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Lucia Chapter 64 [part 2]

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As though bewitched, Lucia signed the contract that Antoine presented her. The things that Antoine says she had to buy were essential and indispensable. At the time, she thought so. Even after Antoine left, she was still somewhat vacant from the feeling of being entranced.

But when she checked the copy of the contract and the invoice delivered in the afternoon, her half-departed senses returned. She felt like her soul was about to fly away when she confirmed the amount.

Lucia didn’t know that the price to pay for falling for the designer’s whispers would be so massive. The price of the first-class designer’s dress that she bought for the first time in her life was much more that the vague amount she imagined.

The maid moderately poured lukewarm water on her shoulder. While absentmindedly leaving her body in the hands of the maid waiting on her in the bath, Lucia continued to think of the dress.

‘Why in the world are the hats and shoes so expensive? Much less the gloves.’

Lucia’s common sense was that hats and shoes were accessories. Nevertheless, a dress was what people saw and while shoes were an assortment, they were not that visible hence Lucia thought that it was enough for them to be presentable. In the dream, she had never even bought something like gloves. And when she bought the dress, she got a few extras.

‘On top of that, they’re all summer dresses.’

When the weather cooled down a little, she couldn’t wear them.

‘I have to get a refund. I can’t blow that much money on a dress. Anyways, I haven’t received anything, and it’s custom-made.’

Originally, Lucia wanted to get a refund immediately but Jerome discouraged her. He advised her to discuss it with his master. Asking for a refund after purchase an item was an important issue than concerned reputation. Especially in the case of luxury goods, there was a fear of bad rumors.

While Lucia constantly contemplated a refund, Hugo finished his bath in his bedroom and came into her bedroom. As he listened to the faint sound of the water from the bathroom, he picked up the white envelope on the table.

Contract and Invoice. Hugo sat on the couch and read through the specifications. When he saw the amount, he chuckled. It was about 1/5th of the amount he had written down for Antoine.

Should he recognize the ability of the designer to be able to make her use this much, or should he praise the designer’s crook-like merchant talk that thoroughly brought down her defenses, without going overboard?

The designer was determined to use the entire amount that Hugo wrote down. A good merchant would not blow away the chance to make money. However, the designer took a step back.

Hugo did not know because he wasn’t at the scene at the time but most likely, the designer must have felt danger that if she were to push excessively, she wouldn’t sell a single thing.

Antoine took a step back to move forward. She realized that this business would not be finished in one shot. To Hugo, it was easy to find noble families consumed by the extravagance of their madams. However, he didn’t know that he would end up paying attention to this for the exact opposite reason.

She was never stingy to others. When the garden was built back in Roam, the workers on the garden were paid a higher compensation than average. However, Hugo was very tired of her frugality and conservation that only applied to herself. It didn’t matter when they were staying in the fiefdom.

Her immaculate skin without her makeup felt good to the touch, and her flowery scent without thick perfume was refreshing. Furthermore, there was no need for extravagant clothes. Clothes existed to be stripped. In that sense, he didn’t like winter. The skirt was too thick and heavy.

But originally, he hated the sticky summer. He used to enjoy horse riding in the cold winter. Certainly that was so, until the winter of last year. Hugo had no issue with her attire, but it wasn’t the same for others. She had to appear in high society as the Duchess. Appearance was the easiest criteria to judge a person on.

If she were to show a simplicity that was not suitable for her status as the Duchess, she would not be praised for her virtue, instead she would become a target of gossip. He did not want her to become the subject of such a worthless topic.

‘I have to meet the designer once more.’

Hugo decided to recognize the ability of the designer. And he wanted to meet the designer again and talk about the contract.

‘I have to make two contracts.’

The contract with the real amount would be sent to him and the fake contract with a much smaller amount would be sent to her. He didn’t want her to worry about something like money. Even though in her head, she was filled with worries about him, there was no need(1).

 

Translator’s Remark:

1. There was no need for her to worry about his money.

* I oddly connected with Lucia this chapter. Sales people scare me lol.
*Next one will be very short. It is a side-story! Guess who it’s about??? It’s your favorite!(just kidding)

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15 Comments

  1. Percy

    Oh my! This is such a nice surprise. Thank you so much for the bonus chapters! 🙂

    3+

  2. Schelle

    Omg! Lucia is just adorable ! And Hugh is planning to scheme with Antoine just to get more dresses for Lucia.

    14+

    • fan63

      This man is so in love it’s wonderful.

      9+

  3. kalmaegi

    Hugh is getting good at spoiling his wife.

    8+

  4. Giimmee Cruz

    Damian….??

    0

    • Miss Ruby

      Wrong~

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      • Fable Cat

        Lucia’s friend… The novelist?

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        • Miss Ruby

          Nuh-uh 😊 (Cruz was closer)

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  5. Pham Huu Khoi

    Should he recognize the ability of the designer to be able to make her use this much, or should he praise the designer’s crook-like merchant talk that thoroughly brought down her defenses, without going overboard?

    He really, really need to learn the second skill

    2+

  6. Zrost

    Thanks for the chapter! I hope u don’t push yourself too hard miss ruby translating 3 chapters in one go. Btw Lucia is so cute when panicked about the price.

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  7. liyahseull

    Thank you for the hard work. Looking forward to the next chapter 😀

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  8. laexdream

    Lol i do see both their points. These chapters were so cute xD

    1+

  9. Mitsuki000

    Hugh is the best, all he does for her without her knowing :’) She is loved do much and so is he. Wish they knew. Also, I put my bets on Kate?

    1+

  10. Ellieechoes

    I have done this twice as a sales person when I worked at a high end clothing store. The second time resulted in an awkward situation. I walked in on the customer returning all the products I sold her. When I greeted her and realized what was happening I saw her display the exact emotions that Lucia felt. It was super awkward. I kinda of felt shameful of what happened. So I changed my strategy when I sold to customers. I made everything an option, I would tell them that if they had second thoughts to return it. Or if it makes you feel good and happy get it, if you feel it’s right for you. I gave them options of thing they may want to buy and only gave my opinion when they wanted it. I had a lot more loyal customers that would come to me after that. In the short term I sold less, which made my boss up-happy, but in the long run I had a steady flow of returning customers. I actually think that Antoine will soon fall into my preferred style of selling.

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  11. Intertwinedinside

    Jerome is a sensible butler indeed!! Best butler I have ever encountered in Korean novel tbh

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