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“You have to open your mouth, um?”
Lucerne stomped on Marco’s foot. He screamed and the shadows disappeared and seeped into his mouth.
“Take your time and teach him a lesson,”
ordered Lucerne as he twirled with the traces of the shadow left on his hand.
“… … .”
“Even if you die or manage to survive and continue being the useless coward you are, this punishment will still torment you. So take this opportunity to reflect on yourself and train your memory.”
Elisha didn’t even want to imagine what was going on inside Marco’s body. Lucerne extended his arm to her.
She took his escort and left the terrace. Her back was drenched in sweat.
“Can you do this?”
Elisha felt exhilaration and anxiety at the same time. Even Gaju knew his family fought dirty behind each other’s backs.
But the only thing the Head would never tolerate was murder amongst his family members. This was especially after the loss of Jacob’s and Lucerne’s fathers.
The patriarch’s rules were stricter than the imperial law. If someone did not abide by that single decree, the duke would draw his sword, and that meant the offender would recieve the death penalty.
“It won’t be serious. The Lord turns a blind eye when we exchange a couple of punches amongst each other.”
“It’s not like a couple of punches.”
Lucerne looked at Elisha and clicked his tongue.
“My shadow attacked him, a demon he can never control. So he will never complain about it to the Lord.”
Elisha understood what he implied. The shadow beast was a kind of guardian deity of the ducal family. But this ability had only manifested in Lucerne.
So it was a catch 22 for Jacob and Marco. Because even if they were to cry and protest to the Head, they would also be admitting that they were incompetent.
“Once he washes the inside of his body with magic, his head will be clear, and he won’t die.”
Elisha couldn’t help but admire him. The sight of Lucerne punishing Cartier’s men made him look even more incredibly attractive. Unconsciously, she squeezed the arm he was escorting her with.
“What? Do you want me to kiss you?”
“Your joke is… … .”
“Did you think I was joking?”
People were paying attention to them. Lucerne whispered in her ear, pretending to tenderly and affectionately touch Elisha’s hair.
“Everyone is talking about us.”
Elisha’s shoulders stiffened.
“I heard that you and I got married because we are perverted nymphomanics that are utterly crazy about sex. They say we can’t get enough of each other, sticking together outdoors, in the stables, and even in the halls of the duke’s mansion.”
“… … .”
“I can’t even say anything because it’s well-founded hearsay.”
Her cheeks glowed softly. She now realized why all those men were looking at her today.
(L) “Well……. It merits to be rumored all over that way.”
It was clear that Marco’s wife, Arien, was the one spreading gossip.
It was when Elisha was attacked on the street and walked around in her underwear. She then met Arien in the hotel garden, who believed that Elisha and Lucerne were having sex outdoors.
(L) “It’ll be amusing to know how many people asked to have an affair with you in the short time I stepped away from you.”
She knew that Marco tried to seduce her. They thought she would be easy since she and Lucerne were a perverted couple who were crazy about sex.
(L) “You got a man like that. Of all things, the dirtiest dung fly.”
Their faces grew closer and closer.
(L) “Then I can’t have your expectations disappointed again.”
His eyes flashed. Lucerne swallowed Elisha’s lips.
“Uh, unn…… .”
A deep kiss followed. Elisha closed her eyes tightly without pushing his tongue away as he rushed into her with passion. Instead, she unconsciously grabbed his collar. When they fell from each other slowly, Lucerne’s eyes became fierce.
“I can’t stink to you anymore, right?”
He chuckled and wiped Elisha’s lips with his thumb. The wives [t1v: and readers] sighed in regret and envy, and the men looked at them with intrigue.
She rested her face in his arms.
Perhaps, even after divorcing Lucerne in this life, it looked like it would be difficult for her to remarry to an imperial nobleman. It was good she had no intentions of doing so.
Lucerne was able to tolerate the ladies who gave him strange glances. However, the way men looked at Elisha he found was strangely offensive and unpleasant. He wanted to slap every single one of them across the cheek.
‘You look pretty today.’
Lucerne went up the stairs and saw Elisha. A bright green silk dress that showed off her immaculate arms, revealing the curve of her bosom looked perfect on her.
Suddenly, he recalled a nobleman who had been bothering him by grabbing his arm earlier.
‘I heard that you and your wife have been showing off your passion for each other in the Duke’s mansion and in the capital? Of course, I hope you fully enjoy your honeymoon as newlyweds. But, after that……. There is much more to enjoy. That’s what the married life of aristocrats is like. My heart is always open.’
Lucerne here tried to ignore him without saying a word. But he added,
‘By the way, your wife is very pretty. I guess she hasn’t put on her new dress. Looking at the bottom of her dress, you can see the finish on her hem that was popular a few years ago. Those wives with good eyes must have already noticed. To fix an old dress, you have to be more thorough. Since she is already a beautiful lady, she shouldn’t be wearing such a flawless dress. Jealous people will curse her behind her back.’
It was only then that Lucerne slowly looked at Elisha’s attire. He opened the door and asked her,
“Is that a new outfit?”
“No, I fixed what was in the mansion.”
“I knew it,”
Lucerne remarked indifferently.
“Among your expenses, the cost of clothing was unusually low. With how small it was, I thought you were going around naked.”
Elisha did a great job managing the mansion. But her personal expenditures were bizarrely low. It was almost non-existent.
“What are you going to do if I take it off?”
“You should be punished. You should only do that in front of me.”