What To Do At Night - Chapter 1.2
‘Mom said that if I walk around late at night, a monster will come and eat me.’
Of course, this was inside the dukedom and if she went back by the path she came here she’d be home in no time, but a 6 year-old’s mind couldn’t think that far.
In addition, the chilly evening air brushing against her just-woken-up warm body intensified the terror. Just when tears started to well up in her frightened eyes, “Don’t cry.”
Ariel turned her head to the sudden voice. At the moment, she had every right to scream from the sudden surprise, but instead, she just kept blinking her eyes without saying anything. It was because…..
……Because a boy—with a face so unbelievably beautiful that he couldn’t be mistaken for a human—was looking back at her.
‘Even though he’s an angel, he doesn’t have wings?’
Ariel with her mouth agape stared blankly at the boy who told her not to cry. That was Arsion’s first encounter with Ariel.
Arsion lightly kissed a mesmerized Ariel’s cheek while comforting her not to cry. When Ariel mentioned she had to go home, he asked what her name was, where she lived, and how she got here.
“I’ll take you there. And my name is Arsion.”
Has there been an angel with that name? Anyway, her fear of waking up in an unfamiliar place had completely disappeared. It was the first time she was not afraid of monsters while walking on a dark road.
She thought it was all thanks to the mister angel holding her hand.
She wondered what she would do if by any chance Mister Angel disappeared after taking her home. Ariel tightened her grip on Arsion’s hand. Her sweaty palms must’ve been unpleasant, but Arsion did not show any signs of disgust. Rather, he held her hand tightly as if to comfort her.
Ariel told Arsion as they arrived at her home after walking for some time at a slow pace.
“That’s my house!”
Just then, Ariel’s mother, who was pacing around anxiously in front of their house, found her daughter. She ran towards Ariel frantically and hugged her.
“Ariel, where have you been? Your dad went out looking for you!”
Ariel’s mother, who hurriedly checked her daughter for injuries, picked Ariel up and smacked her on her butt after confirming that Ariel was fine.
Ariel’s father, who had returned to his house after searching for his daughter for a long time, looked worriedly at his daughter who held onto the little duke’s hand and was saying, “The angel brought me here!” The scene caused his face to almost look as if he was about to breathe his last.
Only then did Ariel learn that the boy was not an angel, but the only son of the duke.
“Li-Little Duke1, if by any chance my daughter was rude……”
Ariel’s father carefully asked Arison, already imagining being fired from a job he had just found. Contrary to her father’s concerns, Arsion smiled and turned to Ariel.
“Let’s play together tomorrow!”
Because of this, Ariel’s father’s complexion turned paler and paler by the second. Next day, he visited the duke at the crack of dawn, telling him what had transpired yesterday and sought for his forgiveness. However, contrary to his concerns, the duke listened quietly and told him not to worry and let the two kids do what they wanted.
Ariel’s father didn’t notice because he was bowing his head, but the duke’s expression was full of surprise when he said that.
Perhaps it was due to the lack of other children their age, after that fateful encounter, Ariel and Arsion quickly became close and spent more and more time together. As a result, Ariel began to call Arsion by the nickname, ‘Sion’, and Arsion also began to call her ‘Riel’.
Then one day, Ariel’s birthday came. Her parents gave Ariel the big doll she wanted, and her sister gave Ariel her favourite fairy tale book.
She didn’t expect Arsion to come because she knew he had left together with Duke Hastings to inspect their ducal territory.
‘Still, I wish Arsion was here……’
Ariel was sad, but her mother’s cake filled with only her favourite fruits soothed her a little. So, she tried hard to forget about Arsion’s absence due to work.
It was when she picked up the toy knife, laughing at her sister’s urging to cut the cake.
Bang bang bang!
When everyone was wondering who had come visiting, they heard a voice from outside.
“Sion? Is it Sion?”
Arsion was the only one who called her Riel. Ariel threw away the cake knife in her hand and ran to open the door.
There stood Arsion, in a state completely in contrast with his usual neat appearance. He had come to her in haste so his hair was messed up and his forehead glistened with sweat.
“I’m sorry, Riel. It’s your birthday and I couldn’t even prepare a gift…….”
Tears welled up in Ariel’s eyes at those words. Actually, she had never considered wanting a gift from him. She was just upset that Arsion, who was with her every day, was not by her side today.
The sorrow she had forgotten suddenly came back rushing at the words of his apology. Eventually, Ariel ended up crying her heart out before Arsion. Seeing Ariel like that, Arsion was flustered and he didn’t know what to do.
“Riel, I’m sorry. I’m terribly sorry. I’ll always be by your side on your birthday from now on.”
That didn’t stop Ariel’s crying. Then Arsion hugged Ariel and lifted her up. Even though they were of a similar size, he lifted her up so easily as if he was lifting a cotton doll and soothed the crying Ariel.
“I’m sorry. I’ll give you anything you want. Everything you want.”
Because Arsion’s voice soothing her was nice, Ariel sniffled a little more and soon stopped crying. Then she said to Arsion,
“Then marry me!”
Ariel didn’t know what marriage was. She just knew that they could sleep in bed together at night if they were married. And when she heard that, she told her father, “Then I will marry Sion!” She didn’t know why, but her father scolded her to death and warned her not to say this in front of anyone even as a joke.
Maybe Arsion would marry her if she begged him now.
Worried that Arsion might be angry like her father, Ariel secretly studied his face. But he glanced at her with bright eyes and replied with a bright smile as if he had gotten a present.
“Okay, let’s get married.”
This was how Ariel and Arsion’s marriage was decided. After a while, Ariel’s father immediately knelt down when he saw the Duke following Arsion. It was because when the duke saw Arsion smiling while holding Ariel in his arms, his face turned stiff as if he had seen something unbelievable.
The baron wondered what to do.
‘What on earth should I say to apologize for this rudeness? Would I lose this job right away from tomorrow onwards? If I crawl on all fours and apologize, would the duke let this go? If I had known this would happen, I would have quit my work and left from here before Ariel could become friends with Little Duke.’
When Ariel’s father was at a loss as to what to do, Duke Hastings turned around and shouted at his vassals.
“From today onwards, you will treat Ariel as a member of the Hastings ducal family.”
At that, everyone present in the room opened their mouths in amazement. They knew that the duke cherished his son very much, but they found it hard to believe that the duke would accept just any woman as his son’s fiancee just because his son wanted it.
Anyway, that was how Ariel became Arsion’s fiancée. It had been 14 years now since that incident.
Hello everyone. I was stockpiling for this novel but I just got to know that another group has picked it up. I did try contacting the translator of that group but I couldn’t find any means. Well, I don’t know what to do for now. I’ll just post whatever I’ve translated.
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