My Childhood Friend the Demon Knight Hates Me - Episode 54: Extra Edition Part 1
This is the extra version for those who requested, and was granted with the poll.
Since there were many requests for the ‘sweet childhood’ of them, the sweetness would be higher than previous.
I hope you like it!
Extra Edition Part 1
Beware of colds
Recalling what I thought, I felt lazy the moment I woke up this morning.
Earlier I thought it was just because I was tired and didn’t pay much attention to my health.
I didn’t have any work today, so I saw Reiss off to the guard station as usual and I went about my business taking care of the house and doing a little shopping.
In the evening, I started to feel a bit fuzzy-headed and noticed that I was getting sick.
I concluded, ‘Maybe I caught a cold?’.
But I didn’t want to worry Reiss, who seemed to have a lot of work to do for his post these days.
He’d definitely be overly wary and protective.
So I pretended to be fine and greeted Reiss with a big smile when he came home—
I’m sure something happened to him. His eyes felt like stabbing me as if he was burning a hole in my body.
I’m sure he was tired as well, so I wish he’d go into his room and relax.
However, when I was about to ask what was wrong, it unexpectedly turned into a short scream.
“Ack? What’s wrong with you?
Suddenly, he put his arm around my waist and picked me up.
My vision blurred at his actions and I felt like I was floating. With her in his arms, Reiss silently took off his uniform and headed straight for the bedroom. When he reached the bed, he gently lowered me onto it. It was a gentle and polite movement.
I was confused as to what was going on, and his large hand was placed on my forehead.
“…… You have a fever.”
“! I have a fever?! You noticed?!”
I was not sure what to do.
How perceptive ……!
I thought it was only a mild fever, but it seemed that my husband had noticed that it wasn’t like that.
I’m not sure what to do, but I’m sure I’ll be able to do it. I didn’t have a chance to interrupt him.
He didn’t say anything, he put a futon on me, searched for medicines, and prepared an ice sac. I had no chance to interrupt him even a bit.
I was treated like a sick person.
At the end, he said, “Sleep quietly,” and closed the door. After that he left the room and went somewhere.
“After all, he was overprotective to me … so I didn’t want to get caught.”
Alone in the room, I had no choice but to do as I was told and wrapped myself in the futon. The room was quiet, with only a flickering light on the ceiling. The silence and the ice-cold feeling on my head were comforting.
In addition, Uur, who seemed to make a big deal of things at times like this, had been visiting Faye in the Forest of the Holy Bell for about three days now. It seemed like they were already best friends, just like me and Rinsu.
He said, “I’m going to ask Faye to teach me how to draw,” but I wonder if he could draw with his short paws.
Faye seemed to be really good at everything. Uur showed me a portrait of the Queen of Spirits which Faye drew, but it was more like a portrait. I wonder who Faye was … the spirit of the wind, wasn’t it?
I slowly lowered my eyelids, thinking about this in a daze as I drifted in and out of a light sleep. I felt my fever rising.
Before I closed my vision completely.
I thought I heard Reiss call my name softly, “Suria”, somewhere in the distance.
“Why didn’t you tell anyone that you were sick to the last minute!? You would endure until you fall! Stupid!”
The young me was lecturing the young Reiss, who was lying on the bed with his cheeks puffed out.
For the time being, since he was a sick person, his voice became modest. But since Reiss, who had a futon with no ears to listen to me, was also very enthusiastic about how to speak.
The place was Uncle Alan’s orphanage.
It was nostalgic for Reiss, who was in a single room surrounded by the faint smell of wood.
This was a dream from my childhood, I thought to myself.
The situation was the clear opposite of the present. Reiss caught a cold and collapsed, thus Uncle Alain carried him to the room in a hurry. I was taking good care of him at that time.
I was sure Reiss still had a demon inside of him, but even he didn’t know about it because I hadn’t seen it clearly.
Reiss’s cheeks looked fluffy and were slightly red from the heat. His voice was scratchy and sounded painful.
Uncle Alan told me to take good care of Reiss, so I’d been staying with him ever since he collapsed.
Uncle Alan also had gone into town to buy some medicine. It had just run out, so he hurriedly put on his cloak and left. It was nap time for the young me in the hospital. They were all sleeping quietly, so I decided that it would be okay if I just checked on them once in a while.
With a gulp, Reiss coughed lightly.
“Are you okay? Do you want me to get you some water?”
“…… I don’t need it.”
“No. No. Drink it first before you go to bed. Your Uncle said it’s important to stay hydrated when you have a cold. You should drink water and …… and change the ice on your head, too. Is there anything else you want me to do?”
I asked him, but he replied, “Nothing in particular,” and that was it.
I raised my eyebrows and felt a bit annoyed, thinking that I could have spoiled him when he had a cold.
In the meantime, Reiss had dropped his eyelids and was slowly beginning to fall asleep.
It was probably a big improvement just to be able to expose… this kind of defenselessness.
When he first came to the orphanage, he was more like a wounded beast, wary of everyone.
I crossed my arms thoughtfully for a moment, and decided that it might be better to just bring water and extra ice and let him sleep for now, looking at his condition. After he woke up, I could just resume my constant nursing, even if it was depressing.
Then, lessening my footsteps, I tried to leave the room quietly.
But then —- someone tugged at the sleeve of my dress.
There was only one person who would do that.