Valia was happy to see Schuden come every time it rained. Leaving behind the rain’s humid atmosphere, her over-abundance of happiness made her heart ache to see Schuden in front of her.
Schuden said to Valia.
“Then, next time it rains, shall I wait for you?”
Does he know this feeling? If he doesn’t know, will I ever be able to convey these overwhelming feelings to him?
“I will pick you up then, Schu.”
“I will look forward to it, my dear.”
The couple’s smiles gently blended together. Schuden escorted Valia and climbed into the carriage together. The noblewomen could not keep their mouths shut, they gathered around and looked at Schuden and Valia like a folding screen. They could not say anything until after the carriage had completely left.
“Well then, ladies, look forward to the next tea party. Thank you for attending my tea party today.”
Diana saw the noblewomen off with a joyful voice. Seeing Marquess Garth’s sudden appearance made the noblewomen a little surprised, and seeing the noblewomen being all surprised made Diana feel very proud in turn. She muttered as she watched the departing carriages.
“I must have been lucky to have met Valia at the palace that day.”
Diana was happy to have a good friend but she also got an unexpected little pleasure. When would she ever see such faces in this sophisticated capital’s social circle? She would never again see it in her lifetime. Diana smiled mischievously and moved her steps towards the main building.
In Garth’s carriage, running towards the manor, Schuden spoke.
“Valia, did something happen at the tea party?”
“No? Nothing happened.”
‘But her expression just then said otherwise.’
Schuden had been observing Valia’s expressions from the moment he grabbed her hand. He saw some complex emotions flashing across her calm face. Valia had always smiled as quietly as the moon in the water, bearing no shadow in her smile itself. But, her smile earlier was a little different from usual. A fragment of a certain emotion was hidden under her smile before he could even examine it closely.
Schuden was concerned about Valia, the capital’s social circles were in fact not an easy place for first-time participating nobles and had its own rules. Of course, the position as Marchioness of Garth was a strong shield in itself, but it could not completely block elegant slander. This great social society was a place so ruthless where even if someone’s precious daughter was humiliated in her debutante and cried all night, the mother could not even go to the opponent and slap them.
Of course, that did not apply to Schuden. He was a man who had no intention of letting go of any noble who would dare to be arrogant to Valia.
“What about the noblewomen who attended the tea party?”
“They were all kind to me. It was fun thanks to them.”
“Is that so?”
Valia’s smile when she said that did not feel like a lie. Schuden lightly squeezed the back of Valia’s hand. As he meekly responded to her, he was thinking about giving another order in his head.
‘I will have to tell Shaun to take turns with Robin when escorting her.’
As for Shaun, he would guess what Schuden meant without even saying it. He would teach Robin how to deal with someone who was rude to Valia, and also how to make reports. Unaware of Schuden’s thoughts, Valia asked something else.
“By the way, Schu, is it okay for you to come like this? You have been busy with the delegation matters.”
“It’s almost finished so it’s okay. Preparing for the Imperial banquet is not my responsibility so I have nothing to do with it.”
The moment Valia heard those words, she recalled the topic at the tea party. Someone said that since it would be her first banquet, it would be more romantic if she came with her husband. The noblewomen encouraged her to at least bring up the topic to Schuden.
‘Even then, I thought I would not have said anything. I was trying to keep my distance.’
In just a few moments, she changed her mind. Valia wanted to be with Schuden. She also wanted to attend the banquet together.
“Are you going to attend the Imperial banquet?”
“I probably have to for the first day.”
It’s a hassle though.
Schuden swallowed the last sentence. As it was a banquet hosted by the Imperial family, on the first day, many key figures including the Imperial household would attend.
Besides, isn’t that guy also attending?
Leo Canute, the key person of the Eastern Kingdom Union’s delegation and someone who had personal business with Schuden.
‘It will be the first time meeting him since then.’
Even though they have both been covered in blood, they had never even once met on the battlefield. Schuden had noticed that Leo’s patience had finally run out. Otherwise, there was no reason for Leo—who had a strong hatred for nobles—to accept the title of Viscount. Everything was just a prelude to meeting Schuden Garth.
A hesitant voice was heard. Schuden immediately shifted his gaze. Valia was gently blinking her eyes.
“Can we go together on the first day of the banquet?”
“Well, if you already have an appointment with someone else, I will just put it off until later.”
Schuden frowned slightly at her unexpected words. Of course he had planned to go with Valia, he even sent Shaun to accompany her to a small tea party. There was no way he would send her alone at such a huge Imperial banquet, he had no intention to do so at all.
“I don’t have any other appointments.”
“It’s your first banquet debut, so shouldn’t I be next to you?”
Valia’s face lit up brightly. Since when was it? When he saw her happy, he also smiled in spite of himself. But when he saw her red ears, he wanted to play a little joke.
Schuden lightly swept his blonde hair that covered his eyebrows with his fingertips. Valia had her gaze taken away by Schuden. Even when she was not aware of her feelings, he was a really good-looking man with his reddish-blonde hair that slightly covered his neck, decadent red eyes that caught her gaze and would not let go, and his gorgeous features. He was a man who always had a relaxed, yet dangerous atmosphere.
“I obviously thought we’re going together. But I guess that’s not the case for you.”
“Pardon? That’s not it…”
In Gel’s noble society, it was not common for couples to come together. Rather, most of them entered with their followers or gathered together with acquainted nobles. Because of this atmosphere, even if they were a married couple, it was more common for them to come separately. Valia was aware of these customs from her past experience, and Schuden, a noble of Gel, knew it too, of course.
But he had fun playing jokes on her. Schuden looked into her bewildered silvery-gray eyes. Every time Valia showed such a variety of emotions, he felt strangely good. Of course, he was not the only one feeling good.
It was that evening. As soon as Valia returned to the manor, she removed her makeup and took a bath. A sweet scent of perfume oil was applied and her body was given a relaxing massage. When she was about to close her eyes at the cool yet drowsy feeling, a maid came in from outside the bathroom.
“Madam, His Grace is waiting outside.”
Valia looked at the hourglass in the bathroom. It had not been long yet. While wondering, Valia ordered the maids to finish quickly. And after a while, Valia changed into a simple indoor dress and came outside. Schuden was waiting for her.
“Schu, you came out early.”
“We have a lot of work to do together.”
Valia reflexively recalled the internal documents. As Schuden had not come home for a long time, the manor’s internal affairs were being handled relatively slow. Most of them were handled by Valia but there were some affairs where she had to inform Schuden and seek consent.
“Can we work first and have dinner later?”
“Yes. It won’t take long anyway.”
Valia smiled brightly. Schuden could clearly see what she was thinking that caused her to answer easily. He just smiled. When it came to ‘work,’ Valia really thought of work. But that was not the only work in this world. Schuden held Valia’s hand and walked along the long hallway. Then, he stopped in front of their bedroom located in the center of the second floor. While Valia was having questions, Schuden told the maids who were following them.
“Send the dinner up to the bedroom after three hours.”
“Yes, Your Grace.”
The faces of the maids who answered courteously were colored red. Valia, who entered the bedroom in an instant, blinked. It was only then that she realized what Schuden meant when he said ‘work together.’ The moment she realized that, he pressed her chin lightly.
Valia could not finish her sentence. Schuden invaded through the gap in her slightly opened lips. The tender feeling was clearly different from the usual kisses that were similar to those of lovers. The breathtaking kiss had been prolonged.
Running through her back, a deep desire was felt in Schuden’s hand. Valia was pushed back little by little and tripped her leg over the sofa. He grabbed the ribbon of her dress and untied it, her soft skin now exposed. Schuden bowed his head again.
Schuden’s lips kissed on her long neck and lingered on her distinct collarbone for a moment. He carved red marks everywhere he passed. Valia’s chest went up and down, her body was heating up. A thin moan lingered around her lips.
Even though Valia was holding Schuden’s shoulder, there was no strength in her hands. Everywhere Schuden passed was hot, it was as if her body was on fire. Her silvery-gray eyes dimmed faintly.
Schuden’s voice calling her name was so seductive that it took her breath away. His firm body came in contact with her soft skin. Soon he raised his head.
Valia’s half-exposed chest drew a white curve. Schuden was well aware of the softness of that flesh–soft and tender, the nipples stood firm even with just a slow touch.
Do you know how antagonizing the feeling of your body is?
Schuden’s penis was already standing tall. His underwear was struggling to go down on his legs, all because of his erect and hardened shaft. Valia, as usual, was avoiding his gaze.
Whenever they had intercourse like this, Schuden would always see her blushing face facing side-ways with a subtle hint of shame. It was good.
Of course, the same went for her wet, slimy inner thighs. Valia’s underwear had already fallen under the sofa.
As soon as Schuden touched her clitoris, Valia’s thighs moved upwards. Schuden skillfully grabbed her thighs with both hands and buried his face in.
This small area was often already unbearable for Valia. Even with a simple caress of biting and rolling, her bottom was already wet. It was fun to see her reaction while caressing her like this.
On the other hand, Schuden’s penis was already getting wet with pre-cum. He did not want to spill his semen anywhere but inside her. He raised his head and turned her over.
Valia’s loose skirt was rolled up to her butt. Schuden’s fingers groped through the cracks and dug into the opening, him already putting two fingers in from the beginning made her feel stiff. Schuden made a big movement in the wet crack, making Valia let out a moan.
“Schu, you’re going, hngh…to do it like this?”
“Do you hate it?”
“But you liked it last time. How many times did you feel it?”
Valia’s ears were getting red. She buried her face in the sofa and murmured.
“Don’t say, hmph…something like that…”
“As you wish.”
Valia’s insides were spitting out vaginal salivation. It did not seem like a lie when she was embarrassed, but nevertheless, her body was ironically honest.
Schuden added another finger churning around her inner wall.
After loosening up on her vagina to his satisfaction, Schuden tucked one of the cushions under Valia’s stomach. Then, he had her butt held high and grabbed his penis. Valia flinched as he gently rubbed his cockhead smeared with love juice at the entrance.
Schuden pushed in slowly. His speed was slow but the size of the narrow road was still mercilessly filled. Like a sandy beach collapsing in front of a raging tsunami, her inner wall was swept away by his thick, hard penis. Valia raised her head and took a deep breath.
“Ah! Hngh, hmph!”
Schuden’s thrusting was only soft for the beginning. His thick penis quickly became violent and hit her insides. The pounding sound rang out loudly. He thrusted so rough that she was worried her innards would come out together with his cum covered penis. The pleasure of being stabbed in the erogenous zone was too intense. Soon, Valia’s moans were mixed with sobbing.
Her white, round bottom trembled like ripples in the water every time his bulging cock pushed in, seemingly being seductive in Schuden’s eyes. His phallus, getting harder and harder, hit Valia’s body suffocatingly.
Valia could not hold the sofa like she could hold a bedsheet, she tightly held onto Schuden’s hand instead.
A heavy pressure, her bottom shaking like a mess, and a thick penis that went deep—there was nothing that Valia could stand. And this posture was so…
Due to the rougher thrusting than usual, Valia’s vaginal discharge splattered in a mess and was smeared on her red flesh. Even though her insides were so wet, it was still difficult to take Schuden’s penis in.
His cruel and burdensome penis drove Valia to the point where her view turned white.
Thrust. Thrust. Thrust.
For a moment, Valia felt a severe climax. Her insides contracted and convulsed violently, but he did not stop thrusting. Except for a very brief slowdown, he tormented her more and more violently.
“Hmph, please… hngh”
Valia’s swollen clitoris responded much more sensitively to the intense stimulation of his penis. She trembled and tried to pull her butt out in spite of herself, but it was to no avail. As if she had been caught, Valia bent her back several times.
Schuden shot out inside her only when Valia shouted out a hoarse scream. As if to represent the feeling of its unsatisfied owner, his penis was not completely flaccid.
It was still a long way before three hours passed by.
Valia lay on the bed and looked up at Schuden. All of her clothes had already been taken off. Her indoor dress lay somewhere between the sofa and the bed. Schuden kissed every single part of her heated lovely body, he thought it was a relief to see that she was okay in his embrace. However, due to the heat of lovemaking, that thought did not last long.
After the day Valia returned with Schuden, the manor returned to its original atmosphere. Paul and Sarah were relieved after checking on the complexion of their Madam before anyone else. The subtly subdued atmosphere had disappeared.
“Madam, shall I handle this budget issue as it is?”
Valia was doing ‘real work.’ She approved and handed over the budget documents to Paul and took care of other trifling matters. Schuden was not in the manor and went to the training ground. As she was writing her name in the black signature box, Valia stared at the surname ‘Garth’ on the back of her name.
‘There is still time.’
After realizing her feelings, Valia realized that her love for Schuden would not necessarily make her miserable, unlike the previous marchioness. Schuden was still kind to her, and there was still time until Yeri would come, so unless she would cry or cling to him, Valia’s future would be different from the previous Marchioness. But as of now, nothing had changed yet, the only difference from the past was Valia’s agonizing heartache.
‘…And he did not tell me not to love him.’
That was the source of Valia’s courage. When they got married, there was no condition of ‘not to love.’ Knowing the future, Valia was the only one who hesitated. But now that she realized that she was in love, Valia wanted to express her feelings to Schuden little by little.
‘He’s been nice to me…’
Valia did not know about Schuden of the past, perhaps he was also this nice to the Marchioness in the past. Still, Valia was determined not to make any further comparisons.
‘Because we had the second wedding.’
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