s told by the chamberlain and servants one by one.

…They didn’t really tell him much.
Everyone rejected Lily more than he had expected, but they refrained from expressing their dislike of her in front of him.
He realized this thanks to talking to Calvin.

A steady and subtle harassment.
Lily endured it and didn’t say anything to him.
The servants isolated and tormented the duchess, and while they were speaking, some of them went as far as shushing the others.

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‘I don’t know the details either.
As you know, I’m always busy with my duties as an aid, so I had no time to pay attention to the castle’s internal affairs.
But about a month ago… Oh, this is something that I knew I had to do something about, but I was needed somewhere else.
Of all things, I found out that some of the servants often put dead birds or mice in front of the Duchess’ room or door.
I called in a servant and asked her, and she said it’s already been more than six months since it’s being done… When I heard it, it had already gotten this bad.
I was thinking about telling you or not, but I just took care of it on my own.
I don’t think they’re doing that anymore because I’ve scolded them well…’

Theodore was left in disbelief.

Most of the servants of Valentino Castle were the same servants who had been here since he was young.
They were born in Veronis and had served Valentino for a long time, even throughout generations of their family.
They were very loyal to Valentino and knew how to be good and reasonable.

…As far as he knew.

However, there were always two sides to a person.
Theodore himself overlooked the abuse.

No matter how morally upright someone was, he or she could also commit evil.
And if one would think that the opponent clearly deserved it, then it would be even easier to commit those acts of evil.


Theodore leaned on the windowsill and let out a long sigh.
It’s not just the servants’ fault.
The person who was the greatest aggressor to Lily was…

“…Why did I……”

Suddenly, he remembered the way she looked at him.

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She was so wary, with her shoulders crouched as though she was terrified.
Her entire countenance seemed to shout at him not to come close.

…One year and six months.
No, two years.
It was both a long yet short period of time.

If one person hurt someone else over these years, would it be more difficult or easier than he thought to heal those wounds?

‘…It can’t be easy.’

He was strangely convinced that the darkness in her heart would be far deeper than he thought.
It was similar to a hunch that he had.

Theodore started walking again.
His mentor, who taught him many things, including swordsmanship, said that misfortune was caused by humans themselves.

Even though one can be happy with a single piece of bread, they could grow to be greedy for more.
After hating others, envying others, misfortune would soon fester in one’s heart.

He didn’t fully agree with this, but it seemed true that humans themselves caused misfortune.
Whatever happened in the past, any person shouldn’t do anything that could cause regret later.

Theodore wanted to ask himself—the version of him before he lost his memories.
Why were you so harsh towards her?

Why was it like that when, from the moment he laid his eyes upon her, he was instantly attracted to her.

‘You talked about her after visiting Everett Castle that day, and I got a feeling.
Wow, Theodore Valentino fell in love with a woman at first sight.’

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