er was thinking.
I just slept.
Only sleep.”

I cried as I rubbed my tingly back.

My mother gave me a worried look.

“I’m not going to interfere with your freedom.
But if you call me in advance, we won’t have to worry.  What would we be worried about if Duke Cassiar hadn’t contacted us?”

It was a story I had never heard before.

“Yes.
He sent a messenger to tell us not to be worried because you had fallen asleep.”

I must have been out of your mind because you were sick.
When did you contact the Marquis?

I suddenly remembered what Fanny said.

The Duke of Cassiar was a person who was infinitely sensitive to the people who mattered to him.

Wait, then why am I being scolded? I didn’t have anything to worry about.

“Then why did I get hit? You’ve been contacted.”

“Would you have called if the Duke hadn’t called? It is obvious.”

It was unfair, but it was true when I heard it, so there was nothing else to say.

You are so cheap.

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Every mother in the world must be able to read minds.

Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to speak as if I was thinking about how I’d act.

Lili dashed into the mansion as I was pouting my mouth at the resentment.

“Lady, you have a gift from the Duke of Cassiar.”

“A gift?”

Duke Cassiar didn’t tell me anything.

What exactly is this gift?

“Oh my, what is all this?”

When my mother and I went outside, we found a pile of golden carriages, jewelry, and furniture sent by the Duke of Cassiar.

The Duke flaunted his wealth.

At the very least, if you were sending a gift, shouldn’t it fit inside the mansion?

Even if all of these items could be stuffed into the mansion, people would have to live there.

“I’ve been asked by Duke Cassiar Kissen to deliver this letter to the Marquis and Marchioness.”

Following me, my father took the letter and opened it.

“Rather than me, you should read this.”

My father handed the Duke’s letter to my mother while laughing out loud.

“What is written on it?”

I crept up behind my mother and peeped inside the letter.

[Dear Marquis and Marchioness.
I apologize for causing you concern by not being able to return your precious daughter on time, even before the ceremony.
I realize that these gifts will not bring comfort to the hearts of the marquis and marchioness, but there is no other way to express my feelings, so I sent them all at once.
However, I would like to ask you one thing.
Don’t be too harsh with Riel.
I’ll gladly be scolded in place of Riel the next time I visit the Marquis.
Please accept my heartfelt sincere apologies.]

“Riel, you’ve found a great husband.”

My mother seemed to be deeply touched by Duke Cassiar’s letter.

To be honest, I had no idea the Duke would look after me so well, but it wasn’t just a pleasant feeling.

The Duke of Cassiar was not my real husband.

Everything, including the letters, was eventually a ruse to reassure parents.

That was something I already knew everything about, and it was great that the Duke moved it around so I didn’t have to worry about my parents.

Why do I feel so lonely?

“By the way, Riel.”

“Yes?”

“How the hell did you tell the Duke about this, and now you’re telling him about me so I don’t  scold you?”

Something wasn’t right.

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My mother’s piercing gaze on me.

I was about to squeeze the hem of my dress in my hands and run because I felt threatened.

“That’s…… I’ll go in first because I’m a little tired.
Good night! Mother!”

“Riel!”

The chase between me and my mother had been causing havoc at the Marquis’ mansion for quite some time.

***

The Duke of Cassiar was deafeningly quiet after Riel had left.

Kissen stopped loosening the ribbon to change his clothes when he returned to his room after working late as usual.

Kissen looked through the mirror and looked at the ribbon Riel had tied.

“This is very delicate.”

‘Her hand was warm when she tied my ribbon.’

Kissen remembered Riel’s hand rubbing against his neck.

It was the first time in a long time that he felt warmth.

Kissen, who smiled a little as he remembered Riel, who was always making a racket just by being there, reached out with a bottle of sleeping medication.

He didn’t pick up the bottle this time, though.

What Riel said flooded his mind for a brief moment.

‘No sleeping medication until I come.
If I return to the marquis’ mansion and survive, I will return to the Duke’s mansion the next day.
Until then, try to fall asleep naturally.’

Riel also left a message advising him to drink chamomile tea if he couldn’t sleep.

‘What am I doing reliving all of this?’

Kissen reached out to his ribbon, having defined the reason Riel came to mind in his own way.

Kissen, who had changed into a robe, eventually held the ribbon that Riel had tied in his hand.

‘Why the hell did I have to suffer so much because I was so concerned about this?’ He asked himself , just as Riel had tied it up at the start.

Kissen sighed as he looked back at himself, who had struggled to remove the ribbon from his neck without messing up its shape.

‘There must be something right with her.’

Kissen closed his eyes slowly as he recalled the Duke’s tumultuous day of work after a long time.

‘I heard chamomile tea helps you sleep.
I’ll ask Fanny if you can’t get to sleep.’

Kissen pretended to be fooled and decided to practice sleeping alone, as Riel had instructed.

However, it was not possible.

Kissen closed his eyes at his last thought.

In his hand, he held the ribbon tied by Riel.

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