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Lucia Side Story 1.7: Damian




‘Why am I…’

Without even realizing it, Chris was some way or the other, sitting inside a carriage running through the capital’s streets. And inside the carriage, sat the famous Duke of Taran on the opposite side of him and beside the Duke, was Damian with his fox on his lap.

‘I’m thankful that journey to the capital was comfortable and fast but…’

Chris didn’t know why he was currently in the same carriage with the Duke of Taran and his son, going to who-knows-where. He couldn’t muster up the courage to ask the Duke of Taran where they were going nor could he say that he was very grateful to have been brought this far and that if they let him down anywhere now, he could find his way home. Chris felt like if he went home now, he could actually look at his strict father straight in the eye. Compared to the Duke of Taran, his father was a very comfortable person to be around.

“You mentioned earlier that something had happened. May I ask what that is?” (Damian)

What Hugo said before in the dorms had kept on swimming around in Damian’s mind. He waited for his father to say something first but when there were no signs of that, he couldn’t hold back and asked.

“Your mother received your notice of suspension.” (Hugo)

“…” (Damian)

Damian’s face sank. He didn’t want to make his mother worry.

“When I said don’t kill people at the Academy, I didn’t mean you should get beaten by irrelevant turds.” (Hugo)

“…I’m sorry.” (Damian)

“Do you bear the weak thought that no matter the issue, killing isn’t an option?” (Hugo)

Hugo was worried that Damian might show weakness like his biological father. Once he became the head of the Taran family, he couldn’t avoid the subjugation of barbarians in the north. He must be prepared to reap numerous lives.

“No. Whenever I lift my sword, I am always prepared to stop my opponent from breathing.”

Chris turned ghastly pale and his body shook with fright. His hands gripped his knees harder. Was he hearing something he shouldn’t be hearing? Would he be dragged to some quiet place and ended at this rate? All sorts of thoughts ran through his head.

Unfazed by Chris’ terror, the Taran father and son continued their bloody conversation like it was an everyday occurrence.

“Your mother wants to introduce you into the social circle. Don’t argue and just do as she says.”

“Yes, sir.”

“You’ll go back to the academy when the semester starts. I’ll take care of the outing issue.”

“I want to go back at least a week before the semester starts.”

Hugo hummed, as he thought it over.

“I am in the process of speaking to His Majesty about your title. If the bestowment procedures finish quickly then it is possible. For now, we’ll have to wait and see.”

“When you say title…”

“The successor to the Taran name cannot go without a title after debuting in the social circle.”

Chris’ face, which had been deadly pale, now looked dazed.

‘Title? Successor?’

Chris looked at Damian with new eyes.

‘What? This guy is the next Duke?’

Chris figured that the reason why Damian’s status was unknown was because he was a precious young master, experiencing the world. A wicked smile crept onto Chris’ lips.

‘You’re all dead now.’

Chris laughed inside, thinking about how black the faces of those two guys who caused the suspension incident would look, as well as the bastards who kept looking for Damian’s trouble for no reason.

‘Still, even if he is the successor, he’s already being given a title? Is that possible?’

Most of the people that were conferred titles were usually around twenty years old. The successor of Marquis Philip, Chris’ elder brother, was 19 years old, but he had not received a title yet.

Despite Chris’ expression seemingly changing every minute, the Taran father and son’s dry conversation continued.

“After today, rumors that you are my son will likely spread in your academy.”

As they were on their way to the carriage after leaving the dorms, a string of students who were returning to the dorms after the graduation ceremony saw them. Some of them seemed to be from Xenon because when they saw them, they looked like they were going to have a fit. Rumors were bound to spread quickly from their mouths.

“Did you plan to keep hiding it?”

“No. I was going to reveal it soon.”

Hugo remembered what his wife had carefully said before he left.

[I’m worried that Damian might be hiding himself purposefully because of his birth. Please comfort the child so that he won’t be anxious or uncertain.]

“Damian. I said I will give you my position and I never go back on my promise. I think you can do well.”

“…Yes. Father.”

Damian’s gaze slowly fell to the floor. His flushed ears itched like it had a rash. Glancing at the red-eared Damian, Chris thought for the first time, that Damian looked his own age.

‘Although the manner of speaking is stiff and the content of their conversation is dubious, it’s not very different from my relationship with my father.’

Chris was relieved. He didn’t know why but he was just relieved. Chris’ feeling of contentment only lasted a moment.

“If I ever hear of the heir of the Taran family being beaten again, graduating from the academy or not, I will stick you at the northern border to train.”

“I will keep that in mind. Such a thing will not happen again.”

Chris’ face went ghastly pale again.

‘Like I thought, these people’s conversation is odd somewhere. Oh? That’s my house.’

Chris sorrowfully watched his house, which he weirdly missed a lot today, getting farther through the window as the carriage rode on.

The carriage entered the ducal residence then it stopped. Chris came down from the carriage and looked around. The surrounding view was immersed in darkness, but thankfully, he wasn’t being dragged to a scary place like he feared. After handing Asha over to a servant, Damian approached Chris, who was looking around, and tapped him on his shoulder.

“What are you doing.”

“Huh? Oh. We’re at your house…?”

“Of course, where else would we be? Ah, do you have to go home right now?”

You’re only asking now? Chris mumbled inwardly as he shook his head.

“There’s nothing urgent.” (Chris)

“Come in then.” (Damian)

Chris silently watched Damian’s retreating back, then he hesitantly followed.


35 thoughts on “Lucia Side Story 1.7: Damian”

  1. I couldn’t stop laughing while reading! Chris’ reaction is just precious. Seeing how ‘normal’ people would react to the conversation that’s ‘normal Taran talk’. OMG, this is so good!
    So, we’re gonna have Chris’ father to pick him up from the Duke’s resindence. Ah, and Chris with the ‘now I can easily look my father in the eye, after surviving the Duke of Taran’ xDDD

    Anyway, thank you so much for this triple update and for the teaser! Just enough to make me want more and wonder what Fabian (or is it Ashin?) want – what happened? I do hope we’ll continue to see some stuff happening from Chris’ POV. Like how Lucia will hug and fuss over Damian and welcome Chris, and I hope he also saw that moment between Lucia and Hugh when he arrived!

    Please tell me I don’t have to deprived of new chapters for another full week <3 Thank you for your hard work!

    1. Also, Hugh comforting Damian that he is indeed his successor, because of Lucia’s worries: “relax, boy, I’ve been chatting with the king what title to give to you”
      And the remark about the northern borders xDDD

      Way too many things in this chapter I liked.

  2. “If I ever hear of the heir of the Taran family being beaten again, graduating from the academy or not, I will stick you at the northern border to train.”

    Damian: Say no more.

  3. Poor Chris, just literally becoming Damian’s friend minutes ago then being dragged somewhere, in a confined carriage with both Hugo and Damian and their bloody convo lol
    Can’t wait to have more of Chris and Damian interaction tho, together with Bruno, maybe?
    Thanks so much for your hard work, Miss Ruby& ShadowDog!

  4. If looking into far future of Damian , we can guess Chris would be like Fabian but the relationship would be more close than hugh and Fabian . And of course not to forget Bruno ,the trio would bring more brightness in the Duke residence . And there’s eve and the only princess too. I really want to see all those kids in one frame soon!

    1. Probably late but their relationship is more akin to Hugo’s and Roy’s seeing as Chris acts cheeky around Damian just as Roy is towards his lord. Bruno is more like Fabian since he has an exceptional mind.

  5. Chris poor you..
    Your house already pass by the carriage..
    Maybe you still have chance to go back??

    Upps that’s Lucia (face so bright towards Chris, Damian friend) .. Sorry…you can’t come back home anymore after you catch by Lucia. Because two beast of Lions won’t let Lucia be sad..

    Thanks for the chapter

  6. “Papa.”

    [Hugo borrowing a hall in the royal palace to throw an unprecedented grand ball for Evangeline’s social debut was still something in the distant future.]

    GG Hugo, GG. lol

  7. Yay to triple release!!! Thank you Miss Ruby.
    I enjoy every bit of all these chapters.

    I crack up whenever I read Chris’ POV’s and I would love to read more of it.. his ever changing expressions from being frightfully pale to being daze is hilarious!

    The conversation between father and son is progressing really good… Thanks to mama Lucia, everyone’s life is in harmony… ♡♡♡ and evangeline can speak now!! I wonder if she can recognize Damian and how will she interact with him. I hope she’d call her brother affectionately too!

  8. “When I said don’t kill people at the Academy, I didn’t mean you should get beaten by irrelevant turds.”
    Ahaha Hugo is the absolute best!
    Thank you so much for the huge update, you’ve worked hard!

  9. This is really like a blessing for my eyes, mind, and heart🤣 I really enjoyed it💞💞 all the time while reading these chapters my heart beat so fast ’cause I can’t wait to see how it would end😆
    Thank you so so much for the triple update and the teaser, miss ruby!!

  10. Aaaaaw. Ive been waiting for the updates (feel like) foreveeeer… And finally received the triple updates plus with the teaser, I got my soul back into my body hahahha

    Some highlights from those chapters :
    (1) Lucia (won’t) ever go to the office (again???)
    (2) normal conversation between the Taran
    (3) Damian’s school’s life will be changing very much after Hugh “inspection” Hahahha (can’t stop laughing)
    (4) 1st friend of Damian

    Thank u for ur beautiful work Ruby and shadow. Can’t wait for next update (oh my soul leave me no more (っ◞‸◟c))

    1. You underestimate the power of the Taran side. Once you head down that path, forever it will dominate your “normalcy”.


      Normal and Taran don’t mix. They just have a nodding acquintance.

  11. If Chris, he was surprised with that conversation between Hugo and Damian, what will happen when he sees who is wearing the house pants? (lucia) hahahaha jajjajaja😂😂😂😂
    Thank you, rubby-sama

  12. OH MY GOD!!! cant stop laughing of Chris POV!! so funny and cute
    ‘Like I thought, these people’s conversation is odd somewhere. Oh? That’s my house.’” — LOL
    poor chris!! he’s got kidnapped!! XDD

  13. Daz right chris! They’re all dedz now mwahahahaha omygad I can’t wait how damian or hugh will cancel those turds mwahaha for the hankie! Lol

  14. 1.)“Damian. I said I will give you my position and I never go back on my promise. I think you can do well💖.”

    2.)“If I ever hear of the heir of the Taran family being beaten again, graduating from the academy or not, I will stick you at the northern border to train💘.”

    I don’t know why but I like it when Hugo said those sentences to Damian.. Hugo just really wanted Damian to be strong as his successor,, to protect the Queen of Ducal Lucia and the cute adorable Princess of Ducal family Evangeline>o.<

    Thank You So Much Ruby san👏😘💛❤️❤️…..

  15. Chris’ “doki” moments are hilarious! HAHAHA Is that how it feels like being (unconscious) voluntarily kidnapped? realisation often comes when its too late. *pfft*
    Also, this chapter got me feeling nat-geo session like seeing daddy lion teaching its cub how to play with hare before taking bite into it.

  16. Ahaha I’m liking Chris. I think this is the only chapter in the book where I have laughed out loud..

    Thanks Miss Ruby!

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