The Discarded Bride’s RemarriageーThe Icy Margrave Swears His Loveー – Chapter 29

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟗: 𝐓𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐁𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐝

It was an official letter with the magic stone seal of the Royal Judiciary. 

It was written on special paper that a magician had cast a spell on, so there was clear evidence of when and by whom it was written, who approved it, and who overwrote it.

“Now, let me read it out loud.

[𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐲𝐚𝐥 𝐉𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐫𝐲, 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐩𝐡 𝐌𝐚𝐣𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐬, 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐳𝐢 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐥𝐨𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐞, 𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟐, 𝟑𝟒𝟏𝟕 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫. 

𝐍𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝟑, 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡 𝟐 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐰, 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐳𝐢 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐥𝐨𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐞, 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟑, 𝟑𝟒𝟏𝟖 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫. 𝐇𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫, 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞, 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐳𝐢 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐎𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐚, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐞, 𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟏𝟓, 𝟑𝟒𝟏𝟕 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬.

⑴ 𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝, 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚 𝐝𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐎𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐚, 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝟑𝟒𝟎𝟓, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐞.

ーー𝐃𝐮𝐤𝐞 ◇◇◇ 𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞: ◇◇◇

ーー𝐃𝐮𝐤𝐞 ◇◇◇ 𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞: ◇◇◇

ーー𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐬 ◇◇◇ 𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞: ◇◇◇

ーー𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 ◇◇◇ 𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞: ◇◇◇ . . .

⑵ 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐲𝐚𝐥 𝐉𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐫𝐲, 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝟑𝟒𝟎𝟔, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐎𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐚, 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐞, 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐳𝐢 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐭, 𝐚𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐰.

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𝐁𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 ⑴ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 ⑵, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐳𝐢 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐎𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐚 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐛𝐲 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝.

𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐲𝐚𝐥 𝐉𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐫𝐲, 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐩𝐡 𝐌𝐚𝐣𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐬

𝐄𝐱𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐥, 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬, 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐨 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐞]

The conference room fell silent as Simon read out the contents of the letter in a clear voice. There was no one left to comfort Stephan, who was shaking uncontrollably.

After Simon finished reading everything and took a seat with a bow, Theodore-sama opened his mouth.

“Even in a white marriage, our country’s law states that one cannot remarry within a year after divorce. But that’s only in the case of [strangers]. If you gather evidence of a previous common-law relationship and submit it to the judiciary, exceptions can be granted.”

“. . .So that’s why. . .Simon had me write the marriage registration. . .”

“He’s a competent servant of the Strelitzi family. He took responsibility, gathered evidence of the two’s relationship, and worked to ensure that the marriage was concluded as soon as possible.”

I was at a loss for words at Simon’s skill.

The irreplaceable butler who had always been by my side when I lost everything, who had stood in for my father at my wedding.

While I was enduring the white marriage, he had been quietly preparing to make sure that the time I had endured was not wasted. . .to strike back at the Strelitzi family.

Theodore-sama continues the conversation.

“Well, I have a proposal for Sir Strelitzi. Normally, I would want you to take responsibility for your wife’s outrageous behavior in my territory, but. . . to be honest, I don’t want to make a big deal out of it.”

A spark of life returns to Stephan’s face, which had been as pale as a corpse.

“If you won’t take me to court, I’ll do anything. Please, don’t ruin my house.”

“Yes. I also can’t bear to destroy the historic Strelitzi family. . . By the way, Sir Strelitzi. You mentioned earlier that you’re having trouble managing the old Maclouge territory’s mine?”

“Yes. . . That’s why I wanted Chloe to come back. . .”

“There’s a solution.”

Theodore-sama showed an untroubled smile.

“I want you to transfer all of the old Maclouge territory to me, as an exclave of my territory.”

I looked at Theodore-sama as if I was struck by his words. He winked at me.

“I have the qualifications to manage a magic stone mine, and after all, I’m going to marry Miss Chloe. If she wishes, I’m thinking of appointing her as the territory’s governor and entrusting her with the internal affairs of the territory. This way, you can avoid bankruptcy. What do you think?”

Stephan nodded weakly and honestly.

“Yes. . . I’ll do that. That land is too much for me to handle. . .”

Then Stephan stared at Simon, who was standing quietly.

“. . .Simon. Did you plan all this. . . to reclaim Count Maclouge’s territory. . . for Chloe. . .”

Simon just kept his eyes down and didn’t try to answer.

In the end, we agreed to Theodore-sama’s proposal, and the discussion was settled.

・・・

『”𝐴𝑤𝑒𝑏𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠.𝑐𝑜𝑚” – 𝐷𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑎 𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒, 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐a𝑛 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑢𝑙𝑔𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑠𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑙𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ “𝑑𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑢𝑝𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠” 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑡𝑜 “𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑑 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠”.』

・・・

At the meeting, thanks to the public notary, the Prime Minister of Heyerdahl, Theodore-sama, and Simon, who had prepared all the necessary procedures, the transfer of the entire old Count Maclouge territory to Margrave Heyerdahl was completed in no time.

After Stephan and Owennaーーthe Count and Countess Strelitzi left the conference room with their shoulders slumped, Simon deeply bowed his head to me.


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