Chapter 38 - More Days
Act 5. The Grand Duke’s Staff
There were dark circles on Thomas’s freckled face. He was the young butler of Grand Duke Arsen. Due to his master’s travels, his originally dull face was in an even worse state.
“Is he still not in yet?” Venio’s courtier, Theodore, asked Thomas, who was about to keel over and die.
Thomas wailed exhaustedly, “Yes, and that’s not all. His Majesty keeps sending orders for him to enter the palace once every 30 minutes. Young girls we had never even heard of have sent a mountain of invitations to confirm the authenticity of the rumors.”
Theodore clicked his tongue at Thomas, who had his face buried in his hands again.
“To think I get to see something like this after living so long. Who would have known that His Excellency would go crazy because of love?”
Then, despite almost weeping, Thomas looked around him sharply. When he confirmed that no one was there, he cried to Theodore, “Who’s crazy? Please be careful with what you say, unless you have decided to die.”
Thomas used to be an assassin. Although he vented about negative things only to Theodore, he often took on such an expression and threatened others.
Pressured by both the butler and the master, Theodore thought about what an unfair world it was that he was living in. After swearing inwardly at Thomas and his master, Theodore opened his mouth to speak carefully, “Did they say, Estevan?”
“How beautiful is she to have captured our master’s heart? I am really curious.”
“I’m curious too.”
“Yeah, you must be. The last time I investigated the three dukes, I don’t remember seeing any striking beauty there, though I didn’t look into their family histories. Anyway, I don’t remember any such face. Am I missing any information?”
It was inconvenient to say that she was a child born out of wedlock, barely known to the outside world.
Suddenly, Thomas rubbed his dry eyes once more and licked his lips. It wasn’t until Theodore was so frustrated that almost seemed to be smoking that Thomas said in a strange tone, “Now, we just have to see who she is.”
The words that followed softly were terribly cold, “I hope it’s not a young girl who’s doing something pointless.”
‘As a butler, he’s just like his master.’ Theodore rubbed his arms, which have broke out in goosebumps. That night, the two were finally able to meet the lady. To be more precise, they managed to catch a glimpse of her.
Venio, the owner of this house, smashed the door open and entered. Theodore, who thought that the Grand Duke had finally gone mad, soon encountered a situation a little different from what he had imagined.
“Thomas, call the doctor! If not, call the priest.”
Thomas moved briskly behind the Grand Duke, quickly whisked away, and disappeared inward.
The family doctor was on a business trip, so Thomas probably went to call for the high priest, Gideon. But Theodore, who had nothing to do, just stood there with his mouth hanging open.
‘It seemed like he was carrying someone just now…?’
He was not a person who would carry someone so dearly because as a Grand Duke, he was someone who lived for his pride. He was one who could nonchalantly show that there was no human being who was better than him in the world.
Theodore, who had suffered from Venio’s pride, couldn’t imagine what he had just seen.
‘He’s lost his composure, and almost flew inside, didn’t he?’
Theodore’s astonished expression gradually turned into interest.
At that moment, Thomas carried the priest in as if he was holding a piece of luggage, and stormed past him. Priest Gideon groaned and disappeared, farting right when he passed Theodore.
Theodore grabbed his head and nose giddily.
“Thomas! Gideon!” An angry cry echoed through the air and the two disappeared. Theodore followed after them boldly.
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