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Van, who sent Eleanor to the room first, then went to the office to take care of some pressing business. After him came the secretary and the adjutant, both of whom lowered their voices.
“I-Is it not too early for the imprint? I haven’t been able to confirm the lady’s grade yet!
Van knew Eleanor’s rank. He was of the opinion that it wouldn’t matter if her grade were low as long as the matching rate between them was high.
In addition, he will know where Eleanor where and her physical condition, which is like killing two birds with one stone. It is reviled by some people claim that imprinting is reserved for guides and not for the imperial family; nonetheless, this is a ridiculous thought.
Although the guide might be able to remove the imperial family’s filth, their body was weak. Even just glancing back at the previous guides was enough to grasp it well.
Van wanted that his guide would be safe and not get hurt. Just the fact that Eleanor had asked silenced him before he could say anything.
“Anyway, she will become the Duchess of Grandmeyer. The matching rate between me and her is high. Don’t you know about His Majesty’s case?”
Eleanor’s rank was lower than that of Empress Luria. She had a high matching rate with the emperor, and even the empress had a bad reputation at the time of their wedding.
Therefore, it was thought that it was more important for him to imprint with Eleanor.
Because the emperor may come out against their relationship.
“But later, a lady with a high rank may appear……”
“Even so, she might betray me.”
Despite their low matching rate, Van loved her. But he didn’t seem to be able to overcome the unpleasantness of being guided by her.
Even though he sorely needed her guidance and sought her place, she was the one who rebuffed him ruthlessly. He was helpless to avoid going into battle unguided, and as a result, he suffered a devastating loss.
The adjutant who was speaking to him at the moment also perished in battle at that time. It was a future that did not come to him now.
The adjutant wanted to add that people merely look at the outside and don’t know anything what is on the inside, but he bit his tongue instead. It was the same as committing blasphemy against the person who would eventually become the Duchess.
He heard that she came from a commoner family, but she had an appearance that was on par with that of a lady who came from an aristocratic family. No, he thought she was the most noble of any of the women in the noble family.
‘I don’t think personality is an important factor.’
“I want you to think about it one more time. Didn’t the duke see her for the first time just a few days ago?”
“It is not the first time.”
Van said that and stopped walking. A ghastly glare was directed at the adjutant, which prevented him from expressing his disapproval.
“And it won’t show up with a guide that has a higher matching rate with me than she does. To me, my only salvation is her.”
When the adjutant heard the words, which even contained a peculiar energy, he quickly swallowed them down. Van closed his eyes and headed for the office.
He had a doorman who would wait for him at the entrance and then open the door for him.
The adjutant felt as though someone had stabbed him in the back of the neck for no apparent reason, and it had caused a knot to form around his neck. When it came to the next Duchess, the thought crossed his mind that it would be prudent to watch what he says.
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After being shown into the bedroom of the Duke of Grandmeyer, Eleanor was seen meticulously grooming herself by washing and dressing. Today, she requested to have her imprinted, so it was not a new task.
Eleanor entrusted her body to the maids and measured what would happen later. In Carlisle’s insidious nature, there will be an attack on the way to the capital.
‘As was to be expected, it’s right to imprint today.’
Carlisle will make every effort to separate her from Van and will do so at any cost. Being greedy, he will also try to get his hands on Charlotte in the North, but not right away.
In the time before the regression, Carlisle was the one who had gone stone crazy and tracked them down. It was abundantly clear that he could not withstand the presence of Van and Eleanor together.
Just as many members of the royal family are obsessed with guides and behave unreasonably because of it.
‘If he knew what he had imprinted on me, he’d be even more furious.’
It was everything she could have hoped for Carlisle to lose his composure and start acting irrationally. Magic was his area of expertise, and he posed a significant threat.
It was necessary for her to make him lose his composure and tremble. Only then will there be a chance of winning.
‘Maybe I’m being too hard on myself. Carlisle wasn’t in really good condition before he got my guidance…….’
Maybe he couldn’t use his magic properly. Eleanor tried to reminisce right after becoming Carlisle’s guide.
He tried to make it seem that her presence was not imperative to Eleanor. At first, he tried to get a little guidance, but it was the kind of guidance that he couldn’t easily refuse.
At first, he tried to hold her hand for about an hour. This grew to several hours, and when he came to, he usually held her in his arms.
Carlisle had always wanted to touch Eleanor, but he couldn’t in the end. Eleanor, who didn’t know about Carlisle at the time, naively mistook that because he loved her.
He kept telling Eleanor something about her to keep him sane. Eleanor had also asked him about something, but most of what he had said she couldn’t remember.
Half of it was because of the guide’s influence, and the other half was because he viewed her as a substitute who should be used quickly before being dumped.
Eleanor got out of the tub once she noticed that her body temperature was beginning to drop. For the first time in a while, She took a bath in a proper bathtub for the first time in a while, and she thought it was a waste.
She dried herself with a towel and applied the balm……As Eleanor was getting ready to put on her negligee, she experienced a sudden wave of reality that washed over her.
Even her normally calm face started to flush as soon as she put on the see-through negligee. Even though it was something new, she knew what she was doing.
Eleanor wore a gown and a negligee with no underwear.
Since she is a guide, she thought it would be easy to relate to, but this was not the case. It couldn’t be that easy as a guide. It is different from giving a hand and hugging.
When she thought about it, that was the very first time she had done anything like that, even before or after her regression. However, the story is different when it comes to her past life.
How was the kiss with him? Eleanor could not remember anything from a kiss that involved guiding because she did not even have a crush on Van. She’s just that she’s driven and hot……
Her cheeks, which were already feverish, turned an even deeper shade of red. Eleanor gave a slight shake of the head and tried to maintain her composure. Today he had to imprint her.
And she had to relate even while riding in the carriage, even though the guide had to take longer than usual because of her lower grades.
‘It is going to be challenging because this is the very first time……The Duke of Grandmeyer’s power are ‘Wind’ and ‘Healing’, so it should be fine.’
It’s not uncommon for members of the imperial family to have impressive physical prowess as well as unique skills. Swordmasters were prevalent because of their outstanding physical abilities, and Van was a powerful man who was considered to have no opponent on the continent.
However, in contrast to regular sword masters, if you consume mana to an extreme degree, the filth will begin to accumulate. The same can be said about the other imperial family. Because of this, Carlisle only occasionally fought with a sword.
It was the same that filth accumulated even when using special abilities, so if you were an ambitious imperial family, there were people who would spend their entire lives without using their abilities.
Van was skilled in both controlling the wind and performing healing arts. Both of these skills are rare abilities, but the rate at which dirt builds up is also very quick. So he knew that he rarely used swordsmanship.
Eleanor wanted to properly guide him in advance to make his powers easy to use.
To be able to crush any attack.
In that sense, she’ll be dealing with Van multiple times tonight.
‘I was determined, but……’
She entered the bedroom and waited for Van with her body trembling out of control. After placing her palm on her chest and taking a few deep breaths, Eleanor was taken aback when she heard a knock on the door.
“Miss. The Duke has arrived.”
“T-Tell him to come in.”
She was so nervous that she almost bit his tongue. The bedroom door opened just as she was about to answer. Van quickly showered and got dressed, Van made a beeline for the bedroom.
“I’m sorry for making you wait. Have you been waiting long?”
Eleanor shook her head absentmindedly and then immediately realised that she ought not to have done so in the presence of the imperial family because doing so was considered to be impolite. She looked at Van with her flushed face.
She replied, and as she tried to get up from the bed, Van walked over to her and said,
“Stay there. I’ll go there.”
Van took off his robe by first releasing the knot in the waistband, then removing it entirely. Even though he was wearing pants, nothing was covering his chest.
Eleanor was stunned for a moment. While she was sitting on the edge of the bed, she pondered whether or not she should remove her dressing gown as well……
‘No, this is a bit……’
Now that she thought about it, the Negligee seemed too sheer. She was anxious and embarrassed about what Van might think.
While she was distracted and searching for somewhere else to look, Van had already moved into position in front of Eleanor’s face. As if searching, his intense crimson eyes scanned Eleanor’s body.
“Are you embarrassed now?”
Van leaned in front of Eleanor as she gawked at him because of his endearing voice. His arms, without hesitating, spread themselves out to both sides of her.
She could see Van’s face in front of her eyes, and his arms, which were as strong as steel, were on either side of her. Eleanor’s upper body, which had been backing away from him as he approached, eventually lost her balance and collapsed backwards.
As she collapsed onto the plush bed, Van grinned and loosened the laces of her gown. The sensation of the laces coming undone and the hem of her gown relaxing gave her shivers.
“To begin with……You have no idea how happy I was when you asked me to imprint you.”
Actually, that was the first time he saw her. Ever since he saw Eleanor walk in with Carlisle’s arm around her, Van had been imagining a scene similar to this one.
Once he realized it, he was appalled and disgusted with himself, but on several occasions, he had dreamed of her coming* and had wet dreams.
He didn’t know it at the time, but later he came to recognize it. His guide was her.
“Please call me Van. I think that simply seeing you saying my name will be enough to make me feel it.”
Whispering, Van opened the hem of Eleanor’s gown. When he saw something he didn’t expect to see, his furtive glance glided down from the nape of Eleanor’s neck, and he got excited by the unexpected sight.
Eleanor showed a nervous blush at this.
Van was looking at Eleanor’s naked body with his wide eyes. She squinted her eyes shut in embarrassment, but the licking gaze was pouring over her whole body.