressions, I will be looking forward to it.]
The corners of Arthur’s lips rose slightly.
“Of course I was nervous, Elin.”
I heard that you are a dear word to a wonderful person like you.
After thinking for a moment, Arthur rummaged through the drawer and took out a white letter.
‘hmm… First greeting How should I begin?’
Come to think of it, this is the first time I’ve ever written a letter like this.
Arthur, who was thinking about it, soon twinkled his eyes.
[To my dear Elin Leverkusen]
After completing the first sentence, Arthur nodded.
“I can’t be the only one, Elin. You suffer too.”
After that it was easy.
Apologies at first, explanations in the middle, and longing like Elin at the end.
After completing the letter like that, Arthur murmured.
“Sorry… It would have been nice to see Elin’s face as well.”
Arthur, speechless, immediately shook his head.
“But well, you can see it next semester.”
When the vacation is over, I will return to Arcane University anyway.
It wouldn’t be too late if I brushed off the regret I had today with Elin.
After organizing his thoughts like that, Arthur sealed the letter.
and the next day.
[son! Coming up to the capital!?]
Arthur smiled lightly at the voice of his mother, Yonel Bayern, whom he hadn’t heard in a long time.
“Your mother. I will go up to the capital tomorrow.”
* * *
When Yonel answered the phone, he didn’t know what to do.
[Aren’t you coming too far because of me?]
Arthur answered her question with a smile.
“Ah, it’s a comfortable train ride anyway, but it’s a long way.”
[but… Also, aren’t you tired from long-distance travel?]
“I can’t stop looking at my mother’s face because I’m tired. I want to see Irene too.”
Yonel laughed at Arthur’s words.
[Should I change Irene?]
“Are you Irene? That’s good.”
Beyond the crystal ball, Yonel’s voice disappeared for a moment.
Arthur enjoyed the wait with a smile on his face.
After a while, a girl’s voice echoed through the crystal ball.
Arthur answered with a smile.
[Are you really my brother?]
“Are you really my brother?”
Arthur opened his eyes at the sudden cry of Irene.
In the meantime, Yonel’s voice came through the crystal ball.
[Oh, Irene. Oppa will come in a little while.]
[But… I miss you so much, mother.]
[Write! Oppa didn’t go anywhere to play, why are you using a pack of wolves! The princess of Bavaria can’t do that!]
Arthur burst into exclamations at the conversation between the two.
‘Irene… You must have missed me a lot.’
Well, around this time, Irene only followed herself a lot.
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Normal siblings don’t get along very well, but Irene and herself were very different.
‘Because we both lost our father early.’
That’s why we relied on each other more than usual siblings.
Of course, it wasn’t like that now because I’m much more mature than before, but Irene will be different.
Because of that, Arthur burst into laughter without knowing himself.
‘want see… I want to see both Irene and her mother.’
It wasn’t like we were going to be apart for that long, but the thought of going back made me feel an unexpected longing.
Arthur enjoyed the feeling and opened his mouth.
“What should I buy as a present?”
To Arthur’s question, Irene answered with a sobbing voice.
[…] I just want to see you.]
“okay? Then can I go empty-handed?”
[…] huh. Just come brother.]
Arthur scratched his head.
Then Yonel’s voice rang out.
[The gift is done, so take care of yourself, Arthur. It is the best gift for us.]
At her words, Arthur smiled brightly.
“ah! Mother’s gift is ready.”
[…] Are you ready for my gift?]
“yes. You’ll probably be surprised when you hear it.’
Beyond the crystal ball, Yonel blinked.
‘My son prepared a present?’
After thinking for a while, Yonel’s eyes lit up.
‘Did I do well on the midterm exam at Arcane University this time?’
This was the only surprise gift that came to mind right now.
That brought a smile to Yonel’s lips.
[Whoops… okay? Then you should be looking forward to it.]
“sure. You will never be disappointed.”
Afterwards, while chatting about this and that, Yonel said goodbye in a voice full of regret.
[this… Now I have to go to work.]
Arthur couldn’t hide his regret.
But I didn’t bother showing that feeling.
It was because Yonel felt sorry for him, and if he felt sorry for him too, he would not be able to hang up Sujeong-gu’s phone call.
“Mom, I’ll see you in a few days.”
At Arthur’s words, Yonel whispered softly.
[I love you always.]
Arthur’s eyes widened at Yonel’s words.
Arthur, lost for a moment, scratched his head and barely answered.
“Me too, mother.”
Arthur’s mouth drew an arc.
“I love you too, mother.”
* * *
On the day of leaving Arcane.
Genie, who had gone on vacation, came to visit.
She was wearing black sunglasses and a shirt with a palm tree on it.
“What kind of weird costume is that again, Jinnie?”
“What a bizarre outfit, Confucius. I went to a resort, so isn’t it natural to dress like this?”
At her words, Arthur burst into laughter.
“I always feel this, but Genie’s fashion sense is bad.”
Ginny distorted her expression, but it was Arthur who had already turned around.
I saw Anna busily packing her things.
“I have to take care of this, and I have to carry that too! This is a gift for the Duke! This is a gift from the chief of staff… .”
As Arthur watched her look more enthusiastic than ever, Ginny sneaked up to him.
“Are you leaving?”
Ginny pondered for a moment, then shrugged.
“If I had known it would be like this, I’d stay at the resort a little longer, but it’s a pity.”
“What am I doing here alone in this house where Gongja and Anna left?”
At her words, Arthur narrowed his eyes.
“What are you talking about, Ginny? Ginny should come too.”
“You are our housemaid. I have to go and say hello to my mother and formally introduce myself to the family.”
Ginny opened her mouth in surprise at Arthur’s explanation.
“Are you serious, Gongja?”
“… … ? Then you are sincere.”
Ginny shut her mouth.
‘Are you really taking someone from the back streets like me to the Duke of Bavaria?’
If it’s a duke mask with a long history of the Bavarian family, don’t even the maids choose based on their status and abilities?
When Ginny pricked up her ears and couldn’t make a decision at the thought that was circulating in her head, Arthur declared.
“So, take off that weird palm tree shirt and organize your stuff. Don’t say you missed something later.”
Pushed on her back, Ginny stumbled upstairs by the embankment.
In the meantime, the Bavarian family and Anna raised their arms and cheered.
“It’s over, Gongja! We can start now!”
At her words, Arthur nodded.
“Let’s go to the station, everyone.”
With these words, Ginny rushed downstairs, and the Bavarian family got into the carriage and limousine.
Arthur, who was left alone in the mansion, turned his head and looked at the empty house.
“… … .”
It’s only a short break, but the thought of leaving made me feel strange.
Because of that, when Arthur couldn’t move easily and looked at the mansion, Anna shouted.
“Princess, we must leave now! Come quickly!”
Arthur turned around at Anna’s cry.
At that moment, the Bavarian flag flew.
A long procession of Bavarian families left the mansion with the flag and headed for Arcane’s station.
A long horn sounded as if the train bound for the capital of the empire had arrived just in time.
As Arthur heard the sound of the horn and got out of the limousine, the man who appeared to be the engineer bent down.
“I am the engineer in charge of this trip. Did you enjoy Arcane?”
Arthur smiled softly at his question.
“yes. It was so much fun.”
“I’m glad. I will take you to your room.”
Following the guidance of the engineer, we were guided to the VIP room.
The panoramic view from the wide windows in the open seats was superb.
Genie, who followed along, couldn’t hide her admiration.
“oh my god… I am sitting in a seat like this for the first time.”
Anna, who was next to her, raised a corner of her mouth playfully.
“Whooping Genie. It’s embarrassing to be surprised like this already. There are many more amazing things in the capital than this!”
“… Really? It’s the first time I’ve been to the imperial capital since I was born.”
“Then you can look forward to it! Arcane is big, but the Imperial Capital is even bigger!”
Ginny’s mouth opened softly.
Watching her reaction, Anna burst into laughter and turned her head.
“Gongja. Can I get you some coffee?”
“huh? It would be nice if you did.”
“With five more shots?”
“Add three more especially today.”
Anna opens her mouth slightly.
‘It’s always surprising to see… Can I put 8 shots in my coffee and drink it?’
Thoughtful, Anna turned around.
Ginny, who was sitting across from him, exclaimed.
“Confucius’s train is leaving!”
At her words, Arthur averted his gaze.
With a long horn, the huge iron horse started moving.
Arthur murmured as he looked at the distant Arcane landscape.
‘Even when I first came here, I didn’t know it would turn out like this.’
Suddenly, old memories came to mind.
Meeting Elder Willett and carrying out various requests.
Meeting the head of a fanatic named Jenika Hazel.
Meeting the prince of a somewhat gloomy empire named Leon.
Each and every event was an unforgettable event and memories.
I met them, experienced things I hadn’t been able to do before, and built new relationships.
I don’t know what will happen to those ties in the future, but for now, Arthur was very satisfied.
‘In addition, the original purpose was sufficiently achieved.’
The biggest purpose of coming to Arcane was to gather new bloodlines to take revenge.
However, beyond gathering new bloodlines, Ian Dormund achieved great success by beheading the enemy he had not been able to kill in his previous life.
‘Is that all? Monkey, Ares Arekis, Hamburg Edison. I was able to kill the people I had to kill in this life.’
The revenge was successfully completed, and the original purpose was also achieved.
But what’s even more surprising is that it’s not over yet.
Arthur remembered the promises he had made with the people he had met before leaving Arcane.
‘I want to see Yenica again, and I want to learn how to drink from Elder Willett. I’m looking forward to being Professor Chizui’s teaching assistant and teaching Julie about her lineage.’
In addition, many enemies still remained in Arcane.
Because of that, the corner of Arthur’s mouth went up.
‘I’m looking forward to it. When I return to Arcane, what else will happen?’
It was when I turned my head, feeling the beating of my heart.
An old man with a white beard that reached his chest was drinking tea in front.
“How are you?”
At Arthur’s greeting, the old man burst into laughter.
“Aren’t you embarrassed again?”
Arthur scratched his head at his question.
“no. I’m panicking this time.”
“okay? Doesn’t it look like that?”
“It’s real. At this time, I had no idea that Mr. Whitebeard would come.”
The old man called Whitebeard laughed once more.
At the same time, he lifted the bowler hat he was wearing.
Arthur’s eyes widened as he watched.
Surprisingly, it was because two new eyes were nestled in the white beard’s empty eyeballs.
Arthur groaned and said.
“oh… Did you make eye contact?”
“I brought out something special for you.”
“For me? no way… You don’t have to.”
“No. I’m running out of time, and the time has come.”
Arthur tilted his head.
“When? What time?”
“I’m here to get paid. Little Angel of Bavaria.”