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The Thing That Lies Beyond That Feeling 2
He recalled it after the battle with the Ruain army was over, after they returned to the castle.
At that time, Kiara caught a fever.
The clay figurine that was Master Horace gave an explanation that the fever was due to the burden that her body was exposed to when she became a magician.
Therefore, he thought that she would sleep calmly, but… Kiara’s response suddenly turned weird. She started to be more conscious to the member of the opposite sex.
He knew that Kiara’s face would amusingly turn red when he tried to teasingly touch her, as Kiara wasn’t used to it. But if that didn’t happen, it meant she was already grown used to it with someone. Therefore, Reggie would occasionally try to confirm whether or not there was a ‘bug’ around her.
Reggie was relieved when he saw Kiara getting embarrassed from having her hand touched.
But just who in the world was the bug?
It was quite difficult for Reggie to suppress his buzzy feelings.
Still, Reggie knew that Kiara didn’t have any relationship with someone else—he would be aware of that if it were to happen. But she still seemed to overreact before.
Kiara was in touch with many people.
The one she was closest with would be Alan, but Alan was quite dense and was a late bloomer, so he was certain that Alan wouldn’t engage with a woman in a romantic sense.
Then, was it one of the knights?
According to Groul whose expression turned reluctant whenever Reggie asked him to get some information regarding whoever was around Kiara, she seemed to get along well with a young chef apprentice. Judging from that person’s position, Reggie didn’t think he would be able to hang around Kiara who had become a magician.
If that was the case, there was only one person Reggie had in mind.
The moment Reggie saw Wentworth in the room escorting Kiara, Reggie was certain of his conjecture.
Although Wentworth had never shown that kind of interest in Kiara at all until just now. But now, he couldn’t let his sight go from her figure.
During the time they returned to the castle along with Margrave Vayne from the battlefield, Wentworth showed a helpless expression when he saw Kiara being carried in Reggie’s arms. Wentworth surely didn’t want to let her go at that time, if possible.
Wentworth showed how he touched Kiara’s lips in front of Reggie. At that time, Reggie felt a chilling sensation deep inside his heart.
He could easily tell. Putting Kiara’s earlier reaction into consideration, Wentworth still hadn’t been able to grasp Kiara’s heart. That was why, he was waiting until her heart clearly fell for him.
With that in mind, he did such thing to Kiara in order to make her conscious of him. Thanks to that, Kiara was strangely too conscious when she was touched by the opposite sex.
Furthermore, he intentionally did that in front of Reggie who was Kiara’s guardian in order to let him know.
…He was telling Reggie to think that someday, someone would say that they wanted Kiara.
Her appearance wasn’t bad. Her virtues would be her honesty and how she was thinking on moving forward. Moreover, she had her own worth as a magician.
Hence, ordinary people wouldn’t dare approach her carelessly. In that point, Wentworth was in a closer position to protect Kiara than Reggie himself—and Reggie considered him to be a difficult person to handle.
Not only that, but Kiara had started to call Wentworth with his first name ever since who-knows-when.
Each time Kiara’s gentle voice called out, “Cain-san,” Reggie felt like there was something blocking his thoughts.
Yet, Wentworth knew that he would need to gain his consent as Kiara’s greatest guardian if Wentworth wanted her.
After the two of them left Kiara’s room together, Wentworth said.
“Would it be fine for me to think of your Highness as Kiara-san’s guardian even now?”
If Reggie said yes, Wentworth would surely tell him that he wanted to make Kiara his own.
At the same time, he must have wanted to confirm whether Reggie also wanted to monopolize Kiara or not. He wanted to make sure whether Reggie’s overprotectiveness was done due to the familial love he might have felt, or if it was due to his desire to monopolize Kiara as well.
Reggie thought that he didn’t want to answer Wentworth’s question.
However, if he didn’t answer, that would only raise suspicion.
“I’m not impressed with how you teased a sick child, Wentworth.”
He responded ambiguously as he tried to steer the topic a bit.
Reggie clearly saw what happened earlier. Even when he said that, Wentworth’s expression didn’t bulge a bit as he showed a slightly bitter smile.
“If I didn’t do that, she wouldn’t pick up the hint.”
“I didn’t think that you would adore her that much. It’s quite surprising.”
He was 21 years old and someone who protected Alan as if he was Alan’s older brother. There was quite a gap between his age with Kiara who would turn fifteen soon, so Reggie thought that Wentworth saw Kiara as someone too childish.
In fact, Wentworth didn’t seem to be quite interested in Kiara before.
Reggie was curious about why Wentworth suddenly had a special feeling towards Kiara.
In response to Reggie’s words, Wentworth readily answered.
“I might have changed my mind when I saw her trying to save our allies… even if that meant throwing her reputation and embarrassment away.”
See? As expected. Kiara, you are way too careless.
That must have something to do with how Kiara exposed her legs. If that’s the case, the one left with a deep impression isn’t Wentworth alone. And that is frustrating.
After all, one couldn’t help but be interested towards someone who showed a desperate attempt to protect the others, and ways to help others.
If she also wanted to protect you and you ended up getting attracted by her, it wouldn’t take a lot of time to be conscious of this feeling.
But then, there was still a continuation to Wentworth’s words.
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