Ivan was now trembling with joy.
Ahh, the wonders of fate. The encounter with an Angel that changed his outlook on life and even to be able to serve as a knight! How lucky he was.
This was the day he finally felt the presence of god. And with that, regret over his past actions.
Yes, Ivan changed.
He was totally different from the rogue-like him from yesterday. It could be seen from the way he regretted over his past actions.
And when he looked at Willia’s innocent smile, he was so deeply moved that he trembled. He would have you know the trembling was not from pain.
By the way, his muscles ached, especially from his calf, so he could not even stand and remained lying on the floor.
” Well. ”
” ――――――――――――!!? ”
All of a sudden, Willia-chan lost her innocence. She seemed to be saying something but Ivan was not listening any longer.
Seeing the sudden serious and mature look on Willia, Ivan, unable to believe his own eyes, rubbed them hard. The sudden movement caused pain to shoot up his calf again but now was not the time to be bothered by that.
What happened to the gentle, beautiful, shining, pure, Angel-like, innocent, cute little Willia-chan? She looked like a totally different person with that expression.
…..Was she possessed by something?!!?
It was definitely possible. Because they were outside right now, and alone. And Willia was still a child, she would not have the mental strength to guard against it. Ivan had heard of a magical beast called ‘Ghost’ that possessed people every now and then. If that was the case, he needed to do something.
The way to force it out was to give the possessed body a shock that forced it out. A shock…. which meant a hit.
He would have to hit Willia-chan?!
” I can’t do it! ”
Willia-chan who lost her innocent was still cute! She had a mysterious aura around her now. There was no way Ivan could hit his treasure, Willia. But that was the only way to save her.
What should he do?
And when he was in conflict about it, a troubled smile appeared on Willia-chan’s face suddenly. And it had enough destructive power to pull Ivan back to reality.
” Ivan-san. ”
Ivan, whose name had been called by Willia, flushed like the color of boiled Ajipo.
Ahh… He didn’t care anymore…
And when he was about to say that out loud..
” …..There won’t be turning back after this, Ivan-san. Is this your [Final Answer]? ”
That was dangerous. If he were to say that out right now, the reborn him would die on this day too. Seeing Willia-chan waiting for his answer, he frantically coughed and cleared his throat before realizing he had no idea what the question meant.
Ivan was only a rogue-ish soldier of Hattuo. Of course, he had never gone to school before. He had no choice but to start learning now. Swallowing his embarrassment, he asked.
” Erm…*cough*… What..what do you mean? ”
” Ah, sorry about that. I am asking if it is really okay to be my guard. There would be no turning back. ”
Was it really okay?
To Ivan, that was a stupid question. Turning his serious gaze towards Willia, Ivan nodded.
” Yea. I am jobless anyway and I wanna protect Willia-chan. Plus, I have a feeling it’s fate! ”
Surprisingly, Ivan was quite a romantic at heart. To think he had a girlish thinking that it was fate after that shocking encounter, as if lighting strike, with Willia. If Ivan’s thoughts could be heard, Will should be able to hear him puking rainbows and sugar right now.
But, to the unknown Willia, or rather, Will, he was moved by the [Way of Knight] that was in Ivan’s heart and Ivan’s value rose in his eyes. And thanks to that, Will had a bright and beautiful smile on his face. That smile was really bad for Ivan’s heart.
With their eyes meeting, Willia’s mouth curled into a smile and Ivan’s heart caught fire despite his age.
” Then, I would need to explain. And Ivan-san would have to give up your Hattuo citizenship. ”
To Ivan, who was filled with expectation, the following conversation was the start of his despair.
” To start with, I am sorry for deceiving you but I am a Noble. ”
And when I said that, Ivan-san was so shocked he was about to jump up. But he can’t. Because his muscle ache was preventing him from moving.
” Noble-sama…!!? I, I, had been impolite! ”
To Ivan who looked like he would kneel down if he could move, there were still many things to be said so I am sorry, but I shall ignore it and moved on. Yep.
” It’s all right, don’t mind it. And again, sorry for deceiving you but I am male. ”
” Eh? What was that just now? ”
” I am a male. ”
” M, m, male…what is ‘male’? I, is that a Noble’s rank? ”
Yep, he was totally confused right now.
What was that ‘noble’s rank’ thing? He seemed to not even know what gender was now. There was no choice, I can only wait till he calmed down. We can’t continue if he can’t understand.
” …..Male, male is…eh.. You can’t be talking about gender right… ”
I latched onto the words he mumbled in a tiny voice.
” Of course. My gender is male. It is certainly attached. If not, would you like to take a look? ”
” N, no! No, thank you! ”
I was rejected splendidly.
Luckily too. If he really said ‘Yes please’, I would be the one troubled. I withdrew the hand that was holding on to my skirt. Joking, of course.
” You got to be kidding…. ”
On the other hand, Ivan, while groaning, had huge drops of tears falling down his cheeks. Was he really that shocked at being deceived? Reflecting upon my actions, I stopped the cheeky expression on my face and stared at him.
” Ivan-san, I am really sorry for deceiving you. I could only do this as my name seemed to have been widely spread within this country.
I was forced to do this. I would like to shout that my eyes had not been opened to a whole new world of cross-dressing.
” Uwahh… ”
But it seemed like my apology was not reaching Ivan-san at all and his tears did not look like it would stop anytime soon. No, maybe he just didn’t hear that. He was just concentrating on crying. I would like to believe he was not ignoring me on purpose.
In that case, I spread my hands in front of Ivan’s face.
A loud clap rang across the area.
” Ivan-san! ”
” ――――――――!?!!? ”
Greatly surprised, Ivan-san’s mouth was opening and closing with a stunned expression on his face. Let’s keep it a secret that I thought he looked like a Koi fish.
Yosh, now I got his attention, let’s continue.
” Taking this chance, I will introduce myself. I am William Beryl, Elzmu Country’s Duke’s heir. ”
Tee hee. ☆☆
I added in my heart and when I looked over at Ivan..
” Be, be, be, be, be, beryl?! Duke?! ――――I’ve heard the name somewhere but what.. This is.. Ha ha ha ha… ”
Someone, he started a comedy act on his own.
[TN: You broke his mind multiple times, Will, be kind.]
He started laughing. Really, don’t force yourself since you can’t move. What gag was that, turning a dogeza into a full flat prostrating pose? And the first part, that rapid talking was amazing.
While I was retorting inside my mind, Ivan-san had already lay flat and was kissing the ground.
” That’s why I told you not to mind it! Just be your normal self! ”
Anymore and I will not be able to stand it. [TN: From laughing] I slowly helped Ivan-san sit back up.
” Ah, that’s why I would need to bring Ivan-san over to Elzmu. Would that… really be okay? ”
At my question, Ivan-san, who had been looking at the stars, turned towards me and our eyes met.
” ……Of course. Don’t underestimate me, I will plow down any obstacle in front of me. ”
…..Really, Ivan-san was a man straight from Knighthood. So brave and faithful. Ivan-san’s strong gaze pressured down on me over and over again.