nted most, she thought.

Meeting him was the most treasured thing of all.

Maybe it was because she was thinking about such a thing vaguely.…

When Ramiro hugged her, Lucrezia’s reaction was delayed.

“R-ramilio-sama….”

She was surprised, and when she called out in a small voice, she was increasingly squeezed.

“No complaints.
We’re going to be a family after all.”

It wasn’t so much a complaint as a clear rejection, but it was still embarrassing to do this in the presence of other people.

“I’m glad you’re safe.
I couldn’t bear to think that it could’ve been you who was attacked.”

Lucrezia was dizzy and could no longer say anything, so she gently hugged him back.

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***

When she arrived home, Prince Antonio had disappeared without a trace.

Not a single note.

Where had he gone, leaving even Rosa behind? When she asked Rosa about it, she said she didn’t know.

“Dad is missing…?”

“Yes.
The documents from the jewelry safe deposit box were also taken from my office.
Father isn’t necessarily the culprit, but if he had anything to do with it, he won’t be coming back.”

Rosa looked terribly shocked.

“….
And I….?”

“Maybe he’s planning to pick you up later.”

It was comforting, but Rosa seemed to have seen through it.

Her sister suddenly began to shed tears.

“….
I was left behind…?”

Seeing her crying face, Lucrezia indeed could no longer be a stranger.

“Sis, I don’t know what to do….”

Rosa was sniffling​ and sobbing.

‘She’s only sixteen, isn’t she?’

Aristocratic daughters couldn’t do anything without the patronage of their parents.
Now that her father had abandoned her and there was no marriage partner she could rely on, she was practically on the street.

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Rather than being thrown out of the mansion with nowhere to go, it would be better to join a monastery, where a minimum lifestyle was guaranteed.

“If you want to join a monastery, I’ll provide you with the down payment for it.”

When Lucrezia said this, Rosa began to cry in earnest.

“I’m sorry, sister, I’m so sorry…! I was so stupid…! Please don’t tell me to go to a monastery…!”

Her sister desperately apologized while crying.

“I was so jealous of you! That’s why I kept saying stupid things… and I knew it was really bad…! I knew…!”

Lucrezia looked over at her crying sister with an indescribable feeling.

“I’ll be a good girl from now on…! Don’t kick me out…!”

‘I’m stumped.’

Even Lucrezia wasn’t a saint and had her own resentments about what her sister did to her.

But now, Rosa really had nowhere else to go and had lost everything.

Even Lucrezia had a lot of help from her grandfather and contracted agents in order to build her own personal fortune.
It would be very difficult to ask Rosa to build a private fortune in the same way as Lucrezia.

“….
That is for Ramilio-sama to decide, not me.
Can you tell Ramilio-sama that you’re sorry for what you said?”

“Say…! I can say it, of course…!”

“Okay.
Don’t worry, Ramilio-sama loves me, so if I ask him, I’m sure he’ll think about it.”

Rosa clung to Lucrezia, as she cried.

‘You’re a self-interested child.
Just a few days ago, you were making fun of me.’

Having no choice, Lucrezia stroked Rosa’s head until she stopped crying.

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