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The children opened their mouths looking at it.
“Wow, that’s amazing!”
“How did you do it?”
Kian answered with a gentle smile.
“Then are you a wizard?”
The wide-eyed children ran and shouted.
“Guys! This older brother is a wizard!”
“I want to see it too! Me too!”
Upon hearing that he was a wizard, even the children who were beside Alexis flocked to Kian.
The children’s eyes grew large with anticipation at Kian.
Kian nodded his head. The magic that fluttered like flames in his palm changed its shape, becoming a rabbit with long ears pricking up.
The children were amazed and their mouths were left agape.
The magical rabbit fluttered in Kian’s palm, then changed into a tiny lark.
A lark flew over the children’s heads.
The children laughed as they ran to catch it.
When he displayed his magic, Kian became a superstar in front of the children.
I said it because it was surprising that he got along so well with children.
“Kian. You’re so good at playing with the kids!”
He lowered his eyes slightly and asked
“Coming along… … Was it helpful for Olivia?”
“Of course. Thank you so much for coming.”
“That’s a relief.”
Kian smiled and looked at Alexis with a triumphant look.
But then, I heard the children exclaim, “Wow!”
‘What is it this time?’
I turned my head in the direction of the children’s voices.
And saw Alexis wielding a sword.
He was brandishing a toy sword, the blade of which was covered in blazing golden flames.
‘Oh my … … .’
It was a sword skill that only a swordmaster could create.
As a swordmaster, Alexis’ sword cut through the air, drawing a smooth trajectory.
“Wow, that’s so cool!”
The children’s hearts were swept away by the swordsman’s swords art.
“Let’s go see it too!”
As a new spectacle appeared, the curious children were excited.
The children rushed to Alexis.
After the stunt was over, the children applauded loudly.
One child said with a face full of awe.
“When I grow up, I want to become a knight like him!”
Many children wanted to follow Alexis and become a knight.
At that, Alexis said to Kian, spinning the toy sword with one hand.
“Sir Kian, I think the kids like me more. Right?”
It was a tone that brewed competition.
Kian smiled coldly in response.
After he finished speaking, a gentle breeze suddenly blew into the room.
The next moment, a sweet-smelling rain of flowers descended on us.
Pink petals fluttered and fell gently on the children’s heads.
The children jumped in wonder, amazed by Kian’s magic, and ran all over the place.
Kian bent his knees and made eye contact with a child.
He asked, smiling like an angel, benevolent and kind.
“Do you like it?”
The child nodded his head shyly.
Kian blinked his long eyelashes and asked the child,
“Hey, which one do you like better?”
The child looked at Alexis and Kian alternately.
The suspense didn’t last long.
Having received the child’s choice, Kian smiled at Alexis with a victorious smile.
Alexis silently pulled out a toy sword from his waist.
This time, golden swords fluttered from the two swords.
I glanced at the two men playing competitively with the children with a nervous smile, thinking,
‘Someone stop these guys!’
* * *
The sky, seen through the window, was gradually turning scarlet.
After a rewarding day, it was time to part with the children.
“When are you coming back?”
“Can’t you come tomorrow?”
It looks like they became attached to us. Some children bursted into tears because they did not want to part.
Kian and Alexis comforted the crying children
“I will come again next time. So stop it.”
“I promise to come again. So… … .”
Apparently, the two of them passionately played with the children today, so they grew attached to the children too.
Director Carolyn, who was looking at the scene with tender eyes, said:
“Thank you so much for coming today, Princess.”
“What? Thanks to you, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.”
“Today…….really… … It will be a memory they will never forget for the rest of their lives.”
It seemed that she was disappointed we were leaving, so I promised to come again.
“I’ll be back again, so don’t be too sad.”
For some reason, she spoke with a clouded expression on her face.
“Thank you for your words. But, next… … .”
At that moment, the child held by Kian burst into tears. Because of that, I couldn’t hear the rest of what she had said.
“What did you say?”
When I asked apologetically, she replied.
“I will be happy if you find me next time… … I was going to tell you.”
Was I misunderstanding something? She seemed like she was full of an unspoken worry.
“Bye! Come again next time!”
The children stood close to the window to see us off.
Alexis said, waving a large hand.
“Princess, when are you going to come back?”
“Your highness I know your heart, but it’s been less than five minutes since we parted from the kids.”
“Hmm… … . I was too hasty.”
Kian, who was listening to the conversation next to him, said disgruntled,
“If you want to see the children, your highness can come ‘alone’ at any time.”
“What do you mean? If the princess doesn’t come, the children will be disappointed.”
The sharp eyes of the two men faced off in the air again.
Why the hell did things go so sore when we were trying to make an appointment … .?
Anyway, it was when I was shaking my head thinking that I needed to keep the two separated in the future that I saw men coming through the iron gates of the orphanage.
There was only one road leading to the entrance of the building, so we naturally encountered them.
There was an aristocratic blond-haired man with a pale face, walking under the escort of knights. His face was familiar.
He pretended to know and recognized me first.
“Aren’t you Princess Ashford?”
“Oh my, it’s an honor for the princess to remember me.”
Raising his thin lips, the man smiled.
He is the owner of the orphanage, Count Shelton.
“Did you come here to check up on the orphanage?”
But it felt too late for that.
I’ve heard rumors that he’s been busy with several projects lately… … . Is that why?
Meanwhile, Count Selton found Kian and Alexis and bowed his head slightly.
“How did such precious people come all the way here?”
“I came with the princess because she said she wanted to donate.”
Alexis answered. Count Selton turned to me with a gentle smile.
“Oh no! Why didn’t you contact us through our charitable foundation?”
“It didn’t have to be like that. I simply brought toys and bread for the children.”
“The kids must have loved it. Thank you for your consideration.”
I thought he’d be disappointed that I didn’t donate a lot of money, but he bowed his head in gratitude.
“Then, I look forward to seeing you again.”
Afterward, Count Selton parted ways with us politely, he moved on.
‘I heard that he has a lot of ambition and greed for business… … .’
I was puzzled by how different his impression was his public reputation, so I stared at the Count’s back for a long moment and then looked away.
6 thoughts on “IBMV – 56”
Of course there’s something going on at an orphanage.
Also these two dude competing is very funny. I didn’t think Alexis had that strong of a feeling already
Honestly, I don’t *think* Alexis is actually competing because he loves Olivia, but more rather because he’s the type to not back down from a challenge. And with Kian being so obviously confrontational and territorial about Olivia, Alexis is amused that there’s actually someone bold enough to show such blatant hostility toward a member of the Royal Family, and over Olivia no less. I don’t doubt that Alexis is interested in Olivia, but I don’t think it’s to the point of him competing with Kian solely for Olivia’s favor.
And thank you so much that1villainess for the wonderful translations! You are a Saint!
Yeah he does have that vibe where he isnt just a swooning man and I dont think he’ll go too far, but, yeah,
Still wish he didnt have any feelings, so im not sad at the end for a second lead syndrome ^^’
Dude is SUS, betting the manager was contemplating asking MC for help against him.
Thank you for the chapters!!!
As soon as it mentioned the director being worried/troubled about something, I had the thought of it potentially being a case of either child trafficking. I hope it’s NOT the case, but I’m worried that it’s going to end up being something similar.
Oh for sure, stories *LOVE* to sell orphaned children as a dramatic plot point 😰