< — The Beginning and the End — > (4)
Dean was back. It had been a month since Hugo gave him the order to capture Philip. He had gone to the village that Hugo had asked him to, but because it had been a little while since Philip left, he had to search around and that took time. Dean explained that fortunately, he found Philip somewhere not too far from the village and was able to bring him in.
“I took him to the safe house.”
An old mansion, located at the outskirts of the capital, was currently being used as the Taran Information Division’s safe house. The old mansion gave off a time-worn, somber atmosphere and was surrounded by a considerably large courtyard, masking any possibility of knowing what was going on within the walls. There were only rumors that a cranky old man that did not go outside, was the owner of the mansion.
The entrance to the safe house used a secret passage that was a little distance away from the mansion so externally, only a few servants frequently visited to manage the place.
Hugo left for the safe house late at night in order to avoid being seen by others.
The inside of the seemingly old mansion was reinforced with soundproofing. Especially down in the basement, there was no chance of any noise or racket spreading outside.
The knights standing guard in front of the room, bowed their heads when Hugo appeared. Even after the heavy stone doors were completely opened, Hugo momentarily remained still.
“Do not follow me inside.”
Hugo was about enter the room then he stopped. He looked at Dean and extended a hand.
Dean immediately removed the sword strapped to his waist and handed it to Hugo. As Hugo held the sword and walked in, the door quickly closed behind him.
The room he entered had stone walls on all sides and it was not very spacious. The soundproofing was so thorough that one couldn’t hear any sound from the inside once the door was closed.
There were two chairs in the middle of the room, facing each other. In one of them, sat Philip, with his hands tied behind his back and to the chair. And the chair, made of iron, was tightly bolted to the floor. Since thorough safety measures had been taken, the knights obediently obeyed when Hugo ordered that he would be going into the room alone.
Hugo sat down on the opposite chair. He stared at Philip, who had his head hanging low.
Philip’s complexion was haggard as he slowly lifted his head. He was not hurt anywhere but he had been loaded onto a carriage, unable to rest properly the entire time, and was at the limit of his physical strength. He had a lot of endurance, but age wasn’t something that could be deceived. Philip smiled faintly when he saw the cold red eyes facing him.
“It has been a long time.”
“Cut the crap.”
Even though Hugo’s response was cold, Philip didn’t care. Despite being in a situation where he was suddenly dragged away and bound up, Philip’s expression was no different from usual.
Hugo knew the old man was this type of person. He expected that even moments before his neck was cut off, the old man would still look calm. Today of all days, that expression of his was very annoying.
“I’m sure you know why you’re here, you bastard.”
“I will know when you tell me.”
Hugo pressed down his surging murderous urge to wrench off the old man’s neck this instant.
“You told me to come, didn’t you? Or are you saying that you blabbered all that meaninglessly?”
“No. However, there are many reasons for young master to come find me. Do you need treatment for the Madam? Or, has the Madam gotten pregnant?”
Seeing Hugo’s forehead twitch, Philip’s eyes grew bigger.
“…So she has gotten pregnant.”
Just as Philip expected, the heavens did not abandon him. Even though he had mixed the drug into the Duchess’ headache medicine, Philip was not sure of its success.
There were many variables. He could not guarantee that the Madam would take that headache medicine consistently, and because the drug’s efficacy was weakened, not only was the neutralization of mugwort slower, the probability of conception was extremely low. However, it succeeded, and she was pregnant in two years.
Philip’s congratulatory words were not desirable at all. Hugo squeezed the sword in his hand and held in his desire to draw his sword without mercy.
“Like I thought, you did this. Blood, you said? When you looked down on me, you must have thrown away your desire to live.”
“Why are you so sure I lied? Maybe the Madam had a child with another ma…”
Feeling the cold blade under his neck, Philip shut his mouth. It only took an instant. Hugo stood up, drew his sword and pointed it at Philip’s throat. The tip of the sword was digging into Philip’s skin as if it would pierce through the moment Philip said a single word.
“Just one more bullshit out of you.”
Philip looked up at Hugo and nodded his head, marginally. A frosty expression, a gaze filled with bloodthirst and a subdued voice.
Philip realized that Hugo was extremely angry. He, who didn’t get nervous easily, had chills at his back. When the sword was withdrawn, he sucked in a breath.
“It was the vision of my family. I had no choice but to lie.”
“Even if I ask you now, I’m sure you won’t tell me.”
“Would you believe it if I told you?”
“I couldn’t care less about the vision. It will be buried along with you when you die anyways, old man.”
“You’re not someone that would bring me here because you were annoyed by a lie I said in the past.”
“Enough with the nonsense. I need to know what trick you pulled.”
Hugo could not stand the fact that there was a gap in the protection around his wife.
“It was the headache medicine.”
Philip obediently confessed. He didn’t plan on acting innocent anyways.
Hugo repeated for emphasis then he forced a laugh. He had to find out exactly what happened, once he got back. His first goal for capturing Philip was achieved.
“Tell me why you wanted to see me.”
Philip stared blankly at Hugo.
“Why are you so curious about what I have to say?”
“Don’t get any ideas. You won’t be able to leave this room alive.”
“Kill me. What regrets does an old man like me have? I’ve lived long enough. But you will not kill me. Afterall, there is something you want to know from me.”
When he saw Hugo’s red eyes waver, Philip sighed.
‘How can this be.’
He had thought the probability was extremely low. When the Duke showed an unusual reaction to the Duchess in Roam, Philip had a sliver of suspicious, but he believed it wasn’t possible. And he hoped it was not the case.
A man in the high position of the lord of the North and the Taran family, should not do something like holding a woman in his heart and creating a weakness for himself.
Philip had come to realize the truth from his long years alive; that things in the world did not always go as planned. A man’s plan was inferior to the order of the great world. He learnt that it was best for him to use all of his efforts to cling to the opportunity before him right now, rather than planning.
And that is why Philip clung to the Duchess’ pregnancy. At the time, it was the only opportunity. It was not because he had a grand plan afterwards, but because there had to be a child first before he could plan for the future.
Go die, Philip!
I hate how he has the upper hand in this situation and, literally, Hugh’s threats are nothing. If only Hugh can find the vision ASAP UWU
PLEASE LET THE BABY BE SAFE AIOAKSOSLSLWLSLWLWLWL
THANKS FOR THE CHAP, RUBY-SAMMMMMAAAAA
Bruh Lucia is the best thing that happened to Hugh. What is Philip saying?
Oh yeah, Philip is a lunatic. Ofc, he won’t understand what love is. -_-
Thank You for chapter!!!
Thanks for the chapter~
The taran family is messed up bcoz they married each other, that bloodthirsty thingy is bcoz of incest….i hope hugh really stop that, if his child is really a girl i hope he wont marry her with damian…..i hope he wont listen anything to phillip say about that vision crap.
I hope the unexpected happens and she gives birth to a boy.👏🏾👏🏾😄😄😏😏😏😏
Thanks for the new chapter!
Uhh.. So now what? What exactly does hugh need to know? That the requirement was mugwort and not blood? He still wants the taran bloodline to stop? If he plans to die with the secret anyway, no one will know right? Is he worried he might’ve fathered babies from his playboy days(very unlikely tho lol)? And philip will die soon anyway, if not by hugh’s hands but with old age…what i do want to know (if not mentioned already) is if lucia is able to bear more children and if the ‘powers’ in the taran bloodline does not diminish with every generation mixed with nontarans..
TY for the TL ❤❤
I also want to know this, too. It said that the descendants of Taran bloodline have superior intellect and strength. But we don’t know if it applies to females, too. .-.
I think it only applies to those who inherit the taran traits aka dark hair red eyes, aand i think its prolly passed down on males. Thwir daughter will rassemble lucia and i think she will not have problems to have children in the future, while Damian will be unable to.
And Hugo prolly wants to kniw to make sure that nothing bad is going on with lucia, like the substance she took to get pregnant is actually poisonous or sth
Thanks for da chapter ^^
O3o what he want?
I’m angry. ..(-_-#)
What’s right for you to be disappointed with Hugh falling in love with Lucia
┻━┻ ︵ヽ(`Д´)ﾉ︵ ┻━┻
Your plan will foil by Lucia
( • ̀ω•́ )
She won’t let her child married Damian
Is the old man going to get rid Lucia because she foil his plan??
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Thanks for the chapter
after the mom give birth to the baby, she has to die, and it’ll be hard to do it if hugh love her…i think….and also bcoz of love his bloodthirsty became reduce for the taran family that is a failure
That poop Doctor will never see the light. Just kill him already Hugh !!! 😡😡😡.
Anyway. Thank you for all your hardwork Ruby :*
Philipppp!!! DONT YOU DARE TOUCH THEIR CHILD!!
I kind of feel bad for Phillip. He’s done bad shit ofc. But at the same time he’s essentially a brainwashed victim of the Taran family history helping to propagate their nonsense. Not that it excuses his actions, but it feels like a painting of a broken old man.
Mmm… So, as soon as the child is born he will try to get rid of Lucia in order to eliminate Hugo’s weakness?
But then what?
Does he plan to steal the baby and have her marry Damien?
Philip is old and has no heir so it’s all pointless. No one will bring on his vision afterwards…
He’s just an old psychopath, better get rid of him immediately.
But he will probably tell some other lie: like, the baby needs his treatment in order to survive?
Okay, I’ll stop with my theories now…
THANKS FOR YOUR TRANSLATION RUBY!
GO DIE PHILLIP!!! (￣へ￣)
Hughhhh, it’s not the time to be softhearted. Just kill him, i’m afraid for lucia in the future
if he is still alive. (つ﹏
Thank you so much for your wonderful translations and your hardwork… We appreciate you so much!!
I can’t wait for the baby to be born!!! And can’t wait too to see both father and brother combo to be overprotective of her and treat her like a precious treasure… Must be adorable and fweaking cute!!! Especially the no emotional Damian who will slowly develop some feelings and emotionally attached towards his baby sister!! I can imagine him having a sister complex!!! lol
First of all, Thank you for the update Miss Rubyyy!💜
Anyway, Phillip is really sick in the head periodt *sigh i dont rlly give a frig bout what happens to him, I just rlly hope that Lucia’s pregnancy will turn out okay both for her and for the baby cuz that’s what all that matters right now.
thanks for the chapter~~
this dude philip really have some twisted mind.
Philip must die, while he is alive he will only bring misfortunes.
Thanks for the update. 💐
I’m thinking Hugh is gonna ask Philip if there are any side effects or possible risks to Lucia’s life if she goes through with the pregnancy. I feel like Lucia is actually sleeping to much and there might be something wrong.
I think that doctor, Phillip, should die.
At first, after introducing Philip and the dark secret of the Taran bloodline, I thought the reason why Hugo is so addicted to Lucia is because the mugwort she’s been taking. Like, it is somehow part of the process that the Taran Bloodline is practically attracted to these women under the medication. I’m thankful that’s not the case.
Just letting this out here lol
P.S. I can’t wait for Philip to meet his unfortunate end
I’m happy he at least knows how she got pregnant. And the fact that he was so ready for murder when Phillip mentioned infidelity uwu Good Hugh! <3
Thank you for your hard work!! <3
Phillip reminds me of the dude in FMA that created the chimera with his daughter and the dog. Absolute asshat with eyes only for the dream. (also sorry I really don’t know much about FMA other than that dude doing that thing)
I just screamed with hatred “KILL HIM!!”
in front of my family
Dangerous! Philip should just die..
Thanks Miss Ruby!
“Cut off their heads!” – Red Queen.
“Why are you so sure I lied? Maybe the Madam had a child with another ma…”
Me (gasps) : Oh no b***, you didn’t ! 😱
Feeling the cold blade under his neck, Philip shut his mouth. It only took an instant. Hugo stood up, drew his sword and pointed it at Philip’s throat.
Me : Yep, he definitely did.
Well, for a wise old man, that was a pretty stupid move 😑