Living As the Villainess Queen - chapter-102
Chapter 102 – It’s My Duty (1)
When she lowered her gaze in line with his chest, Eugene couldn’t see
what type of expression he was making with her statement. She knew she
was likely risking offending the king, however, no matter what she
thought of, she couldn’t bring herself to do it with him tonight.
“I’m sorry,” she apologized. There was a tense silence for a
moment, before it was finally broken.
“Eugene,” he called out to her. There was no inflection in his voice,
no way of knowing what he was thinking about, so Eugene finally looked up
He was composed. But she knew it was very difficult to know how he felt
by just his outward appearance. He wasn’t the type that was easy to
“It’s not something you should apologize for. I don’t want to force
you into doing anything.”
“But it’s my duty,” she told him and Kasser’s eyes bore into
her frame, watching her in silence before he chose to answer.
“It should be fine as long as you’re not avoiding me,” he
explained, and Eugene gave him a terse nod.
After that, there was a tense moment of silence. And despite that
there were no exchange of harsh words, or any word at all, the both of
them could feel the distance between them split further apart.
“Alright, then…” Kasser’s words stuck in his throat. He wanted
to bid her good night, to rest well, but the words wouldn’t come out,
nor did his feet move from his spot. For the past few days, every night,
he felt his heart pounding with excitement for their time together, not
just to satisfy his sexual urges.
He could barely recall any time from his youth where he had roomed with
another soul. Ever since he was a young boy, he could only recall falling
asleep alone, and waking up alone. And in the early stages of their
marriage, he remembered he barely slept a wink each time he slept with
For three years, he’d spend one night with the queen every month. And
while she slept soundly on the other side of the bed, he could do nothing
more than just tossing and turning, staring at the queen’s back until
Until not too long ago this was true.
But now, there were barely any days where he didn’t have a good
night’s sleep. And despite the fact he hadn’t changed the amount of
sleep he got every night, every morning he felt as light as a feather. He
found it even more relaxing to sleep when having someone by his side at
“Eugene.” he finally broke the silence as she perked up at him
calling her name.
“Would you like some time alone?”
“No,” Eugene said resolutely as she quickly shook her head. If he
were to leave her room like at a time like this, the servants would
undoubtedly talk. She’s familiar with palace gossip. Moreover, she
didn’t want to kick him out, and risk hurting his pride.
“The bed’s large enough,” she added, gesturing to her bed,
“Unless…” she paused, feeling she overstepped her bounds, “You
were offended and want to return to your room?” she asked with
uncertainty. Kasser chuckled at her.
There was nothing special with the way she said it. It wasn’t elegant,
nor frivolous, but from time to time, there was something different with
the way she talked, oftentimes he even found it humorous and unique.
“Thank you for offering me one side of your bed, My Queen,” he teased
her, and she flushed for a moment, before he gave her a genuine smile.
“You’re very welcome, Your Highness.”
And with that, the tension in the room eased up a little.
Eugene looked at Kasser with an interest. If she were to actually
consider herself as one of the characters in a fictional world, then she
could chalk up Kasser’s actions and words as something that
was fixed to suit the character.
But, if she were to consider Mahar as her reality…
If she were to consider Kasser as an actual, living and breathing human
Then she could say for sure, it’s just another aspect to his
personality as a whole.
She’d admit that in her first interactions with the king, the only
thing she was attracted to was his looks. Now, after she got to know him
a little better, she found herself more and more attracted to his
Once more, she found a familiar thought run through her mind…
How good would it be if I was Jin, born and raised here?
She could see it now, one where she has a life with none of these fusses,
and only enjoying her happy marriage with Kasser for three years now.
One where she could be happy and content, never asking for more.
But Eugene wasn’t sure of anything right now. She still didn’t know
where the metaphorical ticking time bomb Jin had buried was, and when
it would blow up on her. She could very well become a criminal
However, this wasn’t the time to be swayed by emotions.
If on Earth, Eugene lived as if she was being chased, then that life
followed her all the way to Mahar too.
Indeed, life was too bitter for her.
Soon enough, the couple laid side by side on Eugene’s bed. Both closed
their eyes, attempting to fall asleep in their respective spaces.
However, both failed to do so as well.
Eugene’s thoughts consisted of the things she had done for the day.
And indeed she could say today was the busiest day she spent on Mahar.
I think Ellie is Tanya, she thought to herself.
One of the many things Eugene had learned from the General officer was
the standard procedures of hiring and managing staff members in the
palace. And out of curiosity, she asked how Ellie was hired as a maid.
Fortunately, Sarah remembered the day in detail and explained it to her.
“Ellie was not taken into the palace as an official member of staff.
Generally, the number of hired servants are kept constant, but every now
and then, unexpected situations occur, and we become
short-handed. So we temporarily hire staff during those times.” Sarah
“Ah, so Ellie was only temporarily hired?” Eugene asked and Sarah
“Yes, Your Majesty.”
“Then how did Ellie become one of my maids?”
“You hired her yourself, Your Majesty.”
“Is it common for temporary staff to be hired officially?”
“No, Your Majesty. That was the first time it happened,” Sarah
replied, choosing her words carefully.
“And is that because there are customs?”
Sarah hesitated and had just said that there was a strict criterion in
hiring new staff, and left it at that. From her reaction, Eugene assumed
she wanted to say that Jin had disobeyed customs and took Ellie
without any discussion.
But of course, Sarah couldn’t be purely honest just to come out and
say ‘you may not remember, but you did whatever you wanted’ to her,
“For what reason did I hire her?”
“You didn’t… give us a reason, Your Majesty.”
“And did Ellie always work for me?”
“No, Your Majesty. We do not let temporary staff around the members of
the royal family.”
According to Sarah, all temporary staff are given chores such as chopping
vegetables, or sweeping empty rooms. They did not and would never be
tasked to go near either the king or queen. Sarah had also admitted she
had no idea how Ellie even caught the attention of the queen.
But Eugene knew differently.
If she’d successfully entered the palace, it’s easy to figure out the
whereabouts of the queen’s bedroom. She would’ve found Jin and then
given her some sort of signal to show her who she really was.
And with that, other people sent by Rodrigo will also have no trouble
approaching Jin either.
As Eugene spent a restless night thinking about Jin Anika’s plans and
what damage it could do, Kasser also lied next to her, hopelessly kept
awake by a single thought…
“But it’s my duty.”
Her words kept bothering him to no end.