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The Discarded Bride’s RemarriageーThe Icy Margrave Swears His Loveー – Chapter 10

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟎: 𝐅𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐩 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠

Today, on a clear day, I accompanied the children to inspect Theodore-sama’s magic stone mine.

“Because the actual mining pit is dangerous, let’s guide you to the inspection building.”

We headed to the inspection building on a hill overlooking the mining pit dug into the mountain. Theodore-sama pointed from the terrace and explained each building to me and the children.

“That tall tower-like structure is a hoisting machine. It’s used to transport the mined magic stones by cart and to send workers to the site. Those blue glowing lanterns are magic stone detectors, necessary for safety management inside the pit.”

“. . . It’s quite different from the magic stone mine I know.”

I honestly expressed my impression. 

When I think of a mine, I remember it as a rough working environment where so-called “mountain men” with artisanal spirits manage the site. However, the people working here are wearing clean, uniform work clothes provided as uniforms, and the atmosphere is orderly and good. The color and letters on the armbands attached to the work clothes easily indicate who is in charge of what.

While I was admiring and touring, Theodore-sama narrowed his ash-blue eyes.

“It’s surprising, isn’t it?”

“Yes. The magic stone mine I knew was much smaller than this one, but it felt like it relied more on the abilities of each worker. . .”

“Instead of relying on the craftsman’s intuition or the customs of the site, we prioritize safety management by thoroughly managing it. Other mines say it’s a waste of money, or sarcastically ask if workers are more important than magic stonesーーbut by improving safety management and working conditions, we can increase the number of excellent workers and have them work longer and safer, which leads to the profit of this place.”

“That’s wonderful. . .”

“You can’t save anything with just beautiful words, but that doesn’t mean there are no beautiful words that can be put into practice.”

It must be a very good workplace in reality. Everyone is full of vitality, and those who notice Theodore-sama’s presence direct their genuine smiles towards him. Just from that, it was clear that he was loved by his subjects.

“The governance of my territory is made possible by magic stones. . . Each of them is a precious treasure.”

All the children were fascinated by Theodore-sama’s profile. There must be something for the children to learn from the way he is as a lord, who is also their stepfather.

At that moment, Berretta tugged at my sleeve and whispered in my ear, stretching herself.

“Isn’t Lord Father really cool?”

“. . .Yes, he is.”

My heart jumps at her suggestive way of speaking.

It’s a failure as a teacher to be excited by a child’s comment. 

“Teacher, we’re going home after this. Go on a date with Lord Father.”

“Eh, but. . .”

As I was flustered, two of the younger children tugged at Theodore-sama’s sleeve and clung to his arm.

“Hey, hey, Lord Father, I’m hungry~.”

“I’m sleepy~. Can we go home just by ourselves~?”

As if to support their sweet requests, an older boy bluntly said,

“Lord Father. I have a study session for a school exam with the son of a minister this afternoon. I’ll take everyone home.”

“E-Everyone. . .”

It was clear that the children were trying to leave Theodore-sama and me alone.

Is this okay? I wondered if it would be a bother to Theodore-sama. While I was flustered, the children quickly returned home in a carriage with their servants.

Theodore-sama and I were left on the terrace.

“. . . Theodore-sama. . .”

“You’re worried, aren’t you?”

He gave a bitter smile and returned to the room from the terrace. As I followed him, I was thinking about how I should behave from now on.

“I think it’s not too late, so I’ll go home with the children.”

“Don’t say that.”

To me, who was trying to escape, Theodore-sama turned around and gave a bitter smile.

“If you’re okay with it, I’d like you to join me for lunch. This place has a restaurant that is also inspected by the royal family, so I can guarantee the taste.”

“. . . If I’m acceptable. . .”

“It’s decided. Come, Miss Chloe.”

ーーCome.

The sweetness of his words, as if rolling them on his tongue, made my heart flutter in a way that was inappropriate for my status.

I had never felt this way about my former husband or anyone else.


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