A week later, when I came to wash the sheets at the laundry again,
I was yelled at by a servant who seemed to have a grudge against me, while I was washing at the edge.
A middle-aged, thin woman who always seems angry.
It feels like this servant is like this rather than following the chief court lady’s instructions,
But she seemed to be in a worse mood than usual, and yelling at me was not the end of it.
I was thrown a small washboard, and I thought it would hurt, but
The washboard fell without hitting me.
Fell without hitting? . . .Protected?
It seems that an overprotective observer is defending me with magic.
To others, it seemed as if the washboard had hit me,
And someone who was a little away came to help.
“Don’t hit such a small child. . .
Come here. Let’s wash together?”
It was a young female servant I hadn’t seen before.
Perhaps it was awkward because a fellow servant intervened,
The servant who threw the washboard at me snorted and went somewhere.
“Thank you for helping me.”
“It’s okay. Are you alright? Doesn’t the place it hit hurt?”
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
I hadn’t seen this servant before, but she didn’t look like a lower-ranking servant.
Her movements were graceful, and her hair seemed well-groomed.
Her chapped hands didn’t look like those of someone who had been doing water work for many years.
Her translucent light brown hair could belong to a commoner, but
Her green eyes are proof of her noble blood.
Perhaps she’s the daughter of a fallen noble family.
To work in the royal palace, even as a lower servant, you need a letter of introduction from a noble.
I was curious about this servant, who introduced herself as Ellie, but
I thought I couldn’t do anything about it now, so I silently washed the sheets.
Ellie also continued washing without saying anything.
In the midst of the sound of washing,
I could hear the conversation of the servants who were a little away.
“By the way, did you hear about last week?
The chief court lady seemed to be in a bad mood after the dinner party.”
“I heard about it~ the Duke went to a different lover’s place, right?”
“Yes, exactly. He doesn’t seem to visit the chief court lady’s place much lately.”
“Then, the era of the chief court lady might be ending.
Once Princess Eliza officially becomes the crown prince’s adopted daughter,
I wonder if the Duke will live in the royal palace as a guardian.”
“Isn’t that the case? Even now, he’s in the palace for half the month.
Wandering between his lovers’ rooms, though!”
“It’s good that Princess Eliza, unlike that Ineligible Princess, is kind and excellent,
The Duke didn’t resemble her, which is good~.”
“Hey, is it really that the Ineligible Princess won’t inherit, but Princess Eliza will?”
“Yes, that’s the talk. The Ineligible Princess is just selfish and abusive to servants,
Only strict servants who have been around for a long time can get close to her,
And she’s not making progress in her princess education at all.
Instead, Princess Eliza is receiving the same education at Duke’s house.”
“Really! Then, it’s already decided.”
Ah, I had been wondering about the instructors of the princess education assigned to me, what had happened to them.
I thought about how I’d have to report to my grandfather if I fired them,
There might be budget considerations and such, so I was thinking about how they managed to deceive it.
They became Eliza’s teachers. . .wait, is this embezzlement?
It should have been paid for from the princess’ expenses. I wonder if the observer will report it.
“I’m glad Eliza will inherit, but
Having the Duke increase his lovers inside the palace again is a bit troubling.
It’s a problem if the quarrels increase.
Ah, look, Ellie, be careful.
I’ve heard that he makes young and beautiful servants his lovers, willingly or unwillingly.”
“. . .Yes, I will be careful.”
Ellie, who was warned, turned pale.
Ah. Considering my uncle, he would undoubtedly make a move if he found Ellie.
I think she’s still in her late teens, and I think she’s probably a former noble.
Some might wish to become Duke’s lover and live in luxury.
Ellie doesn’t seem to be like that.
I returned to my room thinking about how I could help her.