We're in a Contract Marriage, But I've Imprinted - Chapter 51
Monica huffed at Alex from the carriage, facing the fact that Ian had thrown them out.
“Ah! Damn it! Stop yelling will you?”
Alex, who was just as displeased as Monica, yelled at her and then closed his eyes. He still thought that Ian had acted ridiculously. He couldn’t think clearly for an inch ahead because of his inferiority complex towards alphas.
That’s why he didn’t even notice Monica’s anxious look either.
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“Thank you, Lady Nicola,” I said, before leaving Nicola’s annex after the meal.
“For what you did earlier.”
“I didn’t do much. That beta bastard scrammed on his own. Hoho.”
An inelegant way of speaking, an ungraceful laugh. However, it was a rather comforting and nice thing for me.
I approached Nicola, who looked more noble than anyone else, and lightly kissed her on the cheek. This greeting was meant to express friendliness and affection, and I had only ever done this to my mother.
“I can give you nothing in particular. But I truly appreciate it and I truly adore you, Lady Nicola.”
Staring at Nicola who lost her words for a while, I went away. I didn’t know how she would take it, but I was content with what I had told her because I really meant it.
Watching the rising moon, I headed for the annex. The annex was dark because the outskirts of the manor didn’t have proper lighting, but the moonlight was so bright that it didn’t make it scary.
As I made my way back, a humming came out of me. I went out for the first time today and I was able to talk to Nicola and learn more about the omega doctor.
“She said they made medicine with magic?”
I thought the doctor had learned medicine, but it was actually a magical talent. Elemental mages with prominent abilities would be taken to the Magic Tower first.
My mother was a mage who had control over lightning. Then what if Mother hadn’t imprinted on Father? Would she still be alive right now?
I finally arrived at the annex while being lost in thought. I opened the door without much thought.
“Where have you been?”
The words horrified me that I fell in my place. Obviously I hadn’t thought of anyone being in the annex.
I put my hand on my thumping chest and looked at Ian. He got up from the living room sofa and approached me.
“…I must have surprised you.”
For a moment, I looked at the hand he politely held out, then carefully grasped it. This time, my heart started beating in a different way. We almost had no physical contact outside of the heat period, so just holding hands with him made me nervous.
“I would like to have a word with you.”
I sat down on the sofa with him. He hadn’t come to see me for a while, and suddenly he came late at night. It was making me nervous. I wondered if I had made a mistake, but he didn’t bring up anything even after a while.
After waiting for a while, I finally spoke first.
“Did I perhaps make any mistakes?”
He just stared at my question. His eyes were shining like the moon reflected the light, they shone coldly like metal. Some people hate that coldness, but I liked it.
When metal touches fire, they heat up quickly and the heat lingers for a long time. Far from being cold, he was so hot that I was devoured by his heat.
Ian, who had been looking at me for a while, murmured quietly.
“You did well declining it.”
I couldn’t understand what he meant for a moment, but then I noticed. Since the chief butler had seen Alex’s tyranny, Ian must have heard about it too.
“In the future, refuse all money from County Rosewood.”
“…I would have done it anyway.”
He could have said this through the butler, if this was all he had to say… His visit was sudden, but I was happy just to be able to see him at this time.
“Then, I’ll get going.”
“Yes, I understand.”
It was a pity that he was going to leave so soon, but I didn’t show it. We got up from the sofa together, I was going to see him off.
But suddenly, he staggered.
I was so surprised that I jumped out. I carefully grabbed his arm and asked.
“…Are you okay?”
I was very surprised because he was the one who usually goes through his tight schedule casually. Even if alphas had good stamina, wouldn’t there still be a limit? Or was there something wrong with his health?
“Let me help you.”
“You don’t have to.”
“It’s late. You must be tired, so go…”
His body, which was far from okay, tilted to the side again. I looked up at him with anxious eyes, not knowing why. But then I noticed something strange.
His golden eyes that were shining brightly were gradually blurring.
“Young Lord, I’ll call the butler and the doctor! Just stay here for a moment!
The situation seems unusual, so I put him back down on the sofa. As I hurried to leave, his warm hand grabbed his wrist again.
The bizarre soaring heat was not unfamiliar.
As he exhaled a deep breath, his pheromones trickled out. He must be having an unbearably hard time that he couldn’t control his pheromones. With each breath he took, the pheromone got thicker and thicker. My shoulders startled to tremble and my body reacted automatically.
But this was not the time for this.
In recent months, we’ve had periodic heat with the inducer once a month on a set date. This looked like an accidental rut cycle had arrived, not during the set period which should have been in another week. It made me worry.
For alphas, whose pheromones were important, unexpected rut cycles were dangerous.
“I’ll be right back, Young Lord.”
I knelt down in front of him and murmured calmly. Trying to reassure him, I tried to pull my wrist from his grip while hiding my flustered face. Yet instead, he put more strength on his grip in mine.
“Young Lord, you must let go of my hand…“
“Where are you going?”
“To get the doctor…”
Without even listening to me, he put his nose to my hand. He looked like he was sniffing it, and he said in a voice full of displeasure.
“Tsk, are you telling me to believe that after you came back with another alpha’s pheromones on you?”
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