The Inner Palace Tale of a Villainess Noble Girl - Chapter 6
Edward Crester, the eldest son of the current Earl of Crester.
His second name among the social circles is ‘The Beautiful Flower who seduces ladies with his sweet fragrance.’
He is known among the nobility for his soft smile, gentle tone of voice, and gentle treatment of women, and it is said that the moment they give in to him, they have fallen into his predator’s trap.
It’s another gloomy season.
There is no such thing as being absent because it is my duty as a noble to attend, and it is a valuable opportunity to gather information. I’ll always attend, but that doesn’t mean I ever enjoy being there.
Social season – for the Crester family, it’s a very depressing time of year, but also very important.
Especially this year.
(I felt a hint of ‘darkness’ earlier…)
Edward, the eldest son of the Crester family, was walking down the hallway at a fast pace. There was no hesitation in his steps as he hurried to his destination and opened the door without knocking the moment he reached it.
“Oh, there you are, Ed.”
“Yes. The ‘darkness’ you mentioned earlier…?”
“Hmm, I just came to give you this.”
The current Earl of Crester, Duaris, was sitting in his chair in the study, holding up a fluttering letterhead. At the familiarity of the handwriting, Edward’s shoulders relaxed.
“Did you come just to deliver a letter from Diana…”
“Don’t worry, Diana has Rita and the Darkness with her. She’s very capable of defending herself.”
“But…” Duaris paused, dropping his eyes to the letterhead.
“I visited the King’s Chamber early because of Diana, but it seems I was right. The situation at the inner palace is more urgent than I thought.”
“That…is probably true. In the first place, having so many side rooms in the inner palace was unprecedented in the past.”
“Hmm. The more people there are, the more trouble there will be. That’s the natural order of things…”
“Are there any more problems?” Edward asked, and Duaris handed him the letter.
“Read it. That way you’ll know.”
Nodding, Edward ran his eyes over the letters spelled out on the letterhead. There, in his sister’s handwriting, unmistakably hers, it described this and that after she entered the inner palace.
Reading it, he kept his head down.
“Landrose’s daughter has entered the ‘Peony’…?”
“They can’t make any big movements, but they are very good at mending the surface. I hear my daughter is no different.”
“Indeed, considering this situation, with Diana being given the ‘Red Rose’, we can say that the balance has been struck. The Marquis of Strescia and the Marquis of Eustor have a modest family size but no ambition. The Earl of Kiel is not that much in family size, but he is a visionary, and his management of the estate is highly regarded. Rather than ambition, it can be said that he is a man with a rising mind. And the Marquis of Landrose…”
“That person is ‘tradition’ and ‘bloodline’ and ‘prestige’ walking around in clothes. There’s no other way to put it.”
“Right. But that is why it is so troublesome. Hence the ‘Peony’ was given to her for that reason.”
“The ‘Waterlily’ and ‘Bellflower’ below them have the princesses of the Strescia and Eustor families, who are not extremists despite their family status, and the ‘Violet,’ which is the lowest ranking of the ‘Namesake’ but has a sufficiently high status in the current rear palace, has the princess of the Kiel family, who is treated more favorably than her status…”
Duaris rubbed his head. The meaning of that gesture was, “How dare you think about such details?”
Edward nodded as he chuckled at his father.
“By doing so, she thought that both the conservative aristocrats, who were more focused on family history, and the emerging aristocrats, who were more focused on performance, would agree with each other. In fact, they should have been convinced…If only Landrose’s daughter hadn’t gone off on a tangent.”
“I’m in a whole lot of trouble.”
When Liliane, the Marquess of Landrose, created a faction of the conservative nobility and blatantly treated the side chambers who entered from the emerging noble houses with coldness, the balance within the rear court was greatly upset. If this continued, it was clear from the feud that there would be dissatisfaction among the emerging nobles.
“It’s not strange for Diana to join the ‘Red Rose,’ you know. In fact, there would have been pressure from Father’s followers to make underhanded moves and promote your daughter as a candidate as the rightful consort, which would only add another saga to the rumors about our family.”
“But–” The balance of the inner palace has been restored.
The fact that Diana was given the Red Rose was extremely unworthy of her status alone. Of all things, the daughter of a Countess was now standing above the Marquis’ daughters.
However, this revived the power of the rear court at once, which had been leaning towards conservative aristocracy. It seems that Landrose’s daughter is also unable to strongly confront Diana.
“It’s become complicated…”
“Yes. To complicate matters further, there’s a side room that His Majesty is said to favor.”
“Ahhh Baroness Sheila Callard, was it?”
Edward’s mind conjured up a range of information about the House of Callard. However, he could hardly remember much about the daughter. He only had a vague impression that she was a quiet princess who made her social debut last year.
“The Baron Callard himself is an emerging nobleman who rose to prominence just a few decades ago. Even the conservative side chambers, they probably wouldn’t mind kicking him off. If it were known that such a princess is His Majesty’s favorite princess…”
“You never know what an angry conservative might do to you.”
“Ah. Especially since Landrose’s daughter seems to have a lot of pride.”
“I’m also concerned about the movements of the innovator side rooms. Are there any of them who would do anything unexpected to gain Diana’s favor?”
“But we can’t afford rash moves.” Duaris stared at the ceiling.
“Get as much detail as you can on each of the side rooms. Can you do that?”
“I’m on it.” Thanks to Lady Diana and Lady Rita, the investigation in the Inner Palace has been made easier.
“I’m sorry, Sirius. Thank you for your help.”
With that, the presence in the ceiling disappeared. Edward sighed and turned back to Duaris.
“Sirius seems to be feeling responsible,”
“It’s not his fault. Darkness is doing a good job.”
(TLNote: So it’s an organization… thought there would be spirits in here XD)
They were hardly involved in the preliminary investigation. If only they’d pushed themselves to infiltrate in advance…
“At a time when Diana is not in the palace? No matter how good those ‘dark’ people are, I can’t let them do that.”
Edward smiled sincerely at Duaris’ decisive response.
Treating servants as pawns, ordering them to do reckless work, and getting rid of them when it’s not convenient. While such nobles are rotten, his father – rather, his family has always resisted such a trend.
Whether the servants were involved with their public business, or worked in the shadows to gather information, or serve to guard and capture – the Crester family’s covert unit, commonly known as the ‘Darkness’ – all their servants were treated equally as ‘people’ by the Crester family. He was always grateful to them, believing that the existence of the Crester family was only possible because of them.
Edward was proud from the bottom of his heart to have been born to such a father, and to be able to follow in his footsteps.
This translation belongs to Centinni.
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