now and then.

Jamie calmed his nerves and closed his eyes.

It would take longer to get to Marquis’s Mansion.

Until then, he decided to close his eyes.

The carriage had finally arrived in front of the mansion.

The door was opened by Zach, the leader of Pier Knights, who was in charge of the escort.

“I miss this.”

Sears opened the door.

She smiled very faintly.

“This is where your mother used to live.
It has been around seven years.”

A slightly excited voice.

Jamie looked at Sears.

There was a deep longing on her face.

This was the home she used to live in 7 years ago, it was a natural expression.

The carriage crossed the mansion gate and started to move towards the mansion.

Looking at the huge mansion, Sears spoke to Jamie.

“My son.
Your mother used to play a lot over there.”

“See that big tree over there? Grandmother used to read books to me over there.”

“The lake is still there.
On hot days, I often played in the water.”

“The garden is still so beautiful.
I think my father paid a lot of attention to the management.”

“The maids house looks like it was newly rebuilt.
It used to be very old in the past.”

At first, she spoke about her childhood, and then it gradually changed into minute details that only she knew.

Each time, Jamie just smiled awkwardly.

‘She must have missed this place a lot.’

7 years.

Jamie wasn’t sure why she never went home.

She didn’t talk about it, nor did Jamie ask.
He wasn’t even curious to know.

If it wasn’t for the conversation with Pyro, he wouldn’t even have asked to come here.

“We are here.”

At Sears’ words, Jamie looked out.

The huge mansion was right in front of them.

When he looked at Sears, he could see that all her excitement had drained as she wore a stiff face.

The carriage stopped.

An hour after sunset.

“Father must be getting old.”

Sears mumbled before getting out.

When Jamie looked at her, she awkwardly smiled at him.

When the Marquis’ servant opened the door, Sears sighed.

She then got down with her sleeping daughter.

“Have we arrived yet?”

Sarah, who wasn’t fully awake, held Venna in one hand and rubbed her eyes with the other.


Sears smiled while looking at the mansion.

Coming here after 7 years.

Nothing changed in the mansion.

She felt like her heart would burst.
She ended up hugging Sarah tighter and looked at the people who came to greet her.

In the centre stood a face she knew well.

“Welcome back, My little Lady.”

An old butler with white hair and a wrinkled face greeted her with a smile.

Sears forced a smile while holding back the tears.

“… it has been very long, Mister.
You have turned old.”

“What children and elderly have in common is that our appearance changes with each day.”

The butler of the Bell family, who was an old man seven years ago, was even older now.

That fact broke Sears’ heart.

Phil, the butler, smiled and looked at Sarah and Jamie.

“The children have grown up really well.”

I tried to give these children as much as I had received.”

“You did a wonderful job.”

“It has been so long since I heard mister’s praises.”

Sears’ eyes reddened.
She wiped away the tears which were on the verge of flowing.

“Greet them.
They are the ones who have taken care of me since I was a baby.”

“Mother was a baby?”

Mother was a baby too, just like Sarah.”


Sarah seemed shocked.

She was surprised to learn that her mother, who has always looked like an adult, was once a baby.

Jamie left Sarah behind and bowed to the butler.

“I am Jamie Welton.”

“My name is Phil, the butler of Marquis Bell.
Nice to meet you, young master Jamie.”

“Please look after us.”

Phil nodded at Jamie’s greeting.

“Sarah needs to greet too, right?”

I am Sarah Welton.”

Greetings to Miss Sarah too.”

Phil grabbed Sarah's little finger and then shook it, making Sarak smile.

“She looks very similar to when our Lady was young.”

Sarah resembles me a lot, and Jamie takes after him.”

“I see.”

Phil nodded.

He stood a step back and then pointed to the mansion.

“Please enter, the Lord is waiting for you.”


7 years.

They hadn’t seen each other since she got married.

Only Count Welton had visited Apton.

They could have come together, but somehow that never worked out.

Because it didn’t seem like she was doing her responsibilities.

She wasn’t sure why she was thinking that way, but she thought that she didn’t have enough time to visit, especially as she needed to pass love to her children.

1 year went by, and then 2 and 3.
Before she knew it, 7 years went by.

‘The bad daughter has arrived.’

Phil guided them to the Marquis’ office.

Looking at the familiar yet unfamiliar door, she recalled the old memories.

She played a lot of pranks in front of this door.
Each time, her father smiled and hugged her.

‘An old memory.’

The feeling was unfamiliar.

She realized just how long it had been.

Sears laughed.

And Phil knocked.

“We are entering, Lord.”

“Come in.”

Sears flinched at the voice.

The door opened, and Phil guided them inside where an old man was standing.

Proud looking and straight shoulders, but grey hair and wrinkled skin.
A man different from what she knew.

She couldn’t say anything, so she stayed silent.

The old man, Marquis Bell, looked at his daughter with a loving face and called.



At her father’s call, the daughter ran into his arms without looking back.

She was held very warmly in his arms.

She was crying as someone’s daughter and not someone’s parent.

The guilt she had accumulated over the past 7 years.

“Sorry… I am really sorry, father.
The most horrible daughter has arrived… I am really sorry.”

Sears kept on apologizing to her father.

The marquis gently patted on the back of his daughter.

“No, this is fine.
You are finally here now and that is what really matters.”

Sears fell to the ground at her father’s forgiveness.

As if to show the end of a long separation, they hugged each other silently without caring about the others’ gazes.

Everyone looked silently at the daughter and father, who were reunited after 7 years.

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