glanced at him, still dazed, and asked mischievously.

“Or, do you want to be punished?”

“Oh, no.
Thank you for your forgiveness, Lady Vanessa.
I will do my best to serve you in the future.”

Duran got up quickly and placed a ledger on the table.

“After the flowering ceremony, you will officially have a maid, but until then, you will need a maid to serve you.
There will be people who may find it difficult for you to see their faces, so please, Lady Vanessa can choose whoever you want.”

As Asha skimmed through the list, Duran added bitterly.

“If you single out the maids who disrespected Lady Vanessa, I will take immediate action to remove them from the Palace.
His Majesty will not leave them alone.”

Asha remembered what happened last time. 

Her complexion turned pale as she imagined the scene where Karaf would behead the heads of the servants. 

Asha quickly shook her head and said.

“No, it’s okay.
Everyone has treated me well since that day.
But, I want to take care of a girl named Sonya Carnation.
She is the person I can trust the most.”

“All right.”

Duran instructed the chamberlain to bring a maid named Sonya. 

Soon, a wavy, red-haired girl walked into the room with a shrunken body. 

Sonya found Asha and her eyes grew bigger.

Asha said with a smile.

“Come.
Sonya Carnation.”

Sonya’s face flushed and she fell to the ground.

“I’m honored that Lady Vanessa remembers my name!”

Everything had already spread during the banquet, and Sonya seemed to know her true identity. 

Sonya was delighted when she heard that Vanessa had shown up at the Palace, but she was so shocked that Asha was the butterfly.
Her hands were shaking, not knowing what to do. 

Asha spoke softly.

“From today on, you will be my exclusive maid, so please take care of me.
You won’t have to work as hard as before.”

At those words, Sonya’s face almost looked like she was about to cry.

“Lady Asha, no, Lady Vanessa…….
How come you’re giving me so much great grace for nothing?”

Asha had a faint expression on her face. 

In her past life, when she was lying on her bed crying because of Karaf, Sonya would always come to her and comfort her while wiping away her tears. 

Those were the memories that she could never forget.

“Sonya, you are the warmest person I have ever met in this Palace.
I trust people with a warm heart the most.
So I want to keep you by my side.”

Sonya was moved and cried out all excited.

“Lady Vanessa! From now on, I will only be loyal to you! No matter what happens, I will protect Lady Vanessa without leaving your side…… !”

Even if she didn’t say it, she had already done it in her past life, but Asha replied with a faint smile.

“Thank you, Sonya.”

“Then I’ll bring you some food, so please wait a moment!”

Sonya only dealt with tasks like cleaning, but it was the first time she had heard from a high-ranking person. 

She was very embarrassed and flustered, but the way she did her best seemed lovely in Asha’s eyes. 

Hearing the door slam shut, Asha realized that she had just returned to this palace just then.

The scenery in this room was very familiar. 

This was the ‘Empress’ Palace‘ that Karaf had prepared since his accession to the throne so that the butterfly could use it at any time. 

Asha had been living in this palace like a butterfly trapped in a collection bin for three years. 

Her expression darkened as memories of her past life surfaced. 

Meanwhile, Sonya was walking quickly down the hall when she suddenly noticed a man walking in the distance like a lion, and her eyes widened.

“Your… Your Majesty!”

Sonya quickly turned to the wall like a magnet, put her hands in front of her, and bowed. 

Karaf walked in front of her without saying a word. 

Sonya couldn’t even look up and was sweating profusely. 

He asked her as he glanced at her, who was nervous.

“You have red hair…….
It’s the first time I’ve seen a maid with your hair color, what happened to the Empress’s Palace?”

Karaf’s voice sounded slightly wary. 

To Sonya, those words sounded like, ‘Are you wandering around this place because you want to die?‘ 

It’s not unreasonable to think that way, but Karaf hated anyone with red hair, regardless of age or gender.

Most descendants of the Imperial Family had red hair. 

Occasionally, when roses of other colors were born, such as yellow or white hair, but such cases were rare, and red roses were overwhelmingly common. 

Red eyes were a common symbol of the Imperial Family.
But since Karaf was a child he has been discriminated against only because of the color of his hair, so it was only natural that he hated the color red. 

Sonya stuttered, gritting her teeth so hard she felt pitiful.

“La..la..lady Vanessa as..asked me to serve her…….”

When he found out that Asha was the one who chose her, Karaf’s expression softened a bit.

“Did Vanessa wake up?”

“Yes, Your Majesty… ….”

“How is she?”

Sonya’s eyes, which were only looking down at the ground, grew bigger at the question.

It was truly the first time he had ever been asked about someone’s well-being.

Considering that the only greeting she had ever heard from him was dreadful, “Is the criminal still alive?”

His change was definitely good.

 

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