Chapter 45

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“…no matter what I try to do, I’m running out of HP.”

[T/N: HP – Health Point] 

“Huh?”

Evan looked down at his wife at those wacky words. She mumbled something blankly, lost in her own thoughts.

Juliana was simply lamenting about herself, but Evan thought she was thinking about something very serious.

So, when she didn’t rush to answer him, the silence that had settled between them grew. The mellow performance of the court musicians wrapped them around in silence. 

In the meantime, Juliana was listening to music with a dry throat. 

Perhaps it was because she was recently sick. The body was drained of energy and the limbs were heavy at every attempt. Furthermore, the Empress even sent an invitation just in time to congratulate the Duchess on her recovery.

So, as soon as she got up from her bed, she had to go through a ritual of buying new dresses and jewelry to greet her.

In addition, after matching a mountain of dresses, she even took some time to put a defensive spell on the Emerald Lake to prevent the coming of the heroine. Therefore, it was unavoidable that her body became more exhausted.

Ugh. Like a thief, I’m sneaking out at night with a defensive spell. Even the Duchess can’t do much. No, I’m doing this because I’m an extra who dies in the first half…

Juliana thought pitifully, leaning on her husband’s arm.

Would there be anybody who puts up the defensive spell in case another woman pops out of his lake? I guess I’m the only one who’s so unlucky. In my previous life, I was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver, and I died immediately, and from the moment I opened my eyes wide in this life I was going to give up the Duchess’s position

The depressed woman replied sullenly to her husband.

“It’s nothing. Actually, I’m a little tired. I guess it’s because I haven’t been to a ball in a while. Well, it feels different.”

“Let’s just show our faces and go back. You don’t have to stay in this place when it’s hard.”

“Hmph. You look happy to say that, don’t you?”

“Me?”

Evan grinned.

He looked very well in his robes. Maybe that’s why. Depending on the angle of light, his eyes, which glowed with melancholy blue light and looked like a brilliant blue sea, looked more prominent today.

Because of the height difference, Juliana, who was staring at his square jaw, blushed. Indeed, it was a manly, sly response that shook her heart in two months. 

Juliana answered laboriously.

“To be honest, I think I liked being weak and pampered. I really love being in bed.”

“I’ll tell you the truth. I wish you were in my bed rather than yours.”

“Wait, what…”

Surprised, Juliana soon cleared her throat to look like someone who had heard a casual joke.

Then she spoke in a fresh voice, trying to change the subject. 

“Well, rather than that, let’s see the Empress! She invited me personally.”

“Alright, but we’ll have to wait.”

As he said, all sorts of nobles were gathered beside the little Empress. It looked ridiculous to see the nobles, who laughed at her appearance and said that she was an empress with no power, chasing after her. 

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