“I’m glad. Emma, it’s okay now.
You can take Douglas’ hand. You can accept him.”
Not able to follow the conversation, or not understanding it,
Only Emma stands there dumbfounded.
From now on, they will live as mother and child,
She thought they had to be separated from Douglas.
It feels wrong to overturn the determination she had made,
But I hope she can accept it and find happiness.
For Douglas’ sake, who is desperately trying to persuade Emma in front of me.
“Emma, I’ll say it again.
I want you to be my wife. I care for you and the child.
. . .I regret that I couldn’t protect you on my own, but I love you.
Won’t you live with me?”
“. . .Douglas-sama. Is it really. . .okay?”
Is it really okay to take his hand? Emma, who looks at me to confirm,
I can’t help but smile bitterly.
Maybe she can’t feel at ease because I threatened her so much earlier.
“Don’t worry, it’s alright.
As I told you, Douglas will become the consort, but Emma is the only wife.
He will attend social events as a consort, but that’s only in formality.
He won’t have to fulfill the role as a husband.
. . .It’s alright now, you don’t have to hold back.”
“. . .Thank you.
Douglas-sama. . .If it’s alright with someone like me. . .Please let me be by your side.”
“Ah! Yes! Good. . .Emma, stay with me forever.”
“Fufu. It went well. Take care of yourselves from now on, you two.”
The two, who had been looking so grave until a moment ago, are now holding hands and smiling.
Emma’s tears are streaming down her face, but they’re tears of joy, so she looks beautiful.
Douglas gently wipes her tears away.
. . .Perhaps a little more time is needed until things settle down.
“We have to start preparing as soon as the two calm down.”
“Have you contacted Marquis Clement’s family?”
“It’s okay. I’ve sent Ruri.”
“Oh, is that why she’s not here today? When did you decide?”
“Maybe when I read the report. But I thought I’d decide after meeting her properly.
It’s about a dear friend, after all. It would be troubling if she were a strange woman.
I didn’t know what Emma thought of Douglas either.
After talking to Emma alone, I felt that Emma would be fine.”
“I see. So that’s why you wanted to talk to the two of them.”
“I’m glad it worked out~
We’ve settled on a consort candidate, so we don’t have to look anymore.”
“Yeah, that’s right.”
“I had rejected Arno as well and was unsure of what to do.
In the end, I asked Renkin-sensei, who had lost his wife, for a favor,
Even considering borrowing a name,
But I believe that if it’s Douglas, both my grandfather and those around us will approve, so I feel relieved.
I’m glad it seems to be decided before graduating from the academy.”
Whether they knew I was worried or not,
Chris and Kyle patted my head and said well done.
I feel like I’ve accomplished a big task, and my mood lightens.
“. . . . . .Kyle must be the one who’s most relieved.”
“Huh? Chris, did you say something?”
“No, it’s nothing.
Look, Douglas and Emma seem to have calmed down, let’s get ready.
We have to explain it to the Marquis Taylor’s family, right?”
“Ah, right. We must hurry.”
After the two calmed down, Emma was first taken to the Marquis Clement’s house.
It was out of fear of being blamed by the servants of the Marquis Taylor’s family for bringing Emma.
Upon arriving at the Marquis Clement’s house, Ruri, along with the former Marchioness, greeted us.
The former Marchioness had been grandfather’s personal maid and had also served as a wet nurse for Otou-sama and others.
Now, she’s retired from being a personal maid, assisting the Marquis house by guiding her juniors.
Although it seems like the first time she has taken on a pregnant woman,
The former Marchioness has experience in giving birth and raising four children while working.
She is supposed to guide Emma, monitoring her condition.
Douglas seemed sad to part with Emma,
He promised to visit during the school holidays and then said goodbye.
We were worried about the Marquis Taylor family, but when we arrived at the mansion, the Marquis couple was waiting.
Apparently, the report had already come from the steward.
Our actions might have been too late if they had been delayed by a few more days.
The Marquis, who had a stern look on his face as he greeted us, changed his attitude when I explained about the consort,
He suddenly accepted Emma as well.
It seems that he had thought that Douglas might be chosen as my consort,
And had intended not to make a fiancée until graduation.
No wonder the excellent Douglas didn’t have a fiancée.
Since he had always been with me as a school friend from the time of admission,
It wouldn’t have been strange for the Marquis to think he would be chosen as the consort.
Between us, we were just friends, and I didn’t have any such intention,
I never even considered how it might appear to others.
If it weren’t for Emma,
There might have been a dishonorable rumor about Douglas after graduation.
Keeping him by my side for three years and not making him the consort,
Must mean that there’s something wrong with Douglas.
Although everything worked out in the end,
I reflected that I still have a lot to consider as royalty.