Reincarnated Young Lady Aims to Be an Adventurer - Volume 9 Chapter 171
Translator: Jasper Kadowaki | Editor: NovelMultiverse
This story occurs a few years after the end of the main storyline.
After traveling inland for three days on horseback from Galle’s capital, Gallea, Gilan stood atop a hill and looked over the desolate land as his cape fluttered in the wind.
On either side of him stood Liguido and Arthur. Above his head was Asu.
“I thought I ordered him killed,” Gilan said to Liguido, as he looked down upon the battlefield below.
“My apologies. I’ve shown incompetence as a leader,” said Liguido.
One week ago, Gilan’s older brother, the prince that was formerly first in line to the throne, had gathered the remnants of a resistance and raised an army.
After succeeding the throne, Gilan had ordered the previous king and the crown prince to be executed and had entrusted Liguido with dealing with the remaining princes and princesses.
“Unfortunately, the jailer’s magical powers were not enough to kill Ignal… He had gained magical powers and planned to prosper during your reign, Emperor Gilan. He had supposedly absorbed all of Ignal’s magical power and left him in a state of helplessness, but apparently, those who still support Ignal supplied him with magical power…” Arthur spoke as if it pained him to say the words.
Put simply, upon Liguido’s orders, Arthur had decided to poison Ignal instead of beheading him, but the prison guard gave him an antidote… It was supposed to be a poison that would only bring near-death… The poison had been switched to medicine, apparently. Nobles guarded the nobles’ prisons. Perhaps this was the simple plan of one of the guards. They must have been planning for this day when they made the switch… It didn’t matter much, now.
“…This is the worst-case scenario. I think it would have been more humane to just kill him immediately, you know?” said Gilan.
“It was thoughtless of me,” said Liguido.
It was not a rare thing to suck out the magical power of a prisoner in this world.
However, as he was left with just enough energy to survive, he must have gained some hatred. This was the man who came closest to obtaining the imperial throne.
Gilan was reminded of the previous life of Sera that Asu had told him about. After being used as a weapon in Galle, she was captured and returned to Judor, and then her magical powers were sucked out until she decayed and died.
“That event stirred up sympathies easily, and it became a major incident that led to the deaths of many soldiers that didn’t need to die.”
The crown prince Ignal was the man who had fought against Gilan for the throne until the very end. He was the strongest man in Galle… That is, until Gilan came of age.
At the bottom of the hill were the bodies of the front-line troops who had fought desperately until the main army had arrived. This was a surprise attack by a man who was thought to be absent. It must have been a tough defensive battle. Ignal already had a thorough knowledge of the terrain in Galle, as well.
“…Still, this timing is surprising,” muttered Gilan, for some reason or another.
Liguido laughed softly and answered as if he knew what Gilan was thinking, “Ignal must have felt that you were solidifying your hold, and hastily raised an army.”
“He couldn’t have known what was to come,” said Gilan.
“What are you talking about? The people yearn for the future that is set up before us. Ignal can’t afford to let that lioness gain even more power!” said Liguido.
Just as a light glinted from the mountains, sharp blades of ice started pouring down from the sky.
The guards quickly surrounded Gilan, but the magic half-dome barrier around Gilan deflected the attack completely.
“…Over there,” said Gilan, raising his dominant left hand, upwards.
“Your Highness! I’ll take this! Please let me cover you while you recover,” said Arthur, moving in front of Gilan.
“Arthur, you were Ignal’s right-hand man. You couldn’t behead him, so you thought you’d give him an honorable death by poison… Fall back,” said Gilan. He could understand Arthur’s sentiment, but Gilan was the emperor.
“All the more reason to let me prove myself! Please let me show my loyalty to you, Your Highness,” said Arthur.
“…That’s not necessary. You’re in my way. Asu!”
Asu floated down to Gilan’s shoulder.
“We’ll make this very quick,” said Gilan.
“Well, you shouldn’t leave any more problems left unsolved. I will hold back any dangers around us…” said Asu.
Just as Gilan was about to bring down his hand and point it at the target, the mountain exploded with a roaring blast, and a bright red pillar of fire shot up.
As Gilan turned around slowly, Liguido was returning the short staff he had just used to the inside his clothes.
“Too slow, Your Highness,” said Liguido.
Asu squinted suspiciously at the burning area where a mountain used to be.
“…Well, well. There seem to be no survivors from the top to the bottom of that mountain. It’s over. Over very quickly, indeed,” said Asu.
Gilan squinted and said, “I didn’t give an order, Liguido.”
After scoping out the surroundings and returning, Liguido kneeled before Gilan’s feet.
“Your Highness, the times where you participate in bloody battle are over, now. Do you expect to return to our empress, reeking of lowly blood?” asked Liguido.
“…Sera will accept me no matter how dirty I become, you know? And it’s too late for that, now. Sera already knows all of the things I’ve done thus far,” said Gilan. [Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]
“Still, you should avoid worrying her altogether. There are some things you have to give up. Anyways, I was quicker than you, this time around,” said Liguido.
“This is what happens I trust others with my work, isn’t it?” asked Gilan.
“We will never fail you on a mission again, Your Highness!”
As Gilan looked around, he saw all of his vassals bowing their heads and kneeling.
“…All right. Then, I’ll leave it up to you. Let’s go home, Asu,” said Gilan.
“Well, they have a point. You’re not alone anymore, Gilan. We have our lady to think about,” said Asu.
As Asu’s rainbow wings spread wide, Gilan’s whirlwind surrounded them both, and they disappeared.
“Arthur…” said Liguido, standing and sighing at Arthur, who had his hands to the ground.
“…You young fool… A fraudulent execution…”
“This was like a naïve decision that may have worked more than ten years ago… If you continue to act this way, I’ll never be able to retire! I’ll call Sakaki out from Marsh! My god…”
Liguido kicked at Arthur with no mercy and made him get up.
Gilan returned to the imperial palace and got back to his official duties. Then, after the sun went down, he retired to his room.
Outsiders were not allowed in his room at the imperial palace, and so there were no servants around.
“Welcome back, Gilan.”
Serafiona called out to him, grinning and wearing a relaxed nightdress from the Pile district.
As usual, she sat down on a shaggy white rug in front of a low table with documents all over it… Today, she was battling through tax collection documents from Trundle and reports on the children at the Nilba monastery.
“Hey, for the first time today… Wait, what? Did something happen?” asked Sera.
“All kinds of things happen every day,” said Gilan.
After taking off her shawl and laying it across the back of her seat, Sera got up slowly, and sauntered over to Gilan, swaying more than usual. She took a good look at him from the top of his head to his toes, then after furrowing her brow a bit, she hugged him tightly.
Then, her magical energy surrounded him, like a light layer of warmth.
“You look more tired than usual… Ah! Wait, did you finish the civil war?” asked Serafiona, her eyes widening.
“Yeah. To think that Liguido ended things with a single attack from his staff. Apparently, Ignal didn’t have much of a resurgence, after all.”
“Oh, I see…”
Sera further tightened her hugging arms around Gilan.
“Gilan… Next time, bring me along. I don’t want you to be hurt. I can defend you better than Liguido. I’ll go with you tomorrow, okay? If the fighting’s over, you can retrieve the bodies of the dead soldiers, right? If so…”
Gilan gently hugged her back and kissed Sera on the head.
“Sera, you’ve been forbidden by Elza to travel far or get involved in any fighting, right?”
Serafiona replied in a frustrated voice, “What’s the point of getting married to you if I can’t be by your side when you’re hurting?”
“Okay, okay. But, I don’t have to go, either. Liguido scolded me today, saying that we don’t have to be involved in every single matter.”
“…It’s hard, isn’t it?… Entrusting matters to other people. After all, we got this far by fighting hard for ourselves.”
Serafiona put a hand on Gilan’s shoulder and stretched out her back. As Gilan stooped a bit, he kissed her on her scar. He could feel the “good luck charm” seeping into his body.
“Shall we have dinner, then? Today, Sakaki sent us a sauce from Marsh, so we’re going to have sukiyaki!”
Whenever she had time, Serafiona cooked food for the two of them. Gilan could eat without fear of being poisoned.
“I bet Lu is happy about that. Did he eat, already?”
“Of course he has. It’s sukiyaki. Right now, he’s playing with Miyu… Maybe they’ve fallen asleep somewhere, with their bellies full. Miyu’s been obsessed with Lu, lately.”
As Gilan watched Serafiona head to the small kitchen unfit for the suite of a royal palace, he opened the door to the bedroom, which had many layers of his defensive barriers applied to it.
He walked through the dimly lit room and looked at his fenced-in bed. Miyu was glowing a pale blue light and shifted her head in her sleep.
“…I’m back, Lumia, my angel.”
She had soft, translucent, golden hair, like a princess in a fairy tale. Gilan stooped down and gave her a kiss. [Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]