Genok admired the look in her eyes, which seemed like she was about to pounce and scratch his face.
Rowena spoke as she sensed the silence that lingered.
“Where is my child”
“I’ve invited the young master separately.”
“I have to see him for myself.”
“Miss Philone, you must calm down.”
Genok calmly spoke.
At that moment, she felt the tension and heat suffocating her.
“I’m just trying to help you.
If the Duke sees him…”
“It’s going to be out of hand.
Goosebumps rose all over her body at the quiet question, and her heart fluttered.
Rowena clenched her fists tightly.
Killian Devonshire was a man whose emotions didn’t change much, but once he got angry, there was no limit to how far he would go.
Genok stopped talking and turned to Rowena, whose mouth was quivering, and continued as if trying to soothe her.
“That’s why I took the young master with me separately.
He has an extremely skilled nanny with him, so don’t worry.”
“…How can I believe this”
Rowena asked in a calmer tone than before.
The next day, people seemed surprised by Rowena’s sudden announcement that she was quitting the factory.
“Even if it wasn’t, the atmosphere is unsettling because of Anna, but…”
“I’m so sorry.
I would normally stay until my replacement arrives, but I’ve got some urgent business to attend to.”
“It can’t be helped if that’s the case.”
The tongue-tied colleagues exchanged glances with each other.
Unconcerned, Rowena bowed her head like a sinner.
When she raised her head in silence, she saw a colorful bouquet of flowers.
“We’ve all prepared this together.
You’ve worked so hard all this time.”
Her colleagues smiled at the startled look in Rowena’s eyes and gave her the bouquet.
“It’s sad to see you leave so abruptly, but we’re still grateful that you’ve been able to fill in for us and taken the lead on the hard and nasty stuff.
I’m indebted to you for the past four years, too.”
A warm feeling spread inside her chest at the overflowing words of gratitude from each of them.
Rowena’s eyes turned red, and she hugged the bouquet.
“How did you know I was quitting…”
“I told them…”
Harriet made her way through the crowd of factory workers and placed her hand on Rowena’s shoulder as she made a confession in a whisper.
“I told him where you live.”
“What What do you mean…”
It was a confusing statement.
Harriet, smiling at Rowena, who had only her eyes wide open, said in an attempt to soothe her.
“Sorry…I didn’t listen to what you asked me to do.
But… Rebecca… No, Rowena.
I don’t know what happened in the past, but that person seemed to love you.”
The man in front of her was the only person who had looked at her, the mistress, in a non-judgmental manner.
Unlike the other man who looked at her with eyes she didn’t understand, he was kind and polite all the time.
But in the end, he was still one of the duke’s men.
Genok seemed to read her expression of uneasiness and quietly called out to her.
“I give you my word; I will never harm the child.
And the Duke won’t be able to do that either.”
His serious and calm voice reassured her.
Rowena’s shoulders, which had been rising and falling with her grave look, slowly regained their stability.
“It’s just that for me to fully protect the young master, I need some distance.
At least until the duke naturally accepts and acknowledges the existence of his biological son…”
Rowena remembered the cold eyes staring at the door Damian had closed.
It was a threatening look as if he would turn the doorknob at any moment and pull the child out of hiding.
That was the most apparent reason why she had accepted the almost threatening proposal to go back to him.
If she were alone, she would have run away, even if it meant throwing herself out the window.
“I will try to let you meet him on the train for a while.
The boy will be riding in the same second-class compartment as me.”
Rowena, who had been silent for a while, slowly lifted her head.
“I understand; I’ll believe you.”
Only then did Genok smile and lead her to the carriage.
Taking his hand, she stepped into the carriage.
Rowena looked back at the factory where she had worked for the last few years.