y counterattacked at the Duke’s words.
Suspicion? Take that suspicion, too.

“Me? I was at home.
My servants can be witnesses.”

They would.
The Duke’s servants would tell them that the Duke was there even if he wasn’t there.
As Eugenie went looking for Julia, she tried to remember who she met.
But she wandered around so much that she doubted whether the people were seeing her.

“It’s all right, Lady Biscon.”

At that time, Elliot spoke to Eugenie.
What’s okay? He spoke again to the bewildered woman.

“You can tell me what I asked for.
I can’t let you suffer this humiliation for me.”

What was he talking about? Eugenie blinked, not knowing what Elliot was saying.
Elliot grinned at her then turned his head towards her people and said,

“It was because of me that Lady Biscon was not seen at the ball.”

“What, you two?”

Viscount Patterson exclaimed in surprise at Elliot’s words.
Then, as if he knew it, he began to laugh.

The two of them were out of sight? A plausible story began to flow in people’s heads.
But Elliot didn’t let them do that.

“Don’t get me wrong.
I only spoke to Lady Biscon because I had a favor to ask.”

“I wonder what your request is.”

Elliot grinned at Viscount Patterson’s words.
He got up and stood behind Eugenie’s chair.
And he said, putting his hand on the back of the chair she was sitting on.

“I have heard that manners are very important to nobles.
I asked Lady Biscon to introduce me to a teacher of manners.
But now I see…”

His gaze turned to Viscount Patterson and the Duke of Germarot.
Then he started to look at each and every one of the people sitting in the dining room.
For Elliot were the same as the humans who invited guests and mocked them, and the humans who only watched them.
He looked at Viscount Patterson for the last time and continued.

“I was worried for nothing.”

People’s faces turned red.
The mocking of Count Burns by Viscount Patterson and the Duke of Germaroth.
And for treating Lady Biscon as a criminal.
Both were things one shouldn’t do when inviting guests.
No, she wasn’t invited, but even if she was invited, they shouldn’t have done it.

“I’m sorry, Count Burns.”

Eugenie stood up and apologized to Elliot.
The sudden apology brought questions to the faces of Duke Gummarot and Viscount Patterson, as well as everyone else in the dining room.
She walked over to Elliot without looking back at the people.
She then held out her hand to him and continued her words.

“I gave the Count an excessive fantasy.”

People were at a loss for words at Eugenie’s accusation that the aristocracy was an overestimated fantasy.
She added, turning to the Duke as Elliot took her hand.

“If I had known I would be treated this way, I would have reconsidered the invitation.”

Just like that, Eugenie dragged Elliot out of the dining hall.
Elliot looked behind them as he took her hand and left, and he grinned.

What was that? Unlike the angry Lady Biscon, the Duke was speechless at the sight of Count Burns, who was not so angry.
When he turned his head, everyone in the dining hall was staring at the Duke with hard expressions.
No one would criticize Ronald right away.
Because he was the king’s uncle, but everyone agreed the Duke had been rude, that he had crossed the line.
And it was going to spread quickly in the social world from the next day.


Eugenie, who came out of the mansion and got into the carriage, quickly apologized to Elliott.
She should have told him in advance that the Duke was such a person.
Of course, today was a little more extreme.
His behavior towards Elliot as well as towards Eugenie was shockingly rude.

“My mother will protest through Her Highness the Queen.”

That would take some time.
She had to send her letters to the queen, and the queen had to deliver them to the king.
However, Eugenie had no doubt that the king would call the Duke of Gemarot and caution him.
He acted embarrassing and interrogated his guest, no matter if he were a Duke.
It’s not something that just goes away.

“It’s okay.”

Elliot saw the sincerely sorry Eugenie’s face and smiled at her, reassuring her.
To be honest, he knew the Duke would come out like that.
Although he was a little rougher than expected.

“It’s not okay.
They were so rude.”

At Eugenie’s words of her resoluteness, Elliot looked at her silently and then said,

“I knew they would come out like that.
Because there are territories everywhere.”

He’s been through a lot of bullying.
To be honest, it’s a bit boring after he had this bone.
But it wasn’t Eugenie.
She leaned over to Elliot.
She looked right at him and she said.

“Just because it’s everywhere doesn’t mean it’s a matter of course.”

Elliot’s eyes, which had widened for a moment at Eugenie’s words, slowly returned to normal.
It was the Eugenie he knew.
His mood, his heart softened.

Just because it’s everywhere doesn’t mean it’s natural.
Elliot certainly knew that.


He looked at Eugenie and smiled.
There was always hope, but he didn’t take it for granted.

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