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Having packed a pocket full of portions and changing clothes, she came out wearing a cloak. The duke’s servants said nothing as they watched her go down the steps and leave the mansion.
The Duke of Armour had clearly given a moratorium on Eleanor’s disposition to appease Elena. Even though it was unfair, Carlisle was now the emperor and couldn’t completely eradicate the only two guides in the empire.
The butler hurried up to her as she approached the mansion’s front door. He thoughtfully bowed his head and said;
“Are you leaving? It’s already late.”
“I have to see His Majesty.”
The butler seemed to have expected Eleanor’s remark. A few weeks ago, Eleanor was her fiancee, and hearing she was going to the palace after learning the news was not unusual.
The butler didn’t ask furthermore, saying he would call for a carriage and an escort knight. Eleanor did not refuse. As stated in the original story, Carlisle does not refuse Eleanor’s admittance.
It was because he looked down on Eleanor and even Charlotte.
Carlisle thinks it’s cute that Charlotte wants to keep Eleanor in check because he intends to have both guides.
And this dispute is seen as a light friction that cannot help but arise within the family because he intended to have several women as his wife.
The duke’s carriage was prepared quickly. Then Eleanor boarded the carriage after taking the escort knight’s hand.
At Eleanor’s urging, the carriage hurried to the imperial palace.
Upon spotting the Duke of Armour’s coat of arms, the imperial palace guards immediately opened the gate. It was not surprising for Eleanor, but the escort knights seemed relieved.
However, as they got off the carriage, the knights escorting the Duke of Armoure’s daughter were being stopped.
“…… The only one who can come in is the princess.”
The escort knights looked at Eleanor with bewildered faces. He would have been angry at them if the situation were like before, but it has changed now.
Without much of a fuss, Eleanor accepted it.
“Where is His Majesty the Emperor?”
“His Majesty is preoccupied with political matters.”
“I’ll be waiting.”
The imperial family acknowledged the importance of guides, and as long as they remained their guides, they were willing to put up with some rudeness. Even Eleanor would have been Carlisle’s fiancee for six years.
Although the servant looked rather troubled, he docile took Eleanor to the emperor’s office. On the way to their destination, Eleanor knew this hallway.
‘In the original story, Carlisle goes to Charlotte to sleep with her and leaves Eleanor alone.”
Eleanor found out that in the middle of the night. From Carlisle’s perspective, he claimed that he behaved this way to break off his affection for Eleanor, but it was an inexcusable trick.
He seemed to want people to believe he did not treat Eleanor coldly when he turned away from her out of selfishness. That was the original Carlisle.
She realized she had no idea how Carlisle would be in reality. Because of what Carlisle said to buy time, Eleanor’s family was killed.
Carlisle would have been aware of what would transpire when telling the Duke of Armour. He wasn’t either careless or stupid, after all.
Measuring how different she was from the original Eleanor and herself in this reality with a calm demeanour. While their actions were similar, they were not the same person.
The heroine of the original story loved Carlisle more. Eleanor, in the present, knew Carlisle would betray her, but he didn’t really care for her. It was true that she harboured her love for Carlisle.
It wasn’t just that her previous life’s memories had been revived. Even when she had no memory, Eleanor knew Carlisle’s tendencies.
Eleanor was someone he cared about, but she cared more about him. She was a man who had a lot of greed and the power to get what he wanted.
Implicitly, Eleanor assumed that he would not be satisfied with herself. That’s why he said he loved her but couldn’t give his whole heart.
So it was clear that Carlisle was attempting to eliminate anyone on whom Eleanor relied. In fact, Eleanor didn’t trust her family, but she also couldn’t abandon them completely.
The imperial servant took Eleanor to the emperor’s office. However, The office was empty without the owner, but a cozy light filled the space when the attendant lit a lantern.
“Do you want me to bring you some tea?”
“No. I want to reflect until His Majesty comes. Unless His Majesty is here, I don’t want anyone to disturb me.”
“I understand, young lady.”
The servant subtly lowered his head and stepped away. Without making a sound, the door shut, leaving Eleanor alone in the office space.
Eleanor wandered alone through the office.
The original novel of the memory of her previous life was read decades before her death. But because it had been a while since she had thought about her previous life, the memory was as fresh as if she had just read it.
‘There is a secret passage in the imperial family.’
It was about the secret of the imperial family. Everyone knows that the imperial family was a country established by a god who fell in love with human beings.
The first emperor of the empire was a woman, and God’s blood flowed into this the Imperial Family of this empire.
It is widely believed that the first emperor simply married God, after which God ascended into heaven, leaving the emperor with a son to establish the empire. However, the truth was quite different.
When the god who had impregnated her tried to return to heaven, the emperor imprisoned him on earth. He was stabbed with a dagger stained with the blood of the devil to put the god into a state of dying and then locked in a sarcophagus.
Then she buried the sarcophagus beneath the ruins and built a palace on top of it.
Everyone thought the born son was a demigod because he possessed mysterious powers.
However, the first emperor did not deny it; the rumours spread widely. Having a god’s lineage was advantageous for ruling the empire.
Those who heard of her fame willingly bowed under her rule, and the small empire soon took on the name of an empire.
The lineage of God did not only bring advantages. It was later discovered that they needed a guide to help them wash away their “filth.”
There was a story that was secretly passed down among the imperial family. It was said that the imprisoned god would be released one day and exact revenge on the empire.
‘The former empress believed that.’
So, when the previous empress died from Carlisle, who committed the treachery, he heard that she wanted to avenge Carlisle by freeing God.
But she was killed without even having the key to her secret passage in her hands.
Carlisle was disappointed because the former empress was also a guide, albeit a B-class one.
‘The key to the secret passage is……’
Eleanor counted the number of windows along the wall. The second window is behind the fleur-de-lis beneath the Gargoyle statue.
The former empress miscounted the number of windows. She counted the number of windows in the room, but the gargoyle statue had been erected between the windows in the next room.
With that window added, it should have been beneath the first window on the far right of this room. Eleanor went over to find the fleur-de-lis.
It was so simple that she scoffed over it. Grabbing the decorated brick and pulling it out while shaking it side to side, stone extract slowly poured down, and the brick appeared.
She could see a small hole behind it and a necklace cord that wasn’t rusted. The simple chain necklace was made of platinum, but it had been enchanted so that it did not tarnish.
Eleanor pulled it carefully. She feared that the necklace’s chain would snap even if it were enchanted, and the key would fall out.
The key dangling from the end of the string fell into Eleanor’s palm. Except for the stone dust, there was nothing strange when she replaced the bricks.
Even if someone had doubts and took out this brick, they would not have guessed what it was based solely on the hole inside.
Eleanor left the office with the strangely shaped key in her hand. In any case, there were not even documents hidden in the office.
The servant would not have left her alone if she had important papers.
Eleanor sneered when she saw no one was left at the door because she told them not to disturb her.
‘Your world was ruined by your arrogance, Carlisle.’
Eleanor smiled coldly, and she headed for the dungeon.