How to Hide the Emperor's Child - Chapter 40
Astelle brushed aside the ominous imagination and exhorted herself, ‘I will never take him to the capital.’
She would never do it.
“Do not worry, Grandpa.”
Astelle said in a confident tone, “I will never take Theor to the capital.”
On the day of the ball, she must get permission to send Theor and her grandfather back.
Then she heard a short knock, and the servant opened the door and came in.
“What’s going on?”
“His Majesty has sent you a gift.”
At that moment, the room became as quiet as cold water was poured on it.
Astelle hurriedly headed to the drawing-room of the annex.
A loud noise was heard from the front of the door.
The scenery that followed was the same as before.
The servants and attendants sent by the emperor brought large boxes into the annex.
Countless boxes were moved inside.
The procession of dazzlingly beautiful dresses continued endlessly.
There were also countless jewels and ornaments.
They looked more luxurious than the ones they had been sent to wear to dinner back then.
Astelle grabbed one of the servants and asked, “What are all these?”
The servant politely bowed to Astelle and answered, “This is a gift from His Majesty to Lady Astelle.”
‘I heard that before.’
Why the hell did you send me so much again?
She was just about to ask the servant.
But before Astelle could ask, the servant gave the answer first.
“When Lady Astelle is attending the ball, you will need dress and accessories. So His Majesty sent you this gift.”
It had not been a day since she said she was going to the ball.
It’s been a really fast process.
‘Well, I need a dress that I could wear to go to the ball.’
It wasn’t a good thing to make Kaizen feel bad now.
Until the day of the ball, I must not disturb Kaizen’s mood.
Only then she will be able to get permission for sending back Theor and her grandfather.
Astelle calmly bowed her head.
“Let me say thank you to His Majesty.”
It wasn’t just the stuff that Kaizen sent.
There were also four maids.
The four maids bowed their heads politely to Astelle.
“Lady, I have been ordered to serve you.”
“Yes. Please take care of me.”
‘I need some maids though.’
“First of all, put these things in order.”
Astelle pointed to the boxes in a row.
On the other side, Theor ran to the place where Astelle was.
Theor asked Astelle as he wandered among the boxes, “Aunt Astelle, what is this?”
“It is a gift from His Majesty,” Astelle answered in a dry voice.
And she asked Hannah, who followed her.
“Hannah, choose a dress for the ball and prepare it for me.”
“Yes, Lady Astelle.”
All the dresses received as gifts were common-sized dresses.
It didn’t fit Astelle’s body, so if she wanted to wear it to the ball, she had to try it on, measure it, and then mend it again.
Theor ran through the boxes, looked around, and ran to Astelle.
“Does His Majesty likes you, Aunt?”
Astelle was surprised as she watched the maids arrange the gift boxes.
“Theor, what do you mean?”
“Doesn’t a gentleman send a present to the lady he likes?”
Where else did you hear this?
‘I don’t think it’s from a children’s book. Is it from my grandfather’s etiquette learning?’
Astelle laughed bitterly at Theory’s naive question.
“It’s not like that. I have to attend the ball, but I don’t have a dress, so His Majesty sent it to me.”
“Is that so?”
“Yes. And you shouldn’t say things like who likes whom. That makes other people in trouble, do you understand?”
Astelle said stroking Theor’s soft cheek, “Now, if you are bored, you can go out and play in the garden here.”
Theor went out to the garden attached to the annex.
His eyes met Hannah’s as she took the dress from the box.
Unlike Theor, Hannah’s eyes were a little complicated.
It was the same for Astelle.
Both of them were unfamiliar with the emperor’s favor.
Kaizen, why does he keep doing this?
His favor for Astelle may be due to his feelings of guilt over the past few years.
Even Astelle understood that much.
What was incomprehensible was that Kaizen was putting Astelle in trouble to relieve his guilt.
‘Last time I had a bit of a fight because of something like this.’
Even then, Kaizen sent a gift and forcibly invited her to the dinner, so she had to face Marianne who seemed to have a grudge against her.
Now, Marianne’s mother is here.
And Astelle received Kaizen’s gift.
Sooner or later, the Marchioness will find out.
‘I can’t just send it all back……’
If she sends the gift back to avoid trouble, Kaizen will get angry on the other hand.
Kaizen may force her to accept his offer rather than just get angry.
Just like he had sent Lyndon to force her to come to the dinner.
It was only important for him to get rid of his guilt.
He didn’t care about the damage others had caused by his own actions.
Astelle sighed silently, pulled out the dress from the box.
The garnets embedded in the dress shone dazzlingly enough to catch the sunlight.
‘I can’t help it.’
She can only hope that the work here will be completed as soon as possible.
For the next few days, Astelle continued to be busy.
She managed the annex, looked after the Marquis and Theor, and prepared for the ball in her spare time.
Hannah was also busy choosing a dress for the ball and fixing it to fit Astelle’s body.
Today, Theor clung to Astelle and asked, “Aunt Astelle, can I go out and play with Blynn in the garden?”
Astelle ordered the maid to take care of Theor.
“Take care of Theor. Let him play around here.”
Theor took the maid’s hand and went outside.
Hannah, who was putting clothespins on the dress, looked back at Theor and smiled.
“Young Master Theor is very active, in contrast to Master Sigmund who was really calm.”
Astelle who was lifting the skirt hem paused for a moment.
It was as Hannah had said.
Hannah, who misunderstood her reaction, apologized promptly, “I’m sorry, Lady Astelle…… I said something—”
“No, it’s fine.”
Hannah firmly believed that Theor was Sigmund’s son.
‘Someday I’ll have to tell her the truth.’
Astelle couldn’t keep hiding the color of Theor’s eyes from Hannah, who would soon be living together.
Theor was playing near the annex.
Astelle made a little ball as a toy for him to play with Blynn.
It was a game where Theor threw a ball and Blynn went and picked it up.
After playing like that for a while, Blynn felt exhausted and lay down near the flower bed.
Theor walked around the flower bed lit by the warm sunlight, kicking the ball alone.
After a while, Theor looked around.
He was obviously with the maid, but suddenly the maid was gone.
“Blynn, where’s the maid?”
Blynn, who was lying down, raised and tilted its head.
Seeing Blynn wagging its tail without answering, Theor looked around again.
Footsteps were heard from the other side.
A red-haired maid was approaching this way.
“Young master, what are you doing here?”
“I was sent by Lady Astelle. There’s a delicious snack over there. Shall we go eat together?”
The maid walked over to Theor with a smile.
Theor was happy to hear that there was a snack and tried to follow her.
Blynn, who was lying on the flower bed, raised its head and growled.
Theor stopped on the spot.
“Ugh…… you’re someone I don’t know…… No!”
His mother always told him not to follow strangers.
Except for Hannah, there were four maids in the annex.
Theor knew all four faces.
Had his mother sent someone, she would have been one of those four.
“Young Master……come here, it’s okay.”
As the maid took a step forward, Blynn, who was lying down, got up and barked.
woof! woof! woof!
The maid saw the hound’s sharp teeth and stopped.
‘Blynn doesn’t like her either.’
Theor took a step back from her.
When the maid saw Theor trying to run away, she rushed forward.
“Young Master, come over here.”
It was when the maid reached out to grab Theor.