Chapter 385 - Way to Life or Death
Many villages had to be protected, but the manpower of the two dukes and the imperial family was not enough. They desperately needed more people, but to plan without Duke Winsroll’s power, one of the pillars that supported the Empire. Avoiding the gaze of the Duke in agony, Ella and Cladis’ eyes met.
For protection, the magicians of the imperial family will also be summoned. If we don’t hurry…
Cladis nodded his head and patted Ella on the shoulder, knowing exactly what Ella was worried about.
Don’t worry, I’ll take care of it.
It was as if she could hear his words just by looking into his eyes. Ella smiled to silently let him know that she believes in him and his eyes curved and smiled.
“It’s good that it was decided that way.”
“I told you it would be fine. Rest assured, Ella.”
Ella smiled with a relieved face as if she didn’t know the seriousness of the situation. And Cladis patted her shoulder to complete her acting. Seeing the couple in peace, the Duke put his worries aside for a moment and smiled with satisfaction.
“Okay, now that it’s settled, let’s go back. If we’re too late, Maylin might nagging me.”
The Duke approached and rushed Ella as if he was unaware of these two. He hoped that Ella wouldn’t know about the details. Ella, although she knew his intentions, looked startled and caught the bait he had set.
“Nanny would? I don’t think so.”
“She’s quieter now, but when she was young, she was often angry with me too.”
“Yes, she was.”
When Ella acted as if she was listening to his story with her eyes twinkling, the Duke unraveled the nagging he had heard from her in his youth with a satisfied look on his face. Cladis, who was looking at the Duke, slightly tapped Ella’s shoulder.
“You can go back with your father, so I’ll go now. Since the meeting is over, there must be things I need to deal with.”
In order to keep his promise to Ella, Cladis had to move faster. Knowing his intentions, Ella quickly nodded her head. And Ella put on a sad face as if she didn’t want him to leave.
“Oh, then you should go quickly. I will go with my father.”
“No, it’s okay. I know how important it is. Please go ahead.”
“Duke, please take care of Ella.”
“Please don’t worry, Your Highness.”
The Duke, unaware of their plans, nodded with a happy smile at the couple saying goodbye to each other. And he patted Ella on her back as a compliment for letting him go without hesitation.
<Continued in Vol 6>
Act 27. So, that heart is more beautiful
Ella frowned as she took Ethan’s hand and headed to the floor. Dressed in silver and purple, Ella was as mysterious and beautiful as a goddess, but as she approached, she looked like she was going to transfer all her worries to others. Ethan pressed Ella’s forehead tightly.
“Do you hate it this much?”
“Yes. I don’t like it. Having a party in this situation is ridiculous.”
All the nobles with the estate were aware of the drought. The grain prices were starting to rise slowly and it wasn’t publicized, but there were only a few people who didn’t know. But none of the nobles at the party spoke of the drought. Instead of making her frown disappear, her cheeks were getting puffy.
“If it wasn’t for the prestige of the duke, we wouldn’t have had to hold a party.”
“If our mother knew what was going on, she would have been the first person to stop you from going out. There’s nothing good about making a fuss, so be patient.”
“I’m trying. But can you explain why Estin’s magic is being wasted here?”
Ella grimaced as she looked up at the magic adorning the ceiling of the hall. Thinking about it, Estin was also a wizard who was recognized by the Tower. She couldn’t believe she had forgotten about him so she couldn’t hide her grimacing face. She utterly forgot his existence since she received help at the jeweler like an idiot.
Ella might have forgotten about Estin, but Evan didn’t forget him. Evan has included Estin in today’s meeting as a village guard. It was probably natural for him to do so as they were desperate to add more people just as the duke said. Ella clenched her teeth in pity, and Ethan had a cold sweat when he looked at his sister’s face, which seemed like it would never change.
“Ella, I understand your complexities, but don’t forget that this is my Welcome Party. If you keep making that face, everyone will think that you and I argued.”
“I’m not in the mood to worry about your reputation right now.”
The situation was worse than expected. Although Narwin and Daluas escaped the worst of being called out, their direct managers were called up as imperial knights. Many of them, including Vylun, one of Ella’s escorts, were also on the list. It was also the will of the Duke to not let Ella go out during that period.
In many ways, Ella wasn’t happy, and knowing that, Ethan was trying to be careful. The life of her sinful brother was arduous. In the end, he had to keep an eye on Ella until the first dance of the party was over, and as soon as the dance was over, he ran away without looking back. She stood watching him heading back to the floor with other young girls, and Beullien, the daughter of Marquis of Hallus.
“Oh, Beullien. Long time no see. Have you been well?”
Ella made her first relationship with Beullien through the amethyst incident, and since then, she has been a great supporter for Ella by attending parties Ella attended. Especially since she raised her voice for Ella harder than anyone else while preparing for this trial, Ella loosened her face and held Beulline’s hand with a bright smile. For some reason, Ella still hasn’t been able to express her gratitude since then.
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