YCKTML Chapter 16
In my dream, it was the day of the wedding. To be precise, it was a little earlier than the time I possessed this body.
The wedding dress had just arrived, and I was about to wear it when someone approached me with a glass of tea.
“It’s a bit hot. You might get thirsty, so I prepared some iced tea.”
It was hot, but it wasn’t unbearable. The glass handed to me looked temptingly cool, water droplets forming by the rim. I immediately drank the tea, its extremely sweet flavor quenching my thirst.
So I put on my wedding dress and sat down for a while to do my makeup and hair. My stomach started to ache, and for a moment, I wondered if it was because I suddenly drank something cold, but then I lost consciousness.
I woke up with a start. My body was drenched in sweat, and my heart pounded like crazy.
Instinctively, I knew. Erin drank the tea and died. Then I possessed her body.
Shuddering, I got up and out of the bed.
I turned on the magic lamp, sat on the chair in front of the table, and looked out the window. It was still dark outside, and thunder and lightning accompanied the rain.
I rubbed my face with the palm of my hand and retraced the events of the dream.
I rubbed my face with the palm of my hand and retraced the events of the dream. I wouldn’t have dreamt such a dream for no reason. This was clearly not my memory; It was Erin’s.
Did the diseased Erin want to tell me something?
I tapped my finger on the table to the sound of rain. Who was it? Who made Erin die?
Chloe looked the most suspicious.
Not only was Rupert taken from Chloe since then, but she looked as if she saw a ghost when she saw me.
I poured water and tried to drink it, but I flinched and stopped, the glass hovering by my lips.
“What a fool,” I muttered to myself before drinking the water. I’ve already eaten and drank a lot of things in this house. If someone wanted to kill me here, I would have already been dead.
I wasn’t sure if Chloe was the culprit. But if not her, who the hell was trying to kill Erin?
No matter how much I thought about it, I couldn’t figure it out. Besides, I couldn’t see the face of the person who gave me the glass in my dreams. Even if I did, it would not have been easy to find out because I barely knew anyone in this world in the first place.
Anyway, I possessed Erin’s body, so the wedding went on as planned, and Erin Spilet became the wife of the future Duke of Clifford.
Was it a personal grudge against Erin? or was it someone who was against this marriage?
“The Empress’s birthday….”
If I attend the party, I might know. I might find a clue by looking at each person’s reaction.
But the invitation meant for Rupert’s wife went to Chloe. There was no way I could ask for something I already relinquished.
“Haa, let’s think about it tomorrow.”
My body was burning. It was still dark, and my throbbing head and sore body felt like they needed a little more rest.
After drinking another glass of water, I went to bed again. Fortunately, I didn’t have any dreams this time.
I only recovered after a few days of suffering. Looking at the mug Jenny handed me, I asked, “What is this?”
“It’s herbal. They said if a person who’s feeling unwell drinks this, they will regain their energy.”
As soon as I took a sip, I almost spat it out. It tasted like the typical herbal tea – bland. Well, at least it wasn’t poison.
“The Lord has asked me to let him know as soon as Madam wakes up.”
“…is that so? Does he know I’m sick?”
“That’s right. In fact, the Lord also ordered this herbal remedy.”
I handed the mug back to Jenny.
“I can’t drink anymore because it doesn’t taste good. I’ll have to take a bath first.”
“Still, it’s good for the body…”
“Then, you drink it.”
Jenny’s eyes widened at my words, and she drank the drink straight from the cup. Seeing that made me laugh. And, once more, it confirmed that there really wasn’t any poison in that cup.
At my laugh, Jenny grinned and ran to the bathroom first. I stepped on the floor and grabbed the bedpost when I felt my body faltering.
Even though she was an aristocrat, this frail young lady was ill with a cold. It was frustrating.
Still, as I stumbled along, I could feel my energy coming back. I guess the herbal drink was effective.
I went straight to the bathroom, wiped the grime off my body, and after that, I even finished the soup they served me. I had to be healthy so that I could live long.
As I was patting my now full stomach, I heard a knock on the door. Unexpectedly, it was Rupert.
“What’s the matter?”
“Looks like you’re awake,” he mumbled to himself, ignoring my question.
Then, without permission, he strode into the room.
I eyed him and put my hands on my waist. “What’s going on?”
Rupert sat across from the chair at the tea-table where I was sitting, looking a little embarrassed when I asked him.
Then he placed two envelopes on the table.
“…to give this to you.”
He was still staring at me as I took it.
“You look thinner.”
“It’s because I’ve been in bed the last few days.”
“Are you eating properly?”
“As you can see,” I gestured to the empty bowl I had pushed to one side.
I fiddled with the mail. I wanted to open it, but why wasn’t he leaving?
“What… Do you have anything else to say?”
He slowly got up, his expression similar to the one he just had. His move was too slow and frustrating to watch.
“No, I’m leaving.”
“Then please deliver this to the kitchen on your way.”
I handed him a tray with an empty bowl. Rupert stood still, looking at me and the tray I just gave him.
“What are you doing? Are you going out?” I opened the door to see him off.
Phew, now that the disturbance has gone, let’s take a look.
This time, I received two mails – one colorful envelope and one white envelope.
The difference from the last time was that they were both addressed to ‘Count Spilet.’
I decided to open the colorful envelope first.
「If you’re free, I’d like to meet you at the Imperial Library. – Enoch」
The corners of my lips tilted upwards. No, no, I shouldn’t be so happy with such a thing.
I gathered my trembling heart and looked at the other envelope. Like last time, it was a pure white envelope with no decorations. Was it from the same sender as before?
When I opened it, I rubbed my surprised eyes and rechecked the contents of the envelope.
“…Oh my god.”
Inside was a card, not a letter.
The card was none other than an invitation to the ball celebrating the Empress’s birthday. It was for the Count of Spilet, not the Duchess of Clifford. How did this happen?
I went down to the first floor just in case.
The butler jumped out to my voice and answered instead.
“My Lord is now in the annex.”
“Ah, is that so?”
I was thinking of going straight to the annex, but then I stopped. I didn’t want to run into Chloe right now, though.
Last night’s dream was too vivid, and Chloe was still the prime suspect. I didn’t have the confidence to look at her and act like nothing’s wrong.
“It’s nothing. I’m going out, so please prepare a carriage.”
“Shall we prepare the Imperial carriage?”
“Imperial… carriage?” I asked the butler again in confusion.
“Not long ago, His Majesty the Crown Prince broke the carriage, so he sent a new carriage for Madam.”
He really replaced the carriage. I couldn’t believe he sent it… an Imperial carriage.
I thought I should go to the Imperial library first. I needed some imperative information to attend the ball successfully.
The Imperial library was also a social hub, so it was clear that it would be advantageous for her if the one who’d introduce her at the door were the Crown Prince.
So, the only reason I dared to accept his invitation was because of that. I once again gathered my emotions and walked up the stairs.
I had no idea that the gifts Plada had sent me would be put to good use so quickly.
Recalling the scene I had seen in front of the imperial library the other day, I was able to dress up appropriately with the things she gave me.
“Do I look okay?”
“……Yes, you are so beautiful!”
This time, I went out with Jenny in the carriage. Jenny said she had somewhere to go, and she had to check my outfit.
She raised the mirror to my face and said, “Look, I’m right.”
Of course, Erin was pretty, but she looked tired because she’d been sick for a few days. Still, she has her own charms.
Soon enough, I arrived in front of the Imperial library. Maybe it’s because it’s an imperial carriage, but it also seemed to have a magic device attached to it.
However, Jenny, who jumped down first, suddenly knelt on the ground.
I leaned my head out to see what was going on, but it was so blinding that I had to squint my eyes.
It was because someone shining more brilliantly in the noon sun was there to meet me.
Before I even got out of the carriage, he offered me his hand. Slowly, I held his hand and came down.
“I greet His Highness, the Imperial Crown Prince of the Empire,” I greeted him with a curtsy.
He politely bowed his head. With his graceful gestures alone, this street seemed to have become a ballroom. And, I was the lady being escorted by him today. I couldn’t help but feel flattered.