Laura with a puzzled look.

 

“No, wait a minute Laura.
You can’t make a fuss.”

 

“Let me go.
You just said that she mocked you.
Why are you stopping me?”

 

“What?”

 

‘When have I ever?’ 

 

The astounded Diana looked at the employee.
Rather, it was that employee who laughed at her! As if it was intolerable, the employee was happy on the inside looking at Diana’s suffering, all the while pretending to stop Laura.

 

“You got money from somewhere and are now buying clothes here? Tell me the truth.
You stole something didn’t you?”

 

This time, not a single word left Diana’s mouth.

 

Laura considered her a pain in the neck and even her attitude towards the end wasn’t good.
However, she thought it was all over because she had left the mansion.

 

But, she didn’t expect this to happen since she had now quit her job.

 

“You were living in the mansion like a beggar! It wasn’t enough to just let you get kicked out of the mansion…!”

 

It was at that moment.

 

“Just what is all this fuss about?”

 

“M-Madame?”

 

The employee’s face turned pale.
Madame, who saw Laura standing next to the employee, opened her mouth.

 

“Just how did she get in here….
Don’t tell me, you’re the one who let her in?”

 

Madame rebuked the employee with a fierce look.
The employee replied in a trembling voice.

 

“N-no, All I said w-was that Diana is here….”

 

“You….”

 


Madame clenched her teeth and said to another employee in the back.

 

“Bring her out.”

 

“Yes, I understand.”

 

She spoke to the employee who was being dragged.

 

“You’re fired.”

 

“Yes? Madame! Madame! I made a mistake!”

 

“Don’t even think about stepping in here again.”

 

The employee who was being dragged ran forward in surprise.
But she was soon captured by another employee and got dragged back.
Diana looked at the whole situation with her eyes wide open.

 

Madame sighed as she shook her head and looked back at Laura.

 

“Laura, you should get out of here, too.
You know that only customers can come in here.”

 

“But, Diana is also here!”

 

Diana flinched at Laura’s shout.
Madame obscured Diana from Laura’s gaze.

 

“I don’t know what you’re mistaking here, but Miss Diana is our customer.
I won’t tolerate you being rude anymore.”

 

Laura’s face distorted. 

 

“Are you really… saying that Diana is a customer? That’s impossible.”

 

Madame only said until that much before looking back at Diana.
Diana got up from the sofa in a hurry.

 

“I’m sorry, Miss Diana.
Our employee truly committed such a discourteous act.”

 

Diana bit her lips and walked past Laura.
She felt as if she was sitting on pins and needles.
She only wanted to buy clothes.

 

“Are the calculations done?”

 

“The clothes will be completed in 15 days.”

 

The employee behind Madame gave out the check.
The prices for the fabric, labor, and accessories were all listed and totaled at the end.

 

She wondered if she was really that absent-minded when choosing as the total price was about two-thirds the amount she brought.

 

Diana took the leather pouch out of her pocket.
As soon as she took out the gold coin, someone took a deep breath.

 

“Wh-what’s this?”

 

After being quiet for a while, Laura opened her mouth again.

 

“You really have money?”

 

Laura had a shocked look.

 

“I-it’s impossible.
Where did you, from where did you get this gold coin? Tell me the truth!”

 

As Laura almost broke in, the startled staff stopped her.

 


“Laura! Why are you like this?! Are you crazy?!”

 

“You’re not letting me go?!”

 

The reason Laura couldn’t be dragged out and only be blocked was that she was the maid of Baron Bardeaux’s Lady, a customer the Lily of The Valley Boutique cared about.

 

“You’ve been acting poor and pitiful, doing everything alone, and yet you’ve been hiding such money….”

 

“I simply received my mother’s inheritance.”

 

Diana cut off Laura’s words and said.

 

“What?”

 

“I said I received my mother’s inheritance.”

 

However, Laura’s reaction was strange.
She laughed out loud, as if it were ridiculous.

 

“What kind of inheritance do you have? Your inheritance is….”

 

The surprised Laura covered her mouth and shouted again.

 

“T-There’s no way you have an inheritance!”

 

“Hm?”

 

There’s no way? Diana tilted her head suspiciously.

 

“Why, are you so sure that I don’t have an inheritance?”

 

“….”

 

Laura rolled her eyes like she was flustered.
Suddenly, she shook off the employee’s hand and ran out of the boutique.

 

“What’s up with her?”

 

Not just her, the question was on everyone’s face.

 

 

***

 

 

Atticia Bordeaux saw Laura, her maid, rushing in and clicked her tongue.
Atticia said to the maid who attended her.

 

“Finally you’ve come.
Since Laura has come back, you go out.”

 

The maid bowed politely and quickly left the room.
Laura ran straight to Atticia without a single glance to the maid who was getting out.

 

“Miss, I’ve just witnessed a really huge matter!”

 

“What’s the fuss about?”

 

Atticia raised her gaze from the magazine and asked Laura.

 

“More importantly, when did they say they could finish the needlework? I told you that I have to have it by next week if I’m going to attend the Imperial Ball, didn’t I?”

 

“Ah….”

 

At that moment, Laura remembered why she had to go to the Lily of The Valley Boutique in the first place.

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