The day after the wedding. I was so disturbed by Theodore’s sweet scent that it was beyond my imagination. I honestly don’t remember what I did during the day. Theodore’s usual sweet attitude was already quite overwhelming, but his scent was even sweeter. . .It was like having sugar poured directly into my mouth.
Now, on the night that followed such a day, I was facing a problem.
“Ester, is something wrong? You look troubled.”
“Theodore. . .”
“Even that troubled face is cute. If you have any worries, please rely on me. I’ll do anything I can to help you. . .”
Sitting on the bedside, Theodore looked worriedly into my face, which had already removed the face veil.
I had been hesitant about when to talk to him about the kol. Mother said it would be better to do it sooner rather than later, but she also said I could choose the right timing. So I had thought of waiting for another two or three days, until I had gathered my resolve…
But now, as night arrived, it was only natural for the atmosphere to become more intimate between two people who were newlyweds and deeply in love. However, I felt an intense resistance to the idea of sharing our bodies in that way. His kol had stopped moving completely last night, which made me curious but relieved at the same time. But today… this, this…!
“. . .I want to kiss him. But I can’t disturb him when he looks so serious and troubled. I’ll endure it. . .”
While saying so, Theodore’s kol, in its true form, kissed my cheeks and the corners of my eyes. Of course, I couldn’t feel any physical sensation, and if I tried to grab it, my hand would pass through. But it was still embarrassing.
Moreover, if, for example. . .kol were to say something like “Your chest should be a little bigger,” I might have to keep using transformation magic for the rest of my life.
“Theodore, I have something important to tell you.”
“Yes, what is it?”
“I said I would tell you after we got married. It’s about that.”
Anyway, I have to talk to him about it. Maybe Theodore will be too embarrassed to talk about it today, or maybe it’s not just him, but I might not be accepted if he knows what’s in my heart.
“Is it about why you thought I hated you and avoided you?”
“Yes, that’s it.”
Bracing myself, I deliberately responded to the voice of his kol. Theodore tilted his head in confusion.
“Did I say it out loud just now?”
“No, you didn’t.”
“. . .Huh?”
This is the first time I’ve talked to someone who doesn’t know about this magic, and I can feel my heart pounding with nervousness. After taking a small, long breath, I told him clearly, but slowly, so he wouldn’t miss a word.
“The truth is. . .I can read minds.”
“Yes. . .???”
Rather than being surprised, Theodore seemed to be completely puzzled. I explained to him about this magic. How I can see the shape of people’s hearts as if they were little people and hear their voices. How I refer to it as the kol. I told him that I have no divination magic and that I knew about all of the Crown Prince’s plans a year ago through the voices in my mind. I explained that this magic is kept secret and only known to the person who can use it and their spouse… and so on. I paused the conversation there for a moment, and then when I was about to talk about the curse, Theodore’s kol, who had been desperately silent in an attempt to understand my words, shook its head.
“I don’t intend to doubt you, but it’s hard to believe that you can read minds. . .you seemed to have thought that I really hated you.”
Considering my past actions, I think it’s natural for him to feel that way. To make him believe me first, I decided to do a simple demonstration.
“Theodore, try to think of a number for a moment.”
“Okay, how about. . .1597?”
Theodore’s eyes widened in amazement. It’s almost impossible to guess a four-digit number by chance. . .unless you can read minds. It’s a simple demonstration, but it should be enough to make him believe me. He seemed to remember the earring test we did before and realized it was the same thing.