Lucia Side Story 5.5: Where Dream and Reality Meet

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WHERE DREAM AND REALITY MEET (5)

 

‘I guess lunch will be rabbit stew. Should I make some grilled clams too?’

As she ate breakfast, Lucia was thinking about the next meal. When she lived alone, she made roughly three meals for herself and that was it, but ever since she had a guest, it became something she put effort into. Furthermore, he was certainly used to eating only high-quality dishes, so she felt embarrassed to give him her shoddy meals.

Lucia secretly watched him as they ate. She couldn’t believe it even though he was right in front of her. Even though she knew it was impossible for there to be two men with such an appearance and atmosphere around them.

Her gaze fell on the soup bowl he was eating from. Lucia gave a small sigh as she watched him eat a breakfast consisting of soup with only onions and potatoes.

‘This place…it doesn’t suit him.’

She used him as an excuse, but the truth was, it was for her own sake. He was going to leave anyways. It was better for her to send him away before spending time with him became something she was used to in her daily life.

After they were done eating, Lucia brought out some tea and spoke as if she was just saying it in passing:

“When it gets colder, it will be harder to move.”

He looked at her with a brow raised.

“Do you mean you can’t let me sleep and eat for free anymore? Do not worry, I will pay the lodging fees.”

He had already done more than enough work to pay for accommodation. The firewood he cut alone was enough to last the entire winter. Thanks to his regular hunts, there were piles of skins in the storage and if they were sold, it would bring in a considerable sum of money. Lucia had never eaten meat almost every day like she did nowadays.

No matter where they were, capable people always shone. His tenaciousness was true. He was the only person who made her heart flutter in her memories, marking with the pain of her youth. So Lucia’s heart throbbed when she looked at him and she felt bitter because she was reminded of her place and knew that she didn’t suit him at all.

“That’s not what I meant. The person waiting for you…will be worried.”

“There is no such person.”

He nonchalantly declared. Lucia wanted to immediately ask, ‘how can that be?’. He was already married. He had both a wife and a son waiting for him. And it wasn’t just his family. Many of his subordinates were probably stamping their feet, searching for his whereabouts.

“I am uncomfortable.”(Lucia)

“…”

“I’ve lived alone for so long that living with someone else is too much for me.”

Lucia felt him staring at her, but she looked down and deliberately maintained a look of determination on her face. A while later, she heard the sound of something metal hitting her wooden table. Lucia lifted her gaze slightly to look and flinched.

‘Why is that…?’

The thing he put on the table was an item she kept buried deep in her drawer. It was a brooch, framed in the shape of a lion with red jewels on it. She still had no idea how it came into her possession, but there was someone she was reminded of when she looked at it so she just couldn’t throw it away.

Sometimes when she remembered it, she took out. Just like how her mother took out the pendant from time to time. And nowadays, because the person she thought of when she took out the brooch was actually in front of her, she found herself taking it out more often.

‘Have I ever brought it out of my room?’

She quickly reached for the brooch, but his hand was faster. Seeing the brooch in his hand, Lucia bit her lips. And she glared fiercely at him.

“I see you repay my goodwill in this manner. Did you go through my room?”

“Do not misunderstand. I only picked up something that was dropped on the floor.”

“Dropped where?”

“In front of your bedroom door.”

“If that’s the case, you didn’t have to pick it up. Isn’t it obvious that something misplaced in the house belongs to the house owner? I would have found it pretty quickly.”

“You’re right. But, there is something I want to ask. Is this yours?”

“You’re being really rude. Are you suspecting me of having something that isn’t mine? Is it an item too precious for a puny woman to have? It’s definitely mine so please give it back.”

He looked at Lucia’s fuming figure then he chuckled.

“Did you know? You’ve said more today than you’ve done the past month I’ve been here till now.”

She could say the same for him; he was saying much more than usual. Lucia studied his change in attitude with doubt in her eyes. His expression was usually cold and emotionless but somehow, today, he had a smile on his face.

“You know who I am.”

Lucia flinched in spite of herself. When she saw his eyes narrow slightly, she inwardly knew something was wrong.

“A farming woman living alone in a remote corner knows who I am? Of course, I was suspicious of your identity and tried to find out. I’m the type of person that can’t let things pass when I’m suspicious. If not for this thing, I probably wouldn’t have ever figured it out. But it’s been so long ago that it took me a while to remember.”

“What do…”

“Your name, if my memory serves me right, is Vivian.”

Lucia’s face instantly turned pale. She unknowingly tightened her fist even more and her clenched fists trembled on the table. He flicked the brooch at the tip of his fingers, caught it, then he grinned. His vivid red eyes curved slightly.

“You’re right; this is yours. Afterall, I gave it to you. I put it in the jewelry box you hid in that secret passage.”

* * *

Lucia was trembling as she woke up with a start. She couldn’t move an inch, like she was frozen, and her eyes darted around frantically in the dark.

Where is this? Which one is the dream, which one is reality? Then she felt his warmth beside her and heaved a sigh of relief. This was reality.

‘Oh…Oh my god…’

She couldn’t believe this dazzling wonder at all.

‘I remember now…’

When she woke up from the dream in the morning at 12 years old, she thought she hadn’t seen her life in her later years. But today’s dream told her something different. It wasn’t that she didn’t see it but that her small head at the time couldn’t take some parts of her extremely vast dream.

In her dream, all the bitter events in her life happened in her youth. Her life afterwards was relatively calm and stable. In particular, the events that shocked Lucia the most was her marriage to Count Matin and the things that happened after that marriage. They were so overwhelmingly shocking that it pushed away her memory of other events. However, the memory lying unconscious in her mind was stimulated by the brooch she received today and made itself known.

She could even faintly recall her memories of old age in her dream. She was smiling and was accompanied by a man who looked like her husband, decades later.

Her heart pounded heavily in her chest. It squeezed so tightly that it hurt. Her eyes heated up and she couldn’t stop the tears that flowed down her face. She covered her face with her hands and tried to stop her sobs from leaking.

‘It was you. It was always you.’

She thought she had lived a life with no connection to him, but her memory showed her that in her dream, she had met him. Although she went through many incidents and spent many years alone before she met him, she eventually did and formed a relationship with him.

Lucia thought she had distorted the original flow of the future. She thought she had forcefully made him connected to her. But now she saw that she would have certainly met him in the future. There was a long thread of fate between the two of them. Her whole body trembled with emotion.

“Vivian?”

As he was a light sleeper, he was woken up by the sound of her subdued sobs.

“What’s wrong? Are you hurt?”

He asked urgently and his voice was filled with worry. Lucia couldn’t hold back her overflowing emotions and wrapped her arms around his neck, squeezing him tight. Her tears kept flowing so she could only hold him and keep crying.

“It’s okay, Vivian.”

He thought she might have been shocked by a nightmare, so he kept coaxing her. He supported her with his hand and gently stroked her back.

“I love you, Hugh.”

Much more than you can imagine, perhaps so much more than you. Although she wanted to say this aloud, she couldn’t speak because she was crying. He laughed softly before kissing her ear and whispered into it.

“I love you.”

Lucia trembled and burrowed further into his embrace. The Lucia in the dream had her life saved thanks to him, and even though they didn’t spend their youths together, they spend the end of their lives alongside each other. The Lucia in reality met him and was able to obtain complete happiness without repeating the tragic future in her dream.

Her relationship with him was the greatest miracle in her life.

 

[End of Sidestory: Where Dream and Reality Meet.]

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78 thoughts on “Lucia Side Story 5.5: Where Dream and Reality Meet

    1. Yes .. they fate together & happy ending in the end , though they have simple life not wealth and power like this life but lucia & Hugh never have that ambition actually..

  1. Owmaigahd mai harto!! This is so pure 😭 they still ended up being together ughhhh my worries went away. Thankyou so much rubysama for th3 fast update T_T can’t believe it’s ending soon

  2. Badum badum! Im getting hunch its Hugh in the prev chapter but damn its too much feels!♥️
    Its indeed…
    Where dreams & reality meets! Knowing its still fated for them to be together until the very end in both timeline😭

    Way to go! gahhh i loooove this couple. This def my fav novel by far. Smoothly translated. Thank you so muchie for the release 😘

  3. It wasn’t too hard to guess it was him but the reveal is sweet regardless.
    I feel conflicted about the story ending because I love it so much.
    Thank you as always.

  4. W-What????!
    /extremely flabbergasted

    Like really Lucia? How could you just omit that part of your memories?? Ojay well, now im more convinced of why you chose to marry Hugh in the first place.
    /grinned

    1. Damian is probably dead as it was said in that side story of Philip that was in the middle of the novel, as for the wife… it was said that being neglected caused her to seek other pleasures like soending a lot and prolly drinking and everything… be it from heartache or unhealthy lifestyle she is probably dead, could also be alive byt i dont think hugo would leave her alone in power of the house while he went away… my guess is that by the time featured in this dream Hugo had probably already destroyed the Taran house

      1. About the wife (from the dream), he doesn’t care if she’s alive or dead, after all she was ignored by him for a long time … that’s the big, really big difference between the wife (current) and the wife (dream).

        1. how do you know she was neglected, which chapter? cause from me I think Sonia, the one who Hugh choose to married is a good girl and she deserve to be loved.😥 and Damian how can he died😭

          1. We can see from lucia’s pov before. The reason why she doesnt want to spend money on luxuries, is bcs she saw how the duchess in her dream behaved. She’s covered with expensive things from head to toe, yet she seems so depressed and empty. It shows that she wasnt loved by her husband therefore the luxuries are her sole escape.

            Lucia didnt want herself to turn that way. Thats why she’s so carefull with everything

        1. HolUp, i don’t think Damian died. IMO i think Philip meant Hugo cuz he said said something not able to continue the line. Philip thought he died but actually Hugo is hiding away in a remot village with Lucia. That’s why said in this story that he doesn’t have anyone waiting for him since they must thought he was dead. He prolly faked his own death tho

      2. About Sonia, it was said that she wore expensive jewelry and clothes to make up for the loneliness that Sonia felt. Naturally I came to the conclusion that she only needed Sonia as Hugh’s wife because of Damian and also that she has no royal family connection.

    2. Damian died when he is tasked to look over the north border.according to philip stories so far, before damian died, his wife are already gone ( dont know if she is dead or fleed). Left to broken heart, hugh go to the trip after destroyed the taran family.
      This is sooo sad.

  5. Thank you Miss Rubi for this story, I was very excited … what a joy to know that in the other life you also stayed together.

  6. Thanks for the chapter! Omg thus is ending, i have mixed feelings about that… it will be so weird not having this novels updates around anymore…

  7. It’s you. It was always you.
    I found this line hella romantic ❤
    But sad that this side story ended without Hugh’s pov. At that age of Hugh to be alive and finding Lucia for what reason? Damian died at 20 or so. So that’s what he meant by no one waiting for him? I so wanna know what made him go there and how he met Lucia!!

  8. Wow … the two are really inseparable by fate. The only difference was the time.
    But … I’m glad Lucia was brave to propose marriage at 18.

  9. I am glad it’s Hugh. Lucia deserves a lot of love from him to make up for the lost time in her dream.

    I just wish these bonus chapters will also tell us about who will ended up with Damian and Eve

  10. These side stories!
    I tell you, my heart skips beats😁
    Thank you Ruby

    YOU ARE THE BEST
    I AM GONNA REMEMBER YOU ALONG WITH THIS BOOK💓💓💓💓💓💓

  11. What if her Mother’s necklace did not let her see the parallel Lucia but rather created a new one as per paraller Lucia’s wish?

    If they really did meet when they were older, the necklace was with her at that time and wished they have more time together; the necklace granting her wish, thus on the new Lucia universe the necklace was nowhere to be found.

    Love the story!

    Thank you for the journey translator. ♡♡♡

  12. Ay LPM que agridulce 😭😭😭♥️♥️
    Me dan ganas de llorar porque ame las palabras finales

    Estuvieron destinados a encontrarse después de años de soledad para ambos.

    Teorías:
    En la historia paralela ella vio a Hugh y a pesar de ser extraños sentía una conexión. Ella no quería iluciones aunque Hugh dijo “nadie me espera”
    Me recuerda que él dijo cuando hizo el trato con Lucia que nunca iba a engañar a su esposa. Esto seguro se repite en esta historia paralela. Lo que me lleva a la teoría de que tal vez, es ese momento de la historia paralela Hugh destruyó por completo la familia Taran. Hay que recordar que Damián murió y calculando que Lucia hace alusión que pasaron muchos años. Para este entoces es lo más probable que Damián ya esté muerto.
    Con la esposa no se qué habrá pasado, pero puede que también muriera (se sabe que a él no le preocupaba, ella trataba de llenar su soledad con diferentes placeres… )Tal vez murió de sobredosis, en un amorío, etc. Y hasta me meto en la posibilidad que Huhg falsificó su muerte junto con la destrucción de la familia Taran.

    Ahora Hugh sin nada en el mundo va a buscar a esta chica que le dejó su anillo.
    Por simple curiosidad, pero termino encontrando la paz que Lucia irradia como ninguna. Eso siempre decía Damián y Hugh en el presente. Ella es su sol. 😭😭😭

    Y pienso que también llego a sentir algo por nuestra Lucia de línea paralela…
    EL RIO, después de conocerla un mes en esa canaña…..se rió y sabemos que eso no es normal en HUGH.
    Eso indica como en ese transcurso de solo un mes se pudo abrir a Lucia.

    Me parte , pero me pone feliz que nos cuenten que a pesar de todo ellos terminaron juntos en esta vida paralela. Murieron juntos 😭😭♥️
    Estoy segura que si Lucia murió primera Hugh la siguió a los minutos en el más allá.

    Quiero saber qué pensará Hugh si se entera de esto.
    Más cebollas en mis ojos

  13. Dios mios! Esta es la novel mas hermosa que he tenido el placer de leer. Jamas voy a olvidar esta novela, sin antes me encantaba, ahora con esta capitulo he llegado al cielo.
    Gracias por la traducción de esta novela.
    Dios ojala existieran novelas tan hermosas he inolvidables como esta!!!

  14. Oh My! I can’t, this is just too precious 😭😭😭😭😭😭
    They were fated together 😍 someone copping onion beside me 😭😭😭😭 my heart! It’s melted 🤗 I want to fall in love 💕 thank you so much for bringing this story to us Miss Ruby and the Author, I want to read another story from this author 🤩

  15. Oh my god, the author really delivers with the side stories. I’m so glad Hugh and Lucia from the parallel world did eventually have their own happy ending.

  16. Ohmygod i’m crying.. this is so heart warming T.T
    I’m so glad that they’re end up together too in the another dimension, they’re really fated to be together :”)

  17. Thank you so much!!!! I really cried a lot when reading this. It has been a wild ride. This part makes me cry so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. I’m glad. I’m so glad. This ties everything together and I love it. I love how the author ended it with this very essential information. I’m glad they met together in the end, and it was a happy ending. I am teary eyed, it’s 1:55 am, my heart is full, this is a masterpiece I am very emotional right now

    It even makes a lurker such as myself could not hold back from commenting (after almost 100 chapters I could not hold it in anymore)

    I’m really grateful to Ruby for picking this novel up, your translation is on point, the emotions are really conveyed well, I know I’m 6 months late, the novel is finished but I am really really grateful

      1. Hi! Thank you so much for the translation and hard work!
        About his wife; wasn’t that arrangement Lucia’s assumption due to gossip? Was it ever confirmed and did we ever learn what happened to her? (I might just not remember, I had to take a long break between reading, unfortunately)

        1. Seeing that he eventually ended up alone and how the duchess behaved while married to him, its likely to be true. He didnt love her. He married her solely for demian

  19. My mouth is wild open. It was him and it’s always him…… omg, I don’t know what to say…. I’m totally speechless…..

  20. ‘It was you. It was always you.’ ❤️

    I started tearing up after this line and now I’m crying fat ugly tears nonstop. It’s 3:35 AM and huhu what the hell haha. I’ve just finished the whole novel and came back to read this part again just to cry. 🤧

    I’m just so glad. I’m so happy that alternate dream future Lucia and Hugh still did end up together. They deserve to have all the happiness and joy they missed out. I’m crying riverssss huhuhu 😭

    1. Same here. I finished the novel and this was one of the chapters I went back to and now I’m crying (again). This is so so beautiful and it’s such a bittersweet thing to think that Lucia went through all that in her other timeline but still, it was Hugh. T_T

  21. Wahhhhhh! I’m crying buckets T^T I can’t thank you enough MissRuby for translating this. I wish I have money for patreons and stuffs. It’s been a ride reading this story and I learned a lot from it. I know that this is not the very end of the book but bro this chap makes me cry so much. All along they were meant to be together. Ugh. I’ll stare into a space for a while and think deep. Thank you so much MissRuby!

  22. The author is so damn good. I can’t help but praise the people who made these and delivers these.

  23. Ayyyyyy, cuando leí el capítulo de Futuro Alternativo mi corazón sintió tanta tristeza porque en ese “mundo”, Lucía y Hugo no se conocían y no habían vivido su amor… Pero esto me ha hecho tan feliz, saber que al final de todo sí lograron conocerse y vivir una vida juntos, es demasiado para mí.
    Muchísimas gracias por traducirlo ❤️

  24. 🌹 Hi there, thanks much for your hardwork in translating this heart warming novel.
    I truly enjoy reading it. I have read it a couple of times (just Hugo’s & Vivian’s parts though) now.
    Lucia is one of my favorite novels besides PGC (Long Fei Ye & Han Yun Xi) & TMR (He Chang Di & Chu Li An).

    I love reading how the relationship between Hugo & Vivian grows and gets stronger throughout the novel. They’re solid as a couple ~ they weather any misunderstandings or dramas quickly and efficiently due to their love & care for each other. 💖💖💖

    You wrote that you’re not Korean & yet, you translated it well. Props to you. 👍

  25. Awwww🤧❤️ It’s like in whatever lifetimes, even if it takes a long time, it is and will always be Hugh and Lucia. Written in stone, strings tied and carved in their hearts.

  26. Onion cutters strike again

    I love this couple so much. And knowing they were connected and have a happy and relatively calm future in the parallel timeline makes me love them both even more.

    I’m very touched to know that Lucia (from the parallel timeline didn’t die alone, or had a sad ending).

  27. Oh my goshhhh… I couldn’t remember the last time I’ve read a book that made me sob like crazy. I legit had goosebumps and can’t stop myself from crying! My gosh… thank you so much author-nim for this gem of a novel.

    I am so happy for Lucia and Hugh. They really found their way into each other’s forever, be it in the dream and in reality. They really are destined to be together, no matter what the circumstamces. Ughhhhh… I can’t stop crying. My goodness. 😭😭😭😭😭

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