A Stepmother’s Marchen - Chapter 19
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And whatever Elias was trying to shout with a reddish face, it was cut off by Lucretia’s mournful voice, “Jeremy, you’re here. Please listen to aunt.”
Lord Valentino, who approached his sister while coughing and handed her a handkerchief, now looked more pitiful toward his eldest nephew.
“There seems to be a misunderstanding, and I think you should talk to your stepmother. I don’t know what all the fuss is about.”
“Jeremy, don’t you know very well how much we think of you? It’s awful to say, but I think your stepmother has a really ridiculous misunderstanding. She said we bought the employees, and said things like we can’t see you again. Please try to convince her…”
From the perspective of others, if the present me is the householder, then Jeremy was the successor in name and reality, recognized by everyone.
Jeremy’s clever escape from the despicable maneuver that had been inflicted on Elias and the twins must have been decisive.
They needed to pick up a good successor who would somehow throw me out.
The fact that they bought a large number of employees and prevented serious reports from reaching me, and tried to brainwash my second son and second daughter with terrible discipline…was almost a success.
Jeremy said with a relaxed tone, “If my mother doesn’t like you two, I’ll listen to her. You can’t challenge my mother’s authority, as her son, I won’t allow it. You even said that she will run away and leave us alone to suffer which wasn’t true.”
It goes without saying that at that moment I suspected that Jeremy’s head might have gone wrong.
What did he just say? Mother? Really?
Of course, legally, I am the mother of these guys. But, I’ve never heard or expected to hear that word in my life. Why did it feel so awkward?
It was by far Sir Valentino who first came to his senses amidst the chaotic silence.
He opened his mouth with a smile, “I said it’s a minor misunderstanding… I also understand that you are confused. It must have been hard for you to get deceived, even though you are the one who acts like my eldest brother so much, but…”
“I don’t understand what you’re talking about. But what my uncle wants to say is that my mother actually plans to run away from home and she is lying that she won’t?”
“No, I mean…”
“My mother isn’t a liar. She is a person who is too weak for that. And I am surprisingly an obedient son. At this point, I’m aiming for the filial son award this year.”
Elias murmured faintly, “Brother, that’s totally bullshit.”
I wanted to shout, but on the other hand, when I saw them grit their teeth, I burst into laughter.
I blinked at the knights standing outside the open door. Feeling the green gaze of the four children huddled near me, I said calmly, “I won’t lend you a carriager. Please know before you go if you get close to my children again, I’ll dig your names out of the pedigree right away, so keep that in mind.”
After kicking Lucretia and Lord Valentino out, what I did was pick out the bought employees and kick them out.
As in the past, more than half of the employees were reduced in an instant, but there was nothing to worry about. There were always plenty of people wanting to work at the Marquis of Neuwanstein as we pay a lot compared to other places.
Madam Luazel was also kicked out.
The reason why Rachel didn’t let me know even though she was beaten day after day was also the same as Elias’s.
Madam Luazel belatedly shifted her attitude, blaming Lucretia for everything, but I was going to make sure she could never work as a teacher of etiquette again. Only after driving out the rats in that way did the peace return inside the mansion.
…….Of course, not peace in the sense of being quiet.
“This is mine. Short legs!”
“Fake mom, mom! My young brother took my candy and ate it!”
“Did you touch my sword? I told you not to touch my stuff!”
“I, I didn’t do that!”
“Oh, right! Then who else is there in the house that plays with my sword besides you?”
“Argh! Argh! Stop hitting me! If so, then don’t touch my stuff too!”
“Young brother, you don’t have anything worth touching.”
“Mom, my big brother keeps hitting my little brother!”
……It’s been noisy since this morning. Haha, if the place turned quiet, then it must be the fall of the empire.
Still, it’s great that everything is still the same. It’s fortunate that nothing changed because of what the bad adults did.
“Enough, let’s eat first!”
“How about this, madam?”
“Well, I think it’s a little dull. It’s time to take off my mourning clothes, so I think it’s better if I go for bright ones.”
I’ll have to change my dressing room soon.
That’s what I used to wear in the past? All of them were clothes that looked too weird for my age.
… It wasn’t unreasonable. At that time, I was so anxious to act like an adult as soon as possible. Before my husband died, I tried to look like a dignified lady somehow. Without even considering what suited me and what didn’t.
In order to get a place in the social world, I would have to pay attention to clothes and accessories. The good thing is I know what’s going to be on trend in the next seven years.
After a long time, I finally managed to pick a cream-colored dress. The clothes my husband gave me last Christmas were a little out of fashion, but it was good to wear on formal occasions.
Yohen, give me strength. To do well, to move in a different direction than before…