Chapter 53 : Beautiful enough to make you want to cry

When Alejandro looked down from the bridge, he saw the same large, slow-moving stream of water that he had seen that day.

The people and the circumstances around them have changed, but nothing has changed here.

That day, the day it swallowed Milch.
Yes, nothing was left.

As usual, the scenery here remains beautiful, making him want to cry.

“…did I end up coming with a tail?”

He heard a rustling sound and turned around just to see the shadow guard of the Strydom, who had not been visible since he left the house.

It seems that the priority of the mission is to locate Alejandro rather than to rescue Natalia.

When he turned around and called out to him, the man shrugged his shoulders.

“The ground is still wet… it’s easy for them to follow even if they’re still a distance away.”

“…ah, I recall.
It did rain a little earlier.”

Even if the ground was not muddy enough, there’s still some footprints that would be left behind.

I see, then it will not be long before the pursuers come here.

They are too serious, not even letting him enjoy the last taste of this scenery.
But it’s only natural.
After all, this is the Marquis of Strydom.

Even before, he also had a lot of trouble because of them.

They were so fierce that it was hard to believe that they were related to that good-natured Beatrice.

Her father was great, but his brother was also very tough, and the damage to the Reyes Chamber of Commerce was quite severe.

“…Alejandro.
Why are you here?”

The man asked Alejandro, who was lost in thought.

Why?

Speaking of which, why not?

Yeah, that’s probably it.

“…it’s my most precious place… I guess…”

This is the place that comforted me as a child, a place where my precious toy was taken away from me.

And the place where I realized my helplessness and foolishness.

It’s also the place where Alejandro is willing to give up everything in the world.

Oh, yes, there was.
There was one thing, and only one thing, I was not willing to give up in this world.

My new toy, Natalia, who gave back the colors of my world.
Only her.

“…this is where my sister died.
She fell into the river right here.”

Staring at the water current.

With a slight smile on his face, he uttered.

Yes, she was.
She was swallowed by this majestic stream of water.
Milch died.

Everyone, everyone who knew Alejandro and Milch, had no doubt that he was the culprit.

He thought that he had twisted his sister’s life in the same way that he would have killed a butterfly or a bird.

Everyone around him looked at Alejandro in horror.

The father, whose only concern was chasing women’s asses and making money, never made eye contact with Alejandro again.

His mother, who had been a nuisance to him, stopped even the minimum contact with him.

The servants and the maids simply did their jobs without even looking at him.

None of them asked Alejandro.

Without asking, they were convinced that Alejandro had killed Milch.

“…you can’t possibly…”

The shadow guard of the Strydom family only said that much, then kept his mouth shut.
What comes after that line goes unspoken.

…see, I knew it.

The corners of Alejandro’s mouth go up in a distorted manner.

I feel like laughing out loud.

I am sure I look hideous right now.

…ah.
I miss her.

I want to see Milch.

I want to see my treasure Milch, who held my hand, looking me straight in the eyes all the time.

I could breathe easily beside Milch.

But she is no longer here.

and I already said goodbye to Natalia a while ago, who became the treasure that replaced her.

So it’s gone.

There is no place in this world where I can breathe anymore.

“…I could have won if the house of Strydom didn’t intervene.
That house always gets in my way.”

It’s true.
That man, Leopold, should’ve been the one to do it.
If he was the one to take Milch/Natalia away from me, then he could have accepted it.

Beatrice Strydom.
You are too soft on Leopold, the man you fell in love with.

Well, but that doesn’t matter anymore.

If there’s really no place for me in this world, then there’s no need to force myself anymore, Alajendro thought.

Because no one wants his life anyway.

Like that day, I put my hand on the railing of the bridge.

At that moment, there was a sound from another place of rustling grass and trees.

The pursuers.

He thought so, as he sat on the railing, and then turned around.

And when he turned his gaze…

“…”

Why is it you?

The question that popped into Alejandro’s mind was unspoken.

The lovely, silly Natalia who filled in Alejandro’s missing world to perfection after Milch disappeared.

There was Natalia, ignorant, innocent, and unquestioning.

“…”

“Ale, jandro.”

Natalia recognized Alejandro sitting on the railing, and a look of relief came over her face.

“My Lady! Why are you here… I told you to stay in your room and wait for help…”

The shadow guard in the distance shouted in an impatient voice.

“…ah.”

Alejandro nodded his head in agreement.

I thought the shadow guard came to me very easily.

Well, it would normally be the right thing to do, just in case.
But….

But, he doesn’t know the depth of the connection between Natalia and Alejandro.

He should have thought that a kidnapped victim would be grateful and wait for help on the spot as they were told to do.

‘…is this what you call being a schemer and falling for tricks?”

He knew it’s not true, but he still dared to say it.

Such an outcome would be incomprehensible to these Strydoms.

Ah, but.

I think only Beatrice would understand this.

Natalia would go after Alejandro.

Natalia would, even if no one else would.

“I said goodbye with all my might.
But you’re really a bad girl.”

Alejandro was sitting on the railing, his arms outstretched, smiling gently.

“Alejandro…”

“Come here, Natalia.”

“No, miss…!”

Slipping past the shadow guard that moved to stop her, Natalia ran… to Alejandro.

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