The Eldest Daughter Walks Down The Flower Path - Chapter 20
Not only the nobles in this region, but nobles from across the country had flocked to this banquet.
If she was the third prince, would she want her birthday to be celebrated like this as well?
Radis looked around the banquet hall, which was crowded with hundreds of people.
The hall was dazzlingly decorated, and at the center, mountains of gifts from the nobles were piled up.
As she scanned the first floor with curious eyes, she turned to the second floor.
The staircase leading to the second floor was guarded by armor-clad knights engraved with the Russell Marquisate’s coat of arms.
‘They’re not soldiers from the Imperial Family.’
The escort knights of the third prince here seemed to have come from the marquisate instead.
With an inquisitive look, Radis stared at the tight security around the stairs to the second floor, and she watched the silhouettes of the high-ranking nobles overlooking the banquet hall from their balconies.
‘I’m sure there was a birthday party for the Third Prince in the past as well, right?’
As she recalled her previous life, Radis admitted that she was a fool.
She had no idea what was going on in the world outside the Tilrod family. She belonged only to that small world.
Because nobody told her about the outside world, she lived without having any curiosity or any motivation to wander out.
Radis opened her eyes to the world only after she was already twenty years old, when she went hunting at Monsterwood.
‘The Russell Marquisate was one of the few families who spared no expense in supporting the imperial subjugation.’
Money was needed for any subjugation expedition.
Food, workers carrying supplies, carriages, steeds, cooks, weapons, armor…
The subjugation that she participated in was called the ‘imperial’ subjugation squad, but the support of the imperial family itself was minimal.
It was of no wonder. The capital of the empire was far from Monsterwood, so they did not feel any danger from the monsters from there.
Rather than the far-flung forest infested with these creatures, what’s important to the imperial family was to keep other countries in check and to maintain the already-rich territories they had.
Therefore, it was the nobles nearby the woods who spared support for the subjugation because their territories were directly threatened.
A forest that constantly emitted miasma would give rise to monsters.
The creatures usually dwelled in the center of the forest, but because of their hunger, they started chasing after blood.
During winter, when the number of animals inside the forest gradually decreased, hungry monsters would wander out of the forest in search of food.
For this reason, the noble families adjacent to the forest set up subjugation squads and supported them.
The most generous of the noble families was the Russell Marquisate.
That’s why Radis came here despite wearing this tacky, pink sponge dress.
‘I know nothing else but monsters hunting. If I could just join a subjugation squad somewhere…’
Radis looked up at the balcony of the second floor with desperate eyes.
“She did such a cute thing just because she was jealous of her younger brother.”
Just as she worried, when Margaret arrived, news of David’s admission cancellation became a hot topic.
People peppered Margaret with questions, with a mixture of derision and curiosity in their voices.
Margaret was busy covering up David and House Tilrod with her teeth clenched.
“David didn’t do anything wrong. But if David retakes the test and proves that his skills are real, what would that make of Radis? The whole family wanted to kick her out for this, but because my dear son David is so soft-hearted, he would rather smooth this all over by giving up his admission.”
Those who gathered for gossip nodded as though they were convinced by Margaret’s words.
However, only Viscountess Anton, who wore a large wig on her head, asked cluelessly, like she really didn’t understand.
“But why did she do that in the first place?”
“Because she’s jealous of her brother!”
That’s just what she said.
However, Viscountess Anton knew that no matter how young a child was, there was always a reason behind someone’s actions.
As soon as she was about to open her lips again, the middle-aged Missus Hamel spoke in a slow tone.
“That child, did you say her name was Radis? So there’s a child who has that much jealousy. Before she becomes a bad influence on her younger siblings, you’d better send her off somewhere.”
Margaret furrowed her brows.
‘If it’s the same advice over and over, just don’t say it anymore!’
However, Margaret couldn’t refute Missus Hamel. They were currently at the third prince’s birthday banquet, and even more so, Missus Hamel had a strong influence in high society of the countryside nobles.
Instead of showing her inner thoughts, Margaret put on a pitiful expression.
“If there’s a better place for the child, then I’ll have to send her away. She’s too much for me. If you all know any good places, please let me know.”
There was no family that had only one or two headaches.
All the women here had suffered from the troubles brought about by their own family members.
Therefore, everyone could sympathize with Margaret’s agony.