Maseki Gurume – Vol 1 Chapter 7 Part 4

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Here’s the chapter, enjoy~



Part 4

 

The journey to the royal capital was full of shocks for Krone. It was the first time for her to ride a vehicle that ran as fast as a water train, and she saw many towns along the way.

The best part was the scenery as they approached the royal capital. The people’s activities reached Krone’s eyes as the lights of the night. It was as if she had turned a jewelry box upside down, and she saw a landscape that was truly a world apart from the royal capital of Heim.

She saw the reason why Graff had spoken so nervously about Ishtalika in the past.

…And now that they had arrived at the castle, Krone was amazed at the sight of it.

“Hmm, Katima-san? Why are you here?”

“The part-nya! I’ve been waiting for you for a long time!”

Near her, Ain was having a conversation with Katima. She was so surprised that she didn’t pay attention to Katima, the Caith Sith.

“I have bought it already. I think it’s in the other carriage, so you can take it for yourself.”

“What-nya? I can’t stay here any longer then-nya… Thank you, Ain-nya!”

After watching Katima run off, Ain approached Krone with a wry smile on his face. He then called out to her, who looked like she was in a daze.

“Krone, what’s wrong?”

“I-I’m sorry. I was just surprised at how amazing the castle was.”

She answered Ain with a panicked look, closed her eyes, and repeated breathing.

“Your Royal Highness, the Crown Prince. Krone was surprised by many things on the way to the royal capital. And to top it all off, this castle seems to have thrown her out of her normal state of mind.”

“Haha… I was the same when the first time I went to this castle, so I know how she feels.”

Ain returned Graff’s words with a bitter smile.

When the three of them are talking like this, Warren approaches with a smile on his face.

“…By the way, Warren-dono.”

Graff coughed.

“I’m sorry, but I was wondering if you could recommend a place where I could exchange my jewels for cash and a place to stay?”

“If that’s the case, don’t worry; we have rooms at the castle for you.”

Oh, so that’s it. Ain was convinced, while Graff and Krone were surprised. Of course. They had never imagined that they would be staying in the castle, not even for a moment.

“Warren-dono! That is as expected, I…”

“Y-yes… Even though we have been given such special consideration, we should not have our own rooms prepared…”

Warren smiled and replied to the two who were in a hurry to refuse.

“This was Olivia-sama’s suggestion. If you insist, I will tell her so.”

It is not possible for a guest to disregard the consideration of a princess…

Krone looked at Ain with a troubled look. And then Ain said it’s okay without saying it aloud.

“…Grandfather. Let us be grateful to Her Highness the Second Princess for her kindness.”

This had to be the best answer. Krone decided to thank Olivia. Warren nodded his head in satisfaction and urged everyone to come in.

“Come on in, please. Olivia-sama would like you both to join her for dinner.”

Hearing those words, both Graff and Krone’s expressions changed. It wasn’t because they were in a bad mood, but because they were nervous about having dinner with the princess.

(…I’m starting to feel sorry for them.)

 

Muttering inwardly, Ain walked with the two surprised people to the place where Olivia was waiting.

They walked up several stairs and down a long hallway. They went to one of the castle’s dining rooms, where Martha was standing at the entrance.

“Welcome back, Ain-sama.”

Now that they were here, Warren quietly excused himself.

“I assume that these are Graff-sama and Krone-sama, correct?”

“Yes, as Martha predicted ─ and is mother inside?”

“Yes, as you guessed. Now, she’s been waiting for you. Please come in.”

When Martha opened the door to the room, as Ain guessed, Olivia was waiting for him inside.

“──Welcome back. Ain.”

There was a slightly large table with several chairs lined up. At one of the seats, Olivia was sitting elegantly, as usual.

“I’m back. So this is what you meant when you said the night would be lively.”

“Fufu…. are you surprised?”

Krone saw Olivia’s soft smile, the same one she had seen at Augusto’s mansion. She feels relieved when she sees her expression, and before she knows it, her nervousness begins to ease.

“Martha, please have the two of them take their seats.”

Even so, the two of them still look nervous. As Martha led them to their seats, Graff opened his mouth as if he had made up his mind.

“Your Highness the Second Princess ─ I’ve been thinking of several things to say. But first and foremost, let me apologize.”

He wanted to apologize for what had happened in Heim. But…

“Graff-sama, that’s not necessary. I’m happy in Ishtalika now.”

“B-but…! Heim’s misdeeds have not gone away, and nor has about the party at my mansion…!”

“U…unn… Hey, Ain. What should I do?”

“I think it would make Graff-dono feel less anxious if you accepted his apology and called him dono instead of sama.”

This should be the most peaceful way. Ain advised Olivia.

“Your Highness, the Second Princess. Thank you for answering my impudent request──.”

Krone then gracefully performed courtesy and greeted Olivia with a tense look on her face.

“Yes, Krone-sama ─ oh, maybe I shouldn’t use sama, can I use san instead…?”

She then smiled at Ain and thanked him. Olivia’s smile was so beautiful that Ain felt he had to have it all to himself.

“But I also feel a bit sad to be called a princess, so please talk to me like you used to.”

“You mean like I did when you were in Heim…?”

Olivia nodded. However, there is a vassal here called Martha. Is that attitude acceptable in front of a vassal? Said Krone.

“…Krone-sama. I’ve been working on this for a long time. So, we as vassals will be happy if you treat Olivia-sama as she desires.”

In other words, she wants her to do as Olivia says. Is this really okay? Krone suddenly looked at Ain.

“Of course, I would be happy if you do that, too.”

“I understand. But I’m going to change the way I talk to you depending on the situation. Is that alright?”

Rather than giving up, she agreed with what Ain and Olivia had said. That’s more like it. The country of Ishtalika was a great place, but they wanted to be treated in the same manner as before.

“Yes. Thank you.”

Ain gave her his usual carefree expression. It was the same warmth she had felt when they first met.

“Even so… Krone-san has grown even more beautiful than before.”

“N-no, not at all.”

“When you were in Heim, there were many people who wanted to make a connection, weren’t there?”

Krone, who tilted her head as if troubled, replied with a stutter.

“…In fact, there were a good number of offers that came in. But I always threw away the letters I received without reading them, so I didn’t even know who they were from…”

Right, grandfather? Krone turned to Graff.

“Umu. The only thing that was a bit of a hassle, or rather a bit of a problem, was the third prince’s proposal of marriage.”

“Well. A formal proposal?”

The prince proposed to Krone. Olivia, who was sitting next to Ain, was also interested in the topic.

“It was informal, but it can always turn out to be formal when the prince says it.”

“So you must have had a hard time coming to Ishtalika?”

Graff replied.

The alibi is that he left Heim to go into retirement and recuperation and that Krone accompanied him. After that, they mixed up the information and made sure that no one knew that they had gone to Euro.

“As expected from the head of the prestigious Augusto family.”

Olivia praised Graf ─ and then Martha called out.

“Please excuse me. May I bring the food?”

“Yes, please.”

Then Ain exchanged a glance with Olivia and suddenly stood up.

“Graff-dono. Here in Ishtalika, we have different ingredients than in Heim. Can you tell me if there are any foods that the two of you don’t like over there?”

“W… wait, Ain! I have no particular problem about the food…!”

“U-umu. I don’t have any particular problem with it either…”

It’s a bit sudden. This is not the kind of thing to ask before a dinner. Krone was puzzled, and Graff replied with a look of disbelief.

“Graff-dono. My first meal in Ishtalika was not to my liking. I don’t want Krone to feel that she didn’t like her first meal in Ishtalika. Can you assist me, please?”

The words were a bit forceful, but Graff sensed an intention.

“…If that’s the case, I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to resist.”

He was in on the act. He didn’t know what Ain’s intentions were for dragging him along. Nevertheless, he felt something strong in Ain’s eyes.

“Mother. I’ll leave you two alone for a while.”

“Yes, have a good day.”

When Ain left his seat, Graff followed him. The two of them left the room without saying a word, leaving Olivia and Krone behind.

 

“──So, Krone-san. For a reason, I asked Ain to leave the room.”

“…There is something you want to ask me. Is that right?”

Krone is very clever. She stared at Olivia, knowing that if she was the only one left, there must be something she wanted to ask. Olivia took a sip of the tea on the table and also looked straight at Krone.

“What do you want to do from now on?”

The question asked directly with a serious expression pierced intensely into her heart.

“It’s just you and me here, Krone-san. There’s no need to hide anything from me, okay?”

Olivia wanted her to answer without hiding her true feelings. Olivia put her thoughts into words.

“If I’m being honest, I’m not sure I should be saying this right now.”

Olivia is not asking what she wants to do in Ishtalika. It must be about what she wants to do with Ain. However, perhaps because of their status and other issues, she can’t easily talk about her secret feelings.

“Fufu… then, are you planning to spend the rest of your life in Ishtalika?”

Is this a helping hand? Krone thought when Olivia changed the question and asked her.

“I have been ready for that since I left Augusto’s mansion.”

She could answer without hesitation and without stammering. She didn’t mind being called a heartless person who abandoned her country because she felt that way about it.

Now, she wondered how this answer would be received by… Her heart was aching deep in her chest.

“I see! Then there’s nothing wrong with that!”

Olivia clasped her hands in front of her ample chest and smiled innocently. Looking at her, Krone was taken aback. She was so confused that she seemed to be out of sync.

“U-um… Olivia-sama?”

“──You should go to the school next spring, too, Krone-san. It’s a different place from the one Ain is in, but it’s a girls’ school where my mother… the queen, is the director.”

“I… I’m sorry, Olivia-sama. I mean, why did you suddenly mention a school…?”

She asked Olivia with a puzzled look. Then…

“We, the royal family, will prepare a place where you can polish a jewel like you, Krone-san.”

Olivia does not specify her intentions. But even so, her intentions were clear to Krone.

“If you become the best jewel anyone could ever dream of, everyone will nod their heads without saying a word.”

What do you think, Krone-san? Olivia continued.

It was not difficult to guess her intentions. Olivia said that she would support her and Ain’s relationship. She said that if she continued to make an effort, her wish would surely come true. That’s what Olivia meant.

“How about it? Would you like me to help you improve yourself?”

Oh, maybe… she is the real goddess. Olivia’s words captivated Krone. It is possible for Krone to stand next to Ain. For that reason, she got the opportunity to make an effort.

“…Olivia-sama.”

Suu… hah. Krone took a big deep breath and repeated it.

After a few repetitions, she turned her attention to the Star Crystal on her left arm. Finally, she returned her gaze to Olivia and nodded deeply and firmly.

 

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