Leilia was alone in the room.
…How long has it been since she met Cassel?
She recalled her memories of three years ago.
It was before they got married, and she had not yet had a face-to-face with Cassel.
It was also when Leilia was just graduating from the academy.
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The sunlight that shone through the window warmed the room.
In early spring, the spirit of winter seemed to have receded, although not completely.
The next moment, the alarm bell on the desk rang with a loud noise.
At that, Leilia struggled to open her eyes.
It was the same morning today.
After a while, a knock was heard.
The door opened after a voice, and a woman with pink hair cut into a short bob came in.
Her handmaiden, Seychelle, looked at her with her blue eyes and bowed her head.
Wearing a black and white maid outfit, she looked somewhat awkward.
“Young Lady, did you sleep well last night?”
Seychelle was originally an escort knight for her mother, Lacilla.
She then retired as a knight and became her exclusive maid.
So, although she was a little old, she served Leilia with all her heart.
This morning, too, Seychelle came to her room just in time she had to wake up this morning.
“I slept well.
But, did you bring it?”
Smiling softly, Leilia tilted her head slightly towards Seychelle.
At the question, she held out a newspaper that she was holding in her hand.
“Here is today’s newspaper.”
Leilia, who sat in front of the tea table after receiving the square newspaper, poured a cup of tea into the teapot and took a sip.
The warm tea ran down her throat.
The bitter tea was helpful for subduing her mind.
As she sat in the chair and opened the newspaper, the first page of the newspaper contained political content and social issues.
Leilia looked at the political part first.
It was because there was one political event that caught her attention recently.
In fact, it was also an event that interested not only her but all the citizens.
The Kingdom of Seitria, once again, challenged her motherland, the Roten Empire.
The reason was that the young king of Seitria was pursuing an expansionist policy.
In recent years, as the economy of the Kingdom of Seitria had developed and the military power continuously increased, it led to this.
“Are they going to go to war after all?”
Relations between countries related to the empire were bound to become sensitive.
There were many countries where tensions went back and forth with the Roten Empire, however, they were not enough to fold the top.
Regardless, the situation was different in the Kingdom of Seitria.
Eventually, they would have to make a decision.
By the time she finished reading the newspaper, the tea she had been drinking had already run out.
Seychelle, who was organizing around the bed, glanced at the watch before approaching her and whispered.
“It’s meal time.”
Leilia’s expression was not good.
Her least favorite thing was Monday morning family meals.
It was the worst thing, though she still had to go.
Because if she did not, her father and stepmother would then bother her about it later all week.
She just wanted to avoid that.
Eventually, Leilia got up from her chair before heading to the dressing room to change her clothes.
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Leilia, who went to the dressing room, chose a modest dress.
It was not that she did not have any fancy clothes, but she did not bother to wear them for breakfast.
“Are you not going to wear makeup again this time?”
Seychelle asked formally.
“Yes, I don’t want to do it for breakfast on Mondays.”
Seychelle bowed her head at her words and helped her change clothes.
The next moment, she carefully combed her hair down to her waist neatly.
Leilia, who left her room for breakfast, consciously smiled.
‘Because I told Seychelle to buy a tea that’s easy to digest in advance.’
While her father, stepmother, and siblings’ rooms were all on the first floor, Leilia’s room was on the second floor.
Her father’s intentions were clearly read.
As he had separated her room, it meant for her to live there like a dead mouse.
Of course, her stepmother would have encouraged the idea as well.
‘It’s not that I’m upset by that.’
That could be the case because her stepmother was not her real mother.
However, her father… he was her biological father though he had no affection for Leilia.
Shaking her head, Leilia headed down to the basement where the dining room was located.
Upon her arrival at the dining room, the heavy, ornately carved wood door to the dining room opened.
Her stepmother was already sitting there already.
Her honey-like colored hair fluttered down to her waist while her blue eyes shone like jewels.
Her stepmother, who wore earrings with various jewels and lipstick on her lips, was very glamorous.
There was no blemish on her clear skin.
Her face was always admirable.
She had an appearance that suited her father’s taste for beautiful and flashy things.
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