“It’s impossible to escape anywhere. You should think that you will definitely be found.
Do you think you can protect the child with your power then?”
“. . .It’s impossible.”
Emma was saying that she intends to leave the Count’s family register.
If she becomes a commoner, her position will become even weaker.
If the Marquis family is serious about doing something to Emma and the child, escaping is impossible.
The Count’s family, her birth family, does not have the power to protect their daughter and grandchild who have become commoners.
That’s why this proposal was made.
If she becomes my personal maid, she’ll be under my guardianship.
Unlike a court lady, a personal maid cannot be appointed without the crown prince’s trust.
Becoming a personal maid means gaining a position of some status.
“That’s true. But if you’re my personal maid,
The personal maid and her family will come under my protection.
No noble family can touch the crown princess’ personal maid.
Even if the Marquis family’s order is for the Marquis family’s future,
They won’t kill the family of a personal maid and antagonize the crown prince.”
“So. . .become a personal maid, and?”
“Yes, that’s right. Ah, not just in name.
I really want you to become my personal maid.
Emma, no. Emmeline・Pierne.
I’ve looked into you before I came here.
I’ve seen your grades at the academy too. Three years in Classroom A, and no problems with your attitude or character.
You would have passed if you had taken the court lady exam as is.”
“T, Thank you.”
Her real name, Emmeline・Pierne.
When Douglas was reported to be with a woman,
Emmeline was also reported.
She changed her name to Emma when she worked as a maid in the Marquis house,
But this is common, as it’s hard to call a maid by a long name.
Emma’s academic performance during her school days is not a problem,
And she has a track record of working as a maid in the Marquis house.
The manners of the Marquis Taylor house, where a princess married three generations ago, are also valid in the royal palace.
The fact that she was a maid in the Taylor house means she should have learned the basics.
But there might still be some deficiencies.
“Emma came to receive guidance to become a dedicated maid,
She will be entrusted to the Marquis Clement’s household.”
“To that Marquis Clement’s house?”
“Yes, that’s right.
All my personal maids are definitely trained there before being hired.”
The Marquis Clement house, the birthplace of Lisa and Yuna, is also Ruri’s uncle’s house.
Before Ruri became my apprentice maid,
From the age of twelve until entering the academy, she received guidance at the Marquis Clement’s household.
To make Emma the crown princess’ personal maid,
She must first be properly trained at Marquis Clement’s house.
But if it’s Emma, who can do the basics, it shouldn’t be a long period.
It will probably be about a year of actual instruction.
“At Marquis Clement’s home, that’s right. It will probably take about three years.
During that time, she might even give birth to a child and become capable of entrusting the child to someone, right?
Then will you work at the royal palace as my exclusive maid?
I can protect you and the child safety.”
“. . .Is it really okay. . .
To be treated so well like this. . .”
Douglas supports Emma, who has broken down crying.
Maybe the string of tension has snapped upon hearing that the child’s safety will be ensured.
She must have felt it would be futile to run away until now.
“Thank you. . .Sofia-sama. I’m relieved. . .Emma and the child will now be protected.
Emma. . .wait for me.
No matter how many years it takes, I’ll make my parents accept Emma.
I need Emma. I want to live with her and the child in her belly.”
“Douglas-sama. . .but. . .”
“Please. Trust me.”
Douglas must really think so.
But it’s not that simple.
The matter of protecting Emma and the child as my exclusive maid, and
Accepting them as the wife and child of the Marquis family, are completely different.
As it stands, no matter how many years it takes, they will not be accepted into the Marquis family.
Perhaps because she understands this, Emma cannot rejoice at Douglas’s proposal,
And she looks at me with a troubled expression.
. . .I wonder if she’s trying to make Douglas give up and take him back home.
She did mention it.
Since Emma herself is okay now, it seems like she wants to say to forget about it. . .
“Hey, Douglas. Do you really think that’s going to happen?”