Living As the Villainess Queen - chapter-116
Chapter 116 – Establishing Relationships (1)
As Eugene was explaining, Marianne and Sarah gazed around the office
curiously basking in the new image of the room.
When the queen had said that she would be taking full responsibility of
the management of the palace, even down to the most trivial matters, they
had thought that she was just being over enthusiastic about her
responsibilities. They had had no idea that she would even care to
transform this space so entirely.
Marianne had spent decades in the palace, serving in place of the queen
and dealing with aristocrats, so that she had naturally seen and heard
many things of how to run the palace. Although she was not high-born,
Marianne’s level of refinement was easily comparable to those of noble
birth because she had been surrounded by them all her life and had
adopted their ways.
She thought that the office felt both refreshing, and yet sophisticated.
“It looks very fine, Your Majesty.” Sarah whispered to Eugene. “My
experience may be limited, but it is like nothing I have ever seen
before.” She even added.
Marianne and Sarah both reacted positively at her work, and Eugene smiled
Eugene knew that even if they did not like it, they could not very well
say so – but she could feel that they truly did. Their expressions of
awe in their eyes as they scanned all over the room were genuine. She
could see their delight.
“Shall I change the whole palace to match my tastes a little better?”
Although it would take a huge amount of work to redecorate a palace of
this size, she actually found herself growing excited just imagining it.
She was in charge of the palace. Without worrying about anyone else’s
opinion, she could change things however she liked. Of course, the king
had to agree with the changes she wanted to make, but his personality was
definitely the type to not be particularly bothered by trivial things
such as how the palace may look.
Eugene was surprised by how carelessly she passed judgment on him. It had
not been so long ago that she had had no idea what sort of person the
king was. Now she knew him well enough to categorically define elements
of his character. It was a strange feeling to finally know a person
“Your Majesty. I have something to speak about with you, if I may.”
Eugene nodded her head at Sarah’s words.
“What is it?”
“It’s about employing some temporary staff. Usually during the
active season we don’t employ temporary staff, but it’s hard on the
court ladies to have so many posts left vacant.” Eugene nodded her head
understanding the cause of Sarah’s concern.
After the incident of the queen’s disappearance, quite a number of the
palace’s staff had claimed responsibility and resigned from their
posts. The remaining people they had, tried to carry on until the end of
the active season with the few workers they had left after the sudden
However, problems had occurred far too early in the active season for
them to finish all their work until the start of the dry season. Too much
work for too few people was bound to result in lowered standards of
The matter that the Chancellor had spoken of was also of interest to
Rodrigo was not going to miss this opportunity.
“We’ll begin formally filling the vacancy on maid positions as soon
as the dry season comes. For now, the steward shall handle the temporary
workers.” Eugene finally said, and they both nodded in agreement.
“As your command, Your Majesty.” they chorused.
“Ah, shoot.” Eugene cursed subtly. “I was supposed to meet with the
Chancellor, but the time now is-!”
Marianne stepped forward to placate her, effectively cutting her off.
“Do not fret, Your Majesty, it’s not too late yet.” she assured
“So if I leave now, I should make it on time, right?”
“Yes, Your Majesty.”
Nodding, Eugene began to leave before she stopped and turned right back
to the office.
“Marianne, do you think the Chancellor knows I am in charge of taking
care of the kingdom?”
“I’ve never said anything. He probably doesn’t, and won’t know
unless you tell him.”
“Then I shall meet with the Chancellor here.” she finally decided,
staying put and began to re enter the office once more. Marianne nodded
right back at her.
“As you wish, Your Majesty.”
Eugene had only heard of the general relationship between Jin and the
chancellor through the steward. The two never met up themselves, except
only for official events, and shared no interaction or whatsoever amongst
each other except for the customary formal greetings.
Did the Chancellor hate Jin? Or was he simply indifferent to her?
As much as she could, she wanted to also improve the relationship between
her and the Chancellor. This was mainly because he was a powerful man
that wielded immense authority in the palace, and was trusted by the
So it would be extremely beneficial to be on friendly terms with such a
Though another reason was because of personal curiosity.
In the future, the queen would eventually give birth to the next king.
Being a king’s mother was a more stable position than being just a
When that time would come, Eugene would still have more to worry about.
As he is still a young chancellor, it would be a priority to establish a
good rapport now, if he has yet to do so before with the original queen.