Living As the Villainess Queen - chapter-115
Chapter 115 – Summoned
He had expected that in order to establish a foothold in this foreign
kingdom, she would try to exert influence around her; and gain allies but
she had not done so. That was why Verus had been kind to her in the early
stages of the royal marriage.
It was simply that as time went on, he was disappointed to discover that
the queen had truly done absolutely nothing with her power and influence,
she functioned more as a living doll, a useless ornament that decorated
the palace. Not to mention that the events of the disappearance incident
not long ago, he had come to even completely mistrust her.
Why is she only summoning me now?
Verus wondered. Could she suspect that he was investigating her missing
It doesn’t matter.
Verus shook his head to rid his thoughts of worries. She had done nothing
worthy of getting caught after all. If by any chance the Queen did have
access to that kind of information, he would have to go back to square
one and investigate everything all over again, because it would mean that
the queen had been hiding her power all this time and there must be more
to her than he suspected.
The queen is summoning me, and I am in no place to disobey. I suppose
there’s nothing for it.
Verus wrote out a letter, requesting an audience with the queen and
asking them to inform him of a suitable time and date to meet her. When
he was done, he called for his butler and handed the letter to him.
“This letter is for the palace. Ask them to deliver it to Baron
“Yes, My Lord.” the butler replied.
Shortly after the letter was sent, a reply came within the hour.
“What’s that?” Verus asked when he saw his Butler carrying a letter
“It is a letter from the palace.” The butler announced as he showed
the wax seal that was imprinted with the royal family’s crest to
As this stamp could only be used by royalty, in the current absence of
the king, there was no one who could have used it but the queen.
Verus quickly opened the envelope, unfolded the letter and read it to
find its contents were even more absurd than he expected.
– I approve your request for an audience. Today, two in the afternoon.
Verus checked the letter over multiple times to confirm that it indeed
If it was not a very close friend, he always set appointments at least a
day in advance. When it came to royal audiences, setting a date at least
two days in advance was common sense.
What’s more unusual, is the fact that the king is currently away.
Verus thought that the queen was acting suspicious. Just in case anyone
might go to unnecessary lengths to make it seem even more so, Verus did
not dare venture to the palace when the King was absent if he could help
it. He hated when unnecessary troubles were created.
Even with that said, Verus also knew that he could not alter an
appointment set by the Queen herself. Verus let out a deep breath as he
made up his mind.
“Thomson. Make preparations to enter the palace later,” Verus
instructed his butler with a low sigh.
Although he felt uneasy on going there at such short notice, he was also
curious. If the matter was serious enough for her to request to meet so
urgently… Just what could it be?
* * *
The remodeling of the queen’s office was complete. The room had
originally just been a parlor for receiving guests but now it looked
equipped to serve as a study and as a conference room.
The palace was full of such rooms after all.
It had used to be a room for people awaiting an audience, but in recent
times there had been little use for a waiting room by the queen’s
parlor and so it was converted into a more useful premise.
The room had been decorated according to Eugene’s specifications.
Other than a desk and a bookshelf, only absolutely necessary furniture
had been placed in there. She had foregone excessive decoration and kept
the number of items minimal in redesigning the room.
Although interior design was not her specialty, she had had the job of
decorating the manager’s office before when she had used to work at a
The company had used to change offices often, and although it had not
been a big company, her old boss had wanted his office fancily decorated
– even while he was stingy about spending money on it.
Somehow that work always ended up falling to Eugene, even though she was
just an administrative worker.
‘Why do I have to do this sort of thing?’ she had often wondered
every time she was given a task that did not fit her job description, but
she was just an employee with no power to refuse her manager’s orders
so she did those anyway.
She cursed her boss the whole time she was working though, but in
the end she was praised for being even better than a professional.
After that, decorating the manager’s office was always her job. The
thought that perhaps she should genuinely shift her career and work as an
interior designer had even occurred to her before.
To Eugene, the style of design that was popular here appeared garish and
tacky, as though they were trying to be as ostentatious as
possible. So she tried to keep it classic and minimal.
When one is looking at artworks like in tourist attractions, it was fine
to highlight the lavish decorations, but everything around you from
morning to night being brightly colorful and decked out in gleaming gold
could grow very tiring.
Eugene was accustomed to clean, modern design, but she felt that if she
tried to apply that sense here, it would be so shocking for these people
that they would only feel repulsed by it. Too much change would also make
the room seem out of place and not many may end up using it which would
be a waste of space.
That was how she ended up compromising and finding an appropriate middle
ground. Her office was done in a vintage style, preserving an
old-fashioned feel while adding a flavor of modernity – simple, yet
Eugene called Marianne and Sarah to take the first look around the
“I decorated it the way I like it. What do you think? Are there any
parts that don’t look right for you? I could change it to suit your