it be Diana Nohibaden? But, Philippa and Thesevitz weren’t married, so would it still be Nohibaden?’
A single mother’s child.
Usually, one would be treated as an illegitimate child.
However, Diana’s situation was one of a kind.
Illegitimate child? If anyone dared to say such words, their neck would be cut off by Thesevitz’s own hands.
Thesevitz Bale Nohibaden.
Grand Duke of Nohibaden, also known as Master of The Red Flames, had vast territory in the North.
But, the name Thesevitz was more familiar to Hermann.
Hermann believed that Diana’s biological father was Thesevitz.
And, if Hermann’s guess was right, that would lead to another problem.
Philippa was Count Ohrid’s only daughter.
Count Ohrid opposed the relationship between Philipa and Thesevitz.
Of course, the former Grand Duke of Nohibaden also opposed it.
They were forced to separate because of the opposition from the two families, and like that Philippa disappeared.
Count Ohrid openly blamed Nohibaden for all this.
If Thesevitz wasn’t the only heir to the Grand Duke of Nohibaden, and if he wasn’t Master of The Red Flames, maybe by now, he would’ve been dead by Ohrid’s hands.
‘Count Ohrid acknowledging that Thesevitz is the biological father… that would never happen, right?’
The surest way to ascertain the child’s paternity was Philippa’s testimony.
But, Phillippa didn’t even leave a will.
Hermann suppressed the feelings surging up.
He was dumbfounded when he thought of Philippa.
She wasn’t the type of person who would just leave like that.
Eventually, the dark clouds gathered and it started to rain in the evening.
Hermann’s clothes were wet, but he didn’t care and simply continued to work.
In order to bring Thesevitz back as soon as possible, he couldn’t waste time, and so he sacrificed even his sleep.
Hermann stayed up all night, but still headed to the hotel, though it was well past lunch time.
In the hotel, Diana was alone, trying to kill time.
She pulled out an unopened letter out of her luggage, a letter she wouldn’t have even checked if Mrs.
Martin hadn’t reminded her.
The friend who she exchanged letters with was a student who her mother used to teach.
He was about the same age as Diana and studied with her.
Naturally, they became acquainted.
However, when her mother died, she stopped seeing him.
The Fabre County was close to the Bordeaux mansion, but it was not easy for young Diana to visit.
Following that, Countess Fabre passed away and her friend left for the academy.
Fortunately, they still consistently exchanged letters.
Diana confirmed that it was addressed to her then ripped off the wax seal by hand.
As Diana opened the letter, the smell of ink permeated through the air, but it disappeared as quickly it came.
She opened it with a rustling sound.
[To Diana, whose birthday is coming soon.]
‘Ah, come to think again, it’ll be my birthday soon, right?’
Diana counted the days and realized.
She’d been so out of her mind recently that she didn’t even know what day was passing.
[How are you? If I asked you this, you’d definitely say you’re doing good, right? Well, I’m also good.
Except the test results this time were pretty bad…]
Thessior’s letter was Diana’s only source of energy in life.
While reading his letter, she felt as if she returned to the times when her mother was still alive.
[If you have any present you want, write it down and send it to me.
If not, I’ll choose as I always do.]
Just then, she heard the sound of the hotel door opening.
Diana hurriedly folded the letter and put it back in the envelope.
Hermann, who came in through the door, looked very tired.
“Are you alrigh—”
Something was wriggling in Hermann’s arms.
The puppy with mixed gray and black fur had blue eyes.
A transparent sky blue that reminded her of the high autumn sky.
“Here, a present.”
Diana asked back blankly.
Hermann handed over the dog to her, clearly, he wasn’t going to explain twice.
Diana held the puppy in her arms.
The little creature gave off a soft warmth.
“If you have it, you won’t be lonely.”
Hermann passed the dog to her and walked right past Diana into the room.
“… !? How did you know?”
“What do I know?”
“Isn’t this my birthday present?”
Your birthday is nea—”
Hermann’s hand holding the luggage bag paused.
Hermann coughed in vain and avoided Diana’s gaze.
It’s your birthday present.
I’m giving it to you in advance because it seems like I can’t come back from the East Continent before your birthday.”
Diana looked down at the puppy in her arms with sparkling eyes.
The puppy looked very calm and cute.
Diana rubbed her face and the puppy turned its head to the other side.
“You don’t dislike animals, right?”
“I like it!”
“It’s a relief.”
Hermann sincerely thought.
‘It doesn’t matter even if I told her now that it wasn’t prepared as her birthday present.
Saying that it’s her birthday present is the wisest thing.
At least she’s happy,’ Hermann thought shamelessly.
That animal looked like a puppy, but it was actually Hermann’s summoned beast.
It could move in and out of the shadows, and even if it was far away, it would always detect danger around Diana and remove the threat.
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