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Published at 10th of July 2016 04:33:24 PM

Chapter 2

DEBT GIRL 02


 

The Second Story – Ruined Lives Are No Concern of Mine

He wanted to go and leave her just like that . She was the Agnes Le Verges who he just could not stomach .

But even so, she had requested help from “Sir Knight” Bernard .

Assisting the weak, honoring courtesy, defeating evil .

To Bernard, who had the spirit of chivalry ingrained in his body, ignoring a voice seeking help was impossible .

Upon asking, he discovered that Agnes was in the middle of being troubled by a certain nobleman .

The voice of a man that was slowly coming closer and closer .

Agnes, with an expression marked with fear, had requested Bernard’s assistance .

“Kitty~ are you here?”

“!”

As Agnes started to catch her breath, Bernard grabbed her slender hand and began to run .

The garden he had patrolled time and time again as a bodyguard was a place that he was experienced with .

Before the garden became like a labyrinth, there was a refuge-like arbor . He thought that to be safe, they had to run until they made it there .

However, a situation beyond expectations occurred before them .

The woman wearing a dress and high-heels could not run .

Within a moment, the distance between the man and them had narrowed and in front of them was the perimeter .

They ran into the man at the corner, and Bernard thought his heart would burst .

“Kit~ty, wait you’re not!!”

The man’s sweet smile instantly turned into a serious look, displaying an expression of pure revulsion .

And then he immediately discovered the figure of Agnes .

“K-Kitty, you were in this kind of place, huh . ”

He smiled at Agnes, who was avoiding Bernard with her hand, but the young lady in question was casting her eyes down while in tears .


“Let’s slowly go back . It’s time for the pastries to be cooked . ”

While the man extended his hand to invite her back to the plaza, Agnes hid behind Bernard as if he were a shield .

She was refusing in such an easy to understand fashion, why was he forcefully drawing close, Bernard could not believe it .

As there was no progress, he forced his way through .

“Oi, can’t you see that she doesn’t like it . ”

“You have nothing to do with it, right? Moreover, she’s just being bashful right now . ”

The moment those words came out, Agnes’ grip on Bernard’s coat tightened .

She obviously hated this situation .

Bernard had recollections of this guy . Ernesto Barthelemon . The second son of the Marquis family, he was an imperial guard of the prince who was hosting today’s tea party .

“Is it okay to neglect your duties and chase the tail of a woman . ”

“What are you saying?”

At Bernard’s rash remark, the atmosphere of the place turned sour . Even though it wasn’t good until now, either .

“Anyway, release Kitty at once!”

As Ernesto determinedly started taking big strides to come closer, Bernard stuck out his foot .

He was splendidly caught in the surprise attack of the stuck out leg . With a loud rumbling, the atrocious figure went tumbling down right then and there .

In that moment, Bernard, hoisting Agnes up like luggage, sprinted from that place with all his might .

He knew that Ernesto was coming to pursue him with a loud bellow, but in the meandering garden, he could not catch up .

Upon arriving at the arbor, he let Agnes down .

“…I think it’s better if you don’t return to where we just were . ”

“R-Right?”

Because she was yet unable to regain her composure, she placed her hand on her chest and her eyes were glistening with tears .

Behind the arbor, there was a small gardener’s shed . To go back, she would have to request help from the old couple .


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Conveying the message that, because he was on duty, he could not remain there any longer, he left that place .

“Um!”

When he turned his head to look at the person who had called him back, he saw Agnes narrowing her eyes, looking at Bernard with a grim face .

Thinking that he was being looked at with those eyes yet again, his irritation grew .

Nevertheless, while he had on his knight’s clothes, he could not allow his personal feelings to take hold .

Once again, telling her to rely on the gardener couple if she was in trouble, he quickly marched away from that place .

This was his second meeting with Agnes Le Verges .

The third time was once again one year after this story .

To raise his social status, instead of attending evening parties, Bernard had taken on the duty of an assembly hall guard .

His colleague, Djibril, was stunned that he never took the opportunity to let loose .

“Hey Bernard, do you not wanna get married?”

“Who knows . ”

It was not that he had no interest .

However, if he were to get married, he did not believe that it would be with a noble’s daughter .

Thus, he thought that attending evening parties was a pointless endeavor .

The place Bernard was entrusted with was a garden of the night .

The duty that nobody wanted to be stuck with was the simple task of escorting the excited men and women back .

Bernard, killing his emotions, blocked the paths of the people assigned to each other .

At that place, there was yet another reunion .

When he went to a check on some vegetation that made a rustling noise, he ran into the figure of Agnes Le Verges .

“Ah . ”

“…”

Agnes made a surprised face .


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Bernard guessed that she had an appointment with someone there .

“Are you, possibly-”

“This area is off-limits . Return to the assembly hall . ”

“U-Um!”

“It’s useless . I won’t listen to any excuses . ”

Before her marriage, a woman was not to meet with anyone who was not her partner or fiancee .

He drove a stupefied Agnes back to the assembly hall .

While he heard a voice behind him that was confusedly trying to smooth things over, he left that place posthaste .

In the following year, he did not meet Agnes . However, whenever he heard gossip from Djibril, his stomach felt full .

Such as that she fell in love with the second prince at first sight, that she married the duke’s eldest son, all of the stories were without a doubt invariably brilliant .

Bernard took the news that she was still fastidious with marriage partners even though she had become of marriageable age stupefied .

“You know, it’s gonna get pretty bad if you don’t get married sometime soon?”

“Yeah…”

For this country’s great nobles, the marriageable age of a noble’s daughter was from fifteen to eighteen years of age .

Because Agnes was eighteen years of age, this year was absolutely the last year she could marry – was the rumor that somebody had said .

However, even after several months had passed, no news of talks of her marriage surfaced .

Bernard, who had turned twenty, had his habitual attitude towards duty and the fruits of his labor recognized, and he had been entrusted with the role of the lieutenant of a platoon .

Due to his considerable raise in wages, he was considering giving the servants of his estate a monetary reward when he was caught up in a convening .

It was late at night . It happened during his night shift .

While he was wondering why he was summoned so suddenly, he heard a discussion about finding an assistant for the execution of a certain noble .

When he asked his superior officer, Lazare Serie, what the heck was going on, he was told something astonishing .

For multiple years, the prime minister, Sherard Le Verges, had submitted false political fund balance reports . It had been established that his expenditures amounted to unreal costs .

As a matter of course, not only was the prime minister forced to resign, but the historied great noble family of La Verges had also fallen into ruin .


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It was said that from now on, all of the assets inside their estate would be seized .

At the location were an enforcement officer who was giving directions and ten knights .

The estate was devoid of people, and without delay, the operation willingly proceeded .

It took around three hours to withdraw .

Staring at the bright horizon at dawn, Lazare spoke as he took a look at the situation .

“It’s a shame . Their daughter, too . ”

Because she had not quickly married, she had lost her remaining marriage prospects . He muttered that this situation was heartrending .

A month had passed since that day .

People were still spreading the seeds of the rumor surrounding the scandal of the prime minister and major event of the fall of the house of Le Verges .

When Djibril, who had been assigned to a different squad, met Bernard in the mess hall, he offered this subject .

“Man, things got pretty crazy . ”

“I’ve heard enough about it . ”

Even with that said, they still came to talk about it . Their discussion shifted into one about Agnes .

“I hear that since she has no relatives, she’s living in an inn . ”

That everyday, she came and went, dropping off provisions for her father in prison, and how he went on and on about the situation inside .

While listening to a surprisingly talkative Djibril, Bernard went deep into thought as he dipped his cut bread into his soup .

“Sure is awful, that even though there were that many people around her, nobody’s saving her . ”

That was something that couldn’t be helped . Nobody would think about even associating with a house that had come to ruin due to a scandal . Bernard listened to Djibril’s story as if it were somebody else’s business .

“I wonder what Miss Agnes will do . ”

“Wouldn’t it be fine if you took her in as your wife?”

“That’s a bit…”

It was such a situation that even Djibril, who was that engrossed with Agnes, had suddenly cooled down with his interest in her .

Thinking that it was a tough world, he drank up his soup .

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