A Trap (12)
But perhaps fortunately, Aristine’s arsenic-smeared hand did not reach her face.
Aristine looked at the two men holding her hand.
She expected Tarkan to stop her but didn’t think that even Hamill would join him.
Hamill stared at Aristine nervously, his usual relaxed smile nowhere to be found.
People were already shocked to see Aristine bringing poison to her face, and they were once again shocked by this scene.
Same went for the Queen and Yenikarina.
“Brother Hamill! Get away right now! The poison got on you!”
It was just as she said.
Aristine looked at the powder which had spilled from her hand and gotten on Tarkan and Hamill.
But the two didn’t care and just held onto her tightly.
Rather, they even tried to shake off the powder on Aristine’s hand.
Everyone who saw the flying powder immediately tried to block their nose and mouth.
However, the Queen just stood there. Her face flashed with horror, doubt, and anxiety.
“You said…it’s not poison?”
Aristine smiled and walked up to a nearby table.
She thought she could make her point clear by rubbing it on her face but that failed due to the interference of the two men.
But just then, an even better idea arose in her mind.
On the table, was a water basin decorated with flowers.
Aristine stuck her powdered hand in the basin and stirred.
Then something surprising happened.
White foamy bubbles arose in the water inside the basin.
“Yes. These are bath bombs.”
Aristine gave a refreshing smile.
Everyone stared at Aristine blankly.
A memory suddenly flashed through Tarkan’s mind, and he frowned.
《Tarkan, please do me a favor.》
On the day Aristine suddenly asked if anyone would poison Nephther, she asked him to do something for her.
It was this very thing.
A bath bomb.
Furthermore, she asked for a very particular blend of bath bombs. At the time, he thought it was an absurd request coming after such a serious discussion but…
‘So she was preparing for this.’
He couldn’t help but laugh.
She was really an amazing woman. How could she fool people so seamlessly?
A moment ago, he really felt like his heart was sinking.
‘But does this mean that Aristine expected that she would be framed as the poisoner?’
It was too coincidental to be a fluke.
While everyone’s focus was on Aristine, Hamill looked down at his hand.
It was covered in bath bomb powder.
That was only natural.
Not only did he hold Aristine’s hand, he also tried to brush it off. If it was truly arsenic, Hamill would have been poisoned by the large amount floating in the air.
‘Why did I…’
Hamill couldn’t understand his behavior.
He slowly lifted his head and looked at Aristine, as if searching for an answer.
Aristine grinned and blew off the foam on her hand.
The discoloration of silver is due to a reaction with sulfur or chloride. So it is necessary to be careful whenever you buy accessories made of silver.
Do not wear it when going into sulfur hot springs, soap contains a surfactant so do not touch your jewelry when washing your hands, be careful not to let it touch rubber, bleach, or dry-cleaned clothes, etc.
Aristine found hints in her previous life through the Monarch’s Sight.
That was why she changed the contents of the glass vial after seeing a future where she was accused as a poisoner.
A bath bomb containing sulfur, surfactant, and sodium chloride.
It was a trap to catch whoever was accusing her of poisoning. To make a well-laid snare.
Aristine’s gaze turned to Dionna.
With her face utterly pale, Dionna shook her head like she was trying to deny reality.
Like a poisoned rat.
* * *
A chilling silence fell over the hall.
All eyes turned to the queen and Dionna.
“So Dionna, you said you heard from the handmaids that I was in possession of poison?”
“T-That’s definitely what I heard…” Dionna stuttered as her eyes darted all over the room.
“What a strange matter,” Aristine tilted her head, “Let’s say that the handmaids told you I have poison like you say.”
Aristine then brought up the testimony that Dionna gave when the Silvanus handmaids were exiled from Irugo.
“You said you only gave the handmaids advice a few times because you thought the maids were helping me. That you never imagined that they were going to betray me.”
Dionna acted like a victim who was deceived by the handmaids and claimed they were really cruel people.
Even the public knew about Dionna’s testimony because it was published in the newspapers.
“However, you didn’t feel like something was strange when the maids who were supposedly helping me said that I had poison?”
She had nothing to say.
“Even if it was true that I had poison, would the people serving me really tell that to someone they’ve only met a few times?”
The fact that she had poison would be a crucial matter.
People began to whisper.
‘She’s right. Loyal maids definitely won’t mention that their master has poison.’
‘Right, if they say that, it’s normal to become suspicious of the maids.’
‘But she said she helped the handmaids because she thought they were loyal?’
That was absurd.
“Did you really advice the handmaids because you thought it benefited me?”
Aristine asked, looking straight at Dionna without a single fluctuation in her eyes.
“Or, did you know that the maids were slandering me from then on?”
Aristine’s attitude increased people’s faith in her.
“That’s why you didn’t feel anything strange when the handmaids said that I had poison.”
“T, That is not it!”
Dionna screamed, trembling with a pale face.
“If it’s not that, then there’s only one answer,” Aristine declared, “Your claim that the maids told you that I was in possession of poison is a lie.”
A groan escaped Dionna’s teeth.
She didn’t feel proud of eavesdropping on the maid’s conversations, so she just added a little lie. She also wanted to add a little more credibility to what she was saying.
But as a result, she found herself in bigger mess.
‘I should have just said I overheard the handmaids talking to each other from the start…’
If it was revealed in front of so many people that she deliberately tried to corner Aristine as the criminal, everything was over.
‘I have to stop that from happening!’
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Suck it Dionna!! Also, dear dear Hamill.. Poor lad hahaha. He’s going to give us the second male lead syndrome isn’t he? And big thanks to Ruby xo
Sorry Silver, but no matter how hot he may be, I doubt he can give me (an absolue 2ML simp) 2ML syndrome. He just gives me bad vibes overall.
same here I just want him to disappears
He does give off those vibes, doesn’t he?
While I am not that fond of him to develop an actual 2ML Syndrome, but honestly, if this was set in another universe where Tarkan was a much more cold, indifferent and uncaring character, he’d probs be that possessive 2ML that we’d be wanting for our FL to end up with than her emotionally unavailable pair.
But as it stands, Tarkan and Aristine in this storyline are very much the perfect pairing. No character can come in between them.
How satisfying to see Dionna reeling in the trap she thought she herself was setting. A bath bomb, that was really clever of Aristine.
Thank you miss Ruby for another fun chapter 💖
great chapter, i hope aristine opens up to tarkan about her monarch sight after this. i also find hamil annoying 🙄
Thanks for the translated chapter.
Tarkan doesn’t need to stop Aristine since he trusts his wife that powder is not poison, but maybe it will awkward if only Hamil stopping her.
Even if he believes Aristine would not have poison herself, he may not believe that the queen would not switch the contents of her container for poison. Seeing silver turn black is definitely a sign that you probably shouldn’t ingest that thing. As Tarkan did see the silver change color, there’s no reason for him not to be worried. While you still wouldn’t want to ingest a bath bomb, you’d probably be vomiting bubbles rather than having Nepther’s symptoms. And if it was only the amount that could be sprinkled on a napkin, well… it’s probably about the same level as having to hold a bar of soap in your mouth for cursing.
Now please kith after this storm ended Aristine – Tarkan!!! I love suspense and everything but dying for their kiiiiisssss. Please kiiiiiissss
Oh! Come on, girl [Dionna].
Just give up will you.
Thank you Ms. Ruby.
suck it all uppp lol lol slayyyy my girl ariii omg i liv her and her lover boy tarkan sm
This chapter is refreshing 😎, soon we’ll see the queen falling in the hole she dug 🎉
I knew this situation would bring to light the monarch sight, but I’m not certain if Tarkan’ll be see the elephant in the room or not, I think he won’t yet
Curious for see what the queen and yenika will have to say respect Hamill trying to save our rineh👀👀, honestly I want chaos 👀🔥🙌🔥
Thank you so much for the satisfactory update miss ruby 🖤🖤
Thank you fir the update
It’s getting more and more interesting
I am going to enjoy watching the Queen and Dionna crumble. Now that she has when out her use, Dionna will probably never be seen again. Even though we still gotta deal with the Queen and her gnat-like spawns.
Thanks for the translation Ruby nim..
Omo omo omoooo
Don’t know what to write…
Thank you so much for translating this novel !
Nope, no way to talk your way out now.
Thanks for the updates!
Hi ! Shouldn’t there be a Bonus chapter out already?? I thought that when “buy my a coffee” reached 100% a third chapter was to be expected
Hi! Sorry, I can’t start working on the bonus until I see the notification 🥲. I also give a timeframe on ko-fi because the bonus isn’t instant.
It’s ok, thank u!!!
Where is the new episode. It is Wednesday! 😍😍😍
i know i really dislike hamill bc i wasn’t even happy about him joining in to stop aristine from ‘poisoning’ herself, i was immediately like HANDS OFF THOT