“…Are you all right, Milady?”

Sebastian and Sei are both entrusted to handle the fief’s and Conglomerate’s affairs respectively. Tanya is now in the middle of investigating the Church as well as keeping an eye on the royal capital’s movement, while Ryle and Dida are working together to strengthen public order within the fief. Moneda is busy traveling back and forth between the bank and the merchant guild, and Rehme is lending Sebastian a helping hand with his tasks. Therefore, amongst the servants who see me on a regular basis, the only one available to pay me a visit at the moment is Merida.

As she entered the room, I raised my lowering eyebrows.

“…Am I looking all right to you?”

Putting on an exaggerated expression, I retorted with a sarcastic smile.

“Forgive my rudeness. The way I see it, you should take as much break as possible, Milady. Here, please have some chocolate and tea.”

“Thank you.”

I took a bar of chocolate. Yum, this was quite delicious. The effect soon spread over my head.

“Tell me, Merida. I wonder, aren’t you receiving various job offers from other places too?”

“I guess that’s true, given the fact that I am supervising the whole teashop line of the Conglomerate.”

Merida burst into laughter. It was quite refreshing to see such cheerfulness these days.

“Weren’t there places with extraordinary terms as well?”

Merida had her eyes widened as if being surprised by my inquiry… nevertheless, she smiled again.

“…Right now, I couldn’t care less about how others wish to have me. It is all thanks to Milady that I was able to come this far. That is why I have no interest in any other places.”

“I see…”

“Besides, I don’t really want to see Milady getting crushed at this point.”

She broadly grinned.

“…I will try my hardest to meet your expectation.”

The preparation was almost completed, though we still lacked one final piece. Nevertheless, I will not go easy on the opponents this time, never will I. I will cut off their escape completely and drive them to the wall. Otherwise, they will take advantage of it and strike at me afterwards. For the sake of that piece.

“…Pardon the intrusion, Milady.”

As I was lost in deep thought, I did not realize that Merida had taken her leave, and before long, another character has turned up in her place.

“…Dean!!”

Despite myself, I cried out by the appearance of the unexpected character.

“W-Why are you here…?”

“To lend you a hand.”

“To lend me a hand, you say? You should have known our current situation better than any else, yet you still decided to come regardless of that?”

Although it is reasonable should one decide to keep their distances from a proclaimed sinner, for him to come here was simply unbelievable. It is on the same level as helping a criminal in Japan’s common sense.

In reality, a lot of people are leaving the Conglomerate, and even though I have withdrawn from the fief’s bureaucracy, letters of protest asking me to give up the position of fief’s acting lord are still coming everyday.

“Yes, certainly. Hence I was thinking if I am able to lend you a helping hand though.”

“But, to lend a hand to a sinner? For all one knows, the Church of Darryl would even set their eyes on you. For you to purposely take such a risk… it just doesn’t make any sense at all!”

Isn’t this because of my fatigue or so… though I was calmer at the time with Merida, my tone with Dean was regrettably more aggressive. Though I realized it immediately, I couldn’t stop the words from leaving my mouth.

“It does make sense though. Haven’t I told you before? I have already belonged to you, Milady. If you cannot depend on me at such times, when would I ever be reliable to you?”

Hearing Dean’s blatantly obvious response, I was at lost for words in an instant.

“That…”

“Furthermore, not only can you depend on me, but I also have what you are seeking right now.”

I was speechless as he quickly handed over that and gave the following words. Don’t tell me, he had managed to secure the final piece, and moreover, to bring it here at long last. It was not even the feeling of surprise that crossed my mind, I was just deeply moved by the action.

“…So, what is your strategy, Milady?”

He was grinning deviously. Already knowing what my course of action would be, and yet still asking me about it, what an evil man he is.

“It is as you have expected… Furthermore, thanks to these that you managed to collect for me, all the pieces have started to fall in place.”

“That is a relief… And so, when will the opening ceremony be?”

“You certainly are well-informed… Geez, how did you know about that?”

“I just happened to hear about it along the road. It has become quite a topic of interest at the royal capital.”

58 comments

  1. Thanks you for your release chapter ! Despite it’s short this time (normal because it’s same in raws), I’m glad to read that Iris can finally counterattack 🙂 (waiting for the next chapter…)

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  2. Dean is really the best husbando for MC, hands-down, no question. All aboard the Iris x Dean! next stop: the destruction of the church (lowercase to emphasize their brazen blasphemous cult, not a real church)

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  3. . ∧,_,∧ 
    .(`・ω・)つ━☆・*。
    .⊂   ノ   ・゜+.
    . し’´J  ☆*・ °。。
    .     /\   Thanks!! Nepu!!!
    .    / ★∴ \  Merry X-mas!
    .   (人_人_人)   And A
    .   / ∴∵★ \ Happy Nepu Year!
    .   (_人_人_人_)   ∧ ∧
    .   / .☆∴∵∴. \ ( ´・ω・)
    .  (_人★人☆人_) /  ⌒ヽ
    .     ̄凵   (人___つ_つ
    That confession like statement!!!

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  4. Thanks for the chapter!!
    THIS is why I absolutely love this novel! Such a perfect mix of romance, politics, strategies, and show of awesomeness.. 😌
    Such amazing rapport between Iris and Dean.. 😆😆
    Can’t wait for the show to begin.. 😁😁

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    1. it’s because of the images. when the first prince come to talk with his grandmother, there is an image of him, and you realise it’s dean

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  5. Shiro-dono, my thanks to you for providing a translation on this fine day.

    …Rehme is lending Sebastian and helping hand with his tasks.
    and > a

    It is all thanks to Milady that I was able to make this far.
    > come this far / make it this far

    …even though I have withdrawed from the fief’s bureaucracy,
    > withdrawn

    “Furthermore, not only can you depend on me, but I also had what you are seeking right now.”
    had > have

    Already knew what my course of action would be,
    knew > knowing

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  6. Thank you for the update!! I’ve been really worried for Iris and the conglomerate since things are getting a bit crazy for her but kyaaaa Dean😆😆😆😆anyways I can’t wait for the comeback of a better and stronger Iris and Azura~^^

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  7. OMG! MY HEART IS POUNDING! I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER. I’M SOOOOOOOOO CURIOUS RIGHT NOW AND I BET I CANNOT SLEEP TONIGHT XD
    THANK YOU SO MUCH! WHAT A NICE PRESENT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. I LOVE YOU!!!

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  8. Wow, what a great chapter. Really builds the anticipation for a counter attack! I think it is really awesome how this chapter showcases just how different the two princes are. The original fiance (can’t remember his name and kinda don’t want to >.>;; ) heard that Iris might have done something less than noble (bullying) and jumped to crucify her in public despite the fact that a lot of other people’s actions were also lumped into Iris’s own wrongdoing. No benefit of the doubt, no fact checking, no attempt at understanding. Then, on the flip side, we see Dean’s reaction when the stakes are far higher. Good job, Dean!

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  9. I already read it raw but still waiting for your translation Shiro cause i never get bored of this Novel 💝…
    Iris counter attack is really destructive to the church (and the second prince faction ofc) and Dean supporting her.. oh can’t stop fangirling about Dean x Iris
    Thank you for your hardwork! And merry xmas (n‘∀‘)η

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