< — Damian — > (1)
TN: I traveled and had no wi-fi. Finally got it set up today so here!
The news of the Duke of Taran’s marriage had come from someone’s mouth and was passed from mouth to mouth before reaching the high society.
It only came up in people’s conversations. There was nobody that had attended the wedding so the rumor had only blown up because people didn’t know any other way to satisfy their curiosity.
Kwiz was of course, also curious and had put in a lot of money and time into satisfying that curiosity.
Since the woman that became the Duchess was a princess, it was hard to find anyone eager to investigate into it.
No matter how much he dug into it, he couldn’t find anything. The only accurate information he got was her name and age.
There was no one that knew even a little thing about the princess.
However, if it was considered a harvest to get her description from the palace maids that waited on her shortly before she married, then it was a harvest.
And so, Kwiz became more unyielding. He was convinced that he had an information source that was capable in its own way but it took them digging around for months and coming up with nothing to wake him up.
“What is going on? It’s not like she fell from the sky.”
Kwiz lamented the absurdness of it all. It wasn’t just Kwiz that had tried to find out about the princess.
The Royal Intelligence Division had also dug into Princess Vivian by investigating her detached palace but in the process, the manipulation of the palace maids’ roll call was revealed.
The palace was turned inside-out on the large scale and the head proprietors were held responsible and severely punished.
Kwiz dispatched someone to the village that the princess had lived until she was twelve years old but even the person that had been close to the mother-daughter pair shook her head, saying she didn’t know anything.
After digging and digging for several months, Kwiz got his hands on the letter that the princess’ mother had sent to the palace before she died.
“No clue from this too…”
Kwiz sighed after reading the short letter on the old piece of paper.
All it said was that she slept with the King one day and gave birth to a princess. There was nothing revealed about their relationship and nothing that gave hints about her mother’s identity. Her mother didn’t even sign her name.
“Could it be that… her mother was a commoner…?”
Kwiz was slightly suspicious but it didn’t seem like it. Even though it looked like that old geezer played around with whatever woman available, he had a preference.
It was unlikely that he would embrace a common woman who had rough skin and hands that were coarse from labor.
“Do you really not know anything, Sir. Krotin?”
Kwiz asked Roy, his escort guard that liked to disappear, the same question that he had asked countless times already.
“I don’t. Even if I knew, I don’t.” (Roy)
His irritating and discourteous manner of speaking caused the prince’s aide that was standing next to him to scowl.
Compared to him, the Crown Prince’s expression did not change one bit although one couldn’t know what he felt inside.
“Even something else is fine. Just how in the world did those two meet and marry?”
I’m curious to death!
Looking at Kwiz’s frustrated expression because of his unsatisfied curiosity, Roy secretly snickered.
It was quite enjoyable to know the secret that someone else was struggling to know.
“Come to think of it, you have a duel tomorrow, right, Sir Krotin?”
Factions of the Counts hostile to the Crown Prince did not dare to directly confront the Crown Prince, so they picked a fight with the rigid Roy.
When Roy refused in his usual manner, flinging a few words at them, they threw down their gauntlet, saying that he’d insulted them. (1)
And Roy gladly accepted. He had never once avoided a fight that was brought to him.
“Do I take it gently? I mean for the duel tomorrow.” (Roy)
Kwiz burst into laughter.
“Is that a new joke? What kind of joke is that? Don’t think about me, just fight to your heart’s content.”
It wasn’t like Roy wanted to fight personally but sending a knight of his family while they were assuming he would be fighting was an unbecoming sight so he was looking for an opportunity to crush them.
He could easily handle the knight that proposed the retaliation duel, it was their fault for serving the wrong master.
But because he was worried about causing an accident, he asked the prince. If an accident happened, it wouldn’t be a matter of the prince’s face but his lord would beat him to death.
“Got it.” (Roy)
‘I got permission.’ Roy laughed contentedly.
The Crown prince would continue to recall this day in the future for a while. It was the beginning of the ‘Mad Dog’ Krotin. (2)
* * *
When news of the Duke of Taran’s marriage arrived, quite a lot of women felt their hearts break.
Anita was surprised but unlike those women, she just felt a little bitter. She had already married three times and had never even dreamt of marrying the Duke of Taran.
She was satisfied with being the lover that he didn’t forget and came to see from time to time.
‘When he is tired of his new bride, he will contact me.’
She kept her composure and waited but instead of getting contacted, she received a yellow rose.
She gaped spiritlessly at the bundle of yellow roses in front of her for an entire day, then she got sick from stressing over it for ten days.
When she was barely able to even move her body, a question arose in her mind.
No matter how much she thought about it, she had not made any mistakes.
She never contacted him, never asked him about his whereabouts and never even mentioned their relationship.
Rather, when she heard that he was married, she had stayed away even more.
She just couldn’t understand why he would end their relationship.
Removing his lover because he was married? He was never such a conscientious gentleman.
Anita suppressed her heart that wanted to immediately run to his manor and ask him why. Because she knew that once she did that, she couldn’t take it back.
In the past, she had heard of a woman who stormed into the Duke’s manor after being notified of their separation but after that incident, Anita never saw that woman in the social circles again.
After thinking about it over and over again, she came to the conclusion that it was the one who had become the Duchess, Princess Vivian.
The new bride must have learnt of Anita’s existence and urged him to break it off.
And since he didn’t have that much of an attachment to Anita, he obviously just agreed to his wife’s request.
Anita began to investigate into who Princess Vivian was. At first, everything was as it seems.
However, the facts that were revealed to her, little by little, was so interesting that at some point, Anita began hunting day and night for information about Princess Vivian.
Anita investigated into the princess and her unique intuition did not let any sort of information slip.
The first thing that caught her attention was the record of Princess Vivian attending the victory ball. The princess who was practically trapped in the palace and didn’t know anybody attended the victory ball.
Any woman would wonder; what about her dress? Her makeup? Her hair?
It was akin to randomly casting a net into water and reeling the fish in one by one; little by little, things about Princess Vivian were revealed.
Anita found out that the princess used to disguise herself as a maid and frequently leave the castle. For the dress, Anita concluded that the princess had to have procured it personally.
Princess Vivian wasn’t a princess that knew nothing about the world. Anita placed a portrait on the table and watched it without moving for a while.
It was a portrait based on descriptions of Princess Vivian that she had obtained after handing out some bribes.
When Anita first saw it, she was relieved.
The person in the portrait was far from his taste. After reaching the conclusion that his marriage was just a marriage of convenience, Anita slept well.
But after a while, her heart became restless again. Yes, the princess wasn’t to his taste but wouldn’t it be more likely for him to fall for her because of that?
Men were usually attracted to new things. She began to get worried about this unusual point of the princess that liked to cosplay as a maid.
‘Even if he’s interested in it for a while… it shouldn’t take long to cool off at any time and who knows, he may come find me.’
She comforted herself while her anxiety grew even more. He had never seen a woman whom he sent a yellow rose to, a second time.
After she received the yellow rose, Anita barely had any days where she slept properly.
‘He only got married because he needed to. He’s a man that does not know how to love a woman.’
While looking at Princess Vivian’s portrait, Anita constantly repeated these words in her head.
He was someone who drifted from one woman to another, without ever settling down. It was hope based on the false premise that his heart wouldn’t ever be caught by a woman. It was also her pride.
Just thinking about it actually happening, filled her heart with anxiety.
‘I have to see the real Princess Vivian.’
Anita wanted to calm her anxiety by meeting Princess Vivian and confirming that she wasn’t in his eyes.
‘Do I go to the North and confirm it without him knowing…?’*
If she didn’t take the ‘gates’, a carriage there would take several months. She couldn’t even bear the thought of doing that.
To use the Northern ‘gate’, one had to gain the approval of the Taran Duke and no matter how formal the process was, she was afraid of the backlash if he ever found out.
It would be better to just wait for the two of them to return to the capital.
‘Why did the princess pretend to be a maid and leave the palace? What did she do outside the palace? Did she have a lover…?’
A lover. That was very possible.
Finding Princess Vivian was going to be the real starting point from now on. Her initial intention of just checking out Princess Vivian was gone.
1. So simple trivia: to throw down the gauntlet means to issue a challenge to a duel.
2. The previous translator translated this to ‘Crazy Dog’, I prefer ‘Mad Dog.’
*If you’ve forgotten who Roy is…he is Hugo’s knight sent to the Crown Prince’s side as a guard.
*Who was excited to see Anita again?! Just me? Ok.
Thanks for the chapter
And god my blood is boiling lol and I also wanted to see her reaction and she’s going to regret her way off thinking real soon since our dear duke has already fallen too deep into the hole called love
I was excited to see Anita again. I’m looking forward to seeing how Lucia and Hugo will react to the increased focus on Lucia. I wonder what they would do if the contract was discovered.
Was the contract written or was it just verbal? I can’t seem to remember
I’m 98% sure it’s verbal
I actually seem to remember it being written down though. Mostly for his benefit. Though I could be wrong.
The short answer, they have both verbal and non verbal contracts. For what your trying to remember is in the verbal portion.
They came up with the document(s) in chapters 4 & 5 during their second and third meeting.
There really isn’t an order it’s layed out like this for me to keep them straight.
Chapter 4 Verbal Contract:
1: She needs to sign the parental custody waiver and a family registry agreement (making his son legal)
2: She will not interfere with his private life if he wishes he can continue his life as when he was a bachelor. (He disagrees with her, it would sully his honor)
3: If he asks to get divorced she will sign (not likely honor again)
4: She cannot become pregnant.
5: She will not fall in love
6: She wants the title of the “Dukes Wife”, she can’t use his name in a power struggle
7: She wants to choose who she gets sold (married to)
Chapter 5 Verbal Contract/Documentation:
1: She signs away her rights (see above #1)
Verbal (added to the verbal above): The reason that these aren’t written is for the Duke’s honor is at stake.
2: The Duke will not abuse her physically or mentally.
3: If she does fall in love she wishes him to give her a rose
4: All her necessities will be taken care of.
Hope this helps or not because of how old this comment is…
Haha lol it helps cuz then there are newcomers like me : )))
I am glad we get to see what’s going on in the capital, it’s been a while.
Anita, i am not looking forward to lol.
The plot is brewing!
Thanks for the chapter! I completely forgot about the prince Kwiz until half way through the chapter when Roy was mentioned XD Sad that there was no Damian in the chapter except for the title. Anita was a thing of the past, I’m more interested in when Norman will show up!
Yeah… I want them to meet… But when Anita face to face to Lucia… She must be shock to the point of fainting… But the moment Anita saw Duke eyes to Lucia.. She will cough blood…
Thanks for the chapter…
I kinda like Anita for her brains and her spice to the story given the she might be one of the reasons why those two, Lucia & Hugh’s relationship will develop, but Im eager to read about Damiam and Lucia first and how Lucia will won over the child and take him to her harem lol.
P.s. i.wanna read Damian acting lile his age around Lucia and Hugh getting a heart attack over it when he comes back hahahaha
Damn! I got a taste of Damien and I SOOOOOO want more. Never thought we’d go back. But it looks like we got 2 very likely enemies.
Thanks for the translation!
It seems we’ll be getting snippets of Damian.
Who is Anita again? Lol. seems like I need to re read XD.
Thank you for the update ^^
Not really a mistress lol just a fling
One of Hugo’s many lovers that he doesn’t care for.
Wasn’t he nervous when Lucia asked about her with Jerome? And then he was told Jerome to send the rose? Like immediately?
Lucia has become popular and has replaced the girl from the alternate time that married Hugo just in name. I wonder what will happen to that girl in this time? Or will the author not even mention that person?
Let’s get back to Damien!!! Thanks for the translations as always!!!!!
Hugo was married before Lucia? I didn’t remember that.Or are you talking about Lucia and Hugo’s relationship from the start as a business deal. He needed a wife. She wanted out of the castle.
In Lucia’s dream. The girl Hugo married.
Thanks for the chapter!!
I was waiting for the son and instead got the capital xD but it’s interesting to see that no one knows who Lucia’s mother is
Are there any “face-slapping” thing?
Thank you for your hard work!
And who here are from 2019 lol
Is it almost the time that we’re getting to see real snakes and political war? I am not ready sobs…… I want to stay safe and sound in Roam forever *cries*
I do like Anita, thought it seems like there’s no happy ending for her if the author forces her to stay in love with Hugh. ;-;
“Yes, the princess wasn’t to his taste but wouldn’t it be more likely for him to fall for her because of that?”
Spot on Anita 🙂👍🏼👍🏼
This Anita is still going to cause a lot of trouble, I assume. But hopefully the Duke and Lucia know how to deal with these problems.
Thanks for the translation!
Seriously, this one is crazy and obviously full of pettiness
She pretended she wasn’t taking it seriously and yet, she goes crazy wondering why he wouldn’t see her anymore. She wants to think it’s his wife’s doing rather than her own fault, but deliberately ignores the fact that maybe, she was obviously getting too serious about this, despite pretending not to (because if she wasn’t serious, like she pretends, why would she go mad because he sent her a yellow rose)
It’s also pretty disgusting how she obviously thinks herself very high (seriously ? it never occurred to her that he might just get tired of her someday and that this would have nothing to do with someone else ? does she think she’s that extraordinary ?) but what’s even more disgusting is that how she obviously likes to think that people are as petty, jealous and dirty as her (I mean, come on, she would think that it’s his wife was jealous and asks him to discard her, that she once had a lover… she doesn’t even know her and she’s already thinking so dirty about her. Obviously she thinks everyone has the same dirty thoughts that she does)