The Inner Palace Tale of a Villainess Noble Girl - Chapter 2.2
Having regained her composure, she stepped forward to the center of the room and bowed her head towards Diana.
“It is a pleasure to meet you. I have been granted the office of Head Mistress, Sarah Maris.”
“Maris… speaking of which, are you related to Earl Maris?”
“With utmost humility, Earl Maris is my husband.”
“I see. Nice to meet you. I’m Diana Crester. It’s a pleasure to meet you today.”
We returned the greeting and looked up at each other. Smiling, Diana continued.
“I have lived on the estate all my life, so I don’t know much about the etiquette of the royal court. I would appreciate it if you could guide me from time to time.”
“No, not me! There’s nothing to teach the ‘Red Roses-sama’…!”
“Well…? Well, then, I don’t blame you.”
I don’t know why the chief lady looks so pale.
“Later on, you will meet the maidservant who will take care of the Red Rose Room and the female officer who will manage it. If there are any inconveniences, please let them know.”
After looking away with a blank expression, Diana looked back at Rita.
“…What do you think she interpreted my words earlier as?”
“Well… I’m sorry to say that I don’t know much about the etiquette of the palace,’ to ‘So I’ll do as I please. You must let me.” “I’d be grateful if you could guide me from time to time” must have sounded like “Be my hands and feet.” But I’m not sure.”
“…No one even thinks that way.”
As usual, Diana was dismayed. It’s at times like this that you can feel the thoroughness of Crester’s blood.
Diana Crester, the Countess of Crester.
Her two names in social circles were “The Rose Princess of the Blooming Ice Flame”.
The golden hair that cascades down her back is like the sun in gentle waves, and her shining blue eyes are the color of the sea, the color of her mother’s inheritance. Those two beautiful colors, however, took on the blood of the Crester family and underwent a certain artistic transformation.
A cool slit, a high nose, and glossy red lips. Her beauty instantly captivates men and women of all ages, but it is said that she also strikes fear into their hearts. She has no mercy on those who oppose her, but moves men with a euphemistic smile and makes everything go as she wishes.
Whenever she thinks of something to look forward to, her smile is cold and lurid like ice, and yet her luster is as beautiful as a blazing fire – a fearsome rose.
At the age of fifteen, she made her debut in society, and within a short time, such rumors had spread.
“To tell you the truth, there have always been rumors about us that we’ve never heard. Why do we Cresters put an unexpected secondary voice behind our words? I don’t know if I’m going to put it down.”
“It’s not right for people around you to be frightened. If you listen normally, you wouldn’t hear any secondary sound.”
“That’s true, though.”
Diana was also a noblewoman. She had been looking forward to her debut in the social world as much as anyone else. Having lived in the estate until now, she may have been longing for the ‘outside’ world.
However, the moment she was escorted by her brother into the ballroom where her debut was to take place, wise Diana gave up the ‘human-like’ association. That’s how intense the stinging gaze was.
Surrounding Diana were all those with calculating eyes, especially the way a man of his age looked at Diana. She was a 15-year-old with a bountiful and beautiful body with a lot to offer. The gaze, as if looking forward to a ‘one night stand’ openly without hiding it . Indeed, if you only looked at Diana’s appearance, she might have looked like a woman who was fooling around, but nevertheless.
“How do you feel…tonight. Would you like to spend a pleasant time with me?”
“I’m afraid not. I’m making my debut as a socialite today. You know what that means, don’t you?”
This phrase, which implied, ‘What do you have feelings for a 15-year-old girl, you pedophile? For some reason, he said, ‘I didn’t call for you, there is someone more worthy to make a spectacular debut. And on the first day of her debut, people started to whisper that she was a “little devil who played with men”. From then on, every time they exchanged some random words, they were interpreted as such the day after tomorrow… and before she knew it, she was called the thankless title of “the bad girl of the society”
“And yet… whether you remember it or not, my reputation is not only notorious, it’s the bottom line. I’m crawling, though. Why did they give us the ‘Red Rose Room’?”
“Now … reputation and treatment are not the same thing, are they? Or perhaps Diana’s entry into the palace was forced by your husband’s pressure. So it is assumed that the inner palace was unnecessarily restless…”
“…That seems to be a strong possibility. Totally, no one wants to be in the palace, and yet…”
Not only Diana herself, but her mother Elizabeth, her father Duaris, and her brother Edward, who was a sisterly figure, none of them. They hadn’t even considered entering Diana into the inner palace as the family knew that the place was not suitable for Diana’s temperament.
But in spite of this, the world thought that Earl Crester is forcing his daughter to enter the palace for the sake of his daughter’s adoration and control of the center. It is rumored that he promoted it, and Diana herself is thought to have ridden to the inner palace with the aim of becoming the rightful queen. There were many reasons for this misunderstanding to have happened, though.
“It’s too much trouble to be the rightful Queen…. That’s not the point. I have a premonition that it’s going to be troublesome to get along with people in the rear palace…. Why did I come to this place?”
“Diana-sama…. I will definitely protect Diana-sama and find a way out of the inner palace!”
“Thank you, Rita. You’re the only one who can help me.”
…On your first day in the palace, and you’ve been given a room for a prospective bride, there’s a lot of things wrong with the conversation between the girl and her servant. Although, Diana and Rita were very serious.
Then the second knock of the day came. Rita went to address the visitor and told Diana that a maid and a lady attendant are here.
“Let them come in.”
“Yes. Ladies and gentlemen, please come in.”
From the door that Rita opened, about ten court women and two female maids came in. By the way, it’s quite easy to distinguish between the two as their clothes were quite different.
“Red Rose-sama, it’s your first time seeing us. You will be able to figure out the best way to get the most out of this article. This is Ira, also a female officer, and Yuri, the deputy maid.”
“Nice to meet you.”
“I will serve you with all my heart and soul.”
The two people who were introduced to bow their heads. Understanding that apparently these three were the heads, Diana opened her mouth with a smile on her face.
“Thank you for being so gracious. I’m Diana Crester. This is my maidservant Rita, whom I brought here from my family home. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a way to make your life easier. It’s nice to meet you.”
When I returned the greeting, one of the maidservants who had bowed her head – I didn’t know her name, but she had unusual dark hair, so I was impressed she remained in – but she looked up in surprise. I almost laughed at her then because our gazes met, and her eyes widened more and more…Have I misunderstood something else?
“…Um, Diana-sama. May I have your permission?”
“Ah? Yes, what is it?”
Before they knew it, they all looked up. When Mia spoke to me and nodded, she opened her mouth, gravely.
— “His Majesty will come over here tonight,” she said.
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