r try in her life.

However, Altair narrowed his eyes, as if he was not entirely convinced.

“But you’re angry, your face is red…”

“Oh no, that’s just…”


“I feel refreshed…”

Her voice grew smaller at Altair’s stare.
Before long, she took a deep breath and raised her voice.

“It’s because it was thrilling to see such a mean person be put to shame!”

“…It’s thrilling?”

“I guess I’m not that noble either.
It was really gratifying to see Altair overpower Count Gallard.”

Altair’s mouth slightly fell loose at her unexpected words.

“Are you disappointed in me? Because I’m not the noble wife you think I am?”


At the cautious question, Altair burst into a small chuckle.
It wasn’t a graceful smile like the decent knights of the capital, but that awkward smile wasn’t bad either.

No, it wasn’t that it’s ‘not bad’, but rather…It’s quite nice…?


The manastone mine development was going smoothly, and they even got a stake in the rich orchard of the Gallard Territory.
The joyous news that came one after another kept Aylesford in a festive mood.

Perhaps this news had spread throughout the empire, as soon as they announced that they were looking for servants to work in Aylesford, people applied from all over the country.

Maybe it’s because I set the pay a bit high?

Since most competent servants tended to already belong to a particular family and had worked there for a long time, it was difficult to hire them unless they were presented with advantages that exceeded that of their current job.

The merits that a small eastern baron household could offer were limited.

Thus, she had no choice but to offer a considerable level of pay, but fortunately, when she looked through the resumes of the applicants with Pavel, there were many people with notable careers.

Among them, there was one that stood out in particular.


Marie was a lady-in-waiting who had always followed Nadia in the Marquis of Vine.
Even when her situation changed and everyone turned their backs on her, Marie did not betray her and stayed by her side.

She even said she’d follow me when I left the marquis, but…

Her stingy uncle did not allow her to take people or money along.

Therefore, she had no choice but to come to the East with only the property that her mother had left her.
But now, she came across Marie’s name again!

Pavel looked at her complexion and smiled, as if the pleasure had spread to his face.

“After the Vine, she was a maid for a writer.
She seems to have a connection with the madame, so I put her resume up.”

Even after my parents passed away, she was the only maid who didn’t mistreat me.
Had it not been for Marie, I wouldn’t have been able to hold on.”


Pavel mumbled softly, furrowing his brows as if he had heard something implausible.

But Nadia was so excited at the thought of seeing Marie again that it didn’t seem that important to her then.

“I really want to bring Marie.
She might be acquainted to me, but she’s also very competent.
She’s still young, but she’ll do just fine if you entrust her with being the head maid.
She’s meticulous and calm, so she could be trusted wherever she goes!”

When she listed Marie’s strengths in case Pavel objected, he returned to his usual expression and occasionally nodded at her words.

“Since the Madame had said so, you should hire her first.
I will entrust her with the position of head maid and lead the other maids.”


The moment she smiled and nodded in agreement, the door burst open and Anna rushed inside.


Pavel looked at her with disapproving eyes, then lightly clicked his tongue and shrugged his shoulders at Nadia.

“I hope that Marie can control her as well.”


In Nadia’s mind, she tried puttiing the calm Marie and the bright Anna side by side.
It was very contradictory, but she thought that it might fit surprisingly well.

But before Nadia could draw her conclusion, Anna stamped her feet and raised her from her seat.

“Madame! Now is not the time to be here! Come on!”

“What do you mean it’s not the time to be like this? What’s the matter?”

“Did you forget? The tailor was supposed to visit today.”

“Oh, that was today?”

She had completely forgotten about the castle’s maintenance and spent time frantically hiring servants.

Anna threw a glance at Pavel to get comfirmation, and he nodded too.

Even if she didn’t come, I was thinking of guiding the madame there myself after reviewing the resumes.
But I see that she couldn’t stand it and came running right away.”

“You can review the resumes later! I’m going to go get some pretty clothes right now.
How long has it been since a tailor came to the castle… I haven’t slept well for a few days now.”

Anna seemed to be looking forward to it even more than the person involved.
At that, Nadia didn’t refuse and followed Anna’s guidance.


“Thank you for inviting me, Baroness.”

The tailor had already arrived a while ago and was waiting for Nadia in the drawing room with all sorts of samples perfectly lined up.
She really liked the thorough preparation, but there was an unexpected problem.


…are all the hanging samples women’s clothes?

She couldn’t even enter the room, and just stood blinking blankly with a troubled mind.
Briefly after, she felt an imposing presence behind her back.

“Are these all the clothes you brought?”

Turning her head, Altair could be seen staring at the hanging clothes with his sharp eyes.
She had called a tailor to tailor Altair’s clothes, but he seemed upset because there were only women’s clothes hanging there.


She tried to cover the tailor, saying that there was a misunderstanding and the clothes were prepared incorrectly, but Altair wrapped his arm around her shoulders and walked inside, bringing up a rather unexpected matter.

“I have asked them to bring various samples of women’s clothes because besides the riding clothes you will wear at this meeting, you should also bring some casual clothes.”


Women’s clothing, not men’s?

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