“Can I come in?”
Joseph raised his eyebrows obliquely at the unexpected voice coming from outside the door.
“Is that bastard still abusive to His Highness?”
He knew he is the head of Spina, but for Dante, Oscar was just a piece of cake.
Joseph nodded, glancing at the butler’s face distorted by displeasure.
“…You may come in.”
There was a hint of disapproval of his brief permission, but Oscar didn’t care and snapped open the door open.
“Thank you for your time. I had something to tell you.”
“Sir, be polite to your Highness.”
“Don’t call me Sir disgustingly. I’m not a knight.”
Dante coughed heavily and glanced at Oscar.
However, Oscar only laughed at the butler of the Grand Duchy, slanting his head.
“Even if you’re not a knight, you have to be polite to the Grand Duke.”
“I’m not even citizen of the Empire, so why should I bow down to your Highness?”
Oscar is the only one who treated him impolite, not because he is Count, but because he was his employer.
“You’re not even older than me, are you?”
Oscar sat across the desk in the office, sticking his mouth out at Dante’s pin.
“Huh! Wh-what a rude man! Your Highness hasn’t told you to sit down yet!”
Oscar’s rude manner distorted the solemn butler’s face.
“That’s enough, Dante.”
Joseph chose to send out the butler instead of blaming Oscar.
Joseph turned to Oscar only after confirming that the butler had completely disappeared out of the door.
“So, what do you have to say?”
“When are you planning to divorce Rita?”
A light shrug, Oscar opened his mouth in as light a tone as the move.
“…I am under no obligation to answer that question.
Joseph sighed, speechless, picked up the document he had put down.
‘Did my wife tell him she’s going to divorce me?’
Oscar is Rita’s lover, so it was natural for him to know about the marriage contract she gave Joseph.
However, there are things that you can understand in your head but not in your heart.
“If you’re going to say that crap, get out of here.”
Joseph frowned as he felt pain near his chest, which began to throb the moment Oscar put Rita’s name in his mouth.
“Don’t do that and let me know. It’ll help me a lot.”
Joseph raised his eyebrows at Oscar’s dignified attitude.
Seeing that his straight forehead is slightly distorted, Oscar raised the corners of his lips as if intrigues.
“We’ll pay for the information. What do you think, a thousand blois?”
A thousand blois
Oscar couldn’t have known that it wouldn’t be such a big sum for him, the Grand Duke.
Joseph pressed down on his temple with his wry attitude as if he were testing himself.
“Why on earth you are curious about that?”
“I don’t have a hobby of looking after other women.”
Joseph smiled in vain as he stared at Oscar, who was talking nonsense with a nonchalant face.
“I thought you were already looking after her.”
“For now, not yet.”
Joseph felt a strange relief at Oscar’s belated reply.
But Oscar’s mouth moved first before he could sweep his chest.
“But she did notice. Until I come back, prepare your heart.”
The reason Oscar told Joseph that he had confessed to Rita was simple.
He is an assassin hiding in the shadow of a dead night and aiming at his opponent’s neck, but despised despicable behavior.
‘I really want to make sure it’s a nominal marriage, as Rita said.’
Oscar looked into Joseph’s mysterious face and raised his chin.
“I made a passionate confession to your wife, that’s what I mean.”
“Is that so? I see.”
The response to his provocation is nothing.
Joseph’s forehead, which was as neat as an ivory cut, did not even move, and the eyes that were deep above the towering nose could not be caught even a fine frown.
‘Am I mistaken?’
Oscar thought Joseph must have his eye on Rita too.
From the moment he first put the sword to my neck.
‘It was clearly the eyes that wanted to kill me.’
Oscar knew the color of a possessive man’s eyes.
As if he is a polite gentleman, he lowered his eyes and hid his nails as if he isn’t greedy, but his eyes were nothing like that.
Right, just like now.
Oscar stroked the back of his head as if interested, looking darkly at Joseph in the backlight.
“But I still don’t feel obligated to answer your questions.”
I found a thorn hidden behind a hard words.
* * *
“Where is your Highness?”
“He’s in training ground, Madam.”
I looked for Joseph in his office and opened my eyes wide at Dante’s answer.
The sun is still high.
Joseph is a man who carried out a tight routine on a regular basis, making it easy to predict the schedule.
Originally, the training would have ended sooner.
“Yes. He doesn’t seem to be in a good mood.”
“Did something happen?”
“Well, a man named Oscar visited him earlier, but I don’t know if that’s why.”
Oscar visits Joseph?
I narrowed my brows to Dante’s answer and turned to the training ground.
What I did for Oscar had nothing to do with Joseph, so why did he visit him?
Nervous that Oscar might have made any mistakes, I quickly move.
Fortunately, it didn’t take much time to find Joseph in the training ground.
He had a bigger head than any other knight and he is very noticeable because of his handsome appearance.
‘Looks like they’re fighting.’
The sound of blades clinging to each other is entangled in the air.
Standing on a railing with a clear view of the training ground, I swallowed while looking at the back of Joseph, who exchanged swords with Sir Bern, the deputy commander of Katan.
His tight back muscles moved sharply whenever he raised his arms.
‘I mean, surprisingly, he liked to take it off.’
Is he the type of person who get hot easily?
Today, Joseph looked very heated even though the wind touching my cheek is slightly chilly.
“Madam? Aren’t you madam?”
As I watched Joseph wipe the sweat off his forehead with the back of his hand, I coughed and blushed at the sound of someone calling me.
Joseph, who recognized me, approached me with a sword in his hand.
‘His eyes flashed in front of me, apparently using aura.’
‘I don’t know why they call these ghost eyes.’
It is a light that is just beautiful whenever I see it.
I glanced at the Joseph’s eyes and raised the corners of my lips.
“Ah, I’m sorry.”
However, as soon as our eyes got tangled, I was surprised and lowered my eyes as if they had been burned, so I could not observe any more.
“Wife, what are you doing in the training ground?”
“Your Highness is not in the office.”
When I answered, wiping the sweat running down his temple with handkerchief, he grabbed my wrist in bewilderment.
“What it is for if not to clean things up?”
Joseph, who didn’t know what the handkerchief is for, make me laughed with a deflating sound.
At the sound of my laughter, he lowered his head and scratched his cheek.
‘Fortunately, he doesn’t look upset.’
I made eye contact with Joseph, who calmly put in the sword with a little relief.
“I have something to tell you.”
“That’s exactly what I’m asking.”
His face, which had just seemed to be in a good mood, hardened in an instant when I said it.
I frowned curiously at the unexpected rapid change.
I haven’t told you what I’m asking yet, but what’s no way?
Joseph distorted his expression as if I had asked him a huge favor
“I don’t think so.”
He held my shoulder and shook his head firmly before I could explain.
“I can’t divorce you.”