◈ Episode 233: Traces of Fire (3)
A blue gaze coldly looking down through the mask’s pierced eyes.
A burning pain felt in one cheek.
Albert wondered if he was dreaming.
To a man whose face and identity are unknown, neither his father nor anyone else.
As if that wasn’t enough, the guy who should never be able to make eye contact with himself was looking down at me as if he was looking down on me.
“You son of a bitch!”
The moment Albert was about to stand up, Ludger’s hand moved.
With a cheerful sound, Albert’s head turned to the side.
I felt a tingling pain in the cheek on the other side, which had been fine.
Violetta, who was watching the scene with a nervous feeling, felt her heart sink.
It should dry.
No matter how rude it is, you can’t touch someone from the Pablo family.
“That was enough. Anything more than that is a problem… … !”
“Violetta. You are making a strange noise. Has there already been a problem? That is a very big problem.”
“Ha, but if it ends here, it can be alleviated. Somehow, a hand-to-hand sword… … !”
“A hand jab? no. It doesn’t matter that I hit this idiot.”
You said that wasn’t the problem? So what’s the problem?
When he was puzzled because he didn’t understand the words, Ludger turned his head and stared at Violetta.
“This guy tried to humiliate you, the manager of the house, in front of everyone. In this situation, where is the bigger problem than that?”
“that… … !”
Violetta was at a loss for words.
It was because of the unexpected answer.
Rudger said so much, I was so embarrassed that I didn’t know what to do.
He even felt grateful for Ludger’s actions for caring about him.
“… … I am okay. In the first place, I am in a position where I have nothing to say even after hearing such an insult. Born and raised on the bottom of a gutter, he is a dirty person from birth.”
He did not want the owner to suffer losses because of him.
Upon hearing that, Rudger spoke in a calm tone.
“Violetta. No one is clean and dirty from the start.”
“At least I think I am.”
“Even so, you are trying to live a better life. And I would laugh at such a person and try to trample on them.”
Rudger grabbed Albert by the hair and pulled his head up.
“I can’t stand it.”
Albert’s head snapped to the side.
Albert couldn’t accept reality and made a stupid sound.
His cheek swelled up from how hard he hit him on the cheek.
“So the treatment I give to this guy is appropriate.”
“Yeah, even so, the aftermath… … !”
“Getting behind? Did you say it was behind the scenes?”
When Rudger’s gaze turned this way, Violetta felt breathless.
“Violetta. i would have told you This Royal Street would be our castle. No one would dare to say anything to us.”
An indescribable spirit flowed from Rudger.
“Or did you not believe me? Did you think I was a thrower?”
“It is not.”
Violetta hurriedly replied.
He knew full well that Rudger was not a talker.
He is a man who made even absurd rumors that others would not believe into reality.
Wasn’t he the one who transformed an abandoned street into the most fashionable street in the city?
“If you knew, don’t forget.”
Rudgar put an end to Violetta’s anxiety and stared at Albert.
“Albert. Albert Pablo.”
Rudgar flipped Albert’s head back.
Albert finally came to his senses and looked up at Ludger.
The expression that seemed to kill Ludger had disappeared, and his eyes were filled with fear.
“Now, what should I do? I have to finish the unfinished story.”
“Do you think I will be safe even if you touch me?!”
“It’s nothing to worry about right now, other than being safe.”
Rudgar shook Albert’s head back and forth.
“The important thing is this. You caused a stir in our store, disrupting business and causing considerable financial loss to the store. How are you going to take responsibility for that?”
“Oh, just something like that… … .”
“Only? There must have been a lack of conversation between us.”
Rudger raised his hand and Albert closed his eyes.
“Ah Okay! Got it! What do you want! say it!”
The person called this owner must be a madman.
Otherwise, there was no way he would hit himself, a member of the Pablo family, so openly.
Albert, who always hurt and harassed others, did not think that he would suffer.
And the violence he actually faced was enough to make him terrified.
I hate being sick.
I didn’t want to get hit again.
That was the only thought that came to Albert’s head.
“What do you want?”
“That, yes. You need to know what you want, my, I can listen to you.”
“That’s a good answer. You have to come out kindly like this.”
Rudger lowered his raised hand and tapped Albert on the shoulder.
Albert waited for Ludger’s next words, thinking it was fortunate that he didn’t fit.
Will it be money too? Because nothing is easier than paying with money.
His family has a lot of money. No matter how much the opponent asked, he was able to pay enough.
What’s important is what comes next.
‘Did you think I would get over it safely after making me look like this? As long as I return safely, I will kill all of you.’
When that time comes, I will remove that hideous mask covering your face and burn your whole body.
So Albert was able to put up with the humiliation of the moment.
“Tell me the conditions.”
Rudger moved aside so Albert could see Violetta.
“Respectfully kneel down and apologize to our manager you insulted. Then I’ll just let this case go.”
“I will not seek compensation for monetary damages. It’s such a simple thing that all these problems can be reimbursed with just one word.”
Albert opened his eyes.
apologize? who. to Violetta? Are you an aristocrat?
Albert’s lips trembled at the humiliation like a tidal wave.
At this moment, there was no fear or fear of being beaten by Ludger.
“this… … !”
It heats up and all that remains is anger.
“This guy is a baby to eat! Did I look so ridiculous when I asked if I was coming? what? You want me to apologize?”
“You mean you don’t like it?”
“To me, a noble wizard, to kneel down to the bitch who used to sell her body? You really have gone out of your mind!”
Having touched the reverse, Albert screamed loudly.
“I will kill all of you here! I don’t need them anymore! Everything, if it’s related to you guys, I’ll destroy it all with my family’s power! and! and you!”
Albert glared at Violetta with glazed eyes.
“I don’t know what kind of big fish I got this time, but I won’t be able to move on to a light burn like that day. I will take care of your hands especially with sincerity.”
Violetta’s complexion turned cold.
A nightmare from the past could be seen overlapping Albert’s screaming face.
– I will carve a mark on you that will never be erased for the rest of your life. to rejoice It’s proof that you got my hands on it. ha ha ha!
Albert called out and burst into laughter holding half of his face.
I still vividly remember the day when I laughed at her screaming in pain.
“I’ll crush your face so you can’t lift your head anywhere from now on! Let’s see if you can treat me well this time!”
Albert recklessly spewed out the anger that filled his head.
In the end, he even said something he shouldn’t have said.
“Because I will engrave a ‘stigma’ to follow for the rest of my life!”
The temperature around them dropped sharply.
Violetta trembled from the cold chill she felt in an instant.
I wondered if someone had used magic, but it wasn’t.
The feeling of cold was simply a feeling, not that there was actually a cold wind blowing inside the store.
However, there was only one reason why I felt cold.
It was because of the life flowing from Ludger.
He could only see Ludger’s back, but Violetta could feel it.
That he was angry like never before.
And that was the second time he had seen him since the day when Deon was injured by the silver sun.
“Did you say it was a stigma?”
“What, what… … .”
Albert felt the seriousness of the situation as well.
Rudger was wearing a mask, but Albert’s complexion turned pale at the terrifying spirit emanating from his body.
“stigma. good idea.”
Before Albert could ask anything back, Rudger’s hand covered Albert’s face.
And the magic worked.
The flames from Ludger’s palm covered Albert’s face.
Rudger let go of his hand and Albert rolled on the floor.
Rudger watched him silently.
The flame was quickly extinguished.
Albert touched his face with trembling hands and was startled when he saw the mirror inside the shop.
“My, my face! My face!”
His face, which had no blemishes, was covered with terrible burns.
Albert couldn’t believe that he was the real himself in the mirror.
“Aww! no! Uh, how could you do this to me!”
“Why? Wasn’t that what you did because you liked it?”
“Priests! Call the priest! hurry! If burns are not treated quickly… … !”
Albert held onto Ludger’s crotch and begged.
Rudger looked at it and then stretched out his arm again toward Albert.
A warm light flashed from his hand, and Albert’s screams stopped.
The pain on his face was gone.
Albert touched his face with both hands.
And the moment I looked in the mirror again, I was startled.
“Hwa-hwa, is it gone?”
Albert looked back at Ludger with a fearful gaze.
“Everything, what are you? What is your true identity!”
Albert was surprised to see his face wiped clean.
Burns are difficult to fix unless you are a high priest.
But Rudger corrected it on the spot, in the blink of an eye.
no. The terrible pain of burning my face was by no means a hallucination or a dream.
I knew that my opponent was a very talented wizard.
However, this level of healing ability was something that a wizard could not show.
“What are you so surprised about?”
“It starts now.”
Albert’s complexion turned pale with surging anxiety.
“Oh, it’s a start. What are you talking about.”
“How many people have you burned so far?”
“… … .”
The moment Albert heard that, he realized what Rudger was trying to do.
“It must be difficult to count the numbers accurately. Still, it must have been over 10 times.”
“So you feel the same way.”
Albert tried to resist, but his hands and feet were locked in magical chains.
Rudger’s hand touched Albert’s face again.
The flames rose again with a scream.
to carve marks.
* * *
“Ugh. It’s the head.”
“What the hell is going on… … .”
Albert’s escorts, who had fainted, came to their senses.
They got up clutching their sore, lumpy heads, belatedly remembering Albert and hurriedly looked around.
And they found Albert lying on the floor.
“omg! young master! Wake up!”
The escorts who looked at Albert’s condition were at a loss for what to do when they saw him.
There were no visible wounds on the outside, but it was clear that he had been through something as he passed out with his eyes rolled upside down.
“Are you awake?”
Hearing the chilling voice, the escort’s gaze turned to the place where the voice came from.
Rudgar wearing a mask was sitting on the sofa prepared for the guests.
Next to him stood Pantos and Violetta, who were watching the situation.
The escorts broke out in cold sweat at the momentum flowing from Rudger.
instinctive sense of danger.
They couldn’t help but wait for Ludger’s next words.
“Take that fool and get out of here.”
“… … The lord will find out about this.”
The escort wrapped around Albert and warned him.
It was because the pride of the Pablo family would not allow them to leave blindly like this.
Rudger smiled and replied from behind the mask as he showed his modest pride until the end.
“If I was afraid of that, I wouldn’t have done this.”
“… … .”
The escorts glared at Rudger and left the store.
Rudger watched the scene without a word.
“Are you okay?”
Pantos, contemplating whether the escorts would roll their eyes and rush in, looked at the fleeing people and asked.
“What do you mean?”
“Looks like they’re never going to let this go unnoticed.”
“I guess. They’ll probably put official pressure on them, or if that doesn’t work, they’ll sneak behind the scenes.”
“Are you still okay?”
“Isn’t this what you wanted?”
At Ludger’s words, Pantos did not deny it.
“If the opportunity to fight comes, I am always welcome.”
“That’s it. Besides, I needed to show it once.”
“What are you showing me?”
“There is no use trying to persecute us with power and prestige.”
Above all, the Pablo family will not be able to take their anger out on him officially.
First of all, there was not a single wound on Albert’s body.
There was an excuse to cover this in moderation.
If the Pablo family had to choose, they would probably secretly send someone to deal with it.
On the contrary, they would warn the City of Ledervelk not to meddle in their affairs.
“There will be dogfights without referees. Pantos. can you do it?”
At those words, the beast ears on Pantos’ head pricked up.
His expression still didn’t change, but it was enough to see that he was very interested.
On the contrary, Pantos Logistics was happy now.
“It was also a great choice to choose to follow you.”
“Listen as a compliment. And Violetta?”
“A lot of time was delayed because of one foolish thing. We still have a lot of time left, so let’s open the store and start business again.”
Rudger took off his mask.
Employees who had been biting people outside came back inside.
The House of Verdi started to liven up again as guests came back.
Meanwhile, Rudger headed to the manager’s room on the second floor.
“Rather than that, what are you doing here, owner?”
“It was a holiday after a long time, so I tried to get new clothes.”
Hearing those words, Violetta widened her eyes and immediately smiled.
“no. I would have made it myself and sent it to you if I had just told you to, but it’s just amazing that you came to visit me in person.”
“I did it because I wanted to see how well it was going. So can you make clothes that suit me?”
“Sure. In fact, I’ve been thinking about clothes for the owner for a long time.”
“… … before?”
After saying that, Violetta opened one of the closets.
Inside, it was full of all sorts of luxurious-looking men’s clothing.
“All of these are made by me. These are things that would suit the owner.”
“… … I have a lot of clothes.”
“I didn’t know if an opportunity might arise, so I piled it up like this, but fortunately, that opportunity came.”
Rudgar realized that Violetta’s eyes had changed dangerously.
This is dangerous.
“… … I guess I’m busy right now, so I’ll come back later.”
“Oh my, where are you going? Would you like to try this on first?”
Rudger naturally tried to escape and was caught.