Every Night, I Come To His Bedroom - Chapter 18
Every Night, I Come To His Bedroom Chapter 18
Ellie awoke and reached out with her pulse beating. She was unaware that she would unexpectedly encounter Arthur there.
Despite the fact that he would not have recognized her as Ellie Miller, she could not help but feel nervous.
‘I feared that odd tales about Duke Rufus would arise for no reason.’
He would not find it odd if she vanished in an instant.
Ellie attempted to go back asleep after calming her trembling heart.
Raymond exhaled slowly as he saw where she had recently been.
“Once again, she’s gone.”
Arthur, who had reached him, inquired indifferently.
“Why are you here? Aren’t you sick and should be resting? You have an injury yet you’re walking here so carelessly.”
Raymond was anxious about Arthur, who had brought crutches to the celebration. Because of him, his wonderful meal has ended.
“Ah, regardless of how ill you are, you cannot miss the Lunar Festival, which occurs just once a year. I have come to pray for the Duke and Ellie’s peace.”
Arthur’s expression seemed simply caustic as he responded with a grin.
“I also pray for your cast to be removed soon.”
“It’s alright. Soon, the cast will be removed. It’s a little unpleasant, but I believe I’ll live a lot more when I’m simply laying in bed and not wandering about.”
Raymond heaved an exasperated sigh at seeing Arthur’s inattentive babbling.
“Okay. Then take it easy and heal well.”
“Did the Duke arrive by himself?”
Arthur questioned, his dark green eyes flashing as though it were odd that he was attending the fair alone.
“I simply came out to explore. I was on my way home.”
Considering that she had already left, there was no need to remain in this mob. Raymond picked up the handkerchief she had abandoned and stared at Arthur.
“Then I’ll go. Oh, and you need not exert so much effort to go to work. I will extend your vacation time.”
Working with Ellie was far more pleasant than working with Arthur. She was the only candidate that satisfied his stringent requirements.
Next year, when Arthur departs his assistant position as planned, he wants to replace him with Ellie. I only hoped she would not have an accident that would force her to abandon her work.
“No. I will shortly report to work.”
At Arthur’s apathetic response, he slightly scowled.
“I told you to not overdo it.”
“I am really more exhausted from being alone at home. I want to go to work and work, as well as see Ellie. I also want to hear the duke’s nagging.”
Arthur’s cheeks became slightly flushed as he said Ellie’s name. Ellie misses a narrative that has maybe the most authenticity.
Arthur’s affections for Ellie were well-known. In truth, Raymond was sometimes envious of Ellie’s kind handling of Arthur.
Because he wanted Ellie to be the lady who visited him every night. But it was irrelevant today.
“Fine, fine. Then till next time!”
Before the narrative could continue, Raymond interrupted him. Here, he lacked the time to converse with him.
He had to return to the duke’s residence before she falls back asleep.
“Yes. Please proceed with caution.”
He disregarded Arthur’s cheerful welcome and returned to get the horse given to him. He arrived home hastily on horseback and went directly to his bedroom.
“I assume she hasn’t slept yet.”
As he surveyed the vacant bedroom, he mumbled angrily. That is the past. She returned to the bed.
“Are you already here, Duke?”
Didn’t realize he was in the bedroom, she inquired with sparkling blue eyes.
“Yes. Our celebrations have been marred by an incompetent assistant.”
“Well, maybe he didn’t notice me, did he?”
At her hesitant inquiry, he nodded slowly.
“He hadn’t seen you at all… it’s surprising how fast you vanished. But why are you so shocked? Do you happen to know Count Winston?”
Arthur was so well-known that he served as the academy’s student body president. Having attended the same institution, Raymond questioned whether or not she even knew Arthur.
“I am unaware of the specifics. I am just somewhat familiar with the face. Obviously, he will no longer recognize my face. Nonetheless, I’m concerned that the Duke may become the subject of weird tales because of me.”
“What gossip? There are rumors I have a hidden lover?”
She hesitantly nodded her head in response to his query while smiling.
“You do not like being surrounded by such rumors.”
“Well. Perhaps it would have been preferable if the rumors had spread in this manner. Many of the ladies that approach me will vanish.”
Somehow, he felt a touch of melancholy. He would have been able to enjoy the festival a little more if she hadn’t unexpectedly vanished. It disturbed him that he did not fully appreciate the event and returned.
“Regardless, it is sad. I was unable to truly appreciate the event.”
“Nevertheless, I’m relieved that I am done with the handkerchief… How about you? Did you treat it with care?”
In response to her inquiry, he produced two handkerchiefs from his pocket.
“You can’t even keep the drawing I made of you.”
“Just keep both as a souvenir… I also wish you health and peace.”
She was a really pleasant speaker. So maybe this explains why Raymond was more drawn to her. The more time he spent with her, the stronger his emotions were.
‘I pondered your identity.’
Raymond gazed at her with sorrowful eyes as he swallowed the words he couldn’t yet pronounce because he lacked the guts.
Ellie was astonished to see Duke Rufus waiting for her in the assistant’s office after a day of relaxation.
‘Am I late?’
Ellie was surprised to see that she still had around twenty minutes until it was time to go to work.
Duke Rufus, who was examining the documents at the time of her welcome, nodded.
“I saw Arthur yesterday, and he seemed to be in excellent health.”
Yesterday, she had met Arthur with him, but she pretended not to know and opened her lips.
“Oh yeah? I’m delighted if he looks terrific.”
“I fear he will arrive at work earlier than anticipated.”
His use of words was rather peculiar. It was an expression that did not approve of Arthur’s work.
“Did you know that Arthur was my assistant just till this year?”
This was common knowledge. Before overseeing one of the Winsters’ firms, Arthur was working as a business class for Duke Rufus.
‘I was thus assigned to serve as his assistant for just two years.’
“Yes. I know.”
“I want you to take the post of assistant if Arthur resigns.”
Ellie’s eyes widened in response to his unexpected comments.
“Yes. There is still much time, so consider carefully. Allow me to double your existing pay.”
A fantastic suggestion then followed. For a secretary, her present income was also fairly high.
The fact that he will raise her income, however, gave the impression that he was acknowledging her skills, thus Ellie’s heart was overwhelmed.
She was aware that he relied heavily on her other personality, who visited him every night. However, it felt even better since she felt that he recognized her as the genuine Ellie Miller.
“Let’s consider it. Thank you for your excellent proposal.”
It seems that her time spent working for Duke Rufus was not wasted. Ellie was content with just that. At least she was the person he needed.
Day and night, Ellie wanted to be of assistance to him.
Ellie fell asleep while recalling the talk she had with Duke Rufus this morning.
Ellie, upon rising from his bed, surveyed the shadowy chamber in which the nightstand was off with confusion.
The voice of Duke Rufus came from just next to her.
Ellie saw him lying on the bed with the lights off with astonishment.
“Duke? Are you okay?”
“I feel fine, real good.”
His voice was tranquil. There was no anxiety or stress whatsoever. It was the first time. Even after all the lights were out, he had such a determined expression.
“Are you really fine?”
“Yes. It’s just fine.”
His soothing voice was again heard. As she grew used to the darkness, the face of Duke Rufus, who was looking at her, became more distinct.
His countenance was as tranquil as his words. He did not experience any trembling.
“I no longer fear the dark.”
His massive hand extended toward her face.
“When darkness comes, you will come. Thus, the darkness is now inferior.”
Ellie’s eyes welled up with tears as he gently stroked her face while speaking. I had no idea why I was sobbing.
There was an overwhelming sensation that was difficult to articulate.
“You are sobbing better than I anticipated.”
Her tears were brushed away by his long fingers.
“Is this not what I ought to say?”
“I’m not sure. I can only think of thank you.”
He stifled a smile before opening his lips.
“I am more thankful. Thanks to you, I was able to eradicate all of my negative memories. Now, I do not want to lose those good memories.”
Hearing that he likes her is exciting. The time granted by the fairy elixir was producing a wondrous miracle.