<– Ducal couple –> (4)
TN: Conversations are easier for me to translate.
Although the ducal couple did not finish their dinner, the two of them were left alone and a servant approached Jerome.
“Fabian has arrived. I do not know when his Grace will be in the office so I had him wait in the steward’s office”
“Good job” [Jerome]
Jerome greeted the waiting Fabian with a light embrace. Fabian had just come down from the capital.
Due to the excessive hunting of the Duke, the King had to be bribed with enormous gifts. Fabian could not imagine the king bemoaning the loss of the people’s lives, he could bet his neck that that was not going to happen.
Although it was a bet with himself, the bribe was really great. Fabian never placed a bet that would hurt himself even as a joke.
“Uaah, I’m so exhausted. I want to hurry and report to his Grace. Is he done with dinner?” [Fabian]
It was not too bad but there were traces of fatigue on Fabian’s eyebrows.
“I will tell him for you, you just go and sleep. I don’t know when he will be coming” [Jerome]
“Why? The entire time I’ve been here, hasn’t he already finished eating?”
“Because those two are together, it may take longer than usual” [Jerome]
“Those two? Who?” [Fabian]
Jerome looked at his loud and dull brother and clicked his tongue.
“It’s her Grace. Who else would it be?”
“Her Grace? His Grace had dinner with the Lady of the House? Hooo. What’s the occasion?”
“His Grace has dinner with the Madam almost every evening” [Jerome]
The face of Fabian’s that was always astute and sharp, froze.
“Ever since the day he returned to the castle.”
Fabian then asked questions like ‘how many times’ or ‘Truly?’ and Jerome answered patiently. It’s not like he could not understand Fabian’s surprise.
Jerome would have found it hard to believe if he had not seen it with his own eyes.
“Since when did his Grace’s… no, this is not a matter of his tastes. The way I see it, I don’t think his Grace is having ‘only’ dinner with her Grace every evening.” [Fabian]
“Just say only up to there” [Jerome]
“Wow. This is true. It must be true. Oh my God. I can’t believe it. This is the person that cannot share a bed with a woman more than three times–“
Fabian suddenly received a blow to his abdomen and grabbing his stomach, buckling over.
Jerome, who had delivered a fist to his brother’s stomach, grit his teeth as he stopped Fabian from talking.
“Shut up. There are a lot of ears listening. What is this about three times? Don’t make up such nonsense.” [Jerome]
“Your words are right, that’s how it is. His Grace is a greeeat person. He is the romance of men.” (1)
“Oh really. I’ll pass on your words to Alice” [Jerome]
When his wife’s name was mentioned, Fabian’s face went blue.
“Ah…no. I’m not saying me but other men. Don’t go telling Alice strange things. And will you keep calling your elder brother’s wife’s by her name?”
“Elder brother’s wife, what bull. You mean younger brother’s wife?” (2)
“I’m married which makes me the adult. So, of course I’m the elder one”
It was the same issue these twin brothers fought over every time they met without ever coming to a conclusion.
“Hmm… Yeah. I think you have it reversed” [Jerome]
From the time when the Duke was 18 years old till when he rose to the top and became the Taran Duke, he took his retainers to his side, and they all knew all the females attracted to the duke in the past.
Even if the Duke did not chase after them, women were constantly attracted by his power, wealth, youth and charm.
However, amongst those numerous women, not one could move his heart.
To the duke, women were just for warming the bed. They were fun to play around with and when the woman started to want more, he threw them away.
It was their job to make a clean up after him, so that any woman that could not let go would not disrupt the Duke’s mood.
“We don’t know yet. Even that woman was with him for over year. Maybe he’s enjoying the newlywed play for a while. I think it’s pretty much like that. Well. Then, I’ll go to sleep. Help me tell his Grace that I will be there early tomorrow morning.” [Fabian]
This time is different. Jerome did not bother trying to explain. Once Fabian watched them, he’d figure it out. Fabian has said ‘That woman’ referring to the Countess of Falcon whom the Duke had met for more than a year, but at that time, she was not the only woman the Duke played with.
There wasn’t a day like this before where the Duke was only focused on one woman.
The next day, Countess Corzan visited. She was a graceful white-haired lady with a slight taller and lighter body than Lucia. When she was younger, she must’ve been quite the beauty, she was late in her years but it was still there.
“My greetings to the Duchess. You can call me Madam Michelle”
“It’s an honor to meet you, Madam Michelle. I hope I was not rude to suddenly ask for you.”
Michelle’s eyebrows went up, and the old noble’s eyes were curved slightly. In fact, Michelle was in a bad mood before getting here. Although the Duke seemed to formally ask her to teach the Duchess, in reality it was a one-sided request.
Michelle was a very proud person. Things like power or wealth could not move her. However, even if it was her, she could not ignore the request of the Duke. The second problem was that her son was a vassal to the duke, and it was never the personality of the young Taran Duke to tolerate old lady’s pride with laughing generosity.
Because she knew she would not benefit from dragging it out, she had simply accepted the request. However, despite her feeling badly, when she saw the Duchess who greeted her politely and personally, she was relieved.
“It is a great honor to be able to teach you, Madam” [Countess]
“Thank you. I have many shortcomings so I’m afraid you’ll have a lot to deal with. Please come here.”
She sat down facing the receiving room and soon a maid came out to serve tea. Lucia drank her tea while admiring Michelle’s appearance. She didn’t know one could be so elegant while having tea. Even her hand gestures did not have useless movements.
(1). A man’s romance means men want to be with him/ be him. He’s also being a bit sarcastic.
(2). Fabian calls his wife, Alice “형수” (hyungsu) which means wife of the elder brother. While Jerome is saying she’s his “제수씨” (jesu-ssi) which means younger brother’s wife.