I Thought It Was a Common Transmigration - Chapter 5
“I completely understand. Killian was forced into a marriage he didn’t want to be in, and I’m sure he’s unhappy about it, but that doesn’t mean I hate him; after all, he’s my husband.”
I tried to sound harmless to Lizé, who would soon meet Killian and tell him my story. It worked, and Lizé’s face lit up.
“You’re so mature and sweet, Miss Edith!”
“Oh my, Miss Lizé, you are very kind, and your dress looks great on you today– no, I think it looks great because of you.”
I mean it.
Wow, can she really be this pretty…… I wish I could bite down on those plump cheeks and munch on them.
Lizé, ditch Cliff and come live with me. I’ll take care of you!
“Ah, you must be tired, but I’ve been holding on to you too long. I’m sorry, you can rest, and Killian will be here later……”
The blush on her cheeks was cute.
I’m sure it’s embarrassing to think about Killian’s first night after being like brother and sister for five years.
But don’t worry, Lizé, it’s not going to happen.
I waved to Lizé as she walked away, and I was finally left alone in the silence.
“Whoa, is the wedding episode finally over?”
Flopping down on the bed, I sighed and threw off the nightgown the maid had painstakingly put on me and soaked in the bathtub on the far side of the room, behind the curtain.
“Ha…… it’s nice and hot.”
The bathtub was set aside for the couple to wash themselves after finishing their lovemaking. It was a little hot, but it was just the right temperature for me, who loved going to the sauna in my previous life.
As I soaked in the hot water, the aches and pains in my body seemed to slowly dissipate.
“Being the daughter-in-law of a duke’s family means you can have a maid help you fill the bathtub, that’s amazing.”
As annoying as Count Riegelhoff was, and as cold as Killian was, this possession was a blessing in disguise.
It’s an inconvenient world without smartphones and the internet, but I have luxuries I never imagined when I was Choi Soo-na.
In this world, there are books, plays, operas, hunting tournaments, picnics, parties, and balls.
I don’t have to go to work, I’m free from housework, I don’t have to worry about the balance in my bank account, and I don’t have to worry about my brother threatening to borrow money in my name.
“Now, if I could only cut ties with my family……”
I have the confidence to live quietly and enjoy my life in the Ludwig family without disturbing the male lead, female lead, or even the second male lead, my husband, but Count Riegelhoff is a different matter.
Even if I live quietly, if Count Riegelhoff behaves according to the original story, I will be accused of being a spy for my family and my head will be cut off.
‘It is a suspicious marriage, indeed, a conspiracy.’
Duke Ludwig suspected Count Riegelhoff of being in league with Archduke Langston, who coveted the Emperor’s throne, then Count Riegelhoff offered a marriage alliance to prove his innocence.
It was rumored that Count Riegelhoff favored his daughter Edith, so this was a hostage situation.
Killian was understandably reluctant, but Duke Ludwig, who had to hold Count Riegelhoff’s leash for the time being, persuaded him.
This is where Killian’s heartbreaking narrative of falling in love with Lizé begins.
“I love you, Lizé. I may be another woman’s husband on a piece of paper, but my soul will always be yours.”
I remember the episode where Killian, locked in a dark room, says that line with one hot tear running down his cheek.
I can’t let this ship sail, the writer wants to toy with the readers, Lizé wants to start a harem, and all sorts of other silly comments filled the comment section.
In the end, Killian had no choice but to abide by the decision of his father, the Duke. The good of the family was more important.
‘That’s the sadness of being a second male lead.’
Along the way, the machinations of Cliff, the male lead, may have intervened.
On the surface, it would seem that Killian would be more obsessed with Lizé, but in reality, the seemingly gentle Cliff was far more insane.
Maybe that’s why Killian was eliminated early in the story before things got too serious.
‘Oh, I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m just going to take a rest tonight. I’m tired.’
Pushing the complicated thoughts aside for tomorrow, I relaxed. I’d been on edge all week since I possessed Edith, and now I’m tired.
Drowsiness poured over me as I relaxed, so I laid my head in the bathub and dozed off.
As a result, I didn’t hear someone open the door and walk in.
“You’re a bad bride, washing yourself before your groom arrives.”
I was startled by the sudden sound of a man’s voice and hurriedly covered my chest.
“Is there anyone else in the bridal chamber besides the groom, or is there someone else you’re waiting for?”
“Huh……? Ki- Killian?”
Killian’s brow creased, not sure if he was offended by being called by his first name or if he just hated everything about Edith.
But his presence here was a surprise for Edith.
“……I thought you wouldn’t come.”
In the original story, there is a scene where Killian and Lizé have a conversation around this time.
When she tells him to be nice to Edith, Killian grabs her wrist and asks her if she means it, looks at her with desperation in his eyes, and is about to kiss her before Cliff arrives and interrupts.
In the end, Killian leaves Lizé with Cliff and retreats to his room to drown his sorrows in alcohol.
If he does that in the original story, isn’t that mean he doesn’t enter the bridal chamber?
Killian snorted at my answer. “Well, at least you have some sense,” he replied.
“Of course I do, you avoided even the contact of sharing a wedding ring, and I’d be a fool not to see that.”
Killian stiffened, not expecting to be attacked. But I didn’t expect him to feel sorry for me at all.
To him, Edith Riegelhoff was nothing more than the daughter of a cunning Count and the cause of his love’s frustration.
“Did you expect a passionate courtship?”
As expected, he retorted with disdain.
Rationally, I should be angry, too.
But right now, I was just bothered by everything, sleepy, and realizing that my life depended on not being hated by Killian.
Also, it was physiologically impossible to be angry at that face of his.
“I’m just telling you what happened, and I’m telling you that I thought you wouldn’t come here today because I saw how reluctant you were to have any contact with me, so I thought…… are you going to sleep here tonight?”
I said it in the softest voice I could muster, but I don’t know how it sounded to him.
He glared at me in displeasure, then turned and walked away without answering.
“……why are you here?”
Has there been any changes to the original story, or is it still the same?
But I don’t have the energy to think about it right now.
I got out of the half-cooled bathtub and dried myself off. Tonight I’m going to sleep soundly in that fluffy bed, no more worries!
“Killian, shouldn’t you have gone to the bridal chamber?”
Lizé stood on the moonlit second-floor balcony, looking just as she had when they’d parted ways earlier.
The ivory dress she was wearing was so much like a bride’s, Killian wanted to take her hand and lead her to his bedroom.
But as much as he wanted to, she pushed him away, urging him to go to the bridal chamber.
“I’ve been there.”
“Then why are you here again?”
“I had no expectations for tonight, and neither did she. Though it was a bit of a surprise.”
Lizé’s eyes widened at Killian’s answer. “What do you mean? Obviously, a while ago……”
“She was already in the bathtub by herself, dozing off.”
Killian chuckled at Lizé’s confusion. “Lizé, it’s a problem that you think everyone is good.”
“But Miss Edith is a good person, and she was so generous to me at the dinner a week ago.”
“That’s because she was aware of my father’s eyes, the corners of her mouth quivering with a forced smile.”
“No way! She was so sweet to me today.”
“You’ll have to think about whether she was really being sweet or smiling while being sarcastic.”
Killian couldn’t agree with Lizé, no matter how fondly she spoke of Edith.
Count Riegelhoff is a man who pretends to be cultured and kind on the outside, but is really a snake on the inside.
Having grown up under such a man, there’s no way his daughter could be normal.
He pretends to be blind to the hypocrisy of it all now, but it’s clear that Edith came to the duchy to help her father with his work.
He married her out of necessity to prevent Count Riegelhoff from moving freely, but Killian had no intention of making the marriage work or lasting.
‘That greedy Count Riegelhoff will dig his own grave before long, and then I can throw that woman out, too.’
Killian clenched his molars as he thought this, and Lizé furrowed her fine brow and gave him a troubled look.
“What’s wrong, Lizé?”
“No, well…… after listening to your words, I wonder if Miss Edith was angry with me before……”
“What, she was angry with you?”
“Oh, no, that’s not what I meant, I think I made a mistake.”
“Tell me what happened, Lizé.”
Killian’s eyes quickly turned fierce.
Lizé chewed her lip, then sighed heavily.