I Fell Into the Arms Of a Mad Villain – Chapter 11

Translator/Editor: Shy

 

“Did your highness like it? I thought the platinum would suit him well.”

“Yes, it did indeed look good on him.”

“If I knew you were going to visit your highness, I would have accompanied you. Why didn’t you tell me?”

The Duke laughed at her sulky expression.

They always say that it’s useless to try and raise children in your image, but he never expected Lilyan to be like this.

“Are you angry with your father?”

He put a sad expression on his face. Lilyan was startled by this and hugged him.

“Not at all. It’s just that it’s been a long time since I haven’t seen your highness. Also, I was wondering if the watch suited him or not.”

Seeing his daughter’s smile melted his heart, and he was no longer sad.

“I have brought back good news.”

Lilyan’s eyes widened and her face was full of expectations.

“It seems like your highness is finally ready to choose a crown princess.”

“Really?”

When the Duke nodded, Lilyan covered her blushing cheeks with her hands.

“Then, am I going to become the crown princess?”

He had already told Lilyan about the arrangement.

“Of course, dear. After all, it has been your dream since you were a child.”

“Thank you, Dad. I love you.”

The Duke smiled as Lilyan happily hugged him.

‘Lilyan must become the crown princess.’

The Duke’s eyes had changed from gentle to fierce.

 

* * * * * * *

 

“Make our engagement public.”

“Are you sure?” Seth asked nervously at Edwin’s order.

“Since we can’t hide it forever, it’s better if we announce it as soon as possible.”

“I wonder how the royal family will react.”

“I’m sure they’ll be upset about it and wonder what’s going on.” Edwin laughed while propping his legs on the footrest under the sofa.

“The Raven’s surveillance will strengthen.”

“Don’t you think that it will be fun? The exciting part of hunting isn’t when you catch the prey but the actual hunting.”

He loved watching prey unknowingly walk towards the trap he had set beforehand.

He found pleasure in watching the reaction of the prey when it discovers that it has fallen into a trap.

“How fun will this hunt be?”

Edwin was getting excited.

“I’ll prepare both the engagement announcement and arrangements for a new hunt.”

Edwin nodded.

“Uhmm… That day is approaching. Will you be okay?”

After hearing that cautious question, the smile disappeared from Edwin’s face.

He took off the necklace that was hidden beneath his clothes. It was something he took great care of.

Inside the bottle, hanging from a platinum chain, were black pieces that depending on the angle, became iridescent.

“She’ll probably be able to hold out.”

Edwin grasped the glass bottle between his fingers.

“I wonder what Madam will think about all this…” Seth asked carefully while looking at Edwin.

“She still hasn’t awakened her powers. There’s no need to make her scared. After all, even now she’s frightened.”

Why is she so frightened of him? He found that cute, but on the other hand, he was dissatisfied with it.

What did he even do to her? At least with her, he had always been gentle and kind.

She’d probably run away if he acted like he always did with other people.

His wife was as fearful as a rabbit.

‘A rabbit, huh?’

Now that he thinks about it, her white hair reminds him of a rabbit’s fur. The way she trembled with her head buried was also very similar.

When Edwin smiled, Seth was puzzled by his sudden mood change but decided not to ask about it.

After all, his mood often changed throughout the day.

The only thing is that he usually isn’t in a good mood.

“Then, what are you going to do on that day?” Seth pushed away his intrigue and asked with a cold expression.

“I won’t allow my bride to leave my room. I’m going to tell her in advance, but just in case, make sure to guard her properly.”

“Understood,” Seth replied, bowing his head.

 

* * * * * * *

 

“Duke Crawford is engaged?”

“Yes, the Crawford family has made an official announcement.”

The Crown Prince Genoa laughed after hearing Dylan’s report.

“Did he kidnap or threaten someone?”
No sane human being would marry a crazy man rumored to be a serial killer.

“We don’t have any confirmation yet.”

“Did you investigate his fiancee?”

Dylan seemed troubled at Genoa’s question.

“Why?”

“I’ve done some research on her, but haven’t been able to find any useful information.”

“Just give me any information you have.”

The report Dylan handed him consisted of a single page.

“What is this?”

Dylan’s facial expression darkened.

“My apologies, Your Highness. I tried my best, but the only information I could get was her name.”

“Has the Duke erased any available information?”

“I don’t think that he has erased any information. I just haven’t been able to find any suspicious traces of anything.”

Which was very suspicious in itself.

The Duke was a selfish person, but he was flawless regarding his family matters.

“Angelina? I’ve never heard that name before.”

“I’ve revised the list of all the nobles, but I couldn’t find that name.”

“Is it possible that she’s an illegitimate child that isn’t on the list?”

“As far as we know, she isn’t among any of the illegitimate children.”

“That’s good. That means they aren’t trying to stand against the Imperial Family.”

It was widely known that the Crawford Family and the Imperial Family weren’t on good terms.

Therefore, a noble marrying into the Crawford Family was like saying they were willing to stand against the Imperial Family.

“So, she’s a commoner, right? Is that why we can’t find any information on her?”

“I’ve found a few women named Angelina, but none in relation to the Crawfords.”

“Have you tried searching for information in foreign countries? Our borders do touch with the West.”

“We’re still searching.”

“Why did he suddenly get engaged? And with a commoner rather than a noble?”

‘If he suddenly announced an engagement while trying to confront the Imperial Family, shouldn’t his partner also come from a powerful family?’

But the Duke’s fiancee was someone without a surname, and her birthplace was unknown, which means she’s probably an orphan.

“Maybe he thought that he needed a successor? After all, The Crawford family has been going strong for many generations.”

“That may be true. And among the previous Duchesses, some were commoners.”

The Crawfords were infamous for being a crazy family. Which is why most people from decent families didn’t want their children to marry into their family. That’s why they had to be generous with whom they chose as their partners.

Even so, Genoa still wasn’t convinced.

“If he felt the need to have an heir, he’d have already married someone. Didn’t he lack interest in getting engaged up until now?”

This year, the Duke was turning 22 years old, which was late considering that most nobles got engaged around the age of 15.

“Maybe there’s something wrong with his body?”

While Dylan didn’t know the details of the Crawford family’s curse, his guess was quite sharp.

After Jueri went extinct, the Duke’s madness got worse.

‘Has he finally reached his limit? Is that why he needs an heir as soon as possible?’

That would explain why he chose an orphan as his fiancee. Since that would be the easiest way to get married and he could deal with her later on.

“Hmm… That makes sense.”

But why did he feel like he was missing something?

‘According to my Father, the curse on the Crawfords is hereditary.’

If that’s true, what’s the point in having a successor?

Is this his last play?

Genoa smiled.

“If you get any new information on the fiancee, let me know immediately.”

“Understood.”

“What’s Duke Shabbini up to?”

Now that he’s taken the bait, he should begin moving.

“I believe he started working that same day.”

“I like that he moves like a knight on a chess board. Since he’s doing his best, I should try to encourage him.”

Now that the topic had shifted from Duke Crawford, his face softened.

“Send an invitation to Duke Shabbini’s daughter and ask her to come here.”

“Duke Shabbini will be very pleased.”

“Also, make sure Duke Fayton hears about it.”

“Don’t worry. I will deal with this matter diligently.”

After Dylan left the room, Genoa remained silent. After a while, he slowly opened his mouth.

“Kasan.”

A black figure appeared in mid-air and immediately prostrated.

“It seems like there’s something wrong with Duke Crawford. Go and check his current status.”

“Understood.”

“And search for any information on the Duke’s fiancee. Find out what she looks like and if she has some special ability.”

After nodding, the black figure vanished again like smoke.

He shouldn’t miss anything. Crawford was a monster who was used to hunting. If he caught a glimpse of a weakness, he would counterattack and kill him.

‘I can’t allow that. The one who’s going to win this fight is me.’

Genoa’s green eyes shone with intensity.

 

* * * * * * *

 

“Are you awake?”

She woke up in surprise because Edwin had suddenly burst through the door.

“Ed?”

“Wake up.” Edwin came running from the door, sat down on the bed and smiled at her.

‘What’s with this noisy wake-up call?’

The first thing she saw after waking up each morning was Edwin’s face. So she wasn’t surprised to see him anymore.

‘Is that the reason why he changed his strategy? Is his objective to kill me from a heart attack now?’

“Let’s go play outside.”

Despite my surprise, Edwin seemed excited.

“What? Outside?”

‘I’m desperately trying to hide my existence from the Royal Family. Why is he suddenly suggesting something like this?’

“You’re really happy to go out, right? You probably felt suffocated up until now.”

‘No! I don’t want to go out!’

I shook my head desperately, but Edwin just kept smiling at me.

At this rate, I’d be forced to go out, so I quickly asked him something in order to distract him.

“Ed, why do you want to take me outside?”

“You told me you wished to have matching accessories with me, right? I thought about it, and there are actually many options available.”

‘No, that’s not true. I don’t want to wear matching accessories with you.’

I wanted to go back in time, sew my lips shut, and prevent myself from ever saying those words.

“I could call in the merchants anytime, but I can’t resist the urge to brag about my bride. So let’s go out together.”

‘Excuse me. You’re the one that said that you had to protect me, remember? Didn’t you say that the emperor is still after the Jueri?’

I was so astonished that I didn’t know what to say.

I tried to calm down and choose the correct words to convey my thoughts.

“Ed, the Ravens are after me. Is it really okay for me to go out?”

I shook my white hair on purpose. But Ed just tilted his head as if asking what’s the issue.

“I’m going to be with you, so you don’t need to be scared about anything. The only scary thing about them are their red eyes.”

“I know you’re going to protect me, but if people notice that I’m a Jueri, things will get troublesome.”

I tried my best to excuse myself while attempting to avoid agitating Edwin.

“If the Ravens hear about this, things will get troublesome indeed.”

I nodded.

‘You really hate annoyances, right? So let’s stay home.’

“Then we’ll have to make sure they don’t recognize you.”

I almost said to him, ‘What kind of nonsense are you talking about?’

I knew that hair-dying products existed in this world. But they only lasted two hours and made your hair look like a broom, which is very noticeable.

But the biggest problem is my eyes because there is no way to hide them.

‘What is he thinking?’

“I already told you, right? I’m going to protect you, so don’t worry and go shower.”

Edwin pushed me towards the bathroom and then winked at me.

‘Is there something I’m not aware of?’

At first, I thought he was trying to screw me over. But seeing him speak with so much confidence made me believe that maybe he did have a way to protect me.

 

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