Chapter 16 Zinorius' Strategy (Anastasia's point of view)

 I have received word from a servant that Master Gino is ill and will be leaving early today.

Concerned, I hurried to your father's office.

On my way to the office, I met Master Gino coming toward me.

Gino's face was pale and he looked as if he was about to collapse.

"I heard you were ill.

How are you feeling? "

"Oh. I'll be fine after a little rest."

That's what Mr. Gino said, but he seemed to be in a lot of pain.

I spoke to him briefly, but he didn't seem to be at ease.

"Yes, Anna.

What do you think of His Highness the First Prince? "

Gino asked just before we got into the carriage.

"His Highness the First Prince?

I think he is a wonderful man who is equal to everyone and can make rational and decisive decisions."

As His Majesty's niece, I am surrounded by guards dispatched by the royal family.

Since I couldn't say anything rash about the royal family without paying attention to the people, I gave a safe answer.

Upon hearing my answer, Lady Gino turned very pale.

"Is he a respectable man? "

Mr. Gino asked.

"Yes. I respect him.

I'm one of the few people who can treat me as a woman with my appearance."

I give a safe answer out of concern for the royal guard.

In fact, His Highness the First Prince is superficially a gentleman.

However, it is clear that he has the power of the House of Unsworth in mind.

She is calculating, but she is not very good at hiding it.

"What do you think of the Queen, Anna?

Adorni's sister said that it is the dream of all women and that everyone would like to be one if they could."

Gino asked my thoughts on the queen, referring to the thoughts of my own sister, Viviana.

"I agree with Viviana's thoughts.

She is the pinnacle of women.

Even fashion is created by Her Highness, and she should be at the center of current trends, so it is only natural that many women would admire her.

But I'm not interested in becoming a queen.

Not with my appearance."

Again, I gave a safe answer.

Her Royal Highness is "the one who should be at the center of the current trend," but it is your mother who is at the center of the current trend.

Trends are sometimes created by Her Highness, but more often than not, they are created by her mother, who has a wealth of information and a huge fortune.

However, it would be impolite to say so, so I choose a deceptive way of saying it.

Normally, she would shake my hand before getting on the carriage, but that day she did not do so and got on the carriage in a daze.

He must have been in very bad health.

He must be in very bad health, because he looked like he was going to fall when he got on the carriage.

I am worried.


"Mr. Gino.

You're looking a little pale, are you taking it easy? "

The color of Mr. Gino's face was even worse than yesterday.

I was worried that he was really okay, so I asked him.

"No problem."

(Ha! ! ? )

Normally, she would have stayed here and talked with me for a while, and then escorted me to her office with a slow pace.

Today, however, she walked quickly to the office by herself without making eye contact with me.

I was so shocked that I could not move from the spot.

By the time I realized that I had to go after him, he was already gone.

I wondered if I had offended Mr. Gino in some way.

I was so shocked that my limbs were trembling and tears were spontaneously flowing.

"It's okay. Miss.

It's just that Master Zinorius wasn't feeling well and couldn't afford it.

He'll recover soon and return to his usual gentle self.

Now. Let's go back to your room and get some rest."

Bridget comforted me and took me to my room.

When I got back to my room, I couldn't help but cry as I remembered what happened that morning.

I must have done something wrong.

I must ask her what I have done, and apologize sincerely.

Restlessly, I waited for Gino-sama to finish his work.

When I received a message from the servant that Mr. Gino had finished his work, I hurried to his office.

"Master Gino! "

I called out when I saw Gino-sama in the hallway.

"What is it? "

It wasn't the usual gentle Gino-sama.

I must have done something wrong.

"I'm sorry.

I'm afraid I've done something to offend you."

I bowed in apology and said to Mr. Gino.

"No, you didn't do anything.

No apology necessary."

His voice was cold, not like Gino's.


From this morning until now, I had prepared a number of words for a conversation with Gino-sama.

But when I heard Mr. Gino's cold voice, I was so shocked that I lost all my thoughts.

I was at a loss for words, unable to continue my conversation.

"If you have nothing else to do, I'll leave you now.

I'm busy today."

Mr. Gino said and walked past me to the door alone.

I was shocked.

Normally, she would escort me and walk slowly, matching my pace.

Today, I had to hurry to keep up with Gino's pace.

"Well, how are you feeling?

Your face looks much worse than it is."

I followed Gino-sama at a fast pace and spoke to him.

"No problem."

That was the end of the conversation.

I tried to talk to him again and again.

I tried to talk to him again and again, but he ended every conversation with a single word, and the conversation never took off.

After seeing Gino's carriage off, I stayed in my room and cried alone.


"Mr. Gino. If you don't mind, I'd like to take tea with you."

"I'm sorry.

I'm sorry, but I have to go home right now on business for the Chamber of Commerce."

I invited Gino-sama to tea, but he refused again.

Since then, no matter how many times I talked to Gino-sama, we could not carry on a conversation, and no matter how many times I invited him to tea, he never joined me for tea.

I've been trying to think of topics that might attract Gino-sama's attention, and I've prepared some rare tea leaves, but with no results.

"...I see."

I was trying to keep my voice from sounding sullen, but it ended up sounding sullen.

That's not good.

No man wants to have tea or conversation with a dark and brooding woman.

You have to be cheerful and smile.

"Don't give up!

Don't give up on being happy!

You deserve to be happy!

You can be happy! You can want to be happy too!

Don't laugh as if you've given up on everything!

Your life is just beginning!

Whenever I have a hard time, I remember what Mr. Gino said when he proposed to me.

I've changed a lot since Gino said those words to me.

I will never give up on being happy.

This has become the benchmark of my life now.

In the past, I might have already given up, but now I will not give up yet.

Meeting Mr. Gino has changed me.

I'm an ugly woman with bumps all over my face, but I'm still going to try my best to be happy.


I was told by a servant that Lady Gino will be taking a break from attending our home for a while.

He said that he was going to leave the management of the business to another person when he graduated from the school and concentrate on the duke's family.

Since I would not be able to see Lady Gino for a while, I went to visit her.

As I waited in the entrance hall, Gino arrived.

Even though I was there, she didn't stop and walked past me to go outside.

"I heard that you are taking a break today due to your busy business."

As I chase after Gino, I tell him.

"Oh. I'm sorry.

I won't be able to come until the day of the graduation party."

Gino-sama replied without looking at me.

"Well, the graduation party..."

"Yes. I'm sorry, but I can't escort you to the graduation party.

I'll be there, I'll meet you there."

When I was about to tell him about the graduation party, Mr. Gino interrupted me.

I was so surprised by his words that I was at a loss for words.

"...That's right, isn't it?

Gino-sama is a very busy man.

It can't be helped."

Just before Gino got into the carriage, I managed to smile and told him so.

But I couldn't hold back my tears and they spilled out.

The tears that I had been holding back overflowed as I saw Mr. Gino off in the carriage.

But today's dress is the first dress that Gino-sama gave me, and it is the color of Gino-sama's eyes.

It is a little too gorgeous to wear in the mansion, but I chose it in the hope that it would attract Gino-sama's attention.

I don't want to stain it with my tears.

I covered my face with my hands to keep the tears from falling onto my dress.

Only current students are allowed to attend the school's parties.

There are many people whose fiancé is not a student at the school, so it is not uncommon for people to come to the party alone, unaccompanied by their fiancé.

I also had a hard time finding a fiancé, so I always attended parties by myself.

However, a school party is also a place to meet people.

Those who attended the party alone were looking for a marriage partner or a love partner apart from a political marriage.

Among them, there was no one who approached me with my ugly face.

The ones who did talk to me only said hello and made polite conversation to make me look good for the Seven Worth family.

For me, school parties were a painful time because they made me feel alone.

But that has completely changed since I met Master Gino.

When we were both dressed in each other's colors and escorted to the party by Gino-sama, the party hall, which used to be like a colorless prison, became a very colorful and gorgeous place.

When Gino complimented me on the way I looked in my dress, I felt happy as if I were climbing to the heavens.

When Gino invited me to dance with him, I felt as if I was dancing in a dream, and I couldn't help but smile.

I really enjoyed the party I attended with Gino-sama.

Since it was the last party of the school, we wanted to give each other dresses and suits of our own colors and attend the party wearing each other's colors.

But in the end, I couldn't even talk about giving Mr. Gino a suit.

He doesn't even seem to be escorting me.

I was shocked.