I Thought It Was a Common Transmigration - Chapter 89
‘Is the flow of the story weakening and the relationship between me and Lizé becoming more and more like a normal love-hate relationship?’
Is this being too positive?
‘Or is it Lizé’s plot?’
Again, I’m thinking too much. What could she possibly do to me in that glittery street…….
As I was spinning in a whirlwind of confusion and doubt, Lizé added with a smile, “Actually, His Excellency the Duke of Ludwig has asked me to take you to the town before you go down to the estate and let you buy anything you want……”
“Yes. In fact, I was going to tell you when we’re done shopping, but the Duke is feeling very sorry for you, and I don’t think he’s quite ready to tell you that, so please bear with him.”
I was surprised.
The blunt Duke of Ludwig felt sorry for me.
After all, he’d paid me a compliment when we were about to leave for the ball!
‘The flow of the original story has really changed a lot! I thought it would be harder to win his heart than Killian’s.’
No wonder he asked Lizé, not Killian.
If Killian took me out shopping, it would be like he was buying me something.
But if Lizé took me out shopping, I’d know that the money was coming from the Duke’s pocket.
‘And I suppose he hopes I’ll notice that so he can ease up on me.’
My jaw dropped at the thought of the tiger-like man’s nervousness.
‘The Duke of Ludwig wanted me to do this, so I suppose it’s all right?’
If the two of us were to go out, we would be escorted by the Ludwigs’ knights, and we would be playing under their ‘watchful eye’, so it was unlikely that anything would happen.
‘I also wanted to see Le-Belle Marie Street, though……’
I didn’t get a chance to explore Le-Belle Marie Street, although I did stop by when I got my boots done with Killian.
I was curious, though, because it seemed like it would be very Rofan-esque, with lots of cute little shops.
“Well, shall we?”
“Really? Wow, that would be exciting!”
Lizé smiled brightly, clapping her hands together.
“By the way……”
“When we go out that day, who else is going with us?”
“My maid and knight.”
Hmm, that’s dangerous.
I’m feeling a little short on people who can testify that I didn’t do anything.
“I’d like my maid and one more knight to come with me, just in case something happens.”
Lizé tilted her head. “What do you mean, just in case? Le-Belle Marie Street is a very safe neighborhood, so no one carries a knight there.”
Ouch, does saying ‘just in case’ make me look like I’m up to something again?
“Oh, if- if that’s the case, I’ll just take Anna then.”
“Sure. We’ll need someone to carry our bags.”
We parted ways, promising to leave in two days.
That night, Killian, who had been to the palace, stopped by my room and asked how my day had been.
‘Killian asking about my daily life, to anyone who sees it, we must seem like newlyweds who are deeply in love with each other.’
I giggled and told him about my day.
“The day after tomorrow, I’m going to Le-Belle Marie Street with Lizé, to do what the Duke asked her to do. He told her to buy me everything I want to buy.”
“Yes. Lizé said the Duke felt sorry for me.”
Killian smiled at that.
He seemed quite pleased with himself.
He seemed quite satisfied.
“So, who’s coming with you?”
“Lizé and me.”
“Just…… the two of you?”
“I’m going with two maids and a knight.”
I expected Killian to say it was great, but he had a strange look on his face.
“Is that okay, that……”
“Have you forgotten already that it was Lizé who asked Cliff to find her earrings before the yacht accident?”
I was surprised.
I don’t think I could have forgotten that, but I didn’t expect Killian to remember, much less suspect Lizé.
“I know it’s very strange, but we don’t have any proof that she did it, and it’s not like we can keep her away forever just because we are paranoid.”
“Isn’t it a bit like the time I was accused of harming Lizé, but she treated me like nothing happened, so I shouldn’t either.”
“Besides, it was requested by the Duke.”
I can’t say I haven’t had my doubts.
But I couldn’t avoid Lizé forever, and I had no good reason to turn down her offer.
But Killian’s attitude puzzled me.
At this point, I’d expect him to say, “Of course she wouldn’t have done that,” but instead he seemed to be mulling something over, not defending her.
‘Wow, that’s really different.’
Killian was no longer the same man as in the original story, not even close.
“Well, you have maids and a knight, so I don’t think anything will happen, but…… don’t ever do anything stupid. Do you understand?”
“What makes you think I’m going to do anything stupid?”
“Because I really don’t know what you’re thinking.”
Killian stared at me with some kind of intense heat in his eyes. I felt like I was being interrogated, so I quickly averted my gaze.
The day Lizé and I go out is cloudy, but not very cold.
In the carriage are me, Lizé, Anna, and Lizé’s maid, followed by a knight on horseback.
“I’m going to buy some knitting yarn and some winter gloves today, what are you going to buy Edith?”
“Umm, I think I’ll buy some underwear, the ones I have are a bit loose and uncomfortable.”
“That’s great, there’s a really nice underwear shop on Le-Belle Marie Street, and what else would you like to buy?”
“Uh…… first, I’m going to go and think about it. I don’t really know what’s on Le-Belle Marie Street……”
“Oh, I see! There are lots of accessory shops and jewelry stores on Le-Belle Marie Street, lots of pretty cafes, and lots of boutiques on the north side of the street……”
Lizé was kind enough to explain to me what is where on Le-Belle Marie Street.
It feels like we’re just friends, and it makes me feel at ease.
‘Yeah…… she’s not the problem, it’s the author. Whether it’s Lizé or Cliff, they’re just following the will of the author, and they don’t have anything against me.’
The person I’m playing against is the author.
He has power in this world, and that’s probably what drives the characters.
This is evident in Killian’s increasingly out-of-character behavior.
‘The failure of the last yacht incident weakened the author’s control, so maybe it’s not impossible for Lizé and I to become friends.’
I’ve already been reducing the author’s power by fulfilling the second exception condition, and the yacht incident has made him even less powerful.
Maybe…… he is already at the point where he’s almost powerless.
‘We’ll see after today.’
I stepped into the streets with Lizé, full of defiance.
I exclaimed on my last visit, and the holiday-decorated Le-Belle Marie Street elicited another exclamation from me.
While 21st-century South Korea has lost some of its holiday pizzazz and excitement with each passing year, this place is cozy and sparkling like a fairytale winter.
“That’s the shoe shop where Killian bought me my shoes the other day. He said he was going to take you there too. Did you go?”
“Yes. I ordered a pair of sturdy shoes and two pairs of winter boots.”
“I hear their shoes are really comfortable and sturdy. They’ll be very pretty,” said Lizé with a smile.
Lizé didn’t seem at all offended that I’d gone there alone with Killian.
It was a far cry from a few days ago, when she seemed to be trying to reclaim the second male lead.
“Have you ordered your winter gloves? If you ordered boots, I think you should have some furry gloves to go with them.”
“Killian said we should order them together next time……”
“Why don’t you order them while you’re at it, I’m going to get some furry gloves too.”
Lizé seemed to be suggesting it as a favor.
But I shook my head, remembering Killian, who had seemed to enjoy fitting our shoes together.
“Still, since Killian suggested we order together, I’ll come back with him later; that pouty guy might pout again if I said I ordered first.”
“Pfft! Ahahaha! Ahahaha!”
What a surprise. Was that so funny?
Lizé laughed so hard that the words “burst of laughter” came to mind.
It’s hard to comprehend this world’s sense of comedy.
“Ha, I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve laughed so hard. You are amazing, Edith. No one ever says that about Killian. Pfft!”
I mean, yeah, sure, to the rest of the world, Killian would be the perfect man along with Cliff.
But he’s a prankster.
After a good laugh, Lizé took me to some of the most popular shops on Le-Belle Marie Street.