＃When I returned, my family was ruined (138)
The secret training hall of dawn.
There, the sound of swords and shields clashing resonated widely.
Myers and Mileton.
Although their personalities were completely opposite, the two were partners who were a better match than expected. As they continued to spar, their skills were rapidly improving. As the early morning sparring continued, Mileton looked at Ethan.
“Duke, I don’t think you will be able to attend class this afternoon.”
“The reason is?”
“My father called me. “I guess… you seemed to have doubts about what I said last time.”
The tone was calm, but Mileton’s pupils were trembling. Disgust and fear of my father’s base nature that I encountered last time.
Confused emotions are expressed through the eyes.
“Are you afraid of Duke Gerond?”
Last time, Ethan gave Mileton a chance and was able to confirm his potential.
‘It’s different from my father.’
The Duke’s base nature.
Mileton, who confirmed this, was so shocked that he almost fell into a state of despair. It was said that the basic mentality itself remained on the good side. He was a latter-day child who, if trained well, could show a different side from his father.
‘He is also the only heir to the family.’
It was also an important ‘sword’ to be used when taking down the Lacian duchy in the future. What I needed to give him now was courage. The courage to shake off from your heart the existence of your father, who seems infinitely high and seems insurmountable.
The starting point is right there.
‘It would be denigrating an idol.’
Denying the existence of father.
Only as you gain experience will you be able to gradually overcome Gerond’s shadow.
Mileton already had the experience of taking his first step successfully. Haven’t you already told a lie once?
It was time to widen the gap further.
“Your face is dead. “Do you think it was wrong to tell a lie back then?”
Mileton lowered his head as if he had hit the nail on the head.
“I think differently.”
“Isn’t the duke more at fault for forcing you to say that?”
“At least I have never seen a parent who treats their child like an object.”
Mileton, who had been silent for a long time, finally answered.
“We are operatives who have to take responsibility for many things. This kind of thing is natural…”
“Did the other heads of the 7 families do the same?”
“…Oh, I heard that the Duke of Agiles does the same thing.”
“Then those two must be abnormal.”
In a position where you have to take responsibility for a lot of things, affection and love are unnecessary.
So, it is natural for you to be treated like this.
Values that have been instilled throughout my life.
The Duke’s words completely shook his own values that had been formed in that way. I wanted to deny that it was not true.
However, my mouth could not be opened easily. It was because my father’s eyes kept appearing in my mind, as if he was saying it was a pity that you didn’t die. Is that really normal?
Ethan, grinning, added.
“Isn’t it normal for parents to give more love because they have to take responsibility for many things? A person who has not been loved does not know how to love. “At a small scale, this applies to ourselves, our people, our territory, and our country.”
Ethan was saying that Gerond was not a normal father.
“…Why are you talking to me like this?”
The Lacian of the time became an insatiable monster, but the Lacian of later generations may not necessarily become like that.
It was for that reason.
Of course, instead of expressing his true feelings, Ethan spoke with appropriate details.
“Don’t drag your feet when you come back.”
“…I didn’t cry then.”
“Denying it doesn’t change the facts.”
“…I’ll go and see.”
Ethan added a word to Mileton, who turned around.
“Don’t get eaten.”
It was pure sincerity.
If he were to be eaten by his father, he would have no choice but to cut them both down at the moment of punishment.
Mileton left the training ground without answering.
* * *
“I heard you called me, father.”
“I have something to ask.”
He looked at Mileton with a colder expression than usual.
The duke asked, narrowing his eyes as if trying not to miss every single expression on his son’s face.
“Did you lie to me then?”
“…You mean it’s a lie?”
It was a voice filled with a bit of curiosity and surprise. In addition, he even trembled slightly as if he was afraid of the head of the family in front of him.
It was such a natural reaction that even I was surprised when I answered it.
“Didn’t you know that the duke also had a video?”
“It was like that.”
“I had no idea. Duke is a stronger expert than me. It would be a shame if he decided to hide it… but honestly, I have no way of knowing. “I never intentionally hid it from my father.”
It was all because of my own lack of ability.
Mileton lowered his head as if he was sorry.
“How did you come to have a memory crystal ball?”
“The duke gave it to me.”
“They gave it to you?”
“yes. They told me to save the scene where I use a crystal ball to use swordsmanship while training in the mountains. In fact, he would occasionally visit me to inspect the beads and point out any shortcomings.”
If so, it could clearly explain why Mileton had the memory crystal ball and why Duke Ethan possessed the video. Would the Duke have carried only one memory crystal ball?
That wasn’t going to be it.
“Why didn’t you report to me about the possibility that the duke had multiple crystal balls?”
“At that time… I didn’t even think about reporting important information about Aguileth. I wasn’t good enough. “I’m sorry, father.”
Gerond, who was staring at Mileton, said.
“I don’t want to see you, so get out.”
Mileton, who was shaking, carefully left the office.
“Never forget what you have invested in yourself.”
His father, who had never once said a warm word to him.
“This will be close to the perfection of that swordsmanship.”
“done. “The guy is disgusting.”
“I know your father is a bastard.”
“Don’t you think that you should live a happier life because you were born that way?”
“He who has not been loved does not know how to love. “At a small scale, this applies to ourselves, our people, our territory, and our country.”
“Don’t drag your feet when you come back.”
His rival, the Duke of Ethan, who gave him generous support and advice, even though he had only been with him for about a month.
His presence was already encroaching deeper into my heart than my father’s presence. Mileton looked at the office door for a moment.
‘…I didn’t do anything wrong.’
The second lie I tell my father.
Even in my confused mind, I knew one thing for sure.
The second lie was much easier than the first lie.
Normally, my heart would have completely shrunk at those words.
But it was different now.
A father who is like other people, or perhaps even worse than others.
Duke Gerond was just a family member who was inferior to others to him.
Facts revealed by Duke Ethan.
From the moment I recalled them, Gerond’s reprimands no longer felt as scary as before.
‘Let’s go back.’
Mileton left the family home without hesitation. Gerond, who was looking at Mileton through the window of his office, brightened his eyes.
‘It has changed.’
Even the duke didn’t know exactly what it was.
But one thing was certain.
Even though my son was acting the same as usual, something fundamentally changed. This was especially true when being reprimanded.
If it had been a normal milestone, I wouldn’t have been able to even breathe properly.
However, this time, he passed his reprimand quite resolutely. The reason I was able to recognize this was because the duke was a transcendent person.
As I interrogated him, I looked very closely at each of his body’s reactions to see if he was telling a lie.
The sound of the small beat of the heart and pulse.
Inhale and exhale.
The Transcendent was able to infer what emotions the person in front of him was feeling based on the body’s natural reactions. Although my body trembled slightly as if I was scared…
‘It was not a reaction of fear.’
To put it in a positive way, it meant that I had become resolute, but to put it in a negative way, it also meant that my blood relatives were starting to escape from my ‘control’.
Is this a benefit or a loss for the family?
‘I guess I’ll have to watch.’
If the weak nature can be reversed, growth will be able to gain greater momentum.
A little rebellion.
That much can be suppressed later. Gerond stared at Mileton’s back.
* * *
When Mileton returned to the academy, Ethan could feel the change in him.
‘I have overcome the wall in my heart to some extent.’
Wall of the heart.
It was a term referring to some kind of fear or trauma. For Mileton, the wall was Duke Gerond.
The fact that he had overcome it to some extent could be guessed just by looking at his light steps.
‘There’s no need to rush.’
Even though he ruled his children with fear, the Duke was ultimately Mileton’s father.
The term blood relationship did not exist for nothing. The relationship that connected them was cracking little by little, but in other words, it also meant that it was only cracked.
You will have to witness your father’s ugly nature several times before you can completely cut off the ties that remain in your heart.
“You’re not crying this time.”
“…I didn’t really cry last time either.”
Mileton’s face was filled with relief as he answered.
The two people entered the academy.
A letter addressed to Ethan arrived.
I received a reply from the Duke of Agiles saying they would pay compensation. His Majesty is expressing his gratitude for this incident. If you just tell us, we will support the Shadow Knights at any time.
‘The job was easily completed.’
Perhaps because only punitive damages were requested, the matter was completed faster than expected.
Ethan smiled quietly.
Feeding shit to these guys was just the beginning.
‘Capital Magic Association.’
It was one of the groups affiliated with a cult that was presumed to have a very close relationship with warlocks.
Moreover, they had a history of being active in the dukedom before.
The number one branch known to be located in the capital.
‘Since I already came to the capital.’
It would be a good idea to deal with them. Having handed over the benefit to the king, it was now their turn to receive the favor. Ethan began writing the letter.