A Stepmother’s Marchen - Chapter 36
“Do you think Shuri knows that? Are you pretending you don’t know how many people grind their teeth at her, or did you really not know? Do you think everything ends with a happy ending when you take over the title? Don’t you know that’s when it really starts?”
“Of course I can’t postpone it any longer. The more I do that, the harder it will be for her. I just… darn it, I just wanted to put it on hold until I had the ability to keep her perfectly safe after I inherited everything.”
Elias now sat with a very mysterious look on his face. Jeremy, who clicked his tongue, took off his gloves and began to rub the sword handle on his lap. It was a habit he did whenever things got complicated.
“Anyway, I don’t want to get married and I don’t want to take over the family matters, but Mother wants to take a break! So at this point, can’t I be obedient?”
“Then why did you tell her not to come to the wedding?”
There was a moment of silence while the two brothers exchanged looks.
Jeremy stared at Elias for a long time as if he had heard the stupidest thing in his life.
“What the hell are you talking about?”
It was then that the door of the office, which was firmly closed, opened without notice. The only people who could do that were the twins.
The twins, who apparently overheard everything outside the door, started shouting at Jeremy right away.
“Big brother, so that’s not what you said? You didn’t tell our fake mother not to come to the wedding?”
“Big brother, give me a logical explanation of what happened. Is something wrong with your fiance, or are you pretending you don’t know?”
“Hey, what the hell are you all talking about? Who told her not to come to the wedding?”
Looking at Jeremy, who was literally stunned, Elias suddenly felt his heart pounding. Oh, dang it!
It wasn’t like that! Now what could they do about the matter?
“Your fiancee told fake mother that you don’t want her to come to the wedding. That’s not true?”
Perhaps because he was into mystery novels these days, Leon’s remarks, which he threw in an interrogative manner, caused silence once again.
With Elias frozen with an expression that was hard to describe, Jeremy blinked for a moment and slowly moved.
“What’s going on?”
“Oh, brother, wait, wait!”
It was Rachel who held on to Jeremy, who was trying to run out, holding the sword in his arm. Rachel shouted, almost clinging to her big brother’s arm, “Calm down, let’s talk about how this came about! She’s your fiancee!”
“I don’t know what you’re worried about. I don’t hit women anyway! Because it’s against chivalry…”
“With your mood now, I think you’ll kill her. Let’s calm down and talk!”
Rachel shouted in exactly the same tone as Shuri, as she often did these days, and fortunately it worked.
Elias and Leon exchanged fascinating gazes while Jeremy, who was about to run out, took a long deep breath and sat back.
“Hey, so you didn’t tell her not to come to the wedding, did you?”
“That’s not what happened! Who am I getting married for?”
“So, do you have any idea why your fiancee said that?”
“No! I’m going crazy!” Jeremy replied, “I’m going crazy!”
Jermey pressed his temples with his hands, and sighed.
Rachel laughed, “I knew this would happen someday. That’s why I said I didn’t like her!”
“Uh, lovely sister, I don’t think that’s the case…”
“What does the second brother know? The matter became worse because of your bullshit!”
“What are you talking about?”
When Jeremy asked in a much more subdued tone, Elias began to shake his head desperately, but Rachel ignored him and immediately replied, “Fake mother asked us about the matter, and the second brother said that she would be a joke if she went, so she cried.”
“Oh, why are you looking at me like that?! I was so embarrassed that I didn’t know what to say!”
In that way, after the commotion passed,, the four siblings now sat head to head with a serious look on their faces.
Leon, who opened his mouth first, was the most intelligent. The young man, who looked just like Jeremy, but was thinner and more academic, pushed his glasses over the bridge of his nose and said, “Just don’t get married, big brother. I think that’s the best solution.”
“Yes, brother. You’d rather break up with a girl like that!”
Unlike Leon and Rachel, Elias faced the problem more realistically, bringing shock to his siblings, “If you break the wedding without a good reason, for example, a scandal on the bride’s side, the Princess Heinrich will have no disgrace. It’s going to be very bad, but it’s Shuri who will be the one to handle the problem not you”
“No, so are you asking me to marry such a sneaky woman?”
“What if you’ve figured out now that she’s such an insidious woman? You’re not even going to get married because you really like her. I mean, how many nobles get married out of love? Damn, just marry her then divorce her if you’re serious about what you said to me earlier!” Elias’ voice exploded in the last paragraph.
While the twins froze with their eyes wide open, Jeremy stared blankly at his brother and said bluntly, “Are you mad at me?”
“…No, you have a point in being mad at me anyway. If I suddenly ask for a break-up, Shuri will eventually take on cleaning the mess. It’s obvious what people would say.”
“So, brother, are you just going to get married?” Jeremy had a complex look on his face when Rachel asked him that in a somehow cautious tone.
Then Leon opened his mouth again, “Big brother, I have an idea.”
“What’s your idea, little scholar?”