ould be more absurd to say that Rosé had laid her hand on her lady-in-waiting.

Flitta, you misunderstood.”

Isabella encouraged Haven with her nonchalant response.
She opened her mouth with a bit of confidence.
Then she looked up at Haven and continued her words.

“The maid taking care of the princess doesn’t know her manners, so my lady-in-waiting scolded her a little.
It seems that Flitta misunderstood the scene.
Surely you didn’t misunderstand, did you?”


Instead of answering, Haven turned his eyes to Rosé.
Rosé looked at Flitta with a puzzled expression and was at a loss for what to do.

His gaze moved to her cheek.
As if it was true that she had been hit as the child said, she could see red handprints left on Rosé’s cheeks.
Perhaps after a night, there would leave a blue bruise.

Moreover, he could say that the scene he witnessed was an extension of that.
Haven recalled the image of the lady-in-waiting trying to swing her hand at Rosé.
And the figure of Flitta, who was crying next to her.

“What rudeness did you commit?”

Haven’s cold voice turned to Rosé.
Rosé stopped looking at Flitta and turned her head to him.
His blue eyes were looking straight at her.

“I was wondering how much of a disrespect was committed to the lady-in-law to blame my maid, not even her own subordinates.”

“Ah! Haven!”

Isabella glared at her lady-in-waiting with a puzzled expression.
The lady-in-waiting also realized her mistake and bowed her head.

Whatever she was, Rosé was a maid belonging to the Grand Duke’s residence.
It was entirely up to the grand duke to scold or punish her.
No matter how much she was the Head maid of the palace, her actions earlier were clearly overstepping her authority.

“Your Highness, Grand Duke.
I made a mistake.
I just thought that as a maid serving her princess, she should be more polite, it is for the sake of the Princess.”

“I did not ask the baroness.
I asked my daughter’s maid.”

Haven responded coldly to the woman, then looked back at Rosé.
She also looked at him with a puzzled expression and then bit her lips.

It was kind of sad.
She didn’t know if it was because she realized again that the distance between her and himself was far away than she imagined.

‘My daughter’s maid.’

It was so natural, and it was a rare opportunity given to her, but nevertheless, the words that came out of Haven’s mouth made his heart throb.

Rosé swallowed her bitter smile and looked straight at him.
His blue eyes were still fixed on her.

“For now, may I take the princess to her bedroom?”


The words returned from Rosé were not an answer to Haven’s question.
He narrowed his brow and looked at her.
At the same time, Flitta clung to her as if she was buried in the hem of Rosé skirt.

“The princess injured her leg, so she needs to be treated.”

“What? You hurt her leg?”

Haven’s expression hardened.
He took his gaze away from Rosé and looked at Flitta.
Flitta grabbed the hem of Rosé’s skirt and glanced behind her, and when her eyes met his, she flinched like a child who had done something wrong.

“Are you hurt, Flitta?”

“… A little bit.”

Flitta hesitated for a moment, then she replied a beat late to him.
Then she hid her face in the hem of Rosé’s skirt again.
His face contorted as he tried to ask more.
Rosé, who saw this, patted Flitta’s shoulder and continued her words instead.

“The princess fell and hurt her knee.
It wasn’t that she was seriously injured, but I was afraid that it would leave her scars…”

Rosé’s voice trembled as if she was afraid of what she would say about the child.
She didn’t even pay attention to the fact that her cheeks were swollen red.

There was a difference in Haven’s eyes as she was looking at her.
However, he quickly nodded his head with a cool face as usual.

“Then I will have to treat her.
Take the child and go in.”

“Thank you, Your Highness…”

“Haven! We haven’t finished talking yet….”

Isabella couldn’t find a chance to intervene in the situation, but she quickly opened her mouth before they departed.
He looked back at her with his cold gaze.

“My child is injured.
Is there anything more important than that?”


Isabella’s expression hardened.
She couldn’t answer his words, but she struggled to open her mouth in a calm tone.

“I didn’t know that Flitta was hurt.
Had I known, I would have acted quickly.
…I’ll take my maid with me and go on our way.”

If it was possible to hurt someone with a human gaze, Rosé by now would have been torn to pieces in front of Isabella.
As much as that, Isabella’s gaze at Rosé was extremely sharp.

But Rosé lowered her head calmly and turned around with Flitta.
The Queen Seon’s gaze on the back of her head stung.

… Because of that, Rosé didn’t even notice that Haven’s gaze was also fixed on her.

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