empire was always noisy thanks to various events.
‘Are you worried about me?’
Citrina squinted and examined Desian’s actions.
His expression was still unreadable.
However this was still a fairly good sign.
Desian’s interest in other people has definitely increased and he feels empathy now.
The duke was not dead either.
She felt unmistakable that things were changing little by little.
Is this what it felt like to see a half-grown rabbit you have raised?
Of course, in terms of size, she was closer to a rabbit than him, but Citrina decided to ignore that.
She felt relieved to see his changing appearance.
Instead of smiling back at her, Desian lowered his gaze down.
It couldn’t be, but he seemed a little embarrassed.
‘Well, since Desian is coming with us, let’s start Phase 2 of the rehabilitation project.’
Citrina smiled inwardly.
How was everything going so well? She hoped things would get better and better.
It was time to start the project code name ‘Episode Real Experience’.
It’s better to show both good and bad people.’
The capital was always crowded with petty criminals among the people.
Since the original work had been changed, nothing in the future was certain, but a few petty criminals should be no match for Desian and Aaron.
Her mind was strangely amused.
“Ah, Desian, how to we get to the city center?”
Desian finally smiled at Citrina when he heard her question.
Citrina’s real question wasn’t ‘how will we get to the city center’.
Actually, she wanted to know how the hell they were going to sneak out of the ducal estate.
The answer was simple.
It was teleportation magic.
Desian’s magic allowed Citrina and her party to travel at once to the city center.
In the blink of an eye, Citrina and the others were at the side of the city center.
Citrina looked around impressed.
“Wow, how can it be so fast? Should I learn magic too?”
Citrina held a hand up, opening and closing it.
It didn’t work unsurprisingly.
Unfortunately, she no mana.
…While Citrina was acting so obnoxiously, Aaron was looking around in admiration.
She wanted Desian to experience more situations, but he was just standing there looking at Citrina.
She had been the focus of his attention for some time.
This was a little…it made her feel good and a little burdened.
“This is the center of the capital.
I can’t believe it! Citrina, Brother!”
It’s even fascinating to me.’
Citrina agreed with Aaron’s admiration.
She also caught sight of the square.
She saw a beautiful fountain in the middle of a large square.
Along with being beautifully carved, the water flowed down in waves.
The three of them stopped in front of the mountain, but people were walking past two and fro.
To get the rehabilitation project right, she needed to find a gloomy side street.
‘Where exactly can I find one?’
Desian, who was watching Citrina’s gaze move back and forth, asked.
“Citrina, what are you thinking about?”
“It’s a very gloomy and dark side street… Ah.
Desian’s eyes were straight on her.
They must have been pure evil, like a stained piece of paper, but they couldn’t be corrupted any more.
Citrina hurriedly shut her mouth.
But Desian already seemed to have heard.
Citrina’s face didn’t turn red easily.
However, it felt like her neck was burning up just then.
She must have been mistaken.
Citrina coughed before answering.
“…I made a slip of the tongue, so please forget it.”
Citrina cautiously spoke in a nonchalant tone.
She didn’t want to ruin the groundwork she had set of for her favorable impression.
“Citrina, Brother, look at that!”
Her relief pitcher was Aaron once again.
Aaron who was walking a few steps ahead of the two, pointed his finger forward.
“The murals are so pretty.”
Certainly there were many exterior walls surrounding the square.
There were countless beautiful murals on the walls.
‘There’s the mermaid mural, a mural of the founding emperor in his casket.
There’s really a lot.’
Desian stuck to Citrina’s side almost as if he was guarding her.
Aaron on the other hand, was extremely excited.
He was already far ahead.
“We’re in the capital, this is so cool.
Come on, Citrina, Older brother!”
“Yes, we’re coming.”
Citrina admired the view as they walked beside the murals for a long time.
More accurately, she was looking at the state of security in the empire’s main square.
Seriously, it was so clean without a single piece of trash.
The faces of passerbyes were full of laughter.
It felt like an ideal city.
‘No, how can it be so clean without even one gangster?’
Citrina looked around.
She couldn’t believe there weren’t any thugs.
From what Citrina remembered, the city square was busy and there were often fights between gangsters.
Where were the thugs?
It was Aaron who gave the worried Citrina her answer.
“Citrina, over there.”
His finger pointed to a dark alleyway.
“Wow, that looks really scary, right?”
“Yes, you’re right.”
As she answered, Citrina grinned.
Right over there.
That back street would work.
“Shall we go? What do you think? It should be amazing, right, Older brother?”
Aaron’s eyes sparkled with curiosity.
Desian who was watching Citrina’s smiling face, nodded with a blunt look.
The three walked side by side, and Citrina couldn’t help but wonder.
On her left was Aaron, and on the right was Desian.
No one had walked into an alley this safely.
“It’s dark and nothing much is coming out.
Should we go somewhere else?” asked Aaron.
If they went back like this, nothing would be gained.
Citrina laid the groundwork indifferently.
“I think there will be something if we go a little further inside.
It could be interesting.”
“Let’s go on a fun adventure!”
Aaron quickened his pace with excitement.
He walked a little ahead of Citrina.
“Don’t walk fast, Aaron.”
Desian who had been silent until then, stopped Aaron.
“Ah, that’s right, I’ll stick to Citrina.”
Aaron shuffled back.
It took a while to walk over like that.
As Citrina had hoped, they soon met someone who looked like a shady thug.
He had a shaggy beard with arms covered in tattoos and hands full of bloody knives.
His eyes felt gloomy too.
‘He’s carrying bloody knives! That’s the guy.
Just as Citrina opened her mouth, the grim-looking man sighed and said to himself.
“Phew, I worked hard today for my mom by chopping meat.
I have to work hard for my sick mother.”
Citrina shut up straight away.
He seemed to be the owner of the butcher shop in this back alley.
‘…you can’t judge a person by their looks, Citrina Foluin.’
She abruptly felt the need to reflect on herself morally.
Except for that person, she couldn’t find any thugs like she wanted anywhere.
‘Should I give up? The duke isn’t dead and he already cares about me.’
It was then.
She heard a husky, phlegmy voice from behind.
It somehow seemed like the type of person Citrina was looking for.
“Hey, you there.”
Aaron and Desian ignored his voice.
The man sounded like he was trying to baby-talk them.
The sound of the wind rushed past and soon the man was walking briskly to stand in front of them.
“What are you, fearless little ones? Two newbies and one young lady?”
He was a tough looking man with a burned head.
He had a delinquent attitude.
‘Finally got a thug.’
Citrina tried to hold back her laughter by squeezing the corners of her mouth.
“What, young lady? You’re laughing? By the way, you look rich, so why don’t you give up?”
Citrina’s clothes were not what a commoner would wear.
The same was true of Aaron and Desian.
Duke Pietro’s abuse of his sons was a secret to the public anyway.
‘This time is real.’
Citrina bit her lip as she watched the thug and said.
“You shouldn’t live like that.
Trying to take away a poor little lamb’s money.”
This was a more theatrical style.
Citrina had to admit her acting skills were poor.
“People should live well.
You should be very very good hearted.
If you continue living like that, you will be punished later on.”
“What kind of speech is that, young lady?””
“Citrina, shall we go?”
Desian ignored the thug’s words and asked her.
Citrina sang to herself on the inside.
If this had been the original work, the thug would have been torn apart.
But Desian was holding back.
“What are you talking about?”
The thug kept talking looking dumbfounded.
Citrina replied, ignoring the threat as if a screen was between her and the thug.
“Yes, let’s go.
I’m really scared that my money will be taken away.
Let’s teleport to another place.”
Citrina glanced towards Desian and stopped talking.
Desian’s expression was appalled.
“Are you scared, Citrina?”
It wasn’t an expression without any emotion.
Citrina asked again slowly.
“Then I’ll help you.
It won’t be dangerous.”
Citrina’s eyes were covered before she could speak.
One hand closed her eyes completely.
A perfect darkness came before Citrina’s eyes.
Furthermore, there was no sound like she was in a vacuum.
‘What the hell is going on right now?”
Just like that, there were a few seconds of complete silence.
It was a brief silence, but it felt terribly long for Citrina.
It couldn’t just be her feeling.
As Desian spoke, light slowly leaked into her eyes.
Back to the starting point.
She was back at the square they had visited a while ago.
“There’s nothing to be afraid of anymore.”
“Oh, oh, that’s right.
Citrina, nothing happened, we just transported right away so it should be okay.”
Aaron echoed with a bewildered look.
“Ah, did we just teleport?”
“W, well, should we go get a drink?” I’m thirsty.
Citrina, there’s an interesting building in front of us.
Why don’t we go inside?”
Aaron cut off her words in a hurry.
Desian had a natural attitude.
However, Aaron’s attitude was awkward as if he was acting.
‘Since it was only a moment, it must have just been teleportation, right?’
It was suspicious, but…
Anyway, Citrina decided to respond to Aaron for now.
“Yes, that’s great.”
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