Chapter 35 - Say My Name
Act 4. This is the Level Between Our Eyes
“What? I slept for two weeks?” I was shocked by Luciana’s words. ‘Is resurrection magic so strong that I fell unconscious for two weeks? Priscilla was down for only three days.’ Either I had no talent as a saintess or I was too young.
“Is your body okay?” Luciana asked.
“No, my hip hurts. Wait, my shoulder too. Ah! And my arm!”
“Your whole body seems to be in pain.”
Luciana sighed and shook her head.
“Now that I think about it, Luci, I have something to ask.”
“Yes, please tell me.”
It was something I had realized while coming back. The knights guarding my room had changed. “Is it rotation time?”
“Excuse me? I don’t think so.”
‘So why are they different? No way…’ I raised my head a little. Miltiades was smiling, but the air around him wasn’t normal. The atmosphere around him was usually overbearing, but it was difficult to even meet his eyes. ‘Is he upset?’
“Now, open up. Ah.”
“Ah!” I tried to read Daddy’s mind while eating the medicine Luciana fed me. He was sitting in a chair a bit away from the bed, holding his chin with his hand without saying anything.
“Stay still.” Luciana left the room with the medicine I finished. She closed the door, leaving Miltiades and me alone.
Miltiades unflinchingly looked at me. He felt dangerous even while he was smiling. ‘This is why no one could approach him.’ A normal child would be terrified, but I overcame it with love!
“Daddy,” I called out to him in a soft voice, but there was no response.
‘Why is he so upset?’ I didn’t know the reason. He should’ve just told me. This was why I was nervous when he and Kais had the stare down. ‘Thankfully nothing happened.’ We avoided the death flag. If something had happened back then, our futures would have been dark. I glanced at him again. He shouldn’t be that upset; after all, he did carry me to my room…
“Daddy?” ‘How can I lift his mood?’ “Daddy!” I tried grinning, but it didn’t work at all. Actually, the smile on his face grew wider.
‘Ah, what should I do?’ I couldn’t let this continue! Therefore, I got off the bed and carefully moved next to him. I moved my fingers as I thought about what to do. I tiptoed and raised my head to look at him closer. “Sir Daddy?” I blinked a few times, and Miltiades’s frozen expression finally disappeared.
“Hehe.” I grinned at this change in his expression, and Miltiades sighed in resignation. Then, I put out my hands, and he picked me up.
“I like you most in the world!” As I said that, I felt the hand patting me freeze. He was so awkward. I put my hands around his neck and read his body language.
His hand that accepted me instead of pushing me away, him loosening his arm to prevent me from getting hurt, his posture that changed in case I fell, his tilted head that focused on hearing my words, and his beautiful eyes that kept looking at me no matter what I did, all these things were enough for me to know that he adored me. He was probably upset because I did things of my own accord.
‘When I’m in his arms, I feel like he’ll protect me from anything.’ I sat still in his arms with my ear against his chest. I wanted to feel his warmth and hear his heartbeat.
Ba-dump! Ba-dump! I closed my eyes in happiness, knowing my favorite character was alive.
“…!” I unconsciously opened my eyes. When I looked up and stared at Miltiades, he smirked. ‘He… He just…’ “You said my name for the first time!”
He nodded at my outburst. “That’s right, Amelia.”
I couldn’t believe it. ‘Is this actually happening? Is it a dream?’ I rubbed my eyes, but I still didn’t know if it was real. It was something I could’ve never expected. ‘He said my name!’ I thought it would take one hundred years! That was why I covered my mouth in shock, and Miltiades absurdly laughed at me. It wasn’t a dream!
“Daddy!” I was elated. How could I explain the emotions I felt? I felt like I had the whole world in my hands.“Daddy!” I hugged him and rubbed my cheek against him, but that wasn’t enough to express my happiness. I was so happy I wanted to break the walls!
“Do you like it that much?”
“Of course!” I nodded, and my dad lightly sneered at himself. His smile made it seem like he was thinking about how he should have called me by my name earlier. His regret was so prominent that I pulled him into my arms while choking up. My dad was an idiot, but I was fine with it.
“I’m okay with whatever you call me, but calling me by my name is nice!” ‘That’s because this name…’ “You gave it to me!” I would have been happy even if he had named me Stone instead of Amelia. Because he was the one who had named me.
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