Villainous Husband, the One You’re Obsessed With Is Over There - Chapter 39
After that, time passed by as quickly as ever.
When I closed my eyes and opened them again, it was already the day of the summer solstice. I woke up before the sun even came up and took a bath drowsily while dozing off. Muttering, I entrusted myself to Cisen, who got up earlier than I did.
“The summer solstice is the longest day of the year…”
“Yes, Your Majesty.”
“…I can’t believe I woke up before sunrise on that day.”
I was so sleepy. Not only that, but the process of dressing up was twice as long as usual.
From head to toe, perfumed oil with a soft floral scent was applied. My hair was half-twisted, then a gorgeous and heavy headdress was decorated. Then, all the flowers adorned between my hair were made of jewels. However, the makeup was simple. Cisen added color to my white skin and made my eyes stand out by drawing soft curves along the eyelids with a thin brush. Instead, my lips were painted a brilliant red.
Then, it was the ceremonial dress.
It was a long, heavy garment with a geometric pattern embroidered with gold thread on a white background. There were even eight layers. It honestly looked like it would be too humid to wear on June 21st…
It was morning now, so I thought it would be fine, although it must be scorching hot during the day. Because of that, I was worried that my makeup might sweat off because I sweat a lot… At the same time, I tried to rule out the idea of hunting in the afternoon as much as possible. Otherwise, it seemed like I’d be too nervous if I didn’t. Of course, trying not to think about it didn’t mean that it would work just like I wanted.
Cisen comforted me, saying something like…
She didn’t know what the people of the Actilus Empire looked like, but it seemed to her that I also had a talent for martial arts from the Unro Kingdom. Her point was that, or else, I wouldn’t have been able to learn this so quickly.
‘Thank you, Cisen, but…’
To be honest, hearing that wasn’t comforting since I would be dealing with the monstrous humans from the Actilus Empire.
‘Haha. I guess I should have prepared some poison in advance…’
If I did, I could drink it before I die in pain and collapse.
From the moment I possessed into this novel, the purpose was only survival. However, the burden of hunting was so great that I regretted not being able to ‘commit suicide if I had to!’ After all, if I get caught by the Jacques’ mother and son, I wouldn’t just die, but it’d be a horrendous murder…
‘…No, calm down.’
Gazing at myself in the mirror, who became a little prettier than usual, I made up my mind.
‘If I survive the hunt this time, I’ll live as if I were really dead! Don’t let this ever happen again—!’
I clenched my fists resolutely in my long sleeves.
‘In the meantime, every day might be full of life-threatening hazards… Still, if I overcome this, it’ll be a goodbye!’
With that mindset, I would do my best somehow to show Raniero something…!
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I ate only a little fruit for breakfast.
Since the robes were so dazzlingly pure white, Duchess Nerma and Cisen fed them to the side to avoid spilling juice while eating the fruit.
The cows were scheduled to be slaughtered at noon, so seeing them slaughtering live cows would be a big deal if I ate till my stomach was full. Besides, it was clear that I would lose my appetite when I saw it, so if I wanted to eat something at the luncheon after the blessing, I’d have to starve myself to the point of being unbearably hungry.
‘What if I don’t have the strength to hunt like this?’
Well… I couldn’t help it.
I moved to the Main Palace early before people started entering the Palace. The maids had to hold the long hem of my dress from behind to prevent it from being dragged across the ground.
‘So, should I just make a palanquin…’
On the fourth floor of the Main Palace, there was a room prepared for such a day. In other words, it was like a waiting room.
There was a spacious balcony in this room overlooking the gardens of the Imperial Palace. It was the perfect place for the Emperor and his wife to show their faces when there was an event like this. It looked like a room that was originally built for that purpose. As I entered the room, Raniero Actilus sat down on the sofa for one person and smiled faintly at me.
Even though I think about this too much, only his looks were perfect.
I laughed awkwardly and made timid jokes.
“I…I’m not late today, am I?”
I couldn’t be late because Duchess Nerma had woken me up from dawn and prepared me. Nevertheless, he couldn’t be compliant and give me the answer I wanted.
“You’re late. I’ve been waiting for you for two hours.”
Raniero didn’t even look at me, only tapping his fingers.
I approached him, being careful not to step on the hem of the robe. He then beckoned my maids out of the room.
As I stood close to him, he casually pulled me by the waist and sat me on his lap. It was a familiar thing for me now that he would make contact without even thinking about it. Regardless, as I get closer, I become more concerned about making a mistake.
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