< — Ducal Couple — > (5)
TN: I think the raws I’m following are a bit different. There’s a division right at the start of ch 17 part 1 like this: < — 공작부부 — >
Which essentially means a new ducal couple part so… yea. Imma just follow it.
The Ducal couple had been married for about two months.
It was the time where one could not abandon dreams and expectations of a honeymoon.
However, the Duchess seems to have accurately figured out his Grace. It was evidence that she had not completely fallen for her husband. Michelle was surprised and pleased about that.
“Excellent. your Grace is not forgetting about herself. A woman is a truly sad existence. When they give their hearts, they have the tendency to excessively depend on the recipient. When the person disappears, they cannot stand alone and collapse, abandoned.”
Lucia smiled awkwardly and nodded her head. She was being praised but did not feel happy about it. Lucia could not forget about herself because she had given up everything in the first place.
“But, you should not excessively keep your husband at a distance. Maintaining the right distance is very important.” [Countess]
“Maintaining the right distance…” [Lucia]
Lucia nodded her head.
“I’ll ask a rude question. How many times a week does his Grace visit your bedroom?”
Lucia’s face went red. “He comes…everyday”
Michelle’s eyes grew slightly but assumed an air of indifference and replied, is that so. She had found out a very interesting fact.
On the contrary, the one being distanced was the Duke. If Michelle were alone, she would have burst out laughing. The Duchess who appeared innocent suddenly looked different.
Men always want what they cannot get and the Duchess was maintaining the perfect distance to make the Duke want more.
“Keeping the right distance… how do you do that?” [Lucia]
“I’ll tell you, little by little.”
Michelle said while murmuring inwardly, ‘It doesn’t seems like there’s anything more to teach her Grace. ’
It was obvious to her that as more time passes between ducal couple, the emphasis in the relationship would gradually shift towards the Duchess.
This was a speculation from Michelle who had consulted and personally watched over many men and women relationships.
But there was one mystery that Michelle could not solve.
‘Just what charm of this person shook the Duke?’ The Duchess, of course, had no way to know that the Duke had completely fallen for his wife’s body. It was to the extent that he couldn’t get it out of his mind.
Countess Corzan, afterwards, decided to visit them regularly. And, after about a week, Lucia decided to throw her first tea party.
“Your Grace.” A maid with a flushed expression spoke carefully “Is it possible that you are pregnant?”
Lucia knitted her brows at those ridiculous words.
“You have not had your menses for more than two months. Since there is no other way to know so how do you feel about having a checkup?” [Maid]
The most important work of the maidservants was looking after the health of their masters.
It wasn’t until after two months had passed that they discovered that something was seriously strange with their mistress’ body and needed to be looked into.
If a specific maid hadcontinuously attended to Lucia, then it would have been noticed faster. However, the maids took turns over several days to serve her and kept assuming a different maid had waited on Lucia when she had menstrauated.
Even then, they naturally did not forget to perform their jobs and when they got together and conversed, they realized none of them had seen Lucia menstruating.
At that moment, all the maid were frightened. The first thing they were suspicious of was pregnancy. There was no one in the Roam Castle that didn’t know that the ducal couple’s relationship was passionate.
“No. It’s nothing like that so don’t worry about it.”
Lucia replied coldly, her eyes showing no excitement.
“But still, your Grace, seeing a doctor…”
“It is nothing like that. I know my own body very well.” [Lucia]
“…Ye, your Grace.”
The maid withdrew but did not give up. If be any chance, the Mistress was pregnant and in that state, she was unaware and something went wrong with the baby, the maids would be firmly dealt with.
She could not stop being anxious and quickly went to inform Jerome.
“Your Grace, I heard from the maid that there seems to be a problem with your health.”
The moment Jerome arrived and began to speak, annoyance flitted lightly across Lucia’s face then it went away.
Her eyes stopped for a moment on the maid that was standing behind Jerome. It was not a menacing glare but the maid couldn’t help but shrink.
Somehow, since it was Jerome’s first time seeing her Grace like that, he became nervous and started cautiously.
“Mistress, has the doctor ever made you feel uncomfortable?”
“It’s not like that. I’ll say this again, I’m not pregnant nor do I have any health problems. This is something his Grace already knows.”
Jerome fell silent for a moment, considering what to say.
“But your Grace, if by any chance a problem is found with you, we will not be able to avoid responsibility for it. May I confirm again with his Grace about this fact?”
From the beginning, she had already said she couldn’t get pregnant. He had only asked if she could prove it and afterwards showed no interest.
It would be too surprising if he were to say that she was lying all this time and the truth was that she could become pregnant.
“My words are not lies however I will tell him again.”
“May I confirm afterwards that your Grace has told him?”
These days, Jerome had been pretty meek around Lucia, but he was never an easy person. If he was only a good person, there was no way he could be the head steward at such a young age.
“…I’ll inform him when you are there. Is that good enough?”
“Yes, Mistress. I’m sorry for making you uncomfortable.”
“You are just doing your job as the head butler. But that child.”
Lucia’s gaze once again locked onto the maid.
“I was definitely clear on what I said yet you ran to the butler without asking me. I don’t want to have someone who is keeping tabs on my movement by my side. Please send her out today.”
“Yes… your Grace.”
The maid’s face went black and she dropped her head while Jerome bowed his head with an earnest expression. He had thought she was a simple and nice person, but she knew just when to start and when to stop, making her seem a bit cold.
It seemed like his two masters were matches made in heaven. The butler who felt satisfied and full by just seeing this new part of his master was one step closer to being master-lover.
TN: OMG, the next part is pretty interesting!!! I’ve been wondering why and now i’m like whoa…. coming soon~