When The Count’s Illegitimate Daughter Gets Married - Chapter 138
Translator and Editor: Effe and Nabi
A long time ago, before the Duke Reinhardt family even existed.
At that time, the nobles were busy without blinking their eyes. Many castles were self-sufficient because mobility technology was not developed. The lord had to thread many fields to rule a small estate.
Nonetheless, from the end of the year, as experts took over their respective fields, the nobles had plenty of time.
What developed then was the social culture.
Beautiful social circle!
…And here, there was a woman who didn’t particularly like that social circle and had plenty of time.
“Mother, what are you thinking?”
Larittet stopped being mesmerized when she heard her child’s voice, smooth like rolling marbles.
“I think about when I first came here a long time ago.”
Laritte and Joshua were enjoying snacks at a white round table outside.
Above it, the roof of the villa provided shade so the two had come to the family villa to play. It was deep in the mountains, a remote place where they had to walk for half a day to get to a nearby village. The place where Laritte came after being abandoned by the Count Brumeier family.
‘Come to think of it, what are the people of Brumeier doing by now?’
Rose, her dad and stepmom, who used to bully her for a sport. It’d been years since Ian sent them away. She hadn’t heard anything in the meantime.
‘…Are they dead?’
When wondering about their life or death, Joshua broke her thoughts again.
“When did mother come here? Was I there, too?”
Young children often do not realize that they were just born.
“No, Joshua is not here yet… When I don’t even know what your father looks like. There were days like that.”
“Father is not there? I should have been here first!”
The little one seemed to be full of thoughts of monopolizing her mother.
‘Still, it’s fortunate that he’s trying to get closer to his dad these days.’
“Because without Ian, you wouldn’t exist either.”
Joshua continued to eat the tangerines on the round white table. Even though the weather was cool, there were tangerines out of season.
Joshua held out a piece of tangerine he had half put in his mouth, perhaps noticing Laritte’s gaze, who was sitting across from him. How great love was to spit it out and give it away even while eating his favorite food.
“Thank you, but I’ll take your heart. Mom doesn’t like tangerines anymore.”
She liked it so much when she was pregnant that Ian’s fingers grew thick from peeling. After giving birth, she stopped eating it.
“Then I wouldn’t like it…”
Joshua frowned. He held out the tangerine to Butterfly’s mouth that had landed on the round table.
“Sister then eat, too.”
However, Butterfly turned her black nose the other way as if she didn’t like the smell of tangerine.
Laritte comforted Joshua.
“I liked tangerines when I had you in my stomach. I’m glad to think that maybe that’s why you like tangerines.”
Eventually, he gave up on holding back the tangerines and started eating them again.
“Twen, what dwos mothur like?” (Then, what does mother like?)
“…Potato? Among fruits, I might like peaches. I can’t eat anymore because of allergies.. because when I was little, your grandmother gave me peaches.”
Olivia came out from the back of the villa just in time, stepping on her lawn. She came here with them.
“…You remember something like that.”
Olivia shyly twisted her silver hair.
Laritte, Joshua, Butterfly, and even Olivia were here.
…However, not all of the Reinhardt family came here.
Ian, like them, didn’t even enjoy a social life. No matter how much the vassals took over the management, there were things that had to go through the hands of the Ducal couple. In the end, he stayed alone in the dukedom and handled the paperwork while swallowing tears.
‘D*mn, I can’t go to the villa and hang out with Laritte…’
Even sitting in the office, he couldn’t control his anger that Laritte was not here.
It was when he banged his head against his work desk that an armed knight visited the office.
An armed knight meant that he was the one who protected the gate who came?
“What’s going on? If it’s trivial, know I will make you do five hundred push-ups.”
Ian was very sensitive now.
“That… d*mned…d*mned… guests? Those damned guests have arrived.”
“What are ‘d*mned guests’? Can’t you speak properly?”
“Salute! The former Count Brumeier, the former Countess, and the former Count Lady have arrived.”
It was Laritte’s old family who treated her as they wished. It was amsuing that ‘former’ was added to their title. He threw them to the marquis, who had a territory in the cold north… how could they not freeze to death and still be alive?
“They are guests. Tie them up and drag them.”
It was the right time to have someone to vent Ian’s anger. After a while, the trio of Brumeiers thrown into the office was in a terrible state.
“Didn’t the Marquis treat you like a servant? It makes no sense whatsoever.”
The count, who used to be polished, has sunken cheeks and his beard was dirty. In addition, one of his legs had been amputated, probably because of frostbite, so he was single-legged. Meanwhile, the Countess and Rose were all attached to each other, but they were skinny as if they would run out of breath at any moment.
The count slammed his head on the floor even though he was tied up.
“What business did the Marquis of the North send you to me? He sent three attendants, so it must be an urgent message, yes.”
“That’s not it, we…”
Ian knew it, too. These guys weren’t sent by the Marquis.
They had survived in the cold for several years, looked for an opportunity, and then fled. It was obvious why they had come to the Duchy instead of living in an inhospitable place.
Ian had no legal right to take their lives. In other words, sending them to serve as servants to the Marquis was illegal. If they ran away, the Marquis would search all over the place, saying, ‘Find them before it bothers the Duke!’ Then, if things didn’t work out, the Marquis would contact him.
Therefore, there would be no place on earth for these guys to hide.
These three former nobles could not go to the authorities and report that they had been illegally imprisoned. The ducal family became a being above the law under the full trust of the imperial family…
In the end, they had two options.
…Either work in the North all their life and freeze to death.
The count begged Ian to let them off it at this point.
“I regretted it a lot, Duke!”
The Countess also helped.
“I thought about it for years. What we did wrong… Laritte, how bad we did to that little child…”
Ian smiled, raising a corner of his mouth. An inexplicable aura overflowed around him.
What did they dare to put in their mouth to lie?
“What exactly did you do wrong to Laritte? Talk about each one of them.”
The Count eagerly shook his head at the sudden suggestion.
“The exploitation of labor and the use of violence… Throwing a shoe in her face if we heard a noise from Laritte’s mouth while eating together, and throwing a shoe in her face if she ignored us at a party, grabbing her hair and throwing her away…”
This time, Ian’s lips trembled.
On the other hand, the Countess, not even noticing that sign, quickly worked her way through her own head.
“Me, too! That…what is it… Yes! A long time ago, when the mother came to ask for the child back, I sent the mother back! I very, very much regret not telling Laritte…!”
Ian touched his forehead.
Now, he wondered how to cook these guys to make them good.
Unknowingly, Rose took her turn.
“I feel bad whenever I see Laritte’s hair, so I use scissors…”
He finally waved her hand at the knight behind her.
“If you go to the back road of the mansion, there is a dungeon that was used in the time of the ancestors, do you know? Lock them in there and watch until only one survives. If the last one survives, cut off their limbs, let them go.”
It just meant that everyone would die.
Eventually, the three of them were dragged away again. After years of hard labor, it was finally time to end their life. They were taken aback. Now, they blamed each other’s fault and blamed the other person who was once their family.
Ian’s gaze landed on the desk again, and he noticed something.
Oh, my god!
Only one document left…!
He quickly signed the last document and stormed out of the office.
Now, it was his turn to go to the villa and join the happy family.
* * *
Ian Reinhardt was always thinking.
Could there be a knight who killed as many people as he did? He beat opponents on the battlefield, and imprisoned people casually and without trial. Because of that, he sometimes got scared before he grabbed Laritte’s white hand.
…Wouldn’t his filth transfer to her?
He hoped she still loved him. In this life, he wanted her to rule the world with him.
Ian finally arrived at the villa. His eyes met with Laritte, who was already relaxing.
As a pure white woman waved her little hand in the distance, he ran up to her and hugged her tightly with his superior physical abilities.
“…Why are you hugging all of a sudden? What’s going on?”
“No. Nothing happened. What about Joshua?”
So, they would be happy for a long time.
Loving family, employees and friends, with the pet who shared their hearts… They would remain as a great couple praised by everyone on the continent.