Duke’s Exclusive Painter - Chapter 17
Roselia spoke to him but she didn’t stare at him. Only Cedric’s one-sided gaze followed her. Simply put, she repeatedly opened and closed her mouth for a long time, as if there was something more she wanted to say.
Cedric quiently waited for her words while drinking a fragrant tea.
‘What do you want from me?’ That question was a bit vague.
For a moment Cedric felt that the subject of the question had been reversed.
It’s not that he wanted something from Roselia, It’s that Roselia wanted something from him. Either way, she’s being sponsored by Cedric anyway.
Cedric asked, staring at her.
“Do you think I want something especially from you?”
“Then, why would you sponsor me?”
“Well, I like your art works.”
Roselia’s expression crumpled when he answered her with his head tilted slightly. She laughed as if she had heard a vain story in Cedric’s honest answer.
“That’s what they always say. They’re all high ranking people, and they have a lot of eyes around them.”
“The Duke is not my first patron. I’ve met a lot of sponsors like the Duke. At first, they all looked at each other’s works and supported them but it’s not.”
“What do you mean it’s not?”
“Isn’t there anything else you wanted after all?”
At first glance, a strange look crossed from her eyes. Cedric slowly blinks. I remembered the day when I went to the academy. What the chairman of the board had said about Roselia lingered in my ears.
Roselia had a patron, but eventually she changed. And Roselia was quite hostile in her attitude even though she came all the way here with an invitation from her new patron, Cedric.
The tea and the refreshment prepared purely for her were also untouched. That attitude goes beyond mere disregard.
It was at the level of rejection of the other. Cedric, who had been pondering this matter, wondered about it as a certain thought flsh through his mind in an instant. It was quite embarrassing at this moment as he just managed to realize it.
“Do you think I wanted something sexual from you?”
One of the constant problems with the sponsorship system was the sexual crimes between the students being sponsored and their patrons. It was bound to happen, if the sponsor had wrong greed, because it was a financial relationship. Many of the original benefactors approached students with bad hearts.
Cedric wondered if she was a victim of such an incident.
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