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“Ah, Nick-sama. Even if I can’t be with you, my love is yours forever.”
While Marian was thinking about this, they seemed to be having a good time, and now she heard Emilia’s voice.
—Could it be that they are really rehearsing for a play?
She couldn’t help but look around, thinking about such a thing, because Emilia was also speaking enthusiastically.
In a sense, they may be a perfect couple.
She suddenly hated everything when she thought about “it”.
Like Marian’s friend said, romance novels are in vogue among aristocratic ladies nowadays.
Most women would be crazy about a story about a doomed lover torn by a tragic fate.
In other words, there is a danger that their love will become a tragic love story, a beautiful story, and gossip, just like in romance novels.
—This is no laughing matter.
To make a beautiful story out of the act of whispering love to another woman when you’re engaged?
This has nothing to do with Marian seeing Nick as only a childhood friend or that it is a political marriage.
It is a moral issue.
Marian doesn’t want to marry such a person, and will become a villainess who has torn apart two people of destiny.
She wanted to avoid marrying Nick and let them know how stupid they were.
—What should I do to do that…
If she takes a hard-line approach, she’ll be made to look like a villainess.
After pondering for a while, she suddenly heard a voice calling her name.
She looked up and saw her “bestfriend” Minerva standing there with her brother.
She could see the worried looks on their faces.
They had also both seen it.
Minerva is a duchess and the fiancée of the first prince, who is the crown prince of the land.
She’s a bit stern-looking but very pretty, and she and Marian have been best friends for a long time.
She also loves romance novels, and she knows that she reads many of them behind her back.
But she is not the kind of person who confuses reality with fiction, so she might be the best person to talk to.
“Just in time. I need to talk to you about something.”
“Oh, Marian, If you want to get back to those two, I’ll be happy to help.”
Minerva said, and squeezed both of Marian’s hands.
“If you want to physically eliminate them, I can recommend a good assassin. They will do whatever you want, as long as you pay them.”
The man who spoke these ominous words was Minerva’s brother, Leo, heir to the Duchy of Sazaria.
The Dukes of Sazaria are not to be made enemies with.
With this in mind, she answered in a low voice,
“For the time being, I am not thinking about it physically.”
Deciding to talk about this matter, Marian, along with Minerva and Leo, moved to a corner of the garden.
“I know it’s a little late for this, but I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to drag you into this.”
Minerva contorts her beautiful face in guilt as she apologizes.
“You’re my best friend, okay? It’s only natural that I help you.”
“Mina is right. It’s our turn to help you.
The beautiful, silver-haired, and blue-eyed siblings encourage Marian with these words.
“…Thank you very much.”
Even though she was calm, she was still a little shocked because she had not expected her fiancé’s betrayal.
Their kindness healed her wounded heart.
Marian first met Minerva when Minerva was still a prospective fiancée of Crown Prince Roland.
At first, the competition among the candidates for the crown prince’s fiancée was quite fierce.
Marian was relieved that she was not involved.
Because, among them, it was Minerva, who was said to be the most promising candidate, who was caught in the crossfire.
Of course, as the daughter of the Dukes of Sazaria, there was no way she could be publicly harassed.
So the other candidates harassed her in a more low-key way.
When Minerva was still attending the school for nobles, they just hid her things or threw them away.
If they were accused of harassment, they would only be reprimanded.
However, from Minerva’s point of view, what she cherishes is lost one after another.
Marian happened to pass by and saw Minerva depressed because an important novel book had fallen into a pond.
“…You can’t read that anymore…”
“This is the latest book that Onii-sama bought for me from a neighboring country.”
She felt sorry for her as Minerva hugged the soaked book, not caring that her uniform was wet.
“If it’s a book from a neighboring country, I have a lot of them too. I’ll look for the same book.”
Minerva’s face lit up when she said this.
“Really?! Thank you very much!”
Marian was not a big fan of romance novels, but her cousin loved them and often sent her books she had finished reading.
Minerva squealed with delight when she saw the large pile of unread books (books she hadn’t read yet).
“Can I borrow this one? And this one?”
“Yes, of course. I’d rather you take them all.”
It seemed that there was nothing a duchess couldn’t get her hands on, but her cousin, being a daughter of a large merchant family, was on another level when it came to the vierity of collections. She had already read all the “foreign” romance novels and had ordered books from all over the world, and she sent them to Marian one after another, saying that she was satisfied once she had read them.
And this is how she became friends with Minerva and also got acquainted with her brother, Leo (her crush).