“I Don’t Love You,” Said the Ice Magician to His Unrequited Love, Who Was Disguised as Me – Chapter 24

Chapter 24: Question

“Do you want to go to a party?” 

Zion asked, and Finne nodded.

“I also want to contribute to the power of the Creutzfeldt family as the next lord’s wife. I think we need to work together to fight against the negative legacy left by the former lord and the current situation.”

“I appreciate you saying that, but. . .”

Zion said after a brief pause. 

“Are you okay?”

“What do you mean?”

“I heard that you’re not good at socializing.”

Finne thought, (Ah, I was supposed to be a shut-in daughter who couldn’t even go outside.”)

It seemed like he was concerned about her. 

Looking back, she had never been invited to such social events despite being the next lord’s wife.

(Dealing with those kinds of things is troublesome, and honestly, I’m grateful.)

While thanking him for his consideration, Finne said, “Thank you. But I think it’s an important time now. It wouldn’t be good if strange rumors started spreading because I didn’t attend social events.”

“I’m used to bad reputations. You don’t have to push yourself.”

“Don’t worry. Please let me try my best once in a while.”

Zion looked at Finne intently and said, “Okay. There will be a birthday party for the second prince in the palace garden in a week. I’ll let them know that you’ll attend.”

(A birthday party for the second prince. . .! It’s a bigger event than I thought!)

She clenched her fists in her mind.

There should be many nobles from the former lord’s faction attending this event, making it an excellent opportunity to gather information.

“Please do.”

The days leading up to the birthday party passed quickly.

Finne ate tarte tatin, cake rolls, and sweet potatoes as a reward for sticking to her diet.

As a result, Finne’s weight continued to increase, and she became desperate as she couldn’t wear the dress she had prepared.

“Why. . .how. . .”

[I think it’s strange if you don’t gain weight when you’re having seconds at every meal.]

Finne groaned in a voice that couldn’t be heard, but the mansion’s maids encouraged her kindly.

“It’s okay. You were too thin to begin with, and I think you’re healthy and just right now.”

“Let’s wear this dress that fits perfectly.”

They did her makeup.

(I look like a different person, so beautiful!)

Impressed by the magical-like technique, Finne and her husband rode in the Duke family’s carriage to the second prince’s birthday party.

Her husband sitting next to her looked out the window with a melancholic expression.

A quiet space with no conversation.

Although Finne and Zion are supposed to be married publicly, their relationship is more like acquaintances than friends.

(We were getting along pretty well last week.)

When she stumbled and accidentally kissed him on the cheek, her husband’s pre-existing mistrust of women worsened.

The shutter of his heart closed with a clatter, and he felt even more distant from her than before.

(The first friend I made in the outside world. . . I’m a little sad.)

Zion-sama is said to be originally distrustful of humans and avoids deep involvement with people around him, so it may be unavoidable, but Finne does not have such a delicate personality to give up so easily.

(It’s a precious time for the two of us to talk! A chance to repair our relationship!)

While secretly determined, she brings up the conversation without being a burden.

The result was better than she expected. 

She thought she was more disliked, but it didn’t seem to be the case.

In fact, Finne seemed to remember every detail of what he said before and even had the illusion that he was quite liked.

(Then why does he avoid me?)

It’s a contradictory behavior that is hard to understand.

She thinks about it while looking at the ceiling of the carriage, but it was impossible for Finne, who grew up without much contact with people outside, to read the subtle nuances of emotions.

(Why. . .I can’t understand people’s hearts. . .)

In the carriage, she thinks like a sad monster.

Above all, what she couldn’t understand the most was when she talked about the《Witch of Dawn》. The long-awaited partner that Zion-sama had been searching for.

However, he doesn’t seem as eager as before to hear about it.

Still, it doesn’t seem like his interest has faded since they met.

There seems to be some hesitation in asking Finne about it.

(Why is there a need for hesitation?)

She thought about it, but couldn’t figure it out.

The carriage was filled with nothing but questions.

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