Chapter 1. Prologue
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“Yes…… Your Majesty is a busy man with many public and private affairs.”
Jamela was able to see the disappointment that had built up beneath the mask of her father’s smiling face. But what about her?
Was she disappointed with the marriage that was later than expected? Or…
Was she anxious?
Nevertheless, Karzen was talking sensitively to the Princess who sat next to Jamela.
“Next time I go to war in the east, I’ll give you more slaves.”
“Take it easy, Karzen.”
“If my twin says this, I’ll do my best.”
Karzen tilted his chin lightly.
“Do you want me to give you a Silver Medyo?”
“I don’t like birds, Karzen.”
“Oh. That’s right.”
Jamela resumed her meal gracefully, making an effort not to lose her smile.
People who were immersed in blood were not properly aware of its evilness. But those who had to jump into the blood were different. Then, even more bizarre than the pool of blood were the people who laughed while neck-deep in it.
The highest position to ascend as a noblewoman. There were many things one had to accept in order to rise to that high position.
The eyes of the twin Princess holding the heir’s certificate were very blue. It was incomparable to Jamela herself.
03. Affection without purpose
Since the Silver Medyo was mentioned at the table where the Duke was seated, the discussion was treated as an official promise to some extent.
Thanks to that, Karzen then left the imperial palace to catch the silver bird.
The Delo Empire was the highest empire on the continent, and an empire that claimed to have received divine blessings was bound to have a well-developed culture. As a young emperor who did not enjoy such a luxurious culture, but only enjoyed trampling the kingdoms in a bloody mess, it must have taken him quite some time.
“The gifts will arrive today.”
“And Marquis Duke will come, too.”
“Do I have to greet him?”
“I don’t think so.”
“He’s the dog that guards the palace. Just answer appropriately.”
“I’ll be back, Raha.”
An obedient but not lengthy reply.
Karzen, who was looking at Raha, reached out. He lifted Raha’s chin with his right hand and placed his lips on her cheek. One second, two seconds, three seconds. It wouldn’t fall off. Very slow falling lips.
The longer the time, the longer the servants had to bow their heads. Laha’s smile remained unchanged. Karzen looked amused.
“I’m blessed this much by my blood.” (Karzen)
“Do you need more?” (Raha)
“I want it endlessly..…. But I don’t think I’ll be able to leave today.” (Karzen)
Karzen whispered in Raha’s ear.
“Stay put while I’m away.”
“Yes, I will.”
The tip of his lips touched her earlobe, and she felt again as if insects were crawling all over her body.
Karzen left. He was the only member of the royal family who was free to move, and Raha, who stood upright, was only able to turn around by the time the flag disappeared.
Immediately, someone approached her. It was the Captain of the Imperial Guard.
“Your Highness, I am at your service.”
Until Karzen returned, Raha would never be able to go outside the outer palace without this captain. It didn’t matter. She had Shed in the inner palace now.
‘If anything, it cured me of the hardships of life. No, I’m glad.’
Raha took a step. It was a vacancy created by the sudden death of the chief chamberlain. In order to occupy the seat of immense power, a number of family members had already come forward to take the position. It felt as if the system had been disrupted.
It would stay that way until a new chamberlain was chosen. It would be more like this for a few days at least.
It didn’t matter.
It was the emperor who had locked her in the palace.
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Raha headed to the outer palace. Her steps were limited to her inner palace for only a week after receiving new slaves. Otherwise, it was purely Raha’s freedom to head anywhere in the Imperial Palace.
Raha suddenly thought that after taking out some books.
Karzen wasn’t here, and the captain of the Guard was guarding outside the door anyway.
She headed for the inner palace. A short time later, in the imperial Princess’s splendid outer palace, her beautiful slave tilted his chin at an angle as he stood.
“This is my bedroom.” (Raha)
Technically, it was one of several bedrooms in the large outer palace, but Raha did not use many bedrooms. She pointed her chin at the bed and spoke in a mischievous tone.
“I wouldn’t mind sleeping here with you, but the maids might faint.”
“Then why do you want to show me this place?” (Shed)
“It’s very stuffy in the inner palace. If you want to come out, you can come out this far.” (Raha)
The difference between the Inner Palace and the Outer Palace was that in the Outer Palace, there were attendants worthy of a legitimate Princess.
They made sure to keep in mind that Raha had allowed her slave to have the Outer Palace as his domain. It meant that they were to serve him well.
After a quick tour, Raha went back to the inner palace with Shed.
As soon as she entered, she checked Shed’s injured knees, as she always did. Thanks to Oliver’s daily visits since the day Shed got injured, his knees had healed well.
“It’s healing much faster than I thought. His recovery is monstrous.” (Raha)
Raha also wondered about Shed’s amazing recovery.
“Is that the result of the experiment?” (Raha)
“So you’ve always been able to heal so quickly?” (Raha)
“To some extent.” (Shed)
“That’s fascinating.” (Raha)
That’s fascinating? Shed looked down at his knees with indifferent eyes. Before he knew it, Raha was lying on his thighs like a pillow. She just let her hair fall messily. Shed was used to this kind of behavior by now.
Of course, there were still some things he wasn’t used to. For example, the experiment Raha mentioned earlier. If it was him, he wouldn’t say anything about the experiment, because it would have been a bad memory. However, Raha didn’t seem to care much. Perhaps that was why. Shed often felt strange about this Princess.
Besides, the types of questions she asked were very limited. She only wanted to know the results of the experiment. This Princess did not ask anything else about him.
Where did he come from? What family did he come from? What was his last name? She had never asked any of the personal questions that were usually asked.
Raha grabbed Shedd’s hand and wrapped it around her neck.
There was no attempt to make him tighten her neck like the first day.
It was just wrapping her neck, and Shed felt like he was protecting her neck. It may have just been his imagination.
“The Imperials are not very social in the winter.”
Since they had a big New Year’s party instead. It has been customary for the imperial family to give such winter socials to the nobles, as a favor.
So Raha also liked winter. Because she could stay quiet. But…
“Now that the Emperor has a fiancée, I don’t think that quiet will last long this time.” (Raha)
“You mean you will not come often?” (Shed)
Raha reached out to Shed’s neck. The way his body bent, the way their lips touched, the way his tongue dug. Raha’s breathing slowly began to rise.
She liked this behavior, first the relationship they had for a purpose, but yes. And this slave responded faithfully as a slave should.
So, generally, up to three or four times.
Once in a while, she thought that this relationship was horribly overthrown only at night.
A moan escaped Raha’s mouth. Her breasts twisted into a mess in Shed’s grasp. He must be playing tricks on her on purpose. The proof was in the fact that he was relentlessly touching her apex with his fingers. His calloused hand gripped and kneaded her breasts erotically….
“How many people have you slept with?” (Raha)
Shed, who was kissing Raha’s neck, lifted his head.
“You’re my first.” (Shed)
“Why is it a lie?” (Shed)
“Because…..you’re good at it.” (Raha)
Shed blinked at Raha’s words. He looked away, covering his mouth with his large hand.
“If I was really good, I wouldn’t have knocked you out.” (Shed) (*he meant he made her pass out the first time they did it)
Raha, who was stretching her tongue, gradually frowned her forehead.
So he didn’t know what he was doing at first, but he pushed that monstrous thing into her body?
“I almost died.” (Raha)
“You didn’t die, you’re fine.” (Shed)
“It was really ……big.” (Raha)
Raha’s face was distorted, but she saw the infantile blush on Shed’s cheeks. It made her feel somewhat soft. At times like this, the appearance of an ordinary boy made Raha feel strange.
But now……. Raha liked sleeping with Shed. Of course, there were things she worked harder to help smoothly with the secret project being planned in the Holy Land, but she basically liked him.
There was a difference.
It wasn’t that she liked him, it was that she liked his body. It was not about him, it was about his body. Raha said with her cheek buried in Shed’s chest.
“It will take a while for the garden to be decorated.”
“So let’s go out.”
When Karzen was around, Raha never wanted to show Shed. However, Karzen was currently not in the palace, and there was no one to constrain Raha. There was tight surveillance, but what’s the big deal?
She had to go and see what she had anyway.
A birdcage is a birdcage no matter how big it is, but still, if she’s trapped in a birdcage anyway, a big birdcage is better.
Most importantly, she had to take care of Shed and treat him as a good accessory. If she cherished him too much, she might go against Karzen’s temper again.
Edited note from TL: it wasn’t new slaves that Raha was going to receive but just regular gifts.