Translating Korean Novels

Lucia Side Story 6.1: In Another Future – Damian




“I have done my part in declaring you as my successor. The rest is up to you. Graduate. Then this place is yours.”

The six year old Damian believed in his father’s promise and entered the Academy. He fiercely strove to graduate, as it was the only means towards achieving his goal of taking over his father’s position. No matter what was around him, his eyes never strayed. Because he wanted the meaning of his existence to be recognized.

When Damian was 13, he was informed that the Duke of Taran had gotten married. Damian didn’t think the news was anything special and merely noted it in his memory. A few months later, Damian was notified that he had been registered into legal status and received a portrait of the new Duchess/ his step-mother along with the news. The woman drawn in the painting was dressed in showy clothing and for some reason, both her expressions and posture looked rigid.

‘His Grace the Duke’s standards are lower than I thought.’

By Damian’s standards, the woman could never classify as a beauty.

‘A mother…is it?’

Since his status had become legal, it meant the Duchess was now his mother. However, Damian didn’t really feel like it meant much. Even if he met the Duchess in person, it was unlikely for him to be able to call her mother. Then again, he was sure the Duchess wouldn’t want to be called by such a title. The Duchess hadn’t even had her own children, yet she was dirtied by the likes of an illegitimate child. It was obvious to him how humiliated the Duchess would feel.

He had gained a new family, but he felt no joy. Anyways, he would only meet the Duchess after he graduated from the Academy. And even if they met, he would be glad if the Duchess simply ignored him instead of trying to harm him.

* * *

Damian didn’t pay anymore attention to the Duke’s marriage. He was focused only on studying. Although he was always ranked first, at other times, he was just an unremarkable student. There were guys who tried to pick fights with him when he was young but as they got older, they lost interest in Damian, who had nothing but excellent grades.

Damian was always alone. He wasn’t interested in anything other than his grades. He never once thought he needed a friend. He thought he felt no loneliness even though he was alone. But without even realizing it, the walls of solitude around Damian were growing higher and thicker. The boy who already didn’t smile much, gradually forgot how to smile.

Finally, when he finished all of his studies at the Academy and held his diploma in his hand, Damian felt a sense of emptiness rather than a sense of accomplishment. The result of what he consistently clung to for more than a decade was nothing more than a piece of paper. He believed he could prove his existence when he graduated but it was merely false hope.

‘I…Why did I want to become the Duke?’

The boy who only ran forward without reserve began to look back when he became a young man.

‘I wanted to receive father’s recognition.’

He wanted to be praised; he wanted to be told he had done well. However, after sending Damian to the Academy at six, his father didn’t even send a brief letter till he graduated.

‘It didn’t have to be me.’

The Duke didn’t choose Damian as his successor because of Damian himself, but because Damian was his only child. It wouldn’t matter if the position of ‘young lord’ went to the son the Duchess might have someday instead of Damian.

The winter he was seventeen, Damian realized something.

He was alone.




  1. Just a Potato



  2. Sayan

    Nooooooooo ! You are not alone ! D:


  3. OHtheNovelty


    Thanks for the chapter 😘


  4. Angelsnipk8

    This made me so sad 😞 💔 ! I’m so happy Lucia came into his life ❤️.


    • lucialv

      That is exactly what I felt! It’s so nice that there was a second chance for both the Taran’s family males!


  5. jannatunnahar eti

    We have come a long way.
    Still past life makes me sad😩


  6. Marseli Puspawati

    No!!!! YOU’RE NOT ALONE… Is this the time when the rumored girlfriend of his appears?


    • Miss Ruby

      This is a different timeline


    • Mr. A

      This is Damian’s life during the ‘dream’.


  7. Marseli Puspawati

    No!!!! Will the rumored girlfriend appears?? WHO IS SHE?


    • Shira Yuu Kii

      No. This is another future where feelings like “love” “affection” had no relation with these taran men. As Lucia didn’t exist in their life. Damian lived his life only to become the Duke and thn lived hollow empty emotionless life .


  8. YOru

    Thanks 4 new chap.

    Read this make me more sad.
    It’s just ‘if’ story


  9. squicci

    Poor Damian. :'(


  10. Mr. A

    I’m glad that Lucia went and proposed to the Duke 😭 (the start of everything) She changed her life, the Duke’s, and also my poor little baby Damian ♥️♥️
    Thanks for the updateeee 😍😍 I feel like I’m going to be sad after the last chapter but I also want to finish this story ahhhh I am so attached to this 😭😅😅


  11. Christine

    Ahkkk out poor baby~! 😭😭😭
    Thank god he got lots of love in the normal timeline.


  12. Yuriko

    Damian..You are not alone 🎶..I am here with You..🎶 ☺️


  13. dils

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but is this the timeline where Lucia married that count and Hugo married that other woman (forgot her name)? If it’s true that means this is what happen before the previous 2 part right (where Hugo and Lucia met again when the got older)?


    • EliSan

      Yes, you are right.
      As far as I know, this is the timeline where Damian dies (killed in a revolt).


    • Owl

      Anna, there were hints that she was the doctor called to treat Lucia/Vivian after the first time she and Hugh had sex.

      And aww… poor Damian


    • Mr. A

      Yes. This is Damian’s part of the story. So sad, glad that Lucia went to the Duke’s mansion. My poor baby deserves some love ♥️


  14. Nigaria

    Uh at first i forgot it was alternate future and was like yay Damian pov on the development of his relationship with lucia but then realized it was alternare world and knew it would be saad T_T
    Thks for chapter^^


  15. Kalmaegi

    So it was really Damian that was mentioned in Philip’s Alternate Future. I don’t think I’m ready…! 😭


  16. Lordy

    I got confused. I thought Damian met Lucia when he was 8 :(.
    can’t wait to read another chapter to get enlightenment.


    • Mr. A

      This is the side/ part of the story or the ‘dream’. That’s why the title is ‘Another Future’


  17. Yunita

    But.. but we already knew that in this timeline, only Lucia and Hugh left and spending their old life together *ugly sobbing


  18. KazuChii

    Aww..poor Damian. I hope he can meet Lucia too in this timeline just like Hugh!


  19. vanishing pudding

    😭[heartache] Im guessing the parallel Damian had a sad life where the Tarans didn’t have Lucia as part of family… but this chappy confirms it😭 The parallel one did have a lonely life T_T

    Gonna prepare my heart for these side stories… omg the parallel life / the another timeline & we don’t have Eve here 😭😭😭

    Thank you for the release!^^


  20. kirindas

    Poor parallel Damian… T_T
    Thanks for the new chapter!


  21. Arv

    As I said, everyone is better off in the timeline where Lucia sought out Hugh quickly.
    This is so sad TT_TT
    I’m not even sure if he’ll find a girl he likes in this timeline 🙁


  22. mharumi

    Wow… Damian’s words weighed on my heart. It was quite different, for when Lucia married, Hugh asked Damian to meet the “new duchess” at age eight than eighteen years after graduation.

    Damian thinks the duchess (dream) has no beauty that captivated him, but of Lucia when he first saw her.

    I am still amazed at Lucia’s courage in going to Hugh to propose marriage.

    Really quite different between “dream” and “reality”.

    Lucia is very motherly.
    Lucia took the initiative to get to know Damian’s personality before asking to call her mother and son.
    Lucia thinks Damian is a cute kid and is very spoiled that she always smiles when she sees the important people.

    Thank you so much for the translation, Miss Ruby.


  23. MsCorune

    Y Lucia?
    Es la otra línea del tiempo, no?
    Porque ya tendría que haberla conocido y ella siempre le mandaba cartas….


  24. gabi



  25. Joo Bae Dah

    So it’s time looking for Ted eh ? Damian oh damian
    You need some touch haha

    Thanks Ruby !


  26. Sandra

    Damian TT_TT


  27. NitzanSchwarz

    I am sad now T^T


  28. EevieXY

    Oh gawd. I’m so glad that didn’t happen again. 🙁 Poor baby.


  29. Callie

    DAMIANNNNNNNN!!!!!! ;[];


  30. Sakra

    No my baby 😭 you’re not


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