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Chapter 53

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After dinner, we returned to the inn in the central square.
Jed, who had come to Arburn with me, was also staying at the same inn, so we walked in together and were greeted by the female innkeeper, Ewe.

“Welcome back, Elle, Jed.”
“We have returned.”
“Yeah, we are back.”

Welcome back, huh…
It’s been a long time since I have had someone say welcome back to me. I felt a little warmth as I headed to my room.

“Well then, good night.”
“Good night to you as well.”

I went into my room and lay down on my bed without changing my clothes.
I remembered the face of the person I had just been with.

“I really feel like I have seen him somewhere before.”

I had a strange feeling from the first time I met Jed.
I wonder who he is that I feel so nostalgic about him, even though I’m supposed to have never met him before.
If we had met in the past, it would mean that he knew me as a noble.

“I think it would be for the best to not get involved too much with him.”

However, even if I thought so, the other side seemed to think differently..
He’s always trying to get involved with me, and sometimes he looks at me meaningfully.

“Anyway, I want to go around by myself tomorrow.”

I would rather be free to travel on my own, so his presence is a bit delicate.
I don’t want to be pushed around any more than I already am.

“When I think about it like this, it’s hard to be around someone so pushy.”

I feel sorry for the people I pushed around when I was little.
Well, I can’t apologize to them because they are the ones who condemned me.

“Can’t I just be left alone now…”

I wish I could, but I probably can’t.
Jed is also staying at the same inn. I’m sure we will meet again tomorrow.
I’m not sure if it’s because I have been a noble’s daughter for so many years, but I need to keep some distance from men to feel comfortable.

“It’s no use thinking about it, let’s go take a bath.”

I got up and headed for the bathroom outside my room.
A refreshing bath should calm me down.

“N~ this feels nice.”

I muttered to myself as I soaked in the bath.
My hair and body were refreshed, but I still had a nagging feeling about Jed.

“Okay! I have made up my mind!”

If Jed is still trying to get involved with me tomorrow, I will make it clear to him.
“Can you please stop concerning yourself with me?” I’m sure he will back off.

“Why is he bothering me in the first place?”

I understand that it’s dangerous for a woman to travel alone.
But I have a feeling that the meaningful glances he occasionally sends me are not just of worry.

“Is he perhaps in love with me?”

I don’t think it’s possible, though.
And I don’t want him to love me.
My first love gave me a terrible time. I don’t think I want to fall in love for a while.
Besides, I don’t even trust people now in the first place.

 

At the same time, Jed was having a happy date with Elle in his dream.

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