We're in a Contract Marriage, But I've Imprinted - Chapter 43
When I first came to the annex where Nicola was staying, I couldn’t hide the bewilderment in my eyes. It was very different from where I was living.
It was old-fashioned and splendid, just like the annex where I stayed with my mother in Rosewood County. The atmosphere was like a villa where important guests come to stay, so I felt intimidated.
“Child, this way.”
Before I could even look around the parlor, I was dragged by Nicola’s hand. She seemed happy that someone came to visit her at home. I wondered if she would be in a different but similarly lonely situation than mine.
This annex had two floors, where Nicola’s bedroom and dressing room were located. She said as she let me into her private space.
“Originally, there was a library next door, but I hate books. I hate having a headache. So I turned it into a dressing room. Hoho.”
Seeing her smiling innocently like a child made me smile too. I liked her honesty, which was unlike how nobles conducted themselves.
“Here, come this way.”
The moment I entered Nicola’s dressing room, I was more surprised than when I first entered the annex. The space that stretched up to the study was larger and more splendid than the bedroom.
The decoration stand that went up to the ceiling was packed with accessories, hats, gloves, parasols, and other things. Dresses were hung neatly along one wall. On the other side was a vanity table and a full-length mirror. The vanity table itself was also full of various things.
“Would you like to sit here?”
Sitting on the single-person sofa in front of the vanity table, I gaped slightly at the soft texture. And I looked at the various cosmetics on the dressing table.
“I wouldn’t carelessly tell my secret to just anyone, but since you’re my daughter-in-law, I’ll teach you something special.”
“Thank you, Lady Nicola.”
“Hoho, an active omega is more attractive than a passive omega. Now, apply this first…”
Nicola started applying foundation on my face.
I closed my eyes and felt her touch. Although it was unfamiliar to feel the fingertips of others touching my face, the tension I was feeling gradually eased over time.
“Now, can you open your eyes?”
I quietly raised my eyelids at her words. Then I saw my reflection in the mirror in front of me. It’s obviously me, but the atmosphere has changed so much that I was surprised.
“Haha, isn’t it amazing? I thought makeup would look good on you.”
Nicola smiled in satisfaction.
“Well, even if you’re recessive, you’re still an omega, so of course you’re beautiful.”
Her next words made me curious.
“Are all omegas beautiful?”
“Oh, didn’t you know that basic common sense?”
“…My mother never told me anything about omegas. About alphas too, of course.”
“Hmm, why did she do that? You know very well that alphas are superior in terms of physical strength and intelligence, right?”
“God was fair and didn’t pass on abilities only to alphas. Omegas are different from alphas, but they are given a different charm. The appearance. The stronger the pheromones are, the more beautiful an omega looks. Hmm…”
Nicola stopped talking to her, grabbed the tip of my chin, looked around, and continued.
“You are a bit peculiar.”
“Yes. I’ve met a recessive omega before. She was, of course, more beautiful than most betas, but no more than me. You’re supposedly recessive, yet your appearance shines like a dominant omega.”
Even though her praise felt nice, one side of my heart was bitter. It was because it was an unchanging fact that I could only be judged for my appearance and that I was still recessive.
“Ah! I have something I was going to give you.”
Nicola went to the cabinet where her jewelry was displayed, and she brought several luxurious boxes.
“I bought this this time for you to use. Oh, and this parasol and hat…”
Suddenly, she gave me everything. I tried to refuse it because the things looked expensive, but she wouldn’t even listen to me.
“I’ll take care of your cosmetics separately. You have to protect your alpha. Got it?”
I was so grateful for her support that I returned to my annex with all the gifts I was about to refuse. Compared to my dressing room, it was very shabby. When I put the things I had received, it started to look a little better.
After tidying up, I stood in front of the mirror and turned around to check my changed face.
My pale cheeks were colored red and looked healthy, and my lush eyelashes were curled up, making me look like a doll.
It was unfamiliar and embarrassing, but I liked the changed appearance.
“I hope Ian likes it too…”
The desire to look good for the man I like did not fade away, but only grew. I stood in front of the mirror for a while and looked into it.
* * *
Ian, whom I had been waiting for, did not come today. It made the time spent drinking tea together every day felt like a distant dream.
I went out after lunch, full of impatience because it was too long to wait for the night we would spend together.
I thought about it while walking around.
“Can’t I just say that I came here because I wanted to see him?”
Today, I was going to muster up the courage to visit the main building.
“Shall I visit him with an excuse of wanting to go out?”
The pheromone enhancement potion that Nicola had given me before gave very bad results, but I was curious about the omega clinic that had sold it.
I was so curious how an omega could possibly become a doctor.
Even as I thought I didn’t want to leave his side, I was anticipating the end of the year. Wouldn’t the end of the relationship that started as a contract marriage eventually be the expiration of the contract?
In addition, the time Ian didn’t visit was getting longer, so I was filled with only negative thoughts.
“Even if I get kicked out, I have to find a way to live.”
Even if I were to leave the Duchy, I never wanted to go back to the Rosewood County. I’d rather not be a noble and throw away everything and go far away.
There were things I learned from this incident.
The reality was that I would have to go through things myself in the future.
Even though I didn’t know anything and had nothing to my name, wouldn’t it be okay if I learn things one by one and move forward?
After hovering around the annex, I went back in and started applying makeup as Nicola taught me.
It’s clumsy, but I was excited about doing something myself.
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