Translator – zimming
I lived alone with my grandmother in a small town before I transmigrated. After my grandmother passed away, I came to Seoul, but there was a longing for the quiet countryside in the corner of my heart.
I still remember picking up branches with my small hands, putting them in the furnace, cooking rice in a large cauldron, and making a bowl of soup.
The project for the cauldrons production was already planned inside my head. I would draw the picture for the cauldron and adjust the design with the blacksmith as he created the prototype. Since I had the experience of constructing a furnace, assembling a furnace by myself would be a breeze. I will start the project with two cauldrons and possibly increase them in the future. If they ask what the cauldron is and how did I think of this, I can just say I saw it in a cookbook about the East.
As she made up her mind and searched for a location to place the cauldron, she wandered around the palace. Suddenly, there was a shadow of someone behind her.
“Oh my god!”
I looked back in amazement.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to surprise you.”
The boy standing behind her smiled.
He is still young, but he is tall and well-built. His face is sharp and defined. He also had dark and thick eyebrows, both combined with a slightly angular jawline.
Contrary to the mysterious and beautiful-looking Blake, he is a man with handsome features and defined lines.
Yet, his red eyes were full of arrogance.
Wait a minute…
Black hair and red eyes, a scar on the neck…
Instinctively I had a feeling. That boy is Richard, the male lead of ‘The Beast and Lady.’
Still, I called his name carefully because there was a possibility that he might not be him. His arrogant smile deepened.
“Long time no see, Ancia.”
Ah, I must be right.
Richard is the second son of the Emperor’s brother, Duke of Cassil. Duke Cassil’s sons were considered to be the next Emperor. Because Blake, the Crown Prince, was cursed and destined not to live long.
However, Richard was far from obtaining the rights to succeed the throne. Because his mother is a lowly slave. The Asteric Empire had little discrimination against illegitimate children, but if they are children of slaves, the whole story changed.
Moreover, Richard was not born with silver hair, a symbol of the imperial family. His black hair inherited from his mother is also one of Richard’s complex.
When Emperor Tenstheon passed away, his younger brother Arnold Cassil abdicated the crown prince Blake and ascended the throne. It was Richard who made the most contributions at this time.
He was the best out of the duke’s three sons, but he was not recognized because of his mother’s blood. With the ambition to become an emperor, He removes his enemies one by one and eventually ascends to the throne. At the end of the novel, He used Diana to get rid of Blake.
This time, I’m going to stop the events. There won’t be a sudden death of Emperor Tenstheon or a situation in which Blake is ousted from the throne.
Blake is happy as it is. If the curse is lifted, he will be the next Emperor without any problems. There’s no room for Richard to maneuver or intervene.
“What can I do for you?”
By the way, why did the male lead come to see me?
Richard is a calculating man. He won’t do anything that won’t benefit him. He approached Diana in the original book because he felt the value of using her, knowing that she had lifted Blake’s curse. (Although he realizes his genuine love for the heroine in the end because it is a romance novel.)
He would have found no use of me being the wife of an abandoned prince.
“You made a scene as soon as you got married.”
“I heard you’ve fired many of the palace’s servants”
I see… You must have planted a spy among the servants I fired.
Currently, Richard was only 14 years old. Yet, he already planted a spy at that young age. I already knew from the book.
The maid who usually aids Blake was originally Richard’s maid. What surprised me was that Richard suddenly came to see me face to face.
Isn’t he very cautious?
Richard is so thorough that he could get rid of his enemies one by one with all sorts of schemes, but never to be seen until the last minute.
I didn’t expect you to visit me as soon as I fired a spy. It was like he was saying blatantly that he planted a spy in the crown prince’s palace.
“You act rashly, so unlike yourself.”
What? He spoke as if he knew me well. Was there a point of contact between Richard and Ancia?
“What do you mean?”
“The family of Marquis Hamel is trusted by the Emperor. It was impudent to imprison the eldest son of the late Marquis. His Majesty himself chose all the other courtesans. It’s not right to just fire them.”
Yeah, they are all spy planted by you and your family.
I hold back with what I wanted to say and smiled as if I knew nothing.
“You can’t keep the people you can’t trust.”
“If you want loyalty, you need generosity. You can’t get it if you fired them easily like that.”
Why on earth is this guy suddenly appearing before me and giving me this ridiculous sermon?
“That’s rude. It’s none of young master’s business. If you don’t have anything to do with it, you should go now.
I was curious about the relationship between Richard and Ancia, so I tried to continue the conversation, but I was soon irritated by his nonsense.
I firmly expressed my displeasure and ordered him to go. Richard, however, had a rather haughty smile.
“Are you being sulky?”
“Are you upset because I won’t receive your love?”
What is this bullshit?
“You like me, right?”
Richard was a schemer, but he wasn’t the type to just make up a story. It didn’t appear in the original, but it seems that Ancia liked Richard.
“Ancia, I’m not doing it because I rejected your love. But, you know. I’m a slave’s child. How can I ask for you under the Emperor’s command?”
He looked at me with his eyes wet in grief. It’s like a hero of a tragic love story who broke up with his beloved woman at the height of his status. If I didn’t know he was a schemer, I would have been fooled.
Is this how you use the women who like you?
In the original story, Richard was a man who, though brilliant, was as arrogant, coercive, full of ambition, and obsessive.
Why is he so popular? Blake’s a hundred thousand times better.
“Ancia, you’re nice, so you understand my heart, right? You like me.”
“What? Richard, you’re delusional. Who likes you?”
I couldn’t stand it any longer and got irritated, Richard’s arrogant smile stiffened.
“And Richard Cassil, rude is a long way to go. How dare you say such a thing to the Crown Princess. Are you insulting the imperial family?”
“Ancia, are you still angry?” He takes my hand in embarrassment.
I was trying to get Richard’s hands off, but someone else grabbed his hand first.
It was Blake.
Blake took Richard’s hand and glared at him.
“Ancia hates it.”
Richard opened his eyes wide, startled by the Crown Prince’s sudden appearance, but soon smiled arrogantly.
“There seems to be some misunderstanding. Lady Bellacian and I are an acquaintance…”
“Richard, she’s no longer a Lady, She’s the Crown Princess.”
Soon, Richard bowed his head in embarrassment.
“Sorry, Your Highness. I made a slip of the tongue.”
“Be careful. If you disrespect the Crown Princess one more time, you won’t be forgiven.”
“Yes, Your Highness.”
Richard was white as a paper, sweating heavily and straining his head.
What’s wrong with him? At first, Richard ignored Blake. On the surface, they seem to respect him, but they don’t care about the crown prince’s authority.
Blake let go of his hand. Then Richard fled, with his face pale. What the hell is going on here? Looking at the Richard’s back staggering away, Blake pulled my hand carefully.
“Ancia, don’t look at him…”
He whispered with a sullen look.
“I won’t see him. And he’s a dog, not a man.”
“He’s a total son of a bitch. He said I like him. He must be crazy.”
“… don’t you like him? Richard’s very popular….”
Blake asked carefully.
“Oh, I hate such a man. I like cute men like you instead.”
Blake smiled brightly, rubbing his white cheeks on my hands.
“What kind of woman do you like?”
“Which type do you prefer?”
“I like Ancia. All I need is Ancia!”
Blake fell into my arms and hugged me. I smiled naturally and returned his hug.
“All I need is you, too…”
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