< — The Beginning and the End — > (2)
Hugo returned home early today and was greeted by Jerome who came out to meet him. When he heard from Jerome that Lucia took a nap and was still sleeping, he frowned.
“Is she not ill? I am sure I asked for the doctor to see her today.”
“The doctor is asking to see you about the Madam.”
Hugo immediately went to see the doctor, not bothering to change his clothes first. The doctor was nervous. Unlike the Madam whom she could face with relative comfort, the Duke made her feel nervous every time they met. She didn’t know how many times she had felt awed by the fact that these two really different people were married.
“I believe the Madam is pregnant.”
Lucia’s worry about whether to tell her husband or not was useless. She had completely forgot to tell the doctor not to inform her husband yet.
Since the doctor began working, she had been reporting the Madam’s treatment results to the Duke every single time and thought nothing different of it this time as well.
Hugo was momentarily silent as he listened to Jerome, who was beside him and said, ‘this is a matter for congratulations’, after hearing the good news.
“…What? Pregnant? You mean a child?”
“It is not fully certain, but the Madam’s symptoms are showing typical evidence of pregnancy.”
The doctor continued to explain that Lucia had gotten diagnosed by a palace nurse at the Royal Palace today, and that her strange symptoms lately were in sync with signs of pregnancy, so the Madam’s pregnancy was pretty certain. And Hugo remained silent, listening to the doctor list off things about an expectant mother’s psychological state and precautions to take.
“What is the chance that it is not pregnancy?”
The doctor carefully watched the Duke whose reaction was quite different from normal people upon hearing the news that he would become a father. She had heard that when a couple’s relationship was too good, there were husbands who didn’t look favorably upon the existence of a child, so she thought that maybe that was the case here.
”There is a condition that occurs very rarely, it’s called phantom pregnancy. It occurs when a woman desperately wants a child; in this situation, they experience symptoms that are almost similar to that of pregnancy. But like I said, it is very rare. The Madam is not usually saddened or impatient for a child, so I do not think it is applicable here.”
Hugo’s expression didn’t change at all on the outside, but he was actually very flustered. His head was blank as if he had been slammed into out of nowhere and he had no time to think any deeper.
After revealing his family’s secret to his wife, his wife had never brought up a child thereafter. So Hugo had pushed it to the other side of his mind as an unimportant issue.
“When can we know for certain that there is a child?”
“The most definitive time period would be about 5 months in, since there is fetal movement around then. I believe the Madam has been pregnant for two months at most.”
Hugo frowned slightly. According to the doctor, there was another three months till they could know for sure. That was too long.
“I already informed the Madam about the cautions she needs to take, but you have to be especially careful about bedroom relations. Therefore, bedroom relations are forbidden for the next three months until she reaches a definitive stable period.”
Hugo frantically shouted at the doctor.
* * *
When in doubt, assume the worst. It was a principle Hugo kept to whenever he was trying to make a judgement. Saying that he assumed the pregnancy as the worst would be a misunderstanding but basing his thoughts on the premise that the pregnancy was certain, he began to ponder about how a phenomenon that should not occur at all, was possible. He went through everything, one by one.
‘My wife said her condition meant she could not have a child.’
His wife said that she could not have a child due to having no menstruation, so she was infertile. And at the same time, she said that she knew the cure so she could treat it at any time.
The question of whether his wife was cured was a secondary issue; in any case, he revamped his premise and based it on his wife being a normal woman that could bear a child. Whether she could bear a child or not, was not the important thing here.
The heart of the problem was Hugo himself, a bizarre lineage of the Taran bloodline.
‘You have to consume blood…’
Hugo drummed his fingers on the table and chewed over the words that Philip said a long time ago. At that time, he did not have a hint of doubt in his mind about Philip’s words. Back then, his hatred and disgust for his family had reached an extreme, so he thought that the revolting method of ingesting blood that Philip spoke about matched perfectly.
Despite being thorough in everything else, the reason why Hugo didn’t re-consider whether Philip really told the truth was because he did not want to even think about it.
‘Blood, huh? It even sounds fucking ridiculous.’
Thinking rationally, Hugo analyzed what Philip said back then and the situation at that time.
Philip held his ground, claiming that he couldn’t talk about his family’s vision then he unexpectedly confessed obediently. Now that Hugo thought about it, it was unlikely that Philip would so easily reveal the secret that wasn’t even in the Taran family secret room, and had been protected and passed down in his family for generations.
Philip was a strong-willed old man. It was more like him to offer his neck than truthfully reveal his family’s secret.
‘So he lied to me. That’s what this is.’
There was a cold smile on Hugo’s lips.
REST IN PIECES PHILIP
Y’all Philip is so screwed. I literally want him to grt killed by Hugh soon UWU
OMFG I’M SO GLAD HE DIDN’T THINK OF HER CHEATING
I LOVE THIS COUPLE SO MUCH 😍😍😍😍
I’m glad you’re excited 😁
Poor Hugh… He can’t touch his wife for 3 month or more 😂
I will light a row of candle for Lucia after 3 months
She’s gonna need more than a a row of candles to help her handle the Duke after 3 months.
I bet he won’t even touch her after 3 month cause seeing her belly go bigger may make him anxious that he will hurt her after all that time then he ended up waiting all full 9 month and 10 days 😆
you know they never said he only has to wait 3 months to…..……get back in business just until he knows she’s pregnant so he might have to wait longer
I wonder if that will tempt him to cheat?
THANKS FOR THE CHAP RUBY-SAMMMMMAAAAAAAAA
I lol’ed so hard at Hugh’s reaction to the ̶N̶o̶ ̶b̶e̶d̶r̶o̶o̶m̶ ̶a̶c̶t̶i̶v̶i̶t̶i̶e̶s̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶3̶ ̶m̶o̶n̶t̶h̶s̶ pregnancy. 😂😂😂
Thank you so much for this chapter!
I love that the first thing that came to his mind wasn’t Lucia cheating. Best couple ever! ❤❤❤
pregnant news… “what? well okay…”
no bedroom activities for 3 months…. “WHAT!!!??????”
Really really happy that the possibility of Lucia cheating on him didn’t even cross his mind! I hope it won’t even in the future chaps.
Thank you for the chap! ❤
😉It just showed that Hugo’s ability to prioritize is still very strong.
YES KI-LL PHILLIP! KI-LL HIM! TOR-TURE HIM! (cheers with pom-poms)
MUAHAHAHAHHAHAA You know… Phillip would be really happy to hear from Hugh that Lucia is preggo. pft
RIP Philip. 3 months of no snusnu is a torture for Hugo; you are so screwed.
I love how he never even thought that Lucia cheated on him and realized it’s more likely he got lied tk regarding the preggy ritual.
Well, Hugh always have Lucia under monitoring so he knows the what, when and who about Lucia. He also ruled it out easily since he almost have sex eith Lucia everyday so it is not possible for Lucia to have a secret
Yes, I am so glad that the Taran’s have such a good relationship, that Hugo never had any doubt about Lucia cheating.
I love this novel😍😍❤️🤭
Lmao that ‘what!?’ really got me dead. Its only 3 months Hugh, ffs 😂
This “only 3 months” maybe nothing for some ‘normal’ people, but not for this monster in bed 😂
He’s already got his first “what?!” moment when he’d been told to give Lucia ‘one after five days’ rest. And if that one day felt like the worst torture in hell for him, imagine if it became 3 months. Oh no…I have a feeling it would be longer than 3 months 🤣🤣🤣
Poor dude Hugh 😂
He would need to find something to relief his stress, & what better than make that damned doctor Philip as his punching bag?
RIP Philip 😑
(though I don’t think he deserved peace after what he’d done to the unfortunate girls for experiments, let alone his sneaky way in secretly drugged Lucia 😏)
Lol wonder how he’ll cope with not having to do “bedroom activities” for 3 months.. they’ve been doing it like a ritual every night😂
Lol I saw a comment in the last chap about Lucia forgetting about the doctor then this. Haha.
Thanks for the chap!
Thank you for the chapter but now I can’t wait for other one and the conversation about the ‘baby’😃😃😃
Thanks for the new chapter!
I gotta applaud Hugh for his priorities. Like, I knew he’d be so dismayed at the sex restriction but seeing him react was as funny as I imagined it to be. HUGO WTH 😂
Boy finally got his brain working that Philip lied to him. It only a hundred chapters or so. Then again, if not for his wife, children apart from Damian would have been out of the question.
Yes! Hugh you rock! Thank god he didn’t doubt Lucia one bit! This chapter has just made me love this novel even more! 😊
Also, all that pent up frustration from 3 months of no sex will fuel Hugh to track down Philip real quick! Lol! I’m looking forward to Hugh’s talk with Lucia.
Thanks Miss Ruby!
I love how Hugh didn’t suspect of Lucia at first 😍
Thank you for the chapter 🥰
Thank the lord that Hugh is smart
Thank GOD the frikken hot headed Duke is actually sensible and rational and didn’t jump to the conclusion that his wife was cheating.
Now, to see what she does to “hide” her pregnancy hahahahaha
Yaaaas Hugh!! This is why I love and trust you so much! <3 It didn't even crossed his mind the fact that she could have cheated uwu I love their relationship built on trust and loyalty uwu <3
Now RIP Phillip, you will not be missed òwó
Thank you for your hard work!! <3
Thank goodness for a rational ML. I mean, Lucia barely leaves the house and she’s accompanied anytime she’s out, and furthermore, he occupies any bedroom time she has besides sleep and leaves her exhausted every time (LOL), so where has she got the time or energy to cheat. And considering how much she loves him (enough to get nightmares about him leaving her) and how her character is as he is aware of it, there is no way cheating is something she would do, if he thought about it clearly.
I googled whether it was okay or not to have sex during pregnancy — turns out its okay unless adviced otherwise by the doctors.
Huh…that went better than I thought
Actually when you think about it, Hugh’s brother wouldn’t have fed a woman his blood much less went for her had he known they were related if I’m judging his character right. Lmao Phil so ded
I’m glad Hugh trusted Lucia, and had a dignified reaction.
I hope Philip rests in hell.
I’m amazed to see that he shows more reaction when he’s told he can’t touch his wife for 3 months than when hearing she might be pregnant 😂
‘’bedroom relations are forbidden for the next three months until she reaches a definitive stable period.”
I can hear Hugh screaming WHAT!!!!
And I love that cheating didn’t cross his mind.
i’m glad there’s no unnecessary drama such as cheating