Chapter 1 - Reborn into a Villainess
Act 0. The Death of a Villainess
When the girl was young, her mother passed away. Her only remaining family member was her father, who never stayed at home. For as long she could remember, the girl was on her own.
‘I want to see my father,’ she decided one day.
The girl, who yearned for the company of her only family member, secretly went to meet him. However, she received a cold response.
“Why did you come here?”
With a thundering voice, the man scolded the girl on the verge of tears.
“Do not come here again,” he ordered.
The girl didn’t expect him to welcome her, for she was used to his cold indifference, but this sharp memory left a deep scar.
‘My father doesn’t love me,’ she thought.
With a wounded heart, the girl grew older and made her debut in high society.
‘He didn’t come today either.’
Her grand debutante ball was held in the absence of her father. She eventually left the banquet hall, feeling miserable.
‘Did he not come because he’s ashamed of me?’
As she cried to herself, a man appeared in front of her.
“Why are you crying, my lady?”
His words were warm and his gaze attentive. For the man, it may have been a kindness that he could have given to anyone. But for the girl who had been starved of intimacy for so many years, it felt like he was her savior.
After that day, she started to follow him like a shadow, begging for his love until she succeeded in becoming his lover.
“I’ll give you anything you want. All you have to do is love me.”
But reality strayed from her wishes.
“I don’t need your love anymore. Truthfully, I’ve fallen in love with the princess.”
He said goodbye to the girl, whose only dream was to marry him. After their three-year relationship, the breakup left her devastated.
“Even you… abandoned me. I will never forgive you.”
After some time passed, the princess who had stolen her lover consumed poison at a banquet and fell into a coma. This posed a problem because many people had witnessed the person who gave the poisoned cup to the princess.
“You! Did you try to hurt her?”
The girl, who had now blossomed into a woman, frantically shook her head. Although she hated the princess for stealing the man she loved, she never wanted to hurt her. She had simply handed the cup to the princess because she had asked for a drink to quench her thirst.
“No, it wasn’t me!”
But no one believed her. The circumstances surrounding this incident, as well as her usual conduct, marked her as the culprit.
When this became certain, the emperor ordered in anger, “Take that wicked girl to the underground prison. Now!”
But no one moved to receive his orders. Perhaps this was because standing behind the woman was an even more fearful figure than the emperor himself.
Although he had always been indifferent towards her, they were still family. The woman cried while latching onto his hand. Despite his age, he looked like a young man.
“Father, I really didn’t!”
He brushed her off, and her eyes widened in astonishment.
Duke Floyen stared at the emperor as he spoke. “I will personally arrest her.”
The emperor, who was wary of the transcendent man in front of him, sighed. “How can I trust you? I know you’re just going to cause trouble!”
Duke Floyen opened his mouth to appease his anger. “You will have no choice but to trust me if I lock her up in the Room of Shadows.”
The Room of Shadows was a prison cell that confined the most unforgivable sinners. Neither magic nor weapons could break through it, making it notorious for being a place you could never escape from once you got in.
Only immediate members of the royal family could freely open and close its doors, and in this situation, imprisoning her there meant that the duke was giving up on his daughter.
‘How could you do this to me?’
Filled with despair, the woman was led underground by her cold-hearted father. A fishy smell pervaded the cold, musty air. Entering a prison for the first time in her life was more than terrifying. But the most terrifying part was the Room of Shadows, which was shrouded in darkness.
The woman decided to try her luck before entering the cell.
“Father, I really…”
Although she had called out to him in distress, an icy voice met her. The woman felt an indescribable amount of pain as her tears trickled down her cheeks and splattered onto the ground.
‘I’ve really been abandoned.’
At that moment, her father reached into his coat to secretly hand her something before pushing her into the cell.
When the door closed, keeping out his stony voice, a bright light formed a circle and a geometric pattern appeared. It was a powerful enchantment used to block the entrance.
After confirming what her father had given her, the woman was seized by misery and desperation.
‘Why did you give me this? Do you want me to kill myself?’
As the cold air inside the cell settled on her skin, so did the reality of his abandonment. The woman clutched the dagger her father had given her and cried silently.
After some time passed, a stranger approached the woman, who was now fatigued by frustration and misery. As a direct descendant of the royal family, he could freely enter the cell. The prince, who was dressed in black armor, was renowned as a bloodthirsty war fanatic.
“I came to interrogate the sinner who harmed my sister. Get out of my way,” he commanded the guards.
Although he had a bad relationship with his half-sister, it was unlikely that this man was here to save her. He probably wanted to torture her, as he was known to enjoy torturing people.
The appearance of the prince who was clad head to toe in black armor, as the rumors described him to be, made the woman even more afraid.
As she trembled in fear, the guards spoke cautiously. “Y-Your Highness. We apologize, but the emperor, His Majesty, has not yet approved interrogations.”
The prince laughed abruptly. The sound was so terrifying that even the guards trembled.
“Why, do you think I will kill her?”
There was a brief silence. It was a wordless affirmation.
Eventually, the prince spoke again. “Shall I chop off your heads first before interrogating her?”
When the guards pressed their lips into a thin line, he laughed. “The prisoner will only tell the truth if she suffers extreme pain on the verge of death.”
He turned to the woman. “Well, don’t worry. I won’t kill you.”
His calm voice, which uttered such cruel words, heightened the woman’s fears.
‘Will he torture me until I die?’
It was rumored that the prince had not only slaughtered numerous enemy soldiers at the border but had also killed many enemy retainers. He was truly an insane tyrant in the making. It was terrifying that such a man came to interrogate her.
‘It might be better to die than be tortured by someone like him.’
As her rationality became paralyzed by frustration and fear, her last memory with her father came to mind. She wanted to be loved, but he had handed her a dagger.
‘It’s rather good that this happened. Someone like me…’
The woman replayed the countless insults she had received until now: The only disgrace of Duke Floyen, the good-for-nothing that everyone avoided…
She picked up the dagger and laughed hollowly.
‘It’s better for me to just disappear.’
The prince noticed something strange was happening and hurriedly reached out.
But it was too late: She had already plunged the dagger into her chest. Just like that, the woman took her own life.
This was the point where the online novel stopped updating.
‘Ah, it would’ve been nice if there was an ending to the story…’
After all, the real culprit was never uncovered.
I sighed with frustration.
Jubelian Eloy Floyen was the name of the villainess in the novel; The unadaptable villainess who always frustrated me.
“Why did you call me here?”
It was shameless of the man to speak without a hint of remorse.
‘I can’t believe that’s the only thing he has to say after making someone wait for three hours.’
A voice likewise scolded the man. “I see that you’re three hours late.”
His face reddened with embarrassment before cooling down.
“Jubelian.” He called the name again with a lower voice.
This was a natural reaction. It must have been the first time she had spoken against him.
“Did I say something wrong?”
From being a reader of the novel… I somehow became the villainess Jubelian, who died after being abandoned by the male lead.
Act 1. Successful Breakup?
In my previous life, I was an ordinary college student who suffered from a lack of job opportunities.
I admit that I read novels in my spare time, but I lived rather diligently: I worked at a part-time job, gained relevant experience for my dream career, and obtained various certificates for programming, as well as for random things that would have qualified me to become a tea sommelier or bakery technician.
However, all of this was in vain. If I had known that I would be hit by a car on my way to my part-time job, I would have invested a little more time for myself.
I actually often daydreamed about being reincarnated into a character of the upper-class. But I never thought I would be a villainess, especially one destined to have a short life like Jubelian.
Usually, reincarnated people I have read about try to avoid their untimely death. However, my behavior so far has been faithful to the original work.
‘It would have been nice if I realized I was in this novel earlier.’
This was because I only remembered the details of Jubelian’s life later on. On my second anniversary of dating Mikhail, three days ago, I suddenly remembered that she used to harass him. I also remembered that other people’s accusations, which led to my death, were corroborated by such behavior.
‘I used to persistently harass anyone who approached Mikhail.’
In the past, Jubelian threw tantrums and cursed at people who simply tried to strike a conversation with him. There have also been numerous instances where threats were made under her family name.
‘This definitely wasn’t normal.’
Because of these events, Jubelian, who was now me, had many enemies.
Fortunately, I was at the point in the novel where I had not yet collided with other important characters, such as the princess and the crown prince.
‘I need to fix my behavior now.’
I sighed at the face of my grim future.
At that moment, I heard a deep voice speak with an annoyed tone. “Are you angry because I’m late?”