nted laugh and started dancing with As.


Following As’s lead, we danced to the music, but I accidentally stepped on his foot.
However, As didn’t show any sign of discomfort and just smiled back at me.




As’ smile was so beautiful, but that doll-like smile made me feel uneasy.


At first, it was an accident, but as I intentionally stepped on her foot a few times, As looked at me with a surprised face and deftly started to avoid my feet.


No matter how many times I stepped on her foot, As wouldn’t say anything to consider me.
That’s just the kind of person As is.


Since Royina was born, the heavy sense of wealth in the dukedom has engulfed me again.


Even though I ran away to the palace using As as an excuse, it was the same everywhere.
I was just a small child in the dukedom or the palace.


“I want to go home.”



Aegis looked at Talia, who was holding a rabbit doll and staring out the window.
Since they danced together in the garden last time, Talia had been teasing Aegis in a strange way.
She would pull his cheeks or take away his snacks, and whenever Aegis smiled at her, she would scrunch up her face in displeasure.


“I can share my snacks with her, and she can pull my cheeks as much as she wants.”


Aegis tried everything to get Talia’s attention, but she only teased him and didn’t seem to be interested in him at all.


Occasionally, she would make an extremely frustrated face and suddenly fall asleep.


“Like this.”


“Shall we go for a walk in our garden?”


Aegis quickly spoke up, worried that Talia might fall asleep again.
Talia turned her gaze from outside the window to Aegis.


Whenever he met her pretty violet eyes, his heart would race.
The garden in the imperial palace was far more beautiful and mysterious than the lavender color that bloomed there.


Despite her cool demeanor, Aegis still liked Talia, both in her cute appearance and her cold attitude.


“I don’t feel like walking.”


“I’ll carry you.”


Upon Aiegis’ offer to carry her, Talaea seemed to hesitate for a moment before nodding her head.
Aiegis lifted Talaea onto his back, and her bunny doll dangled beneath her neck.
Feeling a bit pleased, Aiegis moved forward with brisk steps.


As they walked down the hallway, the servants of the palace smiled warmly at them.


“Tilli, hold on tight since we’re going down the stairs.”




Talaea’s arms around his neck tightened, and her soft platinum hair tickled Aiegis’ cheeks.
He enjoyed the sound of her breathing and the weight that wasn’t too heavy on his back.


Aiegis spoke to Talaea, worried that she might fall asleep while he was carrying her.






“You mentioned having a younger sibling, right?”


“Yeah, are you talking about Lona?”


“What kind of person is your sibling?”


“He’s just a baby who can only do flips.”


“Is he cute?”


“He’s adorable.”


“What does he look like?”


“He has platinum blonde hair and purple eyes, just like me.”


“He would be cute if he looked like Tilly, right?”


“He looks more like Mom than Dad.”


“I wish he looked like Tilly.”


Talaea reluctantly agreed with Aegis, who was being stubborn for no reason.


“I wanted a younger sibling too.
Maybe Uma Mama and Aba Mama want a pretty girl like Tilly.”


“I know.
But you said you didn’t want one?”


“I wanted a younger sister too, but now we have Tilly.”


“I’m not your younger sister.”


“You’re younger than me.”


“You’ll be the same age as me in just a little while.”


“I’ll be six soon.”


It seems that Talaea didn’t like Aigis’s rebuttal that left her speechless, so she grabbed Aigis’s shoulders and shook him.




Aigis, who was holding Talaea up, eventually let her go and she fell to the ground and hurt her bottom.
Startled, Aigis lifted her up and brushed off her clothes.
Talaea glared at Aigis with eyes that showed her dissatisfaction and asked,


“Do I look like a little sister to you, that you laugh at me like a fool?”




“Then pick one of your other friends to be your little sister.”


Aigis’s other friends referred to the noble children he meets separately.
Hearing this, Aigis shook his head.


“I meant that you’re half like a little sister, not that I want to make you my little sister.
Tilly is the one I like, not my other friends.
Only Tilly makes me laugh like a fool.
Well, I only laugh like that in front of my friends… that’s what I meant.”


As Aigis spoke in a rare rambling way, Talaea looked at him with a complex expression.


“So, only I’m good enough?”






“Because Tilly is like me.”


“How is she like you?”


“Well, Tilly is…Lemetrio.”

“If it’s because we’re the children of the three noble families that people expect things from us?”


When Talaea explained what was indescribable in words, Aegis nodded with a smile.


As expected, Talaea thought the same as me.
She was looking at the same thing as me.
Aegis thought so and smiled brightly.


“Then why do you meet with other friends?”


“Because we have to.”


“Like going to class and studying hard?”


When Talaea asked again, Aegis nodded his head again, and Talaea let out a deep sigh and shook her head excitedly.


Talaea was making a frustrated expression again.
Thinking that the frustration was because of him, Aegis grabbed Talaea’s arm.


“Do you hate Tilly?”


“…I don’t hate her.”


“Then why?”


“It’s because I don’t know how to treat you since I don’t hate you.”


Aegis tilted his head at the incomprehensible words.
Talaea picked up the rabbit doll that had fallen to the ground and said,


“You won’t understand because you’re young.”

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