Chapter 5 - Please Give Me A Name
I disliked Duke Ravenhook. No, it wasn’t dislike, but a hatred so deep that I wanted to erase him from the novel.
It was so bad that when I re-read the novel, I skipped over all his parts.
I didn’t want to see him!
“Be respectful to the saintess.”
Luciana saw my steel-like expression and stopped Duke Ravenhook from getting closer to me.
Duke Ravenhook’s expression toward Luciana turned dangerous, but it only lasted for a second.
‘I bet he’s thinking that she’s just a maid or something.’
I didn’t even need to think about what was going through his mind because it was obvious.
“I greet the first light of the world,” Duke Ravenhook sent his greetings as he knelt on one knee.
After becoming Priscilla, I felt uncomfortable with people being formal with me, so I had told them to not greet me like this. However, I didn’t feel the need to say the same to Duke Ravenhook.
‘But this isn’t enough for Priscilla’s revenge!’
A while passed like this.
Usually, I would accept a greeting and ask the person to stand up, but I stared at Duke Ravenhook as if I didn’t know what to do.
Duke Ravenhook awkwardly smiled at me. It was probably the first time someone had treated him in this way.
Who else would dare do this to him?
I wanted to make Duke Ravenhook kneel a bit longer, but Luciana wanted me to stop. I continued to look down at Duke Ravenhook.
Out of all the candidates chosen in the empire, Duke Ravenhook had the best qualifications.
He had a nice family, a high status, good connections, and worldly fame. He had everything. However, all of it could’ve been rigged, and I didn’t like anything about him!
Luciana’s coughing got louder.
‘Well, I guess this is enough.’
I slowly nodded while Luciana turned toward the duke.
“The saintess is very shy around strangers.”
Duke Ravenhook got up and flashed an ambiguous smile at me.
I hid behind Luciana. Usually, people would say a few more things before leaving me alone.
It was a useful solution.
“Oh no! She seems to be very startled.”
“It looks like she is.”
Duke Ravenhook’s attitude changed as he kept talking with Luciana.
I knew how nice it was to be someone important, but I was shocked to see the big change in his attitude.
“I didn’t expect the saintess to be so surprised. I only wanted to say hello since we’re about to become family.”
‘Who’s part of your family!’
I wanted to reply to him, but Duke Ravenhook said something first.
“I’ll be your uncle soon.”
‘I won’t have an uncle like you!’
My mouth was itching to say something, but I stopped myself in case I cursed him out.
‘If I curse during our first meeting… it’ll be quite fun. Should I just do it?’
I was about to use the skills I had sharpened as a fan when I saw Benjamin and Ludwig walking toward us.
“Saintess, Your Excellency the Duke.”
Ludwig was about to formally introduce himself as he looked toward Luciana.
However, Benjamin smiled, and the introductions were vaguely overlooked.
“I didn’t know that we would meet Your Excellency the Duke here.”
“I’m lucky to see the Commander of the Knights so easily.“
“Haha. I’m the lucky one.”
Duke Ravenhook and Benjamin awkwardly looked at me. It seemed that they had something to talk about.
“Then, please comfortably speak with Ludwig.”
After Benjamin said those words, he and Duke Ravenhook bowed at me and took off.
‘It doesn’t matter…’
I was a bit uncomfortable with the two of them together.
‘Are they planning something? I hope not…’
Luciana grabbed me. I turned my head to see Ludwig quietly standing there.
“It’s been a while, Sir Ludwig.”
“Yes, it has been a long time, Saintess.”
Ludwig saluted me. It looked cool, but a bit burdensome.
‘Ludwig’s the perfect knight.’
The honest and dependable Ludwig was my second child.
“I heard you called for me.”
“I have a request!”
“How can you request me! Just order and I will do anything you ask. Please tell me what you want.”
I didn’t say no.
“I want you to be my knight.”
The elders and the pope had chosen some knights for me, but I wanted to choose my own.
Ludwig bowed and kneeled at my words.
“It’s a huge honor.”
“Then, will you be my knight?”
“I will protect you with my life.”
“You don’t need to do that.”
I wanted to save him, so it would be troubling if he died.
I didn’t know whether Ludwig would put his life on the line this time too, but the important thing was that I wanted to save him.
‘He’s Ludwig of the Holy Sword.’
However, Ludwig had yet to gain the Holy Sword.
In the original novel, Ludwig didn’t guard Priscilla, but stayed here and trained. He swore loyalty to Priscilla only after becoming an adult and gaining the Holy Sword.
This meant that he might not get the Holy Sword this time.
‘Isn’t that cruel to Ludwig?’
“Yes. Tell me what you need, saintess.”
“Do you want to hold the Holy Sword?”
“Excuse me?” Ludwig looked at me in shock. “How can I….”
It was obvious that he had never even thought about it. The reason was understandable.
“Not right now. I’ll give you a chance.”
It wasn’t easy to get a chance to hold the Holy Sword. I asked him again.
“Do you want to?”
If he didn’t want to, there would be no need to bother with this matter. However, he was Ludwig.
Ludwig controlled his emotions and nodded.
“If it’s you, you can do it.”
‘You held the Holy Sword with your own strength before.’
* * *
The adoption process proceeded smoothly. There were a few bumps on the road, but it went smoother than I thought.
“Since this is the Holy Empire, everything works out if I use God’s name.”
I felt a bit guilty, so I put my hands together to pray.
‘God, I believe that you’ll forgive me for my white lie! Please! You can’t betray me later!’
“Ah, I’m still nervous.”
It was unfortunate that I couldn’t write up a contract with God.
I put my face on the frame and looked out the window. The once-deserted Vatican was full of people.
“I guess it’s because I’m moving.”
Miltiades wanted to go back to the Northern Empire, so we were leaving two months earlier than expected.
We didn’t have much time to prepare, but I wasn’t lazing around either.
“Study the basics, don’t forget your prayers, and meet with the pope!”
And one more thing.
There was something I never forgot to do, no matter how busy I was.
As soon as I saw Miltiades in the distance, I shouted and ran toward him.
I didn’t know if it was because of the prior event, but Miltiades had started treating me gently.
‘But he’s still scary in other people’s eyes!’
I ran toward him as fast as I could. He lightly held me up and looked at me with a warm expression.
I couldn’t forget to fangirl over my favorite character! It was the only thing I could never give up even if I had to go to school or work!
‘I loved my favorites even when they were locked in the monitor or the pages of a book!’
My love could overcome dimensions, and no one could stop it.
“Daddy, you’re sparkling today. What did you eat? Handsomeness?”
I had the most fun when Miltiades couldn’t react to my teasing.
“Why is your name Daddy? It’s cute.”
I heard Luciana whisper that his name wasn’t Daddy, but I didn’t give up.
“Daddy, I think you’re of mixed blood! You’re half angel and half Rahelian!”
He had enough time to get used to it by now, but he still couldn’t adjust well.
“You’re here, saintess,” Callian kindly smiled at me and greeted me.
I stared at him.
He was a good person, and I liked him too. However, it was burdensome that he wanted to be close to me.
Callian took out a piece of candy. “Saintess, would you like some of this?”
I calmly stayed in Miltiades’s arms and squeezed his hand.
“Sir Callian, the Saintess is quite shy.”
“Ah, I see.”
Luciana replied to Callian in my stead and I saw his face fall. Then, Miltiades took the candy that was in Callian’s hands and showed it to me.
“Will you eat it?”
‘If my dad’s giving it to me, of course, I will!’
Callian smiled when he saw me laughing with the candy. If I were in his place, I would have been upset. His happy expression even made me feel guilty.
‘Maybe, I should be nicer to him.’
“What are you doing at this time? Don’t you need to pray right now?”
“Ah, you know my schedule. I knew you loved me lots!”
Miltiades closed his mouth. I laughed at how cute he was and grabbed his sleeve.
His words were right.
There was something I needed to tell him.
“I have a request for you, Daddy!”
I nodded at his question.
“Please give me a name!”