d not know where to start.

“Your Grace.”

Then someone’s cautious voice was heard from outside.

He was Seardrick’s subordinate.

“I received an urgent call from the Grand Duchy.
It is urgent so…”

He delivered the matter in a hesitant and cautious voice.

Perhaps it was out of consideration of her, a stranger, being with him.
There was no important emphasis in his words, but both she and Sheldrick were well aware of what that urgent news was.

“It looks like the news has just arrived.”

After hearing the news, it will be easier for Sheldrick to make his decision.

“I will leave you alone for a moment.
Please come back to me when you have made up your mind.”

She greeted him politely and withdrew.

“Wait a minute.”

However, before she could turn her back, Sheldrick, who had been contemplating for a while, grabbed a hold of her.

“Why would you want us to get married? Can’t I just use authority as the meritorious retainer to ask for your freedom?”

“I do not wish for others to find out that there is a deal between us.
I want to get out of this situation as naturally as possible.”

It was best if it did not appear like she was the one who initiated and took the lead of this whole affair.
‘Violet’ was not that kind of character.

If a person were to change overnight, they would invariably be suspicious.

His reason is different from hers, but Sheldrick also needed to hide the back story about the Dukedom’s state.

If the real reason for her taking advantage of the meritorious rights were to be revealed, it would be difficult to hide the truth that a pandemic was spreading in the Grand Duchy.

“On that account, it is most natural that the Grand Duke fell in love with me at first sight and therefore, tries to prevent the marriage…”

Sheldrick, who had been quietly listening to her, hurriedly raised his hand and to stop her from speaking.

“…Did you just say fall in love at first sight? Me? To you?”

“That’s right.
At first sight, Your Grace, to me.
Isn’t that a possible enough story?”

The Grand Duke’s mouth was slightly agape, he was at a loss for words at her brazen attitude.
It could not be helped, it was only a given seeing how many people boasted about her appearance so directly.

Her confidence was there for a reason.

“If you say that, anyone would believe it.
Everyone said that I look very pretty.”

Violet was quite a beauty.

She looked young since she was still 16 years old, but her beautiful appearance was inferior to no woman in the kingdom.

“Is it not?”

“That’s…not wrong, but… ”

When she asked, Sheldrick covered his mouth with one hand, blurring the end of his words.

His face, which could not be obscured entirely with his hand, noticeably blushed red.

Duke Etzel is nineteen years old, isn’t he?

She was not conscious of this fact at all as he was maintaining his composure and dignity with that expressionless face of his from earlier.
But with this face, she could now clearly see his real age. 

She smiled softly as she gazed at her cute little brother.

T/n: omg cringe, but the age of her soul is technically older so…

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