h it was.

‘If you multiply Korean currency by two, it seems to be similar to the value of the currency here.’

In a very rough calculation, forty million pennies was about two million won in Korean currency.

‘Twenty million won a month? No way…’

Unknowingly, I opened my mouth and stared at the butler.
Seeing that, he added an explanation.

“On average, the duchess would be paid thirty million pennies, but the Master told me to increase it if you said it wasn’t enough.”

Obviously, the money was a lot.
Although I had no choice but to refuse with my hands shaking.

“This is enough.”

“I will inform him about that.”

“Oh, I will go to the Duke himself and tell him.
I had something to tell him, anyway.”


* * *


I immediately went to the Duke of Blois.

As promised in the past, I had to help him relieve his pain every few days, and I was able to ask him some questions.

There, the Duke was listening to reports from his aide in the office.

“What is going on, madam?”

Come to think of it, he casually called me his wife.

Since his assistant, Viscount Hyle Bilph also knew about the curse, so I spoke without hesitation.

“I’d like to see your condition.”

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“Let’s sit down.”

It seemed that he was in a good mood, as he sat down on the sofa in front of his desk.
Whether he was having a conversation with Viscount Hyle Bilph, he stepped aside without any hint of doubt.

“Give me your hand.”

“Is only one hand enough?”


When I reached out, he put his hand on it.
However, it wasn’t exactly palm-to-hand, but his hand was awkwardly raised somewhere between my palm and my wrist.

It felt so disrespectful I gazed up at him, and I realized something when I saw him staring awkwardly to the other side.

‘Cats don’t like to be touched…’

I knew that the cat had a lot of blood vessels distributed on the convex cheeks like soft jelly under the soles of the feet, and that they have a sensitive sense.

‘He’s holding it in for me.’

I think I could use the healing power that overflows within me when it comes into contact with skin, so I thought it would be better to ask for an arm next time…

I quietly pushed my aura into his body through the softly grazed skin.

Perhaps, he was enduring the pain without saying anything.
It felt as if everything in his body was blocked.
He must have felt pain in every part…

‘The headache must have been particularly severe.’

As my warm energy circulated throughout his body, I could see his expression becoming more comfortable.
Even though he didn’t say anything, there was a sense of relief and joy in his countenance.

When everything was over, his eyes that were looking at me were softer.

“If you are not feeling very well, please come to me anytime.
I said once every three days, but it’s not difficult, so you don’t have to ensure it.”

He showed a little favor to me because of the memory of laughing loudly when we came out of Madam Elbas’ mansion yesterday.

The Duke smiled and favorably offered me refreshments.

“At least, have some tea before you go.”

“No, I don’t plan on staying long.
Since I’m here, there are a few things I want to ask you.”

“Say it.”

“So, the cost of maintaining dignity.”

“Is it too little?”

I think it’s not too much.
In our relationship, this is the cost of employment.”

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“You can say it like that.”

Then, it was a little strange that the successive Duchess was being paid more than they are now.

“You don’t think I have the power to bring the dead back to life, do you? I can only treat you like this.”

I was worried that he was overestimating my abilities and paying too much, so I wanted to check.
However, he responded that he didn’t really think about it that far.

“I don’t expect anything like that from my wife.”

“That’s a relief.”

“Think of it as paying the price for keeping that ability a secret.”

“Oh, is that so?”

I blinked my eyes for a moment, sneaked my guts out.

“Then, can I get a little more?”

As soon as I brought up this topic, I asked if the amount was small because I thought I could raise the amount.
At first, I thought this was a lot, though I changed my mind when I heard that it was money that recognized the value of my abilities.

‘If I can increase my value, there is no need to miss the opportunity.’

Isn’t money a good thing, too?

As if reading my thoughts, the Duke chuckled.
“As much as you want.”

Oh, if this is the case, it’s a war of wits.

“Forty five million pennies…?”

It was equivalent to raising a monthly salary of 2.5 million won in Korean currency.

I gazed at him anxiously, wondering if it was too extreme, but he had an awkward expression as if he had heard a childish joke.
“I’m pretty sure you don’t have any talent for negotiating.”


Thinking it was a word of refusal, I pointed my lips out and grumbled inwardly.

‘I shouldn’t have raised my expectations.’

But, at his next words, I widened my eyes.

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