< — Disagreement — > (2)
TN:This one is finished anyways so here you go. Last one for the week.
Lucia hoped to look natural as she avoided his gaze and withdrew a little in his arms but he was watching her with sharp eyes.
“Ha. Right. The contract.”
Hugo gave a fake laugh and frustratedly swept a hand through his hair.
It looked like it was just him who thought of forgetting about the contract and pushing it to a corner. She was obviously still bound to its tenacious ropes.
“I can enjoy freedom in my private life and you would keep the door to your heart locked. That was our contract, wasn’t it?” (Hugo)
Again, he narrowed the distance she tried to make and grabbed her waist, pulling her towards him. With this, her efforts were very easily undone. She was once again positioned in his embrace.
“But did you know? We didn’t decide on what would happen when someone doesn’t keep to the contract.” (Hugo)
“Are you worried that I won’t keep to the contract?”
“Really, why are you like this? Why do you exaggerate my words like that?”
“…I’m sorry. I guess I twisted it a little.”
For a while, Hugo looked at his wife who seemed unfamiliar. It was not his usual wife that listened to him obediently. Moreover, she kept avoiding his eyes, showing rejection and separation.
‘The first time I met her…I didn’t say any word of encouragement but she just went ahead and spoke.’
Perhaps this was also her.
There was no way he could have seen the sides of her that she had never shown to him.
Initially, he didn’t like that their conversation was being prolonged but now, he was rather pleased to see a new side of her.
It felt like he was seeing the real her for a moment other than when she was giving him a gentle smile or laugh.
“If…I give up on my freedom in my private life… will you also release the lock on your door?” (Hugo)
Lucia’s eyes widened as she looked at him. She couldn’t understand his intention behind saying that. Was this a playboy’s trick? He—
He had an awkward expression and slurred the end of his sentence.
Lucia was disappointed at the change in topic.
“I do not want to.”
“I cannot have a child so it’s okay for me to not be able to get one. But if I get treated, is it okay for me to have a child? Will you allow it?”
Hugo sighed and massaged his temples with his fingers.
Even if her body got better, she couldn’t get pregnant. His Taran bloodline made it impossible for him to get just any woman pregnant.
Without fulfilling specific conditions, the bloodline of Taran would not grow in any woman.
Which was why Hugo had enjoyed himself with several women and never worried about the dangers of impregnating them.
Only a normal woman, one that did not possess the blood of Taran, could meet the conditions to conceive the blood of Taran but as to what those conditions were, only the old man knew.
Hugo drove the old man to live outside the castle walls and looked through the old man’s documents but there was nothing related to that.
Maybe it was just in the old man’s memories or maybe there was another document hidden somewhere nobody knew about.
And so, to find out, Hugo simply and easily caught the old man and beaten him up.
The old geezer claimed that he would not divulge the secrets of his family and held on without speaking but once he was imprisoned and realized that he would never see the light of the day again, he opened his mouth:
[The Taran male that will become the father of the child has to steadily administer his blood to the woman for over a year, then take her virginity.]*
It was a really sickening condition. That condition also had to be completed before the woman was deflowered.
His wife was already on the wrong path. Even if it was possible to get pregnant regardless of such conditions, he never intended to leave a successor behind.
Just imagining an existence left behind in the world with his blood made him feel like he had stepped on shit.
Even though he wasn’t at risk of impregnating anyone, it was his habit to ejaculate outside since he hated the idea of descendants resembling himself.
However, he had unexpectedly met her. From the beginning, she was different. Why was she an exception?
She was the first to make him hug, release into her and enjoy the after play. He had felt the satisfaction at planting his seeds inside of her.
Hugo acknowledged that his indifference had hurt her. Under normal circumstances, she was very likely to be pregnant.
He had forgotten that she couldn’t have a child and did not show any concern as to whether or not she was pregnant.
Her words asking why he was suddenly curious was full of resentment and bitterness.
It was fragmented but being able to see her wounds made his heart feel tingly.
“If I get treated, I want to have a child. Even so, is it okay?” (Lucia)
She could not get pregnant anyways. He could tell her that it was okay and that she was allowed to have any amount of kids she wanted.
That any amount she wanted was good. If he said that then she couldn’t blame him afterwards if they didn’t have any children.
But he didn’t want to deceive her that way. Even if he couldn’t say the truth, he didn’t want to lie to her.
“…I don’t need a child.” (Hugo)
“If it is because of the succession issue, then I can write a memorandum. I do not care if I have to sign a contract that excludes my rights to the succession.”
“It is not because of that. I…I don’t want to leave my mark.”
“You already have a son.”
There was too much to explain for that. The only one alive who knew that he wasn’t Damian’s biological father was the old man.
There was no end to it once that dam was opened. He did not want to share the secrets of Taran with anyone.
He was not going to tell Damian either. He was going to keep that knowledge alone and bury it with himself.
“He is…He’s a little different. You…I didn’t know you wanted a child that much.”
Hugo realized that he had really only been looking at her exterior. He didn’t know what was in her heart at all.
“I’m sorry. I know the wife you want should not be such a woman.” (Lucia)
Hugo sighed heavily.
“I don’t mean to criticize you. I just didn’t know so I am surprised.”
“When we first talked about marriage, you said you don’t care if I bear a child.”
It wasn’t that he didn’t care but he knew that she couldn’t get pregnant anyways and he didn’t feel like explaining it, after all at the time, he only needed the status. A wife was just a freebie.
“You said you wouldn’t divorce me.”
Instantly, Hugo became alert, his eyes flared and he snarled.
“Divorce? That is impossible.”
Hearing the word ‘divorce’ come out of her mouth, his insides gradually began to boil.
“I told you from the start. No divorce. I definitely said that even if you die, you won’t be able to escape.” (Hugo)
“I know. The tradition of the Taran family. Of course I remember. But there is no tradition of having no children.” (Lucia)
“A child or a divorce. Are you asking me to choose?”
Her amber eyes trembled intensely and she turned away from him. Her eyes stung like tears were about to fall. To her, it seemed like he was asking her to choose one of the two instead.
“I…didn’t mean it like that.”
“Vivian, why can’t we just keep being like this?”
“It is just my greed. I wish to have someone with me when I am alone.”
“Why would you be alone?”
“Surely, you aren’t saying you will be with me forever?”
Looking at his expression akin to someone hearing a foreign language, something ignited deep within Lucia’s heart.
His manner of speaking as if to pacify her was also irritating.
‘Even though he has no interest in what I think! Even though all he wants is an adequate and comfortable wife he can push to the side!’
She wanted to see him wounded and hurting.
Even if she couldn’t hurt him no matter what she did, then at the very least she wanted to make it awkward and difficult for him.
Such wicked thoughts uncontrollably rose in her heart.
“You don’t love me and I will never love you. So, what is there between us? How long do you think this type of relationship will last?”
*So I actually went back in the raws to see if my eyes were deceiving me but…did Philip actually deceive Hugo?
Ohh this is getting interesting. Really diving into their psyche. He needs to fully tell her about the family. That is the only way they can grow together.
Also translator thanks so much for the chapter! Just wondering if you know how many chapters in total it is. I know that it is divided into books as well right ?
I honestly don’t know how many chapters but I know there are 8 books. Oh! and I know we are in book 2
8 books? Σ(T□T) Woahh. Definitely in for a roller coaster ride of feelings then. Hahahaha. Can’t wait. ⊙﹏⊙
Novel Updates says 64 chapters, but they could be divided up different ways depending on the source. I’m excited to see how this first fight of a married couple plays out.
Laying all the cards on the table!
Looking forward to next week!!
Ohhh yes. If I wasn’t horribly sleepy I’d start on the next chapter
That’s a wonderful mindset Ruby-san. The curiosity of what will happen next keeps us readers excited and we eagerly anticipate the next chapter.
Kudos to you Ruby-san
Hugo and Lucia are at a critical point. But they need for the Phillip to come and straighten things out. I think that Lucia is already primed for the pregnancy.
…things are really heating up huh?
But when do we meet Damien?
Well, due to many requests, I have looked through the raws and the title for Chapter 30 onwards is damian 🙂
omg soo much progress.. i love how he tried to coax her softly like this.. i am so weak right now.. melted. Hugh is such love right now..
“You don’t love me and I will never love you. So, what is there between us? How long do you think this type of relationship will last?”
Oh damn… The burn. It must hurt. The scorching burn.
Omg, I’m so excited to hear his reply to that. Lucia’s really speaking her truth here, she’s always been worried that he’ll abondon her. For a duchess abandoned by their husband, they’re no different from a bird in a gilded cage.
The husband decides their budget after all. No one to connect deeply with if Hugh won’t let her meet Kate. He won’t let yer divorce. As the story said when they just married, the servants will only care for her as much as the Duke favors her. In this regard, despite feeling madly in love, Lucia’s still admirably grounded in reality. She’s got to live after all, even if their romance dies out.
The onus is on Hugh to tell her his whole story. If he wants to know the inside of her heart, then the only price is to share his own.
I feel like they keep jumping to conclusions with each sentence the other speaks. Sheesh, they can’t take anything the other says at face value xDD they think too much lol
Now now… did not expect that at all, very interesting. Thanks for the rest of the chapter.
Philip *facepalm* .. he’s making this more complicated than it is already😧
Is he against Hugo having a child too?😕
No.. He want to have Taran special bloodline to continue… But because Hugo watched how their parents treating their child because of Taran bloodline..he thought all of them is the monster including himself… I didn’t know what he thought about Demian.. What l knew he didn’t want that kind of curse bloodline to continue.. he want it to end with his line.. But all of sudden because he falling in love he want to somehow claim her through children
Uwaaahh, this is getting intense!! I really look forward to how Lucia would make Hugo feel awkward an hurt 😉
You gooooo girl!! (I mean both translator Ruby and character Lucia)
..hehe I love seeing that damned Hugo getting hurt. How does it taste like getting burned and burned again, but still forced to live? Kekekeke I’m such a sadist xD
this story surprised me a lot, and it was a wonderful surprise!
this chapter is of a very well written emotional tension and translated XD
anxious that these two are completely sincere among them
I am very happy to see a true development of characters and the fact that our sweet duchess is proud is refreshing
Hugo still needs to face his karma because how he treated women… Eventhough they willingly have relationship..he shouldn’t treat all of like accessories or clothes that can just be dumped however he wants…
When all things are over…. Will hugh cry or laugh when lucia just comes up saying the cause of her infertility is because she found the mug wort that stops bleeding and innocently ate it.
… Which by coincidence is the requirement of this so called bloodline, and he coincidently deflowered.
Practically duing the effin ritual without them knowing? LOLOLOLOL
Philip is getting beat up again I see.
You tell him girl! Stnd up for your feelings! Stop being a kept wife and live with freeedoommm!
(bit scared of hugh’s reaction die)
I’m soo curious with this novel,cant find its raw and sometimes its difficult to MTLing korean novel T^T. Damn, find the spoilers on NU and aaaarrgghhhh THE BEST KOREAN NOVEL EVER. Thanks for translating 😘😘
Ayeee this is getting better and better
Undoubtedly, this novel is great, but together with a great translator the reading experience becomes so much better. They may steal your translations, but they can never steal your aesthetics LOL. I mean, this website is just stunning and fresh, love it.
Miss Ruby, can you explain to me what did Phillip deceive Hugh, please? I’m confuse and curious (╥﹏╥)
He told Hugo he had to feed a woman his blood for her to get pregnant. That’s obviously not the truth.
I think Lucia talked honestly about what she want, but Hugo kept the secret,they couldn’t go further if Hugo won’t open up.
Just say you impotent and can´t have a child…
I’m sorry but why i feel sad reading this chapter? Anyways thanks for the translation
I mean. Assuming what Phillip said is true, then Hugo gave his blood to a virgin for a year before getting her pregnant 8 years ago when they were teens????
(Remember Hugh took on the name Hugo, so just note that when I’m talking about Hugo, I mean the dead twin)
no bcs hugo was sleeping with his half-sister. the ((blood)) was only necessary if the other partner is those who dont have taran’s blood
Yes that old man surely did!! That was objectively clever actually, but at first I don’t understand Hugo’s struggle because he can just kill Phillip easily but that would make our Lucia unable to have children until the end. Everything is a puzzle parts in this story and it’s overwhelmingly awesome tbh.
I feel bad for Hugo.. I know his struggle but as a woman I just want to side with Lucia. Sigh.. I will just have my popcorn and tissue and carry on…..
Okay, but. If Lucia had agreed to get treated, continued to do the do with Hugh and then got pregnant, Hugh might have thought she cheated on him because he obviously didn’t give her his blood (which is not the condition, of course, but he doesn’t know that). Things would have gone downhill really fast oAo
Idk how many times I’ve read this but your translation has a soul. I couldn’t translate like you did, I feel ashamed as a translator 😭
Hugh doesn’t tell the truth about the Taran bloodline, Lucia doesn’t do any different about her condition either. The two love each other, but they don’t seem to notice. And now Lucia uses words to purposely hurt Hugh.
I’m really interested to see where this is going.
Thanks for the translation.