Chapter 1 - Prologue
T/N: We will change the term ‘Saint’ to ‘Saintess’ from now on.
“I heard what happened at the wedding dress fitting. You should know it as well since you were there too. Saintess Lina descended from heaven, so of course, she was different from other nobles. Begonia didn’t understand and threw her out with harsh words…”
“Begonia didn’t say anything bad.”
“Yes. She informed Saintess Lina that a dress fitting was not a spectacle. Nobles found it rude to do so. Or, did Saintess Lina say something else?”
Kalis’s forehead was slightly frowned.
“Saintess Lina told me similar words. But the situation..”
“What is wrong with the situation?”
“Damn it, Seria.” Kalis brushed his hair roughly. “Do you like Begonia’s dress that much?”
“Of course I like it. But what made you upset was not it. It can’t be just about the dress. But… yes, I like it.”
“I said I like it, so you can’t be stubborn.”
“But Lina….” Kalis stopped.
Seria looked at him coldly.
“Did you call the Saintess by her name?”
At Seria’s question, Kalis knew he made a mistake. He was her finance but he called the name of another woman so intimately, it was definitely something to be criticized for.
“I made a mistake. But Seria, please understand. It is because I have decided to be St. Lina’s guardian.”
Of course Seria knew about it. In the original story, Seria Stern was unable to control her anger when Lina, who was anxious to crush her opponent, had a prosperous guardian named Kalis Haneton. At that time, Seria angrily rushed to the place where Lina was staying and threw a vase at her. Lina was hurt and Kalis was greatly angered. And that was a shortcut for the villain to fall. So this time, to avoid the history repeating itself, Seria smiled and yielded.
Kalis looks relieved.
“Good. I was afraid that you would get angry. Then sleep well, my dear fiancée.”
Kalis kissed her forehead and smiled. It was a warm smile which was familiar to her. After he left, Seria looked at the wedding dress for quite some time.
The next day, ahead of luncheon, Kalis sent a servant with the news.
“Lady Seria, Marquis Kalis Haneton said that due to unavoidable circumstances, he won’t be able to have lunch with you.”
“Because the Saintess is not stable…”
It’s Lina again. Seria nodded at the servant who sent the news.
“Lady Seria, the Marquis said he won’t be late for dinner.”
She didn’t have much faith. The divine power never stabilized in half a day. In fact, in the original story, Lina had difficulty at the beginning with her unstable divine power. She was devastated and Kalis had to take care of her.
Seria was sorry about Lina’s situation, but it’s unpleasant to think about her, and she didn’t want to waste her time. So, just before supper, she told the servant who sent her the news.
“Tell Kalis the dinner appointment is canceled because I’m busy.”
“Yes? Have you made a dinner appointment with another person?”
“Do I have to tell you about my private life?”
As Seria raised her eyebrows and fumed, the servant snapped back and bowed his head. After all, facing the angry villainess would not be pleasant, the servant withdrew bitterly. After thinking for a moment, she checked the watch.
“Seems like I’ll need to go to the main Castle.”
Originally, Seria was going to have lunch with Kalis, but she went there sooner than expected. She looked around the bedroom. It was indisputably spacious and luxurious. Although she had only come to the Berg estate for the wedding, thanks to being a ‘Stern’, she was able to stay in the very best annex of the Berg Castle.
“Of course, this was also due to perfect timing.”
Grand Duke Lesche Berg, the owner of this castle and the owner of the estate, was quite meticulous but not too pedantic. He was very detailed and strict in regards to his duties and when handling the Knights Order. However, he seemed very visibly annoyed about being the head of the Castle when he had to entertain noble guests.
A truly meticulous aristocrat would analyze in detail the social status, ranking, influence, estate size, marriage status and gender of their guests in order to receive and accommodate them appropriately. However, Lesche Berg was the complete opposite of those kinds of nobles. The only reason Seria received the best wing closest to the main castle was because she had arrived the earliest. Regardless, she would have been lodged at the most luxurious chambers anyway. After all, Seria was none-other than a Stern. And the Berg Domain was never negligent in their treatment of hospitality towards Sterns. Thanks to that, she could enjoy the current situation. After all, when she arrived at the main castle in a few moments, she would meet the leader of the Berg Domain’s Knight Order.
“Lady Seria, you’re paler than usual, do you feel unwell?”
“I seem unwell?” She responded meekly. “I guess it’s because I’ve caught a cold.”
“My lady, it appears you suffer a cold every year.”
“So it seems.”
Alliot, head of the Knights of the Berg family. He was also the first person who opened up her heart and helped her a lot when she became a humble Seria. What did he say to her? Self reflecting was not a bad thing.
‘I was just trying to survive. He said I was naive because people always wield their swords. How do I live in this harsh world if I was so naive..?’