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Chapter 110: Leca’s Harvest (I)
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The rain that had continued through the night had washed away all the dust and dirt around the land. A clear blue sky hung overhead as Vio descended from the highlands on Phillip’s two-seated saddle with Legion.
On the way back, they had become thirsty so they stopped by Amade village. The village chief, Taurus, served them both breakfast. The fare was more common for villagers than for lords and knights: a loaf of bread and light soup. However, Vio didn’t eat much to begin with, so both he and his stomach found it highly agreeable.
Vio had commented that the herb flavor was delicious and complemented the food as well. Taurus’ wife became so emotional at the praise that she packed the dried herbs in a bag for him to take as souvenirs.1 Vio was happy that he would be able to share them with Rille.
Vio thanked Taurus and his wife for their very warm hospitality, and then they both continued on their journey back to Leca.
“Lord Violant, about this morning’s ‘payback.’ …Can we talk about it?”
“You’re so obstinate. It wasn’t such a big deal; we don’t need to talk about it.”
“It’s important to me.”
Vio had started to regret the mischief he had pulled, as it actually ended up being embarrassing for him as well. He had intended to just leave it in the past, but he reluctantly answered because Legion was like a dog with a bone.
“When you woke up, you greeted me good morning and then kissed me on my forehead. ―You must be really passionate about your lover, aren’t you?”2
“…Did anything more than that happen?”
“What more could there be?”
Legion went silent in response to that question. Vio looked back and saw Legion awkwardly looking away from him.
“I’m not sure but then I think you said we should sleep a little more and then pulled me down to the floor? Does that count as more than a kiss to the forehead?”
“Oh, I see, I’m glad… Alright then.”
Vio felt relief at the answer, but at the same time, paused and tilted his head, stuck in the thought, What more could there be?
“Sorry, I was mistaken… I thought it was a dream.”
“No, it’s nothing, I’m just sorry that I did something impolite.”
“Ahh, it’s nothing you have to worry about. I don’t care.”
“…You really don’t care?”
“Well, what would you prefer? Do you want me to care? Do you want me to not care?” Vio asked Legion frankly in response to his vague line of questioning.
“I want you to care a little bit.”
“A little bit? Agh, what are you talking about? I don’t understand at all.”
“What is it? Is there something else you want to ask?”
Vio had become tired of the mysterious pattern of questions Legion asked and the answers he gave. Vio was fed up with it. Legion responded in an unexpectedly nervous voice.
“Are you disgusted with me?”
Vio was taken aback, and then overcome with a feeling of wonder.
“Come to think of it, no, I’m not disgusted at all. Even though what happened at Endsk gave me goose bumps, this was different. Maybe it’s because you are close subordinate of mine?”
“…I’m glad to hear that. I think I would want to die if you hated me.”
“As usual, it’s always one extreme or another with you. Haven’t I told you? The only people I hate are people who betray me.”
“In a sense, you might consider it a betrayal.”
Legion muttered with a sigh, his voice tinged with a tone of sadness. Vio wanted to ask him what he meant but decided against it because of how it sounded.
Vio felt that it might be good not to dig too deep into it.
“I’m not going to ask anything else, rest assured. We’re done talking about this.”
“Legi, when we get back to the mansion, Rille is likely going to be rough with you. So be careful.”
“Huh, why is that?”
Vio put on a wry smile.
“It’s the first time I’ve gone AWOL. She might cry and say that I’ve become a delinquent.”
“…No, she’s going to blame me completely, and not you at all. I’m going to have to watch my back for a while.”
Vio was unsure, and asked if he had misunderstood what was just said. Legion let out a pained laugh, and said that nothing was wrong.
Rille was pacing back and forth in front of the gate to Leca’s mansion. Jill, the butler, stood nearby, calm and collected.
As soon as Rille saw Vio, she immediately rushed over.
“Lord Vio! Welcome back. I was so worried about you. I thought you might have had something terrible happen to you because you didn’t come back during such a terrible thunderstorm!”
“I’ve made it back, the both of us have. I’m fine. We went and visited a flower garden in the Alpe Mountains when we got caught in the rain. We found some shelter and rested there over night. I’m so glad you packed me a lunch.”
Upon hearing this, she patted his chest. She then glared at Legion with red eyes. Legion became as stiff as a board.
As soon Vio dismounted from the horse, Jill came up to him.
“I’m glad you made it home safe and sound. ―By the way, I have some not-so-great news.”
“…Jill, the way you just said that scared me. What is it?”
“Gary Peterson has come. I put him in the Butler’s chambers.”
“That certainly is bad news. I’d like to shelve that issue for the moment. I want to take a bath and then change my clothes. I already had breakfast at Amade village, so please just make a pot of tea.”
Jill bowed, and then Rille bowed shortly after.
“Legi, leave your horse with Hauser and then change your clothes. If you make this man wait too long, he won’t shut up.”
Usually it wouldn’t have been an issue, because Legion typically kept himself neat. However, Gary was a master at finding dirt and dust in places that were only barely visible to the human eye, so it was better to be on the safe side.
Vio felt a heavy weight come down on his mood and told Jill one more thing.
“Jill, as you can guess, please keep the basement pantry under heavy guard. That man will try to steal our liquor if we take our eyes off him for just a second… If you could just be aware of the situation.”
“I’ll keep an eye on him, and he won’t even have so much as a single piece of cheese. Rest assured.”
Jill spoke over Vio and declared his resolve.