< — The Beginning and the End — > (5)
Lucia began her story again. When she reached the part of the story where she started getting acquainted with a knight as she was running her workshop, his expression looked considerably sour.
As she talked about how she was swindled and lost all her money, Lucia secretly glanced at his expression and found that it was surprisingly okay. She was relieved that he understood that her story wasn’t something that happened in reality.
However, inwardly, Hugo was thinking about something different.
‘So there’s a guy left for me to vent on.’
There was a bastard who could take Count Matin’s share of the crushing. Hugo thought to himself that he had to coax her into telling him who the man was.
When she finished her lengthy story, Lucia sucked in a deep breath and closed her eyes for a while. She used to think of her dream as something that she could never tell anyone. For the first time, she spoke of something that had only been lodged in her mind, and as she did so, she was yet again able to look back on it as another lifetime.
Lucia smiled bashfully at her husband, who was staring at her.
“You aren’t thinking, ‘this woman is crazy’, right?”
Hugo felt stunned, but he couldn’t explain why, so he silently hugged her. He didn’t speak words of comfort about the exhausting life she experienced. Rather, he was the one being comforted.
He was saved by her, unlike himself in her dream. His other self who was unable to find her, would have spent his lifetime with a dried out heart.
“Hugh, I have lived a life where I was thrown around left and right. I am not a princess who grew up prettily in the palace. Do I seem different to you now?”
“You know that’s impossible.”
“It’s the same for me too. No matter what secret you have. You are you.”
Hugo gave a shallow laugh, still hugging her. What in the world was he afraid of? The darkness that had restricted him for so many years, dispersed with a light wave from her hand.
The slender woman in his arms had a heart so steady that it surprised him. He hadn’t understood it when people said that a woman’s will was sometimes stronger than a man’s. But now he did.
“The problem is, Damian.”
“When that child grows up and finds a woman he loves, he won’t be able to have a child in a normal way. But since I know the method, it should turn out fine somehow. Hugh, I told you that my illness was cured because I met a wandering doctor, right? That doctor was actually Sir. Philip.”
Lucia gave a description of the Philip she had met in her dream.
“I haven’t met Philip personally in reality, but is the doctor I met indeed Sir. Philip?”
“…I think it is.”
“You know, I’ve thought about it and I think the mugwort herb is the key to the continuation of the Taran family lineage.”
Hugo muttered vacantly. The prescription she received in her dreams must have been the vision that was passed down in Philip’s family, from generation to generation. That vision was the only solution. He had to obtain it.
‘Where in the world did they hide it?’
A record that has been around for such a long time would be quite large. To hide it, they would need to put it in a place that was inconspicuous but with a considerable amount of space.
Hugo remembered an old memory. In the days when he was acting like a doll, following the instructions of the late former Duke, he met his brother once a month in order to confirm his brother’s safety.
He rode all day in a carriage without windows, arrived at a vast plain with nothing around, and then the carriage carrying his brother arrived. When he asked his brother where he was staying, his brother replied:
[I don’t know either. It is a very small village, but I can’t move around freely because there’s someone watching me. I am always given drugs to sleep before I get on the carriage to see you. Going off by how often I woke up in the middle to eat, the carriage must have been moving for a few days.]
The small village that his brother talked about was in a very remote location, and he thought that it was something like a safe house. Maybe the hideout of Philip’s family was there, and the records might be there as well.
When he became the Duke, he spent quite some time trying to find the hideout, but he failed. The search range of ‘a few days’ was too wide.
‘She said the old man went to a secret location and brought the cure back in a week.’
Anna’s testimony was an important clue. Philip must have gone to the hideout to make the cure. With how cautious Philip was, he would not have taken a carriage. He would have walked with care not to be followed, and if the time he took to make the drug was removed, it took the old man approximately three days to walk there. With this knowledge, the range had narrowed down significantly and it wasn’t too vast to comb through to find that village.
The measurement of a ‘a few days’ taken from the carriage’s traveling time had been deceptive.
‘It must be an enclosed village. The entrance to the village will be hidden.’
He had to send an order to the north, giving specific search directions immediately. But despite having narrowed down the range, he couldn’t guarantee when it could be found.
A thought suddenly flashed through his head. It was like a fog that was before him suddenly got cleared.
Hugo abruptly got up, startling his wife whose eyes got round, and seeing that sight, Hugo thought she couldn’t look more pretty. He grabbed her face and planted kisses all over.
“My wife. You said you remember the cure, right? Tell it to me.”
Lucia replied, looking puzzled.
“Thank you. That is enough.”
Hugo left his dazed wife behind and went out of the bedroom quickly.
Lucia couldn’t understand his last words or strange actions, but she could tell that for some reason, he was very excited and it made her giggle. Lucia laid down on the bed and placed both hands on her stomach. She wanted to feel the baby’s movement that she felt earlier, again.
“Baby. Move. It’s your mom.”
Lucia continued to speak slowly. After a good while, she felt a vibration like her water was moving, as if the baby was answering her. Lucia burst into cheery laughter.
Lucia: *thank god he isn’t thinking anything irrational*
Hugh: *is thinking something absolutely irrational*
The minor misunderstandings between them is hilarious sksjsksksk
That’s why I stan this couple a lot 😂😂😂
Thanks for the new chapter!
‘So there’s a guy left for me to vent on.’ — i dont remember who you are, but… Rest In Peace… XD
It’s that dishonored knight who goes around conning women with his pretty face
When Hugo finds him , he will rest. But I don’t think it will be peaceful, not in the least.
thank so much >o< I love the couple they do
i just read this Story and i can’t stop
Thank you for translating
Oh shit, Hugh is about to hunt down that knight at the comedy play xD
PHILIP IS ABOUT TO GET WRECKED!
THANKS FOR THE CHAP, RUBY-SAMMMMAAAAA!!!
I love the way you said that. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
Could the baby be smart like Damian? O.O
OMFG Hugh needs to chill. That knight is literally working for his livelihood as of this moment.
And Philip’s days are numbered now. Finally!
Thank you, Ruby. 💚
Thanks for the chapter !!💜💜
They make a great team. Thank you for the chapter 🙏♥️
Philip! You are D-E-A-D! you’ve been outwitted by the GORGEOUS HANDSOME KIND-HEARTED AND INTELLIGENT DUKE OF TARAN
oh and knight, i bid you good luck
I miss Damian>.<
I LOVE IT!!!
THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER AGAIN, RUBY-SAMA!!!
See….if they opened up sooner everything will be revealed shortly….oh well…..it’s the thrill we’re looking for so….lol
Anyway….i wonder if the taran will only have a girl liniage if they are not going to have the incestous methode….since that’s how the boy in that taran family created….😕😕
Perhaps there is an herb to help with the birth of male heirs? It would be nice.
In the future maybe there will be somekind of magical tool or sthing….or perhaps they will have male liniage one way or the other since human nature is to evolved 😉😉
Thank you so much for the awesome chapter! You are the best! ❤
Lucia, I love you so goddam much.
Thanks for the chapter Ruby.
Thank you so much for chapter miss 😘😘😘😘
Thank you so much for the update😍
Rip to that misfortune knight whos gonna get all the tortures 😂😂😂
Thanks for the chapter~
Love ya ruby 💕
Hell yes! The chapter I’ve been waiting for X3 Thanks Ruby for your all your hard work from chapter 1 onward. Hugh inner thoughts are so childishly lovable XD
Ruby this translation that you give us is over the top😍😍😍😍😍
I’m just so happy! I love this couple! It’s so sweet and funny how they interact with each other!
Awww their baby is going to be so cute
“‘So there’s a guy left for me to vent on.’” I cackled so hard at this.
I got emotional, the acceptance on both parts is so sweet ;w; <3 That's all Hugh needed. Someone to accept him completely as he is. I'm so happy they managed to find each other :') Phillip is really blind, thinking Lucia is Hugh's only weakness when in reality she's his greatest strength uwu
Btw, F for the knight that's going to receive all of Hugh's hate (including Count Matin's share)
Thank you for your hard work!! <3
My poor mom got swindled by a scammer exploiting her vulnerability and loneliness. I have no sympathy for scammers. To me, swindling someone out of their livelihood deserves death.
Thank you for your work 🙂
I am quite confused about something. To a female be born, the mother has to be a half-sister born by the 2nd wife of the father, right? But how could they have a half sister if the 2nd wife of their father died without giving birth? And even if she did, Hugo had Damian with her at a young age? Can’t recall at which chapter this was explained in a better way, but it does not make sense.
OMG It’s been a yr + since I translated this so I can barely remember the plotline. If my memory serves me right, Hugh’s dad & dad’s half-sister made Hugh & Hugo. It was NOT the Duchess. The Duchess was an ordinary woman like Lucia. The Duchess was ‘prepared’ with mugwort and had Hugh & Hugo’s half-sister. Now I can’t remember why but the half-sister was presumed dead.
Hugo met his half-sister ‘somehow’, they fell in wuv and made Damian. Damian was then given to Hugh.
In summary: The mother doesn’t have to be a half-sister to give birth to a female.
Ordinary woman = female
Taran bloodline woman = male
Miss Ruby, thank you so much for your hard work and amazing translating/writing skills! I haven’t commented yet til this far but I just wanna say I’m so appreciative of all that you do.
Also, Hugh rsflsdkdjjjjj so adorable.
I love this couple so much 😂💖
These misunderstandings are what brings joy to history XD