The Unwanted Princess Becomes Loved in the Werewolf Kingdom and Becomes Queen! – Chapter 79
Chapter 79: Unusual road trip and unknown suffering 1
The carriage journey had become very enjoyable. It seems that Theodor can talk endlessly, and topics never run out.
Above all, Ernesta was happy to see Ivan’s natural smile.
They have many obstacles ahead of them, but when they are done, they will be able to talk like this again. Time passes softly when they can believe that.
They talked about the past, read books and newspapers, and watched the scenery as they passed the time. And as the day ended, the group arrived at the post town on schedule.
“Why are you so damn serious! I said I won’t run away, didn’t I?!”
“No way. Ellie gets a private room, and you and I will share a room. That’s a done deal.”
“You’ve got to be kidding me if you’re going to share a room with a guy for three weeks! You married couples should be sleeping together in the same room!”
As the men began to argue in front of the room door, Ernesta let out a big sigh.
Since they can fight like this, it is clear that they have a good relationship. If Johan were here, things would have been even more lively.
Although both of them stubborn, Ernesta felt that Ivan’s argument was more correct. With a wry smile, she decided to provide covering fire.
“Theodor-san, it will be a nuisance if you make too much noise. It’s okay, isn’t it? Isn’t there something you and Ivan can talk about?”
“That’s not the point! Hey, are you sure you want to do this?”
“Eh? It doesn’t matter to me.”
Ernesta readily agreed since she had never thought about the good or bad aspects of the situation. After all, it was necessary in the context of “escorting a prisoner.”
“…Is that so? Okay, then.”
Theodore visibly slumped his shoulders. He muttered to himself with a befuddled expression, “What the hell is wrong with these guys?” However, since Ivan pushed his friend into their room, Ernesta couldn’t ask what he meant.
After exchanging greetings and parting ways with them, Ernesta entered the adjacent room.
She finally felt at ease when she entered the room. She immediately collapsed onto the bed and stared aimlessly at the wooden ceiling.
This is already the land of Shenka, and soon they will be returning home. She began to feel restless as the reality of it sank in.
“…Maybe this was the right decision after all.”
If she had suddenly ended up sharing a room with Ivan, she would have been so nervous that she might have died. Since that night, they had hardly been alone together, and she wasn’t even mentally prepared for it.
Ernesta slowly sat up and looked at the wall separating her from the adjacent room.
Even though she felt relieved, she still felt a little lonely.
The selfish emotions overwhelmed the exhausted girl, and she began to prepare for a bath.
“Sigh, I never thought you would be so uptight. Come on, shouldn’t you show a more lovey-dovey attitude?”
As soon as he entered the room, Ivan glared at Theodor’s crimson eyes, which were mixed with sighs of advice. Theodor didn’t seem to be intimidated by Ivan’s icy stare at all.
Although this man didn’t know the details of what happened between the king and queen, he seemed to have noticed that they had finally expressed their love for each other.
“She hardly seems aware of it at all. You don’t mind?”
“…It’s good for now.”
Ivan decided to sit on the carpet and start unpacking his luggage.
When he saw the black chokha that was stored inside, he let out a bitter smile. Ernesta had washed it clean, but he wouldn’t wear it on this trip because black was the color of heroes and it stood out too much. It was an unusual faux pas for him to leave the castle without changing clothes.
“What do you mean?”
Unfortunately, it seems that Theodor hasn’t given up on his pursuit. He squats down and takes out his change of clothes, his mouth still running.
“There’s nothing to it.”
“That’s not true. You just said that.”
“… You’ve always been stupid but sharp at the same time.”
“You said one word too many!”
With a sigh, Ivan resigned himself and turned to face his friend. Theodor looked puzzled in a formal manner, but sat cross-legged and assumed a listening posture.
“The truth is, Sir Bruno restricted me. He told me not to touch each other until we make a proper pledge to marry.”
“I see. And then?”
“But I don’t know what I’ll do if we’re alone together. I need your help.”
Theodor screamed in a mad voice. But then he burst out laughing as if he had heard the funniest story in the world.
“You? You can’t control yourself?! You, who only wants a no-strings-attached relationship? You, who has tossed aside countless misunderstandings of women?!”
Ivan immediately regretted saying anything. He furrowed his eyebrows and shouted back, not losing to Theodor’s explosive laughter.
“Don’t bring up that topic again! Can’t you at least respond with a nod when someone is requesting something from you? How much of a bastard are you?!”
“Hey hey, you have a foul mouth, Your Majesty! Ahahahahaha!”
While his friend held his stomach and rolled on the carpet, Ivan gritted his teeth and endured the humiliation. Maybe this guy should just get life imprisonment. No, better yet…!
After laughing for a while, Theodor wiped the tears from the corners of his eyes and finally seemed to calm down when he got up.
“You should just be honest and say it. She might tell you [You don’t have to worry about what Dad said♡.] It’s surprisingly easy.”
“Stop acting like a creep. I’ll kill you.”
“It’s not funny when you say it…”
In front of the king who was filled with a serious killing intent, Theodor seemed to blatantly recoil. However, Ivan, who shut himself off from his friend’s reaction, imagined the figure of his dear person stiffening in his arms.
It’s no good. He definitely didn’t want to do something that would hurt her in a hurry.
“… If I’m going to take her away to a place where she’ll rarely see her family, I should at least give them what they want. And the least I can give Ellie is a promise.”
He will protect Ernesta and cherish everything about her. It’s the clumsy feelings of a man who carries nothing but his burdens.
Even if it produces immense suffering, he is willing to endure it to make it happen. He has been patient since his time in Shenka, and he can handle a little more waiting. Yes, there’s no doubt about that.
That’s why he has been careful not to be alone with her during their stay in Weisbergk, and to not touch her even with a finger. He had accidentally touched her at the end, but he wants to chalk that up to an innocent mistake.
“You’re also a hopeless case.”
Theodore muttered to himself, with no hint of sarcasm on his face, just a pure smile.