Chapter 101: Takahisa’s Feelings
The evening party is interrupted after the attack of the burglars.
Since the burglars who’re the culprits of this incident has all died due to a spell, they can’t gain the information regarding the mastermind or the motive for doing this.
But, it was almost certain that someone has brought along those burglars to enter the castle.
Maybe there was a betrayer amongst their own countrymen, or maybe it’s a deed of someone who belongs to another country.
At any rate, Galwark kingdom are desperately trying to get rid of the mud that was plastered on their own face.
But, seeing that there’s so many people of various countries which was invited in the castle, it’ll also come along with the doubt of what kind of influence behind the culprit when a suspicion is formed.
They can do nothing but to raise their vigilance to maximum inside the castle when it comes to something that can be done by Galwark kingdom.
The soldiers are deployed in semi-battle situation inside the castle, being wary of the intruders from outside aside, they’re also making sure that none of the people inside the castle make a suspicious movement.
The guests need a given permit just to leave the castle, it comes to the point that even the people who’s working in the castle will be questioned by the soldiers about their identity if they left without a clear reason.
The sound of a sigh which looks like letting out of the owner’s tired spirit is resounding inside the splendid room of the castle which is currently in high alert.
Rio―― The one who let out that sigh is currently sitting on top of a georgeous bed.
Due to the great contribution in repelling the burglars, it’s been decided that Rio won’t be back to the mansion of duke Kretia and instead will be staying in the castle.
They’re preparing a spacious room to the point that they can’t even consider it as a single room, it’s comfortable and have a environment where one can spend their time inside without any kind of discomfort but, Rio just can’t feel relaxed.
（Don’t tell me they’re going to go as far as giving me helpers）
Rio’s sending a fleeting glance at the wall.
There was two court ladies awaiting over there.
Both are young, and beautiful.
The helper of the guests are the jobs of the head servant and not just job of maid servant and they’ll help him as his assistant.
They might be daughters of nobles who was working in the castle as an apprentice.
（…………… The schedule is going out of order）
Rio’s muttering those words inside his heart while looking at the ceiling of his room.
There might be a great number of soldiers patrolling outside of the doors, and two unfamiliar girls inside the room, he won’t even be able to sneak out of the room secretly in this kind of situation.
Though there’s some restriction, the guests are allowed to stroll inside the castle but, if Rio were going to stroll inside the castle, undoubtedly the two girls will be following along with him.
In case of him coming to meet Satsuki, he have no choice but to come straight from the front.
Nevertheless, the current him have no official reason to go to Satsuki’s room.
（It’s not like they’re suspcting me but, what the hell is with this kind of treatment）
No matter how much of a benefactor he is to them, in his current situation if it’s seen from the country’s point of view there’s no way they’ll leave alone someone who have no clear lineage to stroll alone.
Maybe the helpers are also given a duty as the observers so he won’t make a suspicious movement.
Though it doesn’t seem that they’re in the same room when Rio’s sleeping, since he have no complete grasp of the surveillance system, it’s better for him to refrain himself from becoming a suspect by making suspicious movements from when he sleeps and so on.
Since there’s a possibility of him getting involved with the case of the burglars with just that much if he’s making a suspicious movement during this highly alert situation.
But, on the other hand, it’s also the fact that he must hurry in this case.
Satsuki became the hero of Galwark kingdom, Takahisa became the hero of Saint Stellar kingdom.
If Takahisa is going back to Saint Stellar, no one will know whether there’ll be another chance in their life for all of them to gather together.
Though it’s currently not a fixed matter yet due to the tomorrow evening party, at any rate Takahisa’s days of staying in Galwark kingdom will be limited.
They have to do so many things during that time.
（Calm down. Let’s arrange the situation for now）
He needs to calm himself for the sake of the future course of his action afterward.
The first problem is how far Satsuki have conveyed this matter to Takahisa.
（As long as I’m looking at the situation when I met him last night, he already knows that Miharu and co is under my protection…………..）
He recalled that Satsuki and Takahisa’s conversation is profound with meaning before being introduced at each other with Rio.
At that time, Takahisa asked something while pointing at Rio. And then Satsuki’s nodding at him.
Rio’s expecting that Takahisa already knows that Miharu and co is under his protection from that conversation.
But, there’s not that much time passed since Satsuki and Takahisa’s taking a different action till the attack of the burglars.
He’s wondering how much information they exchanged during those moments.
There’s too many uncertain factors which made him feel uneasy to advance forward inside.
But, it doesn’t mean that the situation will be changed to a better one by rushing forward.
Though Rio’s situation is practically moving to a completely different direction thanks to the attack of the burglars, an irregularity is part of human life.
In the end a human is just a human, because there’s no way they can predict everything that will happen in this world.
（I’ll at least do what I can do. Perhaps Satsuki-san will also do something. I have no choice but to wait obediently in this room）
The matter of making an excuse to meet Satsuki from Rio’s side aside, it won’t be so hard to make an excuse for Satsuki to meet Rio if she’s using her position as a hero.
Maybe the one who should make the first move is from Satsuki’s side to meet Rio, and from then there’s a chance to meet Takahisa.
There’s too much risk involved for him to make a strange action when he’s still unclear with his current situation.
While thinking about that matter, Rio decided to have a change of pace.
He wanted to give a rest to his body by lying down on the bed but, Rio’s nerve isn’t so bold to the point that he can feel relaxed with two unfamiliar girls in his room.
Suddenly he noticed that their line of sight is alightned to him.
They were looking curiously at him who’s looking at the ceiling with a listless expression.
Rio’s looking toward the girl.
「Was there something on my face？」
So he asked.
Those court lady suddenly making a surprised face and then,
「N-No―― I-It’s nothing. Please forgive our discourtesy」
Saying those words while shaking their blushed face.
「So that it……」
Their conversation ended there.
Their conversation isn’t going on.
Rather than that, he also feels uncomfortable due to it.
（Should I talk about something with them？ Though when you say so…………）
The matter regarding to starting a conversation to a guest from their side is a breach of manner but, it’s different matter if Rio is the one who’s talking to them first.
But, Rio was at a loss since he didn’t know what kind of topic he should talk about in this kind of situation since he has no similar experience in entertaining court ladies.
Even so, though the other party are court ladies, they might be daughters of nobles as well.
On the contrary, Rio is a mere commoner.
The people of higher social position is serving the people of lower social position.
That’s an extremely contradiction situation.
And then, when Rio is worrying about such a strange and uncomfortable situation, a knocking sound was resounding inside of the room.
「May I enter, Haruto-sama？ 」
The voice of a man can be heard from the other side of the door.
「Yes. Please wait a minute」
Rio’s getting up from his chair while answering him.
「I’ll open the door. Please just wait there, Haruto-sama」
For the sake of avoiding the situation where they’re mistaking their priorities, the court lady is stopping Rio at his place while heading toward the door with a slightly faster pace.
When the door is opened, standing on the other side of the door is a white knight.
He can see the figure of the palace guards who’s patrolling around on his background too.
「May I ask your business today？」
The court lady asked the knight.
「Ha. Takahisa Sendou-sama, The hero of Saint Stellar kingdom, wishes to meet Haruto-sama. Do you want me to accompany you to meet him？」
The knight asked him that with a well voiced tone while doing a quick salute’ at him.
「Takahisa-dono, is it？」
Rio was asked that from inside the room.
「Yes. He said 『I want to chat with him』」
He can’t help but to remember one reason if Takahisa is calling at him with such timing.
But regarding how far Takahisa understands the situation, it might be around the same level as Satsuki.
That kind of question is surfacing in Rio’s head but,
「Certainly. Please guide me there」
Nodding, Rio decided to come to where Takahisa is.
Rio has come all the way till in front of the room in which Takahisa is lodging in while taking along one of the court ladies and leaving the other one in his room.
There’s two girls who wore knight attire standing in front of the door of his room.
Their age is maybe around Rio age.
One of them have petite height, while the other one is slightly higher than the average woman.
The petite girl is looking at Rio and then,
「AAH, YOU’RE THE STRONG PERSON FROM LAST NIGHT！」
Said those words with a slightly idiotic-like tone.
The petite girl called Alice is promptly apologizing when she’s being scolded.
The girl called Kiara was glaring at Alice while a sweet smile is forming on her lips.
It’s meaning is「The one to whom you should apologizing to isn’t me right？」.
「M-My deepest apologies！」
Alice is bowing repeatedly to Rio.
「My colleague showing such discourtesy. My deepest apology for such action」
Kiara also apologizing after Alice.
「It’s nothing since I don’t really mind about it」
Rio’s shaking his head in denial without showing an expression of particularly minding about such things.
「You’re Haruto-sama right. Takahisa-sama and your highness princess Lilyana have been waiting for you. Please wait a minute」
After saying so, Kiara knocked on the door.
（Your highness princess Lilyana is also in there？）
Rio just slightly confused since there’s an unexpected person involved.
「Haruto-sama has arrived」
The voice of a man is resounding from inside the room.
「Permission has been granted. Please follow the way」
Kiara pressed him to enter the room after opening the door.
「Well then, I’ll be waiting in there」
The court lady who followed Rio said those words.
As expected, it seems he can’t be careless since it goes as far as there’s royalty of a foreign country in the room.
「Certainly. Well then, I’ll see you later」
Rio’s turning around and then went toward the room where Takahisa’s waiting.
Saying so, Rio enters the room.
The room is made like design of the room of classic hotels, the inside isn’t that much different with the room where Rio’s staying at.
But, he can feel that Takahisa room is more spacious.
From the fact that there’s severals beds inside, it might be a room made for the stay of a large number of people.
Wooden table was extabilished in the middle of the room.
In that place, Takahisa was sitting along with Lilyana.
The girl who wore knight attire and a girl who was seemingly a maid who wore an apron dress is right by their side.
「I’m happy that you came. Thank you very much」
Takahisa who sat on the chair is standing up immediately.
Lilyana following so while smiling a sweet smile toward Rio.
「It’s nothing, I got too much free time than what I expect」
Rio’s replying with a similiarly bright smile.
But, he still held suspicion inside,
（What the hell are they going to do？）
He thinks about such things while squinting his eyes.
There’s four people waiting inside the room, including Takahisa.
He didn’t see Satsuki’s figure.
If it’s for the talk regarding the matter of Miharu and co, he can’t understand the reason for the addition of three people aside from Takahisa.
「Please take your seat」
Takahisa recommended the seat in front of him.
Though he’s slightly perplexed by this kind of situation,
Rio decided to play along as he noded lightly.
Kiara’s pulls Rio chair.
「Thank you very much」
Rio’s telling his gratitude to Kiara and then sat on his chair.
Kiara left the room after bowing once to them.
When everyone is already sitting on their chair, the maid is starting the preparaiton to make tea.
「Thank you very much for your help last night, Haruto-sama. I’m safe thanks to your action」
Lilyana told her gratitude while showing a pure and innocent smile.
「Please let me say my gratitude too. Thank you for protecting Lily」
Takahisa also bowed his head deeply as he said his gratitude.
He can feel their sincere gratitude.
「It’s nothing, I just repulsed the burglars who were coming at me. The matter which ended without any danger approaching your highness Lilyana is thanks to the knights of this country and your own attendant」
Rio’s slightly shaking his head in denial.
He’s wondering whether he’s being summoned for them to say their gratitude for the matter last night.
In that case he can understand the reason why Lilyana and the others are also sitting along in this room.
「No, I might have been attacked if Haruto-sama was not there. That’s why, please be proud of what you did」
Lilyana’s saying that while showing a carefree smile at him.
「Your words are more than what I deserve」
Rio told her that with a strained smile on his face.
「You’re such a modest person aren’t you」
「No, that’s just how I am」
Rio’s shaking his head slowly.
「Senpai will……………. Satsuki-san will be here soon. We’ll have a conversation after that」
Right after Takahisa said those words, the sound of the door being knocked is resounding inside of the room.
「I’ve brought Satsuki-sama」
「It seems she has already arrived. Please enter」
After Takahisa said so, the maid openend the door immediately.
Thereupon, Satsuki made her appearance.
Satsuki’s slightly perplexed at the sight of the three people who were sitting inside of the room.
「…………. Hello. and good evening」
She’s staring in amazement as she entered the room while nodding lightly at them.
Lilyana replied to that with a blooming smile.
「Good evening. Sorry for the sudden call, senpai. Please sit on your chair」
Takahisa’s offering a seat to Satsuki.
「Thank you. Excuse me then」
As she nodded, Satsuki timidly sat on the vacant seat next to Rio.
Kiara’s coming along to help her by pulling the chair for her and then left the room again.
「Fril, please leave the room along with Hilda when you done with making the tea. Takahisa-sama wants to have an important conversation with the two of them」
And so, Lilyana gave an order to clear the room.
「Certainly. Your highness」
The girl called Fril gave a solemn reply.
Though the female knight called Hilda seems slightly dissatisfied, she just silently standing on the back without voicing any objection.
When she finished making the tea one minute later, Fril and Hilda left the room while leaving just the four of Lilyana, Takahisa, Satsuki and Rio.
Silence descended in the room for few seconds.
A while later.
「I don’t call anyone but the two of you. Uhm………… It’s about the three people from now on」
Takahisa was breaking the ice by telling them those with apologetic expression.
「Three people from now on？」
Satsuki recited his words with puzzled expression.
「…………. It’s the three who’s under him, Haruto-san’s, protection」
So that there’s no room for misunderstanding, Takahisa declared that while looking at Rio.
「W-Wait a minute. ………… You told that matter？ To the princess」
Satsuki’s reacting as if being confused.
Lilyana was someone who belongs to the royalty of Saint Stellar kingdom.
In short, when that matter known by her, it held the meaning that it’s also known by Saint Stellar kingdom which is standing behind her.
When Rio and Satsuki’s exchanging line of sight, Lilyana’s showing a slightly troubled smile.
When Lilyana was about to say something at that time,
Takahisa’s bowing his head to apologize to them till his head almost touched the desk.
「Though I felt worried when I heard about it from senpai. I also didn’t wish to treat them like bargaining chips of politics」
Takahisa telling him that with a tone as if crushed by guilt.
「In that case…………….. Why？ In the case of telling that to the princess, you should at least consult about it beforehand and yet…………」
Satsuki muttering those words with slightly grimacing face.
「My deepest apologies. I’m asked for unreasonable things. I’m really anxious when looking at Takahisa-sama who became exhausted after the evening party」
Lilyana replied with a apologetic voice instead of Takahisa.
「You’re not the wrong one, Lily！ It’s mine！」
Takahisa’s covering for Lilyana while standing as if his hand hitting on the desk.
When the atmosphere of the place become slightly heated up,
「Please calm down」
Rio calmly said that.
The line of sight of the three people inside the room is gathering to Rio.
「It can’t be helped that you’re telling her about it. But, why did you tell her about that and, what do you want to do, won’t you let me to hear your explanation about the reason in order, Takahisa-dono？ 」
Rio’s saying that while his line of sight is staying unmoving from Lilyana.
「Your highness princess Lilyana. What was the reason that you think why Takahisa-dono suddenly became exhausted after the evening party has ended？ 」
After he heard Lilyana’s story, he thinks that maybe the reason for Takahisa exhaustion is related to him telling Lilyana about Miharu and co.
Rio wanted to know about that.
Takahisa is at a loss of words while showing the expression as if he’s swallowing a bitter bug.
「I could say that it can’t be helped that he’s being worried. When he just arrived in this world, Takahisa-sama is in a extremely depressed mood as he’s extremely worried about the safety of his friends and family. They’re the most important people to him in his world. After that, he’s fallen into despair when he found out the fact that there’s no way to go back to his world. His mood became extremely bright lately when he heard that they also came to this world」
Lilyana’s telling about Takahisa’s situation since she’s unable to just watch him in that kind of dilemma.
「In the first place, we’re attending this evening party because Takahisa-sama gained the information about his friend, Satsuki-sama, who became the hero of Galwark kingdom. He’s then moving separately with Satsuki-sama, after the attack of the burglars, Takahisa-sama’s complexion suddenly paled, so I asked whether he actually got the information about his acquaintances」
「…………. I see」
Rio’s nodding as if giving his consent.
The story is more or less following the logic, there wasn’t any place where he can’t understand.
The heartfelt pain when ones being separated from their beloved people such as family, lover, or friends is something that he can easily understand.
When Haruto’s parents divorced, when his beloved childhood friend suddenly disappeared, when Rio’s mother was murdered, when he was reincarnated in this world and then regained his memory――.
Because both Haruto and Rio already tasted that kind of feeling for at least four times.
Their individual personalities does exist, since the pained feeling as if his own heart was being plucked out from its place isn’t something that can be so easily restored back.
That pain will become even more painful for the one the more important the other party is to them.
「In short Takahisa-dono used to think that Miharu-san and the others are on earth. But, he thought that maybe Miharu-san and the others are actually came to this world too from the latest information that he got from Satsuki-sama. And then, he told your highness princess Lilyana about that fact」
Naturally his mental state will be unstable and he’ll feel anxious when he knows that the people who’s coming along with him suddenly disappeared and he just came alone in another world.
Because Satsuki was also like that.
Surely there will be strong lingering attachment to the real world.
And then, Rio thought that strong attachment might be the existance of Miharu and the others.
「……Yes. That’s right. Since she said that she’ll give her cooperation to me……………」
Takahisa replied with a expression of a mix between agony and confusion.
It’s been more than three month since Takahisa and Satsuki came to this world.
They might have recovered from the mental damage bit-by-bit during those times.
But, when he received the information that Satsuki was also summoned in the neighbouring country and when he heard the information regarding Miharu and the others from Satsuki.
It definitely caused a great tremor in his mind.
（Well, I’ve expected that he’ll be shaken by that news）
That’s right, though the degree is different, he already expected beforehand that Takahisa will be receiving a great shock when he knows the information about Miharu and the others.
If there’s the point which is beyond his assumption, it was the fact that Takahisa received an even greater shock than what he expected.
He couldn’t even hide his excitement just by getting the information about Miharu and even giving a cue for Lilyana to notice his abnormal mood.
He can’t hide that secret when being asked by her, and in the end told her about it.
Those situation might be brought about due to Takahisa’s weakness.
Or, Takahisa might be able to show those weaknesses since he trusts Lilyana.
But, Takahisa is still a freshmen of highschool.
While being naturally clever for a mere 15 or 16 years old boy, that feeling might be too much for him to be able to hold it back.
（Was I too optimistic about him. His own safety doesn’t always mean safe for the other people. ………….. No, seeing that princess Lilyana is always by his side, it’s only a matter of time till he’ll tell her about it）
Rio’s sighing lightly to that conclusion.
Despite looking at the tea utensil that was placed on top of the desk while pondering about those matters, he suddenly feels someone line of sight from his side.
For some reason, Satsuki’s sending a pleading glance toward Rio.
This result might be okay.
Rio’s sending a gentle smile as he noticed that and then,
「May I hear what do you want to do, Takahisa-dono？」
So he asked.
It can’t be helped when he sees that Takahisa is also aware of his own fault.
Rio decided to confirm Takahisa’s intention for now for the sake of meaningful conversation.
「…………. I want to protect those three. I want to protect everyone with my own hand. So that……………… I won’t feel a regret……………….」
Takahisa said that while tightly grasping his fist.
This answer is pretty much still within his calculation.
「I see. Well then, if, for example, those three’s feeling anxious with daily live in the castle, if their reply is “I’m scared”, what are you going to do？ 」
Rio’s tone when he asked that question is completely indifferent.
Takahisa’s slightly startled.
「That will never happen. I definitely will persuade them」
Takahisa’s tone regained a bit of it’s strength.
Aki and Masato are his own sibling.
There’s no reason for a stranger to complain about that.
「Can you really persuade them that their life in the castle will be completely safe？」
「It’ll be alright if it’s Lily！ I can trust her. Though she’s a royalty, she’s someone who can understand me. She said that she’ll give her cooperation so that those three won’t become a political tool」
「Is there any basis in which you can guarantee those words？」
「She’s a royalty. I’m also a hero. If we’re cooperating, there won’t be any domestic noble who can interfere！ 」
Takahisa’s words of objection become passionate bit by bit after being shaken by Rio’s words.
Though he’s very confident with his answer, it’s lacking credibility.
「It seems that you, for one or another reason, is really trusting your highness princess Lilyana, aren’t you. But, me and Satsuki-sama almost know nothing about your highness. Including what kind of standing that both of you have in Saint Stellar kingdom」
In short, that’s Rio indirect expression of saying 「I can’t trust you」.
He didn’t say it straight out though since it might become lese majeste toward Lilyana if he spoke it frankly.
「……………. That is……………………」
Somehow Takahisa is at a loss for words as he guessed the meaning behind Rio’s words.
But, when he’s showing an expression as if he ate a bitter bug,
「As long as we can meet……… Everyone will understand as long as I tell them」
Soon, Takahisa said that while looking fixedly at Rio.
Rio’s sighing lightly and,
「What do you think we should do, Satsuki-sama？」
Then asked Satsuki who sat beside him with a pensive look on her face.
「The die has been cast seeing that it is already known by the princess. He is already showing his determination too. In that case, I think what was left is…………… Depending on the decision of Miharu-chan and the others」
Maybe because of a light headache, Satsuki’s replying while pressing her left hand on her forehead.
Having met with Takahisa, the older brother of Aki and Masato, she might have no authority upon them who’s not even her blood relative.
So Satsuki gave that answer after such trouble.
「The problem is what kind of method we have to use to set the meeting」
Rio said that while shrugging his shoulder.
「”What kind” you sa~…………….. Ah that’s right, that’s also the problem right 」
Though Satsuki almost saying 「The same one that you’re using last night」 by reflex, she shut her lips before it cause any further trouble.
As expected, she couldn’t just say that she slipped out of the castle last night in front of Lilyana.
There’s no way they’ll slip out of the castle by taking along the royalty of another country.
Moreover, the defense of the castle tonight is even more strict to the point of it can’t be compared from before.
They’ll increase the amount of light, and increasing their vigilance on the sky.
Even if they’re receiving the help from Rio, only now she’ll be opposing even if it’s a secret meeting.
「When will the two of you returning to your country？」
Rio asked that question to Lilyana and Takahisa.
「Though regretful, unfortunately we can’t stay for too long. Though we can prolonging our stay if there’s a valid reason to it, we’re going to return to our country when the evening party has ended」
Lilyana’s replying to him.
「I see. In that case, it’ll be difficult for us to meet again right」
Rio sighed lightly as he said those words.
「Uhm, where’s everyone right now？」
Takahisa suddenly asking to him.
「They’re currently lodging in a certain inn in this capital」
「Inn you say……….. Is it really safe？」
Wrinkles appearing on Takahisa forehead.
「Their inn is a high class one where wealthy people staying in. There’s soldiers stationed in its vicinity and the soldiers are always patrolling around its vicinity. No idiot will cause any kind of problem in this kind of place」
Rio replied with a cool tone.
（Moreover, a powerful bodyguard is also going along with them…………）
He recalling a strong sense of security thinking about Celia and Aisia who’s accompanying Miharu and the others.
But, he wants to hide the information about Celia and Aisia for now.
Since Celia’s currently traveling incognito.
「If that’s the case, how about you call them to come to the castle？」
Lilyana suddenly proposed that.
Rio and Satsuki’s eyes is opened wide in amazement.
「To the castle…………. Is it」
Rio’s showed a bitter expression.
If they ended up being summoned to the castle, its the same meaning as an open declaration that Miharu and the others have some relationship with the hero.
But, seeing that clandestine meeting is being sealed, it’s also true that they’ve no other way for Miharu and the others to meet Takahisa except going from the front door.
There might be room for consideration if Miharu and the other is wishing for it.
Though he is personally opposing to that idea, he abandoned such idea.
「We just got attacked by the burglar awhile ago you know？ There’s a possibilities of a second attempt but………………..」
Satsuki’s mentioning that despite being anxious herself.
「There’s no way the burglars will try to do the same thing again tonight」
Lilyana replied that with a plain tone.
「Why do you think so？」
Satsuki’s asking that question to her.
「Assembling the master of that field, polishing the plan, poking into the gap of defense and yet they still failed. The people who can perform such task without leaving conspicuous trace. At least they won’t even think about performing a second attack so soon right. Galwark kingdom is also increasing their vigilance」
Lilyana stated her own idea.
Rio also have the same idea as her.
Commencing a raid when the other party is being vigilant is just a plain poor tactic.
Because surprise attack become a surprise attack due to the opponent carelessness.
In the first place he doesn’t think that they’ll be preparing substitute members for a second attempt to such a important plan in which they must infiltrate the castle to kill the royalties.
「I see. That’s true…………….」
Satsuki nodded in agreement.
「But, the mastermind is currently still hiding inside the castle, so the danger has yet to pass. Was what you think around this point right？ 」
Rio’s asking Lilyana.
「I can understand your worry. First, let me to say, I, the first princess of Saint Stellar kingdom, Lilyana, swear upon my own name that I’ll protect those three」
Lilyana replied to him with a serious expression on her face.
「Then may I hear in detail about how far that protection will be？」
「We only brought along the people that we can put a full trust on that person from our country. There’s also several excellent guard knights amongst them. But, if we brought them inside the room, we can greatly decrease the chance of outsider participating in it」
From the fact that Takahisa and Lilyana is using their own way of being vigilant which is different from the Galwark kingdom when staying inside this room, it certainly will guarantee that there won’t be any outside in this place.
You might say that they need to take several safety measures since the betrayer is still in the castle.
When Rio’s frowning as if hestitating,
「…………. I personally didn’t mind about it. But, I think that we might need to make a confirmation from Miharu-san and the others whether they want to come to the castle or not」
So she said.
「I see. How about you, Satsuki-sama」
「I……………. Also don’t mind for it」
「That was what you think right？」
Lilyana asked that question.
「It makes me feel anxious if they’re then being forced to live in a strange castle. In addition, there’ll be interference from outside too. Since you need to report to the lord of the castle, the king, in case you want to bring them in」
But, maybe because that objection was expected.
「It’s as you say, we can’t avoid to make a report to your majesty seeing that we’re the ones who’s being invited. Moreover, if your majesty says that they want to meet those three, there’s no mean for me, who’s just a mere princess, to stop him. But, it’s the same case if that request is coming from our side. Because there’ll be bodyguards attached if we, a foreign guest or Satsuki-sama, the hero of this country is strolling outside. Seeing that we can’t even doing a secret meeting in this current situation, we can’t avoid to explain the circumstances to your majesty」
Lilyana replied almost without pausing.
They can’t make a simple reason such as the hero is strolling together.
It seems they have no choice but have to be frank about Miharu and co if they want to do this. そ
In case the information about Miharu and the others are known to the public, they might have to reconsider which safer between outsider and insider nobilities and royalties.
「That’s right but…………………」
As for Satsuki, to somehow not disclose that information to the country, she has no feasible method to meet without being found out.
Which means that they’re at their wit’s end since Takahisa will be back to Saint Stellar country right after the end of the evening party.
They’re pressed in times and don’t have that much freedom to make their move.
「May I ask Haruto-sama whether the sibling[Little brother and little sister] of Takahisa-sama is amongst the 3 that under your protection. Will you kindly give a favor to Takahisa-sama who want to meet with his family? 」
Lilyana made a sincere plea.
「That’s just natural. Because we’re being worried about their safety」
Satsuki also replying immediately, Rio also nodding by her side.
「I agree with your opinion to inviting them to the royal castle. But, in return I want you to make a vow, how about it？ For example, even if they’re wishing to go along with Takahisa-kun, I want you to make sure that they won’t become political tools against their own will」
Satsuki said that with a sullen face.
「It’s the same with me. I want you to respect their own will no matter what they’re going to choose. That’s the condition for inviting Miharu-san and the others to royal castle」
Rio also presented his condition.
Though it’s an extremely disrespected act for doing something like forcing an agreement toward the royalties, nevertheless, Rio have no choice but to say it.
The current Rio have no strong relationship with Miharu and the others, though it’s clearly not his place to butt in their matter, nevertheless――
「I give my vow. I’m vowing to it. I want to meet and talk to them. I won’t let them to get themselves being dragged into political strife」
Though Takahisa made an expression as if unable to hold back any longer, he gave his vow just in the nick of time.
「I also give my vow. Because I just follow Takahisa-sama’s will」
Lilyana also saying that with a calm tone while placing her hand on her chest.
Rio’s staring into their eyes.
「……………………… Understood. I’ll confirm their will till tomorrow whether they want to come to the royal castle. Since I’ll have an audience with your majesty the king from afternoon, I’ll finish it within this morning and then report back to this room」
Rio’s scheduled to have an audience with king Francois Galwark tomorrow afternoon regarding his achievement in the surpression of the burglars.
Perhaps he’ll be given the permit to travel alone or along with someone if it’s just in the morning.
If it’s Rio, he’ll be easily given more freedom to move around than the royalties or hero.
And then he’ll be contacting Aisia as they’re getting closer to the inn by saying something like that there’s his acquintances in there.
「Thank you very much」
Takahisa and Lilyana’s telling their gratitude.
They’re showing such delighted expression while emotion and Reason inside Rio’s fighting at each other.
Rio’s heart is filled with mixed feelings.