I Became The Stepmother Of An Irrevocable Dark Family - Chapter 27
Translator and Editor: Maru and Aki
“Ah. Princess may drink milk, but we all drink tea. Right, Lady Jayna?”
“Yes. I drink tea, too. My one-year-old brother also drinks tea. Isn’t milk just for babies?”
“But I understand. Looking at this room, it seems like Princess Rebecca couldn’t escape from being a baby.”
That wasn’t something they could say without any ill-intention. The two people, who insulted Rere, slightly heaved the teacup in front of them.
“The scent of the tea is also good.”
“Duke Petri’s tea is excellent. I think this is the best tea I’ve ever tasted.”
“It was nicely brewed, too. It’s different from milk.”
“Milk of all things? Don’t tell me you’re going to drink milk, Princess Rebecca.”
With a voice full of ridicule, Lily was busy laughing.
“We’re saying this because we are worried about the Princess.”
In the end, Rere couldn’t stand it anymore and glared at them.
“Worried, my ass. You’re sitting there talking shit about me.”
“Princess Rebecca. What did you just say…”
“I said you’re sitting there talking shit. You’re sitting there like a shit.”
“H-Huh? Just now…”
Rere, who was wriggling her nose, didn’t feel any intimidation. On the contrary, she looked relaxed as if she returned to her original self.
“So let me ask you… Are you saying that those who drink milk are babies?”
“Yes, of course!”
The two children, who had forgotten about their irritation just a while ago, took turns answering Rere’s question.
Rere, who marched on like a bulldozer, neither seemed like she cared about their words nor hurt by it. Rather, she just looked at them and made an expression as if it was ridiculous.
“You guys are adults?”
“Yes, if you drink tea, you are an adult.”
“Then let’s drink tea.”
However, unlike what they said, the two young ladies didn’t drink tea right away. Rather, they were busy dropping the sugar cubes piled up in a transparent bowl into their glass. They kept stirring it and adding more cubes to the point that it made it difficult for the sugar to melt due to the quantity.
As I watched them, I ended up speaking out.
“Oh my god, if you put that much sugar in, you may not be able to taste the tea.”
“…Are you talking to us? A maid like you?”
“No. No way. I’m just talking to myself. In fact, I was a little surprised that young ladies such as yourself were drinking tea. But adding that much sugar doesn’t mean you’re drinking tea.”
“If that’s the case, what’s so different about drinking sugar water? Rather, it’s better to drink milk. That way, you’ll grow taller.”
Actually, I knew it wasn’t my place to interrupt. However, I couldn’t bear to see those kids foolishly looking down at Rere. Eventually, Jayna glared at me and screamed back.
“Hey. Who are you!”
“How can such an insignificant woman, whose identity is unknown, dares to jump into our conversation?”
As Jayna took the lead, Lily pretended to respond with elegance.
“What? She’s my mom.”
Rere, with a much more relaxed expression than before, grabbed my hand as if she was confident. Apparently stunned at the unexpected answer, they just mumbled.
“But the princess’s mother…” The eyes of the two young ladies immediately turned to me.
“Anyone can see that she looks like a maid.”
“I heard the Duchess is here.”
Rere put the glass down firmly as though she was displeased with their gaze and words toward me.
“If I said she’s my mom, she’s my mom. For me, she’s my only mom. And you. Each person has his or her own taste. Just because you’re a young lady of a noble family, you pretended to act like an adult? How uncomfortable.”
“I beg your pardon?”
“It’s not wrong. You want to act like an adult, right? But let me tell you, you guys are still kids.”
“You didn’t come here because you wanted to be friends with me, right? Your parents must have ordered you to do so. It’s the daughter of Duke Ian Petri, so get closer with her. Am I wrong?”
“Princess. Your words are too…”
Lily tried to deny her words, but Rere wasn’t a child to be intimidated by such remarks. Rather, Rere expressed her heart as if she had been waiting.
“What you guys are doing to me is basically a mockery. How dare you look down on me when you’re only a guest!”
“I’m not looking down on you…!”
“If not, then what? Are you saying you want to get buddy-buddy with me by using those filthy mouths?”
“Tell me again. What about dolls, what about milk…!”
Then Lily stood up from her seat and said, “Isn’t this really an insult to us? As friends, we only gave advice to the princess.”
“Giving advice to the other party who doesn’t want it is not a piece of advice but an insult, you know?”
“How dare such a trivial thing like you look down on me?”
“…That’s really humiliating.”
As if she didn’t even think she had done anything wrong, Lily, who got up first, looked down at Rere and gnashed her teeth.
“Humiliating, huh? I thought you guys have class, but it turns out you have none. What’s the point of imitating an adult? You don’t even have basic etiquette. How dare something worse than a street beggar come to be my friend.”
Rere didn’t lose a word to them. It was their first time hearing such sharp words, so Princess Lily opened her mouth with much difficulty.
“Yes. That’s true. I look down on you. Honestly, I didn’t want to come. There are many rumors saying that you’re not even a real princess. Who wants to come anyway?”
“Although my father told me to get close to you, I can’t stand it anymore because you’re pathetic. Princess Astra said that you weren’t really a noble just like your mother, so I guess it’s true.”
When the word ‘Astra’ popped up, a smile spread over Rere’s face.
“Ah, I was wondering who said those things about me. Was it that woman? That chunk of shit?”
“‘That chunk of shit’ came out from a princess’ mouth? How can you stoop that low…!”
“You guys are the ones who stoop so low. Eating up those ridiculous rumors so rashly. Damn it.”
Was it because both of them were princesses? Lily was busy ganging up on Rere without thinking about the consequences. Jayna, who said that she was taking her side, didn’t help much.
“Ha… Even if we both come from a ducal family…our education must be completely different. How does someone who receives an education in the dukedom speak only those lowly words…This matter… I’ll tell my father…!”
At her words, Rere jumped up from her seat.
“Sure, go ahead. I will also do the same. The princess who came to be my friend was busy insulting me. After hearing strange rumors, she was busy ganging up on me like a wild bull.”
“Ga-Ganging up? When did you hear something like that…!”
“Everyone here heard that though?”
At Rere’s words, I, nanny, and the maids who were in the room nodded.
“Because everyone here is on the princess’ side…! Th-That can’t be a testimony!”
“Yeah right, that’s possible. If you’re so confident, go and tell your parents. Every single thing you have done. I’ll also tell my daddy that all the kids who came here looked down on me and mocked my birth. It’s me! You insulted Rebecca Petri!”
“Shut up. Do you know what you’ve done? The Duke of Petri said I’m his daughter, and His Majesty the Emperor also acknowledged that I have the duke’s blood, yet you denied it.”
The faces of the two children turned white.
“I don’t know what kind of background you have to be this cheeky, but you deemed the word of His Majesty, the Sun of the Empire, as false, therefore accusing him as being dishonest. You know that, right? Are you stupid?”
Rere’s voice was strong and dominant.
My daughter, you did so well.
In the end, the two young ladies, who had been engrossed in their own thoughts, got up and were busy shaking their heads.
“Oh, no. That’s….”
“So who has the upper hand here?”
Which one was more powerful? Even if she was from a Ducal family, the power weighted depending on which one was more needed. Fortunately, the power of Duke Ian Petri was clearly stronger.
That is because the Duke of Petri did some dirty work that the Emperor didn’t want to touch, but he also had a big mana stone mine. Moreover, it wasn’t easy to brush past the fact that the two ladies mentioned ‘Rere’s birth’.
Everyone bowed down and was unable to talk. Because it was the topic that would make even the duke himself reveal his agitation every time it was brought up.
Eventually, Lily, who had been fighting with Rere for a long time, bowed her head. Perhaps she thought she needed to do something to fix this, so she opened her lips.
“I-I think I made a big mistake.”
“Mistake? No. You never made a mistake. All you did was move your arrogant mouth lightly.”
“It’s not so different from the social world that you want to imitate so badly. You like to look down on others and gossip about others’ weaknesses. It’s very similar. You guys are going to be social stars.”
Rere was busy laughing at them.
“So keep going. You guys, who will be the big stars of the social world, should know better now. The weight of the words you spoke, to be exact. But it’s not fun to just stop here, right?”
Rere couldn’t stop smiling and urged the two.
“Please look down on me more. Only then will it be fun, right? I wonder how my daddy will react when he finds out that you guys made fun of my birth…”
“Will he compliment you for being a good friend? Or will he file a formal complaint against your family? Considering my daddy’s personality, he might tell his Majesty the Emperor about this.”
Jayna hurriedly lowered her head and said, “Princess, we are….”
But Rere was not a child to step back from there. Rather, Rere had been so compliant all this time. As if Rere couldn’t tolerate anything now, Rere looked down at the two children while snorting.
“You know what? You should have listened to the rumor properly. Didn’t you do any research on me?”
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