Arc 4 Chapter 9

 

Count Rondo. On behalf of the crippled Count Rondo, Madame de Flanrose dealt with the count’s big events. Her work was as fair as her social reputation, so no one from the lower ones to the nobles found fault with it.

“Did you find it, ma’am?”

Madame de Flanrose called May, the maid, into the office, scared to return after just going out.

“Come close.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

Madame de Flemish looked at May, who was polite and undisturbed.

Her skin was clean without a freckle, not always doing chores in the sun. Her bobbed hair covering her ears was perfectly neat, and her horizontal shoulder line was steady.

“How long have you been here?”

“This is my second year.”

“Time flies so fast. Come to think of it, you’ve been a well-behaved kid since you first came here.”

“I’m flattered, ma’am.”

Despite the praise of Madame de Flanrose, who was rumored to be stingy with praise, May showed no signs of excitement or joy.

Although she was only a maid, the calmness she often showed was sometimes surprising to Madame de Flanrose.

“When I saw you, I felt sorry that you weren’t born into a noble family.”

“Nobility. It doesn’t matter, ma’am.”

May bowed her head as if she had heard too much praise for herself.

Madame de Flanrose, who was staring at May, said.

“I’ll say nothing more than that. The nobles are the things that heaven

decides. Raise your head and look at me.”

May carefully raised her head. She stared at Madame de Flanrose’s chin without making eye contact so as not to offend. It was a perfect gaze treatment that she really wanted to use as an example of a maid. It was regrettable that she was sending such a child to the Grand Duke, but she gave up because she thought that her life was first.

“You are a good fortune to be a maid of honor for any family. I would like to recommend a family that would suit you.”

“Madame?”

Madame de Flanrose spoke calmly.

“I want you to go to the Grand Duke”

“…!”

May’s eyes shook seriously. It was the first time that Madame de Flanrose had seen such a sympathetic May.

“Princess Veronica was very pleased to hear about you. Why don’t you go to the Grand Dukedom, considering your living conditions and future?”

“I-it’s too sudden…”

“An important choice in life is always sudden. Would you like to go to the great duchy?”

May’s eyes deepened. What is clear is that she was not considering whether this hesitation would go or not. Rather, her eyes contained a little joy that she had never seen before. As if she’d been waiting for this moment.

“Yes, I will follow your wishes, Madame.”

May answered clearly in a small but powerful voice.

“That’s a good idea. It will be a decision without regret.”

Madame de Flanrose also nodded with a satisfactory smile. On the surface, it was a perfect deal to get what each other wanted. And it was none other than Elena who moved the perfect deal.

***

The carriage sent by Madame de Flanrose entered the Grand Duke.

In spite of sending a maid, Madame de Flanrose did not hesitate to send her in a carriage with all her heart and effort. It was to show off her strong relationship with Princess Veronica.

May, who got out of the carriage, looked up at the mansion. The mansion of the Grand Dukedom, which was more splendid than the palace, was magnificent enough to exclaim itself.

“Are you May?”

Anne, who was standing in front of the mansion and waiting, pretended to know in a crooked position. May looked at Anne silently.

Even if she looked at it, she looked younger than three or four years younger. From the beginning, she felt that she wasn’t happy, or that she was trying to dominate in order to gain an edge in the ranks among the maids.

“Yes.”

When May responded, Anne crossed her arms and scattered May up and down with an unpleasant expression. May, whose skin was finer and more beautiful than her freckles, seemed to dislike her.

“You brought all the papers, didn’t you?”

“Yes.”

“Follow me.”

It was in Leabric’s office that Anne took the new girl, thinking about how to mess with her.

“Give me what you brought.”

May was handing out her ID card, personal details, and recommendation letters written by Madame de Flanrose to Leabric.

Without missing a single word, Leabric checked again and again for any suspicious points.

‘… ..I don’t like it, but I can’t help it considering the reputation of the princess who fell to the ground.’

Although she still disapproved of having a maid from outside for Elena, she decided to endure it to raise the social status of Princess Veronica. When there was nothing strange about her identity, Leabric presented the contract, and May signed it without a hitch.

“From this moment on, you are the direct maid of honor for her Majesty. If you don’t know understand something, ask Anne here and learn.”

“Yes, I will serve Your Highness with all my heart.”

“Go and say hello to your Highness.”

May bowed out of the office. Anne walked ahead and explained the interior of the mansion, which was dry. May didn’t pay much attention as she had expected some checks or back-ups. The first thing she needed to do is figure out what’s going on in the mansion. Anne stopped walking when she reached the door of the biggest marble on this floor of the main building. There was still an old look, but she could guess that this was Princess Veronica’s room because of the beautiful-looking knight guarding the door.

“Your Highness, I’ve brought your new maid of honor.”

“Let her in.”

A clear voice was heard beyond the door. Anne, who was impatient, urged.

“What are you standing there for? Your Highness is waiting for you.”

May pushed the handle slowly into the room. Even if you looked around, it was a room that was large enough to be comparable to the room where Madame de Flanrose stayed. Elena was sitting by the window under the warm sun.

“Come here.”

At Elena’s call, May approached. A steady stride and an unbroken line of shoulders. She stood in front of Elena with surprisingly perfect steps to be considered a maid’s gesture.

“Greetings to Princess Veronica. My name is May.”

Her waist, head-down angle, and polite hand shape were just as good as most aristocrats.

“Madame praised you.”

“I’m still not enough.”

Elena glanced down at May, who showed humility. She looked great when she tried to overcome all the hardships and adversities with this delicate body to assassinate Grand Duke Friedrich.

“Don’t you wonder? How you ended up in the grand duchy.”

“I know it’s because Madame recommended me.”

May’s answer was perfunctory. That’s why Madame de Flanrose was famous in society. This is because May had the correct posture as a maid, as she had been educated by Madame.

May assumed that’s why she came to the Grand Duke. Considering the status of the Grand Duke, she would have had to send a particularly outstanding maid of honor among Madame de Flanrose’s maids.

“No. I asked Madame. To let you go.”

“…!”

May’s pupils were shaking. It was because she instinctively felt that what Elena said was unusual. But she couldn’t understand her intentions. Elena smiled.

“You didn’t ask. Why did I ask her to let you go? How I knew about you.”

“That’s right. Your Highness has such an idea…”

Elena put her side hair behind her ears and said meaningfully.

“Everyone hides a knife in their hearts.”

“I’m stupid, so I do not understand all of those words.”

Just like the maids of Madame de Flanrose, she lowered herself and praised Elena with cultured words. Then, she hoped she learned with a lowly attitude. That is why many aristocrats covet Madame de Flanrose’s maids.

“You don’t understand… Then shall I guess who the sword in your heart is pointing at?”

“What do you mean….”

May pretended not to understand the words until the end. But even that pretense was blocked by Elena’s words.

“The Grand Duke.”

“…!”

May’s heart beat wildly. The nerves of her whole body stood on edge like a knife. Those blunt words all felt like thorns aimed at May. As she never expected such a situation to come, May could not decide how to deal with it.

Elena drank a cup of tea while smiling at her. On the other hand, May shed cold sweat on her back.

‘What should I do?’

It did not matter how Elena knew about herself. The fact that she was suspected was important.

As long as she knew the impure intention of coming to the Grand Duchy, there was no chance that she would escape the place alive.

‘It’s funny that I wanted to come here and live, right?’

May laughed bitterly. She just came to the great duchy, but she couldn’t stand the situation of giving up here because she was so ungrateful.

‘In that case, even the great princess…!’

There was life in May’s eyes, trying to let go of everything. Even though revenge failed, just as Grand Duke Friedrich killed her parents, she also thought of taking her blood to her companions on the other side.

“Is that your choice?”

May’s action did not follow Elena’s words, which she paused and threw as if she had read her mind.

“You didn’t struggle to catch a chicken instead of a pheasant, did you?”

“…”

“Why don’t you use me?”

What was she talking about? She wanted her to use her to kill her parents? The answer to the sophistry was in Elena’s following words.

“There are some children who hate their parents.”

“…!”

Elena put the teacup down on the pedestal and smiled significantly.

May didn’t leave for a long time, as if she had been fascinated by the smile.

 

 

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