st it when we got engaged.
So, I thought it wouldn’t matter if I broke my engagement.”

 

“The situation has changed.”

Currently, there were two candidates for the throne of the Wallentian Empire.
Adenmir Presil Wallent, the first crown prince of the Empress, and Beltran Locke Wallent, the second prince of the Empress.

 

My engagement was the same as saying that the Perdias implicitly support the First Prince.

 

When I think of the original work, the Duke’s words must be true, as I and the first prince broke up and he adopted Estelle to push her into my place instead.

 

 “You´re saying you can’t break up the marriage, right?”

 

 “Yes.”

 

 “All right,” I agreed.

 

The duke raised his eyes as I calmly complied.
I swear they weren’t the eyes of a father looking at his daughter.

 

He was just trying to see what the person in front of him could be doing. 

 

As usual I avoided the duke’s eyes to avoid unnecessary suspicion.

 

‘Unexpectedly, breaking up the engagement is not easy.’ 

 

I had no way of knowing that the first Prince contacted the duke, not me.
The reason was quite a mystery. 

 

Of course, I thought he would sign and submit the divorce papers.
Probably because the first prince Adenmir didn’t like me that much.
In the first place, he only coveted Perdia’s power to become emperor, so he treated me politely as his fiancée. 

 

On the other hand, before I remembered my past life, I had a little affinity for the man.

 

‘Because he’s handsome?’

 


But no matter how good looking he is, I can’t live off his face – I have to avoid a ruinous future.

 

Anyway, it was clear that Adenmir hated me, so I thought it would be better to induce the other side to ask for a divorce first.
When I thought about that, the duke leaned against the chair and waved his hands, dismissing me.

 

 “Keep a low profile for the time being.
Go back and reflect on yourself, Elodie Perdia.” 

 

I was surprised that the punishment was lighter than I expected.
I thought he might give me a bigger punishment for not reflecting on myself.

 

As I turned around to go outside, I saw the duke staring at me.

 

Why? You look like you want to say something, or is it my misunderstanding? 

 

In the end I couldn’t resist and asked directly.
“Do you have anything else to say?”

 

“….
No, go back.”

 

My doubts were not completely resolved when I left the office at that remark.

 

‘Your face seemed like you really had something to say.’

 

The thought was overshadowed by the gentle closing of the door.

 

***

 

When I was diligently heading to my bedroom to carry out a good life of diligence, I had the misfortune of running into two people walking across the corridor.

 

“Hi, Lili.” It was my brother, Jansi Perdia.

 

“What are you looking at?” Alongside him was the younger brother, Carlot Perdia.

 

The only thing at the end of this corridor was the Dukes office, so perhaps they were both heading there. 

 

“I think you’re on your way back from seeing Father.
I heard you asked the First Prince to break up your marriage, is that true?” Jansi asked softly in his sweet voice, calling me like usual. 

 

I followed his lead and laughed openly, but inside I was wary.

 

Jansi Perdia, who inherited the Duke’s black hair, resembled the Duke of Perdia.

Unlike his father, though, he was always smiling.
I wondered if the Duke would look like this when he smiled. 

 

Jansi, who inherited the blood of the Duke of Perdia, was the most powerful in the family.
He wielded Perdia’s power of destruction.

 

The power of destruction could make life-threatening or fatal wounds, and could even make inanimate objects disappear.
It was a power that everyone feared.

 

On the other hand, he always smiled gently, but you should not be fooled by that kind shell.

 

Jansi always called my name in a friendly voice and asked after me without hesitation.
Thanks to that, I thought Jansi was the only good person in this family.
However, I realized that I was under a big illusion after I accidentally met his completely cold stare during “the incident” a few years ago.
He looked at me as if he was watching something disgusting.

 

As my memory returned, my image of Jansi, which has not been good, got even worse.

 

‘A person who is different than he appears from the outside.’

 

There were some psychological descriptions of Jansi in the book, which was the same as I felt.
He was smiling on the outside, but on the inside, he was the kind of person who treated people with thorough calculations, at times crushing them thoroughly.

 

When I only laughed but did not answer, Carlot who was standing right next to me, said sarcastically.
“It was  a request for a breakup, the First Prince must have been the one asking first.”

 

Carlot, who had curly red hair and golden eyes, hated me outright.
He was my younger brother, two years younger than me, but I never once called him my brother.

 

That summed up our relationship nicely.
When he was young, he used to call me “Hey, illegitimate child” instead of my name.

 

Now that he has grown up a bit, he doesn’t call me an illegitimate child anymore.
I don’t know if he realized it’s a shame to Father.

 

‘I guess that’s a little better…’

 

It’s lamentable.

 

If I had to compare, it was easier to treat Carlot, who hated me, rather than Jansi who kept his thoughts a secret.
He was the only opponent I had to face in order to look good to my family.

 

The two in front of me were obviously the direct lineage of the Ferdinand family, taking on the appearance and characteristics of their biological mother, the Duchess, and their biological father, the Duke.

 

On the other hand, I didn’t fit in.


 

‘It’s only natural since there isn’t a drop of blood from them in me.’

 

In the past, I was very sad about that, but now that I know the truth, I am not depressed.

 

That’s right.
I’m going to take care of my father.

 

“Yes, I’m on my way out after talking to Father.”

 

When I looked at Jansi and answered, I could feel Carlot staring at me because he was ignored in an instant.

 

 ‘It’s fun.’

 

I fixed my eyes on Jansi without even looking at Carlot.

 

“Did you get in a lot of trouble?”

 

“Just some reflection in my room for the sake of diligence.”

 

Before I could finish my sentence, Carlot cut in.

 

 “It suits you,” he sneered.

 

It was an obvious provocation, but I lightly ignored Carlot and continued, “…it’s over.”

 

“It must be hard to be diligent,” Jansi said sympathetically.

 

“I´ve been in my bedroom lately anyway.
It’s all right.”

 

“Yeah.
Cheer up Lili, and if you need anything, tell me.” Jansi smiled softly and patted me on the shoulder as if encouraging me.
Then Carlot glared at me as if to kill me even more.

 

“If you need anything, you can handle it by yourself.
Don’t be a bother to my brother.”

 

A clear sense of hostility was felt in everything Carlot said.
I felt the line that he drew, insisting that I could never get inside his walls.

 

Jansi, who couldn’t wait, finally said a word.  “What’s the matter, Carl? We should get along with our family.”

 

“Family?” Carlot sarcastically asked back.  

 

But Jansi answered without even putting saliva on his lips.
“Yeah, you are both my lovely brother and sister.”

 

‘You’re lying.’ I thought to myself.
‘How two-faced.’

 

Of course, Carlot predictably jumped out of disgust.

 

“Hey, are you crazy? I’m the same as that?” Carlot, who would never treat me like family, wrinkled his face as if he couldn’t believe it.

 

If it were just a day ago, I would have been hurt and feisty, but that was not who I am now. 

 

‘Who cares? We’re not even family anyway!’

 

So, I instead answered with a brighter smile than usual, to make Carlot´s stomach upset.

 

“Thank you for your concern, brother.
And Carl.”

 

Perhaps wondering at my attitude, Jansi looked at me with meaningful eyes.

 

“You’re nuts.” Carlot twisted his head and pretended to puke.

 

‘You’re so rude.’ 

 

I bit my tongue and turned around.
It was annoying to deal with.

 

‘That’s enough.’

 

I just need to get out of this house as soon as possible.
Then we don’t have to look at each other, right?

 

I couldn’t wait for that day.

Even though I’m an illegitimate child, from the outside they say I’m the only young girl of Perdia.
Inside, however, I was deprived of as much as they could manage.

 

I left the place and my ‘brothers’ behind me with a light step.

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