The Eldest Daughter Walks Down The Flower Path - Chapter 31
Zade wanted to ask what the marquis meant by ‘need’.
However, he didn’t have the courage to speak his mind.
His hands trembled and his mouth became dry.
His throat was dry.
If only he had a glass of brandy…!
Then, Margaret quickly perked up.
Her eyes were glinting slyly.
“But you’re not asking us to just hand her over, yes?”
Dumbfounded, Zade looked at Margaret.
However, Margaret didn’t care how her husband was looking at her.
At that moment, her mind was going a mile a minute.
In fact, she’s been mulling over what to do with Radis ever since David’s admission to the academy had been revoked.
Rather than helping the household, she was just a wasteful burden. The answer was to get rid of the deadweight early.
And if that deadweight was a daughter, then it’s better to get her married off and reap the benefits.
However, Radis wasn’t as pretty and cute as Jurich. And instead of being obedient, she was more vicious and violent.
And they would have to pay her dowry if she was to be married. Really, instead of helping the family, there would be no profit left for them to reap.
It would be nice if they could find a rich yet affable husband for her, but what if Radis would raise a hand against him just as she did with Margaret?
Just imagining it gave her a migraine. And Margaret also had to think about the problem of money.
It would have been nice if she was taken by Huber Cradium, but if it’s Marquis Russell, then it’s much much muuuuch better!
As Marquis Russell saw the greed blatantly shining in Margaret’s eyes, his lips twisted up to a smile.
“It’s good that you brought it up first, I would like to hear your terms. Of course, to suit the reputation of the Russell Marquisate.”
And when she heard the words she wanted to hear, Margaret was barely able to rein in the material desire glistening in her eyes.
Coyly, she stood up and turned away, ignoring her husband’s astonishment.
“But she’s not a very well-behaved child. She’s a child who only causes trouble at home, so I don’t know how she’ll fare. Even if she causes trouble, please know that we won’t be responsible for it.”
Marquis Russell laughed at this.
“You’re already taking your hands off her without asking what I’ll be needing her for.”
A little embarrassed, Margaret hurriedly made an excuse.
“Th-that… How can a woman like me ever ask about the will of the magnanimous Marquis Russell?”
“You both don’t seem to be curious, but she at least should know.”
Marquis Russell rose from his seat.
“Where is she?”
Radis noticed the commotion going on in the mansion.
Unlike the past when she was completely isolated in a secluded corner of the mansion, there were some maids led by Irene who were now serving her properly.
However, both in the past and in the present, it was obvious that such a commotion would have nothing to do with her.
Even if there were guests, she was never given a chance to meet them.
So Radis had dinner alone, leaving the maids to do their work, and then she paced around her room, lost in thought.
‘I don’t know much about mana. Official mana training methods are passed down only to talented people, even within the knighthood. But this shouldn’t be possible. I’ve never heard of anyone being able to transform miasma from a magic stone into purified mana.’
Radis leaned against a wall, her arms crossed.
‘At times like this, I could just ask Armano if he’s here… Ah!’
Radis’ eyes grew wide.
It would be difficult to find her teacher again, but she’d at least be able to write a letter to him.
In her last life, she had written a letter apologizing to Armano for causing him to lose his job.
But she never had the chance to read his reply.
‘I should write a letter to him. It would be difficult to receive a reply back, but if I could get it through someone else…’
As Radis was looking for a sheet of paper to write her letter on, she suddenly sighed as she leaned against the desk with one hand.
She recalled what Margaret had said earlier.
Margaret was someone who lived her whole life trying to get money one way or another.
So it was obvious what she would do.
David’s admission to the imperial academy was a bust, so she’d try to use Radis against Huber to exploit money from him so that she could use those funds to send David to another academy.
Of course, Huber wouldn’t be able to hand over the money easily.
That was something that Margaret didn’t know.
Radis made Huber fall unconscious by hitting him on the back of his neck and she robbed him of all his magic stones. After she left that night, they could both pretend that none of that happened, but Huber wouldn’t stay still if Margaret would start talking about reparations.
As she leaned back to sigh, someone knocked on the door.
Hearing a knock on her door for the first time, Radis looked at the door with a question behind her eyes.
Not many people came by Radis’ room. It usually would only be Margaret or some maids, including Irene.
And none of them knocked.
Margaret thought of Radis’ room as though it was a mere closet, and just until recently, so did the maids. It was only a few days ago when they started knocking slightly, but only with their fingertips as a polite signal of their presence.