Chapter 19 – A Lady’s Duty

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Author: Tensei Mikami Original Source: Syosetu Word Count: 2269 characters
Translator: Jiro English Source: Re:Library Word Count: 568
Editor(s): Robinxen

After that, the two of them started living together, but their journey was by no means a smooth one.

A noble and a commoner. A Duke and a mercenary.

The marriage of these people from two completely different worlds caused great stir not only in the Aldelight’s territory but throughout the whole Kingdom of Elugor.

Balged was outcast by the noble society since he’d rejected the myriad of marriage proposals and had chosen to wed Melia instead. Nevertheless, Balged persisted in his love for Melia despite the disapproval of everyone around him, and Melia, who was now his wife, embraced his love.

They lived their days in peace. They’d believed that this ultimate joy would last forever. A serious hurdle had, however, suddenly emerged before Melia.

She realized what it meant to be married to Balged. Melia realized that she’d become a noble as well. And the social circles inevitably followed the nobility. Followed by evening parties held at every opportunity, which were there to test a noble’s quality.

By no means was the world of nobility a playground for flamboyant people who only knew how to flaunt their wealth.

It was a battlefield where a family’s honor and prestige were on the line and were assessed from all flanks based on their education, quality, dance prowess, sense of style, as well as other things.

Melia, on the other hand, had never worn a skirt, let alone walked in heels.

She’d never been meant for the dance floor, having been blessed with nothing but a talent for the sword and slaughtering demons.

It goes without saying that Melia’s first encounter with nobles had been humiliating.

A catastrophic meal due to poor table manners, brusque greetings, an inability to grasp the nobles’ conversations, and to make matters worse, because she had never worn heels before, she resembled a newborn cub on the dance floor.

Melia’s first encounter with the world of nobles had been plagued by sneers hurled at her.

{A lowly commoner.}
{Well she is after all a mercenary, and those savages have not the slightest clue of what manners are.}
{Just look at her peculiar dance.}
{Duke Balged must be blind.}

“Stop it!”

Even to this day, Melia remembered Balged’s outburst at the time.

Afterwards, her head had gone blank. She had never experienced anything similar before. Humiliation, sadness, anger… A slew of emotions flooded her heart. Melia had been frustrated.

If she had known this would happen, she wouldn’t have said she’d marry in the first place, which was what she’d thought at the time.

Furthermore, one of the nobles’ remarks had stuck with Melia.

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{The children that come out of that woman will undoubtedly be savages as well1. There’s no hope for the Aldelight house.}

Something inside Melia snapped at that moment.

I’ll show you.

Melia’s unexpected growth was the reason she hadn’t caused a scene there and then.

Instead, she just bit her bottom lip until it was covered in blood in an effort to quell the raging fires inside of her.

I’ll change. I’ll become a lady.

Melia would change significantly after that initial meeting. From that day onward she put herself through rigorous education.

All in an effort to make herself suitable for the roles of Balged’s wife, a duchess, and the mother of their future children. All to ensure that she would never again embarrass her spouse or their future children2.



References

  1. Robinxen: Oh that explains her snap, she’s basically got trauma.
  2. Robinxen: Look I half sympathise with you, but I still don’t think crushing your daughters dreams is justified here, aren’t you basically repeating the process?

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