I Thought It Was a Common Transmigration - Chapter 109
‘Killian is not really in love with me, he’s just physically attracted to me!’
I am his first woman, his first experience, and he’s feeling a little responsible for me.
It’s probably the first time in Killian’s life that he’s ever done this, so I can understand Catherine’s misunderstanding to some extent, but it’s embarrassing…… too embarrassing.
“Yes? He’s in love?”
The incredulity in Leila’s voice made me glance over at her, then I locked eyes with the surprised Lizé.
Lizé, please stop looking like that……
“Why? You don’t think so? Do you think you know Killian better than I do?”
“I- it’s not like that……”
“Do you know how dirty his personality is? Oh, dear, there’s the Duchess here.”
“That’s okay. I know Killian’s personality well.”
What does the Duchess know?
“I’m glad to hear you know too, Duchess. Anyway, Killian is not the kind of man to go around with anyone he doesn’t like, even if it is his wife. He’s even always told me that he doesn’t like me, the princess.”
Princess Catherine shook her head and continued, “But that kind of man came forward against me, the princess, to stand up for his wife, saying I was a bit harsh on her. Do you know what this means?”
I could see Leila’s clenched fists trembling.
She said nonsense out of nowhere, but I hope she realized that one of the characters in this story was standing right beside her.
Princess Catherine suddenly turned her head this way. “Why are you so quiet, Edith?”
Princess Catherine asked as if I was waiting for this to happen, when in fact I was very embarrassed.
“Stop acting like you don’t know, and tell me. What a hot relationship you and Killian have.”
Talk about what? What’s hot?
Princess Catherine started calling me friendly, but I was a little confused if she was on my side or not.
“Ha, haha…… I don’t have such low self-esteem that I have to go around talking about it.”
Princess Catherine laughed out loud.
Beside her, Lizé looked around with an awkward smile on her face, and Leila was shaking with rage. What a perfect cacophonous trio.
“I’ve been thinking about you since last time, Edith, and I really like you. A man, a woman, should have the guts and the spirit you have.”
Princess Catherine continued to giggle, and then suddenly her eyes widened. “Ah! Is that why Killian fell in love with you?”
Well, you’ll have to ask him that when you meet him, but for now, I’d like you to stop using the word ‘love’.
“Regardless of whether Sir Killian has fallen for her or not, surely we should draw the line now that we’re fighting the Riegelhoffs.”
As Layla, who had tried to attack me, was ready to retreat, Damien showed up and said so.
“Lord Sinclair, you know, there’s been a lot of intermarriage between noble families throughout history, and when a family fights, the woman always belongs to her husband’s side. So by that definition, Edith is already a Ludwig.”
I’ve never been so happy to see how the old-fashioned family ties work.
But Damian didn’t give up.
“Arranged marriages are made when there’s something to be gained from both parties. But what more do the Ludwigs, and we, the Emeperor’s faction, have to gain from House Riegelhoff? It’s something we need to get rid of before it becomes more complicated.”
Well…… it was very rude of him to say that in front of the concerned person.
And I wasn’t the only one thinking that.
The Duchess frowned for the first time today.
“Sir Damien Sinclair, how many more times are you going to cross the line? I’m here, my daughter-in-law is here, who do you mean to get rid of?”
“Oh, I apologize, madam. I was referring to Count Riegelhoff. I had no intention of offending you.”
He bowed her head before the Duchess like a docile lamb.
However, it was clear that it was a great help to Leila.
Leila, who had just been shivering, was now glaring at me with a vicious stare.
‘She may also be a villainess, but I’m a little jealous that she has such a brother.’
At least Leila could lean on her brother.
‘I got pushed down a flight of stairs to my death while being ripped off by my brother, and even though I was reincarnated in another world, I still have a trashy brother. Sheesh.’
For some reason, I feel jealous.
“You completely treat people like tools and means. You’ve been telling me I’m a hostage, that I’m about to expire, that I need to be rid of……”
“Ha! I have no intention of hurting the Duchess’ feelings, but I must say what I have to say: if you are not even worth it, how can you be the House Ludwig’s daughter-in-law?”
“Aha! I suppose that’s why you were so mean to the lovely Lizé, too, because you didn’t think she was worth it?”
Damien panicked, as if he’d been caught off guard.
And I had no intention of missing that opportunity.
“Okay, let’s say I’m a hostage, as you say. Let’s say I’m no longer of any value to House Ludwig. But whether or not I’m kicked out is a matter for Killian to decide, not for you to discuss in public like this!”
“House Ludwig is the centerpiece of the Emperor’s faction! They have a certain amount of responsibility……!”
“Can you say that directly to Killian?”
For a moment, the whole place fell silent.
It was clear that everyone was thinking of the cold and sharp Killian.
Killian, who had never smiled at anyone but Lizé at any banquet, and whose sword skills were on par with Cliff’s.
“Killian may be a bit of a prickly, but he’s a very wise and level-headed man. Trust his judgment, I’m advising you for your own safety.”
Damien glared at me, then said, “Right. So…… I’ll look forward to the day when he makes a wise decision.”
Afterward, Damien and I clinked our champagne glasses, smiling as if we had never glared at each other before.
Only then did the people around us let out the breath they had been holding and started chatting.
I could finally hear the music in the ballroom.
“As expected of the woman Killian chose.”
Princess Catherine slid up beside me, still giggling.
‘Isn’t she close to Lizé? Why is she doing this to me?’
I sweat inwardly, smiling at her and thanking her for her help.
“The Sinclairs are being mean to you, for obvious reasons,” she said.
“Because…… Killian is an attractive man.”
“Only that fool Leila Sinclair would have eyes for Killian, but it’s not just Killian that Count Sinclair or Damien Sinclair are after. It’s the House Ludwig itself.”
As expected, she’s not just a pretty face. Despite her harsh demeanor, Catherine has a knack for keeping things in perspective.
“House Ludwig? That won’t be easy.”
“I know. I’m talking about the Sinclairs’ delusions. Leila takes Killian, Lizé marries Cliff, and the next thing you know, they’re suddenly claiming Lizé as the Count’s daughter.”
I nodded wordlessly.
It’s not wrong, actually. Lizé is the daughter of Count Sinclair, after all.
“So I’m counting on you to keep a firm grip on Killian, because I’m not going to let those same people who persecuted Lizé live to tell the tale.”
Catherine and I looked at each other and smiled.
“By the way, I told you to come to the palace often, but why–”
Princess Catherine was about to say something more personal, but the ballroom door suddenly opened, and the imperial trumpeter blew his trumpet loudly.
However, it was not a sound that announced the arrival of someone.
“Stop the banquet!”
Someone shouted, and the imperial knights rushed into the ballroom, surrounding us on all sides.
Then a man who looked like an imperial official rushed in and reported to Princess Catherine.
“An attempted assassination of His Majesty the Emperor has just taken place in the Imperial Palace.”
Princess Catherine, and everyone around us, were stunned.
“Who? Did you catch the culprit?”
The man whispered in her ear, just enough for her to hear, and her expression turned cold.
“Okay. I must return to the palace immediately.”
The ballroom quickly descended into chaos, but the imperial knights quickly cleared the room and made a list of everyone who had attended the banquet, identifying them one by one.
They told everyone to go home and wait for further instructions.
“Uh, what happened?” Lizé asked in an uneasy voice as she clung to the Duchess’ arm.
The Duchess had a serious look on her face. “Everything will be fine, my dear. The imperial official said it was ‘an attempted assassination’, meaning it failed, and since Princess Catherine didn’t seem to be in a hurry to leave, it doesn’t look like Her Majesty is too badly hurt.”
‘If anything, they may have gotten proof that Archduke Langston was plotting treason.’
It’s also in the original story.
The assassination attempt was a long tail for Archduke Langston, and with evidence of treason, Count Riegelhoff’s death sentence was well deserved.
‘In the original story, the attempted assassination of the Emperor and Shane’s raid on the Ludwig mansion occurred at the same time…… At least I managed to prevent the Duchess and Lizé from being kidnapped. Thank God.’