Reincarnated Young Lady Aims to Be an Adventurer - Volume 9 Chapter 161
Translator: Jasper Kadowaki | Editor: NovelMultiverse
Since he was the little brother of Gilan, whom I love so much, I had some respect for him at first, but that respect turned to a cold hatred very quickly.
“What good are you doing your country by demanding such a thing from His Highness, Lord Darren?” I asked.
“You fool! I am a prince of Galle! I deserve all of the riches that this land has to offer! If I had been born just a little earlier, I would have been the rightful emperor, as well!” said Darren.
“So, you’re saying that just because you didn’t get your way, you’re going to knock down His Highness? You think you can do that, now that you’ve become an adult? Wow…” I said.
Just by looking at him, I could tell that he hadn’t done much physical training and that he didn’t have much magical power, either. I wondered how he had even gotten himself to this point. I looked over at Lu, and we exchanged glances. He appeared unbothered, as well, and he furrowed his brow in slight confusion.
“His Highness is a protector of Galle and has the god of the Beluga Mountains, the holy bird, by his side. You really think that you can go up against him?” I asked.
Then, for some reason, Darren laughed, with a sense of ease about him.
“I have this!” he exclaimed. He reached for an extravagant-looking red bag with gold embroidering, and took out an ashy black braided rope from within, and held it up.
From about three meters away, I took a good look at what he was holding, but it didn’t ring any bells, and I had no idea what he was showing us. Am I the dumb one for not knowing what this is all about?
“Uhh, well, it’s kind of dirty looking,” I said.
“Hah! Those who don’t know their history can’t tell how valuable this really is. This is the original rope that the first emperor, Abel, used to get the holy bird to work for him!” said Darrel.
“Huh?” Lu and I both said, at once.
“As long as I have this, the holy bird will listen to my every whim. Gilan has a loose grasp on the holy bird and his control over it. As soon as I get the holy bird onto my side, all of the noblemen will surely flock to my aid!” said Darren.
This was so unexpected, that for a moment, I couldn’t even react to what he was saying.
“…Wow. You think that a dirty little piece of rope like that will be able to control Asu? How cheap of a god he must be, then,” I said.
“…So ridiculous,” said Lu, “This is just Asu messing with people, again. Gilan isn’t bound to Asu by anything like that. Asu must have had fun fooling some humans into thinking such a thing.”
It was obvious that Darren didn’t have any power from the fact that he couldn’t see Lu, in the first place.
I sighed. “…Ah, all right, then,” I said.
I sent forth a flame from my index finger on my right hand, and it flew to the rope that Darren was holding, and burst it into flames! Ever since I had become a beloved child of Asu, my control over fire had increased dramatically.
“Arrrggghhh! That’s hot! What?! Y-you! What the hell are you doing?!” screamed Darren.
Darren trembled as he looked at his hand, where not even a shred of the rope remained.
I was finished playing games. I sent forth a gust of wind, this time, from my index finger, and cast a spell of “Paralysis” on Lord Darren and his underlings.
“Ah! I can’t move!”
The underlings looked over at me in a dazed shock.
“You insolent fool!” yelled Darren, glaring at me with hatred in his eyes.
“You can’t even hold a candle to me, and yet you think you can defeat Gilan…” I said.
…He was seriously out of line! He had never even had his hands bloodied, like Gilan had. He’d never even taken on a single injury in his life. He had a soft, smooth, and unscarred heart, and he thought he could take on Gilan!
He hadn’t even considered all of the pain that Gilan had dealt with, or how vigilant he had to be when he went to sleep every night in his own room. How the hell did Darren even think that Gilan had gotten this far?!
The blood had rushed to my head and I saw red for a moment, but I decided that I didn’t even want to waste my time with explaining all of this to an idiot. I took a deep breath.
“Sera, what should we do with this idiot?” asked Lu.
“I don’t have the authority to pass judgment on him. We’ll have him tried under the law, and have him punished under the law. Galle isn’t in a state of war anymore. It’s a lawful land, now, after all,” I said.
Gilan had been attacked and hated. He had had his blood spilled, and finally, he had built up the nation to what it now was.
Suddenly, a large booming noise sounded as a wall was blasted down. Lu and I jumped to the side and put some distance between the wreckage and us.
On the other side of the cloud of dust appeared Liguido, standing with his hand thrust forward. He was with his subordinates.
“Ah, wow… Sera, did you call for this guy?” muttered Lu, in surprise.
As soon as we had entered this room, I had sent a small light blue butterfly over to Liguido.
“I figured that this kind of thing fell under his jurisdiction. We needn’t bother Gilan over something like this,” I said.
It looks like I had made the right decision.
They might have been estranged, but this was still Gilan’s brother. I didn’t want Gilan to feel any sort of pain over this issue…
Liguido’s temple was twitching as he hurried over to my side and took a knee.
“Your highness, our princess, who shall become the empress of our lands – Please accept my apology on behalf of us all for letting you into such a precarious position,” said Liguido.
So, Liguido had this side to him too, I suppose. I guess he couldn’t stand the fact that a mistake had been made under his watch.
“I’ll leave the rest up to you, but please, make your report on another day. Today is a day of celebration, and so please don’t bother His Highness with this, just yet,” I said.
I put my hand out to Liguido and had him stand up. Liguido turned and glared disgustedly at his country’s prince.
“We had overlooked your insolence, since you were so young, and yet… That was my mistake. I don’t think His Highness even remembers ever meeting you. During war times, His Highness was busy with keeping our lady safe, and he kept that his top priority. I was tasked with keeping tabs on all of the royalty besides the previous king and his firstborn son,” said Liguido.
He had been… just a child.
Gilan had been standing alone from such a young age.
Darrel had protectors, though. His mother, and even chamberlains.
They were both of royal standing, and yet, how could they have led such different lives… I supposed it was pointless to even be thinking about such things, now, though. After all, the situation Gilan had grown up in wasn’t Darrel’s fault, either. [Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]
I would always be by Gilan’s side, now. Sakaki and Arthur were loyally beside him, too. That’s all that mattered, now.
“Liguido! Why do you kneel for this villainess from Judor? Do you have no shame? You’re sucking up to my brother, aren’t you?” said Darrel.
“…If you can’t understand why I kneel for the princess, then you are already lost. Take Lord Darrel to the dungeons along with his underlings! Princess, Lu – there’s no time. Please take the carriage out back directly to your destination. Straight there… Yes?” said Liguido.
We were trying to go straight there from the beginning!
As we passed through what seemed to be some secret back streets, we came out of the darkness into a bright area. I realized that we were by the patio at the main entrance. We cut through the center of the square, and as we passed through the large gates occupied by many guards…
It was the emperor himself, with crossed arms and his feet stopped while he stood before a carriage. Behind him was Sakaki, looking pale! We had made the emperor wait, and this was unheard of!
“Sera, hurry up,” said Gilan. He took my hand and we got into the carriage, together. As soon as we got on, the carriage began to move.
Gilan and Asu looked at us straight on. Asu cocked his head to the side.
“Sera… Why have you created such a situation when we have such little time?” asked Asu.
“It’s definitely, definitely not my fault! Asu, you know that, right?” I asked.
“I would never accept that small fry as my master. Anyways, that was a disaster, Sera, wasn’t it?” said Asu.
Asu hopped from Gilan to my shoulder and started fixing my hair, here and there. This is just weird, too, isn’t it?
“…In other words, Galle has made a troublesome situation for you, right, Sera?” asked Gilan.
There were some things I just couldn’t hide from Gilan. It would be better if he heard about it later, though.
This was one of those rare times where we could be together, after all.
“Yes, well – Now that you mention it, this might be the first time Galle has made a troublesome situation for me, you know?” I said.
“That’s right. It’s always you who’s making a troublesome situation for Gilan, after all,” said Lu. “Gilan, we can talk about this situation, later.”
As I had made light of the situation, Lu had followed my lead and suggested we talk about it afterward.
“No, Sera. I’m sorry,” said Gilan, with his head lowered. He didn’t want to go along with this.
I want to say that Gilan did absolutely nothing wrong, but… Anything that happened within Galle was his responsibility.
My heart felt tight. I thought about how Gilan must be feeling, and I wanted to break into a grimace. However, I wasn’t the kind of woman to let Gilan see me in despair at a time like this. That’s why I looked back at Gilan with a calm and composed demeanor.
“Your Highness, as an apology, I would like the best Paison Steak you have,” I said.
“Meat! Yes, Gilan couldn’t come up with a good cake, after all,” said Lu, “That steak you talk of is devilishly precious! I haven’t had it in a while! Gilan, hurry up and bring it to us! It’s of the utmost importance!”
“If we’re talking about an apology, it should come with some meat, right?!” I said.
Lu and I laughed, together.
Asu laughed on my shoulder and said, “Just as I thought… Sera, you’re a special one…”
At the main street of the parade, we had come to where the royalty would sit. Gilan escorted me as we got off of the carriage.
We were immediately surrounded by a passionate craze!
“Hooray to His Highness Gilan!”
“Kyaaahhh! He’s holding the princess’s hand!”
“What a kind looking face she has!”
“The stories are true! It’s not fiction!”
“It’s real! It’s real! Ahhh!”
I was thinking that the catcalls to a princess were a bit uncalled for, but I kept a smile on my face and let Gilan lead me up the stairs.
“Why has the number of your female supporters increased so much?” I asked him. Up until then, Gilan had been thought of as a completely scary person, and women had hidden themselves from him.
“The book,” said Gilan, as if it were obvious.
I couldn’t say anything in response to that.
We were taken to our seats, and the two of us sat down in our designated spots. Even though it was just the two of us up there, we were sat quite far apart.
“Here we go,” I said, as I got up for a moment and I brought my chair over to Gilan’s so that they were side by side. It was a massive chair, and heavy for no reason. At a time like this, a simple lightweight chair would do, I thought.
“Sera?” said Gilan.
“Well, this is my first time watching a parade. I need you to explain everything to me. I can’t hear you if we’re so far away from each other,” I said.
Even now, with the crowd so loud, I had trouble hearing and speaking with Gilan.
“Princess! If you have any questions, I can answer them from directly behind you…”
“Sakaki, you can fall back. Yes, you’re right, Sera. If you have any questions, you can ask me,” said Gilan.
The two of us sat happily beside each other. Gilan used his armrest closest to me and tilted his ear toward me. Now we were ready.
“Gilan – why do the soldiers on the right and the soldiers on the left have different colored scarves?” I asked.
“They have different duties. The white ones are…”
“Hey, how do they decide what order the parade is in?” I asked.
“It’s not based on rank or any hierarchy. It’s just that the soldiers that are in charge of defending the country’s borders are in the most dangerous positions, and so…”
On Gilan’s right side was Asu, and on Serafiona’s left side was Lu. They were all lined up.
A few subordinates and guards were quietly set up behind them.
Serafiona looked upon the soldiers streaming by with glittering eyes and went to whisper questions in Gilan’s ear. Gilan would point here and there with his finger and answer her queries with a gentle expression.
The guests and onlookers who had arrived from within and without the nation watched the soldiers going by as well, but they also couldn’t help but to keep looking up at the emperor and his fiancée, where they sat up high above everyone else.
They flitted their eyes back and forth, from the parade to the royalty… It was just as the book had said. The emperor was indeed smitten, the people in the crowd nodded in agreement. They were also struck with the fact that these two powerhouses would be ruling over the country and seeing it progress to a new future.
“Things are going just as Lord Liguido expected,” said Sakaki, grinning slyly.
“As Asu-sama sightings have been reported more and more, it appears the magic in the world has been increased, and more people are beginning to be able to see the four holy beasts… The gods will guard us and they are on good terms with the emperor and the princess. Galle is in a wonderful position.”
As they looked over the situation and the prime minister lifted his head to look around… Liguido was… Quietly in a rage.
“…Damn it. Was it all my fault, since I looked away from Fio for a moment?”[Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]