I’m In Trouble Because My Husband Is So Cute - Chapter 124
Translator and Editor: Effe and Nabi
Seeing the mistress suddenly picking up a dog, Mary widened her eyes and asked in surprise.
“Oh my, where does this dog come from?”
“I brought it because it was in the rain.”
“We have to wash first. God, I think it’s pregnant though it’s too skinny.”
Having said that, Mary held the dog carefully. Despite the potential inconvenience, it was fortunate that she was more than willing to look after the dog as it wagged her tail slightly.
Mary, who was watching the dog, opened her mouth again.
“Although it might not be able to eat properly, so it was pretty thin, it doesn’t seem to be in any particular pain.”
“Yes. Instead, I think it’s not long till the due date… I’ll take a good look.”
“Thank you, Mary must be busy as well.”
Iellie said it with all her heart. Mary smiled at her and shook her head.
“No. Madam is busier than we are.”
“I know very well that Madam cares for us a lot.”
The kind words tickled Iellie’s heart like it was being rubbed by feathers. In the meanwhile, Mary picked up the dog and held it.
“So we have to help you with this as well.”
“Don’t worry too much. I’ll wash and feed the dog and send it back to Madam’s room.”
In the end, Iellie nodded her head. At the same time, the thought that the people of the Duke’s castle trusted her warmed her heart deeply.
Crackling sparks enveloped the firewood with their sound. The dog, having eaten its fill of food and water and now clean, lay slumbering, swathed in a gentle fabric. Iellie crouched beside it, attentively examining it.
“Oh, Zachary. You’re back?”
As she smiled brightly, Zachary lowered his head and looked down at the dog. His brow wrinkled.
He was uncomfortable with that dog… precisely, he was uncomfortable with the affection Iellie showed the dog. Even though he knew he was not being rational, he felt like she was going away.
Zachary tried to pretend to be calm.
“What is the dog’s name?”
“The dog’s name?”
She was troubled for a moment. Iellie, who looked down at the brown fur, whispered in an affectionate voice.
“I’ll call it Tori.”
That was the name of the dog she had in her previous life.
Zachary stared blankly at his wife, smiling broadly. Why did he feel this way? Unconsciously, he reached out and grabbed her shoulder.
Replying so, he smiled awkwardly at Iellie, who was looking at him with a questioning face. Not knowing how to explain the discomfort he was feeling, he had no choice but to pretend to be calm somehow.
“By the way, it seems like you’re only looking at the dog lately.”
“That’s because it’s not long before Tori’s due date.”
As she narrowed her eyes, she then asked in a puzzled voice.
“Zachary, you look strangely sensitive today. Are you okay?”
“…Yes, it’s nothing.”
Zachary nibbled at his lip. He was nervous enough that she could see through it. Still, he couldn’t ease the thought that sometimes, it felt like Iellie would be leaving for a very distant place and would never return.
‘But how am I going to explain this anxiety to her?’
He had already told her about her insecurities, and she promised him that she would never leave him. If that were the case, he would just have to trust Iellie, so he tried hard to suppress his agitated heart.
* * *
The next day.
When she woke up after oversleeping, Iellie heard good news. Mary smiled and announced.
“Madam, Tori gave birth at dawn yesterday.”
Iellie’s expression brightened. Whenever she heard such good news, the first person that came to mind was…
“I have to tell Zachary immediately.”
Naturally, it was Zachary.
In the meanwhile, Mary smiled at her as if she had already anticipated her reaction.
“Of course. The master is probably in the Knights Building.”
“Thank you, Mary. By the way, was he in charge of training today?”
“No, come to think of it…”
Mary also widened her eyes. Usually, the basic physical training of the knights was carried out separately by the knight commander, and Zachary trained the knights three times a week by sparring directly with the knights.
‘Though it isn’t his sparring day today?’
Confusion clouded her expression as she made her way to the Knights Building. There, she found Zachary submerged amidst a mound of documents.
Zachary pivoted, turning his body toward her. With a perplexed countenance, she advanced toward him.
“You’re working early in the morning?”
“I have some papers to look at.”
“Can I help you?”
“No, you don’t have to. You also have a lot of work.”
At the gentle but sharp attitude, she paused.
‘Maybe he’s a little tired…?’
“You know, Tori gave birth.”
“Yes. So, I was going to ask you if you want to see the puppies together…”
She blurted out her words.
It was strange.
As she tilted her head, Iellie carefully opened her lips again.
“Is there something wrong?”
“No, nothing like that.”
“Then, why do you look so bad?”
At her words, Zachary suddenly swept his face with his hand. Perhaps he showed off his uncomfortable feelings?
“It’s not like that, Len.”
As he removed his hand, the usual smile hung over Zachary’s face. He uttered softly.
Seeing him covered in a mask-like smile, she couldn’t say anything. Still, there was something that really bothered her, and she exited the building with Zachary in an ambiguous mood. It must have been her misunderstanding that he seemed a bit depressed since he looked no different than usual.
Iellie took Zachary’s hand and headed towards the dogs.
“Look at this, isn’t it cute?”
She whispered to him excitedly.
Zachary looked down at the nursing mother dog and the wriggling puppies. There were five little puppies under the arms of the brown mother dog.
“There are many different colors.”
It was a mixture of spots, snow-white and brown puppies resembling their mother. In order to be considerate of the sensitive mother dog, shortly after giving birth, the two did not touch the dog and just watched.
“That, you see.”
In the meantime, Iellie’s lips moved slightly. Just like that, she wrapped her fingers around Zachary’s.
“Someday, can we…”
He tilted his head as he stared at the woman in front of him with her cheeks burning red and fingers wriggling.
“…Can we have a child, too?”
“A, a child?”
“Well, bearing an heir to the Ducal family is also our duty…!”
While she spoke gibberish, Zachary, who widened his eyes, smiled unknowingly.
Iellie, who had blushed, now looked confused. Zachary strengthened his hand that held her.
‘…Perhaps she doesn’t know.’
As soon as he heard the words, he felt a sense of relief. To talk about a child, it meant that she designed a future with him. He felt like she was trying to stay here on her own.
“You are really strange these days.”
“I’m sorry. It seems that I’ve acted a bit strange.”
He replied with an extremely happy face.
Confused, Iellie stared at Zachary.
“I’m just jealous of the dogs.”
“Something like that.”
Saying so, he smiled at her and bent over before whispering affectionately to the wriggling puppies.
Of course, there was no way the dogs could understand what he was saying. The doubt was in Iellie, not the dogs.
“What are you sorry about?”
After answering that, Zachary quietly closed his eyes.
‘Well, it’s good that his mood has eased a little.’
Iellie decided to think about it that way as she gazed at the puppies wriggling peacefully on the blanket.
This is just my guess, but the Tori might come from ‘Bamtori 밤토리’ aka chestnut, which is brown in color. It’s also a popular bear character, Bamtoree.