Is the Lost Princess Unexpectedly Loved? – Chapter 182

182

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟖𝟐

Along with a report on the current state of the country from Kokodia,

Even if diplomatic relations cannot be restored, there has been a request to at least allow trade with merchants,

It was two weeks earlier than we had anticipated.

“It was just as Chris predicted.”

“It was quicker than I thought. The food situation must be getting pretty bad.”

“It seems so. Because it stopped circulating from Rujail, 

If things continue like this, the number of deaths might become unusually high. 

It seems they can no longer afford to wait to be forgiven.”

Still, at the end of the letter, they mentioned again about what Kokodia has done,

There was a sincere letter of apology written by King Raymon.

“What should we do? According to the report from the border knights, 

It seems that the commercial district will become usable in two weeks, right?

Can Kokodia hold on until then?”

“Uhm. David, if we order them to hurry as much as possible, will it be a little quicker?”

“Well . . . even if we rush, I think it will take ten days. 

We have to transport grain from Millecker’s warehouse, so 

It will inevitably take that long.”

“I see. . . Well, can you at least issue the instruction to hurry?”

“Understood.”

A large amount of grain harvested last fiscal year is stored in Millecker’s territory. 

Excluding the portion to be sold to Ahrens, all of it is scheduled to be transported to the border with Kokodia.

Although the knights will not sell it, but leave it to the merchants, 

The state will lead the sale until it gets on track.

“Then, let’s make a deal if Kokodia agrees to the terms.”

“The contract is ready.”

“Is that so? Then, add that trading will start in twelve days.

You said it would take ten days if we hurry, 

But we need to leave some leeway for putting the food in the warehouse.”

“Got it.”

An immediate response came from Kokodia, and all the conditions were acknowledged.

It seems that for the time being, the knights will be transporting the magic stones from Kokodia. 

When buying and selling, merchants will intervene, and the purchased food will be transported again by the knights.

“Oh, that’s what it is. 

If they find out that food is being transported in Kokodia right now, they will be attacked. 

It would be too dangerous for only the merchants to carry.”

“That’s how it is. . . until food reaches everyone in the country, it can’t be helped.”

Although I didn’t want to bring the knights close to the border if I could help it, considering the circumstances, there was no choice. 

Here, I must trust King Raymon and allow the knights to be involved.

“Then, I must finish up urgent work before going to remove the barrier on the wall.

Douglas, I’ll be away from the palace for about five days from now.

Can you rearrange the work schedule so it can be managed while I’m gone?”

“Five days, huh? Understood. Will it be alright if Princess Emillia helps too?”

“I think it should be fine. I’ll ask her myself.”

“No, I need to explain it to Prince Eddie and the others too.

I’ll go and explain. I want you, Sofia-sama, to continue working.”

“Thank you. Please do.”

Last time, when we were gone for six days, it was Douglas who took care of the duties of the acting king.

Eddie, Arno, and David, the civil officials, were also working hard back then.

This time, Diana and Emillia will be there, so we can go after preparing in advance.

It will probably be better than last time when we had to leave suddenly.

A week later, I had been cutting down on sleep to get work done.

I’m a bit tired, but I can sleep in the carriage while traveling tomorrow.

I think I can manage even if I’m a little sleep-deprived.

“Sofia-sama, we’re leaving tomorrow, right?”

“Yes. I plan to leave right after breakfast.”

“Then please rest for today.”

“Eh? It’s just evening, isn’t it? Isn’t it early?”

“You will be traveling by carriage all the way from tomorrow.

I want you to leave after adjusting your condition.”

“Uhm, that’s true. Okay. I’ll finish up for today.”

Come to think of it, I collapsed last time when I came back.

I worried Ruri a lot, and it would be troublesome if that happened again.

No one opposed going this time, even the worrywart Ruri.

Maybe they’re relieved since it was fine last time.

“Princess, please go ahead and sleep with Kyle tonight.”

“Eh? Do you have something to do?”

“I forgot to prescribe some medicine to take on the trip.

I think it’ll be done quickly, so I want you to sleep first.”

“I see.”

It’s rare for Chris, who never runs out of medicine.

I wonder if Chris was dazed from lack of sleep too.

After taking a bath and lying down on the sleeping platform with Kyle, I’m immediately enveloped in his arms.

I think we won’t have our bedtime practice since Chris is coming later, but I wonder if he intends to sleep like this.

“Kyle, are you going to sleep like this?”

“Is it not allowed? I want to sleep while holding you tonight.

If you don’t like it, we’ll just hold hands.”

“No, it’s not that I dislike it. I just thought it’s rare when Chris is here.”

“I can’t apply healing until Chris comes, but

I thought it would be warm if I hugged you like this.”

“Yes, that’s true. It’s very warm, different from the warmth of healing.”

When I put my forehead to Kyle’s chest, he strokes the back of my head.

Being petted while having my hair combed feels good, and I start to doze off.

“You haven’t been sleeping properly lately, have you?”

“Yeah. . . . .”

I’ve become a little scared since it was decided to go to remove the barrier.

I’m afraid to go back to that tower again. I’m afraid to remember.

But I have to go.

I no longer return to the tower in my dreams, but the memories are still clearly etched in my mind.

The fear hasn’t faded, as if soaked into my heart.

“It’s okay. I’m here. . . and so is Chris. Everyone is here.

Don’t worry about anything and sleep.”

The words whispered in my ear were all gentle,

And I fell asleep while nodding many times.

When I woke up, the day was already breaking.

It seems brighter than the usual time I wake up.

“Eh? Did I oversleep?”

I was supposed to wake up early in the morning, prepare, eat breakfast, and then leave.

“Princess, are you awake?”

“Yes, I’m awake.”

I was hugged by Kyle when I went to sleep, but it was Chris when I woke up.

. . . He did say he would come later. Is Kyle behind me?

I thought he was behind me and looked, but there was no one sleeping there.

“Where’s Kyle? Is he already getting ready?”

“. . .Sorry.”

“Eh?”

“Kyle went to dispel the barrier.”

“. . .Eh?”


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