The Voiceless Duchess - Chapter 10
Renée’s body began to tremble.
It felt like the knights of Nordvant would burst in at any moment. Knights of the northern frontier, mainly dealing with monsters, treated people like they did monsters, with no room for sympathy. They were known for their ruthless nature.
At the moment Renée recalled that rumor, Lohengrin’s ruthless gaze fell on her. As their eyes met, a shiver ran down her spine.
She could only sit helplessly on the sofa, hesitated for a moment and then clumsily came down to kneel on the floor.
“Forgive… Forgive me… Please forgive me, Your Ladyship! I was completely wrong! I dared to covet His Lordship out of my own greed. Please punish me as you see fit, but I beg of you, spare the children—”
Dietrich approached Renée and forcibly raised her back up. Unable to come in, he shouted bitterly at the maids standing at the door with embarrassed faces.
“What are you doing there? Escort her out, immediately!”
After exchanging glances, the maids seemingly offered the youngest one as tribute and pushed her forward. She tried her best to keep her distance from Lohengrin as she approached Renée.
Lohengrin scoffed at the sight.
Being in the midst of this absurd drama skit felt unbearably humiliating.
Stepping on the scattered shards of the teacup on the floor, Lohengrin approached the maid supporting Renée.
She lifted the frightened maid’s chin to make eye contact.
The maid’s eyes trembled as if in an earthquake, but they soon stopped quivering as Lohengrin’s gaze met hers. Frozen, she couldn’t even blink, her eyes following Lohengrin’s eyelids and delicate eyelashes as they fluttered down.
As her mauve lips moved in a slow, mesmerizing manner, the maid couldn’t come to her senses.
Her violet eyes, so beautiful that anyone would be absolutely mesmerized, fixated on the maid’s eyes. However, the maid soon regained her wits about her, and she immediately felt a wave of shame.
When Lohengrin, with a faint smile as if understanding, moved away, the maid felt a sense of inexplicable regret.
Even in this chaotic situation, the fact that there was fascination in her face was absurd. Dietrich, who sighed deeply as he regained his composure, found it ridiculous and scolded her.
“Snap out of it! Can’t you leave quickly? You, bring paper and a pen!”
He conveyed Lohengrin’s message, swept his hair roughly back, and let out a long sigh.
As Lohengrin crossed her legs and sat on the seat opposite of Dietrich, who was chewing his lips.
“How did you know about this place?”
Another maid hesitated as she entered, placing paper and a pen on the table before quickly retreating. Even the actions of the servants were in disarray. One of Lohengrin’s eyebrows raised slightly as she observed this.
“I asked how you found out. Did you actually follow me?”
Dietrich, now with a stern expression, confronted her. Lohengrin stared at him expressionlessly, then closed her eyes and tapped the paper with the pen.
An oppressive silence ensued.
Dietrich, realizing that Renée had not yet left, turned his head. He stood up entirely, pushed Renée out, and slammed the door shut.
In the now-empty room, Lohengrin’s hand finally moved.
Your explanation for this hidden illegitimate child should come first. After all, you kept such a secret for five whole years.
Dietrich swallowed hard. Since he didn’t know how much Lohengrin knew, he couldn’t rashly open his mouth.
Lohengrin put the pen down. Her gesture indicated that she had nothing to say until he spoke first.
Finally, Dietrich let out a deep sigh. He interlaced the fingers of both hands on the table, with his thumbs touching, and looked at Lohengrin. Her eyes narrowed as she observed him.
“I’m sorry for putting you through this before our wedding… There’s nothing for you to worry about. So…”
Worry, you say? What exactly do you think I’m worried about?
As Dietrich struggled to speak after receiving her note, Lohengrin coldly smiled.
She glared at Dietrich for a moment, then took something out of her pocket and placed it on the table.
It was the button of House Gideon.
“What is this about?”
Stiffened by surprise, Dietrich’s fingers picked up the button. He pressed his lips tightly and checked the back.
As Dietrich confirmed the name, a sense of impending doom struck his face.
I can guess what you might be thinking right now.
‘God damn it, it would have been better if it were just one month later.’
‘I should have pushed through the marriage last month, whatever the cost.’
Tell me, which one is it?
Gifts, dowries, and wedding ceremonies were nothing more than decorations to flaunt the status of a household.
In the Valdrant Empire, a marriage would only be considered lawful once marriage vows had already been exchanged.
Lohengrin was poking at the fact that he tried to hastily rush their marriage while hiding the existence of the child.
Dietrich ran his tongue over his dry lips and finally spoke.
yonnee’s note: this will be the last chapter of this series from me! but don’t worry, nana will continue translating this novel, still here at belle reservoir <3
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