I saw a familiar path. And… I saw Shael walking next to me.
“Why are you acting like that all of a sudden?”
The golden pearl given to me by Ruelle allowed me to stay in the past for 3 days at a desired point in time.
Using that, I returned right after the fireworks festival in the Pleorin Territory.
Exactly 3 days ago.
There was a very good reason why I choose this point in time.
Even if I went back to the distant past, Clie would already have holy power. So I decided it would be a good idea to go back to the nearest point in time.
If I went too far back in the past, the future might change drastically, and that wouldn’t be a good thing.
Fortunately, there wasn’t two of me at the same timeline, as it commonly happened in many time traveling stories.
I guess the pearl made sure that there would be only one physical existence in one timeline. In Ruelle’s case, she didn’t yet exist in my current timeline, so the pearl sent back both her soul and physical existence. On the other hand, the pearl only sent back the soul, or the memories in my case.
Anyways, I unconsciously hugged Shael, because what happened a while ago was still quite fresh in my mind.
“This is the price of the dessert you stole.”
Anyways, I had to let her go since she looked like she was on the verge of getting annoyed.
Now, I had to come up with a way to defeat Clie.
After a moment of thought, I came up with two methods. One was to break the bracelet, while the other was to prevent Clie from curing her disease.
However, it would be near impossible to prevent the event where her disease would be cured.
In the original novel, the Crown Prince bought a seemingly insignificant pair of earrings with a large sum of money from an auction and gifted them to Clie.
The auctioneer claimed that the earrings had the ability to cure any disease.
That claim which apparently seemed like a scam, turned out to be true, and it really cured Clie’s disease!
As expected of a romantic fantasy novel… Clie’s illness was cured by the combination of the male lead’s affection towards the female lead and an absurd coincidence.
To be honest, I wanted to leave a comment asking what kind of crappy development was that after reading it.
And now, maybe Clie already had the earrings. I even thought of a plan to go back to the distant past and get the earrings myself, but… to begin with, I didn’t know where those earrings came from.
So the best way to defeat Clie was to break the bracelet of holy power. I still had the thing in my magic pouch.
Of course, that was impossible for now as well.
First of all, I need to figure out the reason why Clie suddenly attacked the Azbel family.
“Have you done anything weird lately?”
Of course, the reason must be related to Shael. So I started questioning Shael, who was giving me a blank look.
“I don’t do weird things.”
“What did you do yesterday?”
“You’ve been with me the whole time.”
It was true that I spend most of my day with Shael. But that didn’t mean we stay together all the time.
As I urged her to speak, Shael opened her mouth.
“After I spent time with you, I stayed in my room the whole time.”
I kept changing the time period and continued asking, but I couldn’t get any useful answers. So this time I changed the question.
“Then, have you left the Azbel Mansion without me in the past few days?”
After thinking for a moment, Shael nodded her head. She really seems to have gone out.
“I was out only once.”
“What did you do during that time?”
I listened with rapt attention. Hopefully I would be able to find something out.
“I went to the auction house. Why are you suddenly asking me all this?” Shael tilted her head.
I casually ignored the question.
‘So she went to an auction house. Could it be that she met Clie there?’
“Who did you meet at the auction house?”
“I didn’t meet anyone.”
The next question was obvious.
“Then what did you buy at the auction house?”
“Why are you asking that?”
I didn’t bother to answer Shael’s question. Instead, I decided to use Shael’s weakness.
“If you tell me, I’ll make you a lot of desserts after we return to the Baslett Estate.”
I wanted to entice Shael, and at the same time I wanted to keep her at the Baslett family so that she wouldn’t be exposed to the same danger as before.
“Do you think I will listen to you because of that?”
However, Shael’s action was the exact opposite of what she said, and she pulled something out of her pocket.
“I bought this. Keep your promise.”
“You say that you won’t listen to me, but your action is different.”
Shael glared at me in response.
Ignoring that, I shifted my gaze to her hand.
What Shael had taken out of her pocket was… a small pill.
It must have been a while since she bought it, judging from the state it was in.
And, it seemed to be some kind of medicine.
“What kind of medicine is that?”
Desserts or her pride? Shael, who was having trouble choosing between them, said. “It’s…not… a medicine.”
It was obvious that it was a lie.
After letting out a sigh, I spoke to Shael. “If you don’t tell the truth, there will be no dessert.”
“Ah, I will also broadcast the contents of the serpent orb in the Azbel family.”
Finally, Shael said with a disgruntled expression, “It’s a medicine that will knock anyone out.”
‘Why did she buy that?’ I didn’t know.
It was something that had a lot of nefarious use.
And, the fact that she probably wanted to use that on me, gave me goosebumps.
Anyways, it wasn’t that important at the moment.
“Did you buy anything else besides that?”
At my question, Shael brought out something from her pocket again.
I felt immediately felt short of breath, and almost choked.
What she brought out were the earrings I had seen in the illustration of the original novel.
And, they were the same earrings that would cure Clie’s disease!
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