The Noble Lady of the Sinking Ship, Disguising her Young Brother as her Son, Stubbornly Survives in the Neighboring Country! – Chapter 78

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟕𝟖: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞

Lord Montyver fell to the fatal blade in the assault, and the situation remained uncertain the following day.

In the morning, Florenci was picked up by the home tutor and headed to the Marquis family’s main residence.

After seeing them off and asking the maid to clean the cottage and water the plants in the garden, preparations were made to attend a gathering hosted by Prince Ghodrove.

The dress chosen was a simple lapis lazuli hue with a high collar, free of lace and ribbon, and with a mature design.

Wearing this would make one appear older than one’s age. It would be fitting for a married person.

The buttons on the back were carefully fastened by Ga-chan.

A modest amount of makeup was applied, and the hair was braided and wrapped like a crown.

Pearl earrings and a ring, bestowed by the Marchioness to be worn at social gatherings, were adorned.

Looking into the mirror, a reflection of oneself appeared, wearing an anxious expression.

It felt like standing on the scaffold, overwhelmed by tension.

It might be because of the involvement of the queen’s necklace, just like that time.

This can’t go on.

Showing weakness would create an opening for others to exploit.

[Nya nya!]

Ga-chan creates a small lace and places it on the dress.

It seems like a suggestion to try some spiderwork embroidery on the dress after a long time.

“Yes, indeed. Let’s add some flair to the dress today.”

Let’s make it look like something a young girl would wear.

I added lace to the collar and hem, and sewed frills into the sleeves.

By making these arrangements, the sober design transforms into a lovely impression.

[Nya, nya?]

Ga-chan seems to ask if the hair should be let down.

Leaving the hair down, without tying it up, is a symbol of being unmarried.

A married woman must have her hair firmly tied up.

Today’s gathering is on short notice. Everyone’s attention is on Prince Ghodrove, and nobody will probably notice me.

Surely they will forgive me if, just this once, I go not as Lara・Dosa but as Graciela・De・Mendoza.

I finished my hair in a half-up style with rope braids hanging on either side, as I often did in Vulcano.

Ga-chan tied a lace ribbon, seemingly as a finishing touch.

Looking into the mirror, I looked like a young girl. Certainly not like a married woman with children.

“Ga-chan, shall we go?”

[Nya!]

Ga-chan clung to the ribbon tied at the waist. From a distance, it would probably look like a cute pompom.

It was time to leave, but the Marchioness did not appear.

Apparently, she was taking time preparing, as it’s her first time back in society in a while.

I received instructions to go ahead, so I got into the carriage alone.

I had thought the Marchioness would come with me, so my nervousness increased.

I wonder if Rachael will be there as well.

But even if she were, finding her among the many invited people would surely be difficult.

The carriage arrived at the palace in no time.

The daytime gathering was not as glamorous as the evening gatherings.

I was relieved to find that my attire did not stand out too much.

Looking around, I couldn’t find Rachael anywhere.

I made my way through the crowd to the ballroom, feeling as though I was drowning in a sea of people.

Everyone seemed to be talking about the stolen queen’s necklace.

Who is Prince Ghodrove going to accuse?

With restless feelings, time passed.

I watched the entrance but saw no sign of the Marchioness.

It seems I will have to hear Prince Ghodrove’s report alone.

Still, more people had gathered than I expected.

Preparing cards to notify everyone about the gathering must have been quite a task. It was as if they knew the incident would happen, a preparation so thorough.

Nobody here could even imagine that Prince Ghodrove had his hands in many wrongdoings.

Putting a hand to my chest, I sighed many times.

In the end, I was unable to meet up with Rachael or Marchioness before Prince Ghodrove appeared.

I was taken aback when he showed up in black attire, as if in mourning.

Why on earth had he come dressed like that?

Prince Ghodrove immediately spoke about the reason.

“My dearest knight, Leon・Von・Montyver, has just been called to heaven.”


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