Translator – Zimmings
The freezing air is wicking her body heat away. The frigid air has penetrated her whole body that she unconsciously shivered like a reed in the wind.
“If, If you truly hate me…! “
A shaky voice was fleeting inconsequentially into the night as she tried to combat her drowsiness with great difficulty. Her beady pair of eyes landed on a little boy concealing half of his face with a mask. The moonlight reflects his gleaming silver hair and bewitching crimson eyes. He was enchantingly picturesque.
I awoke in a soft sheet as a streak of sunlight trickled in through the window. Slowly and reluctantly, I opened my eyes.
“Your Highness! You’re finally awake!”
“Her Highness is finally awake! “
‘Your Highness? Who are you talking about?’
I scrutinized my surrounding in confusion. The mirror that I stare into is wall-mounted, encircled by a fancy frame. Yet, what reflects on the mirror was surprisingly, not myself.
The girl’s eyes glistened in the light with a radiant emerald hue. They are paired with a luscious platinum blonde hair that cascade down to her waist.
Days after, I realized. This setting was somewhat identical to the R-19 romance novel that I had read in my past life. That story is titled ‘The Beast and The Lady.’
‘The Beast and the Lady’ is a romance fantasy story, a twist on “Beauty and the Beast.” The beasts, Blake and Richard, will fight fiercely for the heroine’s love, Diana.
I transmigrated to Ancia’s body, Diana’s half-sister. Ancia has been arranged to wed the crown prince from an early age. However, not long after she saw his horrendous appearance, she committed suicide by drowning into a lake on their wedding.
This incident placed a massive trauma on Blake’s heart that he thoroughly shut his heart. The Crown Prince becomes a relentless man who doesn’t believe anyone until Diana lift his curse. He ended up leading a miserable life without being chosen by Diana.
According to the original story, Ancia drowned in the water, as Blake retrieves her already frigid body.
“If, If you truly hate me…! “
The boy was squeezing Ancia’s body while weeping. He must have been significantly hurt—the bride attempted to kill herself because of him, after all.
“Your Highness, where are you going?”
“I’m going to meet the Crown Prince.”
“His Royal Highness?”
The maid, Melissa, glanced at me. For a second, she wore a puzzled expression.
“Yes. Take me there.”
“Your Highness, I beg of you, His Highness is still greatly shocked by the recent incident….”
She blurted her words carefully. She must have assumed that I am going to ask for a divorce.
“Don’t worry. I won’t do anything harmful.”
I didn’t have any plan to abandon Blake. I couldn’t afford to leave him like this when I had the opportunity to rewrite Blake’s miserable childhood. Besides, Ancia had nowhere to go back. Ancia is a child born between Count Bellacian and his first wife. His first wife died as soon as Ancia was born. Count Bellacian then wed his second wife, who gave birth to Diana.
Count Bellacian sent Ancia as a crown princess even though he knew she wouldn’t stand living with him. Ancia wasn’t just killing herself because of Blake’s hideous appearance. She threw herself into the freezing water because she knew her family was abandoning her. In any case, I had nowhere to go even if I left here, and I had no intention of leaving Blake in misery. The maid led me to Blake’s bedroom.
“I’ll go in myself.”
Leaving the maid outside, I put my hand on the elongated handle and opened the bedroom door. I saw a little child lying on the bed, crouching as much as he could.
“Your Highness. It’s me.”
“I can’t believe you did that! You jumped off without my permission!”
I suppressed my emotions when I saw Blake’s pitiful whimper. He isn’t how I expected him to be. He looks almost like a miserable rabbit.
“I have something to tell you.”
First of all, we must resolve these misunderstandings. I sat on the corner of his bed for now. But Blake began to sneak away. I held his trembling hand and, at once stripped off the mask that covered half of his face.
“What are you doing!”
He was frightened and tried to remove my hands. I encircled my hands on Blake’s face instead.
“Don’t, Don’t look!”
Blake tried to lower his head, but I tightened my hand so he couldn’t avoid my eyes.
“You’re not hideous.”
“I’ve never seen someone as beautiful as you.”
This remark was true. Despite his curse, his appearance is breathtaking. Physically, His features are small and in harmony with each other; He had tousled silver hair, which was thick and lustrous. His eyes were a mesmerizing crimson red. He had a straight, high-bridged nose between his two eyes. Plump cheeks and flawlessly sculpted lips, as if crafted by angels themselves.
Besides, the curse will be lifted when you meet Diana. In the original story, Blake’s face is depicted as the most captivating face on the entire continent when his curse is lifted
“But, you hate me.”
“I don’t hate you.”
“I’m telling the truth. I didn’t attempt suicide. I accidentally staggered and drowned in the lake.”
That is a lie. The original Ancia killed herself after being frightened by Blake’s face.
“Yes. I heard you saved me from drowning. So I came to say thank you.”
“Thank you very much….”
I grinned and clasped both of his hands.
“You saved my life. I truly appreciate it.”
Blake’s nose reddened as his warm tears fell over the back of my hand.
“I, because of me…I thought you are going to die because of me….”
“Why would I? I’m married to such a wonderful person, after all.”
“I saved your life, so I assumed that you’d be angry…I was so afraid to see you.”
“I like you. I’m grateful to be married to such a considerate boy.”
“I…I like you too.”
Blake, you’re a liar. The person that Blake likes is Diana. The Emperor knew Blake wanted Diana, so he arranged the wedding. Of course, the count wouldn’t send his precious Diana. I was sent in her place instead.
“Then shall we sleep together?”
The moment I mumbled so, Blake darted away and lurked behind his enormous bed. What’s wrong with him? It’s not like I suggested something terrible.
The Bellacian family had the power of light. It was thanks to that, Diana was able to remove Blake’s curse. Ancia is also a member of the Bellacian family. She indeed possesses a small amount of light, but not as much as Diana.
Blake’s curse doesn’t merely impact his appearance. He also constantly feel pain. The colder it gets, the more severe it is. He jumped into the harsh freezing water to save me, so Blake must have felt immense pain. But, he’s not the type to say so.
Bodily contact is necessary to use the power of light. As expected of a R-19 romance novel. Instead, I tried to sleep next to him while holding hands, but Blake’s expression made me feel like I made a big mistake.
“Your Highness, please don’t misunderstand me.”
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