Book 6, Chapter 15

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Book 6, The Road to Revenge – Chapter 15, To Be Wronged

Have a private chat with Alice? Whether or not the Debs clan had engaged in the smuggling of water jade, what use would a private chat with Alice be to make that determination? Clearly, this Merritt had other designs. Nimitz was a person with significant worldly experience. Naturally, he knew exactly what was going on.

Nimitz’s eyes narrowed as he stared at Merritt.

But Merritt only casually reclined on his chair, even closing his eyes as he relaxed himself. He didn’t even look at Nimitz. Merritt’s attitude spoke for itself: If you want your family’s ‘grievance’ to be washed clean, then have Alice come talk to me about it.

Nimitz was quiet for a moment, then laughed. “So Lord Merritt is a fan of Master Linley’s ‘Awakening From the Dream’. It is understandable if you want to have a chat with Alice. Fine, I’ll go back and speak with her.”

Upon hearing these words, Merritt opened his eyes, smiling at Nimitz. “Haha, then Nimitz, you can go back now. If Alice is willing to have a good chat with me, I think I will have a better understanding of your Debs clan.”

Nimitz immediately stood up, bowing modestly. “Then Lord Merritt, I take my leave. I entrust the affairs of our Debs clan with you.”

Merritt nodded slightly.

Nimitz immediately departed.

Leaving behind Duke Merritt, alone in that living room.

Toying with his wine cup, Merritt mumbled in a low voice, “My goddess…Alice…” There was a look of satisfaction and anticipation on his face.

As the Right Premier of the Kingdom of Fenlai, and as a Duke, Merritt had an extremely exalted status. The number of people with a higher status than him in the Kingdom of Fenlai could be counted on one hand.

A person like him had experienced virtually any sort of woman he wished.

Merritt really was a lecher, despite being in his seventies. Warriors of his level could live to be over three hundred. Right now, he was only in his seventies and in the prime of his life. Merritt publicly had twelve wives to his name, but there was a common viewpoint amongst nobles; one’s own wives at home weren’t as interesting as having lovers outside, but having lovers outside weren’t as interesting as those you couldn’t get. Those whom you couldn’t get were the best of all.

But given Merritt’s status, there were very few women he was unable to get. At the same time, there were very few women who could truly move him.

But Alice was definitely one.

Ever since that sculpture, ‘Awakening From the Dream’ had become famous, in the hearts of many, the woman of the sculpture had become an untouchable, lofty goddess. For someone of Merritt’s stature, naturally he would deeply desire to get a goddess like Alice beneath his thighs. But this was really too difficult.

But now. An opportunity had come.

“Alice. The goddess?” Merritt was unable to repress his smile. Turning his head up, he drained all of the red wine from his glass.

Sitting within his carriage on the way home, Nimitz was frowning deeply.

Alice was Kalan’s fiancée!

If he were to ask Alice to get meet privately with Merritt, then he definitely would be essentially pushing Alice into a disaster. In the future, when faced with Kalan’s questioning, it wouldn’t be a big deal. But if word of this were to spread, the impact it would have on the Debs clan’s standing would be tremendous.

“Ugh. If the clan is finished, then what will its reputation matter?” Nimitz shook his head, sighing.

Right now, the Debs clan had reached a critical juncture. If the Debs clan was found to have been guilty of smuggling, then the entire clan would be exterminated, and all of its possessions would be taken by the King of Fenlai. Although the Debs clan had left behind some roots outside the kingdom, preventing it from being totally wiped out, almost all of its possessions were in the Kingdom of Fenlai.

If it was all lost, who knew how many years it would be before the Debs clan would return to its former glory?

Compared to the clan’s future, a little bit of mockery and humiliation wasn’t a big deal. After all, since when did the circle of nobles lack for embarrassing stories?

“But this has to be of Alice’s own free will.” Nimitz was a bit worried. “I can’t forcibly deliver her to the Right Premier’s manor, after all.”

Nimitz didn’t care at all about Alice’s purity. She was just a woman, after all!

But Nimitz knew…

“This Alice has a special relationship with Linley. If I were to force her, and then Linley found out…” Just thinking about it made Nimitz frightened. Linley had a very special status within the Kingdom of Fenlai.

Although he had the rank of Marquis, in actuality, Linley belonged to the Radiant Church. In the past, when Clayde had invited Linley to join the ranks of the nobles in the Kingdom of Fenlai, he had even said that between the two of them, there was no need to observe the normal protocols between king and subject.

Clearly, Clayde desired to pull Linley closer to him.

And all of the nobles of the Kingdom of Fenlai knew that if Linley were willing, he could probably easily become a Vicar of the Radiant Church. In a few dozen years, it would be quite natural for Linley to become a Cardinal.

The status of a Cardinal was even higher than that of the King!

“Can’t force her.” Nimitz felt a headache coming. He was worried that Alice would refuse. He pondered things from Linley’s point of view.

Alice was, after all, previously Linley’s first love! If he, Nimitz, were to force Alice to meet Merritt, and she were to lose her chastity, how could Linley not explode with rage?

Within the Debs clan’s manor.

The clan hall was filled with many members of the Debs clan. Alice and Rowling were there as well. All of them were awaiting the return of Nimitz.

They were all worrying about the future of the Debs clan!

“Second Uncle is back! Second Uncle is back!” A middle-aged man standing in the doorway saw Nimitz and began to call out.

Instantly, all of the members of the Debs clan rushed out towards Nimitz en masse. Alice and Rowling exchanged glances, then rose and went to welcome him as well.

“Second Uncle, what’s the situation?”

Nimitz looked at the group of people in front of him. Squeezing out a smile, he said, “The situation isn’t too bad yet. Everyone, go back to your residences. Alice, stay. I need to talk to you.”

Within the clan, Nimitz had a great deal of authority. Hearing his words, everyone departed.

Alice was somewhat confused, confused as to what Nimitz wanted to talk to her about.

“Big sister Alice, I’ll go back to my room now.” Rowling waved towards Alice and said in a quiet voice. A short period of time later, the person left in the hall was Alice.

Nimitz stepped into the hall.

“Second Granduncle, what’s wrong?” Alice stuttered.

Nimitz looked at Alice. Suddenly, he smiled warmly towards her. “Alice, don’t be nervous. Sit down first. Let’s have a good talk.” As he spoke, Nimitz sat down as well.

Why was Nimitz, who previously was so stern to her, who seemed to always look down on her, being so warm to her now?

Alice couldn’t help but feel suspicious.

“Come, sit.” Nimitz’s smile was so kind, so warm.

Alice nervously sat down.

Nimitz let out a long breath. Worry appeared between his brows. “Alice, we didn’t expect that this would happen so soon after you and Kalan got engaged. I don’t know who is secretly framing our Debs clan. If I did, I would kill him.” A baleful aura appeared on Nimitz’s face, but then it transformed into a look of helplessness. “But right now, the most important thing is to cleanse this stain from our name, and rescue Kalan and Bernard.”

Alice nodded.

But in her heart, Alice was suspicious. “Why is Second Granduncle saying these things to me?”

Staring at Alice, Nimitz said with sincerity, “Alice, there is something I must beg of you.”

“Beg me?” Alice was so startled, she rose to her feet.

Such as Nimitz’s standing within the clan that even the clan leader would be respectful to him. But now, Nimitz was saying that he had to beg her to do something. How could Alice not be shocked?

“Alice, Lord Merritt is in charge of investigating this allegation that the Debs clan was engaged in the smuggling of water jade. Lord Merritt is very intrigued by you and wants to meet with you privately.”

Nimitz said urgently to her, “Alice, this is a rare, wonderful opportunity to improve our relationship with him. Only by managing to have a good relationship with Lord Merritt would you be able to help our clan. Alice, you grew up alongside Kalan. You don’t want to see him in jail either, right?”

Alice was stunned.

A private meeting?

Alice was someone who had lived in a noble clan as well, and knew all too well about the shameful things which occurred amongst the nobility. She instantly could guess that this meeting with Lord Merritt would be more than a simple meeting.

“I…I…” Alice stuttered.

Nimitz begged, “Alice, our entire Debs clan is relying on you. I can even guarantee that so long as you can pull Lord Merritt to our side, you will be Kalan’s principal wife.”

Alice felt as though her mind was in shambles.

Alice was still pure and chaste of body.

She had refused to cross that last barrier with both Linley and Kalan. Even after getting engaged to Kalan, Alice still insisted on being married before she would enter the bridal bed with him.

But now she had to go deal with Lord Merritt…

“Alice, I’m begging you.” Nimitz gritted his teeth, leaving his chair and falling to his knees before her. “Alice, Kalan’s life is in your hands.”

“Kalan’s life?” Alice trembled.

Kalan had grown up alongside her. In recent days, in the face of ridicule and scorn from the other members of the Debs clan, it had been Kalan who protected her.

“Alright. I agree.” Alice gritted her teeth.

A look of surprised joy appeared on Nimitz’s face, then he hurriedly said, “Wonderful. How about this. Tomorrow at dusk, I’ll arrange for you to be brought to Lord Merritt’s manor.”

But right now, Alice’s face was extremely pale. She didn’t respond at all.

That next evening. Escorted by twelve knights, a carriage departed from the Debs clan’s manor, slowly rolling towards the manor of Lord Merritt. Within the carriage was only one person. Alice.

Alice quietly sat within the carriage, chewing on her lips. Her nervous hands were tightly gripping her dress.

The carriage continued to roll forward. Quite soon, it arrived at the main gate to Lord Merritt’s manor.

“Miss Alice, we’re here.” The voice of the carriage driver rang out from outside.

Hearing his words, Alice’s heart trembled. Her right hand drifted down to her waist. The firmness of the steel dagger by her side helped to slightly calm her mind down.

Taking a deep breath, Alice pushed open the carriage to the door and stepped out.

Within the welcoming hall of Lord Merritt’s manor.

Wearing a jacket on top and a skirt beneath, Alice was dressed relatively conservatively. Step by step, Alice managed to enter the hall relatively calmly. Alice looked around her, but saw nobody there within the hall.

“Hrm?” Alice couldn’t help but frown.

Just at this moment, a female attendant ran over. Respectfully, she said, “Miss Alice, the Lord Duke is in his study and would like to invite you there as well.”

“His study?” Alice shuddered slightly.

But under the urging gaze of the attendant, Alice still began to walk forwards with her.

The study was in a very quiet, secluded area. There were very few people here. Arriving at the door to the study, Alice saw a seemingly middle-aged, golden-haired man standing in front of a study desk, staring at some papers.

“This is Merritt?” Seeing Merritt, Alice’s first impression was that this was a very fierce person. Even when he sat down at his desk, his back was ramrod straight, and his eyes were sharp.

“Lord Duke, Miss Alice has arrived.” That female attendant said respectfully.

Only now did Merritt raise his head. Seeing Alice, he excitedly rose to his feet. “Haha, Miss Alice, you came? I’ve waited for quite a long time. Come, Miss Alice, please sit.” As he spoke, he left his seat and walked towards Alice.

Alice stepped into the study.

Alice looked around her. Towards the right side of the study, there were many bookshelves, covered with countless books. On the left side of the study, there was a bed.

“Often, when I’m reading or taking care of government affairs, I’ll get tired and will rest there.” Duke Merritt said with a smile. At the same time, he walked towards the study door and shut it.

Seeing the door to the study shut, leaving behind only her and Merritt in the room, Alice grew nervous.

“Lord Merritt, it’s better if we leave the door to the study open. I’m not accustomed to dark environments.” Alice hurriedly said.

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52 thoughts on “Book 6, Chapter 15” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Haha, I feel like a stalker.^^
      Just clicked next chapter, because you always post around this time 😀

      1. Haha, skills. Yeah, on weekends in particular, if I get up at 7’ish, I’ll post somewhere from 11 AM – 12 PM New York Time.

  1. Thanks for the release…
    I can say I really don’t enjoy this feeling…. So far it’s exactly as I expected…..
    I hope that the author will surprise me….But being realistic, he will probably disappoint me….

    1. i agree. patterson’s too easy death and linley’s father surprised me a lot. but it just goes to hint of how this author can really kill off a character at a whim. still remember the bad aftertaste i got during the massacre incident at capital city of Qin during heaven diagram arc in his Stellar Transformation novel

      no wonder this volume is titled revenge.

  2. A look of surprised joy appeared on Nimitz’s face, then he hurriedly said, “Wonderful. How about this. Tomorrow at dusk, I’ll arrange for you to be brought to Lord Nimitz’s manor.”

    But right now, Alice’s face was extremely pale. She didn’t respond at all.

    That next evening. Escorted by twelve knights, a carriage departed from the Debs clan’s manor, slowly rolling towards the manor of Lord Nimitz. Within the carriage was only one person. Alice.

    Should it not be Lord Merrit´s manor. I just registered for this and also thank you for the translations

      1. No problem (glad to help, even if it is not worth much…). I really love what you are doing with the quick translations, also considering to donate, maybe in the near future as I am lacking money myself, THANK GOD for college….

        1. Second son, I would not feel comfortable taking donations from someone who is lacking money. Just enjoy the ride! 🙂

    1. I’m sorry, I have to giggle. Just a few days, maybe a week ago, you guys were all calling for Alice’s blood. Now, everyone is cringing and feeling sorry for her. Tomatoes really knows how to play on emotions, eh? Just wait a few more hours and you’ll see the result in the next chapter 😉

      1. Ah, well thanks for that bit of info. (That we’ll see the result in the next chapter)
        And you’re right in a way, though I personally never called for her blood, lol.
        He really does know how to play emotions so far. But…I’ve read books like this….so…
        I really hope he doesn’t disappoint me…. I put down a book I really liked once because it was heading in a direction like this…..
        I did pick it back up though, to make sure, and the author surprised me, thankfully.
        But I always expect to be disappointed in situations like this…..makes me a little sick at my stomach….
        Please don’t disappoint me Tomatoes….. T_T

        1. He won’t rape her, but if they f***, she does it for Kalen.

          I don’t really care what happens to Alice, just hope that it doesn’t f*** up Linley.

      2. Well everyone was (sorry guys) was a moron.

        They clearly ignored the part of the story when Kalan states to himself that he tricked her into loving him.

        She was played and was only fallowing her heart, yes she should have told Linley that she did not love him anymore.

        I seriously hope she does not lose her chastity.

        Thanks for the update btw 🙂

      3. well i was on her side till i saw the manga (cuz idk chinese i cant say i read XD), but well one always seek for survival

  3. Man this Duke is a real pervy, however I don’t think Alice will go all the way, she far too nervous.

  4. wow ren ur awesome
    thanks for the hardwork ren…

    oh yea ren.. about caching issue, it cant be helped ren, even japtem too still have that problem maybe u can just give warning about this until problem solved..
    n dont worry my adblock off, just for THIS SITE ONLY ^_^

    1. I’ve totally disabled all caching for this site, so once you get the cache flushed, it shouldn’t happen again.

  5. Meh, i don’t really like/dislike this chapter.
    Alice knows what she can expect by going there, so i don’t really care if someone interrupts or not.
    Also imo people are overreactin on this mainly because this also happens in real life.
    In fact in real life its even worse woman get kidnapped then drugged and have to work as a whore for quite a few years, its just that solong it doesnt happen to someone around you you wont care much.
    If she gets saved i’m okay with it if not then it was her own choice to save the one who she grew up with and actually bought her from her father.

    And Ren thanks for the chapter.

    1. “because it happens in real life” Yeah i guess that means it’s fine right.

      Go play Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeros and listen to the tapes you can find in game.

      You get to hear Paz one of the main characters of MGS Peace Walkers being raped.

      And it’s not a “she might have been” it is “she was” since there is a zipper sound, a man telling a soldier to “do it” then wet slapping sounds with the woman groaning. (Also she gets a bomb shoved up her vagina into her womb)

      But since it happens in real life that means that it is a topic everyone should be comfortable with.

      The fact is that many of us have come to like Alice as a character and having her forced to have sex to save the man she loves would… well piss us off.

      1. Where did i say it was fine?
        I’m just saying people turn a blind eye about it solong it doesnt happen to them.
        If you look at history you see that things like this are common, the setting in the book look like our world a thousand years ago (cept they got magic and stuff and we don’t) so IET just added a small bit of a realistic factor in his story and suddenly people turn mad at him and want Alice to be saved etc etc. Just because people think she doesn’t deserve this well who does? no one right but it happens if you look at the story Linleys mother was kidnapped and is likely dead, did she deserve that? no i think not but it happened. Just because IET adds a bit of reality in his story people get mad.
        I’m not saying this is right or that you have to like it just don’t overreact so much for one its a work of fiction secondly every book has good things and bad things

        P.S. I am not a fan of rape/murder/violence/etc and i’m sorry if i insulted anyone wich my own opinion.

        1. lol, relax guys! I won’t spoil anything for you (wait two hours) but just remember that this is a shonen/light novel/heroic fantasy, not a hentai :p. Be patient and don’t start fighting with each other!

    2. That’s sort of the point for me though. I mean, I’ve “seen” the girl get raped or murdered already on the news often enough. They show plenty of it. I’m reading fiction right now because I want to see things that DON’T happen in real life.

      What’s the point in reading a fiction story where I think “Yep, that’s what I expected.” I read fiction to be surprised. I read fiction to see someone who actually loves their fiancee. To see the girl saved. To see the main character get his revenge. And not see him murder innocent people for fun along the way. You know, things that don’t actually happen in the real world. Hence the meaning of fiction.

      1. What you’re looking for is the romance genre not the fiction genre.
        I’ve read a lot of books wich include fiction books and i’ve seen enough stories without the love or a happy end. Fiction is not drama/romance nor is every fiction book based on a “superhero” the thing i love about IET books are that his MCs are humanlike. They are not perfect they don’t always follow justice they want their revenge but also have their share of imperfections because no matter how you tell the story murder is wrong.

        1. No, I’m looking for fiction. Maybe the concept has escaped your notice, so I’ll inform you that some fiction has romance, and some doesn’t. Saving the girl doesn’t make it a romance. You can save the girl, kill the bad guy, and then exit stage left and be done with it. I’m here because I’m looking for fiction. You’re here because you want to troll. So I’ll help you with that.

          From the very start Linley wasn’t “humanlike”. Nothing he has done was realistic. Be it how he was at age 6, his reaction to finding out about Alice, nor his revenge plans. You can sympathize with him. You can understand the emotions and so on. But none of it is even remotely similar to real people. If you like Linley, it’s not because he’s like a real person. It’s because he’s nothing like a real person. Come at he hypocritroll bro~

          1. Okay guys, you’re getting too grumpy with each other. Locking the comments for today. Wait patiently 😛

  6. I will be the first to admit I hated Alice’s character for how she treated Linley but these past couple of chapters really are making me feel uncomfortable. I’m really hoping the author doesn’t go there.

    Regardless, thanks for all your hard work Ren!

  7. im surprised no one commented on the dagger alice has, I dont see this going well for Alice (and the debs clan) or Duke Merritt.

    1. Hrm. I was in a bit of a rush, so I must have missed that part….That really doesn’t sound good, lol.
      But still…… That just adds to the bad alternatives…..Bleh~

  8. Not sure how tomatoes is doing it, but my stomach is turning with disgust while reading this…. Didn’t even feel like this while reading ‘A step into the past’ :/

    Anyway thank you for the chapter, i hope the f***er gets knifed in family jewels

  9. Thanks again Ren!

    Darn it, this reminds me of Legend of the Condor Heroes or all those chinese stories depicting the role of woman in politic. Some swim in it while others drown in it.

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