Chapter 30: Shadows creeping over the grand dukes.
Eliana Rattleyer, the Saint of the Kingdom of Kalkstein, appeared unexpectedly.
The gentle girl, with her softly wavy golden-brown hair and large violet eyes, generously used her healing powers for the poor and quickly won the people’s sympathy.
But I know exactly what this saint looks like.
This occurred while I was being deported and being transported in a small convoy to a neighboring country.
Soon after, as we approached the border with the neighboring country, the horses suddenly bolted from the bridge, and the carriage fell beneath it.
The impact threw me out of the carriage, and as I fell, I saw Eliana Rattleyer on the bridge, dropping me with a mocking smile on her face….
Eliana may not have been directly involved, but I’m sure she’s the one pulling the strings behind the scenes. She’s a saint, but she’s a wicked woman inside.
I must have died on the spot, because I lost consciousness shortly after.
“Mariel, what’s the matter with the horse?”
“You had a dream, didn’t you?”
My parents, who are sitting across from me, are smiling as they look at me.
Apparently the rocking of the carriage was so pleasant that I dozed off.
My parents and I are on our way to the Crotalion Empire.
“Well…, I was having a dream about horses being turned into horsemeat.”
“Oh my goodness. That’s unfortunate.”
Okaa-sama gives me a gentle smile.
“Mariel, we’ll be arriving in Kureina soon. Crown Prince Bernhard will meet us there. You’ll soon forget about your nightmares.”
Bern will meet us at the border between the two countries, Kureina.
Kureina is the name of the location of the third Kureina battle. And the location of the tragic death of Okaa-sama.
In my second life, I will undoubtedly put an end to the tragedy!
In Kureina there is a monument built at the time of the ceasefire of the Second Battle of Kureina.
It was supposed to be a meeting place with Bern, but…
“Are you the Grand Duke of Rozenstone and his family?”
“I am, indeed. Are you from the Crotalion Empire?”
The man does not answer Otoo-sama’s question.
The men in front of us do not appear to be from the Crotalion Empire.
If they are Bern’s men, they must belong to the royal guard, because it is hard to believe that the uniforms of the royal guard of the Crotalion Empire are all black.
I knew immediately that something was wrong when I heard that the meeting place had been changed at the first sign on the way here.
“We ask for your life for our purposes!”
Wow! That is something a villain would say. Perhaps they are assassins.
The men in black draw their swords.
“Mariel, stand back!”
To protect me, Otoo-sama and Okaa-sama stand in front of me.
I follow my parents’ instructions and hide behind the carriage.
I look around and notice that the guards who were protecting our family have fallen. They are not dead, but many of them have been severely injured. The men in black are extremely skilled.
Otoo-sama is the commander of the kingdom of Kalkstein’s king’s guard, and Okaa-sama is the chief court magician, so I believe they will be fine, but I’ve taken precautions just in case.
For the time being, I’ll take care of the injured.