than her lips.
As for highlights, her earrings and necklace were embedded with large emeralds, making them pop out on the dark red background.
Her black hair, which she usually let loose, was beautifully knotted up and adorned with rose pins.

“You are so beautiful!”

Sincere words without an ounce of lie came out.
Chloe chuckled at how amazed I was.

“Lady Nelson is pretty too.
Now, shall we go in?”

I walked with her to the main hall where the banquet was held.

“Lady Nelson!”

Upon entering the banquet hall, Heidi, who was sitting at the round table, waved at us.
She was sitting with the girls, lady Roberts and lady Cruz.

I approached the table happily as though I hadn’t seen their faces in a long time.

“It’s been a while, lady Coventry.
It’s the first time we meet again after the last ball.”

I sat down next to her and smiled.

“I know right.
By the way, Lady Nelson, you look good in your gown today.”


The dress I was wearing was a combination of light yellow and white hues.
The back part was tied twice with flower decorations to further emphasise the volume.
Since it was a banquet, I chose a dress with different details, and it seemed like a good choice.

As I expressed my thanks with a small smile, lady Cruz, who was in front of me, looked at me and smiled mischievously.

What’s with that face? I was baffled at the sudden change of expression.

“Aren’t you supposed to leave the seat next to lady Nelson empty?”

“Pardon? Why is that?”

Who else is coming? I tilted my head.

“Duke Harrison.
He’s going to sit next to the lady.”

No but, it was unsure whether Logan would come or not.
And why is it assumed that he should be sitting next to me? I looked at her in bewilderment.

But Chloe smiled and asked as if I was the only one thinking like that.

“Why are you reacting like that? You two are close, aren’t you?”

“That’s right.
Isn’t lady Nelson the only young lady the Duke meets privately?”

Just by the way they said it, it sounded like I was dating Logan.
I shook my head at their teasing.

“We’re close, but it’s up to the Duke to decide where to sit.”


“Oh my!”

It was then that lady Roberts, who was looking straight ahead, suddenly put on a surprised expression.

What is it? I followed her gaze.
And at the entrance to the banquet hall, a familiar face appeared.

It was none other than Logan.

I really did not expect Logan to come.
I looked at him with no less astonishment than lady Roberts.

Dressed perfectly, he was guided by the servant to Duke Grint and sat down next to him.
Albeit I just saw him from afar, seeing him at a place like this made me feel even more welcomed.
At that thought, a smile crept upon my lips.

“Um, are you sure there is nothing going on between you two?”

Chloe asked, looking intently at me.

Chloe also wondered if Logan liked me even back when I said I didn’t know Logan’s true identity.
Thus, it would not be unreasonable for her to suspect our relationship.

It’s really not like that.

Unfazed, I tried to change the subject.

“By the way, won’t the Crown Prince come?”

“He is not coming today.
He’s decided to stop by when my family has a New Year’s party tomorrow.”

The conversation quickly took a turn.
Lady Cruz, who was teasing me for fun, also brought up another topic when my reaction was not good.

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