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Rumours have circulated that guidance can elicit a sense of excitement. The rumour had a way of spreading like wildfire, captivating the attention of many.
Amidst their escape, Eleanor and Van managed to maintain their bond and engage in a passionate physical connection, as depicted in the original narrative. It was also the most effective method of guidance; from Eleanor’s point of view, the technique was to forget about Carlisle.
‘I don’t think it worked this well then either.’
As he made contact again, it felt reminiscent of the time she had guided him through the clandestine passageway of the imperial palace. Following the regression, it became quite evident that there had been some sort of change.
‘Has there been a change in my rank by any chance?’
The future she wanted to be in did not include her life as a guide, but God said that the life she wanted would unfold.
As Eleanor grappled with the trouble within her own thoughts, Van struggled to resist the urge to nuzzle his cheek against her hand. He already looked strange enough for her.
Eleanor was jolted back to reality by the beseeching tone of his voice. As she felt Van’s face nestles into her hands and gaze up at her, she couldn’t help but find the gesture rather pleasant.
‘Something like love.’
The agony that she had been feeling throughout her heart was immediately alleviated the moment she was presented with memories of her previous life. All that remained within her was a seething rage directed towards the person who had taken what was hers and cast her into a state of wretchedness.
Eleanor felt that it was fine for her to be Van’s guide, even if it wasn’t for that anger. Because he did not coerce her into doing it.
As a royal family member, he did not have to humble himself in front of her. All he had to do was force it out of all options. That was exactly what Carlisle, the Duke of Armoure, had done to her.
‘So… good for you.’
“Great. Be… Be my man.”
The change in her tone of voice towards him, in which she no longer referred to him as a member of the imperial lineage but rather as a man, brought a smile to Van’s face and caused his eyes to light up with joy. Instantaneously, he reached for her, picked her up, and encircled her in his arms while looking directly into Eleanor’s eyes.
She felt a strong impulse as well as heat whirling around in him.
“Yes……I will, Young lady.”
The hushed tone carried a desire that was impossible to cover up. Eleanor, on the other hand, had neither hostility nor fear towards him.
It was common for people to feel lust for a guide who had a high matching rate.
But for now, she wasn’t going to allow anything more than a kiss.
Eleanor caressed his head like a docile animal. Van’s countenance blurred, as if he were in a state of ecstasy rather than feeling humiliated.
“… I won’t allow more than that. ‘Right now’ only until the kiss.”
Van’s eyes flickered with a spark of passion and devouring her with a kiss.
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As the duke descended the stairs, his countenance bore an inexplicable peculiarity. Even if he were under the spell of a witch, he wouldn’t show such an expression on his face.
‘I wonder if the face of a beast that has completely melted down looks like that…’
The flow of Apis’ thoughts came to an abrupt halt as he found himself transfixed by the piercing gaze of Van, nuzzling his face in her palms. Van seemed to know what Apis was thinking.
It’s not like that, so stop thinking about it.
Those bloody eyes in his eyes melted again when Eleanor looked back at him. As Apis observed his change, he became convinced that Eleanor would be a guide, a high-ranking guide.
Eleanor turned her attention to the people who were downstairs, specifically her family, and then she said something to them.
“I decided to be his guide. Since other members of the imperial family are targeting me, the entire family has to relocate to the duchy.”
Her family, especially her vociferous father, were shocked. He looked at Eleanor like he was about to make a lot of money.
“I-Is that really true? You are the guide…”
However, after witnessing the cold in Eleanor’s eyes, it looked like reality was stretching a bit. Gus avoided Eleanor’s gaze and looked at Van instead.
“Then what will happen? If you were to leave suddenly, the economy of your family…. Both my job and the jobs of my children are here… “
Gus has not been employed for more than three years, yet he claims he has. It was because Eleanor, Peter, and Leo thought he didn’t have to make money and work for themselves.
Peter scowled at his father as if something were missing with the words, but Peter was also worried, so he was waiting for the answer.
“I will find a place for you to live and provide you with everything you need for life. You don’t need to worry about paying for your living expenses because they will, of course, be covered.”
At Van’s answer, Gus wanted to set the price, but Van’s cold look made it hard to bring it up any more.
Millie turned around the table and walked over to Eleanor as if something was strange about how things were going.
“Should we leave?”
“It’s to keep us safe. I’m sorry.”
At Eleanor’s whisper, Gus looked at Eleanor and Van with many words to say. The children’s mother, Margaret, was dumbfounded by the fact that her daughter had become a guide to a great man, the Duke.
“When should we start?”
At Peter’s question, Van softened his expression.
“The sooner, the better.”
After saying that, Van examined Eleanor’s expression. The knights kept their mouths shut because the atmosphere made them think of their master’s warning.
“Get ready now. You don’t have to bring anything that isn’t important. I’m sure everything is there.”
At Eleanor’s addition, Margaret went into her own bedroom. She had a lot to prepare for.
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Apart from the relics and keepsakes that held memories, there were few things to hold in hand. Fortunately, they lived not far from the Eastern Duchy.
Van, who had already contacted the magician with the crystal ball and sent a carriage, put Eleanor and her family in the carriage and took them to the Eastern Duchy.
Eleanor had agreed with Van while they were upstairs.
She wanted her family to be in a safe place, but she didn’t want to live in the same mansion as her parents.
Gus would use Eleanor somehow to get anything more, and Margaret was sure to sympathize with Gus.
She wants to maintain a tight relationship with her siblings but doesn’t want Gus to take advantage of it to acquire anything that will benefit him.
So he decided to look for a mansion near the duke’s house and attach servants and knights to take care of it. Each of her younger siblings received the education they wanted.
Because attending a private school at this time was not viable, so all three of them decided to have a tutor. Peter wanted to become a scholar, Millie wanted to become an official, and Leo wanted to learn the art of swordsmanship.
So, Leo visited the duke’s mansion and took classes from the martial arts instructor there.
Eleanor rode the carriage with her family to the duke’s house to give such an explanation. However, she forced Gusman to go in another carriage because the first one was full.
She didn’t want to hear him trying to manipulate her while being condescending at. Gus was always ready to resort to physical force against Eleanor in the event that his bluff was unsuccessful.
He actually did, and he was violent.
Margaret also noticed that there were many things she wanted to gain from this incident. Since they were the only ones in the carriage besides the coachmen, she had nothing hard to say.
“What does the Duke say? How big is the house where we are going to live? Is it an aristocratic mansion? Can we manage a maid?”
“I don’t know exactly. I think you can do it.”
“How many people can we hire? Can we get a chef? Thanks to you, mom should dress up and be treated like wealthy wives!”
Leo seemed happy when Margaret talked about how excited she was. Peter, on the other hand, had a serious look on his face.
“How are you feeling right now? Are you okay?”
He had heard bad rumours about the guide. Before Luria became empress, the empire had four guides, including Luria.
After the imperial family imprinted with them was slain, one of them was killed while attempting to kill another member of the imperial family, while the other one was killed during a fight between the imperial family that was obsessed with her. Additionally, it was known that the last one died in an accident while running away from the obsession of the imperial family.
It was well known that the imperial family was infatuated with guides.
Perhaps because of the rumour, Leo’s expression quickly darkened. He asked, examining Eleanor’s expression.
“Are you going to live with us?”
“I……I will live in the Duke’s mansion.”
Millie seemed greatly surprised by Eleanor’s words. Sitting next to Margaret, she stood up and took Eleanor’s arm.
“Why? You can live with us. I heard that the house I’m moving to is near the duke’s mansion……”
“Being a guide is like being engaged. Most live in the same house.”
Perhaps it would be all right to explain this, as Van wants more from her than just an engagement. After Leo heard Eleanor’s response, he immediately glanced suspiciously in her direction.
“He is from imperial family. Will he marry you?”
“We’ll see afterwards.”
In her response, Eleanor looked at Leo as though she were going to ask him a difficult question, telling him not to say anything more. Peter looked stuffy, and Margaret seemed to notice that the atmosphere of the turn was not good.
“If the duke seems to ask for something strange……”
Just what exactly do you mean? Turn it down?
Margaret also knew what the imperial family was like. The aristocracy struck her as a terrifying society. However, the imperial family held a higher status than such aristocracy. They seemed to be above the sky.
After some time had passed, Margaret finally understood what was going to be handed to her in return. Still, Margaret could not suppress her joy.
It felt like something was stuck in her throat, but it only lasted for a short while. In the end, shouldn’t those who are still standing be the ones to live?
“Everything belongs to me. That has absolutely nothing to do with me……Even if she became the mistress, it would be better to be the mistress of the royal family than of an old rich man or a fat merchant. That imperial family was young and handsome!’
But it was hard to look Eleanor straight in the eyes. But she ceased talking when she saw that her sons were upset about something.
Eleanor put Millie next to her and gently ran her fingers through her hair.
“It will be fine. You have nothing to worry about.”
She thought that if anything happened to her, she would protect her younger siblings this time.