Minerva yawned. She was carried by Shirley all along but she felt tired that she wanted to sleep.
Although she fell asleep in the afternoon, she still felt sleepy.
The door suddenly opened and Cassie went inside. Right, it was already nighttime. Cassie would have to lull her to sleep like she always did.
She yawned once again and Cassie smiled a little.
Seriously, Cassie was too pretty especially when she smiled. Most of the time she would look serious and strict. She remembered that Shirley would sometimes tell Elise how she was intimidated by Cassie. Minerva hoped that Cassie would smile often as it suited her.
If Shirley saw Cassie smiled, she would surely gape in shock.
Before Cassie could start to sing, they heard a knock on the door. Cassie furrowed her brows. Then, Minerva became confused when she was instantly carried by Cassie in her arms.
"Lady Santcliment, it's me, Julia. May I come in?"
Cassie became serious, "Hold on for a moment."
Then, Cassie ran into the left wall and pressed something. A door suddenly appeared and Cassie hastily opened the door and ran.
Minerva felt confused. What was this? Why did Cassie run? Wasn't it just Julia?
Minerva looked around and she saw that they were on a strange corridor. It looked like a secret passage that she saw in the movies. But why were they here?
Wait, did it meant that there was an incident? Was it not Julia that knocked on the door?
But if it was true, how did Cassie know?
Cassie hugged her tightly as she ran on the wide corridor. When she was about to turn right, she was greeted by a dagger.
Minerva widened her eyes in shock as she saw that the dagger the masked man held was about to stab her.
However, before the dagger could reach her, Cassie instantly turned her back thus she was the one who took the stab.
'Cassie!' Minerva shivered when she felt that Cassie stiffened. However, she did not mind at all as she continued to run.
"Don't worry, Little Miss. I would protect you." Cassie mumbled as she continued to run away.
Minerva shivered. Was this an assassination attempt? But why? Who would target her? Was this one of her so-called father's enemies?
However, how did they managed to invade the mansion? If her assumption was true that this was a secret passage, how come they knew that they would come here to run?
"You had nowhere to run, Lady Santcliment." A hoarse voice of a man echoed behind them. Although Minerva could not see him, she knew that the one who was supposed to stab her had followed them.
She could feel the fast palpitation of her heart. She knew that she was the target of the masked man. However, Minerva didn't have the luxury to guess more about the reason why this masked man wanted her life as she concentrated more on how to outrun him. Especially now that Cassie was injured.
Minerva felt frustrated. If she wasn't in the body of the child, she could have helped Cassie in this situation. But since she was trapped in this, she could do nothing but become a burden.
She bit her lips. Her so-called father was a strong mage, right? That was written in the book that Shirley read for her! Shouldn't he had used some magic or whatever that is in case of this incident like this happen?
"Damn it. How did they know about this secret passage?" Cassie muttered under her breath. Minerva didn't know on which part of her back was stabbed. Regardless, she knew that Cassie endured the pain as she thought more about how they could survive in the circumstance they were in.
Cassie continued to run as she hugged the child in her arms tightly. Even if something happened to her, she had to make sure that nothing would happen to the Little Miss. She just had to look for a way to get through this. Although she was injured, she just needed to call for a mage and she would be healed instantly.
Her eyes darkened when she recalled what happened earlier. There were knights outside the Little Miss' chambers and even Kevin, who was the strongest knight in Azenla Empire, had guarded the Little Miss yet these assassins managed to pass through them. Even gone as far as to impersonate Julia.
If they managed to do this feat, it meant that among these assassins that were sent, there was a strong mage involved.
Cassie gritted her teeth. If her assumptions were true, then the Little Miss would be in danger. She didn't possess any mana hence she was unable to protect the Little Miss.
Moreover, she didn't know what happened to Julia and the others but their safety wasn't her priority now. She could only hope that they could survive on this point.
Cassie continued to run even if her back ached from the injury and she felt the loss of blood but she stubbornly persisted. However, her eyes widen when she saw another masked man ran in their direction. She was now cornered by them!
"Haven't I told you earlier, Lady Santcliment? You have nowhere to run." The masked man behind them said smugly. Although he was mad that he was unable to chase this maid who ran fast like a mad dog despite the wound that she had, he was still confident that they could corner them as they already knew the layout of this secret passage.
Cassie did not heed the masked man's words. The other assassin who ran in their direction was almost near them but she still chose to run into him.
Just when they were about to bump into each other, Cassie swiftly dodged the attack of the masked assassin and kicked him in the chest using a knife that was hidden on her shoe. When she was about to pass through him, she suddenly fell as someone stabbed her leg.
"You're all useless. Just a mere girl without mana yet managed to outran you both? If I did not come, they would have escaped! Trash!"
Minerva clutched her tiny hands onto Cassie's clothes as she saw her groaned in pain. She tried to peek at her leg and she saw that she was stabbed by a staff.
When she looked towards the one who held the staff, she saw that the person wore a black cloak and she could not see if this person was a man or woman. She was sure that this was the one who talked earlier. But their voice was a bit different as it felt illusory. She thought that their voice was familiar like she heard it before. When she tried to compare it with Shirley's voice, it was matched. But if she also tried to compared it to Elise, Julia, and Kevin's voice, it was also matched. It seems that this illusory voice was used to confuse the others and also to mask their identity.
Although Minerva could not see the face of this black-cloaked person, she could still feel that they stared at her.
"Interesting. So this was what the jeweled eye possessor looked like when they were a child. Who knew that I could see it with my own eyes? It was a good thing that this was assigned to me." The cloaked person said and they chuckled.
"Child, you did not need to worry as I would help you from the misery that would befall you later. There was only a small chance that you would survive on your fifth birthday anyway, so why endure for long when you would have died soon? Come and go with me, daughter of Duke Ivrea."
Minerva unconsciously shivered when she heard what they said. Their voice was laced with malice as they laughed like a maniac. She did not have the time to think about what they said about her survival on her fifth birthday as she was in a grave situation now.
She glanced at Cassie who was still stubbornly hugged her as she groaned in pain. However compared to before, she felt that her hug was not strong enough. It was as if she was weakened. Did the cloaked person do this to Cassie?
"The beautiful jeweled eyes would finally be mine!" The cloaked person laughed maniacally as they were about to take Minerva.
However, Cassie, who was in a weakened state, still refused to hand over the child in her arms. She hugged Minerva as tight as she can. Cassie coughed a mouthful of blood but she still laughed.
"So I… was right. You… were all…" Cassie once again coughed but continued, "Y-you were all… the dogs of the Imperial Family."
Cassie grinned at the cloaked person even if she looked pale, "Pathetic. Y-you were also… as useless… as them. Pathetic. Extremely p-pathetic." She laughed loudly as she coughed once more.
"Imagine… being an underling… of that loser of a king. W-weren't you… the same as him? W-would you barked… if I gave you… a bone?" Cassie taunted.
She was about to continue when the cloaked person pressed down the staff that was still on her leg. Cassie groaned as she once again coughed a mouthful of blood.
"Truly, Cassie Santcliment's mouth was like a venom just like what the rumors said. Don't worry, Lady Santcliment. As I could see that you didn't want to part with the child in your arms, I would also present your death together with her."
Cassie laughed at what the cloaked person said, "I-is that so? Let's see… if all of you… could get out of here alive…"
"You could talk all you want. After all, you were about to die soon." The cloaked person said. Then, their attention went back to the child in Cassie's arms.
"Go and get the two of them." The cloaked person instructed the two assassins. The both of them silently obliged.
Just when they were about to reach Cassie and Minerva, Cassie slowly opened her half-lidded eyes as she smiled gently at the three of them.
"I would like… to thank the three of you… for your time… Goodbye…"
The cloaked person's eyes darkened when they heard what Cassie said. Without further adieu, they promptly tried to grab her on the arm but strong mana exploded towards the child's body which made the three of them flew towards the wall.
'Damn it!' The cloaked person thought. They quickly stood up even if they felt severe pain and tried to run away. However, they suddenly felt that they could not move their limbs any longer.
"I'm sorry if I was late. My child threw a tantrum and I was unable to leave quickly. But thank you, Cassie. You did extremely well."
Minerva stared at the back of the man that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Earlier, she tried to observe her body if she could feel any mana. She badly wanted to help Cassie but she felt so useless that it made her helpless.
Just as she ran out of ideas, she suddenly felt a force on her hand and a yellow light unexpectedly erupted that resulted in the crash of the cloaked person and the two assassins to the wall. Then, a man with long silver hair appeared out of nowhere.
Just as she wondered who this person was, he slowly turned around and looked at her.
Minerva suddenly widened her eyes when she saw the eyes of the man.
Yellow jeweled eyes…
Then… Did it mean that this man in front of her was none other than the famed Lorenzo?
Lorenzo…He was the first-ever jeweled eye possessor. There were tons of legends that surrounded him. Whether it was about his life or the deeds that he had done, it had circulated the Larin Continent, as per Shirley.However, she did not expect that she could see this famed person right in front of her.In the books, they described Lorenzo as a gentle and kind man that lived in solitude. He achieved his dream to live in the mountains away from the people.A lot of people tried to find where Lorenzo resided. However, they still could not find it no matter what. Until they decided to give up as they knew that it was all for naught. After all, Lorenzo was a known powerful archmage. He might have used concealment magic for his home to prevent from being disturbed.During the war with the devils that happened every hundred years, he would always stand as the vanguard. He slaughter
"Seriously Santi, was this how you talk to your child? You talked as if she was your subordinate!" Lorenzo rebuked him as he was baffled by his friend. "What do you know? Get lost." "Wow, so much for thanks." Minerva looked at Lorenzo and to the stone that he held. She also peeked at Cassie whose lips were pursed as if she had tried to suppress her laugh. As she observed, Lorenzo, and her so-called father which was Santi, were close enough to exchange banters. But she wouldn’t expect that they would be this close. And her ‘father’ was even a bit rude to Lorenzo. ‘Well, this was the banter between friends, I guess? This was what I read in the novels.' Still, she didn't expect that they would be this close. She was already in disbelief when Lorenzo appeared and saved them. Minerva did not expect that her 'father' would ask a favor of him.
Minerva hugged the plushie as she stared at the ceiling in her chambers. Because of what happened last night, she decided to not go outside for today. She did not want Cassie and the others to be worried. Besides, she was also afraid of what transpired. Although she looked distracted when she heard her father last night, it still wouldn't change the fact that she almost lost her life at the hands of the king’s henchmen. Even Cassie got injured. It was a good thing that Lorenzo appeared and saved them; albeit a bit late. Right, about Cassie, she heard from Shirley that she and Julia were extremely busy as they did the "clean-up" that her father mentioned. Seriously, Shirley had the gossip that she needed. If she wanted to know something, it was better to ask Shirley as she knew a lot of things. Unfortunately, she was incapable to utter coherent words as of now as she was in the body of a child. At most, she could only blabber some nonsense and pointed things i
Santi sat on the sofa as Minerva was on his lap. Across him was Lorenzo who leisurely sipped on the tea that Julia made. On the side was Alvin, Cassie and Julia.“So, care to share what happened?” Lorenzo asked. It was obvious that he wanted to catch the news first-hand.On the other hand, Santi took the tiger plushie on the side and gave it to his daughter before he answered.“I almost shove it on his throat.” He said nonchalantly. But deep inside, he was extremely pissed by the old man. It was a good thing that he came home and his mood lightened when he saw his Little Crybaby.The truth was, they should arrive two weeks at most. Teleportation was the easiest way for the to arrive sooner but these dumb mages that were sent by the king insisted that they did not know how to teleport. Thus, they could not accompany him on the return.Did they really think he was a saint? He left as soon as they uttered those nonsense. He was
Minerva stiffly sat on the high chair beside her father in the dining room. It was time for dinner and her father insisted that he would be the one who'll feed her. Before, it was Elise who fed her. But now, Santi declined Elise when she tried to feed her as he wanted to do it himself.Lorenzo already left. He only did so when he was filled with the gossip that he wanted. Not only that, he even shamelessly brought the cookies that Julia baked. Santi gave him a mouthful of insult before he let Lorenzo take them."Was there a particular food that Minnie liked to eat?" Santi asked the four maids who were in charge to took care of his child while he was away."Your Grace, if there was something that the Little Miss liked to eat, it would be strawberry, banana, and minced avocado with sweetened milk," Elise answered. As she was the one that was assigned on the Little Miss' food, she was the one knowledgeable the most about
"Ysmael! I'll kill you! You son of a bitch!"Everyone inside the room was silent as they knelt in front of the presence of the king. As his anger shot up, so as his mana thus made everyone inside the room tremble.A loud crash was once again heard. Afterward, they heard the loud breath of King Vicente IX.Silence engulfed the whole room until the king broke it himself."If any of you could eliminate the Duke of Ivrea, I would, without a doubt, pass the crown to any of you."The princes and princesses that were inside the room were shocked by the declaration of their Imperial Father. No, it wasn't a declaration anymore. It was more of an ultimatum!"But of course, that wasn't an easy feat." The king continued, "That's why his daughter was there, wasn't it?"Silence once again ensued. But it was broken down when the Second Prince answered.
Minerva didn't know how to ask her father about this. Where should she start?Before she could open her mouth, Alvin, who silently left the study room earlier, knocked on the door."Your Grace, the Crown Prince asked for an audience."Minerva widened her eyes in surprise. The Crown Prince was here? Why was he here of all places?She glanced at her father whose left brow was arched."Escort him to the reception room.""Yes, Your Grace."Santi stood up with Minerva in his arms. She thought that he'd leave but she didn't know that her father would take her to the reception room.Logan, who calmly sat inside the reception room, sipped the tea that Alvin brewed. He glanced at the door when he noticed some slight movements. Then, the door was opened and Santi, with his daughter in his arms, went inside."This subject g
Minerva glimpsed at the forest-like in front of her. However, she could not see anything aside from some trees as the area was covered with thick mist.She glanced at her father who nonchalantly walked into the forest. Despite the thick mist, it seemed that her father knew which direction to go.As the both of them were silent on the entire walk, Minerva furrowed her brows as she recalled how almost nobody could be seen while they were on their way here.Right, she remembered that Shirley mentioned that there was a specific part of this estate that was forbidden from everyone. Even Alvin and Cassie didn't have an idea of what was inside this 'forbidden place'.Shirley mentioned that two accidents happened inside this estate. And these two were connected to the forbidden place.These two people, who tried to trespass the forbidden place, were found dead while their corpses laid on the