Living As the Villainess Queen - chapter-110
Chapter 110 – The Life of Leisure (1)
“Yes, Your Majesty. I shall now take my leave.” he bid her, bowing
before he left, and Marianne had finally arrived after her private
meeting with the king.
Eugene had immediately asked what happened during the meeting, and
Marianne only informed her how he had to leave in haste for an emergency,
and thus their meeting was cut short.
At the mention of an accident, worry laced Eugene’s expression.
“I hope it isn’t anything serious,” she told the Baroness,
“Otherwise, this peaceful time we are experiencing will soon come to an
“Rest assured, with the active period still ongoing, the king
wouldn’t dare leave the palace for long periods of time.” Marianne
“You mentioned it’s quite far, is it not? Then that would mean it
would be difficult to make a second trip today, isn’t it?”
“Yes, Your Majesty, you’re quite right.”
Eugene’s heart went out to the one involved in the accident. But
despite her worry about their well-being, she couldn’t help but feel a
little relieved as of the moment. Her mind was still reeling with the
influx of information. It was very fortunate she wouldn’t be forced to
make conversations with the king for now.
Because what new excuse would she use to refuse his advances? How long
could she keep it up? If she couldn’t any longer, would she have to
force herself to sleep with him just to keep up the ruse that everything
was still all right in her world?
Truly, it was a blessing she wouldn’t have to contend with him
Despite her veteran experience of masking her expressions, Marianne could
pick up on her sullen state. Assessing one’s feelings came naturally to
the baroness, especially so since the queen was her sole priority
But unless Eugene confides in her, Marianne could do nothing else but
wait at their side. After all, it was still part of her duty to act
according to her superior’s mood.
‘Is it another effect of her memory loss?’ Marianne pondered for a
moment. It could be a somewhat delayed effect.
When the queen had lost her memory, Marianne expected it would take some
time for her to adapt to her surroundings…
But that wasn’t the case.
In fact, she adapted quicker… suspiciously quickly than Marianne
thought was possible for someone who lost their entire memories. And as
time went by, the more familiar Marianne had become with her new
personality, so much so she forgot the forewarnings of the doctor that
treated the queen before…
“But does Her Majesty remember something after the meeting earlier?”
She asked that back then because she had immediately noticed the
queen’s dismissive behavior.
My Queen, you hadn’t met with him for long, but did something during
the meeting change your mind after all?
Of all the times for the king to leave the palace unattended…
Marianne couldn’t even advise him on how to improve his relationship to
“Your Majesty, it’s a lovely day outside, shall I arrange for tea by
the bridge?” she asked Eugene, trying to change the somber subject
instead. She hoped food would be a welcome distraction.
Eugene, who had been lost in her own thoughts, finally looked up, and met
the baroness’ gaze. She eventually gave a soft smile upon her
She could recognize from a mile away that Marianne, in her own way, was
trying to comfort her. True, she doesn’t press or inquire further to
whatever was troubling her, and though she might know very little of what
goes on in her mind, it greatly touched Eugene that Marianne respected
her enough to not demand the answers from her.
“Tea would be perfect.” Eugene choked up with a smile, beaming
brightly at her. Marianne smiled back.
“And should I make preparations in case you want a stroll outside the
palace?” Eugene’s eyes widened in surprise at the sudden suggestion.
“I can today?” she asked with excitement leaking out of her voice and
Marianne nodded quite thoughtfully about the possibilities.
“Hmm, there seemed to be no further signs of any Larks, so it should be
safe.” Marianne told her, “Also, the king did leave for the treasure
house. He could hardly fault you for a stroll.” she pointed out.
Eugene understood Marianne was someone who followed her own set of
principles. That’s why she expected if she asked to go out of the
palace, someone would have prevented her from doing so, especially with
the king away.
I must have worried her so much. Eugene thought to herself. Under normal
circumstances, Marianne would have done the same, so it was unlike her to
It was probably something she only did just to make her feel better.
Since yesterday, Eugene’s mood had been fluctuating every now and then.
The will to solve all her pressing tasks that were building up would
suddenly make her feel hopeless and scared. She almost wanted to throw
But here Marianne was, offering her a helping hand, which she accepted,
and lifted Eugene up to her feet. The more she knew Marianne, the more
she could see how good of a person she truly was.
Eugene hoped to continue developing a relationship with her.
That person, too.
Eugene thought of Kasser.
Her discomfort around the king didn’t mean she didn’t like him, she
did. In fact, she thought he sensed that she wanted to escape, to run
away. But if she remains idle, she couldn’t be expected to possess much
than what was given to her.
Eventually, Eugene vetoed Marianne’s suggestion.
“No, the king is not here. I cannot leave the palace unattended. It is
enough to go out to the yard. Only…I want to walk alone for a while, so
don’t let anyone follow me.” she added, and as always, Marianne
replied with a warm smile.
“Yes, my Queen.”
“And Marianne? There is a favor I’d like to ask you.”
“Yes, please, anything.” Marianne affirmed immediately, drawing
closer to the Queen.
“Cage, the information broker who came to see me yesterday, I want him
to be investigated in secret.” She immediately said. “Get him to find
me information and watch him closely then.”
In due time, she will end up meeting Rodrigo again.
Despite the fact she also needed other people’s information to know how
to properly deal with them, when she met that man, and when they
conversed with each other, she only learned his name, and that he was a
So, Eugene decided to go in a roundabout way of obtaining information
about his dealings.
Because Rodrigo was the chief priest of the church, it would be difficult
to obtain his information beyond his faux identity, but if she at least
learns about his external activities, it would be of great help.
“And what shall I make him look for?” Marianne asked.
“Anything, something that would seem important to him,” she
immediately said, “But make sure he doesn’t notice you.”
“I hardly think it would be a very difficult thing to look for, after
all, he has years of experience,” Marianne assured her confidently, but
Eugene snapped at her in alarm…
“No!” Marianne blinked at her sudden outburst, “You need to be
careful. I think he’s more than he appears to be.” she warned, and
Marianne then became hesitant for the task the Queen had set out for
She’d do anything for their King and Queen, but this favor was beyond
“If this is an espionage, then, Your Majesty, I’m afraid I am not
suited for the task.” Marianne admitted, “Perhaps someone else would
be better for this job?”
Eugene appeared taken aback by Marianne’s refusal, but let her speak
“I could even recommend someone who would be perfect for the job,”
Marianne added, and Eugene frowned.
“The Chancellor.” Marianne answered confidently, “This job would be
right up his alley.”