How to Hide the Emperor's Child - Chapter 42
Hannah also noticed that something was wrong. She stood aside and kept silent, then looked into Astelle’s eyes.
“Lady Astelle, I will look for Young Master Theor.”
“I will go with you.”
Astelle ordered the rest of the maids, “All of you also look for Theor. quickly”
Astelle ran down the garden path with Hannah.
“Theor! Where are you?”
“Young Master Theor!”
The two followed the garden path looking for Theor.
However, Theor was nowhere to be seen.
After walking in the garden for a while, Astelle saw some people in the distance.
The maids were gathered on the road where the pavilion was located.
“I do not know……”
Hannah also had a puzzled face.
As the two approached, the startled maids turned and bowed their backs.
“What’s going on?”
The maids exchanged glances with each other.
One of them stepped forward and reported what was going on.
“The decorative pottery in the pavilion was broken.”
Normally, she would have ignored that such a thing had happened, but now she can’t.
Apparently, the pottery was broken when Theor disappeared.
‘Maybe something happened in the exhibition room?’
She had an ominous feeling. Astelle entered the pavilion.
The other pottery had not changed from what she had seen before, except for the luxurious pottery with gold flowers painted on a blue background like a sea, which was proudly placed in the center.
Astelle found the blue fragments on the floor and stopped.
‘This…… totally shattered.’
Pieces of pottery were scattered here and there.
But there was no trace of Theor.
“Has anyone seen Theor? A little boy about five years old.”
All the maids who had gathered answered that they had not seen him.
It was at the moment when Astelle was about to go back to the garden with a confused mind.
Then Theor found Astelle and entered the pavilion.
“Theor? Where have you been?”
Surprised, Astelle hugged Theor. Then a familiar maid came in. It was one of the maids in the annex.
“After Lady Astelle went out of the annex, the Young Master came back.”
Theor calmly hugged her and replied cheerfully, “Aunt Astelle were not in the annex, so I came to find you.”
Astelle took Theor in her arms and asked, “Theor, I’ve been looking for you. Where have you been?”
“I was in the garden.”
The maid who was looking at the two looked up to Astelle.
The maid hesitated for a moment, and then she confessed, “I clearly saw with my own eyes that the Young Master pushed the pottery and dropped it.”
The maid’s finger was pointing at Theor.
“Theor, is that true?”
Theor shook his head with a sad expression on his face.
Astelle took Theor by the shoulder and spoke in a sweet but clear tone, “If it was a mistake, I wouldn’t be angry. So, be honest.”
‘When we came here back then, I said clearly that you shouldn’t touch it, but……’
Theor was still a child.
It may have been broken and dropped while he touching it out of curiosity.
If it were like that, she hoped Theor would be honest, but he insisted it was absolutely not.
“It’s true. I am not lying. I have never been here today.”
Everyone’s eyes turned to the maid.
“While I was away, the Young Master came in with his dog and dropped the pottery when he touched it.”
The maid looked straight at Theor and repeated her argument again, “I clearly saw it.”
“This is where the collections of the previous emperor are located. Why didn’t you lock the door?”
When Astelle asked calmly, the maid bowed her head and trembled.
“T-That……today is the cleaning day……”
The other maid left it open for a while for her to clean.
“But apparently the Young Master dropped the pottery.”
Astelle exchanged glances with Hannah.
The maid, who was taking care of Theor, heard a voice calling her and left him, but in the meantime, the pottery in the exhibition room was broken.
The maid who was cleaning said she saw that Theor broke it.
She felt something out of the ordinary.
‘It’s probably a trap.’
It was very crude for a trap.
‘What would you get if you framed a young child into a trap?’
There was one thing to be gained.
If you framed Theor, it was Astelle who got into trouble.
She could be punished for ruining the collections of the previous emperor.
Even if she is not punished, she will have to pay at least the price of the pottery.
She felt that there was only one person who could come up with such a thing.
‘It must have been the Marchioness.’
Astelle asked Theor, “Theor, can you tell me what really happened?”
Theor bit his lip involuntarily.
‘His Majesty the Emperor told me to keep it a secret……’
Should I keep it a secret where we met?
It was difficult to distinguish from where it was a secret and from where it was not.
‘He told me to keep only what he said, but……’
If he said he had met the emperor, Astelle would ask what he was talking about.
As Theor was so arguing inside, Astelle found yellow powder on Theor’s wrist and Blynn’s hair.
Upon closer inspection, it was clearly pollen.
It is pollen with a very familiar scent.
It must have been the pollen of the Tokar flower.
A smile appeared on Astelle’s lips when she saw it.
“You went to Tokar flowerbed, right?”
“Oh, how did you know?”
“There’s pollen here.”
Theor’s sleeves were turned upside down so that everyone could see them.
“It looks like he went to the flower garden. There is pollen here.”
To get to the flower garden from the pavilion, you had to go around the road leading to the main palace.
“A child broke pottery alone, ran such a long way, then turned around and came here?”
The maid grunted and did not answer.
She turned to the familiar voice and saw Kaizen walking in.
Not only the maids in the pavilion but also the maids who were watching this scene near the door all bent their knees and bowed their heads deeply.
“What’s going on?”
Astelle explained the situation to him politely.
“The pottery was broken, and this maid said that she saw Theor drop it.”
Kaizen’s eyes were on the broken pottery shards on the floor.
Then he reached Astelle and Theor.
“Theor has been with me in the garden.”
“Yes. I met Theor at the flower garden and I took him to the tea room.”
She wondered what the person who was supposed to be in the main palace had to do in the flower garden, but she was not in a situation to ask that now.
Astelle asked Theor again, “Theor, is that true?”
Theor replied as if he had waited, “Yes. His Majesty saved me.”
She wondered what this was again.
Kaizen answered in place of Theor, “Theor said a strange maid in the garden was trying to catch him.”
“What? Who……what kind of maid?”
“I’m on my way to find out who the maid is.”
Kaizen said the knights would be arriving soon.
Astelle hugged Theor and asked him, “Theor. Please tell me in detail what happened.”
Theor said it all with ease.
After hearing the story, Astelle hugged Theor tightly.
“Okay. It’s all right now. Nothing will happen.”
Loud footsteps were heard outside the door.
The knights could be seen through the window.
And walk behind the knights one after another, the maids were also seen.
“Everyone get out.”
The maids stood side by side on the lawn in front of the pavilion’s gate.
It looked like there were 30 people in total.
Kaizen also made the maids in the pavilion stand with them.
“Your Majesty, this is……”
“I called all the maids that were seen around the garden at that time.”
Kaizen gave a brief explanation as he approached Theor.
“Can you tell who the maid who was trying to catch you is?”
All the maids stood still with their eyes fixed on the floor.
Theor pointed to one of the many maids standing there wearing the same clothes.
“It was her.”
The little maid with red hair.
“Are you really sure?”
Astelle asked Theor again.
“Huh! That red-haired maid.”
Theor nodded his head confidently.
Everyone looked at the maid.