< — Negotiation — > (2)
The solitary cell of the castle dungeon was designed with a dual structure. When you entered through the stone gates, there was a room made of stone walls and a wall built with bars to confine the prisoner to another room. Even if the prisoner was able to somehow get out from behind the bars, they would have to deal with the knights guarding the stone gates outside. It was a prison made for holding dangerous criminals.
Although Roy was indeed a dangerous character, the reason why Kwiz put him in the solitary cell was to prevent people from having access to him. There was a possibility of Duke Ramis trying to assassinate the prisoner in order to get revenge.
Roy was lying on the stone floor, using his arm as a pillow, and when he saw the man coming through the stone gate, he rose to his feet. The stone gate closed, leaving only the two of them inside.
“Are you hurt anywhere?” (Hugo)
“I am fine.” (Roy)
Roy bashfully scratched his head. He didn’t expect his lord’s first question to be asking about his well-being.
“I heard you told Fabian about the situation at the time. Is there anything you haven’t said?”
“No, there isn’t. You really came fast, my lord. I thought you would take longer.”
Perhaps that Roy thought he might die before his lord came back.
“Will I die?”
Roy calmly asked, as if he wasn’t talking about himself. He knew that killing David would not be an ordinary issue. When he broke the bastard’s neck, he was already prepared to die.
Killing Anita was not his initial intention. But as soon as he saw the handmaid entering the break room, he decided to kill her.
Roy’s decision was the right one. If Anita was left alive and caught, she would have slandered the Duchess with all sorts of lies. Lucia would then be inevitably tied in as one of the parties involved and would have been at the center of all kinds of speculation and rumors.
“You won’t die.”
Hugo thought for a moment before saying.
“If you want to keep your neck, you have to throw away your honor. Is your honor more important than your life?”
“I’ve never had such a thing.”
“Then that’s fine. Hang in there a little longer.”
Hugo looked at Roy for a moment, then he threw out a brief sentence.
“You did well.”
Roy laughed playfully and called out, stopping Hugo who was turning around.
“With this, have I repaid your favor?”
A ray of light flashed through Hugo’s eyes.
Looking at Roy who was grinning widely, Hugo gave a faint smile.
“You’ll be owing me your life again, so it is far from repaid.” (Hugo)
“Wha— Wow, how did I end up like this? I should have run away when I realized you were a swindler.” (Roy)
Hugo left the solitary cell, listening to Roy’s lamentful mutterings behind him. And when he got out of the dungeon, he called Fabian and secretly ordered him.
“Find a prisoner on death row. One with a similar physique and hair color to Roy. The physique has the first priority.”
Fabian’s eyes shone brightly. He bowed his head in reply and moved quickly. Hugo looked at the Fabian’s receding back in the distance, then he turned his gaze to the Inner Palace that was some distance away. Now, it was time to negotiate with the king.
* * *
Katherine dropped by the Queen’s palace.
“How is Her Royal Highness doing?”
“Her Highness is lying in bed. She cannot even eat at all.”
The handmaid replied with a cloudy look on her face. Katherine gave a small sigh before entering the queen’s bedroom.
Beth was greatly shocked by the terrible death of her younger brother and had been bedridden for several days. The palace people were afraid that something might go wrong with the fetus during the mourning period, so they were diligently running up and down.
“You have to recover your strength. You are expecting a child.”
Katherine took Beth’s hand and comforted her. Beth looked spiritless as she gave a weak smile.
“I didn’t do much for my brother. I only said objectionable words every time we met.”
Beth didn’t know that her younger brother would leave so suddenly. He wasn’t a brother that she was entirely satisfied with, but he was still her only blood brother. She nagged at him every time they met because she wanted him to turn out well. After her brother died, she was only filled with regret that she didn’t ever tell him that he did well, at least once.
Her father was someone who held the family as more important than his son, and her husband didn’t seem to care very much about his brother-in-law’s death. There was no one that was sincerely hurt about her brother’s death, so Beth was even more heartbroken.
“Sir. Krotin is someone that I’m also well-acquainted with. I know he has saved His Majesty’s life many times too. But why then, would he do this? Why would he do that to my brother?” (Beth)
“The truth will be revealed. There will be conclusion, some way or another. His Majesty is also very worried because Your Royal Highness has been so down.” (Katherine)
As Katherine comforted Beth, she recalled the night of the incident. When she heard that the King was urgently looking for her, Katherine had hurried to the Inner Palace. On her way to see the king, she happened to meet Kwiz, who was about to go to a meeting, in the hallway.
“The party is still going on, what are you doing here?”
As soon as Katherine heard the king’s words, she thought something was strange.
“You seem to be busy, Your Majesty. It is not an urgent matter, so I will tell you later.”
She angrily promised to track down whoever dared to forge a royal command and make them pay dearly for their sins. And after returning to the party venue, the incident happened right away.
Katherine testified that she came back from the Inner Palace and had been with the Duchess during the time that she was absent from the party. That is to say that the Duchess was never alone by herself during the party.
‘Falcon. I knew that poisonous bitch would do something one day. You dare to turn my break room into such a sight?’
Katherine did not know the real truth of the incident. It was handled with secrecy and her elder brother refused to tell her the specific details. However, there was some parts of it that Katherine could guess.
There was no doubt that Countess of Falcon tried to do something bad to the Duchess and things fell through.
‘That foolish wench must have had lingering feelings for the Duke of Taran. Doesn’t even know her place.’
She could sense the feeling of a woman who had once like the Duke of Taran alone. Although she was dead, Katherine didn’t want Anita’s little schemes to result in anything, so she had actively pulled the Duchess out of the picture. Due to this, it was not known that Anita had impersonated the royal command and sent Katherine to the Inner Palace.
If Kwiz knew this, the investigation of the incident would have proceeded in a slightly different direction. The only people that used the private break room were Princess Katherine and the Duchess of Taran. With this information, they could come to the conclusion that since Katherine was sent away, the person being conspired against was the Duchess of Taran. However, since that possibility was blocked, the case had fallen into a fog.
 He says he has never had such a shell. A shell meaning an outward covering/appearance.
 In Chapter 99.2 backstory, Hugo saved Roy when they were young, and Roy promises to repay the favor. That’s what this is referring to. Hugo thought that Roy didn’t remember what happened when they were young, but this proves otherwise.
 Also refers to 99.2.
I knew it..to save him is to make body double..
I knew Katherine the type that helping the person she likes all out even if she deceive the whole world
thanks for the chapter
Awesome morning! Thank you so much for the update. 🙂
Thanks for the new chapter!
Hehe… Hugo is really a schemer. He don’t want to let the Doggie go. 😅
Now that hubby is here, I wonder what he will do to wifey? Kabedon in bed, (lol is that even kabedon?). Hugo: I’m not letting you go out. ❤️❤️❤️
Please tell me, is the little bun arc next? I wonder how preggo Lucia will become? Philipp mentioned that the time where it’s consumated (the medicine should’ve worked now) and she doesn’t have mens will be the incubation(?) period. So far, that hella long. So she have a fast pregnancy then? Since Hugo is basically not wholly human.
I’m just wondering, why put (.) dot after Sir? It’s not an abbrv. form though? Is that the difference for the knight title?
Thank you for the chapter, Ruby-nim.
I’m thinking she has to get her period back first? I mean, biologically speaking she’s not producing eggs, right?
Since menstruation occurs to get rid of a non-fecunded matured egg i think it is possible that she will get pregnant as soon as her eggs start to mature (the most logical is that the mugwort stop the egg maturation and the other medicine cause a change of hormone productiin which make eggs start to mature again). Iirc if she can’t successfully get pregnant on the first time (aka first mature egg/ before first period) then it wont work anymore. Btw females are born with all theyre eggs already produced in an inmature state, so actually her condition is to have stopped egg maduration due to hormone regulation (the mugwort kinda acted as those anticonceptive pills that also regulate your period, but bringing it a step further and completely suppressing it after taking ut which i dont think should be possible irl unless the organ that produces the involved homones gets damaged…)
Thanks for the chapter ^^ who knows maybe she is already preggo but woth all the anxiety she hasnt noticed yet
Well it is going to happen sooner or later. I mean author has already hinted the not suppose to happen pregnancy for the Lucia and Hugo to handle in future.
Heck. I want to see Hugo reaction most of all. Will he go berserk not trusting Lucia or will he accept the baby that he doubted as his for his love for lucia.
Thank you for the chapter!!!
Reading this before an exam heeheh
Lucia’s sister is very fierce in protecting, being able to sniff out that the target is the Duchess but keeping it under wraps.
Thank you for the update Ruby. I somewhat feel sympathetic with The Queen 😢
[He wasn’t a brother that she wasn’t entirely satisfied with]
Double negative, this means she was satisfied with him as a brother which I doubt is the case.
Sorry. The second wasn’t is wrong
I was worried sick about out beloved mad dog! I’m so happy that I could cry
(ノToT)ノ ~┻┻ ahhh!
It’d be cool if Lucia tell the Queen the truth about all this. I don’t think she would do something reckless and it’ll help her with her mourn… But let’s just see.
Thank you for the chap! (⁀ᗢ⁀)
I just wanted to say that you do a fabulous job translating Lucia.
There are very few errors as compared to other translations. Will keep an eye out for any
Thank you for chapter 😜😜😜😜😜
Friends. Today I was wondering around mangaupdates new releases, as I do when I’m bored…. and guess what I found.
Apparently Lucia now has an official manhwa adoration. :O Maybe this isn’t new to y’all, but… thought I should share either way.
No chapters out yet. and no official links but… yeah
Adaptation… not adoration. *shaking fist* auto-correct!
I hope Beth won’t become an enemy. You can’t choose who your maternal family is but it doesn’t mean they are without fault. Think wisely Beth and Ramis family
I got really emotional with the first part of this chapter ;w; When Roy asked if he was going to die I almost cried and when he asked Hugh if he had repayed the debt from back then showing he remembered all this time, I really felt very nostalgic and emotional and ahdiabdkabd ;w; <3
I love Katherine's way of doing things <3 She was so fast at uncovering things and was like 'Bi**, you thought!' and kept Lucia out of any trouble or danger that may had come from that incident. <3 I hope Beth gets better soon, tho. Would hate I if something happened to her or her baby ;A;
Thank you for your hard work! <3
Yeay for Big Sis!
Thanks Miss Ruby!
Since Lucia is probably going to be prego soon and the queen is prego that would mean the children will be around the same age. I want them to be friends😊
Since Roy was saved when he was a young boy by the mercenary Hugh, and he acknowledges the life debt, Roy knows that “Hugo” is really Hugh. I need an explanation!!