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There was an infinitely hostile look on his bloody handsome face.

 

“Well.
I like bears more than foxes.
They are stronger.”

 

She smiled brightly at the duke, “And I’m not a fox pretending to be a bear, I’m a fox-like bear.”

 

Dooha got up from her seat, putting on the coat that Leonhard had covered her with.

 

As if the duke’s coat were originally hers in the first place.

 

“After hearing that one of the maids was to be kicked out, I felt bad and lost my appetite.
I’ll go up to my room and rest.”

 

She spoke loudly to the attendants around her, making sure they heard, and then bowed to the duke.

 

She displayed perfect imperial etiquette that they didn’t know she even learned.

 

“Layla, let’s go.”

 

“Yes, Princess, no Madame.”

 

Dooha left the dining room without any hesitation with Layla, who was waiting in front of the door.

 

She left without seeing the subtle interest in the duke’s face standing behind her.

 

★★★

 

“Oh, she’s such a flirt!”

 

Upon returning to Dooha’s room, Layla jumped around her place excitedly.

 

“The maid this morning.
From what I’ve heard, she’s a young maid who has had a crush on the duke for a long time!”

 

“Okay?”

 

“Yeah! I think the maid had been flirting with the duke before we came here.
But the duke didn’t pay attention to her, and when she heard that he was getting married to a princess, she went crazy!”

 

“She was quite a pitiful woman.”

 

After all, she had chosen the wrong opponent, and now she was forever separated from the duke she had loved so much.

 

“She didn’t even know who the princess was! Good for her, heh!” 

 

“Layla, you have to use kind words.”

 

At Dooha’s words, Layla puffed up her cheeks with a depressed look on her face.

 

“Well, who cares? It’s just the two of us, the princess and me.
Did my way of speaking impact the princess’ image? …I’m sorry about that.” 

 

“But, look.
I only talk like this when I am alone with the princess, not when there are other people! Dealing with clever maids is so annoying!”

 

“I don’t think you’ve done much of that.”

 

“Ah, but princess-!”

 

Dooha burst into laughter at Laila’s cute grunt.

 

“Yeah, you have a lot of troubles.
We’re in an empire that even I didn’t want to come to, so I’m sorry that you had to come here because of me.”

 

What she had just said was sincere.

 

Layla remembered how she was persecuted in the Empire just because she was of Bashal’s blood.

 

“Yeah, that’s why I said I was going to follow.
My decision is not something the princess should be sorry for.”

 

At Dooha’s sincere words, Layla turned around, blushing in embarrassment.

 

Just then, a knock was heard from the door.

 

“Madam, the Duke has sent me.
May I come in?”

 

“Come in.”

 

With her permission, four of her maids entered.

 

“What happened?”

 

“My name is Sylvia, the head maid.
The Duke has sent you dresses that will suit the Duchess, and I am here to help you put them on.”

 

Sylvia, who introduced herself as the chief of the maids, nodded at the maids standing behind Dooha.

 

The maids then held out the dresses they were holding in their hands.

 

The dresses, which cost more than twenty gold, were all high-end items decorated with gorgeous silks, embroidery, and jewels.

 

Emily said that there were no dresses prepared, but now she couldn’t believe that she would be wearing such high-end dresses.
Both of these events occurred in less than an hour. 

 

‘Should I thank the Duke?’

 

“I’m glad that the Duke is taking so much care of my dignity.
He must have really disliked the clothes the maid gave me in the morning.”

 

“…I apologize for this morning.
It’s my fault for not managing the lower maids better.”

 

“The matter has already been sorted out by the Duke, so I don’t really care.”

 

At Dooha’s words, the maid’s face hardened slightly.

 

Usually, if you apologize, they’ll say that it’s okay or that it’s not your fault, but the Duchess in front of her simply said she didn’t care.

 

When seeing that the chief maid felt perplexed, Dooha smiled at her and said, “This is the dress the Duke sent for me, so I’ll wear it.
I love this dress.”

 

“Oh, yes.”

 

At Dooha’s words, the maids moved in unison to change her clothes.

 

Meanwhile, the chief maid picked up the duke’s robe she had taken off.

 

“Just a minute.”

 

“Yes?”

 

“Leave those clothes alone.”

 

“Ah, but the duke told me to bring these clothes back…”

 

“The borrower returns the borrowed item.”

 

Dooha smiled resolutely as she looked at the chief maid.

 

“The person who borrowed it will have to come and return it.
Isn’t that right?”

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