Chapter 26 : Whose Lost Item Is This?
I found a lost item.
It’s quite old, and it was as big as my thumb. But it’s definitely not a simple item. I mean, it’s embellished with gold. It also looks like an antique item. I found it in a corridor of the Maou Castle. Looks like it’d fallen down because I noticed that the chain was broken.
You know the tip that’s found in every pendant, that was the part that seemed to be broken.
In the center of that antique pendant I found an almost realistic picture. While the picture had faded with time, I think that it’s a woman’s picture. Why did I think so? Simple.
There were words engraved; tiny letters on the bottom part of the pendant that said, 『For Alicia』.
Definitely a woman’s picture!
Right, Alicia-san. [TL : …………………….. Oh well! E/D: …well, now I’m certain the MC is not right in the mind.]
…who was that you ask? I definitely do not know…but she could be someone’s acquaintance.
And not young anymore, if we looked at this antique pendant. The other possibility was…a memento. Perhaps, it’s a memento of someone?
When I noticed the other possibility that this could be a memento of a deceased, I could feel the emotions of the owner. A grief that seemed to have been carried on for a long time, looking at the age of this pendant, and the care that was given to it.
Who could it be, I wondered? I have to immediately return this pendant to them.
Two weeks have passed since that event.
Barurun is doing his best to restore the devastated entrance hall of the White Palace. And his efforts showed as the entrance hall was roughly restored to its former appearance. The only thing left was to just furnish the interior.
Well, it looked like I have to move away from my temporary room soon.
I wasn’t in a hurry to move, but Barurun had brought in a huge sum of funds to repair my place. Since he prioritized my place, the reconstruction for Maou’s Castle was delayed…well, do your best, old man!
As for me, I really am satisfied with the open ventilation I’ve made in the castle. Yup, the memory of a certain beautiful girl running around inside the Maou’s Castle that had resulted in the White Palace’s sorry state later, regardless of how many times I reminisced, was satisfying .
However, repairing the inner palace first instead of the Maou’s Castle, just because I’m the bride candidate…honestly, could you really allow that, Maou-sama? I mean, what about your castle?
Eh, but it’s not really my problem though. More importantly, I’ve another bigger impending problem right now.
「Lefiya-sama. You can’t run anymore.」
A stern voice called my name from behind.
Reanschild really is going all out. I really couldn’t sense her approaching at all. Even though deep inside I felt shocked, I hid my inner turmoil under a calm facade.
「I don’t have any intention of running away though.」
「That was my mistake then. Well, let’s go back to your room to change your clothes.」
After that event, Reanschild, who had become my personal maid, had been treating me in the most polite way and letting me to do as I pleased… Yeah. That was only in the beginning. After that…
I suppose, the matter of her forgiveness and the wall she’d put between us starting to crumble, must’ve been just my imagination.
Her hiding her anger with a smile whilst telling me stuff like “You can’t do that, not that, and rejected” is just like the way my mother used to tell me off back in the village. And yet, the most troublesome thing is the fact that she’s trying to put those frilly dresses on me.
Why in the world do I have to put on those troublesome looking dresses?
「Because this is the full attire of this place.」
You just read my mind right, right?
「You see, there’s one thing that I understood after coming to Maou’s Castle.」
「And what would that be? Do tell me.」
「Dress is something that is least suited for me. I really want to teach my past self not to get cheated by such glamorous silhouette. Though it have a splendid appearance, it is in fact a genuine torture instrument.」
「Even so, that glamorous silhouette is one that is suited to Lefiya-sama’s beauty. That said, please stop this useless chit-chat and change your clothes immediately.」
Reanschild refuted my argument with a calm tone…
the close distance between us was anything but warm..
「Oh my? If it isn’t Reanschild? 」
A voice calling out her name whilst she was trying to drag me back to my room interrupted our stand off.
We stopped our discussion and turned around to see who the one calling for her was only to see a group of people coming towards us.
I had never seen the face of the leading woman though. Who was she?
「If it isn’t Belladone-sama. It’s nice to meet you.」
My hand that was grasped by Reanschild was freed as she stood in front of me, as if shielding me before she bowed to that woman in silence.
Seeing that, I bowed to her while stroking my wrist that was screaming in pain.
EH？ This is? Could it be, to protect me?
「I heard that you had gone back to your hometown.」
「I did go back, you know? But then, I heard that his majesty has chosen his future wife. Thus, I had to return to this place.」
Is the red flower on black background motif on her lustrous garment called Licorice flower? How luxurious! And, her lustrous garment was done very well. It even had vivid shawl-like cloth put on top of it!
I was later told that this sort of garment the lady wore is called a Kimono. And that there’s a culture that wore this kind of clothing in the human world. However, it’s more frequently used in Demon Kingdom as only a certain region of the human world wore it as apart of their culture.
It’s less showy compared to the dresses that is more common to majority of [humanity] Kingdoms and cultures, but that splendid and brilliant cloth couldn’t hide its attractiveness, and would most assuredly manage to ensnare people’s attention should it appear in the kingdoms of humans.
However, I couldn’t see the face of the wearer of such splendid clothing’ very well since she had hidden her mouth with a black folding fan, but even then, I could see that there’s this beauty-like aura about her.
「Should I say my congratulation first? I never expected you to be this stubborn though.」
Saying that, the Kimono Beauty stood in a more formal way as she neatly rearranged her hair gathered on her back, glaring at Reanschild.
She seemed to be annoyed for some reason.
There’s a strangely appealing look on her.
[E/D: …Lefiya…are you les? Maori, your rivals are definitely the girls instead of boys. You really should not let more girls approach her.］［TL : don’t worry, Lefiya isn’t a les］
But then……….. Eh? Something seems to be amiss in there?
「Belladone-sama, I’ve told you before that you should properly listen to what other people say. Please don’t be so hasty in drawing such conclusions.」
「How shameless! While it’s true that you’re a bit more beautiful than I am, don’t think that you have won this match. You have yet to become a queen. I’ll snatch His Majesty from you immediately.」
「I think that’s impossible, Belladone-sama. His Majesty’s decision is final in this matter.」
「You sure are confident with your beauty, aren’t you? But then, I wonder how long you will be able to remain this calm.」
This Belladone-sama. She really was going at her own pace, huh. Although her attendants were tilting their heads in confusion, she still went on, not minding anything except what she was focused on.
Yeah. This person is a sorry person, huh.
Wait, no. The correct way to call her should be “Sorry Beauty”, isn’t it?.
This was the first time I’ve seen one though.
As expected, even her entourage couldn’t watch this misunderstanding anymore, thus one of them whispered something into Belladone-san’s ear.
Yup, let her realize her misunderstanding as soon as possible; to minimize her embarrassment.
「N? What’s the matter? I’m talking with Reanschild right no-… What？ I misunderstand? Eh, It’s not her? ………. WHAT! ? 」
She finally realized her mistake.
「Reanschild! ? You’re a……. HUMAN! ? 」
A~h, this girl is an idiot huh.
While I was thinking about that, Reanschild and her entourage heaved a sigh of helplessness when she misunderstood things even more and when they saw her dumbfounded face.
「Hey. Who is this person? 」
「Her name is Belladone Hisaka-sama She’s the youngest child of one of the four Archdemons, Archdemon of Illusion, Shiki Hisaka-sama.」
「Four Archdemons. That’s quite an amazing title, isn’t it?」
「Including Celazam-sama, the Archdevil as their leader, the others three Archdemons aren’t His Majesty’s subordinates, they’re his cooperative partners.」
「EH? Celazam-san is one of them? I thought he was His Majesty’s subordinate.」
I wasn’t aware of the fact that he’s not Maou’s subordinate. Wait, before that, didn’t the Archdemon title sound really overbearing? She basically said that Celazam-san was a Devil…
「Hold on, girl. You don’t know about the four Archdemons? That’s common knowledge you know? How could you not even know about that…」
「EH? Ah, my apologies.」
I was suddenly scolded by Belladone.
I never expected her to scold me like that since it didn’t look like she was paying attention to me nor did she look in my direction. Seems like I was wrong.
I did apologize to her, but for some reason she’s staring at me. Was there something on my face, I wondered? Then again, she looked like there’s something she wanted to say, but forgot. Was that the reason she was staring?
E? What’s with this silence? Did something happen just now?
What should I do now?
You wouldn’t get anything even if you keep staring at me like that, you know.
「Uhm……… What’s the matter？ Do you need something from me? 」
「Eh! ? N-No, it’s nothing. You. Aren’t you quite beautiful yourself? Or rather, you’re really beautiful. Your style isn’t bad too. And you’re an apprentice soldier with that level of beauty. Are you a newcomer. May I ask your name? No, TELL ME YOUR NAME!」
My face reddened immediately as I was heaped with praises by this beauty in Kimono.
Thank you for the treat.
Oops, should I say, thank you very much? Which one do I have to use in this case?
「Well then, tell me your name? 」
「This personage’s name is Lefiya-sama. The one chosen by His Majesty, and even received a direct marriage proposal from him.」
Belladone froze, stupefied for a second time.
She’s the kind of girl who often did this kind of thing, huh.
「Wait a minute. “Chosen by His Majesty” you say, His Majesty didn’t choose you? I mean if His Majesty had chosen his wife and refused someone as beautiful as me, I couldn’t consider anyone else but YOU who is chosen. What in the world is happening here. E? Are you, a human? The human girl chosen by His Majesty? 」
She was really shaken by that fact, huh.
「Hmm, at least, according to what people have told me. Rather, aren’t you quite a beauty yourself? Well, more importantly, don’t you think that you need to properly listen to what people are telling you?」
「Really now. I hope that you have self-awareness in that regard too.」
Reanschild agreed as well.
But then, why were you looking at me?
Your target is over there, right? O-V-E-R-T-H-E-R-E.
「A-Anyway! That’s aside! The one who’s going to enter the White Palace is me！ REMEMBER THAT! 」
「Ah, feel free to go. Here you go」(Lefiya)
「That’s impossible since it’s still under construction.」(Reanscild)
「What do you mean! ? 」
The one who became her retainer must have a hard time to cope with her. I meant…that retainer of hers had been explaining to her since a while ago regarding the situation. Look, that person’s expression had already became ghastly, tired from all the explaining they had to do.
「N-No way. THOSE BEAUTIFUL SCULPTURES OF HIS MAJESTY! ? 」
I can heaar you~.
Though I really didn’t know if you could call those sculptures as beautiful. And by that I mean that I didn’t see anything that came remotely close to beauty in those sculptures at all.
After all, what I saw and know of were some disgusting sculptures, that I’ve long since destroyed. Could it be…she was referring to those White Machos sculptures? Well, I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I couldn’t understand what she sees at all.
「Is that, something with that Demonic-like thing? 」
「It’s only one part.」
Yup, only one extreme part between the legs.
I’m sorry. I destroyed all of those White Machos.
Knowing that someone liked those White Machos, I gave a silent apology to her. Especially since she is starting to look like she was about to cry for no reason.
If you want to curse at someone, please save your curse for Adolphus.
He was the culprit after all.
Just when I was wondering about what to do now, my finger touched the golden pendant in my pocket.
For some reason I could feel a whole load of emotion coming from it, but I couldn’t do anything for now, I had to find it’s owner first.
Ah right. Reanschild might know something about this pendant.
「Hey, I just foun-……..」
「AH, MAORI-SAMA! ? 」
Just when I was about to ask Reanschild, Belladone suddenly raised her face and rushed to a certain direction.
But I couldn’t be bothered with her move at all. All that was filling my mind was what I heard just now. Whose name did she call out just now? I couldn’t believe it.
Thus, I turned around, and there I saw Maou-sama walking in our direction. Alongside him (Full Armor Form) was a frolicking Belladone, like a puppy finding her owner.
Maou-sama’s body twitched, he stopped moving as soon as I uttered that name.
While I believe that it was just my imagination, I felt that his eyes, that were supposed to be covered with armor, met mine.