g petulance.

 

Filina, on the other hand, seemingly indifferent.

 

After a while, the carriage slowly reduced its movement as it had arrived at its destination.

 

Filina stepped out of the carriage, leaving Ariel, who was too nervous to get up.

 

“Thank you, Enoch.”

 

Filina gave a small smile as Enoch held her hand.

 

Amy, who had gotten out of the carriage before her, was meticulously straightening out Bruno’s clothes.

 

“Where did you leave Ariel, and did you get off by yourself?”

 

Amy asked in a curious voice when she finished smoothing out Bruno’s clothes.

 

Filina replaced her reply with a shrug of her shoulders.

 

Bruno, who had a stiff expression on his face, moved quickly and walked to the carriage where Filina had rode in.

 

“…Thank you, Bruno.”

 

As Bruno took Ariel’s hand to help her get off the carriage, Ariel sobbed and muttered softly.

 

 

Amy, who looked at the scene pitifully, clicked her tongue and and snapped at Filina.

 

“You’re a big sister and you can’t even look after your little sister properly?”

 

Filina said, smiling faintly.

 

“If you’re feeling sorry for her, mother can help her.”

 

When she finished her sentence, Filina walked off with Enoch.
Looking at Filina’s back, Amy snorted as if she was bewildered.

 

Bruno’s eyes, which was quietly following the dark purple dress, stared at Enoch’s hand as he clasped Filina’s for the last time.

 

***

 

As they entered the banquet hall, the gorgeous chandelier and the luxurious patterned wallpapers were the first things that caught Filina’s attention.

 

The otherwise dazzling lighting made her dizzy, and the large staircase seemed to distract her mind even more.

 

Moreover, as Filina entered, people who were talking loudly on various topics all at once fell silent and stared blankly at her.

 

The stares were very burdensome.
She hoped that her name would not be the subject of their next conversation.

 

“Enoch, you should take it easy from here.”

 

Filina told him that there was no need to be nervous, not even at a party.

 

She knew how tiring it was to look around nervously at all times.

 

The Crown Prince would appear soon.

 

No one would do anything dangerous here unless they had 10 lives.

Looking around, she saw her mother busily moving around, introducing Bruno and Ariel to the nobleman’s daughters and sons.

 

Filina stared at Ariel’s shy smile with a sour look on her face.

 

The traces of the sad tears that Ariel had shown when she came out of the carriage had long since disappeared without a trace.
Bruno, who had been standing with an expressionless face by Ariel’s side, turned his gaze and looked at Filina, who was standing in the distance.
(*Does Bruno like Filina?)

 

She also stared at him for a while.

 

Then Filina averted her gaze.

 

“You look so beautiful today, Miss Debussy, I’m surprised.”

 

Marquis Edwards, who had approached her with his son by his side, spoke to her with a smile on his wrinkled face.

 

“Long time no see, Marquis.”

 

Filina greeted him with a bored expression.

 

Edwards opened his mouth with a friendly smile, as if he hadn’t seen the expression on Filina’s face.

 

“Everyone seemed to want to speak to Miss Debussy, so I came quickly.”

 

At his deft voice, Filina replaced her reply with a small smile.

 

‘Everyone wants to talk to Filina.
That’s ridiculous.’

 

It was rare that anyone, unless they were as thick-skinned as the Marquis Edwards, would greet someone who was expressing the need to not talk to them with one look.

 

The more she mingled with people, the more exhausting it was.

 

She was tired of playing with emotions.

 

She didn’t approach strangers unnecessarily because she didn’t want to add more to her troublesome life.

 

Filina just wanted to keep her seat quietly and disappear before anyone knew she was there.

 

“Miss Debussy, this is my second son, Eddie.
He’s always been wanting to meet you.
That’s why he was so excited about today’s ballroom.”

 

“Is that so? It’s a pleasure to meet you.
Lord Eddie.”

 

Filina raised her lips in a formal greeting.

 

Eddie, who had been hiding behind Edwards, staring blankly at her face, flushed and slowly parted his lips.

 

“Ah, it’s an honor to meet the daughter of the Debussy family.”

 

But his face was worth looking at.

 

The way he hid behind his father’s back to greet the woman was terrible, but he seemed to be new to the social scene, so Filina let it go.

 

“Oh, Marquis Edwards.
I’m so glad you’re here!”

 

Amy, who had come over and pushed Filina aside, stood Ariel in front of Edwards.

 

Amy’s face was filled with joy as she looked at Eddie, as if she had found a good groom for Ariel.

 

However, Eddie’s bewildered expression was pitiful.

 

It was rather a good opportunity for Filina to get away.
Ignoring the gaze of Bruno, who was staring at her, Filina moved her feet.

 

’It’s stuffy.
I want to get some air.’

 

 

As Filina slowly made her way to the terrace, the sound of trumpets echoing loudly in the banquet hall brought her to a halt.

 

“His Royal Highness Prince Ian Alvar and Lady Cecilia, daughter of Count Haley, will now enter!”

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