Chapter 5 – Aura Carpa


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Burning Pair Parchment -> Parchments of Shared Fire


 

Approximately one month after the advance unit led by General Puyol left the capital,
two『Small Flying Mail Dragons』 arrived at the royal palace.

 

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The sender: General Puyol. The contents: “We have safely arrived in the capital of the Twin Kingdom. There were no casualties. The preparations for the reception are complete. You may come at any time.”

 

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The first words of Queen Aura, the one who received the letter in a private room in the royal palace, are not about the letter’s content, but rather the dragons that carried the letter.

“Two copies, eh? Even though I explicitly instructed him to be cautious and send 10 flying dragons simultaneously…” (Aura)

“There’s quite the distance between the Twin Kingdom’s capital and this place after all. A few more dragons might come in a few days, but it might be wise to expect more than half not to return.” (Fabio)

The queen, dressed in a maternity dress, raises her eyebrows at the secretary with his usual, emotionless expression, and responds with “I know that.”
As she leans back on the chair to reduce the pressure on her belly which – now that she entered the stable period of her pregnancy – is unmistakable, the queen stares intensely at the ceiling.

“I knew it would happen, but it’s still concerning. The small dragons entrusted to Puyol were carefully selected specimens.” (Aura)

The small messenger dragons are raised in large numbers in the royal palace, but obviously there are differences between their individual abilities.
In contrast to normal flights within the country, the dragons that can make the journey from the Twin Kingdom in the center to the Carpa Kingdom in the midwest are only the youngest and best specimens.
Even for those elite dragons it’s very dangerous to cross approximately half of the southern continent. The longer the flight, the higher the possibility of them being preyed upon by larger flying dragons and similar along the way. The possibility of their homing instincts failing and getting lost increases as well.
As such, it appears that the fact that they would have to keep losing elite messengers on this long distance flight was inevitable.
Unfortunately, a method to resolve this problem fundamentally hasn’t been developed yet. Right now there’s no other option but to have the trainers of the dragons do their best.
Anyway, the queen is not in a position where she could spare a lot of time and energy in the problem of the flying dragons.
Breaking that train of thought, the queen refocuses on the details written in the letter.

“It seems the guard unit has safely arrived over there, huh? I suppose all that’s left is for me to send over the entourage and then my husband.” (Aura)

Staring at the ceiling, Aura thinks about the personnel she should send to the Twin Kingdom.
Natalio and Ines are going, of course. Besides those two, I think it will also be necessary to send a few of the young maids from the inner palace so that Zenjirou can relax while he’s there.
The guard unit that headed to the Twin Kingdom by land mostly consists of male soldiers, as its name implies.
It wouldn’t have been possible to take maids along on such a long journey during the Hottest Season as they would have become a burden because of their stamina.
On the other hand, several of Prince Francesco and Princess Bona’s maids were among the personnel of the Twin Kingdom that returned to their country together with the soldiers, but since the letter says that there had been no drop-outs, I guess they also reached the Twin Kingdom safely.
Queen Aura exclaims in admiration.

“Truly, the presence or absence of magic tools plays a big role after all. I suppose, the rest is getting accustomed to using them.” (Aura)

The Pope Jilbell family, one of the two royal families reigning over the Twin Kingdom of Sharrow and Jilbell, has many members visiting foreign countries to perform 『Healing Magic』.
Because they accompany the members of the Jibell family, there are many maids accustomed to traveling in the Twin Kingdom.
The Sharrow family, users of 『Bestowal Magic』, are aware of the Jibell family’s situation and devote themselves to developing 『Magic Tools』to make the journeys smoother.
As a result, the Twin Kingdom is much better equipped for long journeys than other countries.
To Aura, who encountered the terrible conditions of the camps in the previous great war, that’s honestly very enviable.

“Anyway, with this the preparations are in order. When are you going to start sending maids over with 『Teleport』?” (Fabio)

The queen considers Fabio’s question.

“Let’s see. First comes a message to His Highness Francesco and Her Highness Bona. It’s probably a bit much, but my husband’s safety takes top priority. If possible, I’d like to get confirmation from His Highness Francesco’s side as well.” (Aura)

There’s a magic tool called 『Parchments of Shared Fire』 in the Twin Kingdom.
It capitalizes on the special characteristic of dragon skin paper: two sheets of dragon skin paper burn in exactly the same way. It’s reliant on having an iron pen to burn letters into the paper, it’s possible to transmit messages regardless of the distance.

“I think that should be fine. If you consider the Twin Kingdom’s relationship with us, the possibility that their side will get any foolish ideas is fairly low, but there’s an exception for everything.” (Fabio)

The secretary agreed monotonously.

 

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That afternoon. Queen Aura received the two royals of the Twin Kingdom, Prince Francesco and Princess Bona, in a parlor in the palace.
Sending a message in the morning and having a meeting that very afternoon is very fast – almost unbecoming for royalty – but this is the norm in Prince Francesco’s case. There’s no merit in being surprised at this point in time.
As usual, the queen, princess and prince sit on sofas facing each other. What’s different from usual is that the heavily pregnant Aura borrows the hand of a maid to sit down and that there are more guards than usual, protecting the queen more closely than usual.
Queen Aura, stretching out a bit to accommodate her girth, first starts with greetings and a report about a different matter.

“Let me express my thanks for your swift response to my sudden summons. Ah, speaking of thanks, there was the matter of the magic tool, wasn’t there Your Highness Bona?
It was decided that we would install the 『Decorative Candlestand』 we received from you in the courtyard.
We will be holding a dinner party for the unveiling so please allow me to invite you two to the occasion. Of course you will be the guest of honor, Your Highness Bona.” (Aura)

She has been invited as the sole guest of honor at a party in the foreign country that is the Carpa Kingdom.
For Princess Bona, who had been born a low-ranking noble before becoming part of the Sharrow family, that was quite the responsibility.

“Thank you very much, Your Majesty. I shall be looking forward to it.” (Bona)

Subduing the nervousness in her heart, she answers with a forced smile.
But then again, although her smile is fake because of the pressure and her own nervousness, her words are sincere.
The 『Decorative Candlestand』 she gave the Carpa family as a gift this time was a masterpiece that required all the effort of even Princess Bona.
Of course, she’s afraid of the criticism, but even more than that, she feels the desire to hear the true impressions of the public.
Watching Princess Bona’s smile become more real as she pictured this, Queen Aura’s eyes crinkle as she smiles back.

“Yes, we will do our utmost not to betray your expectations, Your Highness.
By the way, Your Highness Francesco.” (Aura)

She changes the target of the conversation from the princess to the prince.

“Yes, what might it be, Your Majesty?” (Francesco)

Even with this abrupt topic change, the blond prince answers with a carefree smile.

“We received a message from the unit that left last month that they had arrived in the Twin Kingdom’s capital. Have you received one yet?”

The prince meets the queen’s piercing stare, and honestly responds,

“Yes, I have. It looks like everyone arrived safely. Here’s the 『Duplicate』 of that.” (Francesco)

Prince Francesco retrieves a sheet of dragon skin from his pocket, unfolding it and placing it on the table.
As might be expected, he wasn’t so careless as to bring the actual 『Parchments of Shared Fire』, a precious and somewhat dangerous magic tool.
If the party holding the other sheet of the pair makes a mistake and burns it, it’s counterpart will burn too.
Given the worst case scenario, it’s usually stored in a non-flammable box made of metal and stone.

“Hmm, let me have a look. Please check this as well for comparison.” (Aura)

Queen Aura placed the dragon skin brought back by the messenger dragon on the table.

“…” (Aura)

“…” (Francesco)

“…” (Bona)

Three royals of two major powers compare the contents of the two short letters.
There isn’t that much to compare, but the date and time of the arrival match.
With this, the information that the guard unit led by General Puyol has arrived safely and that the other side has finished its preparations to receive us is probably trustworthy.

“I see. It appears our country’s knights are being taken care of by your country. Thank you.” (Aura)

“No, not at all. Thank you as well. Those of our soldiers who left with yours managed to safely return home because of your assistance.
By the way, the preparations being in order means that His Majesty Zenjirou will soon head to the Twin Kingdom as well, I suppose?” (Francesco)

The queen confirms Prince Francesco’s inquiry.

“Indeed. We have some preparations to make on our side so it won’t be today or tomorrow, but he will likely transfer over within ten days at the latest.” (Aura)

Hearing the queen’s words, the prince leans forward and exclaims in delight,

“Ooh, that is good news. As promised we would like to return to our country temporarily in the event that everything is settled on your end. Is that still alright?” (Francesco)

“Eh!?” (Bona)

Next to him Princess Bona raises her voice in surprise at that.
Aura, guessing that Prince Francesco didn’t tell Princess Bona about this, turns to face the princess and grins at her.

“Once my husband arrives in the Twin Kingdom, there will be 『Teleport』 users in both countries. In that case it becomes possible to make a day trip between the Carpa Kingdom and the Twin Kingdom, though it is limited to one person per day.
At the end of this『Hottest Season』, it will have been a year since Your Highnesses have come to our country. It’s not just the soldiers who are feeling a touch of homesickness, right?
If it’s just the two of you, I can send you there and my husband can send you back with『Teleport』. How about returning home during my husband’s stay in the Twin Kingdom?” (Aura)

“T-That certainly makes sense…” (Bona)

Princess Bona barely manages to respond, her face still caught in surprise.
Having experienced much hardship on the way to the Carpa Kingdom despite how well-travelled the Twin Kingdom’s guards are, Princess Bona can’t seem to fully accept Aura’s words, even though she understands what they mean logically.

“Yeah, that’s how it is. I will gladly accept the offer and plan to return home for a short while, but what about you, Bona?” (Francesco)

The princess, who acts as Prince Francesco’s chaperone, glares hatefully at the problem child who smiled back indifferently.

“Your Highness, please tell me such things in advance. It puts me on a spot having to react to such talk so suddenly.” (Bona)

“Eh? So, you won’t go home then, Bona?” (Francesco)

“No, I will. I will go home, but that’s exactly why you must contact me in advance. After all there are some things I have to prepare, too.” (Bona)

Aura mediates the two-person comedy act, which had already become famous even in the Carpa Kingdom, with a soft chuckle.

“Certainly, His Highness Francesco has been rather careless, but this is also my mistake. Even though both of you are concerned, I only talked about it with His Highness Francesco. I forgot to personally explain it to you, Your Highness Bona.
That was impolite of me. Pardon me, Your Highness.” (Aura)

Seeing the queen of another country apologizing even though it’s something trivial at best, Princess Bona vigorously shakes her head, to the point of stirring up the silver dust in her chestnut hair.

“N-N-No, please. We showed you something unsightly due to our lack of communication!” (Bona)

Princess Bona returned the apology.

“Is it fine to assume then that you will eventually be returning home for a while, Your Highness Bona?” (Aura)

“Yes! I’ll be in your care, then. Ah, could you tell us what will be needed for remuneration?” (Bona)

There is no such thing as getting the royalty of another country to use their 『Bloodline Magic』 for free. If there was, that could only be a sign of more troublesome demands in the future.
Even Princess Bona, who hasn’t been a royal for very long, is aware of such common knowledge.
However, even that concern was for naught.

“Ah, as for that, we have come to the agreement that I will pay for it all at once. The price is my magic tool.” (Francesco)

In contrast to Prince Francesco’s bright smile, Princess Bona’s lips tremble furiously with those words.
If Teleport is the Carpa family’s trump card, the same can be said about the creation of magic tools for the Sharrow family.

“Your Highness! Why do you have to be so careless!?” (Bona)

Forgetting the fact that she’s in front of the queen of another country, Princess Bona shrilly admonishes Prince Francesco, for making such a thoughtless agreement behind his chaperone’s back.

 

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————– End of Part 1 ————–

 

Several days later.
Zenjirou, who had changed his uniform for the third time, stands nervously in a room of the palace.
Next to him, fully armed, stands Natalio who Zenjirou had become very familiar with recently. His expression isn’t visible through the leather helmet on his head, but there are clear signs that he is nervous as well.
Standing opposite of Zenjirou is his beloved wife, Queen Aura.
She is wearing a red maternity dress to accommodate her large belly.
However, her serious expression is not much different from Zenjirou’s.
The queen calmly says to her husband,

“This is the final confirmation. Do you have everything with you?” (Aura)

“I-It’s alright.” (Zenjirou)

Despite his words, his tone and expression don’t seem to be alright in the slightest.
But, that’s probably understandable. Zenjirou is about to depart for the Twin Kingdom of Sharrow and Jilbell with Aura’s 『Teleport』.
No matter how many logical arguments about why it should be fine, like “The travel is instantaneous,” “Since Zenjirou has mastered 『Teleport』, it’s easy for him to return,” or “Since he’s is a guest of the highest honor on the other side, nothing bad will be done to him,” it’s not so simple to erase the fear of traveling to an unknown land.
In the worst case scenario, if the Twin Kingdom was ready with fully-armed soldiers at his destination, Zenjirou wouldn’t have any means of resistance.
They have decided to send Natalio over before Zenjirou as a precaution, but if the Twin Kingdom really harbors evil intentions, a single knight is of no use whatsoever.
In the end there’s no other option but to believe in the good will of the partner country.
The queen confirms with Zenjirou, who is steeling his resolve, one last time.

“After this I will send you over to the Twin Kingdom of Sharrow and Jilbell. As I have already sent the maids, including Ines, over a few days ago, I think the preparations to receive you on the other side will be flawless, but it’s also true that I don’t know what might await you there.
Please understand that there might be some inconveniences.” (Aura)

“Yes! I will bear it in mind.” (Zenjirou)

As this is the royal palace, and since Natalio is next to him as well, Aura and Zenjirou’s conversation is basically that of the queen and her prince consort.

“Also, always keep in mind the objective of your visit in the Twin Kingdom. It’s only natural, but the other side will prioritize their objectives rather than ours.” (Aura)

“Yes.” (Zenjirou)

The reason for Zenjirou to go to the Twin Kingdom is for the sake of forming friendly relations with the Jilbell family and lay the groundwork to call a healing practitioner when Aura’s second child is to be born.
However, as its name suggests, the Twin Kingdom is a country where two royal families reign side by side. Between those two, the family which has a very keen interest in Zenjirou isn’t the Jilbell family, unfortunately, but the other one ─ the Sharrow family.
Zenjirou’s distant ancestors were a prince of the Carpa family and a princess of the Sharrow family, who managed to elope to Earth.
On the southern continent, where royalty is decided by the existence of bloodline magic or the lack thereof, a descendant of two royal families like Zenjirou is extremely rare.
While Queen Aura cannot ignore the rarity called Zenjirou, the Sharrow family likely won’t leave Zenjirou alone either.
For the time being they have a secret agreement, but if Zenjirou goes to his home over there, namely the Twin Kingdom, Aura is certain that they will try to win him over at full force.
The queen continues with a grave expression,

“The Sharrow family and the Jilbell family are by no means a monolith, but they have stood side by side for several hundred years.
You should expect there to have been some kind of deal established between the two.
That means, even if you start working on friendly relations with the Jilbell family, there’s a possibility that the Jilbell family won’t pay attention to you unless you first finish your business with the Sharrow family.” (Aura)

“Yes.” (Zenjirou)

Aura had explained these circumstances to him many times in the inner palace, but hearing them now makes Zenjirou rather gloomy.
But, if you think about it, they’re very reasonable arguments.
The ones Zenjirou has business with is the Jilbell family, and the ones who have business with Zenjirou is the Sharrow family.
In that case it’s only natural to assume that the Sharrow family has already approached the Jilbell family about this in advance.
Of course, it’s also possible that no such deal has been made for political reasons, but assuming something so convenient would be incredibly foolish.
Forcefully suppressing his trembling, Zenjirou speaks,

“I understand. I will definitely bring back good news, Your Majesty.” (Zenjirou)

“…I’m looking forward to it.” (Aura)

The queen replies to her husband with a forced smile.
Now that it has come to this, there’s no reason to drag it out any longer with empty words.

“Well then, I will cast 『Teleport』 toward the Twin Kingdom of Sharrow and Jilbell now.
First, Knight Natalio, it’s your turn.” (Aura)

“Yes, Your Majesty!” (Natalio)

Upon the queen’s call, the young knight, who had watched the entire exchange in silence until now, stands at attention and salutes loudly.

“I think that the danger is negligible, but nonetheless, you are his sole sword, and shield. I shall rely on you.” (Aura)

“Yes! I shall defend him to the death!” (Natalio)

The queen nods in satisfaction with the overly serious reply.

“How very promising. Knight Natalio, the Twin Kingdom is probably the first foreign country you will visit. I have sent over Kate already.
Since maids and knights will likely have some free time, no one will blame you for having a chat among siblings for the first time in a while. It might be a foreign country, but it’s fine for you to meet and talk about each other’s current circumstances.” (Aura)

The young knight’s expression softened a bit upon hearing the queen’s words.

“Thank you very much for especially taking us into consideration.” (Natalio)

Some of the inner palace’s maids, like Ines, have already been sent through 『Teleport』. Kate Maldonado, Natalio Maldonaldo’s younger sister, was also among them.
Once a person has entered the inner palace, it is extremely difficult to contact them.
The young knight was deeply appreciative of the queen’s consideration.
The Maldonado family is a weak Knight family that can barely stand up to a stiff breeze, but that Maldonado family is currently gathering quite a bit of attention in the Carpa Kingdom.
Well, that might be understandable.
Natalio is currently the only personal knight of Prince Consort Zenjirou, and his younger sister Kate is one of the few inner palace maids.
Looking from outside, it looks like the Maldonado family is the one closest to Prince Consort Zenjirou.
For that reason, proposals declaring “Please allow Miss Kate to become the bride of this family by all means,” are more numerous than the stars in the sky.
If the daughter of a knight family with no court rank is able to marry a Baron, it’s a considerable achievement. If she manages to marry a Viscount, it will be such an advantageous match that minstrels will sing about it for years to come, but it seems that not only Earl families, but even Marquis families have delivered marriage offers to the Maldonado family.
If possible, Natalio wanted to talk to his sister about the nerve wracking situation their parents are in.

“I see. I don’t think it’s necessary to emphasize it, but make sure to only talk to your sister during your free time.” (Aura)

“Yes, of course. I shall keep it in mind.” (Natalio)

The queen nods once more at Natalio, who fixes his expression and adjusts the short spear in his right hand, and then slowly points her right palm at him.

“Then, off you go. 『Send my chosen target to the place I envision. As compensation, I will…』” (Aura)

Once Aura finishes chanting the 『Teleport』 spell, Natalio vanishes.
The only ones left in the room are Queen Aura and Prince Consort Zenjirou.

“…” (Zenjirou)

“…” (Aura)

The married couple silently stares at each other before switching from 『Queen and Prince Consort』 to 『Husband and Wife』almost simultaneously.

“Zenjirou, I have to send you over soon, we don’t have much time, but…” (Aura)

“Yeah, just a quick one.” (Zenjirou)

Zenjirou, guessing her intentions, approaches his pregnant wife and wraps his arms around her more gently than usual.

“Mnh…” (Zenjirou)

“Mm…nnh…” (Aura)

And then they very naturally exchange kisses.
They had already kissed each other in the inner palace before coming to the royal palace, but as expected, at the last moment this is indispensable.
After all, the situation this time is different. Zenjirou is genuinely traveling aboard.
Having said that, with Zenjirou having grasped 『Teleport』, traveling abroad has, in a certain sense, become a shorter trip than all his travels within the country thus far.

“We probably won’t have any time until it settles down over there and I have sent over Prince Francesco and Princess Bona, but after that, please come back regularly and keep me up to date.” (Aura)

“Yeah, I know. I plan to come back every ten days.” (Zenjirou)

The husband replies to his wife with a smile, arm still around her. Normally, if he embraces her from the front, her voluptuous breasts press against his chest first, but now her belly, which is currently even bigger than her breasts, touches his first.
Zenjirou, restraining himself to a light hug in consideration of the child in her belly, gently removes his arms from his wife’s back, and softly places his right palm on her swollen belly.

“Is it already moving around?” (Zenjirou)

“It seems like it but also doesn’t. This child seems to move less than Carlos did back then. I have almost no morning sickness either. It appears to be a docile child.” (Aura)

“I wonder, is it maybe a girl? Well, we should come up with a name for both, though.” (Zenjirou)

The husband, on the topic of the child in his wife’s belly, recalls his other child in the inner palace.

“Ah, is Zenkichi doing fine? I really want to meet him once more before leaving.” (Zenjirou)

“As expected, heading to the inner palace right now is impossible. In the first place, are you saying that you still haven’t had enough even though you were with Carlos for so long last night?” (Aura)

Due to the exasperated words of his wife, Zenjirou’s eyes wander, as if in search of an excuse.

“It’s insufficient, or rather I want to meet him again if I have a bit of time, or… Well, since it can’t be helped, I will endure.” (Zenjirou)

“Please do.
By the way, Zenjirou. Even if I do say so myself, don’t try to do the impossible, really.
The Sharrow family will probably try to win you over with all means possible. Make sure to never be alone, okay? Don’t meet with people from the Sharrow family unless you are with either Ines or Natalio, and if possible with both of them together.
In the worst case I won’t mind even if we can’t call upon a healing practitioner of the Jilbell family. When push comes to shove, leave everyone behind and escape with 『Teleport』.
Understand, there’s not a single thing that should be prioritized over your safety.” (Aura)

“Yeah, thanks.” (Zenjirou)

A smile naturally breaks out from Zenjirou since his wife is worrying about him from the bottom of her heart.
In reality it’s not likely that Zenjirou can escape with 『Teleport』 at his skill level when “push comes to shove.” At present Zenjirou’s invocation rate of 『Teleport』 only barely reaches 70% if his mind and body are at their best state.
His invocation rate when “push comes to show” is infinitely close to zero.
The reason why Aura still deliberately said, “Escape by yourself if push comes to shove,” likely means that she won’t allow me to go back to the Twin Kingdom if she feels something’s off when I come back to check in with her.
Zenjirou took a deep breath, telling his loving wife,

“Aura, you said that there’s nothing that should be prioritized over my safety, but to me going to the Twin Kingdom and making preparations to call a healing practitioner for your delivery is as important as my own safety.
That’s why I do plan on getting involved to some extent.” (Zenjirou)

“Zenjirou…” (Aura)

The wife seems troubled due to her husband’s words, but she reveals a complicated smile, apparently unable to hide her joy.

“It’s true that it will be very reassuring if a 『Healing Practitioner』 of the Jilbell family will be present, but realistically, it’s not crucial, you know?
I do have good physical strength for a woman, and Doctor Michelle is an excellent physician, worthy of entrusting my life to.” (Aura)

Of course, it’s not like Aura is going to tell Zenjirou not to go this late in the game.
However, she’s worried about Zenjirou having the mindset that “We must call a healing practitioner by any means.”
If he goes in with the notion that “I will make these negotiations succeed at all costs” he might be thoroughly taken advantage of in negotiations.
Especially since this time’s negotiations are so clearly tied to his emotions, even more than the actual goal.
Aura felt the need to warn him in advance, “There’s no absolute necessity for these negotiations to succeed at all costs.”

“Yeah, I understand. I will pay attention to myself. After all, if I get my priorities backwards, I’ll make you worry, Aura. I will make sure to avoid doing anything unreasonable, as much as possible. But, as expected, I cannot do nothing in this situation.
If you really think it’s a bad idea, I will obediently follow your orders, so can’t you allow me to try my best until then, Aura?” (Zenjirou)

“…Understood. I leave it to you.” (Aura)

The wife laughs slightly and accepts her husband’s good intentions.

“Come to think of it, Zenjirou, It’s rather boorish to say something like this now, but it seems as if you gave Princess Freya a positive answer, didn’t you?” (Aura)

Due to his wife suddenly bringing up the name of another woman, Zenjirou quickly averts his eyes.

“Ah, yeah. That’s true. I did.” (Zenjirou)

Zenjirou was originally the one against taking Princess Freya as concubine, and Aura the one who advanced the talks while persuading him.
Thus there’s absolutely no reason for Zenjirou to be so shifty, but as he’s still stuck in his mindset as a modern Japanese man, he can’t help feeling guilty about it.
As a royal, Aura can’t sympathize with her husband’s sentiments at all, but she can guess what his feelings are from their talks up till now.

“Thanks, Zenjirou. I really have put a burden on you.
I don’t know just how much I have burdened you, but please allow me to at least say this.
I love you. My feeling won’t waver in the least, no matter what kind of relationship you might have with Princess Freya and other women.” (Aura)

It’s true in a sense, but also not.
For Aura, who is a royal in this world, it’s very natural and practically common sense for a man to have several wives, but while it may be true, that doesn’t mean that she won’t harbor feelings of jealousy if her husband whispers words of love to a woman besides her.
Realistically, families where the legal wife and concubines live together peacefully are the minority.
But, since she is arranging women for her husband, who hates it, for the sake of the country, even if they exist she will never show those feelings in front of her husband. There’s no way she can.
Zenjirou flashes a troubled smile at his wife as she laughs to conceal those complicated feelings of hers.

“Yeah, thanks. Having you tell me so does make me feel slightly relieved.
I also intend to do my best to get on smoothly with Her Highness Freya, since I accepted her. Actually I have no doubt that Her Highness Freya is a good child.” (Zenjirou)

“…I see.” (Aura)

Aura immediately feels a stabbing pain in her chest due to her husband praising Princess Freya.

“Honestly, I feel like I need to put some effort into getting along with Princess Freya. With you, I’m happy just being together. ” (Zenjirou)

Zenjirou probably had no particular intention to denounce Princess Freya.
But those words clearly place Aura above Princess Freya in regards to Zenjirou’s love.

“I…see.” (Aura)

A slightly ugly feeling of having won wells up from deep inside Aura’s chest.

“Fufu, I see. That’s right. On that occasion, Princess Freya and I will pay attention so that we can spend some quality time in the inner palace.” (Aura)

“Yeah, let’s do that.” (Zenjirou)

Aura’s expression was much more confident now that she was assured that she was her husband’s number one.

 

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The couple’s reluctance to part hangs in the air, so the conversation doesn’t readily come to an end.
However, Natalio has been sent to the Twin Kingdom already.
Natalio should have informed the other side that “I think Zenjirou-sama is coming right after me.”
They don’t know what’s lying in wait on the other side, but they cannot afford to waste too much time.
Checking the watch on his left hand, Zenjirou lets out a regretful sigh.

“Ah, as expected, it’s already time, isn’t it?” (Zenjirou)

“Yeah, it’s inevitable. Then, Zenjirou, this is really the final, final time. Have you resolved yourself?” (Aura)

“Yeah.” (Zenjirou)

Zenjirou decisively replies.
After such a long time, he can’t afford to be nervous.
I’m going to a foreign country as the ambassador of this country, and will be included in negotiations. Zenjirou wanted to allay his fears with this thought, but instead vividly recalls the scene of Aura’s last delivery.
When his beloved was trying to give birth to a new life by literally risking her own, he was just flustered, unable to do anything.
I can put up with any hardship if I never have to feel like that again.
That was definitely not a bluff or self-suggestion, but an absolute truth.

“Please, Aura.” (Zenjirou)

“Understood. Here I go. 『Send my chosen target to the place I envision. As compensation, I will offer to the space-time spirit…』” (Aura)

 

 


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