Episode 1. Chapter 1. Prologue
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For a moment, Theodore’s mood subsided.
He didn’t care about the woman who imitated Yvonne and what kind of relationship she has with Ferdinand’s headmaster.
‘But why am I so angry?’
Theodore clenched his fists under the table.
‘You come out of the man’s bedroom every night?’
As soon as he imagined it, a strong curse rose to the bottom of his throat. He wanted to find her and ask her right away.
Do you really have that kind of relationship with Benjamin Ferdinand?
Dare to look at me with those eyes, and not be quiet from behind…
‘No. That woman is not Yvonne . I don’t need to be angry, no need to get excited.’
Theodore took a deep breath to calm his trembling, Katarina said, glancing at his face.
“The engagement ceremony is just around the corner.”
Four days later, it would be their engagement ceremony.
“But, bear in mind. The Empress’s seat is not yours.”
“But Your Majesty must keep your promise.”
“So, have you thought about how you’re going to kick Benjamin out?”
“This was a harvest I never really thought of……”
At Theodor’s question, Katarina secretly lowered her voice and whispered.
“There were traces of murder magic. While checking the crystal ball for your Majesty, it broke. The darkest of dark magic was manifested in Ferdinand’s Courtyard.”
At that moment, Theodore’s forehead slowly wrinkled.
Murder magic was the most dangerous of all black magic and at the same time absolutely forbidden.
“As far as I know, there are only two people who can use that difficult technique. Dead Rudolph and Benjamin.”
As it was a dangerous magic, the conditions for activation were difficult and tricky. Ferdinand’s headmaster had to be enough to realize it.
“The only thing that can destroy that magic is a strong divine power, so I contacted the temple……”
“No. You don’t have to.”
Theodore cut Katarina’s words firmly and said,
“I’m going to check it out myself.”
“I know someone who has strong divine powers.”
“However, no matter if you’re the emperor, walking in the courtyard of the mansion…”
“What is the problem?”
Theodore snorted briefly.
“If I use the excuse to come to visit my fiancée, no one will stop me.”
“I have no access to the courtyard. If you go there, you will be in danger.”
“Who dares threaten me?”
“Ferdinand’s prohibition is at stake. Only those with permission from the headmaster can enter and exit.”
Theodore groaned and cursed.
He was a little nervous when he heard that there were traces of murder magic.
He wasn’t meant to fulfill his promise to Katarina and drive Benjamin out. If Katarina was Ferdinand’s master or not, what does she have to do with him?
As Katarina had envisioned, Theodore possessed a rotten personality and he could throw her away like an old shoe.
The only thing he was worried about was that the murder magic might be on Yvonne….
Theodore shook his head not to think any further.
“So, how are you going to check that?”
“There is only one way. To summon a person with strong divine power to the mansion courtyard.”
“There is a large tree in the courtyard of the mansion. From generation to generation, the people of the Ferdinand family received the blessing of the priest there when they became pregnant.”
Theodore’s eyes narrowed slowly.
Katarina rolled up the corners of her red lips and smiled.
That one word blew my mind.
It was none other than Ernst who asked the doctor, even more surprised than I was.
Just before I lost consciousness, the voice I heard was none other than that of Ernst.
He came to see me because he had something to tell me, and found me collapsing on the other side, and brought me to the palace and called a doctor.
Fortunately, I regained consciousness with quick treatment, but the fever still did not go away.
In the midst of confusion, the doctor said that there was something a bit strange and asked if he could check again.
I nodded vaguely, brimming with heat. The doctor then tilted his head and asked a few questions with a serious expression.
[Have you recently had no appetite, or have a strong feeling of vomiting in front of food….?]
[How about sleeping….?]
[Excuse me, but when was your last day of your period…?]
And at the end he said,
“It’s definitely a pregnancy.”
I had a child.
Ernst groaned, sprinted from his seat and stood up.
At that moment, my head rang and I frowned, and he quickly apologized and sat back quietly.
I quietly recalled my last relationship with Theodore. So before he lost his memory, when he was still my sweet Theo.
“Are you sure?”
Barely parting my lips to ask, the doctor said firmly, with no room for reconsideration.
There was a brief silence in the room for a moment. The doctor gave me some instructions along with some precautions, but I didn’t hear him properly. Instead of me nodding my head in silence, Ernst listened intently to the instructions.
When the doctor finally left and only Ernst and I were left in the room.
“I, Yves, you, you’re pregnant, what the hell is this…”
Ernst stuttered, his voice trembling.
To him, my pregnancy seemed shocking.
Well, he didn’t know the exact relationship between me and Theo.
“Well then, the baby’s father…..”
When I didn’t answer, he opened his eyes and suddenly his complexion turned white.
“Is it The……”
“Shut up, Ernst.”
Ernst bit his lips tightly at the bloody profanity that flowed from my mouth.
I realized later that I had sweared and stroked my lower abdomen.
“Are you surprised, baby? I’m sorry I used bad words.”
Ernst glanced at me from the side.
“No, just..… .”
“If you have something to say, say it.”
I listened to his words and stared at my flat belly.
So, there was a baby in this womb.
Me and Theo’s baby…
The moment I heard the words from the doctor, my heart pounded with surprise and unknown emotions.
I never wanted to be a mother.
But it was only in a moment that the fear and embarrassment of having a life in my stomach quickly turned into an astonishing amount of affection and love.
‘I have a family. A true family that no one can deny….’
I thought for a moment of my Theo, my baby’s father.
At that moment, the joy and ecstasy that had overflowed a little while ago quickly faded away.
My baby’s father was going to get engaged to another woman four days later.
‘But there’s still time left….’
I bit my lower lip and got up.
“Yves? Uh, where are you going?”
Ernst helped me up in surprise, but I pushed him away and refused.
“It’s okay. Now I can walk alone.”
My head wasn’t as dizzy as before. Rather, it cleared up.
I knew what I had to do now.
I had to meet Theodore.
When he had just lost his memory, I tried to talk to him several times, but failed each time in his iron-walled defense.
The last attempt was probably then.
The night I sneaked into his bedroom, I saw him with another woman and ran away without realizing it…
Since then, I had come to know he suffered from headaches whenever he touched his past memories……
‘Even if I can’t tell him that I’m Yvonne, I have to tell him about the baby’s existence.’
I glanced at the sword hanging from my waist.
I was pregnant, so I wouldn’t be able to use the sword. However, just because I couldn’t use my sword did not mean that my swordsmanship was completely gone.
I was the daughter of Chernicia, and I learned the sword as I ate and breathed.
Today, I will try to converse with Theodore by beating him with the sword.
Or if he was with another girl like last time, I won’t be fooled, and I will beat her painfully and chase her away.
Katarina was the only woman who was supposed to be with him anyway, so there was no guilt in my determination to hit him sick. Would he believe me? The odds were low.
It was unlikely that he would want to talk to me, much less likely to believe me.
But thinking about the baby in my womb, I could not hesitate and back down.
Having made up my mind, I bravely went to his palace.
Seeing my still bloodless face, everyone asked if I saw a doctor, but it said I was fine.
“Where is His Majesty?”
“Ah, that’s… He finished his schedule early today and he’s resting in his room……”
Even though it was a common question, everyone turned their heads and blushed.
“What’s the matter? What happened?”
“He’s friendly today.”
“He seems to be in a good mood.”
“His Majesty is in a good mood?”
Hearing that Theodore was in a good mood made me feel a little more at ease. If he was in a good mood, wouldn’t he be more willing to accept my attempts to talk?
As I was taking steps that gradually became lighter, I suddenly found a woman walking in the opposite direction and stopped.
The woman also noticed me and stopped, and then she smiled languidly.
“Hello, Sir Yves.”
Obviously, until yesterday, Katarina, who had crawled in front of me, looked at me with a happy expression on her lips, it was a winner’s smile.
“On my engagement day.”
She took one step closer to me and whispered softly into my ear.
“It’ll be amazing to be escorted by the sword of Chernicia.”
“What are you talking about…?”
It was during a hunting contest that I was ordered to escort her.
It was because she whined and asked Theo to make me escort her that one day.
But suddenly she asked me to escort her on her engagement day?
When I was about to ask what she was talking about, I stopped. There was a clear trace of Theodore’s kiss on the back of her neck. While I was frozen for a moment, Katarina smiled and walked away.
Suddenly my heart raced nervously, but I shook my head vigorously.
There was no time for this here. I had to meet Theodore quickly.
When I arrived at Theodore’s room, suppressing my anxious pounding heart.
“Your Majesty, I have something to tell you…”
I had no choice but to stop once again as I walked with a determination that I would never back down.
He found me and looked back with a frown.
The traces of the woman’s cosmetics that were smeared on his lips caught my eye.
I was speechless for a moment and stood blankly, and he called me first.
“You’re just in time. Yves Llewellyn.”
For some reason he smiled softly.
“Four days later, on the day of the engagement, you have work to do.”
It was the first time he’s spoken so sweetly to me since he lost his memory.
“Miss Katarina is carrying my child. You should treat her like royalty and escort her with extra care.”
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