er my end.
Actually, I couldn’t recall it.
The descriptions were so devastating, I ended up skipping that part.

Thus, the world perished.

I don’t know how many nobles fought fiercely only to perish, nor did I know how much damage in total was made.

The end of the novel only held a description of Rodrigo smiling as he stood atop a pile of dead bodies made of the Cartina family, the Imperial family, in addition to the rest of the evil households.

Somewhere in that pile of dead bodies, my body was there, right? 

Such tragedies were a dead end.
I do not wish to either be murder nor to depart from this life.

So, Sir Rodrigo, let’s work together well.

I lifted a corner of my mouth, determined to change my fate.

“Lord Kaylan, Lady Ether and Lady Eyla, and the youngest sibling, Lady Estiya, have arrived in the stead of Count Cartina.”

Silence flowed throughout the banquet hall, as if freezing water was poured throughout the room.

People were flabbergasted at the sudden appearance of all the siblings in the Cartina household. 

Also, amidst a banquet held by none other than Duke Gloria nonetheless!

The Duke of Gloria had a deep connection with Rodrigo.
He was one of the few sane people existing in the novel that acted as a supporter alongside him.

Considering the bad relationship existing between Erhardts and the Cartinas, it was natural to be taken back by the sudden arrival of all the Cartina siblings.

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However, most aristocrats in the Empire knew that none other than the Imperial family had been using Cartina for generations in order to restrain Erhardt.

People glanced our way.

Although Kaylan, Ether, and Ayla passed the people’s gaze lightly as they were overly familiar with such things, I wasn’t.

I felt uncomfortable with their gazes, not being able to distinguish enemy from foe.

“May the Goddess’s protection reach you.
You’ve had a hard time coming this far, Lord Kaylan.”

Rodrigo’s supporter and right-hand man, Duke Gloria, reached out with his wrinkled hand.

“May the light of the goddess shine upon you.
It wasn’t too difficult a path, Duke Gloria.” 

Kaylan politely grabbed Duke of Gloria’s hand as they exchanged greetings.

“This is the first time I’ve seen such a face?”

After receiving greetings from both Ether and Eyla, Duke Gloria’s eyes stared directly at me.
I lifted my fresh green dress.

“It’s a pleasure meeting you.
I’m Estiya, Cartina’s fourth daughter.”

My greeting was overly elegant.
The exclamations of the visitors who witnessed my impeccable figure resonated all over.

“Oh, that Estiya!”

Duke Gloria’s voice was quite booming.
It was more than enough to draw people’s attention. 

Unlike the time I was announced during the entrance, the curious, explicit eyes immediately focused on me.

Silence fell for a brief moment.

Soon after, chattering and utterings spread everywhere. 

“Ah …”

“She’s pretty.
It’s understandable why she was constantly pampered by the Cartina family.”

“The rumors that went around a while ago turned out to be true.” 

“What rumors?”

“It was said that the Cartina’s youngest daughter would be making her debut soon, and rumors are that we should never make eye contact.”

“Oh, why?”

“So it’s …”

The following words were too harsh for aristocratic wives to discuss.
Cruel utterances that did not present noble gestures at the least bit.

I could bet my entire fortune that Count Cartina spread such a rumor.

My ears flushed red.
The reason wasn’t because I was being talked of, rather, it was a setting in the novel.
A setting that the members of the Cartina household will develop physical hints when their emotions reach a high level.

It was thanks to such a setting that my ears were bright red.

Sometimes it was for a positive thing, and sometimes it was for something negative.
Once in a while, I heard things I didn’t wish to, like now.

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Whenever something like this occured …

“Estiya, I believe they’re a bit too loud.
Should I silence them?”

Kaylan whispered close to my ear.

“Brother, I don’t want to see blood.”

In the past, when I was very young, he grabbed the tongue of a maid who mocked me … I was so terrified I fell down, watching the commotion go on.

I ceased thinking more.

Kaylan flinched, as if he had intended to do the same as that time.

“Haha, Count Cartina has sent you all to brighten up my banquet; I will have to  send him a thank you gift later.”

The Duke of Gloria was genuinely pleased.

The success of the banquet was determined by the level of participants.

Cartina’s title was not very high; however, our family was the ruler of the underworld.
And I, a Cartina, was veiled until now as I didn’t enjoy many social activities.

The appearance of the Cartinas was a pleasing notion, yet he was more pleased that his banquet was secured with the appearance of the youngest daughter that was hidden away until now.

“My father will be very pleased.”

Kaylan replied swiftly.
The Duke of Gloria attempted to speak with Kaylan of different matters, yet he only responded briefly and openly expressed his discomfort.

Duke Gloria also noticed this and didn’t remain any longer.

He soon excused himself, telling us to enjoy the banquet to the fullest.

Kaylan and Ether also dispersed under the guise of socializing.

All that was left were me and Eyla.
However, not soon later, I was the only one standing. 

“Don’t speak with anyone.
I’ll be right back.
You said you wanted to come to the banquet, didn’t you? You don’t have to dance, just enjoy.
Understood?”

Eyla wrapped her hands around my cheeks and notified me seriously.

“Okay.” 

I gave Eyla an unconfident answer, my mouth compressed. 

Eyla fiercely cuddled me.

How can your face look so cute even when it’s already so cute? For a while, my sister constantly threw love attacks at me as she stated how can my sister get cuter as she grows, how is she different from the other members, my sister is truly a mystery.

“Estiya, this is a very dangerous place, filled with bears.
You must be very careful.” 

People who could tear bears with their bare hands say bears are much more dangerous.
I could barely hold back the laughter that was escaping from my mouth.

“Don’t worry, sister.”

I lied in order to reassure Eyla.
After a while, Eyla would be positioned and ready for action.

By the way, where’s Rodrigo?

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