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“What’s going on in here? Isn’t something wrong with my actions?”
Eleanor’s father, who was inebriated and about to leave in the afternoon, said with wide eyes. Eleanor did not show the least bit of fear as she looked into those eyes.
The guards and the other knights were also present in her home, and at the age of eighteen, she no longer feared or respected her father.
“This house is quiet unless my father gets into an accident.”
Eleanor’s mother raised her voice as if to ask how she dared to say such a thing to her father. Eleanor gave her mother a harsh stare.
The way her mother stood by her abusive father and her father had an accident were the most hated traits of this family.
Eleanor had intended to live independently as soon as she reached adulthood. She was saving money for herself while also looking for a room to rent in secret.
However, her father was involved in an accident. Her father and the gang he was hanging out with were violent and injured his opponent, but the opponent came from a relatively powerful family.
But even after receiving the money, no one was grateful. She was treated as a b*tch for hiding her large sum of money, and her younger brother seemed to feel betrayed because he thought he was the only one trying to run away.
Her relationship with her younger brother quickly improved, but her parents continued to act as though they had never been given the money. No, it was she who feigned to be a person who refrained from doing this.
When Eleanor was at work, they were prowling around in her room.
‘I despised this.’
Eleanor harbored a deep-seated hatred toward her parents. She did, but her younger siblings, whom she had raised herself, were an exception.
It also proved the reason why she was still living in this house.
Eleanor’s father was about to get up from his seat, and he was glaring angrily in her direction. If It weren’t for the reason that another knight and guards were around, he would have slapped her cheeks. Just like he always did.
It was a part of Peter and Leo’s daily routine at the time to lash out in anger at their father, which prompted their mother to intervene.
‘I failed to sell her to a wealthy old man…. I also got in the way of them selling Millie, and he’ll hate me to death.’
Since they didn’t make a sarcastic face, it was clear they didn’t know where she had hidden her money.
Before she went back in time, Eleanor thought about how her father would eventually be successful. After she became a guide, he sold her to the Duke of Armoure as his adopted daughter.
Because of this, everyone in her family was killed.
As soon as Eleanor saw Van and Carlisle’s faces, she realized she could never lead a normal life again. She had no way of letting go of her younger siblings under any circumstances.
Carlisle would now realize that Eleanor cared only for her younger siblings.
Because she had previously betrayed Carlisle and given back everything he had worked for, there was no way that he could have treated her kindly, even if Carlisle had taken her away from him. He could only rely on half of the people he knew.
‘The imperial family who wants a guide……’
They had a total of eight members of the Imperial Family at the time. The absence of guides was a problem for most of those people, with the exception of Van and Carlisle. The majority of them were depressed, as they believed the opportunity would not come to them.
The number of guides is limited, and even if more of them were to show up, it was obvious that the person with the most power would monopolize them.
Among them, the one with the highest power was Van.
The Emperor’s nephew also served as the ruler of the Eastern nobility. He was a powerful man who would undoubtedly receive the title of a crown prince if he could find a guide.
Next was Carlisle.
He was the one who got down on his knees in front of the emperor to make up for the sins his father had done. The emperor considered him a loyal subject because he owed him something.
‘Even though that was what killed him.’
Apart from that, they belonged to the Imperial family with a more refined lineage than that of Carlisle. It was said that if a member had a lower bloodline to the imperial family, they had less power, and the less power they had, the less guidance they needed to stay alive.
As evidence of this, the majority of direct members of the imperial family who did not have a guide did not live past their 30s. On the other hand, indirect members of the imperial family claimed that if they did not use their power, they could live into their 40s and 50s.
‘Can I escape from the duke?’
It was abundantly clear that even if her family was not apprehended, there was no way that they could get away.
If she makes a mistake, she might end up in Carlisle’s hands.
She also entertained the idea of Charlotte standing in for me, but I knew it was highly unlikely that he would trust her again after she betrayed him.
He was going to be emperor.
While she was pondering the situation, the door was gleefully opened by the knight who had been standing in front of it. It was clear that the person who had returned was going to pose a threat because he kept peeping out of the window.
Van, who had moved into the house without the permission of the homeowner, stopped dead in his tracks when he saw Eleanor in the midst of a large group of other people all at the same time.
Eleanor took a seat in front of the entrance to her house and observed both the weary Van and the vigilant knight.
Van immediately stifled his words in his throat after Eleanor showed a frown. Because the current Eleanor was not the Duke of Armoure’s adopted daughter. Eleanor was a commoner.
Apis was the one who took the initiative to step in and act as a mediator during the contentious discussion that Eleanor and Van were having. Even at a cursory glance, he could see the duke being forced to retreat. There was an unsettling feeling that something wasn’t quite right, making one uneasy.
‘Why? It’s possible that they were romantically involved in the past but have since broken up for a very long time. Not a guide?’
After taking a moment to chew on his previous statements, Van resumed uttering words.
“Young lady. I wanted to meet you.”
During his talk, he shared his thoughts and emotions, but unfortunately, there were other people in the room at the same time. Before anyone else, Eleanor’s father gave his speech.
“Did this child deceive you as a young lady? Duke! This kid is not a noble! She is a commoner!”
Eleanor’s father gave her a cold glare while pointing his finger at her and attempted to pull his foot out of his shoe. If someone were to push him in the back, the glint in his eyes gave the impression that he would not think twice about grabbing Eleanor by the shoulder and shaking her.
Van put himself between the father and Eleanor to hide how confused he was.
“I didn’t say anything to you. I haven’t been fooled by her, so you’d better keep your mouth shut.”
When he said it with such an obnoxious tone, Eleanor’s father seemed taken aback for a moment. Van cast his gaze over Eleanor, heedless of her father’s response.
“It would be nice to have someplace quiet to talk.”
“I am just a commoner, Duke. Please treat me casually.”
In reaction to Eleanor’s assertions, Van swallowed, contorting his face that threatened to show on his face. But his opponent was Eleanor. The one who will be his guide and saviour.
“The issue of title is… Let’s talk slowly later.”
Before directing his attention to Eleanor, Van briefly glanced in the direction of Eleanor’s father. Eleanor got up from her seat and went upstairs, acting as though she had no intention of revealing anything further here.
Her father disapproved of it, but he was unable to hold it against her because he believed Eleanor to be the Duke’s favorite.
It was because he remembered the duke staring at him with a menacing gaze.
‘At most, I’m trying to take my daughter as someone else’s mistress, so how can I be so confident!’
He was sure that Eleanor would be ruined by him. He was clueless about what was going on, but someone holding the title of duke might have rounded up some knights to protect his house.
Furthermore, it looked that his sons, who were outside at the time, had been called in. If Eleanor disobeyed the will of the duke, there was a situation that would make him pay for it.
‘If I messed up the life of my daughter, then I have messed up my own life as well… I have no choice but to get what is coming to me!’
If the duke took Eleanor upstairs and then left the room, he was dead set on getting the price.
Furthermore, if rumors spread that she had fallen in love with an aristocrat, Eleanor’s way to marriage would be blocked, so he pondered asking him to take her as the mistress at the very least in order to prevent this from happening.
Meanwhile, Eleanor’s mother was showing signs of anxiety as she prodded her husband to the side.
“May I send you two up?”
“Then what? It’s the Duke! You can go up there!”
Peter and Leo, who were standing close to the wall, looked apprehensive and responded by lowering their voices. As Peter began to climb the stairs, Apis took a step forward.
“There will be nothing to worry about.”
“I hope you don’t say anything that offends our master.”
As Apis spoke with assurance and a smile on his face, Eleanor’s family fell silent. Peter looked up at the entrance to the hallway that led to the bottom of the stairs.
His stomach churned with worry over his sister.