Is the Lost Princess Unexpectedly Loved? – Chapter 145

145

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟒𝟓

I woke up, feeling heavy in my body.

It seemed like I was sleeping in my private chamber’s bed as usual,

But Chris and Kyle were also sleeping on either side.

. . .Huh? What’s going on? Ah, I’ve returned to the royal palace.

Huh? What time is it now? How long have I been asleep?

I need to contact the neighboring countries as soon as possible!

I tried to get up immediately, but my strength failed, and I collapsed back onto the bed.

Ugh. . . Various parts of my body hurt. Why?

“. . .Princess? Are you awake?

Wait a moment, don’t move, and keep lying down.”

“. . .Chris, my whole body hurts. Why?”

“It was quite a reckless journey. It’s only natural that it takes a toll on your body.

You probably supported yourself with magic until we reached the palace,

But you let your guard down after taking a bath, and you collapsed.”

“Ah, I see. Now that you mention it, I was bathing.”

Since we couldn’t bathe during the journey, as soon as we returned to the royal palace, we were taken to bathe.

I remember being washed by the three of them, but. . . I don’t remember anything after that.

I must have collapsed in the middle of bathing. . . Everyone must be worried.

I shouldn’t be collapsing at a time like this.

“Here. I prepared medicinal bath water. Drink it slowly.”

Chris lifts me up and gives me the medicinal water to drink.

It’s bitter but cool and refreshing. I wonder if I have a fever.

“What to do? I don’t have time.”

“No, that’s fine. You’re still within the deadline.

It hasn’t even been half a day since you collapsed.”

“But I need to explain the situation to the neighboring countries.”

“It seems your uncle took care of that.”

“Eh? Uncle Fritz?”

“Didn’t he go around to other countries as a diplomat?

He seems to have sent letters explaining the situation to all neighboring countries except Kokodia.

He has returned to his palace now, but

He said he would visit again once you’ve settled down.”

“. . .I see. If Uncle is handling it, then it’s okay.”

Uncle Fritz, who had been sent to Kokodia as a hostage, 

Due to Okaa-sama returning to Kokodia, he became free to move around.

Since then, he has been using the connections he made with ambassadors from other countries he met in Kokodia,

He traveled around neighboring countries for diplomatic purposes.

In order to import magic stones from countries other than Kokodia.

With Uncle Fritz’s trustworthy explanation as a diplomat,

The other countries won’t only trust Kokodia’s side of the story.

I felt relieved, hearing that what I was rushing to do had already been taken care of,

And my body relaxed.

“So, for now, you need to rest.

You’re prohibited from getting up and moving until tomorrow morning, okay?”

“Tomorrow morning? What time is it now?”

“It’s just turned night.

Kyle was nursing you without even taking a break until now,

But if he collapses too, that would be problematic. So I forced him to sleep.”

“Is that so. . . He was taking care of me.”

While feeling guilty looking at Kyle’s tired face,

I’m happy that Chris and Kyle are by my side like this.

“Hey, Princess. Kyle told me earlier,

Were you having nightmares while you were unconscious?”

“Eh? In my dreams?”

I do feel like I was dreaming.

If I was having nightmares, perhaps it was another dream of the tower.

I don’t remember what today’s dream was, but

I feel like something really good happened at the end.

“. . .Could it be that the nightmares you’ve been having all this time were actually,

Dreams of being inside the tower?”

“I’ve been having nightmares all this time?”

“Yes. It’s been happening many times since I was watching.

I thought you were having nightmares about the time when you were. . . always being abused.

Sometimes it’s at night when you’re having nightmares, sometimes it’s in the morning when you’re crying in a daze.

I kept quiet because the Princess seemed to have no memory of that time.

But since hearing about the tower, I’ve been wondering if maybe.”

“Ah, yeah. I do have dreams where I’m in the tower.

I didn’t think I was having nightmares, though.”

“I see.”

The vessel of the finished medicinal bath is taken away, and I’m embraced just like that.

Perhaps because my fever is high, Chris’ body feels a bit cold.

“. . .I thought that when the Princess is asleep, she sometimes wakes up and looks for someone’s presence.

But when she knows that I or Kyle are there, she smiles and goes back to sleep.

I thought she was relieved, but I guess the meaning was different.

She was reassured by confirming that she wasn’t alone.”

“That is. . . yeah. Knowing that someone’s there, this isn’t the tower.

I think I was reassured that I wasn’t alone anymore.”

When my memory first returned, I had a habit of checking where I was.

I’m not in the tower anymore. I’m not alone anymore.

With Kyle and Chris in the attic, I was finally able to feel at ease that I was Sofia.

Why do all the memories from that time remain?

If I had forgotten them, I wouldn’t have had such dreams.

“. . .From now on, Kyle and I will always be there.

Even when we return to the palace, we’ll sleep together, and wake you if you have nightmares.”

“You’ll wake me up if I have nightmares?”

“Yes. I don’t want to leave the Princess alone in that tower for a second.”


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