Chapter 31: Three Years Later│Read translated stories and daily updates at: Awebstories.com
It’s been three years since First Prince Mark took Princess Edna to that farm.
Three years later, Marks still remembers the taste of the common people and the good times he had on the farm.
“I wonder how Alesia is doing.”
After a few moments, he cleared off his desk and got up. It was late at night.
(Are my mother’s attendants still awake? Is there a night watchman nearby?)
“I’ll check mother before I go to bed.”
The Queen, Mark’s mother, has been suffering from headaches for the past six months. Seizure-like headaches have become more common and painful. It was initially thought to be psychological, but she has recently experienced dizziness, nausea, and numbness in her hands and feet. It was clear that this was more than just a headache. But the doctor did nothing but give her pain relievers.
Even though it is late at night, Mark finds the ladies-in-waiting rustling in the queen’s room. Everyone’s expressions are stiff.
“? What happened?”
“Your Highness! The queen has collapsed in her room. The doctor is on his way.”
Mark runs to his mother’s room and finds a knight guarding her, holding her up, and putting her to bed.
“Mark. I’m sorry to bother you so late at night.”
“Does it hurt in your head?”
The queen moved her face from side to side, shaking her head.
“I’m all right now. My leg is giving me trouble.”
“Is there anything I can do for you before the doctor comes?”
“I’m afraid there’s none.”
My mother has lost a significant amount of weight, and the wrinkles on her neck and arms are visible. She has lost her appetite.
“If you want anything to eat, I can have it brought to you.”
“Everything is fine. Thank you for coming to see me.”
My mother appears pale. I’m curious if she wants to sleep but can’t because of a headache.
Eventually, the doctor came and said, “Let me give you some medicine.” I left the room after waiting for my mother to fall asleep. She should have taken the medication for a long time, but her condition was deteriorating.
The queen’s lady-in-waiting, tasked with preparing her bed, followed me.
“Your Highness, The queen seems to be a bit more receptive to fruit. May I notify the kitchen? I personally informed the person in charge of the meal, but they chastised me for interfering in matters that were not my business.”
“Yes, I allow it—inform them that I gave the order.”
“Thank you very much.”
As I walked back to my room, I reflected on the farm. I was curious whether my mother had ever eaten fruit from that farm. I wanted her to consume the nekta, ponkas, and mulberries.
(I would be breaking my promise to your mother if I did so. But I’ll apologize to her later.)
The following morning.
“Gil, I’m going to get some fruit from that farm. I’d like my mother to eat it.”
Gil looks at me as if he’s about to say something, but he doesn’t.
“What is it?”
“Wouldn’t it be better if I go instead?”
“Yes, that’s right—N-No, I’ll go by myself. If I can’t do anything else, I’d like to go get the fruit myself. The fruit there is delicious.”
Ethan, who was standing near the farm’s entrance, was surprised to see Prince Mark and Gil for the first time in three years.
“I apologize for showing up unexpectedly, Ethan.”
“No…Not at all…”
“I want some fruit. Various kinds—well, hurry up now.”
Gil, who had previously been standing behind Prince Mark, appeared out of nowhere.
“Hey Ethan, how are Alesia-chan and Chana-chan doing?”
“They are perfectly fine. Alesia is in the shed, while Chana is out gathering mulberry leaves. Hey, Alesia! Alesia!”
“No, no, it’s alright as long as she’s okay…”
As Prince Marks panicked, the door of a nearby hut opened and he heard voices.
“Yes, what is it? Oh…”
He was surprised when Alesia, whom he hadn’t seen in three years, appeared and looked at him.
“Alesia, it’s been a long time. I’m sorry for showing up unexpectedly.”
Alesia was significantly taller than he remembered. Her long brown fluffy hair hung down her back. Her chin is narrower, her face is smaller, and her eyes appear larger. Her entire body has softened and become more ladylike. She has matured into a stunning beauty.
Alesia looks at him with her gold-starred blue eyes, puzzled.
“I stated in my letter that I would not return, but there is a reason I am here… I’m really hoping my mother will eat the fruit here. She is not feeling well, you see.”
Alesia’s face clouded a little.
“I see. The queen is…”
“She can eat fruit in some ways—you have the best fruit I’ve ever tasted. That’s why I came here to get some.”
Alesia entered the house, dressed as stonily and simply as ever, and brought a basket. She almost walked into the orchard, then returned his gaze with a thoughtful expression.
“No, nothing. I’m going now.”
Alesia comes back out of breath with a basket full of ponkas and nektas that look like they were picked quickly.
“I’ve gathered as much as I can that looks good—Please allow me to use them as a token of our farm’s sympathy.”
A-potato: “Condolence” does not seem to be the right word.
Alethea offers it to him(for free).
Gil tried to pay, but Alesia did not receive it, so he thanked her and proceeded to the horse. Gill turns his back on the horse and strokes it as if giving it attention.
A-potato: A typo maybe?
Her and Ethan’s parents were not far away, looking at them with concern and bowing when they met their gaze. Alesia noticed this and dashed over to them. They were talking about something, and then Alesia turned around and ran back to the first house, and then ran out again.
“This is a token of sympathy from all of us.” Alesia presented him with a white cloth.
“I’ll go over how to use it quickly. Please pay close attention.”
“Your Highness, Alesia-chan, has blossomed. It’s been three years, so you’re fourteen now.”
“Don’t you also want to see Chana-chan?”
“Oh, I see…”
“What are you on about?”
“Nothing at all.”
Prince Mark made his way to the palace, accompanied by Gil, who looked convinced of something.
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