“Tepine’s salary is barely…”
There are only a few people left of those who used to fill the mansion. However, my father, the Count, could not stop his entertainment activities similar to his ancestors. I already knew it from the original novel, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t stop my father from gambling.
My father’s gambling, my mother’s luxury, my brother’s bravado, and my brother’s waste, I couldn’t change any of them and arrived at this day. My family will continue their lives with the marriage of Hector and me, but…
“I was going to cut ties with the Count.”
It’s like filling a broken glass with water.
The family couldn’t change, but at least Hector knew it would be different. Unlike the original, I thought you had feelings for me and would never be swayed.
“When on earth did you cheat on me? You rotten bastard…”
I was possessed by the heroine in the novel of regret I read in my previous life. I don’t need a regretful male lead who realizes love belatedly and clings to me!
I wanted to shout out loud.
Maybe I was meant to be like this from the time I started to like Hector like a novel.
I vowed that it would never be like the original, but my feelings didn’t work out as I wanted. When I came to my senses, I was already following Hector with my eyes.
So I cried a lot for a while after my conversation with Hector yesterday. To clear up my emotions by doing so.
“I think my emotions are somewhat settled, but the problem is in the future.”
I sat up on the bed.
Even when I thought about what Hector would do to me in the future, I fell in love with him. In the end, fate has not changed. He will act according to what is set as the male lead in the original.
“First of all, I’ll be attending a banquet, tea party, or ball for a while…”
I folded my fingers one by one to organize my thoughts.
According to the novel, after the breakup of the marriage with Hector, I get married like being sold to some jerk to pay off the Count’s numerous debts. When that crazy guy ravaged my body and mind and drained me of my health, I waited for the day I would die.
“Sorry, Amelia. It’s my fault.”
“I didn’t know then. I love you!”
“I don’t want to lose you.”
The male lead, Hector, came to me regretfully.
“Then what’s the point! I’m already a married woman, I’ve lost my health and mind, and I’m in tatters…”
In any case, Amelia Hazel eventually accepts Hector Assid, and the two have a small wedding at the cathedral. However, Amelia, whose health has already deteriorated, dies in Hector’s arms.
That was my future, my destiny, written in the novel.
I don’t want to die!
“I also put a request from the information dealer…”
It was time to play my cards again, burning my will. Suddenly, a noise seemed to come from the hallway. And I think we’re getting closer.
As soon as I raised my head in wonder, the door burst open.
Count Hazel, my father here opened the door with a flushed face of anger. When he saw me sitting on the bed, he came up with a huff. Since then, I have also seen my mother and younger brother. Seeing him restless, my mother did not seem to know why the Count was angry.
Did he hear about the breakup from Hector? I rose to my feet in a hurry.
“Father, what’s the matter?”
My face turned to the right with a fierce sound.
I think I can feel the heat on my left cheek. There was also an unusual sound from my throat.
… D-did I just get hit?
The count slapped me in the face with a full swing.
My cheek tingled. Seeing the fresh taste of blood on the tip of my tongue, it seems that the inside of my cheek was torn by getting hit.
I slowly turned my head and looked at my father, Pladd Hazel, who slapped me in the face. He was staring at me with bloodshot eyes.
“You, what are you doing?”
My mother, Heitine Hazel, cried in surprise behind the count. She looked at my left cheek, which began to swell red, and was at a loss. Next to her was my younger brother, Letty.
‘There’s my older brother Kellyard.’
Everyone seemed to be driven by the loud noise made by my father as he came to my room. But my mother came up to me pushing him aside. Maybe my cheeks were more important than the Count’s condition.
“What are you going to do if you scar the face of someone about to get married?”
“Noisy, can’t you get out of the way?”
“You are the noisest! He went out in a good mood and suddenly something happened!”
My father shook his fist as he clenched it strongly. It seemed difficult to calm the rising anger. I can only look at him with a blank face.
“Amelia Hazel! Don’t you have anything to say to us!”
The count roared my name. Soon he continued slowly with his teeth clenched.
“You must have something to say, huh?”
The count’s eyes seemed to spark as I kept my mouth shut. As I stared, trembling all over, I looked at my mother and Retidona, who felt strange.
The persistent gaze finally opened my mouth.
“A broken engagement.”
“Sister, what did you say just now?”
My father breathed out a sigh of surprise.
“Hector wants to break the engagement.”
When I spoke clearly again, my mother and Letty’s face quickly turned white.
The faces of the family soon turn red, just like their father, Count Hazel.
“Well, what are you talking about? The Grand Duke suddenly wants to break up the engagement?!”
“You can’t get married? Then what should I do? You can’t break up your engagement now! No way!”
“It must be your fault, Amelia!”
When she closed her mouth without answering, her family’s expressions became harsh.
“Pray unconditionally. Go to the Grand Duke and say that you made a mistake. Tell him that you’ll do anything!”
“Am I supposed to do it?”
“Then, how much money did you spend just because I was going to marry Archduke Asheid?”
To be exact, it was her father’s fault for spending a lot of money to become a master craftsman. None of the money went into my wedding preparations.
“What should I do with the dress and accessories I prepared for that day? Never break off the engagement, I can’t allow it. Amelia!”
“Mother, but that’s what Hector wants. Just because I said no…”
“Why? Why do you want to break off the marriage?””
My brother cut me off. Because he’s nervous, too.
‘Why on earth do they think their debts will be erased by my and Hector’s marriage!’
First of all, if I’m going to make excuses, I have to cherish my family from an early age. I’ve been nagging you that you should cut your expenses. But they were obsessed with vanity enough to add to their luxury by stealing the money I had saved up.
‘This family is wrong!’
Even if they were all reincarnated, they were people who would do the same thing over and over again. They simply looked at the splendor and face of the past and did not realize the reality.
“Okay, let’s hear it. Why does the Grand Duke suddenly want to break up the engagement? You haven’t heard of it?”
Her mother asked her father, who had met Hector.
“I didn’t hear any details either. The Archduke simply said he was sorry and brought up the breakup of the engagement. But there must be a special reason, Amelia must have done something he didn’t like.”
Is it because I have nagged them since I was a kid? My family didn’t like me. I used to go out and make loud noises and blame everything on me.
In their eyes, it must have been a foreign entity that did not fit in with them.
“Sister, aren’t you going to tell me?”
As they kept their mouths shut, a nervous voice continued.
“Anyway, the breakup is absolutely not allowed. No matter what! Amelia, you’d be better off dead, a breakup is unacceptable! You must become the Grand Duchess.”
You’d rather me die than that, is it something you can say as a family? The more I listened, the more ridiculous it got.
Amelia Hazel. When I was reincarnated as the young Countess, there were times when I thought that I could lead a peaceful life because I was still a noble. However, the reality was that nobles were more difficult than commoners.
‘I wouldn’t be embarrassed if I lived extravagantly too!’
Saving by myself, saving money, and having it all stolen!
“Hurry up and go to the villa!”
I frowned as I heard the voices of my family calling me.
“Then consider me dead.”
The count asked back in my irritated voice. My emotions came out without realizing it.
“You said I’d rather die. Father.”
He stared straight at her, slowly blinking as if embarrassed.
“So just pretend I’m dead.”
Flood Hazel raised his hand to slap me again in the face. I continued with a calm face before his hand came down.
“But can you stay like this right now? You must have borrowed money from the Count’s mansion as collateral…”
I raised the corners of my mouth and closed my eyes.
“Shouldn’t you go and ask them to extend the repayment period at least now. Father?”
“Well, well, yes, how do you know that?”
“Honey, what do you mean by collateral?”
“Oh, no. I…!”
How did the Count get money all this time? With a little thinking, I figured it out. The only thing left in his hands is this mansion, so he used the mansion as collateral. He was never one to give up gambling.