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Bertia 17 Years Old (5)
Translated by LynneSuzuran & Senhiro
“I’m considering to send Heronia to the monastery without the protection of the Inderon House. I’m thinking of making her reflect about this time’s incident for the rest of her life, but…”
Without the protection of the Inderon House… Reflecting in the monastery for her whole life, and not having the favorable treatment of a noble.
Though it feels like a severe punishment at first glance, at least she’d be guaranteed of her basic life necessities, and I think it’s a punishment filled with the last of Baron Inderon’s parental love.
If she were to be ostracized just like that after breaking off relations with the Inderon house, even if she were given the freedom, the former-Baroness Heronia won’t have any means of living.
When [breaking relations], the Inderon house can’t offer any sort of support at all afterwards, so they can’t even offer her a place to live or anything to eat, either.
Cutting off just their connection and offering support like supplying life necessities would be just paying lip service to the royal family Noches House while claiming it as [punishment] — it wouldn’t be allowed.
That’s why, it was monastery.
Well, I guess that would also mean we could consistently keep an eye on her.
“Hmm. Well, that’s reasonable.”
In contrast to what I expected, Marquis Noches nodded without any particular change in his expression.
Of course, the baron house won’t get their acquittal with just saying that they’d sever their connections.
However, with removing the related person, Heronia, from their house, the case would be finished with a slight exchange of money afterwards.
There was no real harm this time, and the most important thing now is to let the public know what it meant to insult the royal family and the Noches House.
It was for the sake of making it clear which house was at fault.
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“…Father, Marquis Noches, Baron Inderon, I have one request. Can you let me select to which monastery former-Baroness Heronia Inderon is to enter?”
Father consented with a nod, and when I opened my mouth to transition to finessing the details of the topic everyone present turned their gazes to me.
“Please allow me choose the monastery for her destination.”
As the attention was currently turned to me, I repeated myself for clarity.
At that moment, Baron Inderon’s shoulders trembled, and he shifted his frightened gaze towards me.
Marquis Noches peered at me with an amused look, while my father was… wait, why are you making that uneasy expression?
Eh? Am I that untrustworthy?
Please don’t look at me with eyes that seemed to say, “What is this guy scheming?”
I only said that I wanted to choose the destination for former-Baroness Heronia.
Of course, I felt resentment over her the things she said and did to me and Bertia.
But I’m still royalty, okay?
I won’t do anything unreasonable, and I don’t have any interest in sparing any useless efforts towards former-Baroness Heronia.
As long as she disappears from my and Bertia’s sight, I will be satisfied.
“F-feel free… Your Highness.”
Baron Inderon bowed and answered with a forced voice.
“I also don’t have any objections.”
In contrast to Baron Inderon, Marquis Noches answered with a calm voice that contained no hesitation.
Then, the remaining one was…
I flashed a smile showing that [I harbor no evil intentions] towards my father, who was eyeing me with a sour face.
After seeing that, for some reason, the crease on my father’s brows deepend even further, but eventually, he heaved a deep sigh before giving his permission, “Do as you like.”
“Thank you very much. There’s no need to be worried, I won’t do anything bad.”
I just thought about it a bit.
Despite those words meant to reassure them, why is it that nobody looks relieved?
After a bit of silence, my father intentionally cleared his throat, “Ahem!”, and our discussion moved on to the details of this case.
(T/N: Prepare yourself
for trouble, and make it double–for it!!)
“I’m sorry to have kept you waiting. Heronia Inderon has arrived!!”
After our discussion ended, in order to inform the person in question of the verdict, Baroness Heronia Inderon was escorted in by the knights.
Her hands were tied in order to prevent her from escaping, and both of her sides were guarded by knights. Nevertheless, she appeared triumphantly in the audience room.
The uneasy expression on Baron Inderon, the anger-containing smile of Marquis Noches, and the other cold gazes didn’t seem to affect her at all.
…Could it be that since she had always been together with the light spirit, her brain tissues had also been contaminated by the light spirit’s magic?
Her focus is fine, and it doesn’t really feel like she is a substance abuser, though?
“Your Highness, Cecil. I believe in Prince Cecil. If it’s Prince Cecil, you will surely not fall under Bertia Ibil Noches’ devil hand1 please see the truth I am speaking.”
Yes, I don’t quite understand what she means, but at least, I don’t think that Bertia won’t be able to handle such an advanced thing like a devil’s hand, you know?
She’s never possessed such a thing, and even if she did, Miss Silica would say, “Please throw away such a dirty thing! It will contaminate Bertia-sama!!” and immediately snatching it away and tossing it aside.
“…Hey, you. Do you understand the situation? In the first place, you’re not allowed to speak before His Highness calls on you to. You should have learned that in the academy, shouldn’t you?”
“Yes, of course I understand. I’ve been studying hard at the academy. I’ve certainly learned all about that kind of culture, so please rest assured that I will be able to stand next to his Highness Cecil at any time!”
…Yes. On top of her completely not understanding the situation, it seems that she hadn’t studied much at the academy.
Also, the position next to me is already reserved, so you don’t have to stand there.
Or rather, how about you don’t even think of standing there?
The feeling of anger quickly spread inside me for an instant, but I somehow managed to suppress it with a bitter smile.
Incidentally, at the same time, I felt Marquis Noches’ originally cold smile drop by another 10 degrees in one go.
The expression of Baron Inderon, standing against the opposite wall, deteriorated even further.
It felt like a silent anger had welled up inside him, too, towards his daughter… towards his former daughter.
“……Miss Heronia, do you know why you were called to this place?”
Perhaps sensing a dangerous aura cladding me and Marquis Noches, my father—the king himself asked former-Baroness Heronia.
At those words, she quickly raised her head with a look that said, “I’ve been waiting for this!” and after showing a wide smile, she purposely made some sort of unnatural perplexed expression.
“Yes, of course I know. It’s about the [holy light] enveloping his Highness Cecil at that time… correct?”
Dampening her eyes, she looked at my father with upturned eyes and a helpless face.
Obviously, in front of my father who dealt with two-faced people daily, that kind of obvious acting wouldn’t pass.
Actually, she has been completely laid bare.
“It was also my first time seeing that kind of light… But, certainly that sacred light was…”
“We’ve already finished investigating about that matter. The reason we had you come here yourself wasn’t for that. It’s about the punishment for your crime.”
It completely cut off Baroness Heronia’s words, that were no doubt about to narrate about her [righteousness] and make it seem like the light spirit’s actions were something special.
It’s a waste of time to listen to her words any more, and they gave me a bad feeling, too.
In any case, it is undesirable to mention the incident with the light spirit in this place where there are lower nobles like Baron Inderon who haven’t been informed yet of the existence of spirits and magic.
The way she was saying [holy] and [sacred] indicated that she misunderstood the her light spirit’s actions as a miracle made possible by her or something. She wanted to word it as if it was one of her own achievements, but if she were to talk about it, then not only would we be unable to explain the things about the light spirit running wild, it would be treated as [an attack aimed at the crown prince], and we wouldn’t be able to avoid having to deal with her as a felon who aimed for the life of a royal.
As long as there is a secret to be protected, and an existence that has to be protected, we must do so even if we know that she’s innocent.
If that were to happen, it really wouldn’t sit well with my good conscience, and it would also weigh on Bertia.
Above all, the lengths to which my friends and Bertia’s friends have exerted themselves in order to manipulate the situation would be in vain.
“Eh? My crime? Punishment?”
With his daughter looking confused as if she was thinking, “I don’t understand a thing,” eventually, Baron Inderon’s head began to sink into his hands.
Contempt and embarrassment began to appear in other people’s eyes as well.
“Eh? Why? Prince Cecil? But I’m the saintess who’s recognized by the holy creature…”
“You acted like above your rank and showed contempt towards Miss Bertia who’s my—the crown prince’s, fiancée and towards me, the crown prince, in the presence of others. Furthermore, you tried to frame her for a nonexistent crime. Rightfully speaking, this qualifies as a lèse-majesté among other additional crimes that make you punishable by law. However, since you’re still a student, and also considering that it was an internal, academy-related incident, it was settled by the related parties through discussion, without going through the law.”
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- The original Japanese text is 魔の手, which can also be translated into evil clutches, evil influence, or tentacles of evil, but I think devil hand first the flow of the sentence more in English. You can imagine it being tentacles of evil, though! ^^ ↩