She was startled by the man’s voice that suddenly came from above her head, and she covered her chest first.

“Who, who…!”

“Is there anyone else in the bridal chamber other than the groom? Or maybe you were waiting for someone else?”

“Uh…? Kil-Killian?”

Killian’s eyebrows wrinkled, wondering if it was unpleasant to be called only by name, or if he just hated everything about Edith.
But the fact that he was here was surprising.

“…I thought you wouldn’t come.”

Of course it was.
In the original work, there was a scene where Killian and Lize had a conversation around this point.
At Lize’s words to be nice to Edith, Killian grabs Lize’s wrist and asks her if she’s serious, looking at her with desperate eyes and trying to kiss her, Cliff appears and interrupts.
In the end, Killian left Lize by Cliff’s side and avoided the seat, and went into his room and drank alcohol to soothe his sore throat.
Anyway, if that’s the case, didn’t that mean he didn’t enter the bridal chamber?

Killian snorted at her vague answer.

“Fortunately, you seem to have some notice.”

“It has to be.
You avoided even sharing a wedding ring.
Only an idiot wouldn’t see it.”

Killian stiffened, probably not expecting to be attacked.
But she never expected him to feel sorry for her.
To him, Edith Riegelhoff was just the daughter of a mean man and the culprit who frustrated his love.

“Did you expect even passionate courtship?”

As expected, he asked back with a straight line.
Reasonably speaking, she should have been angry too.
But now, everything just bothered her, she was sleepy, and on the other hand, she thought that she could save her life only if she didn’t hate Killian.
It was also physiologically impossible to get angry at that face.

“I was just saying what happened.
Seeing your reluctance to contact me, I’m telling you that I knew you wouldn’t come to my room today.
So… Are you going to sleep here today?”

She said it in the softest possible voice, but she didn’t know how it was for him to hear.

He glared at her with displeasure, then turned and left without answering.

“…Why are you here?”

Has the original been changed, or was this the same as the original? But right now she didn’t have the energy to think about anything in detail.
She got up from the half-cooled bathtub and wiped herself off.
Tonight, she would sleep soundly in that fluffy bed!

* * *

“Killian? Didn’t you go to the bridal chamber?”

Lize was standing on the balcony on the second floor where the moonlight was pouring in.
The ivory-colored dress she was wearing looked like the color of a bride, so Killian wanted to take Lize’s hand and head to his bedroom.
But Lize, who he wanted so much, pushed him to go into the bride’s room.

“I went.”

“Then why did you come back?”

“She didn’t have any expectations for tonight either.
Although I was a little surprised.”

Lize’s eyes widened at Killian’s answer.

“What are you talking about? A while ago obviously…”

“She was already dozing off in the bathtub by herself?”


Seeing Lize’s flustered appearance, Killian chuckled.

“Lize, it’s a problem because you only think of everyone as good.”

“But Miss Edith is a good person.
She accepted me generously at dinner a week ago.”

“It must have been because of my father’s eyes.
The corners of her mouth were trembling from her forced smile.”

“It can’t be! How kindly she treated me today.”

“You have to think carefully about whether it was really friendly or sarcastic with a smile.”

Killian couldn’t agree with Lize no matter how well she spoke of Edith.
What kind of person was Count Rigelhoff? Wasn’t he a man who pretended to be cultured and kind on the outside, but did all sorts of snake-like tricks behind the scenes? She grew up under such a human being, so she couldn’t be fine just because she was his daughter.
Right now she was  pretending not to know anything and being hypocritical, but it was clear that Edith entered the duchy to help her father with his work.
In order to prevent Count Rigelhoff from leaving, he had no choice but to marry Edith, but Killian had no intention of continuing this marriage smoothly, nor of maintaining it for long.

‘If it’s that greedy Count Rigelhoff, he’ll dig his grave before long, so I just need to get rid of that woman then.’

Killian thought about that and clenched his molars tightly, but Lize frowned and put on a troubled expression.

“Why is that, Lize?”

“No, that… After listening to Killian’s words, I wondered if Edith was angry with me earlier…”

“What? That woman was mad at you?”

“Oh, no, that’s not what I meant, I think I made a mistake.”

“Tell me what happened, Lize.”

Killian’s eyes widened quickly.

Lize chewed her lips and sighed again.

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