𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟓𝟐: 𝐒𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐔𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞
We arrived at Aunty’s mansion, and already six days have passed.
Whether we go to Nice or not depends on how the Roselia royal family responds to the Duke Marcus family.
When His Majesty returns from his trip, my treatment should be determined. And the arrest order for Cid should also be revoked.
In short, we were currently observing the situation.
Cid was engrossed in deciphering the grimoire, neglecting his meals and sleep. It seemed like he prefers magic books over basic necessities.
Even though it was already evening, he didn’t come out of his room. I headed towards Cid’s room with a tray carrying stew, bread, and a cup of tea.
Personally, I can’t help but think that it would be nice to live near Aunty the longer I stay here. However, considering Cid’s background and the abilities of the purple spinel, my hesitation outweighed the desire.
If a war were to break out between Fumble and Roselia in the future, David-ojiisama, who holds the position of a Marquis, and my cousin would fight for the sake of this country.
But at a time like that, it wouldn’t be right for us, who have been under the care of the Marquis’s family, to do nothing.
It would mean fighting against Onii-sama, who carries the Duke family in Roselia. . .
In the current situation where Henry is likely to be removed from the throne, Dimitri-sama would lead the country of Fumble, so the possibility of a war between the two countries is low. However, this is based on the current situation.
Since Nice is a commercially prosperous parliamentary country, they would most likely want to avoid war.
They know that it is more profitable to stimulate the economy rather than plunder it.
Now I understand why Cid suggested going to Nice.
As long as Henry is the king, there is high possibility of a clash between Fumble and Roselia. Cid anticipated that I would be caught in a dilemma if I stayed at Aunty’s mansion.
Although I intended to escape and abandon my homeland, I have people I want to protect, such as Onii-sama, the people of the Duke Marcus family, and the citizens. I am reminded once again that I am not free just because I am not the head of the family.
I have to carefully consider what I want to do from now on. . .
While thinking that, I opened the door to his room.
I didn’t knock.
For the past few days, there has been no answer even when I knock, so I decided to just open the door myself.
Cid is usually absorbed in reading magical books at his desk or lying down sleeping.
“Cid. . .”
I held the tray with one hand and push the door.
I called out, but his usual back was not at the desk.
Where could he have gone?
I looked around and saw that the bedroom door was open, and I could hear voices coming from inside.
[. . .so, that’s why. . .]
It’s Onii-sama’s voice.
It seems like he was communicating in the bedroom.
I placed the tray with the meal on the table and headed towards the bedroom.
When I peeked inside, Cid was sitting with his legs crossed on the bed.
As I took a step inside to call out to him, I was stunned by the conversation I accidentally overheard.
[Since it’s Elsa, I don’t think we need to worry, but don’t tell Viara.]
The timing was perfect.
I inadvertently heard Onii-sama’s words clearly, “Don’t tell Viara.”
Cid, who was sitting on the bed with his legs crossed, noticed that I had entered and quickly turned around.
“Vi-sama?! Is that beef stew?”
He seemed to have smelled the food.
No, no, that’s not the point right now. I ignore the meal I brought for the time being.
“What happened to Elsa, Onii-sama?”
I rushed to Cid’s side and jump onto the bed, speaking into the square communication device.
[Viara?! You damn Cid!, Didn’t you tell me that no one was in the bedroom?! You better not have laid a finger on my precious sister, you bastard?!]
“Onii-sama, that doesn’t matter right now. Please explain the situation!”
After being angry for a while, Onii-sama reluctantly opened up when I pressed him assertively.
[Elsa has been missing for two days.]
Elsa is my maid.
She should be back in Duke Marcus territory with Onii-sama and the others now.
According to Onii-sama, Elsa suddenly disappeared two days ago.
[After finishing her work at the mansion two days ago, Elsa didn’t return to her room. There are no signs of a struggle inside or at her workplace. It’s as if she suddenly vanished.]
It was like some kind of abduction.
“Is it a kidnapping? Or is there a possibility that she left voluntarily?”
She’s not the type to leave without saying anything. Even so, I’m worried because it’s not peaceful enough for a twenty-year-old woman to go somewhere alone at night.
[If it’s a kidnapping, there would definitely be traces. It’s more likely that she left voluntarily, but we don’t know if it was truly her own will or if she was lured away under a threat.]
Elsa is the daughter of Cid’s mentor.
She may not be as powerful as a purple spinel, but she has enough strength to use magic and fight.
Even if someone were to threaten her, taking her hostage would be impossible since her only family is her father, Master Grat. Her father is too strong. He is a close aide to His Majesty the King an he returned to this country just a few days ago after accompanying him on the trip.
“Elsa wouldn’t leave without saying anything to Miss or Ethan-sama.”
Cid also seems to have no idea why Elsa disappeared. From his furrowed brows, I could vaguely sense that he thought she might have gotten involved in some trouble.
[I didn’t want to worry you Viara, so I was planning not to tell you, but since you asked, there’s no helping it. If by any chance Elsa goes there, let me know.]
[I understand. Well, I don’t think that will happen.]
[Ah. Only Rosso, Galius, and I know that you’re in Fumble now.]
Silence filled the room.
Onii-sama said, “It’s okay, we will definitely find her,” and ended the communication.
“. . .”
Cid wrapped both of his hands around my hand as I sit next to him and gently stroked it with his fingers, comforting me.
“You don’t have to worry about Elsa, Vi-sama. Ethan-sama will search for her.”
Considering my feelings, he reassured me in a gentle voice. I also squeezed his hand back and showed a faint smile.
“Yes. . .She’ll be fine, right? Elsa is strong.”
“Yes. If it comes to hand-to-hand combat, I would definitely lose.”
If she can fight that well without any weapons, the possibility of her being forcefully abducted seems low.
“Besides, Master Grat dotes on Elsa. It’s ridiculous for anyone to lay a hand on his daughter. He’s too powerful. He is a close aide to His Majesty the King, and he returned to this country just a few days ago.”
“Yeah. . .”
One after another, factors that assured me that Elsa will be okay were mentioned precisely because they knew her well. However, the uneasiness that sprouted in my heart didn’t disappear.
“It’s late now, and there’s nothing we can do. Vi-sama, please rest well and prepare for tomorrow. If there are any developments, let’s give our best starting from tomorrow!”
Cid said that to dispel the unpleasant atmosphere and took my hand, leaving the bedroom.
He found the meal on the table and started eating happily.
I sat next to him and absentmindedly watched him munching on the bread.