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Published at 13th of June 2018 02:55:51 AM

Chapter 11

“Philes, get the unit to pack their stuff as we will be heading out . ”

Philes nodded while looking at me and asked: “All right, your majesty . But where are we going?”

I placed the document I was holding down, smiled at him and replied: “The south . ”

“The south?” He paused then revealed an “I see” smile . He then asked: “Are we returning to the royal capital?”

I looked at him and asked: “What’s wrong? Do you miss your family?”

“I am all right . ” He looked at me and asked me back, “Your majesty, do you not miss home?”

“Me?” I chuckled and then shifted my posture to sit on angle in my chair . I said, “This is my home . Why would I miss home? Plus, I’m not going to the royal capital even if I head south . We’re heading further south . ”

“So Castor?’

I shook my head and replied: “Technically speaking, Castor isn’t in the south, is it? If anything, it’s south-west . You don’t have to guess . I’ll tell you . I’m going to the desert . ”

“The desert?! The five nations of the desert?!” Philes looked at me utterly stunned . His throat budged…… That is the source of evil . If he didn’t have an Adam’s apple, he’d be a beautiful young girl…… He continued with hesitation, “Your majesty, the desert is not a fun place to be in…… Contrarily, it is extremely dangerous there . Not only is it a massive area of sand and heat, the scariest part is the sandstorms and bandits that pop up out of nowhere in there . They do everything from murder to robbery and more…… That place is basically an uncivilized place……”

I cut him off with frustration: “If I can’t go to dangerous places, what would be the point of having you guys? Aren’t you supposed to protect me? So go and prepare weapons and ammunition . Also, I think that your rifles will be useless after a couple of shots so make swords your main weapon . How is the new instructor? How does she compare to Nier?”

He hesitated for a moment and then revealed an awkward smile . He said: “She is a bit gentler than Instructor Nier… I would say… very gentle… and very kind……”

“Oh……” I looked at his blushed smile . He looked shy like a young girl who’d fallen in love . The love of a young girl filled up my entire office, making my office feel like a castle from Disney . I smiled mischievously, rubbed my temples, put one leg over the other and… Wait . Why am I becoming more and more like Elizabeth these days……? I narrowed my eyes as I looked at him, smiled and asked, “I don’t really understand how a Valkyrie is so gentle . What’s her name?”

“Her name is Shusia…… Shusia Gilliante . ”

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Philes looked at me shyly . He placed his hands between his legs and rubbed them together while he pulled his two legs in together…… You’re adamant about not being a girl, so could you please quit with the feminine mannerisms?! You’re even more gentle and soft than Lucia, you know?!

I nodded with my eyes still on him and quietly recorded the name to memory . I’ll mention it to mom when the time comes . She’s a girl my team-captain likes after all . If I mention it to her when she’s not happy, she’ll probably go “Shusia, kill yourself”, and then it’ll be all over . Nier told me she was ordered to kill herself as well, but she defied the order because she wanted to be together with me . As for this Shusia though, I reckon she’d still have a sword run through her if she defied the order .

“Shusia, right?”

I looked at him and then picked up my cup of water to the side for a drink . He shuddered ans then looked at me like he was on the brink of crying . He pleaded: “Your majesty, I beg you, I only like her . Can you please let me have her? Look, your two princesses are so beautiful… so you do not need more, right……?”


I almost spat the water in my mouth onto his face . I wiped my mouth and said: “Am I the sort of scumbag who has to make everyone he meets his? I’m not one to steal another’s love . Nier and Lucia would never let me have another either . I just wanted to make arrangements to have Shusia protected . You don’t have to worry . ”

“I-Is that what it was about? …… Umm… thank you very much then, your majesty……”

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He sighed a breath of relief and then looked at me shyly and said: “But… there… there is a rumour going around with us that the Valkyries are actually women her majesty prepared for you, so… so……”

“Where the heck did that rumour come from……?”

I waved my hand hopelessly and explained, “Nier and I are together because we love each other . We’ve gone through lots of things . I didn’t get with her because she’s the sword instructor for the Valkyries . The Valkyries are the empress’s guard-unit . I frankly don’t recommend you being with a Valkyrie because their rules and regulations are very strict . They don’t interact with outsiders . If her majesty finds out about you and Shusia, you’ll both be punished . ”

I titled my head and then added, “But don’t worry, I support you . Of course, you need to return alive from the desert first . ”

“Thank you so much, your majesty!” Philes looked at me with excitement . He didn’t know what to say and spoke mumble jumble, “You gave me my life . You are helping me with my marriage too . You have truly helped me too much . Thank you very much . Thank you very much . You are right . We need to guarantee your safety . I will do my best to prepare for the journey to the desert . I will guard you with my life!”

“Your life alone is pointless . I need everyone to be like you . I only did you this small favour . The others need to be just as loyal . ”

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“That is not a problem! Everyone respects you greatly and everyone is grateful that you treat us with so much courtesy!” Philes continued particularly seriously, “We will definitely do our absolute best to guard you . Your majesty, since you have decided to go to the south, we will now prepare . May I ask when we will be leaving?”

“In about ten days’ time . You guys get ready . ”

I stood up and looked outside the window . It was dark outside already . I’m going to enjoy Nier’s dinner now . Nier actually rarely cooks now because of her pregnancy . The chef has prepared most of the meals recently . However, Nier decided to cook for me before I left . This journey to the desert is a long one . Not even I know when I’ll be able to come back .

I’m presuming I’ll be back around spring .

I knew that they would be very happy if I stayed after listening to what Lucia had to say . However, they would be relieved if I left . After deliberating it, I thought that I couldn’t let them down in regards to their hopes for me . I can’t hide in moms’ arms forever . What they want to see isn’t me leading a simple life, but at least a strong me .

That’s what I want as well as what my wives want .

I have to return alive, and I must get what I want . I must get my hands on that metal . I used to always be by my moms’ side . I was always overshadowed by their greatness . I want to prove myself this time on my journey south . I want to prove that I too can possess strength .

Even if the strength isn’t mine alone . The people around me can become my strength too .

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