I can’t believe merged 2 image cost me 12 hours
ED Note: For those who didn’t realize that chapters are now collabs, make sure you check either the TOC or Tony Yon’s blog for the chapters. You probably missed the last episode of chapter 1 and the first episode of chapter 2.
Editor: Crash, Doomchicken
Episode 2 All Sorts of Preparations
Collard stopped me as I was about to leave the guild leader room.
“Please wait a minute. I just wanted to confirm, what kind of means did your majesty plan to use to infiltrate the royal city of Caldia? Their security is different than this city, which allows anybody to visit. They strictly regulate who can enter and exit the city.”
“By ‘that’ way, in a single jump.”
Digging a tunnel would be tiresome.
“D-don’t tell me, did you plan to travel there by riding on that spectacular dragon again!?” Toward Collard who lost his cool, I waved my hand to denied his idea.
Well, it’s because I am will also traveling with my country (the Sky Garden), which is equal to a small prefecture in Japan. So, I was puzzled which is the really spectacular one.
“…Be that as it may your majesty, it seems that you don’t want to use direct methods to infiltrate the city, correct?”
“That obvious isn’t it? There’s no way I would want to enter through the front and exclaim ‘Haluuuu~’ magnificently”. Just declaring my own name would already cause a huge uproar.
After I said so, Collard with a resigned face brought out a silver plate and a sealed letter. The plate resembled the guild badge which Joey showed me before but it was twice as big, almost the size of a decoration which would be placed on a wall. The letter also had a proper Arra adventurer guild seal and the guild leader addressee on it. Then, he placed it on the table towards me. Judging that this seems to mean our talk will continue, I returned to the sofa.
“-What is this?” For now, I pulled the plate towards me to look at it.
“It’s a pass that was officially issued by Arra city. Therefore, with this there won’t be any problems entering a city even if it’s the royal capital.”
“Hmmm, is that okay, openly aiding me like this?”
“…There’s no other way. I’m definitely reluctant, but currently, Arra city is caught between three of your majesty’s territories. It’s a situation where a man who has a sword pointed at his neck, and would receive a fatal injury if he moves even a little. It’s my duty to do whatever I can to minimize the risk of an uproar happening in the royal capital isn’t it?”
Ooh! Collard, it looks like you’re able to grasp the situation and use your head! As I thought, adversity causes humans to grow doesn’t it? Or is it “that”? A case where someone improved after getting a girlfriend.
“…Is there something? Your majesty has a complicated look, a bit warm but also a bit scornful.”
“No-thi-ng~. Anyway, I appreciate your gift. By the way, I can feel magical power from it, does this have a magical function?”
“Yes, let me demonstrate it for you. As your majesty passes through the royal capital’s entrance, press the ‘☆’ with your finger, then chant ‘Open’ to emit a special field. The field can negate the royal capital’s barrier for a temporary period of time. Well, I’m sure the likes of that barrier is not a problem for your majesty, but when it’s broken by force, it kind of notifies that there’s an emergency.”
Ah, that reminds me, I also had encounter with that barrier thingy! From my memory there was nothing remaining though since I destroyed it easily without any problems at all. I didn’t know how far it was stretched out, but it probably covered the castle wall and gate. If I attempt to sneak into the royal capital by jumping through it under cover of night, I would unknowingly break it easily and risk my existence being exposed.
I absolutely have to reflect about this. Suddenly, I held a great power, and felt all-powerful, but I wouldn’t aware where the humans would trap me like that. Right now I definitely feel it. As expected, I must stop myself from doing things by my own means. Who knows, in the distant future I might make a mistake that can’t be fixed. Considering this, I have to give Collard my gratitude for telling me about this matter.
“Thank you Collard. I am grateful for all you have done.”
As I said so while lowering my head, the guild leader looked at me as if I was some completely unknown monster. “Is-is this some kind of harassment your majesty, or is this sort of subtle objection!?”
“…No, it’s just a normal ‘thank you’ I think?”
“Your majesty? You thanked… me?! ―No-no way! Are those your parting words since you’re going to kill me?!?” In panic, he turns to escape by raising one of his feet.
“Wa-wait a minute! Did you think I was that dangerous!?”
“You weren’t aware it yourself!?”
He stared at me with scornful eyes, but about that, it seems I was being blamed for my subordinates’ lack of common sense? Even so, I myself didn’t kill without reason, and I tried to resolve matters with dialogue rather than violence.
“…I believe I am quite the pacifist?”
‘Uwaah, this girl is hopeless!’ Showed on Collard’s face which was covered by his hand and facing upward towards the ceiling.
“Well…I’m aware there were a few differences between our understandings. So, as supplemental information, the field has a time limit of 30 minutes and becomes unusable for half a day after a single use. Its range has is a radius of 1 to 1.5 meters, therefore your majesty must not be careless.”
Despite the explanation from Collard, who regained his composure and became very serious. With a hazy feeling, I silently nodded.
“Then, although this is impertinent, I believe the barrier’s size is only enough to take 1 or maybe 2 of your subjects at best. But since you’re participating in a masquerade ball, if the participant is female then it’s natural for her companion, who comes along, to also be female. I advise that your majesty be accompanied by a female subject.”
In that case, I should bring Mikoto shouldn’t I? Utsuho has a bit of problem with her personality.
“And then this letter here, it’s from Fabiola city’s adventurer guild headquarters located at the highway before the royal capital. Regarding the content, it’s written that the lord who is a Cres-Cent’luna Federation noble is currently visiting incognito to have a clandestine meeting with Amitia Kingdom’s nobles. Hence, it’s been requested to collaborate, and proceed behind the scenes so that there will not be an international problem.”
“Cres-Cent’luna Federation? That kind of country exists?”
“Yes, it exists. Although this country (Amitia Kingdom) is an independent nation, if I had to say it, then I would say we are under a great amount of pressure from the Gravioul Empire to take opposition against the federation. If the letter was written this way, I don’t think the guild and adventurers there would even want to get involved too deeply into this.”
“Hmmm, that’s really quite a problem. By the way this is just a question, since I could pass through with the guild pass, there’s no need for me to request help from adventurers, right?”
If I asked an unfamiliar third party for help, then it could raise the risk of my identity being exposed.
After I said as much, Collard once again heaves a deep, deep sigh. “Your majesty, this is just me thinking something unthinkable, but you don’t intend to enter the royal capital on foot, right…?”
“…Is it natural to rent an Emu?”
“Whether it be an emu or a horse, I’m telling you with all my heart that it’s unnatural! From your appearance you look like a noble or royal princess, seeing that you want to travel secretly, the natural thing for you to do would be to go by coach and have heavy security!”
Being sputtered hard by him, I said ‘Ah indeed….’ in consent. This is exactly where I thought that I have to take advantage of this. I wouldn’t have realized these things if he didn’t tell me after all, I really am lacking.
“If I take a good look, Collard you really focus on the finest details. You will become a good wife.”
“Why am I the wife, I’m the one who’s in the position to have a wife right!?”
“Aah, if it’s the guild leader, either way of the bride would suit you. Your housework ability is high too.”
Perhaps being conscious of it, the guild leader groaned. “Th-that was, well… even a man, if he’s single till 30 years old he could do something like housework chores…and that goes for you too, your majesty. Things like embroidery are important for a lady, therefore you had better practice it.”
He said it to me sarcastically. Huh? By chance, did he think that I’m not capable of anything besides fighting? If that’s the case, it’s quite a blow to my pride.
“I can do embroidery, sewing, cooking, and washing normally you know?”
For you see, I had to work like a young princess since elementary school, and afterward I did everything since I was living alone… Now that I think about it, not having the feeling of ‘relying on others’ from the start was my biggest flaw.
“With all due respect, frankly, that’s surprising.”
“If your majesty has done that, then it’s also natural to have considerable experience with dancing―?”
“I have absolutely no experience with it, but that doesn’t matter, right? Because right now it’s nothing more than a pretense to have a secret talk with the prince, I’ll become a natural wallflower.”
My reply left Collard flabbergasted for a moment, then for some reason he stood up with a changed expression. “Th-this is no laughing matter! Even if you’re participating in this so called ball as a joke it’s more than just mere embarrassment if you can’t dance according to the tune!”
With a flushed face, for some reason he starts to tidy up the desk, the chair, and the table, and then moves them to the corner of the guild leader room.
“Well, that would be embarrassing, but there’s no need for the guild leader to be in such hurry…”
“It’s different when I don’t know about it, but after I know it’s impossible for me as a gentleman to silently let you off!”
Being told with that determined tone, I ask him once again with the figure of strongly pressed down. “Is that the way it is…?”
“That’s the way it is! Well then, your majesty, please rise immediately. We have no time so it will just be the basic steps, let’s start at once!” While saying that, he opened a music box that he brought out from the room’s cabinet and started the music.
“…Err, we’re going to start now, right here?”
“Of course! I already said there’s no time, right!? Stand now, and memorize it with your body!”
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The lamp shined inside Arra city’s guild leader’s room very late into the night.
Along with the tone of musical box, there were the sounds of footsteps of people who were moving around violently.
“Wrong, it’s four beats!”
“Your steps are too quick! Don’t match the music, match your partner!”
“Taptatatap-tap-tap, get it!?”
The guild leader’s angry voice and the voice of a girl responding on the verge of tears resounded all through the night. Afterwards it became a rumor for quite a while.
Ep 2 end
Name and it’s origin, perhaps, from TL research