[Third person view]
“What did you just …… say to me?”
Ace-Rudo-Serenity stared at his family members, shivering. The voice that finally squeezed out showed that Ace intended to somehow suppress his boiling anger and talk.
“I told you, ……, that I was going to hand over the village of Erde to the little boy, Giorg.”
“I see. …… So how did you come to hand over the village of Erde to the Zafing family?”
The Count of Serenity, who seemed to be in a desperate mood, gave up and turned his attention to his mother, the Countess. The Countess followed up with an explaination, though she flinched a little at his obviously angry gaze.
“Fiona and Leon’s marriage has been arranged …… that …… is why Fiona and Giorg’s engagement has been called off.”
“So …… you’re giving away the village of Erde as compensation?”
“Y-Yes, that’s right”
The Countess replied in an awkward manner.
Ace glared at Fiona and approached her with an angry gait. Fiona, struck by Ace’s anger, was unable to move.
Without any hesitation at all, Ace hit Fiona on the cheek.
Fiona fell down on the sofa as she was hit on the cheek. In the past, he has always been a gentle person, and never was a violent person. The Count and Countess of Serenity were too astonished to speak out at the fact that Ace had attacked his sister.
Ace grabbed Fiona by the chest and asked her again in a chilly voice, without paying attention to his parents.
“Why did you do it?”
Fiona’s cheeks, too confused to answer, smacked again.
“It hurt! What are you doing!!”
“Why did you do it?”
“Violence against women.…… Kya!!”
Fiona’s cheeks smacked again as she tried to blame Ace for his actions instead of answering the question. From there, it was a repeat of this.
When the wide-eyed Ace asks, “Why did you do it?” Fiona is at a loss for answers, and the sight of Ace slapping her mercilessly is completely devoid of any sense of reality.
“ACE!! STOP IT!!”
By the time Count of Serenity finally came to his senses and stopped Ace by locking him in a wing from behind, Fiona’s face had swollen to more than double its original size.
“Stop it huh? If you want to stop my actions, why didn’t you stop Fiona’s foolishness first!!”
Ace easily shook Count of Serenity off and he sat down on the floor. The way Ace looked at his father was ice cold, and the Count of Serenity couldn’t argue with him.
“Fiona, I’ve always told you. Always respect others!”
All of them shuddered at Ace’s threat.
“How dare you break off your engagement to Giorg-sama and immediately marry his brother!? How could you do such a shameless thing!! And the same goes for father and mother for not stopping it!! How dare you approve of an affair that has brought disgrace to the honor of Serenity!! The fact that you brought up the transfer of the village of Erde should be enough to show you how angry and sad Giorg-sama is!!”
The three of them shuddered at the sound of Ace’s shout.
“Father, …… do you know why Giorg-sama wanted the Village of Erde?”
“You wouldn’t understand it ……Father, to someone like you who has no interest in running an estate.”
“What do you mean!! I put a lot of effort into running my estate!!”
Count of Serenity refuted Ace’s condescending tone, but the coldness in Ace’s gaze only grew lower.
“Yes, I understand you’re very interested only how much money you make in numbers.”
“But that’s all you are. If you had been properly engaged in the management of the estate, when the transfer of the village of Erde was brought up, you should have offered to pay compensation instead.”
“I would have offered to pay 25 million Dorados.”
The amount that Ace offered was five times more than the market price for breaking off an engagement. The amount of money was too large, even if one took into account that the other party was a Marquis.
“It is much cheaper than giving away the village of Erde. It seems that this is something that YOU, father, do not understand.”
There was not a hint of warmth in Ace’s voice. It was clear that the word “father” coming out of his mouth was nothing more than sarcasm.