I Stole the Child of My War-Mad Husband - Chapter 1
1. Turn Over a New Leaf 1
I swung the little whip in my hand.
“Ma, Madam, please forgive me!”
The maid, who was begging on her knees, got whipped and screamed.
I spat out coldly.
“Did you dare to go against me? “
“Sorry, I’m sorry!”
Now it was useless to apologize.
The maid in front of me was about to secretly steal a brooch. I couldn’t get past it.
Besides, I felt obligated to punish this maid somehow, even if stealing wasn’t the reason.
Even though I felt such a doubt, my arm moved automatically.
Like a person doing a set action.
A shrieking scream rang with the sound of tearing flesh.
“Ma, Madam, what’s going on?”
The people outside were shocked to hear the screams, and entered the room.
Then I witnessed the sight before my eyes and held a breath.
They closed the door again with an awkward gesture and went out. But the whispering voice outside the door couldn’t even stop.
“That kid is Mary, how is this…?”
“Why did Madam do that to her?.”
The complaints were heard even to my ears. But I didn’t care about it.
Because I must perform the given action.
‘Wait, the given action?’
Suddenly, my arm stopped at a thought passing through my head.
Why do you think hitting this maid is what you should be doing?
My name is Noelle and I was a noblewoman.
When I was a child, I grew up as the daughter of a Count. After becoming an adult, I married a Marquis.
Becoming the Marchioness, I could do most of what I wanted to do.
Nevertheless, I felt like I was forced to do something I didn’t want.
In fact, this was not the first time I felt this way.
It seems like I have often received this feeling from a while ago. Although I have tried to deny it.
But this time was different.
As for today, the reason that yelled at my head was stronger than my will.
Eventually, my hand that was swinging a whip stopped.
I don’t mean to ruin my reputation by punishing a maid in front of so many people.
‘I couldn’t understand why I felt obligated to continue to be more vicious and mean even though I know the consequences?’
The maid with her back covered in blood looked up at me.
‘I feel like I’m being manipulated by someone.’
No, more precisely, I have been manipulated all the time.
I stopped all my actions and slowly opened my mouth.
“That’s enough. Get your stuff and get out of here.”
“Yes? Yes! Yes, yes!”
The maid barely went out with the support of other employees.
The other maids looked at me grudgingly, pretending not to show. Because those people did not know why I punished Mary.
“Oh my God”
I didn’t even say anything to them right now. It is because my head was tingling as if it was broken at a sudden question.
“Everyone, get out!”
At my word, the maids cleaned up the room and closed the door.
In the room left alone, I touched my head.
I had a strange impulse again.
I felt like I would have to mess with the room at will and take some action to torture others.
‘No, this is not what I really want.’
With my fists clenched, I withstood all the urges to come. My nails broke through the flesh of my palm.
Sitting in the bed while doing nothing.
I tried to control all the impulses that came up in my head.
Then suddenly, my head started to hurt.
It felt like it was going to break.
Then a loud ringing resonated in my ears.
Beyond it, the life of a woman with dark hair unfolded like a panorama before my eyes.
‘Who is it?’
It felt familiar. No, I know who it is. That was me.
I questioned myself.
‘Before, obviously, I didn’t want to hit the maid. Why did I do that?’
As if to contradict me, someone in my head started giving orders.
Now, go ahead. Harass and trample others.
I kept resisting.
I never ever wanted to live so badly.
‘I don’t want to live like this anymore!’
I felt something shattering in my head.
There was a feeling that something that was tied up was cut off.
The voice that was commanding disappears.
Finally, a hazy afterimage-like fog passed by with a whisper.
[My little angel, now your heart is about to be filled with cold ice pieces…]
‘Who was the hell that whispered like that…’
Leaving the question behind, all the sensations and curiosities I had just felt fell away.
Like the scattered puzzle piece, all the scenes reasons were re-aligned
A buzzing sound resonated as a warning bell stopped.
I blinked slowly.
‘What have I been doing so far?’
Yes, I barely remembered it.
Originally, I was Korean, and when I was young, I lived alone with my mother.
After graduating from college, I worked as a nurse. It was hard at first, but it fits my aptitude. I felt rewarded for saving other people’s lives.
After a few years passed, I was recognized by my colleagues, and I worked harder and more passionately than anyone else.
It was my own happy life.
Then, I died suddenly.
At the same time, I was born and raised in a completely different world.
My current name is Noelle Ainel.
I was a well-known wife of the Marquis who was said to be very vicious and vile in the mansions and social circles.
I was confused in the memory of the present life passing my head at the moment.
Why did you live so badly so far?
Were you crazy?
It seems like I was really out of my mind.
There was one thing I noticed as the memories of my previous life came to mind.
That is, I was reincarnated as one of the characters in a romance-fantasy novel.
All of the current situations were things I had read in my previous life.
It was really strange.
Until I recalled my past memories, I was swept away by a compulsory sense of duty to bully people.
It feels like I’ve been manipulated by someone in the meantime.
‘What was the reason?’
There is no way to know the cause right away. Besides, this wasn’t the most urgent thing. There were much bigger problems to handle.
Now my name is Noelle Ainel.
The reason why this is important is that was the name of the male protagonist’s wife, Rupert.
Suddenly I turned to the man’s voice that appeared from behind my back.
A familiar face appeared in front of me.
‘The Demon in a battlefield.’
The person who called me was none other than the man I just thought about, Rupert.
“What’s going on?”
The protagonist and now my husband was a man who was very cruel and a war fanatic.
He had never been defeated if he caught a sword on the battlefield, and there were rumors that his armor was always stained with blood.
Because of that, people called him with awe and fear.
Of course, like a romance story, he’s a war fanatic and will still fall in love with all of his heart in the future.
Ah. So… I am the current wife. The one who will change him is, of course, the female lead.
“Rupert, is there anything important?”
My husband looked down at me with a very cold gaze.
“I don’t remember having a relationship where you called me by my name. Were we like that?”
Well, not at all.
“All right, Marquis Rupert of Ainel.”
He spoke bluntly.
“It said that the maids suffered from injuries in a week since starting to work as your maids. I have something to say to you, so come to my office.”
That was it.
Now I was his ‘vicious wife’.
‘The bigger problem than that…’
About a month later, I will be murdered by my husband along with my own daughter.
1 Turning Over a New Leaf is means “regretting the past mistakes and starting to behave better.”