Chapter 1 : Tears Upon the Cheeks

The knife swung down again and again.

I felt the shock in my chest, my arms, and my shoulders.

As she repeatedly plunged the knife into me, her brow furrowed sadly, and tears trickled from her eyes.

It’s strange.

It seems to me that you, who was killing me, are much sadder than I, who was being killed.

“Why… Why did you break your promise? You promised to give it back to me.
No, you said you only had three years left to live…!”

Natalia, I didn’t mean to break my promise.

Just because you’ve been sentenced to three years doesn’t mean you’ll die in exactly three years.

But you know what?

I really couldn’t move much anymore.

“I heard about the medicine… they’ve developed it, haven’t they? How terrible, then you will never be able to die!”

Are you referring to a new medicine that has been successfully developed in a neighboring country?

That’s right.

If I had that medicine, my disease would be cured completely.

But that medicine was developed by a neighboring country.
It will take a long time to get it.

So by the time it becomes available in this country, surely I will.

“Liar, liar! I believed in you and waited…!”

I’m glad you believed me, Natalia.

Yeah, I wanted you to keep believing.

Because I was going to give him away properly.

Even if you hadn’t done this, I was already at that point anyway.

It wouldn’t even take long.

“Die as you promised.
You have to die! Give me back Leo, give me back Leopold…”

Oh, Natalia.

I’m not going to give him back, he was yours from the beginning.

You’re a funny person.

What were you so worried about?

Because you and Leopold have been in touch with each other since your time at the academy.

Leopold looks only at you, and you look only at Leopold.

You’ve always been loved from the beginning.

You knew that, didn’t yo

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