I’m In Trouble Because My Husband Is So Cute - Chapter 129
Translator and Editor: Effe and Nabi
Under Zachary’s protection, Iellie achieved what she wanted to her heart’s content. The noble ladies, who were impressed by her passionate activities, also followed her one by one.
In the meanwhile, she visited her husband.
“I want to create a fund to support a limited number of talented female artists.”
“Yes, I will help them get an education or help them if they are going through a difficult life…”
No matter how talented they were, if they didn’t have money, their talent would fade. Although there were ways for male artists to receive help, including support from nobles, it was difficult for female artists.
“I think it’s ridiculous that talent should be buried just because they’re a woman.”
Iellie, who was saying that, suddenly stopped. Wasn’t she using up too much of the Duchy’s budget?
“Well, I’ll use my own money, so don’t worry about that…”
“Why do you have to use your own money? In addition to the housekeeping money, there’s also a budget set aside by the Duchy to be used for the mistress.”
“But the salon I run is personal. Using the budget for something like that…”
Zachary kissed her on the side. His sweet voice pours into her ears.
“You are the mistress of the Duchy, and the entire budget of the duchy is yours.”
“You can do whatever you want.”
Uttering so, his voice was firm. As she was held in his arms, Iellie blinked her eyes and looked up at him.
“Hmm… but it’s for personal use?”
“It is for the Hessenweitz’s mistress to use. How can it be for personal use?”
Instead, Zachary, who asked curiously, raised his teeth and lightly bit her neck, and she shuddered. The feel of his tooth gently touching her gave her pleasant goosebumps.
Then, he whispered lazily.
“You’ll at least let me monopolize my wife in bed, right?”
“…Even if I say no, you’re going to do it, right?”
“As expected, you’re my Len. You know me so well that it’s scary?”
After saying that, he gently laid her down on the bed as Iellie smiled without realizing it.
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In the late dawn, the dimly lit lights scattered a pale scarlet light. Iellie was looking at the documents related to the oyster farming business once again. There was something wrong with it, her eyebrows furrowed slightly.
“…Len, what are you doing not sleeping?”
Came a muffled voice. When she looked back at her husband, Zachary hugged her from behind.
“Are you working this late?”
“Yes, there’s something I need to look into.”
“What are you looking at… ah.”
Asking that, Zachary glanced at the documents over her shoulder before his pupils narrowed after a moment.
“The oyster farming business?”
“Yes. But now this applicant… isn’t it a little strange?”
When she pointed to one of the names, he slightly wrinkled his forehead. He felt a slight sense of discomfort.
“It’s too timely to suddenly report to the Duchy and receive support.”
“Yes… It looks like it.”
“I thought it was a bit too much to suspect based on that alone, so I did some more research.”
Leaning into Zachary’s arms, who hugged her from behind, she gazed up at him and continued her words.
“I ended up discovering more suspicious parts.”
“Well, I told them to post a report on how they will use the funds for business if they receive support.”
As Iellie flicked the tip of her pen, her husband tightened his arms that hugged her. He asked the same question.
“Because the fishermen were illiterate, I offered to assign them administrators, and they all accepted.”
Administrators monitor whether budget execution is transparent while listening to the grievances of fishermen and escalating them to higher levels. Since the relationship was mutually beneficial, there was no reason for the fishermen to reject the administrator.
“…This person declined the offer of help from the administrative office and submitted the report on his own.”
To put it another way, rejecting the administrative office itself means that there was something about it that should not be revealed to the outside world.
Iellie narrowed her brows. She tapped the report with her pen.
“So, I read the report they sent?”
“It’s so neat.”
That was the reason for the sense of discomfort that Iellie felt. It was so flawless.
Zachary tilted his head.
“What does that mean?”
“It means it’s too neat to think it was written by just a fisherman.”
Iellie narrowed her eyebrows and answered. Seeing puzzlement flash through Zachary’s eyes, she added her words.
“As if someone… had ghostwritten it for them.”
At that, Zachary’s expression hardened slightly. In the meanwhile, Iellie leaned her head against his body, and she continued what she said.
“Of course, looking at this, there are only suspicions, and there is no confirmation, so I ordered a separate investigation…”
Iellie, who was shaking her head, eventually smiled fiercely. She then spoke softly to Zachary.
“…Well, that County Laurent is involved?”
His eyes suddenly turned cold. He asked in a voice that sounded like a wild animal growling.
“Count Laurent’s family?”
“Yes. They reported a disguised transfer. Of course, the intention is to get a share of the aquaculture business.”
Why was his maternal family always like this? The sorrow deepened on his face.
He said coldly.
“I think Count Laurent probably also joined in, in the form of preparing the documents.”
“That is likely to be the case. It would have been difficult for the Countess to decorate the document herself.”
“Well, since the Count is in the capital now, the Countess would have done the actual work.”
At his words, she seemed to be in deep thought. Iellie, who had been trying to think for a moment, eventually opened her lips again.
“Yes, there’s that problem, too… Besides, we have to save people, right?”
“Are you talking about the person who will enter the Duchy on behalf of the County when the transfer is completed?”
“Yes, that’s it.”
As she nodded, Zachary now had a disgusted look painted on his face. When she saw him like that, she looked like she was at a loss.
In any case, wasn’t Count Laurent’s family related to him by blood?
“By the way, Zachary, are you okay?”
“Though they are your maternal relatives.”
Iellie said to him with a slightly worried look, but Zachary suddenly shook his head.
“Of course, you are my only family anyway.”
When he smiled softly after saying so, Iellie found herself speechless. She knew how big and deep his affection for her was. The next moment, Zachary kissed her gently on the lips. It wasn’t a kiss with sexual connotations, but it was just a kiss of sharing warmth.
A muffled voice came as their breathing mingled with each other.
“Len. I only need you.”
Her heart was touched when she realized that his words were sincere. Iellie lightly caressed Zachary’s cheek.