Chapter 39: Unexpectedly invited guests
It was very noisy in the Crown Prince’s Palace that day.
People were coming in and out, one after another. Did something happen?
Did Eliana break in again? Bern seems to be very busy since Eliana’s sudden attack, and I don’t get to see him much, even though we live in the same palace.
He said he would show me around the capital.
I’m not lonely or anything! I’m just trying to be a tsundere.”
“Maybe I should just invite Otoo-sama or Okaa-sama for a walk?”
I visited the next room to invite my parents over, but they were not there.
I ask the guard standing outside the door where they are.
“Which way did Otoo-sama and Okaa-sama go?”
“They have an audience with the emperor.”
“Is it an engagement meeting?”
“I don’t know what they are doing, but I am sure they will be back soon. Would you like to wait inside?”
Bern and I will soon be engaged. If my parents had any business with the Emperor, it would be about that.
“No. Tell them I’ll see them later.”
I feel lonely walking alone, so I take Ruria and the others out to the garden.
“Sigh~, I’m so bored. I wonder if Laseid-sama or Layleigh-san will come?”
“Did you call me?”
Laseid’s voice comes from behind me, and I turn around in surprise.
“Kyu! Kyu Kyu Kii~yui!”
“What am I doing here? You’re as cheeky as ever, little boy. Who do you look after?”
It’s his father, isn’t it? But, like his mother, he’s adorable and smart.
“Laseid-sama. When did you come? Besides, how did you get into the Imperial Palace?”
I didn’t notice it at all because I didn’t hear the sound of wings.
“It was just a while ago that Bernhardt’s staff invited me in. I came in front of the building with my head held high. The engagement ceremony is coming soon, isn’t it?”
inviting an ancient elemental dragon? Wouldn’t that be a major issue if they discovered who he is?
“Laseid, are you here? and Marie too?”
Speak of the devil, it’s Bern.
Luna made a cute “meow” and jumped on Bern.
“Luna likes Bern, doesn’t she?”
“Hm? Are you jealous?”
Bern smiles while patting Luna.
“No, I’m not!”
“You guys are close as ever.”
Even Laseid smiles at me, so I turn away.
“Marie, are you free tonight?”
Is he asking me out? No, no, no. We’re still kids.
“I want you to witness something with me. And Laseid can come too.”
“I’m just an afterthought.”
Witness? And what for?
After a light dinner, I went with Laseid to Bern’s office.
“What are we witnessing?”
“Well. I don’t know what he’s thinking.”
When we came in front of the Crown Prince’s office, there was a chamberlain waiting for us outside. This is the man who accompanied him to the Kingdom of Kalkstein. I think his name is Alois.
Alois bowed and opened the door for me.
“His Royal Highness. Princess Mariel and Laseid-sama are here.”
Huh? Does he know Laseid? Bern must have a lot of confidence in this chamberlain.
“Welcome. Sit down on the sofa there. Would you like a drink?”
Bern sits at his adult desk and works. I’m impressed that he’s actually doing such a good job as the crown prince.
“Can I have hot tea?”
“I like booze. You’ve got a secret bottle or something, don’t you?”
It’s very Laseid-like and unreserved.
“No booze. Not now. Alois, make me some hot tea.
“Yes, your highness.”
Alois brews tea with a practiced hand. Does a chambermaid even make tea?
“Damn! You’re so stingy for a crown prince.”
“I’ll give you plenty to drink later, just be patient.”
With a wry smile, I drink the tea Alois made for me. Is it chamomile? It smells good.
Bern… what’s this all about?”
“You’ll find out soon enough.”
Bern replies curtly as he strokes his pen over some papers.
After a while, there is a knock at the door, and Alois rushes to the door and opens it.
An unexpected person emerges from the door.