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“…Lily has actually confessed her feelings to me several times in the past.”
Aaron apologetically opened his mouth as we walked down the corridor back to the villa.
“I didn’t think I needed to tell you. But the way she’s acting, she’s going to barge in on our dinner tonight and make a big deal out of it. I thought I’d tell you first.”
“Didn’t you say ‘no’?”
With a gulp, I inquire.
“From the looks of it, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about, but I don’t think you can say that Lily wouldn’t try something by force.”
“Of course, no matter how hard she tries, I can’t see her as anything but a little sister, and I don’t particularly like her.”
Aaron shrugged his shoulders and looked unhappy.
It’s unusual for Aaron, who gets along with everyone and is liked by everyone, to say something like this.
I guess they weren’t compatible.
“It’s even more so because Daisy was neglected by her parents and the girl was intentionally aggravating it.”
“It was on purpose…”
Aaron sighs uneasily as he recalls.
He’d stated that Daisy had consulted him about it, so it wasn’t a speculation or an evil guess, but a fact.
“That is not innocuous. It was a malicious act.”
I agree that this is a valid point.
There are numerous examples that come to mind.
The fact that she kept calling Musker was definitely malicious.
because she always called him on days when I had an appointment with him.
“I was convinced when I saw Musker. He’s not the brother I once knew. “
“You think he’s changed…?”
I am not the only one who has become suspicious.
Musker, who acts strangely even towards Aaron, is no longer the friend I once knew.
I’m not sure what’s causing it.
I had the impression that by observing the two of them, I would be able to find the answer.
Our parents were cleaning up with the servants after the drinking party when we returned to the parlor room.
“I need to speak with my father. Will you stay here and wait for me?”
“Of course, I’ll tell my parents about me and Aaron.”
There would, of course, be a lot of paperwork and formalities to go through. But it didn’t bother me in the least.
“Aaron, thank you for choosing me,” I said, because I’d be with him from now on.
Aaron looked like he was about to cry as I said my goodbyes.
“… me too.”
He placed his hand on my cheek and kissed me on the forehead.
“I’ll see you later.”
As I turned bright red, he squinted at me as if he was looking at something he liked and smiled at me.
My heart was pounding like it was going to burst.
After that, I had a serious talk with our fathers, who had sobered up a little.
I informed them that I was officially terminating my engagement to Musker.
Aaron was the man I wanted to marry.
I also warned them that there might be some problems at the dinner later that night.
My father and mother carefully listened to me and laughed, saying they didn’t think the trouble she could cause would be a problem.
Then we arrived at the two families’ joint dinner.
After we took our seats, Lily came in, looking like she belonged with Musker.
And she acted hostilely toward me.
I returned her stare with my own.
I wasn’t going down without a fight.
“Because you have nothing to do with this, why don’t you go home?”
The Marchioness intervened and stopped Lily from sitting down next to Aaron, as a matter of course.
I’m already seated next to him, and Lily gives me a frustrated look.
“I’m sure you won’t get lost since you’ve taken the liberty of entering, but you can go home that way.”
She pointed to the door with a clean hand.
She wasn’t particularly gentle with Lily to begin with, but after hearing what Musker and I had to say, she became even harsher.
“You’re terrible, Aunt! All I want to do is talk to everyone like I always do.”
Lily, on the other hand, refused to leave, tears welling up in her eyes as she pretended to be the victim.
It’s amazing how she doesn’t flinch in the face of such a cold stare.
“Okay, fair enough. It’s more or less Lily’s business. Let her sit there.”
“Lord Hanover said in a cold tone, indicating the seat next to Musker, who was sitting across from Aaron.
Lily sat down next to Musker, disapprovingly, and gave Aaron a tense look.
“So, shall we begin the meal?”
Lord Hanover’s words signaled the waiters to move in unison.
Of course, they would not be so cruel as to deny Lily her meal.
The smell of appetite stimulation begins to waft through the air as a lavish menu, instantly recognizable as a celebration, is laid out one after the other.
The dinner party then began, following a brief speech by Lord Hanover.
“Wow! That’s incredible! Is today the day we celebrate Brother Aaron’s return? You’re no longer going over there? Are you going to stick by Lily from now on?”
Lily looks innocent and happy.
Musker’s expression darkened next to hers.
“So you returned because Lily was lonely. Thank you!”
“It isn’t for her.”
Aaron spoke quietly before turning to face Lord Hanover.
Lord Hanover nodded knowingly and cleared his throat to get his attention.
“Now I have some news to share. While you’re eating, pay attention. First, Musker, Amelia.”
Musker responds belatedly after my reply.
He didn’t seem to have much of an appetite, and his plate was barely reduced.
“As of today, your engagement has come to an end.”
“Thank you for your support.”
Musker shouted in grief as I bowed my head in thanks.
I’m not sure why I’m surprised.
Did he still believe, after everything he’d said up to this point, that the engagement’s dissolution was a joke or something?
“Why! You can’t do that! But then, what about our family’s relationship with the Brandons?
“That’s none of your business.
Lord Hanover calmly replies to Musker, who is suddenly distraught.
“I would say so, but… I also want to keep my relationship with the Brandon family. That’s why I’ve already agreed to this.”
Then he gave me and Aaron a mischievous smile.
“A new engagement has been set up. It’s something we’ve all agreed on. We’ll discuss it as soon as we have the official paperwork. “
“Is a new engagement… in the works?”
Musker raises an eyebrow and mutters.
Not because he couldn’t see what was being said, but because he had a bad feeling about it.
“Could it be Lily and Brother Aaron!?”
“Certainly not. If you’re interfering with my conversation, please leave.”
Lord Hanover’s tone was as cold as ice in response to Lily’s unexpected remark.
Lily sat up and leaned back in her chair, glumly.
“There’s no need to be obnoxious. It’s Aaron and Amelia.”
Musker and Lily both stood up at Lord Hanover’s simple words.
Their eyes were wide with surprise, and their faces were clearly filled with rage.