Refusing Your Ex-Husband's Obsession: A Guide - Chapter 103
Chapter 103 – You didn’t change at all, really
“…It’s certainly a generous offer, but I cannot leave my daughter in the care of an outsider, Your Grace.”
When Mom answered, Dad and David looked at her with their eyes wide open. In turn, Ciel’s brows drooped as though he was saddened by her response.
“An outsider… Of course. But who’s to say whether or not I’ll remain an outsider?”
Was it just my imagination, or did it just seem like he used the wind to carry over his voice louder so that the guards and the barony’s residents would hear what he just said? They all pricked up their ears.
Mom was always, steadfastly calm, yet right then, she trembled faintly. I was about to step forward, but Dad beat me to the punch.
“Haven’t I already refused Your Grace before?!”
“Please, allow me to know why that is. Why did you turn down my proposal to Lady Closch? I will do anything at all to satisfy your requisites.”
Despite the staunch opposition, Ciel continued to push forward, and Dad wavered as well. Considering his station, it would have been more natural for Ciel to have reacted angrily as he was being disregarded like this. Any normal noble would have reacted that way.
But Ciel did none of that. Rather, he was even looking at my parents with a desperately pleading gaze.
I still couldn’t understand. Was he actually serious about wanting to marry me again?
But why on earth?
“I don’t believe this is the time and place to have this conversation. I will formally invite you to our home next time, Duke.”
When Mom’s words essentially nipped the situation in the bud, the guards started mumbling, “Ahh, Madam, please—” but Mom pretended not to hear any of that. Because of that, somehow, I felt embarrassed.
“Yes, you’re right, my wife. It would be better to sort out everything here first. It seems like all the monsters have been dealt with, but we can’t be too sure just yet.”
Dad took care of me and Mom like this, then he faced the guards and gave his commands.
“Divide into squads and search through the whole town! If you find any traces of the monsters left, shoot up a flare and alert the others!”
Just like that, most of the guards grouped together in a swift and orderly manner before moving out deftly, while the rest remained here and watched over the civilians as they returned to town.
I was about to walk away beside Mom as well, but I looked back at Ciel.
Perhaps watching me the whole time, Ciel was staring straight back at me.
“Mom, please give me a moment.”
Mom looked at me, then Ciel in turn. As though she knew, she simply nodded.
“You must come back here before I finish putting things back in order here.”
“Yes, Mom. I will.”
Hugging her lightly, I then turned around. As I walked closer and closer to her, Ciel’s expression grew brighter. He was so easy to read like this.
“I have something I’d like to tell you.”
“Yes, whatever you want.”
I led him to a place where there’s less people around us, and surprisingly, he was cooperating so easily. In that place, at the back, I saw Aiden. He was looking at the people in his surroundings as though he was observing them.
And right then, he nodded ever so slightly, looking quite suspicious to me. I was instantly reminded of some Espers in the previous life, and I asked Ciel just in case.
“Is your younger brother an Esper as well?”
“…Nothing slips past your notice.”
“So it’s true? But I never read about such a thing in the novel…”
I hurriedly stopped myself from saying anything more. However, Ciel just shrugged indifferently.
“It’s fine. I’ve also read that novel before.”
“‘After Traveling to Another Dimension, I Became the Main Character’—that book?”
I was taken aback. Then, an epiphany. At that time, I never entertained the thought that he was a dimensional traveler, just a foreigner. It never occurred to me.
What went through his mind while he was reading that novel, where he was one of the characters? How did he feel when he found out that his world was only fiction in Korea?
The first thing I felt was sympathy and remorse for him, but next was Seo-yoon. She might have recommended that novel to him, just like she did with me.
Without realizing it myself, the crass word burst out of my lips right then. I’m angry—no, livid. Not only had she been harassing me, but she must have bothered Ciel as well.
But why? Didn’t they love each other?
The red-hot anger that swept over me rendered me blind for a moment, but as I was jolted out of this trance, I realized just how rude it was to say such a thing in front of a duke.
“I’m sorry, I just got so angry for a moment that I…”
While his head was down, his shoulders were quivering. The way he was bursting into laughter like this was something I had never seen throughout both my lives before. I was speechless.
Despite being my husband back then, Ciel never laughed at all in front of me. I thought, perhaps it’s just that there’s nothing for him to laugh about as he was staying in Korea.
I never had a doubt about this, so right now, I’m just… confused.
“You… pfft, you didn’t change at all, really.”
I personally thought that I had changed a lot from the past. Rather, it was him who seemed to have changed so much. Just look at him smiling so brightly.
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