Chapter 24 - Kalix's Pride
Amber once again carefully scrutinized her twenty-four year old husband and compared him to the twenty-six year old husband she had met first in her previous life.
‘He is certainly… different.’
The very first thing she noted was his scar.
In her previous life, her twenty-six year old husband had come back from battle with scars riddling his body. Apart from the scars left by sword wounds on his back and hips, a thumbnail-sized scar at his temple that made him look perpetually aggressive. As he had no experience in battle presently, his body was still clean and soft.
Though the word soft wasn’t apt to use for him at all.
The second thing she noticed was the atmosphere that surrounded him.
In her previous life, her husband was an absolute ruler. Proficient in every facet of his work, he never bent his opinion for anyone else. Rather than a human, it was more appropriate to call him a beast.
“Anyone who experienced hundreds of deaths and betrayals on countless, hellish battlefields would end up looking like him. Of course, only the Duke of Thales could survive so many of those battlefields.”
The people of the East feared her husband, but the man currently standing in front of Amber’s eyes right now was…
‘Just a kid.’ She already thought so at the drill hall, but he was truly too young. Not only was he physically young, his youth showed in every area compared to the twenty-six year old Kalix who experienced numerous cruel battlefields.
‘Perhaps that was why? Because his heart has yet to be steeled from the fires of war, he’s siding with me, even if just passively?’ Amber was so tickled by the thought in her head that she let out a laugh.
Even if right now his heart is yet to be steeled and even if he had sided with her just for a Even if his heart was yet to be steeled and he had sided with her for just a moment, the truth remained that she still found it terrible to be married to Kalix. ‘Even if it’s two years later, he’ll return to his previous self.’
In fact, by staying with Amber before heading out to battle, it was possible that he would find it detestable to constantly see Amber’s face and tire of her even earlier.
Amber no longer wished to be disappointed again after putting her hopes in her husband. Ten years of such an experience was enough.
Amber let out a sigh and stood up herself. As she was holding Jenia in her arms, she lost her balance and wobbled several times as they walked, but Kalix never offered his hand.
“I wish for this maid to have her wounds tended to, where should I go?” Amber asked the blonde knight standing behind Kalix. It was the knight that had sided with her back at the drill hall.
The knight didn’t answer Amber right away and instead studied Kalix’s expression to see if it was okay.
“… Dennis, guide her to where she needs to go.”
It seemed like the blonde knight’s name was Dennis. Amber mumbled the name Dennis inside her mind over and over in an effort to remember his name.
“Please come this way!” Dennis hurriedly took Jenia from Amber’s arms and spoke.
Amber was following behind Dennis on the way to the kitchen that the maids usually use, but then suddenly turned to see behind her. Her eyes met with Kalix’s eyes who was standing still like a statue in the place he was at just a moment ago, staring intensely at behind Amber.
“Just a moment, Madam,” At that moment, Kalix opened his mouth. “We need to talk.”
The servants and the maids around them were shocked at Kalix calling Amber by title. Bella, who was still standing with a pale face, also widened her eyes at his respectful address.
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