re was no one else in the bedroom but me.
A chilly shiver was sent down my spine. 

‘Am I alone? Did… they leave me?”

It was at that moment of shock that the closed-door opened silently. 

It was the Little Bear who move very carefully as if not to wake me up.
As he looked up, his face which was filled with dark clouds, shone like the midsummer sun in an instant. 

“Dia! You’re awake!”

My heart brightened too. 

“Yes…”

I wanted to laugh and answer loudly, but I couldn’t. 

The sound that came out of my mouth was small and faint.
Both my lips and throat were scathing like a dry desert. 

“Water, where’s the water?”

I managed to say a sentence. 

The Little Bear ran away immediately and returned with a pitcher full of water and an empty cup.
He then carefully picked me up by the waist, poured water into the cup, and put it to my lips. 

 “Drink slowly.”

I did as the Little Bear said. 

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After drinking, I felt like I had drank an entire bottle. 

“Are you okay?”

The Little Bear wiped my sweaty forehead with a wet towel.
It was a careful yet friendly touch like the Big Bear in my memory.
I laughed from the bottom of my heart. 

“Geez.
Did I get sick?”

“Yes.
You’ve been bedridden for three days you know!”

“Hyuk…” 

“On the first night I thought you would sleep it off, but your fever went up! I thought something was gonna happen! I even called the priest, but they didn’t help at all.
They said it was a cold but that they couldn’t cure it with divine power.”

Divine power was the power that theoretically could heal all wounds and diseases. 

However, there were areas or illnesses it didn’t, or rather, couldn’t treat due to individual differences.
In my case, it was colds and body aches. 

‘I didn’t think it would be the same as my previous life.’ 

“I was really worried.
I, I thought something would go wrong…”

Tears welled up in the Little Bear’s eyes.

I was shocked again. 

‘Ah!’

“I’m glad you recovered!”

The Little Bear clasped me in his arms and I wriggled my arms around the waist of Little Bear and patted him with my right hand on the back. 

“I’m okay now so don’t cry.”

“No, I’m not crying.”

“Yes, yes…” 

The Little Bear only released his hug after a long time.
He then went to the bathroom, washed his face clean, and came back. 

“Where is the Count?”

“Father went somewhere else for a while.
He wanted to stay until you recovered, but something big happened.”

In truth, I was a little disappointed. 

‘As expected of a child’s body.
I can’t believe I’m upset about this.’

I remembered the conversation I heard while sick. 

A man told Big Bear he had to go.
And… Big Bear didn’t seem to want to go. 

“What happened?”

“Hydra, a seventh-class monster, appeared in two cities.
Hydra isn’t a strong species, but it’s tricky to deal with.
It does have eight mouths it can use to spray poison after all.
It’s hard to approach to catch without any casualties.
Of course, that won’t be the case when Father comes.”

The Little Bear explained in detail as if afraid I would be disappointed. 

“My Grandmother used to be the one who handled the Hydra, but she passed away a long time ago.
Now that duty is passed onto Father.”

I was familiar with the Hydra so I could understand why Big Bear had to go personally.
But I was anxious. 

“Hydra showed up in the city? Two of them?”

Hydras were originally lone wolves.
They were monsters that avoided places with people. 

‘Is it a mutant?’

Monsters that behaved differently from their set patterns were usually called ‘Mutants’.

But it was strange. 

‘Why are there still mutants?’

Mutations only appeared when the Demon Lord came to this world.
Since the Demon Lord has long gone, shouldn’t the mutants have disappeared?

‘I guess that isn’t the case.’

“Yeah.
It showed up at the place we stopped by.
Do you remember the Tagus Teritory?”

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“Yeah.
The place where we had the chocolate eclairs.
The one with Silver Fork.” 

‘Silver Fork’ was the most famous dessert shop in the Empire.
There were branches in various territories, and a week ago, we visited the one in the Tagus Territories. 

There were so many delicious things that I saw for the first time in my two lives.
Everything was delicious, but I liked the chocolate eclair the most. 

“Yes, that’s right.”

The Little Bear smiled and continued, 

“Father left two days ago when he heard the news.
More than 10 people had already died in Tagus because of the Hydra.”

For a moment, a wave of grief and guilt shook me. 

It was the warrior’s duty to protect the people from the monsters. 

‘…No, I’m no longer the warrior.’

I still had the power of the warrior, but I had already completed my duty by defeating the Demon Lord in my past life. 

The warrior’s duty…

‘No!’

I hated it to point of trembling in disgust. 

‘I’m not going on the path of the warrior again! But… I can help a little bit.’

The Big Bear must be suffering. 

“Hey, what if we go too?”

The Little Bear shook his head firmly.

“No, you’re still sick.
It’s also dangerous.”

It was true that I was still sick, so I focused on the other sentence. 

“It’s not dangerous.
It’s been two days.
If you were the count, wouldn’t you have taken care of everything already?”

The Little Bear’s eyes shook.
I looked around and used my honest heart as bait. 

“I miss the Count…”

“R-really?”

“Yes! I miss him a lot!”

I waved my arms open. 

“A lot! Lot! Lot!”

I emphasized it like this. 

The Little Bear suddenly became a little sullen and asked me this question while looking at me. 

“Do you like Father more than me…?”

This time, it was my eyes that shook. 

The Little Bear pouted when I didn’t say anything and then turned his eyes to the side.
He looked like he was sulking. 

‘I can’t believe he’s upset over this!’

He clearly looked like he was twenty but his heart was still that of a thirteen-year-old. 

‘Fine.
I’ll comfort you because I’m older.’

I clicked my tongue inside. 

“I like both of you the same!”

It was a lie.
I liked the Big Bear better. 

“But the Count is away for business right now.
Of course, I miss him.”

The Little Bear glanced at me, tilted his head, then opened his eyes.
As if pondering on whether or not what I was saying was true. 

I sighed inwardly and added.

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