< — Damian — > (5)
TN: Hope you guys enjoy this one, not a lot happens but I had a blast translating it.
Lucia had rarely gone horseback riding ever since Damian arrived and as she was preparing to once again go riding for a bit, Kate came to visit.
The two greeted each other with a light embrace.
Kate had not been able to visit for a while as she’d been taking care of her injured grand aunt, Countess Corzan.
Perhaps she’d been weakened because of old age for Madam Michelle fell down the stairs and terribly sprained her ankle.
It was to the point where she could barely move so she chose the one she dotted on the most, her niece, Kate, to be her care-taker.
Even though her grandaunt was usually nagging and strict, Kate stayed by her side and took care of her.
“How is Madam Michelle?” (Lucia)
“She’s limping a little but she can walk around now. She asked me to tell you she’s thankful for the medicine you sent, they’ve shown great efficiency.”
“It’s my pleasure to be of help.”
At the beginning, Madam Michelle was a frequent visitor to Roam but after Lucia opened tea parties several times and handled her socializing effortlessly, Madam Michelle’s visit came to a stop due to her poor health.
And ever since Kate became a frequent visitor, they’d been exchanging words to and from through Kate.
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“This is my real purpose of coming to see you today, Lucia.”
Kate placed the basket that she came in with on the table.
“It’s the present I promised you last time. Open it.”
Lucia carefully removed the cover of the basket and exclaimed.
Suddenly, a blinding bright light came in causing a certain pair of big black eyes to blink. The disheveled baby fox with fluffy light yellow fur shook its big ears.
It was conscious of Lucia’s gaze on it for a short moment then soon enough it yawned and closed its eyes. It moved its bushy tail and wrapped it around its body for cover.
The lovely creature that was small enough to fit into both hands instantly captured Lucia’s heart.
“Goodness! It’s lovely!”
Lucia placed her hand on her chest to pace her thumping heart. She’d gone to the fox hunt and seen the foxes that the ladies raised but none of them was as adorable as the one in front of her.
“It’s also my first time seeing such a beauty. Even when it grows up, it will be beautiful.” (Kate)
Kate had promised to obtain a fox for Lucia for fox hunting.
“You have to obtain them when they are young to tame them. Look after it frequently, it has to recognize its owner before its growth phase. If this time passes, you can’t give any excuses.”
“I’ll send you a list of things you need to watch out for when raising a fox later.”
“Thank you, Kate. It’s such a wonderful gift…”
The two women descended into conversation about fox hunting for a while.
“Oh, where is my mind? I was about to go horse-riding. Do you want to join me Kate?”
“I didn’t plan on doing so at first, but I’ve been wanting to go riding for a while. I’ll go.”
“Ah, and I have someone I want to introduce to you.”
Lucia called a maid and instructed her to call Damian.
“Damian is here. He’s home for a change but I’m not sure if there would be another time to introduce him to you.”
“I’m talking about his Grace the Duke’s son. Well, he’s also my son now.”
Kate’s expression instantly stiffened.
“Could it be you’ve never heard of it? From what I know, the fact that Damian is his successor has already been made public.”
“…ah…well…I’ve heard a little…”
The life of the Duke was a taboo topic amongst northern nobles. It wasn’t like someone ordered them to keep their mouths shut but they knew to be careful with what they said.
It was thanks to the efforts of the Northern people that no rumors of the son and successor of the Taran Duke had spread in the Capital’s noble circles.
Meanwhile the Taran duke didn’t care whether one deliberately spreads a rumor or one watches what they say. In the North, Damian was a fleeting existence.
“You called for me?”
Looking at the black-haired, red-eyed boy that had walked into the drawing room for a while, Kate swallowed tensely. She hadn’t finished preparing her mind.
“Say hello, Damian. This is pretty much the only guest that visits me in Roam. My friend, Kate Milton.”
Damian looked indifferently at Kate who was unable to hide her puzzlement. He was familiar with such looks and expressions towards himself. He was deluded for a moment due to the innocent goodwill the Duchess had shown to him all this while.
As his mood sank a little, he lowered his head in a nodding manner.
“It is an honor to meet a beautiful lady like yourself, Lady Milton. My name is Damian.”
“Ah…yes. I…I am also honored, Young Lord.”
Kate hadn’t ever had such a hard time managing her expression. Even when in the past she was walking around the city and stepped on her dress ripping it, she could manage her expression.
As for the Duchess sitting next to her,
“Wow, your words are so… geez. Who would say you aren’t your father’s son?”
After saying so, she burst into laughter. It was a feeling of seeing a comedy and she couldn’t help but laugh.
“Do you know how to ride a horse, Damian? Or shall I bring a colt?”
“I know how to ride a horse. I learned at the Academy.”
“Seems like there’s nothing you can’t do. Kate, he’s marvelous, isn’t he? He’s only eight but he knows how to ride a horse.”
It was definitely not common for an eight year old to know how to properly ride a horse but it was very possible for someone of the young Lord’s huge stature as he exceeded that of the usual eight year old.
Moreover, he was the son of the Taran Duke whose name was hailed among Knights.
However, Kate didn’t have any intention of diminishing Lucia’s feeling of pride so she just humored her.
“Damian, we were going to go horseback riding now but we can all go together.”
Damian took a glance at Kate’s stiffening expression. He tried to laugh but it was a sign that told him he was an unwelcome guest.
“No, it’s okay. I still have books I have to read.”
“While studying is good, you can’t keep studying all the time, especially when you’re at the prime of your age. Don’t you want to grow bigger?”
Big. Damian flinched at the sensitive topic.
“You have to grow as big as your father, right?”
Damian nodded his head.
“Kate, would it be okay if Damian joins us? Sorry I didn’t ask for consent beforehand.”
“No…It’s fine. But Lucia, the horse-riding field we’re going to… only women can enter.”
Lucia tilted her head as though asking ‘What’s the problem?’
“Damian is just eight years old. He’s not a man.”
*That last sentence….
*Sorry for the intrusion… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
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