𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟑𝟕: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐠𝐞
The Bowen family’s territory faces the sea. In a cabin overlooking the sea with the mountains in the background, Ellen and Stephan were relaxing.
The wedding ceremony was held last week. Among the attendees were the second prince of Ehrlich and his fiancée, and the wedding of Ellen Bowen, the current popular pharmacist, was glamorous.
“Ellen. The wind is cold. It’s about time we went inside.”
“Thank you, Stephan. I’ll go in soon.”
I’ve loved this cabin since I was a child. It’s not as luxurious as the mansion in the royal capital, but when I come here, I can gather medicinal herbs and catch poisonous snakes and spiders.
Being obsessed with these things, I was completely out of place among the daughters of nobles. Because of the wealthy Bowen family, I wasn’t bullied, but I wasn’t included in their group either.
The only ones who treated me without prejudice were the people of the territory and the people of the small trading company I visited almost every day. They called me “the princess who loves poison,” but they spoke to me normally without prejudice, perhaps because they were used to dealing with poisonous plants and insects through my mother.
The trading company had a likable owner and his wife, a reliable and cheerful eldest son, a second son who was quiet but always watched over me with a calm gaze, and a youngest daughter who was attached to me like a little sister.
One day, the youngest daughter was not feeling well, and when I asked her what was wrong, she told me with tears in her eyes, “Our business is not going well, and my parents are discussing closing the shop.” “We might have to move to another land.”
For me, who was ten years old at the time, the simple people of the trading company, who didn’t whisper behind my back or just smile at me, were one of the few places I could rely on.
The reason I visited this cabin so much that my parents were amazed, except during the social season, was because I was seeking their conversation and sincere smiles. I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but now I understand. I was exhausted from being isolated in the society of noble children. I didn’t have the strength of heart like my mother.
I was usually a quiet daughter who didn’t ask her parents for anything, but I immediately wrote a letter to them. I asked them to help my favorite trading company, because I needed it.
The one who immediately responded to the unusual request from the youngest daughter was my mother. Not only did she provide financial support to the trading company and help them get back on their feet, but she also hired the second son and the youngest daughter to work for me.
The youngest daughter, Hanna, was hired as my maid, and the second son, Stephan, was hired as a candidate for my guard. They have always been by my side, supporting me both physically and emotionally.
Now, after many twists and turns, Stephan has become my husband and is a major force in running the Bowen family’s economy. He says, “The business I reluctantly studied as a child is useful,” but he shows his skill in managing funds, which even my father endorses, through his innate talent and effort.
The day before we came here, my mother showed me a thick ledger. The ledger, which is not easily shown even to a parent and child, is a compilation of the efforts and achievements of top-class pharmacists over three hundred years.
When I looked inside with white gloves on, there were records of medicines I knew well and medicines I had never used or made. The brand-new page was a detailed record of the spot remover I made. I was always happy to see the page with my name on it.
When I thought that one day I would take over this ledger, a joy welled up from the bottom of my heart.
『”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”.』
Gently, a shawl was placed on my shoulders, and when I looked up, Stephan was looking down at me with a kind face.
“I can’t have my precious wife catching a cold. Besides, are you sure you wanted to spend our honeymoon here? We could have gone to any other country if we wanted.”
“I wanted to be here. I owe my existence to this scenery and the people who live in this land. We can go abroad anytime we want.”
In reality, traveling abroad might be a bit difficult.
My clientele is increasing day by day, and the hospital for dogs and cats is crowded. As the person in charge, I have Norra in place, but I am the one who manages the medication and makes difficult decisions.
Norra also accompanied me this time, officially closed down her turbulent house, and completed the procedures to become a resident of the royal capital. Her father’s grave has already been built, and when I come here, I accompany her and offer flowers.
Since childhood, I have always been unable to handle the company of nobles well, and I stubbornly believed that my world was only ahead on the path of a pharmacist.
But in reality, medicine requires a desire to wish for someone’s happiness. Without it, I don’t think I can make anything better. I used to only think about wanting to make wonderful medicine, but now I think that a heart that sympathizes with someone’s suffering is the core of a pharmacist.
The people of this seaside taught me that. They were the panacea for me.
“There’s been a lot, and now here we are.”
It was meant to be a monologue, but Stephan heard it and gently held my hand.
“I feel the same way. I never thought the day would come when I would become your husband. I want to tell my past self, who was suffering from an unrequited first love, that you will become this person’s husband, so don’t give up.”
When I leaned my cheek against Stephan’s large hand on my shoulder, I smelled the faint scent of the cologne that I had made and given to him. It was the scent of the flower of the poisonous plant known as Dokuyaburan. I had used the remaining liquid for cologne because it smelled so good after I had removed the poison to use it for medicine.
This cologne is also well-received, and there are many requests to “please commercialize it,” but I keep shaking my head because it is only for Stephan.
I want a child to succeed me as a future pharmacist, but that depends on God’s will. Now, we are enjoying the peaceful and relaxing life that we have finally reached together.
“Ellen-sama, I’ve collected a lot of shells!”
Hanna climbed up from the beach and called out to me. Norra was next to her, and the two of them were good friends.
“Young Oku-sama, I’ve got a lot of herbs that work for the skin disease of the cats.”
Norra is a saver, and when she comes to this land where she can pick as many herbs as she wants, she becomes engrossed in picking herbs.
“Shall I go inside and help with the cooking?”
“Then, I’ll do the same.”
“Stephan, you take it easy. You work too much all the time.”
“You’re the one who works too much, Ellen.”
We held hands and went inside from the terrace.
“Stephan, thank you for marrying me.”
Instead of replying, Stephan gently smiled and hugged me from behind.
I was finally able to reach a happy marriage where we care for each other.
𝐀𝐰𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬: 𝐇𝐞𝐲 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞! 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲, 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞!