Chapter 31 - His Mistake
She heard Rowell stuttering behind Eli as he hurried back into the room. “A-are you alright, my lady?”
Only then did Eli finally think about what he would look like in the eyes of others. The rumors of his ruthlessness had grown out of proportion, so it was obvious that everyone would think that he had hurt his merciful wife. Frowning, Eli said coldly, “Hurry up and distribute the supplies to the people as the madam instructed. Also, prepare breakfast and bring it to the door.”
“Yes, my lord. However, is her ladyship really okay?” Rowell asked, risking her neck. In a fit of anger, Eli clenched his fists, glared at Rowell with a cold eye, urged her to do as she was told, and entered the room.
Edna looked to have passed out to Eli. He was mortified by the extent of his own stupid deeds. After wiping her wound with a cotton cloth soaked in cold water, he applied a styptic. Watching him handle her wound with extreme care, Edna felt that she wanted to rely on him for the first time.
He was rumored to be harsh and cruel, but his touch now had not a hint of cruelty. The same was true of his gestures, which brought her passion throughout the night. She had never leaned on or relied on others before, but oddly enough, she wanted to be protected only by this man, feeling somewhat feminine.
After the treatment, Eli gently swept her sweaty hair aside. The regret of having committed an uncalled-for deed was now engraved deeply within his heart. When she tiredly closed her eyes with a pale face, Eli got up and opened the door. In front of it, breakfast was placed on a tray. He brought the tray in and put it on the table, then went down alone to assess the situation outside. People had already receded like an ebbing tide and the warehouse doors were closed again. The newly hired maids gathered in the corner and were busy monitoring Eli’s gaze.
Eli then realized that he had made another mistake with Edna. Now he needed to take responsibility for the castle and fief he had neglected over the past two years. He was startled for a moment, but he couldn’t just ignore it now.
‘Damn it! I have never committed such a stupid mistake in my life. Against a powerless woman, no less!’ Eli murmured inwardly while pacing in the hall and called for Rowell, saying, “Rowell, the madam needs peace for a few days, so for the time being, you can take care of everything. If you require anything, just ask me. Also, have someone inquire from Abbot Noel about how many days the supplies we sent to the village today can last them, and if it proves not to be enough, you can inform me of that too.”
“Then, does that mean I should report directly to your lordship in the future?”
“It’s just for the time being, for the time being. Edna will take the lead when she gets up.” Eli explained and then flinched at the unmistakable resentment in Rowell’s eyes.
“Do you have any more orders for me?” Rowell politely asked and bowed her head. Eli waved her away with his hand in an annoyed gesture.
“My men will arrive in a few days, so make sure to clear off the hall.”
As Rowell led the maids away, Eli sighed and went back into the room. Edna lay motionless with her eyes closed. However, it was clear that she was awake because of her irregular breathing.
“Don’t pretend to sleep. If you want to blame me, then do it. It was all my fault.” He murmured.
Edna stopped pretending to sleep and slightly opened her eyes to look at Eli. He put his hands on his waist and shook his head, looking out the window. Edna frowned at the foul smell from her blood-soaked clothes and said, “I want a change of clothes.”
“You don’t mean to ask me to grab it for you, right?” Eli asked, looking back at her, wondering if that was really what she meant. However, seeing the blood-soaked cotton cloth wrapped around her pale face and neck, he quietly went outside while grumbling to himself, “In all my life, this is the first time I’ve ever done such an outrageous thing.”
When she heard his grunt, Edna stood up with a smile and looked at the tray on the table. She was indeed hungry, thanks to her being energetic since early in the morning.
Dragging a clunky chair in front of the table, she sat down, grasping the fork and knife very naturally. The dining habits which Anna had been trying to teach her with little luck were really nothing. She was merely pretending to fit her position of a maid. Besides, life at Viscount William’s Castle, which starved her to near death, was also convenient for her to hide from her original body shape.
Hearing the sound of someone outside, Edna immediately put the knife down. Eli’s observing abilities were by far the sharpest she had ever seen. In just a few days, he doubted her identity and aimed his sword at her neck.
“There is no way she didn’t hear rumors of him before if he’s this capable,” she muttered, heedful of the existence outside. When she was Eden, Edna stayed in Cecil’s castle all the time in order not to offend Ducaine III. However, with Cecil’s attentiveness, she was kept abreast of both internal and external affairs. Nevertheless, Edna had never heard any rumors about Eli.