Chapter 50: Carriage with a Family Crest 02
I was told that with a big smile.
“Pardon me?! Prince?!”
Can a prince be a general!? Can you send him to war!?
Ah, but he’s the Fifth Prince… Uh, Noblesse Oblige or something like that…?
Yes, a person with such a position wouldn’t be allowed to marry that easily, or even have a simple wedding, right…?
My mouth dropped in surprise and the Priest said, “Anise… Farglow isn’t rich. Though, it is still far richer than Origlow, since they constantly wage war against other kingdoms. The whole kingdom of Origlow is poor. You’ve only seen Origlow, haven’t you Anis? That kingdom has a lot of incompetent upper echelons. It’s a kingdom where the King works hard all by himself.”
“Yes, oh… I know. They’re all incompetent. I know they are.”
At the very least, I know that the sons of the top echelons are incompetent. If the sons are like that, then the parents must be too.
“I was able to meet the Prince this time, and appraise him, but I found him unworthy to be King. He has almost no skills that are useful for politics. If the current King passes away, then the future of Origlow will rely on the fake ‘Saint’s’ ‘Charm’ and ‘Appraisal’ skills.”
“Then I’m sure she’s trying to get into Farglow’s royal family. She’s quite an ambitious girl, fuofuofuo.”
“I’m not even the Crown Prince, so why me?”
“Well, she can carry out a coup d’etat or assassinate your older brothers. There’s lots of ways for you to become the Crown Prince. Women like that are scary. A woman who will do anything for her own benefit will sometimes use outrageous ideas and methods to achieve her goal.”
But why do you sound so nostalgic when you say that Priest?
“Anise… You’re not pretending to know who I am because you also have the same idea as her, right?” Lek said, sounding awfully frightened.
“What? No way. I would have refused if I knew. What’s the royal family? The people won’t yell at me when we get divorced, right? I’m scared, so please make up an excuse that the people can understand when we divorce. Otherwise, it’ll affect my life afterwards. Oh! Isn’t my divorce going to be widely known!? What’s with that!? I don’t think I’ll get a fresh start at all!”
I was at my wits end. Am I going to live the rest of my life as the woman abandoned by the prince?!
I don’t want that…!
“Well, it’s fine if you don’t get divorced in the first place―――.”
“Ah! I got it! Alright! Let’s not tell the people about our marriage. Okay? That way, the people can congratulate you sincerely when you marry someone else someday! It’s better that people don’t know about your past mistakes since you’re so handsome, right? So, let’s keep it a secret. Yup, that’s a good idea. I should be able to stay by your side, so you can tell the people around us to keep it a secret. We’ll be divorced come spring anyway!”
That seemed to be the safest and most beneficial plan. Marry in secret and divorce in secret. People will probably think this is all because of his youthful indiscretions.
This isn’t something to advertise~.
“No, I didn’t say that I would divorce you…”
“But you will, won’t you? You don’t need to spend the rest of your life with a plain-looking, commoner woman if you’re handsome and have such a high status. Since you’re a prince, you have bright prospects ahead of you, such as a rich noble woman with a good upbringing, or perhaps a princess heiress from another kingdom. I don’t want to get in the way of your happy future.”
I don’t know what it’s like to be a royal bride in this kingdom, but I don’t think I’ll be able to handle such a position since I’m like an orphan in this world.
Royalty is beyond the line of what one can accomplish when they’re in love.
I’m slowly becoming afraid of what kind of horrible situation I’ve gotten myself into.
He might have tried really hard, since he was able to become a general with just his skills whilst being inexperienced.
“Don’t you think I can make a happy future with you…?”
“But it would be much easier and more satisfying to create that future with someone else. See? My face looks flat and plain. We’re like night and day when I’m next to you. You’re the beauty and I’m the beast. I also lack the education required of a royal wife. I really don’t want to be presented in front of the people like this. Ah, but I’m always willing to help if you need the ‘Saint’ for something, so don’t worry. It’ll be a win-win situation if I become the royal healer, and it also makes it feel less like I’ve been abandoned by you.”
“… Did you really think that far ahead in such a short time?” Lek asked while flustered.
“What? I’m like an orphan in this world, since I have no family and no place to turn to. I’m worried about my future. I’ve always thought about securing a place for myself somehow, ever since I came to this world. That’s why I’m improving my skills and putting myself on the line for this.”
I’m already feeling a great sense of danger, like a wild animal.
The moment I thought that Lek covered his face with both his hands, sighed deeply then said, “You know… We’re already officially husband and wife. You know that, don’t you? We made our vows and said we’ll help each other. If you don’t like the fack that you have no one to take care of you, then I will protect and help you from now on. Feel free to rely on me.”
“Anise, you’re now under the protection of Farglow’s royal family. You can stand proudly as a ‘Saint’ recognised by Lek,” the Priest also added.
But I won’t change my mind so suddenly.
Hmm, maybe I just can’t keep up with the sudden changes and am confused.
No, well, I was really surprised.
I don’t think I’ve ever been around royalty, nope definitely haven’t.
I’m a born and raised commoner. A legitimate commoner.
Calm down, me.