filled with thoughts of my past life, a bitter smile crept at my lips.

However, as the nanny stepped closer towards me with the baby in her arms, I could feel my heart wavering and easing towards her.

When I saw her plump hands and fair skin, the disdainful thoughts I had towards the child started to disappear.

I stretched out my hands and prepared to receive her in my arms.
The baby landed securely against my chest and as I held her in my arms, I couldn’t help but just stare at her intently.
I leaned in closer to her and whispered, “Child, who the hell is your father?”

But the child did not answer.
 

Her lack of response was only natural, but for some reason, I had a strange feeling that her eyes were boring straight to my soul.

 * * *

“Uwaaah, ah ah ah ah ah ah!”

“No! Not again!” I hurriedly rolled over to the side, stood up, and hugged the child.
 

She didn’t cry often, but sometimes when I was idle or banging my head against the wall in agony, the child would just burst into tears.

“Don’t cry, don’t cry…” I started cradling her gently in an attempt to soothe her tears.

I knew that I didn’t do anything that would make her cry, so why was she crying?

Even when I gave her a bottle of milk, she just spat it out.
Furthermore, I checked, and her diaper was clean.

What should I do? I do not know why she is crying?

Just then someone knocked at my door and introduced herself, “Princess, this is Bell.”

“Come in! Come in quickly!” I shouted hastily.

Then, as if it never happened, the child stopped crying.

I stared down at her with a bewildered look on my face and flashed Bell a disappointed smile as she stepped in closer towards us.

“Hey, it’s over…she stopped crying…”

Even though the baby was perfectly silent, Bell still took her from me and began to gently comfort her.

Her tantrum is already over though…

As I watched Bell humor the baby, I couldn’t help but think it was strange that she always seemed to stop crying when other people were around.

I wonder if that behavior of hers was normal or if I should worry?

“Are you alright, Princess?”

“Does it look like I’m alright to you?  I think I’m going to die.”

Bell interpreted my response to mean that the baby was giving me a hard time, so she nodded her head and answered, “I will take her to the nanny, later.”

 “…Yeah, I’m begging you, please take her there.
 By the way, what’s going on?”

I sat down on the sofa and tilted my head back as I waited for her to tell me the news.
 

I recently found out through the grapevine that my father wouldn’t let me go outside, so I’ve been stuck in my room all this time.

Bell stared at me apprehensively before speaking, “I think the list you mentioned last time will take a little longer than expected for me to procure.” Bell informed me with a blank face.

Well, I’m not really surprised.
Truth is, I kind of expected that.
 

Princess Etricia probably met with a lot of people secretly and not just one or two.

However, I was pulled out of my aimless thoughts, as the poor maid was still staring at me in fear and so I waved my hand dismissively and smiled at her, “It’s okay.
After all, you are having a hard time gathering information for me because my father blocked everything from leaking out.”

“Oh, but there are some letters, your highness.”

My eyes widened in surprise, “… Letters?”

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Are there letters sent to me?  

It is highly unlikely that this letter was from a friend, Etricia has no friends after all, ah!

Could it be?

Could the letter come from some of the people she had secretly met before she gave birth?

I hurriedly opened one of the letters handed to me by Bell and read it.

The first letter was sent by someone named Damond.

Why did that name sound familiar?  

I decided not to dwell more on this, and I opened the letter without a second thought…

[ Etricia, I heard the news.

It seems you have given birth to a child.

First of all, I think we should meet.

It would be difficult for us if the Imperial Family finds out, so I’ll end the war quickly and meet you secretly.

Damon Ivan ]

“What?  Is he coming?” More than this, it was puzzling for me how he found out that Etricia had given birth.
Knowing her father, he must have blocked out all the stories of Etricia giving birth, but this person knew that she did.

How was that possible?

I stared at the letter in confusion and dazedly opened the next one.

My face quickly hardened when I read its contents…

 [ Princess Etricia,

 How could I not have known about this?  I couldn’t believe it when it ended like that.

 A child…  I heard that you have given birth.

 First of all, I would like to see you as soon as possible.
I want us to talk quietly.

 Please, I beg you.

 Hassel Droy ]

After reading his letter I began to speak absentmindedly, “Hassel…  Droy?”

“Oh, he is the commander of the Imperial Knights.
Did something happen?” Bell pitched in.

Ah, now I remember.

These were the names of the crazy male leads in this novel.

After hearing Bell’s words, I quickly composed myself and looked at the next one…

[ How can you have a child without telling me?  I thought you didn’t know.

I need to meet you first.
I guess I didn’t think of it merely as a night’s entertainment.

Kyrian Delfort ]

I sighed at the letters written on the parchment. Kyrian Delfort… When his name came out, I felt almost certain…

“It’s obvious to me even if I don’t see the last one.” I told myself as I unsealed the last envelope…

[… Princess, you gave birth to my child, right?

That’s the dragon’s scion, so I’ll go and find out for myself.
Look forward to seeing me once again.

Louisa ]

Again, my prediction was correct…

Damon, the prince of a foreign country and a war fanatic…

Kyrian, a character who made a name for himself as a rare villain…

Hassel, the commander of the Imperial Knights and the heir to the dukedom…

And…

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Louisa, a descendant of dragons and one who lived without emotions.

When I saw the names of these four people, my head started to throb.

I put my hands together and cradled my aching temples between them, while deep in thought.

Was this something the princess was really good at?

It’s like she had a hidden talent in enchanting these people?

Regardless, these guys were no ordinary men; they were powerful people!

Otherwise, how would they find out about the news that the princess had given birth?

It was something that the imperial family painstakingly tried to hide.
And yet, here they were, four people who knew about it…

There was no need for me to get that list anymore.

Receiving these letters which were meant for Princess Etricia was enough proof for me to know who I needed to look into.

“Bell, I don’t think I’ll have a need for that list anymore.”

“Pardon me, your highness? Are you certain?”

I nodded my head, “There really is no need for that.”

Well, I’m glad that there was one less job for me to do.

Still, this is driving me crazy!

Even after reading those letters, I still can’t figure out who the father of the child is.

I began to recall that there were people who said that the princess’ reputation was plummeting down, perhaps they said that without knowing what she was busy with all this time.

Her name was already infamous for being a villain, and her status as one was as high as her fallen stature.

I took a deep breath as I glanced at the letters once again.

What should I do with them? Should I write back to them?

I realized that even before I met them, I was already nervous.

When I think back on how the author described these male leads, it was clear to me that they won’t be normal guys.

I was certain that they would be quite troublesome to deal with.

Bell, who was just standing quietly, suddenly exclaimed with awestruck eyes, “Oh my gosh!  Is there anyone among them who will become the princess’s husband?!”

I gave her a quizzical look and asked, “What husband?”

Hahaha…

Bell’s talking nonsense.

Etricia just had a child, and her hands are already full with the baby, was this really the right time for her to find a husband?

When I didn’t say anything more, Bell started to speak again, “Still, the princess was very kind to the baby.
You waited for her to be born.
Now that you’ve seen her, what do you think?  I for one think she’s so pretty.
I have never seen such a beautiful baby in all my life!”

Her statement made me wonder, did Princess Etricia hold some affection for her child?

That’s rather surprising.

I didn’t expect the princess to be so maternal.

However, I, unlike her, had no love for the child.

I guess that’s a natural reaction from me, isn’t it? Because, she wasn’t my baby, and I never considered her to be.

Even though I technically gave birth to her, my heart was devoid of any warm feelings…

I reckon, anyone who would find themselves in a similar situation would also think the same.

Emboldened by Bell’s sincerity, I also told her what I thought, “But I’m not really the type to care for a child am I…”

However, the maid just stared at me with an unreadable expression on her face.

“What are you thinking about?” I asked.

She suddenly exclaimed, “You fell in love!  That’s right, the Princess’ eyes were filled with love back then!”

Her sudden outburst just made me wonder more, “Then do you know who I am in love with?”

“That’s…”

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