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The aide was clearly in utter confusion as he led Clyde to Jason’s office.
Even more when Clyde kicked Jason’s office door open.
It was said that he was an illegitimate child. The aide made an eye gesture to Clyde. He turned his head and quickly looked at his superior.
Sir Jason Evander would drive this senseless b****rd out.
This rudeness of him that had gone beyond common sense had to be corrected, even though he was a duke.
Of course his noble master would be willing to do it.
But contrary to the secretary’s expectation, Jason Evanders smiled politely and walked to the Duke, reaching out for his hand.
“You’ve come a long way.”
The duke frowned while staring at Jason Evanders’ hand as if he had anything on it.
The duke naturally did not react to the handshake.
“Let’s get down to business.”
“I’d like to know how you found out about the Princess’ foster parents.”
“Please receive my handshake first.”
Jason Evanders grabbed the Duke’s hand. The Duke’s forehead was contorted, as if his grip was much stronger than expected.
“Then, let’s have a conversation.”
Jason smiled as if nothing had happened after letting go of his hand.
“Wouldn’t we still have enough time?”
The atmosphere between the two men was ominous.
“Your Highness the Princess.”
Karen Ethelanche drank the tea from her cup quietly without any expression.
The maid who was standing next to her said.
“His Lord Jason Evanders personally came here to meet Princess Stella directly.”
“I’ve heard that Sir Jason and Lady Karen had a close mutual relationship as dear friends.”
Karen’s teacup was placed back quietly on the plate.
Then the chief maid said carefully.
“However, if you two don’t have any more deal with each other, the monthly contribution given by Evanders to the Imperial Family will be…”
It was a well-known fact that Evanders was giving money to the imperial family in the name of contribution.
The returning Imperial Family was poor and unstable, while on the opposite the Evanders Family were prosperous and needed authority to depend on.
The Imperial Family received money and turned a blind eye from Evans’ solo lead family.
Evanders built the ‘Evanders’ Kingdom’ which harmed the Empire along with the Imperial Family behind it.
That was their deal.
The representative for the deal of the Imperial side was Karen Ethelanche. For Evanders’ side was Jason Evanders.
The deal that had been going on was broken off with the return of Stella.
The Evanders Family no longer contributed to the Imperial Family.
“It was said that His Majesty has spent almost all of the money he has saved to plan a grand coronation for Her Highness the Princess Stella. And also funds to further expand the scale of the Princess’ debutante.”
“My father always did that.”
Karen looked at the empty teacup and said.
It was more like a small murmur.
“…he was always obsessed with useless things. For a worthless empty shell. Even if he was here, he still wouldn’t make any difference.”
Karen didn’t know how the glory of the infinite honor of the Imperial Family was extinguished and how the national treasury ended up ruined.
The chief maid urged her.
“You shouldn’t say such a thing about His Majesty.”
“This is not the time when the authority of the Imperial Family is more important than ever, is it? His Majesty is using this event as an opportunity to show the infinite honor of the Imperial Family to the entire empire. It’s the debutante of Princess Stella, who was no different than anyone else, so it won’t be a disgrace to the great Velvice Empire if it’s just held on a simple scale.”
“But no one knew she was an empty shell.”
Now, and ever since ten years ago.
Karen laughed scornly.
“Get out of here, Lady Fairfax.”
Only then did Karen turn her head away and look up at the maid.
The chief maid simply bowed her head and left the moment she felt like the misery has bern revealed in Karen’s scornful laugh.
Karen stared blankly at the tea table. One corner of her mouth was pulled up.
“Seems like some people have been keeping an eye on the merchants every time while feeling happy when our deals that I’ve been working on had broken off, but my one and only lovely brother had gone out to buy a dress, so it will be a good thing to sell.”
Karen cursed Stella.
She wished for the girl to somehow trip on her own foot.
She hoped repeatedly in her heart.
“I’ll be straightforward since you are curious about this.”
Jason Evanders was still calm when he faced Clyde who felt his anger arose.
Jason spoke in a calm voice.
“First of all, I have to explain about the relationship between the Princess and me.”
Clyde’s expression was visibly contorted at his words.
The relationship between him,
and the Princess.
Jason thought to himself and giggled inwardly.
It was really simple.
Was there anyone else who could show their facial expressions so well?
Jason deliberately paused for a moment.
“…is my customer.”
“Yes. She’s literally my customer.”
Jason’s aide who was standing next to Jason then handed a document to the Duke.
The Duke put the documents on the desk without even bothering to read them.
Jason said while raising one corner of his mouth slightly.
“That’s it. I’m sorry, sir. I forgot that you can’t read.”
Clyde glared at Jason as if he was going to kill him, but Jason opened his mouth, not minding the deadly gaze.
“It is about the Imperial’s watchdog.”
Watchdog. Which is a dog that protected the house.
Clyde didn’t fall for the man’s provocation even though it was an obvious expression of ridicule.
“Even though you have earned the status of the Duke, your unofficial status is only the Imperial Family’s watchdog at best. And you are just the head of those lowly things which roamed the streets. …The Guardian of Heaven who was just supported by the commoners, illegitimate children, slaves, and others? That’s good, but what does that mean in this era of peace?”
“I asked you, how did you know about Princess Stella’s family?”
“That is something I can’t tell you.”
The glass plate on the wooden desk was smashed into pieces because of the Duke’s hand that was slammed on it.
Blood dripped out from the Duke’s clenched fist.
Jason said without losing his composure.
“Why should I tell you my customer’s information? Now, you have to know that I have already done my job which is to give my precious time to you like this.”
“I’m wasting my time because I think you deserve it.”
“You know about it.”
With a loud roar, the luxurious wooden table fell to the side with a loud roar.
It was a fairly heavy table, but with the strength of the Duke’s arm, it fell to the side easily as if it was just a mere toy.
The glass broke into pieces on the floor along with a huge shattering sound.
The Duke spoke with bloody eyes while holding onto Jason by his collar.
“…why did Ethel have to become Princess Stella in just one night?”
The Duke’s voice was unmistakably trembling with pure rage.
The answer came after a long while.
“I don’t know, do you think it may be because of some people inside this empire ……sir?”
“Princess Stella returned to the palace to protect her beloved commoner family.”
“Who could it be?”
Jason said as he snorted.
“From the Imperial Family which you had tried so hard to restore, sir Duke.”
“You must have known that the relationship between the imperial family and the Princess had been strained and fell apart. A lot of things happened. However.”
Jason shook Clyde’s hand off when he was shaken as if he couldn’t believe it.
“It’s my client’s matter, not yours. I see no reason to tell you about my client’s private affairs.”
“The important thing is that the Princess wanted to protect her precious family from the Imperial Family. She is currently the customer who deposited the most money in my bank. Money, authority, and do you know what she doesn’t have?”
Clyde didn’t answer. Jason said as if he had been expecting it.
“The Princess who is supported by the nobles will have power. I know you’re here because you certainly want to be of help to the Princess. But think about it. Do you really believe that you will be of help to the Princess? Even after you knew all of this information.”
Jason’s words continued smoothly as if he was sure of that.
“As an illegitimate child, and then became the leader of a revolutionary group, don’t you think you have a pretty wonderful track record? The Duke isn’t even worthy to be envied and didn’t respected by the nobles but only a subject of fear …what would happen if you were to accompany her in the debutante?”
“People in the society call you a monster, sir Duke.”
The Duke clenched his bloody fists until his fists shook uncontrollably.
Even his short nails were digging into the rough flesh of his palm.
Jason said, as if it was ridiculous to him.
“Now change the subject of the question and ask yourself this question.”
“How much of this action you are currently doing is helping the Princess?”
“Once again, thank you very much for visiting my boutique, Your Highness. I hope you have a safe and peaceful way on your way home.”
Jean Vezelle took off his hat and bowed politely.
“I would rather thank you.”
Jean Vezelle’s face was in a daze, perhaps not expecting my gratitude.
“Please take good care of my dress, Sir.”
“…It’s an honor.”
I nodded slightly to him and leaned my body against the back of the carriage.
The door closed and soon the carriage started to depart.
“To the Dukedom of Sir Darrenhill.”
It was obvious where I would be going.
“Your Grace, I know you’re really heartbroken, but…hing!”
The Duke’s aide, Peter Gilworth, withdrew as he tried to dissuade the Duke.
The Duke was losing his mind when he finally returned to the mansion. He couldn’t control his anger and began to smash and destroy things placed in his office.
The aides didn’t know what to do in this sort of situation and started to say things which were to no avail.
“H-He’s such a rude person… I mean Sir Evanders. Your Grace is such a good Duke….”
He muttered as he picked up one of the papers that was scattered on the floor.
The aide wanted the sky to help him for once and somehow send a savior to stop this mad duke.
And indeed, he was lucky.
At the voice of the woman, the duke’s ferocious red eyes, which people called as ‘monster’, looked up slowly and directed his gaze to the door of the office. The mansion’s maid spoke up.
“Your Highness Princess Stella has come to see you.”
Clyde quickly opened the door by himself and headed to the front door of his mansion.
She stood behind the door like magic.
Like the sunshine, so noble and beautiful which he always drew.
She said while smiling beautifully.
“So I decided to come today.”