[Bad Maids] 1 – Amidst the blizzard

It begins again

On the last day of winter during which even people who lived in the mountains and were used to the cold didn’t dare to travel, a group of knights was breaking through the blizzard.

Their coal-black armor, fur cloak and faces that had turned red from the biting wind were covered with frost.

“I am going to freeze to death, f*ck.”

A knight sporting a thick beard exhaled a curse.
It was so cold that his husky voice trembled like a goat.

“The blizzard isn’t going to stop any time soon.
That’s why I said to leave after resting for a few days”.

The knight said as he glanced sideways at the commander.
It was a journey that would feel like a pleasant trip if they just waited for the weather to get warmer.
But the commander, who hated wasting time, absolutely had to cross the mountain at this cold dawn.

“Ah, Sir Carus!”

“Shut up.”

The commander Carus Lankea had a nasty reputation.
Although he was young, he didn’t have a very friendly personality, and he wasn’t exactly compassionate either.

To his subordinates, he was the best commander regardless.
It was thanks to his strength.
Indeed, he wasn’t given the nickname of Bloodless Admiral for no reason.

“We’re almost there.”

Carus pulled down the cloak that was covering his hair.

His dark hair which contrasted with his white face, his jet-black pupils and red lips were revealed.
Although his face looked manly due to the deep-set eyes and thick eyebrows, he also looked fascinatingly charming.

“You’ve been saying that ever since we left.
I don’t believe you.”

“I told you to shut up.”

“If I freeze to death here as a bachelor, I will become a vengeful spirit and go after you.
When you get married, I might even get under the blankets on your wedding night.
Ah, it would probably be warm there, right?”

“Didn’t I tell you to shut up?”

Carus warned in a low voice.

As the grumbling subordinate pursed his lips, the goat-like laughs of the knights could be heard from here and there.

They were knights who had been given a secret mission by the Emperor, and in order to fulfill that mission, they were headed to the southern kingdom of Ortega.

A scout who was walking ahead suddenly raised his hand and shouted.

“Commander! There is a person here!”

The knights whose entire bodies were crouched on their horses all raised their heads at the same time.

“A person?”

It was a weather that was difficult to endure even for strong knights who were sufficiently prepared.
The blizzard had been going on continuously for the last two days.

“A dead person?”

One knight yelled.

‘They must be dead.
It’s certain.’ The knights whispered.
To think that a person was buried under the snow in this cold weather.
They were convinced that person was frozen solid, dead and blue.

However, something they couldn’t believe happened.

“They are alive! Commander, they are still alive!”

Carus nimbly jumped down from his horse.
His cloak waved in the wind.

At the place where the scout had found the person, there was a small carriage under a tree at a crossroad.
Inside, a woman was peacefully sleeping as if she were dead.

“Hey! Wake up, you can’t fall asleep! Open your eyes!”

He shook her body and even slapped her cheeks but it was to no avail.
The woman was barely moving.

The face of the woman who was about to freeze to death looked excessively serene.
The ice that had gathered on her eyelashes was falling like flour.

Her appearance was as beautiful as it was gruesome.
The eyes of the knights were glued to her face which was as pale as a lifeless doll.

Carus ignored his bewildered subordinates and moved forward, then he took off his glove and put his palm against the woman’s face.
It was cold.

‘Where is the closest village?’ Carus unfolded the map of the vicinity inside his head.
Even by running on a horse, it would still take several hours.
This place is deep in the moutains and we are in the middle of a raging blizzard.

“Someone is nearby.”

It was the knight who was complaining about freezing to death earlier.
After he dismounted his horse, he approached Carus and whispered.

“It’s hyenas.
Three of them.
Their skills are quite good.”

Hyena was the name that referred to the assassins who would receive money and deal with killing people.

To think that there were assassins stuck to this woman.
He quietly ordered.

“Catch only one and kill the rest.”

The knights carried out the commander’s order closely.

“Catch them!”

A small spear flew through the sky.
Without any bow or crossbow, the spear made a swishing sound similar to that of an arrow and pierced the body of a hyena who was hidden behind a tree far away.

The other ones tried to flee.
But Carus’s subordinates caught them as if they were hunting deers.

Two of them died, one was alive.

“Who are you!?”

The hyena, who had been captured, asked.

Carus took off his cloak and after tightly securing it around the woman’s body, he lifted her at once and embraced her in his arms.
Then, he indifferently introduced himself.

“Carus Lankea.
Second knight of His Majesty, the Emperor, and leader of the Order of Leviathan.”

At these words, the puzzled hyena opened his mouth wide.

“Why… Why are the knights of the imperial army, here…”

“It looks like this woman was your target.
What’s the reason?”

Carus firmly supported her in his arms with one hand and he beckoned the knights with the other.

The knight who was the closest immediately approached the hyena, held his arm and twisted his fingers.

The hyena, who wasn’t disturbed as his colleague died after being pierced by a spear, writhed in pain and swallowed a scream.

“Is it painful, you bast*rd? Does someone who slaughters people know pain?”

Rather than a knight, it was more the speech of a thug from a back alley, but Carus didn’t care.

“Ma… The butler of the Marquis of Marjoram ordered us! This woman is an orphan who was sponsored by the marquis, but not knowing her place, she seduced the young master and they promised to get married together.”

“What ?”

The knights looked at each other with a bewildered expression.
They t

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