The Villainess is a Marionette - Chapter 127
If you can’t turn the tide, wait for the right moment laying low. And as soon as the chance comes, make sure to grasp it. Cayena was well aware of that fact. She requested the shop to send all worthwhile ingredients that couldn’t be delivered here to the army supplies. Altogether, it was planned to sweep the entire capital city up and down.
Raphael rode by horse to the loading docks.
«I’ll handle half of the carts. By the way, Viscountess Wonston also showed an intention to give a hand.»
«If it’s Viscountess Wonston, isn’t there the influence of Madam Kidray»
Madam Kidray seemed to force her friend Mrs. Wonston’s to join.
«With a high probability, yes. That’s not chancellor Debussy’s desire.»
The crisis of personnel supplement certainly was overcome.
If it hadn’t been for the Coming-of-Age banquet, it wouldn’t have been so hectic.
’The banquet should proceed flawlessly.’
If everything finished well, the public’s eyes on Cayena would be completely changed.
Cayena was filling out the receipt in the oval office with Raphael.
«I don’t have a receipt for how much food is in the cart. We’d better deal with it first of all.»
When Cayena sat on her chair to write a brief receipt, Raphael approached back and hugged her waist.
«There’s no one here, but wouldn’t it be better to be a little more careful, Duke?»
«I thought you were controlling the access to this place in anticipation of this kind of thing.»
«You’re so quick to read my mind,» Cayena laughed her head off.
She put the pen down and looked at Raphael. After a light kiss, Cayena turned away and Raphael touched her gently as if trying to convince her.
«You know we have to send people to the slums tomorrow, right?»
«That’s why I took care of the work with the supplies. I don’t want to cut time with Your Highness.»
Cayena’s hand paused at his words. Time. Yes, Raphael was wise. He didn’t know, but Cayena had no time. When she thought about it, she believed that she set enough affection for him at the appropriate moment. Without even realizing how dry it was. Therefore Raphael showed a behaviour that he would not have in his initial character. When she recalled the first life, she remembered that he was always an adult, calm, and sometimes gentle enough person. In comparison, present Raphael was more frank, reckless, but more anxious.
’Oh, this is me who made him like this,’ the moment she realized it, Cayena glanced at Raphael and hugged him around the neck. ’Maybe we don’t have much time for this,’ Cayena thought she should give this man a choice.
«What will you do if I die tomorrow?»
It was a very strange question. It was hard to interpret it simply as a test of his true feelings. Just as if she assumed it was going to really happen. Wouldn’t he take it too sensitively? In fact, the possibility of dying tomorrow explained the overly detached attitude she had shown so far. But Raphael denied this sense. He avoided it because he believed it couldn’t have happened and more it shouldn’t.
Firstly, if that happened, he had to stop Cayena’s death even if he had to sell his soul to the devil. He hugged Cayena like he would never let her go. The answer was set.
«I would have missed you forever.»
«Aren’t you going to die alongside me?» Cayena asked him with a playful smile in answer. «Usually, young people say that they’re going to die along with their beloved.»
«That’s possible if you want it,» Raphael said as Cayena made a joke.
Surely if it was this man, he would do it.
«Never do that,» Cayena stressed. «You must live.»
«Don’t talk like you’re going to leave me,» he buried his face in Cayena’s arms and spoke piteously. «Because I’m afraid.»
«You do love me.»
«Don’t you want me to be more honest?»
If they really didn’t have much time left, then shouldn’t they be more frank?
«I’m always ready, always. Give, throw away, or use my everything.»
«I can live with that memory.»
«I know you’re trying to win sympathy by pretending to be pitiful.»
«Yes,» Raphael burst into a small laugh. «I thought you’d feel sorry for me and show me a little more interest.»
She said it as a joke, but it turned out to be true. Raphael picked Cayena up and put her on the desk. Cayena raised her head and then their lips came into contact.
«You have to dance with me first today.»
«It’s not for political purposes, it’s your first dance with your man,» at his words Cayena opened her eyes wide.
’Oh, since when did this guy get to know me so well?’
Anyway, she intended to have the first dance with him. That was the high time to take actions on gaining public support. For example, to dance with the most popular person among people of the Empire — the Duke of Kidray. However, Raphael declared that he would dance first because of their relationships, not political purposes. It seemed he read Cayena’s mind.
«Oh, of course,» as Cayena responded, Raphael smiled and kissed her, staring affectionately at her. «Now, shall we get back to work?»
«Your Highness is the first and last royal family member who is a workaholic.»
«So you don’t like it?»
He loved it so much. Raphael kissed Cayena before letting her go. Shortly after, he affirmed a few things that needed notarization and left.
Soon the Princess’s maids of honor came as they heard the latest news.
«Your Highness! Are you all right?»
They were already informed about Mrs. Dottie’s blunt behavior as they were heading there — Vera was mad with rage.
«Not a little bit,» replied Cayena nonchalantly and began giving them the job. «Maybe I got too used to you, but I had almost come down with an illness as I had to work with others.»
«It must have been very serious if Your Highness said so,» everyone commenced giggling as she pretended to exaggerate her hardship.
«It was terrible,» said Cayena, holding back a sigh at Susan’s words. Women burst into laughter again at these words.
The process of disposing of food ingredients was quickly sorted out as they had their hands on it.
«By the way, the courtier named Emile Habron visited my brother yesterday,» said Julia. «That guy with whom Mrs. Dottie hung around lately.»
A dim smile crossed over Cayena’s mouth — she could straightaway say that the man was Heinrich’s spy.
’Marquis Rodri must have informed Rezef hurriedly.’
Mrs. Dottie must be having a private meeting with Rezef by now.
«People sent by Duke Kidray have arrived,» reported incoming Annie.
«How fast,» Cayena realized that such a speed at which he handled the work was needed to make time for her to rest.
Julia glistened at the word ’Duke Kidray’. She couldn’t help but notice that famous and handsome man. Dark hair and red eyes — what a great look he had, even despite a four-year age difference.
’But why isn’t my heart pounding like it used to be…’ Julia couldn’t get rid of the thoughts about Rezef, even though she had found such an incredible good looking ideal. Rezef was still handsome and gorgeous when she happened to see him at the banquet. ’Why are you so handsome that I’m not able to give up quickly…’
Earlier the four maids of honor had met together at the banquet. That time Olivia quickly noticed Julia was gazing at Rezef with a strange look.
«Nobody can handle him unless it’s the Princess,» Olivia quickly restrained Julia off with a startled expression.
«The man that can never be changed,» Susan agreed, too. «Don’t you know the rumor about the Prince?
Julia had to nod sullenly saying that she did.
«You can succeed the Marquessate and choose a handsome man for meetings, right?» told Vera to her. «If you are going to be Marquise Evans, you should devote both your body and soul to it.»
That was right.
’Yeah. I have to keep my mind up and get the title.’
After that, Julia was even more thorough in her goal to inherit the Marquessate.
«The Head maid was kneeling in front of the Imperial Palace, asking for Her Highness’s forgiveness,» Annie said at that moment.