hought he was done talking, he spoke in an even gentler tone, “You’re still pretty, my Etricia.”

“What…” But before I could finish my words, Damon had disappeared against the night. 

As if there never was, Rustina’s tears had stopped as well.
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“Princess, your face looks troubled today.” Belle told me as soon as she came that morning.

I wanted to whine; of course I looked bad, I couldn’t sleep after all!

After Damon came and went, Rustina was unable to sleep and woke up frequently throughout the rest of night.

Because she was crying so miserable, I wondered what caused her so much distress, she had looked like she was choking in her heart.

As I was thinking this, when Belle spoke once more, “Today, Lady Rustina is sleeping beautifully.”

I stared at her in disbelief, Belle you know nothing! You don’t know what you are talking about!

I looked at Belle with a resentful face, and I noticed eyes were full of fondness as she stared at Rustina who was sleeping soundly.

I guess she finds Rustina pretty, admittedly she is, especially when she sleeps…

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Suddenly she turned to me and said, “Princess, Your Majesty is looking for you.
What should I do?”

“Why do you ask? Tell his majesty that I don’t want to go.
He’ll just have to go around and think about Rustina by himself.”

I still find it hard adjusting to this world, but the thought of meeting and talking to Etricia’s father gave me a bigger headache.
I think it would be better to talk to him once my situation gets resolved a little.
As of the moment, I still feel disgruntled and my mind is still a mess.

As if she could read what I was thinking, Belle handed me a bowl of hearty meat stew, “For now your highness, please have some of this.” As she pushed the meal for me to take, she added, “You should eat something delicious.”

Summoning my will, I adjusted my posture and straightened my back. 

I took a bite of the meat and felt its flesh melting into my mouth.
During my time spent here I gathered that Belle was able to hone her cooking skills while serving in the Imperial Palace.
She was truly a good cook.

“I think you slept pretty deeply today, your highness.”

“Ah, that certainly did not happen.” I didn’t sleep well because neither did Rustina.
I fell asleep only after sunrise.

As I settled into wakefulness with the help of Belle’s soup, I felt like I could catch my breath now.

“I will be watching Lady Rustina, so please rest.” She offered.

“Thanks.” I really feel so lucky!

The simple fact that someone was willing to look after the child made me feel so grateful.

I got up from my seat and proceeded to stretch my limbs, “Ahhh!” I sighed, “… I suppose I will go around the garden then.”

“Of course, your highness.”

Knowing Princess Etricia’s father, he wouldn’t remain seated in his study even after I refused to see him.
He is bound to stand up and seek me out himself.
He would go on and demand for answers, because he doesn’t believe that I am as clueless as he is.
Therefore, it is best that I avoid him and retreat to the gardens.

Judging by the texture of the weather, I reckoned it might get chilly, so I donned a cloak before stepping out.

As soon as the warmth of the sunlight greeted me, I felt rather drowsy, while the sounds of rustling leaves calmed my mind.

It is ironic that I am grateful for this little time of solitude, but I supposed this wasn’t too bad, “Ahh, this feels good.”

As I was leisurely walking deeper into the gardens with my shoulders arched up, I couldn’t help but notice that aside from the blooming flowers that surrounded me, there was a shadow that seemed to stand from a distance.

Although the figure was partially obscured by the greenery, it still emitted a charismatic aura.
I saw a golden flicker intensified by the rays of the sun as it collided against the person’s blonde shiny hair that haphazardly blew against the wind.

I walked towards the man with the angelic face, in a daze, as if I was possessed.

This is the Imperial Garden; it wasn’t a place people could easily enter.

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If so, there was a high probability that he was someone who was intimate to the imperial family.

“Who are you?” It felt like dé·jà vu; like I was repeating the same things.

Upon hearing my voice, the back of the man visibly stiffened, as if he was startled by my sudden presence.
His bowed head that had been smelling a flower slowly raised up.
As he turned to look at me, my heart beat loudly.

Tears fell from the pretty eyes of the man who found me, all the while I kept thinking, he seemed ethereal, like he was out of place.
He resembled a fairy and I was enchanted.

“…Are you crying?” No, what did I do?

Did I say something that was enough to bring tears to his eyes by simply looking at me?

After waking up from this body, I thought I had a pretty quiet life.
But perhaps that isn’t so.
I looked at the man blankly in embarrassment and quickly stepped back.

“Wow, Princess…” His voice was as clear and pure as the dew on the leaves at the break of dawn.

He appeared like an angel that had descended while his blonde hair harmonized well with his alabaster skin.
I stared at the threads of gold on his head that were still continuously being blown away by the wind.

Even those purple eyes of his seemed to draw me in.  I found myself slowly approaching the man with a somewhat stunned look on his face, “No, I mean, did I do something wrong to you?” I asked.

“It is not that, your highness.
Truth is, I am the sinner.” He started to kneel down before me and kissed the back of my hand.

When he did this, I felt as though I was woken up, and I caught sight of a familiar man that was staring up at me with darkened eyes.
It was only then that I noticed the pure white uniform he was wearing as well as the medal on his chest.

He started to talk once more, “I prayed you would seek me out, but my heart was so impatient that I waited here every day with the expectation that the Princess would eventually find me.”

He didn’t say his name, but I could tell who he was.

The fact that this man is holding me as if pleading in a sly voice, made me certain, he could be none other than; Hassel Drow, the commander of the Imperial Knights.

“Princess, that child… Is that my child?”

His desperate voice tugged at my heart uncomfortably.

Oh, this is really difficult.

With his pretty face being marred with tears as he continued to kneel before me, I began to realize why no woman would not fall for him.

I tried to compose myself and suppressed my emotions from leaking out, clenched my jaws and hardened my expression.

This was no time to fall for his charms.

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