My Male Lead Is The Northern Black-Haired Grand Duke - Chapter 6
- My Male Lead Is The Northern Black-Haired Grand Duke
- Chapter 6 - He's Called The Northern Grand Duke, But He's Friendly To Everyone (2)
Translator and Editor: Bunny and Tea
Chapter 6 – He’s Called The Northern Grand Duke, But He’s Friendly To Everyone (2)
I walked to Rin’s side and asked him a bunch of questions.
“What are you doing at this hour? What’s with the straw hat?”
“Ahaha, Uncle Hans asked for help.”
“So that is why you have scissors now.”
I thought that it was strange that he had scissors with him, but it turned out to be pruning shears. As I looked at him with curious eyes, Rin smiled shyly and wiped the sweat away from his forehead with the back of his hand.
‘He’s so cool. He smells like a man who works even though he is still young.’
He seemed like a man who would make his woman fatten up by feeding her even on an uninhabited island. Looking at his healthy face and reliable shoulders made me want to lean on his body.
‘Rin is great.’
I thought that marrying Rin wouldn’t be too bad as I looked for a nearby place to watch as Setz and Canaria’s ardent love unfolds. I have to continue living in the North after all.
‘For now, I will put him on the list of my future grooms.’
Thinking of that, I smiled at Rin.
“How nice of you, Rin. No matter how much one asked for your help, it couldn’t have been easy to help in the garden.”
“This much is nothing.”
Rin smiled shyly and rubbed his nose. When Rin and I looked at each other like Cheol-su and Young-hee, laughing, Setz asked while looking at us with sharp eyes.
(T/N: Cheol-su and Young-hee is similar to Jack and Jill. They are characters from the series called The Text Book by Suk Kuhn Oh. These two children represent the power of childhood memories, reenacting embarrassing or bizarre childhood memories.)
“… What’s the relationship between you two? Are you two close?”
“Ah Young Master, you don’t know who Rin is?”
Don’t tell me, Setz didn’t know who Rin was!
I hurriedly introduced Rin to Setz.
“Rin is Sir Kaltz’ son. He will also become a knight like his father.”
“Alright, I see.”
Setz absentmindedly nodded his head as I introduced him.
Receiving a different reaction than I expected, I tilted my head. And I added, “Also, Rin and I are friends. Though he is two years older than me.”
“Is that so?”
For some reason, I felt that the more I talked, the more Setz felt worse. I was the one who felt embarrassed as Setz kept answering me with a sulky tone.
Smiling awkwardly like an older sister with a younger brother who doesn’t listen, I said to Rin, “I’m sorry, Rin. Young Master is shy. He must have been feeling shy meeting you for the first time today.”
“Oh, no. No need.”
But Rin was also somehow strange. He waved his hands and bowed his head to Setz with a horrified expression.
“I’m sorry to disturb you, Young Master. Then, I will now go and help with the garden work.”
“Eh? Already? Aren’t you leaving too soon?”
“I have a lot of work to do. See you next time, Minnelli.”
Rin is usually not that kind of child, but he seemed to be in a hurry seeing that he left without properly saying goodbye. I gently waved my hand at Rin’s departing figure as he disappeared through the trees.
Then I shrugged my shoulders and said to Setz, “Playing with Rin is really fun. That’s a pity, Young Master.”
Setz looked at the bush where Rin disappeared. He then looked back at me with strangely flickering eyes.
“… Are you close with that kid?”
“If you ask me, then we are close. Rin is a really good child.”
I shrugged my shoulders.
Objectively, Rin was an impeccably good child. Unlike me, who was only a passing extra, he appeared in the original [Canaria’s Cage] as a loyal knight who sacrificed his life to protect the sickly Grand Duke Alkaman, Setz.
‘That’s right. He was one of Setz’ loyal subordinates in the original. There were readers who supported him because of his loyalty that couldn’t be read without tears in the eyes.’
Knowing the future, I said to Setz with a big smile, “There’s nothing wrong with Young Master being close to Rin. You can be good friends.”
“If Minnelli says so…” Setz muttered in a displeased tone.
Maybe his first impression of Rin wasn’t that good?
‘That can’t happen!’
I hurriedly told Setz about Rin’s strengths.
“Rin is really good at swordsmanship. He will be a better swordsman than his father Sir Kaltz.”
“He is also kind, sweet, doesn’t tolerate any injustice, bright and cheerful.”
In response to my listing Rin’s strengths, Setz answered dryly and bit his lips. His appearance was so adorable that I wanted to take a bite of his chubby face.
‘Oh my god, what on earth is he intently thinking?’
I forgot what I was just saying and just stared at Setz with a full belly.
Unable to speak for a long time, Setz asked me in a cautious tone, “Will Minelli also like me if I act like that?”
His words nearly made me faint.
‘Goodness! You were thinking how to make me like you?!’
In my own way, I was keeping the line because Setz was still my Young Master. But when I heard him say that, my affection for him crossed that line.
“There, there, our pretty Young Master.”
I rubbed Setz’ soft cheeks with both hands. Setz squinted his eyes like a cat and put his cheek in my hand.
‘Our Setz’ cheeks are already this perfect.’
Having wild thoughts like that, I answered without realizing myself, “No one would hate such a pers(on)….” I suddenly came back to my senses having said that at that point.
“No, no, no! You shouldn’t be that kind of person!”
Setz looked at me with puzzled eyes when I suddenly changed my words.
With a stern look on my face, I balled my hands on my waist and enunciated, “I always say this to you. You must be the perfect Grand Duke of the North.”
“The Grand Duke of the North?”
A bright and stable person like Rin is bound to be loved by the society in general, but this place is inside the novel [Canaria’s Cage]!
‘And Rin isn’t the male lead! Our Setz shouldn’t compete with that kind of charm.’
Each person has their own role. Setz’ role has been set since he was born as the only son of the Grand Duke in the North.
Bending slightly from my waist as if I was teaching him, I asked Setz, “What kind of person did I say the Grand Duke of the North should be?”
“A person who speaks coldly and bluntly?” Setz replied with his head tilted. Even that face was so cute that I faltered for a moment.
‘That’s really bad for my heart.’
Even though now that I had gotten used to myself having heart failure every time he said anything, the kind-hearted Setz continued to worry about me.
“Minelli, are you okay?”
“Yes! I’m OK! I suddenly felt dizzy when I thought about the Young Master as a grown up in the future.”
“What?” Setz frowned.
I clasped Setz’ hands tightly. And then shouted in an enthusiastic voice, “When we grow up a little more, let’s learn swordsmanship! You have to be stronger than Rin to be able to protect the people of the North.”
“I don’t really want to protect the people of the North.”
“What are you talking about, Young Master! Even though the Grand Duke sees nothing but the barren land of the North, he loves and values his land like his own body.”
“Hmm.” Setz tilted his head. He then immediately smiled and said, “It’s difficult to understand, but I will try my best because I have Minelli.”
What other lovely things is this angel saying? I tightened my hold on his hand.
“You have to protect me even if I am not from the North. I will be right next to you.”
I will never leave even if you ask me to resign and leave the Grand Duchy.
‘I will stay by your side – until I see Setz happy.’ I swore to myself.
Looking me in the eyes, Setz blushed and gently lowered his own, then muttered in a gloomy tone, “But Minelli likes people like Rin.”
“Young Master who will become the Grand Duke of the North is way cooler. I am already looking forward to it.”
To be honest, my preference was for a sweet-hearted man rather than an obsessive cold-blooded man! Though I am not making the Setz I want.
‘He will fall in love the moment he sees Canaria.’
I closed my eyes for a moment and recalled the scenes from the novel that would follow: a man and a woman who meet in the vast snow field running away from a political marriage and fall in love at first sight.
‘Canaria wanted to give the sickly and temperamental Setz a warm hug. Although he looked level-headed and perfect, she will fall deeper in love with Setz who shows his inner wounds.’
My heart raced as I imagined the scene of the two falling in love. I had an ecstatic smile.
I didn’t think that at that time, Setz had me in his mind.
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