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As soon as a message was sent to the Duke’s residence a man immediately came. Instead of sending someone else, Luke himself showed up with a carriage, forcing Lyle to send Medea to greet him.
Lyle was preoccupied with his scheduled duties as Emperor and figured there is no reason to be wary since Luke arrived to pick up Seira (who was disguised as Ian).
But Lyle was in an unpleasant mood.
‘The Empress is meeting the young Baron and the Little Duke?’
She had already met the Duke, so meeting the Little Duke wouldn’t make much of a difference. Medea was skilled at coping with her memory loss without being detected.
Lyle attached an attendant to report what the three people were talking about, so his curiosity would be soon sated. But still…
‘I don’t know why I have such a bad feeling.’
He knew it would be unsightly if he left the office now and interrupted their conversation. Lyle was sure Medea would take offense. It was obvious that Lyle would lose points and lose esteem in her eyes which weren’t much, to begin with.
‘I want to go.’
His task was completed much faster than anticipated, probably because he had to exert extreme concentration to keep Medea from his mind.
Sid’s rule in the office was that rushing for nothing would only increase mistakes. It tempered the other officials in the administration, so now Lyle’s hands were currently empty.
With no work to be done, his mind had already entirely turned to Medea.
He wouldn’t dare go and sit next to the Empress, would he? What is the Empress talking about? Don’t tell me you’re laughing and smiling at him.….
Sid clicked his tongue when he saw Lyle, who was wringing his hands and agonizing. It was an act that he should not have dared to do in front of the emperor, but Lyle was so engrossed in thought that even he did not notice.
“Why don’t you go and see?”
Lyle replied bluntly, pretending not to know. Sid explained as he took the papers Lyle had processed.
“Isn’t it because you are worried about the Empress meeting the Little Duke of Card? Tsk… What’s the big deal about a spouse meeting his brother-in-law?….”
“What would the Empress think of me if I went there?”
“You would look like an idiot.”
At Sid’s prompt reply, Lyle was speechless.
“……Do you want to die?”
“I want to live. So don’t get upset and go see.”
“Who’s going to go when you said they will look like an idiot? Are you kidding me?”
“You’re a nuisance, aren’t you? Even if Her Majesty thinks you are unbecoming, what does it matter if you don’t want to divorce her or ignore her? You can do whatever you want.”
“I don’t know if you are giving advice or insults.”
“I’ve heard you’ve already locked her up. If you follow her to the meeting, will your Majesty’s honour drop further in the Empress’s eyes? I doubt you even have a score.”
Lyle was silent, unsure what to say and then looked at Sid.
Sid was a guy who constantly changed women. He is good at seducing, but he couldn’t maintain relationships.
“……it’s no use asking you.”
“Maybe I’m the only one around your Majesty who’s able to date women properly? Besides, I can’t date a woman for a long time because of you. It has nothing to do with my abilities!”
“I don’t trust you. Isn’t it because of your light attitude that woman can’t trust you?”
“I think it’s because of the great and wonderful Majesty who calls me and interrupts the date that I planned two weeks in advance!”
Recently, Lyle has fallen in love with Medea and Sid has been able to go on a date almost every day. In that sense, Sid had a vested interest to actively encourage Lyle and Medea’s relationship.
Lyle looked at Sid for a long time before he decided.
“What am I supposed to do?”
“Let’s get rid of her guard first…….”
“No, that’s off the table.”
Sid clicked his tongue at Lyle’s temperamental and blunt reply.
“No, after all, isn’t the entire palace your Majesty’s residence anyway? Even if the Empress lives in the Imperial Palace, it’s enough for her Majesty to move freely there.”
He didn’t think of that.
“If it bothers you that the Empress walks around without your Majesty…… wouldn’t it be better to relax and oversleep at night?”
Lyle looked at Sid in bewilderment. Sid replied very naturally,
“If you finish work early and go back to her side and go on a date with her, she won’t say much. It is not only possible to hold it in your hands with power you should read this on that1villainess. Your Majesty, err… It’s not like you’re already running out of stamina…….”
The fact that Sid left out was that he was killing two birds with one stone, so he too could get off work earlier.
Lyle was seriously deliberating about whether Sid’s suggestion had any downsides. Indeed, Medea was unhappy about being on ‘probation’ and not being able to return to the Empress’s Palace.
‘Relax at night……?’
That was a welcome appeal. It wasn’t impossible.
“Okay, let’s do that.”
“I wish you the best of luck, your Majesty.”
Sid turned his head and smiled at the proposition of being able to leave work earlier.