The Fortunate Mistake and Second Life of the Margrave’s Madam - C3
- The Fortunate Mistake and Second Life of the Margrave’s Madam
- C3 - Second Life Together (Part 3)
The Knight’s Daughter and Her Do-Over Arc
Second Life Together (Part 3)
I immediately returned to my room after leaving Lord Alexis’s room.
The Margrave’s mansion in the borderland county had been my home until I turned 12. My brother was three years older than me, and I followed him to Liedelstein Castle when he went there to become an apprentice knight.
I was the daughter of the knight captain, so they gave this room to me. I was also given basic education and etiquette training. When my brother turned 19, he joined the Royal Knights, and in that same year, I also started my job as an accounting assistant at the Liedelstein Castle.
…. In my [First Life], this room still remained even after I got married, but it was rarely used.
Because I returned back in time, there were a lot of things I already threw away in my previous life, that were still in here. Nostalgia hit me, and strangely, I also felt lonely.
I opened my desk drawer, took out a stack of slightly grayish draft papers, then filled the pen nib with ink.
I still have my memories of my previous life and it was clear, but there was a possibility that I might forget what I knew about this [First Life].
That was why I decided to jot down everything that I still remembered from my [First Life] —things that I heard and saw and information about the people around me.
First of all…the raid that would happen in the winter of this year.
After that tragedy, Lord Alexis conducted his personal investigation, and he discovered one of Baron Deulfar’s homes.
But because Lord Alexis turned into a battle-crazed person, he didn’t do any post-handling and written reports, so that job naturally fell on me.
My heart would break everytime I summarized the records of Lord Alexis’s bloody military accomplishments at that time, but now, I was glad that I compiled those information in detail.
… Originally, Baron Deulfar’s father was set to inherit the title of Margrave of Leidelstein.
However, that person made a lot of mess during his youth apparently, so he was suspended in their locality. He was stripped of his right to be the margrave. The title was bestowed to his younger brother instead, who was also the grandfather of Lord Alexis.
Deulfar, whose father committed a lot of wrongdoings, strived harder, and because of his efforts, the landless title of baron was conferred to him. However, the status of margrave did not return to him. It was turned over to the current head of the family, Lord Oliver…and he had been extremely dissatisfied about it.
Baron Deulfar decided to attack the margrave’s party as they traveled through the snow. He already knew beforehand that the margrave, his heir Lord Alexis and my father, the captain of the knights and the one who posed the biggest hindrance to the baron, were all gathered together. Thus, he decided to pile the snow on the road that the carriage would pass through.
He planned to have his hired men attack the group while they were busy trying to get the carriage out from being stuck in the snow.
80% of the plan succeeded in that [First Life]. The attackers also tried to kill Lord Alexis, but a passing merchant caravan came to the group’s aid so they didn’t have any choice but to retreat.
… The instructions containing this information were discovered in the Baron’s mansion.
Unfortunately, the assaulters didn’t know the identity of the person who hired them, so even if Lord Alexis pressed them for answers, he barely got more information out of it.
Nevertheless, Lord Alexis deduced that the mastermind was the baron’s family based on the meager information that he obtained. He attacked his mansion, then he killed the entire family when the baron confessed under the threat of the sword.
I wrote everything that I remembered regarding the two families who sought the seat of the margrave of Lidelstein — the House of Fermat, the family that Lord Alexis belonged to, and the House of Preuss which was Baron Deulfar’s.
… Lord Alexis and the Margrave were the only people surnamed Fermat that were still living at present time. Lord Alexis’ mother passed away 10 years ago, and his grandparents also passed away five years ago.
That was precisely the reason why Baron Deulfar attacked Lord Margrave and Lord Alexis. He believed that the margrave’s seat would belong to him by virtue of bloodline once he eliminated them.
…The pen tip dug into the paper.
It was pointing right where the baron’s name was, so a dark stain slowly spread here, but that’s fine.
Everyone in this family tree died in my [First Life].
Not only that, even the knights including Father, as well as the assassins hired by the baron also died… and I was pretty sure I perished after Lord Alexis had slashed me.
Lord Alexis and the Margrave were a given, but I also wished that even Baron Deulfar and the people he hired didn’t have to die.
Death was the end of everything.
The people on Baron Deulfar’s side were punished…but they probably didn’t want to end up like that.
I want to change the future.
I did not want to repeat my [First Life] where everyone had been miserable.
“In order to do that, I have to… act.”
I pulled myself together, all fired up. I pulled out a territorial map of Lidelstein from the bookshelf.
The hideaway of the baron’s hired assassins was….here, at the southern edge of the territory. It was an abandoned house surrounded by the forest, and it was unimaginable that bad people would be here.
It was currently autumn now. The incident took place in winter, so the baron’s side must have already started to move.
Even if it was the case, I couldn’t immediately beat the Baron, it might needlessly alert the snake. There wasn’t enough evidence, and even if they believed me, it might backfire and they would suspect me of being in cahoots with the baron. It would be a disaster if that were to happen.
However, even if I couldn’t declare the baron’s sins… I still needed to prevent the attack.
“…I must take the knights with me and charge into the hideout.”
This was the easiest path. I immediately wrote that down.
First, I need to set-up some kind of errand so that there will be a reason for me to go to the southern region. Then, I will “accidentally” spot a group of suspicious people going deeper into the forest. I will follow them, and will discover them….all holed up in their hideout.
I wanted to finish this matter as soon as possible, but I might come up empty-handed if I charged too soon.
Based on the written report submitted by the steward in my [First Life], ‘they had been actively moving since the end of autumn’, so…I must go there by the end of autumn.
Then, I will tell the Margrave that ‘I discovered some suspicious people in the territory, so I want to guide the order of chivalry there’.
At any rate, it was a matter related to the security of the territory, so I was sure Father and the Margrave would give their consent.
The knights would confirm that they were indeed there, and they would be able to capture the assassins right on the spot.
Even if they escaped, the Margrave and the rest would be alerted that somebody was targeting their lives, and that was more than enough.
…Alright, let’s go with this.
I circled the decisions that I made…But suddenly, a shadow of doubt crossed my mind.
What if, this plan worked and we managed to prevent the winter attack?
In that case, things would be different from my [First Life], so what would happen then?
Neither the margrave nor Father would be killed, so Lord Alexis would not fall into depression and anger.
Lord Alexis has many potential fiancees, so he might be able to have a bride that is highly qualified to become the next margravine.
By the way, there was a reason why Lord Alexis didn’t have a fiancee yet despite being the heir already twenty-one years old .
He did have a fiancee before, she had broken her engagement with him on the grounds that he was too serious and boring, and Lord Alexis also accepted that.
… Lord Alexis just commented that “She and I didn’t have fate”, but he looked lonely as he laughed it off.
That young lady married and gave birth to a child less than a year after the engagement was broken off. I was dismayed when I heard that, but apparently, she was the daughter of a duke and a relative of royalty, so the margrave could only swallow it down.
I’ll set that aside for now.
The gentle and gallant Lord Alexis could finally welcome a noble woman.
And it would not be me.
In my [First Life], all the potential fiancee candidates ran away, leaving him no choice but to marry me in order to continue the bloodline and have an heir.
I was Lord Alexis’s childhood friend, and I also practiced swordsmanship so my body was robust. Moreover, I was also well-acquainted with Lidelstein, so I was also an assistant in management and accounting, and I excelled in paperworks and deskjobs.
I was just a commoner whose father received the title of Knight Captain, but they didn’t have a choice but to welcome me as the margravine.
But, it was different now.
“…Lord Alexis will be happier if he married someone else other than me, right.”
At any rate, when it was proposed that he would marry me in my [First Life], Lord Alexis mumbled that “Rieze is the only person that I don’t want to marry.”
Lord Alexis was kind to everyone.
Moreover, I was the younger sister of his foster brother, and the daughter of the Knight Captain. That was the reason why he was affectionate to me, and it didn’t mean that he loved me.
I was shocked when I heard what he said back then, but it couldn’t be helped.
Everything about us was different and we didn’t suit each other.
When I finally see that Lord Alexis married a noble young lady, then…I would resign from my position as the assistant accountant, and I would return to the mansion.
Mother will be there, and she will definitely say “isn’t it time for you to consider marriage?”, so when she arranges a meeting with a guy who has the same status as me, so let’s accept and belong to his family.
…Lord Alexis was my first love.
I yearn for him, even until now.
That’s why this time around, in this [Second Life] I want him to grasp happiness.
I want him to meet a young lady that was suited for him, and I wish that they live in harmony and love.
I had already been tied to Lord Alexis once.
We also had a child, even though I wasn’t able to give birth to him or her. It was an extravagance, and I couldn’t ask for more.
“…Lord Alexis. As long as you’re happy, that’s enough for me.”
I muttered as I placed a lid on my transient first love.
T/N: Sorry!!! Been a long while since this was updated, a lot of things happened, and I forgot that I hadn’t posted the chap I finished!!! Sorry sorry guys!!
Alright, as for the novel, this chapter is what got me hooked. We have a calm, rational MC who wasn’t blinded with revenge, instead working towards a future where everyone she loved would be safe and happy, even if that meant letting go of her love. She didn’t go crazy just to make Lord Alexis fall for her. 😀 I just love these kinds of MC, always moving forward 😀
T/N: Hello guys! Hanazakura here, with a brand new novel for you. This is a short novel, and I would only be able to post one chapter a week, but I do hope you also like this one 🙂 Cheers!
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