Estelle slowly started to recall a previous party at the imperial palace that she had attended with Lady Hailey.
He was a person who had developed his position by slaughtering the enemy in times of war and subjugating the duchy.
He had taken the stigma of being a cursed twin and managed to amplify his reputation into that of ‘a messenger who returned from death’.
‘Wait, is Duke Pietro even a human being?’
He chopped down the rebellious nobles.
He literally diced them up and didn’t even hide that fact.
Therefore, even the emperor was afraid of Duke Pietro.
‘I heard the duke cut the neck of a rogue with his magic sword in the imperial palace and it still smells like blood in the palace hall…’
It was said you could die if you made eye contact with Desian.
It wasn’t a lie.
Estelle had only once looked Duke Pietro in the eye.
It was just a casual glance, and yet she was still filled with bone-chilling fear.
Estelle’s face turned bright red just thinking about but a few episodes related to Desian.
“Shall we go back to talking about Dwarf-nim?”
Citrina treated Desian’s story as if it were light gossip.
Estelle looked at her and nodded vacantly.
These days, social circles were full of talk that if you said Duke Pietro’s name you would die.
Behaving like this… drifting off to another topic as if nothing had happened was exhausting.
‘… Perhaps, are you hiding any great powers like Duke Pietro?’
Just the thought of it made Estelle feel dizzy.
“That…you learned jewelry-making from dwarf-nim, correct? That’s what I read in the letter you sent me.”
Nevertheless, her body gradually faltered, moving away from Citrina.
“Yes, that’s right.”
“I’m really curious.”
Her voice certainly felt solemn.
Why was she so curious?
Something…smelled a little fishy.
Citrina looked at her expression closely.
Estelle awkwardly laughed and smiled.
Citrina opened her mouth.
“If you’re curious, I’ll visit you on a seperate occasion soon.”
“Yes, please do! Tell me how you got to know Dwarf-nim.”
It seemed that curiosity was overcoming dread.
That was Estelle’s state at present.
Her eyes began to sparkle like jewelry.
Meanwhile, Citrina bit her lip as she looked at Estelle’s sparkling eyes.
The first time she got to know about the dwarf was after she regained her memories.
However she didn’t need to say that.
Citrina opened her mouth.
Estelle gulped down a mouth full of saliva.
“I heard about the atelier’s reputation and went to visit.
It was then that dwarf-nim accepted me as his disciple.”
“Becoming dwarf-nim’s disciple means you had to overcome a great ordeal, right? It’s not just a matter of being a student…”
“Well, he just accepted me as a disciple.”
Citrina laughed softly.
But Estelle’s complexion grew more pale.
“Citrina-nim, um, thank you for visiting my party.”
Thank you for the invitation.”
She had heard about Citrina from Lady Hailey, but it must have been stressful for Estelle to take Citrina’s side and support her.
“Then write me a seperate letter.”
“Yes, I will.”
Citrina closed her eyes and smiled.
The process had changed, but either way, she had started on the path that Feinmann had created.
…that’s apparently what Citrina thought.
Early on the morning after meeting with Estelle, Citrina went to work at the jewelry atelier on Dartrin Street.
It was extremely peaceful since dawn.
Even though it was daybreak, the atelier was lit up.
‘Citrina Oslo Jewelry Atelier was the only store open on Jewelry Dartrin Street.
“Adilac! You woke up early, didn’t you?”
“Yes! How did Estelle’s party go yesterday? I was so curious that my eyes opened early! So I only ate a salad with bacon for breakfast.
I think I have a stomachache because the bacon was undercooked.
Ah, look at me.”
Adilac hurriedly put her hand back to the gemstone she was working on.
She was carving a rough gemstone using a mysterious method channeling mana through her fingertips.
Eighty-two angles began to form on the surface of the diamond.
It was a great spectacle to see.
“So then, what happened?”
Citrina nodded her head blankly as Adilac spoke a mile a minute.
“Lady Estelle said she’ll check out our atelier’s jewelry.
Likely, we’ll be able to start distribution soon.”
Citrina smiled lightly.
“Oh my god!”
“It’s all thanks to Adilac’s genius workmanship.”
“Not at all.
Without Citrina recognizing me, I would have gone home in no time.
Adilac smiled brightly and clenched her fists.
A pleasant tension seemed to linger throughout her whole body.
“Then, then are we really going to succeed?”
“Yes, I believe so.
We’re going to be the most famous jewelry atelier in the empire, or even the continent.”
Citrina’s voice had a strange and trustworthy side.
Adilac looked at Citrina with sparkling eyes and nodded.
“Citrina seems like a person who definitely knows the future!”
“That… no way, Adilac.”
“Well, who knows the future.
Ah! There was once of my ancestor’s who also knew the future Ah, wait a minute! I’ll tell you the story after I cut some more gems for Lady Estelle, Citrina”
Take your time.”
Contrary to Citrina’s words, Adilac hurriedly moved her hands across the gemstone’s surface.
A small grouping of light moved across the gemstone.
In this world, magic could be used to craft jewelry.
Citrina’s mouth gaped open slightly in admiration.
Something distracted her from her appreciation.
– You definitely can’t know the future, but you do have a different energy from most humans.
– A different energy?
-Right, it’s not completely different…it’s kind of subtle.
I can’t explain it in words.
It’s not like a soothsayer…
It’s not as if she didn’t have a guess.
It may be because she was a person who knew the story of this world, and was therefore free of the constraints of the world.
Citrina whispered quietly to herself.
-Gemma, you need to work, right?
-I’m excited! I have something to do too!
-Give me a little luck.
This is a lucky saphire necklace.
-Good! That’s easy for this hidden card.
Gemma soon forgot about Citrina’s strange conditions.
Gemma fluttered around the area.
Citrina, who had forged a small market through Estelle, sat back in her chair looking relieved.
She now had to work on future designs.
This was because she had a clear plan.
For example, the empire’s one and only princess would be returning from academy soon, and she wanted to catch Iana’s eye with jewelry.
‘All I know about Iana is that she likes romance novels.’
How could she come into Iana’s view?
For now, Citrina had many plans.
Starting from now, she was going to test them one-by-one.
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