𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟔: 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
I voiced an alternative.
“. . .At least let me hand over the management of the household to Owenna-sama.”
“No! That’s what I’m saying. Cancel the divorce! Don’t you understand?!”
“But. . .”
At that moment.
The one who spoke next to me was Theodore-sama.
“Count Strelitzi. Why don’t you speak clearly? If you weren’t married to Chloe as the nominal manager of that magic stone mine, the Strelitzi family would be in danger of falling into ruin.”
I looked at Theodore-sama as if I was being shot, and then at Stephan.
Stephan was at a loss for words. His expression told me that Theodore-sama’s words were true.
“. . .That’s right. That’s why I need Chloe to come back. My territory will be shut down as it is.”
“If, if that’s the case. . .Come back quickly, Chloe-san!”
Owenna, whose face was red, turned her palm and urged me to remarry.
“I. . .”
I was in trouble.
I have no lingering affection for the Strelitzi family, but it hurts to think that the family will collapse because of me.
As for the management of the magic stone mine, I had left everything to Simon since my father was alive. That’s why I didn’t know.
ーーWhy wasn’t I informed of such an important matter all this time?
Simon remained silent.
I realizedーーDid Simon deliberately not tell me?
Next to me, Theodore-sama made an outrageous statement.
“Even if the two of you blame her, Miss Chloe can’t come back.”
“Why?! She can quit being a tutor anytime!”
To Owenna, who was shouting and forgetting to use honorifics, Theodore-sama slowly shook his head.
“A Margrave is allowed to make his own laws. According to the law here, if a man and a woman drink the same wine for three days and three nights, it is recognized as an engagement. . .This is due to the fact that in the era when this territory was an independent small country, wine was a special drink that was only drunk at wedding ceremonies. Of course, even now, if it is homemade and under certain conditions, it is established as a [unique custom].”
Whispering in a voice that only I could hear, Theodore-sama put his arm around my shoulder.
I was enveloped in the scent of Theodore-sama.
My heart pounded at the warm heat.
“She is already my fiancée.”
Only Stephan and Owenna opened their eyes wide, showing the most surprised faces of the day.
Everyone else had a calm expression. Perhaps they were all in on it.
I just believed in Theodore-sama’s words, “I want you to go along with it,” and kept a calm attitude.
“I would like the Margrave to stop joking. After a divorce is finalized, one cannot get married or engaged for a year.”
“That’s right. After all, I’m not officially Countess Strelitzi yet!”
Theodore-sama answered in a calm voice without being disturbed.