I’m the Main Character’s Child - chapter 1
“Princess… I brought you a meal…”
The nanny who raised me since I was a baby brought me a simple meal.
A bowl of soup with a few loaves of bread and a few slices of vegetables.
This was my dinner with my nanny today.
It was a small amount for two, but it would be hard to get more food.
I’m sure they’re out of food for today, so they’ll send my nanny back if she asks for more.
I smiled brightly because I didn’t want to worry my nanny.
“Wow! It looks delicious! I think I’ll be full just by eating the bread.”
“Eat a lot, Princess…”
My nanny said with a smile, but she couldn’t hide her moist eyes.
Who would think that Vardion’s princess would eat such a shabby meal?
I picked up a loaf of bread and handed it to the nanny.
“I can eat mine later, so go ahead and eat first.”
It was a routine that repeated every meal.
But I knew that, after this meal, there was no food we could eat today.
If I was an ordinary six-year-old child, I would have been fooled by my nanny’s performance and eaten the bread and soup enthusiastically.
But now I have memories of my past life.
“But…it’s more delicious when I eat with Nanny… Can we not eat it together?”
I looked up at my nanny with puppy eyes.
It was my lethal move. She was about to shed a tear when she refused.
The nanny looked at me and burst into laughter.
”Ah, alright. Do you know that my heart weakens when the princess looks at me like that?”
Excited by the nanny’s consent, I immediately handed her a loaf of bread.
After confirming that the nanny had received it, I picked up the rest of the bread and pushed it into my mouth.
It was tough for a six-year-old to eat, but it was easy to chew when dipped in the soup.
“Then, I’ll be right back after I clean the dishes.”
“Yes, come back quickly, Nanny!”
After the nanny went out, I erased the smile that was on my face.
The child on the opposite side of the mirror was small and dwarfed to the point that she looked about five-years-old, at best.
Her light purple hair looked fuzzy because she couldn’t get proper nutrition.
“I’m such a wreck.”
‘But I’ve lived a harder life than this.’
I remembered my previous life.
Before that, I was just a normal civil worker.
In my previous life, I spent my childhood in a nursery without knowing who my parents were. After hearing that IT departments have so many job opportunities, I studied hard and went to university.
In order to earn living expenses for my university, I spent my spare time doing part-time jobs outside of class.
The government gave us money to live, but it was far from enough for me.
After graduation, I got a job as a programmer at a small-sized game company.
I was hoping that my life would get a little better, but that company was a place that gave us the maximum amount of work with the minimum number of workers.
I never left work on time and worked all day like a slave.
I worked there for more than 4 years, and soon, I died from overworking.
I died in vain. I hadn’t even experienced the joy of living. I didn’t have the luxury to love anyone.
The days back then were very bitter. I can’t believe I died without spending my money properly.
Now that I was reincarnated here, I thought I would live my life to the fullest.
One problem was that this world was in a romance fantasy novel that I read right before I died.
I really wanted to scream when I found out that this house is the Duke of Vardion’s house.
That’s because male lead’s family in the novel is the Duke of Vardion.
Cardin Vardion, the Duke of Vardion, who was raised without learning how to feel.
And Reina, a great saint with a warm heart and tremendous power.
The novel ended with the two meeting and gradually learning how to love through all the hardships they faced.
The male lead who didn’t know how to feel emotions, was clumsy in front of the female lead.
“And it would have been great if they lived happily ever after.”
But the place I live in now is at the end of the novel.
In my previous life, I only knew how they met and what hardships they had endured, but I didn’t know the story afterwards.
Good news came in their third year of marriage. Reina was pregnant.
Cardin was stunned to hear that Reina and him were going to have a child, and couldn’t hide his joy.
Every night, when Reina had something she wanted to eat, he came to get it himself and rarely left her side.
Reina also saw Cardin like that for the first time and teased him.
Time had passed as the day of birth was approaching.
But Reina didn’t recover after giving birth and died less than a day later.
Even when the priests poured out all their strength, it was useless.
Cardin couldn’t believe that Reina was dead, so he threatened the priests and told them to save her.
Soon, he finally accepted the fact that Reina had left his side.
The child was born healthy.
However, Cardin’s anger of being left behind by Reina was directed at the child.
The child had never seen her father’s face before.
I spent six years with my nanny.
The princess, who hadn’t received a name, was called the unnamed princess of the Vardion Duchy.
The child was soon despised by the servants.
Yep. That was me.
The child of the main characters who ended up with a happy ending in the novel.
But the story turned downhill when I was born.
“Isn’t this child abuse…”
The servant’s harassment seemed to be getting worse day by day.
As there was no one to defend me, the servants gradually thought of me as a pushover and bullied me even more.
They either don’t give me my meals to the point where I might starve to death or they purposely don’t heat my food right.
Since Cardin left the mansion for two years due to the subjugation of the north, the servants became even more daring.
It had been a long time since Reina was alive and all the servants who had worked for her had left due to the increasingly harsh atmosphere of the mansion.
The new servants, who had filled in the vacancy, lashed out at the child who had no power.
It was as if they thought the child had a lower status than them that they started relieving their stress on her.
“Princess, it’s time to go to bed.”
When my nanny came back to the room, I got up and clung onto her legs.
This was the only person in the world who gave me affection. Is this what parent’s affection felt like?
“Let’s sleep together, Nanny.”
The nanny said and smiled at me while I acted cute and rubbed my face against her leg.
Lying down on a soft but clean blanket, I buried my face in my nanny’s bosom.
It felt so warm.
“Nanny, good night.”
“Good night, Princess.”
I was sucked into the deep darkness, with a touch of warmth on my forehead.
The next morning, the sight of the servants moving and cleaning at a quick pace was noticeable everywhere in the mansion.
‘What’s going on?’
“The duke is coming back, hurry up and clean!”
There was a woman who was commanding the other employees.
She looked very fierce with her hair tied up in a bun.
‘Ah, our eyes met.’
“Hm, aren’t you the princess?”
The woman raised an eyebrow at my greeting and said with a frown.
“The mansion is noisy, so please go to your room.”
I would be punished as soon as I said something rude to her. Right now, I was nothing but a mere princess who had no name nor any strengths.
I held back my anger and did as the woman instructed.
“Huh, does she think I will go back to my room quietly?”
Cardin is coming back, so I thought I would see his face for the first time.
‘He should know how his daughter’s face looks like. Plus, I have a lot to say to him.’
I squatted down in a corner that was across the front door of the mansion. I did this so I could see Cardin’s face as soon as he entered the door.
Even with such determination, crouching for this long is pretty hard for a six-year-old.
I gradually lowered my head and closed my eyes.
‘I have to wait…’
“Welcome back, Duke.”
Dozens of people bowed their heads.
When I looked at the front door, I saw a handsome man that stood out among the servants standing in rows.
‘Oh my god…it’s Cardin.’
Cardin, who had black hair and cold blue eyes in the novel, was much more handsome and intimidating than I had imagined.
I now understood how people could faint just by looking at his intimidating eyes.
“Let’s go to the dining room. Please prepare the drinks.”
Oh my god, even his voice sounded cold-hearted!
I was shivering in fear, but I couldn’t just sit here. I got up to my feet.
But as soon as I got up, I felt a numb sensation in my legs.
I quickly waited for my legs to come back to their senses.
By the time my legs were better, I hurried towards the dining room.
Fortunately, there was no one around. I crept toward the door, holding my breath as best as I could.