The Grand Duke leaned towards me and made eye contact.

As if I knew this would happen, there are no unnecessities in his actions.

“Uh, yes…”

When I answered, he hugged me as if he had been waiting.
Then, the tension that had been suffocating my whole body to the point where I could barely breathe quickly disappeared when I was held in his arms.

The heavy atmosphere had also improved.

The first thing I saw as soon as I was hugged was Allen, who was holding my feet dangling in the air, and Harris, who stared as if she would kill me right away.

I hated it, so I turned my head toward the door.

Just in time, the Grand Duke ordered the knight, who was guarding the door.

“Then let’s go in.
Open the door.”

“Yes, Your Highness.”

Despite his firm voice, the gaze of countless people guarding the door was still not comfortable.

However, Allen complained about whether he was doing it on purpose.

“Dad, I can hold Bebe too! Me too!”

“…Allen.”

“I’ll yield to my dad this time, but from now on, I will hold my sister.”

Allen raised his voice as if he was deliberately trying to ease the mood.
Was it because of the atmosphere in the meeting room? It was dark just as we entered, but the mood changed in an instant.

It got worse.

Everyone’s eyes were on us.

The nobles opened their mouths wide enough that their jaws might fall out immediately.

“…Your Highness… What the hell happened… in the corridor of the meeting room…”

“Why? Can’t I bring a child?”

“No.
At the Grand Duke’s house…”

However, perhaps it wasn’t a question to get an answer from, but the Grand Duke moved to the top seat while holding me.

The nobles standing at the long table poked each other’s sides.

It was as if they were signalling to shut their mouths.

Those who were acting as if they had something in their minds shut up in an instant.

“Very suspicious.”

However, knowing that, the Grand Duke did not say anything.
I just look around when I get to the top seat.

“…Why on earth… Why did he even hug her? Father?”

Of course, not everyone closed their mouths.

First of all, Lexit, who was standing at the top of the table, expressed discomfort.

“I hugged her because I thought she wouldn’t be able to see it since she was short.
Is there a problem, Lexit?”

“…You never came in with Harris in your arms.”

“Is that an issue, Lexit?”

“Yes, I’m not happy with it.
Harris… Harris came in alone like this… !!!”

Lexit’s eyes were fierce as if he would eat me up right away.

“I guess the nobles here think the same as you, Lexit, an eight-year-old.”

When he said that, Lexit looked around.

I didn’t mumble like before, but the fact that I could feel their gaze made me feel smug.

“It’s nothing, since everyone is so opposed to me holding onto something.”

Dad smiled as if he thought of something good, and sat me down on the chair at the top of the table.

The aristocrats were even more shocked by the situation.

“Your Highness!”

“Father! That spot!”

“Why? Can’t I? I was told not to hold her.
Is there a problem?”

As if he was doing more on purpose, the Grand Duke looked around and laughed as if nothing had happened.

Only then did I realize that the seat I sat on was the seat of the Grand Duke.
It was an enormous chair for me to sit on.

“Let’s talk, Lexit.
What’s the problem? Am I the only one who has to sit on this chair?”

“There are a lot of problems! The chair, too!”

“Don’t you remember sitting down a few times when you were young? Aster and Allen both sat on the chair.
Can’t Bebe sit on it?”

The Grand Duke, whose lips twitched, looked around with a cold look.

“What’s the problem? Do those who attended this meeting, like Lexit, want a child who wants to be recognized as my daughter to be kicked out of here?

“…”

“Or are you trying to say that a child shouldn’t come in?”

The meeting room got cold.

Even I could tell the Grand Duke was angry.
However, rather than reflecting on it, the nobles’ faces I saw now seemed to be dissatisfied with something

‘It was said that the Grand Duke was less powerful than I thought.
After things went wrong with the Grand Duchess, they let everything go, so greedy vassals began to affect the Grand Duchess.’

That’s why spies could permeate the Grand Duke more easily.

‘That’s all because of them.’

This time, I’m never going to let that happen.
I opened my eyes and looked at them.

At that time, I felt something rustling from the side, so I looked away.

Harris, who was trembling as if it were cold, stuck close to Lexit’s side.

“I didn’t use a lot of strength today…”

I had enough strength to overcome it normally, but Harris overreacted as if she had no magical powers at all.

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