Living As the Villainess Queen - chapter-117
Chapter 117 – Establishing Relationships (2)
However, the Chancellor seemed like he didn’t care about that future,
and had kept Jin at a distance even after three years. This act by the
Chancellor was very intriguing for Eugene. She certainly thought he was
an interesting character by far.
She looked back at the time, and finally deduced that there was still
time left before the promised meeting. Maybe it was because she was
already here and was only waiting, but she soon heard a maid call out for
her, announcing the Chancellor’s arrival.
Eugene confirmed she was requesting for him, and when the maid entered, a
young man came in shortly after. It was a face she already knew through
the hours she spent studying portraits, but it was still a different
feeling seeing him in person.
He had a better physique than she expected. He was even taller than the
maid standing next to him.
“Greetings, Your Majesty. How have you been?” the Chancellor greeted
her as soon as he entered.
“I’ve been well. Sit down, Lord Ricksen.” She offered him, greeting
him the way she would with a Duke.
“It is my pleasure A… Your Majesty.” he quickly amended, almost
slipping up to use her old title. He must have heard she no longer went
by the Anika title, but when he called her the rightful way to address
her as their queen, it must have felt awkward on his tongue.
He didn’t know why she would change a title, that she had obsessed over
and excessively punished the maids over in the past, with a single whim.
“This is my office. The King has entrusted me with the management of
the royal castle.” she quickly told him, causing him to blink back in
“What?” Verus quickly glanced around the room in surprise, noting the
way the room changed. He immediately schooled his expression before
bowing his head towards her. “You have been trusted with such a heavy
burden. Please feel free to come by and ask me if you ever need help. I
will do everything I can in my power.”
Eugene noticed the big difference between Verus and the bank president,
which she had met the other day, behavior in their initial meeting. The
Chancellor was polite, but he did not excessively lower himself in her
presence, and his posture and expressions didn’t seem stiff nor
It was always poised.
The bank president, though he was much older and probably just as
socially experienced, didn’t hold that much confidence. Despite his
youth, the Chancellor gave off an air about him that commands more
respect than the bank president ever did, as far as she witnessed.
‘Not anybody can just become an Chancellor.’ she mentally praised him.
“Thank you for saying what I was planning to ask. That was why I asked
you to see you today.” Eugene finally said after her initial assessment
“It will be my pleasure.” Verus bowed his head towards her once more,
trying to cover his confusion.
He felt a strange sense of inconsistency.
He was never one to hold long conversations with the queen before, but
still she never gave off this kind of vibe to him. Although the Queen had
not behaved outwardly rude towards him, she never hid her conceit, or her
strong sense of superiority over others.
Honestly, Verus never saw someone treat him as someone so insignificant
in all his life until he met with JIn.
Being born of a prestigious family, Verus had been treated well and with
respect wherever he went, even so when he assumed the position of the
Chancellor. No one dared to speak ill against him. Even the king, His
Liege, was not one to pull rank, even onto his subordinates.
That’s why, despite the unpleasantness of the queen’s arrogance, it
was also entertaining. To remedy the displeasure he felt towards her, he
merely chalked up her immense pride to being an Anika.
“Also, I must have made things difficult for you due to my rash
decisions. I assure you that won’t happen again. If you have any
complaints for me at all, I hope you know you can tell me honestly.”
At this the Chancellor frowned.
‘Huh?’ He thought in confusion.
For a moment, Verus doubted his ears heard correctly. He couldn’t
believe that the person talking right now was the queen he had known for
three years!To make sure, he had looked up.
His eyes met with the soft eyes of the queen, who was smiling at him
comfortingly. He was genuinely astonished to see the smile.
It was one that spoke in volumes of gentleness.
“Complaints. That is absurd. I have already forgotten about it, now
that you returned safely…” he sputtered out, after having overcome
his initial shock.
“I’m glad to hear that.”
Verus had taken on a nonchalant expression, but inside his mind was
churning wildly. Why has the queen’s attitude changed? Has the queen,
who has been quiet for three years, finally tried to form political
He was definitely more wary now than before, but he did his best to
conceal it. He must be able to look friendly to the other side under any
“Also, I have a personal favor to ask of you. I’d like to do a secret
background check on a person, can you help me?” she finally asked, and
“It’s my duty to help you as long as I am able. Please, tell me, Your
“His name is Cage. He is an information broker.”
Eugene then proceeded to tell him all the personal information she had
about Cage. What he does, and even the stories of her often meeting him
to buy information.
“I suspect he is not just a simple information broker, and he is
connected to some other force. I want you to investigate him in a way
that he won’t realize someone is investigating him.”
“Can you tell me what kind of power you suspect he is associated with
and why you want to investigate him?” he asked her, trying to gauge out
her thoughts as she remained silent for a moment, thinking of the best
way to answer him. “The more information I know, the more focused the
direction of my investigation will be.” he elaborated.