How to Hide the Emperor's Child - Chapter 32
The stylish and neatly decorated bedroom had a large glass window on one wall.
Through the clear window, Astelle saw a landscape of a garden full of flowers.
“But why are you so late? What happened?”
Astelle looked at her grandfather’s anxious face and explained the circumstances.
The Marquis was surprised to hear what Astelle said.
“Were you sick?”
Theor replied quickly to those words, “Aunt Astelle doesn’t sick anymore, Grandpa.”
“Don’t worry. It healed quickly in the early stages and it was all healed.”
Astelle tells the story at the hunting lodge and her recovery from the eastern fever.
After hearing Astelle’s explanation, the Marquis wrapped around Astelle’s hands with a sad expression.
“Poorly…… it must have been difficult in an unfamiliar place with the little one.”
Astelle smiled at the familiar warmth.
Theor said, lifting his head in the arms of his grandfather, “Grandpa, I have a puppy!”
“A puppy? Where did you bring it from?”
“It is a gift from His Majesty.”
The Marquis turned his dismayed glance to Astelle.
Astelle quickly explained, “Theor went to the hunting lodge and His Majesty gave him one as a gift.”
First of all, she said so briefly.
I didn’t have enough time to explain the long backstage of the hunting lodge, and I didn’t even want to talk about it in front of Theor.
The Marquis had understood what Astelle’s meant and patted Theor’s head again.
“If you got it from the hunting lodge, it would be a hunting dog. Our Theor is too young to learn to hunt.”
“I hate hunting, the bear is dead.”
Astelle smiled slightly and looked at the two.
When she met her grandfather, a feeling of relief came.
Her whole body was relieved of tension.
It wasn’t safe yet, but just getting here was half of it. She was relieved.
“I heard about the former empress’ will, and that man seems to be taking good care of the two of you.”
The Marquis gave Theor a slightly complicated look.
Kaizen’s grandmother, the former empress dowager lost her parents at a young age and was taken to the imperial palace and became an empress.
She was the heiress of the wide southern estate.
Kaizen’s grandfather, Emperor Gilbert locked up the young empress in the imperial palace in order to prevent his wife to reclaim her estate at a later date, preventing her from learning properly.
The empress was naive without knowing the world because she had lived that way all her life.
She also had difficulty managing the imperial palace, so Astelle frequently visited her and helped her.
She really loved Astelle, who helped her with the imperial palace work instead of her deceased daughter-in-law.
‘When Astelle got divorced, she cried so much.’
Astelle said goodbye to her and felt sorry for leaving.
“But it’s all over now. I’ll take a few days here and ask His Majesty for permission to send grandfather and Theor back home first.”
“Yes, if you do that, you won’t have to worry about anything.”
‘I need his permission.’
Whether she likes it or not, she has to get Kaizen’s permission so that she can return Theor.
She thought that from now on, she had to win Kaizen’s heart. When the opportunity came, she could ask to send Theor back.
Fortunately, Kaizen was a friendly enemy to Theor, and he was trying to do his own good to Astelle.
‘Everything will be fine.’
Astelle was convinced that everything would be fine.
Even her maternal grandfather, who was only listening to her, nodded his head.
“Come to think of it, there is another person here waiting for you.”
Did anyone wait?
At that moment, the door opened.
As she turned her head, a brunette woman in a maid uniform was entering the room.
She was a calm-looking young maid with dark brown hair and maroon eyes.
She was crying and approached Astelle.
Astelle was surprised and got up from her seat.
And she approached her maid, whom she met again after six years.
Hannah was Astelle’s maid.
Daughters from noble families had a maid of honor of the same age since childhood.
The maid who grew up together befriended the lady she served, and later become a maid who supports her lady.
Later, after the lady gets married, she goes to the lady’s husband’s mansion and works as the hostess’ chief maid.
She was Hannah to Astelle.
“Hannah, how are you……?”
Hannah cried and replied, “When I heard the news that the young lady was coming here, I asked the butler to be allowed to work here.”
When Astelle became empress and entered the imperial palace, Hannah also received the qualifications as a maid of the imperial palace, and she entered the imperial palace with Astelle.
However, Astelle was forced to leave the imperial palace and broke her ties with everything in the capital.
But Hannah still wanted to serve Astelle.
“I don’t need a maid anymore. I’m sorry Hannah.”
To be honest, she didn’t think she could afford to give Hannah a salary.
Hannah said she didn’t need money or anything like that, but Astelle didn’t want to trouble her young and prosperous maid.
At that time she didn’t even know that she was pregnant.
She went into the forest alone and thought to live alone.
She couldn’t even pull Hannah into such a life.
“You are qualified to work in the imperial palace. Don’t throw that opportunity away and live for yourself.”
Hannah is the daughter of a poor rural noble, she lost her parents when childhood.
She could not return to the duke’s house, because she now had no lady to serve.
If she worked as a maid of the imperial palace, she could earn a higher salary than from a noble house and could have a good marriage.
Astelle soothed her and sent her into the imperial palace.
She did not see her after that.
Hannah, lifting her dark brown hair neatly and wearing the maid uniform, hadn’t changed much from six years ago.
Hannah wiped her tears away.
“After Lady Astelle leaving, I worked as a maid in the Emperor’s palace.”
Astelle nodded her head as looked at a senior maid’s uniform on her.
Hannah looked back at marquis and spoke to him, “I didn’t know that you were with the Marquis, because Master Fritz sent a letter to the Marquis asking where you were. But, the Marquis gave him the answer that he didn’t know where Lady Astelle was.”
“I asked him like that.”
Her brother, Fritz, wrote several letters to the Marquis’ mansion looking for Astelle.
Astelle didn’t want to contact her brother, so she asked her grandfather to answer that she wasn’t there.
“His Majesty has found the lady and was coming to this castle together, so I ran as quickly as possible.”
Astelle took Hannah’s hand.
She wasn’t Astelle’s maid anymore, so she didn’t need to come here.
But she was grateful for her coming here.
Looking interestingly at the two, Theor approached this way.
Astelle took Theor’s shoulder and introduced him to Hannah.
“Hannah, this is Theor.”
“I heard from the Marquis. Master Sigmund’s……”
As long as Hannah has been with Astelle since she was young, she was also familiar with Sigmund.
Sigmund had a quiet and sincere character and was kind to the maids and attendants.
Hannah looked at Theor with a sad sympathy gaze.
Fortunately, Hannah didn’t even suspect the birth of Theor at all.
She only thought that he was a descendant of Sigmund and felt sorry for him.
Sigmund’s death, who was young and sincere, left a great shock to those close to him.
At the death of her cousin, whom she had been close to, Astelle felt great sadness and loss.
She had no choice but to think of her cousin’s face because she borrowed her cousin’s name for Theor.
Hannah bent her knees to align with Theor’s eye level and greeted him.
“Good morning, Young Master Theor. This is Hannah.”
Theor observed Hannah with curious eyes.
Astelle stroked Theor’s head.
“Theor, you have to say hello to Hannah.”
Theor carefully greeted her.
“You are very cute, Young Master. I’ll bring you some delicious cookies.”
Theor nodded his head saying he liked it.
Astelle looked at them and smiled a little.
“Miss Astelle, aren’t you tired after a long journey? I will prepare hot tea. ”
Upon arriving at Dentsu Castle, Kaizen headed to his office without any time to take his break.
Since it is a very gorgeous castle, the rooms of the castle were decorated as well as the imperial palace.
It was no less luxurious compared to the emperor’s office in the imperial palace.
As soon as he arrived at the castle, Kaizen took care of the overdue work.
Thanks to him, Vellian couldn’t even rest and followed him into the office.