“Lift your head, Alice Salbet.”
“… Yes, sir.”
I slowly raise my head at the sound of a solemn voice above me. On the throne in front of me is His Majesty King Orion Smola, thirty-two years old and the head of the Smola Kingdom.
He’s a perfect replica of Zeke. Or is it that Zeke is his doppelganger? He’s such a handsome king.
“… Is there a problem, Alice Salbet? You seem distracted.”
“…?… Ah! I’m so sorry, sir!”
Oh, no! I couldn’t help but admire him because he’s super handsome. Hmmm, His Majesty is a remarkable guy. And frankly, he was one of the best when I saw the game’s promo pictures! I was in tears because he’s not a capture target… But he’s still hot!
“Are you nervous? There’s no need to be, okay? Here, do you want a snack?”
His Majesty said as he takes out a neatly wrapped candy from his pocket.
Hey, what is going on with this game world? How can you get candy wrapped up in a world that looks like it has no printing technology as far as I’m aware?
“Oh, thank you. I’ll take it.”
“…Huh. This person doesn’t deserve a gift.”
A disgruntled voice shouts at me as I nervously accept the candy from His Majesty.
It’s Zeke who had been standing next to me with a lowered his head as well.
“Father! As I said yesterday, I don’t want an engagement with such a violent person! Please, I beg you to reconsider!” Zeke glared at me with narrowed eyes as he said that.
His Majesty let out a sigh in response to Zeke.
” … It’s been like this since yesterday. May I ask what happened?”
“I explained it to you yesterday, father! This woman kicked me. It wasn’t my fault.”
“Zeke… Haa. That is Zeke’s story, but Lady Alice? Is there any truth to that?”
“It’s true. I landed a beautiful dropkick.”
I answer that heartily and proudly. According to Mary, it’s not a problem to break this engagement, is it? Well, then, now is a good time. I’m going to say what I want to say.
“–Well, that’s a bit harsh… May I ask why?
“His Highness Zeke came to visit me yesterday when I fell ill, and told me, ‘I’d rather be betrothed to Lily than you.’”
“It’s true! I’d rather be betrothed to Lilly… I’d rather have Liliana Swaroff!
“You see, here it is. And then Prince Zeke said it was just a ‘mandatory’ visit with me… With all due respect, I had to kick him.”
“It was an educational experience, Your Majesty.”
” It’s not educational! Even if it were, what sort of vassal would kick the next king!”
“You’ve got to be kidding me!”
“Your Majesty. In the first place, I am the betrothed of His Royal Highness. A fiancé is supposed to be an equal partner, not a vassal, right? Or is that a problem, Your Highness? Does His Highness want a puppet that obeys him? Oh, is that why you want Lily? She’s not so strong-minded, is she?”
“Of course, I have no intention of opposing His Highness in public, and in the future, when he takes the throne, I will support him. But if everyone just agrees with everything he says, who will ever correct His Highness when he makes a mistake? Your Highness, don’t tell me, you don’t think you can’t make a mistake? Ahaha! It’s impossible. First of all, you are wrong in your treatment of women, so…?”
“Am I the only person who has ever said that to you? What is it? If you have something to say, why not say it? Do you want to pretend you’re a great king by surrounding yourself with only subordinates who are pleasant to the ears and unable to call a mistake a mistake? That’s fine. But then, the Smola Kingdom will be destroyed sooner or later, though!”
“If you think that’s disrespectful, then be a king that doesn’t make me say so! Who do you think will follow a king who is ‘obligated’ to visit someone he thinks is a vassal! A king is only as good as his vassals, don’t you think? If you want to play king of the mountain, you can do it somewhere else! Leave me out of this!”
“Here we go. Are you an “Idiot Prince”? Has your vocabulary regressed? How does it feel? How does it feel to have a woman talk down to you?”
“I won’t tolerate this rude treatment. I don’t care if you are a woman, I’ll show no mercy and make you pay for this.”
“Wonderful! Yesterday, it was only a dropkick, but this time I’m not going to show you any mercy! I’m going to smash your precious man parts!”
“Hey, that’s not fair!”
“If I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to follow through.”
Zeke and I glared at each other.
And from beyond us, His Majesty the King’s dumbfounded sigh sounded. Oh…
” … Will you two give it a break, please? After all, you’re in front of me, His Majesty the King, remember?
I hurriedly bowed my head to His Majesty, who had a thoroughly exhausted expression on his face.
AUTHOR NOTE: That was interesting! I can’t wait to see what happens next! “Hang in there, Alice, hang in there. If you are a person who is a fan of this, please give me a buzz & rate me. … It would be very encouraging, please!