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Gus, who had followed Van inside the carriage, had the impression that he was being punished. Since Eleanor said she was a guide, he thought the duke would take his daughter as his wife rather than a mistress…… It wasn’t the way he looked at his father-in-law.
On the other side, when Van observed Gus’ behaviour with Eleanor, it gave him a rough idea of what the father-daughter relationship was like.
Eleanor didn’t say that her father had abused her in any way, but she did say she didn’t want to be alone with him.
Margaret was also abusive to Eleanor, Millie, and her two other sons, but as her children grew up, she acted like it never happened.
Eleanor, who was already taller than Margaret, began by seizing her wrist and slapping her.
After that, Margaret stopped hitting Eleanor and the other children. She realized that her children were no longer kids and she might be beaten back.
Thanks to this, Eleanor no longer had to endure the painful sting of her mother’s hand on her cheek every morning following her father’s return from a night of heavy drinking.
The same thing was going on with her other siblings.
So Eleanor didn’t say that about Margaret. Margaret would forget that when compared to Gus, who frequently used physical and verbal violence.
She could have abandoned them completely if they bothered her, but she was nice to Eleanor’s siblings as long as it didn’t involve Gus.
Margaret was also the reason why the siblings couldn’t abandon the house completely.
Van listened to his aide’s report, unable to lift a disapproving glance at Gus. Even though he wasn’t happy with how her father treated her, Gus was Eleanor’s parent.
He wants to deal with it, but he can’t touch him without Eleanor’s permission.
‘If I touch him without askin permission…… I feel like I’ll regret it later.’
He was already giving her everything, but Eleanor didn’t seem to open up to him one bit.
It was disappointing, but it was inevitable. It was difficult for him to determine whether he liked Eleanor as a member of the royal family and desired a guide or whether he liked Eleanor as a woman.
Eleanor would have thought that all his sudden changes in emotions were due to her guidance.
Gus glanced at Van and concluded that he had averted his eyes. He knows he has a great background for Gus’ daughter, but she was his daughter anyway.
He won’t tell Van that she’s been beaten a few times unless you’re a b*tch who wants her father’s head to fall off.
However, he thought he should be careful because he is short-tempered.
‘Guide…….That’s great! I wish I had known before the Duke showed up……’
Eleanor failed to marry a wealthy merchant or an elderly lord because of his reputation for having a bad temper. Still, selling her to the imperial family would have been possible.
Gus licked his lips, thinking it was truly a waste. From now on, he had no choice but to pamper Eleanor and take advantage of the duke.
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The mansion Van had prepared for Eleanor’s family was beyond their imagination. It seemed to be a nobleman’s mansion, not a merchant’s mansion.
Furthermore, he might employ dozens of servants, and the knights designated by the ducal family were personally responsible for their safety.
Margaret expressed her excitement and claimed to feel like a noble lady. Gus was also having a good time with the servants.
Peter and Leo, who were in a gloomy mood, seemed to feel better when they saw the house. Millie was also delighted with the house, which looked like an aristocratic mansion.
Even though Eleanor wasn’t there, they had to believe that Eleanor would be fine. Eleanor said she would come back sometimes, and then she left.
She hadn’t even picked where to stay in the mansion. Millie was a little apprehensive about that, but she ran upstairs and thought about picking her own room.
Eleanor sent her family away and got into the same carriage as Van. Van had sent his aide to another carriage, intending to ride alone with Eleanor.
“Do you like the house?”
“Yes. Thank you for your consideration when I don’t deserve it.”
A commoner family could never afford to live in such a luxurious setting as a fully furnished mansion. Van quickly added that Eleanor could be confused about what he meant.
“It’s a simple gift for Lady’s family, so I hope you don’t feel burdened.”
He wanted to keep Eleanor with him, who was more important to him than the mansion, so that he would have given anything more than that.
Eleanor was struck in awe by the splendour of the mansion, especially considering how quickly they had found it after moving from the small village in which they had been living to the capital of the duchy.
Probably one of the mansions given to his vassals.
The carriage with Eleanor and Van ride entered the mansion of the Duke of Granmeyer. A thick forest envelops the mansion, and the garden is so vast that it takes quite a while to reach it, even by carriage.
Before she regressed, she had little social life, even after becoming Princess Armour. The Duke of Armoure soon contacted Carlisle and made her his fiancee.
Carlisle, who had obtained a guide named Eleanor, was wary of her attending private gatherings to avoid drawing attention from other royal families.
So, it was the first time Eleanor had ever been to the mansions of other nobles besides the Duke of Armoure and Grand Duke Jabeth.
The ambience of the place stood apart from the other two owing to its ownership by a prosperous duke from the eastern region. The scene resembled the approach to a small kingdom encircled by dense woodland.
Given its proximity to the duke’s estate, Eleanor had assumed that reaching her family’s house would be a breeze. However, she was awed when she realized that the expanse of the forest and garden seemed to stretch endlessly.
The estate of the Duke of Armour was beyond comparison, and Van’s mansion seemed at least three times as big as the Grand Duke of Carlisle’s residence.
At length, the carriage stopped at the castle, and Eleanor waited for the servant to open the door. When the carriage door opened, Van gallantly opened the door and extended his hand to help her out, just like a chivalrous knight.
She wasn’t a noble, but nobody here could point that out. If they were known that Eleanor was a guide, she would be bestowed with the honour of a baronetcy.
The scarcity of guides in the empire had always been the reason for this. Van noticed that Eleanor had stopped complaining about the title. He seemed uncomfortable talking to Eleanor.
Van’s expression of happiness was clear when Eleanor took his hand and exited the carriage together with him. Even after he had finished getting out of the carriage, Van did not let go of Eleanor’s hand and continued to hold onto it.
“Duke… … .”
When Van arrived at the mansion’s front door, he found not only the butler waiting for him there but also his adjutant. Although they both had the same complexion, the secretary’s face was noticeably paler than the butler’s.
The adjutant passed the imperial family’s official document discretely to the recipient. They did not send it by messenger, but an imperial magician who was working in the Eastern Duchy was able to deliver it for them.
“Looks like an urgent business.”
The colour of the seal used to close the document that had been handed down through the imperial family indicated the document’s contents. Green or blue wax was used to seal it if it was a reward, while red wax was used, it was vice versa.
It was the first time that an official letter sent to Van had been sealed with red wax.
Van’s heart sank as he caught a glimpse of Eleanor’s face, causing him to release her hand with a deep sense of apology. And He opened the seal and checked what was inside.
“I wondered where the rat ran away…….”
A cold expression spread across Van’s face. Clearly, Carlisle had gone up to the capital and accused the emperor of Van’s attack on him.
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The official document said that Carlisle had levelled allegations against him, which necessitated his presence in the capital city to provide an explanation before the emperor. Even though the sentence was concise, Van was still able to feel the emperor’s anger in it.
Van was the heir with the first right of succession after the emperor passed away; however, Carlisle was the heir with the second right of succession. It was strictly forbidden for them to argue with one another.
Van, who remembered everything Carlyle had done before regressing, felt his teeth tremble as a result of Carlyle’s actions.
How could he appeal to the emperor for forgiveness when he was the one who had captured the emperor in his own hands, murdered the empress, and severed her head!
From Van’s point of view, Carlisle was a betrayal that was not worthy of being torn to pieces and put him to death.
As he contemplated the situation with a realistic viewpoint, it became evident that he was in an unfavourable position.
He unilaterally attacked everyone on the street, and dozens of knights of the Grand Duke’s family were killed in that incident.
The Emperor will not let this go easily, even if he is his own nephew.
Upon receiving the news, Eleanor appeared unfazed and unaffected. Eleanor had placed her fate in Van’s hands, fully aware that her own safety was contingent on his.
“I think we should hasten our trip to the imperial palace right away. The teleportation magic circle has the ability to shorten the date, which means that there will be less of a need for a lengthy journey.”
Van expressed his contrition by uttering those words. In any case, he had no choice but to travel alongside Eleanor as he was obligated to report to the emperor that he had found the guide and show it to him.
“Do I have to go with you? What’s the matter…….”
“His Majesty has instructed me to come up because I have been accused. I wonder if the Grand Duke has accused me to the emperor.”
Eleanor was not too surprised to hear that Carlisle had accused him. Carlisle would have been able to do that.
“We must hurry.”
“You must be exhausted from coming all the way to the Duchy, and I’m sorry that things turned out this way.”
It had only been a few hours since they dropped Eleanor’s family off in a house near the castle, and they had just entered the duke’s residence.
“It doesn’t matter. Instead of that…….”
She didn’t want to take a risk. Even though he claimed their matching rate was lower than hers, it was widely recognized that Charlotte was an A-level guide. She wanted something certain.
“I want you to imprint on me.”
The present vassals were left astounded upon hearing her remarks. Those who left the mansion with Van knew Eleanor was his guide, but those who stayed here did not.
Van was surprised to hear Eleanor’s words. In fact, the imprinting process was carried out in a one-sided way by the imperial family toward the guide; the Imperial Family did not reap many benefits from the practice.
It is only feasible to identify the position of the opponent who has been imprinted. Although the imperial family was the guide’s subordinate, it did not influence the guide.
So, even if the avaricious imperial family would never imprint the guide, even if they were tied to their side, one guide was able to imprint with several members of the imperial family. But Van was different.
“Do you mind if I do that?”
“I think it would be a good idea to do so, as misfortunes may occur in the capital.”
Carlisle had reported Van to the Emperor so that he will be in the capital. He did not know what tricks he would do in the capital, so it was advantageous for him to imprint.
Van’s expression brightened as he turned to look at Eleanor. The imprinting process was not an easy one. It was considered to be acceptable behaviour to engage in sexual encounters because doing so even increased the matching rate.
“Then, let’s begin tomorrow as well as tonight……”
Even after hearing that he needed to imprint quickly, Eleanor nodded her head in agreement. She was ready to have sex with Van no matter where they were, including in the carriage, because she wanted to ensure that everything went smoothly for Van when he pursued Carlisle.
It was a look that couldn’t have been further from the one she had when she held his fingertips and guided him before they regressed. Eleanor also noticed the change in herself.
‘Because this man looks at me with that kind of eye.’
She has developed a fondness for snuggling up to him. Because of those adoring gazes.