Now, Sign This - Chapter 1
Translator and Editor: Nana and Ishy
The cold wind blew to the execution ground.
“Decapitate that traitor.”
The voice of the person the woman once loved rang in the execution ground.
Ellen laughed when she saw that there was no hint of guilt in his face.
She was so frustrated that she couldn’t even cry.
She tried harder for him than anyone else. She had to even turn a blind eye to her friend’s death. But now she was a traitor?
Ellen was filled with pain, anger, remorse. But most of all, she fell into the whirlpool of grief.
‘It is not me who is the traitor, but you, who have been serving the emperor!’
Ellen gritted her teeth.
If her tongue hadn’t been cut off, she would have shouted until her throat was torn.
He was a very evil person. A monster beneath his facade.
The usurper, Gillian Krembel!
In the distance, Gillian, who was looking down at her from the top, came into view.
Ellen couldn’t contain her anger at his arrogance.
With that kind of behaviour, he should have been decapitated long ago.
But somehow, Gillian Krembel survived.
It was her and her family, not that man, who were about to die instead. In front of Ellen was her father, who was shedding tears, and her brother who struggled in fear.
The executioner approached them with a knife.
The blade was shining beneath the sun, as it moved to carry out its assigned duties. It began to cut the necks of those she loved.
Her poor little brother.
Ellen’s eyes saw the blade approaching her.
Her vision was dyed red, which could’ve induced vomit from the onlookers.
The executioner’s arms were raised high and disappeared from her view.
‘I will stand in your way even when I die. May your presence be filled with despair and sorrow.’
The blade moved, and the stinging pain that didn’t even allow her to scream cut off her thoughts, and so Ellen Krembel ended her life due to betrayal.
She never thought that she would regress.
Ellen Kryant was a northern countess who was famous for her wool business.
She, who lacked nothing thanks to her family’s immense wealth, loved her family.
She already had a lot, so she didn’t have much to ask for.
She was happy at the time.
But her father, Daniel Kryant, was different.
Her father thought that they didn’t have enough, since wealth without honor was meaningless.
In the end, the count planned for her to marry the Duke of Krembel, third in line to the throne, under the guise of protecting his daughter.
Ellen Krembel, that was her name from now on.
As much as Count Kryant’s purpose in the marriage was clear, Krembel’s purpose was also clear.
They would do a marriage contract.
The content was a typical political act of exchanging the count’s vast wealth for the duke’s honor.
There was no love included.
No, more exactly, there was only her one-sided love.
The 16-year-old girl fell in love with the man who had a sturdy body and strong eyes.
She thought it was fortunate to have a marriage with such a wonderful man, better than any other nobles.
It was such a stupid thought.
As time passed, the girl became a person who knew how to play the sensible hostess, as demanded by her husband.
She thought her life would be smooth sailing after that. But her thoughts were wrong.
Third in line to the throne meant that the Duke of Krembel could gain the throne if the two preceding people disappeared.
The duke was always looking up, and that desire did not miss even the slightest possibility.
The Duke of Krembel first assassinated the second heir, Prince Crescent. The sudden death of the prince raised many suspicions.
However, since the crown prince was still alive, Ellen just thought it was a battle for power as usual.
The duke lured the crown prince, who believed in him as a close aide, and canceled his marriage.
Not long after that, the emperor who was ill died.
The crown prince soon ascended to the throne as the next emperor, and the duke could not hide his joy.
The opportunity was at this time.
When the crown prince had yet to establish himself, the duke rebelled.
The palace was quickly occupied, and the newly crowned emperor died at the hands of someone who he believed was loyal.
The first thing Gillian Krembel did, while now sitting on the throne, was to betray people again.
The man who usurped the throne with blood said,
“Decapitate that traitor now!”
They were sentenced for treason that Ellen’s father never committed.
He was believed to have sold military secrets to other countries, but he didn’t even have access to such information.
Nevertheless, Count Kryant, along with his family, was executed.
It was the day tragedy struck her family.
Ellen Krembel’s, or Ellen Kryant’s, head was among the others that fell on the execution ground that day.
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