Obviously, It's My Child - Chapter 109
The pain spread slowly from the slapped cheek.
The astonished guards swiftly grabbed Iris’s arms and held her down.
But, unrelenting, she continued to curse at Claire.
“It was you who orchestrated the strange article about me in the newspaper, wasn’t it? Are you out of your mind?”
Claire didn’t even hear her words.
“How can you frame someone like that? You’re a woman yourself? How could you write such lies in an article!”
This time Claire’s hand fiercely struck Iris’s cheek.
Iris let out a loud scream, then burst into tears and shouted.
“What kind of nonsense is this!”
“What kind of nonsense? It’s what you just did to me, Miss Iris.”
Claire retorted coldly. Her anger was so intense that her head felt cold like she had plunged her head into freezing water.
“I knew you were self-centered, but this is truly astonishing. Coming here out of the blue, slapping someone’s cheek, and then asking what this is all about.”
“H-How could you do this to me…”
“Then you can do this kind of thing to me? Or does it mean that you’re an exception and you alone can do such a thing to others?”
Iris looked at Claire with a shocked face.
“Should I have said that it’s an honor to have been slapped by you? Oh, I suppose you think of yourself as a real angel, yes? But even if it’s an angel that hit me, I will hit back.”
Iris’s face turned bright red.
“Don’t insult people carelessly! It’s you who plotted some strange conspiracy!”
“Conspiracy? What kind of conspiracy am I plotting?”
“My Mom and Dad, how good they are with each other, and you spread rumors that she had an affair, are trying to destroy my family. Even if you hate me, this is going too far!”
Claire stared at Iris dumbfoundedly. It looked like Iris was acting, but no matter how she looked at it, it seemed genuine.
“No, oh my God!”
At that moment, a loud shout came from behind. After Claire went inside, Lina found it lonely that looking at the fountain was not fun. So she hastened her steps to go back to her room and witnessed this scene.
“Baron! Are you alright?”
Lina rushed over and examined Claire’s face, which had a red mark on her cheek.
“My God, Lady Iris…”
Lina gasped in shock and looked back at Iris.
Iris took a deep breath and gazed at her. Lina trembled and said,
“If you came because of Countess Schneider, then I, I am a witness.”
Her heart was racing. She had never confidently spoken before nobility. Especially not in front of someone like Iris, who was not only a noble but also the opera’s primadonna.
She was a noble and fearsome presence, akin to a goddess descending from the heavens. In the opera house, Lina had always secretly listened to Iris’ songs and admired her from a distance.
That’s why it was terrifying to step forward like this. If it were somewhere else, she might have been punished.
Iris would smile generously like an angel, but the people around her wouldn’t leave a rude maid alone.
But she couldn’t bear to see Claire being insulted with baseless accusations.
“I heard it clearly. Thomas Borjans’ former lover was Countess Schneider, and he still regards Lady Iris as his daughter, treating her like his own.”
Iris widened her eyes and looked at her.
Though she had simply relayed what she had heard, Lina was suddenly filled with fear at the prospect of having insulted the nobility. But she didn’t back down.
“I swear to God. If I have lied, may lightning strike me dead.”
Claire looked at Lina with a surprised face.
It’s alright. Claire would protect her. Lina knew she was different.
“The manager of the opera house knows too. Not many people are unaware of Mister Borjans’ close relationship with Madam Katya.”
Iris did not refute even those words.
It seemed like she couldn’t even breathe. Claire gestured to the guards to release her.
Iris slumped to the ground. Her gaze was still fixed on Lina.
Her attitude was so strange that Claire cautiously called out to her.
Iris mumbled to herself.
“No way… There’s no way…”
It seemed like she was denying Lina’s testimony, yet it also sounded like she was speaking to herself.
Then she suddenly got up and rushed out of the mansion, running away.
She trembled as she got into the carriage and closed the door, her hands shaking. She was covered in cold sweat.
“Miss, Miss? Are you unwell?”
The startled coachman knocked on the carriage door. Iris wrapped her head in her hands and made sobbing sounds.
“To, to home.”
The coachman replied in confusion and got onto the driver’s seat.
The carriage wheels began to roll. Iris, terrified, sat on the floor of the carriage as if hiding herself.
‘That face, that face! I know it!’
She had seen that face in a portrait hidden deep in the count’s drawer. Iris had been startled when she saw that portrait.
She had asked the Count who it was, and he had replied with a nonchalant expression,
[ It’s a female singer Dad was a fan of in the past. ]
[ Really? Can I tell Mom? ]
She had said that in teasing, but the Count had responded with a dark face.
[ Not your mom. She was a friend of your mom. ]
It was the first time Iris had seen her father make that kind of face.
[ She was such a beautiful singer. She was different from the time she was a member of the choir. It was like she was the only one shining under the light. ]
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