Villainous Husband, the One You’re Obsessed With Is Over There - Chapter 78
Eden wasn’t a significant figure.
Regardless, unlike a character like me who dies right from the start, his death was painstakingly portrayed at the climax. In order to maximize the effect of his death, the description of whom he was continued throughout the novel from the point of view of Seraphina, who compared Raniero to Eden and missed him in everything.
The biggest reason she couldn’t be broken was Eden.
He was her affectionate first love and the flower on the cliff that she dared not touch. Despite the sexual attraction and temptation, Seraphina was unable to kiss him even once because of Eden’s position as a paladin rather than her status as a saint as paladins also have abstinence as a doctrine.
He was the man she so desperately wanted to protect.
…And, he was brutally murdered at the end of a fight with Raniero.
Raniero’s hated for him was transparently expressed that I couldn’t even think of the cruelty of the description. Wanting to break Seraphina’s will, Raniero covered his severed neck with a cloche and brought it to her with her dinner.
Meanwhile, as Seraphina, who felt something was strange, opened the cloche…
‘…Needless to say, it was a catastrophic ending.’
I rubbed my stiff cheeks with both hands.
Eden, described in the original work, was a paladin with a strong rebellious temperament and a knowledgeable character. He never conformed to what he considered not right and was also somewhat hot-tempered.
As described in the original, he wasn’t the first person to kneel down…
‘Even if everyone else is on their knees, he had to hold his head firmly until the very end… that’s Eden.’
It was a bit strange.
‘Actually, most of the descriptions of Eden in the original story are from Seraphina—such as Eden was like this or Eden was that way…’
…Even if there was a little gap with the real thing, maybe there was no reason for me to find it strange?
‘No, but isn’t the gap too big? How the hell was Seraphina interpreting Eden?’
As I sighed, I could hear the maids whispering behind me.
Holding my breath and overhearing their words, it seemed that they were talking about the paladins. After all, they were young ladies in their prime, so they were just curious about the paladins from other countries.
The envoys from the Temple of Tunia decided to stay in the Palace of Actilus for a few days. Even though it took quite a long time to walk from the private palace to the Empress Palace, most of the courtiers knew secret passages.
‘Haha, everyone went in and out of the dog hole without a hitch.’
[ T/N: Not sure I need to clarify this, but just in case, the author used the word dog hole (개구멍으로) here instead of secret passage even though the meaning is the same~! ]
While I was eavesdropping on their stories, I pondered to myself. It was because I wondered what my handmaidens were seeing.
“They were practicing long spears.”
“Really? How was it?”
“Actually, I was surprised that they were more agile than I thought. I thought that there was no other place that could match the Empire with martial arts.”
“What, they were an equal match?”
“Young Lady Gongfyr is right. I was just surprised that their level was higher than I expected.”
It must be difficult to train without a break even though they have accumulated travel fatigue.
I stood up from my seat. As a person of Actilus, I had a duty to do as an empress to receive guests from another country. The archbishop and the Emperor’s ministry would have dinner together, so let’s take care of that first.
“Cisen, let’s go.”
Cisen followed me.
As I walked down the corridor of the Empress’s Palace and came out to a spacious hall, arms suddenly came to both sides of my waist. I was startled before I could smell the familiar scent of Raniero the next moment.
“Your Majesty, what brings you…”
“What do I need to do to come?”
“As you know, it’s not like that.”
He then pulled me closer in his arms. With the back of my head resting on his shoulder, I mumbled.
“I thought you were busy.”
“More than me. You’ll have to talk to the archbishop as well.”
‘Don’t tell me… he didn’t quit just because it was annoying, did he?’
“We decided to talk gradually.”
Since Raniero couldn’t see my face, I was able to express my thoughts as much as I wanted to. I knew that he actually stopped because he was lazy. Still, the people of the Temple of Tunia would be staying here for ten days, so there was no need to rush things.
‘By the way, it seems that Raniero has gotten into the habit of coming to the Empress’s Palace when he is bored… but this is a problem.’
The first operation, ‘living quietly as if a dead mouse,’ seemed to have crossed the water* for a long time.
[ T/N: It means ‘For a situation to be completely over so that one can do nothing about it.’ ]
Raniero pressed my body close to him as I rested my cheek on him.
“Where are you going?”
“…I thought the servants would be waiting for instructions regarding the dinner gathering.”
“For example, who’s going to attend dinner? You can’t have everyone there at the table.”
“Yes. So, I thought I’d try to figure it out…”
In fact, the reason I was going to do it myself without asking Raniero was because the people to call at this time were all arbitrarily determined. An archbishop, a commander of the paladins, and two older priests, right…?
When I just spoke politely and quietly while being held in his arms, his hands on my stomach bent as if they were hooks.
Then, I could hear laughter in my ears.
“Haha, there’s no need for you to work hard. I’ve already decided.”
My ears were tingling.
All of a sudden, as Raniero pressed his fangs against the tender flesh to make a mark before he whispered, pressing his lips close to my ear, the hair all over my body stood up all at once. Grabbing my shoulder and turning me around, I could see that he was smiling brightly.
“So, you have nothing to do now.”
I gazed at him silently. Even though it was for a brief moment, he hated waiting so I should answer quickly.
“Then, I’ll be in the Empress’s Palace.”
Whatever I was going to say, it was already decided anyways.
I responded meekly.
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