The Eldest Daughter Walks Down The Flower Path - Chapter 35
06. Bye, Tilrod family!
All her life, she never felt any love from her family.
So, to be loved, she tried to break her entire body just to make a place for herself with them.
But in the end, the one thing she wished for never came true.
For all the efforts she made just to be loved, the only thing that Radis received was terrible, excruciating pain—and, the betrayal of her family.
When this second chance came to her, Radis didn’t want to repeat that life anymore.
She wanted to get rid of those chains she called family members. In order to do this, she would need to leave the Tilrod family.
Still, despite how she had memories of her past life, she was currently just a sixteen-year-old girl, and so it wouldn’t be easy to leave the family’s fence.
Radis’ desperate wish was made all too simple with just the contract she had with Marquis Russell.
She didn’t know how much Marquis Russell paid in order to take Radis, but her family was worried only about the possibility that he might change his mind and end up not taking her at all.
Thanks to this, with a kind of serenity that she had never felt before, Radis finished preparing to leave the Tilrod family.
Radis decided to dispose of the things she once used that surely would be discarded after she left.
Mirror, comb, dressing table, closet. These were things that she had used in her last life, until the very last breath she took.
These objects evoked a reminiscence of her terrible previous life.
Radis burned them all down as though she was setting flame to the hellish life she never wanted to repeat again.
When she burned the old items and packed the things she’d need for her new life, her small room was left empty.
Standing at the doorstep of the barren room, Radis took it all in at once.
Like an apparition, the young woman with haphazardly cut red hair stood by the window, and she could be seen through the reflection in the glass.
“Sorry, but what you want for yourselves will never come true.”
Radis said, forlorn.
“I’m going to live for myself now.”
She closed the door.
In the hallway, Irene stood by with her luggage.
Her lips were wrinkled and distorted, but her eyes were strangely twitching.
Then, just as Radis was about to pass by her,
“…This, it’s weird.”
“Why is Milady going to another house when you’re not even getting married? And why are the Master and the Madam being paid money for it?”
Radis could see Irene gripping the handle of the bag.
“When I came to this mansion as a maid, my parents cried and said they were sorry. I was sold as a maid because my house was poor, and that only happened because my younger siblings didn’t have any food to eat. But that’s not the case for the Master and the Madam. Why are they selling you, Milady?”
Irene whispered quickly in a low voice.
“To Marquis Russell? No, Milady. Don’t you know about the rumors surrounding the Marquis? They say that he’s actually a monster. I’m telling you the truth. Missus Luda said that!”
Radis stared at Irene silently.
Ever since a soup bowl had been turned over on Irene’s head, their relationship had changed.
Irene really started to serve Radis as a young lady of House Tilrod.
Once she accepted Radis as her superior and not just a ‘cheeky member of the household who she can bully whenever she wanted’, Irene’s strange loyalty began to gradually shift from Margaret to Radis.
Irene felt sorry for Radis and what she had to go through, and she started seeing how Margaret was being too harsh to her eldest daughter.
And little by little, she began to side with Radis just like this.
However, Radis was about to leave.
‘And she would have to keep living here.’
Radis recalled Irene’s death in the previous life.
Here, Radis wouldn’t participate in the subjugation expeditions in David’s stead, and so Irene would not need to be killed just to keep that secret.
However, with this in mind, Irene could die sooner than she did before.
“Let go of that.”
Radis took the bag that Irene was clutching.
“I’m sure you know. I’m sick and tired of this house and the Tilrods. I would even prefer to live in Monsterwood. But now, I can stay at the Marquisate of Russell, so what could be better than this?”
Her voice was as cold as ice.
“You don’t have to pretend to be on my side for no reason. That wouldn’t give you any benefit. It would be better if you can pay attention to how you act around here.”
“They’ve sold their biological daughter like this. What do you think they’d do to a maid?”
“Take care. For as long as possible.”
Radis went down the stairs with her bag.
In front of the mansion, the carriage that Marquis Russell sent was waiting.
And unexpectedly, Margaret and Jurich were also at the entrance.
Carrying her luggage, Radis reluctantly said a few words as she passed by.
“Farewell. Stay healthy.”
Margaret’s lips began to twist into a strange shape.
It couldn’t be discerned whether she had decided to smile or to scowl.
With a forced smile, Margaret spoke.
“Goodness, you talk like you’ll never see me again. We’ll see each other again soon.”