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Lucia Chapter 94 [part 2]

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< — I love you — > (5)

 

Hugo thought that women only loved his wealth and power, but now he thought it was fortunate he was able to obtain her through his wealth and power. Even if it wasn’t because of fate but a matter of mere coincidences, it didn’t matter.

“…I didn’t mean to describe you as a gambling bet.”

Lucia tried to explain but Hugo was fine with it anyways.

“So. Was your gambling successful? Enough that if you could choose again, you would make the same choice?”

He grabbed her chin and slowly rubbed her red lips with his thumb. Feeling his slow and meaningful touch, Lucia’s face grew flushed. His insistent gaze on her made her feel overwhelmed. Her heart pounded at the strange sexual tension in the air. He had a languid look in his eyes as if he would pounce on her at any moment. Lucia replied like she was bewitched.

“No. There was actually one more option I didn’t know about.”1

“Option?”

Lucia suddenly hugged his neck and gave him a smacking kiss. Looking into his disconcerted, wavering eyes, Lucia smiled oddly.

“Virility.” (T/N: male sex drive)

“…You witch.”2

As he pounced on her, Lucia burst into laughter. He kissed her lips, eyes, jaw and neck at random without any inhibitions and as she pushed him while avoiding his teasing bites, she laughed till she was out of breath.

Hugo was thrilled to hear her clear laughter. He never ever wanted to lose this sound. The words she said, thanking him for marrying her made him feel overwhelmed again. He wanted to tell her his feeling as well, so that she could also feel what he was currently feeling.

“Vivian. I don’t think I’ve said it either.”

“Huh?”

“Thank you for coming and proposing to me that day.”

Lucia suddenly couldn’t breathe. His red eyes were filled with love and joy, and her body froze stiff.

‘Ah…I can’t do this anymore.’

Her eyes were sore. Tears welled up in her eyes, filling them up in spite of herself. She watched his red eyes tremble with confusion. When she closed and re-opened her eyes, her blurred vision became clear as hot tears flowed down her cheek.

Her heart was too full for words and she couldn’t bear the feeling that threatened to swallow her from head to toe. Her love for him was overflowing and spilling over. She couldn’t hide it anymore.

“I love you, Hugh.”

The words left her mouth on their own, bursting out from deep within her heart. At the same time she confessed, Lucia realized something. She could not even imagine a life without him.

He was looking at her with an expression like he was struck by lightning. Lucia watched the emotions in his briefly frozen eyes changed from one to another, moment by moment. Surprise, doubt, and then joy. Seeing his eyes finally trembling with delight, Lucia came to a realization.

‘He loves me. This man…he loves me.’

Her whole body trembled with excitement, but strangely, she wasn’t that surprised. It seemed like subconsciously, she kept thinking it might be possible. It was just that she couldn’t confront it directly. The tears refused to stop. Lucia looked at him with teary eyes and smiled happily.

“Will you give me a rose?” (Lucia)

Hugo was startled. His dazed senses which were drowning in ecstasy instantly sobered up. Her eyes and cheeks were all wet with tears and her smile seemed like an illusion, so Hugo reached out and cupped her cheek in his hands. The vivid sensation in his hands was not a mirage. He gave a wry smile.

“You really are a witch.”

Talking about a rose in this situation. Hugo truly wanted to root out all the roses in the world, pile them up, and set them all on fire. That way they could never come close to her. It was an ominous but happy feeling.

Hugo pulled her into his arms and kissed her wet eyes. The salty taste of her tears felt sweet to him. He lowered his head and kissed her red lips. He swept through the deep, tender flesh of her mouth and gazed at her trembling eyelashes. The soft, sweet kiss gave a new, different feeling from usual. When the kiss came to an end, he took his lips away.

He looked into her clear amber eyes and she looked back at him. Her eyes were completely filled with his image.

“I…”

His throat felt sore, so he stopped talking and audibly cleared his throat. So, this is what being choked up feels like. Hugo learned a new emotional state with his senses. And his mind was blank on what to say.

‘She said she loves me…? Me…?’

He didn’t think she had lied. But he couldn’t believe it either. It felt like some colossal powers had conspired together and were making fun of him. His silence grew longer.

Lucia tried not to rush him, but a little anxiety remained at the bottom of her heart. She wanted to hear assurance from him.

“I love you.” (Lucia)

He frowned as if he was hurting somewhere.

“I love you. Hugh.”

He uttered a sigh that was more like a groan.

“Let me rest a little. I can’t even breathe.”

Lucia burst out laughing.

“Won’t you say it to me?”

“…It’s too short.”3

I love you. His feelings couldn’t be expressed in just those three words. His heart was overflowing, and he was unable to control it. He didn’t know how that short phrase could express what he was feeling.

She was his joy and his pain. The joy came from the relief he felt when he held her in his arms, and the underlying pain came from the fact that they had to be two separate people. Her smile was his happiness and her tears were his pain.

He had never actually felt the limitations of the human language before. But that was the only word possible. Even if it felt like something he couldn’t fathom was forcing him into a small box, there was nothing he could use but that phrase.

Hugo squeezed her tightly in his arms. He wrapped his arms strongly around her back and pressed their chests tightly together so that they could feel the heartbeats of each other with their entire body. The warmth coming from the body in his arms made him feel emotional. For a long time, she had been his wife and his woman, but it occurred to Hugo that only now was he able to have all of her and she had given all of herself to him.

“You are my heart. I love you.” (Hugo)

Hearing the soft voice by her ear, Lucia’s eyes welled up with tears again. She leaned her head on his shoulder and felt the sound of a beating heart echo throughout her entire body; she didn’t know whether it was his heartbeat or her own. The inside of her chest ached with deep overflowing emotions.

Now she knew why the human reaction dulled in proportion to the time and frequency the body was exposed to stimulation. If she kept on feeling this same degree of happiness and excitement, her heart would stop.

 

Translator’s Corner:
1. She uses the word for yes here. But this is one of those weird time when the word for ‘yes’ in Korean, means ‘no’ in English.
2. He’s saying she played him like a witch. Literal translation is “this witch-like woman”. I was gonna translate this to minx but thought better of it.
3. Again, [I love you] is one word in Korean. But in order to avoid disconnection as you guys read, I wrote three instead of one.

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77 Comments

  1. EJ Delapena

    Finaalllyy ¡¡¡¡

    59+

  2. ThunderingSnow

    Washoi!

    12+

  3. Klien

    Finally, they confessed to each other. After almost 80 chapters of misunderstandings.

    48+

    • molita14

      more like 94 chapter XD

      28+

      • M

        Goodness that took forever. But I’m glad they just put that out there. And I can finally breath knowing they’re not dancing around their feelings for one another. Hallelujah!

        30+

    • Ella

      Lol

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  4. Serapher

    THEY SAID IT!!! Oh my gosh, rarely have I ever anticipated a confession in a story like this one. I love this chapter, I love this story and I love your efforts in translating this (and also the previous translators efforts)
    I hate that it’s so short and it’s so late at my place (I feel so excited now while sitting in my bed), but I just have to re-read it tomorrow morning.
    Thank you~

    25+

    • KL

      Their growth as a couple will never fail to make my heart swell with warmth. I’m so excited to see how they will develop now that they have confirmed their feelings with each other. Ahhh, truly, the sweetest, most heart wrenching “I love you” I have ever read. Lucia and Hugo will always be on the top of my favorite couples’ list ! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

      19+

    • fan63

      I like the way you said this. They are my most loved couple in all of the novels I’ve read and dramas I’ve seen..

      5+

  5. Miaka_Mei

    *takes out tissue, dabs onto corner of eyes*
    So sweet….. *sigh with admiration*

    THANKS RUBY FOR THE TRANSLATION! It’s beautiful.

    9+

    • Anonchan

      In that emotional moment and Hugh just couldn’t breathe …. 😭😭😭 fluff fluff ultimate fluff

      5+

  6. Grecosky Grecoksy

    THANKS OH BENEVOLENT GODNESS RUBY ! finali It’s HERE!!!!

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  7. molita14

    Ok Can wait fo the next chapter its going to be an hot one XD….ps this chapter is amasing i like the fact that she ask him for a rose like i like you are you going to throw me out ? And his answer perfect XD op this is the cutest chapter in the story

    4+

  8. muffintopgoddess

    Could be this the most beautiful chapter to date?

    2+

  9. halinda saraswati

    Finallllllyyyyyyy *champagnepop*
    😭😭😭😭😭
    ..now waiting for steamy scene next chapter(?)
    Thanks ruby, for translating this hot fluff😚

    2+

    • Tohukyo

      Happiness~~~

      1+

  10. hydroanny

    FINALLYYYYY OH MY GOD!!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
    That aside, I really loved this build up. Hugh gave clear signs of being in love with her, she wasn’t dense and actually got it. And so, she was confident on confessing but wanted his reassurance, too. I don’t think I’ve read another novel with this level of emotional intelligence haha

    2+

  11. Tomi Ibikunle

    I’M CRYING!!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭
    That was so sweet!😭🥰😍

    1+

  12. Sai

    Lmao, I’m married but I’m getting more butterflies reading this. Haha, I’m sorry husband. So happy they finally let this out off their chests. Wooo!

    1+

  13. Ghost reader

    So sweet I felt this like a dream.. 💕💕💕
    I’m going to dentist because Hugh said ” I love you” word just not enough…

    Thanks for the chapter

    1+

  14. Kathy Santos

    Dear Lucia, your heart won’t stop, you’ll just get used to it. Just like before when you thought you’ll die from too much sex from your husband, but now you also get thirsty. See~😅

    Lol. I’ve been thinking of this for quite some time but when I read again that Hugo hated that they are two seperate people. Me thinks: so you wanted to be siame twins or practically just eat her (cannibal?)? But then, you won’t be able to smex her. Too bad.

    This novel has beaten this poor dog with so much dog food. 🐺

    2+

  15. Michan

    SO SWEET!!!!!
    Thank you for the chapter!!

    1+

  16. F_J

    Heh. I just knew she’d be the one to say it first. XD
    Many thanks

    1+

    • Deaf Bunny

      I also had a bet with myself that she’s going to be the first one to say it. XD And I won! XD

      1+

  17. Kalmaegi

    The inhuman screech I left out when Lucia confessed lol. I knew it was coming but I was still startled.😂

    1+

  18. Sayan

    *heaves out a audible sigh*

    1+

  19. Mohjito

    *Cue the music*
    Oh~ can you feel~ the love~ tonight~🎶

    0

  20. BBANANA

    YAAAAASSSSS, YAAAAASSSSSSS!!! ;A;

    I sure do hope this is not a ‘calm before the storm’ kinda thing tho ;^;

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    • fan63

      You are right. We have the lust struck Countess and the Duchal heir out there plotting against them.At least now they will fully rely on their affections for one another. i just hope that Hugh does not lose his aggresive edge, so he can handle these bastards waiting to pounce on them

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      • Amy

        She loves him……….. i forsee a level of brutality that would make those old magician tyrants pee themselves in terror if ANYONE harms a hair on her head.

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  21. Just Meen

    I want to cry 😭😭😭😭

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  22. Percy

    Sweetness overload!
    Thanks for the update. 🙂

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  23. Javaski

    Oh my god that was so wholesome and sweet….the sweetest and purest confession that I have ever read. This chapter filled my heart with affections ;–; so freaking ughhd i cant even describe it!

    Thanks for the awesome translation, Ruby! Really appreciated!

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  24. catharsays

    Oh no, i cried :'((. I hope someday, someone says i love you to me the way hugh did to lucia

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    • Rurijichann

      I did too! Gosh, this chapter made my heart feel so so warm 😭

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  25. Plue

    What a wave of emotions. I ship them so hard and feel like a terrible spectator shouting ‘just confess that you love each other already!’ What a sweet turnout this novel came to be and now I dread the end. Don’t end. Ever.

    I guess I’m having sweet dreams tonight. Truly a delight to read.

    As always, thanks for the wonderful translations!

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  26. fan63

    Thank you Ruby, You have brought to life these characters in a way that I think that the author would be proud. They have so much depth. Your interpretation of the changing moods has moved me almost to tears at times.We are placed in the room with them to share what ever is happenning . We can feel the pressure of anger, joy, disappointment , excitement , greed, fear compassion, understanding, passion and lust. Lust has been important to this couple. Hugo related his sexuality to power and came to know compassion from Lucia.She accepted his power and came to know love. Who fell in love first?

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  27. eliasnov

    OoooooOoooOoooOooOooOhhhHhhhhHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Noe11

    That was so beautiful
    Thanks for the update.

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  29. Catpuccino

    I’ve actually read this chapter at least three times and every time I read I’m overwhelmed. I can’t stop crying because it’s so beautiful.

    Ruby, you are a great translator, usually for novels it’s hard for me to feel this way because the prose doesn’t flow, the sentences seem “off” from the translation. However, it feels like Lucia was originally written in English here because the sentences, the pace, everything is so perfect. Keep up the great work!

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  30. Orlaithe

    OH MY GOD FINALLY MY HEART CAN’T TAKE THIS MUCH SIMULATION. THANK YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH, DEAR RUBY. I HAVE NEVER READ A TRANSLATION AS GOOD AS THIS. THANK YOU FOR THIS STORY! MAY YOU ALWAYS BE FILLED WITH GOOD THINGS IN LIFE I LOVE YOU

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  31. writerfromanotherstar

    Me tearing up has become the fattest mood of the century at this rate….

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  32. Ameba Artist

    Yall i live for thissss. In tearing up1

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  33. Mial22

    HELL-YEAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!! FINALLY THEY CONFESSED EACH OTHER❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ After more than 90 chapters i’ve read it wkakakakkakak i love u ruby for the translations!

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  34. chokoro cheese

    i binged read this series, started two days ago and couldn’t stop reading.
    my favorite chapter by far up till now – don’t think any other chapter can beat this one.

    Thank you ruby for your translations :DDDDD
    onwards to the next chapter heheheh

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  35. Dewi Suroto

    i binged read this series, started two days ago and couldn’t stop reading.
    my favorite chapter by far up till now – don’t think any other chapter can beat this one.

    Thank you ruby for your translations :DDDDD
    onwards to the next chapter heheheh

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  36. Sandra

    Yeeeeeaaah!!! finally 💕

    0

  37. back23

    aAahhhhhHhhhhhh……….. *cough* ❤❤❤❤❤❤…

    0

  38. Isa

    Thanks to Jerome, he is the MVP 👏🏼

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  39. annisaks

    FINALLY OMG😭😭😭 the words are spoken💞💗💘💖💕💓💜💙🖤 the best chapter I’ve read so far😭🥰

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  40. Arthdaal

    AaaaaaaaAaaaaaaAAAAAAaaaaaaOMG THIS IS SO SWEET I CAN’TTTT T^T thank you so much for translating this beautiful novel.

    0

  41. Ofelia

    I can die without regret !! :”)

    0

  42. K

    Who else are smiling ear to ear 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

    0

  43. マリー (@gracexplorer)

    I swear this is my favourite chapter. I may be late but thank you for this Ruby. My heart needed this story. Haha

    0

  44. Ryojee

    KYAAAAAAAAAAAAA! There should be a button with LOVE. Super ❤ this chapter. And I love you, Ruby for bringing such joy. 😭😭😭🤧

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  45. drenlith

    Argh the pent up frustration over 90 chapters plus have finally been released!!! Wait, that sounds wrong…. Ah whatevs, horray!!!!

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  46. athanasialilith

    *ungodly screeches*

    0

  47. febrianwydts

    Finallyyyyyy!!

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  48. euls

    “you are my heart,i love you”

    T_T

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  49. Ai Cutez

    I keep grinning like an idiot while reading this chapter 😅😅🤣

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  50. sadgurl

    FCKIN FINALLY AAAAHHHHGGGHH my heart at ease

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  51. Carolina Carvalho

    Oh my god!! Cute 😍😍

    2+

  52. Rurijichann

    Ahhh. Chapter 94 is my most favorite chapter so far. I read it probably twice or thrice. And everytime this just makes me cry. 😭 My heaaaaaaart. 😭

    Thnak you so so much, Ruby. ❤️

    5+

  53. kira _ lilith

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY
    my cheeks hurts from smiling XD

    4+

  54. greccoDgekko

    ITS HERE ITS HERE! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH

    3+

  55. Mitsuki000

    This is is my favorite chapter! I’ve decided! I loved every single word of it! :’) <3 In my mind, thousands of love songs are playing uwu Thank you so much for this happiness I'm feeling!!! <3

    2+

  56. Kazumi

    Hoooraaay! I’m rolling on my bed while reading this chapter. I’m feeling emotional right now, I really love this novel! 😭🤧

    Thank you Ruby for the hardwork of translating it.

    2+

  57. Sasha

    It is jot only Hugh and Lucia heart that feel the joy
    Mine too
    Can’t help it! the butterfly in my stomach ❤️❤️❤️

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  58. Callie

    My throat hurts from screaming and my cheeks hurt from smiling. It’s painful but it’s good😭😭❤️❤️

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  59. -seira-

    Oh my god! I have never read a confession so emotional and heartfelt! Thank you, Ruby, for this wonderful chapter!

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  60. Sesrin

    This chapter brought me to tears 😭❤ my heart feels so full, it’s overflowing. I feel as though I’m experiencing their level of love as well
    Thank you so much for translating this series

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  61. Momopotato

    It finally happened. 🙏 We the readers and this couple really needed those words.

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  62. Ellieechoes

    This is the first time I feel like a delayed confession happened at the right time. Yeah it took them like 60 chapters to do it after they both internally realized it. But they needed those 60 chapters to get comfortable with the thought of being in love. They had to work through what this love actually meant to each other and their self. I feel like if they had said it too earlier they would’ve fought about what being in love meant to each other. The time gave them the chance to explore each other and their relationship. They let themselves figure out what they wanted from each other and set ‘some’ boundaries.

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    • Ellieechoes

      Thanks for the hard work ruby

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  63. Hinata4321

    Yes, yes, it happened. Finally😭😭

    0

  64. Intertwinedinside

    Perhaps because it took a long way to get here, it’s much more emotional for us readers as well. This chapter is the best chapter happening 🙁

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