HAPPILY EVER AFTER(8)
<< This is the design for His Grace the Duke’s brooch. If Your Grace is satisfied with the attached design, please make a commission to our jeweler. >>
The attached design depicted a lion’s head with two red gems as its eyes. Like the letter stated, it was a design for the Duke of Taran who represented the Taran family.
Lucia’s heart pounded in her chest as she stared at the familiar brooch design. It brought memories from her dream for the first time in a long while.
Lucia had lived with the mentally unsound old woman for half a year, then her identity became the old woman’s daughter, Lucy, around when she held the old lady’s funeral. A long time had passed since the old woman’s daughter was reported missing, so her daughter’s records were erased due to it being ruled as a death.
When Lucia reported the old woman’s death, she also notified them to withdraw the ruling of the daughter’s death. And at the same time, she requested that an altercation be made to her name because it was recorded incorrectly. The similarity between the names, Lucy and Lucia, allowed for the name change to proceed smoothly.
Using the excuse that her hair had turned white due to an illness, Lucia was given permission to dye her hair black. And so, she succeeded in remaking her identity into a new Lucia, with amber eyes and dark hair.
In order to make a living, she had to work. Lucia didn’t want to spend the rest of her life in the old lady’s old and isolated home. Even as she feared that someone might be tracking her down, she got a job in a small workshop. And perhaps the workshop’s old mistress noticed Lucia working diligently because half a year later, she said to her:
[I plan on scraping this workshop and moving eastward. Do you have any money saved? I’m thinking of handing it over to you.]
So for the first time in a long while, Lucia visited the cemetery that led to the secret tunnel of the Count Matin residence. She went at dawn, and she made sure there was no one was in sight, several times. It had been a long time, but fortunately, the jewelry box she’d hidden was just as she had left it.
After returning to her place, Lucia checked the jewelry box to verify its contents and discovered an ornament that she was seeing for the first time. It was a man’s brooch in the shape of a lion’s head. She thought about it, over and over again but she couldn’t figure out the source of the item. So eventually, Lucia sold everything in the jewelry box, but she couldn’t sell the brooch.
‘Are the designs the same?’
She couldn’t be sure because the one in her hand was just a design pattern. Lucia stared at the design for a while, seized with a strange feeling, then she drew up a letter of commission.
* * *
“Milady. The young Miss’ guests are about to leave.”
“Oh, is that so? It’s already gotten so late.”
Lucia stood up, leaving the organization that she was doing alone for the time being. There weren’t that many letters left anyway. As Evangeline got older, she grew more interested in playing with her friends than being with her mom, so Lucia’s days were relatively relaxed.
“Jerome, how is Roxy doing?”
Lucia asked about Jerome’s daughter, whose one year old birthday had recently passed. The girl had suddenly gotten a fever last night, so the doctor came to see her several times throughout the night.
“When I saw her around lunch, her fever looked like it had gone down a lot.”
“Haven’t you gone since you saw her at lunch?”
Seeing that Jerome wasn’t replying, Lucia clicked her tongue. Even after marriage, Jerome’s inflexible nature remained the same. The place wasn’t even far. The building right next door was Jerome’s newlywed home. Even though it had been a while, Lucia was still amazed by the fact that Jerome dated somebody and got married.
Jerome’s wife, Olga, used to be a newly hired maid in the ducal residence. And she was a woman whom Lucia had a connection with in her dream. When Lucia ran the workshop, Olga was a very sincere and sociable worker she had.
Jerome had been receiving employment applications constantly because of the maids who kept quitting and when Lucia made a short visit to his office, she found a familiar face on one of the applications. So Lucia recommended Olga. And about a year after Olga was hired, Jerome and Olga came together to see her and told her they would be getting married.
Lucia had absolutely no idea that the two of them were even dating, so she was surprised to hear that Olga was pregnant and when she saw Jerome standing with his head bowed, she had burst into laughter.
The empty outbuilding was completely clean and revamped into a home for the two of them to live in. And nowadays, Olga was ridiculously busy with raising her two children, so she rarely came to the main house.
“Jerome, it will be very hard on Olga to take care of two children when one of them is even sick. Stop here today and go home.”
Lucia left the receiving room to see her daughter’s guest off.
* * *
“I shall be returning as of now. I appreciate your kindness in accommodating me again today.”
Prince Ethan, who gave his goodbyes in a mature manner.
“Today was fun. See you tomorrow.”
And the mischievous Jude, whose cheekiness was just like his brother, Chris.
“Thank you for your kind consideration, Duchess.”
Seeing the proud and prim young princess Selena, Lucia smiled pleasantly. They were all lovely children.
“Lady Eve, let’s play together again tomorrow.”
“Oh my, Lady Selena. I wanted to say that first.”
“Like I thought, we definitely have something connecting us.”
“It’s because we’re cultured ladies.”
Even though they were imitating noblewomen, the two girl’s unique childish voices were unnatural, making it obvious that their conversation was imitating something they had heard somewhere.
Lucia desperately tried to hold back her laughter so she wouldn’t hurt the two girls’ feelings. Lately, the two girls were very fascinated by acting as noblewomen, so they would have odd conversations with a weird tone.
The way Ethan looked at his sister made it clear he found her acting ridiculous and his snort was quite loud. Selena glared fiercely at Ethan. Then she hmphed and whispered loudly in Evangeline’s ear.
“Lady Eve. A cultured lady should be most careful of idiots like this one.”
“What? Hey! Selena!”
“Look at that. How uncultured.”
Ethan fumed but held back when Evangeline’s gaze fell on him. If they were at the palace, he would have grabbed his naughty sister’s hair. Ever since Selena began to speak well, Ethan was slowly realizing that he could never out-speak his sister.
As she watched Ethan sulk with an offended expression, Evangeline smiled sweetly.
“Lady Selena, Sir. Ethan is not an idiot. He is the elder brother of the cultured Lady Selena, is he not? Lady Selena’s elder brother can’t be someone like that.”
Ethan’s expression was awkward as his ears flushed red.
Selena knew that her elder brother was the type to torment her once they got back to the palace because he was angry, so she was in favor of making him feel better and replied primly.
“Hnn, well, that’s true.”
“Hooh. What of me? How am I?”
Jude butted in. Seeing Jude’s eyes filled with expectation, Evangeline thought for a moment then she said:
“Jude is a good person. You’re nice.”
“Hehe. Then, will you marry me later, Eve?”
Lucia’s eyes opened wide and she watched the children’s conversation with rabid interest. Evangeline tilted her head and fell into thought. Lucia, the other children, and even the surround servants, held their breaths as they waited for the girl’s answer.
“The two young masters have returned.”
When a maid came in and reported this, Evangeline screamed ‘Elder brother!’ and ran out, her face gleaming with happiness. Selena, who had been acting like a noble lady, tossed that aside and ran after her at full speed.
Thanks for the new chapter!
Two cultured ladies running like… the 8-year-olds that they are 😀
Completely ignoring the boys xD
Jude… not very smooth 😀
My heart skipped a beat as I read about the lion’s pin with two red stones in my eyes that took moments for me to calm down.
good try jude, now I dare you to say it in his grace presence 💁🏻
and can we now be happy that our loyal butler is finally married with 2 children 😭❤️
Same i feel like i wanna cry
Thanks for the chapter ❤~
Omggg JEROME IS MARRIED AND AND HAVE 2 CHILDREN YALL I WANNA CRY
Hmm… I love this story very much!! Please continue translating. The translation was really great. Thank you!! ❤❤❤
That made me cry knowing that Hugo of another timeline did tried to help her somehow 😭 Their string of fate sure knows how to flaunts its presence. Awww my hearteu💓
And hahah Jerome got two kids now! Sooo glad he had his happily ever after!
And ohh time flies and Eve is now getting a proposal huh. Hahah even if they’re still children just imagine Hugh & Damian hearing those proposal🔥😂. Thanks Ruby-sama & Shadowdog!
Speak of Jerome and my boy is finally married with two children. I’m touched. Guess even our Butler can’t resist the lovey dovey atmosphere of the mansion. My imagination can supplement the missing details. 😘
Yeah who would’ve thought that the “all work, no play” Jerome finally married a girl, and even managed to knock her up before that? LoL….
OH! We were all worried about Damian falling for Eve that we forgot to account for Eve falling for Damian… OOOPS
Thanks for the chapter! Ugh… all these cliffs about Ted, the brooch and Evangeline’s response…
HOLYMOTHEROFALPACAS FINALLY JEROME MA BOI YOU GOT A GIRL !!!!! GOOD JOB. #ripcapslock
Thank you Ruby !
Our eve is such a gentle and considerate person just like her mother who doesn’t like to hurt anyone no doubt y she is ruling over this children’s gang, can’t wait to read the new chapter how they’re ( Damian n Bruno) going to respond to this proposal.
Our eve is so adorable and kind surely her brother’s will be very over protective of her.
Ay el anillo…. Pensar que en la otra línea del tiempo ellos nunca estuvieron juntos pero el anillo de alguna manera los conecto 😭
Amo que Damián tenga Ted en su mente y no a una de estas futuras candidatas que quieren meterlo como la hija del rey.
Estoy feliz como marcha todo.
Ahora quiero Hugo Time!
Creo que el futuro novio de Eli va ser de estándares altos, los compra con Hugo y Damián 😂😂😂
Of course you knew about Ted already, Hugh.. What a sly fox 👀
Can’t help but imagine Damian-Ted’s love life in all boy boarding school, I do love gender bender genre! And imagine being Bruno who didn’t know that Ted was a girl and thought that Damian has a boy lover lol lol
Actually I hope we’ve will end up with either Bruno or Chris, you know, to keep their inner circle
All hail Miss Ruby and ShadowDog, hope you guys always always be healthy & blessed throughout your 7th generation
oh eve, she’s still the little one in the family :3 it’s too early for you to get married. #Teamjude lol
Jerome…RAWR. For someone as professional as you to get someone pregnant out of wedlock…you bad butler.
Also, Jude, you brave soul. Eve, effectively, has two very protective older brothers. Let’s not even mention dear old Dad. Chris would have another bout of indigestion if he heard what you said. Shall I light some candles for you?
Lmao! That’s so great! I can just see Chris panicking, I wouldn’t be surprised if he went traveling the world just to give he’s stomach a break.
I found Julia’s webtoon first and fell in love, and eagerly searched for the novel after I read the comment section mentioned about the novel. Found it here and strangely I don’t mind with the smut which usually not a fan of the detailed sex scenes, because —somehow, it’s important to let us understand how they’re actually started to love each other in doubt. How they’re afraid to loose each other if they said out loud love. It’s like better not fall in love too deep than to be separated in the end. They’ve lost their loved one before —Hugh lost Hugo, Julia lost her Mom, and the lost has taken half of their life away.
Julia is the strongest female lead who has an ability to tame beasts with her fragile looks, soft voice and gentle smile. And Hugh —also Damian, are sophisticated men who are perfect in everything but became cotton candy with Julia.
I learned a lot and reflecting on my own marriage life. Is it too late to be like Julia? One thing for sure, there’ll be no chance for my hubby to become like Hugh 😅.
But I hope at least I can make by son become a little bit like Damian by being a wise Mom as Julia.
I’ve learned a lot.
All this talk about Julia had me confused.
The name of the MC is Lucia, not Julia. I don’t think this novel has a Julia.
Aigooooooo, please forgive my mistake. I mean Lucia, but my boiling emotions while writing the comment made my mind blank that I typed another woman’s name. Please forgive my mistake, I wish I can edit it.
But the bright side is, you reply my comment and I’m very happy to be noticed. 😅🥰. Thank you for correcting me. And I’m very sorry for the mistyped name.
Lol it’s no problem.
Damian triuphs over everyone🤣🤣🤣
Dear Miss Ruby, the next link doesn’t work, and this fooled me and make me waited ’til a few week later and right now i just cheked the index out if curiosty. How stupid i’am 😭😭😭
omg sorry! Fixed!!
What about her best friend from the north? Did she ever marry?
Yes. It’s mentioned in this chapter when Lucia was sorting out letters. One of the letters was from Kate (Katherine Milton, niece of Madam Michelle who’s Lucia’s mentor. Not princess Katherine…lol’), told Lucia that she had married & mothered 2 children.
Maybe you should reread from the top 😉
Jerome, Roy Chris and mostly Damians story are the ones i wanna know 😭😭😭
I swore Jerome wasn’t getting married, so imagine how shocked I am that he’s already married and has two kids.
And these two cultured girls are too cute 💖🥰
Now, I’m curious about that woman named Ted. Who is she? How did she pique Damian~sama’s interest? This is unforgivable.. charrrr ^^v