It's The First Time For Both Of Us - Chapter 13
Translator and Editor: Bunny and Wyvern
Dad’s sigh deepened. He looked at me, rubbing his temples as if he had a headache.
“Uh, what swould I du… (Uh, what should I do…)”
My father still held me by the neck. Saliva seemed to come out whenever I open my mouth. His expression became even worse.
I shrugged helplessly. “Dawd, ‘m sowwy… (Dad, I’m sorry…)”
I didn’t want to drink it, I just wanted to have a taste but I didn’t know it would be like that! Was dad really a human?! How many bottles of this did he… everyday…
“Dawd, aw you mad…? (Dad, are you mad…?”
Was he going to throw me out?
“Ah… I jwust. (No… I just.)”
Dad closed his eyes every time I spoke. Asking Kuhn might give me a solution, but I was currently… indisposed.
On a moonlit night.
Duke Descartes was stunned… because of me who accidentally ingested a strange drug.
My tongue was so stiff that I couldn’t speak properly. My dad handed me over to the doctor called Hilla, carrying me like luggage.
Hilla was a man with glasses and long, dark green hair tied in a low ponytail. He took care of the people of the duke’s house, and it seemed like he was surprised when he was called in the middle of the night.
“Pwease seyb mwe… (Please save me…)”
‘Please save my one and only tongue, doctor.’
I pleaded with my eyes, unable to even say it properly.
“I will check it first. Can you open your mouth for me to see?”
I had to open my mouth wide and go to the doctor instead of greeting my father for the first time. Even my chin felt stiff so I couldn’t even tell if I was opening my mouth right.
“Fortunately, there are no injuries. I’ll see how far you can move your tongue. Now, can you move it around?”
‘It’s hard, but how do you want me to move it, doctor?’
I tried to roll my tongue as much as possible. However, I just felt tingles as if it was injected by an anesthetic. Hilla made an eye gesture asking for the bottle next to me.
“Are you saying she drank this?”
I looked at my dad with a slightly resentful look at his answer. He stood next to me with his arms folded.
‘Tongue! I said I just put my tongue in it!’
But no one, including my dad, seemed to believe me.
Hilla looked at my body for a while, then went to write something down. “Fortunately, there are no major problems. I’ll go back soon and prepare some medicine. However, because she is very young, the dosage must be adjusted. She will probably feel uncomfortable for a week.”
Oh my god, this was totally not part of my plans. I wasn’t even a baby but I had to live with a short tongue – for a week!
“Haa… wat do I dwo? (…What do I do?)”
I turned my head to the sound of laughter from behind. Behind my father was Dante covering his mouth.
“Don laf. (Don’t laugh.)”
Then the other servants also covered their faces with their hands. I glared at them.
Hilla went back after my examination. I had to wait patiently in my room under my dad’s watch until the cure was made.
Even after taking the medicine, I couldn’t escape my father’s supervision. Because he followed me to my room. I had to be under his watch for several hours now for the crime of finding my father whom I rarely saw.
After Pihne had made my bed and left, I folded my blanket in half and sat down to look at my father.
“‘M fayn na… (I’m fine now…)”
I quietly covered myself with a blanket and lay down as my father told me. If I closed my eyes and pretended to sleep, Dad would leave too, right?
‘Just asking out of curiosity – what was that anyway?
I closed my eyes tightly, my tongue still tingling.
Dad’s occasional sigh could be heard nearby.
‘Ugh, I just need to sleep. And I hope this tingling goes away by tomorrow.’
* * *
“Dis cawjy… (This is crazy…)”
Kuhn sat on the window sill in the form of a cat and looked at me pityingly. [You drank a potion made with a poisonous paralysis plant. Why did you even drink it?]
“Yu swouldb tol me sunew! (You should’ve told me sooner!)”
[I didn’t know you were going to taste it! That’s why I told you in advance that he smelled like herbs.]
“Bat, pawawsi? (But, paralysis?)”
[That’s right, paralysis. From the smell, it looks like a mixture of herbs. If the medicinal effect is that strong, it will dull your mind. It seems that you are too young to have something wrong with your body.]
“Ah wy did I dwin dat kinno ting… (Oh, why did I drink that kind of thing…)”
So he wasn’t drinking alcohol. but was taking poison. A lot of it.
Kuhn held his chin with his front paws and muttered as if recalling the past. [By the way, in the past, witches made and sold them. The witch’s creation works very well. People who suffered a lot mentally went to buy it. I didn’t know it would still be there.]
I quietly listened to Kuhn’s story.
There was nothing left to say. It was a drug that people who suffered from great psychological pain sought. It must have been because of my mother’s departure. And because it was my fault that my mother died…
My chest hurt.
Wait, but the witches made it and sold it?
“Iches mey dat? (Witches made that?)”
[That’s right. It was difficult to make because the recipe was complicated, but it was very good when it was sold. It was an instant pile of gold coins.]
It felt like someone had hit me in the head. How was it possible to have something made by witches here?
Hilla made the antidote for paralysis last night, right? So, what did Hilla do? It wasn’t the only thing that’s suspicious.
“Wy sey dat na! (Why say that now!)”
[I’m sorry. I only remembered now.]
In fact, Kuhn was not at fault. There was nothing I could do, so I’d have to find it out myself.
I hurriedly got out of the bed and waved at Kuhn. “Ayll bi ba. (I’ll be back.)”
[Hmm, I know. You’ll probably come back sooner.]
The moment I opened the door while listening to Kuhn’s words, oh my God, a giant was standing in front of me.
He seemed one head taller than my father, who was already tall enough for me to be completely in his shadow. He had a face that looked like a fierce sculpture, a huge stature with solid armor. He looked like a real giant.
Each time the giant moved, the armor made a terrifying sound as it clanged against each other.
I took a step back. “Hu…”
‘I have no money. If you ask any questions, I’ll tell you anything.’
“Miss Mariette.” The man in armor looked at me and opened his mouth.
Startled, I took a step back. “Eh?”
“You can’t leave the room starting today.”
‘What do you mean?’
“It is your name.”
‘Here’s another unexpected development. Oh God, what’s happening today?’
As soon as I came here, I was given a restraining order within a few days. To put it succinctly, I was banned.
I could stand up, roll backward, or do a round kick inside the room, but it was impossible for me to get out. Instead, the maids, including Pihne, came to my room from time to time to provide meals, snacks, and baths.
‘You don’t have to do that…’
Everyone desperately blocked me whenever I tried to go out. It was all quite confusing.
I had to go outside and find a way to increase my strength with Kuhn. I also needed to ask Hilla how he made the antidote for my tongue.
Pihne brought me the medicine. “Come on, Miss. Say ah. I will give you a delicious candy if you eat this.”
“No.” I closed my mouth and puffed up my cheeks.
She smiled and brought the medicine closer to me. “You need to take this to get well soon. Are you frustrated because you can’t even speak properly? So, just close your eyes and eat once. This is the end of today’s medicine.”
I shook my head. “No. Can’t I jwust go awt…? (No, can’t I just go out…?)”
“Miss, I’m so sorry…”
It wasn’t easy, and I expected as much. However, adults were particularly weak at children’s shows of cuteness. Because of that too, they overlooked accidents over and over again. I put my hands under my chin, cupping it, opened my eyes widely, and looked at Pihne with sad eyes.
“Y-yes?” Her eyes fluttered.
“I… weally cawnt? (I… really can’t?)”
She frowned. For a brief moment, as if something had gotten to her eyes, she squinted. Pihne covered her face with both of her hands. “Uh… you can’t.”