Julius-sama looked refreshed after he was finished crying, as if a great weight had been lifted from his shoulders. He squeezed the handkerchief wet with tears in his hand and gave me one of his own handkerchiefs while thanking me. I accepted it for the time being and returned home.
My precious puppy dog was sitting at the front door as if he knew exactly when I was going to come home, his fluffy tail excitedly wagging back and forth behind him as he waited for me. I immediately hugged such an Alto, letting his healing properties wash over me.
[Allen]: “Rose-sama, it’s bad manners to do that right in front of the door.”
[Anna]: “I understand Alto is cute Mistress, but how about we change our clothes first?”
[Rose]: “But……I was lonely. I’m going to waste away if I don’t replenish my Alto reserves.”
[Anna]: “Summer vacation is coming up Mistress. You can spend as much time with Alto as you want then.”
[Rose]: “Oh yeah! Anna! After all this time I’m finally going to get a break. I can stay together with Alto for forever. Look forward to it Alto.”
Whether or not Alto could understand me is a mystery, but the way he is happily wagging his tail back and forth makes me want summer vacation to hurry up and get here all the more.
[Rickert]: “So you’re back Rose-chan.”
[Rose]: “Huh? What are you doing here Rickert-oniisama?”
My cousin Rickert is already eighteen, five years older than I am. He’s a gentle man with glasses gifted with both good looks and brains.
[Rickert]: “I’m taking lessons from Clifford-sama about territory management.”
[Rose]: “Clifford-niisama is taking over the Winsley family right?”
[Rickert]: “Yes, for the moment. I may be found lacking.”
[Rose]: “Nonsense. Rickert-oniisama is super smart, and you always have a handle on the situation around you. You also have good business skills, so I’m sure you’ll be great at managing the territory! With you taking over, I go off and act as a bride without any worries.”
[Rickert]: “I’m awfully happy to here you say all that Rose-chan, but you’re going to make me feel lonely if you keep talking about running off to be a bride. It’d be nice if you could stay here from now on.”
Rickert-oniisama really did look a little lonely as he patted my head.
(If a handsome guy like him tells me I’m fine to just keep living at home, then maybe I really will just stay here and drop the whole bride thing!!)
[Rose]: “Hahah, I really will be able to stay here forever if I were to get married to Rickert-oniisama.”
[Rickert]: “You’re right, that’s a good idea.”
(Hm? I was kidding? He does know I was kidding right? Huh? …….He’s joking too right?)
[Rose]: “R-Rickert-oniisama? You’re joking right…….?”
[Rickert]: “Huh? I’ve been thinking quite seriously about taking things in that direction, but is it no good?”
He had a gentle smile on his face, but the look in his eyes were completely serious. After that I frantically informed Rickert-oniisama that at the very least I was joking, and our marriage talks were put on hold.
[Rose]: “Haa, that was exhausting. Allen, tea please.”
[Allen]: “Good work out there. It looks like Rickert-sama will be here for the rest of the day. He is nothing if not efficient.”
[Rose]: “Huh, you think? Well, I guess it’s good to be efficient…… I just have no idea what Rickert-oniisama is thinking. That overprotectiveness of his is alive and well.”
[Allen]: “True, but wouldn’t you be pleased marrying Rickert-sama and becoming head of the family?”
[Rose]: “It would be nice……but if possible, I think it would be better for him to marry a woman with a social standing who could help the Winsley house flourish. Rickert-oniisama is kind and would make a great husband…..but there are certain places where he can be far too overprotective.”
[Allen]: “Well no matter who you decide to marry, I shall always stay by Rose-sama’s side as your personal butler.”
[Rose]: “Fufu, that’s reassuring. Oh, and Anna! Will you come with me too?”
[Anna]: “Of course.”
[Rose]: “But, I can’t help but be jealous whenever I see Mother and Father’s loving marriage. They chose each other, but a political marriage is one born from obligation…….”
[Anna]: “Mistress…..even if it is an arranged marriage, I’m sure you will have a wonderful husband and be able to make a loving family just like your parents! So please don’t give up, even if you do have an arranged marriage.”
[Rose]: “…..you’re right, it’s exactly as Anna says! Heheh, thanks.”
4 thoughts on “Villainess Wants to Live Freely Ch. 41”
Thanks for the new chapter! Well… her being dense isn’t really much of a surprise.
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So I guess incest is allowed in this society?
Marrying a cousin is allowed in Japan. A lot of countries allow that actually.
not marrying cousins is pretty recent, only like 120 years old. it kept things in the family (lol) and limited the possibility of control going to another family