r>It’s going to be a while before you’ll be able to see them again since I have to go through the procedures.”

Roseline’s mind was occupied with what would happen with her mother and Alfons.
But now she couldn’t be relieved that they were being released.
This was not the time for that.

“Excuse me, Your Excellency?”

“At this point, we’ll tear down the mansion and build a new one.
I’ve left it to a highly-skilled architect, so there’s no need for you to worry about that.”

“No, it’s not that.
I have no idea what you are talking about right now, Your Excellency.”

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Roseline looked up at him with wide eyes as if embarrassed, but he was still calm.

“There was no such exchange between me and Count Crimson Rose, so I can’t readily offer to help for no reason.”

That’s how it was.
Because the two had met for the first time that day.
Even Roseline had met Melchor for the first time, but he had been just surprised that she looked like someone he remembered.

“If I’m going to save your family and return the land and title, it would be natural for me to become your husband and help my wife.”

Roseline thought this was anything but natural.

“Meanwhile, you were underaged, and I couldn’t marry you because Count Crimson Rose, the head of your family, opposed it.
Now that position is vacant, and we can get married since no one can oppose us.”

“No.
Hold on.
So now…” Roseline felt as if she had been beaten by his sudden outburst of nonsense.
It wasn’t that she didn’t know the meaning of what he was saying, but she couldn’t understand the situation.
“I am not sure why you are doing this.
You don’t think it’s weird to marry a woman you don’t even know, Your Excellency?”

“It wouldn’t be uncommon.”

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“That would be a political marriage.
But you’re not doing that.”

He had to stop her from being dragged away, but there was no justification to do that for a stranger.
So he had lied, saying they were engaged.

“It’s weird that I said I’d marry you to save you?”

“You know nothing about me.”

“If we don’t get married, you might be thrown into prison and die unexpectedly.”

Roseline claimed to be innocent, but there was no way to exonerate her.
If she goes to trial, she would be found as a criminal.
Truth without evidence does not overcome plausible lies.
Roseline knew that much.

“But… Still, this is too weird for me.”

“Saint Bardelio claimed to be a husband after risking being excommunicated to save a woman who was nearly stoned to death.
Admiral Auclihy took in a bunch of enslaved girls he didn’t know as concubines, freed them from slavery, and returned them to their homeland in order to save them.”

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