p right there, I’ll slit open your wrists.”

The man’s hands froze in the air at the sound of the responding voice.
The voice was so cold that the hair on the back of his neck rose.

At the time, Kalia had just cut the head off the opposing general.
Her blood was still boiling from the kill.
The battle had just ended not long ago and the smell of blood still lingered on the tip of her nose.

….her killing intent had yet to dissipate.

Against Kalia’s eyes which shone eerily from the shadows beneath her hat, the man couldn’t touch her at all.

“Wow, a lot tougher than the rumours,” he smilingly backed away.

His men handed over the supplies and the two stood face to face, watching each other without a word as Kalia’s lieutenants checked the goods.

Back then, Kalia had her face half-hidden under her military cap but not Buford’s face.

Kalia remembered his face very clearly.
In particular, those vivid red eyes that distinctively seemed to glow with greed and fishy (4) desires.

After the supplies were handed over and checked, he gave a ceremonial greeting.
Smacking his lips he remarked, “You’re a curious (5) person, General Kalia.”

“…..”


“I really want to take it off with my own hands someday,” he continued, undeterred by her silence.

“……”

“Oh, the hat of course,” he didn’t stop.

Kalia wasn’t very stimulated by his words at the time but her lieutenants were already going crazy, trying to pull their knives out on him.
They didn’t get the chance to pull out their knives though.

It wasn’t because she had stopped them but because, out of nowhere, a bolt of lightning struck down upon Prince Buford’s horse, roasting it alive.

“….Ha?” The prince’s gaze whipped around fiercely to see who had done such a thing but he couldn’t find any movement or anomalies anywhere.

Lightning magic was, of course, a certain ‘someone’s’ specialty but no one in Kalia’s camp was about to reveal it.

That Prince of Akan had made such a fuss about finding the culprit, but there’s no way he could’ve caught them.

With Simon’s level of skill, his magic was colourless, odorless and left absolutely no trace of mana at the scene of the incident; basically, it was untraceable.
He was the only one who could make this possible.

“Kalia? What have you been thinking about?” a voice suddenly jolted Kalia from her memories.
(6)

“Oh, no, it’s nothing,” she replied.

On the inside though, she kept trying to shake off the unpleasant premonitions that made her uncomfortable all over.

Her mind was still preoccupied with the matter when they arrived at the teleportation.
She pulled out a communication device that she had thought she wouldn’t have to use.

A prince from another country had come into Rohas but she doubted if the imperial family knew.

From their past encounter, she believed the prince wasn’t any sort of good news and she couldn’t let go of her unease.

‘I’m going to have to tell Brigham (7) that the Prince of Akan is here.
I have to get him to relay this to his Highness in secret.’

She connected the device to Brigham.

The device rang for a long time before an alert voice picked up and answered the call -Who is this?-

This number was Brigham’s personal contact and he very tentatively picked up the unfamiliar number.

“It’s me, Brigham.”

-….Kalia-nim? Kalia-nim! Where are you now? Yesterday, Mr.
Simon destroyed Miss’ house! Everyone’s all messed up here! He’s going crazy! He came to me earlier and asked me about Miss’ whereabouts and I was so suffocated I thought I was going to die!-Brigham’s frantic voice came from the phone.
(8)

‘Oh my god,’ Kalia broke out into cold sweat at the sudden news of Simon.

She was more than 500 kilometers from the capital but she was still very worried that Simon would find her right away and follow after her.

“Seems like Simon already arrived,” she muttered out loud.

-He met with the Crown Prince yesterday and immediately flew right to Miss’ mansion! It’s been a mess since then! No one’s allowed access! He didn’t go back to the tower yesterday; he just passed the night in the ruins of Miss’ mansion!-

‘Ah, ruins…..ruins….’ Kalia didn’t know what else to think for a second.

‘Ah.
Simon.
Please don’t break it all.
My precious mansion. No matter how angry Simon was, to have smashed through her entire house…
Maybe I should secretly contact Jacob and ask him to restore it.’

Thinking up to here, Kalia put aside the horrendous situation with her mansion and immediately got to the point, “More importantly.
Brigham, there’s something you need to look into.”

-What? What do I need to do?-

“It’s about the Kingdom of Akan.”

Kalia briefly explained the situation and asked to have the information passed onto Raymond.
She also told him to take a look into recent trends in the Akan Kingdom.

“I don’t have to tell you but don’t tell him that you’ve been in touch with me, okay?”

– Ha, but if Simon uses some kind of mental type of magic (9) on me….-

“He’s not that crazy, so don’t worry,” Kalia reassures him.

‘En, yeah….
Probably.’ (10)

Footnotes 

(1) The romanization for this name (디몬이) is dimoni.
Tbh, Dimon is an actual name and it’s pronunciation basically sounds like Diamond but, Daemon was a more common English name so I figured I’d use that….

(2) The romanization for the prince’s name (보르프 아디오 ) is boreupeu adio.
MTL translated it to Borf…… My friend suggested Borg (a place in Switzerland; it also reminded me of the word cyborg) and I was gonna just call him Borf (a word used in Harry Potter and was apparently also the title of a graffiti campaign) but I listened to it like 5 times and I think it sounds like Buford…..
So that’s what I’m naming him! If y’all have any better suggestions, please do let me know.

Buford the wonder table (shoutout to anyone who knows what I’m talking about) ???? I’m going to laugh every time I translate about him now…..

(3) Had to dictionary this word but I kept it in because I think it captures the personality trait the author was trying to get at very well.
Means: eager or quick to argue, quarrel or fight.
So think: aggressive, antagonistic and quick-tempered…

(4) Fishy really is the adjective the author used.
Think: shady, corrupt, rotten….
I think you get the point.
This guy is starting to feel reeeal sleazy.

(5) The words used were (호기심을 자극하는), literally meaning stimulate curiosity.
Basically, he thinks her interesting (get away from her u creep.
Simon you should’ve smote him instead of the horse) (And yes,  the past tense for smite is smote, not smited.
I was surprised too)

(6) The line ‘a voice suddenly jolted Kalia from her memories’ is not in the raws.
I added it in for flow but the author never mentions if it was Allen or Humming who had spoken.

(7) His name (브릭) romanized is beurik.
When translated, literally means brick…..
To keep with the theme of Western names, I’m translating his name to Brigham.

(8) Whenever Brigham refers to Kalia as Miss, he’s actually saying Kalia-nim in the raws.
He addresses her this way as a form of respect but, when translated in English, it doesn’t sound right so I translated all the Kalia-nims to Misses ????

(9) When he says mental magic, Brigham is talking about spells that can look into his memories or force him to talk…..
Mental manipulation.
That type of magic.
I really can’t think of a better English equivalency….
Help?

(10) Kalia had just reassured Brigham that Simon isn’t like that but in this line, she is basically thinking: ‘he’s probably not like that, yeah’.
Lmao

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