Chapter 1. Prologue
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“You give me everything.”
“May I kiss your hand?”
The Princess held out her hand with her usual nonchalant expression. Severo politely approached and placed his lips on the back of the hand that the Princess held out to him. Then he looked up.
For a moment, Severo’s smile stopped. That’s as it should be……..
Today the Princess wore a dress that came up to the end of her neck. It was a beautiful spring fairy-like dress with a thin, translucent fabric underneath that showed through her skin and was lined with thick rose-patterned lace. The skin of the imperial princess, visible between the lace, was as pure white as he remembered.
It was so white that even the faintest trace of red was visible.
He didn’t know it at first. But once he saw it, he recognized the red marks all over her skin, all over her neck, chest, and collarbones. Everywhere he looked, all he could see were the red marks. It was awful.
Intense confusion. The moment Severo reflexively raised his head.
His eyes met Raha’s. She was staring at him. Raha smiled softly.
Severo’s words couldn’t come out. At the same time that his throat reflexively felt strangled, Severo became aware of the fact that someone had grabbed his back and forcibly removed him from the imperial princess.
Instantly, a wordless grip grabbed Severo’s neck. The moment that he choked, Severo was thrown roughly to the floor before the Princess had time to stop him.
Severo curled his body. He heard the sound of a man walking slowly. The man who had thrown himself to the floor grabbed Severo by the chest again and lifted him up. Severo finally looked at the person in front of him. Cold, frozen eyes looked through his own and opened his mouth.
“Do they greet the royalty that long in Delo?”
“It makes me feel so dirty. Are you going to lick my fiancée’s face?”
Only then did Severo realize who this man was. Severo quickly answered with a tingling shock.
“You must be Shed Hildes. I beg your pardon. I was overwhelmed with happiness to see the Princess after a long time….”
To begin to manage public opinion, it was better to at least not go against the royal lord’s mood. He (Severo) heard that this man saved many great nobles on the battlefield.
“It’s all right, Shed.”
Raha, who had been surprised from the moment Severo was thrown to the floor, came to her senses and opened her mouth.
“He’s someone close to me.”
“Let me go. I am also His Majesty’s first aide.”
Shed finally relaxed his grip on Severo’s neck. Severo coughed.
“I see. It’s a misunderstanding.”
“No…… it isn’t.”
Severo struggled to calm his choked breath and reddened face.
He couldn’t afford to look at his face properly earlier, but now that he saw it, it was strange that he hadn’t noticed. Eyes that show the distinctive languor of this characteristic with a strong pedigree and position.The eyes that glared at him as if wanting to kill him was horrifying.
What he didn’t immediately notice was the royal lord’s attire.
He was a royalty, but dressed as a slave….
Oh, crap, crap.
He knew from the documents, of course, that the royal lord had even accepted the condition of being a bedroom slave. But Severo didn’t realize that the lord really lived faithfully as one.
Then the numerous marks on that body of the princess must have been produced by this royal lord. Severo honestly had a hard time keeping his nerve. It was because this was the first time he was grabbed by the neck.
“Come here, Shed.”
Like a ravenous beast that had gone mad, the royal lord, who was glaring to see how to kill Severo, stepped away.
Following the imperial princess’s hand gesture, the royal lord sat down beside her, looked Severo over and said.
“Still, I don’t understand. How could he bring flowers and jewels to a royal who has a fiancé? Because in Hildes it’s a gift for lovers.”
“Is Delo different? Raha.”
Severo was inwardly shocked, hearing Shed calling Raha’s name so familiarly. Up until now, the only person who could call Raha by name was Karzen. And Severo himself had been at the palace for almost a decade but didn’t have the privilege.
Thanks to this, Severo even felt a strange sense of anger.
“Delo is not like that.”
Raha continued, looking at Severo.
“So it’s not about his affection. Nor is it mine.”
“Isn’t that right, Severo?”
“Of course, Princess. It’s just that when I see something precious, I want to give it to the Princess…. It’s my fault for the misunderstanding.”
“Right. It’s wrong to do that.”
Severo still looked shocked that he was being strangled. Because that man’s grip was stronger than he had imagined. Raha herself was shocked how strong Shed was in bed, but did Severo, Karzen’s trusted aide, feel Shed’s strength?
“Go ahead, Severo. Thank you for the gift.”
“I will see you again soon, Princess.”
Severo greeted Raha politely. Then he looked reflectively at Shed. Shed was still looking at him, but when their eyes met, Severo felt a sense of uneasiness. He then greeted the royal lord with a courtesy similar to the one he had given the imperial princess.
He glanced at the imperial princess again before turning away. Earlier, his gaze was almost an aesthetic desire to see the beautiful imperial princess as soon as possible. Now it was a glance as an aide to check on Karzen’s political opponents.
Raha was smiling, giving a loving look to the man next to her.
For more than a decade, Severo now realized in his heart why Karzen was so obsessed with Raha. Were the flowers and jewelry he gave the Princess with the meaning of lovers in mind?
Where would a crazy nobleman dare to think of the imperial princess as his lover?
Of course, he adored that chilling atmosphere immensely. He adored her. Who wouldn’t? A whole army had already lost their mind.
For such beauty, the royal lord would not actually be very important to her. He had a seat next to the Princess, but it didn’t matter.
The problem was the Princess’s friendly eyes and an unfamiliar smile. Who knew that a face that had been just ice for more than a decade would smile that oozed a glimmer of warmth? People seemed to melt away as it were, and sin seemed to slip out of their hands.
So who wouldn’t feel anxious? Because there was only one person who had successfully held the previously icy Princess’s heart, and he was the only one who had ever been able to pull the vast empire together. (*he meant Shed)
‘Blake Duke, that idiot……’
He (Blake) only knew how to hold a sword. What had he been doing without delivering these important facts in a letter to Severo? (*he meant Blake didn’t tell him how deadly and significant Shed was in the letter when Severo in the desert)
Not that news of the Duke of Winston’s rampage was important, was it?
Severo Crassus slipped out of the Princess’s palace without lifting his head.
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Blake Duke, who was about to be hit with a fist as soon as he saw Severo, gave a look of aghast.
“Did you get hit on the face by the Princess? What’s the matter?”
“I would rather be punched in the face.”
“Then walk. His Majesty summons you.”
Severo stepped briskly to his feet.
“Your Imperial Highness really likes the devil she is.”
His head spun when his anger subsided. Raha del Harsa was still a cold-blooded person that made his heart flutter like before.
How many people fell in love with the brutal but brilliant enemy royalty of Karzen? Sadly, Raha del Harsa was the same as her cruel twin.
Brutal but superior, and yet he would make people go around with ice water instead of blood in their bodies.
In fact, Severo Crassus was the same way. If he had met Raha first, he was sure he would be her significant one.
‘She is still very smart.’
Severo presented Raha with a precious flower from the desert. At a quick glance, it looked expensive. But Raha did not ask where he had brought the flower from.
She probably knew but didn’t care. And there was no way anyone else knew its origin.
Everyone on the continent knew that the wise men had left for the desert. She did not ask anything, even though the first aide of the emperor was absent.
Why didn’t she ask? Severo couldn’t say anything unless she asked about his trip to the desert. He couldn’t make her feel uncomfortable. And now while he was gone, there was a gap.
If only he could show a little impatience. He was confident that he could stop whatever the princess had planned.
Severo knew some information. Well, it wasn’t that important information. He was even more impatient because Raha was not a character to speak her mind and the opportunity to open the door for dialogue did not come often.
“How can she be so smart when her parents abused her so much?”
“Please shut up.”
“I mean it.”
Blake probably didn’t know much about how wary Severo was of Raha. Karzen’s twin, who held the right to succession.
He could see that she would surely drag Karzen down, so he tried to clip her wings.
So he tried to open Karzen’s heart first.
If Karzen loved Raha because of her beauty, he could make her lose it.
But he failed. Even though Raha fell into alcohol poisoning and withered away like a skeleton, the interest Karzen showed in her did not decrease in the slightest.
“It’s such a shame. I was really hoping that she became a drunken idiot, but you failed….”
“Why did Oliver or whatever put her back to her original state? How hard would it have been to try to get the Princess addicted to alcohol?”
Blake frowned. It was rather abnormal for Severo to dislike the Imperial Princess with impunity, this man…
“Walk quickly. We must see His Majesty before the Great Council begins.”
“I see. I’ll go.”