Chapter 9 - Umiko

What an odd household. The servants here are pleasant, the guards acknowledge me, and I am allowed everywhere, even in the same area as Fenriz’s office. To say that I am not used to this is putting it lightly - I am not a prisoner in my own home.

“Is something wrong?” Yui asks me as we walk through the back garden. Marcus, the guard, is walking two paces behind us while his team is spread out in front.

I shake my head. “Not really, no. Things are just so different here, wouldn’t you say?”

She nods. “People actually look at me when they speak to me,” she murmurs, then gestures towards Marcus. “Even the guards treat me like they’re a lower stature than I am.”

“It’s a different world over here, entirely different,” I say, then link my arm with hers and give her a playful smile. “Perhaps we can learn not to be so wary of them?”

“I know what you’re doing, and I will not answer you until this suspicious feeling goes away,” she says, rolling her eyes even as she tries to hide her smile. “B
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