Why, Can't You Eat? - Chapter 76
Translator and Editor: Effe and Yonnee
I could feel someone’s eyes on me from somewhere. When I turned my head that way, no one was looking at me, but when I looked somewhere else again, my back started tingling again.
‘Should I not have mentioned it?’
I didn’t know if my food was going into my mouth or my nose. As I inadvertently sighed while eating, Damian, who was sitting across from me, tilted his head and spoke to me.
“Why are you sighing instead of eating?”
“…Just, just something. But there were plenty of seats, so why did you have to sit here?”
“Isn’t it a given since we haven’t seen each other?”
“Well, since when did that become normal? No, more than that, don’t say things like that.”
“Why, because you’re embarrassed?”
“Because I’m annoyed.”
Even though I was frowning and shot back at him, he smiled mischievously, feeling pleased, and he gave a subtle glance to my back. And when he looked at me with a knowing face, I couldn’t help but sigh again.
“What happened to you and Reg?”
“…If I say that nothing happened, will you believe me?”
“Absolutely not. Do you know how depressed he was while you were gone? Until yesterday, he was saying, ‘Noona will be back soon.’ So how could he suddenly be like that for no reason? Well, it’s strange even if you think about it, leaving all that aside.”
I shrugged my shoulders at his words, but even though it hadn’t been a long time since I had seen Regulus… I couldn’t help but think it was really strange considering his usual behavior.
However, I was too embarrassed to tell him the truth, so I kept my mouth shut, and he gave me a sullen face.
“You tried your best not to stick it in him, but when you saw him, you did it.”
At that moment, my hand twisted and I lost my fork. When I looked straight ahead, he looked uncomfortable with his chin crooked. After catching my breath and drinking a glass of water, I whispered softly in case anyone would hear.
“…Is it very obvious?”
“Hey, anyway, don’t you think five people is a bit too much? I think it would be nice to do it with one person every day. It’s not like you didn’t do anything with Eddie Hyung. How did you even get him involved?”
“There, there is a… situation, wait a minute. Thinking about it, it happened because of your brother.”
It may be an illusion, but as I was making excuses for his reprimanding tone, I suddenly remembered that the primary reason why I needed the energy yesterday was because of the knight, Sinclair.
Actually, what happened with him didn’t really matter at the moment, but I wanted to avoid this type of conversation due to Damian’s tendency to stick on a matter.
When I brought up the topic about his younger brother, Damian narrowed his eyes, wondering what I was talking about.
“I don’t have a younger brother though?”
“I have no family other than my grandfather.”
“But the High Priest definitely told him that I could be his sister-in-law.”
“No, forget this. Then Damian, Sinclair….”
Clack. This time Damian lost his fork. Damian’s face was turning white, and I wondered if I had seen something wrong. He also got nervous and poured water into his empty cup. He drank it down in one go and spoke in a trembling voice.
“Grandfather said that to him?”
“Ack! Don’t say that name, it makes me feel terrible!”
“…Isn’t he your younger brother?”
“What kind of harsh words are you saying?”
This was the first time I had seen Damian hate on something so much. Even when I forced a relationship, he didn’t do this. I could only guess that there was a reason, recalling how Sinclair had spoken of his respect for Damian.
But he didn’t seem to want to talk about Sinclair, so I didn’t really want to ask, but Damian suddenly grumbled in disappointment.
“Why aren’t you asking?”
“What is my relationship with that guy? You seem curious, but you’re not asking.”
“Well, everyone has their own circumstances. I have no intention of digging into that kind of thing.”
“I like being asked. I like it if you meddle and force me to the point that it’s annoying, so be sure to ask next time.”
“…Ah yes. So that Sin…”
“No! I said don’t speak his name. It’s a bad omen.”
I don’t know what happened to make him say something like that. Damian was a person who did whatever he wanted, so he rarely showed weakness. His eyes, which always shined mischievously, today were trembling with discomfort and mild fear, so I focused on his words.
“I met Sinclair when he had just become a candidate paladin.”
“You said he’s a bad omen, but you’re good at saying the name anyway.”
“I’m fine, but you’re not. That guy’s consistent tastes are similar to Eddie Hyung’s.”
Damian said something I didn’t understand, then looked at my face and sighed.
“His face would light up. He especially likes black hair.”
“I became a candidate and he came to Terra, and he’s a complete opposite from me since first glance. Why, didn’t they say there were a lot of strange paladins?”
“I guess I’m included in those strange people. His face suddenly turned red and he said something so ridiculous that I wondered why he was doing that.”
“In some ways, he was weaker in desire than Al Hyung. That’s why he came to Terra. He was often possessed by devilkins who seduce people and steal their souls. So he really hates the devilkin. Did he do something stupid?”
“He suddenly attacked. Thanks to High Priest Larsen, I received an apology, but since he said I was his sister-in-law and older brother, I thought he was your younger brother.”
Even thinking about it again, I felt angry, so I frowned slightly and Damian narrowed his eyes. It was pitiful that he was often captured by demons, but that was it.
“How clingy he was before I came to Ciel. He said that later, he would put his mind to it, and become a great knight like me.”
“What’s with that look?”
“What look? Keep talking.”
“Wow, is this really your true self? Back then, whenever I said anything, you blush and get embarrassed.”
“When did I say that I like you for being honest?”
I was used to talking without hesitation, so I responded casually, but Damian kept his mouth shut as he spoke. And he made a very awkward look, and when I saw that his ears were red, his face turned red as well. I was embarrassed and spoke to him in an argument.
“Why are your ears turning red?”
“Hey, you’re the one who says something like that so casually? I was surprised when he suddenly rushed at me.”
“I did exactly what you said. So, stop saying strange things in moderation. Oh, anyway, it’s because of him that things happened like this, so don’t ask any more questions. Then I’ll take my leave.”
“Huh? Hey, wait a minute. Not yet…”
Damien tried to say something, but I put away my plate and stood up immediately. I could feel Regulus’ gaze continuing to follow me, but I still couldn’t turn my face to speak to him before our eyes met. After coming out, I went straight up to the library.
Damian rubbed the back of his neck as he looked at Lily, who had left without giving him a chance to stop her. So, what happened with her and Regulus? Regulus, who was watching among the other knights, was startled by Damian’s gaze.
Damian had complicated feelings. He didn’t know what Lily was thinking, but he thought they were a little closer than before. Moreover, as a result, Lily did not leave the castle even though she found the ring, so now all he had to do was catch her like the succubus said.
In fact, he had been aware of Regulus’ feelings from the beginning, but he had cleverly tried to keep him from thinking about it, so it was a development he did not like.
Regulus hesitantly approached Damian, who was sitting with a very distressed expression.
“Good for you, kid. You’ve finally become an adult?”
“N-No, ah, I mean!”
“So, how much did you hear?”
“…Everything. In fact, Noona was that, and I also knew why the leaders sometimes smelled like Sister.”
Regulus said with a gloomy face. Damian, who was responding sharply, felt puzzled as he looked at his strangely shy face.
“Why are you like this? I thought you would jump up and down because of joy.”
“…I like it, but I think Noona doesn’t like it.”
“It seemed to everyone that you were avoiding her.”
“I’m not doing that because I want to. Noona keeps trying to erase my memories… Actually, that’s what I talked to you about last time, Commander Damien. I guess it wasn’t a dream but something that really happened. But I think Noona manipulated me into thinking it was a dream.”
Only then did Damian guess why Regulus was avoiding Lily. This was a lot better than he thought. In the end, he realized that it wasn’t what he wanted. But that was for another reason. Even if it was just that, Damian felt pretty good.
“Well, then I guess you’ll just have to keep avoiding her? Because she’s the type of person who does what she wants.”
“…Commander Damian, you look very happy.”
“Me? What are you talking about, Reg? My heart aches because I feel sorry for my youngest.”
“Don’t lie! I can see the corners of your mouths turning up because you are happy right now?! You’re too much, really.”
“Is there anything you can do about what she doesn’t like? You shouldn’t do something that the person you like doesn’t like.”
“I, I know that, but…”
Damian’s conscience pricked a little as he said that, but he didn’t change his words. Regulus felt puzzled at the sight of him speaking in an unsuitably adult manner, but since he wasn’t wrong, he just trailed off and hesitated.
“I just don’t want to forget how much I like Noona. Lily Noona keeps telling me I’m mistaken, but I’m not young enough to not know my own feelings.”
“The mistake she is talking about probably has a different meaning.”
Damian recalled back to what he had said to Lily and ended up saying it without thinking. When Regulus questioned him with wide eyes. He kept thinking of her saying with her gloomy face, ‘You like me because I’m a succubus,’ so he ended up adding her words.
“Reg, what do you like about her?”
“What, what do I like? Well, she’s kind, she comforted me a lot when I was having a hard time, and she smells nice…”
“Hey, isn’t that a bit like liking your mom or older sister?”
“N-No! When I don’t see her for a long time, I keep missing her, my eyes keep turning to her, I wonder what she’s doing, I wish I could be by her side, and when Noona laughs, I laugh with her, and…”
“Do you want to try adult love?”
Regulus’ face turned red at the mischievous words. Regulus reflexively tried to scream, but Damian’s immediate words silenced him.
“So do I.”
“And I have no intention of losing.”
His voice was infinitely playful, but the red eyes that were looking straight at him were extremely serious, so Regulus could not say anything and just watched Damian clean up the place and leave.
And Regulus belatedly came to his senses and screamed.
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