My Sister Took My Fiancé and Now I’m Forced to Marry the Ugly Duke - Chapter 13
Translated by: ShinigamiTori
A New Look
Ever since Lucrezia had moved into the Ugly Duke’s estate, she had spent her days busily buying all the necessary items, but after a while, she was able to settle down.
As soon as she had some free time, her curiosity was immediately aroused.
She wondered what kind of books were in the Pastore’s residence.
When she asked if she could look in his study, Ramilio readily agreed.
“You can read whatever you want in my house. But, they’re all in our language.”
“I’ve learned it before, so I’ll be fine. Then, I’ll borrow them.”
Lucrezia inspected the books in the study one by one.
When she thought that many of the books seemed to have been published about a hundred years ago, she found the diary of the person who collected the books. He was an ancestor of Ramilio’s.
As she was happily reading through it, Ramilio appeared and took a look at it.
“What are you reading?”
“It seems to be the journal of the family head from a hundred years ago. It was a turbulent year at the time, and cults were widely spread to impose fear on the people. The gripping battle against the cultists who believed in a dubious form of black magic…… I enjoy reading this book very much!”
Ramilio looked down at the open book.
“…… Sounds like an interesting read.”
“If you’re curious about it, I can pick out the interesting parts for you later!”
“Really? Thank you for the trouble.”
A soft smile suddenly appeared on Ramilio’s face.
“I’m glad to see that you’re not bored. However, it must be boring to stay at home. Why don’t we go to a holiday resort this weekend? We can take the horses to the mountains or the river, or we could go to a comedy opera house and go shopping. If you don’t want to, I can find something else suitable.”
Lucrezia was a little taken aback.
It was moments like this that made her think he might be a good person.
He wasn’t engaged to her yet, but he was trying his best to make Lucrezia happy.
“What do you usually do on weekends, Ramilio-sama?”
“Me? I never leave the house. I don’t like crowds.”
“Then, let’s go to the mountains or the river.”
“…… No, you don’t have to worry about me. I’m sure the mountains would be boring for a young girl.”
“Oh, I like camping! I carry my own tent and stay overnight in the mountains. It’s so nice to look at the stars and eat hot fish and bacon grilled over a fire!”
When Lucrezia emphasized the point, Ramilio smiled and laughed.
“Then, let’s go to the mountains, shall we? Overnight trips are a bit difficult, but we can at least catch some ducks during the day.”
“How nice, you must be a good hunter!”
Lucrezia had a lot of conversations with Ramilio that day and was very pleased.
‘He’s very friendly and easy to talk to.’
She wondered if she was being too hasty in thinking that it would be nice if they get engaged soon.
‘I hope we can get to know each other in the mountains.’
Lucrezia couldn’t wait for the weekend.
The next day, the butler showed up in Lucrezia’s room with a large box.
“Madam, your dress has arrived.”
“Really? I am so glad!”
Lucrezia nervously unwrapped the package and pulled out a softly colored silk from the inside. It was made of a fabric that was skillfully graded from pale blue to light pink, and the color seemed to change endlessly depending on the light.
Lucrezia fell in love with the luster of the beautiful fabric for a moment.
It was a dream come true for Lucrezia, who only had plain black, brown, and gray clothes.
‘I’m sure if Rosa finds out, she’s going to take it right away.’
She smiled at the thought of her sister who wasn’t here. She was sure this dress would’ve looked great on her.
“Shall we get you ready for the evening? I will send a maid for you.”
“Please do so, thank you.”
Lucrezia started to get ready.
“What is your name?”
“Previously, the Madam called me Ann.”
“Well then, I’m glad to meet you, Ann.”
Lucrezia first had her hair neatly curled with a flat iron and tried to tie it up, but Ann stopped her.
“It’s a trend these days not to tie your hair up. Why don’t you wear your hair in a half updo like this?”
Lucrezia was perplexed.
Lucrezia knew that there was such a trend. Rosa always wore her hair down naturally, therefore she often touched it while eating.
Apart from that, Lucrezia had another concern.
“…… My hair looks white, doesn’t it?”
“Don’t say that. In Pastore, white hair is highly respected as it is a sign of intelligence. Not to mention, my Lady’s silver hair is shiny, so it’ll surely look great with a light-colored dress.”
Lucrezia looked at the mirror in front of her while thinking. Her eyes were dull and it was hard to tell what she was thinking. Her silver hair was carelessly pulled down.
She wondered if it would really suit her.
“Please give it a try.”
Ann recommended it enthusiastically, and she thought better of it.
“… I understand. Then, please.”
“I’m sure you’ll look beautiful!”
Ann pinned back all the hair around her face, securing it with hairpins so she didn’t have to touch her hair, and she swept it all behind her and let the rest hang naturally.
“You have very beautiful skin. Do you take special care of it?”
“Not much…. I just wash my face in the morning and night….”
“Since your eyes are so beautifully shaped, there is no need for makeup around it. Your face also has a wonderful foundation, so just a little bit of powder is all that’s needed to give a sophisticated impression. As your maid, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed.”
Wearing an appliance to make the skirt fuller, she put on the sleeves of the dress.
Lucrezia was encouraged by Anne’s praise of her look through the mirror.
She decided to head to the dining room, hoping that Ramilio would like it as much as she did.
1. I think it refers to Ramilio’s mother/the previous Duchess. ↵
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