Fake Cinderella - SS1
Translator: Lady Black
Highly Unedited Version
I visited the office for the first time in a week, everything was in the midst of unusual hustle and bustle.
“Can someone explain to me what’s going on?”
The owner of the room looked around us with a soft smile.
Despite smiling, his eyes say otherwise.
Whenever I see that look on his face I couldn’t help but criticize the one that gives the reputation of this person as a gentle prince.
(Who on earth was this kind and merciful?)
A young man with a peculiar eye even to the Dardie Royal Family, smiling before me.
My lord, the crown prince, Nigel Elzevert Thea Diehl Vera Dardie.
His appearance was really beautiful.
The royal family was very beautiful in appearance. Perhaps since they have been using that beautiful blood for generations. Amongst them, this is the best.
Nigel’s lips uttered my name.
Raymond Welsh II Lada Lestrade, my full name.
I’m one of Nigel’s aides for the crown prince.
When my name was called, I felt pain cut right to my brain as I don’t have the answer that he wanted to hear.
“Apologies, your highness. I’ve been busy going through the budget for the past week, I have no idea about the present situation.”
“…It’s not over yet?”
Suddenly, the cold air increased by about 20%
“There were numbers that didn’t match up, your highness.”
Another 30%. Combined, it increased by about 1.5 times. If this increased more than this, it will be very dangerous. Therefore, I utter with a smirk.
“It’s alright. Already found out the cause.”
He wanted to ask me what I intended to do.
“Oh, I’m going to make him spit out his repayment plus compensation and use him like a horse-drawn carriage until he went weak, so could his highness pretend not to see it?”
In my words, the expressions of other people inside were appalled, was it that strange?
Nigel thought for a bit but immediately nodded.
Perhaps wondering who was spoiling the budget, figuring it out himself, he agreed to my proposal.
It’s easy to get rid of, but only those who’d done wrong could do it.
Since I am an advocate to re-utilization, I often make generous decisions at least once.
“By the way, what’s happening?”
Upon asking, everyone got still quiet.
The tense atmosphere made me even more perplexed to ask.
However, it seemed that everyone had no idea how to answer.
It was Nigel who spoke.
“The Crown Princess seemed to have been attacked.’
The Crown Princess, Princess Arthirea, daughter of Duke Elzevert.
Mainly one of the prominent figures of the country who’s more protective than anyone else when it comes to their family and bloodline.
From birth, she was decided to be in the custody of the royal family. She’s called the Crown Princess, title to honor her engagement to his highness. Before she could grow older and become the wife of Nigel.
Now, she’s 12 years old.
The princess was so silent, quiet that she was called by the nickname, Doll Princess.
The silence was rather a reserved term. Frankly speaking, She doesn’t speak to the point that it felt a little suspicious.
Well, Nigel seemed to think that it’s better not to talk than to be noisy.
“I heard that she was pushed down to the lake from the third floor of the castle. She was unconscious for a while.”
“Of course, she would! It’s winter! It’s about time that water from the lake around would form into a block of ice.”
“Yes, fortunately, a drunken child from the house cracked the surrounding ice earlier to play in a boat.”
Despite being called a child, their age shouldn’t be much different from ours.
“So, I don’t think she was hurt
Nigel murmured but cold sweat ran down my spine.
His face clearly spelled it out. Nigel must’ve been very impatient and irritated.
(I’ve been holding the evidence on my hand)
He had a relaxed expression, perhaps he’s good at making up for it.
The person who endured the most in this country isn’t His Majesty or Nigel.
It’s the crown princess, the only heir to Duke Elzevert.
There were other direct bloodlines to be the king, but she’s the only one who draws the orthodox blood Elzevert.
“Why still ask? You including 50 more people, adding up the shadows. Still, you got outwitted?”
Even the front and the back guards were carefully selected from those skillful, the Earl of Stazen and the others.
“…by the way, is she alive?”
“Yes… I receive the news of her awakening but I’m not quite sure. The information was a bit confusing that I sent it to Phil Lynn to Elzevert.
Phil Lynn was one of my long time colleagues who can’t remember his ull name. It’s more of a childhood friend feeling than a co-worker.
Amongst my childhood schoolmates who didn’t place much importance on social status. Only I, Phil Lynn, and Viscount Rius Serenius Fador remain.
At first, Nigel had no future to become a prince, far from being a crown prince even. There’s no future to even be called a prince at all.
Nigel was supposed to be a Duke of the Royal Family, sitting at the end of the royal family. Enrolling in the university was supposed to be able to do all the research he wanted to do.
(but fate didn’t leave Nigel.)
First, His Majesty, Nigel’s father, raised the crown prince. Nigel then became the first prince of legitimate birth. At the same time, as the king ascended the throne, Nigel was entitled as the Crown Prince.
The close aides of the Crown Prince required to have a high level of ability compared to those close aides of a Duke of the Royal Family.
We’re allowed to stay since we barely cleared that border.
So I think, Phil and Serenius would have a slight bond different from other aides.
Maybe that’s the same for both of them. Some hardships and memories that no one knows connected us.
Of course, Nigel was included in that circle of bonds.
He won’t call his name in public anymore, but it was probably the remnants that I always call him inside my mind, Nigel.
[Genius of the Royal Family]
Nigel was always called like that ever since he was a child.
This very good looking man had the ability to keep up with the expectations of various things, physical to intangible people.
A gentle, compassionate, intelligent, and brilliant man… devoted to the best compliments I could possibly think of. The crown prince never betrayed that expectation.
As the representative of His Majesty the King who dislikes political affairs, he’s the more powerful person in the country who’s in control of the country. But his only weakness is his wife, the crown princess.
Hard to say that they’re in a good relationship but it’s not that bad. The current relationship between the Prince and his princess, not much to say I guess. Since their ages were far too wide.
Political marriage is still possible even if it’s a little difficult but it’s impossible to think that a girl that’s only 12 years old was already a wife. Nigel doesn’t have a thing to little girls.
(Why’s Nigel too busy?)
For this reason, there’s not much time for each other. This moment that I thought that it shouldn’t be like this but I’m just fooling myself.
“… If the news of my return to the Royal Palace is true, I might cross the road.”
Serenius frowned with a memo notebook that seemed to be from his shadow.
If her highness returned, they would for sure use the public road, but Phil surely takes the fastest way. For some reason, we’re all aware of the roads that weren’t written on the map. Of course Phil, too.
“It doesn’t matter if Phil was wrong. I must look into the matter of Elzevert anyway. Right.”
I briefly prayed that Phil Lynn wouldn’t return empty-handed, I don’t think he’s okay since I’m talking about Phil here. Sometimes, he’s a terrible poker guy but he doesn’t let him down.
“Is it true that the princess is safe? There’s no false alarm, right?”
Carefully reading each piece of the memo, sentence, official bulletin. He spilled an uneasy look while re-counting events with Serenius and the chief secretary of the Prince, Viscount Lada Cutlass Jerdiaga Fuangena.
[TLNote: Who invented these hard-long names… my brains]
“Probably there’s nothing wrong since we got the same news from several people. But…”
Nigel’s teeth were unusually sharp.
“How is she? Did she got hurt?”
“Fortunately, we didn’t find any injuries of any kind, but… she doesn’t seem to have any memories. That’s the other piece of uncertain information.”
“For the time being, when I return, I have no intention of letting her out of the palace.”
Nigel said flatly.
Originally, the crown princess was supposed to live in the main shrine in the inner palace. But she was taken to Nigel’s Nishinomiya as he live in the palace last year or two years ago.
(TLNote: Can’t find the meaning so… yeah…)
Clearly, to say, the crown princess must be under house arrest for quite some time.
“I’ll arrange a doctor for her”
Serenius’ face was grim. He might be more worried about her than Nigel himself.
“No, have it arranged over here.”
“A court doctor?”
“No. I had some from college.”
Despite graduating in the fields of History and Law, Nigel still remains enrolled in the college.
He’s known a genius from the time he entered the school and because he produced unrivaled results in several fields, he’s very well received by the professors.
“It’s hard to see here unless you’re a doctor.”
“They’re all old, I’m worried about the diagnosis … this is the only time that I’ve to have as spare. With this, I’ll leave the court doctor as my personal doctor.”
A court doctor shouldn’t only have the reputation as a doctor.
In a sense, it may be related to the life and death of the royal family. So it’s not only about technology but also the reliability.
I heard not only his personal history and status, but he also looked over everything from generation to generation and it became a special function that some families could monopolize.
“I’m going to complain to the main shrine.”
“I don’t mind”
I’m sure that this will be the occasion to refresh the affairs of the court physicians.
(Well it’s suspicious to say that the doctors from the main shrine are reliable.)
In the palace, poison incidents could occur from time to time.
His highness also had several of his people died from poisoning.
“I remember, I could use this as a debt, but it’s impossible so I’ll think about that later.’
“…What are you giving up?”
I couldn’t help but butt in.
“I haven’t given up.”
“No no no, leave the memory loss as is?”
“…you must’ve wanted to forget that. Let her forget about it, that as much kindness that she could have.”
Nigel said as if she had forgotten things because she wanted to forget it.
“But she didn’t remember, right? Was there something else? Maybe she didn’t even remember you?”
“With or without memory, I don’t think that our relationship would change that much.”
For a moment, I was full of words. To be honest, I almost agreed to him.
“…You can’t do it without the past, Nigel.”
“Of course… but Ray, she’s my wife. So she can’t escape anything. The least I could do is to let her forget what she wanted to forget.”
“…If I’m really kind. I won’t cage a 12-year-old girl.”
Nigel smiled bitterly.
“…For the time being, I’ll take Viscount Saria whom I’ll accompany at the party this time. If I do not inform in due time, there won’t be any meaning to them accompanying me.”
Viscount Saria was one of Nigel’s bunkers dispatched to the party to participate.
I don’t know what he’s doing but it’s so exciting that I can’t say if it’s very useful.
“Well, I’ll let you know when I get back to the royal capital. There’s a difference in the roads.”
In the corner of my mind, I wrote that I must arrange for the crown princess to return to the capital.
I had no idea that Viscount Saria whom I sent the letter was not available. Being in so much trouble before, I couldn’t remember the names of the ladies and become an air.
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