Published at 19th of December 2020 09:33:23 PM
(Take a hint, who is this?… I’ll leave the answer at the end)
I’m currently counting the stars in the night sky from the window . I had been doing so for a few hours .
There’s wine on the balcony table . Unlike aged wines, it has a young, bright and clear red color .
It’s like Mary Sharon … my fiancée’s hair color . I sighed .
“What are you, master doing? Escaping from reality?”
Mio says, while violently dropping the jug on the table .
I stared at her .
“I haven’t escaped to alcohol . Rather, I’m in a really good mood . ”
“That’s proof that you haven’t seen reality . ”
When Mio asked me, she had an angry expression on her face and laid her hand on her waist . She has no mercy for such cases .
“Mary refused to get engaged with you . ”
“Well …, but … I certainly sent a letter of courtship to the Sharon’s family, and she came . I wonder if it’s not that… the engagement has been made at that moment . ”
“Good lie . And what benefit has that –engagement- if you don’t get her approval? Will she marry you? Or will you use the Sharon family for that?”
Uhhhh . I can’t answer . Mio has no mercy .
“You’ve been courting Anastasia Sharon, the late daughter of the Sharon family . ”
“… yes … but… that’s not it . ”
“And she’s Mary Sharon, sister of Anastasia . ”
“That’s why the first courtship is invalid . You have never courted Mary before . ”
“Well, there’s no help for it!”
I raised my voice .
“Because the protagonist of the party was crouching alone in the dark !?”
“… In fact, that’s right, so it can’t be helped . ”
Mio also sighed and had a rare, bitter look .
Yes, not just me . She also misunderstood .
The sister’s position and her name .
That night, I fell in love at first sight, with the red-haired girl who chatted with me in the garden . But the confusion came when I entered the main hall . The birthday was for “Mary” the youngest daughter of the Sharon’s, but Anastasia was the protagonist of the party and receiving the greetings and gifts instead . I instantly thought that “Mary” the protagonist of the birthday party, was the girl in the main hall, and that the girl I fell in love with, at the garden, was Anastasia…
The distress of not knowing which girl he talked to, came because of the rumors within the aristocracy . The reason why he doesn’t come out into the social world is just because of this so called rumors .
An invitation to noble daughter’s birthday parties only applied to outstanding single men .
In my early social life, a friend, Louis Fon, came to me laughing with the same invitation I had just received to a party .
“Well, the more outstanding you are, the more they offer you their daughters . ”
“… It’s quite lowly . ”
I sighed . He receives chocolate from practically all the aristocratic girls of the capital . I find repulsive that behavior, I just say thanks, and turn my back .
My friend laughed at my comment .
“But, in fact, she’s a pretty woman, and she’s a daughter of Sharon’s . I can’t go because I already have a fiancée, but why don’t you go, Cyrus?”
“… I’m not interested in noble women . ”
Louis laughed until he had tears in his eyes .
“Yes, I know, ordinary noble girls hate east men thinking that they are a barbaric tribe . ”
“… Don’t put those dirty words in your mouth . It’s just that they hate my skin and eyes . ”
“But they still come for you? “
“They’re looking for position, money and face . Except for the color, my appearance is impeccable . That’s why they still come . ”
“Say for yourself… “
“I can’t ignore those who insult me . They speak lovingly with their mouths and look down at me and my mother with their eyes . ”
“Oh, say that again . You’re so choosing of people, that’s why you have so few servants and so few friends?”
“Mio and Louis are enough . ”
My friend shrugged and bitterly smiled .
“… You’re a good man, Cyrus . I’m really looking forward to seeing a woman who will catch your heart . ”
I went silent and chewed the chocolate . While deciding in my heart that such a day will never come .
Still, I don’t have the option of being single for life .
I’m a Count, the only boy of my family . If I continue single, I cannot succeed my family, because I have the obligation to have children . And my woman must be from a decent family .
The woman is in charge of social relations and managing the finances . This is her duty and responsibility . I have no hesitation in getting a loveless marriage .
But … I don’t want to have a concubine . Even in a marriage without love, only one wife is good in the room .
Because I know the feud between my mother, Liu Liu, and my father’s first wife .
Mrs . Laura, the first wife of Duke Alfred of Granado, was the daughter of an aristocrat, married to him in a political marriage . She had three children with my father, and after that she never spoke again to father and spent her time in the Duke Castle .
However, she changed after a concubine arrived . She hated Liu Liu and violently mistreated and insulted her .
Eventually Liu Liu gave birth to a son . He was a boy with strong characteristics of the eastern people .
The Dukedom will eventually be inherited by this boy–
The day after Mrs . Laura heard about the boy being born… she committed suicide .
Because all of her children were girls .
Then … my father upgraded Liu Liu to the position of legal wife and duchess, but my mother left the duke . She inherited only a few servants and an old castle, and made a fortune trading with the Eastern Republic using her former position as a merchant . She just does the duties that a Duchess cannot avoid . She still thinks of herself as just a concubine .
That is the history of me and the Granado family .
To be honest, I am uncomfortable with the Duke’s castle . I also disliked noble gatherings . I continued to flee from the social world with all my might, including the use of laughable excuses and ruining all attempts of marriage with noble daughters .
Dislike—No, it’s even worse than that . It’s scary for me .
To love and be loved . Getting married and having children .
The more serious is the proposal, the more scared I was .
I don’t want to think about that . I don’t have to love .
I read the envelope in my hand … the birthday party invitation .
Mary Sharon . An 18-year-old, second daughter of Baron Sharon .
According to reports, the baron is in great need of money . The rank is not high either .
…… It might be just right .
Anyway, if she’s an incompetent and arrogant noble daughter, it is easier to control her .
I was impressed to see that she was beautiful, but I don’t care . It’s a face I’ll never see if I can have a child .
I went to Mary Sharon’s birthday party with just such calculations .
And, earlier than meeting the “leader”, I met her .
Skin that cannot be said to be dark, but tanned under the sun . Red hair like a ragged hairball .
She is wearing a gray ugly dress, probably of poor quality cotton .
Her back was curled up and shrunk like a frightened donkey .
What’s this… What does she do in the courtyard at night in a birthday party like this? This behavior is suspicious even for servants . I doubted her and asked how to get to the mansion .
Mio said she was Sharon’s daughter, but my suspicions remained . Isn’t she a thief? I’ll grab her if so! I smile while studying her intentions .
“She” saw me . At that moment, my face changed .
――Maybe you’re from the eastern tribe? Ipsandros?
To be honest, I was confused at that time .
As the name implies, the Eastern Republic is a country on the eastern continent, a large country with many people . This dark hair and brown skin are characteristics of the whole eastern tribe . But this was the first time he was identified as –Ipsandros- . Probably because of the eyes sparkling in the darkness .
But without knowledge, she can’t understand the difference .
When he affirmed in Ipsian language, she responded in Ipsian language . She knew the true nature of the Eastern Republic, which most royal capitals did not know . Culture beyond imagination . And above all, I was surprised at the change in her expression while talking about it .
It is completely different from the cloudy face just before . She opens her eyes wide, her eyes shine and smile, she opens her mouth to pronounce the Ipsian language beautifully, and speaks happily .
She stretches her back unknowingly, trying to get closer to me to speak .
…… A beautiful woman . If you look closely, you can see the goodness of the material . A thin chin, a small and elegant nose, and big pupils . Eyelashes rich enough to tremble when breathing . There is no charm, but she’s like a gem in brute .
Her full yet simple and honest smile balanced all her imperfections and she laughed like a little girl .
On the slightly freckled face, bright yellow eyes shimmer, and she looks straight up at my face .
–I love the story of Ipsandros–
…… Anyone who is just right for my family status and can give birth to a child is fine . I would be grateful if she could understand Ipsian .
All such calculations were blown away .
It doesn’t matter who she is .
I fell in love with her .
— This is Cyrus feelings and thoughts!