Grand Duke, It Was a Mistake! - 100 - #100 EP. Oejeon - Bigger Happiness (1)
White clouds drifting like cotton candy
While I was thinking that one of them was shaped like a rabbit, I heard a joyful voice from the side.
“Mom, those clouds! It looks like a rabbit!”
I laughed and patted the child on the head.
“Yes, it does.”
“Just like Undine.”
“…… Yes, it does.”
Near us still hovered Undine, a round drop of water with rabbit ears.
As I looked at Undine, I gulped inwardly.
“No, why on earth…”….’
It’s been more than five years since my daughter was born, so why does Undine still hold on to that form!
“Can’t she have a more dignified appearance, like a spirit that protects the Grand Duchess?
She’s so cute, my daughter thinks of Undine as a pet,
“Mom, I’m going for a walk with Undine!”
“Undy, sit down!” Lie down! The hand …… is not like that, not at all.
That’s how they treated Undine.
An even bigger problem was that Undine enjoyed being treated like c**p.
He was a m*******t, after all: …….
“Mom, Mom, Dad, when are you coming?”
The child stretched out his arms toward me and asked. I hugged the child and answered.
“He should be here after one more night.”
My husband, His Highness the Grand Duke, whom I was now quite accustomed to calling “Lennox”, had gone to his estate to attend to urgent business.
His daughter, Diel, fussed that she wanted to go with her father, but when I told her firmly that she could not, she immediately nodded.
She was a clever girl, who, like most children, was prone to complaining, but could easily understand if you explained well.
“Well, he’s more like Lennox than me, that’s for sure.
Because I’m smart: …….
Frankly, I don’t think I’m that smart.
Anyway, I’m glad my daughter is smart.
Dierre Lewis Glenn was my daughter’s name. The name Lennox and I had been brainstorming for over a week.
D’Elle looks just like the child in my dreams. Silver hair, yellow-green eyes, and a beautiful, fairy-like face, as if the moonlight had been drained from his face. ….
“I wonder how beautiful she will be when she grows up.
I’m sure she’ll be flooded with proposals and love letters all over the place. And Lennox will be out of control at the same time.
“I can’t give my daughter to these lowlifes!” He’ll say.
“…… Do you think there’s enough spirit food in the world for Lennox to see?
I don’t think there’s a single one. But that doesn’t mean I can’t marry Dier off. …….
“Of course, if Dhiel wants to live alone for the rest of his life, I’m happy to tell him.”
The problem was if Dier had someone to love.
If he brought his girlfriend because he had found someone he wanted to marry, wouldn’t the Grand Duchy, or even the Empire, be overthrown that very day?
“…… Well, it’s a long way off…’
Dír is still young enough that I don’t think he needs to worry anymore.
I smiled as I gently patted the child’s head.
There was nothing more I wanted than for him to grow up healthy.
“Mom, I’m hungry!”
Diel was really hungry. So much so that the previous grand duke and duchess called him Dierdala, “our little glutton.
“Neither Knox nor Vivian is a big eater, but who does my granddaughter look like?”
I think she looks like you.
“Please be quiet, Lucas.”
……Well, such conversations were going back and forth.
I didn’t know that Diel’s eating habits really resembled the Godfather’s. ……He, well, I hadn’t the faintest idea.
“You ate a lot of pie for lunch and a lot of dessert. But are you hungry again?”
Diel sighed heavily at my question.
“Well, I guess you got a beggar in your tummy.
I rolled my eyes and laughed out loud.
“What? Where did you learn that word? Hahaha, totally ……!”
Thanks to my daughter, I haven’t been able to keep my mouth from watering lately.
I don’t know why she’s so good at being cute, maybe when she’s older she’ll be able to write better.
I kissed Diel’s round forehead.
“Okay, then, let’s go home and have a snack.”
“Yeah, what do you want to eat?” I’ll have the head cook make it.”
Ever since DJ was born, the cook and the cook of the Grand Ducal Palace have always been passionate about cooking for DJ.
Since Dheeru ate well, even as a cook, he was full of joy.
Dheeru was the sunshine of our home. As long as Dheeru was around, everyone around him became cheerful and smiled.
“I want a bear strawberry crepe, marshmallow chocolate cookies, and a sandwich filled with fruit and whipped cream today!”
“Yeah, I’ll have the cook prepare it.”
Oh! And vanilla ice cream!
Diel grinned, perhaps emboldened by the prospect of dessert. I picked up the child and headed off as I saw fit.
I walked into the hall, giving instructions throughout, and then slowly walked to the living room. Undine was slowly following us.
“Mom, do you want me to buy you a present?”
“Yes, I’ll get it.”
Lennox brought Dierre a present almost every day, so he would not forget to buy him one this time.
And this time he would be days away from her, so he must be feeling a little nervous right now. Lennox was always so beautiful that I couldn’t handle it.
“I think I’ll buy a lot this time.”
“Wow, that’s fun!”
Diel stretched out his arms and I had to hold on tightly to keep the child from falling.
At first I was a little worried because the family, not only the Grand Dukes but also my parents, the Earls of Lewis, were very protective of Dyl. What if the child grew up to be too spoiled? But it was unnecessary.
But it was an unnecessary worry. Dheeru was surprisingly good-natured and did not misbehave.
Even when he was what is often called a “hateful four-year-old,” he moved on so quickly that you wondered, “Is there such a thing?” He moved on so quickly that I wondered, “Is there such a thing?” I could count the number of times I struggled while raising Diel.
“To name a few of the enemies I struggled with… ….’
It was early summer. So it was about two weeks ago now.
The rain was pouring down as if to announce the arrival of summer, but Dieru had gone outside to play in the rain and lie in the muddy water without telling the adults. …. ….
Then, soaking wet and covered in mud, he grabbed Lennox and said,
“Mom, I’m friends with a frog!”
I couldn’t laugh or cry at all. I was so worried about catching a cold, but the kid was so innocent and talked so much that I started laughing and laughing all the time. …. ….
Mom, can I play with the frogs again?
“…… No, I’m sorry.
“Why not? Why not?” “I’m fine, I won’t catch a cold!
That day, I had to convince Deeel for half a day that he was still a child and would catch a cold easily, that he would suffer if he got a fever, and that Frog would be sad if he did.
“Deeel convinced me.
Even though he was insistent, he understood quickly when explained well and was not stubborn. He was such a kind child that I really wondered where angels came from.
“Mom, is it going to rain again?”
“Yes? I don’t know,……” I think it’s going to be sunny all week.”
The more advances in necromancy I make, the more unique my abilities become.
I was able to predict the weather in the near future. The accuracy was quite high.
“When it rains, you hear frogs croaking outside. Then I want you to open the window and cry along with the croaking. Then I’ll miss the frogs. Cry louder!”
“Oh, yeah, that’s great.”
I chimed in, pretending to be impressed. It took all my strength not to burst out laughing. Deel looked too serious to laugh.
“Mom, by the way, frogs always get rained on…”….”
“What if the frog catches a cold? What if the frog catches a cold? When he catches a cold, he gets a fever and hurts. What are you going to do, Mom?”
I pondered for a while whether I should tell her the truth that frogs don’t catch colds because they get rained on, or whether I should protect the childlike spirit of the child.
“Diel, if a frog catches a cold… ….”
“Bring him to your room and let him sleep and he’ll get better.”
“Well, later, when the frog says it hurts, can I bring it to my room?”
“Yeah, just let him sleep overnight and come back in the morning and he’ll be fine.”
“Heh, good idea!”
Okay, I’ve saved my daughter’s childhood.
I’ll tell her the truth about frogs not catching colds in the rain later.
“Mom, can frogs wear clothes too?”
She imagined the frog wearing a small knitted hat and doll clothes.
It wasn’t very cute, but Dier liked frogs.
Let’s pretend we think they’re cute.
“A frog in a dress, that’s cute.”
“Isn’t it? Isn’t it?”
“But frogs have to keep their bodies moist, so they can’t wear clothes.”
“Yeah, I’ll just wear diel clothes.”
“Yeah, okay! By the way, why do frogs always need to be moist?”
After that, I spent some time explaining the natural order of things as clearly as I could to a five-year-old child.
As I was sitting on Diel’s lap and whispering to him, it was finally snack time.
He grabbed Diel, who was trying to run around with great enthusiasm. It was hard not to bump into the servants carrying the trays.
When all kinds of snacks, warm tea and cold juice were brought to the table, I put Diel down.
Dheeru was so happy that he started to eat the snacks.
“Diel, you have to eat slowly.”
“I think I’ll finish all this.”
“I think I’m going to finish all of this…” said Diel with an inaccurate pronunciation because he still had the snack in his mouth.
I poured some juice into a glass and handed it to Dheeru as I spoke.
“Drink the juice, too, and drink it slowly. You’ll get sick to your stomach if you eat too fast.”
After eating so many snacks, Diel dozed off and yawned.
“Mom, I’m sleepy.”
“Yeah, let’s go to bed.”
“Yes, I’m going to bed.”
“Okay, let’s go.”
As I carefully picked up my sleepy, blinking child and stood up from my seat, the living room door opened with a bang.
The two people who walked through the door were His Highness the First and his wife.
“We heard that Dier and Vivian are here, so we came to see them. …. …Diel, are you sleepy?”
When he found his wife, Diel stretched out his arms, his eyes shining as if he had been asleep for some time.
Seeing this, his wife burst into laughter and turned to Diel and asked.
“Diel, are you coming to Grandma’s?”
“Okay, come here. Come here, my doggy.”
My grandfather liked him, but my grandmother was especially fond of Diel, so he moved to her bosom.
His Royal Highness, who was standing a little behind me, looked enviously at the scene.
“My dog’s stomach is full. He must have eaten a lot of treats again.”
“I like to eat.”
“Yeah, he needs to eat a lot and grow up fast.”
The wife, who had been lounging around with Diel in her arms, frowned as she looked at me.
“I’ll put Diel to bed, Vivian, and you can get some rest.”
“Is that okay?”
“Of course. You have to have some free time too.”
I smiled at her concern and replied.
“Thank you, mother.”
“Anyway, my wife just said the word ‘thank you’.”
Anyway, I came out to my room alone and fell asleep in my easy chair, reading a book.
I hadn’t intended to take a nap, but I was tired. When I woke up, it was evening and the sun was setting in the sky.
“Did Diel eat dinner?”
I’m sure he did. He’s the kind of kid who jumps up in the evening even if he’s taking a nap. …….
“Is my dad still playing with me?”‘
I got up, stretching. As I approached the window, yawning, Undine whispered in her ring.
“Master, go outside.
I asked, but heard no answer, and Undine only chuckled.
I craned my neck and looked out the window, my eyes widening at the sight of a lone figure and a lone animal that had appeared in the middle of the garden.
Lennox was riding on Silver’s back.
For the first time in years, Silver had grown so large that a grown man could ride him, surprising everyone.
“I can still vividly hear his wife’s voice murmuring, “It wasn’t supposed to grow so big…”.
Because it grew so big(?) Silver became a good vehicle for the people of the Grand Dukes, and was a useful help when they traveled long distances.
The flight speed was fast, the landing was accurate and safe, but above all, Silver was able to use his own movement magic.
He was actually a genius dragon: …….
Thanks to the genius of the dragon, the Grand Dukes were able to use movement magic with ease.
He even received a knighthood from the Emperor and became “Sir Silver”.
“Lennox! Sir Silver!”
“Sir Silver!” I deliberately called him that and waved my hand, because I found it interesting that Silver made a vaguely pompous face when I called him “Sir Silver”.
Sure enough, Silver lifted his chin and let out a snort in a pompous manner.
I laughed and called for Undine. And with the power of the spirits I flew to where Lennox and Silver were.
A startled Lennox shouted and called me.
This had happened once or twice, and I should be used to it by now, but he was always annoyed.
“Lennox, what are you so surprised about, that-”
Lennox jumped off Silver’s back before the horse could get away and came running at a run, giving me a quick hug.
“Vivian, you thought your heart was going to fall out…!
He sighed deeply as he held me modestly like a precious treasure.
I felt a strange sense of stability and took a deep breath.
I could smell the pale scent of grass and clouds on his chest.