The next day, Jed left the city to go investigate the forest, and I saw him off and met up with Giselle.
“It has been a long time, Lady Elle.”
The two of us decided to have a chat before heading out to investigate the city. As soon as I walked into my room at the inn, I frowned at Giselle, who kneeled down to me.
“Long time no see, Giselle.”
From her behavior, I was sure that she was the Giselle I knew, even though she looked different.
Hearing my reply, Giselle breathed out in relief and undid her magic disguise.
She had long, fluffy black hair and cold blue eyes.
I felt like crying when the familiar figure appeared. At the same time, I didn’t know what kind of expression I should face her with.
“Giselle, I’m so sorry…”
“If you hadn’t defended me, you wouldn’t have been forced to leave Duke Olivier’s house.”
Because of me, Giselle was kicked out of Duke Olivier’s mansion. And after wandering around with nowhere to go, this is probably where she ended up.
I took her life away from her, and I don’t have the face to see her.
“You are wrong there. This definitely wasn’t your fault, Lady Elle…”
I helped Giselle up by her hands, as she looked up at me worriedly.
I’m not in a position to be kneeled to now.
“The current me is a commoner. There’s no reason for you to do this now.”
I was brushing the dirt from Giselle’s skirt as she frowned.
“What do you mean by commoner? In the first place, why are you in a place like this, Lady Elle?”
“C, calm down… I will tell you everything.”
“There’s no way I can calm down! What is this about! Just what happened after I was driven out of the mansion! Did those scum do something to you?”
Giselle pressed me for answers.
I want you to listen to me because I said I would tell you.
I grabbed her by the shoulders and half forced her to sit on the bed.
“Calm down, Giselle!”
When Giselle finally calmed down, I slowly told her the story of what happened after she left.
When I mentioned the condemnation, her expression turned angry, but when I finally mentioned the charm spell, her eyes shook with confusion.
“Charm…? I wasn’t under any spell, though?”
“The reason you weren’t charmed is most likely due to the magic nullification pendant I gave you on your birthday.”
If it weren’t for the pendant, she would have been charmed too, had she been near me.
“So this has protected me, huh…”
Giselle took the pendant out of her clothes and stared at it.
“You still have it.”
“I can’t throw away something you have given me, Lady Elle…”
I made her suffer a lot when she was in the service of the Duke Olivier, but I’m glad she wasn’t crushed by guilt because of the charm.
“If I had recognized the charm spell earlier, I could have saved you a lot of trouble, Giselle. I’m sorry.”
“You are not at fault Lady Elle… please don’t mind it.”
“I really am fine. A lot has happened after I was driven out of Duke Olivier’s mansion, but it wasn’t all bad. Besides, I was able to reunite with you like this, so I’m very content now.”
She has been through a lot, huh.
I’m sure there were many things that she’s just hesitant to speak about to me.
All because of me…
“Please don’t make such a face. This is our reunion, after all.”
“I’m too ashamed to face you.”
“Please raise your face if you think you did me bad then.”
Giselle is too kind.
She should have blamed me more, she should have been allowed to grab me and say it was all my fault.
Yet she is not blaming me.
“Lady Elle, please treat me like you used to.”
How could I not listen to you when you plead me to?
I changed my hair and eye color back to normal.
We both faced each other with the same appearances we had when we were in the Ansanse Kingdom, although our clothes were different.
It’s been a few months since I was forced to leave my country, and I never thought I’d meet someone with my original appearances.
I’m not sure if it’s because she saw me back in my normal form, but her expression was distorted and she looked like she was about to start crying.
“You look much better like this, Lady Elle…”
“I can’t because it stands out too much.”
I don’t want to be caught by the pursuers from the Ansanse Kingdom.
“You have no intentions of returning to Ansanse.”
“Not at all.”
When I return, they will only want me to forgive them.
Return to Duke Olivier’s mansion and become His Highness Cyril’s fiancée again?
To be the Queen of the country that kicked me out?
I don’t want to do that.
“I won’t say anything if you have made the decision.”
Giselle replied quietly.
“What about you? If you want to return to Duke Olivier’s side then…”
In the middle of my words, Giselle shook her head.
When I thought about it, she also wouldn’t want to serve the household that kicked her out again.
“The only person I serve is and always has been you, Lady Elle. I have no desires for the Duke’s house without you.”
“Besides, I’m not going to go back to the side of that worthless Duke and his son.”
Giselle who spewed venom so casually smiled gently.